- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade14 hrs ago
Life in the NFC West ain't easy, not with three of the NFL's top six defenses lurking. But the Rams' schedule in the year ahead isn't actually as nightmarish as you might expect, at least for fantasy purposes. This team's non-division opponents include a half-dozen squads that ranked in the bottom-third of the league defensively last season, including Dallas (dead-last) and Minnesota (next-to-last). Fantasy owners will also appreciate the fact that St. Louis doesn't travel to Seattle until Week 17, after most league titles are decided.
So if you're bullish on this franchise for 2014, it's understandable. The Rams fortified both the offensive and defensive lines with high-end talent in the draft, plus the team has depth at the skill spots. If quarterback Sam Bradford can simply play at the level at which he opened 2013, prior to his ACL injury, then St. Louis should contend for ... well, something. Probably not a division title. But something better than the usual sub-.500 season.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade17 hrs ago
So here's how this works. Each Monday, the Yahoo fantasy crew jumps on a conference call to discuss the week that was/will be. As part of this process, we've decided to include a short mock draft - roughly, one-eighth the size of a normal draft, I shall call it mini mock. This week's mini mock draft (10 rounds) is a study in PPR values at the wide receiver and tight end positions (don't worry, we'll address running backs soon). We've asked our Yahoo experts to each draft six WRs, three TEs and one Flex (WR/TE), using Point Per Reception scoring as the basis for this exercise. Here's how it turned out:
Round 1 Pick 1 — Calvin Johnson, WR, DET (Scott Pianowski)
Pianowman says – Thought about Graham for a second for this jumbo-sized TE league, but Megatron's floor pushed me that way.
Round 1 Pick 2 — Jimmy Graham, TE, NO (Brandon Funston)
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Ups and downs characterize the short careers of Ryan Mathews and Doug Martin. Both have penetrated the RB1 class. Both have triggered massive migraines. In this cage-match to the death, Brad Evans and Andy Behrens beat one another to a bloddy pulp over who you should draft.
Sound the bell ...
The Noise, naturally, professes his renewed love for Mathews:
Well, well, well … our fearless leader, Brandon Funston, gave yours truly an open, unfiltered forum to discuss the merits of the greatest running back in human history, but only in 250 words? Brevity, obviously, will not be honored.
This is Ryan Mathews, my ultimate man-crush/mantasy/baby boo/Tenderoni/honey bunny/love muffin, a man who’s repeatedly broken hearts but regained a fair level of respectability last year.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade4 days ago
There are many things in this world I truly don’t understand. Dudes in flip-flops who lift weights at the gym, the popularity of Chihuahuas, why people find listening to Rush enjoyable and satellite TV commercials that insinuate humans copulate with marionettes top the list.
So does the baseless hatred toward Giants RB Rashad Jennings.
The running back’s projected value and where he should be drafted has created a great schism in the ‘expert’ community. Just read my Twitter timeline. Supporters believe Jennings’ fourth-to-fifth round ADP in standard or 12-team PPR leagues is a bargain. He’s a legitimate top-15 candidate who could turn a massive profit. Doubters, meanwhile, are convinced he’s an overpriced, generally unproven dinosaur on a mediocre team that has no business being drafted as an RB2 even in the deepest of leagues.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade4 days ago
Everything in Tampa Bay is new this season — new quarterback, new coordinators, new head coach.
However, everything new in Tampa this season is also kinda old. Quarterback Josh McCown is 35, joining his eighth NFL team. Coordinators Jeff Tedford (OC) and Leslie Frazier (DC) were plucked from the discard pile, each fired from prominent head coaching positions in recent seasons. And, of course, head coach Lovie Smith spent nine years in Chicago, compiling a career record of 81-63, yet failing to reach the playoffs in any of his final three seasons.
So this franchise has hit the reset button once again, in a responsible if less-than-exciting way. Still, Greg Schiano's reign of terror has ended. His departure is a victory for us all.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade5 days ago
Almost universally fantasy ‘experts,' both actual and self-proclaimed, have crammed the same, tired strategy down your throat when approaching quarterbacks this season:
WAIT! WAIT! WAIT!
A mountain of supportive evidence and the seemingly endless supply of useful QBs, they say, proves the strategy’s validity. By simply streaming the position, an exercise that sounds great in theory but in reality is more difficult to successfully execute especially in leagues where resources are scarce, one can stockpile talent at more volatile positions on draft day such as running back and wide receiver while maximizing passer matchups in-season. Staunch believers say it’s practically a foolproof plan. Hawk the wire, play the odds and, Voila!, a celebratory Drake-kicks-beats-on-stage-while-Johnny Manziel-rolls-twenties-in-the-bathroom victory party ensues. Last season, the emergence of Nick Foles and Josh McCown and even the occasional serviceability of guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Cassel and, during the fantasy playoffs, Geno Smith were testaments.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade6 days ago
During his rookie season in 2012, Anthony “sizzle chest” Rizzo hit .208/.243/.356 against southpaws. Last year he hit .189/.282/.342. In 2014, he’s hit .300/.396/.533. All are small samples, but this sure looks like it might be a nice payoff for a rebuilding team that chose not to platoon, rather hoping some struggles would later turn beneficial. While keeping SSS in mind, it sure doesn’t seem like this season has been a huge fluke, as Rizzo’s K% vs. lefthanders is actually lower than versus righties, while his LD% is significantly higher as well (27.1 compared to 20.8). His 27.3 HR/FB% against southpaws has probably been lucky, but he’s hit few popups, and it’s hard to argue there hasn’t been major progress here. Moreover, despite hitting four more homers on the road, Rizzo’s OPS is .943 at Wrigley Field compared to .829 away from there, and the good news for fantasy owners is the Cubs have played 10 more games on the road than at home so far this season. Rizzo is just 24 years old, and his 142 wRC+ ranks No. 21 in all of baseball, tied with Miguel Cabrera. Chicago’s lineup sure looks like it will be stacked in the future as well. Rizzo will likely cost a top-three round fantasy pick in 2015.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade6 days ago
The Buffalo Bills played at a blistering pace in 2013, their first season under head coach Doug Marrone. This team's offense ranked third in the NFL in total plays-per-game, behind just Denver and New England, and it trailed only Philadelphia in time-per-play.
Unfortunately, the Bills did not mimic those three squads in any other meaningful way. As a team, Buffalo finished 22nd in the league in scoring (21.2 PPG), 29th in yards-per-play (4.8), 28th in passing (210.8 YPG), 28th in time-of-possession (28:34) and 29th in third-down conversion rate (34.3).
Essentially, the Bills ran a hurry-up-and-punt attack — not exactly the traditional recipe for success in the NFL.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade7 days ago
So here's how this works. Each Monday, the Yahoo fantasy crew jumps on a conference call to discuss the week that was/will be. As part of this process, we've decided to include a short mock draft - roughly, one-eighth the size of a normal draft, I shall call it mini mock. This week's mini mock draft (four rounds) is an exploration of the backup fantasy QB class. We've asked our Yahoo experts to each draft four quarterbacks from a player pool that excludes our consensus top 12 signal callers, a group that spans from Peyton Manning to Russell Wilson.
Round 1 Pick 1 — Tony Romo, DAL (Andy Behrens)
Behrens says – Dallas has plenty of dangerous weapons in the receiving corps, plus a sketchy defense that should give us plenty of shootouts. Romo's fantasy setup is ideal.
Round 1 Pick 2 — Philip Rivers, SDG (Brad Evans)