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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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44mMatt Bowen

Expect Freeman to remain lead back, produce as RB2

Matt Bowen breaks down 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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59mVictoria 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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2hJeff 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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27mKeith 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 to 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.


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson is going through individual drills for the first time since hurting his hamstring in the season opener. Tight end Jordan Resd is not practicing. He suffered a concussion against the Eagles.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Calvin Johnson said he didn't know the batted ball rule, but saw the ball going out of the end zone. If he had to do play over, he would do the same thing.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly asked trainer Ryan Vermillion for permission to hit the blocking dummy. He got the thumbs up to do that even though he is not in pads. When he gets the thumbs up to practice after being in the concussion protocol for almost a month remains to be seen.

Rob Demovsky @RobDemovsky

Jeff Fisher on Todd Gurley: "We drafted him to be the back of the future. We didn't draft him to be the back in the opener."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Andy Dalton said coaches put an emphasis in training camp on having him extend plays more and create outside of the pocket. The Bengals QB showed that on his rollout that led to a 55-yard TD pass to Brandon Tate last Sunday.

Mark Dominik @MarkdominikESPN

I don't think Luck will play again on Thurs. night. If Colts sit him he will have 10 more days to rest that shoulder. U must think long term

Rob Demovsky @RobDemovsky

Rams coach Jeff Fisher on Aaron Rodgers: "I know you guys hear it every week from every coach but he's very impressive."

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh on batted ball rule: "My opinion is the rules should be as clear as possible for the officials to officiate. There shouldn't be rules out there that the officials struggle with remembering."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals QB Andy Dalton on Seahawks CB Richard Sherman: "He's a player who understands how offenses attack ... We have to be precise with what we do around him." Dalton credits Kam Chancellor with setting Seattle's defensive energy, too.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona HC Bruce Arians said he would "totally" support full-time referees. Said more games are being decided by calls on non-reviewable plays -- felt his team was on the wrong side of one last week.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The intensity and energy at Dolphins practice today was the highest I've seen during the season. New interim head coach Dan Campbell made his first footprint.

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'

Laure Farrell

Odell Beckham Jr. fined

The Giants receiver was fined by the NFL approximately $9K for his actions in Sunday's game in Buffalo, a source told ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano. Several Bills players accused Beckham Jr. of throwing punches after plays late in the Giants' 24-10 win in Buffalo.

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Dan Graziano @DanGrazianoESPN

Coughlin: “Odell came to me this morning. I was disappointed, because I think he’s above and beyond that type of stuff.”

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Coughlin says he takes MRSA infection cleanup "very serious." NFL and NFLPA asked Giants to address situation with players this morning. As for Victor Cruz, he will not practice today. Also says Odell Beckham Jr. approached Coughlin this morning and spoke about extra curricular stuff vs Bills. "He's very competitive, very energetic."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Not all bad news for Panthers on the injury front. Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery back in full pads after missing the last two games with a high ankle sprain.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Neither LeSean McCoy (hamstring) or Karlos Williams (concussion) will practice today for the Bills. If they can't play Sunday, Boobie Dixon will be the Bills' top running back Sunday in Tennessee, Rex Ryan said Wednesday.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan says it's possible that Bills will only keep one of their kickers, Billy Cundiff or Dan Carpenter, for Sunday's game in Tennessee. Doesn't know who will handle field goals in the game yet.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly apparently still in the concussion protocol. No pads or helmet.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

New Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell brings his team to the middle of the field for contact one-on-ones. Miami is doing some hitting today.

Skip Bayless: Hard to root for Greg Hardy

"I'm still going to root for my Cowboys but I'm going to have a hard time including him in the mix of my Cowboys."


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The awards keep on coming for Panthers CB Josh Norman. The NFC Player of the Month in September was named the NFC Player of the Week for his two interception - one returned for a touchdown - performance against Tampa Bay. He will be rewarded for all of this with a big payday after the season.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

New Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell (black shirt) watches over his first practice with the team.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

Broncos safety T.J. Ward has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his two sacks, six total tackles and a forced fumble in the Broncos' 23-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday. Ward and John Lynch are the only Broncos' defensive backs in franchise history to have two sacks and a forced fumble in the same game. Lynch was in the broadcast booth for Sunday's game as an analyst for Fox.