- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade23 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 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)
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Each week the Noise highlights 10 somewhat un-obvious names that 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 16 Lames in the comments section below.
See Also: Week 16 Flames
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Straight cash homie! In his never-ending quest to pay off his kids' college education early, Brad Evans unveils his FanDuel picks for the upcoming week and explains his reasoning behind them. Make that money, #TeamHuevos.
FAKE BUDGET: $60,000
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 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 16 Flames in the comments section below.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Kevin Love: After a slow start to the season, he’s settled in with his new team in Cleveland, averaging 19.8 points, 12.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.1 3pt over the past nine games. Love is getting his fewest ppg (17.6) since his sophomore campaign back in 2009/10 and his fewest rpg (10.1) since his rookie season, which makes sense considering he’s sharing the court with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving now. Love’s Usage Rate (20.0) is way down and his lowest since his rookie year. Despite that, Love has remained a top-25 player this season, including being a top-10 value over the past two weeks. The Cavs are still figuring it out, and Love has to make some sacrifices (he’s attempted 5.7 fewer FG attempts and 2.7 fewer FTA per game this season compared to last), but he’s clearly going to remain an elite fantasy property regardless.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade2 days ago
First, the frightening news: DeMarco Murray, the NFL's leading rusher, is undergoing surgery Monday to repair a broken bone in his left hand. His status for Dallas' Week 16 home matchup with Indianapolis is not yet known. The injury occurred late in Sunday night's win at Philly, and postgame X-rays revealed a broken fourth metacarpal.
Now, the less frightening news: Recovery time for this surgery is not long at all — days, potentially, not weeks. So when we say that Murray's status for Sunday is not yet known, that's another way of saying he might play . The injury is to his non-dominant hand, which has to help. (Of course he still has to use the left hand in the normal course of business, catching passes and holding off defenders. But the right hand would presumably be worse.)
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Dez Bryant secured 6-of-7 targets for 114 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. He was tough at the goal line and a little deeper as well...Tony Romo became the first player in NFL history to throw three touchdowns with no interceptions in four straight road games. In fact, he has a 15:0 TD:INT ratio over his previous five road games, as the Cowboys remain undefeated away from home (7-0) on the year...The Eagles punted down 11 points with 3:15 left in the fourth quarter...Those who banked on Philadelphia players during the critical Week 15 of the fantasy playoffs watched a team score 27 points with Mark Sanchez, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews account for zero touchdowns.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Only one man in a Cleveland jersey had any success stopping Jeremy Hill on Sunday, and he wasn't actually an employee of the Browns.
Hill seized the lead role in the Cincinnati backfield this week, then feasted on the road, in a division matchup. The rookie rushed for 148 yards and two scores on 25 carries, adding four receiving yards on one reception. Giovani Bernard was invited to the party, too, gaining 103 scrimmage yards on 18 touches. But Hill absolutely dominated the rushing workload in the first-half, when the game was still competitive. He needed only two quarters of play to reach the 100-yard plateau.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Heading into Week 15, Aaron Rodgers was the MVP frontrunner of the NFL, the king of the league.
Sunday at Buffalo, he's just another bum knocking you out of the fantasy playoffs.
Rodgers picked an unfortunate time for the worst start of his pro career: the fantasy semifinals. Catch the nightmare line at Buffalo, accumulated in a 21-13 upset loss: 17-for-42 passing, 185 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions. He finished the day with 7.10 fantasy points, the same as Blake Bortles.
The 34.3 rating is Rodgers's worst showing over 107 NFL appearances. It's his first game without a touchdown since his broken collarbone game versus Chicago last November. His last full game without a scoring pass came in December 2012, a win over Detroit.
To be fair, the Packers no-show was a team effort. The Green Bay receivers dropped a number of passes, including what should have been a 94-yard touchdown to a wide-open Jordy Nelson. And one of Rodgers's picks came on an accurate pass that was deflected.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade3 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. Enes Kanter: After averaging a double-double in March and finishing with an even bigger April (15.0 ppg and 12.8 rpg) last year, Kanter looked like a breakout candidate this season. Instead, the 22-year-old got off to an extremely slow start, and all the preseason talk about him launching threes has resulted in a total of seven so far on the year. However, the big man has turned it around of late, as he's been a top-50 player over the last two weeks and has upped his season FG percentage to 53.3 (despite attempting 1.1 threes per game). Moreover, Derrick Favors left Utah's last game with an ankle injury (which resulted in Kanter attempting 17 field goals) that might sideline him a while, and the Jazz play four games this week. Kanter is owned in a modest 62 percent of Yahoo leagues and could be a sneaky start. Mason Plumlee: He's averaging 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds while shooting 63.6 percent from the floor over the past two games, and Brook Lopez remains sidelined with a lower back strain. There's no guarantee how long Plumlee will stick in the starting lineup, but the Nets play a league-high four games this week, with all of the opponents coming against teams that rank in the bottom half of the NBA in Defensive Efficiency. Danny Green: He certainly doesn't seem like a star averaging just 11.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 1.7 apg, but Green has added 1.3 spg, 1.2 bpg and 2.3 3pt while committing just 1.2 tpg. As a result, he's quietly been the No. 16 fantasy player this season (and No. 7 over the past month). Green's Usage Rate (15.5) is actually tied for the second lowest of his career, but his 29:29 mpg are easily the most of his career. The Spurs play four games this week, with two of them falling on the second of back-to-backs, which means there's a real chance guys like Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and/or Tony Parker sit out. It's crazy Green is still available in nearly 20 percent of Yahoo leagues. Patrick Patterson: He's seen a major bump in Usage Rate since DeMar DeRozan has been out, despite him coming off the bench still. Patterson has averaged 14.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 2.7 threes while shooting 60.0 percent from the floor over the past three games and has been a top-50 player over the last two weeks. Toronto possesses the second-best Offensive Efficiency in the NBA this season and has a favorable schedule this week (playing four games against mostly weak defenses). Patterson is owned in just 23 percent of Yahoo leagues, which is too low. Harrison Barnes: The former top-10 pick has resurrected his career under new coach Steve Kerr, no longer relegated to a bench role that featured him mostly utilized in isolation plays like last season. In fact, Barnes