Andy Behrens

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Andy Behrens is the editor of Roto Arcade, the Yahoo! Sports fantasy blog. Andy has been writing about fantasy sports for the past decade and playing them much longer. He's won his share of experts leagues and accuracy titles. He's also the author of three novels for young readers. He also consistently beats the Evans-Pianowski team in barroom shuffleboard, no matter who he's paired with.

  • We've been conditioned to expect less-than-stellar games on Thursday nights, but this week's match-up is loaded with promise. New England enters the week averaging 410.8 total yards per game, plus the Pats currently lead the NFL in scoring (35.5 PPG) by a wide margin. Miami, of course, was reborn during its bye, when Dan Campbell replaced Joe Philbin as head coach. The Dolphins have gained 937 yards and put up a ridiculous 82 points over their past two games.

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    So let's hope these two offenses can make everyone forget about last Thursday's theater of sadness, in which the Niners gained just 142 total yards and scored three points on 45 plays. The Week 8 edition of TNF should be rich in fantasy goodness. If you have a need at receiver, you'll note that tonight's game offers a few curiously under-owned wideouts. Miami's Rishard Matthews is rostered in only 65 percent of Yahoo leagues, despite the fact

    Read More »from Thursday Fantasy Fliers, Week 8: Danny Amendola, and other under-owned receivers
  • 1. DeAndre Hopkins is gonna rewrite the record book.

    After delivering yet another massive fantasy line on Sunday (10-148-2), Hopkins is now on pace to finish his season with 139 catches for 1,936 yards. He's topped 100 yards in four of his six games, plus he reached 98 in another. Hopkins has been unfair, basically. He's dragging Brian Hoyer to fantasy relevance, which is no minor achievement. Hopkins' 148-yard effort this week was somehow only his third-best total of the year. That's absurd.

    In case you were wondering, the NFL single-season record for receptions is 143 (Marvin Harrison, 2002) and the all-time yardage mark is 1,964 (Megatron, 2012). Those records are pretty clearly at risk. Hopkins has seen 89 targets over six weeks, which means he's on pace for an unfathomable 237. Last year, Demaryius Thomas led the league with 184. No defensive tactic has been particularly effective against Hopkins to this point (obviously). I'm not sure there are more than five three two players

    Read More »from Fantasy Takeaways, Week 6: DeAndre Hopkins is giving us an all-time season
  • If you're a fan of yards and points and other sources of fantasy goodness, then you'll likely be satisfied by tonight's match-up between Atlanta and New Orleans. These teams currently rank fourth and seventh in total offense, combining for 793.6 yards per game. The Saints have averaged over 300 yards per game through the air, and the Falcons aren't far behind (280.2).

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    Meanwhile, these two defenses have combined to allow 561.2 passing yards per game, and both rank in the bottom-third of the league. New Orleans has somehow allowed 9.1 yards per attempt, which is ... well, wow. Not good.

    So fantasy points should be plentiful on Thursday night. NFL teams have an annoying habit of not following our script, of course, but it's tough to imagine this particular game as a low-wattage dud. With that in mind, we offer a lightly owned Bird for your consideration...

    Jacob Tamme, TE, Atlanta Falcons (6 percent

    Read More »from Thursday Fantasy Flier, Week 6: Jacob Tamme, low-cost solution to your TE dilemma
  • 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.

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    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)

    Houston is expected to be without veteran wideouts Cecil Shorts (shoulder) and Nate Washington (hamstring) on Thursday night, which might very well lead to Hopkins seeing 45 targets. (He finished with 22 in Week 4, an insane total.) But the Texans presumably can't

    Read More »from Thursday Fantasy Flier, Week 5: Keith Mumphery, (very) deep league special
  • 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

    Read More »from Week 4 Fantasy Takeaways: Jeremy Hill returns to the end zone, repeatedly
  • Daily Dime: Kyle Schwarber, Prince Fielder and Dallas Keuchel

    Final Friday of the season, gamers. Let's make good choices. As always, we encourage you to check the MLB weather reports before finalizing lineups.

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    Kyle Schwarber, OF, at Mil (Pena), $14: Even during his September slump, he continued to draw walks and his outs were often loud. Schwarber has reached base six times over his last three games, and he's been crushing right-handed pitching pretty much all year (171 AB, .281/.395/.567, 14 HR, 30 BB). Terrific price, great hitter, favorable matchup. I'm in.

    Prince Fielder, 1B, vs. LAA (Weaver), $16: Texas is playing for a division title here, with only Weaver standing in the way. Fielder is 12-for-28 with three walks over his last seven games, so he's a red-hot hitter facing a soft-tossing right-hander. Prince is hitting an insane .346/.418/.513 against righties this year with 41 walks and 31 XBHs. Not such a bad price, considering the quality of the player and the matchup.

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  • Thursday Fantasy Fliers, Week 4: Maxx Williams and Mike Vick

    If you're hoping for a classic defensive battle between AFC North rivals on Thursday night ... well, maybe you should just find an archived game from 2005. So far this season, the Ds in Pittsburgh and Baltimore have been something less than stellar. These teams rank No. 19 and 29 against the pass, allowing the tenth-most and fifth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. If we get a 16-13 final score tonight, it will probably have more to do with offensive incompetence than with defensive dominance.

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    Still, if you feel compelled to make a small fantasy investment in this game, we have a pair of lightly owned options...

    Maxx Williams, TE, Baltimore Ravens (7 percent owned, $10 in Yahoo daily)

    Williams was targeted seven times in Week 3, hauling in three balls for 44 yards. He shouldn't lack for opportunities on Thursday, because Crockett Gillmore will be sidelined with a calf injury. The rookie lacks Gillmore's freakish

    Read More »from Thursday Fantasy Fliers, Week 4: Maxx Williams and Mike Vick
  • Daily Dime: Daniel Murphy, CarGo and assorted Astros

    We're searching for profit potential in the Friday slate, per the usual protocol. As always, we encourage you to review the MLB weather reports before finalizing lineups.

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    Daniel Murphy, 2B, at Cin (DeSclafani), $16: Murphy has been a multi-hit machine in recent days, plus he's enjoyed his limited experience facing DeSclafani (2-for-3, HR). Eleven of the 15 homers allowed by DeSclafani this season have been hit by left-handed batters.

    Aaron Hicks, OF, at Det (Boyd), $10: Hicks has been a monster against southpaws this year, slashing .315/.382/.522 with six homers in 92 at-bats. Boyd isn't exactly a lights-out lefty (1.60 WHIP, 14 HR in 48.2 IP). At $10, I'm in.

    San Diego LHBs, various positions, vs. Ari (De La Rosa): Let's hope Yangervis Solarte (hamstring) is available for this one, because he's been excellent lately (.354/.398/.549 this month) and he's enjoyed facing Rubby (4-for-10, two doubles). We basically mention

    Read More »from Daily Dime: Daniel Murphy, CarGo and assorted Astros
  • Thursday Fantasy Fliers, Week 3: Matt Jones and Larry Donnell

    To be clear, Matt Jones doesn't even come close to qualifying as a "flier," not by the definition we try to use around here (in the neighborhood of 35 percent owned, or less). He blew up in Week 2, rushing for 123 yards and two scores. He was thus added in over 395,000 Yahoo leagues on Wednesday. Jones was, at least in my mind, the obvious No. 1 priority pick-up this week, a plausible fantasy starter on Thursday night. We shouldn't need to talk you into starting a breakout back you just claimed off the wire. But if you need a pep talk, here goes...

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    Jones out-carried Alfred Morris on Sunday by a narrow margin, 19 to 18, but he more than doubled his teammate's rushing yardage, 123 to 59. The rookie is an explosive runner coming off a terrific preseason (7.0), and his O-line was opening wide lines against the Rams in Week 2. Jones is a big back (6-foot-2, 230) who appears to play much faster than his timed speed. If

    Read More »from Thursday Fantasy Fliers, Week 3: Matt Jones and Larry Donnell
  • SOCIAL: The Romo-Dez fantasy football conundrum

    Bet you thought that Tony Romo-Dez Bryant pairing was a pretty smart draft day move, didn't you? Yeah, well ... so did many of us. Sigh.

    If you find yourself in the unenviable position of actually owning both the Cowboys' QB and their No. 1 receiver, then, realistically, you're going to have to cut one of 'em loose. You don't play in a league with 10 bench spots, do you? No, of course you don't.

    If you need to kick one of these guys to the discard pile, we recommend that you drop Romo (out for 8 weeks) and stream the quarterback position. Let's take this thing a week at a time. Here's a look at a few widely available QBs with favorable matchups in the weeks ahead...

    There's really no replacing a receiver of Dez's caliber from the free agent pool, but you might just be able to piece together a decent

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