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

  • Preseason Week 3 Lames: Matt Forte is quickly losing fuel

    Matt Forte may soon go the way of LT2, not Curtis Martin, as a Jet.
    Matt Forte may soon go the way of LT2, not Curtis Martin, as a Jet. (Getty)

    There’s a large contingent of football fans that staunchly believe preseason games are completely inconsequential. To these naysayers, they’re nothing more than an evaluation phase for head coaches looking to comprise the best 53-man roster. However, most fanatics would vehemently disagree. Exhibition action gives owners the opportunity to gain invaluable insight into potential sleepers and busts. In an attempt to decipher the meaningful from the meaningless, here are my top-five Lames from Preseason Week 3.

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    Matt Forte, NYJ, RB (46.8 ADP, RB17) – The Jets need a time machine. Over the years, they’ve willingly pulled old dudes off the scrap heap in an attempt to resuscitate their former greatness. It certainly worked with Curtis Martin and Thomas Jones, but LaDainian Tomlinson failed to rediscover the spark. Forte, I fear, could fall

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  • Preseason Week 3 Flames: Why ... Hello there, Josh Gordon

    Josh Gordon partied like it was 2013 in his Preseason debut. (Getty)
    Josh Gordon partied like it was 2013 in his Preseason debut. (Getty)

    There’s a large contingent of football fans that staunchly believe preseason games are completely inconsequential. To these naysayers, they’re nothing more than an evaluation phase for head coaches looking to comprise the best 53-man roster. However, most fanatics would vehemently disagree. Exhibition action gives owners the opportunity to gain invaluable insight into potential sleepers and busts. In an attempt to decipher the meaningful from the meaningless, here are my top-five Flames from Preseason Week 3.

    Josh Gordon, Cle, WR (84.3 ADP, WR36) – Pitch and catch. That will likely be a common theme in Cleveland starting Week 5. After a field absence that spanned a year-plus, Gordon returned in electric fashion Friday night, resurfacing the downfield menace who terrorized defensive coordinators and corners in 2013. Much to the dismay of Tampa’s Brent Grimes, the ticking time bomb exploded on his only targets (two) of

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  • 'Galloping' Gore is the clear frontrunner in Indy. (Getty)
    ‘Galloping’ Gore is the clear frontrunner in Indy. (Getty)

    National Draft Day is almost upon us, everyone. Time to get seriously serious about your prep. Beginning today, the Yahoo Sports fantasy crew is going to mock draft a 12-team, 9-round league for 2016. Consider this your answer key to the opening rounds. Assume a traditional one-QB, one-flex lineup with 0.5 PPR scoring. Let the mocking commence…

    SEE ROUNDS 1-3 HERE

    SEE ROUNDS 4-6 HERE

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    ROUND 7

    1. Frank Gore, Ind, RBBroke in during leather-helmet era, but there’s little pushing him. He’s also noted for his physical workouts and seasonal prep. –Scott Pianowski

    2. Gio Bernard, Cin, RBNot the touchdown guy in Cincinnati, but still likely to see some positive TD regression after unlucky 2015. Efficiency rates are just fine. –Pianowski

    3. Delanie Walker, Ten, TEHe’s the Titans’ No. 1 option in the passing game. Marcus Mariota could make a leap–Dalton

    Read More »from Fantasy football mock draft, Rounds 7-9: Old dudes, including Gore, get the call
  • Draft Zeke Elliott and you too may laugh all the way to the bank. (Getty)
    Draft Zeke Elliott and you too may laugh all the way to the bank. (Getty)

    Disclaimer: Most of this piece originally ran on April 30. Due to the every-changing fantasy landscape, however, it has been spruced up to reflect the latest rookie trends and observations.

    The joy of newness is interwoven into the consciousness of all Americans. We love that new car smell, fresh pair of Jordans feel and refreshing swig off a just cracked beer.

    It’s so good when it hits the lips.

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    When it comes to fantasy football, this psychology permeates into the typical owner’s mindset.

    For many, high-profiled, much-hyped rookies are seducing, the sirens of the virtual game. They posted obscene numbers at the college level, were drafted into favorable “good fit” situations and are destined to produce. That’s what eternal optimists, admittedly me included, often believe.

    However, the reality is rookies only sporadically deliver on their

    Read More »from Fantasy Rookie Rundown '16: Don't fear the unknown on Elliott, others
  • Enter the Golden Tate dojo and you too will be rewarded. (Getty)
    Enter the Golden Tate dojo and you too will be rewarded. (Getty)

    National Draft Day is almost upon us, everyone. Time to get seriously serious about your prep. Beginning today, the Yahoo Sports fantasy crew is going to mock draft a 12-team, 12-round league for 2016. Consider this your answer key to the opening rounds. Assume a traditional one-QB, one-flex lineup with 0.5 PPR scoring. Let the mocking commence…

    SEE ROUNDS 1-3 HERE

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    ROUND 4

    1. Jordan Reed, Was, TEYou worry about the injury history, but his prolific track record working with QB Cousins is too good to pass up here –Brandon Funston

    2. Latavius Murray, Oak, RBLike Hyde, set-up should put him in mix to be among carries leader –Funston

    3. Matt Forte, NYJ, RBWas hoping for Hyde. Will settle for Forte as my RB1. –Liz Loza

    4. Donte Moncrief, Ind, WRMoncrief led the Colts in TDs while Luck was healthy last year. Figures to dominate the red area of

    Read More »from Fantasy football mock draft, Rounds 4-6: Golden Tate, other WRs, in high demand
  • Invest in Matt Jones and disappointment is sure to follow. (Getty)
    Invest in Matt Jones and disappointment is sure to follow. (Getty)

    There’s a large contingent of football fans that staunchly believe preseason games are completely inconsequential. To these naysayers, they’re nothing more than an evaluation phase for head coaches looking to comprise the best 53-man roster possible. However, most fanatics would vehemently disagree. Exhibition action gives owners the opportunity to gain invaluable insight into potential sleepers and busts. In an attempt to decipher the meaningful from the meaningless, here are the top-five Lames from Preseason Week 2.

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    Thomas Rawls, Sea, RB (44.5, RB15) – That ear-piercing whistle you hear? It’s the Christine Michael hype train, chugging along since 2013, pulling into the draft day depot. Rawls wasn’t dressed for Seattle’s Preseason Week 2 tilt against Minnesota, but he lost fantasy ground. Michael, who’s reportedly undergone an “awakening” this

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  • Preseason Week 2 Flames: Eddie Lacy rumbles down Thunder Road

    P90FLEX! Eddie Lacy was one of Preseason Week 2's most impressive RBs. (Getty)
    P90FLEX! Eddie Lacy was one of Preseason Week 2’s most impressive RBs. (Getty)

    There’s a large contingent of football fans that staunchly believe preseason games are completely inconsequential. To these naysayers, they’re nothing more than an evaluation phase for head coaches looking to comprise the best 53-man roster. However, most fanatics would vehemently disagree. Exhibition action gives owners the opportunity to gain invaluable insight into potential sleepers and busts. In an attempt to decipher the meaningful from the meaningless, here are my top-five Flames from Preseason Week 2.

    Marvin Jones, Det, WR (70.7, WR37) – Practically snoring he was sleeping so hard, Jones took center stage inside Ford Field Thursday night. Clearly motivated facing his former employer, Cincinnati, the unheralded target commanded the attention of onlookers both in person and afar. On the Lions’ opening drive, he hauled in three consecutive Matthew Stafford passes for 56 yards. The eye-popping

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  • Keenan Allen seems like a near lock for 100 plus receptions. (Getty)
    Keenan Allen seems like a near lock for 100 plus receptions. (Getty)

    WR/TE QUICK TIPS, TRENDS AND TAKES TO KNOW ENTERING THE SEASON

    Over the past six seasons the bust rate of WR1s (Players drafted inside the position’s top-12 who finished outside the top-15) is 38.1 percent. Last year, Mike Evans, Randall Cobb and Alshon Jeffery had various injuries.

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     The biggest positive gainer at the WR position over the past month is San Fran’s Bruce Ellington. Thanks to enormous buzz generated during OTAs and now training camp, his value has increased from an ADP of 181.1 to 153.2. Muy caliente!

    On the downside, a bucket of ice has been thrown on once trusted WR2 Mike Wallace.  The Ravens receiving corps is a convoluted, indecipherable mess. That combined with Wallace’s failed conditioning test to start training camp triggered alarms. Since August his draft day price tag has dipped from 150.9 to 166.3. Rough.

    Last

    Read More »from WR/TE Primer '16: On point, Keenan Allen, others, could lead catch pack
  • Three-Point Stance: Is Funchess over Benjamin crazy talk?

    Funchess over Benjamin is a hot take that may actually have some merit. (Getty)
    Funchess over Benjamin is a hot take that may actually have some merit. (Getty)

    Falling just short of collecting their first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history, the Carolina Panthers were a firestorm of fantasy fun last season. Cam Newton, Greg Olsen and Jonathan Stewart were starting lineup mainstays. Ted Ginn Jr. and Devin Funchess also surprised. In this edition of ‘The Stance,’ Brad Evans and Brandon Funston feast on some vinegar-based Carolina bbq.

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    Coming off a career year, Jonathan Stewart, in some circles, isn’t getting the love he deserves. At his 77.2 (RB28) ADP. Is the veteran plow OVERVALUED, UNDERVALUED or PROPERLY VALUED?

    Brandon – UNDERVALUED. I get that J-Stew is going to get undercut at the goal line often by Cam Newton, who has 43 rushing TDs in his five seasons in the league, but how can we justify him going 28th at RB when he finished 16th at the position in fantasy points last season despite missing

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  • Three-Point Stance: What to realistically expect from Michael Thomas

    The fantasy spotlight is beaming on rookie Michael Thomas. (Getty)
    The fantasy spotlight is beaming on rookie Michael Thomas. (Getty)

    Jazz, craziness on Bourbon Street, Drew Brees 30-TD seasons – the more things change, the more they stay the same in New Orleans. In this edition of ‘The Stance,’ Brad Evans and Dalton Del Don bare it all and throw beads at the Saints’ most intriguing fantasy commodities.

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    Climbing rookie wide receiver Michael Thomas was heavenly in his preseason debut catching four balls for 64 yards. A deafening buzz has surrounded the youngster since he was selected with the 47th overall pick in last May’s NFL Draft. BELIEVE or MAKE BELIEVE: Thomas greatly outperforms his 106.5 ADP (WR50), hauls in at least six touchdowns and tucks inside the WR top-40 in Year 1.

    Dalton – MAKE BELIEVE. Thomas clearly has talent, evidenced by this sick catch during his pro debut, and a half dozen scores certainly isn’t out of the question. But I have him as my WR49 right now, so I can’t

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