Brad Evans

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

  • Watkins' smooth recovery could soon have his ADP on the rise. (Getty)
    Watkins’ smooth recovery could soon have his ADP on the rise. (Getty)

    Rex Ryan’s theme song is “Hot in Herre.” But please Rex, don’t take off all your clothes. Pressure is mounting for the second-year Buffalo coach to lead a winner and challenge New England for a division crown. Though odds of the ‘Fightin’ Jim Kellys’ achieving that are rather long, they feature a handful of titillating fantasy players. In this edition of ‘The Stance,’ Brad Evans and Liz Loza circle the wagons and discuss key Bills.

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    According to the horse’s mouth, Sammy Watkins is nearing 100 percent after undergoing foot surgery earlier in the offseason. Because pedal-related setbacks can linger, should fantasy investors BUY or FLY on the wide receiver at his 29.1 (WR17) ADP?

    Liz – BUY. This isn’t an older player trying to speed up his recovery mid-season. While foot injuries are nothing to scoff at, Watkins is young enough – and went under the knife

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  • Three-Point Stance: Marshall, Decker exhale with Fitz's return

    For the sake of fantasy owners and Jets WRs, Ryan Fitzpatrick better not regress in '16. (Getty)
    For the sake of fantasy owners and Jets WRs, Ryan Fitzpatrick better not regress in ’16. (Getty)

    In an on-again, off-again relationship reminiscent of Ross and Rachael from ‘Friends,’ Jets management and Ryan Fitzpatrick finally exchanged vows after a months-long impasse. Now with the Magic back and given the team’s proposed RBBC, a number of prominent fantasy names have lingering question marks. In this edition of ‘The Stance,’ Brad Evans and Dalton Del Don touch on all things J-E-T-S!

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    Writers close to the organization reported in recent days Matt Forte’s workload will be curtailed this year, prompting concerns a timeshare system will be implemented. OVER/UNDER average touches per game for the former Bear 14.9?

    Brad – OVER, barely. Forte may be long in the tooth, but as displayed last season, there’s still bounce in his step. As recent reports have indicated, he won’t return to his 20 touch per game heyday. However,

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  • Three-Point Stance: Is Foster's arrival a death knell for Ajayi?

    Ajayi's fantasy value took one in the shorts when Foster applied pen to paper. (Getty)
    Ajayi’s fantasy value took one in the shorts when Foster applied pen to paper. (Getty)

    Entering 2015 with high expectations, the Dolphins quickly became shark chum. Underwhelming performances on both sides of the ball dragged down the franchise. With Adam Gase now behind the wheel, there’s renewed optimism on South Beach. In this edition of ‘The Stance,’ Brad Evans and Liz Loza layer the sunscreen and soak up various fantasy situations in Miami.

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    Not long ago, Jay Ajayi was a popular breakout candidate. However, Arian Foster’s signing July 18 greatly complicated matters. Though Ajayi is still very affordable at his 60.8 (RB23) ADP, should owners PANIC or exercise PATIENCE with the sophomore RB? 

    Liz – PATIENCE. Take a deep breath and don’t buy into the knee-jerk narrative. Foster’s addition doesn’t necessarily reflect the team’s confidence in Ajayi. In fact, Foster admitted that, at this point in his career, he’s a better

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  • Josh Gordon conditionally reinstated, fantasy community flips

    The long-awaited shoe has dropped.

    Josh Gordon, off a one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s terribly antiquated drug policy, should return to the field this season. His conditional reinstatement doesn’t officially kick in until Week 5, effectively suspending the receiver four games, but he is allowed to participate in training camp and team meetings. The added practice time and involvement in team activities is immeasurable, especially given the likely rust accumulated during his prolonged absence.

    News of his expected return couldn’t be more timely for fantasy owners. With the heart of the draft season right around the corner, Gordon goes from late-round lottery ticket to Round 6-7 ‘reach’ in 12-team formats. PPR leaguers may dislocate shoulders a little earlier given the format.

    Gordon was a transcendent fantasy asset when he burst onto the scene in 2013. Despite missing the season’s first two games, he posted a to-die-for 87-1646-9 line, equal to 16.2 standard fantasy points

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  • Three-Point Stance: How deflated is Brady's fantasy value?

    Even after a banner 2015, doubts about Brady have cropped up in recent weeks. (Getty)
    Even after a banner 2015, doubts about Brady have cropped up in recent weeks. (Getty)

    Mercifully, DefateGate has reached its end. Since Tom Brady is guaranteed to miss the first four games of the regular season, questions loom about exactly how fast the Patriots will start off the blocks with Jimmy Garropolo at the controls. In this edition of ‘The Stance,’ Brad Evans and Scott Pianowski load up their muskets and fire shots about New England’s most discussed fantasy commodities.

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    Rejoice! Discussions about Tom Brady and emasculated balls are finally over. With arguably the most ridiculous episode in NFL history now in the rear view and Brady shelved four games, is the future HOFer, in his Age 39 season, OVERVALUED, UNDERVALUED or PROPERLY VALUED at his current 98.2 (QB7) ADP?  

    Brad – UNDERVALUED. One would surmise Brady will start to show signs of aging at some point, but few, if any, cracks have been visible in recent

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  • Three-Point Stance: Forget 'Title,' Green Bay is 'Turnaround' Town

    Aaron Rodgers isn't the only one thrilled to have Jordy Nelson back. (Getty)
    Aaron Rodgers isn’t the only one thrilled to have Jordy Nelson back. (Getty)

    Last season, the Packers were the meat in the grinder. Staring with Jordy Nelson’s season-ending injury in the Preseason and punctuated with wretched efforts from Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, once fantasy fruitful Green Bay spoiled. In this edition of ‘The Stance,’ Brad Evans and Liz Loza detail just how big the bounce backs will be by the Bay.

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    Thanks to Jordy’s absence, Lacy’s drop off and the embarrassment that was Adams, Aaron Rodgers suffered his worst fantasy season as a starter finishing QB14 in points per game. Is the following statement BELIEVE or MAKE BELIEVE: Mr. Munn immediately regains his 2014 mojo, totals at least 40 combined scores and finishes atop the QB ranks. 

    Liz – BELIEVE. Maybe I drank the cheddar-flavored Kool-Aid, but I’m in on a hearty bounce back for Rodgers. I don’t think he’ll best his

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  • Can someone, anyone deliver starter-level numbers outside AD in Minnesota? (Getty)
    Can someone, anyone deliver starter-level numbers outside AD in Minnesota? (Getty)

    Brrrrrrrr! As witnessed in last year’s playoffs against Seattle, Minneapolis is a place where beers freeze, faces numb and serious shrinkage occurs. However, moving into cozier digs this season, the Vikings hope to Christen their new stadium with ample wins. In this edition of ‘The Stance,’ Brad Evans and Liz Loza pick through the ice in an attempt to uncover fantasy value outside Adrian Peterson.

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    At 31 and with 2,619 career touches on his resume, Adrian Peterson isn’t exactly a lightly driven luxury vehicle. Though he still routinely clocking 4.45-4.52 40-yard times, on a scale of 1-10 with one being catching gentle passes from Drew Brees and 10 being acting as Vince Wilfork’s Slip ‘n Slide, how afraid are you of investing a Round 1 pick in Peterson? 

    Liz – EIGHT. Half-man, half-Lamborghini, AP is a one-of-a-kind talent. Still, towards

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  • Three-Point Stance: Gauging Golden in a post-Calvin world

    Many are unsure whether Golden Tate will be a precious fantasy commodity in 2016. (Getty)
    Many are unsure whether Golden Tate will be a precious fantasy commodity in 2016. (Getty)

    Shoes fit for a giant. That’s what Golden Tate in the wake of Calvin Johnson’s retirement will attempt to fill. In this edition of ‘The Stance,’ Brad Evans and Liz Loza push the pedal to the metal, touching on the fantasy potential of Detroit’s remaining standouts.

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    Megatron’s ride toward the sunset paves the way for Tate to be Matthew Stafford’s weapon of choice. Most agree he’ll entice at least 140 targets this fall, but common ground about his TD total is a different story. OVER/UNDER 6.5 end-zone dances for Tate this fall. 

    Liz – UNDER. Tate may have the stickiest mitts in the league and electric after-the-catch ability, but at 5-foot-10 and 198 pounds he’s not built to be a red zone threat. That’s why he’s never notched more than seven scores in a season (2011). In 2014 when Mega was sidelined and the Golden One’s targets

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  • Three-Point Stance: Is Langford's predicted demise premature?

    Though he took flight in a couple starts last season, Langford is a point of contention in Fantasyland. (Getty)
    Though he took flight in a couple starts last season, Langford is a point of contention in Fantasyland. (Getty)

    Ditka. Polish sausage. Deep dish. Andy Behrens. Nasal-y accents. Chicago is known for many things. Though the Cubs are making a strong case to win over the Windy City’s heart, the Bears remain at the center of the sports core. In this edition of ‘The Stance,’ Brad Evans and Liz Loza raise an Old Style and discuss fantasy prospects among the Monsters of the Midway.

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    A lead balloon. That’s what Jeremy Langford has resembled over the last several weeks. Once a perceived Round 3 pick in 12-team formats in May, his ADP has slipped into the 60s. John Fox’s RBBC history and recent chatter Jordan Howard and Ka’Deem Carey will carve out sizable roles has Langford’s worth skidding. PICK ‘EM! Come year’s end, which Bears RB will be desired most: LANGFORD, HOWARD or CAREY? 

    Liz – HOWARD. Assuming that Langford would just

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  • Three-Point Stance: Is top-seven too high for Ezekiel Elliott?

    Ezekiel Elliott's fantasy prospects are like everything else in Texas ... BIG! (AP)
    Ezekiel Elliott’s fantasy prospects are like everything else in Texas … BIG! (AP)

    This year, the Star represents much anticipation. Ezekiel Elliott enters his rookie campaign with extraordinary expectations. Meanwhile, Tony Romo’s return signals a sizable Dez Bryant rebound. Should owners temper their excitement? In this edition of the ‘Stance,’ Brad Evans and Liz Loza strap on spurs and dig in on all things Cowboys.

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    DRAFT DILEMMA. It’s rare a rookie, regardless of position, comes in with marked fanfare, but that’s certainly the case with Ezekiel Elliott (9.2 ADP, RB4). Primarily selected well inside Round 1 of 12-team drafts, no matter PPR or standard, the Ohio St. product is predicted to bear many fruits. Imagine you’re gifted the seventh overall pick in a .5 PPR, redraft format. Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, Julio Jones, Le’Veon Bell, David Johnson and Todd Gurley are off the board. At that pick, should you BUY or FLY

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