Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute12 hrs ago
You drafted 'em in the early rounds, and they're dragging your team into a fantasy abyss. Let's reconsider the potential of three September duds...
Tom Brady — As of this moment, he's the No. 28 quarterback in fantasy. Twenty-eight . That's definitely not the level of production you expected, no matter his draft price. Brady has an alarming lack of big-play receivers at his disposal, which helps explain why he's opened the season going 1-for-12 on pass attempts of 20 yards or more. Throw in a damaged Gronk, and we've got ongoing concerns. Brady is more of a platoon QB this season than an every-week starter. Start him against Oakland, but find a quality backup. Or simply hope for a big Week 3, then trade him to your league's obnoxious Pats apologist. (All leagues have at least one.)
- Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute1 day ago
If you're sweating out flex options in Week 3, Minnesota wideout Greg Jennings is a sneaky option. After catching just one pass for four yards in Week 2, many fantasy owners may be looking to cast him aside this week in favor of other options. That could be a mistake as Jennings heads to New Orleans to face a Saints secondary that has allowed nearly 245 yards per game to the WR position. Assuming that Drew Brees does his usual at home – lighting up the scoreboard – Jennings has serious garbage-time all-star potential. Jennings can currently be had in roughly half of Yahoo leagues but, as mentioned, he could become more available later in the week as owners cut him loose following his Week 2 dud. Take advantage of their lack of foresight.
- Shaun King at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute2 days ago
This is how a lot of fantasy owners are feeling these days. Major injuries are riddling rosters and causing chaos on millions of waiver wires around the globe.
The fantasy owner’s dream of hoisting a converted bowling trophy with “Harbaugh’s Heroes” engraved next to 2014, is being dashed by a golf cart carrying away our first round selections. Can’t anyone finish a game?
The injury pool has a new, impressive group of belly floppers after Week 2: Jamaal Charles, RG3, A.J. Green, Knowshon Moreno, DeSean Jackson, Ryan Mathews and Vernon Davis – almost all of whom are must starts every fantasy week.
If this keeps up, we’ll be forced to spend next year’s draft stockpiling our handcuff’s handcuff’s handcuff, or draft a free agent. (I’m high on Daniel Thomas all of a sudden).
Is it HGH? Are players too soft? Are the helmets getting harder as they crash into our fantasy star’s fragile right ankle? Whatever it is, the hits just keep on coming.
Back to the waiver wire …
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute7 days ago
Rule changes have helped the offense — not the defense. Six of the eight 5,000-yard passing seasons (three by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees alone!) in league history have occurred in just the last three seasons. And parity has continued to rule as more and more games seem to come down to a late possession. Yes, the NFL has evolved from "three yards and a cloud of dust" to airing it out with regularity. Has that philosophical shift been prompted by the popularity of fantasy football?
Yahoo Sports asked Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck if there's a correlation between fantasy's growing status and the league becoming pass-happy.
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute7 days ago
These three players broke out in opening week, and all three have a shot to double-down in Week 2...
QB Jake Locker (TEN) -- Not only is Locker coming off a terrific preseason and a great Week 1, but the matchup ahead is as good as it gets. The Titans face the Cowboys, a defense that's bad at all levels, in all phases. Tennessee's receiving corps is clearly legit, led by Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright. It should surprise no one if Locker again finishes as a top-8 fantasy QB.
WR Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) -- If you like No. 1 receivers with ridiculous size and uncommon wingspans, then you're gonna love Benjamin. He's clearly at the top of the receiving hierarchy for Carolina, a tremendous red zone weapon who could easily finish with double-digit TDs. Drops have been an issue for him in the past, but, at 6-foot-5, he'll be a threat to find the end zone each week. Park him in a WR or Flex spot and enjoy the returns.
- Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute8 days ago
Consensus top 100 fantasy draft-day picks Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson are already in hot water after just one week of the '14 regular season. QB Robert Griffin III (WAS) - In Washington, RGIII was a check-down fanatic at Houston, throwing for 267 yards on 37 attempts. In the process, he failed to engineer a touchdown drive for the Redskins offense, and he also kept mostly to the pocket, racking up just two rushing yards – a very disconcerting development if you are a RGIII owner. Following the game, head coach Jay Gruden admitted the team should have run the ball more. This won't help squelch rumors that Gruden's confidence in RGIII is waning. Owners of the Washington QB should look to see if he can be packaged with a bench player to upgrade at QB – perhaps a safer back-end QB1 like Jay Cutler, Russell Wilson or Nick Foles, for example. If no deal is to be had, at least find another QB from the waiver wire (e.g., Carson Palmer, Ryan Tannehill, Joe Flacco, Jake Locker) to pair with Griffin, who is looking more and more like a matchup play rather than a weekly staple.
- Shaun King at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute9 days ago
Fantasy football is a week-to-week game. It doesn’t matter if you have someone who is going to do well three weeks from now. You need to win THIS week.
If you listened to me on “Fantasy Football Live” In Week 1, you probably won. Here’s why:
QB Robert Griffin III (WAS) – On Sunday morning,I told you to sit RG3 against the Houston Texans. He looked terrible in preseason, and he looked terrible in the Redskins season opener.
Griffin’s passing numbers were alright: 29-for-37 passing, 267 yards. But he was sacked three times, didn’t throw for any touchdowns and didn’t run for any touchdowns.
He has no confidence in what they’re doing and he’s very uncomfortable in that system.
You could’ve gotten more fantasy points from Derek Carr. That’s all I’m gonna say.
WR Allen Hurns, (JAX) – As I said on Sunday morning, Hurns was the guy to go with after Cecil Shorts III was ruled out with a hamstring injury and Justin Blackmon gone due to suspension.
Hurns - the rookie from Miami - didn't let me down, finishing with four receptions, 110 yards and two touchdowns.
Sure, he’s tied to Chad Henne – and maybe eventually Blake Bortles – in Jacksonville.
- Evan Doherty at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute13 days ago
Brooklyn Decker is a huge sports fan, and not just because she’s married to former tennis player Andy Roddick. The love affair started well before that. Decker was born in Ohio, but moved to North Carolina as a child with her family. The Tar Heel State roots explain her support for the Carolina Panthers – and why one of her fondest sports memories is the team’s trip to Super Bowl XXXVIII. Her love for the Panthers carries over to fantasy football – at least, in her words, for the “first couple of weeks, and after that I sort of fall off.” (Just like all of us.) Decker did, however, put together a successful 2013 fantasy campaign – beating out two top comedians for the title, as she explains in this video:
Pretty good stuff. The 27-year-old won’t be playing fantasy football this year – so don’t bother sending her an invite – but she did offer an evaluation of her favorite quarterback, Panthers signal caller Cam Newton: You think she has Ron Rivera on speed dial? No doubt Decker will be watching the Panthers take on the Buccaneers in their season opener on Sunday.
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute14 days ago
You didn't draft 'em as starters, necessarily, but these three players cannot sit in Week 1...
WR Eric Decker, NYJ (vs. Oak) -- Decker makes his regular season Jets debut against an Oakland Raiders defense that allowed the second-most touchdown passes last season (33), while snagging the second-fewest interceptions (9). Remember Nick Foles' seven-touchdown game? Yeah, that was the Raiders. Fantasy owners won't be relying on the New York passing game all season, but you can trust the key players in this matchup. Don't be shocked if Decker gives us 100 yards and an end-zone spike.
RB Mark Ingram, NO (at Atl) -- Again, it's all about the matchup. Ingram is coming off a solid preseason, and he figures to see a few goal-to-go carries for an elite offense. He's facing an Atlanta Falcons defense that ranked No. 31 in the NFL last season against the run, and that will again play without linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Ingram is a committee back, a fantasy roll-of-the-dice most weeks. But in the opener, he's approved for use.
- Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute15 days ago
Is Knowshon Moreno, who charged up the Denver Broncos backfield depth chart just before the ‘13 season opened and carried that momentum into a top 5 fantasy RB finish, about to make another late push in his new Miami home?
Rumors are that, although 'Fins' incumbent back Lamar Miller is still listed atop the team's depth chart, it may be a tenuous appointment. Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin has intimated that Miller needs to show more than what he has already this preseason. And the assumption is that Moreno, regardless of Miller's depth chart status, will be, at least, the passing down back, and perhaps get the goal line calls, as well.