Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute

  • Two Packers land on All-Bust Fantasy Lineup for Week 5

    Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 12 hrs ago

    By Nick Selbe/PointAfter

    Week 5 of the NFL season was a doozy, featuring three overtime games and six other games decided by one possession. Similarly, there were several close calls in selecting the All-Bust fantasy lineup, but in the end, these players separated themselves from the pack in terms of falling short of expectations.

    Like last week, this All-Bust lineup is quarterbacked by a player whose team remains unbeaten. Falcons fans might be thrilled with how Matt Ryan orchestrated the team’s go-ahead touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter, but fantasy owners are less enthused after his three-turnover performance.

    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.

    QB: Matt Ryan, Falcons

    Projected points (position rank): 18.8 (3rd)

    Actual points (position rank): 8.2 (28th)

  • Jamaal Charles suffers potentially season-ending knee injury

    Scott Pianowski at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 1 day ago

    We all have our fantasy favorites and our preferred NFL teams, but when a star like Jamaal Charles gets hurt, there are no winners. Everybody loses.  

    Charles suffered a right-knee injury in the second half of Sunday’s shocking home loss to the Bears. It was the dreaded non-contact injury, and it immediately looked like something that could be significant. There’s already speculation that his season might be over. Here’s a tweet from NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport:  

    The immediate fear is that #Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles tore his ACL, source says, based on initial tests. He'll have an MRI to learn more.

    Andy Reid later confirmed that the preliminary diagnosis was a torn ACL.

    It feels cruel to pivot this into a fantasy story, but that's what we have to do. And it’s a case of hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.

  • Booms and Busts: Chip Kelly and the Eagles, back in business

    Scott Pianowski at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 1 day ago

    It’s felt like a season on the brink for the Eagles since mid-September. But for one game at least, the Chip Kelly believers can sit back and relax.

    And anyone willing to toss the fantasy dice on Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray, you’re feeling pretty good, too.

    Philadelphia rolled to a blowout 39-17 victory over New Orleans on Sunday, and it was Kelly’s snappy offense that told most of the story. Hand-picked quarterback Bradford threw for 333 yards and a couple of scores, hitting on 32-of-45 passes. He wasn’t sacked, and his numbers were dinged by some receiver drops. Bradford also threw a couple of interceptions (both in the end zone), but at least he’s starting to look like a viable QB1 again.

    Must be the Silver Linings Playbook.

    Murray finally got the heavy workload he’s been pleading for, racking up 120 total yards and a score on 27 touches (20 carries, seven catches). He wasn’t a boom from a per-play standpoint - a modest 4.2 per carry, a mere 5.3 per catch - but it’s certainly a healthy step in the right direction. Understudy Ryan Mathews was also terrific, collecting eight carries for 73 yards and a score (Darren Sproles was limited to six touches, 37 yards). 

  • Week 5 Fantasy Takeaways: YAARRRRR!!! Doug Martin yields statistical treasure

    Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 1 day ago


    1. Much maligned rusher, Doug Martin, is nifty, nimble and a trusted weekly option. 

    Since Martin exploding onto the scene three years ago, notching the sixth-best line for a rookie RB in NFL history, most in the fantasy community have expressed apathy toward the Buccaneer. His generally ineffective outputs, disgusting YPCs and dwindling role in the pass game, led many to believe he was a flash in the pan. Though positive offseason reports and a strong preseason offered encouragement, critics contended he was destined to let everyone down. 

    They, however, were very wrong. 

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    The RB, formerly known as the Muscle Hamster but who I affectionately call the Swole Mongoose, is back, and better than ever. 

    Welcome back to the circle of trust, Mongoose. 

    2. Gary Barnidge is this year's waiver wire gem at tight end 

    Josh McCown has found a new best friend. 

    3. Eddie Lacy is in contention for Healthy Bust of the Year


  • Week 5 Start/Sit: Fading Freeman

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 3 days ago

    With four teams on bye this week (Carolina, Minnesota, the N.Y. Jets and Miami), your lineup options this week are likely to look a little thinner than you'd like. To help your Week 5 cause (full season or daily), here's a few players I expect to look better/worse than usual on Sunday.


    QB - Marcus Mariota, Ten vs Buf ($32 in DFS) - You can't run against Buffalo (no RB has reached even 50 rushing yards against) and opponents know this, which helps explain why the Bills have had the most pass attempts against (48 per game). It's also a big reason why the Bills have allowed the fifth-most passing yards and second-most TD passes. Mariota, who is coming off a bye, is top 5 among QBs in Yahoo default scoring, and he's done most of that work with his arm - watch out if he's ever cut loose in the running game. Given the set-up this week, though, he should do just fine (QB1 level) even if his fleet feet don't factor in once again.


  • Week 5 Fantasy Football Power Rankings: Brees should continue momentum

    Michael Salfino at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 4 days ago

    Let’s put a fantasy spin on the Week 5 action by ranking the games in expected order of point-producing relevance (a Fantasy Power Rankings if you will) using the over/under totals from Las Vegas, specifically as reflected on Wednesday at

    Note: Dollar values in parentheses denote a player's current week price in the Yahoo Daily Fantasy game. It is displayed for point of reference.

    Fab Four

    1. Patriots at Cowboys, Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET, O/U 49.5 : Will the Cowboys use Christine Michael ($10) finally? I’m sick of holding him but you really must. RB allocation will be the big question for the Patriots, too, though I firmly believe that Dion Lewis ($25) is the guy to own here even in half-point PPR. You don’t want to pay for garbage time stats because it’s much harder to play in these situations and the backups could come in early. So fade the Cowboys in this game, all of them.

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Football Re-Draft: Le'Veon Bell won't relinquish his RB1 throne

    Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 5 days ago

    In any fantasy game player valuations are constantly changing. To help guide owners on where players should be properly slotted and to take a mulligan on August drafts, our fearless forecasters recently participated in a 12-team mock. What is Todd Gurley worth? How far has Lamar Miller fallen? What about fast starters Donte Moncrief, James Jones and Devonta Freeman? Peruse our results below, debate each team's merits and declare a winner in the comments section. (NOTE: Each team in this 8-round exercise was required to draft a QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE and 2 FLEX (RB/WR/TE), .5 PPR)

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    ROUND 1 

    Le'Veon Bell, Pit, RB1 - No-brainer to ring the Bell at No. 1 - he's scored 10-plus fantasy points in 20 of his past 21 games, and he's only twice (in his 31-game career) scored less than 8.8 fantasy points (FWIW, both times were against the Jets). (Funston)

    Adrian Peterson, MIN, RB3 – Needed one rust-shaking game, and he's been terrific since. (Scott Pianowski)

    ROUND 2

    ROUND 3

    ROUND 4

  • Week 5 Funny Money: Head for Hillman in DFS

    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 Denver running back Ronnie Hillman ($14) and Washington tight end Derek Carrier ($10).

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    The Big Noise took to the soap box first, stumping for Broncos back Ronnie Hillman, who Evans expects to lead his team in touches (in the neighborhood of 15-17) in a favorable matchup against Oakland. Evans expects a large portion of the DFS community to chase the lowly $10 price tag this week on breakout rookie Todd Gurley, and sees Hillman ($14 in Yahoo DFS) as a cheap, viable option for those that are looking to fade away from all the dollars being spent on the Rams back.  

  • Thursday Fantasy Flier, Week 5: Keith Mumphery, (very) deep league special

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 5 days ago

    To be clear, no one is promising you a fantasy feast on Thursday night — well, not unless you own DeAndre Hopkins. Andrew Luck is reportedly not going to start, which means Indianapolis will again roll with 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck, who's been battling an illness this week.

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    It's not an ideal fantasy situation, really. There's no obvious need to acquire additional shares of this game for fantasy purposes. But still, I'm expected to identify someone as a low-dollar, low-ownership flier. I wish it weren't a fifth-round rookie receiver tied to a sketchy quarterback, but, well ... here we are.

    Keith Mumphery, WR, Houston Texans (1 percent owned, $10 in Yahoo daily)

  • Big Board: Freeman forces way into top 25

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 5 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: C.J. Anderson, Den, RB; Jarvis Landry, Mia, WR;Mike Evans, TB, WR; Jimmy Graham, Sea, TE; Travis Kelce, KC, TE; LeSean McCoy, Buf, RB (hammy); Steve Smith, Bal, WR (back);