- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade3 hrs ago
Group-think can be an especially scary thing when it comes to fantasy football rankings. After all, the unpredictable nature of the NFL game is part of what makes fantasy football so popular, and why some people like to say that the NFL acronym stands for "No F****** Logic." But when one of our Yahoo fantasy football analysts veers particularly far away from the rankings consensus, our curious nature begs for an explanation . So, with that in mind, I've identified two players from our Week 5 rankings that our Yahoo analysts love/hate significantly more than the rest of us, and have asked them to explain their reasoning. I'll kick things off with a couple of my outliers:
Love him: Fred Jackson, Buf, RB - Funston RB rank No. 15 (Yahoo rank No. 25)
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade7 hrs ago
Bishop Sankey arrived in the NFL as the top running back selected in his draft class, a rookie of great interest to the fantasy community. Back in May, it seemed as if Sankey had an unobstructed path to a serious workload in Tennessee. His primary rival for carries, after all, was the lumbering husk of Shonn Greene.
Here we are in October, however, and Greene has actually out-carried Sankey 33 to 24, out-snapping him 67 to 66. But the rookie has averaged 5.1 yards per tote on the season (5.9 over the last two weeks), so it's not as if he's struggling.
Still, Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt has found reasons to limit Sankey's workload, which of course is his prerogative. Finally, Whiz has reached the point where he'd like to lean a bit more on his second-round RB.
This from The Tennessean's John Glennon:
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade8 hrs ago
Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to get a gift card worth two tickets to any regular season game of your choice thanks to our friends at SeatGeek. All you have to do is tell us which top 50 player will be a bust this week using #TakeASeat and tagging @YahooFantasy on Twitter and the winner will be announced on Fantasy Football Live(Each Sunday at 11:30 am EST).
Here are examples of winning tweets:
"Bust of the week prediction - Montee "gets" Ball-tled in Seattle - < 50 yards rushing and may even get fumbilitis #takeaseat @YahooFantasy "
"Chandler's gonna gnaw on Jamaal Charles' ankle today because they know Bowe won't show. Sub 77 yds. #TakeASeat @YahooFantasy"
"LeSean McCoy - Last 2 years has had <100 rushing and only 1TD in week 2 games and addition of Sproles may lose REC. #TakeASeat @YahooFantasy"
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade14 hrs ago
Each week the Noise highlights 12-13 somewhat obscure, un-obvious names who he believes are destined to torch the competition. To qualify, each player must be started in fewer than 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here. If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 5 Flames in the comments section below.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade1 day 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.
DROPPED OUT: Cordarrelle Patterson, Min, WR; Darren Sproles, Phi, RB; Brandin Cooks, NO, WR; Marques Colston, NO, WR; Andre Johnson, Hou, WR
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
You're not supposed to get emotional over the stocks, as Gordon Gekko once said. You're not supposed to get emotional over fantasy football players, either.
But I dare you to watch Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles and not get excited for his immediate future.
Bortles didn't have a magnificent fantasy day in his first NFL start (29-for-37, 253 yards, one TD, two INTs, 24 rushing yards), to be fair. Most of the completions came on short throws. He ranked just 17th in basic Yahoo scoring amongst quarterbacks, and that's on a heavy bye week. Teddy Bridgewater did better in his first start. Mike Glennon and Ryan Tannehill posted better numbers, too. And all of those other quarterbacks probably have better supporting casts than Bortles does (it's a certainty with Bridgewater).
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Minnesota Vikings rookie Teddy Bridgewater was mostly excellent on Sunday in his first regular season NFL start. He lit up Atlanta's defense for 317 passing yards on just 30 attempts, and he rushed for 27 yards and one score.
Bridgewater rarely put the ball at risk, he attacked at multiple levels, and he was decisive, accurate and generally unflappable. It helped, of course, that his offensive line decisively won almost every battle.
With Bridgewater at the controls, Minnesota's offense gained 558 total yards and averaged 7.5 yards per play.
Unfortunately, Bridgewater also exited late in the Vikes' 41-28 win, not long after rolling his left ankle. He downplayed the severity of the injury in postgame comments, as did head coach Mike Zimmer.
Still, when a guy gets carted to the locker room, we worry — it's only natural.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Steve Smith Sr. had promised a reckoning.
"Blood and guts everywhere," he said back in March.
During Baltimore's season opener, when cameras found Smith on the sideline, he let us all know — in the clearest possible terms — that he was looking forward to seeing Carolina in Week 4.
Predictably, Smith roasted his former employer on Sunday, hauling in seven passes on 10 targets, finishing with 139 yards and two touchdowns. If anyone actually doubted whether Smith was amped for a fight this week, his first reception settled the issue. After the catch, he stiff-armed Roman Harper to the turf — almost needlessly, since he had the safety beat.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
It's a common frame every week – some fantasy players exceed our expectations, some fantasy players let us down. Here's a scoreboard from the first-wave of Week 4 action.
-- Packers Offense: After a tricky first three weeks, it was refreshing to see the Packers back at full throttle in their romp at Chicago. Aaron Rodgers played just about a perfect game (22-for-28 passing, 302 yards, four touchdowns), and he brought his big-name receivers along for the ride (Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb combined for 221 yards and four touchdowns). The game was at Soldier Field, but the Packers banged on the drum all day.
Eddie Lacy owners didn't enjoy the game nearly as much, though he at least contributed something (59 total yards on 18 touches, one touchdown). A second Lacy touchdown was wiped out by a holding penalty. The Packers host Minnesota on Thursday. [Related: Smith jabs Panthers after Ravens' win ]