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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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4hKC Joyner

Joyner: Gordon among high-upside stretch plays

KC Joyner identifies fantasy players whose remaining matchups make them high-upside starters either during one particular week or over the entire final stretch, such as Chargers RB Melvin Gordon.

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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.

How to replace Gronk in fantasy football (0:56)

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.

11hFantasy 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.


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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22hJohn 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.

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Rivers tosses four touchdowns in win over Jags (0:50)
Hasselbeck's big day leads Colts over Bucs (0:51)
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6dEric Karabell

Lacy, Rawls rise in end-of-season ranks

Eric Karabell ranks players for the remainder of the season by position and overall, with Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls rising.

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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.


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.


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That holding call on Browns is only sixth against a Ravens opponent all season

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Two signs seen in Cleveland's home stadium: One says "We Still Have Lebron." The other using the letters of the network broadcasting the game: "Every Season Pathetically Nauseating."

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens' Kaeln Clay scored his first career TD on fourth ever punt return in NFL. Ravens, 7-0.

Ravens strike first on punt return TD

Browns punter Andy Lee booted the ball 61 yards, but he outkicked his coverage, as Ravens returner Jaelin Clay took it 82 yards for the score to give the Ravens a 7-0 lead with 9:54 left in the first quarter on ESPN.


Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kaelin Clay returns punt 82 yards for TD. First one for Ravens since Tandon Doss had one in September 2013.

Cleveland favored over Baltimore on MNF

According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, Cleveland closed as a 6-point favorite over Baltimore. It marks the first time since November 2, 2008 that Cleveland is favored against Baltimore (first time in 14 games). Follow live

Steve Young: Refs are in a 'no-win situation'

The Monday Night Countdown crew talks about how a partnership between the NFL and officials, plus inclusion into the competition committee, could make the rules easier to understand for players, and the calls easier on the referees.


Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

A lot of empty seats in Cleveland for start of Ravens-Browns game

MNF: Ravens (3-7) at Browns (2-8), 8:30 p.m. ET

These teams enter with a combined record of 5-15. That combined win pct of .250 is tied for the 3rd lowest ever for a Monday Night matchup at least 10 games into a season. Follow live

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The celebrity of Manziel is so strong that even though he's the back up's back up tonight, he's getting all of the attention.

Ravens come close, but no cigar

The Ravens (3-7) have either led, or had a chance to tie or take the lead, in the final 2 minutes of all seven of their losses this season. Baltimore has lost four games when holding a 4th-quarter lead, tied with the Giants for the 2nd-most such losses in the NFL.

Not Ray Lewis on stopping Cam's dabbing

"He got your wife dabbing. He got your kids dabbing. He got coach Roy Williams from the Chapel Hill Tar Heels dabbing. Stop this man from dancing!"


McCown's Browns vs. Manziel's Browns

The Browns are averaging 5.4 yards per play with Josh McCown on the field and 4.9 yards per play with Johnny Manziel on the field this season. Clevelands overall average of 5.2 ranks 28th in the NFL ahead of only the 49ers, Texans, Colts and Jaguars.

McCown's miserable mark as a starter

Since going 3-2 with the Bears in 2013, Josh McCown is 2-16 over the last two seasons (with Tampa Bay and Cleveland). On a positive note, the Browns QB threw for a career-high 457 yards in a 33-30 OT win at Baltimore in Week 5.

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Matt Schaub back in as starter

The Ravens QB makes his first NFL start since Week 17 of 2013 when he was with the Texans. Schaub, who has lost his last 6 starts, hasnt taken a snap this season.

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Baltimore lost to Cleveland, 33-30, in OT last month. The last time the Ravens were swept by the Browns was 2007.

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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Texans starting to string together wins

Tom Jackson said the Texans, who are riding a four-game winning streak, will only continue to improve from here: "I see this team building on what they're doing now."