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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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2hMatt 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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5hVictoria 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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5hScott 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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8hJeff 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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4hKeith 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.


Rodgers enjoying interception free streak

But that doesn't mean he thinks he can keep the streak going all season, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. Aaron Rodgers hasn't thrown an INT at home in almost 3 years.


Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers TE Antonio Gates said teammates welcomed him back with open arms. Gates said he slipped on some routes, but was focused on practicing at full speed: "It's a fresh start for me. I have to reestablish myself as a player."

Kaepernick: Not playing for job security

Said 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick today: "I don't play for job security. Whether football is here or not, I will be fine. I go out, I play to win. I'm not worried about job security when I step in this building." The QB has completed just 22 of 44 passes the past two games while getting picked off five times -- including a pair of pick-sixes -- and no touchdowns.

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.


Bills implement new penalty punishment

"If a guy gets a penalty during the practices, then we're gonna make sure that all of us are gonna do 10 pushups or whatever," Buffalo coach Rex Ryan said. "The rest of the team will [do pushups] and that person [being penalized] will stand up, just to see how many people he is affecting." The Bills are on pace to set the NFL record for accepted penalties in a season.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) is making progress, but they won't know his status until the end of the week. Sounds like it could be a game-time decision against the Bengals on Sunday.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Wilson, on conference call with Bengals media, says he's looking forward to coming to Cincinnati. He was born at Christ Hospital here although he moved away at a young age. "Looking forward to having some White Castle and Skyline Chili."

Johnson: Eagles O-line is 'sinking the ship'

OL Lane Johnson identified his own unit as one of the reasons the Eagles are 1-3. WR Jordan Matthews also said: "Every game’s like a playoff game."


'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.


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins must contend with loud crowd noise in Atlanta on Sunday. They'll practice with crowd noise but as quarterback Kirk Cousins said, they must be prepared with their signals throughout the week. They will use silent counts and Cousins said he'll do his share of having to tell in the huddle.


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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Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans will be without two of their top three receivers on Thursday, having ruled out Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington. That likely means rookies Jaelen Strong and Chandler Worthy will be active. Both were inactive last week and Strong has been inactive the past three weeks. Running back Jonathan Grimes, who missed Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, will be out again with the same injury.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

New Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanui meeting media for first time. Expects to play this week after arriving too late last week after Patriots trade.

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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Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers when asked if he could go all year without an interception: "It's Week 5. That's a tough one to answer. I don't know if it's possible. I don't think it is, but I enjoy the streak."

Cowboys, Dez still eyeing Week 7 return

Owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday that Week 7 vs. the Giants continues to be the Cowboys' target date for WR Dez Bryant's return from a broken foot. Bryant hasn't played since a Week 1 win vs. the Giants.

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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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