- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade7 hrs ago
Normally we go Booms and Busts in this space, a story of highs and lows from the day. But with it being Week 17 and the holiday season, you're only going to get the Booms today, the happy stories. You're free to kick rocks at your frustrating Week 17 busts; please do that in the comments. Have a safe and happy New Year, Roto Arcadians.
Eric Decker was one of my target players in August, an affordable wide receiver I regularly scooped up in the middle rounds.
Four months later, thanks for the validation, big guy.
The Jets took to the air for their season-ending 37-24 victory at Miami on Sunday, with Decker and quarterback Geno Smith leading the way. Decker posted a monster 10-catch, 221-yard afternoon (on just 11 targets), and Smith was letter-perfect most of the day (20-for-25, 358 yards, three scores, maximum QB rating). The duo hooked up on a 75-yard touchdown in the third period, and made several downfield connections. No dinking and dunking on South Beach.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade13 hrs ago
Final darts of the season, throwers. Let's try to make them count.
This week's order will be the Colts -7, Panthers +4, Ravens -10, Broncos -14 and Steelers -3.5, using the numbers from Yahoo Pro Football Pickem, as we always do.
I know we're guessing on Colts level of urgency, but I expect them to want to wash out the bad taste from the Dallas blowout. The Titans rarely get in anyone's way.
In the ugly NFC South, I want to take the points whenever possible. Jonathan Stewart's rebirth gives the Panthers a nifty, balanced offense. I trust Carolina's defense more than I do Atlanta's.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade5 days ago
All in all, it was a fun year with the tight ends. Antonio Gates defied father time. Greg Olsen turned in another rock-solid season. Travis Kelce gave us a splashy breakthrough, when Alex Smith and Andy Reid would allow it. And then we had that Rob Gronkowski fellow, destroying everything in his path over the final three months. What does it all mean going forward? Break it down, amino acids.
After watching Rob Gronkowski destroy all other tight ends in 2014, how early should we take him in 2015? Where is he on your preliminary Big Board?
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade5 days ago
The running back position was a minefield of injuries, suspensions and disappointments in 2014. So, basically, it was a typical year. If you were one of the Zero RB zealots back in August, let's hope you drafted Jeremy Hill late and snagged C.J. Anderson off the wire. Otherwise, you were probably pummeled by Le'Veon, DeMarco or Marshawn at some point, just like the rest of us .
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade5 days ago
The '14 fantasy receiver class will forever be linked to one of the greatest infusions of rookie talent that the NFL has ever seen at the WR position. Instant stars like Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin, to name just a few, helped propel many fantasy owners into their league's postseason. So as we put a bow on top of the season that was, and start formulating early ideas about the '15 camapign, it only makes sense to start with the young ones:
Among the vaunted '14 rookie receiver class, what does your top 10 (in order) of '15 look like?
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade5 days ago
Entering the season, two different schools of thought dominated how drafters should approach the quarterback position. Streaming advocates preached patience. High-floor seekers stressed early-round. Sadly, due to the untimely downfalls of Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, the latter group likely experienced an early exit. To put a bow on top of the season and with an eye toward 2015, here are our prevailing feelings about signal-callers in the New Year.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade5 days ago
Blake Griffin: After a slow start to the year (partially due to an illness), Griffin has been on a tear, averaging 22.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals and a whopping 6.3 assists over the past six games. Those 6.3 dimes are more than Damian Lillard, Mike Conley and Kyrie Irving have averaged this season. Griffin currently sports career highs in apg (4.4), FT% (73.1) and Usage Rate (28.3) with a career-low Turnover Ratio (8.1), as the 25-year-old continues to improve (although to be fair, his Rebound Rate has dropped every single year of his career). The Clippers have the third-best Offensive Efficiency in the NBA to go along with the No. 1 Effective Field Goal Percentage and No. 1 True Shooting Percentage, so this offense is arguably the best in the league, thanks in no small part to Griffin. His fantasy value is only going to continue to climb from here on out.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade7 days ago
Andrew Luck might very well be listed as the No. 1 QB by most entering 2015, but he finished with 109 yards and a 0:2 TD:INT ratio in the fantasy championship before getting benched in a game that had an O/U of 55+ points. It was actually fitting for Week 16, when many fantasy “stars” struggled, as the finals became something of a battle of attrition...Give DeMarco Murray credit for playing through pain, even if he gained just 58 yards on 22 carries (he at least scored)...The fake punt called by Indy was brilliant. The execution, not so much...With T.Y. Hilton inactive and Reggie Wayne one step from retirement, Donte Moncrief looked like a great sleeper in Week 16. Instead, he totaled five yards on three targets (which was still better than Dwayne Allen, who pulled down zero of his three targets)...Tony Romo threw four touchdowns on 20 attempts (Brandon Weeden added another on one throw), completing a remarkable 90.0 percent of his passes while getting 10.9 YPA. Romo has an 18:1 TD:INT ratio over seven games ON THE ROAD this season, and Dallas held the Colts to one rushing yard Sunday. The Cowboys are no joke and are a threat to come out of the NFC.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade7 days 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 Arcade7 days 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..