- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade6 hrs ago
Fantasy is a speculative game. Predict the future, and you look like a genius. Don't, and you're painfully human. Gazing into the crystal ball, here's our view on 10 intriguing over/unders this week.
Colin Kaepernick, widely perceived as a sure-fire QB1 preseason, has grossly underachieved this year, ranking outside the top-12 in per game average among QBs. In the final regular season game at the 'Stick, 279.5 combined yards against Atlanta.
Dalton – OVER. It's possible the 49ers win big and Kap still finishes under this number, but he's gotten 8.1 YPA with 28.5 rushing yards over his past four games. Michael Crabtree's return has been a big deal, and Atlanta has allowed a 103.4 QB Rating this season, which is the second highest in the NFL. I expect the Niners to pour it on during the team's final game at Candlestick.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 day 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 16 Lames in the comments section below.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 days 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 Arcade2 days ago
After missing the first nine games last year with a broken hand, Kevin Love struggled when he returned, shooting just 35.2 percent from the field, including 21.7 percent from behind the arc. Despite averaging 18.3 ppg and 14.0 rpg (which would have easily led the league had he qualified), Love was just the 171st most valuable fantasy player on a per game basis. He only managed 18 games before re-fracturing his right hand, ending his season right after the new year. Fantasy owners (rightfully) were unconcerned with the lost season, as Love was drafted aggressively entering this year, often in the top-five, and he’s rewarded those in a big way so far, as offseason surgery completely fixed the hand issue. Love leads the NBA with 22 double-doubles, and the big man has been especially impressive of late, averaging 27.8 ppg, 13.3 rpg and 3.7 3PT in December. He now has more 40-point games (five) than Kevin Garnett had during his entire tenure in Minnesota. Love also has seven games of 25 points and 15 rebounds this year. To put that into perspective, Dwight Howard has one such game. Love will never be a very good shot blocker, but it’s hard to argue with someone leading the NBA in rebounds per game while also averaging 4.0 apg and a whopping 2.5 3PT who’s center eligible. Love leads the league with 21.1 rebounding chances per game, but his contested rebound percentage (39.4) is higher than Howard (34.5), DeMarcus Cousins (33.3), Nikola Vucevic (32.4) and LaMarcus Aldridge (30.1). In other words, Love may be getting a high volume of opportunities on the glass, but he’s as efficient or better than most of the league-leaders in the category - the true standouts here are Roy Hibbert (48.1), Anthony Davis (46.3) and Andre Drummond (45.6). It all counts the same in fantasy anyway, where Love is currently the No. 5 ranked player, and that’s without considering position scarcity.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade3 days 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 16. But, at least, the Skinny represents a best-guess starting point for owners to consult as they begin their week of roster preparation.
Editor's Note: This is the final week for the Skinny in '13, but look for Yahoo! position rankings to be live by Tuesday, December 24 in Week 17, where my rankings will be listed along with the other four Yahoo! fantasy experts. Thanks for following along with me in this space this season, and best of luck with your fantasy championship matchups. Cheers!
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade3 days ago
If Baltimore Ravens kicker Tucker is not now your favorite athlete human, I can only assume it's because you lost to a Tucker-led fantasy team in Week 15. The man booted six field goals on Monday night, accounting for all points scored by the Ravens, extending his streak of successful kicks to 33.
The highlight kick, without question, was this go-ahead 61-yarder, nailed with 43 seconds on the clock. That's badass. (Awesome call by Tirico, too.) Tucker's other five kicks were from 53, 49, 32, 29 and 24 yards — relative layups, compared to the game-winner.
Was Tucker thrilled to play such a vital role in Baltimore's win? Well, sure. But he was extra happy to have .
"I was getting hit up, actually, quite a bit on the Twittershpere leading up to the game for a couple days, people in their fantasy playoff matchups. And, you know, those are very important. So I'm glad to have come through, of course, for my team here — for my reality-team. But also my fantasy owners, a big thank you for picking me up. It means a lot to me."Sun, Dec 221:25 PM PSTNew England at BaltimorePreview Game
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade3 days ago
The Eagles, who’ve typically played better on the road than at home over the past couple of years, were near touchdown favorites while riding a five-game winning streak facing a Vikings team that entered with just three wins on the season and without Adrian Peterson. Philly ended up losing 48-30, as Matt Cassel completed 74.3 percent of his passes while getting 10.9 YPA with two touchdown tosses (and a TD run). Cassel has proven to be an above average backup quarterback this season, making Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman look like low-end QB2s…Nick Foles was shaky at times but again ultimately filled the stat sheet, which is all that matters to fantasy owners. The QB threw for 428 yards and three scores (and a two-point conversion), also leading the Eagles with 41 rushing yards. Foles has a 26:2 TD:turnover ratio with a 9.0 YPA on the year, making him the NFL’s biggest surprise of 2013, both in real life terms and fantasy…Matt Asiata rushed 30 times for just 51 yards, but he also scored three touchdowns, which is three times the amount of TDs Adrian Peterson has scored since Week 10. Fantasy football is a cruel game…One week after rushing for a career-high 217 yards, LeSean McCoy was given eight carries against a Vikings front seven that entered having allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this year. Although he did add 68 receiving yards…Where did that come from, Greg Jennings?…DeSean Jackson had a huge game, hauling in 10-of-16 targets for 195 yards and a score. He could’ve had another touchdown on a reverse run (on 4th-and-1 no less) had Foles not committed an unnecessary personal foul penalty. Jackson is on pace to finish with 86 catches for 1,457 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
We're on the edge of the fantasy finals and there's no guarantee the best teams made it to the last dance. Maybe you're the unfortunate soul, done in by slumping Broncos or a tipped interception at the wrong time. Maybe that Charles fellow did a tap dance on your championship dream. There's no time quite as sad as the day after elimination.
It's not too soon to look ahead to 2014, with the idea of making your league a better one - a league that's more likely to reward the stronger players. Our fake games can always be improved, tweaked, heck . . . fixed. With that in mind, here are some thoughts on a clipboard, themes to consider when you start up your next fantasy pool.
Start More Players: This should be a no-brainer. When you use more players every week, you iron out flukes, reward owners who understand the player pool, and give everyone more to watch and root for. Mediocre owners want short rosters, and mediocre owners generally loathe the bye weeks. The better owners thrive in a more dynamic game.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade4 days ago
Welp, that's settled.
If you had any doubts about which name belonged atop draft boards in 2014, Jamaal Charles resolved the issue on Sunday, emphatically — in the first half.
By intermission in Oakland, the Chiefs led the Raiders 35-17, and Charles had already visited the end zone for the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th times this season. Jamaal would finish his day with 215 total yards, eight catches and five scores. Five . Add it all up and you get 51.5 standard league fantasy points, the highest total we've seen this season (and one of the best all-time. It wasn't Billy Cannon in '61, but it was great). Charles now leads the NFL in touchdowns, he's second in all-purpose yards, and he leads his position in fantasy scoring by a wide margin.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade4 days ago
Fantasy playoffs. You're celebrating, you're drowning sorrows, you're sweating it out.
Let's talk about it.
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