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.

  • Finally, a Thursday night game that fantasy owners can fully embrace. Denver and San Diego have combined to average 57.8 total points and 754.0 net yards per game through seven weeks. These teams are fantasy machines.

    Ronnie Hillman and rookie Branden Oliver have both emerged as waiver wire revelations in recent weeks. Hillman is coming off back-to-back games in which he's topped 100 scrimmage yards, and both performances were in difficult matchups (NYJ, SF). He's an obvious fantasy starter at home, facing a Bolts defense that allows 4.5 yards per carry to opposing backs. Oliver's matchup isn't nearly as friendly, as Denver's defense currently ranks third in the league against the run, allowing just 74.3 rushing yards per game and 3.3 yards per carry. But Oliver has certainly passed the eye test. He's running as an every-down, all-situation back, a powerful ball-carrier with vision and pass-catching ability. His workload have been significant, too, with every other Chargers RB

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  • Before you go all-in on Bryce Brown...

    OK, let's begin by acknowledging the fact that Bryce Brown has legit talent. In fact, for two extraordinary weeks in 2012, Brown ruled the fantasy world. He piled up 347 rushing yards and four TDs for Philadelphia over just two games, playing in relief of the injured LeSean McCoy.

    Brown was fumbly, you'll recall, but he was also electric. Good size, good speed, good player. The good times soon ended, however, as Brown put up a pair of dud performances (28 carries, 40 yards) before slipping back into a supporting role. But he definitely demonstrated the ability to produce big plays and big fantasy lines, no question.

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    If you owned him back then, you're probably pretty excited about the opportunity ahead of him now in Buffalo. Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller are both sidelined by injury, leaving Anthony Dixon and Brown to carry the mail. Brad is bidding $48 on Bryce — and that may not actually be enough

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  • No matter what you expected from the Jacksonville Jaguars running game entering the season, the team has no doubt disappointed you.

    After six weeks, the biggest single-game rushing total delivered by any Jaguars back had been Toby Gerhart's 42-yard performance in the opener — and he'd needed 18 carries to get there.

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    On Sunday, Denard Robinson set the bar a bit higher. By the end of the first quarter against Cleveland, Robinson had already rushed for 62 yards on seven carries. He would eventually finish with 127 yards on 22 attempts, with a nifty 8-yard touchdown run included. You can catch the highlights right here, if for some reason you weren't glued to the CLE-JAC clash as the drama was unfolding.

    On many of Robinson's more significant gains, we should note, the Jaguars' O-line simply dominated Cleveland's defensive front, opening wide rushing lanes. For example, this was the setup on Denard's

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  • Sunday Scene, Week 7: The Tre Mason takeover is upon us

    Entering play on Sunday, Seattle's defense had allowed only two rushing touchdowns all season, and they'd held opposing ball-carriers to just just 3.1 yards per carry. The only back to top the 60-yard mark against the Seahawks had been DeMarco Murray, the NFL's leading rusher. Whatever else went wrong for the defending Super Bowl champs, the team's D was still stuffing the run.

    But not this week.

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    St. Louis rookie Tre Mason carried the ball 18 times against Seattle on Sunday, gaining a team-high 85 yards. His afternoon included a 6-yard touchdown run, the first score of his pro career, and he broke off his second 20-plus yard gain in as many weeks. Benny Cunningham got the start for the Rams, but Mason carried the mail. (He also dropped a piece of mail, but his team kinda/sorta recovered.)

    Mason was barely a rumor in September, but he's been a revelation in October. He's received 24 touches over the past two weeks — in

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  • Thursday Fantasy Fliers, Week 7: Brandon LaFell, Jace Amaro

    Who, exactly, demanded another prime-time matchup involving New England and New York?

    The Pats are like the NFL equivalent of a reliable seven-passenger vehicle with a respectable safety record. The Jets are a sinkhole of despair. The Julian and Geno show is happening, tonight. Hooray, AFC East. Woo.

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    Here's a pair of widely available names, both approved for use if you're dealing with injuries and/or bye-week issues...

    WR Brandon LaFell, NE (24 percent owned, 11 percent started) – Over the past four weeks, LaFell has seen 26 targets, catching 15 for 282 yards and three scores. Yeah, this is the same guy who was a mild disappointment in each of his four seasons in Carolina, but the team context is different these days. LaFell is on pace to establish new career highs in receiving yardage and touchdowns.

    Here are the usage stats for the Pats receiving corps in Week 6, via Pro Football Focus:


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  • Without question, the big fantasy question attached to this week's Thursday game is which back(s) will get the carries for New England, in the absence of Stevan Ridley? Shane Vereen is clearly positioned for an uptick in touches, from his current average of 10 per game to perhaps 14-16. Vereen has averaged 4.5 YPC for his career (5.1 this season), so we know he can deliver useful fantasy lines on a slightly larger workload. Remaining healthy has been an issue for Vereen, and the Pats have been a RBBC team in the past, so we can expect to see veteran Brandon Bolden in a supporting role as well, with James White on the standby list. For now, Vereen is the only New England back you should consider starting. The Jets aren't the easiest matchup for any running back, although they've been abused by Branden Oliver and Ronnie Hillman in recent weeks.

    Tom Brady is back on the approved list for fantasy purposes following back-to-back solid outings (653 pass yards, 6 TDs). New York's defense has

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  • Knowshon Moreno suffers ACL tear, placed on season-ending IR

    Brutal injury news here, straight from the Miami Dolphins:

    So that's terrible. Moreno had just returned from a dislocated elbow that caused him to miss two full games, and all but one carry of another. He's on a one-year deal with Miami, so he'll enter free agency in 2015 as a soon-to-be 28-year-old back with a worrisome injury history.

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    Fantasy-wise, the spin here is simple: Lamar Miller takes over as the unrivaled No. 1 running back for the Dolphins, and we need to view him as a top-12-ish RB, rest of season. Miller has averaged a career-best 5.2 YPC through five games this year, he's found the end-zone four times, and he's on pace for 48 receptions. We should also mention that his bye is already behind him, a plus at this stage of the season.

    The only real issue for Miller so

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  • Sunday Scene, Week 6: Cam Newton, off and running


    Cam Newton is still a bad dude, just in case you were wondering. He passed for 284 yards at Cincinnati on Sunday while also delivering the week's fifth-highest rushing total (107). He didn't target himself in the passing game, unfortunately, so we can't quite call him a triple-threat QB. But we can say with relative confidence that Cam is back to being Cam — the upper-tier fantasy weapon with the S on his chest.

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    Newton passed for a pair of touchdowns against the Bengals, connecting with usual suspects Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen, and he targeted ten different receivers on the day, connecting with nine. Cam also ran all over Cincy, read-optioning them to death, crossing the goal-line on this grown-man carry, with various defenders clinging to him. He appeared to tweak the thumb on his throwing hand late in regulation, but he remained in the game through overtime.

    Basically, whatever you needed to see from Cam

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  • Storm Johnson, anyone?

    Jacksonville running back Toby Gerhart was a moderately buzzy fantasy commodity back in August, but his stock took a nosedive in the opener and hasn't recovered. We're now five games into Gerhart's season, and he's averaging 2.6 yards per carry. These are the week-by week yardage totals he's delivered thus far: 57, 17, 63, 40, 29.

    Add in the fact that Gerhart has only visited the end-zone once, and we have a running back who cannot be started, except perhaps in deep AFC South-only leagues (which do not exist).

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    To be fair to Gerhart, health issues have clearly limited his performance this season. He injured an ankle in Week 1, then suffered a foot sprain/malfunction last Sunday. This week, Toby has been ruled out for the Jaguars matchup at Tennessee.

    If for some reason you're still interested in the Jacksonville ground game, we have a new name for you. This from the Florida Times-Union:

    We won’t know
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  • Cordarrelle Patterson, in happier times. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Cordarrelle Patterson, in happier times. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)You guys, these are words that actually fell out of Norv Turner's mouth:

    "There's things we've got in every week for Cordarrelle, and we're anxious to get him more involved. We'll keep trying to."

    Yeah, OK.

    Cordarrelle Patterson has received just two offensive touches in each of his last two games, which is not the usage anyone expected. It certainly does not suggest an anxious offensive coordinator.

    In fact, since Patterson's ridiculous 67-yard touchdown run in the opener, he's received exactly one carry. Matt Asiata has 60. SIXTY. Patterson has largely served as a decorative piece of the Minnesota offense, a decoy. But he won't function well in that capacity forever, unless the Vikings occasionally remind opponents why they should account for him. 

    Thus, Norv says they'll try to get him more involved. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a promise, though. I did not detect genuine anxiousness. Again, the Vikes could just HAND PATTERSON THE FOOTBALL AT ANY TIME if they cared so deeply

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