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Week 12 rankings: Palmer the No. 1 QB

Our rankings for Week 12 are live! Use these ranks to make your start, sit and waiver-wire decisions.

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6hJim McCormick and Jeff Ratcliffe

Fantasy football: IDP rankings for Week 12

Jim McCormick and Jeff Ratcliffe provide their IDP rankings for Week 12, including Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith cracking the top three at the position.

Players you need to trade for at the deadline (2:22)
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1hVictoria Matiash

DraftKings NHL: Best buys for Nov. 25

Need some lineup advice for DraftKings NHL DFS contests on Nov. 25? Check out Victoria Matiash's best buys at various salary levels.

Robert Turbin a clear handcuff in fantasy (1:21)

Fantasy Focus: Worried about Pats injuries?

Matthew Berry, Field Yates and Stephania Bell discuss who the Kimmy Gibbler of the podcast is, the latest on Danny Amendola and the rest of the injuries around the NFL.

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6hRenee Miller

NFL daily fantasy flex plays for Week 12

Renee Miller identifies top options to use in the flex spot of your DFS lineup in Week 12, including safe, upside and value plays.

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21hJoe Kaiser

Kaiser: Sell-high fantasy NBA candidates

Joe Kaiser, along with Kevin Pelton, looks at players who were off to hot starts and determines whether fantasy owners should trade them now or hold.

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Karabell: Top 10 RB handcuffs

Eric Karabell breaks down running back situations in which the backup has fantasy value, and ranks his top 10 RB handcuffs. The Seahawks' Thomas Rawls comes in No. 1.

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2dKC Joyner

Fantasy: Megatron among top trade targets

KC Joyner identifies four high-upside fantasy players to target based on statistical trends and remaining schedules, including Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

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22hJeff Ratcliffe

Fantasy: Top D/ST, IDP pickups for Week 12

Jeff Ratcliffe offers helpful tiers to rate all of the NFL's D/ST units -- led by the Panthers' and Cardinals' defenses -- for Week 12, and identifies IDPs to pick up.

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7dBradford Doolittle

Trend Watch: DeRozan's career-best start

Bradford Doolittle provides his latest fantasy trend watch of the season, weighing in on DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Mirotic and Ty Lawson.

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2dJoe 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.


Fantasy Weekly: Previewing Week 12

Anita Marks and Aaron Schatz break down all the injuries you need to know, discuss waiver wire pick ups and which teams have the most fantasy friendly playoff schedule.

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14dEric 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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1dTristan 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.


Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets center Nick Mangold, who hopes to take snaps tomorrow in practice to test his right hand laceration, was naturally saddened to see Ryan Fitzpatrick drastically trim his own beard. "I know it is the hot button issue for the day," Mangold deadpanned. "Its difficult to see a good beard go down. But obviously he is a fighter. He will get back up and continue to work on his growth and just keep getting better every day... (Was it) a panic move? No. No. No. Just his birthday and I assume he did it for the kids because we all know it is all about the kids."

JPP has much to be thankful for

After returning from a fireworks accident this summer to make an impact for a playoff contender, Jason Pierre-Paul said, "I'm just thankful to be alive."


Not Ray Lewis has your turkey motivation

To those who labor in the kitchen prepping all the Thanksgiving food -- Andre Boyd sees you. And he's got some words of encouragement.


Family: Frank Gifford had CTE

Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who died last summer of natural causes, suffered from the concussion-related brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), his family said Wednesday. Story

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Sixers could pass Bucs with streak

The 76ers' active 25-game losing streak is one short of the benchmark in both the NBA and NFL. The Buccaneers infamously lost the first 26 games of the franchise's existence. Longest losing streaks in sports

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Obama pardons turkeys, cooks Packers

President Barack Obama pardoned two Thanksgiving turkeys today, and while listing the things he was thankful for, he said he's grateful the Bears will beat the Packers on Thursday.

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Starr ready for emotional homecoming

The Packers legend survived two strokes, a heart attack and four seizures last year -- and then a life-threatening bronchial infection three months ago -- and is set to attend Thursday's ceremony for Brett Favre. A legend at Lambeau

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Gronk scared to overeat at Thanksgiving?

It takes mental toughness not to eat too much, said Pats TE Rob Gronkowski: "Knowing you've got that huge pie in front of you and only eating a little piece. ... I know anyone in this locker room could put down like 6 pounds of food."


Panthers lip-sync 'Hello' -- and nail it

Jonathan Stewart, Greg Olsen, Luke Kuechly (in a hot tub!) and a couple of other Panthers made a video lip-syncing Adele's hit. And it's awesome. Hello, it's the Panthers

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Left tackle Joe Thomas was asked if players would be worried what would happen off the field if Johnny Manziel started again. His comment came with a smile: Thats a lot to think about. Ive got a small brain and Im very simple minded. I just try to block the guy that lines up across from me.

RB Fantasy Ranks: Lean on T.J. Yeldon?

Eric Karabell has the Jaguars back in his top 10 for this week, but he's alone on an island compared to our other experts. Yeldon has gone without a TD for three straight weeks. RB Rankings

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Asked whether he expects Richard Sherman to follow him all game, Antonio Brown said, "He follows me on Twitter."

You like that? A Kirk Cousins investigation

When the Redskins QB shouted You like that! earlier this season, it prompted ESPN's John Keim to go through all of Cousins' games so far this season and determine if he liked that. Mixed results

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Fitzpatrick trimmed the beard. By a lot.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears ruled tight end Martellus Bennett out of Thursday's game against Green Bay. Bennett suffered a ribs injury in last week's loss to Denver. Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery are questionable for the game.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed that Marshawn Lynch had sports hernia surgery. The doctor is very optimistic about a quick recovery. Carroll said best-case scenario is a return in three to four weeks. But it could be longer.

Brady-Manning: A few things we'll miss

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have played 16 times since 2001. With Manning out Sunday and his career in doubt because of injuries, here are a few things we'll miss about their matchup. Who's the better pitchman?


Luck 'very confident' in return this season

Colts QB Andrew Luck said today he is "very confident, very confident" that he will return before the season's end. Luck has been out the past two weeks with a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees said Texans do a good job of moving J.J. Watt around, so "It's not like we can just run away from him, since we don't know where he's gonna be." Said it's important to get rid of the ball since Watt is relentless. And said Watt's job is basically to "wreak havoc."

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd practicing for first time since suffering a shoulder injury against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 9.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens QB Matt Schaub said he's excited at the opportunity to start again in the league. "It's a good anxiety to get back out there in the huddle. It's been a whirlwind couple of days."

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Mularkey said WR Kendall Wright "looked much better than I was expecting" at Wednesday practice. After three missed games with a sprained left knee, Wright was still limited to specific number of plays.

Best, worst NFL DFS matchups

Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders says DeAndre Hopkins is a must-have for his matchup vs. the Saints this week. Week 12 tips (Insider)

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Marshawn Lynch has hernia surgery

The Seahawks RB had surgery Wednesday to repair a sports hernia injury, according to ESPN sources and a report. The surgery was first reported by the NFL's website. Story

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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Mariota was back at Oregon over the weekend, where his Heisman Trophy got a Hawaiian blessing. He left field Wednesday with his LT, Taylor Lewan.