- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade8 days ago
So here's how this works. Each week, the Yahoo fantasy crew jumps on a conference call to discuss the week that was/will be. As part of this process, we've decided to include a short mock draft - roughly, one-eighth the size of a normal draft, I shall call it mini mock. This week's mini mock draft (four rounds) consists solely of the pool of players currently owned in less than 10 percent of Yahoo leagues — each expert was required to draft a QB, RB, WR, and a TE.
Round 1 Pick 1 — Lance Dunbar, Dal, RB (Brandon Funston)
Funston says – Backup RB Joique Bell thrived in OC Scott Linehan's backfield platoon system in Detroit, and now Linehan has similar designs for the versatile Dunbar in Big D.
Round 1 Pick 2 — Knile Davis, KC, RB (Scott Pianowski)
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade8 days ago
Let's begin with a partial list of Drew Brees' accomplishments as an NFL quarterback:
• two-time Offensive Player of the Year • Super Bowl MVP • eight-time Pro Bowler • ranks fifth all-time in career passing yards (51,081) • fourth all-time in passing TDs (363) • second all-time in completion percentage (65.9) • sixth all-time in net yards per pass attempt (6.95) • seventh all-time in game-winning drives (34) • produced the second, fourth, fifth and seventh highest all-time single-season passing totals
Not bad, right?
Brees is 35 years old, entering his fourteenth pro season. He's three years younger than Peyton Manning and a year-and-a-half younger than Tom Brady, so he's not a bad bet to finish ahead of both in raw passing totals. He's basically settled in at a level of production that no other QB has ever maintained. Of the eight individual 5,000-yard passing seasons in NFL history, this guy is responsible for four.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade9 days ago
It's been a fairly tame summer for football injuries, but now we have to worry about Wes Welker and Cam Newton - and pause sadly for Sam Bradford. Bring on your football queries, your baseball ponderings, your hockey hunches, your random meanderings.
Let's figure this out, together.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade9 days ago
There's a large contingent of football fans that staunchly believe preseason games are completely inconsequential. To these naysayers, they're nothing more than an evaluation phase for head coaches looking to comprise the best 53-man roster possible. However, most fanatics would vehemently disagree. Exhibition action gives owners the opportunity to gain invaluable insight into potential sleepers and busts. Alfred Morris' breakout preseason two years ago is a prime example. In an attempt to decipher the meaningful from the meaningless, here are the top Flames and lowly Lames from Preseason Week 3.
PRESEASON WEEK 3 FLAMES
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade9 days ago
The Kevin Love to Cleveland deal is finally official. The particulars involve Minnesota giving up Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute and Miami’s 2015 first-round pick to Philadelphia, who’s sending back Thaddeus Young and a trade exception worth $4 million. Meanwhile, the Cavs ship the last two No. 1 overall picks in Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves for Love. The deal had been agreed upon weeks ago but couldn’t become official until 30 days after the signing of Wiggins’ rookie deal, finally ending months of Love trade speculation.
Love will likely see his scoring decline some now sharing the court with two of the only eight players in the NBA who had a higher Usage Rate than him last season (Love finished tied for ninth, while Kyrie Irving was eighth and LeBron James fifth), but it’s hard not to get excited just thinking about his outlet passes to James starting fast breaks. Love, whose 65 double-doubles led the NBA last year when he finished third in PER, will continue to clean the glass and should be able to maintain first round fantasy value in his new digs, even if his scoring takes a small hit.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade10 days ago
For the past several months, we've backpacked Europe, exercised our inner Zen and formulated new strategies to win ...
'Fantasy Football Live,' on an entirely too long hiatus, is back and, hopefully, better than ever. From this Sunday until 2015, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston will answer your reveal their fantasy football flames, lames and need to know names in an attempt to propel your squad to championship glory.
On this week's kickoff episode, our fearless forecasters will discuss the merits of Alfred Morris, Johnny Manziel angry birds and Montee Ball. Additionally, we'll unveil our biggest takeaways from Preseason Week 3.
Yet to draft? Here's how you can join the circus:
Let's do this! 'Fantasy Football Live' is about to tee it up for the 2014 season.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade11 days ago
I'm about a third of the way through my fantasy football drafting and auctioning season. Lots more to come, players to select, options to buy. The future is unwritten.
Generally I'm more about the price than the player, so I rarely say "never" on any fantasy commodity. There's usually a ticket where almost anyone makes sense.
That established, here are 10 players I'm just about positive I won't be drafting this year. Call it the Toxic Ten if you want. You'll find talent on the list and maybe some of your pet players as well — it doesn't do anyone any good if I bash backup tight ends. Share your avoid list and agree or disagree with mine in the comments.
You might own these players. You might win because of these players, or in spite of these players. You won't agree with all of these names, and that's good. That's why we have a game.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade11 days ago
National Draft Day is on Saturday. Need help to dominate your Fantasy Football league? Fantasy expert Brad Evans took over the @YahooFantasy account to answer your pressing questions. Check out the full recap right here! Don't forget to sign up to play Yahoo Fantasy Football, and tune into the National Draft Day live stream Saturday at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT!
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade11 days ago
For the majority of the season, Matt Shoemaker has been an occasional streamer, a matchup play. Perhaps he's finally ready to shed that tag.
Road starts have been a tricky assignment for Shoemaker this year, but he's coming around of late. He was a one-hit wonder at Fenway Park on Thursday night (7.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K), on the heels of a useful victory at Texas. Have a peek at the scouting video. The Shoe now carries a 3.56 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, with almost a strikeout per inning. He's also around the plate, just 19 free passes.
Okay, beating the Rangers and Red Sox doesn't mean a lot this year, no matter where you do it. But Shoemaker also has the advantage of playing on one of the best teams (and highest-scoring teams) in the majors, and in a pitcher-friendly park at that. His fly-ball bias plays well in Anaheim (2.72 ERA), and he's won 10 of his 15 starts overall. This late in the season, we should be trusting these snappy ratios.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade12 days ago
Andrew Luck has passed for more yardage over his first two NFL seasons (8,196) than any quarterback in league history. He just needs to throw for another 46,633 and he'll own the all-time Colts career passing mark. So that's practically in the bag.
Luck is, without question, one of the game's most talented young QBs, and he clearly made gains in his second pro season. His yardage total may have dipped, but his completion percentage jumped from 54.1 to 60.2. Luck also slashed his interceptions from 18 to nine, he absorbed fewer sacks and he led his team to its second straight 11-win season. We should note that he did all this despite playing behind an O-line that made him the most-hit quarterback in the league (again), and despite season-ending injuries to key members of his receiving corps (Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen).