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

  • Only a couple days removed from the earth-shattering LeSean McCoy-to-Buffalo transaction, another, more predictable player was sent packing to a new team.

    Acquired from Chicago for a fifth-round draft pick, Brandon Marshall is a Jet.

    Geno Smith, you have no more excuses.

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    With Eric Decker, Percy Harvin (for now) and Marshall on roster, New York’s revamped wide receiver corps, a terrible unit two seasons ago, is now quite respectable. Decker and Marshall are big, physical receivers capable of racking 90-plus catches apiece. They’re adept route runners and strong red-zone targets. Their presence could open up the underneath screen/slant game for the shifty Harvin. In light of Marshall’s arrival, the often disgruntled wideout must be wearing a smile.

    Assuming Smith is manning the controls, Marshall’s fantasy value obviously takes a step back. However, all is not entirely lost. New Jets coach, Todd Bowles, is defensive-minded,

    Read More »from Rapid React: Jets install Marshall plan, acquire WR from Bears
  • In the first jaw-dropping move of what is sure to be a wild and wacky NFL offseason, the Eagles flipped the fantasy world on its collective head.

    Running back LeSean McCoy, off a somewhat disappointing campaign, was shipped to Buffalo for linebacker Kiko Alonso.

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    At first glance, most would assume swapping Eagles green for Bills blue is a significant downgrade for the multi-time Pro Bowl selection. Philly’s high-powered offense and frenetic pace favored McCoy’s versatile skill set. However, after his yards per carry dropped dramatically a season ago (5.1 in ’13 to 4.2 last year) along with his performance near the goal-line, the rusher became expendable in Chip Kelly’s eyes.

    The offensive philosophy in Buffalo is, for all intents and purposes, polar opposite that of its trade partner. The Bills, under new head coach Rex Ryan and OC Greg Roman, plan to install a "ground and pound" scheme. Recall in Ryan’s last three

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  • Still recuperating from your midweek bar crawl? Are you nostril deep in term paper research? Have no fear, fellow bracketeers. As a companion to the Bracket Big Board, the I.D. is here to highlight all the college hardwood action from the week that was and preview the most pivotal matchups of the weekend. 

    On March 20, 2010, college basketball fans were struck by sudden wonderment.

    Transfixed on a NCAA Tournament second-round game in Oklahoma City, they watched as a classic David vs. Goliath story unfolded.

    Northern Iowa, a No. 9 seed and heavy underdog, waged war against top-ranked Kansas. After falling behind double digits midway through the second half, the Jayhawks, knowing their Final Four hopes were quickly fading, mounted a furious comeback. Within minutes the Panthers’ cushion deflated to one. Momentum swung. For Cinderella, midnight was fast approaching.

    However, with roughly 35 seconds to go, a grind-it-out guard sporting a champion’s name caught a pass from Kwadzo Ahelegbe,

    Read More »from Interpretive Dance: Little giant Northern Iowa a legit Final Four contender
  • Still recuperating from your midweek bar crawl? Are you nostril deep in term paper research? Have no fear, fellow bracketeers. As a companion to the Bracket Big Board, the I.D. is here to highlight all the college hardwood action from the week that was and preview the most pivotal matchups of the weekend. 

    From now until the streak ends, Kentucky’s pursuit of perfection will dominate the headlines. With a polarizing head coach, incomparable roster full of future pros and brand name, it’s a story with many consumable ingredients.

    Good luck escaping it.

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    Though the Wildcats are at the epicenter of the college hoops world, another school, a hop, skip and Zach LaVine jump away from Lexington, is striving for its own spot among basketball immortals …

    Meander through the rolling hills and horse ranches some 270 miles southwest of Rupp Arena and you’ll discover a "booming" metropolis home to former Sports Illustrated swimsuit

    Read More »from Interpretive Dance: Overlooked Murray State a potential March spoiler
  • Interpretive Dance: Steadfast Groce has team making Illinoise

    Still recuperating from your midweek bar crawl? Are you nostril deep in term paper research? Have no fear, fellow bracketeers. As a companion to the Bracket Big Board, the I.D. is here to highlight all the college hardwood action from the week that was and preview the most pivotal matchups of the weekend. 

    An emotional, often nauseating roller coaster ride filled with numerous dips, loops and corkscrews.

    That’s how most college basketball coaches would describe a typical season.

    Illinois’ John Groce would undoubtedly agree.

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    In Champaign, it’s been a year defined by peaks and valleys. For a relatively young Illini team (16-8, 6-5 Big Ten), frustration has given way to elation and vice versa.  After storming out of the gates to a 6-0 start, including an increasingly impressive win on a neutral floor against Baylor, the Illini, hampered by injuries and suspensions, have played unevenly since. However, riding a three-game win

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  • Still recuperating from your midweek bar crawl? Are you nostril deep in term paper research? Have no fear, fellow bracketeers. As a companion to the Bracket Big Board, the I.D. is here to highlight all the college hardwood action from the week that was and preview the most pivotal matchups of the weekend. 

    When confetti spilled down from the rafters inside University of Phoenix Stadium, Tom Brady raised the Lombardi Trophy in triumph and endless discussions about the science of emasculated balls mercifully ceased, football season wrapped.

    Now, the anticipation for the single greatest sporting event each year, the NCAA tournament, builds.

    If you’ve lived and breathed pigskin since August, welcome back to the always wacky world of college basketball.  

    You’ve missed a great deal.

    Believe it or not, we’re only 31 days from Selection Sunday. Soon people of various backgrounds and engagement levels will partake in the annual exercise of scrawling teams on bracket lines, hoping this will be

    Read More »from Interpretive Dance: The official welcome back to college hoops primer
  • Entering the season, two different schools of thought dominated how drafters should approach the quarterback position. Streaming advocates preached patience. High-floor seekers stressed early-round. Sadly, due to the untimely downfalls of Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, the latter group likely experienced an early exit. To put a bow on top of the season and with an eye toward 2015, here are our prevailing feelings about signal-callers in the New Year. 

    Other Exit Interviews: Running Backs, Wide Recievers, Tight Ends 

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    Much has been made about the potential death of the multidimensional quarterback. Although Russell Wilson proved skeptics wrong, others only fueled the fire. Out of fantasy failures Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel, who has the best chance to right the ship in 2015? 

    Andy – For me, it's GRIFFIN. He's closing this season on a decent note (unlike

    Read More »from Exit Interview, QB: Downward trend for running passers leaves many questions
  • Beware the free agency effect on fantasy football

    Every offseason there’s a shuffle of fantasy stars. Some players move to the bottom of the depth chart, but some move off to greener pastures. Here's how free agency could change the value of some fantasy RBs:
     
    Demarco Murray, DAL – There’s no secret Demarco has been the key to many fantasy championships this year, despite his injured showing in title week.  There’s no guarantee Jerry Jones and company will re-up with Murray for the 2015 season, and without the #2 run-blocking O-line in Dallas, Murray could be banged up early. Even if he does return to the Cowboys, injuries will always be a concern, and the price tag might be too high in standard drafts.
     
    Mark Ingram, NO – Ingram probably wont return to the Big Easy next season, and that clouds his value after a top-12 fantasy campaign in 2014. The fear for the former Alabama back is he’ll land as part of a committee, and that would limit his value for fantasy owners next year. There’s also a chance he could land in a much less
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  • Pickups of the Week: Bridgewater, Asiata, Vikes D to leave trophy under tree

    This week, Brad Evans has identified five intriguing fantasy football players, and a defense, likely to be available on the waiver wire in fantasy leagues.

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    Teddy Bridgewater

    Teddy Bridgewater (QB) Minnesota Vikings
    Touchdown Teddy is primed to live up to his college nickname. The passer, despite little fanfare, has performed admirably this season. He’s hasn’t shook the fantasy world, but he’s routinely delivered strikes to receivers, particularly down the stretch. In his past four contests, he’s completed a remarkable 73 percent of his attempts. Equally impressive, he’s also logged four multi-TD games in his past five. Another unsung performance is on the horizon. Matthew Stafford dropped the ball last week in Chicago, but make no mistake, the Bears remain a pushover on pass defense. On the year, they’ve surrendered 8.12 yards per attempt and 20.9 fantasy points per game in standard Yahoo formats. Bridgewater is

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  • Week 16 Over/Under: The DeMarco dilemma, can you trust Murray?

    Fantasy is a speculative game. Predict the future, and you look like a genius. Don't, and you're painfully human. Gazing into the crystal ball, here's our view on 10 intriguing over/unders for Week 16.

    Assuming he's active, project DeMarco Murray's line (atts-rush yds-recs-receiving yds-tds) at home vs. Indy. 

    Dalton – 19 attempts, 90 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 12 yards, 1 touchdown

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    Scott – 17 attempts, 83 rushing yards, 1 reception, 7 yards, 1 touchdown

    Brad – 15 attempts, 79 rushing yards, 0 receptions, 0 touchdowns

    Ben Roethlisberger, who's averaged an otherworldly 373.3 passing yards per game and totaled 20 touchdowns in six home games this year, fantasy points scored vs. KC 17.5. 

    Andy – OVER, barely. It's not the greatest of matchups, as the Chiefs defense ranks second in the league in terms of passing yards allowed. But KC has also given up 21 touchdown passes while only collecting four

    Read More »from Week 16 Over/Under: The DeMarco dilemma, can you trust Murray?

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