• These Week 15 fantasy duds could be fantasy studs in championship week

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 2 days ago

    Look, dud performances are gonna happen, even with the game's best players. You can't write off a proven fantasy asset just because he's coming off a quiet week. Here are three guys who struggled in the fantasy semis, poised to turn it around in title week...

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    Matthew Stafford – The last time Stafford faced the Bears defense, he passed for eleven zillion 390 yards and a pair of scores. The December version of Chicago's D is far less engaged than the group he already torched. Start Stafford with confidence.

    Tre Mason – If you somehow squeaked into the championship matchup with Mason in your fantasy backfield, you cannot sit him now — not against a Giants defense that ranks 30th against the run. Let's remember that Mason had respectable weeks against a few of the league's best run Ds, including the Seahawks, Broncos and Niners.

    And if you need a flex play for trophy week...

    Then Fred Jackson

  • Watch out for a pair of fantasy starters who could cost you a championship

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 3 days ago

    If you are in the hunt for fantasy championship title hardware in Week 16, watch out for a couple big-name players that could trip you up. At running back, Philly's LeSean McCoy has already been trying to sabotage your title aspirations, as he ranks No. 35 among running backs in total fantasy points over the past two weeks. On Sunday night in Week 15, Philly head coach Chip Kelly awarded goal lines carries to Chris Polk and Darren Sproles, and the two backs combined for three rushing touchdowns. As for Shady, he was left out in the cold. Touchdowns have been elusive for him all season (just four total on the year), and he's unlikely to splash pay dirt this week against a Washington defense that ranks as the third-toughest in fantasy against the RB position. Unfortunately, McCoy and his owners know that all too well as McCoy could muster just 22 rushing yards on 20 carries against his divisional foe in Week 3. At quarterback, beware of Ben Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh's QB is coming off a 360-yard effort (but no TD passes) in Week 15 at Atlanta, and he's averaging 365 passing yards over his past seven contests. But the problem is that he's going up against a KC...

  • Lesson learned. Why you always start your stars in the fantasy playoffs

    Shaun King at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 4 days ago

    Well, it’s all over. And this week, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Sure, we could point a finger at Aaron Rodgers for a crummy showing in the fantasy semifinals, or get upset that Jamaal Charles didn’t get in the end zone (although Knile Davis owners should rejoice) but that’s part of the game. We rode them all year and they didn’t come through. Sometimes, you just have a bad week.

    But, sometimes we learn the lesson at the wrong time. That lesson being to START YOUR STARS! Eddie Lacy had a decent week, with 97 yards on 15 carries and a score. Unfortunately for some of us, he was casually slotted in the bench position in lieu of, in my case, Chris Johnson. Yes, that’s right. Chris Johnson. How dare we! We drafted Lacy in the first round for a reason. We banked on him to come through in situations like this, and over-thinking put him on our bench. Shame on us. In a do-or-die situation, it’s just better to take the thinking out of it, and play the guys who got us there.

    There goes the shiny, gold fantasy football championship trophy yet again.

  • As many of our fantasy seasons end, we can point the finger at two elite players.

    Shaun King at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 11 days ago

          It stings.  It was a long road to the fantasy football playoffs and it stings for it all to end this way.  After nearly three months of tinkering and scouring Yahoo Fantasy rankings and videos, we had our opening round playoff game. Then in on the same Sunday, saw our fantasy championship celebrations vanish as two elite quarterbacks delivered coal to all the NICE boys and girls.     When we sat down for our drafts in August, we had a game plan. For some of us, It was grab Peyton Manning at the tail end of the first round. In fact, in fantasy leagues across Yahoo, Peyton’s average draft position was 11.2.   And could you blame us? The man tossed 55 touchdowns and nearly 5500 yards last year.     For others, it was nabbing that top tier running back in the first round, and then quietly selecting Drew Brees in the second. (His average draft position was 17th overall)       Needless to say, we were invested in these two as fantasy owners. You expect your top 2 or three picks to drive your fantasy squad to the championship.  Here’s how our fantasy heroes fared in the...

  • Start your Cowboys on Thursday night, Fantasy owners!

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 16 days ago

    If the Dallas Cowboys are any sort of serious Super Bowl contender, they'll put up 50-plus points against the Bears. Because that's what legit offenses do.

    Chicago's defense is heavily damaged at the moment, and it's a unit that struggled even when operating at full strength. The Bears allow the most standard fantasy points to opposing QBs, the second-most to tight ends and the eighth-most to wide receivers. Thursday's game could get ugly — perhaps as ugly as last year's contest at Soldier Field, a decisive win for Chicago. In this matchup, even the fringy Cowboys like Jason Witten and Terrance Williams deserve a long look.

  • Here's the must-start defense to stream in Week 14!

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 17 days ago

    If streaming defenses is a strategy that has helped lead you to the fantasy playoffs, then put the Minnesota Vikings on your short list of defenses to target for deployment in Week 14. The Vikings have been the No. 4 defense/special teams unit in fantasy since Week 7, managing 21 QB sacks, forcing 10 turnovers and scoring three touchdowns in that six-game span.

    This week, they'll have the pleasure of hosting a New York Jets offense that has been exceptionally generous to opposing defenses. Between Geno Smith and Michael Vick, Jets quarterbacks have been sacked 27 times and have thrown six interceptions in the past seven games. The Jets offense also ranks 30th in the NFL with an average of 15.8 points scored per game. So, yes, the Vikings defense is sitting pretty this week.

  • Week 13 has some big-names who could be big busts for fantasy owners

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 23 days ago

    Only Denver's Demaryius Thomas has been better at the fantasy WR position than Bucs rookie Mike Evans since Week 4. In that span, the monolithic target has eight touchdowns in seven games, including six scores in his past four contests. But with many fantasy owners looking to clinch a playoff spot in Week 13, the final regular season weekend for a majority of leagues, backing Evans could prove costly. Despite scoring a TD at Chicago in Week 12, Evans caught just three passes for 47 yards, his lowest yardage total since Week 2. And this week he faces a Cincinnati defense that has allowed the fewest TD passes in the league (11) and second-fewest yards to the WR position (1,509). The Bengals have also allowed just five pass plays of 30-plus yards (NFL-low), another warning sign for Evans, who ranks third in the league with nine catches of 30-plus yards.

  • A plate full of fantasy turkeys for Thanksgiving

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 24 days ago

    Beware, gamers. This year, the Thanksgiving slate is loaded with turkeys. Here are three names to avoid on Thursday ...

    Jay Cutler at Detroit – Despite a messy season in reality, Jay has actually delivered top-8 fantasy QB numbers to this point in the season. But you'd be wise to seek alternatives this week. Jay had five giveaways against the Lions last season, and Detroit's defense has been stingy to opposing quarterbacks this year, yielding the second-fewest fantasy points to the position.

    Michael Crabtree vs. Seattle – The Niners and Seahawks are likely to give us a tremendous game on Thursday, but not for fantasy purposes. Crabtree is not to be trusted. He's owned in 87 percent of Yahoo leagues, but he's a dicey start against Seattle. He's played nine career games against the Seahawks (postseason included), and he hasn't yet scored a touchdown. Anquan Boldin has been a more bankable fantasy asset to this year, and it's not close. Seattle is giving up the fewest fantasy points to opposing wideouts this year, so the matchup is horrendous.

    But that's enough bad news. Here's a Thursday play you can trust ...

  • Why you shouldn't expect much fantasy help early in Week 12

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 1 mth ago

    OK, let's make this as simple as possible. Here is the official list of approved fantasy starters for this week's edition of TNF: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City's defense.

    Here is the official list of players to avoid: Everyone else.

    Are we done here? No?

    Alright, fine. Just please don't expect a shootout from the Chiefs and Raiders this Thursday. KC's defense has held opponents to just 17.1 points per game, the second-lowest total in the league, and the team ranks first against the pass (201.6 YPG). Oakland is a winless team that ranks dead-last in the NFL in scoring (15.2 PPG) and total yards (276.4 YPG). Please, we beg you, do not start any Raiders this week. None. Zero. Please.

    Charles should of course feast on Oakland's D, a unit that allows the third-most fantasy points to running backs. Maybe Knile Davis has some flex appeal in deeper leagues. Alex Smith has only tossed 11 TD passes this season — incredibly, none of them to a wide receiver — so no elements of Kansas City's passing game are in the conversation in leagues of standard size.