Brad Evans

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

  • Despite four top-five running back finishes in his past five seasons, Arian Foster is quite possibly the most dissed fantasy RB in early drafts. A high-odometer reading, past injuries and Houston's uncertainty at quarterback has owners cool on the former rush king. Though some trepidation is warranted, his average second-round price tag (15.5 ADP)  in Yahoo exercises isn't. Coach Bill O'Brien's recent words explain why:

    "You can rest assured that as long as [Arian] is healthy and he’s out there, we will run the ball. I can tell you that."

    Really the only knock against Foster is his vulnerability to pulled hamstrings. He's played just two full seasons since exploding onto the fantasy scene in 2010. But he's a proven, versatile commodity slated to be the heart and soul of a conservative offense (51:49 run:pass split in 2014). He's second only to Peterson in fantasy points per game over the past five seasons, a category he ranked No. 3 in among RBs last year. Equally impressive, his

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  • Before I load up the family truckster and head to Illinois for a two-week preseason battery charge, below are fantasy spins on recent whispers from mini-camp, random thoughts and easy-to-read lists, several of them. For those who relish berating accessible writers, please throw your verbal barbs in the comments section.

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    • The Purple Jesus’ resurrection is well underway. After a season-long suspension and lengthy standoff with Minnesota’s front office, Adrian Peterson is not only back in action, he’s extremely motivated to extend his career beyond 2015. Suffice it to say, he’s angry, a frightening prospect for defenses (65.5 career yards-after-contact percentage). It’s no wonder why many in the "expert" realm are pushing owners to invest a No. 1 overall pick in him, even in PPR formats.

    Consider me one of them.

    This fall could mark the future Hall of Famer’s finest season yet. Critics contend his advanced age (30)

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  • First Down: Latavius Murray, bright fantasy light in the Black Hole

    Draft Murray and he could leave you in the Black this season. (AP)Draft Murray and he could leave you in the Black this season. (AP)

    As the summer heats up, Yahoo's resident Noisemaker will offer his hot takes on specific players, trends and strategies much discussed in Fantasyland. Naturally, whatever he forecasts, the opposite is bound to occur. Feel free to offer your two cents in the comments section below.

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    The Buzz: A source close to NFL insider Adam Caplan believes Oakland rusher Latavius Murray, a widely advertised value pick by many in the fantasy "expert" community, "has a chance at a huge year ... he's smart and physically a freak." Unleashed down the stretch, the athletic marvel ranked No. 16 in Yahoo default leagues from Week 12 on. Overall, he finished second only to Justin Forsett in yards per carry among RBs (80-carry minimum) with 5.17. Considering fantasy fungus, Trent Richardson, and change-of-pace option Roy Helu are his only challengers for touches, the third-year RB could become the centerpiece in what should be a more

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  • Andre Ellington primed for fantasy bounce back

    At this point last season, Andre Ellington was the object of fantasy owner affection. He was an exciting young back off an impressive rookie season entrenched behind an improved offensive line. His versatility, limited competition and general electricity convinced many to confidently invest an early-round pick in his services. Bruce Arians, after all, was committed to making his running back the focal point of the offense, potentially riding him some 25-plus times per game. 

    However, before the regular season could get underway, things got a bit prickly in the desert.

    In Arizona’s final exhibition tune-up, Ellington suffered a split tendon in his foot, an injury Arians later admitted ‘set [the Cardinals] way back.’ Originally expected to miss 4-6 weeks with the ailment, the rusher powered through only to meet his demise Week 13 after undergoing hernia surgery. 

    If only Ryan Mathews possessed similar toughness...

    Still, considering the circumstances, Ellington achieved remarkable

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  • As the summer heats up, Yahoo's resident Noisemaker will offer his hot takes on specific players, trends and strategies much discussed in Fantasyland. Naturally, whatever he forecasts, the opposite is bound to occur. Feel free to offer your two cents in the comments section below.

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    The Buzz: Last year, Martavis Bryant not only kicked down the door, he felled the entire wall surrounding it. Inactive over the first six games of the regular season, he made his presence instantly known catching two passes for 40 yards and a touchdown Week 7 against Houston. The breakthrough performance sparked a spectacular four-game streak, a stretch in which he averaged 77.5 yards per game and totaled six touchdowns. Suffice it to say, owners who scored him off waivers jubilantly twerked. Defenses, however, made adjustments to halt Pittsburgh's runaway train, as his No. 62 rank from Week 11 on proved. Still, entering his second season,

    Read More »from First Down: Sophomore slump be damned! Bryant buzz completely warranted
  • First Down: Chip Kelly's split personality a knock against Murray

    As the summer heats up, Yahoo's resident Noisemaker will offer his hot takes on specific players, trends and strategies much discussed in Fantasyland. Naturally, whatever he forecasts, the opposite is bound to occur. Feel free to offer your two cents in the comments section below.

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    The Buzz: Eagles beat writers from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Delaware County Times are becoming increasingly convinced Chip Kelly will institute a RB timeshare between DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles this season. Former Duck Kenjon Barner, who's drawn rave reviews from Kelly this offseason, and tank Matthew Tucker could also enter the mix. According to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's recent "it takes a village" comment, the brotherly backfield is setting up to be a fantasy nightmare. At this time, the proposed division is unknown and will likely vary from week-to-week, an unsolved mystery that greatly complicates

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  • As the summer heats up, Yahoo's resident Noisemaker will offer his hot takes on specific players, trends and strategies much discussed in Fantasyland. Naturally, whatever he forecasts, the opposite is bound to occur. Feel free to offer your two cents in the comments section below.

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    Trends always come and go. Slap bracelets, shag carpet, Jheri curls, Zubaz and whatever jersey faux pas the Chicago Bears wore in 1994 are just a few. However, one flavor is and will forever be fashionable in the virtual pigskin world, PPR leagues.

    Get used to it scoring traditionalists ...

    Over the past two years, consumers have strayed from mundane, antiquated formats, choosing instead to enhance their overall fantasy experience. Two years ago 29.2 percent of Yahoo leagues featured some PPR element. Last year, that number rose to 31.8 percent.

    With the popularity of daily games increasing (Note: Yahoo’s venture into the market is slated to

    Read More »from First Down: Point break, Spiller, others, to lead PPR charge at RB
  • First Down: Ryan Tannehill set to sizzle on South Beach

    As the summer heats up, Yahoo's resident Noisemaker will offer his hot takes on specific players, trends and strategies much discussed in Fantasyland. Naturally, whatever he forecasts, the opposite is bound to occur. Feel free to offer your two cents in the comments section below.

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    The Buzz: A few weeks back, Miami upstart Ryan Tannehill became a very wealthy man as he inked a six-year, $96 million contract extension with $45 million guaranteed. To protect their investment the Dolphins stockpiled the cabinet this offseason adding Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, Greg Jennings, Jordan Cameron and Jay Ajayi. Off a breakthrough campaign in which he finished No. 10 in total fantasy points at QB, some anticipate the Dolphin's clicks to grow louder this fall.

    Why snapping tendons for Tannehill is smart:

    Visible maturation. In terms of on-field development, Tannehill reached puberty last year. He showed substantial improvement

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  • Joseph Randle's on the fantasy rise in Big D

    With former workhorse DeMarco Murray now hoofing it in Philadelphia, a new backfield star is bound to rise in Big D.
    Place your bets on Joseph Randle.

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    Over his brief career, the rusher is probably best known for his off-the-field transgressions, most notably stealing underwear and cologne from a Dallas-area Dillard’s last October. That, however, may soon change.
    In the Cowboys’ opening week of OTAs, Randle earned most of the first-team work, an observance that should surprise no one. Last year, the youngster, working as a complementary back, tallied an obscene 6.7 yards per carry. Granted that was accomplished on a tiny 51 carries, but, according to Pro Football Focus, his 61.3 yards after contact percentage and top-10 elusive rating suggest he isn’t some fleeting mirage.
    With Darren McFadden, who would break a bone jumping into a pool of plastic balls, change-of-pace RB Lance Dunbar and swelled-knee Ryan Williams
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  • First Down: Go for Gronk? Kelce, Hill are why you shouldn't

    As the summer heats up, Yahoo's resident Noisemaker will offer his hot takes on specific players, trends and strategies much discussed in Fantasyland. Naturally, whatever he forecasts, the opposite is bound to occur. Feel free to offer your two cents in the comments section below.

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    The Buzz: Several fantasy pundits have declared Rob Gronkowski (7.6 Yahoo ADP, TE1) a top-five pick. Rankings aggregate Fantasy Pros has him slotted at No. 7 overall, 27 spots ahead of TE2 Jimmy Graham and 46 notches before TE3 Greg Olsen. Pricey. His dominance at a questionable position, prime age and ties to a Hall of Fame quarterback offer support. Contrary to that belief, many, appropriately so, are circumventing him for more affordable options.  

    Why several "experts" are willing to liquidate college funds for Gronk:

    A WR1 eligible at TE. Undoubtedly, this is the most crucial piece of evidence in the case for Gronk. Among all WRs and

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