Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 11 hrs ago
It’s a reasonable injury report for Week 14, but let’s be sure to take a detailed look around, given what’s at stake. Here’s the latest.
• Julio Jones is dealing with turf toe and didn’t practice all week. Consider him a game-day call at Los Angeles. It sounds like Jones will try to play through the malady, but surely won’t be 100 percent. Mohamed Sanu (groin) is already ruled out, if you want to talk yourself into a Taylor Gabriel play.
• Jordan Reed (shoulder) did some work this week and has a chance to play at Philadelphia. At least it’s an early start, so we’ll have the information in advance of the full day.
• Michael Thomas (foot) did some work Friday after two complete days off. He’s a game-time call for the showdown at Tampa Bay. Mark Ingram (toe) is iffy for another week, but context clues point to him playing. Keep in mind, the Bucs defensive line has been terrific of late.
• DeVante Parker (back) isn’t 100 percent, but he’s expected to play against Arizona.
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 day ago
Justin Schultz, D, Penguins: Not that long ago, Schultz was a pretty big deal. He racked up 91 points in his final two years at the University of Wisconsin; he went 18-30-48 in a 34-game trial in the AHL; and he exploded with 8-19-27 in his NHL debut in Edmonton four years ago, a 48-game sample.
Since then, Schultz has been more hit and miss. Playing in Edmonton, of course, he was routinely buried in the minus. Eventually he was moved off the power play, and last year he finished up with the Penguins.
Pittsburgh doesn’t need Schultz to be a power-play quarterback — though he’ll get some secondary-unit activity — but just being on a high-scoring team agrees with him. Schultz is off to a 3-10-13 push through 27 games, with a league-best plus-16 rating. He’s scored at least one point in five straight starts, collecting 10 points over that span. Although fantasy owners have been jumping on Schultz over the last few days, he’s still unowned in 75 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 1 day ago
As we head into Week 14 of the 2016 NFL season (and, most likely, the first round of your league’s playoffs), here are 12 players to give extra consideration to when filling out your lineups – six that are looking better than usual, and a half dozen that are looking worse:
Kevin Kaduk at Roto Arcade 1 day ago
Resources: Yahoo survival pool pick distribution • SurvivorGrid.com Week 13’s biggest killer: New Orleans Saints over Detroit Lions (6.04 percent of entries) Week 13’s biggest winner: Denver Broncos over Jacksonville Jaguars (32.78 percent) Total Week 13 eliminations: 10.06 percent Perfect entries remaining on Yahoo: 11,029
We’re running out of time for survival football to have an extinction-level event.
Anyway, there are just four weeks left, so onto Week 14 and some of the games you should be considering as Sunday afternoon approaches …
Also worth noting: The Lions have won 6 of their last 7 against the Bears.
Atlanta at Los Angeles Cincinnati at Cleveland Minnesota at Jacksonville
My pick: Lions over Bears.
Michael Salfino at Roto Arcade 1 day ago
Let’s preview this week’s NFL action by first focusing on the games that are expected to produce the most real and fantasy points before I go around the league to highlight the key players we should be watching and why. An important note every week: check the player’s status. There is so much injury uncertainty and Friday’s practice, which occurs after this is posted, is key.
Saints at Bucs (O/U: 51.5): Road Drew Brees ($40) after Home Drew Brees let us down, bizarrely, in Week 13. I wouldn’t overreact to this. Brees should still be a top-five QB. But the Bucs pass defense has stepped up due to their excellent defensive line and ability to cover with seven. In their last four games, which have included matchups against top QBs Russell Wilson and Philip Rivers, the Bucs lead the NFL in passer rating allowed (67.3). They are yielding just 188 passing yards per game and one passing TD per game. Yikes. The Saints, by the way, are average in the period (though with eight passing TDs allowed), if you think this is a walk in the park like we usually think of the Saints D.
Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade 2 days ago
It’s playoff time and the Fantasy Football Live crew is here to maximize your roster to help you advance. They’ll explain why the living will be easy for Jameis Winston and just how elite Joe Flacco can be when he faces the Patriots. Brad Evans will have the latest weather updates and we’ll let you know which top fantasy commodities to avoid so they don’t lead to your playoff elimination.
Brad Evans will also be taking your questions on Facebook Live on the Yahoo Sports Fantasy page at 10:15 a.m. ET followed by a backstage look at “Fantasy Football Live” on the Facebook starting at 11 a.m. ET .
Want to ask the experts a question? Here’s how you can join the circus starting at 11:30 a.m. ET:
Facebook: Yahoo Sports page
Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 2 days ago
With the fantasy playoffs on the horizon, this week’s OVER/UNDER piece takes on a slightly different personality. Including is a DFS snapshot for the upcoming week and BOLD predictions for what players boom/bust during the most important time of the fantasy football year.
Nerves are on high this week as fantasy fanatics enter the second season. What largely cherished commodity, started in 50 percent or more of Yahoo leagues, will lay an egg in Week 14?
Dalton – JORDY NELSON. The Packers are at home, and the loss of Earl Thomas helps, but this is still a tough matchup for Nelson. The Seahawks have allowed the third-fewest touchdowns to wide receivers (nine) this season, and Nelson’s value is especially reliant upon hitting paydirt. I wouldn’t sit him, but this is a difficult draw to open the fantasy playoffs.
Andy –Not only does MARCUS MARIOTA have a brutal assignment this week (Denver), but he won’t actually face a friendly matchup for the remainder of the fantasy season. He travels to Kansas City in Week 15, then to Jacksonville. For me, he’s basically a drop at this point. Great player, but you won’t use him in the money weeks.
Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 2 days ago
On this playoff-minded episode, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston service the fantasy community with their Week 14 start/sit offerings. Is Julio Jones still must-start material? What about Doug Martin in what many believe is a plus matchup versus New Orleans? Can Marcus Mariota solve the riddle that is the Broncos secondary?
Our pigskin prognosticators also unveiled what prominent name will lay an ostrich-sized egg this weekend, previewed the bone-chilling battle between Oakland and KC and answered your Twitter questions.
One, or three, tequila on the rocks, por favor! It’s #TequilaThursday, get after it and give the show a listen.
Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 3 days ago
Each week the Noise highlights 10 over-started names whom he believes are destined to implode leave egg on his face. To qualify, each player must be started in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here. If you’re a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 14 Lames in the comments section below.
Fearless Forecast: 238 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 2 turnovers, 15.5 fantasy points
Fearless Forecast: 14 carries, 53 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 21 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 8.9 fantasy points
Fearless Forecast: 17 carries, 74 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 13 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 10.2 fantasy points
Reader Record: 42-50
Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade 3 days ago
If you didn’t make the playoffs, there’s still Daily Fantasy to enjoy. Get your lineup set for Week 14 using our experts, who put together their lineups based off a $200 budget.