Eric Karabell predicts the big fantasy X factors for the Bears, Vikings, Packers and Lions.
Division leaders with comfy cushions
Entering July 1, all six division leaders have at least a five-game lead over the rest of the teams in their respective divisions.
Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer
Since divisional play started in 1969, there's never been a season in which every division leader had at least a five-game lead heading into July - until now. The O's, Indians, Rangers, Nats, Cubs, and Giants all have a cushion of five-plus games.
Who will play quarterback at Michigan? And can any one player fill the massive hole left by Ezekiel Elliott at Ohio State? The Big Ten has some interesting position battles to watch.
J.B. Shuck's two-out single scored the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, Todd Frazier hit his 23rd home run and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 Thursday.
How good is Darius Slay?
The Lions' top cornerback has made a name for himself the past two years. Is he now the best corner in the NFC North? Dan Graziano explores.
White Sox follow formula in win
First baseman Todd Frazier, 2B Brett Lawrie and 3B Tyler Saladino all hit home runs in the White Sox's 9-6 win on Wednesday. It was the 12th time in team history that each of Chicago's starting “basemen” have homered in the same game, the Elias Sports Bureau reports. The ChiSox have won all 12 of those games.
Veteran defenseman Michal Rozsival and forward Brandon Mashinter agreed to 1-year deals with the Blackhawks.
Wednesday's longest home runs
Miguel Cabrera cracks the list yet again, as his 451-foot blast on Wednesday was his fourth homer of at least 450 feet this season. Jake Lamb's 442-foot shot was his ninth home run in June.
Bills coach Rex Ryan, who said he was surprised by his father's death Tuesday, told The MMQB that Buddy Ryan was "one tough son of a gun."
ESPN writers put young cornerback Darius Slay up there with Green Bay's Sam Shields when citing the league's top ballhawks.
Dan Szymborski presents the new and improved Future Ranks, looking at how each team sets up for the next five years, plus an MVP over the span and the year it has the best chance to win a title.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Fun with Todd Frazier facts! He hit his 22nd home run and is on pace for 46. He's also hitting .202 with just six doubles. Only one player -- Mark Reynolds -- has hit 30-plus HRs while batting under .200. And the fewest doubles for a 40-homer guy was Harmon Killebrew's 11. It's shaping up as an all-time oddball season for Frazier.
The clock is ticking for contending teams to improve and non-contenders to acquire future assets. Jim Bowden breaks down each team's objective.
James Shields broke out of a slump with 6 2/3 innings against one of baseball's worst lineups, helping the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 9-6 on Wednesday night.
If the sight of a Bulls player wearing a No. 45 White Sox jersey is giving you déjà vu, that's because a certain someone did it way before Valentine.
The soreness finally caught up to White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera as he will miss a couple of days with a mild wrist sprain.
Justin Morneau's return to the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox looks as if it will happen sooner rather than later.
Former Giants QB Phil Simms compares Buddy Ryan's defenses in Philadelphia and Chicago and shares stories about playing Ryan's teams.
Baseballs are leaving the yard at historic rates. What's causing the home run rise and is it good for baseball? David Schoenfield investigates.
How good is Alshon Jeffery?
When he was on the field in 2015, Jeffery was nearly unstoppable. But health has always been a challenge. Is the Bears' top wideout one of the league's best? Dan Graziano answers.