- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade12 hrs 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.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade22 hrs ago
Twenty more darts to throw in the 2013 season; let's try to finish strong.
-- Ravens -6.5 vs. Vikings: Baltimore's defense has rallied nicely since the opening-week shellacking in Denver, and the Ravens also enjoy a notable home-field advantage. Minnesota's rushing defense is in a funk and everyone throws on them. Blowout potential here.
-- Rams +6.5 at Cardinals: The pesky Rams come to play, in chippy fashion, just about every week. Carson Palmer has some snappy fantasy numbers of late, but he's still capable of throwing games away - or keeping them competitive - on any given Sunday.
-- Niners -2.5 vs. Seahawks: As much as I love Seattle in general - I consider the Seahawks overwhelming NFC favorites - I want the more desperate team here, I want the more rested team here, and I love giving less than three in this spot. The Niners have something to prove after its last two embarrassing losses to the Seahawks (both in Seattle).
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade23 hrs ago
Two guys talking about football, long form. You might enjoy it. You might prefer to be mauled by polar bears. The choice is up to you.
From: scott pianowski Date: Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 7:23 AM Subject: hometown bias breakfast To: Mark Stopa
We'll use the extra time this week, afforded to us by Houston and Jacksonville meeting up Thursday night. No one sees Keenum-Henne as a showdown for the ages. At least both teams are ready to dive into a rich quarterback draft of 2014.
The sophomore quarterback class, the 2012 group, sure got interesting in a hurry. Russell Wilson seems head and shoulders above the group for now, but it's tricky to sort through everyone else. If you're starting a team from scratch, how would you rank Wilson, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Nick Foles and Ryan Tannehill? The three middle names are the biggest conundrums of the moment.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 day ago
With the fantasy playoffs underway, championship-minded owners are hopeful they won't be left out in the cold. However, bone-chilling temperatures, snow, sleet and rain could impact several games from the Rockies to the East Coast.
On this week's mind-warming program, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston will detail Old Man Winter's potential impacts on various brand names, including Peyton Manning. We'll also reveal out sleepers, busts and hail marys from every remaining Week 14 game, chit-chat with Melanie Collins and Kay Adams and, of course, answer your pressing playoff questions.
Here's how YOU can join the circus:
Nuke some hot chocolate. Throw another log on the fire. And lend an ear. 'Fantasy Football Live' is about to take the air.
- Yahoo! Sports Staff at Roto Arcade2 days ago
SNOW. ICE. FRIGID TEMPS.
Terrible conditions are expected in key NFL cities this Sunday, you guys — we're talking scary-cold. Like, Eric Decker may have to stuff Wes Welker inside a tauntaun. No one is sure if Peyton Manning's tiny, baby-soft hands will function properly.
The bottom line is that you've never needed Fantasy Football Live like you need us now.
Please join us on Sunday morning, 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Brandon, Brad, Melanie, Kay and Andy will have all the essential injury and weather news, plus we'll answer all of your start/sit questions. Call us at 877-FFL-GURU, or find us on Twitter at @YahooFantasy, where Scott Pianowski drives the chat. We're here for you.
Winter is coming...
...and you must not be caught unprepared.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
With a bunch of tight ends on the injury report, we'll flip the usual ordering of our weekly doctor visit and start with the WR/TE grab. Please have your paperwork and copay ready.
• Julius Thomas (knee) had two full practices Thursday and Friday, setting him up for an expected return against Tennessee. The Broncos list him as probable. Have a day, Orange Julius.
• The Patriots have ruled out Aaron Dobson (foot), but things aren't as clear with Kenbrell Thompkins (hip). You're in the playoffs, you don't need to go this deep. Keep rolling with the usual kids in this passing game, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and (maybe) Danny Amendola.
Gronkowski, incidentally, is listed as questionable on the injury report (hamstring/back/forearm), but he's expected to play his normal role.
• Vincent Jackson (hamstring) isn't 100 percent, though he did log two partial practices at the end of the week. The Bucs list him as questionable. It's an early start against Buffalo, so we'll know the story in time.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade3 days ago
OK, this week's fliers are definitely not for the shallow leaguers among you. Perhaps your fantasy roster is so loaded that you can simply ignore all Texans and Jags, but not everyone is in such a favorable situation.
With the opening week of the fantasy playoffs at last upon us (in many leagues), I'm rolling with both of these guys, somewhere...
TE Garrett Graham, Hou (36 percent owned)
Sure, there are better Grahams to start at tight end, but at least Garrett has a friendly matchup. Jacksonville's defense has allowed the second-most fantasy points to the tight end position this season, yielding 69 catches for 773 yards and eight spikes. The Jags have given up useful fantasy lines to such luminaries as Zach Miller (2 TDs), Coby Fleener (77 yards, TD), Delanie Walker (62 yards, TD) and Rob Housler (70 yards). Graham has seen 33 targets over his last three games, so you can't argue that he's lacked opportunities. During that three-game stretch, he's hauled in 15 balls for 204 yards and one score. Owen Daniels isn't quite ready to return for Houston, so Graham's workload should be safe for another week.
WR Ace Sanders, Jac (2 percent owned)
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade5 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 14 Flames in the comments section below.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade5 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 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: MIN; DAL; TB; JAC; DEN — Least FPPG allowed: CAR; SEA; TEN; SF; MIA
Most FPPG allowed: DAL; CHI; MIN; ATL; WAS — Least FPPG allowed: ARI; NYJ; CAR; BAL; CIN
Most FPPG allowed: PHI; BUF; DET; MIN; SDG — Least FPPG allowed: TEN; MIA; SEA; CAR; ARI
Most FPPG allowed: ARI; JAC; DEN; WAS; MIA — Least FPPG allowed: SF; KC; PHI; STL; DET
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade6 days ago
Over his last seven games, Geno Smith has posted a 1:11 TD:INT ratio. Over that same span dating back to Week 6, Maurice Jones-Drew has thrown as many touchdown passes as Smith. The rookie QB has also fumbled eight times this year and sports a very poor sack percentage. It’s been ugly, as Smith was benched for Matt Simms on Sunday. The Jets will likely again select a QB early in next year’s draft. Those who own the Panthers defense have to be salivating, as they have a home matchup against New York in Week 15…With Daniel Thomas out for the year, Lamar Miller was given a season-high 22 carries (he had reached 15 rushing attempts just twice all year), and it’s best to ignore his modest 72 rushing yards, as the Jets have allowed an NFL-low 2.9 YPC (the next best is 3.5). Miller has been frustrating and hasn’t scored since Week 4, but if he’s going to be treated as a workhorse like he was Sunday moving forward, he can be a difference maker in the fantasy playoffs, especially with a home matchup against a Patriots team that yielded three TD runs to Ben Tate on Sunday in Week 15. Tate was playing with four broken ribs, was benched last week and entered with one touchdown on the year…I bumped Chris Ivory up late in my fantasy ranks this week, but it didn’t pan out as he ran for just 61 yards on 12 carries, which would have looked much worse if not for one 32-yard carry…Mike Wallace has recorded 12 catches (on 19 targets) for 209 yards and two touchdowns over the past two games, as he’s finally being utilized like the No. 1 WR Miami has been paying him to be. Although to be fair, his effort to prevent a Ryan Tannehill pick in the middle of the second quarter was pretty pathetic, and it’s possible Dee Milliner thought he was playing flag football here…Over his last six games, Stephen Hill has grabbed 6-of-25 targets, getting a microscopic 1.7 YPT over that span, while Ed Reed has an 0-10 record while playing this season.