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Week 5 fantasy football rankings

Rams rookie Todd Gurley has worked his way into the top 10 in the fantasy football rankings for Week 5.

46mTristan H. Cockcroft

Fantasy football: Gurley can produce vs. GB

After a breakout game in Week 4, rookie RB Todd Gurley has a favorable matchup vs. a Packers team that's bad against the run. Tristan H. Cockcroft breaks it all down for fantasy football owners.

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3hDerek Carty

FanDuel MLB: Best buys for Thursday, Oct. 8

Derek Carty offers up the best buys in FanDuel for Thursday's postseason action, including Justin Smoak as a must play, assuming he is in the lineup.

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22hEric Karabell

Fantasy ranks: Alex Smith a legit fill-in

Eric Karabell analyzes the staff Week 5 rankings, noting placement for Alex Smith and several questionable running backs

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22hMatt Bowen

Expect Freeman to remain lead back, produce as RB2

Matt Bowen looks at Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, outlining why the second-year breakout will continue to reward fantasy owners even when rookie RB Tevin Coleman returns.


Fantasy Focus: Luck out, Michael J. Fox

Matthew Berry and Field Yates discuss the value of T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Frank Gore with Andrew Luck out for TNF. Plus, the definitive Michael J. Fox interview.

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Yates: Week 5 fantasy football free-agent finds

Field Yates lists the top waiver-wire targets to consider heading into Week 5, including Browns rookie Duke Johnson and potential fill-in starter Boobie Dixon.

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3dTom Carpenter

Fantasy Basketball: Top 200 rankings

Tom Carpenter provides an updated ranking of the top 200 players in fantasy basketball for 2015-16. New Orleans big man Anthony Davis checks in at No. 1 overall.

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17mBradford 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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1hEric Karabell

Week 5 flex ranks: WRs taking over

Eric Karabell unveils his top-100 fantasy football ranking of running backs, wide receivers and tight ends for Week 5

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Gurley, Freeman rise in end-of-season ranks

Eric Karabell updates his end-of-season rankings, with several young running backs moving up including Devonta Freeman and Todd Gurley.

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3dTristan H. Cockcroft

Fantasy Fallout: Freeman's encore, Gurley's rise

Tristan H. Cockcroft provides historical context to the top fantasy storylines from Week 4, including Devonta Freeman's encore, Todd Gurley's big second half and Cairo Santos' surprising day.

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1dScott Kacsmar

Best NFL DFS Week 5 matchups

Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders outlines the best matchups for DFS players to use in Week 5 to maximize success.


Fantasy Weekly: Is McCoy droppable?

Anita Marks and Matt Bowen recap Week 4 and discuss which players it's time to give up on, which QB's you should target for the rest of the season and much more.

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Karabell: Todd Gurley could be a top-10 RB

Eric Karabell recaps Week 4 and discusses how first-round running back Todd Gurley could be among the league's best sooner rather than later.

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3dTom Carpenter

Gurley's fantasy stock soars after Week 4 breakout

Todd Gurley's barrage of long runs in Week 4 produced a breakout performance and shot up his fantasy stock. Tom Carpenter writes why he should be at the top of every owner's target list.

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1dJeff Ratcliffe

Ratcliffe: Top D/ST, IDP pickups for Week 5

Jeff Ratcliffe offers helpful tiers to rate all 32 D/ST units -- led by the Broncos, Cardinals and Bills defenses -- for Week 5 and identifies IDPs to pick up.

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1dKeith Goldner and Nik Bonaddio

numberFire: Best Week 5 Eliminator picks

Need to know the best selections for your Eliminator pool for Week 5? NumberFire is here to help, projecting the safest plays for helping you survive and advance.

2dEric 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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3dVictoria Matiash

How to win at daily fantasy hockey

Victoria Matiash offers 10 strategy tips for people interested in playing daily fantasy hockey contests.

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3dVictoria Matiash

Fantasy Hockey: Familiar faces in new places

What should fantasy owners expect from high-profile players who have switched teams this season? Victoria Matiash breaks down 12 from the Western Conference.

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4dVictoria Matiash

Fantasy Hockey: Familiar faces in new places

What should fantasy owners expect from high-profile players who have switched teams this season? Victoria Matiash breaks down 12 from the Eastern Conference.

3dFantasy Football Scout

Aguero leads the way with five goals

ESPN Premier Fantasy Gameweek 8 saw Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero (£9.0m) net five goals in 20 minutes to collect a host of points.

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Matthew Coller

Top 30 projected NHL scorers for 2015-16

Hockey Prospectus projections for the top 30 point scorers for 2015-16, along with insights into why players are where they are and a few notable exclusions.

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2dJoe 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.


How to slow down Aaron Rodgers

Herm Edwards' advice to the Rams: Keep Rodgers off the field as long as possible. And when he's not on the sideline, make sure to keep him in the pocket.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tight end Rob Gronkowski says he has studied Jason Witten and has tried to take something from his game. Specifically, he admires his consistency.

Gil Brandt @Gil_Brandt

I first met Lindy Infante when he was a tailback at Florida under Ray Graves. He was always a gentleman. Gone too soon at 75.

Former Packers, Colts coach Infante dies

Former Packers and Colts head coach Lindy Infante has died in Florida following a long illness. He was 75. Infante coached the Packers from 1988-91, including a 10-6 season in '89. He joined the Colts in '96 and spent two seasons on the sidelines there. His NFL record was 36-60.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

RB Dion Lewis discusses signing a contract extension with the Patriots through 2017, as reported by ESPN's Field Yates. Says it is a good feeling, but that there is more work to do.

Week 5 fantasy flex ranks: WRs taking over

Eric Karabell ranks the top-100 fantasy players among non-QBs and thinks wide receivers are taking over -- but not completely. In just two games, Le'Veon Bell already ranks 17th in standard scoring among RBs. Top 100 (Insider)

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said a 1-2 running back punch with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman is what was expected all along coming into the season. Coleman progressing well off fractured rib, Quinn said, although Coleman was limited yesterday.

Fisher playing Macarena, annoying players

In preparation for Aaron Rodgers who has a tendency to draw defenders offsides, Rams coach Jeff Fisher has played loud, obnoxious music at practice and scared them with air horns. Said DE William Hayes: "We were in there looking at film and he brings the air horn in there. I was in the boots, getting my legs right, and he comes in there and the first thing I did was I jumped offside." Message (incredibly) loud and clear

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was not at practice Thursday as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered last week vs. the Eagles.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corner Chris Culliver is not at practice today after missing Wednesday as well. Culliver played with an injured knee vs. the Eagles last week. Fellow corner DeAngelo Hall has a helmet on but remains on the sidelines as the defensive backs go through individual drills. Hall hurt his toe in week 3 and faced a three-to-four week recovery period.

What you need to know for NFL's Week 5

Dan Graziano runs through the biggest storylines heading into this weekend, with five unbeaten teams in action and a few playoff contenders in need of a win.


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

After watching the beginning of Thursday's practice, Bills WR Sammy Watkins (calf) is now participating in individual drills, the final portion of practice open to reporters. That's more than what he did Wednesday.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions OC Joe Lombardi said Matthew Stafford has played better than is given credit for but what has been missing has been "the big play." The Lions tried more deep passes Monday night but didn't hit.

Jones on Hardy 'guns' comment: 'Oh my ...'

When informed of DE Greg Hardy's curious choice of words to describe his return from suspension, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told SI: "Oh my goodness," before adding, "Well, you're not allowed to have guns on the football field. We all know that's just a way of expressing yourself. I hope his guns are ablazin'." Commissioner weighs in

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Garrett has spoken to Greg Hardy about the defensive end's comments regarding "guns blazing" and Tom Brady's wife, saying that's not what the organization stands for. "We want to distinguish ourselves with our play, not with what you say ... He understands that now," Garrett said.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers offensive line could get a big boost this week with the return of Bryan Bulaga (knee). Coach Mike McCarthy said he came through his first practice in 3 weeks "smoothly." Bulaga (knee) will go in pads today.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Watkins (calf) is in a helmet but only watching Thursday's practice. Running backs Karlos Williams and LeSean McCoy are not practicing.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

As the Bengals open practice Thursday morning they have back nearly everyone who missed Wednesday's practice. CB Adam Jones is among those back. It appears DE Wallace Gilberry will be limited.

Aldon Smith pleads not guilty to charges

Prosecutors say Oakland Raiders LB Aldon Smith has pleaded not guilty to hit and run, drunken driving and vandalism. The 25-year-old was arrested in August in Santa Clara on drunken driving charges. The 49ers then released him before the Raiders signed him five weeks later.

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Hasselbeck to start in place of Luck

Adam Schefter on the tough situation the Colts are facing at QB: "A 40-plus-year-old quarterback who threw over 50 passes on Sunday now has to bounce back in a short week where he’s battling a virus to play the tough Houston Texans defense."


Aaron Donald is a man-child

Four a.m. weight-lifting sessions as a little kid got the second year player started. He is a baby-faced He-Man now, still considered small for his position. The NFL's Steph Curry

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Flacco reads classic book to kids

There's no doubt about it, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is an elite children's book. Here to read it to Baltimore City elementary school students... is Ravens QB Joe Flacco. Watch it


How Gore and Johnson reunited in Indy

It had been 14 years since they won a title together at “The U” -- but Andre Johnson and Frank Gore are back together in the chase for another. He kept calling and calling and calling

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Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Neither Colts' QB, Andrew Luck and Matthew Hasselbeck, threw passes in practice this week. Not ideal situation for Thursday, or any, night.

Andrew Luck out again for Colts

Matt Hasselbeck will make his second straight start on Thursday when the Colts visit the Texans as Andrew Luck is still unable to play because of a shoulder injury, a source told Adam Schefter.

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