- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade8 hrs ago
Just when we were ready to dial up a buzzy No. 2 running back in Kansas City, the news flow gets all pesky on us. To the injury clipboard, starting with the ground crew.
• Jamaal Charles (ankle) had a partial practice Friday and has a shot to play at Miami on Sunday, according to AP reporter Herbie Teope. It's a pesky situation for fake footballers, given the late start on game day (4:25 pm ET). Knile Davis is an intriguing plug-and-play if Charles can't go. And it's somewhat of a mess if they both dress on Sunday, given that we know Charles isn't 100 percent.
• The Texans have been running Arian Foster into the ground all year (a whopping 55 carries), so it's no great shock he's dealing with a sore hamstring and listed as questionable. He missed some practice time this week. It seems like Foster will go on Sunday, but check back on game day just to be sure. Alfred Blue is the preferred handcuff, running ahead of Jonathan Grimes.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade10 hrs ago
Two guys talking about football, long form. You might enjoy it. You might prefer to be mauled by polar bears. The choice is up to you.
From: scott pianowski Date: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM Subject: september table To: Mark Stopa I can't remember an NFL August that hinted as much chalk as this one did. Do you know anyone who didn't pick the Patriots, Colts, Packers, Saints or Seahawks to win their respective divisions? Through two games, none of those teams are in first (okay, Green Bay would lose on a tiebreak - they're technically tied).
Yeah, it's just two games. But as that Jersey guy used to say, it gets late early around here. And look at some of the frisky teams - at least I see some frisk here. Carolina looks like they were massively overlooked and underrated for some reason. The Bengals posted two emphatic wins. Houston and Buffalo, two surprise 2-0s there. The Cardinals haven't looked dominant but they're 2-0, too. I'm rooting for the city of Buffalo, that area deserves a win.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Welcome, or welcome back, to another season of NFL Shuffle Ups. We'll start with a modest little preamble, as these things often do.
The assignment of a Shuffle Up is to get a read on rest-of-season value. You can use these lists to judge your roster, consider trades and pickups, or simply to enjoy a good-old-fashioned debate.
A few rules of thumb:
-- These are NOT weekly ranks. If you want the Week 3 ranking story, click over here.
-- The ranks are, of course, fantasy-driven. There will always be a disconnect between real-life and fake-game value.
-- The ranks consider what's happened to this point, but they're not mere listings of what's already happened. If you want the list of scoring leaders to this point in the season, there are several places you can find them.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Adrian Peterson is officially back in limbo.
While most of the country was asleep, the news came out early Wednesday: Peterson has been placed on the exempt list, which means he'll stay away from the Vikings (for both team activities and games) while Peterson's child abuse charges are addressed.
Here's the crux of the story, from the Associated Press:
The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning, about a day and a half after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.
The Vikings came under heavy criticism for their initial stance. Several sponsors responded by either suspending their deals with the Vikings or severing ties with Peterson.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
It's our last week in Coors Field. We hope you're having some fun with it. LA cornerman Juan Uribe is near the end of his career at age 35, but he's nonetheless a fun bat to stream when the thin air comes calling. Uribe rapped out three hits in Monday's blowout victory, and he's on a 20-for-49 binge since returning from the DL two weeks ago. He's still unowned in 82 percent of Yahoo leagues, and fairly affordable for the daily crowd. (If Uribe gets a day off, consider Justin Turner on a one-day rental.) Arizona gets a four-game Coors holiday later in the week, which pushes us to outfielder A.J. Pollock. He's rolling along at a .324/.395/.529 clip (one homer, four bags) since coming back to the Snakes at the beginning of the month, locked in as Arizona's No. 3 hitter. The former No. 1 draft pick is a name to remember for next year's sleeper board, and he's someone I want to play anywhere I can down the stretch (no matter the elevation). Pollock is free in 78 percent of The Y. Colorado has some injury-returnees to consider, too. Michael Cuddyer is back in the saddle. Wilin Rosario is catching again (three hits, homer on Monday). Just make sure they're not floating around your wire; Cuddyer is unowned in about a third of Yahoo, while Rosario is at the 50-50 mark. If you need to dig a little deeper, DJ LeMahieu might be worth a depth call. He qualifies at two infield spots (second, third) and provides a plus average and the occasional bag. He's hitting .326 at home (.388 OBP), with 37 runs in 72 games. You can take the spin in 88 percent of Yahoo leagues.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade4 days ago
I'm not from the area, but I'm something of a Buffalo sympathizer. I picked the Bills to win a couple of Super Bowls back in the day, and I still think the Jim Kelly Era is misunderstood historically. I like the people there, respect the values. I like the wings. I know all the words to Buffalo Stance.
And let's also establish that I didn't rank Sammy Watkins very optimistically this summer. A rookie wideout tied to a spotty quarterback and a head coach no one seems sure on, that sounded like a recipe for trouble. He's on zero of my teams, and I was never close to picking him.
Now we're two weeks into the season, and I'd like a mulligan on Watkins. The NFL is like that.
Watkins was playing through obvious pain during Sunday's victory over Miami - he's dealing with a rib injury - but that didn't stop him from dominating the contest. Watkins collected eight catches for 117 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets, and two of the missed connections could have easily been touchdowns. There hasn't been much of a learning curve for the rookie.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade5 days ago
Football's in full swing, baseball's winding down, other sports just around the corner. A perfect time to renew our fake friendship.
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- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade5 days ago
I was going to have the Patriots and Giants in this space, but given the line movement there (not captured in Yahoo Pickem), I'll instead put in different picks. Picking New England or New York would feel like cheating now.
Time for five selections, using the Yahoo Pickem lines. And again, I will not consider the Pats or Giants. Share your five best in the comments.
The Chiefs (+12.5) and Chargers (+6) are two of today's throws, in part because I wonder if Denver and Seattle will be looking ahead to their Week 3 showdown. I like San Diego as a playoff team anyway, and surely the Chiefs will do a better job of deploying their playmakers this week (that goes for Charles, and Kelce too).
The Rams (+5.5) get a play on a simple NFL concept: you're rarely as bad as you might have looked in a previous week. And it's not like the Bucs covered themselves in glory in their opener.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade7 days ago
It's been a long, complicated week. Here's the latest on the injury and status front, beginning with the wide receivers.
(If you're looking for news on Adrian Peterson's indictment, we're going to let Shutdown Corner handle the latest. Matt Asiata is expected to start for the Vikings, with Jerick McKinnon the next option. Updated Yahoo fantasy ranks can be found here.)
Sunday Update: Carson Palmer is out, Drew Stanton starts. I moved my Arizona wideouts down a little bit.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade9 days ago
Yusmeiro Petit spent most of the mid-summer dominating from the San Francisco pen. A shift to the rotation has worked out nicely, too - and that means he's someone we can look to down the stretch.
Petit's Tuesday start was an absolute gem, a four-hit daisy against Arizona (1 R, 0 BB, 9 K, just 84 pitches). Here's some scouting video to nibble on. It's his second victory in three starts, matching up with the win over the Rockies two weeks back (6 IP, 1 R, 9 K).
Let's give a tip of the cap to Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who didn't overreact to Petit's misstep at Coors Field last week (4 IP, 7 H, 6 R). Bochy recognizes that Petit needs his off-speed pitches to be effective, and they clearly lacked bite in the Colorado elements. Back at sea level, Petit was in charge again.