- Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute1 day ago
New Orleans running back Travaris Cadet entered Week 8 owned is barely owned in Yahoo leagues. But, at least for PPR owners, he should be a hot Flex commodity playing at home this week on Sunday night against Green Bay. With Pierre Thomas out for the next couple weeks with a shoulder injury, Cadet becomes the de facto receiving back in the complicated New Orleans backfield platoon. Cadet showed his aerial skills last week with six catches fro 51 yards, the second time he's picked up at least six catches and 50-plus yards in the past three games (and he caught a TD pass in the other contest). The Saints have completed the third-most passes to the RB position this season, and san Thomas, Cadet is really the only back that can contribute meaningfully in the passing game, so he should continue to be showered with targets from QB Drew Brees. Perhaps a little safer PPR option than Cadet this week is Cleveland wideout Andrew Hawkins, who is coming off a five catch, 112-yard effort in Week 7 at Jacksonville. He was targeted nine times in the contest, which was the fifth time in six games that he's been targeted at least that often. As the go-to choice for QB Brian Hoyer, Hawkins is averaging a healthy five catches and nearly 64 yards per game, marks that he has a good shot of eclipsing on Sunday at home against an Oakland defense allowing a 106.9 QB Rating. Still available in 70 percent of Yahoo leagues, Hawkins is a widely-available PPR solution for Week 8.
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute3 days ago
Finally, a Thursday night game that fantasy owners can fully embrace. Denver and San Diego have combined to average 57.8 total points and 754.0 net yards per game through seven weeks. These teams are fantasy machines.
Ronnie Hillman and rookie Branden Oliver have both emerged as waiver wire revelations in recent weeks. Hillman is coming off back-to-back games in which he's topped 100 scrimmage yards, and both performances were in difficult matchups (NYJ, SF). He's an obvious fantasy starter at home, facing a Bolts defense that allows 4.5 yards per carry to opposing backs. Oliver's matchup isn't nearly as friendly, as Denver's defense currently ranks third in the league against the run, allowing just 74.3 rushing yards per game and 3.3 yards per carry. But Oliver has certainly passed the eye test. He's running as an every-down, all-situation back, a powerful ball-carrier with vision and pass-catching ability. His workload have been significant, too, with every other Chargers RB sidelined by injury. Even against a challenging opponent in a difficult environment, you really have to think of Oliver as a viable RB2.
- Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute4 days ago
In his illustrious career, one that someday may feature his bronze bust in Canton, Larry Fitzgerald has made eight Pro Bowl appearances, logged six 1,000-yard seasons and scored 88 touchdowns. Still a relatively youthful 31-years-old, most would believe he’s destined to pad those stats over the next few seasons. However, his impatient fantasy owners would vehemently disagree, yours truly included. Fitzgerald is expendable in 12-team leagues. Barely registering a blip on the wide receiver radar, he’s found the end zone only once this season, ranking No. 64 in per-game average at the position. That’s behind the likes of Travis Benjamin, Kenny Stills and Miles Austin. Sure, go ahead and blame Carson Palmer’s extended absence, but even with the veteran passer at the controls, he’s posted WR2 worthy numbers just one time (Week 6). With upstarts Allen Robinson, Doug Baldwin and Andre Holmes still widely available in Yahoo leagues, the time has come to throw Larry to the fishes.
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute9 days ago
Without question, the big fantasy question attached to this week's Thursday game is which back(s) will get the carries for New England, in the absence of Stevan Ridley? Shane Vereen is clearly positioned for an uptick in touches, from his current average of 10 per game to perhaps 14-16. Vereen has averaged 4.5 YPC for his career (5.1 this season), so we know he can deliver useful fantasy lines on a slightly larger workload. Remaining healthy has been an issue for Vereen, and the Pats have been a RBBC team in the past, so we can expect to see veteran Brandon Bolden in a supporting role as well, with James White on the standby list. For now, Vereen is the only New England back you should consider starting. The Jets aren't the easiest matchup for any running back, although they've been abused by Branden Oliver and Ronnie Hillman in recent weeks.
- Shaun King at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute11 days ago
For fantasy owners, all we’re looking for is a little consistency. It may not be possible with the parity in the NFL these days, but it sure would make our jobs easier.
One of the more recognizable NFL franchises is the New York Giants. And for that reason, fantasy owners—like myself -- draft the well-known names. Sure, they aren’t the most high-powered offense, but we love the Salsa dancing, the upstart tight ends and Peyton’s little brother. But this group, unfortunately, is the King of fantasy flip-flops and it stinks.
Yes, it makes us feel good to support a guy in the shadow like Eli. Manning’s showing on Sunday night is a credit to the Philadelphia defense, but a huge fantasy letdown after 19 or more points for four straight weeks.
Larry Donnell was the hot pickup of the season after a fiery start in Detroit. Since his three-touchdown effort in Week 4, though, one catch for six yards over two games. How am I supposed to plug him into my lineup? (Next week, though, he’ll probably find the end zone twice… )
- Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute16 days ago
In what has been a stormy season for Jacksonville don't be surprised if the Jaguars turn to a running back named Storm to help weather the elements in Tennessee in Week 6. Rookie running back Storm Johnson made his NFL debut last week, rushing four times for 27 yards, a rare bright spot for what has been the second-worst fantasy backfield in '14. After the Week 5 loss to Pittsburgh, Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley said he was impressed with what he saw from Johnson, a backfield mate of QB Blake Bortles at the University of Central Florida, where Johnson tallied 1,399 total yards (including 30 catches for 260 yards) and 17 touchdowns in 13 contests last season. With good size, power and versatility, Johnson could be called upon for a larger role to help provide a spark in the running game for the Jags this week against a Tennessee defense that has allowed at least 9.9 fantasy points to six running backs in the past four games. Johnson entered the week available in more than 99 percent of Yahoo leagues. For the less risk adverse fantasy owner, consider Giants rookie wideout Odell Beckham Jr. for FLEX status this week. The skillful route runner found the end zone in his first NFL action last week and, afterwards, head coach Tom Coughlin stated that his role will only continue to grow. That could work out very well this week for Beckham against a Philly defense that has allowed more points to the WR position than any other team. Available in nearly 90 percent of Yahoo leagues entering the week, Beckham has a good shot at find pay dirt for the second consecutive game.
Are you 5-0, 4-1 in your fantasy league? Well, it's never too early to start dealing for the fantasy football playoffsAndy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute17 days ago
Let's just say, hypothetically, that you're the owner of a 4-1 fantasy team. If you're off to a stellar start, well-positioned for the fantasy postseason, then you're allowed to look ahead to the closing weeks of the season. Today, we're looking to enrich the rich, identifying three players to target in trades all of whom have excellent schedules in the most important weeks of the fantasy season (13-16).
QB Tony Romo, Dallas – Romo has given us useful stat lines in his last three games, including 324 yards and two scores against the Texans on Sunday. When we reach the closing weeks of the season, his schedule is as friendly as it gets. Dallas has both matchups with Philly at the end of the year, in Weeks 13 and 15. The Eagles defense, as you might have noticed, gets torched by a different sketchy QB every week (Chad Henne, Kirk Cousins, Austin Davis, et al.) Assuming good health, Rom should close the year with a binge.
- Shaun King at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute18 days ago
Well, fantasy friends… we’ve done it again for you. If you happened to take a gander at Fantasy Football Live this week (Sunday’s at 11:30 AM ET/8:30 AM PT only on Yahoo! Sports), you would’ve have received even more iron-clad fantasy advice.
In King’s Korner, we said it’s time to lean on Brian Quick. Sure, the Rams came up short against the Eagles on Sunday, but YOU probably didn’t if you had Quick in your lineup. The former Mountaineer chewed up 87 yards on 5 catches and made two trips to the land of six. But seriously, don’t miss us on Sunday mornings. It can only end in championships.
On another note, how refreshing was it to see our fantasy studs show up win Week 5? Gronk, Ellington, Jackson, Thomas, and Lacy – all stars that made it out of the fantasy football witness protection program. Most of us owners burned early round picks on these guys and, finally in Week 5, they make a splash.
It’s goes to show you, fantasy experts love being right on mid-range fliers like Quick, but it’s more satisfying when the fantasy studs we expect big things from come through. Now, let’s see if they can keep it going… if for no other reason than I hate losing.
- Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute23 days ago
This week's Thursday night contest between NFC North rivals Minnesota and Green Bay offers some flex appeal for those looking to the waiver wire to round out their Week 5 active lineups. And a couple widely available rookies, in particular, could step into the nationally televised spotlight. In Minnesota, first-year running back Jerick McKinnon is garnering huge buzz after rushing 18 times for 135 yards in a backup role to Matt Asiata in Week 4. While head coach Mike Zimmer said following McKinnon's breakout effort that he was still just the team's change-of-pace back, there's such a wide discrepancy in physical talent between him and Asiata that it's easy to draw a conclusion that McKinnon will see at least a 10-12 touch role going forward as Minnesota looks to continue to draw on that vast well of athleticism. Against a Packers defense allowing a healthy 4.6 yards per carry, the 85 percent available McKinnon has a good shot for at least 75 yards from scrimmage while adding more sizzle to his highlight reel along the way. For a fallback option to McKinnon, consider Packers rookie wideout Davante Adams, who picked up healthy playing time in Week 4 while a banged up Jarrett Boykin (knee, groin) took the week off. Adams didn't make much of a fantasy impact this past Sunday (two catches, 18 yards), but he did have a 34-yard TD grab called back because of a penalty, and he was targeted with a bubble screen at the goal line. Considering the short week for the Packers in Week 5, it's possible Boykin won't return until after this upcoming contest. With Green Bay among the team's that employ three-receiver sets most often, Adams could finally make a splash against a Minnesota defense that has already allowed six receivers to top the 70-yard mark. Adams entered the week available in 95 percent of Yahoo leagues.
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute24 days ago
At present, Tom Brady ranks among the most-dropped players in Yahoo fantasy leagues. We'd love to build a case to keep him on your roster — he's an all-time quarterback, after all — but it's tough to find a ray of hope right now. Brady himself is playing poorly, averaging less that 200 passing yards per game. His receiving corps, aside from Gronk, isn't exactly loaded with talent, and his O-line is hardly dominant. His matchups to this point in the season have been outstanding — Miami, Minnesota, Oakland, KC — yet he's done nothing with 'em. This week, he gets Cincinnati, a much tougher test.
Basically, you can't start him and you can't trade him, because he's unwanted. So if you're playing in a 10-team league and you can't afford to stash a struggling former star ... well, do what you've gotta do.