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.

8hTristan 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.

Better Week 5 flex play: Torrey Smith or Ryan Mathews? (1:29)

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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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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8hEric 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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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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5hBradford 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.

5hEric 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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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.


Cutler still not 100%, says he'll 'make do'

Bears QB Jay Culter said: "I feel better, I do. … But it is what it is, and we have a lot of guys banged up out here. I'll just make do." Cutler missed two weeks with a hamstring injury before returning in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

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Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

The JJ Watt game of catch in progress.

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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Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans inactives: WR Cecil Shorts, WR Nate Washington, LB Akeem Dent, S Quintin Demps, G Greg Mancz, RB Jonathan Grimes and LB Kourtnei Brown

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck will start for the second straight week Colts inactives: QB Andrew Luck, RB Tyler Varga, LB Jerrell Freeman, G Lance Louis, DL T.Y. McGill, OT Denzell Good, LB Bjoern Werner

Hasselbeck needs balance against Texans

ESPN’s Ron Jaworski joins NFL Live, explaining that Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck will have a chance against Houston if the Indy offense can find a better balance.


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) once again did not practice Thursday. Pete Carroll made it sound like he could be a gametime decision. The Seahawks don't have a rushing touchdown on the season, and the Bengals are the only team that hasn't allowed one.

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets star Dwight Howard here pregame for the Texans vs Colts.

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


Arian Foster will help Ryan Mallett

ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reports that Texans QB Ryan Mallett has been practicing short passes all week and will be relying on RB Arian Foster in the matchup against the Colts.


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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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints CB Keenan Lewis said the Saints put a bullseye on their buses when they drive into games at Philadelphia for the eggs that fans throw at them. "I'll be kind of excited. I like to sit by the bullseye and see who's got the best aim out there," Lewis said. "They kinda missed last time (in the 2013-14 playoffs). So hopefully they worked on their aim during their training camp as well."

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts WR Andre Johnson is back in Houston for the first time to face his former team

What can Browns do for you? Lose?

That's as far as ESPN's Football Power Index is concerned. San Francisco, D.C., Chicago and St. Louis aren't faring much better as all five teams are 3-to-1 underdogs or worse.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Starting left tackle King Dunlap (concussion), left guard Orlando Franklin (ankle), slot receiver Stevie Williams (hamstring) and returner Jacoby Jones (ankle) did not practice on Thursday for Chargers. Right guard D.J. Fluker (ankle), center Chris Watt (groin), cornerback Jason Verrett (foot) and safety Jahleel Addae (ankle) were limited.

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Arian Foster will get the ball as much as he can take tonight against the Colts with Alfred Blue taking the rest. I don't expect Foster on a pitch count this week after the Texans used him sparingly on Sunday against the Falcons. They will, however, listen to his own thoughts on how much he can handle. Foster knows his body better than anyone else.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints starting LT Terron Armstead (knee) and starting LG Tim Lelito (back) both missed practice Thursday. RG Jahri Evans (knee) was limited. We should get a better feel on Friday if any of them have a chance to play this week at Philadelphia. Also on the Saints' injury report: P Thomas Morstead DNP; S Jairus Byrd, CB Keenan Lewis limited.

Odds are coming up Houston

The crowds in Las Vegas are feeling Houston as the line between Indianapolis and Houston has shifted 5 points in the past day. Matt Hasselbeck was announced as the Indy starter at QB earlier today as they get set in Houston for an 8:25 p.m. ET kickoff.

ESPNW: Hardy news conference a 'disaster'

Greg Hardy was brought to Dallas after a conviction and procedural dismissal for, among other things, allegedly throwing his girlfriend on a futon covered in assault rifles and threatening to kill her. He told assembled media Wednesday he planned to come out "guns blazing" and discussed the relative hotness of Tom Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen. Will NFL ever change?

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Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Clay Matthews never said anything about popping up on the Packers injury report this week with a quad injury but he went from full participation yesterday to limited today.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints K Zach Hocker said he understands it's part of the business for Saints to try out other kickers after his 30-yd FG miss. "I was one of those guys last year that when guys struggled I was bouncing around the country doing the exact same thing." But he was thankful Saints had the faith to stick with him. ... Hocker admitted "last week was tough" but said the field goal group bounced back, had great week of practice and still has "tons of confidence."

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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