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Free-agent finds for Week 6: West, Snead, Sims among top options

Field Yates lists the top waiver-wire targets to consider heading into Week 6, including the Chiefs' new presumptive starting running back Charcandrick West and emerging Saints wideout Willie Snead.

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10hTristan H. Cockcroft

Fantasy Fallout: Freeman, Brady keep rolling

Tristan H. Cockcroft provides historical context for the top fantasy storylines from Week 5, including Devonta Freeman's third straight monster game and Tom Brady on a historic pace.


Fantasy Focus: Consider benching A. Brown?

Matthew Berry, Field Yates and Stephania Bell recap Steelers-Chargers, discuss who will be the #1 ranked WR for Week 6 and break down all the latest injury news in the NFL.

Theo Riddick emerging as Lions RB to own in fantasy (1:49)
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6hSean Allen

DraftKings NHL: Best buys for Oct. 13

With a big slate on Oct. 13, on whom should you spend your DraftKings dollars? Sean Allen presents his best buys at different salary levels.

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10hJoe Kaiser

Kaiser: How to win your fantasy hoops draft

Joe Kaiser provides his biggest tips to winning fantasy basketball leagues this season by looking back on past personal successes and failures.

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4hMatthew Willis

Willis: Drivers to target for Kansas

The Chase moves on to another 1.5-mile track this week in Kansas. Here are the drivers Matt Willis is keeping his eye on as he begins to craft his DFS lineup for the race this weekend.

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4hJeff Ratcliffe

Ratcliffe: Top D/ST, IDP pickups for Week 6

Jeff Ratcliffe offers helpful tiers to rate all of the NFL's D/ST units -- led by the Broncos, Cardinals and Texans defenses -- for Week 6 and identifies IDPs to pick up.

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Sean Allen

Rest-of-season, top 250 ranks for fantasy hockey

Sean Allen ranks the top 250 players in fantasy hockey for the rest of the 2015-16 season, including position ranks. Plus, how to make NHL goalie time shares work for your fantasy team.

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6hTristan H. Cockcroft

Consistency Ratings heading into Week 6

The Consistency Ratings weigh both how consistent as well as how start-worthy players have been in ESPN leagues in 2015.

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5dBradford Doolittle

Doolittle: Ranking fantasy players by positional tiers

Bradford Doolittle ranks fantasy players based on tiers in their respective positions. Among his biggest surprises is new Spur LaMarcus Aldridge falling in the fourth tier of power forwards.

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Karabell: How to replace Jamaal Charles

Eric Karabell sums up the Week 5 Sunday games, noting that despite all the many points scored, an injury to Jamaal Charles overshadows all.

Sam Bradford heads list of best buys in Week 6 daily fantasy (1:26)

Fantasy Focus: Which Chiefs' RB do you want?

Matthew Berry and Field Yates break down the Week 5 games including which Chiefs' RBs you should target, how to value Devonta Freeman and if you should worry about Eddie Lacy.

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Game balls: Who starred in Week 5

Bears QB Jay Cutler, Bengals QB Andy Dalton and Bucs RB Doug Martin lead our look at Sunday's top performers.

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1dSean Allen

Fantasy hockey forecaster for Week 2: Oct. 12-18

Sean Allen breaks down all the matchup data heading into Week 2 of the fantasy hockey season, and identifies players that should be picked up based upon their early line assignments.

5dEric Karabell

A.J. Pollock is the 2015 fantasy MVP

Eric Karabell wraps up the 2015 fantasy baseball season with awards, and an early look at his top 25 rankings for next year.

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1dTom Carpenter

Carpenter: Biggest fantasy sleepers of 2015-16

Tom Carpenter breaks down the biggest sleepers to target in fantasy basketball drafts this season. He leads with 76ers big man Nerlens Noel.

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7dJoe Kaiser

Kaiser: Aldridge, Ibaka are overrated fantasy players

Joe Kaiser analyzes which players are too high and too low on the ESPN Fantasy Basketball rankings. He sees Oklahoma City power forward Serge Ibaka not replicating his strong 2014-15 performance.


Cowboys turn to Matt Cassel

Ed Werder on what was behind Dallas' decision to start Cassel: “They think that Cassel is going to be a guy who has a bigger arm, who is more willing to challenge defenses outside the numbers and down the field."


Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers have added two players to their practice squad in center Brian Folkerts and receiver Andrew Turzilli. Folkerts has spent time with the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers. He has appeared in 26 regular season games in his career, all with the Panthers. Turzilli, meanwhile, was with the Tennessee Titans this offseason as an undrafted rookie.

Jones on hamstring: 'If I can go, I'ma go'

"I'm going to have to be really down bad to not go out there and play," Falcons WR Julio Jones said about his status for Thursday's game vs. the Saints. "So if I feel like I'm putting myself in danger as far as not being able to go out there and make a defender miss, then I won't go."


Charles Tillman really likes peanuts

The Panthers CB, who stopped by ESPN on his bye week, probably knows more about peanuts than you do.


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Certainly possible that Matt Cassel replacing Brandon Weeden as starting QB is not the only lineup change #Cowboys make during bye week

Cassel to start over Weeden after bye

Brandon Weeden has been informed by Cowboys coaches that the team will start Matt Cassel after the bye week vs. the Giants, according to ESPN and media reports.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots had free-agent safety Matt Daniels, who played for the Rams (2012-2013) and Jaguars (2014), in for a workout today. The 6-foot-0, 211-pound Daniels entered the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted free-agent out of Duke. This is standard operating procedure as the team works out free agents regularly to keep emergency lists fresh.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints released DB Don Jones to make room for re-signed WR Joseph Morgan, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

It's up to 14 QB hits now for the Packers defense against Rams QB Nick Foles on Sunday. Adjusted from 12 after film review. Most for the Green Bay defense since 15 on Oct. 2, 2014 vs. Vikings.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots had free-agent CB Bill Bentley, formerly of the Lions, in for a workout today. The 5-foot-10, 188-pound Bentley played in 18 games (8 starts) for the Lions from 2012-2014. Entered NFL as a third-round draft pick out of Miami. This is standard operating procedure as the team works out free agents regularly to keep emergency lists fresh.

NFL won't let Williams wear pink all year

The NFL has players wear pink accessories in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but DeAngelo Williams -- who lost his mother to breast cancer -- wanted to wear them all season. However, the league told him no, saying there are no exceptions to the uniform policy. Story

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

For what it's worth: DE Sheldon Richardson is listed as the backup to rookie Leonard Williams on the Jets' updated depth chart for the media. It's hardly a surprise, considering Williams is coming off his best game and Richardson is returning from a four-game marijuana suspension. This doesn't preclude them from starting Richardson on Sunday, but it looks like he'll be eased into a full-time role.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints' Drew Brees when asked if it can be a good thing to harness anger, frustration: "Yeah, absolutely. I mean, I’m not really happy with the way that things have gone thus far. So you can say I’m a little bit angry, disappointed, frustrated, chip on the shoulder. I’m harnessing that into something positive."

Steelers Super Bowl contenders?

The NFL Insiders crew thinks Pittsburgh will be great once QB Ben Roethlisberger returns from injury. "They’ve got a great passing game with Ben there. They’re a bonafide challenger when he’s back."


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

More from Saints DC Rob Ryan: "Hell, we're probably last in the league in every single category. ... We plan on getting better, we know who we're playing this week (the 5-0 Falcons). And it's gonna be a hell of a challenge and our guys will be up for it."

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"(Colin) Kaepernick remains the same; he's a threat, played well (Sunday) night. They're trying to find what he does well with the guys around him now, and they're starting to find their way that way a little bit. Obviously, they have a great back in Carlos Hyde, three really good tight ends and the receivers (Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin)...guys that we know well. It's a dangerous group." - Ravens coach John Harbaugh, on facing the 49ers this weekend at Levi's Stadium.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints G Jahri Evans said he will play Thursday vs Falcons. He missed the last three games with a knee injury.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton on Falcons QB Matt Ryan, "No. 1, he's extremely competitive. He's always played some of his best football, it seems, in the fourth quarter. And then he's accurate. He's got enough escapability that he can extend the play, find the receiver down the field. When you start putting together all the things you're looking for from a skillset, the leadership; he's durable as well. He's doing a great job of playing the position and obviously playing it effectively late in the game. What's most important is winning, and he's doing a good job with that."

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

With a rash of injuries along the O-line, Chargers HC Mike McCoy was asked if the team should have drafted an offensive lineman in the first round instead of a running back: "We are very pleased with who we picked. Melvin Gordon is a special player."

5 reasons why Andy Dalton could win MVP

Scoff if you like. But the Cincinnati QB is one of three quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for more than 1,500 yards and have a TD-to-INT ratio better than 5-to-1 through their teams' first five games. The other two, Peyton Manning in 2013 and Aaron Rodgers in 2011, went on to win the MVP award. 4 more reasons

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NFL Power Rankings: Muddle in the middle

Did you see the Seahawks starting 2-3? How about the Cowboys? Or Eagles? Overall, 10 teams stand at 2-3. Do we see potential in anyone among this mediocre tier? Full rankings

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera admitted he thought "what if" when he saw wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin in the locker room today. Benjamin was lost for the season with a knee injury in training camp. Rivera said nobody is having to remind Benjamin to eat "clean" after concerns with weight during the offseason.

Daniel Fells' MRSA recovery good so far

Said ESPN's Dan Graziano: "There are still more surgical procedures that await. Their hope is that he continues to respond well to the mixture of antibiotics they have him on."