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Four Downs: Chiefs offense can swing the fantasy playoffs

Alex Smith is playing like a top-10 fantasy quarterback, his weapons are producing and Kansas City's schedule couldn't be easier for the stretch run.

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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.


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.

Dalton, Bengals rout Rams (0:47)

Welcome to Capital One Bowl Mania 2015!

Be sure to play's free Capital One Bowl Mania game where you'll be challenged to predict the winner of all 41 bowl games while competing for cash prizes and a trip to the 2016 Championship Game.

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17hJohn 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.

5hFantasy Football Scout

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.

AP goes off in win over Falcons (0:51)
Rivers tosses four touchdowns in win over Jags (0:50)
Hasselbeck's big day leads Colts over Bucs (0:51)
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Love/Hate: Thanks for the matchups!

In a season of injuries and first-round busts, Matthew Berry says fantasy owners can be thankful for matchups against the Eagles or the Saints. But first, about those pool noodles ...

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7dJoe Kaiser

Kaiser: Ty Lawson no longer a fantasy asset

Joe Kaiser provides his latest installment of a series looking at overvalued and undervalued players. He writes why Ty Lawson is being used far too often.

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19dEric 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.

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6dTristan H. Cockcroft

Consistency Ratings heading into Week 12

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


Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Tony Romo has had two back surgeries and broken collarbone three times since 2010. He turns 36 next April but Jason Garrett doesn't see the end for Romo. "He has a lot of football left in him," Garrett said.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers RB Eddie Lacy when asked whether he got into more trouble for his fumble or almost flipping the ball away too early on his TD: "Both of them. That was too close."

Bayless fired up about refs in Pats game

Skip wants to give credit where it's due to a Broncos squad that played a great game but ... "My final score of that game is Refs 30, Tom Brady 24."


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said, "We're excited to be in the position we're in. Now it's a matter of maintaining our focus."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Lewis says a goal Sunday was to walk away from the game vs. the Rams feeling good about the play on both lines of scrimmage. He's happy that happened.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Jones was disappointed with his play right after Sunday's game. As Marvin Lewis watched the game this morning, he saw better play from the Bengals corner than expected. So he texted Jones: "Don't be so hard on yourself." Lewis said that's an example of how competitive Jones (who felt he was playing at 65 percent Sunday) is.

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So Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola could be back in next couple weeks, Julian Edelman by end of season. By playoffs, Patriots healthier.

Rob Gronkowski has no tear in knee

An MRI confirms that the Patriots TE has a bruised right knee, and no tears, a source tells ESPN's Dianna Russini. A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Gronkowski's injury is considered a "minor knee strain," and said he'll be out "a week or two, most likely."

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins injury update: TE Derek Carrier (high ankle sprain/Achilles), CB Quinton Dunbar (open dislocation of finger), WR Andre Roberts (knee) and RB Chris Thompson (sprain AC joint) are all day to day, coach Jay Gruden said.

Injury updates from around the NFL

  • Bills DE Alex Carrington (torn quad) out for season, per Adam Caplan and NFL Network
  • Cardinals RB Chris Johnson has knee contusion, RB Andre Ellington has turf toe
  • Giants OG Geoff Schwartz (ankle) to go on season-ending IR, according to coach Tom Coughlin


Belichick really not happy with question

A reporter dared to ask Bill Belichick his emotions after seeing Rob Gronkowski down on the field. Note: Do not ask Bill Belichick about his emotions.


Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

"No comment on officials." -- Cardinals coach Bruce Arians when he was asked Monday if he received an additional explanation for the 13-men on the field penalty and subsequent confusion on downs.

Jags' Hurns unlikely to play next week

Jaguars WR Allen Hurns, who is in the concussion protocol, is unlikely to play Sunday against the Titans, a team source told ESPN's Mike DiRocco. The Jaguars said earlier Monday that tests on Hurns' head and neck were negative.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Tomsula said it was his "understanding" that QB Colin Kaepernick was in the 49ers facility today to begin his rehab from last week's surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

How might Heisman contenders fare in NFL?

NFL Insiders Mel Kiper and Todd McShay huddled up to pick their top 4 for the Heisman race (spoiler: Derrick Henry tops both lists.) But how might those candidates perform in the NFL draft? Predictions (Insider)

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"Things happen on a football field in real time. My vantage point of the play was we came in and Dial was working to get to the strike zone...between the knees and the shoulders...and I did see him lower to get in the strike zone. But I am not here to critique officiating." - 49ers coach Jm Tomsula, on the hit Quinton Dial delivered to Cardinals QB Carson Palmer that drew a controversial roughing the passer penalty, rather than an 8-yard sack,

Brady 'pissed' after loss to Broncos

Pats QB Tom Brady was upset about losing TE Rob Gronkowski and some referee calls made down the stretch in the loss to Denver, telling WEEI: "I don't know that I have ever been so pissed off after a loss, and I think everyone felt the same way. ... The way it all played out, I guess I was pretty pissed off ... the final outcome, the way the final 20 minutes of the game played out." Story

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Reviewing Chris Ivory's 31-yard TD in Jets' win over Dolphins: He broke five tackles in the space of 3 yards. Neville Hewitt and Derrick Shelby missed behind the line of scrimmage; Reshad Jones and Koa Misi missed at the line and Kelvin Sheppard missed at the 30. Where was Ndamukong Suh? He was eating grass, pancaked by RT Breno Giacomini.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington has turf toe, Arians said. Arians said team doesn't know the how much pain it'll cause Ellington when he plays on it.

Panthers on an amazing streak

What happened a year ago today? The Carolina Panthers lost their last regular season game. Since then, the Panthers have rattled off 15 consecutive victories. Take a trip down memory lane

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

How did new Panthers cornerback Courtland Finnegan stay in shape during his semi-retirement? "I actually picked up my basketball game a little bit on the side. Being light-skinned, you think you're Steph Curry."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said CB Jerraud Powers did not injury his Achilles. It's a calf strain. Arians compared it to a pulled hamstring and said Powers will be day-to-day.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Arians said RB Chris Johnson is in an MRI now but he has a knee contusion. CJ took a helmet to the knee.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Steelers wideout Markus Wheaton, who took to the podium after Sunday's game at Seattle, said the loss to the Seahawks kills the good vibes from his career-high 201-yard performance. "We came here to win the game," he said. This was Wheaton's first 100-yard game, and he doubled down.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

New Panthers cornerback Courtland Finnegan on his reputation for being the "Dennjs Rodman" of the NFL: