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Fantasy: Yahoo! server outage vexes players

With the Bears thin at receiver, Alshon Jeffery might be a good catch, especially when Jay Cutler returns to action.

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With the Bears thin at receiver, Alshon Jeffery might be a good catch, especially when Jay Cutler returns to action.

I received two e-mails this week from Ken Fuchs, the head of Yahoo! Sports. Fuchs sent apologies to anyone involved with a Yahoo! fantasy football league because of what he described as a “Yahoo! Sports Fantasy outage.”

In other words, Yahoo’s fantasy server crashed one hour before kickoff last Sunday, rendering its mobile apps almost useless and creating all kinds of slow service. The interruption was a major inconvenience, but the website’s functionality did improve over the course of the day.

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While I’ve never been a fan of any Yahoo! fantasy site, and while I appreciate Fuchs reaching out to his customers, I wouldn’t have complained if he just let the entire operation collapse. Why? Because the team I have in a Yahoo! league has turned into a joke. My running backs are terrible, my receivers are hurt, and my tight ends are either hurt or useless. At least, that was the case last weekend.

This weekend? I’m still battling.

Three up:

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago: Two items of caution regarding Jeffery: He has missed more than a month because of a broken hand, and Jason Campbell is the starting quarterback for the Bears until Jay Cutler returns from a concussion. But Cutler will eventually return and Jeffery, a rookie from South Carolina, will have an opportunity to make an impact late in the season because Chicago is thin at receiver beyond Brandon Marshall.

David Ausberry, TE, Oakland: Brandon Myers, the Raiders’ starting tight end, suffered his second concussion of the season against the Ravens and will miss some time. Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer has consistently looked for Myers, and now Ausberry may receive those looks.

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia: We recommended picking up Foles a few weeks ago, and now that he is starting, he is facing a Washington defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

Three down:

Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee: The Titans scored a surprising 37 points against the Dolphins, and Britt — who has only one touchdown reception — finished with 3 fantasy points.

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore: In nine career appearances against the Steelers, Flacco has thrown for more than one score in only one of those games.

Stevan Ridley, RB, New England: Take the long-term approach with Ridley: New England has late-season games at Miami and against Houston and San Francisco. Running the ball will be a challenge.

Ed Ryan can be reached at ed_ryan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @EdzoRyan
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