- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade4 hrs ago
Each week the Noise highlights 10 somewhat un-obvious names who 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 15 Lames in the comments section below.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade5 hrs ago
The fantasy playoffs are upon us, and losing is not an option.
At times like this, I rarely like to roll with a flavor-of-week pickup, unless it's out of necessity. I'm not benching Frank Gore for Toby Gerhart, I'm not sitting Matt Ryan in favor of Kirk Cousins, and I'm not demoting Vincent Jackson for Cordarrelle Patterson. Maybe that makes my Week 15 ranks a little boring, but I tend to worry about the substantial downside of unproven and/or lower-tier talents.
But hey, it's your team. You made it this far. Manage as you see fit. If you're part of the Ogbonnaya Army, I wish you well.
The point of this preamble — which obviously has little to do with Thursday night's matchup — is that I don't really think you should be looking for many fliers this time of year. Clearly your lineup was good enough to get you to December. This is no time to bail on your stars.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 day 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 15 Flames in the comments section below.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Kyrie Irving was the 13th most valuable fantasy player on a per game basis last year, and he entered 2013/14 as a borderline top-five pick. The biggest worry, of course, was durability, as after missing most of his one year at Duke the point guard had missed 38 of a possible 148 games over his first two seasons in the NBA. That makes his start to this season so bizarre, as he’s stayed healthy yet entered Tuesday’s action as the 116th ranked fantasy player, with such luminaries as Steve Blake and Jason Smith directly above him. Irving is 21 years old (six months younger than Michael Carter-Williams!), so it wasn’t exactly a stretch to expect further growth in his game this season let alone him not to take such a major step back. Irving’s numbers have been down pretty much across the board, but the most glaring issue has been his field goal percentage, as after shooting 46.9% and 45.2% over his first two years in the league, respectively, he’s at 39.4% this season (this actually dates back to the end of last year, when he had a 36.1 FG% over the final month). He’s struggled both from outside (he shot 39.4% from downtown over his first two years and is hitting just 30.4% of his triples in 2013/14) and inside (Irving’s 155 drives are the eighth-most in the NBA, and he’s shooting just 37.6% on them). Still, he’s so young, quite obviously highly skilled and currently has the third-highest Usage Rate (29.9) in the league, so Irving is more of a buy low (if possible, which is questionable) than someone to panic over right now. Hopefully Tuesday’s big game (37 points, 11 assists, four threes, 14/23 FG) was a sign of things to come, although it was against a porous Knicks defense.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Thinking ahead is a necessity in fantasy football. By the conclusion of Monday night, owners need to immediately turn their thoughts to roster maintenance so as to account for the ever-changing NFL landscape. Injuries, depth chart fluctuations and upcoming matchups need to be mulled in an effort to determine which players should be added, dropped, benched and/or started in the week ahead. The Skinny will strive to paint an early picture of what you can expect in the coming week of NFL action. The player rankings below are subject to change based on news developments and my constant scrutiny as we move towards the kickoff of Week 14. But, at least, the Skinny represents a best-guess starting point for owners to consult as they begin their week of roster preparation.
Most FPPG allowed: DAL; MIN; JAC; TB; WAS — Least FPPG allowed: SEA; CAR; SF; NO; MIA
Most FPPG allowed: DAL; WAS; CHI; TEN; STL — Least FPPG allowed: ARI; NYJ; CAR; BAL; CIN
Most FPPG allowed: PHI; BUF; DET; MIN; SDG — Least FPPG allowed: SEA; TEN; MIA; CAR; HOU
Most FPPG allowed: ARI; JAC; MIN; MIA; WAS — Least FPPG allowed: PHI; KC; SF; DET; STL
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Matt McGloin had an impressive 3:0 TD:INT ratio during his first career start, which came in Houston against a Texans defense that ranked first against the pass at the time (at least if you used total yardage against, which admittedly isn’t the best method). Since then, he’s arguably been even better, as he’s gotten 8.2 YPA over the past three games, taking just three sacks over that span. One game came against a Tennessee secondary that entered Week 14 having allowed the fewest passing touchdowns in the NFL, while another came in New York on Sunday, when the Raiders lost their 13th straight game in the Eastern Time Zone while playing without the team’s No. 1 WR and top two running backs. Teammate Terrelle Pryor (who saw some action Sunday) and Case Keenum are two recent examples of why not to overreact to small samples of a quarterback getting off to a hot start, but McGloin has had an encouraging beginning to his NFL career…Geno Smith tossed a TD for the first time since Oct. 20…Facing a Jets front seven that has allowed an NFL-low 3.1 YPC, Marcel Reece ran for 123 yards and a score on just 19 carries, adding another 38 receiving yards on two catches. Reece was highly productive when he was Oakland’s primary ballcarrier for a stretch last season and would be a high-end RB2 for fantasy purposes during the rest of the fantasy playoffs should he continue to be so, although early word suggests Rashad Jennings will return in Week 15…Here’s Chris Ivory doing Chris Ivory things.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
For the lucky ones, semifinal berths are already in the mail. For those on the wire, there's a second half to watch.
Romo. McCown. Murray. Bennett. Bryant. Marshall.
And where the heck did you come from, Alshon Jeffery?
Let's sweat it out together.
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- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Kicker scoring is fluky, everyone understands that. Kickers drive us nuts. But that doesn't mean these guys can't swing championship matches.
During most of the fantasy season, I'm simply trying to hook up with a favored team and a reliable offense, leave it at that. I'll usually stream my kicker on a weekly basis, too. But when December rolls around, weather also becomes a factor for me.
Sure, Matt Prater finished first on the Week 14 kicking board, laughing at the cold. The Broncos offense surely helped, but Prater proved to be matchup proof. Nonetheless, many of the other winter wonderlands took a tax at the PK spot - especially in Philadelphia, where neither team even wanted to attempt placement kicks.
If you doubled up on the idea of a favored kicker in warm weather, you found some decent scorers in Week 14. Phil Dawson collected 16 points, Nick Novak went for 14, Rian Lindell scooped 11. Even Josh Scobee produced 10 on Thursday, if you were wise enough to predict Jacksonville's mild upset over scuffling Houston. (Okay, Jay Feely didn't have a day for Arizona, despite a lopsided win. Nothing's perfect.)
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Tight ends are the popular shopping item right now, for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, we saw the unfortunate Rob Gronkowski injury Sunday, and unfortunately it's a season-ender. And heck, these big guys seem to score a lot in the modern NFL, especially at this time of the year. Eighteen different tight ends made end zone visits in Week 14, a season high - and even with the league posting the highest touchdown count in history, that's significant.
Let's get you some prices. Here's how I'd attack the tight end position if starting from scratch right now. Players at the same price are considered even. If you want to go to the moon for Jimmy Graham, fine ... this exercise really isn't about him.
Opponents for Weeks 15-16 have been added. Happy hunting.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Even if you wanted to avoid the bad weather games this week, it was hardly possible. We had wintry conditions all over the map. Philadelphia basically looked like Hoth (see above). Snow covered the fields in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington and Green Bay, too.
And in the end, league-wide statistical production didn't exactly suffer. Here's a look at total points and yards from Sunday's snow games:
DET-PHI – 54 points, 706 total net yards MIA-PIT – 62 points, 772 yards KC-WAS – 55 points, 607 yards MIN-BAL – 55 points, 703 yards ATL-GB – 43 points, 619 yards
Not exactly a fantasy snowpocalypse.
Matthew Stafford's owners might be whining about weather tonight, sure, but we should note that Nick Foles delivered 20.46 points on the same field. Ryan Tannehill had never previously played a game in the snow, and he'll finish as a top-10 QB.
Honestly, there are not many things that fantasy owners overrate more than the impact of snow — maybe Jared Cook, but that's it.