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Four Downs: Chiefs offense can swing the fantasy playoffs

Alex Smith is playing like a top-10 fantasy quarterback, his weapons are producing and Kansas City's schedule couldn't be easier for the stretch run.

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2hKC Joyner

Joyner: Gordon among high-upside stretch plays

KC Joyner identifies fantasy players whose remaining matchups make them high-upside starters either during one particular week or over the entire final stretch, such as Chargers RB Melvin Gordon.

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Fantasy Fallout: Gronk injured, Wilson shines

Tristan H. Cockcroft provides context for the top fantasy storylines from Week 12, including the impact if Rob Gronkowski misses time and Russell Wilson's impressive start to his career.

How to replace Gronk in fantasy football (0:56)

Fantasy Focus: Is Dez still a top-10 WR?

Matthew Berry and Field Yates recap Week 12, disagree on Dez Bryant's value with Tony Romo out for the season and discuss whether now is the time to sell Todd Gurley.

9hFantasy Football Scout

De Bruyne leads the way, as Vardy stars

Vardy's seven-point haul this week was a modest return compared to many in an ESPN Premier Fantasy weekend awash with big scorers.


Welcome to Capital One Bowl Mania 2015!

Be sure to play's free Capital One Bowl Mania game where you'll be challenged to predict the winner of all 41 bowl games while competing for cash prizes and a trip to the 2016 Championship Game.

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20hJohn Cregan

Cregan: Porzingis boosting fantasy lineups

John Cregan looks at Kristaps Porzingis' fast start to the season and writes why "1+1+1" players are so unique in fantasy basketball.

AP goes off in win over Falcons (0:51)
Rivers tosses four touchdowns in win over Jags (0:50)
Hasselbeck's big day leads Colts over Bucs (0:51)
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6dEric Karabell

Lacy, Rawls rise in end-of-season ranks

Eric Karabell ranks players for the remainder of the season by position and overall, with Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls rising.

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Love/Hate: Thanks for the matchups!

In a season of injuries and first-round busts, Matthew Berry says fantasy owners can be thankful for matchups against the Eagles or the Saints. But first, about those pool noodles ...

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7dJoe Kaiser

Kaiser: Ty Lawson no longer a fantasy asset

Joe Kaiser provides his latest installment of a series looking at overvalued and undervalued players. He writes why Ty Lawson is being used far too often.

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19dEric Karabell

AFL notes: Profar, Meadows, Frazier climbing

Eric Karabell discusses Arizona Fall League performers such as the Rangers' Jurickson Profar, who is still an intriguing prospect.

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6dTristan H. Cockcroft

Consistency Ratings heading into Week 12

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


Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Gilbert will start at CB for the Browns. This is Gilbert's first start this season; he started two games in 2014 as a rookie. Gilbert was the eighth pick in the '14 draft.

Should Hasselbeck remain Colts starter?

Mike Ditka says Matt Hasselbeck's undefeated record speaks for itself: "Football is not a popularity contest. The object is to win. They're winning football games with Matt Hasselbeck. That's all that matters."


Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Johnny Manziel is active as third QB for the Browns. Team's inactives vs. Ravens are WRs Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel, CBs Joe Haden, Pierre Desir and Don Jones, OG Joel Bitonio, DL Randy Starks.

Why to watch Ravens-Browns on MNF

The Ravens and Browns may be a combined 5-15 this season, but that doesn't mean their Monday night matchup will be a dud. All 10 of the Ravens' games have been decided by 8 points or less, including a 33-30 loss to the Browns in Week 5. Lots of close MNF games

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Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Tests on Bengals' TE Tyler Eiferts neck today revealed no structural damage, but his status for Sunday is in question for now, per sources.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

RB Terrance West and DE Brent Urban are both active for Ravens. DE Carl Davis, a rookie third-round pick, is a healthy scratch for first time this season.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens inactives: WR Marlon Brown, CB Tray Walker, CB Cassius Vaughn, OT Eugene Monroe, G Kelechi Osemele, DT Carl Davis, DE Kapron Lewis-Moore

Hold up, wait a minute on Coleman

Try not to get too flustered at this next statement: Even if Devonta Freeman returns, keep Tevin Coleman. Yes, reserve-duty Coleman offered little for fantasy in the past, but he's arguably the top handcuff option in the league now. Four downs (Insider)

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Not Ray Lewis on stopping Cam's dabbing

"He got your wife dabbing. He got your kids dabbing. He got coach Roy Williams from the Chapel Hill Tar Heels dabbing. Stop this man from dancing!"


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The Seahawks have placed TE Jimmy Graham on IR (ruptured patellar), officially ending his season. DT A.J. Francis takes his place on the 53-man roster.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams DE Robert Quinn is also making progress from his back injury, according to Jeff Fisher. Quinn went through an extended pregame warmup before Sundays game and Fisher said he is encouraged by the work Quinn was able to do.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams QB Case Keenum is still going through the concussion protocol but Jeff Fisher said hes hopeful that Keenum will be able to participate at some level in Wednesdays practice as he continues to go through the necessary tests. Keenum will return to the starting job when he clears the protocol, according to Fisher.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said WR Stedman Bailey is improving at a south Florida hospital after extensive surgery last week. Fisher said Bailey had two wounds to the head. He also said that Baileys girlfriend sent a picture of Bailey signing a sheet of paper to some of the players on the team before the game, which raised some spirits in the locker room about Bailey's status.

Should the Broncos stick with Osweiler?

After Brock Osweiler led the Broncos over the Pats, should coach Gary Kubiak keep him in the starting role at QB even if Peyton Manning gets healthy? "Yes I would," Cris Carter says.


Chris Johnson has fractured tibia

The Cardinals RB will be out an extended period of time, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and first reported by Fox Sports. Johnson, who is fourth in the NFL with 797 rushing yards, was injured in Sunday's game against the 49ers.


Rob Gronkowski has no tear in knee

An MRI confirms that the Patriots TE has a bruised right knee, and no tears, a source tells ESPN's Dianna Russini. A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Gronkowski's injury is considered a "minor knee strain," and said he'll be out "a week or two, most likely."

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

New Ravens starting QB Matt Schaub is starting his warm-ups by throwing to rookie TE Maxx Williams. It's been 23 months since he started a regular season game.

Belichick really not happy with question

A reporter dared to ask Bill Belichick his emotions after seeing Rob Gronkowski down on the field. Note: Do not ask Bill Belichick about his emotions.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who made his 100th career start yesterday, saved the game ball and plans to display it in his trophy case. He knew he was close to 100; he was reminded in a pre-game text from his dad. "Being a seventh-round pick, being a guy who wasn't really recruited to play college football, it's been a pretty cool ride," he said. He'd rather not be reminded of his record: 39-60-1.

How should Pats handle Gronk's injury?

Rest Rob Gronkowski for the playoffs or play him in the coming games? The NFL Live crew debates.


Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

USC wanted to interview Bengals OC Hue Jackson for head coach job, but timing did not and could not work out during NFL season, per sources.

How might Heisman contenders fare in NFL?

NFL Insiders Mel Kiper and Todd McShay huddled up to pick their top 4 for the Heisman race (spoiler: Derrick Henry tops both lists.) But how might those candidates perform in the NFL draft? Predictions (Insider)

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