- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute2 days ago
For the second straight week, the NFL has given us a Thursday night matchup that doesn't seem like a fantasy wasteland. Both the Saints and Panthers feature high-end skill players — no-doubt fantasy starters like Brees, Benjamin, Graham, Ingram and Olsen — and these teams offer a few flex-worthy fliers as well. New Orleans rookie Brandin Cooks blew up in Week 8, finding the end-zone twice, and he's a decent bet to produce against a sketchy Carolina secondary. DeAngelo Williams returns for the Panthers this week (we think), after missing his team's previous four games with an ankle issue. His presence complicates the fantasy picture for Jonathan Stewart, who had quietly surged in Williams' absence. Carolina and New Orleans have fielded user-friendly defenses thus far, which makes this matchup a nice spot for gamers to get aggressive.
- Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute3 days ago
Baltimore's confidence in rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (owned in less than 10 percent of Yahoo leagues) is growing, and the fact that the team made Bernard Pierce a healthy scratch in Week 8 speaks to that. Taliaferro rewarded the Ravens' faith with two touchdowns to go with 69 total yards against the Bengals. In his past six contests, the rookie has landed among the top 24 running backs in terms of fantasy points per game, thanks to four total end zone splashes in that span. With a workload that's likely to continue to push double digits going forward, Taliaferro, as the short-yardage (read: goal line) complement to backfield partner Justin Forsett, should be a good TD bet most weeks, and has 10-plus fantasy point upside in Week 9 against a Steelers defense that has allowed a robust 4.6 yards per carry to opposing backs.
- Shaun King at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute4 days ago
As it goes in fantasy football, sometimes we make the right moves, and sometimes we don’t. All I’ve heard in the past 24 hours is how poor of a fantasy owner I am for leaving Ben Roethlisberger and his 44 fantasy points on the bench. But would anyone really have started him against Indianapolis? And do we start him now? Let’s look at his season so far. In four of the Steelers’ eight games, Roethlisberger has recorded one or zero touchdowns. Just once has he thrown for three scores (against the tough-luck Bucs in Week 4), but that was nearly negated by his five sacks in the three-point loss. His fantasy totals are hard to trust. Some weeks he puts nearly 20 points, others seven. And while the Jets matchup in Week 10 might be a quality bye-week fill-in, that’s not a sure thing. So, No. Now is NOT the time to rest your fantasy hopes on the broad shoulders of Big Ben. His inconsistency will haunt us as fantasy owners – just like those throwback jerseys will haunt the Colts secondary for the rest of this week.
- Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute8 days ago
New Orleans running back Travaris Cadet entered Week 8 owned is barely owned in Yahoo leagues. But, at least for PPR owners, he should be a hot Flex commodity playing at home this week on Sunday night against Green Bay. With Pierre Thomas out for the next couple weeks with a shoulder injury, Cadet becomes the de facto receiving back in the complicated New Orleans backfield platoon. Cadet showed his aerial skills last week with six catches fro 51 yards, the second time he's picked up at least six catches and 50-plus yards in the past three games (and he caught a TD pass in the other contest). The Saints have completed the third-most passes to the RB position this season, and san Thomas, Cadet is really the only back that can contribute meaningfully in the passing game, so he should continue to be showered with targets from QB Drew Brees. Perhaps a little safer PPR option than Cadet this week is Cleveland wideout Andrew Hawkins, who is coming off a five catch, 112-yard effort in Week 7 at Jacksonville. He was targeted nine times in the contest, which was the fifth time in six games that he's been targeted at least that often. As the go-to choice for QB Brian Hoyer, Hawkins is averaging a healthy five catches and nearly 64 yards per game, marks that he has a good shot of eclipsing on Sunday at home against an Oakland defense allowing a 106.9 QB Rating. Still available in 70 percent of Yahoo leagues, Hawkins is a widely-available PPR solution for Week 8.
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute10 days ago
Finally, a Thursday night game that fantasy owners can fully embrace. Denver and San Diego have combined to average 57.8 total points and 754.0 net yards per game through seven weeks. These teams are fantasy machines.
Ronnie Hillman and rookie Branden Oliver have both emerged as waiver wire revelations in recent weeks. Hillman is coming off back-to-back games in which he's topped 100 scrimmage yards, and both performances were in difficult matchups (NYJ, SF). He's an obvious fantasy starter at home, facing a Bolts defense that allows 4.5 yards per carry to opposing backs. Oliver's matchup isn't nearly as friendly, as Denver's defense currently ranks third in the league against the run, allowing just 74.3 rushing yards per game and 3.3 yards per carry. But Oliver has certainly passed the eye test. He's running as an every-down, all-situation back, a powerful ball-carrier with vision and pass-catching ability. His workload have been significant, too, with every other Chargers RB sidelined by injury. Even against a challenging opponent in a difficult environment, you really have to think of Oliver as a viable RB2.
- Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute11 days ago
In his illustrious career, one that someday may feature his bronze bust in Canton, Larry Fitzgerald has made eight Pro Bowl appearances, logged six 1,000-yard seasons and scored 88 touchdowns. Still a relatively youthful 31-years-old, most would believe he’s destined to pad those stats over the next few seasons. However, his impatient fantasy owners would vehemently disagree, yours truly included. Fitzgerald is expendable in 12-team leagues. Barely registering a blip on the wide receiver radar, he’s found the end zone only once this season, ranking No. 64 in per-game average at the position. That’s behind the likes of Travis Benjamin, Kenny Stills and Miles Austin. Sure, go ahead and blame Carson Palmer’s extended absence, but even with the veteran passer at the controls, he’s posted WR2 worthy numbers just one time (Week 6). With upstarts Allen Robinson, Doug Baldwin and Andre Holmes still widely available in Yahoo leagues, the time has come to throw Larry to the fishes.
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute16 days ago
Without question, the big fantasy question attached to this week's Thursday game is which back(s) will get the carries for New England, in the absence of Stevan Ridley? Shane Vereen is clearly positioned for an uptick in touches, from his current average of 10 per game to perhaps 14-16. Vereen has averaged 4.5 YPC for his career (5.1 this season), so we know he can deliver useful fantasy lines on a slightly larger workload. Remaining healthy has been an issue for Vereen, and the Pats have been a RBBC team in the past, so we can expect to see veteran Brandon Bolden in a supporting role as well, with James White on the standby list. For now, Vereen is the only New England back you should consider starting. The Jets aren't the easiest matchup for any running back, although they've been abused by Branden Oliver and Ronnie Hillman in recent weeks.
- Shaun King at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute18 days ago
For fantasy owners, all we’re looking for is a little consistency. It may not be possible with the parity in the NFL these days, but it sure would make our jobs easier.
One of the more recognizable NFL franchises is the New York Giants. And for that reason, fantasy owners—like myself -- draft the well-known names. Sure, they aren’t the most high-powered offense, but we love the Salsa dancing, the upstart tight ends and Peyton’s little brother. But this group, unfortunately, is the King of fantasy flip-flops and it stinks.
Yes, it makes us feel good to support a guy in the shadow like Eli. Manning’s showing on Sunday night is a credit to the Philadelphia defense, but a huge fantasy letdown after 19 or more points for four straight weeks.
Larry Donnell was the hot pickup of the season after a fiery start in Detroit. Since his three-touchdown effort in Week 4, though, one catch for six yards over two games. How am I supposed to plug him into my lineup? (Next week, though, he’ll probably find the end zone twice… )Mon, Nov 35:30 PM PSTIndianapolis at NY GiantsPreview Game
- Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute23 days ago
In what has been a stormy season for Jacksonville don't be surprised if the Jaguars turn to a running back named Storm to help weather the elements in Tennessee in Week 6. Rookie running back Storm Johnson made his NFL debut last week, rushing four times for 27 yards, a rare bright spot for what has been the second-worst fantasy backfield in '14. After the Week 5 loss to Pittsburgh, Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley said he was impressed with what he saw from Johnson, a backfield mate of QB Blake Bortles at the University of Central Florida, where Johnson tallied 1,399 total yards (including 30 catches for 260 yards) and 17 touchdowns in 13 contests last season. With good size, power and versatility, Johnson could be called upon for a larger role to help provide a spark in the running game for the Jags this week against a Tennessee defense that has allowed at least 9.9 fantasy points to six running backs in the past four games. Johnson entered the week available in more than 99 percent of Yahoo leagues. For the less risk adverse fantasy owner, consider Giants rookie wideout Odell Beckham Jr. for FLEX status this week. The skillful route runner found the end zone in his first NFL action last week and, afterwards, head coach Tom Coughlin stated that his role will only continue to grow. That could work out very well this week for Beckham against a Philly defense that has allowed more points to the WR position than any other team. Available in nearly 90 percent of Yahoo leagues entering the week, Beckham has a good shot at find pay dirt for the second consecutive game.
Are you 5-0, 4-1 in your fantasy league? Well, it's never too early to start dealing for the fantasy football playoffsAndy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute24 days ago
Let's just say, hypothetically, that you're the owner of a 4-1 fantasy team. If you're off to a stellar start, well-positioned for the fantasy postseason, then you're allowed to look ahead to the closing weeks of the season. Today, we're looking to enrich the rich, identifying three players to target in trades all of whom have excellent schedules in the most important weeks of the fantasy season (13-16).
QB Tony Romo, Dallas – Romo has given us useful stat lines in his last three games, including 324 yards and two scores against the Texans on Sunday. When we reach the closing weeks of the season, his schedule is as friendly as it gets. Dallas has both matchups with Philly at the end of the year, in Weeks 13 and 15. The Eagles defense, as you might have noticed, gets torched by a different sketchy QB every week (Chad Henne, Kirk Cousins, Austin Davis, et al.) Assuming good health, Rom should close the year with a binge.