Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 4 hrs ago
No time to mess around, with playoff spots (and playoff seeding) waiting to be secured. Here’s your Week 13 walkthrough.
• Sammy Watkins (foot) admits he isn’t 100 percent, but he might try to play at Oakland anyway. I’d want safer options, especially at this time of the year. Buffalo is especially thin at receiver; Robert Woods (knee) and Percy Harvin won’t play, and Marquise Goodwin has a sore wrist. RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring) might be ready to go this week.
• Andrew Luck is still waiting on his concussion clearance, though he’s been practicing. It would be a stunner if he didn’t start Monday at the Jets. Brandon Marshall (knee/foot) needs to be monitored the next couple of days; he’s questionable.
• With Trevor Siemian battling a foot injury, the Broncos will start Paxton Lynch against Jacksonville. For all the problems with the Jags this year, they’ve been respectable defending the pass.
• John Brown is still dealing with sickle-cell issues, and can’t be relied upon against Washington.
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 23 hrs ago
Chad Johnson, G, Flames: He’s been hidden for a while, backing up stars and then buried under the Buffalo avalanche last year (though he somehow posted decent stats). Lo and behold, Calgary’s No. 1 goalie wasn’t who we expected. Granted, no one expects Johnson to keep the 2.06 and .930 percentages he’s currently rolling with; some regression is reasonable. But given that Johnson has better career numbers than Brian Elliott, this changing of the guard shouldn’t come as a major shock. Just because Johnson is a journeyman doesn’t mean he can’t play, and the blue line in Western Canada seems awfully deep, too.
Connor McDavid, C, Oilers: Is there finally a cure for Edmonton Disease? Who wouldn’t want to play with this kid? McDavid hasn’t wilted under the pressure of the C, jumping out to the scoring lead (and an NHL-best 23 assists) through 25 games. His shots are up a tick, his ice time over 21 minutes now. And heck, he’s up to 11 goals without the benefit of a power-play marker. There is no greater commodity in a keeper league — at this point, I’m wondering if I should offer Ovechkin-plus in mine.
Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 1 day ago
As we head into Week 13 of the 2016 NFL season, 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:
Liz Loza at Roto Arcade 1 day ago
It’s time for another TGIF addition of Deep Sleepers and DFS Bargains. Last week I hit on three flyers at the receiver position: Ted Ginn, Malcolm Mitchell and Dorial Green-Beckham. Still trying to uncover more depth at the running back position, though. Let’s see what Week 13 holds.
To review … all of these players are owned in less than 60 percent of Yahoo leagues (at time of writing) and/or are a significant value in our daily game. They’re not the obvious picks, and they’re not without their risks, but that’s why they’re so cheap and available. I’d never advocate taking all of these guys, but rather utilizing them if a manager were in a pinch at a position or aiming to build a “stars and scrubs” sort of DFS lineup.
Follow Liz on Twitter @LizLoza_FF .
Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade 1 day ago
With the playoffs looming, the “Fantasy Football Live” crew has the answers for all your roster needs. Which top-flight receiver is most likely to put up a goose egg? What should you expect from Derek Carr, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck in this must-win week? Answers to all that and much more starting on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET .
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:
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Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 2 days ago
The fantasy playoffs are a week away, and in some leagues, you might be facing an immediate must-win situation. It’s late in the season, and the stakes are going up. Here are some fantasy tips to consider, advice that’s specifically geared towards the playoff owner (and yes, some of it follows up on our November Tip Drill). Share your bonus tips in the comments.
• Get to the wire first
Look, I’m not telling anyone to wreck their sleep patterns or sabotage their marriage. But if you’re out of FAAB monies, it might behoove you to make sure you’re the first person getting to the unclaimed freight every week. (The corollary to this tip is our No. 2 theme: try to be a week or two early.)
• Look ahead, with an eye on the schedule
All that summer Strength of Schedule stuff, I think it’s a fool’s errand. Who’s to say which defense will be good three months into the future. Now, we have 12 weeks of data to pour through, and some steady trends and facts to rely upon. The NFL is constantly fluid, of course, but I feel a lot better about a Dec. 1 bet than I do a summertime one.
• Slap on the cuffs
Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 2 days ago
On this pressure packed program, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston discuss several on-the-fence options fantasy owners are grappling with heading into the final week of the regular season. Can you trust Kirk Cousins? What about Jay Ajayi, Jordy Nelson and Allen Robinson who face daunting opponents? What recent waiver wire gems will continue to shine?
We also reveal what marquee name will flop biggest in Week 13, preview the TNF tussle between the Cowboys and Vikings and answer your Twitter questions
Before sipping that smooth anejo on #TequilaThursday, give the show a listen.
Kevin Kaduk at Roto Arcade 2 days ago
Resources: Yahoo survival pool pick distribution • SurvivorGrid.com Week 12’s biggest killer: Tampa Bay Buccaneers over Seattle Seahawks (2.07 percent of entries) Week 12s biggest winner: New York Giants over Cleveland Browns (38.39 percent) Total Week 12 eliminations: 3.01 percent of entries Perfect entries remaining on Yahoo: 13,061
There’s uneventful and then there’s frozen in carbonite field we saw in Week 12.
Only 3.11 percent of Yahoo users bit the dust, most of them thanks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beating the Seattle Seahawks in Florida. That one really shouldn’t have come as a surprise given the Seahawks’ injuries and travel schedule, but it was the only one that did any real damage.
My pick: Green Bay over Houston
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.
Gazing into the crystal ball, what marquee name will ruin owner hopes of scoring a virtual trophy this playoff season (Weeks 14-16)?
Liz – ANDREW LUCK. The most sacked QB in the league, Andrew Luck has been knocked to the ground a whopping 35 times. To his credit, he remains the eighth most productive fantasy QB overall. Still, his schedule is not kind from Weeks 14 through 16, as he’ll host Houston and then go on the road for two straight weeks @ Minnesota and @ Oakland.
Add in the fact that the team’s best receiver has been dealing with both a nagging hamstring and back injuries, and it appears Luck may be running out.
On the flip side, what largely overlooked commodity will reward risk takers as a playoff pillar?