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

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 2 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 2 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 8 days 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.

  • In the playoff hunt? Don't pin your championship dreams to these guys.

    Shaun King at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 10 days ago

    Here we go again. Another week, another group of fantasy running backs to consider. But I’m here to tell you why at least two of them will be unreliable for you as you approach your fantasy playoffs.

     If you’re in the hunt for the postseason, you may be tempted to invest in CJ Anderson or Isaiah Crowell in hopes they establish themselves in time to go off in Weeks 14, 15, and 16. My advice?

     Don’t.

    In the case of C.J. Anderson, you’re really deciding if you think Peyton Manning will get moody. Having played with Peyton for a short time, I can tell you it all comes down to his mood in the playcalling. If C.J. blows a pass block assignment, it’s next man up for Peyton’s offense. You just don’t know what you’re going to get there, and we can’t bank our fantasy hopes on that.

    If you are in the playoff hunt, you know these last two weeks of the regular season are crucial … and these guys just might blow it for you.

     

  • Arian Foster likely out Sunday - but it's okay to feel (Alfred) Blue

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 14 days ago

    Arian Foster owners, proceed to Plan B. According to multiple reports out of Houston, Foster (groin) is unlikely to play in the Texans' Week 11 matchup against Cleveland. The clear handcuff here is Alfred Blue, and for some unknowable reason he's still available in roughly three-quarters of all Yahoo leagues. Go get him... now .

    No, Blue won't perfectly replace Foster's expected elite production, but he's a capable back in line for a full workload. Assuming he sees a featured role against the Browns, fantasy owners can expect double-digit point production. Cleveland's defense has allowed 4.7 yards per carry this season, so it's not as if Blue is facing an impossible challenge. Add him and enjoy.

    Apologies in advance for the endless "YOU'RE MY BOY, BLUE!" jokes you'll hear on Fantasy Football Live. Brad cannot be controlled.

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    Folow Yahoo Sports' fantasy guru Andy Behrens on Twitter at @andybehrens.

  • Fantasy football owners, beware! One primetime matchup could kill your fantasy week

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 16 days ago

    STAY AWAY.

    Seriously, just slowly back away from this game. It does not look great in terms of fantasy potential. Buffalo and Miami each rank near the top of the league defensively in both scoring and yardage. These teams are first and fourth in total sacks, fourth and seventh in interceptions, second and seventh in forced fumbles, sec—

    Well, you get it. These defenses are good . You can start 'em both on Thursday, and you can play the kickers, too. Every skill player on the field is a dice-roll for fantasy, however. Both backfields are sketchy committees at the moment, with Fred Jackson and Lamar Miller each battling injuries. Mike Wallace and Sammy Watkins are viable WR3s on Thursday, but that's as far as I'll go. No other player receivers a full endorsement.

  • Buckle Up! It's Drew Stanton time in Arizona, but what are the fantasy impacts?

    Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 17 days ago

    Down its fearless leader Carson Palmer, Arizona, owners of a nearly impeccable 8-1 record, will attempt to blaze a trail to the playoffs on the shoulders of Drew Stanton.

    Buckle up.

    The ex-Lion is rather conservative with the football, a prototype game manager. Averaging just 6.33 yards per attempt, he prefers to play things close to the vest. However, given the aggressive nature of head coach Bruce Arians, he will take occasional shots downfield, which should keep the fantasy values of John Brown and massive disappointment, Michael Floyd, in the WR3-WR4 range in 12-team leagues.

    On the ground, Andre Ellington, a sensational receiver out of the backfield, maintains his RB1 status, particularly in PPR settings. Recall with Drew calling the shots Weeks 2, 3 and 5, the workhorse netted 106.7 total yards per game, scoring a pair of touchdowns. He will be leaned on heavily down the stretch.