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.

  • The curious, crazy usage of Ryan Mathews

    Ryan Mathews, upended (USAT Images)

    Warning: This post contains very little fantasy utility. I'm simply sharing a curiosity. It's a casual Friday, you guys, so give me a little latitude...

    Over the past week, I've spent an excessive amount of time looking at individual player usage across the NFL, relying on the indispensable data collected by Pro Football Focus. The original intent was simply to see how often TY Hilton had been targeted as a percentage of his total snaps. (It's 17.6 percent, which is at the high end for receivers. The top-five WR/TEs: Rob Gronkowski at 25.6, Jordan Reed at 19.6, Julio Jones at 19.1, Kendall Wright at 18.9, Vincent Jackson at 18.8.)

    Later, I started messing around with usage stats for running backs — and whoa, do we have an outlier.

    Here's a quick look at the frequency with which individual backs receive either a carry or a target (minimum 130 snaps):

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  • Thursday fantasy flier, Week 9: Tyler Eifert

    Tyler Eifert (USAT Images)

    You guys, my confidence in Thursday's flier has never been higher. I'm almost willing to guarantee that this week's add will produce for you at a useful level — minimum six standard fantasy points. The matchup works, the player is excellent. And Marvin Jones can't keep scoring all of Cincinnati's touchdowns, right?

    No, of course he can't.

    If you're a Vernon Davis or Orange Julius owner looking for a one-week rental, consider this rookie...

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  • Sunday Scene, Week 8: Marvin Jones, Andy Dalton demand your attention

    Marvin Jones, roasting various Jets (USAT Images)

    If a visitor from the future had told you on Sunday morning that one of Cincinnati's receivers was about to erupt against the Jets ... well, I'm still not sure you would have added Marvin Jones in fantasy. You'd have assumed, naturally, that AJ Green was going to feast.

    Green had an excellent day against New York, in fact, finishing with 115 yards. But Jones was an absolute terror. The second-year wideout caught eight balls on as many targets, gaining 122 yards and crossing the goal line four times. Without question, he'll be the week's buzziest fantasy add. Jones is available in 80 percent of Yahoo leagues as of this writing, but that percentage is obviously about to change.

    Entering Week 8, Jones had actually found the end zone in back-to-back games, so it's not as if his massive fantasy line came without warning. Jones has great size (6-2), terrific hands, good-enough speed and excellent body control. There's a lot to like here. Perhaps his best trait, fantasy-wise, is that he'll never draw maximum attention from opposing defenses. AJ can't be blanketed by any single corner.

    You're encouraged to check the tape from Sunday's demolition of the Jets. Jones basically owned the red-zone. He gained tough after-the-catch yardage, he snagged back-shoulder throws, he made plays in traffic. He's legit, a preferred target for one of the game's hottest quarterbacks.

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  • Fantasy Football Live Week 8 on Yahoo Sports

    This is really a complicated fantasy week, you guys. Six teams are on bye, Jimmy Graham is a game-time decision, and Aaron Rodgers is throwing to dudes just signed out of Elks Lodge 259. Steven Jackson is returning from injury (we think), and so are Michael Vick and DeMarco Murray. There's a chance Percy Harvin will make an appearance, too. And it sounds like we'll get a one-week break from the CJ Spiller Theater of Pain.

    Please join the cast of Fantasy Football Live on Sunday morning at 11:30 am ET, 90 minutes prior to kick-off, for all the essential breaking news, last-minute advice and critical injury updates. We'll set you straight. No sit/start question will be refused. You can call the show (877-FFL-GURU), or send a tweet to @YahooFantasy, using #AskFFL.

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  • Thursday fantasy fliers, Week 8: Mike Tolbert and Brandon LaFell

    The Kool-Aid Man, mid-celebration (USAT Images)

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went into their Week 5 bye looking, at least statistically, like a team with a respectable defense. The Bucs were (and are) winless, sure, but that was mostly about the ineptitude of the offense. Tampa Bay's D held the Jets to 18 points, New Orleans to 16, New England to 23, and Arizona to 13. Nothing shameful about those totals.

    But after the bye, things have fallen apart. The Bucs have allowed 31 points to opponents in back-to-back weeks. The defense made us all briefly think that Nick Foles was the answer in Philly (296 pass, 4 TDs), and that Harry Douglas was a suitable replacement for both Roddy and Julio (149 yards, TD). Tampa has given up four touchdowns to wide receivers over the past two weeks, two to running backs, plus the rushing score to Foles.

    So we've reached the point where this D is no longer on the avoid list, if it ever was. Darrelle Revis spending half his day in zone? That seems like a favor to the fantasy community.

    Let's get to this week's fliers, both of 'em Panthers...

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  • Sunday Scene, Week 7: RG3, Washington get back to work

    RG3 & Jordan Reed (USAT Images)

    Robert Griffin III pretty much told us this was coming. Earlier in the week, when Griffin spoke about "getting back to being me," you kinda knew he intended to run aggressively, often and without restraint against Chicago. And so he did. Griffin did a little throwing, too.

    Washington's second play from scrimmage was a read-option run that RG3 took 23 yards. The team's third play was a 38-yard strike to rookie tight end Jordan Reed. Stuff like that just kept happening all afternoon, without end.

    When all the stats were finally in, Griffin had piled up 382 combined yards against the Bears, 84 of them on the ground. He tossed a pair of touchdown passes — one to Reed, one to Aldrick Robinson — and averaged 10.3 yards per attempt. Washington managed to gain 499 total net yards, scoring 45 points.

    Of course it helped that Griffin was facing an exceedingly generous Chicago defense — plenty of quarterbacks are going to roast that bunch. Still, RG3 investors have to be thrilled by these recent rushing totals. Griffin carried nine times for 77 yards against Dallas last Sunday, then 11 times for 84 in Week 7. So the rushing safety net is clearly back in place.

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  • Fantasy Football Live Week 7 on Yahoo Sports

    Join us, gamers, for another Sunday morning carnival ride of fantasy advice, last-minute injury updates and guru catfights. This week's Fantasy Football Live will feature plenty of what you need. We'll talk Gronk, Brady, Blackmon, Boykin, Jacobs, Rice and Foles. SO MUCH FOLES. And Brad Evans will explain his Harry Douglas predilection.

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  • Thursday fantasy flier, Week 7: Zach Miller, anyone? No?

    Zach Miller is not one to celebrate Fouria-style (USAT Images)

    Just to remind you of the definition of "flier" around here, I'm talking about a player who's barely owned, anywhere. Like, less than one-third of Yahoo leagues. These are desperation heaves for those of you in deep formats.

    This week, we discuss a player I'm actually using in a 16-teamer this week as a fill-in for Jimmy Graham. No, I do not expect Graham-like stats. I'm not totally confident I'll get any stats, actually. But the matchup works, and, well ... my options are extremely limited. So let's build the case...

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  • Viking quest for a QB: Josh Freeman to start on Monday night

    Yup, he looks ready (USAT Images)

    The good news, if you're a Minnesota fan, is that Matt Cassel is no longer your starting quarterback. That era has ended.

    The not-entirely-good news is that your new QB is a guy who was released by a winless team just two weeks ago. Here's the official word, straight from the Vikes...

    Freeman, as you all know, was a mess in his three starts for the Bucs earlier this season, completing just 45.7 percent of his throws at 6.07 yards-per-attempt. He tossed two TD passes and three picks. Over his last six starts, dating back to Week 15 last year, he's thrown 12 interceptions. It would be fair to say he's slumping.

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  • Yet another Hali-Houston celebration. Not a rare sight (USAT Images)

    Entering the week, the Kansas City Chiefs ranked first in the NFL in scoring defense, fourth against the pass, and first in sacks. Exiting the week, this defense will actually look much better.

    Kansas City held Oakland to just seven points and 239 total yards on Sunday, piling up 10 sacks while intercepting Terrell Pryor three times, returning this pick for a 44-yard score. KC's defense now has a ridiculous 31 sacks through six games; Tamba Hali and Justin Houston have combined for 17.

    If you snagged this D/ST off the wire early in the year ... well, congrats. You won't bench 'em anytime soon. The Chiefs faces the Houston pick-six machine next week, then Cleveland, then Buffalo. There's a decent chance this team will head into its bye undefeated, with two full weeks to prep for Denver. As of this writing, the Broncos and Chiefs rank first and second in the league in point differential, having taken different paths to dominance.

    So yeah, the AFC West is looking like the roughest division in football. Just like we all knew it would be.

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