- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade2 hrs ago
For the 1tth time, the Yahoo fantasy football experts, along with some of our closest friends in the industry, came together for a draft, which took place this past Tuesday (August 19th). This year, the league consisted of 14 members, drafting in the traditional snake-style fashion for a modified PPR league (.75 points per reception).
For those that care to scour the entire draft results, you can click here.
For those looking for a more in-depth look at how things played out, you can peruse my comments on each pick of the first three rounds below, as well as some commentary about picks from the subsequent rounds. As you'll soon learn, this draft didn't take a conventional route to the finish line:
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1. LeSean McCoy, Phi, RB – Jeff Erickson
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade4 hrs ago
As always, the first and most important thing to understand about the New England Patriots is that the team is not in the business of helping fantasy owners. This is true of every NFL franchise, of course, but New England is uncommonly difficult. Bill Belichick's press conferences are weapons-grade boring, loaded with robotic non-answers. Every player is questionable, always. No one has scoop on this team. Nobody.
Complicating matters further, when you look at the Pats roster you'll see no fewer than seven skill players who are clear candidates to catch 40-50 passes or more. You'll also find at least three running backs who might share the backfield touches, forming a nightmare committee.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade12 hrs ago
The Johnny Football Era in Cleveland is going to have to wait. For now, make way for Johnny Clipboard and Johnny Headset.
The Browns sent an adrenaline shot to Twitter on Wednesday morning, unveiling their starting quarterback. Veteran retread Brian Hoyer gets the call for Week 1, tabbed over first-round pick Johnny Manziel.
"[Hoyer] was the clear leader from the beginning," head coach Mike Pettine said in a prepared statement. "We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room."
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade19 hrs ago
There’s an obvious top-five when it comes to running backs, and because there are so many question marks at the position afterward, I want an early pick this year. I’m fine with using the “zero RB” strategy if you get a later first round pick, assuming that still means waiting on quarterbacks, because of this. I’d actually put Montee Ball right behind the “big five” (LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Eddie Lacy, Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte, in case that wasn’t obvious) and in Tier Two all by himself, but I’m crazy like that. After him though, I have an agnostic opinion among the next dozen or so backs, similar to how I feel about quarterbacks in the Nos. 4-14 range. Marshawn Lynch and DeMarco Murray are the two likeliest to go next, which is a seemingly floor versus ceiling argument (although actually, some may say Lynch’s floor is also low since he’s a candidate to breakdown). I recently moved Andre Ellington up into my top 10 RBs, but I don’t exactly feel confident about ranking a 5-9, 199 back with 118 career rushing attempts so high. But based on personnel, it sure seems like Arizona’s rhetoric about giving him more touches is legit. Ellington’s 3.2 YPC after contact led all backs last season (minimum 115 carries).
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade23 hrs ago
Well, that was unnerving. Just in case you didn't catch the Monday night preseason matchup between Washington and Cleveland, here's a faithful reenactment. Both teams were uncompromisingly sloppy, mistake-prone, and irrefutably not ready to play football in public.
If you think I'm just having an extreme negative reaction to an ugly quarter or two of meaningless exhibition football ... well, OK. Maybe you have a point. I'm usually the first person to tell you not to draw long-range conclusions from preseason action (or inaction). You probably shouldn't do it. I shouldn't do it. No one should do it.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Pittsburgh star and defending NL MVP Andrew McCutchen (rib) is expected back Tuesday, when first eligible. That's lovely. But what will Clint Hurdle do with his complicated outfield?
McCutchen and Starling Marte are both going to play, of course. After that, it's a case for a couple of lefties, Gregory Polanco and Travis Snider. Polanco is this year's hot Pittsburgh prospect, while Snider - still just 26 - was a hotshot rookie in Toronto a few seasons back.
Polanco's initial run hasn't gone as well as expected. He's posted decent category juice through 61 games (12 steals, six homers), but a .245/.313/.355 slash line leaves you cold. He's been especially mediocre since the break, posting a .229/.268/.364 line over the past month. Polanco's also batting .156 against lefties.
Snider is at .268 for the year, with 10 homers in 228 at-bats. He's on a .329/.386/.632 binge since the break. The southpaws haven't bothered him (through a limited sample): 9-for-27, .519 slugging.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 day ago
No two years are ever the same.
That’s a motto owners, feverishly sorting through mountains of data prepping for draft day, should live by.
Regardless of position, it’s an incredibly rare feat for a top commodity to repeat as king of the fantasy castle. Since 2006, Calvin Johnson is the only player at one of the three major positions (QB, RB and WR) who refused to relinquish his throne in points per game (2011-2012). With that in mind, odds are strong perceived top dogs Jamaal Charles and Peyton Manning, who had a stranglehold on their respective positions last year, won’t match the previous season’s success. Whether in fantasy or reality, reigns are often cut short. Just ask Emperor Modi of the Jurchen Empire who, crowned while under siege in February 1234, was killed in a tussle with Mongols a whopping 12 hours later – the Matt Asiata of monarchs.
Sucked to be that guy.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade2 days ago
In the words of Ricky Ricardo, the Yahoo fantasy football experts have "some 'splainin' to do." I'm talking about our '14 fantasy football rankings, which we have been updating throughout the summer. Among these lists, certain Yahoos stick out like a sore thumb as it pertains to their rankings of certain players. And, with the bulk of the fantasy industry preparing for drafts over the next couple of weeks, it's high time that we defend our outlier rankings.
Below you'll find arguments from each of our experts, as we attempt to explain why we love/hate a player more than the rest of our colleagues. I'll start things off with a closer look at a bull and a bear from my wide receiver rankings. (Note that the number in parentheses indicates how much higher or lower the player is ranked by the expert compared to the consensus of the remaining Yahoo experts):
Cordarrelle Patterson, Min, WR - Funston WR rank No. 13 (+7)
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown 36 interceptions over the past two seasons, including 20 last year. His career completion percentage isn't anything special (60.9), and he's averaged 6.97 yards per attempt. Dalton has been mostly useless in the postseason, throwing six picks and one touchdown pass over three games (all losses). With three seasons of data in the books, it's difficult to construct an argument for Dalton being anything better than a middle-of-the-pack starting QB by NFL standards.
And still, Dalton finished as a top-six fantasy quarterback last season in basically all formats. We might have a fantasy scoring crisis on our hands, because this man is in no way a top-six (or 10 or 12) passer in reality.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 days ago
There's a large contingent of football fans that staunchly believe preseason games are completely inconsequential. To these naysayers, they're nothing more than an evaluation phase for head coaches looking to comprise the best 53-man roster possible. However, most fanatics would vehemently disagree. Exhibition action gives owners the opportunity to gain invaluable insight into potential sleepers and busts. Alfred Morris' breakout preseason two years ago is a prime example. In an attempt to decipher the meaningful from the meaningless, here are the top Flames and lowly Lames from Preseason Week 2.
PRESEASON WEEK 2 FLAMES