1) Spencer Ware is legit. He deserves the rest-of-season featured role for KC.

Uh-oh, Charcandrick West owners. Spencer Ware just feasted again. If you like merciless power running, here's a highlight for you. Ware steamrolled Bacarri Rambo at the end of that thing. And here's a clip of Ware's 3-yard rushing score from the win over Buffalo. Over his past two games, the man has gained 216 yards on 34 touches, crossing the goal line three times and generally looking like a bad, bad dude.

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Ware remains available in nearly 40 percent of Yahoo leagues, and it's tough to imagine him returning to a mere supporting role, even when West returns from his hamstring issues. KC's upcoming schedule features three defenses that rank among the worst in the league against the run — Oakland, San Diego and Cleveland — and of course the team is rolling, averaging 34.3 points per game since Week 8.

If Ware remains unattached in your fantasy league ... well, you know what to do. He's a potential difference-maker in December. 

2) Blake Bortles, still occasionally hilarious.

Blake Bortles, not quite within the rulesBortles delivered another very useful fantasy line on Sunday, passing for 329 yards and two scores, so no one around here is complaining. As of this writing, he's actually the seventh highest-scoring quarterback of Week 12. But per his usual, Blake also gave us 3-4 moments of head-scratching hilarity in the loss to San Diego.

Please note his position in relation to the blue line — the line of scrimmage — in the image on the right. Watch the play right here. He was, at that moment, lobbing the ball to Allen Robinson in the end-zone. It was the first of his two red-zone illegal forward passes on Sunday, which is just, um ... well, it was amazing. Bortles also tossed an INT against the Chargers, his tenth pick over his last seven games.

He's either having one of the worst great fantasy seasons we've seen, or one of the finest bad seasons. Not sure. Either way, it's been a joy.

3) Sammy Watkins was dead-on right with all that "Force the ball (to me)" stuff.

Watkins was a terror on Sunday, catching six balls on 10 targets for 158 yards and two spikes. When he said he wanted the ball in pretty much all one-on-one opportunities, he was no doubt thinking about making plays like this. Goodness. Kinda crazy that Watkins wasn't much more than an honorable mention in the greatest-rookie-receiver-class discussion last year.

Buffalo gets a dalliance with the NFC East during the fantasy postseason, facing Dallas, Philly and Washington, so you can expect the good times to continue in the biggest weeks.

Author: Andy Behrens
Posted: November 29, 2015, 11:41 pm

If you will be fighting for a fantasy playoff spot in Week 13, we're here to help. Two players who could provide a boost off the waiver wire are Cincinnati Bengals receiver Marvin Jones and Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller.

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Jones is owned in a little over 50 percent of Yahoo leagues but that number could jump with teammate Tyler Eifert suffering a neck stinger on Sunday. While Jones is the No. 2 receiver in Cincinnati, his targets could increase if Eifert misses time. Even though Jones hasn't scored since Week 6, he's currently providing WR3 value. He also has a favorable matchup against the Cleveland Browns coming up next.

Miller has taken on a bigger role over the past month with Chicago. Since Week 10, he's outperformed Martellus Bennett, with four touchdowns over the last four games. Bennett missed Week 12 due to a rib injury and if that lingers, Miller's value would increase.

Author: Yahoo Sports Staff
Posted: November 29, 2015, 10:50 pm


 It’s Week 12. The fantasy playoffs are closing in. Do you know where your passing game is at?

Every NFL Sunday is weird in its own way; the passing games took the strange tag on this slate. A slew of big names and good matchups went awry, while some afterthoughts produced like crazy.

Did you need Drew Brees at Houston? Say hello to 228 yards, one pick, zero touchdowns (for New Orleans, it snapped a 155-game TD streak). Yuck.

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Counting on Matt Ryan against Minnesota? Two picks, one garbage-time touchdown, 230 piddly yards. You could call it a fantasy hangover from the Thanksgiving slate, when the Philadelphia, Dallas and Green Bay passing games all hit a flat tire at the worst possible time.

Brian Hoyer did throw for two scores in Houston’s win, but a modest 205 passing yards against the terrible New Orleans defense qualifies as a major disappointment. We appreciated Eli Manning’s two late touchdowns, but we didn’t need the three messy picks that threw the game away. Jameis Winston had just one touchdown and 245 passing yards at Indianapolis, one week removed from his carnival at Philly. Marcus Mariota had two ugly interceptions (against three scoring passes, as it were) in a rainy loss to Oakland.

And when quarterbacks let us down, you can be sure there are some receivers breaking our heart, too. Did anyone expect DeAndre Hopkins to land on 36 yards against the Saints? Did you predict Julio Jones to tap out at 56 yards against Minnesota? Mike Evans dropped another key pass, a sure touchdown at Indy.

It was the type of day where a slew of WR2s went bonkers. Much of it happened in garbage time, but Jarvis Landry was a monster (13-165-1) at the Jets. Brandon Marshall, perhaps a Top 10 wideout on your board, had two scores in the same game. Sammy Watkins went for 158 and two scores at Kansas City, while Jeremy Maclin (9-160-1) tried to keep up on the other side. A.J. Green had a two-score game. Tavon Austin had a score on a red-zone rush. T.Y. Hilton spiked twice against the Bucs.

If you’re a fan of cheaper quarterbacks, this was your day. Ryan Fitzpatrick riddled the Dolphins, throwing four touchdown passes. Philip Rivers hit the same mark at Jacksonville, with two going to old reliable, Antonio Gates. Tyrod Taylor, Derek Carr (terrific in the rain) and Ryan Tannehill tossed three touchdowns apiece, though most of Tannehill’s production came in garbage time. (Enjoy it when you get it. It’s twice as sweet as traditional fantasy production.)

-- Carr clearly belongs back in the Circle of Trust after a gem in the Tennessee rain (24-for-73, 330 yards, three TDs, zero picks), carrying the Oakland offense on a day where Latavius Murray went nowhere. Seth Roberts (6-113-2) muscled in on some of the Raiders passing production, but at least Amari Cooper went for 113 yards and Michael Crabtree had a short touchdown. The immediate schedule isn’t easy for Carr — home against Kansas City, then a visit to Denver — before a bit of a respite (Green Bay, San Diego). 

Melty Ice (Kevin C. Cox/Getty)-- Here’s how bad Matt Ryan was in the 20-10 loss to Minnesota — head coach Dan Quinn felt he needed to give Ryan a vote of confidence after the game. Matty Ice has been that terrible lately. The Week 12 story: two picks, two sacks, no major downfield hookups. A Tevin Campbell fumble didn’t help the cause, though he did manage 110 yards on 18 carries (46 yards came on one attempt). Heaven help the Falcons, with two Carolina matchups yet to come (Weeks 14, 16). 

The Vikings passing game didn’t do much, either, though somehow Kyle Rudolph had seven short catches (53 yards) on 10 targets. But when your defense is teeing off and Adrian Peterson is beasting (29-158-2), why worry? Stefon Diggs hasn’t scored a touchdown or topped 66 yards receiving since Week 8. Teddy Bridgewater, killing us softly. 

-- The Seahawks and Steelers played a pinball afternoon game, with a playoff atmosphere to it. But Seattle’s 39-30 victory came at a cost — tight end Jimmy Graham tore his patellar tendon and is lost for the year. Luke Willson figures to step into a starting role. 

It’s ironic that Graham (4-75-0) didn’t catch a touchdown pass on a day Russell Wilson (21-30-345) three for five. Doug Baldwin had the game of his life with three touchdown grabs (80, 30, 16), while Jermaine Kearse snagged a couple of shorter scores. Pittsburgh’s rushing defense remains stout, but there are plenty of leaks in the secondary. 

Ben Roethlisberger was gallant in defeat (36-for-55, 456 yards, one TD, two picks), though he suffered a concussion late in the fourth period and didn’t play the final series. I don’t know what took so long for Markus Wheaton to click, but he had a field day against the lesser Seattle corners: a nine-catch, 201-yard jamboree, with a touchdown. He also lost a 32-yard catch on a questionable review — what else is new? 

-- There’s no complicated matrix with the Redskins and the 49ers — they’re both competitive teams at home and complete disasters on the road. Washington now has five wins in DC after polishing off the Giants, and while the Niners had to settle for a 19-13 loss to Arizona, the result was respectable. San Francisco is 3-3 at Levi Stadium (with four covers), 0-5 everywhere else. 

The Washington rushing game can’t be trusted, but kudos for Kirk Cousins, who threw for 302 yards and a score in a clean game (no picks, no sacks). New York continues to struggle in tight end coverage — Jordan Reed had a nifty 8-98-0 line on nine targets. DeSean Jackson had just two catches, but one of them was a 63-yard touchdown.

-- I think we can all agree the Colts offense is better with a healthy Matt Hasselbeck than it was with an injured Andrew Luck. Hasselbeck played a professional game in the 25-12 victory over Tampa Bay, posting a rating over 100 and hitting Hilton on a couple of touchdown passes. Hasselbeck’s efficiency was paramount, as the Colts rushing game went nowhere (26 carries, 27 yards).

Don’t look now, but two AFC South teams are currently inside the playoff cutline. The Colts visit Pittsburgh and Jacksonville the next two weeks. 

Author: Scott Pianowski
Posted: November 29, 2015, 10:46 pm

The Detroit Tigers paid a boatload of cash to free agent Jordan Zimmermann, content to land an innings-eater. 

In the fantasy world, we need our pitchers to dominate innings, not merely accumulate them. So we’re looking at a clear case where fantasy and reality do not connect. 

It doesn’t mean the Tigers are wrong, mind you. Perhaps they’ll get a reasonable return on their five years and $110 million. An average 162-game season for Zimmermann looks this way: 13-10 record, 209 IP, 3.32 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 172 Ks. 

But fantasy owners need to look through a slightly different lens. Let’s consider that Zimmermann turns 30 in May and his strikeout rate and fastball speed both took a modest tumble last year. And this is someone who was already working with a pitch-to-contact frame, more often than not. 

Zimmermann also loses the friendly atmosphere of the NL (love those pitchers hitting), and in particular the hacking mass of the NL East. The AL is the hitter’s league, the big-inning league. On the plus side, he’ll appreciate Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias, one of the best defenders around. Last year he had to deal with Ian Desmond’s defensive issues.

If you’re in a league with starts or innings capped, you take a hands-off approach to Zimmermann. A strikeout rate in the low 7s (per nine innings) is a deal-breaker, especially when it comes with a good-not-elite ERA (3.32 career, 3.66 last season). If your format allows for more liberal usage, perhaps you can talk yourself into Zimmermann as a support arm. I doubt he’ll be on any of my fantasy rosters; I either want to pay for elite names early or play the value game late. The middle class generally isn’t where I invest. 

Ah, but it’s good to have some hot stove to discuss, isn’t it? We’ll be with you all winter long, amigos. Pitchers and catchers, about 10 weeks away. 

Author: Scott Pianowski
Posted: November 29, 2015, 7:55 pm

As always, we use the line from Yahoo Pro Football Pick’Em. Feels good to get one win out of the way early. Let’s jump into it...

Pittsburgh +4 at Seattle: Name brand is coming off the Seahawks defense, and teams aren’t as afraid of the home-field edge anymore. Steelers are going to get their points, no matter what Richard Sherman does — simply too many options. 

Denver +3 vs. New England: Getting Pats at right time, on a short week and before there’s too much tape on Brock Osweiler. New England’s 2015 frame similar to 2007 — unbeatable early, then down a level. You can’t keep losing key offensive pieces and not feel it; even Amendola is hurt now. 

Cleveland -2.5 vs. Baltimore: Two flawed teams, but I get the home field and the big edge at quarterback (do you remember how awful Matt Schaub was, last we saw him?). 

Houston -3 vs. New Orleans: Fire any coaches you want, New Orleans. You can’t fix that defense in a week or two. DeAndre Hopkins goes off with any quarterback, but Brian Hoyer has actually been pretty good this year. 

This Week: 1-0

Last Week: 3-2

Season: 32-23-1

Fantasy vs. Reality 

This year, two of my esteemed Yahoo colleagues are sharing their own selections, using the Yahoo Pick’em spread. Play along in the comments. 

Frank Schwab (2-2-1 last week, 27-26-1 season)

Denver +3

Indianapolis  -3

San Francisco +10.5

Pittsburgh +4

Cleveland -2.5 

Eric Edholm (3-1-1 last week, 1-1 this week, 37-18-1 season)

Detroit E

Dallas -1 

Minnesota +2.5 

Denver +3 

Tampa Bay +3

Author: Scott Pianowski
Posted: November 29, 2015, 4:33 pm

The "Fantasy Football Live" crew gets you ready for Week 12 as they'll explain why Marshawn Lynch's replacement will take your team to the fantasy promise land. Also why the Texans will have New Orleans feeling "Blue" and how will Brock Osweiler fare in his first real test as a starting quarterback?

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Author: Yahoo Sports Staff
Posted: November 29, 2015, 3:55 am

Fantasy football leagues have 2-3 more weeks of the regular season to go, so the games are critical. Let’s take a look around the injury report.

• Charcandrick West (hamstring) missed the full practice week, and although the Chiefs are listing him as questionable, it would be a shock if he played against Buffalo. Spencer Ware looks like a reasonable Week 12 play. 

• Travis Kelce tweaked his ankle in Friday’s practice, and he’s also dealing with a sore groin. The Chiefs list him as questionable. Kelce was able to practice the two previous days. 

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• The Falcons beat the traffic with their injury disclosures, telling us early on that Devonta Freeman (concussion), Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) and Matt Bryant (quad) will not play against Minnesota. Tevin Coleman steps into the backfield void. With Hankerson out, TE Jacob Tamme could be relevant again. 

• The Patriots are listing Danny Amendola (knee) as questionable; he had a limited practice Friday. It’s a Sunday night game against Denver, making things more complicated. Forget about Aaron Dobson — he was put on injured reserve this week. 

• The Dolphins held Jarvis Landry (knee) out of the Wednesday and Friday practices. He had a limited session Thursday. Looks like a game-time decision is in order, though context clues point to Landry being on the field. If Landry is able to go, he won't have to worry about Darrelle Revis — the Jets have already scratched their shutdown corner. 

• Michael Floyd (hamstring) is listed as questionable and has limited workouts all week. We might not know his status until game time. The other two primary wideouts for Arizona, Larry Fitzgerald (ankle) and John Brown (hamstring), are both listed as probable. 

• One good piece of news for Philip Rivers — his receiving group is getting healthier. Antonio Gates (knee), Ladarius Green (ankle) and Malcom Floyd (shoulder) are all listed as probable. But the offensive line is down several starters; King Dunlap and D.J. Fluker won’t play at Jacksonville. I wouldn’t start RB Melvin Gordon on a bet. 

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• Frank Gore (knee) missed the Wednesday practice, but was able to go Thursday and Friday. He’s listed as probable. 

• Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) still looks like a risky play to me, but the Broncos expect to have him against New England. He’s listed as probable and had a full session Friday. 

• Case Keenum has yet to be cleared through the concussion protocol, so Nick Foles will be pressed into a start at Cincinnati. 

• The Bucs downgraded Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) to doubtful, so we won’t see him at Indianapolis. 

Author: Scott Pianowski
Posted: November 28, 2015, 3:14 pm

It’s a holiday edition of Deep Sleepers and DFS Bargains! Last week I hit on Danny Amendola (WR8) and Darren Sproles (RB14), but whiffed on Jamison Crowder and Jay Ajayi. Unfortunately, Zach Ertz was among the infirmed and is not expected to return until Week 13. Heading into Week 12 I’ll be highlighting quite a few plus matchups featuring back-up talent.

To review … all of the below players are owned in less than 60 percent of Yahoo leagues and/or are a significant value in our daily game. They’re not the obvious picks, and they’re not without their risks, but that’s why they’re so cheap and available! I’d never advocate taking all of these guys, but rather utilizing them if a manager were in a pinch at a position or aiming to build a “stars and scrubs” sort of DFS lineup. Have at it!

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Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland Browns ($20)
Cheers, Johnny. You just handed the ball back to the old man. One who, it should be noted, was a top-three fantasy asset between Weeks 3-8 while he was the starter. Over that six-game span, McCown completed more than 65 percent of his passes for an average of 300 passing yards and two TDs. Granted the bulk of that production came against bad teams, but his opponent in Week 12 is giving up the second-most fantasy points to opposing signal-callers.

Back in Week 5, McCown bested the Ravens by three points in overtime, racking up 457 passing yards and three scores in the process. Facing them at home Sunday, the vet is likely to lean on a combination of Gary Barnidge, Travis Benjamin, and Duke Johnson. Noting Baltimore’s generous secondary and the fact that they’ve allowed the fifth-most TDs (19) in the league, it’s entirely likely that each aforementioned player finds the end zone, making McCown an interesting stream – and incredible value – on Sunday.

Javorius “Buck” Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens ($17)
The next man up behind Justin Forsett, Allen is a downhill runner and adequate pass-catcher. The rookie’s YPC has underwhelmed, but his volume is about to skyrocket as he figures to be the centerpiece of a Ravens’ offense that is also without Joe Flacco. In a little more than three quarters of play last week, Allen carried the rock 22 times and caught five of six passes. His 115 total yards were good enough to place him among the top 20 players at the position.

Allen’s first matchup as the team’s workhorse couldn’t be much better. He’ll be traveling to Cleveland to take on a run defense that Football Outsiders ranks as the third-worst in the NFL. With the Browns surrendering an average of more than 138 rushing yards per game, the former Trojan should do some damage on Monday night. While this may seem like a “duh” play to some, Allen is still available in 30 percent of redraft leagues and his price in DFS is of the Black Friday variety.

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Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans ($16)
Since losing Arian Foster to injury for the second time this season, Blue has led the Texans backfield. Averaging more than 18 total touches per game over the last three weeks, the second-year back’s rushing numbers have been wholly pedestrian. His inclusion in the passing game, however, has given his stock a boost. While Blue managed just 58 yards on 21 totes in Week 11, he caught all three of his targets for an additional 34 receiving yards and a score.

In Week 12 Blue presents RB2 appeal in a matchup against the lowly Saints defense. While New Orleans is better on the ground (ranked 29th) than they are against the pass (ranked 31st) that’s not saying much. Since Week 8, running backs that have faced the Saints have finished among the top 20 fantasy players at the position (in Week 10 both Matt Jones and Alfred Blue were top 15 plays). Blue doesn’t offer much in the way of speed or burst, but has a solid opportunity to produce on Sunday.

Dontrelle Iman, WR, San Diego Chargers ($13)
Injuries have ravaged San Diego’s receiving corps. As such, youngsters like Inman and Javontee Herndon have been unexpectedly relied upon. Catching three of five targets in back-to-back outings, Inman has been present, but far from lights out. Still, with Antonio Gates gimpy, Ladarius Green hobbled, Malcom Floyd questionable, and Stevie Johnson manning the slot, the speedy six-foot-three wideout remains Philip Rivers’ best downfield threat.

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This Sunday the Chargers will travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars, who are surrendering nearly 280 receiving yards per game. Given Jacksonville’s recent ability to shut down the run, Rivers will be forced to put the ball in the air. Noting the Bolts’ losing record, it make sense that they’d want to take some chances, exploit the deficiencies in the Jag’s defense, and see what they have in their green talent. Inman doesn’t have the bulk or top end speed necessary to be a playmaker, but he is good enough to step up and score against Jacksonville’s flimsy secondary. Yes, it’s a deep pick, but if you’re desperate for a flex Inman’s upside is there for the taking.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings ($11)
The Vikings’ offense is obviously built around Adrian Peterson. Most weeks, the second-best RB in fantasy is all Minnesota needs, as evidenced by their 7-3 record. Every once and a while, however, Teddy Bridgewater is asked to throw the ball and get his receivers involved. Such was the case versus Green Bay in Week 11. Converting six of nine balls for 106 yards and one TD, Rudolph was the team’s most productive receiver. While his numbers the previous eight weeks had been sub-par, the big-bodied tight end has the potential to perform in back-to-back outings.

Facing a Falcons squad that was initially vulnerable against the run, it’s worth noting they haven’t surrendered a rushing TD to an RB since Week 6. Of course AP will continue to produce, but I’m not sure he’ll be Minnesota’s lone playmaker. Atlanta does boast the talents of CB Desmond Trufant, who has been shutting receivers down week in and week out. Across the middle, however, they’re pretty soft, allowing three scores to TEs in their past three contests. With four TDs on the season, Rudolph is currently the sixteenth best TE in fantasy. Assuming the Vikings are chasing points, the game script lends itself to Rudolph being heavily involved. Owned in forty-four, but started in just 14 percent of leagues, he’s a solid streaming option and rock-bottom value with a plus matchup in Week 12.

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Author: Liz Loza
Posted: November 27, 2015, 4:27 am

There is plenty of value at running back this week in Yahoo Daily Fantasy Football. Andy Behrens and Jason Klabacha run through each position to help you decide who to get in your lineup and who to fade. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

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Author: Yahoo Sports Staff
Posted: November 26, 2015, 3:09 pm

Okay, here are the Shuffle Up rules.

We are talking rest-of-season value. Everything to this point is an audition. If you want leaders to this point, you’ll find them elsewhere. If you want Week 12 rankings, click over here.

Today, we do quarterbacks, just quarterbacks. Next week, new position. 

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You’ll disagree with stuff because that’s why we have a game. Try to stay grounded and rational with your players, it’s one of the most important skills in your fantasy toolbox.

The prices are unscientific and just a way to compare the players. When players are at the same price, it means they are considered even. I do not compare prices with other shuffles, and I do every shuffle from scratch.

I will eventually add comment on many (perhaps most) players, but I do not promise a comment on everyone. For now, consider the prices. 

If you have a constructive piece of criticism, I’ll consider it. See something out of place? Offer some reasoning. I may alter the list between initial post and the end of Thursday.

And now we shuffle, shufflers...

$31 Cam Newton: Arm strength allows for some ridiculous throws from wonky platforms.
$30 Carson Palmer: Obscene amount of weapons at his disposal. 
$29 Tom Brady: Lewis and Edelman gone, and now Amendola dinged as well. 
$29 Drew Brees: A safe play for the volume. 
$29 Ben Roethlisberger: Might not be 100 percent, but offense is loaded. 
$28 Aaron Rodgers: How many receivers does he trust? 
$25 Andy Dalton
$23 Blake Bortles: They rarely score on the ground, which provides nifty floor. 
$22 *Tony Romo: We published before Thursday; Matt Cassel, $5.
$21 Matthew Stafford: He's played well since the Arizona beatdown. 
$20 Russell Wilson: More Tyler Lockett, please. 
$19 Matt Ryan: Two Carolina matchups still to come. 
$19 Derek Carr: Two hiccups in row knock him from Circle of Trust. 
$17 Eli Manning
$15 Jay Cutler: Take a bow, Adam Gase. 
$13 Jameis Winston: Making strides, though Philly dropped several picks last week. 
$12 Marcus Mariota: Can't wait to see him with a real coach, real weapons. 
$11 Ryan Tannehill: Now we know why he wasn't initially a QB in college. 
$11 Philip Rivers

Could anything else go wrong? His best wideout is done for the year. His star tight end is hobbled, maybe not even 50 percent. The offensive line is beaten up, putrid. The defense can't stop anyone. The lame-duck head coach is in a funk, too. I don't blame much if any of this mess on Rivers, but I sure can't trust him for the balance of 2015. 

$11 Brian Hoyer: Getting dragged by Hopkins; was consistent before Cincinnati game. 
$10 Ryan Fitzpatrick: All of a sudden, this offense riddled with problems. 
$7 Kirk Cousins: Rating right around league average; that's who he is. 
$7 Brock Osweiler: Gives Kubiak a chance to run full playbook. 
$7 Josh McCown: Has reasonable rapport with Barnidge and Benjamin. 
$6 Alex Smith: Just once, would like to see him make some risky throws. 
$6 Tyrod Taylor
$6 Teddy Bridgewater
$4 Sam Bradford: Kelly the GM sabotaging Kelly the head coach. 
$3 Blaine Gabbert: At least we don't have to watch Kaepernick anymore. 
$3 Matt Hasselbeck
$2 Matt Schaub: Was a turnover machine last we saw him. 
$2 Case Keenum
$2 Mark Sanchez
$1 Johnny Manziel
$1 Nick Foles: Played so poorly, Rams talked themselves into Keenum. 
$0 Peyton Manning: I'd be surprised if he took another snap this year. 

(No Rank: Andrew Luck. Believe if you want to.) 

Author: Scott Pianowski
Posted: November 26, 2015, 1:54 am

Let’s put a fantasy spin on the this week’s action by ranking the games in expected order of point-producing relevance using the over/under totals from Las Vegas, specifically as listed at VegasInsider.com. 

Note: Dollar values in parentheses denote a player's current week price in the Yahoo Daily Fantasy game. It is displayed for point of reference.

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The Fab Four

1. Saints at Texans, Sunday, 1 p.m., O/U 47.5: Should you worry about playing Drew Brees ($40) on the road? Since 2014, he’s averaging 21 points per game at home and 17.8 on the road. That’s still clearly playable on the road, however. Ryan Fitzpatrick would have had a pretty big day vs. this Texans if 1) Devin Smith could catch (he dropped a TD bomb) and 2) if he wasn’t playing the final minutes after seemingly suffering a head injury. So I would not run away from Brees and Brandin Cooks ($29) in this game. You obviously want to play all of your Texans in this matchup even though New Orleans has a new defensive coordinator. Same defense, of course.

2. Buccaneers at Colts, Sunday, 1 p.m., O/U 46.5: The Eagles’ defense was about average last week and Tampa Bay went nuts running and passing. The Colts are worse than Philly was in our most predictive metric (not that it’s THAT predictive in any one game), yards allowed per play (and this is about two/thirds a passing stat, which is perfect). I thought Jameis Winston ($28) was going to struggle due to his regression in college mostly. I was wrong. He is playing quite well for a rookie in passer rating and especially in yards per pass play and sack percentage. The Colts offense on the other hand is predictably struggling with Matt Hasselbeck ($25) at the controls and the receiver struggling the most is Donte Moncrief ($19), who can no longer be played with confidence.

3. Chargers at Jaguars, Sunday, 1 p.m., O/U 46.5: Blake Bortles ($39) is not a good quarterback and with the Chargers offense struggling I can see another low-scoring game like last week against the Titans. Bortles and Co. really need garbage time or at least a high-scoring pace. T.J. Yeldon ($28) is not getting the goal-line carries with any predictability and that’s a shame consider the Jaguars somehow are slightly above average in getting 3.2 red zone possessions per game. The Chargers defense is not terrible here either (3.4 allowed). As you would expect, the defensive groupings are tighter than the offensive ones because it’s offense that generally controls outcomes. So defenses have a much narrower range between best and worst.

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4. Giants at Redskins, Sunday, 1 p.m., O/U 46.5: The Giants are coming off their best game of the season, the Week 10 loss in New England. They handled the Redskins easily earlier this year at MetLife Stadium. The Giants defense surprised against the Patriots. Is that a sign of things to come with Jason Pierre-Paul back or was that more a sign of the Patriots suffering attrition due to offensive injuries? Washington is 20th in offensive points per game allowed (22.6), according to TeamRankings.com. The Giants are close behind (23.9) with the nightmare against the Saints weighing heavily. Play Giants and Redskins aggressively. 

Middle Ground

5. Vikings at Falcons, Sunday, 1 p.m., O/U 46: I don’t trust either of these offenses at the moment. Teddy Bridgewater ($24) and Matt Ryan ($29) have been fantasy disappointments. I know Adrian Peterson ($34) has produced well on the running back curve (where no one is really scoring). But there are a lot of empty yards here and not only does he not convert the long runs anymore at age 30 but he’s also 1-for-12 on runs inside the five (for a total of minus-2 yards). Julio Jones ($33) has remained effective but has just two TDs in his last seven games.

6. Steelers at Seahawks, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. O/U 45.5: Why is this total so low? The Seahawks are just an okay defense. I mean they gave up 13 to the 49ers, who average just under 14 per game. So don’t run away from this defense. This isn’t the great matchup of running backs we anticipated back in draft season: Thomas Rawls ($14) vs. DeAngelo Williams ($23).

7. Cardinals at 49ers, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., O/U 45: Arizona has the highest scoring offense in points per game and is also best in yards per play but will the 49ers dumb this game down with their old-school attack? Carson Palmer ($39) is turning into Drew Brees in posting good numbers in a way that doesn’t reliably predict viable fantasy wideouts. Michael Floyd ($23) seemed to be emerging at the expense of Larry Fitzgerald ($31, two TDs and one 100-yard game in his last seven), but Floyd has the dreaded hamstring injury.

8. Patriots at Broncos, Sunday, 8:30 p.m., O/U 44: Deion Branch may have to come out of retirement for this game, given the Patriots depleted receiving corps. What’s up with Rob Gronkowski ($28)? He’s caught more than five passes in three games this year. He’s being kept in to block on 13.3 percent of snaps this year and even more frequently of late (16 percent the last four weeks) due to injuries throughout the offensive line. This doesn’t really explain things though, since he was about 11 percent last year. Thanks to ProFootballFocus for those blocking stats.

9. Raiders at Titans, Sunday, 1 p.m., O/U 44: Derek Carr ($33) was pitiful against the Lions but just forget about that game. Tennessee ranks 19th in the most important stat for assessing pass defense, yards allowed per pass play. Make sure you get Amari Cooper ($28) in the game too, since the Raiders have made a point about correcting his low target allotment last week. 

Defensive battles

10. Dolphins at Jets, Sunday, 1 p.m., O/U 42.5: As many of you who follow me on Twitter know, I’m a Jets fan. I also like ($31) Chris Ivory’s running style. But the man has predictably broken down with a variety of injuries because the Jets decided to make him a bell cow instead of a committee member. We, like the Jets, greedily wanted that then, but are paying for it now. Ivory’s burst has disappeared.

11. Rams at Bengals, Sunday, 1 p.m, O/U 42:  The Bengals are second and the Rams fourth in offensive points allowed per game (17.4 and 17.7 respectively). The Rams are just a horror show with their 1970s passing game (173.9 yards per game). You can argue that this is hurting Todd Gurley ($34) but finding a statistical proof of any connection between running and passing effectiveness has proven futile. The Bengals rush defense is poor in general (27th in yards allowed per rush) overall, but somehow has yielded only three rushing TDs. Bet on the bigger sample (yards/attempt).

12. Ravens at Browns, Monday, 8:30 p.m., O/U 41: This game could give us points. Everyone is laughing at Matt Schaub ($23) but he’s 34 and has been an effective player. It would be very unusual for him to just lose all of his skills at this age. I like Javorius “Buck” Allen ($17) a lot in this game and overall because he is big and can catch. 

13. Bills at Chiefs, Sunday, 1 p.m., O/U 41: Tyrod Taylor ($27) is hurt and so we’ll give him a pass but he’s just not good. He can’t make even simple throws. I like the under here a lot and thus no players on either side should be played with any confidence. Yeah, that includes LeSean McCoy ($27), who is being killed by the Bills going three and out a league worst 28.6 percent of possessions (the Vikings, shockingly, are best at 12.4 percent).

Author: Michael Salfino
Posted: November 25, 2015, 10:53 pm

What's the perfect complement to Thanksgiving feasts? Why football, of course. Andy Behrens and Jason Klabacha open with the latest on the Seattle backfield situation with Marshawn Lynch out for what could be the rest of the fantasy season and then our duo dives into the three Thanksgiving games. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

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Author: Yahoo Sports Staff
Posted: November 25, 2015, 7:45 pm

If you're debating on your Week 12 lineup for Daily Fantasy Football, we're here to help. Our six experts put together their lineups for this week based off a $200 budget.

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Author: Yahoo Sports Staff
Posted: November 25, 2015, 1:36 pm

Week 11’s winner of the “NFL $350K Baller” contest put up 165.14 points, which was enough to take home the $50,000 prize during a low-scoring week. It was hardly a perfect lineup, as Charcandrick West left early with an injury, and Rob Gronkowski produced just 4.70 points despite being the most expensive tight end.

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Cam Newton threw for 246 yards and five touchdowns, as he was the No. 1 scoring quarterback this week and continues to keep his name in the MVP race. Demaryius Thomas entered with just one TD on the year while seeing 103 targets but scored immediately Sunday thanks in part to Brock Osweiler taking over as Denver’s QB.

Meanwhile, DeAndre Hopkins was owned by just 3% of teams in the tournament, which makes sense considering he had missed practice earlier in the week with a knee injury, had a backup quarterback (T.J. Yates) throwing to him and was likely going to be shadowed by Darrelle Revis. Hopkins nevertheless ended up having a big game, securing 5-of-12 targets for 118 yards and two touchdowns. He was the top scoring wide receiver in Week 11, and with J.J. Nelson, James Jones and Tyler Lockett three others in the top five, Hopkins was a true difference maker in a week that didn’t see many big performances from stars at the position.

The winning entry had Thomas Rawls to thank most of all, as the undrafted rookie back was the overall top scorer of the week. He was owned by just 2.9% of teams, as news of Marshawn Lynch being inactive didn’t break until late afternoon Sunday. Rawls, who was just $10, totaled 255 yards and hit paydirt twice. He’ll be a clear RB1 for fantasy owners as long as Lynch is sidelined. Rawls remains an affordable $14 in Week 12, making him an attractive play even against a Steelers defense that’s been tough against the run.

Danny Amendola became the second player on the winning entry’s squad to exit early with an injury this week, but he did enough damage beforehand (16.20 points) to help secure the victory Monday night. In a weird week with few stars shining, the winner was able to shake off injuries and a few misses (three players scored less than a dozen points) to take home the prize. It helped having the No. 1 scoring quarterback, running back and wide receiver, as it was more of a top-heavy lineup than a well-rounded one that prevailed in this contest.

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Author: Dalton Del Don
Posted: November 24, 2015, 7:17 pm

Each week the Noise highlights 10 somewhat un-obvious names whom he believes are destined to implode leave egg on his face. To qualify, each player must be started in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here (Thresholds – QB: 18 fpts, RB: 13 fpts, WR: 11 fpts, TE: 10 fpts). If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 12 Lames in the comments section below.

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Matt Ryan, Atl, QB (61 percent started, $29 in Yahoo DFS)
Matchup: vs. Min
Tofu turkey. In fantasy terms, that's Ryan. Though he's been relatively useful this season, the decorated passer hasn't exactly blown the doors off statistically. He has completed a commendable 65.5 percent of his attempts and is on pace to establish a new career high in season pass yards (4,771), but, due to Devonta Freeman's emergence, he's registered a multi-TD performance in five of 10 starts. Unsurprisingly, his 17.5 fantasy points per game in Yahoo default ranks No. 20, behind such goliaths as Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and Mr. Average Russell Wilson. When you have arguably the best receiver in the NFL to throw to (Julio Jones), Ryan's lack of fantasy substance is rather astonishing. Don't expect him to veer away from mediocrity in Week 12. Yes, Freeman, who is in post-concussion protocol, is a major question mark, but it's unlikely Kyle Shanahan will stray from a balanced attack. Rookie Tevin Coleman, a flashy, fleet-footed back, is more than capable of shouldering the load. Fire hydrant, Terron Ward, will also be worked in. The matchup is also unappealing. Though Xavier Rhodes is exploitable, DBs Terrance Newman and Captain Munnerlyn have defended brilliantly. Collectively, the Vikes have allowed a mere 6.83 pass yards per attempt and the fifth-fewest fantasy points to QBs. Philip Rivers, Derek Carr and Aaron Rodgers are three big-named QBs who failed to cross the 20-point line against them. With the bye weeks in the books, Ryan is simply a middling option in Week 12. Give me Jay Cutler (at GB), Mariota (vs. Oak) and Brian Hoyer (vs. NO) over him. 

Fearless Forecast: 276 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions, 13.0 fantasy points

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LeSean McCoy, Buf, RB (82 percent started, $27)
Matchup: at KC
Admittedly this is a very TEAM HUEVOS pick. Over the past couple weeks, the now healthy McCoy has regained the cut-on-a-dime moves that elevated him to megastar status in Philadelphia. Tossing Karlos Williams aside, the veteran has totaled 5.6 yards per carry, 133.7 combined yards per game and two touchdowns in his past three games, a top-five output. Another 15-20 touches are on the docket, but I'm not convinced Shady will sizzle on the road. Arrowhead is one of the more difficult environments in the NFL. The Chiefs, egged on by the deafening home crowd, routinely stonewall opponents. On the year, RBs are performing 23.9 percent below the league average against them. Statistically speaking, they've surrendered 3.79 yards per carry, six touchdowns and only three 12-plus fantasy point rushers. Most discouraging for McCoy, they've defended the short-field brilliantly. Giving up the second fewest receptions per game to RBs (3.3), Derrick Johnson (44.1 QB rating allowed) and friends have consistently thwarted easy dump-offs and swings. McCoy should post noteworthy yardage, but the unfavorable matchup alone suggests to fade in GPPs. 

Fearless Forecast: 18 attempts, 74 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 15 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 10.4 fantasy points 

Matt Forte, Chi, RB (29* percent started, $29)
Matchup: at GB
Fending off riled up soccer moms for buy-one, get-one scented candles Thanksgiving Night will be a more pleasurable experience than watching Forte scuffle in Green Bay. Owners chomping at the bit to reinsert their first-round pick into starting lineups need to temper expectations. His extended layoff combined with Jeremy Langford's sudden ascension imply a minimized workload. Roughly 14-16 touches instead of the usual 20-plus workload is entirely possible for the veteran. Just last week Forte himself said he was open to splitting carries with the rookie. With a playoff berth still attainable, John Fox would be wise to establish a one-two punch, giving Langford some 10-12 touches per game many of those presumably coming in the red zone. If that scenario plays out, the incumbent should be considered more back-end RB2 material. The matchup, too, also warrants such a designation. The Packers, flattened not long ago by opposing rushers, have reversed course. Over the past three weeks, they've conceded only 2.69 yards per carry to RBs. Last week, Adrian Peterson crawled his way to 45 ground yards against them. Throw in Brett Favre's celebration, and no Bear is a safe start at Lambeau. 

*Yes, below the required threshold, but if deemed ready, that number is sure to land in 60-70% range.

Fearless Forecast: 13 carries, 52 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 13 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 8.0 fantasy points 

Dez Bryant, Dal, WR (92 percent started, $30)
Matchup: vs. Car
Rejoice Cowboys fans. The Romo-to-Bryant reconnection last week in Miami not only triggered salivary glands in the greater Dallas area, it also renewed playoff hope. In the punchline that is the NFC East, the 'Boys are still mathematically alive. Somehow upend the unblemished Panthers on Thanksgiving and things get very, very interesting. Though a W is entirely plausible, I'm not banking on Bryant to tote the torch for Dallas. His toe-to-toe battle with corner Josh Norman will be akin to Godzilla vs. Mothra. The blows exchanged should keep anyone from slipping into a post-turkey coma. However, the lanky corner should get the best of Dez. Targeted 58 times this season, Pro Football Focus' top-rated cover man has allowed only 29 receptions (50.0 catch%), 8.6 yards per catch, one touchdown and a 38.7 QB rating. The guy is white-on-rice. Overall, the Panthers have conceded the fifth-fewest fantasy points to WRs. Bryant will be shifted around to take advantage of matchups, but unless those no-Norman opportunities are seized, he could greatly underwhelm, paving the way for Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley or Jason Witten to rise to the occasion. 

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 63 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 8.8 fantasy points 

Stefon Diggs, Min, WR (50 percent started, $22)
Matchup: at Atl
At Vikings HQ, superlatives about the rookie receiver have been tossed around frequently. He's drawn comparisons to three-time Pro Bowl selection Henry Ellard and Antonio Brown, esteemed company. Diggs stormed out of the gates Weeks 4-8 totaling 25 catches for 419 yards and two touchdowns equal to the eight-best WR line during that stretch. But as it always is the case in a film-crunching league, defenses have made adjustments since. Over his past three games, he's accounted for an uninspiring 5.5 fantasy points per game, which ranks No. 63 among WRs. Undoubtedly, the kid's ceiling is astronomical. His clean routes, dependable hands and plus frame arrow to noteworthy numbers down the road. However, Teddy Bridgewater's stalled development and given the conservative nature of Minnesota's scheme, inconsistency will continue to reign supreme. This week in Atlanta, another sour effort is likely. The Falcons secondary doesn't get enough respect. Robert Alford (47.8 catch% allowed) and Desmond Trufant (51.5) have routinely hogtied top targets. Brandin Cooks, Mike Evans and T.Y. Hilton all failed to crack 50 yards against them. In all, the Falcons have surrendered the second-fewest fantasy points to WRs. Purchase the rookie at a pricey $22 in our daily game and chances are you'll Diggs a DFS grave. 

Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 45 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 6.5 fantasy points 


Each week one fortunate guest prognosticator will have a chance to silence the Noise. Following the rules stated above, participants are asked to submit their "Flames" (1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 D/ST) by midnight PT Tuesdays via Twitter @YahooNoise. How large are your stones?

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— Max Yedid (@MaxYedid) November 24, 2015

Reader Record: 40-38

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Author: Brad Evans
Posted: November 24, 2015, 6:33 pm

 Every week the Noise highlights 12-13 somewhat obscure, un-obvious names who he believes are destined to torch the competition. To qualify, each player must be started in fewer than 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here (Thresholds – QB: 18 fpts, RB: 13 fpts, WR: 11 fpts: TE: 10 fpts). If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 12 Flames in the comments section below.

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Matthew Stafford, Det, QB (47 percent started, $32 in Yahoo Daily)
Matchup: vs. Phi
Family, parades, turkey, gravy, twice-baked potatoes, stuffing and Stafford fantasy smack-downs. These are Thanksgiving Day traditions. In his past three holiday feasts, "Country Jay Cutler" has carved up the competition averaging a gaudy 387 passing yards while totaling a 7:2 TD:INT split. More comfortable over the past couple weeks working in Jim Bob Cooter's aggressive vertical scheme, the passer has made strides in his reads, progressions and overall execution. Against Green Bay and Oakland he completed 63 percent of his attempts, totaled 556 yards and notched three touchdowns (one rush) to one interception. Most importantly, the Lions offensive line has offered more rigid protection, evidenced in his 33.8 pressure percentage since Week 10. His third game under Cooter should be his finest to date. Last week against Tampa, the Eagles resembled cooked geese. Jameis Winston humiliated them to the tune of 246 yards and five touchdowns. But the Buc isn't the only signal-caller to tee off on Philly. Over the past three weeks, the very brotherly defense has surrendered 7.41 yards per attempt, 254.3 yards per game and 10 TDs. Blame CB Nolan Carroll, who's allowed a 63.2 catch percentage, 127.4 QB rating and four TDs over that stretch. The Lions typically play inspired ball on Turkey Day. Bank on Stafford loading up your plate with points. 

Fearless Forecast: 321 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 8 rushing yards, 24.6 fantasy points

Thomas Rawls, Sea, RB (19 percent started, $14)
Matchup: vs. Pit
The undrafted rookie, similar to other overlooked rushers Arian Foster, Fred Jackson and Priest Holmes before him, is the next great out-of-nowhere fantasy star. When thrust into the lead role, Rawls has proven to be a showstopper displaying terrific cutback skills, sharp vision, explosiveness and useful hands. He's generated 6.0 yards per carry and forced a missed tackle on nearly 15 percent of his attempts, an output similar to stealthy Falcon Devonta Freeman. With Marshawn Lynch possibly slated to undergo hernia surgery, Rawls could be the featured rusher rest of season, a role he's thrived in when called upon. In three of four games with at least 15 touches, he's reached triple-digits in yardage, including his supernatural 255 total yard, 2-TD destruction of San Francisco last week. Pittsburgh is a viable opponent. The Steelers check in at No. 2 in fewest fantasy points allowed to RBs, giving up 3.92 yards per carry, 80.3 rush yards per game and only two TDs to the position. Still, the 'Hawks offensive line, though unyielding in pass protection, has routinely mauled opponents in the trenches, indicative in their No. 9 rank in run-blocking according to Football Outsiders. On a likely 20-plus touch volume, Rawls skewers the Steelers. 

Fearless Forecast: 20 carries, 102 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 20 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 19.7 fantasy points

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Alfred Blue, Hou, RB (15 percent started, $16)
Matchup: vs. NO
Whenever an opposing offensive player sees New Orleans on the calendar one can only assume they do a Drew Stanton jig. Chunk from "Goonies" could Truffle Shuffle his way to 100 yards and a TD versus the Saints. Brown-paper bags on fan heads are long overdue for the Fleur de lis, to say the least. On the year, RBs are performing 27.6 percent above the league average against 'Nawlins. It has yielded a staggering 5.05 yards per carry, 184.6 total yards per game and nine TDs to tugboats. In total, nine RBs have earned their "Flame" card against it. There's nothing special about Blue. He's a no nonsense downhill runner who breaks the occasional tackle (59.4 YAC%), but rarely makes guys whiff (9.3 MT%). Still with Arian Foster no longer in the picture and Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk nothing more than bit players, Blue is Bill O'Brien's top dog. Over the past three weeks, he's compiled a 52.2 snap percentage and netted 18.7 touches per game. Assuming the sophomore rusher tallies a similar workload, he should work up a lather in a hurry. With or without Brian Hoyer, the surging Texans are sure to pound New Orleans into oblivion. Expect Blue to rumble to his third career 100-yard game and into the RB1 ranks. 

Fearless Forecast: 19 carries, 104 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 13 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 19.2 fantasy points

Eddie Lacy, GB, RB (38 percent started, $14)
Matchup: vs. Chi
After trudging his way through the first 10 weeks of the season, Lacy, ran as though a beautifully browned bird plated with all the trimmings and trappings awaited him in the end zone last week in Minnesota. Resembling the runaway beer truck of last year, the rusher willed his way to a season-best 100 yards on 22 carries. In total, he gained 76 of his yards after contact. Though James Starks will remain in the mix, Lacy's rebound effort signals his return to the top of the depth chart. Mike McCarthy, who commented last week how light and nimble No. 27 looked in practice, appears to have renewed faith in Lacy, a belief that should lead to the rusher to log some 15-20 carries Thursday night. At this point last year, the Bears were in disrepair defensively. Physically battered and largely unmotivated, Chicago was trounced weekly. Though it's improved in several categories, opposing rushers are still getting the best of the Bears. They've surrendered 103.2 rushing yards per game to RBs, the eighth-highest mark in the league. With that in mind and weighing Aaron Rodgers' storied history against the arch-rival, Lacy should bulldoze his way to a second-consecutive triple-digit total. He's played unbearably for much of the season, but the rolling cheddar wheel, unlike Jeremy Hill, has regained this writer's trust. He's a door-buster deal at $14 in Yahoo DFS.

Fearless Forecast: 20 carries, 101 rushing yards, 1 reception, 6 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 17.2 fantasy points

Dwayne Harris, NYG, WR (2 percent started, $16)
Matchup: at Was
Pull the lever on New York's slot machine in deeper leagues and chances are you could score a jackpot. Harris has filled the void left by former Pro Bowler Victor Cruz adequately. Establishing a solid chemistry with Eli Manning of late, he's ventured into WR3 territory. Over his past three clashes, he's enticed 19 targets catching 10 passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns. He won't turn the fantasy world on its ear, but a serviceable, top-36 line is achievable in Week 11. Early in the year, Washington showcased a respectable defense. Three quarterbacks failed to cross the 15-fantasy point line in its first five games. However, it's reversed course since. Over their past five games, eight wideouts have reached double-digit points versus the 'Skins. Digging deeper, slot corner Will Blackmon has allowed a 14.9 yards per catch and 95.7 QB rating to his assignments. Odell Beckham and Rueben Randle went berserk in the first matchup. Both are strong plays in the follow-up, but Harris, too, will be heard.  

Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 58 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 13.8 fantasy points 

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Josh McCown Cle, QB (1 percent started, $20)
Matchup: vs. Bal
Oh Johnny Football. You simply can't retire the beer bong. Just when everything was breaking your way, you decide to channel your inner Diddy and blow a GOLDEN opportunity. ... On Tuesday, Mike Pettine benched Manziel after a new video showing the QB partying during the Browns' bye week surfaced. McCown, the floor is again yours. Trust the starter-turned-backup-turned-starter Monday, and you could score some serious DFS cash. No organization has endured more bad luck than Baltimore. Steve Smith, Justin Forsett , Terrell Suggs and Joe Flacco, who all suffered catastrophic injuries, are done for 2015. Equally disheartening, the Ravens' once frightening defense scares no one, particularly quarterbacks. DBs Jimmy Smith, Shareece Wright, LaDarius Webb and Kyle Arrington combined have allowed a 117.7 QB rating to the opposition. Overall, six slingers have scored at least 19 fantasy points against Baltimore, including McCown who clotheslined it for 457-2-12-1 in the first matchup Week 5. Given the favorable opponent and McCown's previous success, he's a top-15 play and preferred investment for those DFS players who typically go cheap at QB. 

Fearless Forecast (If he starts): 282 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 23 rushing yards, 20.5 fantasy points


Each week one fortunate guest prognosticator will have a chance to silence the Noise. Following the rules stated above, participants are asked to submit their "Flames" (1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 D/ST) by midnight PT Tuesdays via Twitter @YahooNoise. How large are your stones?

@YahooNoise Cousins, Duke Johnson, Bradshaw, Stevie Johnson, Givens, Fleener, Ravens

— blue mustard (@ralphywiggum2) November 24, 2015

Reader Record: 31-53

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Author: Brad Evans
Posted: November 24, 2015, 4:56 pm

On today's thankful program, Brad Evans and Dalton Del Don share their wisdom on Matt Forte and what owners should realistically expect in his first game back. We also discussed takeaways from Monday night's referee fumble in Foxboro, how gamers should prioritize hot waiver commodities Buck Allen, Thomas Rawls and Spencer Ware and declared whether owners should believe or make believe in the Eddie Lacy/Jeremy Hill resurgences.

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Author: Brad Evans
Posted: November 24, 2015, 3:55 pm

With just two weeks remaining in regular seasons for most fantasy leagues, it’s truly put up or shut up time. Many an owner’s playoff dreams were likely crushed in Week 11, and the players in this week’s All-Bust lineup were responsible for more than a few of them.

Notes: Each week’s entries are determined by calculating the difference between the projected Yahoo point totals and the actual outputs of each player. PointAfter visualizations illustrate the players with the worst sums. All projected point totals were pulled Sunday morning from Yahoo’s standard scoring system.

[Week 11's perfect fantasy lineup: Top scorers at each position]

QB: Derek Carr, Raiders

Projected points (position rank): 22.4 (2nd)

Actual points (position rank): 7.6 (26th)

Carr had averaged 24.9 points in four games since Oakland’s bye week coming into Week 11. Detroit’s pass defense, meanwhile, had given up the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Sunday seemed like the perfect opportunity for the second-year quarterback to cement his status as a QB1.

Instead, Carr barely completed half of his attempts (13-for-25) for 169 yards, and had his first scoreless outing since Week 1.

It was a wholly discouraging performance from Carr and a backbreaking loss for Oakland, whose playoff chances are now thin. Still, Carr has built up enough trust in 2015 to warrant a start next week when the Raiders face Tennessee.

RB1: DeMarco Murray, Eagles

Projected points: 16.4 (4th)

Actual points: 7.1 (29th)

Murray certainly wasn’t awful, but the three tailbacks who underperformed their projections worse (Devonta Freeman, Chacandrick West, Justin Forsett) all suffered injuries that precluded them from the All-Bust lineup.

In a game against Tampa Bay that suddenly turned into a 45-17 blowout, Murray’s chances were limited (13 carries, 64 yards). It must feel like a missed opportunity for Murray’s owners given the absence of Ryan Mathews (groin). The Eagles’ rushing offense has seen improvement such an early-season swoon, but it must bother Murray a little that the Cowboys have averaged more rushing yards than his new team without him.

RB2: Chris Ivory, Jets

Projected points: 12.8 (12th)

Actual points: 4.5 (39th)

Ivory’s role in New York’s offense was noticeably subdued, as his eight carries were six less than his previous season low.

He was productive when he got the ball (4.5 yards per carry), but coach Todd Bowles might have limited his touches to prevent his bellcow from tiring out during the second half of the season. Ivory’s taking on a much larger load than he ever has before in the NFL, and he’s averaged just 43.8 yards over the last five weeks.

WR1: Amari Cooper, Raiders

Projected points: 10.9 (10th)

Actual points: 0.4 (92nd)

Derek Carr will shoulder his share of the blame for the Raiders’ third straight loss since jumping into the AFC playoff picture. But Cooper turned in an even worse performance than his quarterback did against Detroit.

The rookie had easily the worst game of his young professional career, committing two drops and catching just one of his four targets in Oakland’s 18-13 loss to the Lions. Cooper now has 10 dropped passes on the season, second only to Mike Evans.

WR2: Tavon Austin, Rams

Projected points: 8.8 (22nd)

Actual points: 0.1 (94th)

Wes Welker’s presence has not been beneficial for Austin, who has just seven touches in the two games since Welker signed with St. Louis.

Austin was second in targets to Jared Cook against Baltimore, but he’s only caught 3-of-9 targets in the last two weeks, and lost a fumble on Sunday. He’s quickly gone from being a sneaky flex option to unplayable, especially with tough matchups against Cincinnati and Arizona looming.

TE: Antonio Gates, Chargers

Projected points: 8.8 (4th)

Actual points: 0.6 (46th)

It was an all-around horrible week for tight ends. Of the top 12 projected tight ends who played Sunday, only two (Greg Olsen and Tyler Eifert) topped five points. Eric Ebron even logged a goose egg, which was doubly frustrating for his fantasy owners since he dropped a pass in the end zone.

But no one underperformed his projection more than Gates, who only mustered one catch for six yards in San Diego’s embarrassing 33-3 home defeat to Kansas City. The veteran was expected to get a lot of love from Philip Rivers with Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd injured, but Gates was targeted less than Stevie Johnson, Dontrelle Inman and Javontee Herndon, a rookie with one career reception coming into the game.

Gates is still averaging more receptions per game than he has since 2005, and is tied with Danny Woodhead for the team lead in red zone targets (eight). If the Chargers can snap out of their offensive funk next week against Jacksonville, Gates will likely be a part of the resurgence.

FLEX: Matt Jones, Redskins

Projected points: 7.1 (30th)

Actual points: -0.8 (75th)

Jones was the worst running back you could have possibly slotted into your lineup this week. He netted zero yards on five carries and lost a fumble during the second quarter. His only production was gaining 12 yards on two catches.

Jones’ issues, along with Carolina’s massive lead, opened the door for third-down back Chris Thompson to assume more backfield duties than usual. The only thing that likely kept Jones from being benched was Alfred Morris’ rib injury. Despite Jones’ awful showing in Washington’s 44-16 loss, he’d still be the obvious candidate to benefit from a prolonged absence from Morris.

D/ST: Philadelphia Eagles

Projected points: 9.0 (4th)

Actual points: -1.0 (28th)

The Eagles’ defense was flat-out dominated in every aspect by Tampa Bay, giving up 45 points to a team that had mustered just 10 against Dallas a week ago. It was a stunning development, especially for a unit that hadn’t previously allowed more than 27 points this season.

Jameis Winston threw for five touchdowns, adding more evidence to the growing belief that his turnover-prone start to the season (seven interceptions through Week 4, two in his last six games) was no omen of his true potential. Meanwhile, Doug Martin (27 carries, 235 yards) gashed Philadelphia’s highly regarded run defense, allowing Tampa Bay to dominate ball possession until the game was well in hand.

Kicker: Blair Walsh, Vikings

Projected points: 8.2 (T-12th)

Actual points: 1.0 (T-27th)

Walsh snapped his streak of 15 consecutive field goals last week, but he was still a top-five kicker who had averaged 13 points over his previous five games coming into Sunday.

That productive run ended with a thud, along with all of Minnesota’s NFC North momentum in the team’s humbling 30-13 home loss to Green Bay. Walsh missed an extra point with the Vikings down 19-13 late in the third quarter, a mistake that was magnified when the Packers scored and converted a two-point attempt on the ensuing possession to stake out a 14-point lead. That deficit proved insurmountable for Minnesota, as Walsh never got another chance to add to his measly one-point output.

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Author: Will Laws, PointAfter
Posted: November 24, 2015, 6:19 am

Each week, we identify six players to target on fantasy waiver wires, plus a lightly owned team defense. These fantasy assets are all available in a majority of Yahoo leagues.

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Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks, 32 percent owned

If you've patiently held Rawls all season, either as a handcuff or a lottery ticket, we salute you. Go ahead and take an early victory lap. You've earned it. Talk whatever smack needs to be talked. We should maybe create a special Toyota fantasy medal for all the Rawls stashers, too. The kid was tremendous in Sunday's home win over the Niners, accounting for 255 yards from scrimmage on a whopping 33 touches. Check the highlights here. Rawls was a terror, running uncommon power and aggression, like a Beast Mode replicant. He's clearly a candidate to remain Seattle's featured runner beyond 2015.

With Marshawn Lynch's rest-of-season availability very much in doubt ...

If Dr. Meyers confirms Marshawn Lynch has a sports hernia, as feared, surgery comes quickly. He could be out the rest of the regular season

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... Rawls is, without question, this week's priority fantasy add. This is a spend-it-all FAAB situation. If Rawls is still available in your league, do whatever you can to snag him. He's in line to serve as the workhorse back for a team that never stops running, plus he gets a home date with the NFL's worst run D during the fantasy playoffs (Cleveland, Week 15).

FAAB bid: All of it.

Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens, 8 percent

Javorius Allen. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Six games remain on the schedule for Baltimore, and the Ravens have already lost their franchise quarterback (ACL), their featured running back (broken arm), their No. 1 receiver (Achilles), best pass rusher (Achilles) and their first-round draft choice (knee) to season-ending injuries. So things have not exactly gone according to script. With Justin Forsett removed from the backfield mix, rookie fourth-rounder Javorius Allen is in line to receive all the work he can possibly handle. Allen delivered 115 scrimmage yards on 27 touches in relief of Forsett on Sunday, with five receptions included. He accounted for nearly 2,000 total yards at USC last year, too.

Allen isn't the flashiest runner — he averages 3.9 YPC on 64 attempts — but he won't lack for touches. Baltimore figures to lean on its ground game whenever possible, now that Matt Schaub is at the controls of the offense. (*shudder*) We can't promise huge fantasy returns from Allen (nor from the Ravens' offense generally), but volume shouldn't be a concern. He'll face the NFL's two most generous run defense over the next two weeks (Cleveland and Miami), so the upcoming match-ups are certainly friendly.

FAAB bid: $33 ($100 budget).

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis Colts, 6 percent

Frank Gore limped away from Week 11 with a knee/quad issue of as-yet-unknown severity, so Bradshaw definitely picked a good time to deliver his best game of the season. Bradshaw gained 52 total yards on 13 touches on Sunday against Atlanta, adding two short-range receiving touchdowns. He may potentially serve as Indy's featured runner in Week 12 against the Bucs, and he's obviously carved out a rest-of-season role as a rotational back, trusted with inside-the-10 touches. Bradshaw is back in the flex discussion, no doubt.

FAAB bid: $16

Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs, 6 percent

Spencer Ware. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

After Rawls, Spencer Ware was probably the second most impressive runner among all the handcuff backs who blew up on Sunday — and Ware, we should note, is actually the handcuff's handcuff. His surge began when Charcandrick West was sidelined by a hamstring issue. Ware rushed for 96 yards and two spikes on just 11 carries against the Chargers, displaying the power you'd expect from a 230-pound back, as well as surprising shiftiness. He carried defenders when necessary, plus he did impressive stuff like this

West is reportedly day-to-day, so he can't yet be ruled out for Week 12 against the Bills. But even if West is available next Sunday, it seems likely that Ware will see an uptick in carries. Sure, he did most of his Week 11 damage in the closing minutes against a lousy run D, but he more than passed the eye test. Keep him in your plans, if Rawls and/or Allen are unavailable.

FAAB bid: $14

Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles, 1 percent

Celek has delivered back-to-back useful fantasy lines, catching 11 balls for 213 yards over the past two weeks. Zach Ertz suffered a concussion on Sunday (on a terrifying play), and it's unlikely he'll clear the protocol in time for Thursday's trip to Detroit. As a result, Celek should see an increase in targets, which of course gives him a value bump in our game. The Lions defense has allowed the ninth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season, and the third most receiving TDs (8). If you're looking for a low-cost share of the Thanksgiving action, Celek might just be your best bet.

FAAB bid: $4

Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers, 34 percent

Devin Funchess. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Funchess surge continued on Sunday, as the rookie caught four passes for 64 yards and one score on eight targets. He drew the start for Carolina, played roughly 80 percent of the offensive snaps, and made highlight grabs like this one. It won't always be clinic with Funchess, but he has ideal size (6-foot-4, 225) and he's earning Cam Newton's trust and attention. The Panthers have match-ups remaining with both the Giants and Saints, defenses that rank last and next-to-last against the pass.

FAAB bid: $14

Cleveland Browns defense, 6 percent

OK, perhaps the Browns defense is never the answer. If that's your opinion ... well, we get it. That's really not such a bad guiding principle for fantasy owners. But please note that Cleveland is coming off a bye and preparing to face what's left of the Ravens offense, which isn't much (see above). Matt Schaub will get the start at QB for Baltimore, and he, of course, has been a carnival ride of turnovers, pick-sixes and general hilarity in recent seasons. It's tough to believe the Browns won't collect an interception or two (or four) on Monday night.

FAAB bid: $1

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Author: Andy Behrens
Posted: November 23, 2015, 8:27 pm

Another Sunday, another day of NFL carnage — and of understudies stepping up. How excited should we be about Seattle running back Thomas Rawls? What do we make of Javorius Allen taking over the Baltimore backfield, or Spencer Ware getting a shot in KC? Is that all you got for us, Tevin Coleman? Have Eddie Lacy and the Packers finally turned the corner? Have things completely fallen apart in Philadelphia and San Diego? Is Brock Osweiler the long-term answer for the Broncos? 

Thanksgiving is closing in and the fantasy playoffs are just around the corner. We have many key things to discuss. Come spend 90 minutes with Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski, they won’t let you down. Bring your playbook and your notebook, please. 

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Author: Scott Pianowski
Posted: November 23, 2015, 5:26 pm

By Benjamin Zweiman
RotoWire Basketball Writer

Monday offers seven games with a couple of superstars to keep an eye on. LeBron James has a soft matchup at home against the Magic, while Russell Westbrook will play the second game of a back-to-back on the road against a stout Jazz defense. Westbrook may get some reinforcement, though, as Kevin Durant (hamstring) could return, so be sure to monitor his status carefully considering the 9 p.m. ET start.

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Rajon Rondo, SAC at CHA ($31) - Outside of Westbrook, there isn't a hotter fantasy point guard in the NBA than Rondo. He's posted three triple-doubles in his last six contests and came a rebound shy of a fourth Thursday against the Heat. Rondo has double-digit assists in six of his last seven games and while he isn't known for his three-point shooting, he's hit five treys in his last two outings. He isn't consistently putting up 60-plus fantasy points like Westbrook, but Rondo comes $25 cheaper and should have an easy time against the Hornets.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, DET at MIL ($20) - KCP shot the ball very well from distance in Saturday's loss to the Wizards, draining four of seven three-pointers. The Bucks are one of the worst defensive teams in the league, ranking 26th in opponent three-point shooting percentage (.372). Caldwell-Pope hasn't really exploded this season, but he'll have a good shot Monday with the over/under likely to be high for this contest. If he chips in a few steals and assists to go with a handful of triples, the Pistons' young sharpshooter will provide a nice contrarian play in GPPs.

Guard to Avoid:

Victor Oladipo, ORL at CLE ($36) - Dipo was benched in the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to the Kings and has scored a combined 15 points in his last three games. In addition to the benching, he also just returned from a brief absence due to a concussion and gets a rough matchup on the road against the Cavaliers. Oladipo's price is still pretty high considering he normally contributes in multiple categories, but all these red flags lately make him an easy fade candidate Monday.


DeMarcus Cousins, SAC at CHA ($49) - Boogie has been on a tear lately with four straight double-doubles, plus he faces a Hornets squad that allows a ton of points to power forwards in Yahoo DFS scoring. Cousins' three-point shooting has picked up as well, and he dished out a season-high six assists against the Magic on Saturday. If you're going to spend big on any superstars Monday, opt for Cousins over the likes of LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony -- especially in cash games.

Kevin Love, CLE vs. ORL ($35) - Love is starting to hit his stride with 20-plus points in three of his last four games with three double-doubles. He's also been a much better player at home this season, averaging 19.7 points and 13.3 rebounds per game while hitting 35 percent of his three-pointers. The Magic just got torched by the guy above, so Love shouldn't have too much trouble posting a similar stat line to Cousins, plus he's a bit cheaper if you're looking to save a bit of salary.

Forward to Avoid:

Serge Ibaka, OKC at UTA ($31) - Ibaka is trending down, scoring just 14 points with eight rebounds over his last two games. There's a chance the Thunder get Kevin Durant back, which will only limit Ibaka's offensive touches and number of rebounds. Ibaka should have a tough time hanging with Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert in the paint and there are way more appealing options at PF such as Kristaps Porzingis ($28) and even Ersan Ilyasova ($16).


Tristan Thompson, CLE vs. ORL ($20) - With Timofey Mozgov sidelined with a shoulder injury, Thompson made his first start of the season Saturday and got a huge fantasy boost. He posted season highs in both minutes (40), rebounds (16) and assists (5). Orlando is prone to getting worked on the glass on most nights, so the Cavs should win the rebounding battle, which bodes well for Thompson's double-double prospects. Chances are his ownership percentage will be pretty high, but he probably offers the most value at the center position Monday.

Center to Avoid:

Jahlil Okafor, PHI at MIN ($30) - For the first time, Okafor will face 2015 No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns. The two have been pretty even in terms of fantasy production, but Towns has been the superior defender and has been more consistent on the glass. Okafor's price has leveled off after 14 games, but his production hasn't been up to par lately, as he's averaging just 16 points per game over his last five contests. With the same price, I'd take Towns over Okafor and if you're willing to pay a few extra dollars, Hassan Whiteside at $35 might be your guy.

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Posted: November 23, 2015, 5:15 pm

By Neil Parker
RotoWire Hockey Writer

With Thanksgiving Thursday, it is an atypical schedule in the National Hockey League this week. There are seven games Monday.

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Braden Holtby, WAS vs. EDM ($36) - The Capitals are rolling to start the season (13-5-1) and boast a 7-3-1 record at home. Holtby has also gone 7-2 with a .928 save percentage and a 1.90 goals-against average in his own barn. With Edmonton 3-7 and averaging just 2.3 goals per game on the road, view Holtby as a high-end goalie option and ripe value Monday.

Goalie to Avoid:

Henrik Lundqvist, NYR vs. NSH ($42) - Statistically, Lundqvist is priced appropriately, and if there were fewer options in the goalie pool, he would warrant roster attention. However, the price point is so high you're limiting your ability to spend up at other positions. Plus, Nashville is an admirable opponent (11-5-3).


Claude Giroux, CAR at PHI ($19) - It is becoming commonplace for Giroux to let down his owners this season, and he is riding a two-game point drought with just four shots on goal. Still, his early season struggles land his cap hit in profit territory, and the Hurricanes enter on the wrong end of back-to-back games. The star is down the price depth chart far enough to take another speculative stab.

Center to Avoid:

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM at WSH ($21) - Being separated from Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl is a hit to Nugent-Hopkin's fantasy stock, and the pivot has a single assist with just three shots on goal over his last three games. The Capitals allow just 2.32 goals per game in their rink, too.


Vladimir Tarasenko, STL at BUF ($24) - It is an interesting group of wingers Monday, and spending up for Tarasenko and budgeting with your other two flanks is a sound strategy. Buffalo has dropped four consecutive games and allows 3.0 goals per game at home, and Tarasenko has six goals and three helpers over his last six games with 21 shots on goal.

Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA vs. LA ($16) - Huberdeau has found the score sheet in six of his past seven games with 21 shots on goal during the span. He is logging an average of 19:10 minutes per game over the stretch and grabs the Kings on the wrong end of back-to-back road games. The cap hit doesn't match Huberdeau's current form or upside, either.

Wing to avoid:

Rick Nash, NYR vs. NSH ($22) - While Nash has 10 points in his last 10 games, he has been held off the score sheet in six of those 10 outings, which makes him the ultimate boom-bust play. The shot volume aids his high floor, but the Predators have allowed only 2.2 goals per game in their last five, and you're not spending up for shots.


Alex Pietrangelo, STL at BUF ($16) - The minutes-eater has failed to land on the score sheet in each of the last six games and owns a minus-7 rating during the span. He has chipped in the peripheral categories, though, with 16 shots and 10 blocked shots through his last six showings. It projects as a favorable matchup Monday, which should allow Pietrangelo to curb his slump.

Aaron Ekblad, FLA vs. LA ($18) - The rearguard has registered three goals and three assists in his last six games with an average of 22:30 minutes of ice and 19 shots on goal. Los Angeles enters on the wrong end of consecutive road games, and Ekblad's salary hasn't caught up to his recent production.

Defenseman to Avoid:

Colton Parayko, STL at BUF ($23) - The rookie returned from injury with three shots and three blocked shots through 19:35 minutes of ice. Most of his offensive production came with Kevin Shattenkirk out of the lineup, and now that Shattenkirk is back in the fold, Parayko's usage is unknown, and his offensive upside could be limited.

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Posted: November 23, 2015, 5:03 pm

It’s too bad the news of Marshawn Lynch being inactive didn’t come until the later games Sunday, as Thomas Rawls totaled 255 yards and two scores during the most impressive performance of the day. Rawls got 7.0 YPC, finishing with 209 rushing yards while securing all three of his targets, taking one 31 yards to the house. Rawls is a star in the making and will be a must-start RB1 every week in which the diminishing Lynch misses. Lynch has the most carries (1,331) in the NFL over the last four seasons, is approaching 30 years old and appears to be breaking down, with his latest injury a real chance of sidelining him for weeks. Lynch will be the bellcow whenever active, but Rawls has far more upside at this stage of their careers and is definitely going to be the RB taken earlier in 2016 drafts. More importantly, those who stashed Rawls on their rosters have a real chance of owning a player who will carry you to fantasy titles down the stretch.

Russell Wilson entered having thrown exactly one touchdown during seven straight games, but he ruined that by tossing three Sunday. He’s still searching for his first rushing score after recording six last season...Seattle has now had a lead in 58 straight games...Jimmy Graham hasn’t scored since Week 3, topping 75 yards just once over that seven-game span...I’m depressed Colin Kaepernick has played his last down for the Niners.

Lamar Miller entered as the No. 2 fantasy back since Dan Campbell took over, but he’s rushed for fewer than 45 yards in four straight games. His problem Sunday was lack of receiving (just 11 yards), and he was held out of the end zone for the first time since Week 4...Darren McFadden is going to be a top-five fantasy back as long as he’s healthy with Tony Romo (and Dez Bryant) back...Speaking of Romo, here he is escaping a safety with a left-handed throw.

“Fargo” is so ridiculously good and is easily the best show currently on TV.

Todd Gurley has averaged just 3.3 YPC over the past three games, and he wasn’t targeted in Week 11. The rookie has scored in five straight games, but it would help if the Rams got a competent quarterback. Case Keenum sure didn’t look like much of an upgrade...Javorius Allen is now a top-20 fantasy RB after Justin Forsett’s injury thanks to pure volume, but an already limited offense now without Joe Flacco limits upside. The Ravens have lost Flacco, Forsett, Terrell Suggs and Steve Smith this season...During the final two minutes of this game, kickers went 1-for-3 on field goal attempts and there was a turnover.

I recently tried what’s called the best burger in America here and highly recommend you do the same if you’re ever in the Bay Area. 

There was a time this season I thought the Jets were a really good team, but that’s no longer the case...Meanwhile, the Texans are tied for the division lead after going 4-1 over their last five games...After DeAndre Hopkins had Darrelle Revis beat for a long touchdown earlier in the game only for T.J. Yates to overthrow him, Hopkins did this. And after Revis left with an injury, Houston wasted no time going after his replacement...Here’s the cleverest play of the day...Ryan Fitzpatrick had just three fewer carries than Chris Ivory.

Here’s a 15-year-old who’s 7-foot-6 playing basketball

Brock Osweiler got 9.3 YPA and was an immediate upgrade over Peyton Manning...Demaryius Thomas entered with one touchdown on 103 targets before scoring in the first three minutes Sunday...Jeremy Langford had a rushing TD and nearly had another score via a pass, but I pegged him as a top fantasy RB this week and both Ka’Deem Carey and Jay Cutler finished with more rushing yards. Matt Forte should be back in Week 12...Martellus Bennett managed just 26 yards despite the absence of Alshon Jeffery...Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson both averaged 4.9 YPC with a long of 15 yards, but Hillman is clearly the leader of this committee.

Headlines of the Week: Man Who Gave Psychics $718,000 ‘Just Got Sucked In’...Amusement Park Lets Chimpanzee Smoke Cigarettes...Florida Mayor Sued For Trying To Pay $4,000 Ethics Fine With Coins

Washington continued its streak of not allowing a 300-yard passer this season, but Cam Newton threw five touchdowns without a pick. Newton sports an 11:1 TD:turnover ratio over the past three weeks, which is even more impressive when you consider he’s attempted an average of just 30.0 pass attempts over that span...Matt Jones got zero yards on five rushes while losing yet another fumble...One positive takeaway from this game for Washington was DeSean Jackson, who looked healthy during this 56-yard touchdown catch

Guy Walks Into A Bar

I ranked Derek Carr as a top-five QB and both Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree as top-10 receivers this week, so it was disappointing to see them total zero touchdowns. The Raiders have dropped three straight games, with Carr failing to best 7.0 YPA in any of them...The Lions’ run blocking is so bad it’s comical...Cooper had two brutal drops. The rookie is going to be a star but drops have been a persistent problem...Speaking of drops, Eric Ebron had one himself in the end zone, helping the Raiders not add to their league-leading total against tight ends for the second straight game (Kyle Rudolph did the same last week).

Canelo Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto was a good not great fight, but Saul was impressive in victory. Alvarez vs. GGG next, please.

The Eagles entered as 6.5-point favorites yet lost 45-17, as Jameis Winston tossed five touchdowns with zero picks. Winston had totaled four TD passes over his previous five games and was on my bench in the $10K Stopa Law Firm League in which you can start 2 QBs...In a plus matchup at home, Jordan Matthews, Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor combined for 36 yards on 12 targets. The Eagles are 5-9 over their past 14 games...Doug Martin entered having gained 165 rushing yards on 52 attempts (3.2 YPC) over the past three games and was facing an Eagles defense that yielded the fifth fewest fantasy points to opposing backs, so naturally, Martin ran for an NFL season-high 235 yards (top-25 all time), although he still hasn’t scored since Week 5, which is especially hard to fathom considering he had an 84-yard run

This Tom Brady interview takes an interesting turn and is worth checking out

After starting 5-0, the Falcons have gone 1-4, with their last three losses coming as big favorites. It’s arguable this 6-4 squad is one of the worst teams in football...Having said that, Tevin Coleman would be a must-start weekly fantasy RB if Devonta Freeman were to miss time after suffering a concussion...It’s Patrick DiMarco’s world, and the rest of us are just passing through...There were three turnovers and a missed field goal in the first 5.5 minutes of this game...Julio Jones has just two touchdowns since Week 3, but he’s still on pace for 142 catches, 1,902 yards and 10 scores...Over his last 14 games, Ahmad Bradshaw has nine TD catches, which is the same amount as Calvin Johnson over that span.

Police Blotter: Somerset Woman Arrested For DUI Crashes Twice In One Day...Woman Admits She Stabbed Boyfriend For Eating All The Salsa...Man Arrested 30 Times For Bus And Train Thefts Just Wants To Work On The Subway...Thieves Steal Car With A Boy Inside And Drop Him Off At School.

Aaron Rodgers entered just 8-19 during his career when on the road against winning teams, but he led the Packers to victory despite Randall Cobb committing a couple of egregious drops and somehow getting just 24 yards on nine targets...Welcome back, James Jones...Kyle Rudolph had more yards (109) than he combined for during his previous seven games...All six of Adrian Peterson’s fumbles this year have come at home...Green Bay recorded six sacks Sunday after totaling zero over its previous three games...Eddie Lacy has clearly retaken the role as the Packers’ lead back. He looked the best he has all season Sunday and is suddenly a must-start in Week 12 on Thanksgiving at home against the Bears.

Song of the Week: Sufjan Stevens – Get Real Get Right 

I had Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates, Stevie Johnson, Melvin Gordon, Charcandrick West and Travis Kelce all going in the same league (and Alex Smith in another), so to say this game was frustrating would be an understatement. Those seven players combined for zero touchdowns (the same amount Gordon has totaled over 151 touches this year). And if that wasn’t enough, West left with an injury. If serious, Spencer Ware could be a major difference maker down the stretch. KC has a favorable schedule, and it’s clearer than ever just how beneficial it is to be the featured back in this offense. So go all out to get Ware if West’s injury looks like it might cost him time...Smith has now thrown a franchise-record 253 straight passes without an interception...The 5-5 Chiefs have the fifth highest point differential (+59) in the NFL, which speaks to just how wide open the league is after the Patriots. I went BIG on the Steelers at 25/1 to win the Super Bowl before their bye this week, so wish me luck!

Longread of the Week: Biography Of A Face 

There hasn’t been a week since 2000 in which no quarterbacks threw for 300 yards, which was the case until Andy Dalton and Carson Palmer both topped that mark Sunday night...Jeremy Hill is on pace to finish with 10 touchdowns, and his 63 rushing yards in Week 1 were a season high...Meanwhile, Tyler Eifert is on pace to finish with 18 receiving touchdowns, which would tie for the third most in NFL history, behind only Jerry Rice and Randy Moss and ahead of any other tight end in NFL history.

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Author: Dalton Del Don
Posted: November 23, 2015, 5:57 am

Injures were once again part of the story, with two key running backs going down in Week 11. While Brad Evans tackled fantasy owners needing to target Buck Allen with Justin Forsett breaking his arm, we will cover the Atlanta backfield here.

Devonta Freeman suffered a concussion early against the Indianapolis Colts. His status for Week 12 is uncertain, which means Tevin Coleman should be added. Even if Freeman is cleared to play against the Minnesota Vikings, Coleman has value going forward. While he was less-than impressive on 17 carries for 48 yards and lost a fumble Sunday, he has the speed to break a big play and fresh legs late in the season that could come in handy with the running back position being decimated by injury.

Another name to keep in mind with the playoffs looming is veteran tight end Vernon Davis. He
caught six balls for 68 yards for the Denver Broncos in a win over the Chicago Bears. Davis is starting settle in with his new team and coach Gary Kubiak is known for featuring tight ends.

Author: Yahoo Sports Staff
Posted: November 22, 2015, 11:06 pm

Week 11 at Philadelphia, we saw Winston 3.0, a star in the making. I guess this is growing up.

Winston filled the box score early and often during Sunday’s 45-17 blitz at Philadelphia, throwing for 246 yards and five touchdowns in the signature game of his brief career. He completed 19-of-29 attempts, took just one sack, and finished the day with a 131.6 rating. Okay, the Eagles might have dropped a couple of possible interceptions here and there, but that’s nitpicking. Winston made good decisions for the majority of the day, threw with poise and anticipation, and kept the offense on schedule.

It's not that unusual to see a rookie quarterback throwing a bunch of touchdown passes, but five in one game is the magic number. Winston's just the third freshman QB to get to five, joining Matthew Stafford, Class of 2009, and Ray Buivid, Class of 1937

(A handful of quarterbacks have pulled off the four-bagger in their first NFL season, including Russell Wilson, Marcus Mariota, Robert Griffin III, and Dieter Brock. Come on, you loved Dieter Brock.)

Winston spread the ball around at Philadelphia, perhaps the key to his success. He targeted seven different teammates for the afternoon, and no one saw more than seven passes in their direction (or caught more than one touchdown). It’s a far cry from the “Evans or Bust” problem Winston fell into earlier in the year, when Evans had games of 19 and 17 targets. No one denies Evans’s game-breaking ability, of course, but forcing throws when they’re not there — that’s not in anyone’s best interests.

To be fair, it’s easier to spread the ball around when Vincent Jackson (4-5-6-1, six targets) is back in the fold. Evans also had a solid game (4-63-1), a reasonable haul on seven looks. Winston’s other scoring tosses went to players with limited fantasy cred — Cameron Brate, Charles Sims and Russell Shepard. Take what the defense gives you, rookie.

The Bucs also took what they wanted on the ground, with Doug Martin ripping off 235 yards on 27 carries. Sims added 43 yards on 10 totes, solid work in a reserve role. Tampa finished the day with 8.5 yards per pass attempt and 6.7 yards per rush — just about everything worked against a beleaguered Philadelphia defense.

More fantasy fun should be on the way for the Bucs offense. A Week 15 draw with St. Louis could get a little messy, but otherwise, look at the green lights: Indianapolis, Atlanta, New Orleans, Chicago. Those are all defenses we want to exploit. The nasty Carolina rematch is stashed in Week 17, a safe harbor. And if talented TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins ever makes it back, Winston will have another exciting target to work with. 

-- The less we say about Philly’s offense, the better. Mark Sanchez threw three picks and took three sacks — bad decisions all over the place. DeMarco Murray lost a key fumble. Passes (and interceptions) were dropped. Fans justifiably booed. It’s been an awful home stretch for Philadelphia’s home franchises — the Eagles, 76ers and Flyers are all winless at home for November (and obviously the Sixers have yet to win anywhere). Where’s Ned Bastille when you need him? 

-- If a five-touchdown game from a veteran is what you seek, let’s move down to Carolina, where Cam Newton personally demolished Washington his his own highlight film (21-for-34, 246 yards, five scores, no picks). Newton kept the rushing game under wraps, though Jonathan Stewart (21-102) filled that in nicely. 

Like Winston, Newton threw his scores to five different receivers (a surprisingly-handy Devin Funchess; Greg Olsen; Ted Ginn; Stewart; Kool-Aid Mike Tolbert). Maybe those MVP chants aren’t misguided after all. The undefeated Panthers finish up this way: at Dallas; at New Orleans; Atlanta; at Giants; at Atlanta; Tampa Bay. 

-- Green Bay desperately needed a win of any type at Minnesota and it came through, grinding out a 30-13 victory that felt much closer throughout. And man, what a physical, passionate game this was. I’m curious to see what the Pack will have left in the tank for Thanksgiving.

Welcome back to the season, Eddie Lacy (22-100), and welcome back to relevance, James Jones (6-109-1; maybe it was his power hoodie). Teddy Bridgewater threw for 296 yards and averaged eight yards per toss, but six Green Bay sacks kept the Vikings at bay. After sucking for eight games (129 yards), Kyle Rudolph exploded for 106 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown. If you saw that coming, please dispense with your expected lottery numbers.

-- How long does it take to clean up the Georgia Dome after a game? The Falcons leave so many points on the field. Atlanta somehow fell to Indianapolis despite a 99-yard edge in total offense, and a yards-per-play edge, 5.3 to 4.5. Three Matt Ryan interceptions helped doom the Falcons (one of them run back for a gift TD), and Matt Bryant missed another field goal. Losing Devonta Freeman to an early concussion also hurt; Tevin Coleman (17-48, one fumble lost) was mediocre in his stead.

Seattle Hero (Otto Greule Jr/Getty)

-- It turns out the Seahawks were misleading us all along with Marshawn Lynch and his abdomen injury. Beast Mode turned into Least Mode at the 4 pm ET hour — a surprise scratch — with understudy Thomas Rawls called in to start. It turned out to be a stroke of good luck for the win-desperate Seahawks, as Rawls jitterbugged through and around the Niners, rolling up a silly 255 yards from scrimmage (30-209 rushing; 3-46 receiving) and two scores in the 29-13 victory. Seattle also enjoyed a couple of touchdown catches from Tyler Lockett, and withstood a couple of botched kicks from Steven Hauschka.  

Although the Niners don’t deserve a sonnet for scoring all of 13 points, we should point out Blaine Gabbert was surprisingly competent (98.2 rating, 7.8 YPA, no picks, just two sacks) in the face of the Seattle defense. The Niners also funneled a ton of work to ordinary RB Shaun Draughn — although his 20 touches collected a modest 77 yards, his eight receptions bailed out anyone in a PPR league. Anquan Boldin posted a respectable 5-93-0 line on seven targets, playing every snap like it might be his last. If only everyone viewed it that way. 

-- History will record the Baltimore-St. Louis game as a 16-13 victory for the Ravens, but this felt like a game where everyone lost. The Ravens pulled out the last-second win despite two catastrophic injuries — Justin Forsett (broken arm) departed in the first quarter, while Joe Flacco (torn ACL) was hurt in the final period. Javorius Allen (115 total yards on 27 touches) becomes the new feature back, while Matt Schaub is the next quarterback up. Baltimore is that one team that couldn’t catch a break in 2015. 

The Case Keenum start didn’t go well (12-for-26, 136 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT), but all anyone will remember is the obvious concussion he suffered in the fourth period — and the shocking way the Rams allowed Keenum to stay in the game. What happened to common sense? What happened to human decency? No matter how St. Louis spins this into Week 12, it looks like Nick Foles will be back on the field soon. 

-- Detroit Lions defense, I don’t know what you are anymore. I expected the Packers to rout you last week, and I expected Derek Carr to expose you Sunday. Wrong again, Pianow.

The Lions won ugly for the second straight week, this time by an 18-13 count, and Carr had one of his worst games of the year (13-for-25, 169 yards, 0 TD, 73.6 rating). The Oakland receivers fizzled with Carr, and Latavius Murray was a bust, too, though he did punch in a short touchdown. 

Don’t look now, but Matthew Stafford is starting to play competent football again. Perhaps his bottoming out Week 5 against Arizona was more a positive statement from the Cardinals than anything else. Although Stafford didn’t have a touchdown pass in Sunday’s victory, he chucked for 282 yards and added another 31 yards (and a score) on the ground. We’ll look forward to watching him and his resurgent mates on Thanksgiving, when they host Philadelphia. 

-- Although the Broncos held on for a 17-15 victory at Chicago, snuffing out a converstion attempt in the final minute, the result felt far more decisive than that. Brock Osweiler was just about perfect in his starting debut (20-for-27, 250 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT), other than occasional lapses with pocket awareness (five sacks). Ronnie Hillman (21-102) and C.J. Anderson (12-59) also kept the chains moving, and Demaryius Thomas had a glorious 48-yard touchdown jaunt. No one is in a hurry to watch injured Peyton Manning play again. 

Jay Cutler did all he could despite the missing weapons (no Alshon Jeffery or Matt Forte), throwing for 265 yards on 32 attempts (8.3 YPA). The Jeremy Langford story took a step back: he was bottled up for 25 yards on 13 carries and made just 17 yards on six targets (three catches). His last-minute touchdown brought the Bears on the cusp of overtime, but he was tackled well short of the goal line on the ensuing conversion attempt. Chicago has a quick turnaround for Week 12, facing Green Bay on Thanksgiving night. 

Speed Round: The entire Kansas City-San Diego box score feels like a put-on, other than the Chiefs scoring on defense. The Chargers coaching staff should receive an electric shock anytime they call a run for Melvin Gordon. Charcandrick West (hamstring) is day-to-day . . . DeAndre Hopkins needed 12 targets to do it, but a 5-118-2 line against the Jets is something to crow about. One of his scores came against Darrelle Revis. Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had one of his worst showings of the year (5.5 YPA, 1 TD, 2 INT, 52.9 rating). If you want to be bored to death, watch Alfred Blue’s rushing tape on a loop (21 carries, 58 yards). He did have three useful catches, however . . . Tony Romo threw a couple of picks but otherwise looked spiffy in a 24-14 victory over fading-fast Miami. Darren McFadden (149 total yards) didn’t look like someone who was nicked during the practice week. The Wheel of Miami Receiving Touchdowns fell on Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron. Looks like the pool carries over for another week.

Author: Scott Pianowski
Posted: November 22, 2015, 10:34 pm

Fantasy owners looking to cash big in Yahoo DFS are always in the market for connector players, low-dollar options that provide roster flexibility and fatten wallets. Every Monday we'll bargain hunt in an attempt to unearth buried treasure. Today's featured buys come from BUF/NE, a matchup with various fantasy interests. 

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Primary Options: Tom Brady ($42), Tyrod Taylor ($30), LeSean McCoy ($23), Sammy Watkins ($25), Brandon LaFell ($22), Rob Gronkowski ($28), Charles Clay ($13)

Karlos Williams, Buf, RB ($21 in Yahoo DFS) – Ballyhooed rookies Todd Gurley, Amari Cooper and Stefon Diggs have earned well-deserved praise from the fantasy community. However, the unheralded Bill should also be exalted. A true consistency king, Williams has crossed the chalk seven times in six games. His 14.2 fantasy points per game in Yahoo ranks No. 8 at the position. Blessed with eagle-eyed vision, sick cut-back moves and excellent open-field burst, the youngster has racked an insane 6.2 yards per carry and a 41.1 breakaway percentage, the seventh-best mark among eligible RBs. New England is a formidable opponent. On the season, the Pats have surrendered only four total touchdowns to rushers. Williams, who totaled 37 yards and a score in the first matchup back in Week 2, was one of those fortunate soles. Yes, LeSean McCoy will only cede roughly 8-12 touches to the rookie, but it's no stretch to think Karlos cashes six yet again. Scrawl me down for 50 combined yards and a touch. 

Danny Amendola, NE, WR ($16) – For all intents and purposes, Amendola isn't a 'flyer.' He's a highly-started, much-hyped target slotted inside the WR top-20 by nearly every fanalyst imaginable. However, his bargain basement price in Yahoo DFS makes him a necessity. His affordable cost allows investors to stack star power elsewhere. Though 'expert' driven players often times fail to measure up, Amendola should. Down Julian Edelman for the next 6-8 weeks, the 9.3 targets per game the slot man saw have to be distributed elsewhere. According to ESPN Pats reporter Mike Reiss Edelman's role "will be split into different parts." Scott Chandler and James White will see an uptick in PT, but it's Amendola who stands to benefit most, especially with Rex Ryan reportedly scheming to neutralize Gronk. The end-zone could be elusive for No. 80, but 7-9 receptions for 85-95 yards are on the radar. Achieve that, and he'll easily turn a profit.  

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Author: Brad Evans
Posted: November 22, 2015, 9:35 pm

1. Sunday, bloody Sunday. Devonta Freeman (concussion) and Justin Forsett (broken arm) fall. What promoted backup (Tevin Coleman or Buck Allen) is the better pick up? 

Another week. Another round of gut-punching RB injuries. 

Allen is the obvious must-add given his guaranteed major rest-of-season role, including Week 11. The Ravens are gifted an exceedingly generous matchup next Monday against Cleveland. On the year, the Chihuahuas have conceded 4.82 yards per carry, 181.1 total yards per game and 11 TDs to the position, good for the sixth-most fantasy points allowed. Also down Lorenzo Taliaferro, it's clear the USC product will be a workhorse next Monday and beyond, possibly netting some 20 touches per game. 

Working as Forsett's complement, the rookie showed three-down flashes earlier this year. A plus-sized (6-feet, 220-pounds), versatile rusher, he possesses between-the-tackles brawn, reliable hands and nasty cutting ability. On 64 carries, he's notched 4.0 yards per tote. His 22-67-5-48 tally after Forsett's exit versus St. Louis may only be a taste of what's to come. Keep in mind the Ravens offensive line ranks inside the top half of the league in run-blocking per Football Outsiders. If you're sitting on a pile of FAAB cash, now is the time to smash the piggybank, though it's important to note Baltimore's fantasy playoff schedule isn't the friendliest (SEA, KC, PIT) and Joe Flacco's permanent shelving (torn ACL) complicates matters. 

Commenting on Coleman, he's worth a substantial investment for those scratching and clawing to punch their ticket for the second season. If Freeman doesn't clear post-concussion protocol before Sunday, the rookie would be a highly employable RB15-RB20 running back versus Minnesota. The Vikes are a formidable opponent, but recall earlier this fall pre-Freeman ascension, Coleman was more than respectable. Week 1 versus Philly he rushed for 80 yards on 20 carries. He's a far inferior receiver, but volume alone should net him 80-plus yards against Minny. Spending roughly $20-$25 is recommended, especially if your back is against the wall.  

2. The kids are all right in Denver

The Brock Ness Monster is not only real, it's a viable threat to fantasy opponents. 

Brock Osweiler, who waited 57 games for his opportunity, was nothing short of spectacular in his first start, achieving more on his initial drive than Peyton Manning seemingly had in several recent full-game efforts combined. Against the Bears he accounted for 250 yards with a pair of TDs on 20 completions displaying considerable pocket poise, accuracy, arm strength and play extension. Granted it wasn't the strongest opponent, but it was hard not to be impressed by his overall performance. Remember, Emmanuel Sanders was a late scratch due to an ankle injury. 

Osweier's breakthrough likely means Manning, arguably the worst starter in the league this season, is Wally Pipp'ed. If the elevated backup executes against the unblemished Pats next Sunday night, there's no way Gary Kubiak can turn back to No. 18, unless he's completely nuts. The greenhorn's ability to stretch the field and protect the football is precisely what a sloughing Broncos offense needs. In Chicago, Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson found new life. Why? Stacked boxes were few and far between, because the defense had to respect the pass. 

For the streaming crowd, Osweiler is an advised option the next few weeks. Including Sunday night's monstrous tilt against New England, the former Sun Devil faces San Diego, Oakland and Pittsburgh through Week 15. It's conceivable he flirts with QB top-12 numbers during that stretch making him worth a $10-$15 FAAB bid in free-agent moves this week. 

Peyton, you better start honing your pizza-making skills. 

 3. Ameer Abdullah needs to be reacquired  

It seems like an eternity ago the Abdullah hype machine, fueld by some greasy 'stached fanalyst with a penchant for innacurate predictions, operated on high. A standout preseason coupled with an explosive Week 1 performance in San Diego, led many to believe the touted rookie was destined for a top-20 campaign. 

However, numerous fumbles and a long benching later, and virtually no one wants to roster the kid. 

Abdullah, though, again deserves your consideration. 

Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter declared earlier in the week, Ameer would see an increased role moving forward. With Joique Bell's days in Detroit numbered and the Lions out of the playoff hunt, it only seemed logical for the young rusher to earn more reps. Backing up his words, Cooter fed the RB 13 times versus Oakland. Abdullah didn't blow up the scoreboard (46 total yards), but the volume is very encouraging, especially when you consider some of the RB's upcoming matchups. The Hello Kitties face off against New Orleans and San Francisco in Weeks 15 and 16. In those contests, he would certainly be a luxury FLEX or back-end RB2 play in 12-team leagues. If you're trending toward the playoffs ... STASH!

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Author: Brad Evans
Posted: November 22, 2015, 9:34 pm

By Sasha Yodashkin
RotoWire Hockey Writer

There are only four NHL games Sunday, but they span the whole day, as start times vary from 1 p.m. Eastern all the way to 10 p.m. The division-leading Kings and Canadiens figure to provide the bulk of many lineups, but there are plenty of other intriguing choices despite the dearth of teams in action. Maximizing bang for the buck is always the key to compiling a winning lineup, and that concept rings true regardless of the number of players from which to choose.


Jacob Markstrom, VAN vs. NJD ($25) - Markstrom makes for an appealing option against New Jersey in his second start of the season due to his low price. The Devils have scored just three goals while dropping both of their last two games, and Markstrom should contain them if he plays anywhere near the level he displayed in a 42-save victory against the Blue Jackets on Nov. 10. Using the former top prospect in your lineup would open myriad possibilities, as he actually costs less than a lot of skaters.

Goalie to Avoid:

Jaroslav Halak, NYI at MON ($36) - Halak makes for a risky option, considering he was pulled after surrendering three goals on 11 shots in Friday's loss to this same Montreal team. The chance of a repeat performance on the road is too great to invest maximum money on Halak.


Brock Nelson, NYI at MON ($20) - Nelson has been on fire his last five games, recording five goals and three assists while playing on New York's top line. Facing the Canadiens at the Bell Centre is never fun, but Nelson in his current form is well worth a $20 investment despite the less-than-ideal matchup. Nobody has been able to slow the Nelson-Tavares-Okposo line lately, which makes its least expensive member a terrific bargain.

Center to Avoid:

Frans Nielsen, NYI at MON ($24) - Nielsen's recent bump in production has raised his price all the way to $24, which is way too expensive for a second-line center who's playing just 16:47 per game. On the road against one of the league's best teams is the icing on the cake.


Kyle Okposo, NYI at MON ($21) - Sticking with the Islanders theme, Okposo is also a sensible option. Until someone demonstrates the ability to contain New York's top line, you should continue to utilize its members. While playing John Tavares requires a massive $30 investment, his linemates have offered similar production lately at much more reasonable prices. Okposo has a four-game point streak going and will have plenty of opportunities to contribute significantly if he continues to see more than 20 minutes per game.

Brandon Saad, CBJ vs. SJS ($21) - Saad has recorded at least one point in four of the last five games, coinciding with the Blue Jackets' four wins over that span. His four goals in that period lead the Jackets, and Columbus' recent resurgence means the team's first-line right winger should be a plus/minus asset, or at the very least not much of a liability. The Sharks have played well recently, but they're bound to be tired playing a back-to-back to finish off a six-game road trip; look for the former Blackhawk to use his fresh legs to his advantage.

Wings to Avoid:

Mike Cammalleri, NJD at VAN ($24) - Cammalleri is minus-4 in his last two games, and he has topped 6.0 fantasy points in just one of his last five appearances. The likelihood of Cammalleri living up to his valuation in this one isn't high.

Tanner Pearson, LAK at CAR ($17) - Tanner isn't the best person to use in your fantasy lineup due to his lack of consistent playing time. Pearson is only on the ice for 14:57 per game, plus he has topped 5.0 fantasy points only once in his last five road games.


Alec Martinez, LAK at CAR ($17) - Martinez leads all Kings defensemen in plus/minus at plus-5, and he will have an excellent chance to build on that rating against a Hurricanes team that has dropped five consecutive. He has posted at least 8.0 fantasy points in four of the last five games, so Martinez has been outperforming his value for a while. Don't be surprised to see him keep the good times rolling in Carolina.

Tom Gilbert, MON vs. NYI ($12) - Gilbert put up 9.0 fantasy points in Friday's victory over the Islanders, and the chance of a repeat at home makes him a solid play at the minimum price. The third-pairing defenseman should mostly avoid facing New York's red-hot top line, so he is also a good bet to build up his already robust plus-9 rating.

Defensemen to Avoid:

Justin Faulk, CAR vs. LAK ($19) - Faulk is an abominable minus-8 over Carolina's last five games, and should be avoided until winds of change sweep across the Hurricanes roster. His offensive ability fails to make up for the massive plus/minus downside Faulk carries in this matchup.

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Posted: November 22, 2015, 5:22 pm

By Joel Bartilotta
RotoWire Basketball Writer

Sunday has a modest six-game slate. Fortunately, we don't have many injury issues, which should make for some easier DFS preparation. The only huge injury to monitor is Kevin Durant If he doesn't play, Russell Westbrook becomes a must-use yet again. Injuries are one of the most important factors in DFS value, and it's crucial to always know who is injured and who is next in line.


Damian Lillard, POR at LAL ($42) - Lillard is establishing himself as one of the best DFS point guards in the NBA. He has scored at least 40 fantasy points in nine of 14 games this season and has a floor just shy of 30 points. He averages 25.2 points, 6.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game this season. This is the perfect matchup for Lillard as well, as he'll play a poor Lakers defense in an up-tempo game. The Lakers have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to point guards this season. Lillard ranks fourth in the NBA in minutes per game, and the Trail Blazers will lean on him once again to carry the offensive load.

Gary Harris, Den vs. GS ($12) - Few know much about Harris, but in his last three games, he averaged 17.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game. That is about 25 fantasy points a game, which is a ridiculous return on investment for his incredibly cheap price. The best part about that run is that he played about 30 minutes a game. He's a fantastic value at just $12 and can provide sneaky productivity. It's the perfect time to jump on him before his price inevitably rises.

Guard to Avoid:

Jordan Clarkson, LAL vs. POR ($25) - Clarkson has a good matchup, but he's too hard to trust for DFS lineups. Clarkson has had two games this season in which he scored 37 fantasy points and 40 fantasy points. Aside from those two games, he averages about 20 fantasy points a game in 10 games. That's not good enough for a $25 player, and it's hard to trust a player who relies solely on his scoring. Clarkson averages just 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 combined blocks and steals per game. It's also hard to imagine him playing better with Kobe Bryant back in the lineup, as Kobe tends to dominate the ball.


Jae Crowder, BOS at BRK ($23) - Crowder doesn't get a lot of DFS respect, but he's a great contributor across the board. Not only does he lead the league in steals, he plays a ton of minutes for a mid-priced player. He averages 11.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.8 steals a game across 31 minutes a game. He is coming off a career game against Nets in which he totaled 19 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals en route to a 35-point fantasy game. It's no surprise, though, as Brooklyn has allowed the second most fantasy points to small forwards this season. For a player averaging nearly 28 fantasy points a game over his last five games, $23 is an absolute steal.

Luis Scola, TOR at LAC ($13) - Scola is my bargain of the day, and it's hard to understand why he's so cheap. Not only has he been producing, he's stepping into a bigger role in this game. Jonas Valanciunas broke his hand in the Raptors' last game, which should shorten the rotation in already weak frontcourt. That means Scola will see an increase on his already modest workload. His per-36 minute averages actually come out to 15.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game. It would not be a huge surprise to see him approach 36 minutes in this game and those sort of numbers would be a ridiculous return on investment at his price. A $13 player usually only needs 10-15 fantasy points to live up to value, and that seems like Scola's floor Sunday.

Forward to Avoid:

Joe Johnson, BKN vs. BOS ($26) - Johnson's price is out of control. This seems more like a 2009 Joe Johnson price rather than the 2015 Johnson. He has scored less than 22 fantasy points six times this season, including two single-digit fantasy outings that surely killed his DFS owners. One of those single-digit outings came against the same opponent he faces Sunday, the Celtics, who rank as the top defense in the NBA based on efficiency ratings. Players like Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu and Ryan Anderson are within a dollar of Johnson, and all three have been significantly better than Johnson this season.


Bismack Biyombo, TOR at LAC ($10) - Let's go back to the well here in the shallow Toronto frontcourt and use Jonas Valanciunas' projected replacement. Biyombo doesn't have huge upside or play a big role, but he should easily play 20-plus minutes and provide some nice value at just $10, which is five percent of your budget. Biyombo averages nearly a double-double with two blocks in his per-36 minute averages. Patrick Patterson could also be a nice sleeper in the absence of Valanciunas.

Center to Avoid:

Tyson Chandler, PHO at NOP ($20) - Chandler is priced as the sixth-highest center Sunday, which should never happen the way he is playing. Chandler averaged 4.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and less than a block a game in 25 minutes a game over his last six. The Suns have gone to more small-ball lineups and have used Chandler less and less. The Pelicans have done the same, which could limit Chandler's minutes. New Orleans is actually a great matchup for centers, but Chandler is playing too poorly to trust.

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Posted: November 22, 2015, 5:19 pm

Last week’s bagel stung, and not just for the obvious reason. My baseline mindset for NFL handicapping is to take the points whenever in doubt, and the Week 10 results were as dog-driven as any I can remember. And yet, the picks were lousy, and I can’t even blame a bad beat — they were beat-the-traffic specials, results decided early. 

At least the ATS seasonal record is still respectable. Let’s trudge onward. All games use the spread from Yahoo Pro Football Pick’Em. Share your five best picks in the comments. 

-- Broncos +1 at Bears: While we have no idea who Brock Osweiler will be, can he be any worse than the 2015 version of Peyton Manning? I dare him to be that lousy. Time to buy low on Denver and sell a little high on Chicago. 

-- Eagles -6 versus Bucs: With all the frustration over the Philly offense, you might miss what the defense is doing (second in DVOA; third against pass, eighth against rush). I don’t trust Jameis Winston on the road against this type of matchup, and Mark Sanchez, like Osweiler above, really can’t be much worse than the quarterback he’s replacing. 

-- Rams +1.5 at Ravens: Perhaps last week’s St. Louis result was more a nod to the plucky Bears than it was a flag on the Rams. I expect St. Louis to have a field day with Baltimore’s patchwork line, and again I’m backing a new-quarterback team on the expectation that he can’t be any worse than the man he replaced (hello Keenum, goodbye Foles). 

-- Packers +1 at Vikings: I’d hate to disappoint all of Minnesota and start backing your team now. You want me on the other side. Keep the tweets coming. 

-- Seahawks -13 versus 49ers: Looking at the Seahawks to be in a nasty mood after last week’s giveaway against the Cardinals. The Seattle offense can’t be trusted to put up a big number on its own, but the defense, opponent and home field should get us over the number. You’re not afraid of Blaine Gabbert, right? 

Last Week: 0-5

Season: 28-21-1

Fantasy Versus Reality

This year, two of my esteemed Yahoo colleagues are sharing their own selections, using theYahoo Pick’em spread. Play along in the comments. (We did not use the Jets-Texans game, with no line.) 

Frank Schwab (2-3 last week, 25-24-1 season)

Denver +1

Miami E

Tampa Bay +6

Arizona -4

New England -7 

Eric Edholm (1-4 last week, 33-16-1 remarkable season)

Seattle -13

Kansas City -3

Tampa Bay +6  

Arizona -4

Buffalo +7

Author: Scott Pianowski
Posted: November 22, 2015, 4:21 pm

By Sasha Yodashkin
RotoWire Basketball Writer

Saturday night's NBA slate features six games, highlighted by the Cavaliers-Hawks in an Eastern Conference finals rematch, as well as the next chapter in the Spurs-Grizzlies rivalry. Plenty of the league's established stars are in action, but fans thirsting for fresh faces needn't feel left out as rookies Jahlil Okafor and Kristaps Porzingis look to lead their teams in tough road tests. Observing recent trends is one key to finding the best performance-to-price ratios, and this column is designed to help you sift through the multitude of available players and pinpoint the best values.

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Dennis Schroder, ATL at CLE ($21) - Schroder has filled in admirably lately for Jeff Teague (ankle), and he has a good chance of drawing one more start while the latter is still recovering. The German point guard is an incredible value at $21 if Teague is out but becomes just a decent play if the starting point guard returns. Schroder has averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 assists in three games since Teague's injury, and his season averages of 12.4 points and 5.0 assists in less than 25 minutes per game indicate this bump in production is sustainable with an increase in playing time.

Patty Mills, SAS vs. MEM ($10) - Mills is a great value at the minimum price due to his combination of opponent and recent production. Memphis is the worst team in basketball at defending three-pointers, allowing nearly 40 percent from deep, which plays right into Mills' hands. The sharpshooting Australian has been a strong source of three-pointers and steals in his last seven games, averaging more than 20 fantasy points per game in that span. Any player expected to score double his price in fantasy points constitutes an excellent deal.

Guard to Avoid:

Ty Lawson, Hou vs. NYK ($22) - Lawson has seen his playing time slashed by new head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who decided it was best for Houston's prized offseason acquisition to come off the bench behind the 38-year-old Jason Terry. It's clear Lawson won't live up to lofty preseason expectations, and his name recognition is the only thing propping up his price considering he's delivering outings like Wednesday's two-point, one-assist atrocity against the Blazers. Avoid Lawson until he shows he can produce decent results for multiple consecutive games.

Others to Avoid: Michael Carter-Williams ($27), Robert Covington ($21), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($21), Kyle Korver ($21), O.J. Mayo ($17),


Chris Bosh, MIA vs. PHI ($34) - Philadelphia ranks in the bottom third of the NBA in defensive efficiency, making Bosh a no-brainer play based on his recent production. Bosh has topped 38 fantasy points in six of his last eight games and should be fresh for the sixth game of Miami's homestand after a day off. Conversely, the 76ers are playing the second game of a road back-to-back, and sport the NBA's worst record to boot. There's a possibility that the 31-year-old won't play his full minutes if Miami gets up big, but the likelihood of the veteran's production getting nerfed by his own coaching staff is greater than that of the 76ers containing him.

Kristaps Porzingis, NYK at HOU ($26) - Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson cashed in on draft day due to the competition underrating Porzingis, and now you have a chance to follow in his footsteps. The 20-year-old Latvian has emerged as the early favorite for rookie of the year due to his excellent combination of size (7-foot-3, 240) and shooting ability. The 28th-ranked scoring defense, Houston has had trouble with both of those attributes. Porzingis' 29-point-outing Tuesday against Charlotte shows his upside, and the Knicks will be sure to feature him offensively as Trevor Ariza will make life harder on Carmelo Anthony than Terrence Jones can on Porzingis.

Forward to Avoid:

Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL at IND ($34) - Prior to dropping a career-high 33 in Cleveland on Saturday, Antetokounmpo had averaged just 12.8 points per game in his previous five. A lack of consistency should be expected from a 20-year-old still developing his offensive game at the NBA level, but $34 is a lot to pay for those growing pains. There are better ways to spend that money, especially considering the Greek Freak faces defensive stalwart Paul George on Saturday.

Others to Avoid: Carmelo Anthony ($39), LaMarcus Aldridge ($32), Marcus Morris ($27), Ersan Ilyasova ($16)


Ian Mahinmi, IND vs. MIL ($14) - Mahinmi has played 28 minutes per game in five contests since rookie Myles Turner went down with an injury and has responded well to the increase in playing time by contributing more than 24 fantasy points per game over that span. The veteran center isn't going to score much, but his ability to compile rebounds and hustle stats makes him a sneaky-good fantasy asset. With no imminent threat to his newfound larger role, Mahinmi should be expected to continue along his recent pace, making him a steal at his price.

Center to Avoid:

Tim Duncan, SAS vs. MEM ($24) - While Memphis has struggled defensively this season, interior defense hasn't been the problem. Marc Gasol is still an elite center on that end, and he should find a way to make life difficult for Duncan. Expect a roughly average performance from the Big Fundamental at best, while Indiana's Ian Mahinmi and Houston's Clint Capela (assuming Dwight Howard doesn't play) should put up roughly equal numbers at a fraction of the cost.

Others to Avoid: Greg Monroe ($34), Marcin Gortat ($21), John Henson ($13)

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Posted: November 21, 2015, 2:53 pm

By Benjamin Zweiman
RotoWire Hockey Writer

Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers' magical run ended Thursday night with a 2-1 loss to the Lightning. Prior to the loss, Lundqvist had won six consecutive games while averaging 18.25 fantasy points per contest. If the King gets the nod Saturday against the Panthers, he will be a very hot commodity in GPP's as a safe bet to produce more than 15 FPts. If you're looking for another elite netminder whose been hot lately, Pekka Rinne has posted back-to-back 20-point performances, allowing just two goals on 58 shots with a shutout last Saturday against the Jets.

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Speaking of red-hot goalies, Maple Leafs' James Reimer would be an attractive option Saturday if he hadn't been in net Friday against the Hurricanes. Instead, Jonathan Bernier likely will get the start against one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL, the Bruins. With Bernier in net, the Bruins are a safe bet to surpass their season average of three goals per game, so expect high ownership from Boston's top scorers.


Tuukka Rask, BOS vs. TOR ($31) - In 17 career appearances against the Maple Leafs, Rask is 11-3-1 with a 1.85 GAA and .935 save percentage. If that doesn't do it for you, Rask should face Jonathan Bernier and not James Reimer, which will give him enough goal support to at the very least get the win. Rask was lit up Tuesday but has had plenty of time to dwell on that performance and rest for the big rivalry matchup Saturday. He's one of the cheaper options on the night, and while his ownership may be a bit high for GPPs, he's a no-brainer in cash games.

Goalie to Avoid:

Reto Berra, COL at WSH ($34) - Berra has started six straight games, and with Semyon Varlamov still on the mend, he'll likely be in net for a seventh Saturday. He's allowed four goals in back-to-back contests and appears to be wearing down, which doesn't bode well with the Avs heading to the nation's capital for a date with Alex Ovechkin and the Caps. Colorado allows nearly three goals per game and is starting to show signs of fatigue playing the sixth game of a seven-game road trip. There are much cheaper options than Berra who offer way more upside.


David Krejci, BOS vs. TOR ($22) - The Bruins' top-line center has posted two assists in back-to-back games and likely will get a nice matchup against a vulnerable Maple Leafs penalty kill. If Loui Eriksson can follow up Thursday's hat trick with another solid performance, Krejci should be the main beneficiary. Krejci has scored more points against the Maple Leafs than any team throughout his career, posting 13 goals and 39 points in 41 games.

Center to Avoid:

Claude Giroux, PHI at OTT ($22) - In this week's edition of "players returning home where they don't really play that well," we have Giroux, who seems to disappear when he goes back to Ottawa. In 24 career games against the Senators, Giroux has just four goals and is minus-12. The Flyers' offense disappeared again Thursday against the Sharks, and Giroux just isn't generating enough shots to be relied on in daily formats.


Patrick Kane, CHI at VAN ($34) - Chances are I'm going to jinx Kaner's points streak with this, but I don't even think my voodoo can stop the hottest hockey player on the planet. The last time Kane didn't register a point was more than a month ago on Oct. 15 against the Capitals. Since then, he's erupted on a 14-game points streak, and even though he's the highest priced winger in the Yahoo game, Kane is a virtual lock for double-digit fantasy points. Like Steph Curry in NBA DFS, Kane's high ownership shouldn't deter you from using him on any night he takes the ice.

Valeri Nichushkin, DAL vs. BUF ($13) - If you're looking for a cheaper option than Kane, Nichushkin just got some praise from coach Lindy Ruff, and the Sabres have been pretty easy to score on this season (he netted a score against Buffalo on Tuesday). It obviously hurts that the big Russian forward isn't playing with Tyler Seguin or Jamie Benn or Jason Spezza or Patrick Sharp or ... well you get it, but Nichushkin at least has a point in back-to-back games.

Wings to Avoid:

Filip Forsberg, NSH at MIN ($22) - A Calder Trophy snub from last season, Forsberg is mired in a pretty intense goal drought; it's been 13 games since he scored against the Islanders on Oct. 15. The Predators have been one of the higher scoring teams in the league this season, but they spread it around quite a bit; 20 players have at least a goal. If you're going to invest in Nashville, look to the blue line or in net, not to the forward group.

Phil Kessel, PIT vs. SJ ($23) - We've had plenty of time to observe the Kessel experiment in Pittsburgh, and so far it hasn't really panned out the way the Penguins envisioned. Kessel has scored just six goals in 19 games and hasn't found the back of the net in his last five. San Jose is on a four-game winning streak with goalie Martin Jones playing solid over that stretch, and it's tough to invest in any of the Penguins' elite players.


Alex Goligoski, DAL vs. BUF ($19) - Goligoski's defensive partner, John Klingberg, has been one of the top blueliners in fantasy hockey this season. Unfortunately, that has made him quite expensive, so targeting a player like Goligoski, who had two assists after the Sabres on Tuesday, is the smarter player in daily formats. Another plus is Goligoski's 45 blocked shots this season, which ranks 10th in the league. Even if he doesn't get on the scoresheet, between blocks, shots and plus-minus, Goligoski should be able to reach tournament value.

Duncan Keith, CHI at VAN ($22) - Keith has a point in all three games since returning from injury and remains affordable in a game that should be relatively high scoring. Coach Joel Quenneville really didn't waste any time bringing Keith back up to speed as he's seen his usual 25-plus minutes a night. If you're looking for value in your cash-game lineups, Keith is the guy for you Saturday.

Defenseman to Avoid

John Carlson, WSH vs. COL ($20) - Carlson looked like a breakout candidate after the first two weeks of the season, but now he's plummeted in that respect. He has just a goal and an assist in his last 11 games, and while he has a good matchup against the Avs at home, there are much better options for about the same price at defenseman. Players like Torey Krug, Kevin Shattenkirk and even youngster Rasmus Ristolainen offer more upside than Carlson.

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Posted: November 21, 2015, 2:35 pm

Your fantasy football preparation isn’t complete without a look at the injury report. Let’s see what we learned this week 

• Matt Forte (knee) had two days of limited practice, along with a break on Thursday. He’s highly questionable for the home date with Denver, and given how Jeremy Langford has looked the last two weeks, I don’t see any need to rush him back. Keep in mind the Bears have a quick turnaround for Week 12, with a Thanksgiving game in play. 

Forte is officially listed as questionable, along with WR Alshon Jeffery (groin/shoulder). Jeffery played last week at St. Louis but clearly looked compromised. We do know that Eddie Royal (knee) won’t play. Perhaps Marquess Wilson will step up, though he’s been quiet for several weeks.

• Darren McFadden (groin) was dinged at Wednesday’s practice and limited Thursday and Friday. The Cowboys list him as questionable, but still expect him to go at Miami on Sunday. At least it’s an early start, so we’ll know his status before 1 pm ET. With Christine Michael no longer on the roster, mercifully, it looks like Rod Smith is the current backup. 

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• Malcom Floyd (shoulder) is still hoping to play this year, his final season, but he won’t be able to play Sunday against Kansas City. Tight end Ladarius Green (ankle) managed a limited session Friday after missing the two previous days. He’s questionable. 

• Michael Floyd (hamstring) missed the full week of practice and is a game-time decision for the night match against Cincinnati. I can’t see how any fantasy players can risk it with Floyd. John Brown (hamstring) had a limited week and is up in the air, too. 

• We’re getting used to Marshawn Lynch being on the injury report weekly. He’s dealing with an abdomen injury, and didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday. The Seahawks gave him a limited tag for Friday’s practice, and they consider him questionable for the home game against San Francisco. I suspect we’re going to see Thomas Rawls have a role in this game, especially with Seattle favored by about two touchdowns. 

• Peyton Manning (foot) is out indefinitely for the Broncos, and he isn’t even traveling with the team to Chicago. Brock Osweiler will be the starter until further notice. 

• With Philly Brown (shoulder) expected to miss Week 11, look for Devin Funchess to potentially start against Washington. 

• Brian Hoyer (concussion) won’t play against the Jets. Fantasy owners probably weren’t going to dial up Hoyer in Week 11, but keep in mind New Orleans lies in wait next Sunday. T.J. Yates picks up the start against New York. 

• Sam Bradford is dealing with a concussion and a shoulder injury, which sets up Mark Sanchez to start against Tampa Bay. If Sanchez shows anything, this could be an extended run. Ryan Mathews (concussion) is also out for Philly, which should push extra touches to DeMarco Murray against Tampa Bay. 

• Dez Bryant is dealing with a laundry list of injuries (ankle, knee, foot), but he’s nonetheless listed as probable. He has to be thrilled with Tony Romo's long-awaited return. 

• Emmanuel Sanders (ankle/finger) isn’t in top form but is expected to play at Chicago. He didn’t have a catch in Week 10. 

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• Although Ryan Fitzpatrick had left-thumb surgery last week, he’s fully expected to play at Houston. 

• Bilal Powell (ankle) had a full week and is ready to resume his third-down and understudy role in back of Chris Ivory. 

• Carlos Hyde (foot) remains out indefinitely, so Shaun Draughn will start at Seattle. 

• We’re still not sure if TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) or WR Vincent Jackson (knee) are ready to return. They had limited practice weeks, and head coach Lovie Smith has been noncommittal on both. I wouldn’t risk anything here.

Author: Scott Pianowski
Posted: November 21, 2015, 2:28 pm

On Friday's show, Liz Loza and Dalton Del Don recap the Thursday night game, discuss the changing quarterback landscape and look at potential shootouts in Detroit and Miami. Can Tony Romo be trusted during his first game back? And how high should Derek Carr be ranked in Week 11? Finally, we end with a "call me crazy" segment in which the duo dish out some bold predictions.

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Author: Dalton Del Don
Posted: November 20, 2015, 6:07 pm

By Andre' Snellings
RotoWire Basketball Writer

Friday has a full slate of 11 games, offering plenty of options. The season is going full swing, with most players having established their baselines but others already taking advantage of new opportunities to make early season runs. Looking Friday's match-ups, there is a lot of really good value out there for us to explore.

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Isaiah Thomas, BOS vs. BKN ($32) - The Nets are pretty bad at defending the opposing backcourt, ranking 26th against point-guard production and 28th against shooting-guard production. Thus, Marcus Smart ($21) and Avery Bradley ($18, SG) also make good values. But Thomas is the safest of the Celtics' guards, the one most likely to generate points against a weak defense, and his price still isn't out of hand for a player who could very reasonably be among the fantasy scoring leaders of his position for the night.

Will Barton, DEN vs. PHO ($21) - This slot came down to Barton vs. Rodney Hood ($20, at DAL), as both are quietly producing well, have good defensive matchups and have relatively modest price tags. Hood is playing solidly since his return (28 FPts/G over last two) and has a matchup against the Mavericks, who are 26th in the NBA in production allowed to opposing shooting guards. But Barton has been outstanding lately (35.9 FPts/G over last four outings), and has a home matchup against a fast-paced Suns team that he burned for 45.9 FPts less than a week ago. Nicolas Batum is another honorable mention in this slot at a higher price point, as he has been on a roll lately and has a good matchup on Friday, as well.

Guards to Avoid:

Chris Paul, LAC at POR ($41) - Paul was a last-second addition to the Clippers lineup on Thursday due to a groin injury that has already forced him to miss three games over the last two weeks. It would not be surprising at all if he were to sit out Friday, as the second night of a back-to-back that isn't on prime time like Thursday's game. But even if he plays, the groin injury has slowed him (only 25 FPts/G in the two games leading into Thursday), and he is facing a Trail Blazers defense that is fourth in the NBA at limiting production from opposing point guards.

Klay Thompson, GS vs. CHI ($26) - Like Chris Paul, Thompson played on Thursday night through a nagging injury. In Thompson's case, it's a back issue that has been plaguing him, rendering him less effective on the court and more prone to time off the court. If Thompson even plays Friday, he will face a tough, physical defender in Jimmy Butler, who has led the Bulls to an eighth-place rank in limiting opposing shooting guards.


Danilo Gallinari, DEN vs. PHO ($28) - I've gone back and forth several times between Gallinari and Al-Farouq Aminu in this slot. I started to put Aminu because of his solid average at a slightly lower price. But ultimately I went with Gallinari because he has explosive upside with three games of more than 34 FPts in his last five outings, including a 53.1 FPts explosion Tuesday. The Suns are 21st in the NBA in production allowed to the opposing small forward.

Thaddeus Young, BKN at BOS ($26) - Young has been on an absolute role lately. Here are the lines of his last three games: 26 points, 10 boards, three assists, 3 steals for 47.5 FPts; 16 points, 11 rebounds, five steals for 37.2 FPts; 27 points, eight rebounds, one steal for 40.1 FPts. He's the lowest-priced power forward among the top 8 Friday (when sorted by scoring average), and he plays a Celtics defense that is 20th in the NBA in production allowed to opposing power forwards.

Forwards to Avoid:

Gordon Hayward, UTA, at DAL ($28) - Hayward is tied for fourth-most expensive small forward Friday, but he is eighth in average (25.9 FPts/G) and less than a point from 11th. He also has a matchup against a Mavericks defense that is second in the NBA in limiting production to opposing small forwards.

Dirk Nowitzki, DAL vs. UTA ($28) - Nowitzki is a legend that is still playing very well for his age, but he's relatively expensive and has a matchup against one of the best defensive frontlines in the NBA. The Jazz frontline, led by Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert, ranks second in the NBA in limiting production from opposing power forwards.


Jared Sullinger, BOS vs. BKN ($24) - Sullinger has averaged 32.3 FPts over his last eight games, since taking over as the starting big man for the Celtics. He's mixed in a pretty consistent long-range jumper with his solid interior game, a versatility that helps him because his lack of height limits his effectiveness down low. The Nets would have to defend him with either Brook Lopez (too slow on perimeter) or Thaddeus Young (too thin down low), and he should be able to use his versatility to be effective.

Center to Avoid:

Pau Gasol, CHI at GS ($32) - There aren't any obviously overpriced centers on the board, but Gasol isn't exactly value. Gasol has been all right, but he's the third-most expensive center Friday and isn't playing like a star. This week he has averaged 11 points, 10.5 boards, two assists, one steal and one block ... OK, but not what you'd expect from possibly the highest-priced player on your team. And on Friday he faces Andrew Bogut and a tough Warriors interior, limiting his upside.

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Posted: November 20, 2015, 2:51 pm

By Dustin Nelson
RotoWire Hockey Writer

Friday is a bit of a strange night in the NHL as only four of the 12 teams playing rank in the top 17 in goals per game.

Edmonton (18th), Columbus (19th), Los Angeles (20th), New Jersey (21st), Calgary (22nd), Toronto (23rd), Detroit (24th) and Carolina (28th) are low-scoring teams, which makes it an interesting night to pick players with a lot of the top forwards coming from those four teams at the top of the pile -- Montreal (2nd), Nashville (6th), New York Islanders (8th) and Chicago (10th). On a night like this, the matchups are worth watching.

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James Reimer, TOR at CAR ($35) - Reimer has worked his way into a three-way tie for the third-most expensive goaltender of the night. He faces the league's third-lowest scoring team, who has lost four straight games. Reimer has been on a tear lately, winning his last four starts and staying above a .900 save percentage in his last eight with a .949. He's on fire and faces a slumping team that isn't that great even when it isn't slumping. It's a nice recipe.

Goalies to Avoid:

Keith Kinkaid, NJD at EDM ($24) - Kincaid is the cheapest goalie of the night, but the game against the Oilers may be a bit of a trap. Kinkaid is still a bit of an unknown quantity at just 23 career games over three seasons. That should be enough to steer clear of this "deal," but additionally, this game is on the road and these aren't the Oilers of the last five years. They're a legitimate offensive threat. Their 2.63 goals per game is 18th in the league, but it's a bit deceptive as they've averaged 2.92 goals per game over their last 13 games and are 20 percent on the power play. And they've only been shutout once this season. The Devils may win, but it doesn't mean it'll be a good night for Kinkaid.

Anders Nilsson, EDM vs. NJD ($26) - Likewise, you can't trust the second-cheapest goalie of the night. There's not a deal to be found here, but a goaltender playing OK behind a defense that can't protect its own end. The team allows the third-most goals in the league, and Nilsson is 38th in save percentage in the league. Nothing to see here.


Leon Draisaitl, EDM vs. NJD ($18) - Draisaitl does nothing but produce. His cost is on the rise, but the rookie is still a pretty good deal considering that he's on a four-game points streak over which he's put in three goals and four assists. Overall, he has 14 points in nine games and has only been held off the scoresheet twice. His 31.6 shooting percentage is going to come back to earth, but ride him while he's hot and cheap.

Centers to Avoid:

Ryan Johansen, CBJ vs. NSH ($19) - In general, Johansen's early season struggles have made him a pretty reasonable deal given his high talent level, but it might be a perfect storm Friday night that could make him ineffective. With Brandon Dubinsky out of the lineup, Johansen has a great line with Brandon Saad and Boone Jenner. However, that concentration of talent on a single unit allows Nashville to focus its considerable defensive prowess onto Columbus' top line. Add in that if they can get through the deep Nashville defense, they'll still have to beat the goaltender with the ninth best even strength percentage over the last three seasons. Oh, and Columbus will be on the back end of a back-to-back.

Frans Nielsen, NYI vs. MTL ($24) - Nielsen has put together a nice couple games entering Friday, with three goals and an assist in the last two games. However, in the six games before that he had zero goals and one assist with just nine shots. He's a streaky player and you're paying for a hot streak with Nielsen. Overall, he has 14 points in 19 games, but he's actually scored in just nine games, which includes five multi-point games. The cost is too high for a boom-or-bust player like Nielsen.


Artemi Panarin, CHI at CGY ($23) - Panarin isn't among the cheapest of wings, but his fantasy points per game is the highest among players costing $26 or less. Panarin is on a six-game point streak and has five goals and eight assists over his last 10 games. It's been an impressive run for Planarian and linemate Patrick Kane. If you don't want to pay the high cost at the door to roster Kane, Panarin's about as close as you can get to a player who is that hot.

Teddy Purcell, EDM vs. NJD ($14) - Purcell's price has shot up and his fantasy points per game is a little lower than some of the guys at his price point -- Nail Yakupov, Jiri Hudler, Marko Dano among them -- but some adjustments made to his equipment with his skills coach have got him on a roll and playing with confidence. Additionally, the Connor McDavid injury has opened space in the team's top six, so he's playing with the team's top talent and it shows. In the last five games he has two goals, four assists and 14 shots. He's also seen his ice time start to rise with his strong play, crossing 20 minutes in the last two games.

Wings to Avoid:

Marian Gaborik, LAK at DET ($13) - The name and the price make it look like it'll be a deal, but it's not. The three-time 40-goal scorer has just two goals and two assists through 18 games. It's a slump you don't want any part of.

Dale Weise, MTL at NYI ($16) - At this price, you're still paying for Weise's hot streak earlier in the season. He hasn't posted a point in four games and it's time to remember that, while the hot streak was great, this is a 27-year-old forward whose career high is 10 goals and 19 assists.


Duncan Keith, CHI at CGY ($21) - Keith has been on fire since he came back from injury. He has a point in each of the three games and has put up seven shots and five blocked shots. Importantly, he went right back to playing about 25 minutes a night, giving him many chances to score and be on the ice with the Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin line, which has been one of the hottest in the league.

Mike Green, DET vs. LAK ($13) - Only one player at $17 or less has as many fantasy points per game as Green, and what that hides is that he's trending upward. In the seven games before he went out with an injury he averaged less than a shot per game. In the six games since he returned he's averaged more than two shots per game and has four points. He's also been on the ice for more than 50 percent of Detroit's time with the man advantage. The goals haven't been coming how you'd expect, but he's due and he's producing at an increasing rate. He's a great deal at $13.

Defensemen to Avoid:

Justin Faulk, CAR vs. TOR ($21) - Faulk is earning fewer points on average than many players in the same price range. Add in that Carolina is in that aforementioned slump and about to hit a hot goaltender and it's a bad combo. Even worse for fantasy, the Canes look like they're going to give Jaccob Slavin his NHL debut on Friday, and he practiced as a part of a pairing with Faulk. It's not a knock on Slavin, but you'd rather see Faulk paired up with someone who increases his value than someone he's likely to be carrying.

Kris Russell, CGY vs CHI ($20) - For this price, Russell has just one goal and two assists this season. What you're buying is blocked shots. He leads the league with 71, but you aren't getting anything else from him. He has a single point in his last eight games, he averages just 1.2 shots per game and has a single shot in his last three games. Chicago takes the seventh most even strength shot attempts (score-adjusted) per 60 minutes of play, so there should be opportunities for blocking shots, but it's shot blocks or bust. For just $1 more you can grab Mark Giordano who is third in the league in blocked shots and has much more offensive potential with an average of 2.4 shots per game.

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Posted: November 20, 2015, 2:41 pm

Deep Sleepers and DFS Bargains is back just in time for the weekend! Last week I went 3-2, hitting on Kirk Cousins (QB1), RB James Starks (RB17), and WR Chris Givens (WR17). Heading into Week 11 there are four teams on a bye and plenty of roster changes to contend with. I’ll do my best to keep you ahead of the curve as we roll towards the playoffs.

Here are the parameters … all of the below players are owned in less than 60 percent of Yahoo leagues and/or are a significant value in our daily game. They’re not the obvious picks, and they’re not without their risks, but that’s why they’re so cheap and available. I’d never advocate taking all of these guys but rather utilizing them if a manager were in a pinch at a position or aiming to build a “stars and scrubs” sort of DFS lineup. Have at it!

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Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots ($16)
When Dion Lewis was hobbled and then out in Weeks 6 and 7, Amendola put forth his two most productive efforts of the season. With Lewis on the IR heading into Week 10, it made sense that Amendola would, once again, absorb some of the targets left by the RB’s vacancy. Predictably, the former Ram was heavily featured, catching 10 balls for 79 yards. Obviously, those numbers were additionally inflated by Julian Edelman’s exit in the second quarter.

With Edelman now expected to sit until the postseason and Lewis on the IR, Amendola is set to feast in Week 11. In addition to a surge in looks, he has a plus matchup against the Bills’ Nickell Robey, who has struggled in coverage. While the plucky slot receiver was one of this week’s hottest waiver wire additions, his DFS price tag has yet to catch-up with his current ownership percentage. Poised to put up top 15 fantasy numbers even in standard scoring leagues, Amendola is a terrific value play for daily enthusiasts.

Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins ($16)
Since having leapfrogged Andre Roberts on the depth chart, Crowder has averaged nearly six receptions per game and has the seventh-best catch percentage (79) of any WR in the league. Some feared his volume would take a hit after both TE Jordan Reed and WR DeSean Jackson returned from their respective injuries, but Crowder’s looks have held steady. In fact, in Week 10 he out-snapped all other receivers and was tied for first in team targets, catching four of five balls for 60 yards and a score.

Heading into Week 11, Washington’s matchup couldn’t be more different than it was the prior week. Facing a dominant Panthers squad on the road, I expect the Redskins to take a step back. However, if Carolina’s defense struggles at all it’s against the middle of the field. Slot corner Bene Benwikere has been one of the most picked on CBs in the league and has given up some big plays, as evidenced by the stat lines produced by both Andre Johnson and Randall Cobb in Week 8 and 9.

While Reed is Washington’s best bet at a receiving score, Crowder has a real chance to chip away at Carolina’s lone defensive shortcoming. He’s proven to be a consistent security blanket for QB Kirk Cousins who will need a sure-handed check down option while the Panthers defensive front attempts to turn him into a grease spot. Lacking the size to excel as a red zone threat, Crowder’s appeal is limited to PPR formats, but his polished route running skills and quick feet should continue to make him one of the team’s most relied upon chain movers.

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Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles ($15)
The Zach Ertz hype train has oft been derailed. Whether it was due to his subpar blocking skills in 2014 or his inability to convert in the end zone this year, Ertz is a character high on potential and low on results. Given the change in quarterback this week, however, I think he might finally start to produce.

Already second in team targets, receptions, and yards, Ertz has shown good rapport with Mark Sanchez in the past. After the backup QB entered the contest in Week 10, Ertz saw his highest number of looks (10) so far this season and caught a 22-yard TD pass that was called back due to penalty (thanks, Riley Cooper). Expecting a more up-tempo pace from Sanchez, it’s entirely likely he’ll throw plenty of darts to the middle of the field.

Furthermore, Tampa Bay’s defense, while certainly improved, is still vulnerable over the middle. LB Lavonte David has underwhelmed and the Bucs have given up three scores over their past four outings to the TE position. A band-aid for Gary Barnidge owners or a value pick in DFS, Ertz should have plenty of opportunities to make good in Week 11.

Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles ($13)
Having griped about not getting enough of the offensive action, Sproles’ complaints seem well timed. This week the pint-sized jitterbug should see an expanded role with fellow RB Ryan Mathews (concussion) expected to sit. It’s worth noting that when lead dog DeMarco Murray was sidelined earlier this year, Sproles carried the rock a season-high 11 times. He only managed 17 rushing yards in that effort, but he did score and that was against an elite Jets unit.

This week’s matchup will also be a challenge, as the Bucs appear to have patched the holes in their previously leaky run defense. Tampa Bay hasn’t surrendered a rushing touchdown since Week 3. They have, however, allowed scores to RBs via the air in two of their last five contests. With 39 receiving targets on the season, Sproles is among the ten most looked-to RBs on passing downs. The increased workload, in tandem with his specific skill set, should yield fantasy relevant results, thrusting the shifty vet into flexly fantasy relevance.

Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins ($11)
Since being named the Dolphins interim head coach, Dan Campbell has emphasized the run. As a result, Lamar Miller’s carries have increased by 66 percent and he’s scored in five straight games. Over the past two weeks, however, Miami’s fifth-round rookie has made some noise.

Coming off of a mistake and injury-riddled preseason, Ajayi didn’t see the field until Week 9. Over the past two weeks, though, he’s averaged 8.1 YPC on 11 totes. Last Sunday he rushed for five more yards on 10 fewer carries than the incumbent Miller. As a result, OC Bill Lazor publicly stated the youngster has earned a larger role moving forward.

A former soccer player, Ajayi is a strong-limbed hard-driver who can break through tackles and successfully plunge over the goal line. He also has fresh legs and could very well trample through a Cowboys defense that has allowed an average of 122 rushing yards over their last three games. Still available in three quarters of Yahoo leagues, Ajayi is fantastic insurance policy for Miller owners, but in Week 11 his increased opportunities could lead to some sneaky fantasy production as well.

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Author: Liz Loza
Posted: November 20, 2015, 7:00 am

Let’s put a fantasy spin on the this week’s action by ranking the games in expected order of point-producing relevance using the over/under totals from VegasInsider.com.

Note: Dollar values in parentheses denote a player's current week price in the Yahoo Daily Fantasy game. It is displayed for point of reference.

The Triplets

1. Bengals at Cardinals, Sunday, 8:30 p.m., O/U 48.5: We’re always going to look for fleas on Andy Dalton ($35). And he gave the naysayers plenty of ammo on Monday night. Now, he gets another prime-time game. On our Breakfast Table Podcast, Yahoo colleague Scott Pianowski and I talked about how Cincy just needs to bench Jeremy Hill ($15) and make Gio Bernard ($22) the lead back. The opposite of what they did last year. Carson Palmer ($37) leads the NFL in averaging 10.8 air yards per attempt. Essentially tied with Cam Newton ($34). And he’s far and away the leader in average per completion. The NFL average is about 6.2. Michael Floyd ($22) is the team’s best downfield WR but he has a hamstring injury.

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2. Bills at Patriots, Monday, 8:30 p.m., O/U 48.5: Buffalo’s offense is not remotely bettable. They don’t want to pass. They essentially have one weapon in the passing game. Their quarterback does not produce in line with his YPA and it’s harder to bet on that because his volume is so low. And volume in the passing game is our top fantasy consideration. Tyrod Taylor ($30) appears noticeably slower since his knee injury. The Patriots seem to have taken a big hit with the loss of Julian Edelman but Danny Amendola ($16) is close enough. These New England slot guys are so replaceable. Wes Welker was the original and Edelman the photocopy and Amendola the copy off the photocopy. Can we really tell the difference?

3. Raiders at Lions, Sunday, 1 p.m., O/U 48.5: No idea why this game has such a high over/under. I have no confidence in Matthew Stafford ($32). Calvin Johnson ($31) does not dominate anymore as he’s 18th in yards run per route run out of 29 qualifiers, according to ProFootballFocus. Derek Carr ($38) has 21 TD passes in his last eight games. Amari Cooper ($31) and Michael Crabtree ($29) both have high floors in annual but that doesn’t help you as much in Daily. I think this game goes way under, even though the Raiders defense has been an abomination. 

Middle Ground

4. Cowboys at Dolphins, Sunday, 1 p.m., O/U 47.5: All hail Tony Romo ($35) from relieving us from our long national nightmare watching the Cowboys in his absence. It’s funny how even many Dallas fans thought Romo was the cause of their playoff futility. I don’t get the Jay Ajayi ($11) love. Sure he’s been efficient but so is Lamar Miller ($31), for two years now. So how does Ajayi work his way into the lineup?

[Week 11 rankings: Quarterback | Running Back | Receiver | Tight End | Flex | All Positions]

5. Colts at Falcons, Sunday, 1 p.m., O/U 47.5: Matt Ryan ($30, 12 TD passes) has been such a bust. This is hard to do when you have Julio Jones ($33). It’s hurting Jones now, too. This seems like a good game on paper for the Falcons offense, including Devonta Freeman ($34). But Freeman has been stuffed lately (58 carries for 216 yards and 0 rushing TDs last three games, including 12 yards on 12 carries in Week 9). But bet his base rate (4.4/carry, 9 rushing TDs).

6. Redskins at Panthers, Sunday, 1 p.m., O/U 45: Forget the Redskins now. This is not the Saints they’re facing. Cam Newton ($34) gets the high floor due to the bettable rushing volume, unheard of for a quarterback, plus the fact that he’s the team’s primary goal-line back. This is something never before seen in fantasy football from non-Newtons.

7. Buccaneers at Eagles, Sunday, 1 p.m, O/U 45: Chip Kelly was going to revolutionize football, remember? The Eagles are 25th in yards gained per play. That’s behind the Titans. Chip Kelly the GM should tell Chip Kelly the coach to fire Chip Kelly the offensive coordinator.

8. Chiefs at Chargers, Sunday, 4:05 p.m., O/U 44.5: It’s a series of unfortunate events for the San Diego offense. The KC defense seems top shelf now, too. The SD D is 30th in yards allowed per rush, so you want to give Charcandrick West ($22) a spin. 

9. Packers at Vikings, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., O/U: 44.5: The Packers are the worst team in football in three-and-out rate. And they are 31st in average gain on first down (4.96), including 31st when rushing (4.26) and 30th when passing (5.47). Last year, the Packers were 7th in average gain on first down (6.52).

Defensive Battles

10. Jets at Texans, Sunday, 1 p.m., O/U 41.5: Darrelle Revis is going to shut down DeAndre Hopkins ($32), who is mostly having a volume year as he’s about average on passer rating on passes thrown to him (91, NFL average is 88.5).

11. Rams at Ravens, Sunday, 1 p.m., O/U 41: Todd Gurley ($34) looked vincible last week, but this is no big deal and just normal running back variance. I wish the Ravens would give Buck Allen ($10) a spin because Justin Forsett ($25) is on the downside at 30 and not good (a pathetic 4.9 yards per CATCH).

12. Broncos at Bears, Sunday, 1 p.m., O/U 41: There’s nothing to project with Brock Osweiler ($20). So don’t place bets on the assumption that the Broncos now are better. Osweiler may be a disaster for all we know.

13. 49ers at Seahawks, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., O/U 40.5: Russell Wilson ($29) gets sacked too much and sacks kill drives. Are there two teams in football who have made less of a draft commitment to offensive skill positions? None are fielding a starting quarterback, wideout, tight end or running back that they drafted in the first round. 

Author: Michael Salfino
Posted: November 20, 2015, 1:33 am

By Vlad Sedler
RotoWire Football Writer

Before jumping in headfirst into the whirlwind of fun that is Yahoo Daily Fantasy Football, be sure to differentiate from the variety of games offered. Since Head-to-Heads, 50/50s and Double Ups pay nearly half of entrants, your best bet to cashing is to target players with higher floors. Think heavily targeted No. 1 WRs, RBs who get the bulk of a team's carries and upper-echelon QBs in matchups with a tight Vegas point spread and a high total.

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Tournaments/Guaranteed Prize Pools (GPPs) require a bit more of your inner contrarian -- target offensive players with higher ceilings in advantageous matchups. Huge point totals can come from the most unpredictable of places -- the most obvious plays are not always the right ones. Although previous week's performances should be noted, each new week of action should be considered its own season. Don't chase last week's stats.


Matthew Stafford (DET, $32) Stafford has been a big disappointment in season-long leagues, surpassing 20 fantasy points twice in nine games. It is officially redemption time with his Week 11 matchup against a porous Raiders' pass defense -- an opportunity ripe for the plucking. Talented free safety Nate Allen returned to the Raiders last week, but their secondary has been ravaged lately, ranking as a bottom-five unit. Moreover, the Raiders have lost stout pass-rusher Aldon Smith, who was suspended for the season. several quarterbacks under 30 bucks are worth considering, but Stafford's matchup doesn't get any better with a 48.5 projected point total -- one of the highest of the week.

DeMarco Murray (PHI, $29) You'll notice that Yahoo has softened its pricing for the first time this season, and that allows for better flexibility to get a nice mix of studs into our lineups. A high percentage of folks will be on some combination of Devonta Freeman ($34), Todd Gurley ($34), Adrian Peterson ($31) and Charcandrick West ($22). Murray could fly under the radar following an average performance in Week 10 without a trip to the end zone. Ryan Mathews has been incredibly efficient (5.7 YPC) this season, but suffered a concussion last week and is a longshot to suit up this week. That leaves Murray with an incredible setup as the bellcow back in a game where the Eagles are favored by 5.5. Keep in mind Murray has had at least 20 carries in the last three games despite Mathews averaging 10 carries per game himself. The Bucs are solid against the run, but Murray is a threat in the passing game as well (35 receptions through eight games) and will be ready to feast this pre-Thanksgiving Sunday.

Golden Tate (DET, $22) Just like his quarterback, Tate has been a huge bust for fantasy owners, accounting for just one touchdown and failing to surpass 80 yards in any game this season. He showed signs of life in Week 10 against the Packers with a fourth-quarter catch-and-run of 43 yards but gathered just nine yards on his other three receptions. Tate lines up primarily in the slot and has an advantageous matchup against one of the league's worst slot corners, D.J. Hayden. Calvin Johnson has been dealing with a sprained ankle for a second consecutive week and didn't practice Wednesday. He should be good to go Sunday, but Stafford will look to capitalize on the Oakland secondary's weakest link. The masses will be reluctant to target Tate with all of the WR options in his range and the soft pricing. If there was ever a week to invest in Golden Tate, this is it.

Other Against-the-Grainers: QB: Brock Osweiler (DEN, $20)
RB: Latavius Murray (OAK, $27), Jonathan Stewart (CAR, $25)
WR: Demaryius Thomas (DEN, $31), James Jones (GB, $19), Jamison Crowder (WAS, $16)
TE: Coby Fleener (IND, $15)
DEF: Carolina Panthers ($14)

[Week 11 rankings: Quarterback | Running Back | Receiver | Tight End | Flex | All Positions]



Mark Sanchez (PHI, $23) The veteran signal-caller will make his first start of the season in place of the injured Sam Bradford in a game where the Eagles are 5.5-point favorites. Sanchez is familiar with Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense and had some decent numbers as a starter last year -- a 64.0 completion percentage and 7.8 yards per attempt. In his nine starts last year, Sanchez threw for more than 300 yards four times and double-digit scores six times. Sanchez has a solid rapport with target-hog Jordan Matthews but likely will have most of his success in dump-offs to DeMarco Murray. Don't be afraid to buck the trend of avoiding the "negative correlation" pairings of a QB and RB from the same team. If Murray is able to break off a big one off a screen pass, you're looking at potentially a big day from a Sanchez-Murray combo.

Running Back

Devonta Freeman (ATL, $34) The Falcons are coming off their bye, and the diminutive second-year stud out of Florida State has a good shot at continuing his RB1 run. In his last outing prior the bye, Freeman had a disappointing effort on the ground, getting bogged down for just 12 rushing yards against the 49ers, but saved his day by catching eight balls for 67 yards and a touchdown. He has found paydirt in six of nine games and sets up for an exploitable matchup against a Colts defense that has allowed an average of one rushing touchdown per game and was burned by the last decent back they faced -- 143 yards on 14 carries by Mark Ingram. Freeman has had the benefit of running behind a top-five ranked offensive line and gets his fair share of red-zone opportunities, including 14 carries and targets there over his last two games. Freeman is the highest-priced RB this week (along with Gurley), but is a fairly manageable salary considering his ceiling in a game with an implied positive game script (-5.5, 47.5). Lock Freeman in as the focal point of your cash game lineups this week and build your squad around him.

Charcandrick West (KC, $22) West will be extremely popular this week after his 161-yard, two-TD performance against one of the league's best defenses (Broncos) last week. And deservedly so, as we know that volume is the name of the game with cash game running backs. West is the Chiefs' undisputed all-purpose weapon now, totaling at least 23 carries in his last three games and averaging 3.5 red-zone carries over his last four. Sometimes we can get cute and try to fade players coming off big games, but with a good matchup and a cheap price, West is hard to avoid this week. There is no team in the NFL more susceptible to opposing running backs than the Chargers. They rank 31st in yards-per-carry against (4.9) and allow a rushing touchdown per game. Prior to their bye, they let rookie Jeremy Langford hang 142 all-purpose yards on them. Feel confident in West and plug him in for cash game lineups and GPPs.

Wide Receivers

Michael Crabtree (OAK, $29) Crabtree has become a staple in cash game lineups and has earned the recognition. Last week, he managed just four receptions for 55 scoreless yards against tough Vikings' corners, but scooped up 273 yards and four touchdowns in his previous three games -- an average of 20.4 fantasy points. With rising Lions' RCB Darius Slay likely to face off with Amari Cooper for most of Sunday's snaps, the revitalized and healthy Crabtree should tango with the beatable Nevin Lawson. Crabtree's price has risen the last few weeks (11th priciest wideout), but he should be worth the money in what may well be the highest scoring game of Week 11.

Mike Evans (TB, $25) A broken record here, but it's all about volume. You may not get more bang for your buck than a fairly priced Evans against the Eagles this week. Vincent Jackson is expected to miss yet another game. Despite the extra attention Evans receives, he has totaled 276 yards over his last two games and averaged more than 13 targets per game in his last four. Cornerback Byron Maxwell has been a weak spot in the Eagles' secondary for most of the season. If the Eagles build a lead Sunday as projected, the matchup may bode well for plenty of garbage time for the Bucs' big boy. Although "positive touchdown regression" is commonly overstated, keep in mind that Evans has just one touchdown this year and likely won't be stuck at that number. Evans has been targeted in the red zone 11 times in his past six games, and he will eventually have some breaks his way.

Danny Amendola (NE, $16) Despite the buzz this week that Keshawn Martin will get extra looks, expect Amendola to be the primary beneficiary of Tom Brady's targets in the absence of Julian Edelman. Well, second to Gronk that is. This is likely the last week that the 30-year-old Amendola will be priced for less than 20 bucks. He caught 10 of 11 targets for 79 yards last week. Amendola also had solid back-to-back performances in Weeks 6 and 7, totaling 191 yards on 15 receptions and a touchdown. A Brady-Amendola-Gronk stack is very much doable, and it could be a monster trio that brings home the loot in a Monday night matchup against the Bills.

Tight End

Rob Gronkowski (NE, $28) With pricing reduced as a whole this week, Gronk suddenly becomes a bargain at a mere $28. His Week 11 stat line (5-113-1) was saved by a 76-yard touchdown against the Giants last week as he heads into the MNF matchup against the Bills with 806 yards and eight TDs. With Julian Edelman likely out the rest of the regular season, the need to rely on Gronkowski increases and makes for an even more fearsome situation for opposing defenses. Gronk's only multi-touchdown effort occurred in Week 1, and he's about due for another. Perhaps this week? Building around Gronk and Freeman in cash games is a safe proposition.

Defense/Special Teams

Seattle Seahawks ($15) The Seahawks will be a chalky option, but it's a hard one to pass. They line up as the biggest favorites (13) on the board this week with the lowest projected point total (40) and face a Niners team that features Blaine Gabbert and Shaun Draughn as their starting quarterback and running back, respectively. The Seahawks have allowed 13 total points to San Francisco in their last three matchups dating to last season. The Eagles ($16), Patriots ($14), Chiefs ($14) and Panthers ($14) are viable alternatives, though it will be difficult to fade the obvious, high-percentage play when it stares us in the face.

Honorable Mentions: QB: Cam Newton (CAR, $34)
RB: Darren McFadden (DAL, $29), LeGarrette Blount (NE, $22)
WR: Brandon Marshall (NYJ, $31), Jordan Matthews (PHI, $24), Ted Ginn (CAR, $16)
TE: Eric Ebron (DET, $16)
DEF: Arizona Cardinals ($12)

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Posted: November 19, 2015, 10:26 pm

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Author: Yahoo Sports Staff
Posted: November 19, 2015, 9:43 pm

By Sasha Yodashkin
RotoWire Basketball Writer

Only six NBA teams are in action Thursday, but there's no lack of intrigue or star power with the Clippers playing host to the Warriors, and LeBron's Cavaliers also in action against the Bucks. The fantasy-friendly nature of the teams playing will allow for more lineup flexibility than most three-game slates, but it's still tough to construct a winning lineup without shelling out the cash for at least one superstar. For that reason, pinpointing strong value plays to fill out the rest of your roster is key to gaining the upper hand on the opposition.

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Austin Rivers, LAC vs. GSW ($10) - Rivers will see significant playing time if either Chris Paul (groin) or J.J. Redick (back) is forced to miss the game. Both are game-time decisions, and head coach/president of basketball operations/caring father Doc Rivers has already said he would hold the two backcourt starters out unless they're fully healthy to mitigate the risk of either suffering a setback. Handing his son some extra playing time would be a nice added perk for Doc if he decides to hold Paul and/or Redick out, and doing so would allow anyone who drafts Austin to nab a starter in a potentially high-scoring game for the minimum price.

Jerryd Bayless, MIL at CLE ($16) - Bayless entered Milwaukee's starting lineup in place of the injured Jabari Parker against Washington on Tuesday and continued his strong recent play. The veteran guard averaged 30.7 fantasy points per game over his last five appearances, including a 27.4-point effort against these same Cavaliers on Saturday. As long as he keeps getting north of 30 minutes per game, his fantasy production will far exceed his price.

Guard to Avoid:

Rajon Rondo, SAC at MIA ($29) - Rondo's recent streak of double-digit assists has raised his value dramatically, but Darren Collison's return from a hamstring injury is expected to put a damper on Rondo's production and playing time. If that red flag isn't enough, Rondo also has to deal with an elite defensive Heat team that allows a meager 91.5 points per game. The veteran point guard should be useful in better matchups once his price drops a bit, but don't overpay due to your enamoration with his results in Collison's absence. Others to Avoid: Goran Dragic ($24), Darren Collison ($21), J.R. Smith ($18), Matthew Dellavedova ($16)


Jamal Crawford, LAC vs. GSW ($14) - The Warriors topped the Clippers, 112-108, when they met at Oracle Arena on Nov. 4, and there should once again be plenty of fantasy production to go around as these two teams are expected to approach similar numbers in their rematch at Staples Center. And Crawford should be primed to take a decent slice of this game's fantasy pie. The veteran is coming off a season-high 37-point, six-rebound and eight-assist effort against Detroit in his last game, and he will continue to have a very high usage rate as long as Chris Paul and J.J. Redick remain out.

Chris Bosh, MIA vs. SAC ($32) - Prior to Tuesday's dud against the Timberwolves, Bosh had eclipsed 38 fantasy points in four straight contests -- for comparison's sake, the equally priced Rudy Gay has failed to reach that mark all season. While covering Sacramento counterpart DeMarcus Cousins won't be easy, Bosh has never been one to bury his head in the sand when the going gets tough. It wouldn't be surprising to see the savvy veteran put up a comparable line to Cousins, as he will be working against a shoddy Kings defense while Cousins must deal with an elite Heat unit.

Forward to Avoid:

Tristan Thompson, CLE vs. MIL ($20) - Thompson does most of his damage against small-ball lineups, but he simply doesn't see the floor much against teams that play two traditional big men. The Bucks have chosen to go big against the Cavaliers in the past, and Thompson's season-low fantasy output against them Saturday should serve as a harbinger of his potential struggles Thursday. Even with a limited number of alternatives available, there are plenty of smarter options out there. Others to Avoid: DeMarcus Cousins ($48), Draymond Green ($34), Rudy Gay ($32), Andre Iguodala ($23)


John Henson, MIL at CLE ($13) - Henson could see increased playing time in Milwaukee's frontcourt Thursday as Jabari Parker may miss the game with a foot injury. The fourth-year man out of UNC produced his second-best fantasy output of the season when he posted 21.7 fantasy points in 21 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday. Coach Jason Kidd opted to use Henson alongside Greg Monroe for stretches of that game, and he may have no choice but to revert back to that lineup in the rematch. The circumstances make Henson a good bet to outplay his modest price tag.

Center to Avoid:

Festus Ezeli, GSW at LAC ($16) - Ezeli was able to shine against Toronto in his return to a bench role because starter Andrew Bogut was in foul trouble for much of the night, but counting on lightning to strike twice is a risky proposition. While the third-year center is very active on the glass, it's going to be hard to justify paying $16 for Ezeli if he sees his playing time slashed anywhere below his 20-minute average. Others to Avoid: Andrew Bogut ($17), Timofey Mozgov ($16)

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Posted: November 19, 2015, 5:49 pm

On Thursday's whirlwind program, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston disclosed their flames, lames and shocker specials for EVERY Week 11 matchup. Will Allen Hurns' TD streak extend to eight games? What QB newbie (Mark Sanchez, Matt Hasselbeck, Case Keenum, Broc Osweiler or T.J. Yates) will score streamers a W? Should you avoid the entire Bengals offense in Arizona? We also unvield our top bargain basement buys in 'Funny Money.' 

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Author: Brad Evans
Posted: November 19, 2015, 5:46 pm

Fantasy is a speculative game. Predict the future, and you look like a genius. Don't, and you're painfully human. Gazing into the crystal ball, here's our view on 10 intriguing over/unders for Week 11.

Yahoo DFS Bargain Bin. What cheaply priced QB/RB/WR/TE will turn the biggest profit in Week 11? 

Brad – BROCK OSWEILER ($20). Low-dollar starting QBs are the bee's knees, especially those tied to a pair of Pro Bowl wide receivers. Many will fear the unknown, but Osweiler is blessed with sneaky athleticism, a strong arm and better-than-advertised intermediate touch. He's hungry and ready to prove he can man the ship this week and beyond. Chicago has shown considerable improvement in recent weeks, but I suspect the towering passer delivers at least a 250-2 line. Achieve that and it would more than justify the bottom-shelf price. 

Andy – DANNY AMENDOLA at $16 offers a guaranteed profit, basically. He's looking at double-digit targets each week going forward, with Julian Edelman sidelined. We can debate his talent level relative to Edelman, I suppose, but the targets and catches are pretty much guaranteed. Not a bad price for a high-volume receiver in the league's top-scoring offense. 

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Scott – DANNY AMENDOLA ($16). He's certainly not the full Edelman, but he's close enough for our purposes. It's going to take a week or two before the DFS price catches up to Amendola's upgraded role in the New England offense. (Some other reccos: Danny Woodhead, Demaryius Thomas). 

LizCHARCANDRICK WEST ($22). The dude touched the ball twenty-seven times in Week 10. And he managed to rack up a whopping 161 total yards and two scores against what is arguably the league’s best defense. In fact, West did better against the Broncos than any other RB so far this season. Come Sunday he’ll face a Chargers squad that is giving up the most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Brandon – JAY AJAYI ($11). I love the near-rock bottom price for a RB that has a good chance to get 10 carries on Sunday against the fourth-most generous defense to opposing RBs (Dallas). Ajayi is getting over 8 YPC on his first 11 totoes of his NFL career, and that kind of success is likely to be rewarded with an uptick in workload.

Dalton – CHARCANDRICK WEST ($22). He's averaged 25.0 touches over the past three games, when he's totaled 412 yards and four touchdowns. West is the centerpiece of the Chiefs offense and should be viewed as a top-five fantasy back yet continues not to be priced nearly as such. He faces a Chargers defense this week that's allowed the most fantasy points to opposing backs this season.

Conversely, what player, at any position, are you giving the stink eye to in Week 11 DFS? 

Andy  – I'm gonna pass on ANDY DALTON at $35, thanks. He's facing a rough road matchup at Arizona, yet he carries a higher price than Cam ($34), Ryan ($30), and various other tempting options. 

Dalton – DEANDRE HOPKINS ($32). He's the second highest priced wide receiver despite likely being shadowed by Darrelle Revis and having T.J. Yates throwing to him. Moreover, Hopkins missed practice Wednesday with a knee injury, so we are looking at a banged up player in a tough matchup tied to a backup QB. No thanks.

Scott  – I can't remember the last time I ranked A.J. GREEN ($31) as low as I currently have him, but the numbers haven't been there. He's getting pushed around by some corners, and he'll probably see plenty of Patrick Peterson this week. I'm also fading all Packers in DFS until we get the prove-it week. 

[Week 11 rankings: Quarterback | Running Back | Receiver | Tight End | Flex | All Positions]

Liz – A.J. GREEN ($31). After getting shutdown by Johnathan Joseph on Monday Night Football, I’d like to think Green would bounce back Sunday evening. Given, however, that he’s likely to draw Patrick Peterson and acknowledging the other weapons available to Andy Dalton, it’s hard to pay up for the Bengal in Week 11.

Brandon – A.J. GREEN ($31). Sorry, I just can't bring myself to veer from the consensus here. Green has not exactly been the color of money this season, finishing no better than 29th among fantasy WRs in six of the nine weeks that Cincy has played, so far. Lining up opposite Arizona shutdown CB Patrick Peterson on Sunday, I can see another WR3-ish performance in the Cards.

Brad – RANDALL COBB ($27). Limburger putrid of late, Cobb ranks outside the WR top-50 in fantasy points per game since Week 4. His inability to get consistently open is one of the primary reasons why Green Bay's offense has stalled. This week matched against top-of-the-line slot corner Captain Munnerlyn, who has given up a 65.9 QB rating to his assignments, Cobb will again underwhelm. A final tally around 5-55-0 is in my forecast. 

Tony Romo, in his first game back in eons, total standard Yahoo fantasy points (1 pt/25 yards passing, 4 pts/pass TD) in Miami 19.9. 

Andy – Sure, I'll take the OVER. He's returning from an injury that shouldn't have any lasting impact, so don't fret about that. He's also facing the NFL's No. 20 pass defense, a group that's allowed 17 TDs through the air and 255 yards per game. 

Scott – UNDER. It's important to stay grounded with initial expectations when a player, even a name player, returns off a substantial absence. 

Brandon – OVER. Miami's defense has been generous to fantasy QBs, Dez Bryant is three weeks back from injury and Romo is coming off a collarbone injury, not exactly as concerning as a shoulder, knee or back would be. I think he hits the ground running (throwing?).

Doug Martin, who's slipped in recent weeks, combined yards at Philly 89.5. 

Scott – UNDER. Philly's defense is staunch against just about everything, and Martin is stumbling around at 3.17 YPC over his last three starts. If the Bucs face a major deficit, we might see more Charles Sims in the second half. 

Brandon – UNDER. To put it bluntly, he's sucked these past few weeks, averaging just 3.2 YPC and failing to score a TD against the likes of Dallas, the Giants and Atlanta, all three ranked among the 13 most generous in fantasy to opposing RBs. Against the fifth-most stingy defense in fantasy to opposing RBs, I don't expect Martin to suddenly break out of his slump.

Liz – UNDER. Martin hasn’t put forth a 100-yard rushing effort since Week 7 and hasn’t found the end zone since Week 5. In fact, he’s averaged just 3.1 YPC over his last three games. The usually staunch Eagles’ run defense has been leaky as of late, but Charles Sims’ presence in the passing game and Jameis Winston’s successful goal line plunges have put a cap on Martin’s opportunities.

Rookie Stefon Diggs, who failed to crack 50 yards in consecutive games, receiving yards at home versus Green Bay 79.5.  

Liz – OVER. The Vikings may be running the second most rushing plays and the second fewest passing plays in the league, but Green Bay has allowed an average of 122 receiving yards to No. 1 wideouts over their past four outings. Diggs earns his money after the catch, and I think he breaks off a long run against a Packers defense that’s not used to be on the field so much.

Brad – OVER. Yes, he's sloughed the past couple weeks, but game flow and increased dependence on Adrian Peterson explain the sudden drop-off. In a game with plenty of high-scoring appeal, I suspect Diggs gets back on track. Seven wide receivers have surpassed the proposed numbers against the Pack this season. Diggs adds to the list, possibly topping 100 yards. 

Scott – OVER. The Packers have struggled against No. 1 wideouts, and this might be a week where the Vikings have to pump air into the football and throw it. If and when that happens, we know Diggs is the preferred option. 

With Big Ben, Drew Brees and Eli Manning on bye, what under-owned QB fills the void best: Alex Smith (at SD), Mark Sanchez (at TB), Brock Osweiler (at Chi) or Jameis Winston (at Phi)? 

Brandon – MARK SANCHEZ. He's was a top 15-level fantasy QB in his substantial playing opportunity last season and I would expect him to be able to deliver in a similar manner in his '15 starting debut on Sunday against a Tampa Bay defense allowing a 102.5 QB Rating, third-highest in the league.

Liz – MARK SANCHEZ. The Bucs’ defensive front is getting after QBs, as evidenced by the three sacks they put on Matt Cassel in Week 10. But Mark Sanchez, as bad as he may be, has proven to excel in Chip Kelly’s offense, averaging 277 yards per start in 2014. He’ll make a bunch of blunders, but given a week to prepare in addition to his rapport with Jordan Matthews, Sanchez could have a 285-yard and 2 TD outing in Week 11.

Scott – MARK SANCHEZ was a starter for Philly for the second half of 2014 (Weeks 9-16), and he finished as the No. 9 fantasy quarterback over that span. Obviously Jeremy Maclin is no longer here, but I'll take that sample to market. The Bucs rank 24th in opponent-adjusted pass defense

Pick a Packer. Who has more fantasy points (.5 PPR) in Week 11 at MIN: Randall Cobb or Davante Adams?

Brad – ADAMS. His recent catch rate is Mike Evans-disastrous, but it's hard to dispute the workload (31 targets). Likely to draw Xavier Rhodes, a corner who's conceded six touchdowns this year, Davante Swing sings a sexy slow jam. I'm banking on 70-plus with a touchdown. 

Dalton – COBB. I actually have them ranked back-to-back this week, so this is a toss up for me. But I'll give the slight edge to the player with the longer (and superior) track record. It's pretty crazy Adams got 3.8 YPT on 21 looks at home against the Lions last week. 

Andy – I'll take COBB, because he's the superior player, capable of lining up anywhere. But I don't dislike Adams, just for the record. He's coming off a weirdly quiet 21-target week, but you have to like the workload.

With ageless wonder Matt Hasselbeck under center, Frank Gore standard fantasy points in Atlanta 10.9. 

Andy – OVER, slightly. Meh. Gore is gonna do Gore things. It's hard not to like the workload over his last two games (54 touches), and the match-up isn't impossible. But no one wants to read about Gore, so let's keep things moving...

Dalton – OVER. Gore totaled 54 touches the previous two games before last week's bye and should continue to see a bunch of work with Hasselbeck now taking over QB duties. The Falcons have allowed 10 rushing touchdowns to opposing backs this season, which are the second most in the NFL.

Brad – UNDER. Hassy to be at least serviceable, but it's very possible Dan Quinn stacks the line and dares the fossilized QB to beat him vertically. That's no bueno for Gore. Atlanta has allowed only 3.56 yards per carry to RBs. His final line has 65-75 yards and no TDs written all over it. 

Danny Amendola, a highly sought after waiver add this week, receptions against the Bills 8.5.  

Andy – UNDER, by 0.5. He can have a great fantasy day and still not reach nine receptions. I like him a lot, but this isn't a safe number to project for any player. 

Dalton – UNDER. I'm really high on Amendola with Dion Lewis and now Julian Edelman out, ranking him as my No. 15 WR this week. But nine catches is a season's pace of 144, so the safe bet here is the under, as I say Amendola records eight grabs in Week 11. 

Brandon – UNDER. I have him down for seven catches, so I think he'll still be money for PPR purproses. But I'm going to bet against most anyone (outside of Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins or Antonio Brown) getting nine catches in a game.  Brad Evans should have given this question to himself as he's the one predicting a 10-catch repeat for Amendola.

Fill in the blank. _________, under 50-percent owned in Yahoo leagues, will have fanatics racing to pick up after Week 11 (Any position).  

Dalton – ERIC EBRON is owned in just one third of Yahoo leagues, but that number will rise considerably after he has a big game against an Oakland defense that's yielded an NFL-high 10 touchdowns to opposing tight ends this year.

Liz – KENNY BRITT. Yeah, this is a super long shot, but I wanted to alert avid fans to a potentially developing situation. Newly installed QB Case Keenum isn’t afraid to threaten defenses deep. Britt, listed as the team’s No. 1 WR, exists as the Rams lone deep threat. Offensive Coordinator Frank Cignetti has proven to be a creative play caller who might just want to spell Todd Gurley on occasion and put the ball in the air. If Keenum and Britt can get something going St. Louis may have more fantasy goodness to offer than the rookie RB and Tavon Austin.

Scott – BRIAN HOYER draws the New Orleans giveaway in Week 12, making him an outstanding play if his concussion issue is cleared. Maybe grab some Nate Washington while you're there.  

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Author: Brad Evans
Posted: November 19, 2015, 5:44 pm

By Sasha Yodashkin
RotoWire Hockey Writer

Thursday is a busy night in the NHL, with a Rangers-Lightning Eastern Conference finals rematch and a clash between the hot-starting Stars and Capitals as the highlights of a nine-game slate. There are nearly endless lineup possibilities with 18 teams in action, but that doesn't make zeroing in on the players in the best position to succeed any less important. Whether they're scorers on hot streaks or simply primed for production due to favorable situations, these players are the investments most likely to put your lineup over the top.

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Marc-Andre Fleury, Pit vs. COL ($33) - A lot of Thursday's goaltending options carry a high level of uncertainty, but Fleury has been steady all season en route to a 9-6-0 record and 2.08 GAA. The Avalanche looked tired in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Maple Leafs and are in the midst of a seven-game road trip while the Penguins have only been away from Consol Energy Center once since Nov. 7. Advantage: Fleury.

Goalies to Avoid:

Devan Dubnyk, MIN at BOS ($35) - In a matchup between the league's two worst penalty kills, goalie probably isn't the position in which to invest. It's going to be hard for Dubnyk to live up expectations as the night's third-most expensive goaltender in what promises to be a high-scoring affair.

Jake Allen, STL vs. BUF ($34) - Allen isn't the automatic option some might assume. The 25-year-old has been inconsistent in his first season as a full-time starter, and his 3.59 GAA and .837 save percentage over his last three starts show he's in a downswing. Buffalo's feisty young team isn't the cupcake opponent it was last year, either, as a 6-3-1 record in the last 10 games is actually superior to the Blues' 6-4-0 mark.


Claude Giroux, PHI vs. SJS ($21) - Giroux's recent uptick in production has been overshadowed by the resurgence of linemate Jakub Voracek, but it's hardly surprising that the two have gone hand-in-hand. While both have seen the requisite increase in price, Giroux's $21 is still disrespectful for a 27-year-old with 159 points in his last two full seasons, especially considering he has eight points in his last eight games. Hop on the Giroux bandwagon before his cost normalizes back to the mid-$20s.

Center to Avoid:

Evgeny Kuznetsov, WSH vs. DAL ($21) - Kuznetsov has failed to capitalize on recent playing time alongside Alexander Ovechkin, as the less-heralded Russian has seen his production drop dramatically since the calendar turned to November. He shoots the puck much less than most centers in his price range, so it's tough for Kuznetsov to generate much value unless he's putting up points.


Mats Zuccarello, NYR at TBL ($25) - Zuccarello's absence was the primary reason the Lightning triumphed over the Rangers in last season's Eastern Conference finals, but now he's healthy and as dangerous as ever. The diminutive winger earned NHL's Second Star of the Week honors with seven points and a plus-5 rating in four games last week, and he has had since Sunday to prepare for a game that means a lot to the 14-2-2 blueshirts. Expect Zucc to at least maintain his early season point-per-game pace against a Lightning team that has scuffled to 3-6-1 in its last 10.

Thomas Vanek, MIN at BOS ($18) - Zach Parise's injury has forced the Wild to look for alternative scoring sources, and Vanek has stepped up with three goals and an assist on 16 shots in his last four outings. The sniper is also a prominent fixture on Minnesota's top power-play unit, even though he has posted only three points with the man advantage this season. Despite his relative lack of power-play production, Vanek is in an excellent position to capitalize on Boston's league-worst penalty kill.

Wings to Avoid:

Nikita Kucherov, TBL vs. NYR ($23) - Kucherov's move up to Tampa's top line with Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov is promising, but it doesn't suddenly make a winger on a 41-point pace worth $23. The Lightning's reshuffled offense produced a whopping zero goals in Monday's loss to the Panthers, so it's foolish to expect a significant uptick in production only three days later against the best defensive team in the NHL.

Frank Vatrano, BOS vs. MIN ($19) - Vatrano's rise to the NHL level is a nice story, but his price's subsequent rise to $19 is nothing more than the result of an overreaction to one good game. Since scoring a goal in his first career game, the undrafted free agent hasn't registered a point in four subsequent contests. Fantasy isn't the place to overpay for a feel-good story.


Kevin Shattenkirk, STL vs. BUF ($20) - Shattenkirk has really taken off in the last three games, posting a goal and three assists. The talented blueliner flew under the radar after missing three weeks due to a groin injury, but Shattenkirk's recent hot streak has quickly returned him to prominence. His superb offensive profile suggests this recent run is par for the course, and $20 is a reasonable price for a 26-year-old defenseman with 203 points in 347 career games. Look for Shattenkirk to play an even bigger role Thursday if Colton Parayko (lower body) does not play.

Jack Johnson, CLS at OTT ($15) - The third overall pick in the 2005 draft has shown some signs of stirring from an early season slump. Johnson has posted a goal and two assists on the power play in the last four games after tallying just two points total in the season's first 15 games. Columbus' recent improved play mitigates Johnson's plus/minus downside, making him a sensible low-cost option against a Senators team that ranks near the bottom of the league defensively.

Defenseman to Avoid:

Dan Girardi, NYR at TBL ($21) - Girardi's eight points through 18 games are much more likely to be a product of puck luck than some sort of newfound offensive skill at age 31. He has averaged a nondescript 25 points per season over his eight full NHL seasons and should continue to produce at that pace. Girardi's value generally stems primarily from blocked shots and plus/minus, and while those stats tend to quietly add up to decent performances, they aren't worth paying $21.

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Posted: November 19, 2015, 5:42 pm

Let's be very clear, right here at the top: We do not recommend a multi-Titan fantasy lineup. Not this week, not any week. Doesn't seem ideal. As much as we all like rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, he's directing an offense that ranks No. 30 in the league in total yardage (321.6 YPG) and No. 27 in scoring (18.8). You can only own so many shares of a team like this.

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However, we have four teams on bye this week and, by this point in the season, injuries have hit everyone's fantasy roster. So there's a decent chance you're looking to the free agent pool for assistance in Week 11. Here are two names approved for use in deeper formats, in case of emergency...

RB Dexter McCluster, 21 percent owned, $14 in Yahoo daily

McCluster has carved out a role that's entirely unaffected by the Andrews-Cobb-Sankey pileup, so no need to fret about that nonsense. Dexter is routinely seeing 3-8 carries and 4-8 pass targets per game, generally finishing with 50-or-so scrimmage yards. He found the end-zone against Carolina last week, too (pictured above). He's caught 19 balls over his last five games, so he offers PPR appeal, if nothing else. Jacksonville's defense has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points per game to running backs and the sixth-most receiving yards (501) to the position. Tennessee will be without both Kendall Wright (knee) and Justin Hunter (ankle), so McCluster shouldn't lack for targets. Nor should this guy...

[Week 11 rankings: Quarterback | Running Back | Receiver | Tight End | Flex | All Positions]

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, 22 percent owned, $13 in Yahoo daily

DGB followed his 10-target, 77-yard sorta-breakout with a two-target, zero-catch dud against the Panthers. So that was alarming. But with Wright and Hunter out of the mix, the Titans are simply going to need the gigantic rookie (6-foot-5, 237) to contribute. We can't say he's been a particularly reliable route-runner — this ugly pick had as much to do with DGB as Mariota — but he's desperately needed at the moment. Hunter is done for the season, leaving 4-5 targets per game up for grabs. Vets Delanie Walker and Harry Douglas should see plenty of looks, but Green-Beckham will need to be involved as well. He seems built for red-zone work, so a three-catch, one-touchdown night is doable.

Author: Andy Behrens
Posted: November 19, 2015, 3:20 pm

The Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the top 50 fantasy football players. Essentially, the Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for a fantasy owner who is planning to participate in a draft today. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football default scoring settings are used as the baseline for the Big Board.

(Note: This will be the last update for the '15 season. Check back in late December for a first look at the top 50 for '16)

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Big Board 50: Football
PlayerPos.vs ECRStock
1. Todd Gurley (STL) RB 0 Averaging 116.7 rush yards in past 6 games, and starting to see some play in the pass game (28 rec. YPG in past 4)
2. Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB 0 Teams starting to figure out how to contain him on the ground a bit (3 YPC in past 2), but his pass game work has more than made up for it (55 rec. YPG, 1 TD catch in past 2)
3. Adrian Peterson (MIN) RB 0 Leads RBs in rush attempt and rushing yards - 5 TDs is decent, but has left plenty on the table as he's 1-for-12 in converting goal line carries
4. Julio Jones (ATL) WR 0 Arguably most complete WR in the league at this moment (hNo. 1 WR in FAN PPG thru W10) - only potential buzz kill is likely faceoff w/ CAR CB Josh Norman in Weeks 14 and 16
5. DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR +6 No. 2 FAN WR thru W10, but has been nearly Julio Jones' equal - has 11.7+ FAN PTS in 7 of 9 games
6. Antonio Brown (PIT) WR -1 Bond w/ Big Ben is 2nd to none - Has gone for 25+ FAN PTS in each of past 2 games, giving him 8 games of 20+ FAN PTS in past 24 regular-season games
7. Rob Gronkowski (NWE) TE -1 Has had 10+ FAN PTS in 7 of 9 games, and 2nd-most targeted TE likely to see an increase in looks going forward w/ WR Edelman out for the year
8. Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG) WR -1 Topped 100 yards for 5th time (and 3rd straight game) in W10 - has 90+ yards in 14 of past 19 games, and 20 TD catches in 22 career games
9. Charcandrick West (KAN) RB +17 No. 1 RB (21.7 FAN PPG in 3 games) since W7, in RB friendly system (Reid's record speaks for itself - West already No. 2 RB in RZ targets)) and ROS schedule is 2nd-easiest among RBs
10. Marshawn Lynch (SEA) RB 0 Momentum (be it, health-wise or game flow-wise) has been elusive - that said, averaging respectable 12.2 FAN PPG in past 4 games
11. Lamar Miller (MIA) RB +1 Top FAN RB since Philbin firing, with 7 TDs and an average of 124.4 YFS per game in that 5-game span - ROS schedule not daunting, though backup Ajayi could cut a bit into Miller time
12. DeAngelo Williams (PIT) RB -4 Getting 18.6 FAN PPG in the 5 games in which he's received 10+ touches - potential fly in ointment is a ROS schedule ranked as 4th-toughest at the RB position
13. Mark Ingram (NOR) RB 0 Has a high floor as the now-fully featured RB in this offense, as we've seen in past 3 games - 0 TDs, but salvaged fantasy respectability with 104.3 YFS per game
14. Dez Bryant (DAL) WR +8 In case you forgot what the return of QB Romo means, Dez entered the season w/ 50 combined TD catches in the previous 4 seasons (average of 12.5 TDs)
15. Alshon Jeffery (CHI) WR +1 Played roughly half the snaps in blowout win in W10 (vs STL) as he rested sore groin - clear go-to option for QB Cutler (who has settled into a nice groove throwing the ball)
16. Allen Robinson (JAC) WR +18 17 catches of 20+ yards is tops in NFL, and he has 4th-most WR FAN PPG since Week 2 - faces NO in W16 (Championship!)
17. DeMarco Murray (PHI) RB +12 Top 5 fantasy RB since W5, w/ 3 TDs and an avg. of 118.6 YFS in that 5-game span - likely to get a small break from the Ryan Mathews buzz (concussion in W10)
18. Brandon Marshall (NYJ) WR +6 All he does is find a way to deliver for his owners (100 yards and/or TD in 7 of 8 contests) - he's simply elite, and it's never mattered what team (or QB) he's tied to
19. Tom Brady (NWE) QB -4 Here's all you need to know: In his 15-year Hall of Fame career, he's never been better in FAN PPG than this season's 25.5 mark (Y! default scoring)
20. Latavius Murray (OAK) RB -3 Sits 9th among RBs in YFS per game (90.1) and ROS schedule ranks among the 12 easiest at the RB position
21. Christopher Ivory (NYJ) RB -12 After a rough 3-game slide, returned to top (violent) form in W10 (135 YFS vs BUF) - 9th-easiest ROS sched for RBs
22. Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR +6 Exorcised demons vs. SEA in W10 (10/130) - is top 6 in catches, receiving yards and TDs at WR position, and has 8.7+ FAN PTS in all but 1 game
23. LeGarrette Blount (NWE) RB +12 Typically does his best work down the stretch (5.1 YPC mark in December) - is 3rd in Goal-Line Rushes despite being just 16th in total carries - big workload ahead w/ Lewis/Edelman out
24. Calvin Johnson (DET) WR -4 Has been consistently solid (an upper middle-class version of B. Marshall) since W2, averaging 11 FAN PPG in that 8-game span - Has gone for 80+ yards in past 2 despite sore ankle
25. Aaron Rodgers (GNB) QB -6 Top 5 QB in FAN PPG despite getting little help from his WR corps - garbage time has given him a nice boost recently
26. Doug Martin (TAM) RB +5 Dougie not looking so Fresh of late - 24th in RB FAN PTS over past 3 weeks despite 3rd-easiest RB schedule in that span - that's a buzz kill for his ROS schedule (top 5 easiest at RB)
27. Allen Hurns (JAC) WR +28 TD in 7 straight games, and no worse than 6 FAN PTS in any game this season - there's tremendous value in a WR w/ his lofty floor
28. A.J. Green (CIN) WR -10 All-or-Nothing Green has had a couple huge fantasy games, but has finished no better than No. 29 at WR in 6 of his 9 games - ROS schedule 1 of the toughest among WRs
29. LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB -15 Has 87+ YFS in 6 of 7 games, and 112 rush yards in each of past 2, but backup RB K. Williams stealing TDs and ROS schedule is daunting (8th toughest at RB position)
30. Demaryius Thomas (DEN) WR -7 We'll see how he does w/ QB Osweiler, but I'll still bet on DT's size/athleticism keeping him afloat
31. Amari Cooper (OAK) WR +5 Top 15 WR in FAN PPG since W2 (Min. 6 games) - negligible difference between Cooper and Crabtree in that span (Cooper 11.6 FAN PPG, Crabtree 11.4 FAN PPG)
32. Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR +53 Top 15 WR in FAN PPG since W2 (Min. 6 games) - negligible difference between Cooper and Crabtree in that span (Cooper 11.6 FAN PPG, Crabtree 11.4 FAN PPG)
33. Frank Gore (IND) RB -6 The Grinder has at least 75 YFS in 7 straight games, and has avg. 97 YFS and scored a TD over his past 2 vs stout opposition (DEN, CAR) - stretch run schedule sets up nicely
34. Drew Brees (NOR) QB +19 W/ that awful NOLA Defense, you can count on Brees to air it out, and that should lead to fantasy playoff success as Weeks 14-16 schedule is as good as it gets at QB position
35. Cam Newton (CAR) QB +11 2nd only to Brady in FAN PPG at QB despite career-low 56.3% Completion Rate - has TD run in 9 of past 12 reg-season games
36. Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR +9 Counting '14 playoff game, has now amassed 1,050 yards and 14 TDs in 16 career games - he's like a WR version of Gronk
37. Matt Forte (CHI) RB -12 Has been out past 2 games (MCL) and, given success of backup Langford, have to wonder if/when he returns, if it will be to a reduced role as he's not likely to return to CHI in '16
38. Brandin Cooks (NOR) WR +6 Riding the Brees wave to the tune of a 14.2 FAN PPG since Week 5 (No. 7 WR in that 6-game span) - ROS schedule shows few speed bumps
39. Darren McFadden (DAL) RB -1 Most touches in NFL over past month has led to 113.8 YFS clip in that span, but TDs tough to come by - return of QB Romo should boost Red Zone work - ROS schedule is reasonable
40. Mike Evans (TAM) WR -1 TDs aren't flowing like in '14, but have to love that he's 2nd in WR targets (53) over past 4 weeks, and he's delivered 126+ yards in 3 of those 4 games
41. Eric Decker (NYJ) WR +9 Mr. 6/70/TD has scored in 7 of 8 games and has at least 9 FAN PTS in all 8 - upside may be limited playing opposite B-Marsh, but his consistency is something I cherish at WR
42. Danny Woodhead (SDG) RB +5 Tons of pass attempts in SD, and plenty of injuries at skill positions, have created an extremely ripe environment for Woodhead - leads RBs in rec. yds (522) and is No. 6 RB in PPR setup
43. Jonathan Stewart (CAR) RB -1 Just 3.9 YPC, but when you are getting 20+ carries (5 games in a row), that helps make up for lackluster production - top 10 in FAN PPG at RB in that span Week 6-10 span (min 3 games)
44. Justin Forsett (BAL) RB -23 Has become the fantasy definition of ho-hum - his 9.9 FAN PPG ranks outside top 25 RBs (min 4 games played) - ROS schedule is unfavorable
45. Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR +7 An upper middle class version of Edelman - heavy targets and potential to pad numbers in the run and return games offset low Yards per Catch - ROS schedule among easiest for WRs
46. Greg Olsen (CAR) TE -6 No. 2 TE in FAN PPG since Week 2 (11.9) is set-up for success down the stretch as he'll face the 2nd-easiest ROS schedule at the TE position
47. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB +7 Loving life in this Haley-run system: 5,315 pass yards, 33 TD passes in past 16 games ('14 playoff game inc.) - Has 300+ pass yards in 12 of those games
48. T.Y. Hilton (IND) WR 0 Volatility (has scored in just 10 of past 40 reg-season games) and Indy QB issue (Luck likely out for next month) put him in very tenuous position on Big Board
49. Carson Palmer (ARI) QB -19 Showed in W10 that he's matchup proof (363/3 TD/ 1 INT @ SEA) - sits 2nd in TD passes and 4th in passing yards
50. Chris Johnson (ARI) RB -9 Only Big 3 of Gurley/Freeman/Peterson have more rush yards since W2 (avg 87.1 rush YPG in that 8-game span) - like J-Stew, workload matters here
51. Philip Rivers (SDG) QB +9 Avg. 43+ pass att., and pushing NFL record pace in pass yards - in a situation conducive to pass-heavy leaning, and ROS sched (outside DEN in W13) is undaunting

Note: "vs. ECR" compares my rank to the Expert Consensus Rank (ECR) as compiled by FantasyPros.

Dropped Out: Stefon Diggs, Min, WR; Emmanuel Sanders, Den, WR; Randall Cobb, GB, WR; Tyler Eifert, Cin, TE; Eddie Lacy, GB, RB; Julian Edelman, NE, WR (foot)

(QBs) Derek Carr, Oak; Andy Dalton, Cin;
(RBs) Giovani Bernard, Cin; Jeremy Hill, Cin; T.J. Yeldon, Jac; Ryan Mathews, Phi; Karlos Williams, Buf
(WRs)  Randall Cobb, GB; Stefon Diggs, Min; Emmanuel Sanders, Den; John Brown, Ari; Michael Floyd, Ari; Jeremy Maclin, KC; Rishard Matthews, Mia; DeSean Jackson, Was

(TEs) Tyler Eifert, Cin; Gary Barnidge, Cle; Antonio Gates, SD; Travis Kelce, KC; Jordan Reed, Was;

Author: Brandon Funston
Posted: November 19, 2015, 2:21 am

If you're debating on your Week 11 lineup for Daily Fantasy Football, we're here to help. Our six experts put together their lineups for this week based off a $200 budget.

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Author: Yahoo Sports Staff
Posted: November 18, 2015, 10:01 pm

Okay, here are the Shuffle Up rules.

We are talking rest-of-season value, not Week 11 value. Everything to this point is an audition. If you want leaders to this point, you’ll find them elsewhere. If you want Week 11 rankings, click over here.

Today, we do wide receivers, and only wide receivers. Next week, new position. 

You’ll disagree with stuff because that’s why we have a game. Try to stay grounded and rational with your players, it’s one of the most important skills in your fantasy toolbox.

The prices are unscientific and just a way to compare the players. When players are at the same price, it means they are considered even. I do not compare prices with other shuffles, and I do every shuffle from scratch.

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Assume a half-point PPR scoring format. I will eventually add comment on many (perhaps most) players, but I do not promise a comment on everyone. For now, consider the prices. 

If you have a constructive piece of criticism, I’ll consider it. See something out of place? Offer some reasoning. I may alter the list between initial post and the end of Wednesday.

I will also note, I didn't hold the Week 11 byes against anyone's rank. Obviously it's one less game for some key players. I wanted to grade the players independent of that. Feel free to make the adjustments you deem necessary. 

And now we shuffle, shufflers.

$34 Antonio Brown: Most difficult cover in the league, a lesson on lateral agility. 
$32 Odell Beckham: Not much protection here but it doesn't matter. 
$31 DeAndre Hopkins: He doesn't care who the quarterback is. 
$30 Julio Jones: Obviously a blue-chipper, but two Carolina games loom.
$30 Dez Bryant: No one wants it more than him, now gets Romo back. 
$28 Alshon Jeffery: QB and OC clicking, but how healthy is Jeffery? 
$26 Calvin Johnson
$26 Amari Cooper: Just 18th in WR targets; would like to see more forced to him.
$26 Larry Fitzgerald
$25 Brandon Marshall: Drops come every week, but it's a narrow usage tree. 
$25 Allen Robinson: Consistency, opportunity and upside, every single week. 

$24 Martavis Bryant

The career numbers read like a series of misprints: 13 touchdowns on just 48 catches, 20.6 per reception. Last year’s success came despite very limited snaps and usage, but that hasn’t been the case this year: Bryant’s getting over eight looks per game. He’s also shown the ability to produce with different quarterbacks, and on different styles of routes. If the Steelers can keep their four primary playmakers healthy next year, put them down for 500-plus points. 

[Week 11 rankings: Quarterback | Running Back | Receiver | Tight End | Flex | All Positions]

$24 Demaryius Thomas: Quarterback play can't be worse with Osweiler. 
$23 Brandin Cooks: Top 10 wideout over past six games. 
$21 A.J. Green: Getting pushed around; forced to share in offense. 
$20 Jarvis Landry: Floor player, third in red-zone targets. 
$20 Michael Crabtree: Crossing the bridge saved his career. 
$19 Mike Evans: Messy catch rate and low TD count, life with Jameis. 
$19 Eric Decker: One score and 60-90 yards, that's a "Decker."
$19 Randall Cobb: Having trouble beating jams, not a true No. 1. 
$18 Jeremy Maclin: Quiet game at Denver to be expected; he's still a rock-solid WR2. 
$18 Emmanuel Sanders: Injuries are primary concern; needs quick adjust to Osweiler. 
$18 T.Y. Hilton: He's showed some chemistry with Hasselbeck so don't panic here. 
$18 Allen Hurns: Dinged up, but can't argue the consistency. 
$16 Sammy Watkins: Hard to get volume the way this offense is designed. 
$15 Danny Amendola: Not close to full Edelman, but think 75 percent. 
$15 Davante Adams: Obscene how much he left on the table in Week 10. 
$15 Michael Floyd
$15 Stefon Diggs: He's legit but how far can Teddy take you? 
$14 Brandon LaFell: Slowly rounding into form, and they need him. 
$14 Jordan Matthews: Had some rapport with Sanchez last week. 
$13 Stevie Johnson
$13 John Brown: Until a prove-it game, impossible to trust. 
$12 Travis Benjamin: Did just fine with Manziel in Week 10. 
$11 Rishard Matthews
$11 Kamar Aiken: Their go-to by complete default. 
$11 Tavon Austin: They manufacture touches for him weekly. 
$11 Willie Snead
$10 Donte Moncrief: A few quiet weeks, but offense shouldn't crash with Hasselbeck. 
$8 DeSean Jackson
$8 Golden Tate: Less than 10 YPC, just one touchdown. 

Did James Jones disappear into the Lambeau crowd? (AP/Mike Roemer)
$7 Chris Givens: Upside is modest, but they've worked him into offense. 
$6 Marvin Jones
$5 James Jones: Been on a milk carton for a month. 
$5 Vincent Jackson
$5 Jamison Crowder
$5 Doug Baldwin: Has a handful of big games that are impossible to project. 
$4 Pierre Garcon
$4 Nate Washington
$4 Cecil Shorts
$4 Terrance Williams: Might rise to WR4 level if Romo rebounds quickly. 
$4 Dwayne Harris: Upside is modest, but I'd be shocked if Nicks hurt his numbers. 
$4 Dorial Green-Beckham: They need him in expanded role, but we've said that before. 
$4 Andre Johnson
$3 Brian Quick: Maybe he'll show something now that Keenum is starting. 
$3 Cole Beasley
$3 Leonard Hankerson
$3 Dontrelle Inman: Opportunity likely if Floyd can't play through shoulder. 
$3 Kenny Stills
$3 Devin Funchess: Still figuring out pro game; give long look next summer. 
$2 Rueben Randle: Runs around the field like the boundaries don't exist. 
$2 Anquan Boldin: A shame to see him sinking on this ship. 
$2 Ted Ginn
$2 Robert Woods
$2 Marques Colston
$2 Tyler Lockett: They refuse to put much on his rookie plate. 
$2 Lance Moore: Scores the occasional touchdown but volume can't be trusted. 
$1 Kendall Wright
$1 Jermaine Kearse
$1 Eddie Royal
$1 Brian Hartline
$1 Malcom Floyd
$1 Nelson Agholor: Most of their personnel calls failed this spring. 
$1 Philly Brown
$1 Torrey Smith
$1 Marquess Wilson: Hasn't done anything with recent opportunity. 
$1 Mike Wallace
$1 Cody Latimer
$1 Keshawn Martin
$1 Kenny Britt
$0 Jared Abbrederis: Started to emerge, then got hurt. 
$0 Mohamed Sanu
$0 Roddy White
$0 Harry Douglas
$0 Wes Welker

Author: Scott Pianowski
Posted: November 18, 2015, 6:52 pm

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Posted: November 18, 2015, 5:47 pm

By Eric Neuman
RotoWire Hockey Writer

There are only three games Wednesday, which has a significant impact on your lineup assembly. It is worth taking a quick peek at the three tilts to help preview the player pool.

Vancouver and Winnipeg enter with lengthy losing streaks. The Canucks have dropped three consecutive games while allowing 3.6 goals per game over their last five outings, and the Jets have lost six straight, averaging 4.8 goals over their last five.

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While the Red Wings have struggled offensively with just 1.8 goals per game the last five games, the return of Pavel Datsyuk should help. It is a difficult draw Wednesday, though. Washington allows just 2.31 goals per game, which is also the lowest of any of the six teams in play.

Chicago looks to be curbing its slight slide (2-4-1) with consecutive wins, which also includes a home victory over the Oilers. However, the Blackhawks score an underwhelming 2.14 goals per game and are 2-5 away from the United Center. Still, Edmonton is 6-12, and Chicago is still receiving significant chalk.


Braden Holtby, WAS at DET ($36) - A three-game slate isn't the spot to go cute in goal. Holtby owns a .941 save percentage over his last four games with a 3-1 record, and he has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his last 11 outings. He is a top-tier talent who is backstopping a strong defensive team, and as mentioned, Detroit is struggling to generate offense.

Goalie to Avoid:

Ryan Miller, VAN at WPG ($32) - This is an atrocious spot for the Canucks. They are playing their seventh consecutive road game in 12 days at the MTS Centre on Wednesday, and the Jets are reeling along a six-game losing streak. Winnipeg is in must-win mode, and Vancouver has won just one of their last seven games. Plus, Miller has allowed at least three goals in each of his last five games.


Nicklas Backstrom, WAS at DET ($21) - Projected to be reunited with long-time running mate Alex Ovechkin, Backstrom presents huge profit on his cap hit. While he has 12 points -- six goals -- through 13 games this season with five power-play points, Backstrom's fantasy stock receives a significant boost skating with Ovechkin in all situations, and all said, the pivot has 584 points through 590 games during his nine-year career. He is no slouch.

Center to Avoid:

Evgeny Kuznetsov, WAS at DET ($20) - Sure, you can squeeze Kuznetsov in as part of a Capitals stack, but at his cap hit, it is risky to spend up for the pivot now that he is separated from Alex Ovechkin. And don't forget, Kuznetsov has just one goal and four helpers over his last eight games with only 10 shots on net. His five-point showing is still buoying his year-long statistics.


Marko Dano, CHI at EDM ($14) - Everything is in front of Dano, and in the daily racket, it is always better to be ahead of the production than chasing it. He is projected to skate with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, and Dano has an assist and four shots over his last two games. The offensive upside is there, too, as he finished last season with four goals, 10 assists, a plus-12 rating, eight penalty minutes and 37 shots on net over the final 15 games.

Andrew Ladd, WPG vs. VAN ($17) - The Winnipeg Captain has struggled to string together consistent offensive showing this season and has a minus-5 rating for the season. Call it a hunch, but expect him to have a solid showing at the MTS Centre on Wednesday to end Winnipeg's six-game losing streak. After all, his 8.3 shooting percentage is a career low.

Wing to avoid:

Taylor Hall, EDM vs. CHI ($31) - While the crushing cap hit is warranted given Hall's production, the daunting matchup isn't accounted for. Hall is a high-volume shooter, and he has scored 20 points -- eight goals -- through 18 games this season. However, the problem is he'll need to return a multi-point showing with a plus-rating to return value on his cap hit. It is a tall order with Jonathan Toews likely to match up opposite Hall all night.


Trevor Daley, CHI at EDM ($12) - At minimum price, Daley is a lineup lock. Yes, he has failed to return anything near the statistics he posted last season, but he is an elite skater and unlikely to return a minus-rating Wednesday. The savings opens up oodles of cap wiggle room and the ceiling is high.

Dustin Byfuglien, WPG vs. VAN ($22) - Use the savings you grabbed with Daley to spend up for Byfuglien. The Winnipeg rearguard averages 23:22 minutes per game with 64 shots through 19 games this season. His high shot volume paired with his significant role make Byfuglien one of the safest blue line options Wednesday.

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Posted: November 18, 2015, 5:42 pm

By Eric Neuman
RotoWire Basketball Writer

Wednesday's basketball slate provides a plethora of players and lineup options to choose. Besides the usual suspects like Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, James Harden and DeMarcus Cousins, there are plenty of other players at affordable prices capable of putting up monster numbers. With some of the best defensive players in the league in action as well, there are also a few players you will want to avoid.

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Rajon Rondo, SAC at ATL ($29) - Entering the season, Rondo was quite the wild card in the fantasy circuit. Always an enigma, it was unclear if Sacramento was getting the stat sheet stuffing Rondo from Boston, or the headcase version we saw in Dallas last season. The early results are in, and it appears the Kings landed the former. He's recorded three triple-doubles in his last five games, including 14 assists per game during that span. On the year, he's averaging 12.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 9.5 dimes and 2.1 steals in 35 minutes per game. It should be noted, Darren Collison, who missed the previous five games, traveled with the team to Atlanta and could play. Either way, Rondo is quite the value at his price and should continue putting up exceptional numbers.

C.J. McCollum, POR at HOU ($30) - Houston is struggling in all phases of the game, and there is no reason to expect it to turn things around defensively Wednesday. The Rockets give up 108.5 points per game, third most in the league. Defending McCollum will be James Harden, whose defensive pedigree is polar opposite of his offensive. McCollum has been consistent this year, and it is always convenient to pair high-risk/high-reward players with efficient ones in DFS. On the year, he's providing 20.4 points points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.1 triples in 35 minutes per game.

Guard to Avoid:

Deron Williams, DAL at BOS ($26) - After a much needed change of scenery this offseason, Williams has fit in well with this Mavericks squad. He averages a respectable 12.7 points, 2.1 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.9 threes in 30 minutes per game. If you're going to bet on a breakout game for the former Fighting Illini, the smart money would not be on this contest. The Celtics have been stingy on defense all year, giving up 95.9 points per game, fifth fewest in the league. Behind the stellar play of Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder, they've been even stingier against opposing point guards, giving up the fewest FPPG.


Paul George, IND at PHI ($40) - After suffering a gruesome leg injury during a USA Basketball scrimmage late in summer 2014, George made a remarkably quick recovery and returned last Spring. This season, he has picked up right where he left off before the injury, answering any questions about whether he would ever be the same. He has been especially hot lately, scoring no less than 26 points in his last seven games. On the year, he is doing it all with 24.5 points, 8.6 points, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.5 triples in nearly 37 minutes per game. The Pacers have also decided to follow the league trend of small ball this year, with George starting at power forward in most games. The 76ers allow the most FPPG to opposing power forwards, and George should offer a unique challenge to the young Nerlens Noel.

Serge Ibaka, OKC vs. NOP ($31) - With Kevin Durant out of the Thunder's previous three games, Ibaka has been rolling along and doing his part to pick up the slack. He's made six long balls over the last four to go with an outstanding 13 blocks. Overall, he's averaged 13.9 points, 8.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.4 steals and 2.8 blocks in 34 minutes per game. Oklahoma City is going to continue relying on Ibaka on Wednesday versus the Pelicans, who allow the most points in the league at 109.4 per game.

Forward to Avoid:

Danilo Gallinari, DEN at SAS ($28) - After missing the entire 2014-15 season recovering from an ACL injury, Gallinari has been a pleasant surprise this season, putting up 28.2 FPPG. Unfortunately, he draws the unfavorable matchup of Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday, and unfavorable is an understatement. As expected, Leonard has been phenomenal defensively this year defending the opponent's best wing. Largely due to that fact, the Spurs allow the fewest FPPG to opposing small forwards.


Mason Plumlee, POR at HOU ($19) - We touched on the Rocket's poor defense earlier, and Plumlee is likely to be another prime benefactor. Houston gives up the second most FPPG to power forwards and the most to centers. With Meyers Leonard already ruled out with a dislocated left shoulder, Plumlee will have ample opportunity to succeed in Portland's shallow frontcourt. He's started every game for the Trail Blazers this year, averaging an efficient 9.3 points, 8.0 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks in 28 minutes per game. Barring foul trouble and given the matchup, outperforming his $19 price tag seems likely.

Center to Avoid:

Jonas Valanciunas, TOR at UTA ($23) - Valanciunas has been solid for the Raptors this season, nearly averaging a double-double with 14.1 points and 9.8 boards. However, he is coming off his worst performance of the season, and a matchup against one of the best defensive frontcourts in the league is far from a recipe for a bounce-back game. Utah is giving up the third-fewest points per game at 91.8 and the third-fewest FPPG to centers, as well. Valanciunas should continue his productive season, but likely after he visits Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert and company in Utah.

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Posted: November 18, 2015, 5:36 pm

Each week the Noise highlights 10 somewhat un-obvious names whom he believes are destined to implode leave egg on his face. To qualify, each player must be started in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here (Thresholds – QB: 18 fpts, RB: 13 fpts, WR: 11 fpts, TE: 10 fpts). If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 11 Lames in the comments section below.

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Andy Dalton, Cin, QB (75 percent started, $35 in Yahoo DFS)
Matchup: at Ari
A jaw-displacing Holly Holm kick to the dome. That's what Dalton owners suffered in his despicable showing last week against Houston. After supposedly burying the prime-time demons against Cleveland earlier this season, the agents of fantasy destruction resurfaced on Monday Night Football. In a contest that seemingly set the game back decades, the Red Rifle was indeed transformed into a Red Ryder (Well-played, Mr. Watt) as he accounted for an 'earth-shattering' 197 yards with zero touchdowns and a pick. Fingers were deservingly pointed at Tyler Eifert, who did his best Mike Evans impersonation, but the offense, collectively, was largely discombobulated. With that forgettable performance, Dalton's career average in 12 nighttime affairs reads like a passage from a Stephen King novel – 5.8 ypa, 58.0 cmp%, 201.0 ypg, 15:16 TD:TO split. Under the lights yet again, this time in Glendale, his evening totals could drag down further. Though Carolina is in the conversation, Arizona boasts the best top-to-bottom defense in the NFC. Stout up front and unforgiving in coverage, the Cardinals have repeatedly stymied the opposition. On the year, they've surrendered just 6.47 yards per attempt, 233.6 passing yards and 1.6 passing touchdowns per game. Of all people, Josh McCown is the only signal caller to score 20 fantasy points against them. Patrick Peterson (48.6 catch%, 56.5 QB rating allowed) is sure to throw a bucket of ice on the Heatmeiser. I'll take Blake Bortles (vs. Ten), Matthew Stafford (vs. Oak) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (at Hou) over him. 

Fearless Forecast: 227 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 11 rushing yards, 13.2 fantasy points

Doug Martin, TB, RB (71 percent started, $25)
Matchup: at Phi
Muscle Hamster. Dougernaut. Swole Mongoose. Whack-a-mole. Of Martin's former, current or proposed nicknames, the last one applies most. Earlier this season, the former Pro Bowl selection looked rejuvenated. His renewed wiggle, short-field burst and plow-through power were reminiscent of the RB that trucked Oakland in 2012. Through Week 7, he was the sixth-most valuable rusher in the virtual game averaging 5.0 yards per carry and 113.3 total yards per game. He also scored four touchdowns. But since then, the Buc has fallen on his sword. His 7.5 fantasy points per game in standard formats ranks outside the RB top-25. Unfavorable game flows and Charles Sims' growing presence are responsible for the sharp downturn. Though moving in the wrong direction, Martin is netting just over 65 percent of his yards after initial contact, but his 56.1 snap percentage over the past three weeks is a cause for pause. So is Martin's Week 11 matchup. Even down run stalwart Kiko Alonso, Philly has contained the run beautifully. RBs have tallied a mere 3.89 yards per carry and one rushing touchdown against it. Run stuffers Bennie Logan and Brandon Graham have accounted for 49 stops. In nine games only Lamar Miller and Mike Tolbert scored 13 or more fantasy points versus the Eagles. If a competitive battle, Martin should rack 15-18 touches, but given the ironclad opponent he's more RB2/FLEX material this week. 

Fearless Forecast: 17 attempts, 66 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 20 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 10.1 fantasy points

Justin Forsett, Bal, RB (86 percent started, $25)
Matchup: vs. StL
Forsett's fantasy value is presumably hiking Peru's Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The once cherished three-down rusher has fallen off the grid, failing to deliver appreciable numbers in what was supposed to be a statistically friendly Marc Trestman system. Sifting through the data, he's actually shown considerable improvement in missed tackle ('14: 11.6, '15: 17.0) and yards after contact percentage ('14: 42.9, '15: 52.5) compared to his breakout 2014. So what's his deal? Baltimore's insufferable defense, underachieving offensive line and the coaching staff's support of Buck Allen are all to blame. Point blank, Forsett is doing as much as he can with the opportunities presented. However, different from last year, those situations aren't as favorable. Don't expect a sudden change this week. St. Louis, licking its wounds after Chicago drove daggers into it via the screen game last week, enters Sunday bloodied. Over the past two weeks, the Rams have yielded 396 combined yards and three touchdowns to RBs. Still, this is a unit equipped with a premier hole plunger, Aaron Donald, and a number of playmakers at LB. Unless the Ravens line turns back the clock, another vanilla afternoon is in store for Forsett. 

Fearless Forecast: 14 attempts, 49 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 15 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 8.4 fantasy points 

Randall Cobb, GB, WR (96 percent started, $27)
Matchup: at Min
Inexplicably, Green Bay's alleged high-powered offense has fallen into a deep coma. Aaron Rodgers admits he's "trying to do too much," but the dirty pockets he's dealt (36.8 pressure% in last five) with explains why his decision-making hasn't been sharp. The often deplorable play of his wideouts also hasn't helped. Whether it's press coverage, physical limitations or sloppy routes, Packer receivers, Cobb included, have failed miserably to gain consistent separation. No shock, their box score results have been wildly erratic. Since Week 4, the slot man has crossed the chalk with great infrequency (once) and totaled 25 receptions for 284 yards. His subsequent 5.9 fantasy points per game average ranks behind such jersey sellers as Dwayne Harris, Jamison Crowder and Tedd Ginn. Don't bet on the high draft pick to immediately regain owner confidence. Captain Munnerlyn has been an unsung hero in Minnesota's defensive backfield. When manning the slot, he's allowed the second-lowest QB rating against his assignments (66.6). Thrown at 43 times, he's also not conceded a touchdown. Similar to how Tavon Austin, Stevie Johnson and Golden Tate were 'welcomed' by Munnerlyn, Cobb again falls outside the WR top-20. This week, Davante Adams will be the most valued Green Bay WR. 

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 59 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 8.4 fantasy points 

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Alshon Jeffery, Chi, WR (92 percent started, $29)
Matchup: vs. Den
When healthy and firing on all cylinders, Jeffery has resembled the ferocious, man-eating Bear most believed he would be. Other times, however, he's looked like a circus act riding a flat-tired bike. Last week in St. Louis, he was certainly the latter. Handicapped by a tender groin, he played just 35-of-65 snaps and caught only three passes for 23 yards. John Fox described his efforts "gutsy," an indication of how limited he really was. Presumably nowhere close to 100 percent, the hindered wideout isn't a recommended option in any format. His condition aside, the matchup is extremely unfavorable. Though Denver's defense has occasionally struggled containing the run and covering the short-field, it's still the stingiest versus the pass. On the year, WRs are performing 47.9 percent below the league average against it. Mike Wallace is the lone WR to score a TD versus the Broncos, which, when considering the player, seems miraculous. Perusing peripheral stats, corners Aqib Talib, back off his one-game suspension, and Chris Harris have allowed a combined 57.6 QB rating to their assignments. Additionally, safeties Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward have kept tops sealed. They've given up a league-low 23 pass plays beyond 20-yards. Jay Cutler is definitely 'smokin,'' but put it all together and Jeffery is a receiver to avoid. 

Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 55 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 7.5 fantasy points 


Each week one fortunate guest prognosticator will have a chance to silence the Noise. Following the rules stated above, participants are asked to submit their "Flames" (1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 D/ST) by midnight PT Tuesdays via Twitter @YahooNoise. How large are your stones?

@YahooNoise Dalton, Hill, Blount, Cobb, Mike Evans, Olsen, Denver #TeamHuevos

— Junior (@ImJuniorPeralta) November 18, 2015

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Author: Brad Evans
Posted: November 18, 2015, 3:47 pm

 Every Wednesday the Noise highlights 12-13 somewhat obscure, un-obvious names who he believes are destined to torch the competition. To qualify, each player must be started in fewer than 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here (Thresholds – QB: 18 fpts, RB: 13 fpts, WR: 11 fpts: TE: 10 fpts). If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 11 Flames in the comments section below.

Brock Osweiler, Den, QB (1 percent started, $20 in Yahoo Daily)
Matchup: at Chi
For the unaware, Osweiler has a cult following akin to horror classic 'The Evil Dead.' Anti-Peytons in the greater Denver area have screamed repeatedly to bench the flaccid-armed passer in favor of the younger, firmer option. They got their wish. Gary Kubiak announced Monday the decrepit Manning, who is dealing with plantar fasciitis, will sit out this week's contest in Chicago, elevating Osweiler into the captain's chair. The Arizona St. product is a bit of an unknown. In his four-year career, he's remained in the package just like Aaron Rodgers did for several seasons behind Brett Favre. During that stretch, Osweiler has completed 31-of-54 attempts for 301 yards and a 2:1 TD:INT split. Though green, he looked tremendous at times this past preseason netting a 64.7 completion percentage in four contests. He stood tall in the pocket, displayed a powerful arm, exhibited quality touch on intermediate passes and was an opportunistic runner. Yes it was meaningless football, but the potential was visible. Some will bristle at this, but he's exactly what the Broncos need. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, along with the run game, suffered greatly under Peyton. Osweiler's ability to attack defenses downfield should bolster Denver's floundering offense. Kubiak understands this and I fully expect the coach to scribble an aggressive game plan as a result. The Bears D has exceeded expectation, but it's still allowed 7.1 pass yards per attempt. The promoted backup isn't a slam dunk, however, for the Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Eli Manning owners out there, he's worth entertaining. And his QB minimum price in Yahoo DFS is very alluring. 

Fearless Forecast: 23-37, 266 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 12 rushing yards, 18.8 fantasy points

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Charcandrick West, KC, RB (54 percent started, $22)
Matchup: at SD
Yes, the pool of fully engaged fantasy players is shrinking rapidly in season-long, but it's criminal how many people continue to shy away from West. Every week, a dump trunk full of questions involving West vs. Inferior Player X are unloaded on my Twitter feed. Look, If you relish losing, by all means, continue to trot out, say, Chris Johnson. However, those with championship aspirations MUST play him at all costs this week and every week henceforth. It's entirely possible the searing Chief will blaze the hottest trail of any RB rest of season. Too Team Huevos? It's completely sensible. Why? My reasons: 1) Schedule (Easiest among RBs), 2) Workload (25 tch/g last three), 3) Underlying production (57.9 YAC%), and 4) KC's offensive line (No. 6 in run-blocking per Football Outsiders). Barring a freakish bear-mauling, he will be a cornerstone on championship rosters. Look for his assault on the league to continue this week in SoCal. San Diego, pounded repeatedly by opposing rushers, has allowed a staggering 173.5 total yards per game to RBs. In the 'Flames' format, nine RBs have tallied 13 ore more points against it. On another 20-plus touches, West, the No. 1 ranked rusher since Week 7, receives a ton of Alex Smith handoffs. There isn't a single back I would start ahead of him in Week 11. Not one. 

Fearless Forecast: 20 carries, 112 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 23 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 21.5 fantasy points

Jeremy Langford, Chi, RB (57 percent started, $17)
Matchup: vs. Den
Matt Forte, in a contract year, has officially received the Wally Pipp treatment. Langford, who's answered the bell and emerged as an unflappable three-down Grizzly, has played brilliantly the past two weeks. Against San Diego and St. Louis he exhibited magnificent hands, elusiveness, patience and break-tackle ability, characteristics many scouts questioned when he entered the league earlier this year. He doesn't possess the jukes of Forte (3.1 missed-tackle percentage), but his between-the-tackles burst and versatility are comparable to a Lamar Miller or Mark Ingram. A marvel the past two weeks, he's totaled 324 combined yards with three touchdowns averaging an otherworldly 6.83 yards per touch. Casual players will look at his Week 11 matchup and immediately run and hide. That, however, would be a giant mistake. Denver's secondary is arguably the league's best, but the Broncos have largely shot blanks in the trenches in recent weeks, as seen in standout performances by West and Frank Gore. They've also struggled in short-field coverage, giving up numerous catches to rushers out of the backfield (6.7 rec/g). Forte may again practice on a limited basis this week, but don't bank him being active. The veteran last week admitted he plans to take things slow in order to preserve his career. Assuming Langford gets the start, he's a near lock for top-12 numbers. Even if thrust into a timeshare, he should contribute a RB20-RB24 line. 

Fearless Forecast (sans Forte): 18 carries, 68 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 44 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 19.2 fantasy points

Danny Amendola, NE, WR  (14 percent started, $16)
Matchup: vs. Buf
The plucky wide receiver is the antithesis of Mike Evans or teammate Brandon LaFell. Unlike those sloppy-handed targets, who should NEVER be trusted handling grandma's fine china, he catches everything in sight. His 87.0 catch rate ranks tops in the league. With Julian Edelman sidelined presumably for the rest of the regular season due to a foot fracture, Amendola should become Tom Brady's primary safety valve underneath, piling up receptions over short distances. His 11-10-79-0 output seen last week in New York is a typical line that should be expected rest of season, particularly versus the rival Bills. In other words, he's a PPR dream. When it comes to defending the slot Buffalo tends to have a laissez-faire attitude, evidenced in its 'containment' of Edelman (19-11-97-2) when the clubs first clashed Week 2. Toss in the fact its also allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to the position, Dion Lewis' absence and the attention Rob Gronkowski always draws, Amendola is an absolute no-brainer in any format. He should be heavily debated over brand names like Jordan Matthews (vs. TB), Alshon Jeffery (vs. Den) and Jeremy Maclin (at SD). 

Fearless Forecast: 8 receptions, 90 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 13.0 fantasy points

[Week 11 rankings: QuarterbackRunning BackReceiver | Tight End | Flex | All Positions]

Dorial Green-Beckham, Ten, WR (7 percent started, $13)
Matchup: at Jac
Years from now after an illustrious NFL career, Saturday Night Live's Leslie Jones is sure to play DGB in the receiver's made-for-TV biopic. The resemblance to the clamorous comic is striking. Soon, his box score production will speak equal volumes. Though unpolished as a route runner, his intimidating size and wide catch radius are problematic for defenders. When getting off his breaks cleanly, he can plunge daggers into the competition. Going toe-to-toe with the Animated Baby Vomits Thursday, the rookie, off a string of Krispy Kreames (2-0-0-0 vs. Car) should resemble the player that posted respectable totals against a soft Saints defense in Week 9 (10-5-77-0). Jacksonville has yielded 187.3 receiving yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game to wideouts. Under the microscope, corners Davon House and Aaron Colvin have surrendered a combined 90.8 QB rating and six touchdowns to their assignments. With the Titans in full evaluation/development mode, I suspect DGB will see another 60-70 percent of the snaps this week. Mike Mularkey, who called out the rookie earlier this week about his poor route running, understandably demands more. Presumably motivated to please his head coach, he's one of the better low-dollar options available in Yahoo DFS, especially with Kendall Wright out yet again. 

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 74 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 15.9 fantasy points

SHOCKER SPECIAL (Under 10 percent started)

Jay Ajayi, Mia, RB (3 percent started, $11)
Matchup: vs. Dal
A workload controversy could be brewing in Miami. Obviously, Lamar Miller, who's averaged a position pacesetting 20.8 fantasy points per game and 8.84 yards per touch since Dan Campbell's promotion, won't be pushed out to sea. The rookie isn't a sizable threat to Miller's fantasy worth, but it's clear the coaching staff wants to throw Ajayi more bones. Given the kid's lethal production in small doses, their viewpoint is very understandable. On 11 carries, he's displayed excellent vision, downhill aggressiveness and power. It's a small sample size, but it's hard not to be impressed with his ridiculous 8.1 yards per carry and 74.2 yards after contact percentage. It's entirely possible he sees only 15-20 snaps this week, but on 10-12 carries, he could crank out a RB2-level line. When it comes to run defense the Cowpokes resemble a giant pile of steer manure. Little D has conceded 4.21 yards per carry, 162.3 total yards per game, and 10 touchdowns to RBs, good for the fourth-most fantasy points allowed. A FLEXY sexy option in 12-team and deeper leagues, Ajayi is worth slotting in over Melvin Gordon (vs. KC), Antonio Andrews (at Jac) and Jeremy 'Humpty Dumpty' Hill (vs. Ari). 

Fearless Forecast: 11 carries, 61 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 receptions, 18.1 fantasy points 


Each week one fortunate guest prognosticator will have a chance to silence the Noise. Following the rules stated above, participants are asked to submit their "Flames" (1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 D/ST) by midnight PT Tuesdays via Twitter @YahooNoise. How large are your stones?

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— Seth Crabtree (@sethc33) November 18, 2015

Reader Record: 28-46

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Author: Brad Evans
Posted: November 18, 2015, 2:51 pm

Week 10’s winner of the “NFL $500K Baller” contest put up 196.76 points, which was more than enough during a weekend that saw scoring down across the board. The entry had just one player owned by at least 20% of teams in the contest, as some sleepers helped bring home the $100,000 prize

Kirk Cousins wasn’t overly cheap at $34 given that he entered having thrown more than one touchdown in just one of seven games this season but was ultimately still a bargain after putting up the most points (28.96) by a quarterback in Week 10. Cousins took full advantage of a reeling Saints defense that’s now allowed 130 points over their last three contests, throwing for 324 yards (13.0 YPA) with a 4:0 TD:INT ratio. Cousins finished with a perfect 158.3 QB Rating, and his day would’ve been even better had Washington not jumped out to such a big lead, as the signal caller attempted just five passes during the second half. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, New Orleans has a bye in Week 11.

James Starks failed to live up to expectations after being named the Packers starting running back in a plus matchup at home against the Lions, but since he was used by nearly 60% of teams, his mediocre performance wasn’t a death knell. This week’s winner was able to make up for it with two other backs in Jeremy Langford and Charcandrick West. Langford was owned by just 11.4% of teams thanks to an imposing matchup in St. Louis, where the Rams entered having yielded just one touchdown over the previous 10 quarters. But the rookie runner continued to impress, totaling 182 yards with two touchdowns en route to scoring the most points (33.70) by a back this week.

Meanwhile, West was perplexingly owned by just 17.8% of teams despite a $17 price tag. He’s averaged 25.0 touches over the past three games, a span in which he’s totaled 412 yards and four scores. West remains a must-start in Week 11, as he costs just $22 despite facing a San Diego defense that’s allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

This week’s winner got solid production across the board at wide receiver, with Jarvis Landry continuing to benefit from high volume (12 targets) and Brandin Cooks scoring his fifth touchdown over the past three games, as he’s lived up to the preseason hype of late. Meanwhile, Martavis Bryant was used by less than 5% of entrants, likely because Landry Jones started under center for Pittsburgh. An early injury led to Ben Roethlisberger taking over, leading to a monster game from Bryant (6-178-1).

The winning entry had the No. 1 scoring quarterback, the top-two scoring running backs and the No. 3 and No. 4 scoring wide receivers, so it was going to be hard to beat. Any chance of a comeback was halted by the Bengals/Texans combining for 16 points during Monday night’s snoozefest, as there wasn’t any late drama in this week’s contest.

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Author: Dalton Del Don
Posted: November 17, 2015, 7:13 pm

By Juan Blanco
RotoWire Basketball Writer

Tuesday's seven-game slate provides some solid value that will allow for rostering several elite players, including Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. A number of attractive mid-tier options also draw favorable matchups. Without further ado, here are Tuesday's recommended plays for Yahoo Daily Fantasy Basketball.

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Dennis Schroder, ATL at BKN ($18) - Schroder is set for a second consecutive start in place of Jeff Teague (ankle). Although he struggled from the field Sunday (3 for 10), Schroder nevertheless came within an assist short of a double-double and still amassed 32.2 Yahoo fantasy points. The Hawks reserve point guard will be in line for a solid allotment of minutes again Tuesday, and draws Jarrett Jack and a Nets defense that has surrendered 22 points and 7.2 assists on per game to the position. At his bargain-level price of $18, Schroder becomes a particularly strong value play.

Jerryd Bayless, MIL at WAS ($16) - Bayless carved out a considerable swath of playing time due to his impressive play while Michael Carter-Williams missed five games with an ankle injury. Even after Carter-Williams' return to the lineup Saturday, Bayless still tallied 39 minutes in the double-overtime contest, admittedly receiving an extra boost in playing time when Giannis Antetokounmpo fouled out. Although he's come off the bench in a number of games, Bayless' playing time has not dipped below 22 minutes in any game this season. He's also posted double-digit scoring in four consecutive games and has drained 11 buckets from beyond the arc over his last four. At a bargain price of $16, Bayless is the type of value play that enables rounding out the roster elsewhere with some elite players.

Guard to Avoid:

Michael Carter-Williams, MIL at WAS ($28) - Carter-Williams faces off against the stingy John Wall on Tuesday, while still sporting a fairly elevated price. The Wizards have surrendered only 18.7 points per game to opposing point guards, and the Bucks appear to have better matchups elsewhere on the court against Washington.


Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL at WAS ($34) - The Greek Freak draws the premium matchup for small forwards Tuesday, namely a Washington Wizards defense that surrenders a league-high 25 points per game to the position. Antetokounmpo is coming off a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double in Saturday's double overtime victory over Cleveland, a feat impressively accomplished in large part versus the defense of LeBron James. With five performances of at least 34.7 Yahoo fantasy points already under his belt this season, the 20-year-old superstar should be under serious consideration against an attractive opponent.

Anthony Davis, NO vs. DEN ($53) - The priciest option at power forward also happens to be the optimal one Tuesday. Davis has been prone to some inconsistency this season, but he bounced back from a hip injury with a vintage 36-point, 11-rebound double-double Sunday versus the Knicks. Tuesday, a desperate 1-9 Pelicans squad draws the highly penetrable Nuggets frontcourt that could also be missing starting power forward Kenneth Faried with a back injury. Even at the elite-level price of $53, Tuesday shapes up as a night where paying up for Davis could be profitable.

Forward to Avoid:

Marcus Morris, DET vs. CLE ($27) - Morris has cooled considerably after a string of impressive performances. The 26-year-old forward bottomed out at six and seven points, respectively, in his last two games. Morris will have to contend with a significant dose of LeBron James defense, dimming his prospects even further.


Brook Lopez vs ATL ($29) - A number of attractive centers are in play in addition to Lopez, including the much pricier Andre Drummond ($44) and slightly more expensive Greg Monroe ($34). However, the Nets center provides considerable upside as one of the primary sources of scoring for a team that is starting to find some offensive success. Lopez draws a Hawks defense that surprisingly allows the third-most fantasy scoring to opposing centers, yielding 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds per game to the position. Meanwhile, Lopez has tallied 39.4, 35.5 and 37.3 Yahoo fantasy points over his last three, while collecting double-doubles in two of those contests.

Center to Avoid

Omer Asik, NO vs. DEN ($12) - Regardless of his near-minimum price, Asik is simply unworthy of fantasy consideration. After a calf injury delayed his season debut, Asik has averaged a paltry 7.7 Yahoo fantasy points over his five games. The veteran center has always provided modest levels of scoring, but his offense has been particularly non-existent to date. Factoring in his limited minutes and a Nuggets defense that has largely stymied opposing centers this season, Asik is an easy avoid.

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Posted: November 17, 2015, 6:18 pm

By Sasha Yodashkin
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Tuesday's eight-game slate features a number of teams closer to the bottom of the NHL standings, but their rosters are still teeming with valuable fantasy commodities. In fact, playing for slow-starting teams like the Blue Jackets, Maple Leafs or Flames has allowed multiple players' excellent early season performances to fly under the radar. We'll look to identify those players and more in search of the night's best DFS value plays.

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Brian Elliott, STL at CBJ ($26) - Elliott is projected to get the starting nod for St. Louis in the second game of a back-to-back and will be heavily favored to pick up the win in the battle of the blue-themed teams. The former starter just has to put up a decent effort to be worth his modest $26 price, which shouldn't be a tough task considering he is 4-1-1 this season.

Goalies to Avoid:

Cory Schneider, NJD at CGY ($38) - Scoring isn't Calgary's problem. Sure, the Flames can't keep the puck out of their own net, but they have posted a respectable 2.9 goals per game over their last 10, making $38 an exorbitant price for Schneider. You could have Pekka Rinne against Anaheim's last-place offense at the same cost, or anyone else for less.

Martin Jones, SJS at BOS ($35) - Like with Schneider, it's important not to fall for the fallacy that a team's record is indicative of its offensive production. The Bruins rank third in the NHL in goals per game despite hovering around .500, making Jones a sub-optimal play at $35.


Sidney Crosby, PIT vs. MIN ($21) - Crosby's price has once again creeped down due to his recent struggles, but a resurgence could be in the cards Tuesday. The 28-year-old has posted an out-of-character minus-8 rating and just nine points in 17 games, but it's not like his skills just eroded in one offseason during what should be his prime. Minnesota ranks in the bottom half of the NHL in goals allowed per game despite its impressive 10-3-3 record, so don't be surprised if Crosby finds just enough room to cash in and begin his ascent up the scoring leaderboard.

Center to Avoid:

Vernon Fiddler, DAL at BUF ($16) - Fiddler is a little too low on the Stars' totem pole to properly take advantage of facing the Sabres. The fourth-line center doesn't play on the power play, so he will miss out on a chance to feast on Buffalo's 75-percent penalty kill, and his overall allowance of less than 13 minutes per game makes him a questionable bet to produce consistent results.


Jakub Voracek, PHI vs. LAK ($16) - The hate on Voracek has gone too far. His price has steadily declined since the season's inception, but it would be surprising to see it drop below its current $16 mark. Voracek finally broke out with his first goal of the season Saturday in Carolina, making now the perfect time to grab him before his price rebounds. For all his early struggles this season, the Czech winger is still just months removed from finishing up an 81-point campaign.

Joffrey Lupul, TOR vs. COL ($14) - Lupul's decent start to the season has gone largely unnoticed because he toils for the last-place Maple leafs, but it would be foolish to ignore him in a premium matchup against the Avalanche. The five-time 20-goal scorer has found the back of the net in consecutive contests, giving him seven goals this season, and his 14 shots on goal in the last three games show he's generating a lot of chances. Toronto and Colorado are both playing .500 hockey over their last 10, so take advantage of Lupul's bargain price in a rare game in which his team won't be the underdog

Wings to Avoid:

Craig Smith, NSH vs. ANH ($17) - Prior to Saturday's three-point outburst in a 7-0 win over Winnipeg, Smith had failed to record a point in his last 10 games. We need to see Smith string a couple of quality performances together before we're ready to spend $17 on him.

Matt Moulson, BUF vs. DAL ($16) - Moulson has just one point, an assist, in his last five contests, and things don't get any easier with Dallas in town. His first-line role alongside Ryan O'Reilly just means Moulson will spend more time facing the Stars' superb Benn-Seguin-Sharp line. The plus/minus risk is high in this one while the overall upside isn't.


John Klingberg, DAL at BUF ($24) - Half of Klingberg's 20 points have come with the man advantage, making him an excellent candidate to contribute against a putrid Buffalo penalty kill that ranks among the five worst units in the league. Klingberg's price may seem high at first, but when you consider the fact that he's leading all NHL defensemen in points and sports a robust plus-8 rating, $24 looks like a bargain.

Kevin Shattenkirk, STL at CBJ ($18) - Shattenkirk has now had four games to shake off the rust after returning from a groin injury, and it's time to expect him to start producing. With 200 points in 345 career games, Shattenkirk is one of the league's premier offensive blueliners, and it will be impossible to nab him for just $18 once he finds his scoring touch. Get him cheap while you still can, and watch the results pour in against the overmatched Blue Jackets.

Defenseman to Avoid:

Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF vs. DAL ($19) - Ristolainen has excelled with six points in his last four games, but his lack of prior offensive production raises questions about this hot streak's sustainability. Buffalo's top defenseman is also in the unenviable position of having to check the aforementioned Dallas first line; Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Patrick Sharp have combined for 66 points this season, and Ristolainen's minus-6 rating doesn't provide much encouragement that he will slow them.

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Posted: November 17, 2015, 6:12 pm

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Author: Brad Evans
Posted: November 17, 2015, 5:55 pm

By now, you’ve probably heard Peyton Manning made history on Sunday by becoming the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (71,856), adding another chapter in a Hall of Fame career. But he also effectively sealed a spot in the All-Bust Hall of Fame by scoring negative-2.6 points for his fantasy owners in standard Yahoo leagues.

It was truly a performance for the ages and marks the second time he's landed on the All-Bust Team this season. While the report of Manning having a torn plantar fascia explains the decline to some degree, if you go from a must-start to a must-bench in the span of 10 weeks, you’ve earned a spot among the most hallowed busts in recent memory.

Notes: Each week’s entries are determined by calculating the difference between the projected Yahoo! point totals and the actual outputs of each player. PointAfter visualizations illustrate the players with the worst sums. All projected point totals were pulled Sunday morning from Yahoo’s standard scoring system.

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QB: Peyton Manning, Broncos

Projected points (position rank): 17.1 (12th)

Actual points (position rank): -2.6 (32nd)

Everything was set up for Peyton Manning to have a perfectly enjoyable Sunday. He began Denver’s contest just two yards away from Brett Favre’s career passing yards record. The Broncos had a seemingly favorable matchup against Kansas City’s mediocre pass defense. He could make NFL history in front of the home crowd in Denver.

Manning did put his name into the record books with a four-yard completion to Ronnie Hillman early on, but not before his first pass attempt was picked off by rookie cornerback Marcus Peters. He threw three more over the course of the game, completing just 5-of-20 passes for 20 yards. In the same game Manning became the most prolific passer in NFL history, his passer rating was 0.0.

By the time the 39-year-old was mercifully benched for backup Brock Osweiler in the third quarter, the Broncos faithful had turned on him, and heartily cheered Osweiler as he jogged to the huddle to replace the aging legend.

It’s getting tough to watch Manning trot out there every week and with news of his injury, his pursuit of Favre’s record for wins (186) might have to wait.

RB1: Darren McFadden, Cowboys

Projected points: 15.0 (4th)

Actual points: 5.8 (T-30th)

Yahoo’s projection system had high hopes for McFadden as he figured to be the Cowboys’ main weapon against Tampa Bay. But the Buccaneers were up to the task, holding Run-DMC to 32 yards on 17 carries without having to worry too much about Matt Cassel. McFadden’s fantasy outlook for the immediate future is still rosy, however.

Since taking over as lead back in Dallas, McFadden has averaged 23.3 carries per game, which would rank first on the season leaderboard.

Tony Romo is expected back next week for Dallas’ matchup against Miami, but McFadden should still get a heavy workload against one of the NFL’s worst run defenses. Romo’s return should also mean more touchdown chances for McFadden, who’s only cashed in twice this year despite his recent resurgence.

RB2: Antonio Andrews, Titans

Projected points: 9.9 (19th)

Actual points: 0.8 (T-61st)

Entering Sunday, Andrews had averaged 4.6 yards per carry in Tennessee’s previous three games, all against weak run defenses in Atlanta, Houston and New Orleans. Andrews faced his first legitimately tough front seven in over a month in Week 10, and was held to a meager eight yards on 11 carries.

Andrews hasn’t reached the end zone since Week 5. The Titans backfield is only going to get more crowded going forward with rookie David Cobb returning from a calf injury that had him on short-term IR until last week. None of Andrews, Cobb or Dexter McCluster are worth starting until we witness sustained success from any of them.

WR1: Alshon Jeffery, Bears

Projected points: 11.8 (8th)

Actual points: 2.3 (T-63rd)

The St. Louis Rams didn’t do much right on Sunday in a humbling 37-13 home loss to Chicago. But they did manage to contain Jeffery to three receptions and 23 yards.

This is no time to panic for Jeffery’s owners, who are well aware of Jeffery’s Megatron-esque line from his three previous games since returning from a pulled hamstring: 28-414-2 on 42 targets. It’s entirely possible the Bears were trying to cap Jeffrey’s usage after he suffered a groin injury in practice mid-week.

They’ll have no such luxury against the Broncos next week. Even against Denver’s vaunted secondary, Jay Cutler will figure out a way to get the ball to the most dangerous weapon in Chicago’s offense – which, by the way, has racked up more total yardage than Green Bay and every other NFC North outfit.

WR2: John Brown, Cardinals

Projected points: 8.4 (28th)

Actual points: 0.0 (N/A)

This is John Brown’s second appearance on the All-Bust team in three weeks, thanks to his second scoreless output in as many games. His Week 8 stint here was caused by Arizona essentially wasting a spot on the active roster, as the Cardinals activated him despite a hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for the whole game.

Unless Brown’s injury persisted through the bye week – which would be strange, since Brown played 61-of-91 snaps on Sunday – there’s not as convenient of a reason for him being held catchless on three targets by Seattle’s defense.

Michael Floyd went down with his own hamstring ailment in the second half against the Seahawks, so the pair’s respective fantasy value for a Week 11 battle against Cincinnati likely depends on how quickly their muscles can heal.

TE: Martellus Bennett, Bears

Projected points: 7.7 (8th)

Actual points: 1.8 (39th)

Chicago came into Week 10 having thrown 40 or more passes in five straight contests, but Cutler only recorded 24 pass attempts in the Bears’ surprising blowout win. That’s how Jeremy Langford earned a spot on the week’s highest-scoring lineup, while Bennett and Jeffery ended up making their first appearances on the All-Bust team.

Bennett caught all three of his targets on Sunday, but only compiled 18 yards against a Rams defense that had only given up one touchdown to a tight end in 2015 but saw Zach Miller burn St. Louis for two scores on Sunday.

FLEX: Jeremy Hill, Bengals

Projected points: 11.1 (14th)

Actual points: 2.0 (52nd)

Jeremy Hill is supposed to be the run-oriented tailback in Cincinnati’s backfield, while Giovani Bernard handles most of the pass-catching duties. But Hill has been sorely outplayed by Bernard this season in almost every way imaginable, and that continued in Cincinnati’s bleak showing on Monday Night Football.

While Bernard gained 36 rushing yards on seven carries to go along with five receptions for 43 yards, Hill averaged a truly dismal 2.0 yards per touch. The second-year back, who’s been crippled by a year-long sophomore slump, rushed for 15 yards on seven carries and hauled in three catches for five yards against Houston.

As the above visualization shows, Hill now ranks in the bottom five for yards per carry among 50 qualified tailbacks. He hasn’t scored since Week 4. He’s appeared in this column four times, more than anyone else in the NFL. And yet, he was started in 71 percent of Yahoo leagues this week.

Hill should be nailed to the bench across all leagues over the next two weeks as Cincinnati confronts the daunting defensive fronts of Arizona and St. Louis.

D/ST: Denver Broncos

Projected points: 9.0 (5th)

Actual points: 1.0 (27th)

Denver’s defense was down a couple stars on Sunday, with DeMarcus Ware (back) and Aqib Talib (suspension) both in street clothes. Manning’s four turnovers, which were converted into 13 points for the Chiefs in their 29-13 victory, also didn’t help the Broncos’ cause.

Mark this one-point output down as an aberration. The Broncos travel to Chicago next week, and it feels like Cutler is due for a turnover-ridden mess of a game.

Kicker: Justin Tucker, Ravens

Projected points: 9.2 (1st)

Actual points: 2.0 (T-25th)

Tucker’s 82.6 percent conversion rate on field goals this season is a career-worst mark, but he can’t be blamed for his two-point showing on Sunday. The four-year veteran made both of his extra points against Jacksonville.

Those were the only time his services were needed, though. Baltimore put an exclamation point on its thoroughly disappointing 2015 campaign with a 22-20 defeat to the Jaguars, who won on another team’s turf for the first time since Dec. 1, 2013.

Such is life on the All-Bust team.

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Author: Will Laws, PointAfter
Posted: November 17, 2015, 7:44 am

Fantasy owners looking to cash big in Yahoo DFS are always in the market for connector players, low-dollar options that provide roster flexibility and fatten wallets. Every Monday we'll bargain hunt in an attempt to unearth buried treasure. Today's featured buys come from PIT/SD, a matchup with various fantasy interests. 

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Primary Options: Andy Dalton ($45), Gio Bernard ($28), Jeremy Hill ($20), A.J. Green ($33), Tyler Eifert ($23), DeAndre Hopkins ($35), Nate Washington ($23)

Brian Hoyer, Hou, QB ($32 in Yahoo DFS) – Believe it or not, Hoyer has outpaced such QB luminaries as Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson on a per game basis this season. DeAndere Hopkins' invincibility combined with an overly generous Houston defense has thrust him into many favorable fantasy situations. That could certainly be the case in Monday's tilt with the Bengals. Cincy is stingy on paper. The unblemished Bengals have given up 6.83 pass yards per attempt this fall. Joe Flacco, and of all people, E.J. Manuel are the only passers to surpass 20 fantasy points against them. Still, in what could be a lopsided affair early, Hoyer smells like Febreze in garbage time. A final line in range of 250-270 yards with two TDs and two turnovers are in the forecast. 

Marvin Jones, Cin, WR ($21) – Jones is the Patrick, Green Spongebob, in the Cincy wide receiver pecking order. A fringy WR3 in 12-team formats, he's reached 70 and scored a touchdown in three games this season. Though largely unreliable, he's worth putting your DFS trust in this evening. Houston DBs Jonathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson and Kevin Johnson combined have conceded a 90-plus QB rating to their assignments. Overall, nine wideouts have scored 10 or more fantasy points against them. Given the Texans' inadequacies in the trenches, I suspect Cincy will lean heavily on Bernard and Hill, which should only increase the vulnerability of Houston's DBs. If that materializes, look for Jones to cash on a handful of receptions. Bank on an output in range of 5-60-1. 

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Author: Brad Evans
Posted: November 16, 2015, 6:52 pm


Is Peyton Manning ever going to be a bankable fantasy player again? Heck, when might he start another game for the Broncos? We go where the stories force us to go; the Brandon Funston-Scott Pianowski Week 10 recap opens in Denver. Time to recalibrate everything. Brock Osweiler, get ready for your close up. 

We'll touch on happy stories, too, like the emerging Jeremy Langford, the explosive Washington offense (thanks, Saints!), Charcandrick West, Carson Palmer, everything Steelers. We'll handicap the Patriots in a post-Edelman world, and we'll handicap the Monday night game, too. Spend an hour with us, let's wrap everything Week 10. 

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Posted: November 16, 2015, 5:43 pm

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