- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade5 hrs ago
About 48 hours away from the regular season’s opening kickoff and we have our first bombshell of the year.
According to Adam Schefter, slot machine Wes Welker, whose Week 1 status was murky from suffering yet another concussion, was suspended four games for violation of league’s PED policy.
For those who’ve yet to draft, Welker’s already plummeting value slips into the abyss. According to Fantasy Football Calculator, his ADP, largely due to complications from his latest concussion, had declined a full two rounds over the past seven days, landing in the high 60s. In light of Tuesday’s shocking news, expect him to bottom out in the 100-110 overall range, taking up residence alongside discounted wideouts Anquan Boldin, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade11 hrs ago
Marc Trestman's first season as Chicago's head coach brought spectacular offensive success and historic failure on defense — not exactly the traditional Bears formula. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that such a flawed and imbalanced group ultimately finished with an 8-8 record, narrowly missing the postseason.
For fantasy purposes, this team was an absolute gift in 2013. Not only did Chicago rank second in the NFL in scoring (27.8 PPG) and third in yards per play (6.0), but an insane percentage of the stats belonged to just four players. Together, Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett combined for 5,513 scrimmage yards. All other Bears, collectively, produced just 765. So this offense was at once easy to predict and impossible to stop — a perfect fantasy combo, really.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade13 hrs ago
It took me a while to come around on Luis Valbuena, the sneaky infielder for the Cubs. He's a drain in batting average and he strikes out a lot. Heck, the guy didn't even make it to .220 the last two years. But at some point it's time to focus on what a player can do, not what he can't do.
Valbuena's most appealing skill is power. He's clouted 16 homers in a modest 403 at-bats this year, including 11 in the second half of the year (and four in his last seven games). If you can skim him against right-handed pitching, you're getting the best of his game: .469 slugging percentage, a tater every 22 at-bats. That works for me, especially when you combine two positions of eligibility (second, third). I'm kicking some tires. Take and rake.
The Cubs have been respectable in the second half of the year. They're a .500 club since the All-Star break, and they scored 111 runs (sixth in the National League) during August. You can have some fun with these guys. Valbuena is still free to grab in 86 percent of Yahoo leagues, if you need some pop.
Swing for the fences.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Aaron Rodgers is, at the present time, the NFL's all-time leader in both passer-rating (104.9) and interception percentage (1.8). He also ranks second in net yards per pass attempt (7.14), third in completion percentage (65.8), fifth in passing yards per game (257.4) and fifth in touchdown percentage (6.4, easily the best among active players).
Rodgers, in a nutshell, is disturbingly good. He's efficient, he limits giveaways, he's mobile and inventive and unnervingly accurate and ... well, he's great. Near perfect. As good as it gets. A one-man clinic on quarterback play at the highest level. Rodgers' real-world brilliance obviously translates to fantasy, as he finished either first or second at his position in standard scoring every year from 2008 to 2012. Last year, if we factor out the November game in which Rodgers fractured his collarbone on Green Bay's opening drive, he ranked third among all QBs in per-game fantasy scoring.Thu, Sep 45:30 PM PDTGreen Bay at SeattlePreview Game
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade3 days ago
The Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the top 50 fantasy football players. Essentially, the Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for an owner who is planning to participate in a draft today. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football default scoring settings are used as the baseline for the Big Board, which is updated on a regular basis during the season.
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- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade4 days 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 Arcade4 days 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 Arcade4 days 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 Arcade5 days 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.