Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute
- Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute23 hrs ago
If you're angling for a champagne shower, it's smart to weigh each and every alternative. In a single elimination scenario, matchups need to be maximized. Before you submit your championship lineup, here are three under-started sleepers who could score you a ticket to Titletown:
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ten, QB – A dead-ringer for Yukon Cornelius, the Tennessee passer could strike fantasy GOLD! in Week 16. Overlooked by most, Fitzpatrick has tallied a top-six line since Week 10, averaging 21.3 fantasy points per game in standard Yahoo leagues. Facing a Jags secondary that's surrendered the third-most fantasy points to passers on the year, the dual-threat has a great shot at another 300 combined yards with 2-3 touchdowns.
- Dan Harris at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute1 day ago
There's no room for loyalty in fantasy football. If the stats and the matchup are screaming "STAY AWAY," then you have to sit a player — even if it's a fantasy asset you've relied on all season.
If you've made it to Championship Week with Tom Brady or Steven Jackson ... well, let's hope you aren't forced to start those guys, with the trophy on the line. Brady at Baltimore with no Gronk? No thanks. Jackson on the road at San Francisco, facing an excellent run D? Can't do it.
Similarly, three of our game's top-scoring defenses are facing tough opponents in Week 16, so we need to find alternatives for anyone who owns KC, Carolina or Arizona. Let's get to work.
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute2 days ago
Looking for a fantasy defense to help your championship cause in Week 16? Use the Empire State as your guide, as in the offenses hailing from the state of New York – Giants, Jets and Buffalo. Detroit gets the benefit of hosting the most generous of all opposing offenses, for fantasy purposes. Eli Manning is coming off a five-pick effort against Seattle, adding to his NFL-high INT mark (26). Miami will travel to Buffalo as a top 15 fantasy defense for the season, and it will face a Bills offense that has coughed up the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing defenses. Finally, Cleveland will have the advantage of facing a Geno Smith-led Jets offense that has allowed more fantasy points to opposing defenses than all but the Giants. And the weather on Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey calls for thunderstorms and wind, always a bonus for a defense. All three of these D units are widely available still in Yahoo! Leagues, giving defense streamers plenty of options this week.
- Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute3 days ago
To the SHIP! It's Week 16 of the NFL season, which means one thing and one thing only, title time. With bragging rights on the line, here are three unsung QBs primed to score you a trophy:
Andy Dalton, Cin – Largely bland in most owners' eyes, Cincy's redheaded stepchild has actually performed better than you think. Over his past nine games, he's thrown for multiple scores seven times. Matched against a Vikings secondary that's surrendered the second-most fantasy points to signal callers, his odds of netting at least 260 yards and 2-3 touchdowns are quite favorable.
Jay Cutler, Chi – Welcome back to the adult table, Jay. Tallying a top-10 line last week in Cleveland, doubts about the passer quickly evaporated. Though he threw a couple picks, he completed 71-percent of his looks, nailing the Browns on a fair number of explosive pass plays. This week gifted an ultra-friendly matchup against an Eagles secondary that's given up the fourth-most fantasy points to QBs, he is a strong favorite to not only finish top-10, but possibly top-three this week.
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute4 days ago
It's title week, gamers, so losing is not an option. Three unheralded running backs teased us with big fantasy performances in Week 15, and our mission now is to sort the treasures from the trash. Today, we discuss the short-term potential of Minnesota's Matt Asiata, Jacksonville's Jordan Todman, and Cleveland's Edwin Baker
- Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute7 days ago
So you lived to fight another day. Congrats. In your never-ending quest to earn bragging rights, here are three under-started options that could advance you to the money round:
Jay Cutler, Chi, QB – It’s crazy to think a player that ranks top-11 in per game average among QBs, blessed with Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte in a pass-happy system, is only owned in 40-percent of Yahoo leagues. Wake up and smell the stats, people. Cleared for takeoff, Cutler is a top-flight option against an overrated Cleveland secondary. The Browns have allowed eight-straight multi-TD passers. If you’re in a bind, start him with the utmost confidence. Roughly 260-280 yards with 2-3 TDs are possible.
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute8 days 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 Minute9 days 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 Minute9 days 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 Minute10 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.