- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade1 hr ago
What are the key ingredients needed for any successful fantasy football draft party?
Buds? Of course.
Smack? Holy (Kenny) Britt YA!
Now ask yourself, what’s needed to make the annual experience all the more memorable?
Yahoo’s National Draft Day, Sin City style, is finally upon us. It’s time for redemption. It’s time for trash talk. It’s time to whoop everyone’s tail until they’re left wiping wing-stained cheeks with their 'Money' Manziel t-shirts.
The unbearable pain or unmatched elation from last season is long in the past. Raise a glass. Dog your leaguemates. And feed your inner Lombardi. Your fantasy season is about to get underway.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade4 hrs ago
I'm not going to list off the common and inane "mistakes to avoid" that are regularly trumpeted in this kind of piece; let's try to be better than that. Everyone knows not to draft off last year's stats. Everyone knows not to rely on a magazine cheat sheet that was created several months ago. Everyone knows not to show up at the draft reeking of Old Milwaukee. Everyone knows to monitor the waiver wire like a hawk.
No new tale to tell there.
Here are five mistakes I see even smart fantasy owners make, the second-level of leakage. Consider them, make of them what you will. Add your own ideas in the comments.
-- Looking too far ahead: Obviously fantasy championships aren't finalized until December, but it takes five months to build a champion. We'll place plenty of emphasis on the Fantasy Playoff Schedule when it's time, but I consider it a fool's errand to put any major work into the presumed December Strength of Schedule right now.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade6 hrs ago
It's the perfect storm. Not only is it the peak of the fantasy football draft season, but it's also the most important week of the exhibition slate. This is the point on the calendar for clarity and relative unknowns to emerge from the woodwork, stealing the hearts of owners everywhere. Who should you monitor closely? Here's a rundown of the most pressing questions from each Preseason Week 3 game ...
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade8 hrs ago
We've had a lot of fun with Joaquin Benoit this year, especially in the last month. But it looks like the Padres might be clearing way for a new closer.
Benoit is dealing with a sore shoulder and hasn't pitched since Aug. 13. The Padres steered a closing chance to Kevin Quackenbush on Wednesday night, and the unheralded 25-year-old righty did the job (one hit, no runs). He's posted a 2.29 ERA and 0.97 WHIP this year, nifty work over 39.1 innings. (He also has the facial hair you look for in a relief ace.)
Quackenbush doesn't light up the radar gun (91.3 average fastball), but he's doing the things we want a reliever to do. He's striking out just under a batter per inning, he's issued just 10 unintentional walks, and he's allowed but one home run. This is certainly a profile that can work in the ninth inning.Thu, Aug 217:10 PM PDTSan Diego at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade23 hrs ago
For the 11th time, the Yahoo fantasy football experts, along with some of our closest friends in the industry, came together for a draft, which took place Aug. 19. This year, the league consisted of 14 members, drafting in the traditional snake-style fashion for a modified PPR league (.75 points per reception).
For those who care to scour the entire draft results, you can click here.
For those looking for a more in-depth look at how things played out, you can peruse my comments on each pick of the first three rounds below, as well as some commentary about picks from the subsequent rounds. As you'll soon learn, this draft didn't take a conventional route to the finish line:
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1. LeSean McCoy, Phi, RB – Jeff Erickson
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
As always, the first and most important thing to understand about the New England Patriots is that the team is not in the business of helping fantasy owners. This is true of every NFL franchise, of course, but New England is uncommonly difficult. Bill Belichick's press conferences are weapons-grade boring, loaded with robotic non-answers. Every player is questionable, always. No one has scoop on this team. Nobody.
Complicating matters further, when you look at the Pats roster you'll see no fewer than seven skill players who are clear candidates to catch 40-50 passes or more. You'll also find at least three running backs who might share the backfield touches, forming a nightmare committee.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
The Johnny Football Era in Cleveland is going to have to wait. For now, make way for Johnny Clipboard and Johnny Headset.
The Browns sent an adrenaline shot to Twitter on Wednesday morning, unveiling their starting quarterback. Veteran retread Brian Hoyer gets the call for Week 1, tabbed over first-round pick Johnny Manziel.
"[Hoyer] was the clear leader from the beginning," head coach Mike Pettine said in a prepared statement. "We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room."
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 day ago
There’s an obvious top-five when it comes to running backs, and because there are so many question marks at the position afterward, I want an early pick this year. I’m fine with using the “zero RB” strategy if you get a later first round pick, assuming that still means waiting on quarterbacks, because of this. I’d actually put Montee Ball right behind the “big five” (LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Eddie Lacy, Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte, in case that wasn’t obvious) and in Tier Two all by himself, but I’m crazy like that. After him though, I have an agnostic opinion among the next dozen or so backs, similar to how I feel about quarterbacks in the Nos. 4-14 range. Marshawn Lynch and DeMarco Murray are the two likeliest to go next, which is a seemingly floor versus ceiling argument (although actually, some may say Lynch’s floor is also low since he’s a candidate to breakdown). I recently moved Andre Ellington up into my top 10 RBs, but I don’t exactly feel confident about ranking a 5-9, 199 back with 118 career rushing attempts so high. But based on personnel, it sure seems like Arizona’s rhetoric about giving him more touches is legit. Ellington’s 3.2 YPC after contact led all backs last season (minimum 115 carries).
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Well, that was unnerving. Just in case you didn't catch the Monday night preseason matchup between Washington and Cleveland, here's a faithful reenactment. Both teams were uncompromisingly sloppy, mistake-prone, and irrefutably not ready to play football in public.
If you think I'm just having an extreme negative reaction to an ugly quarter or two of meaningless exhibition football ... well, OK. Maybe you have a point. I'm usually the first person to tell you not to draw long-range conclusions from preseason action (or inaction). You probably shouldn't do it. I shouldn't do it. No one should do it.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Pittsburgh star and defending NL MVP Andrew McCutchen (rib) is expected back Tuesday, when first eligible. That's lovely. But what will Clint Hurdle do with his complicated outfield?
McCutchen and Starling Marte are both going to play, of course. After that, it's a case for a couple of lefties, Gregory Polanco and Travis Snider. Polanco is this year's hot Pittsburgh prospect, while Snider - still just 26 - was a hotshot rookie in Toronto a few seasons back.
Polanco's initial run hasn't gone as well as expected. He's posted decent category juice through 61 games (12 steals, six homers), but a .245/.313/.355 slash line leaves you cold. He's been especially mediocre since the break, posting a .229/.268/.364 line over the past month. Polanco's also batting .156 against lefties.
Snider is at .268 for the year, with 10 homers in 228 at-bats. He's on a .329/.386/.632 binge since the break. The southpaws haven't bothered him (through a limited sample): 9-for-27, .519 slugging.