Love/Hate for Week 5: Don't be a fantasy snob

Matthew Berry dishes out his player advice for Week 5 lineup-setting, and laments the existence of the fantasy snob.

4hTristan H. Cockcroft

Fantasy football: Gurley can produce vs. GB

After a breakout game in Week 4, rookie RB Todd Gurley has a favorable matchup vs. a Packers team that's bad against the run. Tristan H. Cockcroft breaks it all down for fantasy football owners.

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1dMatt 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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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.


Fantasy Focus: Luck out, Michael J. Fox

Matthew Berry and Field Yates discuss the value of T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Frank Gore with Andrew Luck out for TNF. Plus, the definitive Michael J. Fox interview.

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4hEric 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

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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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3dTom 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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2hBradford 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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3hVictoria Matiash

DraftKings NHL: Best buys for Oct. 8

Skating on a line with Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Drouin looks like a good DraftKings value for Thursday. Here are Victoria Matiash's best buys.

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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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3dTristan 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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1dScott 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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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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1dJeff 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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3dTom 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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1dKeith 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.

1hEric 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.

3dFantasy 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.

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2dJoe 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.


Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens WR Steve Smith, who has micro fractures in his back, said, "I'm feeling good today" as he walked to a meeting. Smith said he would talk to reporters Friday. He didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday.

Hasselbeck has been better than Luck

At least in a small sample size. Matt Hasselbeck posted a Total QBR of 63.7 last week vs. Jacksonville, a considerably higher number than Andrew Luck posted in any of his three starts this season (38.7 was his highest of any start).

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger jogged off the practice field today, guard Ramon Foster confirmed. Teammates teased him, 'don't do that, 7.' Michael Vick said it was good to see Roethlisberger toss the football around, too

Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 5

Eli Manning has been on a hot streak, tossing 7 TDs in his last 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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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals' Thursday injury report: DID NOT PRACTICE: Wallace Gilberry (calf). LIMITED PARTICIPATION: Jeremy Hill (knee), George Iloka (ankle), Adam Jones (groin). FULL PARTICIPATION: Reggie Nelson (hamstring).

Cowboys speak to Hardy about comments

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett spoke with DE Greg Hardy about his comments about returning "guns blazing," and about the wife of Tom Brady. Said Garrett: "We just addressed it immediately. That's not how we want to operate as an organization. Players and coaches in our organization understand that. We want to distinguish ourselves with our play, not with what we say."

Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 5

Berry can't get enough of the rookie who ran all over the Cardinals a week ago. With the Packers on the docket, who allow the third-most yards before contact and yards per rush, Todd Gurley could go off on Sunday. Love/Hate Week 5

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Cutler says it's been challenging dealing with all the injuries on offense, especially on offensive line. Bears may have to start rookie Hroniss Grasu at center on Sunday in Kansas City. Cutler says Grasu would be the youngest center he's ever worked with.

LB Ahmad Brooks out Sunday (family death)

Niners linebacker will not play Sunday against the Giants after his 40-year-old sister, Casandra, died from lupus, Brooks' agent said.

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How to slow down Aaron Rodgers

Herm Edwards' advice to the Rams: Keep Rodgers off the field as long as possible. And when he's not on the sideline, make sure to keep him in the pocket.


Flacco reads classic book to kids

There's no doubt about it, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is an elite children's book. Here to read it to Baltimore City elementary school students... is Ravens QB Joe Flacco. Watch it


Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Victor Cruz says he can feel a difference already from PRP to calf. He has to wait 10 days after PRP before he can even talk to doctors about what he can do next. But he he's convinced he will play this season and play at a high level again.

Stephen A. shocked by Chip Kelly's comments

Chip Kelly said he has to do a better job play calling. Stephen A. Smith thinks it shows that he's not always robotic. Skip Bayless thinks it comes off as desperate.


James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dolphins have fired defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle Thursday, a league source confirmed.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Something you don't often see in regular season: Two Ravens -- backup safety Anthony Levine and practice squad player Charles James -- got into a little skirmish on punt coverage during media viewing portion of Thursday's practice.

Who does Matthew Berry love in Week 5?

Berry runs through the QB, WR, TE and RB you need to be starting this weekend.


Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Today is the 10-year anniversary of the Chicago Bears signing place kicker Robbie Gould. The 7th most accurate kicker in NFL history, Gould is the franchise record holder for career field goals made (252) and career field goals of 50-yards or more (19).

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan wearing a Sabres jersey to Thursday's practice. Sabres holding their home opener tonight. Rex will be there.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said an MRI showed no damage to Chris Culliver's left knee. Gruden said, "it's something he has to deal with from a pain standpoint." Gruden said he's not sure yet about his chances to play Sunday at Atlanta.

Fisher playing Macarena, annoying players

In preparation for Aaron Rodgers who has a tendency to draw defenders offsides, Rams coach Jeff Fisher has played loud, obnoxious music at practice and scared them with air horns. Said DE William Hayes: "We were in there looking at film and he brings the air horn in there. I was in the boots, getting my legs right, and he comes in there and the first thing I did was I jumped offside." Message (incredibly) loud and clear

What you need to know for NFL's Week 5

Dan Graziano runs through the biggest storylines heading into this weekend, with five unbeaten teams in action and a few playoff contenders in need of a win.


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

With Bryan Bulaga in pads for the first time since his knee injury three weeks ago, the Packers have their starting O-line intact for first time since the opener.

Williams, Mariota atop Rookie Rankings

Mel Kiper Jr. gives Leonard Williams bonus points for stepping up due to the Sheldon Richardson injury and the Jets DE gets the edge over Titans QB Marcus Mariota. Top 15 (Insider)

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Roddy White said he just has to be patient and his opportunities will come. Said his talk with Dan Quinn went well and he will do whatever is best for the team in his role.

Phil Sheridan ESPN Staff Writer 

Eagles tackles Lane Johnson (65, left) and Jason Peters stretch before Thursday's practice. What they are able to do will determine their availability for Sunday's game against New Orleans, Chip Kelly said.