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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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1hMatt 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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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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1hScott 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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1hVictoria 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.


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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4hJeff 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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34mKeith 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.

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7dMatt Bowen

Target Cooper in DFS, season-long leagues

Matt Bowen breaks down Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper, outlining why the rising rookie should be played this week in DFS and otherwise acquired in standard fantasy leagues.

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7dKC Joyner

Joyner: Time to trade Marshawn Lynch in fantasy

KC Joyner says consider trade offers for Marshawn Lynch given his slow start, mileage and the Seahawks' disappointing run blocking. Plus, he weighs in on other struggling RBs from around the NFL.

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6dPaul Carr, ESPN Stats & Info

Prem goal scorers set to rise or drop

Paul Carr outlines which Premier League attacking players have over- or underperformed the most this season, and projects their future goal output.


'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.


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons rookie running back Tevin Coleman (26) returned to practice Wednesday after suffering a fractured rib in Week 2 against the New York Giants. Guess is he will be limited.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked during our conference call if he understands the psychology of kickers, now that his team is on a second kicker in Chris Boswell: "No, if I did I would be writing books."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback plans to spend the rest of the bye week getting his body rested and attending his brother's high school game in Atlanta. Has a strategy so he won't be mobbed at the game.

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."


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said they have to gauge tight end Jordan Reed every day after his concussion. "Safety first," Gruden said. "We have to make sure he's right and go from there."

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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Arians: Batting call would hospitalize me

Bruce Arians said he’d still be in the hospital with high blood pressure if his team had been victimized by the Monday Night Football batted ball fiasco, which he said he identified as an illegal play immediately. Arians: NFL needs full-time refs

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Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

"We do have room to improve," Andy Reid said of Chiefs' defensive problems. "We've played some good offenses." The Chiefs have allowed 30-plus points in each of their last three games.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says quarterback Cam Newton is playing his "best complete football."

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars TE Julius Thomas says he'll still wear something on his fractured hand for protection but no cast. He has been cleared to start catching passes in individual drills.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly still hasn't met with the independent neuro specialist that has to clear him from the concussion protocol. He appears optimistic enough that will happen that he told reports he will talk to us next week.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys LB Rolando McClain is on the practice field for the first time since last season ended. He's expected to play Sunday against New England but can be be a full time contributor?

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Pettine said any criticism of CB Joe Haden for his decision not to play Sunday vs. San Diego is unwarranted and unfair. Pettine said much of the criticism falls on the way he explained the situation. Said Haden “wanted to be out there” but felt he’d hurt team to play with injury.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he has not spoken to Roddy White yet regarding White's desire for more touches but said they would speak once White comes back in town after being excused for personal reasons. Quinn reiterated what he said Monday about White being an important part of the team moving forward.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

By the way, the podium that was for former head coach Joe Philbin is too small and too short for new interim head coach Dan Campbell, who has to crouch down to get through his press conference.

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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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Lewis believes the uptick in penalties league-wide stems from teams/refs adjusting to changes in rules and offensive schemes. Says so many penalties can affect a team's rhythm, but his focus is on getting his players to cut down on dumb penalties like personal fouls.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Roddy White won't participate in practice today. Not injury related

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Lewis, on Seahawks S Kam Chancellor's heads up play punching the football out of Calvin Johnson's hands Monday: "It's what he does. It's what their whole defense does." Lewis credited Seattle's knack for getting trying to get turnovers.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill confirmed he said something about a "scout team and trophy." He talked to those players later and cleared the air, Tannehill said.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

QB Blake Bortles has his right ankle taped, as did LB Paul Posluszny. Looks like Poz has a good chance of playing for Jaguars Sunday.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill said he got upset in practice and said some things but did not say anything about a paycheck.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers coach Mike McCarthy on Aaron Rodgers’ zero interceptions this year: “It's always been a focus, and he's doing the best job he's done.”