Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute

  • Julio Jones has uncharacteristic dud to land on Week 4's All-Bust Fantasy Team

    Will Laws, PointAfter at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 14 hrs ago

    This week in the All-Bust fantasy lineup, we have four representatives from the same game, three of which come from the same team. Both are season highs that seem unlikely to be broken.

    However, if I’ve learned anything from being a Falcons fan, it’s that you can’t discount how much a single team can disappoint you. Atlanta was able to exact a bit of revenge on Sunday, sending Houston to a 1-3 record and Texans fans into a spiraling glass case of emotion.

    Just remember, Texans fans, it could always be worse: Houston could be in a division that’s not the AFC South.

    A reminder on the selection process for each week’s All-Bust team: I determine the difference between the projected Yahoo! point totals and the actual outputs of each player. The guys with the worst sums wind up here, with their substandard performances illustrated by PointAfter visualizations.

    Notes: All projected point totals were pulled Sunday morning from Yahoo’s standard scoring system. Players who were injured on Sunday weren’t considered. The list will be updated following the Monday Night Game as necessary.

    QB: Peyton Manning, Broncos

    Projected points (position rank): 16.8 (5th)

    RB1: Arian Foster, Texans

  • Mostly NFL Notes: Talking Drew Brees, Todd Gurley and a look around the league

    Dalton Del Don at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 2 days ago

    It’s clear Drew Brees is still dealing with a shoulder that’s not 100% (he said after the game it felt “good enough”), relegating him to mostly underneath throws. But Sunday night showed that doesn’t mean he can’t still possess plenty of fantasy value, as he threw for 359 yards and got 8.9 YPA with a 2:0 TD:INT ratio. A missed New Orleans 30-yard field goal at the end of regulation helped, as it sent the game to overtime, where Brees connected with C.J. Spiller for an 80-yard score that marked the 400th TD pass of his career. He may be on the decline, but in the year of the injured quarterback, Brees can still be a top-five type fantasy QB from here on out. A healthy Spiller filling the old Darren Sproles role would certainly go a long way. The Saints’ upcoming schedule (@Phi, Atl, @Ind, NYG, Ten) should feature a bunch of shootouts.

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  • Week 4 Fantasy Takeaways: Jeremy Hill returns to the end zone, repeatedly

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 2 days ago

    1. Thank you for your interest in Jeremy Hill, but the buy-low window has closed.

    The bad news for Jeremy Hill's fantasy owners is that he only carried the ball nine times in Sunday's win over Kansas City — in fact, he was out-touched by Giovani Bernard, 13 to 9. But here's the good news: Hill found the end-zone three times on those nine carries, plus he added a two-point conversion in the second-half. He's a committee back, sure, but this is an uncommonly productive committee. Hill and Bernard have combined for seven spikes through four games and the Bengals have averaged 30.3 points per game. Sunday's usage should make it perfectly clear that Hill remains a trusted inside-the-5 ball carrier. Let's hope you didn't make a panic deal, flipping Hill for scraps.

    Cincinnati will face a pair of quality Ds in the coming weeks (Seattle and Buffalo), but the team's schedule takes a friendly turn after the bye. Hill was built for November-December AFC North football. He'll earn his top-of-draft price tag.

    2. With apologies to Gronk, the best tight end in fantasy is whoever faces the Oakland Raiders.

  • Booms and Busts: Devonta Freeman, a star is born?

    Scott Pianowski at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 2 days ago

    When offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan touched down in Atlanta this year, the expectation was that he’d turn Julio Jones into an unstoppable offensive weapon (and he's done that).

    Maybe the same goes for second-year running back Devonta Freeman.

    Freeman was slow off the mark in the first two weeks of the year (after a so-so rookie season), but he’s been nothing short of spectacular over the last two weeks, rolling up six touchdowns and a truckload of fantasy points. The latest effort came in Sunday’s romp over Houston, with Freeman collecting 149 total yards and three rushing touchdowns (covering 16, 23 and six yards). Fantasy royalty. DFS nirvana. 

    Freeman could have done even more against the Texans, but the Falcons put a quick hook on their starters - life when you lead 42-0 by the end of the third period. Unheralded backup RB Terron Ward picked up 19 carries for 72 yards and a score, most of it coming in garbage time.

    Now for a look around the NFL landscape through the opening eight games . . . 

  • Week 4 Funny Money: Empire state of mind for DFS bargains

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 5 days ago

    In this week's Funny Money, Yahoo Sports' Brad Evans and Brandon Funston get animated about the attractive Daily Fantasy values of a couple players hailing from the state of New York, Buffalo running back Karlos Williams ($15) and New York Jets receiver Eric Decker ($15).

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    Funston stepped up to the podium first in support of Williams, who looks as if he'll be the Bills' bell cow back this week with LeSean McCoy ailing - the beauty here. says Funston, is that Williams was priced ($15 in Yahoo DFS) as if McCoy was going to play. With Williams making hay even as the No. 2 to Shady (110 rushing yards last week, and a TD in all three games), you can't help but be excited about the potential for a featured role in Week 4.

  • Big Board: Randle's star on the rise

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 6 days ago

    The Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the top 50 fantasy football players. Essentially, the Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for a fantasy owner who is planning to participate in a draft today. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football default scoring settings are used as the baseline for the Big Board.

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    Note: "vs. ECR" compares my rank to the Expert Consensus Rank (ECR) as compiled by FantasyPros.

    Dropped Out: Jonathan Stewart, Car, RB; Doug Martin, TB, RB; Brandin Cooks, NO, WR; Ameer Abdullah, Det, RB; Davante Adams, GB, WR; Ben Roethlisberger, Pit, QB (Knee);

  • SOCIAL: Should fantasy owners give up on Justin Forsett?

    Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 7 days ago

    For those who drafted Justin Forsett, numerous liquid therapy sessions with Jose Cuervo have been logged. Through three very disappointing weeks, the popular Round 2/3 pick in 12-team leagues ranks No. 55 among RBs in total fantasy worth, averaging a ‘spectacular’ 55.3 total yards per game and 3.2 yards per carry. Worse, he’s yet to find the end zone. Many are prepared to jump ship, but before you strap on that life preserver, hear me out. Forsett will be fine. The Ravens No. 27 ranked offensive line, in run-blocking, has underachieved. As the season wears on I suspect they’ll greatly improve. Also, Forsett remains the lead back netting 17 touches per game. And he has several exploitable matchups on the horizon against the likes of Cleveland (Week 5), San Francisco (Week 6) and San Diego (Week 8). Now is the time to buy, not to sell on the Raven.

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  • Ben Roethlisberger's knee injury has vast fantasy implications

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 8 days ago

    With Ben Roethlisberger reportedly out at least four weeks with an MCL sprain in his left knee, the star quarterback's absence will hit fantasy players in a variety of ways.

    Roethlisberger is the latest big-name quarterback to go on the shelf joining the likes of Tony Romo and Drew Brees. The rash of QB injuries has forced owners to hit the waiver wire for replacements, thinning out the  available talent.

    One name that will be a popular pickup across fantasy is  Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton, who put together another steady performance in Week 3. He threw for 383 yards, three touchdowns and rushed for another score. Dalton now has 866 passing yards, eight touchdowns and one interception on the season. 

  • Week 3 Takeaways: Bad Luck or no Luck at all

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 9 days ago


    1. Andrew Luck's struggles becoming a concerning trend

    Perhaps because he blew away the fantasy QB competition in overall scoring in '14 it caused us to overlook some of Andrew Luck's late-season struggles - for instance, 9 INTs in his final seven games, including the postseason. Counting the two picks he gave up to the Titans on Sunday, Luck now has 7 INTs in three games in '15, making it 16 aerial giveaways in his past 10 games. We might be able to overlook this generosity if this were merely a product of some serious gunslinging that rewarded owners with 300-400 passing yards and 3-4 TD passes on a regular basis. But looking back on those past 10 games, Luck is averaging a mere 235 passing yards and has thrown just 14 TD passes, not to mention that his Completion Rate sits at a lowly mid-50 percentile range.

    2. With Tony Romo out, Dallas treats backfield like a Snuggie

    What do you do when you have the best offensive line in the league and are forced to play a backup QB that scares you to death in the passing game? You sell out to your running backs, which is exactly what the Cowboys did on Sunday with Brandon Weeden behind center against Atlanta.



  • Week 3 Booms and Busts: Welcome to the Oakland carnival

    Scott Pianowski at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 9 days ago

    Most fan bases start the fresh season with dreams of contention, playoffs, maybe a Super Bowl trip.

    Oakland Raiders fans? They’d just like their team to be relevant again. And it looks like they might be getting their wish.

    It’s been a while since Oakland was taken seriously in the NFL landscape. The last winning Raiders season dates back to 2002, when they won the AFC Championship. Rich Gannon was the league’s MVP, Jerry Rice was still running around and past defenses, Charlie Garner was a revelation out of the backfield. Oakland was second in scoring, first in offensive yards, and just about unstoppable until their old coach, Jon Gruden, took them down in Super Bowl.

    Fast forward to 2015, and it looks like the Raiders have hope again. The defense might not stop many opponents, but there’s a fun offense worth watching – for real fans and fantasy fans alike.

    Oakland’s turned into our favorite type of fantasy team – a full-blown carnival. This is a team that can score on most teams, and can’t stop most teams. The Raiders somehow are 2-1 despite allowing 86 points in three weeks.