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Stack Cook, Burnbridge 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.

14hTom Carpenter

Week 5 fantasy football cheat sheet

Are young running backs -- like Todd Gurley -- safe options in the backfield this week for fantasy owners? We've got answers for that and more in our Week 5 Insider cheat sheet.

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1dTom 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.

1dTristan 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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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.


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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20hKen 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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3dMatt 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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2dEric 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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5dTom 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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2dBradford 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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3dScott 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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3dJeff 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.

2dEric 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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4dJoe 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.


Manning: 'Tennessee has great fans'

Broncos QB Peyton Manning will never forget his time as a Vol. Said Manning: "They know when to get quiet. … They know when to get loud. ... They show up every Saturday for their teams.”


Swami Sez: NFL Week 5 picks

Chris Berman says “Read ‘em and weep” as he announces his Week 5 picks. Meanwhile, ESPN's FPI favors the Ravens to beat the Browns by 77% at home.


Cromartie on Beckham: 'A 1-year wonder'

Jets CB Antonio Cromartie names Dez Bryant, Antonio Brown and Calvin Johnson as his top-3 WRs in the NFL. As for Odell Beckham Jr.: "He's a one-year wonder. ... I need to see it on an every-game basis."


T.O.: I could play in the NFL right now

Former NFL WR Terrell Owens on Russillo & Kanell: "I outplayed the No. 1 receiver on two teams I went over to play for."


Gurley primed for another big week

After burning the Cardinals for 146 yards last week, Rams rookie RB Todd Gurley is in line for a repeat performance depending on how the Packers decide to defend the run. More fantasy tips (Insider)


Bills would be wise not to rush McCoy

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak says waiting until Week 9 for LeSean McCoy to return from his hamstring injury might be Buffalo's best option.


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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Mike Sando, @SandoESPN

Philip Rivers (4 TD, 0 INT) and Tyrod Taylor (4 TD, 1 INT) have most TDs on deep perimeter passes (outside numbers, 16+ yards past LOS).

Seahawks without Lynch again

ESPN Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia says Seattle is taking the cautious approach with Marshawn Lynch and by sitting him another week are hoping he'll be ready to go the following week vs. Carolina.


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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Players already ruled out for Week 5

Be sure you have replacements on your fantasy team for these players who will not be playing Sunday:

  • Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch
  • Bills RB LeSean McCoy
  • Bills RB Karlos Williams
  • Jaguars WR Marqise Lee
  • Lions RB Joique Bell

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Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Pete Carroll on Marshawn Lynch: "He's very close, but we can't guarantee that he can make it through the game, so that means we'd get set back again. We're just going to wait it out and see if we can get him right next week." The Seahawks could make a roster move to add RB depth before Sunday. One option is Rod Smith, who is on the practice squad.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Cincinnati's defense caught a big break Friday afternoon when the Seahawks listed RB Marshawn Lynch as out for Sunday's game. All week the Bengals have been under the assumption Lynch would play through his hamstring injury. Their hopes of making Seattle's offense one-dimensional may have gotten a little easier.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Tight end Vernon Davis (knee) will miss his second straight game for the 49ers as he has been ruled OUT for Sunday night's game at the New York Giants. Davis was limited in practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Also, outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks is DOUBTFUL as he has been away from the team following his sister's death this week. Receiver Quinton Patton (concussion) and left tackle Joe Staley (knee) are PROBABLE. Staley practiced in a limited fashion Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints LT Terron Armstead and P Thomas Morstead officially ruled out for Sunday's game at Philadelphia. Saints will have to throw first-round draft pick Andrus Peat into the fire at LT for his starting debut. ... G Jahri Evans and DE Bobby Richardson are questionable.

Matthew Berry @MatthewBerryTMR

Getting healthier, CJ Spiller ran a route on 76% of his snaps last wk... High upside flex & legit RB2 in PPR vs PHI as Brees keeps it short

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Haloti Ngata, Joique Bell and Eric Ebron all OUT for Lions on Sunday. At defensive tackle, with Ngata out and Tyrunn Walker on IR, figure rookie Gabe Wright and second-year DT Caraun Reid to start on the interior. Also of note, SS James Ihedigbo is questionable with a quad injury, as is RG Larry Warford (ankle).

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona Cardinals list TE Darren Fells (hip) and WR J.J. Nelson (shoulder) as questionable. Everyone else listed as probable.

Hoyer reclaims Texans' starting QB job

Brian Hoyer will start next week's game against the Jaguars after throwing for 312 yards and two TDs in relief of Ryan Mallett on Thursday. However, Hoyer's long-term prospects are up in the air, as head coach Bill O'Brien said, "I think it's 11 one-game seasons."


Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Jacoby Jones (ankle) and safety Jahleel Addae (ankle) were listed as limited participants on Friday's injury report for the Chargers. Coach Mike McCoy said the two ankle injuries are similar. LT King Dunlap (concussion), LG Orlando Franklin (ankle), WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) and CB Craig Mager (hamstring) did not practice.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The Seahawks have ruled RB Marshawn Lynch out for Sunday's game against the Bengals with a hamstring injury. The move comes as a bit of a surprise considering Lynch was a limited practice participant Thursday. It's the first time since Lynch joined the Seahawks that he'll miss back to back games. Expect Thomas Rawls to carry the load against Cincinnati.

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.