Fantasy Football Owners Told Cardinals’ David Johnson He Owed Them Money After Injury

Few players had higher expectations placed upon them before the current NFL season than Arizona Cardinals' running back David Johnson. The third-year player had a breakout season in 2016 with more than 2,100 total yards and 20 touchdowns, and he appeared ready to put up more big numbers in 2017. That was especially true in the world of fantasy football, where no one was valued more than Johnson last summer. His average draft position was first overall in both ESPN and Yahoo leagues, putting him ahead of perennial star players like Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Julio Jones. It didn’t take long for many fantasy owners to regret their decision as Johnson suffered a wrist injury in the season’s very first game. Surgery was required, forcing the Cardinals to place Johnson on Injured Reserve just two days after the season opener. That meant the running back would be out until at least Week 10, and he was ruled out for the remainder of the season after Week 11. With fantasy sports—fantasy football in particular—growing every year, it’s no surprise that many of the fans who participate in it take it very seriously. That’s led to NFL players who don’t perform as expected to receive plenty of backlash on social media, and Johnson might have experienced that more than anyone this year. “Especially when they found out I was put on IR, I got a lot on social media,” Johnson told International Business Times, regarding the backlash he received from fantasy football owners. “I think that’s all I got. So I try to stay off social media, but I got it all. I got it to where people said that I owed them money because they had to pay for their fantasy team or I should be in their debt. So I got some crazy stuff. Obviously a lot of them were disappointed in me this last season.” More than 59 million people played fantasy sports in the United States and Canada in 2017, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Continue Reading

Fantasy Football: Noteworthy and trending pickups for Week 17

Be sure to check before you make your Week 17 lineups, especially if you're in one of those leagues that counts this final week of games. Check under the NFL tab for our Week 17 coverage. This article appears courtesy of It's an odd week that often provides opportunities for players you wouldn't think twice about under normal circumstances. Its Week 17, Fantasy Football's version of The Twilight Zone. T.J. Yeldon, RB Jacksonville Jaguars Yeldon has a combined 11 receptions and 12 rushing attempts in his last two games, but with Leonard Fournette banged up and the Jags' playoff destiny already determined, this is a week we should see a heavier dose of Yeldon. It wouldn't surprise me to see Yeldon's Week 17 slash line look something like 15-20 carries, five to eight receptions and 90-120 total yards from scrimmage. Throw in a touchdown or two and you have yourself a huge championship contribution from a player that is probably available on your waiver wire. Mike Gillislee, RB New England Patriots All the trends suggest that owners should stay miles away from Gillislee. He didn't have a carry in Weeks 9-15 and he hadn't found the end zone since Week 2 prior to his Week 16 score. All that being said, the swashbuckling Fantasy owner can find some light to like if you really, really squint and you are really, really desperate. Rex Burkhead is out, James White missed Week 16 and with only a potential home game in the AFC Championship on the line, it would make sense for the Patriots to be cautious with Dion Lewis, and to some degree, Tom Brady as well. Gillislee's best talent is at the goal line and it wouldn't surprise me to see game flow provide an opportunity for a couple of touchdowns. Giovani Bernard, RB Cincinnati Bengals Bernard has 96 yards or more from scrimmage in three of his last four games, including back to back touchdown games. In a meaningless game for the Bengals and with Joe Mixon injuring himself in Week 16, Continue Reading

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6: Marlon Mack breaks out, Adrian Peterson traded to Arizona

0 View Gallery  View Comments Waivers: Big move in the Big Easy The Saints traded Adrian Peterson to the Cardinals, ending an unproductive mess of a collaboration between the veteran running back and New Orleans. Peterson will join another committee in Arizona but one where the running back depth chart is a bit more fluid. With Kerwynn Williams a non factor, I expect Peterson to get some work. He’s worth an add in 12-team leagues. The real winners here though are Saints backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram who will work in tandem without a third person in the backfield. The Saints running backs have the third-easiest strength of schedule from a fantasy standpoint according to While Ingram is owned in the vast majority of leagues across, Yahoo, ESPN and CBS Sports, Kamara is available in a decent chunk of leagues out there so check your waiver wire to see if he’s on there. Other Waiver Targets Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers Lost in the hoopla surrounding Cam Newton’s comments to a reporter last week, was his praise of the subject of the reporter’s question, Funchess. Newton said Funchess has grown as a player and that his and fellow wideout Kelvin Benjamin’s preparation has been different this season. It has showed in the weeks since tight end Greg Olsen broke his foot in Week 2. Funchess caught seven of nine targets for 53 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Lions. He makes this list again as a viable start as long as Olsen remains out. Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings McKinnon, who was in last week’s waiver column, had a big game Monday night rushing for 95 yards on 16 carries, highlighted by a beautiful 58-yard touchdown run off a toss. McKinnon also had 16 carries to Latavius Murray’s 12. For the time being, it’s looking like this will be McKinnon’s backfield to lose. Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts Mack had a breakout game against the 49ers Sunday rushing for Continue Reading

Fantasy Golf: Making your picks for the British Open

The 2017 RotoExperts Xclusive Edge Fantasy Football Package is here! Fantasy Football Training Camp Starts Today. This comprehensive package gives you everything you need to draft like an expert and manage like a pro. It gives you access to all of our Premium content throughout the preseason and the 2017 Fantasy Football season. Enter promocode nydailynews at checkout for a special discount. This article was originally published on 2017 British Open Field 156 Players | Top 70 & Ties Make the Cut Bryson DeChambeau's Sunday comeback at the John Deere Classic not only secured him a giant payday to fund his jaunty chapeau addiction, but the final spot in the 146th Open Championship. He, and three Scottish Open qualifiers (Playoff loser Callum Shinkwin, Matthieu Pavon, and Andrew Dodt) complete the field at 156 players. Unlike the year's first two Majors, the British Open abides by the most familiar cut system. There's no "within 10 shots of the lead" nonsense, just the top 70 players (and ties) following 36 holes will play the weekend. Simple stuff. Basically, every known player on Earth is at Royal Birkdale competing for the Claret Jug. Each of the Top 50 players in the world will be teeing off. Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Jon Rahm, Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, and Rickie Fowler enter play as the World's Top 10, followed closely by US Open Champion Brooks Koepka. They're joined by a slew of qualifiers from around the world and a bunch of past champions. The last six Champion Golfers of the Year will be in attendance (Stenson, Zach Johnson, McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, and Darren Clarke), and it's important to really stare at that list and find the common denominator. Even with Rory, the average age of those winners is 38.5 years old. This is an old man event, keep that in mind. I'm sure you'll see plenty of stories talking about Tommy Fleetwood this week too. He's Continue Reading

NFL commissioner’s cousin, NY Assemblyman Andy Goodell, blasts daily fantasy sports and says it’s ‘clearly gambling’

The next Goodell family reunion should be interesting. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's cousin, New York Assemblyman Andy Goodell, (R) Jamestown, blasted daily fantasy sports as a form of gambling Friday during public debate of a bill that would legalize the games. “In my mind, it’s clearly gambling,” Goodell said in Albany. “It’s sports gambling.” Roger Goodell has said DFS is not gambling and he hasn’t distanced the league from it as he has traditional sports wagering. “Fantasy’s a different issue for us,” Goodell said on CNBC in 2014. “We see families getting together. It’s not about wagering. They’re competing against one another. And it’s a fun forum for our fans to engage in the game.” The Goodell family fantasy football draft should be entertaining this year, too. When Roger Goodell was appointed NFL commissioner, Andy Goodell sent his younger cousin an email congratulating him. “I’m glad you’ll be gainfully employed,” Goodell wrote. Roger wrote back, “Me, too.” If they corresponded Friday, the exchange may not have been as cordial. In his testimony, Andy Goodell was among a minority of lawmakers set against legalizing fantasy sports because of its perceived similarities to sports betting. He said fantasy is not a game of skill, but one of chance, and is therefore prohibited by that “nagging” state constitution. Goodell admitted he had limited skill in his few encounters with the games and also joked that his knowledge of sports isn’t as great as “some members of his family.” He drew the distinction between real and fantasy money, referencing his wife’s opinion that in order to have real money, she needs a job. Despite Goodell’s protestations, the bill overwhelmingly passed in the Assembly and is headed to the Senate for a Continue Reading

With websites like FanDuel, DraftKings and a new television network, fantasy sports is blowing up

Mike Penoro, a 49-year-old court clerk from Garden City, L.I., has been playing fantasy sports for roughly 25 years. He and friends from work play in football and baseball leagues that date back 20 years. He has experienced the evolution and explosion of fantasy sports firsthand, from the days of charting your own players by hand and paper to fantasy websites doing all that meticulous, time-consuming tabulating for you. So too has Jacob Schuck, a 30-year-old physical therapist from Edison, N.J., who since he was 12 has been in the Rick & Bill’s tavern league, a 14-team group split into AFC-only and NFC-only divisions named for the watering hole his father used to own. Both men were avid fantasy players when fantasy sports was still a niche hobby, long before the days when people even thought of getting paid to be full-time fantasy analysts, before online drafts, before a cable comedy series about a bunch of guys and their fantasy football league and well before a 24-7 fantasy network. Fantasy has changed so much that traditional season-long leagues are no longer the only option. Daily fantasy sports are on a meteoric rise, and Penoro and Schuck have both qualified for FanDuel’s Fantasy Football Championships, which will take place in Las Vegas in December. Each qualified for the 100-person tournament, which features a top prize of $2 million, by winning a contest within the first two weeks of the NFL season. For Penoro, it was Week 1, when three Detroit Lions garnered him 74 points in the first game of a Monday-night doubleheader. He had to sweat out the West Coast game before claiming victory. “I was up all night pretty much, until 2 o’clock in the morning,” he says. Forty-one million people play fantasy sports. About 3% of those partake in daily leagues, a number expected to increase significantly over the next several years. All of them, though, have changed the way sports are consumed. Fantasy has entered the Continue Reading

Tim Tebow owned in 1.3 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, for some reason

It seems that 1.3 percent of ESPN fantasy football players have a sense of humor... or are really, really bad at fantasy football. Tim Tebow, the former Broncos starter and Jets backup, is owned by 1.3 percent of players in ESPN's fantasy leagues, according to the NFL on ESPN Twitter account. Tebow, a Heisman trophy winner from Florida, is not currently employed by an NFL team, but rather is an analyst for the SEC Network. How will this help your fantasy football team? It won't. In related news, the Jacksonville Jaguars have hit a new low. Tebow is owned by more ESPN fantasy teams than Jags starter Chad Henne, who is only on 0.8 percent of rosters. A quick check of Yahoo fantasy sports shows that Tebow is not available to add to rosters, since he is not on an NFL team. Henne is owned by 2 percent of teams on Yahoo. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

University of Miami football, basketball may need to start over after booster Nevin Shapiro scandal

Should the University of Miami blow up its athletic program now or wait until the NCAA gives football the death penalty in football and hits men's basketball with severe sanctions? If we are to believe the exhaustive investigation by Yahoo! Sports, which conducted more than 100 hours of jail house interviews with rogue booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro, it may be the only sane thing for university president Donna Shalala to do. Shapiro, who is serving 20 years for his role in a $1 billion dollar Ponzi scheme, said his benefits to athletes included cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multi-million dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high end restaurants and night clubs, jewelry, bounties for on field play (including injuring opposing players) and, in one case, an abortion for a stripper who was impregnated by a player that Shaprio paid for. Among other things, Shapiro co-owned a sports agency - Axcess Sports and Entertainment - the same agency that signed two first round picks from UM, Vince Wilfork and Jon Benson and recruited dozens of others while he was allegedly providing cash and benefits to players. Shaprio also said he made payments on behalf of Axcess, including a $50,000 lump sum to Wilfork as a recruiting tool for the agency. The spiciest parts of the explosive interviews: Documents show Shapiro broke NCAA rules while simultaneously contributing tens of thousands of dollars to the athletic department while aligning himself socially to a group of elite Miami players - including Wilfork, Beason, Andre Johnson, Kellin Winslow Jr. Antrel Rolle and at least 12 players on the current team. Shaprio told Yahoo! he came clean with the accusations because many of the players he befriended abandoned him when he asked for help following his arrest and incarceration. He indulged the players' every fantasy - holding parties on entire floors of suites at South Beach's Mercury Hotel where he said he made scores of prostitutes available, Continue Reading

How fantasy became reality: Rotisserie’s rise from Yoo-Hoo showers to Yahoo! dollars

It has been almost 29 years since the phenomenon now known as fantasy baseball first came into being on E. 52nd St. at a restaurant called La Rotisserie Francaise. There, a group of New Yorkers calling themselves the "Phillies Appreciation Society" conceived a game that has spawned an entire industry. At the end of the inaugural season, participants in the original Rotisserie League gathered for a party to "reward" the co-owners of the winning team - Peter Gethers and Glen Waggoner - by dousing the two men in a shower of the chocolaty drink Yoo-Hoo. Someone apparently thought it was appropriate to pour a bottle of Yogi Berra's favorite ballpark beverage over the heads of those who shrewdly selected a make-believe team composed of the real-life major leaguers with the best collective season. Then again, someone apparently thought it was appropriate to select make-believe baseball teams. Only one of the two wacky rituals took off; while millions of statistically-minded baseball fans have since channeled their obsessions into what soon became a massive industry, Yoo-Hoo dousings still haven't quite caught on. "It was particularly sweet and disgusting and gooey," says Gethers, now a book editor at Random House. "That ritual faded since no one even drinks Yoo-Hoo anymore." Gethers says the first Yoo-Hoo shower nearly ruined the carpet, and subsequent ceremonies took place in a bathtub. The second season's winner, Steve Wulf, recalled on Thursday that it took ages to get the chocolate out of his hair. "I only a couple days ago washed it out," Wulf says. Countless other fantasy baseball leagues have sprung up around the world, and most have established their own quirky ceremonies. An example is the Millar Highlife League (current commissioner: Phil Leigh), founded in Maine in 2003. The league has a 4,392-word constitution, and bestows the Ozzie Guillen Award upon the member with the "most inflammatory e-mail outburst during the season." Each year, the Continue Reading

Will you ever Yahoo again?

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. - It's been several years since I've Yahoo'd. How about you?This week Yahoo, one of the oldest Internet brands, became part of the Verizon empire, one of the companies (along with HuffPost, AOL and TechCrunch) that live within the newly created Oath unit, which hopes to compete against Google and Facebook as a bulked-up alternative for online advertisers.Good luck, Oath.And let's take a quick minute and look at the jewel of Oath, the beleaguered and ignored If any website sorely needed a fresh coat of paint and new outlook, it's Yahoo.Going to the page is like going back in time to the days of MySpace and AOL, sites that were littered with gossip, celebrity news and really cheap ads for infomercial products. And what did we see on Yahoo's front page this week? Trending stories about the late singer Whitney Houston, former pop queen Britney Spears and even country icon Dolly Parton; ads for cheap credit card and mortgage rates and cruise deals, along with articles about cute pets, Apple and Samsung smartphones and Donald Trump. (The handful of concessions to current times.)"There's just too much going on," Samantha Stonich, a tourist from Florida visiting Manhattan Beach, Calif. told us this week. "I don't use Yahoo at all. It's outdated." (Watch Stonich talking to us about Yahoo in this video here.)Yahoo, which started in 1994 as a pre-Google search engine, and morphed into a "portal" for reading e-mail, keeping up on news, weather and sports, has also been the victim of some bad breaks. Beyond the corporate missteps that thwarted former CEO Marissa Mayer in her efforts to revitalize the brand, there were those two nasty e-mail breaches. Yahoo said that some 1.5 billion e-mail accounts were hacked in separate attacks in 2013 and 2014. There are more than one billion reasons to have stopped using Yahoo.Yet Yahoo is still a top Internet Continue Reading