- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade12 hrs ago
Your draft is in the books. Yahoo graders issued you a ‘promising’ C-. And now, you’re motivated to prove everyone wrong.
It’s game week, TEAM HUEVOS. Get pumped …
On this week’s down and dirty episode, Brad Evans and Scott Pianowski enter the ring and exchange blows over several hot-button topics driving a wedge through Fantasyland. Should you trust Gio Bernard in light of Jeremy Hill’s sudden emergence? Can Derek Carr make Oakland wide receivers statistically competent? Will Mark Ingram be more than a worthless pile of wombat dung?
Here’s how YOU can join the circus:
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade13 hrs ago
Whatever else you believe to be true about Detroit's new head coach, Jim Caldwell, at least he's not a lunatic. The Jim Schwartz era has ended. There will be no more angry end-of-game headset spikes, no more physical confrontations with opposing coaches.
Honestly, it's difficult to imagine any two people who are more dissimilar than Caldwell and Schwartz, in terms of demeanor. The former is so outwardly chill and composed that, at times, he appears to be lightly sedated; the latter is often a raving madman, unhinged and spitting-mad.
Back in June, veteran players offered these descriptions of Caldwell's approach:
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade14 hrs ago
For most of his career, Jordan Schafer has been one of those single-skill players. A one-trick pony, but it's a pretty good trick. He steals a bushel of bases (usable in very deep fantasy leagues) and that's about it.
Maybe the script is about to change. Perhaps Schafer is ready for his mixed-league closeup for the final month of the year.
Schafer, 27, has become a regular since his move to Minnesota four weeks ago, and he's making good on the opportunity. He's on a 21-for-64 binge over 21 games, with 10 steals in 11 attempts. He has a whopping 25 swipes (on 28 chances) this year, a ton of bags when you consider it's against a modest 144 at-bats. He had three hits, four RBIs and another steal in Thursday's win over the Royals. (Boom, Yosted.)
The Twins keep Schafer locked at the bottom of the lineup, but they've essentially given him a full-time outfield job. He's started 20 of the last 23 games, taking an occasional break against a left-handed opponent. Ron Gardenhire is letting his new outfielder run liberally, that's for sure. No one has more steals in the majors this month.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
According to various reports, Cowboys owner on draft night, but he was eventually subdued by underlings using flex-cuffs and animal tranquilizers.
Or maybe he was convinced through logic and thoughtful debate and reas—
Well, no. This is Jerry [profane] Jones. He was almost certainly cuffed and drugged. Otherwise, there's no way he would have allowed Manziel to land outside Big D. As Jones himself recently said of the Cowboys, "We're the glitz and the glamor of the NFL."
Yeah, OK. I'm gonna guess that if you asked 1,000 NFL fans to play word association and then said "Dallas Cowboys," the most common response would be "mediocrity."
This team has finished 8-8 in three consecutive seasons, failing to qualify for the playoffs during the Jason Garrett era. But sure: "Glitz and glamor." Sounds like a reasonable plan, Jer.Thu, Aug 28Denver27 - 3DallasGame Recap
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade2 days ago
We all expected a blistering pace from the Philadelphia Eagles in Chip Kelly's first pro season, and the team didn't disappoint. Philly's offense operated at an unmatched tempo, at times limited only by the speed of NFL officiating crews.
All things considered, it was an impressive show.
Philadelphia ranked fourth in the league in scoring (27.6 PPG), second in total yards (417.3 YPG) and first in rushing (160.4 YPG). This offense was a machine, and it was at its best in the second half of the season. The Eagles averaged 22.0 points per game over the first eight weeks, then 33.25 thereafter.Thu, Aug 28NY Jets7 - 37PhiladelphiaGame Recap
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
I'm doing this article a little earlier than I'd like to. I'm about 60 percent of the way through my draft and auction season, and I know some of my opponents love to use my publicly-declared targets against me.
So it goes. It's part of the gig.
The names listed below are the common-share players showing up on my rosters to this point. While the fantasy season has yet to be written, the success or failure of this group will have a large say in how I do.
Maybe you'll agree on many, maybe you're agree on none. That's why we have a game.
The first name is the headliner, the player I have the most shares of. Everyone else is listed in no particular order. To the clipboard:
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 days ago
For months the fantasy community has waited on pins and needles for the NFL’s decision on the No. 1 ranked fantasy wide receiver from a season ago (in per game), Josh Gordon. Speculating he could receive a reduced or no suspension at all, riverboat gamblers throughout August rolled the dice and picked the troubled wideout in the later rounds hoping the football gods would reward their huevos.
Sadly, those who invested in his services were struck down by lightning Wednesday.
The NFL officially upheld Gordon’s year-long suspension, a crippling blow to the virtual game and the unlucky Cleveland Browns.
The news certainly stung, but the games must go on. Here’s a quick spin on how Gordon’s absence impacts the fantasy value of those wearing orange position-by-position:Thu, Aug 28Chicago13 - 33ClevelandGame Recap
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade3 days ago
In the eight years that we've produced produced the Juggernaut Index here at Yahoo, I don't think we've ever once led a team preview by talking about a defense. We're here to have a fantasy conversation, after all. Defenses are generally an afterthought in our game. It's a roster spot that many savvy fantasy owners tend to stream.
However, the Seahawks D is an outlier in many ways. It feels wrong to begin any consideration of this franchise without first acknowledging that Seattle's 2013 defense may have been the best in NFL history — and if it isn't at the top of your ranks, it needs to at least make the short list.Thu, Aug 28Seattle31 - 41OaklandGame Recap
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Tim Lincecum might be the most consistently-panned player in this space over the last couple of years. We didn't give him an excuse for the gopheritis trend that started in 2012. We didn't trust the K/9 rate, given that the strikeout percentage was moving in the wrong direction. We didn't play the "but he's Tim Lincecum" card, an all-time silly argument.
Numbers over names, man.
But Timmy Lincecum in the Giants bullpen? Yeah, I'm intrigued again.
Lincecum's star started to fade in the 2012 season, but you probably remember he was a reliever for most of San Francisco's championship run. Check what he did out of the bullpen that October: 13 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 17 K. The appearances came against the Reds, Cardinals and Tigers. (Full disclosure, he was knocked around in one start at St. Louis.)