- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade2 hrs ago
If you're a serious fantasy owner — someone who plays in a competitive and highly incentivized league — then your draft is no doubt happening very soon. Like, it's hours away. Definitely this weekend. Possibly tonight, maybe tomorrow or Monday. Soon.
Cutthroat leagues generally draft as close to opening week as possible, so as to minimize the risk of preseason injuries or other roster-wrecking events. No need to deal with any fantasy disasters beyond those that typically occur in-season. Thus, we draft now , after the exhibition slate is finished. For those of you preparing to assemble teams, we offer these 15 tips, tweets, news blurbs and other NFL ephemera:
1. Zero quarterbacks should be taken in the first round of your draft. None. Nil. Zip. Z-E-R-O. Unless you play in a league that allows you to start two QBs (not the norm), then no. It's important that we make this point right here at the top.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade10 hrs ago
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, vs. SF (Peavy), $23: He has 23 homers over his 41 games, which is pretty much unheard of. Gonzalez is at home Saturday and has been the No. 1 fantasy hitter since the start of July, so I can’t see not using him no matter the price (and he’s not even the most expensive hitter on the slate). It’s tough to ask him to keep up this pace (CarGo has five homers and 12 RBI over his last three games), but it would be a Gambler’s Fallacy to fade him right now.
Gio Gonzalez, SP, vs. Atl (Miller), $42: His K rate has fallen dramatically this season compared to the last three years, but Gonzalez owns a 3.32 ERA at home and is facing an Atlanta team that’s scored by far the fewest runs in baseball. As a result, the Nationals are the second biggest favorites (-205) on the board Saturday.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade21 hrs ago
On Friday's Freak Show, Liz Loza, Scott Pianowski and Dalton Del Don talk the Cleveland backfield, the Green Bay WR corps and late running back fliers. We also discuss Marcus Mariota vs. Jameis Winston and answer your Twitter questions.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
It's deGrom day everyone, and I'm expecting him to earn his $58. Here's a look at how I'm sketching in my roster around him...
Carlos Martinez, P, vs. Pit (Happ), $40: Martinez is rested, he's at home, and he's opposed by J.A. Happ. It's an ideal set-up, and the price is right. I'm expecting six frames, six Ks and a win, per his usual. The Cards are a serious favorite (-150), if you care about such things.
James Loney, 1B, at NYY (Severino), $11: OK, I'll concede that Severino is tough. But Loney is available at such a friendly price, he's facing a righty and he's been a monster in this ballpark. Check his career numbers at Yankee Stadium: 45-for-112, 4 HR, .402/.438/.563. If you're looking for a bargain bat with profit potential,
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
This is what I wanted to do: build a Daily Fantasy Lineup with all of my hitters from the Coors Field special between the Giants (hiya, Rusin) and the Rockies (we’ll get you, Vogelsong). The game total is set for 11 runs, well ahead of everything on the Thursday card.
I couldn’t get Buster Posey or Nolan Arenado into the mix, but I did get eight hitters I like, plus two pitchers I can live with.
Who’s with me? Here are the starters; we'll defend them below.
The beauty of the San Francisco side of the stack is that it doesn’t even cost that much. Pagan and Tomlinson are the 1-2 hitters and go for a collective $21. We have to accept Juan Perez at $7 just to make the salaries fit, and Posey and Marlon Byrd were an eyelash out of the price range. But we also get Matt Duffy hitting third ($17), and three key pieces of the Colorado offense (Hundley, Paulsen, Cargo). There’s a lot of platoon advantage in our Great Eight – only Hundley doesn’t enjoy it Thursday night.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Well, that didn't take long. Soon after a judge overturned Tom Brady's four-game deflate-gate suspension, the Internet went to work creating memes signifying the ruling. Enjoy the hilarity.
I declare this day meme Christmas
HEY RAWDJAH pic.twitter.com/r3hsQDrRi1
Jimmy Garoppolo be like: pic.twitter.com/tuOYPyQN2a
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 days ago
The DeflateGate saga has mercifully written its final chapter. No more talk of PSIs. No more endless, ridiculous spins. And no more unflattering Tom Brady courtroom sketches. First reported by Adam Schefter, the QB's four-game suspension was nullified Thursday.
It's over (We sincerely hope).
Praise the football gods.
And for those entering the stretch run of fantasy draft season, the ruling couldn't have come at a better time.
- Liz Loza at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Last year’s rookie class was brimming with talent. Accordingly, fantasy footballers were treated to a smorgasbord of both capability and bankability. Could it be that we were a tad spoiled?
While the regular season is still a week away, this year’s crop of rookies seems to have underwhelmed. Below I breakdown this past spring's top ten drafted offensive skill position players and their fantasy relevance moving forward.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccanners Lauded for his football IQ and confident swagger, Winston easily caught the eye of a franchise desperate for aptitude under center. Handed a buffet of talent even more drool-worthy than a platter of crab legs, the Florida State product was expected to lead the Bucs to respectability. Fans of the virtual game hoped that the seemingly fearless passer would elevate the offense, giving both receivers and the team’s hyper-athletic tight end a boost in value.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Julio Jones finishes as the No. 1 fantasy wide receiver, going for 1,750 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Todd Gurley is a top-five fantasy back over the final eight weeks of the season.
Sam Bradford stays healthy and is a top-10 fantasy quarterback.
After scoring twice (in the first half) in Week 1 against Dallas last year, Vernon Davis didn’t see a single target in the red zone the rest of the season, finishing with just one (for reference someone named Jack Doyle saw eight). Davis has twice scored 13 touchdowns during his career, with the latest as recent as 2013. He rebounds and is a top-10 fantasy tight end in 2015.
Ben Watson has more fantasy points than Josh Hill.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade2 days ago
With preseason play nearing its end, I've asked the Yahoo fanalysts to identify which players did the most to sway their opinions (positively and negatively) from where they were initially valued before training camps got underway. I will kick this exercise off with a player that, while he seriously damaged his value in the fantasy court of public opinion, I can't help but keep moving up my WR draft board.