- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade5 hrs ago
If you didn't have Ryan Tannehill in your Circle of Trust entering Week 16, you certainly weren't alone.
Tannehill threw just two touchdowns in his previous three games, doing little with some prime passing matchups (Jets, Ravens). And the entire Miami offense dropped the ball in the second half of last week's loss at New England, scoring zero points. No one on the Yahoo staff considered Tannehill a Top 10 quarterback for fantasy's championship week.
So much for all that. Sunday's home game against Minnesota turned into an afternoon of pinball.
Tannehill posted the game of his short career in the 37-35 victory, and Miami needed every last bit of the production. The third-year quarterback completed 35-of-47 passes for 396 yards, with four touchdowns against one interception. It's a personal best for completions and touchdowns, while the yardage was his second-best mark ever.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade12 hrs ago
Here's the plan for this week, all numbers against the Yahoo Pro Football Pick'Em Line: Patriots -10, Broncos -3, Oakland +5.5, Houston +5, Redskins +7.5 (released Saturday).
Can't see the Patriots taking the Jets lightly given what's at stake (they're protecting the No. 1 seed in the AFC). The first meeting was close, to the point that this is almost a revenge spot (consider how the Pats crushed Miami in the rematch). And surely Geno Smith will be good for a couple of turnovers. Lay the wood.
When's the last time Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton came through in a big prime-time spot? I know Peyton Manning doesn't look sharp right now, but Julius Thomas is back, C.J. Anderson is a horse, and the Broncos defense is one of the underreported stories of the second half..Sun, Dec 21New England17 - 16NY JetsGame Recap
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
If you're still reading this, congratulations – you made it to championship week. Let's take a good look around the injury report, starting with the wide receivers.
• It comes down to a game-time decision for Julio Jones (hip), so we'll have to sweat it out into Sunday. At least the Falcons have a 1 pm ET start at New Orleans. Jones didn't work in practice all week.
• T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) was a non-participant all week and it sounds like he probably won't go at Dallas. The Colts already have their division won, but it would take a miracle to get an AFC bye, as they already trail the Broncos and Patriots and have head-to-head losses against both clubs. Thus, it's easy to imagine the Colts resting their star wideout.
• Keenan Allen (collarbone) won't play Saturday at San Francisco, and Week 17 seems like a stretch, too. Eddie Royal and Seyi Ajirotutu are the candidates to step up in his absence.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 day ago
This column will concentrate on borderline fantasy options who should get strong consideration to start/bench during the upcoming week based on schedules.
Shabazz Muhammad: Despite averaging 19.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals while hitting 53.0 percent of his shots from the floor over the past eight games, he’s owned in just 28 percent of Yahoo leagues, which needs to be rectified immediately. He may be playing a bit over his head, but after getting inserted into the starting lineup Friday, he produced a couple of threes and a career-high five assists. Muhammad has averaged 16.0 field goal attempts over the past five games (he came off the bench in four of them). To put this in perspective, that would rank No. 18 in the league this season, ahead of players like Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and Dirk Nowitzki. Muhammad may eventually lose playing time when Kevin Martin returns, but he’s looking at a big increase in Usage Rate with Corey Brewer traded to Houston, so while Minnesota plays three games in Week nine, he’s well worth using (Muhammad has been the No. 26 player over the past week in which he played just three contests).
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade2 days ago
I wish I could say I was among those still working towards a fantasy title this week, but, alas, I was knocked out in a couple leagues in the aftermath of a bloody Sunday in Week 15 in which many big names came up short (Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Josh Gordon, I'm looking at you). That said, I still have some scratch on the line in some consolation contests, which means I'm still working hard to uncover this week's likely booms and busts. So, for the final time this season I offer you the players that jump out to me for looking better or worse than usual this week. Best of luck in your championship matchups, and happy holidays!
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 mth ago
The running back position dominates this week's lap around the injury report, so we'll start there. Get your copays and clipboards ready.
-- The Texans are playing it coy with Arian Foster (groin), but he didn't practice all week. It would be a shock if he played Sunday against Cleveland. Alfred Blue is the next man up, and Andy Behrens offers some Blue propaganda over here.
-- Giovani Bernard (hip) missed the full practice week and remains a game-by-game proposition. He won't play Week 11 at New Orleans, leaving Jeremy Hill to start again.
-- Although Reggie Bush (ankle) is listed as questionable, it would be a surprise if he made it at Arizona. Joique Bell and Theo Riddick figure to share the backfield work.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade1 mth ago
Is Andrew Luck the fantasy MVP thus far in 2014? Some of our stathead friends are willing to sign off.
There are a zillion ways to frame the argument and assemble a case. With that in mind, we tapped on the door of our buddies at Automated Insights and asked them to whip up some research. (Don't let the name fool you, those guys assemble tons of organic insights that are anything but automated.)
Here's what the AI crew offered back to us:
Let's examine four different stats, and then a mixing of those four grades into a final stat, to see how the MVP candidates stack up to one another.
-- Consistency Index measures the stability of a player's week-over-week winning percentage relative to other MVP candidates.
-- Start Index measures how frequently a player has been started over all Yahoo! leagues relative to other MVP candidates.
-- Upside Index measures how frequently a player's weekly winning percentage exceeds 60% relative to other MVP candidates.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 mth ago
Atlanta, Golden State and Indiana all have 2-game weeks upcoming, which means many of you will be looking for temporary assistance. Let's sweep the league for a five-pack of widely available replacement options...
SG/SF Anthony Morrow, OKC (32 percent owned)
OK, this will serve as last call on Morrow, a player we highlighted last week following his return to practice. Morrow dropped 28 points on the Celtics on Wednesday, going 11-for-16 from the field in 31 minutes with four 3s and five boards. These days, plenty of shots are available in OKC, and Morrow happens to be on the short list of Earth's best shooters. His career three-point percentage is 43.0, which is absurd (historically so). Westbrook and Durant are weeks away, so Morrow won't be starved for minutes. If you like points and threes (without sacrificing field goal percentage), this is your pickup.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 mth 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 for Week 11.
Rashad Jennings, back from a four-game absence due to a sprained MCL, combined yards against the Patrick Willis-less Niners 79.5.
Dalton – UNDER. Willis hasn’t played in more than a month, and he was a shell of himself before that (averaging 5.7 tackles per game). The 49ers have allowed just 3.9 YPC and the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, and it’s unlikely Jennings becomes a true workhorse during his first action since Week 5 coming off a sprained MCL.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 mth ago
The Shuffle Up series is all about value to come. What's happened to this point is merely an audition. How would you rank the players if you were starting from fresh today? (These are not Week 11 ranks ; you can find those over here.)
The dollar values are merely comparison tools; they're not assembled in any scientific way (and not used comparatively with different positions). Players at the same position and price are considered even. We're aiming to illustrate tiers, show where the pockets of value are.
You'll disagree with some things (perhaps many things) because that's why we have a game in the first place. Share your respectful disagreement in the comments.
And remember the golden rule, a player doesn't gain (or lose) 15-20 percent of bonus value simply because you roster him. Also keep in mind how contextual fantasy values tend to be.