- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 day 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 Arcade1 day 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 Arcade1 day 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..Sun, Dec 21New England17 - 16NY JetsGame Recap
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
If you're still reading this, congratulations – you made it to championship week. Let's take a good look around the injury report, starting with the wide receivers.
• It comes down to a game-time decision for Julio Jones (hip), so we'll have to sweat it out into Sunday. At least the Falcons have a 1 pm ET start at New Orleans. Jones didn't work in practice all week.
• T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) was a non-participant all week and it sounds like he probably won't go at Dallas. The Colts already have their division won, but it would take a miracle to get an AFC bye, as they already trail the Broncos and Patriots and have head-to-head losses against both clubs. Thus, it's easy to imagine the Colts resting their star wideout.
• Keenan Allen (collarbone) won't play Saturday at San Francisco, and Week 17 seems like a stretch, too. Eddie Royal and Seyi Ajirotutu are the candidates to step up in his absence.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade2 days ago
This column will concentrate on borderline fantasy options who should get strong consideration to start/bench during the upcoming week based on schedules.
Shabazz Muhammad: Despite averaging 19.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals while hitting 53.0 percent of his shots from the floor over the past eight games, he’s owned in just 28 percent of Yahoo leagues, which needs to be rectified immediately. He may be playing a bit over his head, but after getting inserted into the starting lineup Friday, he produced a couple of threes and a career-high five assists. Muhammad has averaged 16.0 field goal attempts over the past five games (he came off the bench in four of them). To put this in perspective, that would rank No. 18 in the league this season, ahead of players like Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and Dirk Nowitzki. Muhammad may eventually lose playing time when Kevin Martin returns, but he’s looking at a big increase in Usage Rate with Corey Brewer traded to Houston, so while Minnesota plays three games in Week nine, he’s well worth using (Muhammad has been the No. 26 player over the past week in which he played just three contests).
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade3 days ago
I wish I could say I was among those still working towards a fantasy title this week, but, alas, I was knocked out in a couple leagues in the aftermath of a bloody Sunday in Week 15 in which many big names came up short (Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Josh Gordon, I'm looking at you). That said, I still have some scratch on the line in some consolation contests, which means I'm still working hard to uncover this week's likely booms and busts. So, for the final time this season I offer you the players that jump out to me for looking better or worse than usual this week. Best of luck in your championship matchups, and happy holidays!
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Fantasy is a speculative game. Predict the future, and you look like a genius. Don't, and you're painfully human. Gazing into the crystal ball, here's our view on 10 intriguing over/unders for Week 16.
Assuming he's active, project DeMarco Murray's line (atts-rush yds-recs-receiving yds-tds) at home vs. Indy.
Dalton – 19 attempts, 90 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 12 yards, 1 touchdown
Scott – 17 attempts, 83 rushing yards, 1 reception, 7 yards, 1 touchdown
Brad – 15 attempts, 79 rushing yards, 0 receptions, 0 touchdowns
Ben Roethlisberger, who's averaged an otherworldly 373.3 passing yards per game and totaled 20 touchdowns in six home games this year, fantasy points scored vs. KC 17.5.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade4 days ago
It all comes down to this. For the past 16 weeks, you've navigated through the thick swamp of failed performances, injuries and insufferable Chip Kelly coaching moves. Now, slated to face your arch-rival in the finals, you're just hours away from a champagne shower.
Can you taste the bubbly?
On this week's season finale, Melanie Collins plays the role of Rudolph guiding our sleigh full of knuckleheads (Brandon Funston, Brad Evans, Andy Behrens and Shaun King) through the fog and around the fantasy globe. In-depth exchanges over Marshawn Lynch, Peyton Manning and Sammy Watkins are on tap. Also, our resident M.D., Dr. Gregory Horner, stops by to give you all the gory details on DeMarco Murray's surgically repaired hand. The Doc, who's performed an identical procedure, is sure to provide invaluable information.
Questions? Here's how you can join the circus:
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade4 days ago
Perhaps you, like me, now find yourself staring at a lineup mess like this ...
... and you're just hoping to limit the damage in the weeks ahead, waiting out injuries that have no timetables. If that's the case, then you're surely using all available weekly transactions, churning roster spots, working feverishly to prevent the 3-6 loss.
For those of you with multiple broken roster pieces, here are five dudes I've added in a league or three over the past few days:
SF/PF Donatas Montiejunas, HOU (32 percent owned) - In the month of December, D-Mo has been giving us the following stat line: 17.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.0 BPG, 55.6 FG%, 0.9 3PM. Can you use numbers like that? Well, I can. Montiejunas has been playing 30-plus minutes per night, starting and mostly thriving in the absence of Terrence Jones (leg/nerve). Houston plays three games next week, then the team has four straight four-gamers.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade5 days 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 16 rankingsthat 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: Andre Johnson, Hou, WR - Funston WR rank No. 21 (Yahoo No. 28)