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Week 13 free-agent finds

Field Yates lists the top waiver-wire candidates heading into Week 13. It's time to target handcuffs to your star running backs.

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5hTristan H. Cockcroft

Consistency Ratings heading into Week 13

The Consistency Ratings weigh both how consistent as well as how start-worthy players have been in ESPN leagues in 2015.

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3hJohn Cregan

Cregan: Points are overrated in fantasy NBA

John Cregan writes why focusing on points per game from a player is not the best way to win fantasy basketball leagues. He points to the combination of blocks and rebounds as more important.


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Fantasy Focus: Injury contingency plans

Matthew Berry, Field Yates and Stephania Bell recap Monday Night Football and delve into all of the relevant injuries heading into Week 13, including Gronk, CJ2K and Big Ben.

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4hJeff Ratcliffe

Fantasy: Top D/ST, IDP pickups for Week 13

Jeff Ratcliffe offers helpful tiers to rate all of the NFL's D/ST units -- led by the Panthers and Patriots' defenses -- for Week 13, and identifies IDPs to pick up.

Tight end injury report for Week 13 (1:54)
Best NFL fantasy buys for Week 13 (1:30)
Tevin Coleman a must-own RB in fantasy (1:22)
Stacks of the week in fantasy NFL (1:44)
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Fantasy Fallout: Gronk injured, Wilson shines

Tristan H. Cockcroft provides context for the top fantasy storylines from Week 12, including the impact if Rob Gronkowski misses time and Russell Wilson's impressive start to his career.

Philip Rivers only a matchup play in fantasy (1:22)
How to replace Gronk in fantasy football (0:56)

Fantasy Focus: Is Dez still a top-10 WR?

Matthew Berry and Field Yates recap Week 12, disagree on Dez Bryant's value with Tony Romo out for the season and discuss whether now is the time to sell Todd Gurley.

Start Matthew Stafford in Week 13 fantasy and beyond (1:35)
DeVante Parker leads rookie WRs to watch in fantasy (1:30)
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De Bruyne leads the way, as Vardy stars

Vardy's seven-point haul this week was a modest return compared to many in an ESPN Premier Fantasy weekend awash with big scorers.

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2dJohn Cregan

Cregan: Porzingis boosting fantasy lineups

John Cregan looks at Kristaps Porzingis' fast start to the season and writes why "1+1+1" players are so unique in fantasy basketball.

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20dEric Karabell

AFL notes: Profar, Meadows, Frazier climbing

Eric Karabell discusses Arizona Fall League performers such as the Rangers' Jurickson Profar, who is still an intriguing prospect.


Chris Johnson goes on short-term IR

The Cardinals RB has a fractured tibia and will be eligible to return in eight weeks, just in time for Super Bowl 50, should the team make it that far. Johnson is fourth in the NFL with 814 rushing yards this season.


NFL moves Morelli's crew off Sunday night

Referee Pete Morelli's crew, which was heavily criticized after working Sunday's Cardinals-49ers game, was moved off the Sunday night Colts-Steelers game and instead will work the Eagles-Patriots contest.

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Sport Science: Ravens kick-6

On Monday night, the Ravens' special teams unit scored two touchdowns, including a blocked field goal as time expired.


Top tight ends to target on waiver wire

The Fantasy Football Kickoff crew says if you need to replace Rob Gronkowski in your lineup, some potential options include the Bears' Zach Miller and the Falcons' Jacob Tamme.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

In an unusual twist, the Patriots and Rob Gronkowski released the following statement Tuesday regarding Gronkowski's right knee: "During Sunday nights game, Rob Gronkowski sustained a bone bruise/sprain of his right knee. His status will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis and listed accordingly on the practice participation and injury reports. There is no timetable for his readiness to return, which will be determined in the days or hours prior to the appropriate game. Any timetable reported prior to that final determination would be speculative.

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Cardinals RB Chris Johnson actually would not be eligible to return until Super Bowl. So Cardinals and CJ holding out hope they can make it.

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Cardinals announced they placed RB Chris Johnson on IR designated to return, meaning he is out a minimum of six weeks.

NFL Power Rankings: A new No. 1

For the first time since Week 2, the NFL Power Rankings feature a new king: The still undefeated Carolina Panthers. But how far did the Pats loss to the Broncos hurt their positioning? Full rankings

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Barnwell: Biggest games left in the NFL

It's Dec. 1. There are 80 total games left in the NFL's regular season, and Bill Barnwell has circled the ones that will decide the playoffs -- and perhaps the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft. Big games

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Calvin Johnson, Matt Prater and Lance Moore were among the Lions who didn't practice Tuesday. As far as Johnson, you should still expect him to be ready to go Thursday against Green Bay.

Devon Still confirms Leah is cancer-free

The former NFL player posted on Instagram last week: "Thanks for all the support and prayers! Just got the phone call that her scans showed NED (no evidence of disease)! #LeahStrong #StillKickinCancersAss." Leah was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in June 2014.

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Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Julius Peppers' first ever stint on the Packers injury report lasted one day. He was removed from it on Tuesday after coach Mike McCarthy gave him a day off for rest.

Jones insists Tony Romo has '4-5 years' left

A fiesty Jerry Jones believes the Cowboys QB has plenty of years left, telling 105.3 The Fan's K&C Masterpiece: "This is not a damn debate, guys. ... [Y]ou're asking me what I think and I think we've got [an] outstanding quarterback ahead of us for the next four or five years."


Who should start at QB for Browns?

With Josh McCown out for the season, the NFL Insiders crew agrees Cleveland needs to start Johnny Manziel to find out if he is the long-term answer at quarterback.


McCown done for year, starter unknown

Mike Pettine said that QB Josh McCown is out for the season with a broken collarbone, but the Browns coach did not announce if Johnny Manziel or Austin Davis would start against the Bengals on Sunday.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton says he "could care less" that the Panthers are the only undefeated team now that New England has lost. "I know it's only ink just for the media," he said. "We can't make it bigger than what it is. Nothing's changed as for our preparation. It's about becoming 1-0 by the end of Sunday."

Test shows Big Ben suffered concussion

The results of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's Impact concussion test showed that Roethlisberger did suffer a concussion, a team official told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Roethlisberger will be in the protocol this week, and the Steelers do not know yet whether he will be able to play Sunday night.

Johnson among top waiver-wire picks

With two Cardinals RBs injured, rookie David Johnson becomes a popular option this week with the fantasy playoffs on the horizon. Free-agent finds

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton isn't sure he will go to see Steph Curry and the unbeaten Golden State Warriors tomorrow at Time Warner Arena. On which team will lose first, Carolina or GS, he said "you know what I am going to say."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton breaking Wednesday tradition and speaking today.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Funny thing, when Panthers cornerback Josh Norman said Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones "completes me" during Sunday's ESPN Countdown Show he wasn't aware that was a famous line from the "Jerry Maguire" movie. But he knows the "show me the money" line.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers safety Roman Harper wishes New England hadn't lost because now all the focus is on Carolina.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei says the ankle he rolled at Dallas is good to go and he will play on Sunday at New Orleans.