Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute
Michael Salfino at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 8 hrs ago
Let’s put a fantasy spin on the Week 5 action by ranking the games in expected order of point-producing relevance (a Fantasy Power Rankings if you will) using the over/under totals from Las Vegas, specifically as reflected on Wednesday at VegasInsider.com.
Note: Dollar values in parentheses denote a player's current week price in the Yahoo Daily Fantasy game. It is displayed for point of reference.
1. Patriots at Cowboys, Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET, O/U 49.5 : Will the Cowboys use Christine Michael ($10) finally? I’m sick of holding him but you really must. RB allocation will be the big question for the Patriots, too, though I firmly believe that Dion Lewis ($25) is the guy to own here even in half-point PPR. You don’t want to pay for garbage time stats because it’s much harder to play in these situations and the backups could come in early. So fade the Cowboys in this game, all of them.
Best of the Rest
Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 12 hrs ago
In any fantasy game player valuations are constantly changing. To help guide owners on where players should be properly slotted and to take a mulligan on August drafts, our fearless forecasters recently participated in a 12-team mock. What is Todd Gurley worth? How far has Lamar Miller fallen? What about fast starters Donte Moncrief, James Jones and Devonta Freeman? Peruse our results below, debate each team's merits and declare a winner in the comments section. (NOTE: Each team in this 8-round exercise was required to draft a QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE and 2 FLEX (RB/WR/TE), .5 PPR)
Le'Veon Bell, Pit, RB1 - No-brainer to ring the Bell at No. 1 - he's scored 10-plus fantasy points in 20 of his past 21 games, and he's only twice (in his 31-game career) scored less than 8.8 fantasy points (FWIW, both times were against the Jets). (Funston)
Adrian Peterson, MIN, RB3 – Needed one rust-shaking game, and he's been terrific since. (Scott Pianowski)
Yahoo Sports Staff at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 12 hrs ago
In this week's Funny Money, Yahoo Sports' Brad Evans and Brandon Funston get animated about the attractive Daily Fantasy values of Denver running back Ronnie Hillman ($14) and Washington tight end Derek Carrier ($10).
The Big Noise took to the soap box first, stumping for Broncos back Ronnie Hillman, who Evans expects to lead his team in touches (in the neighborhood of 15-17) in a favorable matchup against Oakland. Evans expects a large portion of the DFS community to chase the lowly $10 price tag this week on breakout rookie Todd Gurley, and sees Hillman ($14 in Yahoo DFS) as a cheap, viable option for those that are looking to fade away from all the dollars being spent on the Rams back.
Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 14 hrs ago
To be clear, no one is promising you a fantasy feast on Thursday night — well, not unless you own DeAndre Hopkins. Andrew Luck is reportedly not going to start, which means Indianapolis will again roll with 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck, who's been battling an illness this week.
It's not an ideal fantasy situation, really. There's no obvious need to acquire additional shares of this game for fantasy purposes. But still, I'm expected to identify someone as a low-dollar, low-ownership flier. I wish it weren't a fifth-round rookie receiver tied to a sketchy quarterback, but, well ... here we are.
Keith Mumphery, WR, Houston Texans (1 percent owned, $10 in Yahoo daily)
Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 1 day ago
The Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the top 50 fantasy football players. Essentially, the Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for a fantasy owner who is planning to participate in a draft today. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football default scoring settings are used as the baseline for the Big Board.
Dropped Out: C.J. Anderson, Den, RB; Jarvis Landry, Mia, WR;Mike Evans, TB, WR; Jimmy Graham, Sea, TE; Travis Kelce, KC, TE; LeSean McCoy, Buf, RB (hammy); Steve Smith, Bal, WR (back);
Liz Loza at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 1 day ago
Will Laws, PointAfter at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 2 days ago
This week in the All-Bust fantasy lineup, we have four representatives from the same game, three of which come from the same team. Both are season highs that seem unlikely to be broken.
However, if I’ve learned anything from being a Falcons fan, it’s that you can’t discount how much a single team can disappoint you. Atlanta was able to exact a bit of revenge on Sunday, sending Houston to a 1-3 record and Texans fans into a spiraling glass case of emotion.
Just remember, Texans fans, it could always be worse: Houston could be in a division that’s not the AFC South.
A reminder on the selection process for each week’s All-Bust team: I determine the difference between the projected Yahoo! point totals and the actual outputs of each player. The guys with the worst sums wind up here, with their substandard performances illustrated by PointAfter visualizations.
Notes: All projected point totals were pulled Sunday morning from Yahoo’s standard scoring system. Players who were injured on Sunday weren’t considered. The list will be updated following the Monday Night Game as necessary.
QB: Peyton Manning, Broncos
Projected points (position rank): 16.8 (5th)
RB1: Arian Foster, Texans
Dalton Del Don at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 4 days ago
It’s clear Drew Brees is still dealing with a shoulder that’s not 100% (he said after the game it felt “good enough”), relegating him to mostly underneath throws. But Sunday night showed that doesn’t mean he can’t still possess plenty of fantasy value, as he threw for 359 yards and got 8.9 YPA with a 2:0 TD:INT ratio. A missed New Orleans 30-yard field goal at the end of regulation helped, as it sent the game to overtime, where Brees connected with C.J. Spiller for an 80-yard score that marked the 400th TD pass of his career. He may be on the decline, but in the year of the injured quarterback, Brees can still be a top-five type fantasy QB from here on out. A healthy Spiller filling the old Darren Sproles role would certainly go a long way. The Saints’ upcoming schedule (@Phi, Atl, @Ind, NYG, Ten) should feature a bunch of shootouts.
Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 4 days ago
1. Thank you for your interest in Jeremy Hill, but the buy-low window has closed.
The bad news for Jeremy Hill's fantasy owners is that he only carried the ball nine times in Sunday's win over Kansas City — in fact, he was out-touched by Giovani Bernard, 13 to 9. But here's the good news: Hill found the end-zone three times on those nine carries, plus he added a two-point conversion in the second-half. He's a committee back, sure, but this is an uncommonly productive committee. Hill and Bernard have combined for seven spikes through four games and the Bengals have averaged 30.3 points per game. Sunday's usage should make it perfectly clear that Hill remains a trusted inside-the-5 ball carrier. Let's hope you didn't make a panic deal, flipping Hill for scraps.
Cincinnati will face a pair of quality Ds in the coming weeks (Seattle and Buffalo), but the team's schedule takes a friendly turn after the bye. Hill was built for November-December AFC North football. He'll earn his top-of-draft price tag.
2. With apologies to Gronk, the best tight end in fantasy is whoever faces the Oakland Raiders.
Scott Pianowski at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 4 days ago
When offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan touched down in Atlanta this year, the expectation was that he’d turn Julio Jones into an unstoppable offensive weapon (and he's done that).
Maybe the same goes for second-year running back Devonta Freeman.
Freeman was slow off the mark in the first two weeks of the year (after a so-so rookie season), but he’s been nothing short of spectacular over the last two weeks, rolling up six touchdowns and a truckload of fantasy points. The latest effort came in Sunday’s romp over Houston, with Freeman collecting 149 total yards and three rushing touchdowns (covering 16, 23 and six yards). Fantasy royalty. DFS nirvana.
Freeman could have done even more against the Texans, but the Falcons put a quick hook on their starters - life when you lead 42-0 by the end of the third period. Unheralded backup RB Terron Ward picked up 19 carries for 72 yards and a score, most of it coming in garbage time.
Now for a look around the NFL landscape through the opening eight games . . .