Though Cam Newton fell from his perch high atop the QB ranks, other position mainstays continued to soar as usual suspects Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, among others, finished well inside the position’s top-10. Meanwhile, young guns Dak Prescott and Marcus Mariota joined the ranks of elites, establishing themselves as sure-fire QB1s. In another pass-happy year for the NFL, value, as usual, dominated the position for fantasy purposes … With 2016 in the books, it’s time to gaze into the Magic 8-Ball for what’s to come in the New Year.
This year’s free agent QB class ranks alongside “dinner at Dairy Queen” on the excitement scale. If we expand the field to include possible trade acquisitions, what old face could find fantasy success in a new place?
Brad — JIMMY GAROPPOLO. It’s unlikely Jimmy G is Matt Cassel the sequel. The two-game taste the fantasy community received opened a window into his potential. He was comfortable, accurate (68.9 completion percentage) and took
Each week throughout the NFL season, we identify six players to target on fantasy waiver wires, plus a lightly owned D/ST. All are available in a majority of Yahoo leagues. Add as needed. Go get a championship.
Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings, 29%
If you happened to start Thielen on Saturday … well, congrats. You were the recipient of a holiday fantasy miracle. Thielen produced a career-best performance, hauling in 12 of 15 targets for 202 yards and two spikes, and his huge stat-line wasn’t some garbage-time fluke. He was heavily involved throughout, and nearly uncoverable. Just check the highlights. He enters the final week of Minnesota’s season just 40 yards shy of 1000 — which is perhaps 500 more than anyone dared to forecast. Thielen has topped 80 receiving yards in three of his last four games, and he’s a virtual lock to reach that mark in the season-ender
Le’Veon Bell totaled another 137 yards with two touchdowns against a tough Ravens defense, showing his usual patience while getting 6.1 YPC. It would be difficult seeing him not being my No. 1 overall player entering 2017. He’s my favorite running back to watch since Barry Sanders…Joe Flacco has a huge arm, maybe the biggest in the NFL, yet he’s thrown the second highest percentage of passes inside 10 yards among all quarterbacks this season…This Antonio Browngame-winning touchdown with time running out was legit.
Eli Manning threw for 356 yards, but it took a career-high 63 attempts and came with three picks. The Giants are somehow 10-5 with a poor running game and a quarterback who’s gotten 6.7 YPA (with 20 turnovers) this season…Odell Beckham should get 20 targets every week.
Usually this game-day column is a look at the fantasy stars and the fantasy letdowns, but on a Christmas Eve, we’re only going to take a positive tack. Here are the star performers who came through for you on a Week 16, who made sure you were headed for the winner’s circle, even on Any Given Saturday.
Start with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, a good place as any to start. Rodgers kick-started his season — and Green Bay’s — around Week 7, and he’s been letter-perfect for several games. The Vikings know all about that, as Rodgers threw a brilliant 347 yards and four touchdowns at them Saturday, in a 38-25 Packers victory. Rodgers also had a touchdown scramble, and was over 30 Yahoo points at halftime. (As usual, Mike McCarthy let up on the gas, a bit, in the second half.)
No pressure, amigos. If you pick wrong, you lose. Here’s your injury and status check-in.
• Although the Cowboys wrapped up the NFC’s No. 1 seed after the Giants lost at Philadelphia on Thursday, I would be flabbergasted if Dallas made any major adjustments to personnel and usage for Monday’s game against Detroit. The first Cowboys playoff game is three weeks away; it’s too early to start pulling back on players. Perhaps a workload here or there could be modestly lessened, but I doubt it will be anything major, if anything at all. I’m not going to make notable adjustments to my Dallas players.
• The Falcons still have much to play for, and they’ll have Julio Jones (toe) at Carolina. Atlanta held Jones out the two previous weeks, feeling it could get past lesser competition (Los Angeles, San Francisco) without risking Jones. The star wideout is completely off the Week 16 injury report.
As we head into fantasy Championship Week of the 2016 NFL season , here are 12 players to give extra consideration to when filling out your lineups – six that are looking better than usual, and a half dozen that are looking worse:
QB – Ben Roethlisberger, Pit ($33) – Big Ben is overdue for a big game. He’s at home this week, where he’s much more likely to produce a monster game (3-plus TD passes in seven of his past eight regular-season home games), and he’s going against a Baltimore defense that has had plenty of road meltdowns, allowing the opposing QB an average of 296.5 passing yards and 2.5 TD passes in road contests.
RB –Todd Gurley, LAR($22) – The matchup for Gurley against San Francisco is too delicious to pass up. The 49ers, by far fantasy’s most generous defense to opposing running backs, have allowed nine running backs to surpass 20
Brad Evans and Dalton Del Don talk whether or not to trust Todd Gurley in your fantasy championship. The duo also go over a bunch of over/unders preparing you for the all important Week 16 while previewing Thursday night’s game in an all fantasy football podcast.
By Yahoo Sports Staff | Roto Arcade – Thu, 22 Dec, 2016 2:07 PM EST
With the “Fantasy Football Live” team in a giving mood this holiday season, the Championship Special edition comes to you on Thursday. Will Ty Montgomery repeat his epic Week 15? Can Kenneth Dixon wrestle back the Ravens’ backfield spot? Will Todd Gurley finally show up for those fantasy owners still fighting for something? We’ll answer all those questions and more to help you prepare for your Super Bowl. It all starts onThursday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
By Kevin Kaduk | Roto Arcade – Wed, 21 Dec, 2016 10:36 PM EST
Need a friendly ear and some direct advice for your survival pool picks? Friend me on Facebook. Or hit me up on Twitter @kevinkaduk. Let’s ride the roller coaster together.
Resources:Yahoo survival pool pick distribution • SurvivorGrid.com Week 15’s biggest killer: Kansas City losing to Tennessee (1.2 percent) Week 15’s biggest winner: Atlanta over San Francisco (54.96) Total Week 15 eliminations: 8.22 percent Perfect entries remaining on Yahoo: 9,474
One of the fun parts about survival pool strategy is anticipating where the big pitfalls are going to be and breaking from the pack as it heads over a cliff.
Those moments for exultation have been few and far between this season, though, because the most frequently picked matchup has only been burned twice in 15 weeks: The Miami Dolphins’ home win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6 and the Chicago Bears home win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8. That’s what happens when the Browns end up in that top game six times and lose all six.
Draymond Green: He’s getting a modest 10.6 ppg thanks to just 8.9 field goal attempts on a team loaded with offensive weapons, but it hasn’t hurt his fantasy value at all, as he’s still ranked as a top-15 option this season. Green has averaged 8.8 rpg, 7.2 apg and a career-high 2.3 spg. His Usage Rate (17.1) is a bit down from last year, but it’s clear the addition of Kevin Durant won’t adversely affect his fantasy value. He’s determined to win Defensive Player of the Year, has the fifth best assist:turnover ratio in the league and did this in a one-man fast break during Tuesday’s game.
Jeff Teague: He’s averaged 18.0 points with 9.0 assists over the past week, when he’s been a top-35 player. Teague’s field goal attempts are actually down now in Indiana, but his spg (1.9) are a career high, and he’s been hugely valuable despite struggling from downtown (28.9%), something that should
Let’s preview this week’s NFL action by first focusing on the games that are expected to produce the most real and fantasy points before I go around the league to highlight the key players we should be watching and why. An important note every week: check the player’s status. There is so much injury uncertainty and Friday’s practice, which occurs after this is posted, is key.
First, given this is my last column of the season, let me wish everyone happy holidays and a Happy New Year. It’s been a pleasure navigating the season with you. Now let’s get on to Week 16.
Colts at Raiders (O/U: 53): There’s a lot of angst in fantasy about Michael Crabtree ($22) and Amari Cooper ($21). But that duo is actually about average for a good tandem in having big games at the same
By Yahoo Sports Staff | Roto Arcade – Wed, 21 Dec, 2016 2:56 PM EST
With Yahoo Daily Fantasy, your football season doesn’t have to end even though you might have missed your league’s championship. Get your lineup set for Week 16 using our staff picks, who put together their lineups based off a $200 budget.
It’s the end of the rainbow, Week 16, Championship Week. It’s a matter of trust.
Can we use Bilal Powell and Robby Anderson despite the Jets being a 16-point underdog? Will Tyreek Hill, Taylor Gabriel and Tyler Lockett keep scoring on limited opportunity? Are we all in on Ty Montgomery? Did Davante Adams’ hands return for the holiday? Can Tom Savage take a sad DeAndre Hopkins song and make it better? Is Hunter Henry good enough to use in the money week? What happened to the fun Tampa Bay offense? Is there any life left in Todd Gurley?
(And perhaps most importantly, which receiver ruined Andy Behrens’ fantasy world last week? It’s an angry Behrens this week, amigos. All the loathing. All the vitriol.)