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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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5hTom 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.

5hTristan 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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3hDerek 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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3hWill 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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3hVictoria 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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28mKen Daube and Jim McCormick

Pass or Play: Week 5 Daily Fantasy Debate

Jim McCormick and Ken Daube evaluate similarly priced players at every lineup spot to offer advice for Week 5 daily fantasy players.

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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.

1dEric 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.


Marshawn Lynch to miss 2nd straight game

A hamstring injury will keep the Seahawks' star RB out of Sunday's game against the Bengals. Lynch also missed Monday night's game against the Lions.


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The NFL has fined Bills DE Jerry Hughes for $23,152 for abusive language towards a game official and an additional $8,681 for head-butting a Giants player after a play in the Bills' 24-10 loss last Sunday.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers have listed S Sean Richardson as out for Sunday's game vs. the Rams. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel just reported that his neck injury is potentially season-ending, if not career-ending.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints RB Khiry Robinson was fined $8,681 for his touchdown celebration, using the ball as a prop vs. Cowboys.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran CB Tarell Brown is expected to be ready for normal duty for the Patriots on Sunday vs. the Cowboys. After being limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of his foot, he was a full participant Friday and is listed as probable on the injury report. Brown opened 2015 as the starter opposite Malcolm Butler.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers cornerback Josh Norman was fined $8,631 by the NFL for using the football as a prop while celebrating his interception returned for a touchdown against Tampa Bay. Norman said he was told before the game by league appeals officer Derrick Brooks the celebration would be legal. But the Panthers were penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct and now Norman has been fined. Wonder if he will appeal? At least Norman was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Brian Hoyer will be the team's starter for Jacksonville. Asked if Hoyer could be the starter for the season, O'Brien said he is looking at this as a series of one-game seasons. Hoyer entered the game in the second quarter and threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams DE Robert Quinn missed Friday's practice but with good reason: he and his wife added a baby girl to the family. Jeff Fisher said he told Quinn that was "more important than what we were doing." Quinn will play Sunday in Green Bay.

Bill Williamson ESPN Staff Writer 

Raiders will be without defensive starters TJ Carrie and Justin Ellis in Sunday against Denver. Key reserves Denico Autry and Taiwan Jones also out.

Mike Sando NFL Insider 

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have combined for 20 TD passes with zero INTs so far this season.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Chargers are banged up but could get lift from talented corner Jason Verrett, whose foot injury is feeling better. He needed rest last week against Cleveland. Could be a game-time decision Monday night against the Steelers.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Air horns, the Macarena and now this in Rams' preparation for Packers: LB Daren Bates going the method acting route to give offense a look at Clay Matthews during practice with a blonde wig and the No. 52 jersey. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on the look: "It didn't look really good on him. He battles looks anyway."

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons wasn't fined for his hit on Ravens WR Steve Smith, according to the NFL. Smith suffered four micro fractures in his back.

Field Yates @FieldYates

Just 21 players have played 100% of their team's defensive snaps in 2015. Only 1 has also played >50% of special teams snaps: Eric Weddle.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers RT Bryan Bulaga (knee) wouldn’t say for sure whether he would return Sunday vs. the Rams, but it sure sounded that way. “From yesterday’s practice to today, I think everything went well. Nothing really happened today that gave me any alarm. But I’ve still got to work tomorrow, and we’ll see how it goes from there.”

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Remember A.J. Green's "slow" start a couple weeks ago? The Bengals WR could end up with his most receiving yards to start a season if he gets just 77 vs. Seattle on Sunday. The most he's ever had through his first five games is 493. He has 417 entering this Week 5 game.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater will wear these Sunday vs. the Cowboys as part of the NFL's breast cancer awareness campaign. "There are several women in my life who have been affected by breast cancer, and my wife being a woman's pathologist, she diagnoses breast cancer every day. The more awareness we can build, the more momentum we can build to finding a cure, that would be awesome. That's the reason I'm wearing the shoes."

Sando: Ranking the NFL's best kickers

Kickers are under more scrutiny than ever, so ESPN's Mike Sando picked out the top kickers in the game today. Kickers' rankings (Insider)

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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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Broncos on upset alert?

Skip Bayless is sensing a possible upset for Sunday's Raiders-Broncos game, while Stephen A. Smith doesn't think Derek Carr will be able to handle the Broncos' defense.


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints LT Terron Armstead and DE Bobby Richardson did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media Friday. It sure looks like Armstead won't play Sunday at Philadelphia after missing practice all week, though it's not official yet. First-round pick Andrus Peat will replace him if needed. ... G Tim Lelito was back in practice Friday after missing Thursday.

LeSean McCoy says he's out 3-4 weeks

McCoy has a grade 2 hamstring pull, which will force him to miss 3 to 4 weeks, the Bills RB said today. This offseason, Buffalo traded LB Kiko Alonso for McCoy, who has 146 rushing yards and zero TDs.

Mike Rodak @mikerodak

Shady: "I’d rather come back 100% and be the player that everybody was expecting instead of out there on one leg. So that’s the truth.”