Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute4 hrs ago
Semifinal Week is now upon us, so the last thing you want in your lineup is a low-upside fantasy commodity. Our mission today is to steer you away from three players who cannot be trusted in a must-win week. One of them has been scorching hot (Carson Palmer), another ice cold (Victor Cruz) and the third was added in tens of thousands of leagues just this week (Toby Gerhart).
All of 'em have dicey matchups on Sunday; all should ride the pine in fantasy in Week 15.
- Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute1 day ago
Given the fact that you can still add them in roughly 90 percent of Yahoo! leagues, it's clear that fantasy owners haven't clued in to the recent success of the Lions defense, a unit that ranks second in Yahoo! Default scoring among fantasy defenses/special teams over the past two weeks. In those games, the Lions have tallied seven sacks, two interceptions and two touchdowns. And looking ahead at the next two weeks of the fantasy playoffs, no DST unit has a more advantageous schedule that Detroit, who will host Baltimore (fifth in QB sacks allowed, third in interceptions thrown) this week, followed by another home date with a New York Giants squad that has coughed up the most fantasy points to opposing defenses. If you are in search of a fantasy defense that you can ride to the playoffs promised land, Detroit needs to be squarely on your radar.
- Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute1 day ago
The news that Kirk Cousins will replace Robert Griffin III behind center for Washington in Week 15 should pique the interest of those playoff-bound fantasy owners who are less than stable at the QB spot. IN limited duty last season, Cousins posted impressive fantasy numbers, throwing for 466 yards and four touchdowns on just 48 attempts. On Sunday, he has the luxury of playing in a temperature-controlled indoor venue at Atlanta, against a Falcons defense allowing a league-high 104 QB Rating. Given the circumstances, Cousins has top 12 upside in Week 15. And he's available for nearly all interested parties, as he's owned in less than 10 percent of Yahoo! Leagues.
- Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute2 days ago
Survive and advance. That is the motto this time of year for those likely enough to still be kicking. Only one week away from the fantasy Super Bowl, many are diving deep hoping to unearth a second season savior. To assist you in your trophy quest, here are three receivers destined to take you to the Promised Land:
Michael Crabtree, SF – In his first two games of the season, Crabtree has barely scratched the surface. Thus far, he’s totaled 12 target, six receptions and 108 yards without a touchdown. However, Week 15 brings a unique opportunity. Assuming Darrelle Revis shadows Anquan Boldin, he should exploit a matchup between corners Jonathan Banks and Leonard Johnson, a duo that’s allowed a catch rate of 64.2 percent. In sunny Tampa, expect Crabtree to shine brightly en route to a top-20 day.
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute3 days ago
Let's not try to pretend that replacing Rob Gronkowski is gonna be easy ... or even doable. We're talking about a tight end whose career is off to a historically great start. If you just lost Gronk in fantasy, then you — like the Patriots — have an enormous hole to fill.
Today, our mission is to find a few replacement options for your irreplaceable tight end.
- Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute6 days ago
It’s put up or shut up time, fanatics. With championship aspirations on the line, nervous owners across Fantasyland are facing difficult lineup dilemmas. My best piece of advice: Maximize the matchup. Here are three under-started commodities who’ll do exactly that in Week 14 and extend your season:
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ten, QB – Most in the fantasy community are pogonophobes – they fear beards. It’s nutty to think Fitz is available in 90-percent of Yahoo leagues. He’s exceeded 20 fantasy points in four of his past six contests. Likely pressed into a high-volume situation against a Broncos D that’s allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to QBs, he should finish inside the top-10 once again.
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute7 days ago
Peyton Manning is an all-time QB enjoying the greatest single season in the history of his position, and many of you are thinking about benching him this week. At home. Because of cold.
Honestly, you guys are not worthy of Peyton Manning.
This myth about Manning falling apart in cold weather has more to do with win-loss record than with individual statistics, so it shouldn't be a fantasy concern. When Denver lost in the playoffs to Baltimore last year, 38-35 — with Manning throwing for 290 yards and three scores — was that about the frigid temperatures, or a blown coverage?
The conditions expected in Denver this Sunday involve snow and low temperatures, but not high winds — and high wind, for those who didn't know, is the weather event you should take seriously. Snow and cold are not the enemy. Peyton is not to be benched.
- Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute8 days ago
Just two weeks ago, Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew put forth his best fantasy effort of '13 against Houston, rolling for 144 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. And while that stands out as his best performance of the year, he's been more than serviceable as a fantasy back over the past several weeks, ranking as a top 15 fantasy RB since Week 8. On the flip side, the Texans, who MJD faces on Thursday, have struggled of late to stop the opposition's running backs, allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to the position over the past three weeks. Given the recent success of MJD against his division rivals and Houston's inability of late to hold runners in check, MoJo has easy top 20 upside at the RB position this week.
- Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute9 days ago
Like most things in fantasy, the tight end position, outside mainstays Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, is highly unpredictable on a week-in, week-out basis. Wild production swings are commonplace. Just ask Jordan Cameron owners. To help guide you into Round 2 of the second season, here are three tight ends you can count on in Week 14:
Ladarius Green, SD – The heir apparent to Antonio Gates is making his presence known. Over the past three weeks he’s accounted for nine receptions, 206 yards and two touchdowns. Earning the most PT of the season last week against Cincy (played on 61-of-67 snaps), he has become a fixture in a pass-happy San Diego offense.
- Dan Harris at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute10 days ago
Well, we're in it now. GAME ON. The most important weeks on the fantasy calendar have at last arrived. If you're still consuming fantasy content at this late date, then it's obviously been a successful season.
Today, we're discussing three players with friendly schedules in Weeks 14-16, all of whom are available in a fair number of Yahoo leagues. Jay Cutler, Michael Crabtree and BenJarvus Green-Ellis may yet help you claim a fantasy title.