- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade11 hrs ago
Based on a quick scan of C.J. Anderson's bio, you wouldn't call him an obvious candidate for fantasy stardom. He shared the rushing workload for a three-win team in his final collegiate season at Cal, then failed to dazzle at the scouting combine (4.60 speed). Two months ago, Anderson was merely another name on the depth chart for Denver — an undrafted second-year back, the handcuff to the handcuff.
And then injuries hit the Broncos backfield. We're now three weeks into Anderson's reign as the featured runner, and no opposing defense has managed to hold him below 100 scrimmage yards. He ripped off 163 at Oakland, then 115 at St. Louis, and he shredded Miami's defense for 195 on Sunday.
"Big fellas did a great job up front," he said, like a seasoned pro accustomed to huge rushing totals.
Anderson is a powerful back with vision and tackle-breaking ability, tied to an ideal offense. Congrats to those who own him, because you appear to have won the 2014 waiver lottery. With Ronnie Hillman on a bad wheel, it's tough to imagine Anderson fading in the final weeks.
If we were redrafting for December, he'd be an easy first-rounder.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Good things come to those who wait. If you're a Josh Gordon owner who's patiently waited to employ the services of the Pro Bowl receiver, your time is NOW.
On this week's positively giddy program, Melanie Collins is behind the wheel, fully prepared to drive our car of clowns (Brandon Funston, Brad Evans, Andy Behrens and Shaun King) wherever is needed. We'll discuss whether once cherished Jerick McKinnon is cut-worthy, debate the Week 12 merits of Ryan Tannehill and surely disagree on whether Steve Smith should be trusted in 'Nawlins. Questions? Here's how you can join the circus:
As always on our two-hour pregame simulcast, our highly caffeinated duo, the Big Noise and Boss Man, will wind their way through the remaining Week 12 schedule unveiling their sleepers, busts and shocker specials. Funston is sure to profess his sudden man-love for Indy's Boom Herron. Please, join the party via the methods below:
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
As usual, the running backs are the prominent story on this week's NFL injury report. Get your copays ready and let's take our lap.
-- Arian Foster (groin) missed the Thursday and Friday practices and seems unlikely to play against the Bengals. Alfred Blue, it's your party.
-- Jonas Gray isn't hurt in New England, but there's an issue here. He overslept Friday (pesky cell phones) and was sent home from practice when he arrived. Will the Patriots bench him for a series, or a quarter, or more than that? Or will the team overlook the mistake and play its emerging back, fresh off a monster game at Indianapolis? They're not saying. Good luck trying to interpret the whims of Bill Belichick.
To make the situation as complicated as possible, the Pats are up against the Lions, the best run-stopping team in the league.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 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 12.
With the Cincinnati Bengals backfield now healthy, which jungle cat has the bigger fantasy day in Houston, Gio Bernard or Jeremy Hill?
Dalton – HILL. Bernard has missed the past three games and totaled 63 yards over the previous two contests before that. Who knows how recovered he is from dealing with both hip and shoulder injuries. Meanwhile, Hill has run for more than 150 yards in two of the past three games, recording two scores over that span.
Scott – HILL. The Bengals have finally figured out, and accepted, who their best back is. Bernard also might be the type of back who's more effective with a limited workload.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
For the most part, Thursday Night Football was entertaining this week. Hallelujah for that. It's fun to see football in the rain, John Madden on the sidelines, lead changes. It's encouraging to see a winless team get off the skids. The game's final drive was a glorious comedy of errors, too.
But from a fantasy perspective, Oakland's 24-20 victory remained a somewhat frustrating exercise. The Raiders and Chiefs clearly have some talented players who aren't seeing the ball as often as they should.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
The Shuffle Up series is all about value to come. What's happened to this point is merely an audition. How would you rank the players if you were starting from fresh today? (These are not Week 12 ranks; you can find those over here.)
The dollar values are merely comparison tools; they're not assembled in any scientific way (and not used comparatively with different positions). Players at the same position and price are considered even. We're aiming to illustrate tiers, show where the pockets of value are.
You'll disagree with some things (perhaps many things) because that's why we have a game in the first place. Share your respectful disagreement in the comments.
And remember the golden rule, a player doesn't gain (or lose) 15-20 percent of bonus value simply because you roster him. Also keep in mind how contextual fantasy values tend to be.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade3 days ago
OK, so the last Rubio replacement discussed around here did not fill the stat sheet quite as much as we'd hoped. But there's a new Wolves point to consider this week, and he's widely available...
PG Mo Williams, Min (20 percent owned)
Mo drew the start against the Knicks on Wednesday, delivering a stellar line: 14 points, 5-of-9 FGs, 2 threes, 13 dimes. Kevin Martin was scorching hot (37 points), and Williams fed him early, often and in rhythm. Check the postgame praise for Mo, from both Martin and head coach Flip Saunders:
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade4 days ago
Each week the Noise highlights 10 somewhat un-obvious names whom he believes are destined to implode leave egg on his face. To qualify, each player must be started in at least 50 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 12 Lames in the comments section below.
See Also: Week 12 Flames
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade4 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 12 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: Keenan Allen, SD, WR - Funston WR rank No. 16 (Yahoo rank No. 25)
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade5 days 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 12 Flames in the comments section below.