Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute

  • Martavis Bryant’s suspension shouldn’t scare fantasy owners

    Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 3 days ago

    The hits keep coming at the wide receiver position in fantasy football.

    First Kelvin Benjamin tore his ACL, then Jordy Nelson did the same. Now ESPN’s Adam Schefter has some tough news for Pittsburgh Steelers and fantasy fans:

    Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is facing 4-game suspension for violating Substance Abuse Policy, per league sources. Suspension under appeal.

    Many fantasy experts - including yours truly - were expecting a breakthrough year for the former Clemson Tiger. If the NFL upholds the suspension - Bryant is appealing - I think he'll slide from his current 5th round ADP to the 8th or 9th round. However, that's still a remarkable value.

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    This will (rightfully so) send Markus Wheaton soaring up draft boards – from the WR40 to WR30-35 range -- but I expect Bryant to outperform his receiving partner in the long run. Remember, Bryant scored the most fantasy points per snap among wideouts last season – yes, even more than Odell Beckham, Jr.

  • Andre Ellington primed for fantasy bounce back

    Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 2 mths ago

    At this point last season, Andre Ellington was the object of fantasy owner affection. He was an exciting young back off an impressive rookie season entrenched behind an improved offensive line. His versatility, limited competition and general electricity convinced many to confidently invest an early-round pick in his services. Bruce Arians, after all, was committed to making his running back the focal point of the offense, potentially riding him some 25-plus times per game.  However, before the regular season could get underway, things got a bit prickly in the desert. In Arizona’s final exhibition tune-up, Ellington suffered a split tendon in his foot, an injury Arians later admitted ‘set [the Cardinals] way back.’ Originally expected to miss 4-6 weeks with the ailment, the rusher powered through only to meet his demise Week 13 after undergoing hernia surgery.  If only Ryan Mathews possessed similar toughness... Still, considering the circumstances, Ellington achieved remarkable success. His 3.28 yards per carry was appalling, but, thanks to a rigorous workload (20.6 touches/game), he averaged 87.9 total yards per contest. He also dove into the end-zone five times...

  • LeSean McCoy's move to Buffalo could boost running back's fantasy stock

    Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 5 mths ago

    In the first jaw-dropping move of what is sure to be a wild and wacky NFL offseason, the Eagles flipped the fantasy world on its collective head.

    Running back LeSean McCoy, off a somewhat disappointing campaign, was shipped to Buffalo for linebacker Kiko Alonso. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ]

    At first glance, most would assume swapping Eagles green for Bills blue is a significant downgrade for the multi-time Pro Bowl selection. Philly’s high-powered offense and frenetic pace favored McCoy’s versatile skill set. However, after his yards per carry dropped dramatically a season ago (5.1 in ’13 to 4.2 last year) along with his performance near the goal-line, the rusher became expendable in Chip Kelly’s eyes.

    McCoy was the first shoe to drop. What’s next is anyone’s best guess.

    Buckle up folks. This offseason is going to be one heck of a ride.

    Related video - Shaun King's take on the trade:

  • Beware the free agency effect on fantasy football

    Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 8 mths ago
  • These Week 15 fantasy duds could be fantasy studs in championship week

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 8 mths 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 8 mths 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 8 mths 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 8 mths 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 8 mths 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 9 mths 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.