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.

  • Priority Pickups: Greivis, Nikola and another push for K.J. McDaniels

    If, like me, you assembled a fantasy portfolio that left you unusually vulnerable to a DeMar DeRozan injury, then you've no doubt already scooped up this first dude...

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    PG/SG Greivis Vasquez, Tor (33 percent owned)

    Vasquez has started three straight for the Raps, with impressive enough results. He's averaging 16.0 points, 5.7 assists and 2.0 threes per night, with a steal in each game. At 30-plus minutes per, you'll enjoy Vasquez. His numbers may not quite reach 2012-13 levels, but he'll be plenty useful across multiple categories. DeRozan is likely down for 4-5 weeks, so Vasquez is something better than a short-range pickup. He has a pair of four-game weeks upcoming, too.

    SG/SF K.J. McDaniels, Phi (43 percent owned)

    OK, it's a little weird that McDaniels remains so widely available. We've written him up before, as has pretty much everyone else. It's tough to argue with his recent production:

    KJ's game logKJ's game log

    We're

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  • Thursday Fantasy Preview, Week 14: Bears, down

    In 2013, the Chicago Bears ranked second in the NFL in scoring, averaging 27.8 points per game. This year, in the same system with the same head coach and the same skill players and many of the same faces on the O-line, Chicago has averaged just 21.1 points per game. The team has not yet topped 28 points in any week. The Bears currently rank No.18 in the NFL in yards per play (5.3).

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    Chicago's starting offense is the second-most expensive unit in the league, so its performance to date has to be considered a colossal disappointment. (For comparison's sake, the cap total for Denver's starting offense is roughly $6 million lower than Chicago's.) The team's defense has been hilariously bad as well, so it's not as if only one phase is a problem. But in a salary cap league, you just can't whiff so miserably on your biggest investments. The Bears have fielded a not-quite-league-average offense at a

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  • Start your Cowboys on Thursday night, Fantasy owners!

    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.

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  • Sunday Scene, Week 13: Johnny Manziel finally joins the fantasy party

    On a day when three different quarterbacks threw five or more touchdown passes, our headliner is a rookie reserve whose team just lost 26-10. Such is the power of Johnny Manziel.

    Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine pulled starter Brian Hoyer early in the fourth quarter on Sunday, his team trailing at Buffalo, 20-3. Hoyer had just thrown his second interception of the game and fifth in the past two weeks. Manziel's first series was crisp eight-play, 80-yard scoring drive, punctuated by this 10-yard touchdown scramble by Johnny himself. His second series was ... um ... somewhat less impressive. It featured this bit of hilarity, ruled an incomplete pass. Still, Johnny's final passing line was a perfectly respectable 5-of-8 for 63 yards, and he found Josh Gordon for his longest completion of the day.

    So now the critical question is this: Who will get the start behind center for the Browns in Week 14?

    Pettine declined to fully endorse either QB in his initial postgame comments:

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  • A plate full of fantasy turkeys for Thanksgiving

    Beware, gamers. This year, the Thanksgiving slate is loaded with turkeys. Here are three names to avoid on Thursday ...

    Jay Cutler at Detroit – Despite a messy season in reality, Jay has actually delivered top-8 fantasy QB numbers to this point in the season. But you'd be wise to seek alternatives this week. Jay had five giveaways against the Lions last season, and Detroit's defense has been stingy to opposing quarterbacks this year, yielding the second-fewest fantasy points to the position.

    Michael Crabtree vs. Seattle – The Niners and Seahawks are likely to give us a tremendous game on Thursday, but not for fantasy purposes. Crabtree is not to be trusted. He's owned in 87 percent of Yahoo leagues, but he's a dicey start against Seattle. He's played nine career games against the Seahawks (postseason included), and he hasn't yet scored a touchdown. Anquan Boldin has been a more bankable fantasy asset to this year, and it's not close. Seattle is giving up the fewest fantasy points to

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  • Sunday Scene, Week 12: Another week, another feast for C.J. Anderson

    Based on a quick scan of C.J. Anderson's bio, you wouldn't call him an obvious candidate for fantasy stardom. He shared the rushing workload for a three-win team in his final collegiate season at Cal, then failed to dazzle at the scouting combine (4.60 speed). Two months ago, Anderson was merely another name on the depth chart for Denver — an undrafted second-year back, the handcuff to the handcuff.

    And then injuries hit the Broncos backfield. We're now three weeks into Anderson's reign as the featured runner, and no opposing defense has managed to hold him below 100 scrimmage yards. He ripped off 163 at Oakland, then 115 at St. Louis, and he shredded Miami's defense for 195 on Sunday.

    "Big fellas did a great job up front," he said, like a seasoned pro accustomed to huge rushing totals.

    Anderson is a powerful back with vision and tackle-breaking ability, tied to an ideal offense. Congrats to those who own him, because you appear to have won the 2014 waiver lottery. With Ronnie Hillman

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  • Priority Pickups: Mo Williams runs the Wolves

    OK, so the last Rubio replacement discussed around here did not fill the stat sheet quite as much as we'd hoped. But there's a new Wolves point to consider this week, and he's widely available...

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    PG Mo Williams, Min (20 percent owned)

    Mo drew the start against the Knicks on Wednesday, delivering a stellar line: 14 points, 5-of-9 FGs, 2 threes, 13 dimes. Kevin Martin was scorching hot (37 points), and Williams fed him early, often and in rhythm. Check the postgame praise for Mo, from both Martin and head coach Flip Saunders:

    “Big difference,” Martin said. “I think we saw that in the Dallas game. When Mo came in and got me going. … He’s just a veteran point guard in the backcourt with you. He knows your spots. He knows what you can do well out there after playing against you so many years. I give credit the last two games to Mo.”
    Saunders concurred, using the same “big difference” phrase to describe
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  • Thursday Fantasy Flier, Week 12: Let's talk Latavius Murray

    Just for the record, the official position of this blog is that you can do without any Oakland Raiders in your fantasy lineup in Week 12.

    In fact, if I were playing in a 10-team, 2-quarterback AFC West-only league, I might still look to avoid Raiders. The team ranks dead-last in the NFL in scoring (15.2 PPG), total yards (276.4 YPG), rushing offense (63.0) and yards-per-play (4.7). This is not exactly a ripe fantasy situation.

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    On Thursday, the league's least productive offense will face Kansas City's D, a unit that's allowed the second-fewest total points to opponents (17.1 PPG). KC ranks first in pass defense (201.6 YPG), and, incredibly enough, the team has not yet allowed a rushing touchdown.

    So this is not an ideal week to load up on Raiders. (The last such week was in 2002.)

    The Chiefs' defense is clearly a strong fantasy play on Thursday, and we shouldn't need to tell you that KC's ground game

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  • OK, let's make this as simple as possible. Here is the official list of approved fantasy starters for this week's edition of TNF: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City's defense.

    Here is the official list of players to avoid: Everyone else.

    Are we done here? No?

    Alright, fine. Just please don't expect a shootout from the Chiefs and Raiders this Thursday. KC's defense has held opponents to just 17.1 points per game, the second-lowest total in the league, and the team ranks first against the pass (201.6 YPG). Oakland is a winless team that ranks dead-last in the NFL in scoring (15.2 PPG) and total yards (276.4 YPG). Please, we beg you, do not start any Raiders this week. None. Zero. Please.

    Charles should of course feast on Oakland's D, a unit that allows the third-most fantasy points to running backs. Maybe Knile Davis has some flex appeal in deeper leagues. Alex Smith has only tossed 11 TD passes this season — incredibly, none of them to a wide receiver — so no elements of Kansas City's passing

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  • We knew the Adrian Peterson story would take a few turns this week. The NFL certainly moved it along on Tuesday morning:

    Obviously, with this being a legal/disciplinary issue in the NFL, we're nowhere near a full resolution. The NFLPA will appeal the suspension, demanding that a neutral arbitrator rule on the matter. A separate ruling allows the league to keep Peterson on the Commissioner's Exempt List. This remains a murky situation, but Peterson doesn't have a clear path to returning to action in the current season.

    Our mission here of course is not to judge the process or any of the individuals involved, but rather to think about the tiniest, least significant aspect of the story. For the record, we hate reducing any story as ugly and complicated as this to fantasy impact, but that's the job.

    As of this writing,

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