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Insider Trading: Go with Gurley, Floyd in Week 5

NFL Nation team reporters provide fantasy owners with the latest intel for Week 5, including why you should start Todd Gurley and Michael Floyd.

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3hTom Carpenter

Fantasy: Five key storylines to watch in Week 5

A panel of ESPN fantasy contributors answers questions about five of the most intriguing storylines entering Week 5, including how the Broncos' backfield will flesh out.

3hTristan H. Cockcroft

Fantasy football: Gurley can produce vs. GB

After a breakout game in Week 4, Rams RB Todd Gurley has a favorable matchup versus a Packers D that struggles against the run. Tristan H. Cockcroft breaks down the top Week 5 fantasy matchups.

Better Week 5 flex play: Torrey Smith or Ryan Mathews? (1:29)

Fantasy Focus: Week 5 injury breakdown

Matthew Berry, Field Yates and Stephania Bell recap Colts-Texans, break down the key injuries heading into Week 5 and outline what you should do if you own any of the Bills' RBs.

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59mDerek Carty

FanDuel MLB: Best buys for Friday, Oct. 9

Derek Carty offers up the best buys in FanDuel for Friday's postseason action, including Jon Lester as the top GPP play if you fade Clayton Kershaw.

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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.

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23mWill Harris

Stack Cook, Burbridge vs. Rutgers secondary

Week 6 is the week of the stack in college football DFS. Will Harris offers up the best quarterback-receiver matchups to exploit this weekend.

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54mVictoria Matiash

DraftKings NHL: Best buys for Oct. 9

Looking for the best players to use in DraftKings DFS contests at different salary levels? Here are Victoria Matiash's best buys for Oct. 9.


ESPN DFS: Al Zeidenfeld's helpful mistake

Anita Marks and Al Zeidenfeld discuss how he constructs his DFS lineups, players he likes in Week 5 and the mistake he made that turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

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29mRenee Miller

Daily Fantasy NFL Week 5: Between the lines

Renee Miller examines the lines to determine how best to use certain players and matchups, including which Cowboys players to lean on Sunday.

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2dMatt 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.

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1dEric 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

Better Week 5 flex play: Rueben Randle or Andre Ellington? (1:24)
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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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4dTom 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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1dBradford 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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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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4dTristan 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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2dScott 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.

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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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2dJeff 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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4dTom 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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2dKeith 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.

23hEric 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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3dJoe 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.


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

LeSean McCoy says Bills have told him he could miss 3-4 weeks with aggravation of hamstring injury suffered in Week 3, but adds Friday, "Everybody's body responds differently. I'm a quick healer so I should be fine. I doubt it will take 4 weeks for me to get back."

Mike Sando NFL Insider 

Last season, Philip Rivers thew 1 TD pass with 4 INTs when Antonio Gates was off the field. He threw 30 TDs with 14 INTs the rest of the time. Gates makes his 2015 debut Monday night.

Mike Sando NFL Insider 

The Saints are allowing 9.8 yards per pass attempt, which is 2.5 yards worse than the league average and 4.1 worse than the league-leading Jets are allowing.

Mike Sando NFL Insider 

Josh McCown has 17 TD passes with two INTs when playing for the Browns and Bears over the past three seasons.

Mike Sando NFL Insider 

Andy Dalton averaged a career-high 13.4 yards per pass attempt last week. He faces a Seahawks defense that has never allowed more than 11.48 yards/attempt in a game under Pete Carroll.

What's up with Houston's defense?

A season ago, the Texans' defense was able to sack the quarterback on 7.4 percent of dropbacks without blitzing, which was the 2nd-best rate in the league. This year, they're sacking quarterbacks on just 1.2 percent of their non-blitz dropbacks (31st in the NFL).

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay said some of his best friends in the business are on Atlanta's staff, notably offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur. McVay told them, "there's nothing wrong with going 15-1."

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney briefly exited Thursday's game with what appeared to be an ankle injury. On Friday he wore a walking boot on his right foot. It's not clear if the injury is serious, but Clowney did return to the game afterward. He played 52 percent of the Texans defensive snaps.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

LeSean McCoy says he has a Grade 2 pull of his hamstring and team told him after Week 3 (at MIA) that it's a 3-4 week injury.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears receivers Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal are questionable to face the Chiefs on Sunday. Jeffery did not practice on Friday after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday. Royal missed the entire week with an ankle injury.

Field Yates @FieldYates

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (ribs) will return to action this week. Still all-in on Devonta Freeman this Sunday - my #5 RB.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Pro Bowl free safety Tashaun Gipson will miss Sunday's game against the Ravens with an ankle injury. CB Joe Haden is listed as questionable. Mike Pettine said he and Haden will have a conversation Saturday about whether Haden can play.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said WR Steve Smith (back) is making progress and he’s optimistic that he’ll return after Sunday’s game.

Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 5

Eli Manning has been on a hot streak, tossing 7 TDs in his past 3 games. And with the 49ers coming to town, Berry believes it's a recipe for a handful of big plays vs. a team that has allowed the most 20-plus-yard plays this year. Love/Hate Week 5

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Watkins: "I don't know whether I'm going to play or not, but if it's an emergency, if I need to play, I think I'll play."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Karlos Williams (concussion) and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) have both been ruled out for the Bills for Sunday's game vs. Titans.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Watkins (calf) is officially questionable for the Bills' game Sunday vs. Tennessee. Watkins was limited in practice Friday.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said four starters will not play Sunday: tight end Jordan Reed (concussion), receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring), corner Chris Culliver (knee) and corner DeAngelo Hall (toe).

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Didn't see LB Justin Durant on the practice field today for the Falcons. Been absent all week with an elbow injury and was supposed to see the doctor yesterday. RB Tevin Coleman doesn't have black no-contact jersey on as the last two days. Appears ready to return from fractured rib.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens WR Steve Smith (back) and TE Crockett Gillmore (calf) remain sidelined Friday. They have combined for 29 catches and four TDs this season.

OTL: Arian Foster's secular beliefs

Off the field, the Texans RB occasionally faces a philosophical challenge of being an openly secular player in a league with a strong religious culture.


Lance Dunbar to undergo surgery today

The Cowboys RB will have knee surgery later Friday, according to Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. Dunbar tore the ACL in his left knee in Sunday's loss to the Saints and is out for the season.


Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Joique Bell, Haloti Ngata and Eric Ebron not working out in open portion of Lions practice Friday. Travis Lewis and Larry Warford returned. DeAndre Levy worked out again.