Brad Evans

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Brad "The Big Noise" Evans is Yahoo! Sports fantasy’s resident baseball, football and bracketology expert.

  • Unrestricted free agent, DeSean Jackson, could return to a WR2 level with a new employer. (Getty)
    Unrestricted free agent, DeSean Jackson, could return to a WR2 level with a new employer. (Getty)

    There wasn’t a ton of drama associated with the wide receiver position in 2016. When healthy, projected monsters Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, Julio Jones and A.J. Green haunted the opposition. Elsewhere, upstarts Michael Thomas, Devante Adams and Tyrell Williams packed quite a scare of their own … With 2016 in the books, here’s a snapshot of what to expect among pass-catchers in 2017.

    Some dudes are about to get paid. A handful of high-profiled receivers will hit the free agent market this offseason. Among the group, what money-grabber could cash handsomely for fantasy owners this fall?

    Andy — At 30, DeSEAN JACKSON remains one of the league’s elite vertical threats, a field-flipping weapon who can fit in any team’s offense. If he finds his way to, say, Philly or Dallas or Tampa, tied to developing offense and a solid young QB, I think he’s capable of another 1200-yard campaign. (Honorable

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  • After a strong finish, Kenneth Dixon could flex his fantasy might as a three-down RB in '17. (Getty)
    After a strong finish, Kenneth Dixon could flex his fantasy might as a three-down RB in ’17. (Getty)

    What’s old is new again. That was the theme at running back this season as workhorses Melvin Gordon, Ezekiel Elliott, Jordan Howard, among others, breathed new life into a position many tended to avoid early on in August drafts … With 2016 in the books, it’s time to gaze into the Magic 8-Ball for what’s to come in the New Year.

    ZeroRB was all the rage among fantasy drafters in 2016. With the position reverting to its smashouth roots thanks to guys like David Johnson, Le’Von Bell and DeMarco Murray, OVER/UNDER 6.5 RBs drafted in Round 1 of 12-team exercises come August?

    Brandon — OVER. Wide receivers (outside the Big 3 of Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham and Julio Jones, proved to be a minefield this past season. Meanwhile, those who owned David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott, Le’Veon Bell, Melvin Gordon (until his hip injury) and DeMarco Murray were enjoying double digits fantasy points on a

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  • Though Cam Newton fell from his perch high atop the QB ranks, other position mainstays continued to soar as usual suspects Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, among others, finished well inside the position’s top-10. Meanwhile, young guns Dak Prescott and Marcus Mariota joined the ranks of elites, establishing themselves as sure-fire QB1s. In another pass-happy year for the NFL, value, as usual, dominated the position for fantasy purposes … With 2016 in the books, it’s time to gaze into the Magic 8-Ball for what’s to come in the New Year.

    This year’s free agent QB class ranks alongside “dinner at Dairy Queen” on the excitement scale. If we expand the field to include possible trade acquisitions, what old face could find fantasy success in a new place?

    Brad — JIMMY GAROPPOLO. It’s unlikely Jimmy G is Matt Cassel the sequel. The two-game taste the fantasy community received opened a window into his potential. He was comfortable, accurate (68.9 completion percentage) and took

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  • Week 16 Fantasy Lames: David Johnson to resemble human being

    Each week the Noise highlights 10 over-started names whom he believes are destined to implode leave egg on his face. To qualify, each player must be started in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here. If you’re a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 16 Lames in the comments section below.

    SEE WEEK 16 FLAMES HERE

    Aaron Rodgers, GB, QB (97 percent started, $37 in Yahoo DFS)
    Matchup: vs. Min
    Not long ago the Packers were painted into a corner. At 4-6, most were willing to set their playoff chances in concrete boots and push them off the nearest, highest bridge. However, fighting through the adversity, Green Bay has emerged not only unscathed, but in a better overall position. Thanks to Ty Montgomery’s hard charging and Rodgers’ timely execution, they are very much in the wildcard and divisional hunts, just like everyone predicted many moons ago.

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  • Week 16 Fantasy Flames: Powell set to shine against Pats

    Every week the Noise highlights 13 under-started names who he believes are destined to torch the competition. To qualify, each player must be started in fewer than 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here (Thresholds – QB: 18 fpts, RB: 13 fpts, WR: 11 fpts: TE: 10 fpts; .5 PPR). If you’re a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 16 Flames in the comments section below.

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    Eli Manning, NYG, QB (40 percent started, $26 in Yahoo DFS)
    Matchup: at Phi
    Several times this season it seems Eli accepted his older brother’s offer of Sunday vegging and nachos. A middling QB2 on a fantasy points per game basis, he’s rarely packed statistical spice. Though he’s logged multiple touchdowns numerous times, his three 20-plus point performances since Week 4 has left much to be desired. His unsightly 6.8 yards per

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  • Fantasy Freak Show Podcast: Expectations for A.J. Green

    A.J. Green is set to return, but should he be counted on in fantasy Super Bowls? (Getty)
    A.J. Green is set to return, but should he be counted on in fantasy Super Bowls? (Getty)

    On this festive episode, Brad Evans and Scott Pianowski sip on some holiday cheer and discuss the Week 16 prospects of high-profiled receivers DeAndre Hopkins (with Tom Savage), Julio Jones and A.J. Green. Our little elves also ripped through 16 different Week 15 stars and decided whether their performances will carry over into league Super Bowls in “Believe or Make Believe.” Finally, they rounded out the pod discussing how many RBs will likely go in Round 1 of 2017 drafts.

    Before you hang those stockings by the chimney with care, give the show a listen.

     

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  • Early fantasy pickups for Week 16: Adds to take you to title town

    Congratulations if you’ve made it this far. If you’re playing meaningful fake football in Week 16, you have a chance at a league title. But don’t celebrate yet, there’s still work ahead. Here are three players to consider adding to help put you over the top or to pickup to keep your opponent from getting a boost.
    Cleveland Browns, Robert Griffin III, QB: It’s never pretty for the mistake-prone quarterback, but, in Tyrod Taylor fashion, he accumulated 196 yards through the air with 48 on the ground and a TD. Against a San Diego Chargers secondary that’s yielded just over 18 fantasy points per game and 7.2 yards per attempt, he could finish in range of 200-1-50-1 with a couple of turnovers. For those in deep-thinking formats, he’s worth a dice roll.
    New York Giants, Paul Perkins, RB: The rookie logged just 15 snaps, but his 11-56-0 output was impressive. He churned out tough yards between the tackles, completely outplaying Rashad Jennings, who averaged a wretched 2.1 yards per carry.
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  • Ty Montgomery melted the Bears in frigid conditions. (Getty)
    Ty Montgomery melted the Bears, and carried fantasy owners, in frigid conditions. (Getty)

    1. Ty Montgomery, the running back, dominates workload, throttles Bears. 

    The most controversial player in fantasy was a virtual space heater in the single-digit Chicago cold. White-hot as a runner, he shed several tackles, displayed open-field burst and richly rewarded his owners, whether employed as a RB/WR. On the afternoon, he rolled up 163 yards on 18 touches with two TDs. His 61-yard burst up the left sideline, a gallop in which he shook several defenders, had onlookers ooing and ahhing.

    Earlier in the week, Mike McCarthy officially labeled Montgomery a running back, ending any discussion about his WR-only eligibility. With only Christine Michael as competition, he should continue to control the opportunity share heading into fantasy title games next week. His Week 16 opponent, Minnesota, isn’t flimsy by any stretch, but its run defense has deteriorated somewhat down the stretch. Including

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  • Fantasy Freak Show Podcast: Big chill to impact many in Midwest

    Bundle up Bears fans. The polar vortex is coming. (Getty)
    Bundle up Bears fans. The polar vortex is coming. (Getty)

    On this high voltage program, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston go all Jim Cantore on bitterly cold conditions forecasted in many locales, including Chicago. How will the deep freeze impact such marquee commodities as Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Alshon Jeffery and Jordan Howard?

    [Week 15 rankings: Overall | FLEX | QB | RB | WR | TE | DEF | K]

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    Also, our fantasy adventurers ripped through 17 different start/sit names. Should you really consider demoting Tom Brady or Drew Brees? Is Pierre Garcon worth a dice roll? How about Mike Gillislee?

    Wrapping the show B&B previewed the sure-fire ratings bonanza between LA and Seattle and answered your Twitter questions.

    Before opening up that fine bottle of Don Julio this #TequilaThursday, give the show a listen.

     

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  • Week 15 Fantasy Over/Under: Quarterback conundrums galore

    With the fantasy playoffs on the horizon, this week’s OVER/UNDER piece takes on a slightly different personality. Including is a DFS snapshot for the upcoming week and BOLD predictions for what players boom/bust during the most important time of the fantasy football year.

    Nerves are on high this week as fantasy Super Bowl berths are on the line. What largely cherished RB, WR or TE, started in 50 percent or more of Yahoo leagues, will leave owners penniless in Week 15? 

    Dalton – DOUG MARTIN. He’s been given a ton of touches and scored in his last two games since returning, but Martin’s YPC sits at an ugly 3.0 on the season, and the Bucs are touchdown underdogs Sunday against a Cowboys team that’s allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to running backs. It’s certainly tough to sit Martin given his usage, but with his inefficiency and this matchup, there’s a good chance he really disappoints his owners in Week 15.

    Brandon – DELANIE WALKER. He offered only a couple cents to owners

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