- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 hrs ago
Each week the Noise highlights 12-13 somewhat obscure, un-obvious names who he believes are destined to torch the competition. To qualify, each player must be started in fewer than 60 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 5 Flames in the comments section below.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade16 hrs ago
The Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the top 50 fantasy football players. Essentially, the Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for an owner who is planning to participate in a draft today. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football default scoring settings are used as the baseline for the Big Board, which is updated on a regular basis during the season.
DROPPED OUT: Cordarrelle Patterson, Min, WR; Darren Sproles, Phi, RB; Brandin Cooks, NO, WR; Marques Colston, NO, WR; Andre Johnson, Hou, WR
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
You're not supposed to get emotional over the stocks, as Gordon Gekko once said. You're not supposed to get emotional over fantasy football players, either.
But I dare you to watch Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles and not get excited for his immediate future.
Bortles didn't have a magnificent fantasy day in his first NFL start (29-for-37, 253 yards, one TD, two INTs, 24 rushing yards), to be fair. Most of the completions came on short throws. He ranked just 17th in basic Yahoo scoring amongst quarterbacks, and that's on a heavy bye week. Teddy Bridgewater did better in his first start. Mike Glennon and Ryan Tannehill posted better numbers, too. And all of those other quarterbacks probably have better supporting casts than Bortles does (it's a certainty with Bridgewater).
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Minnesota Vikings rookie Teddy Bridgewater was mostly excellent on Sunday in his first regular season NFL start. He lit up Atlanta's defense for 317 passing yards on just 30 attempts, and he rushed for 27 yards and one score.
Bridgewater rarely put the ball at risk, he attacked at multiple levels, and he was decisive, accurate and generally unflappable. It helped, of course, that his offensive line decisively won almost every battle.
With Bridgewater at the controls, Minnesota's offense gained 558 total yards and averaged 7.5 yards per play.
Unfortunately, Bridgewater also exited late in the Vikes' 41-28 win, not long after rolling his left ankle. He downplayed the severity of the injury in postgame comments, as did head coach Mike Zimmer.
Still, when a guy gets carted to the locker room, we worry — it's only natural.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Steve Smith Sr. had promised a reckoning.
"Blood and guts everywhere," he said back in March.
During Baltimore's season opener, when cameras found Smith on the sideline, he let us all know — in the clearest possible terms — that he was looking forward to seeing Carolina in Week 4.
Predictably, Smith roasted his former employer on Sunday, hauling in seven passes on 10 targets, finishing with 139 yards and two touchdowns. If anyone actually doubted whether Smith was amped for a fight this week, his first reception settled the issue. After the catch, he stiff-armed Roman Harper to the turf — almost needlessly, since he had the safety beat.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
It's a common frame every week – some fantasy players exceed our expectations, some fantasy players let us down. Here's a scoreboard from the first-wave of Week 4 action.
-- Packers Offense: After a tricky first three weeks, it was refreshing to see the Packers back at full throttle in their romp at Chicago. Aaron Rodgers played just about a perfect game (22-for-28 passing, 302 yards, four touchdowns), and he brought his big-name receivers along for the ride (Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb combined for 221 yards and four touchdowns). The game was at Soldier Field, but the Packers banged on the drum all day.
Eddie Lacy owners didn't enjoy the game nearly as much, though he at least contributed something (59 total yards on 18 touches, one touchdown). A second Lacy touchdown was wiped out by a holding penalty. The Packers host Minnesota on Thursday. [Related: Smith jabs Panthers after Ravens' win ]
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Five selections against the Yahoo PickEm line, that's how we roll.
Classic zigzag theory requires a pick on the Bucs +7.5. Tampa just looked horrendous on National TV, while Pittsburgh had its best effort. An outlier is never a fair approximation of any team, and I expect the Bucs offense to actually have a fighting chance now that Mike Glennon is the starting quarterback.
I'll take the Jets +1.5, liking how they move the ball between the 20s. Geno Smith's turnover issues are maddening, but correctable.
I know Philly has a ton of offensive line problems, but I love the depth of the skill players, not to mention the mind of Chip Kelly. What scares us about San Francisco's defense? I'll try Philly +5.
We've learned not to trust the Saints on the road, but Jerry World is not an intimidating place for visiting teams. Dallas's defense might not be the sieve we feared in August, but Tony Romo will give the ball away a few times. Grab New Orleans -3.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
September is the silly season for fantasy baseball. Rosters get large, players get shut down, no-names get playing time. If you've lasted this long, you know the risks by now. Everything is tentative and in flux.
Nonetheless, we wanted to you to know about a couple of pitching changes for Sunday.
Miguel Gonzalez is getting the call for the finale at Toronto, taking the spot initially marked for Ubaldo Jimenez. Gonzalez has been excellent in the second half of the year, posting a 2.35 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over 10 starts. Jimenez is expected to see relief work in this game.
The Giants have decided to use rookie Chris Heston for their finale against San Diego; Madison Bumgarner is being saved for the playoffs. Heston, 26, had a solid summer with Triple-A Fresno, with a 3.38 ERA and 1.17 WHIP over 173 innings. He struck out 2.45 men for every walk.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade4 days ago
With six vacationing NFL clubs, Week 4 is a tricky one to navigate. But all things considered, it's not that bad an injury report. We'll start with the wide receivers and tight ends.
• Calvin Johnson (ankle) had a limited workout Friday after missing the two previous days. The Lions have an early start at the Jets, so you'll want to double-check before locking in the lineup. Johnson usually plays through most maladies, but he did have one surprise game-day scratch last season.
• Brandon Marshall (ankle) looked superhuman in the Week 2 win at San Francisco, but it's been a tricky slog since. He was clearly compromised Monday at New York, and he hasn't practiced all week. He's a true game-day call for Sunday's division grudge match against the Packers. Santonio Holmes gets a rank upgrade if Marshall is forced out of action, in theory anyway, and tight end Martellus Bennett has been a target monster in the early going.