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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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22mEric 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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45mMatt 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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3hVictoria Matiash

DraftKings NHL: Best buys for Oct. 7

Who should you target on opening night in NHL DFS contests? Victoria Matiash serves up her best buys at different salary levels for Oct. 7.

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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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2dTom 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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1dJoe 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.


Fantasy Focus: Is Boom Herron worth an add

Matthew Berry and Field Yates discuss the latest fantasy news including the Bills signing of Boom Herron. Plus, we answer your emails and take a case of hard justice.

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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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2dTristan 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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3hScott 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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2dTom 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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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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6hJeff 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.


Fantasy Focus: Injury concerns for TNF

Matthew Berry, Field Yates and Stephania Bell discuss the MNF controversy, if you can trust Andrew Luck in Week 5 and what to do with the Bills backfield. Plus, your emails!

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2hKeith 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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2dVictoria 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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2dVictoria 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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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 Eastern Conference.

2dFantasy 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.


Julius Thomas makes step toward return

The Jaguars' tight end practiced without a cast for the first time since breaking his hand Aug. 14 during Jacksonville's preseason opener. Thomas, who caught 12 TDs last season with Denver, isn't sure of when he will return: "It's going to be a continuous process working with the doctors. It's not going to be just you cross one hurdle off and go play with the rest of the kids."

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan has a Nashville-area home in same gated neighborhood as Ken Whisenhunt. Whiz said he's not seen Ryan. "Maybe I've just not been there that much." Joked he wasn't invited to neighborhood pot luck but that the two could "compare notes, share some info."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith said they call top cornerback Desmond Trufant "Sticky Man" for the way he covers and shuts down one side of the field.

Dan Graziano @DanGrazianoESPN

Odell Beckham: These are grown men out here. I don’t think anybody should be talking about what happened after they lost a game.”

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio considers himself a good luck charm for the Chicago Cubs. Fangio tells us he was in San Francisco when the Giants won two of their World Series titles. Fangio even said he was the Texans defensive coordinator in 2005 when the Astros reached the World Series.

Dan Graziano @DanGrazianoESPN

Odell Beckham says he'll appeal his fine. "I get punched every single game. I get hit in my face every single game."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs QB Jameis Winston on Falcons RB, former Florida State teammate Devonta Freeman leading the league in scoring (42 points), "I'm not surprised at all, man. He's a baller. Anything you ask him to do, he's going to handle it."

Stallworth: Brady paid per interception

With the story of Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill expressing his frustration with practice-squad players last week, it sparked chatter on social media among former players. Donte' Stallworth, for example, tweeted that he recalled Pats QB Tom Brady taking a different approach with practice squad players. Giving back?

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees said he's fine, he's full with his shoulder injury. Made every throw in practice. He told the team to take him off the injury report because he doesn't like being on there.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"I don't play for job security." - Colin Kaepernick

'What were you, on SnapFace there?'

Bill Belichick will notice if a reporter is paying a little too much attention to his or her phone. And he did so today using one of his favorite jokes.


Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell on the batted ball controversy at the end of Monday night's Lions-Seahawks game: “After a certain point, you’ve just got to stop talking about it. After the game was over with, it was done, and we moved on. Nothing you can do about it. It doesn’t help you to lament or anything of that nature. It may make you feel good for a moment, but it doesn’t make any difference in the grand scheme of things. So it makes sense to move on quickly.”

Berry's Flex rankings for Week 5

Matthew Berry's in an Atlanta state of mind for Week 5. RB Devonta Freeman is No. 9 overall and his teammate, Julio Jones, remains at No. 1 overall. Top 200

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Kelly responds to his running back

Eagles coach Chip Kelly on DeMarco Murray's comments that he's not getting enough touches: "It’s tough to be productive when you’re not on the field."


Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

This is standard around the Giants' building and has been for some time. As I understand, it's standard around the league.

Is Roddy White being selfish?

His & Hers hosts Michael Smith and Jemele Hill differ on whether the Falcons WR should be criticized for saying he wants the ball more.


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees was participating in the early portion of Saints practice that was open to the media Wednesday, but LT Terron Armstead was not. Armstead played through an unspecified leg injury in last Sunday’s game. It’s too early in the week to predict if he is in jeopardy of missing this week’s game at the Philadelphia Eagles. If so, rookie first-round draft pick Andrus Peat would take his place.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

For Broncos today tackle Ty Sambrailo (shoulder) not practicing, but was on the field working with strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson so is making progress toward returning to lineup and wide receiver Cody Latimer (groin) was not practicing. Quarterback Peyton Manning looked to be sticking to the usual Wednesday schedule -- on field but not throwing in drills. Louis Vasquez, Evan Mathis and DeMarcus Ware held out largely as rest days.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Percy Harvin says Bills coaches started having players doing push-ups today at practice if they committed a penalty. Bills are the NFL's most-penalized team.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Watkins tells me he'll test his calf injury tomorrow and the Bills will make a decision from there. But nothing set right now on his status for Sunday vs. Titans.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson said he's "trying to be" optimistic about playing Sunday against the Falcons. Jackson was limited in practice but said he felt good and said he'll have a much better idea about Sunday after the next two days of practice.

Week 5 fantasy football RB ranks

Devonta Freeman is a near-universal pick as a top-5 RB to start this week. RB ranks

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These teams have their priorities in order

Some players on these "Mighty Mites" teams stopped what they were doing to dance when "Watch Me Whip" came on -- while the rest of their teammates continued to play. Watch them 'Whip'

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Ryan Tannehill ripped scout squad

The Dolphins QB admitted he made disparaging remarks to his scout-team defense during last weekend's practice in London. Regrets actions

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