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Thomas Casale

Thomas began playing fantasy football back when owners had to mail in their starting lineups and work out trades over the phone. He started writing The Fire Sale in 1998. Since then his articles have appeared on numerous web sites sites including Fantasy Sharks, USA Today and SI.com.

THE FIRE SALE: Week 15

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Owners still alive in fantasy playoffs likely aren't scrambling for a quarterback. However, if you play in a two-quarterback or SuperFlex league, Carr is worth a look this week. In his last two games, Carr has thrown for 607 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He's topped 20 points both times in most scoring systems.

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 10

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Duke Johnson was criminally underused by the clown show that was in Cleveland. I mean you can’t make this stuff up. Jackson and Haley weren’t throwing to a pass-catching back. Insanity.

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 9

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I couldn't care less about Jack Doyle. I just wanted to mention him because Andrew Catalon had one of the best calls of all-time when he declared “Doyle Rules!” after the Indianapolis tight end plowed into the end zone for a touchdown Sunday.

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 8

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Marshawn Lynch is out for the rest of the season with a groin injury. That leaves Richard and Doug Martin to battle for touches. Martin is hot garbage. He's been hot garbage for three years. Can you guess which way I'm leaning here?

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 7

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I’m a big believer that fantasy football isn’t about specific players not named O.J. Howard. If you can sell a player at his highest point and get a lot in return, I’d do it. That’s what I suggest with Elliott. Find some homer Dallas fan in your league and unload him.

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 6

RB Sony Michel NEP

If you're looking for a player to target right now, I recommend Sony Michel. I traded for him in two leagues last week. James White is around to be a pain in the butt, although Bill Belichick likes to run the ball later in the season to prepare for the playoffs. We saw it the last two years with LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis.

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 5

WR Adam Thielen MIN and Cris Carter

I really went wrong as a parent considering my son likes the Philadelphia Eagles and “C’mon Man.” If he starts telling me Hue Jackson and Todd Bowles are good coaches, I’m kicking his butt out of the house. I can only take so much nonsense.

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 3

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I don’t have many great moments in my life. There’s probably been five. The three times the Dallas Cowboys won the Super Bowl and the two days my kids were born. That’s about it. If you’re wondering why I didn’t include my wedding day, you’ve obviously never been married.

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 1

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We did it! It’s back. Thank the lord above Sundays will now revolve around my recliner, sweatpants, a meatball sub and seven hours of the Red Zone channel. I kissed my wife and kids goodbye and told them I’ll be ...

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THE FIRE SALE: Early ADP Madness

RB Leonard Fournette Jacsonville Jaguars

In this edition of The Fire Sale, I look at some ADPs that are off compared to how I have players ranked for the upcoming season. Things can change over the next couple of months but as of right now, these are the ADPs that have me scratching my head.

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THE FIRE SALE: Rookie RB Breakdown

RB Sony Michel Georgia

I’m a big fan of both Georgia running backs and I like where each ended up. Some might look at Sony Michel and think he has too much competition for touches with James White and Rex Burkhead in the same backfield. Not me. Bill Belichick doesn’t use first-round picks on guys he doesn’t expect to contribute right away.

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THE FIRE SALE: 2017 Hits and Misses

RB Alvin Kamara NOS

As always, I’ll close out 2017 with my top three hits and misses. There were some great calls (Alvin Kamara) and some bombs (A.J. Derby). Thank you all for following my column. Next year will be the 20th season of The Fire Sale. It says a lot that something so mediocre has lasted 20 years.

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 15 Playoff Starts

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Jonathan Stewart now has five touchdowns in his last three games. We can’t expect Stewart to put up those numbers every week since he’s topped 70 yards rushing just twice all year. However, Stewart’s next two games are against the Packers and Buccaneers.

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 13 Going Up and Coming Down

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Drake gained 47 yards and scored a touchdown last week against the Patriots after Williams got hurt. He’ll now handle most of the touches in the Dolphins backfield. I’m not a big believer in Drake being an every-down NFL running back but he’s really all Miami has for the rest of the season if Williams is out.

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 8 Going Up and Coming Down

RB Marshawn Lynch OAK

I still don’t even understand this entire situation. So Lynch and Marcus Peters are cousins, or they may be cousins, or they call each other cousins or they’re third cousins on their mother’s side. Whatever the situation is, if you’re defending Lynch, your mind has been polluted.

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 7 Going Up and Coming Down

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When it comes to the Dallas Cowboys, Bryan Broaddus of Cowboys.com has the best inside information on the team. In other words, when he says something, he’s not just guessing. Broaddus is getting it from someone inside the organization. By someone, I mean someone with the last name, “Jones.”

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 6 Going Up and Coming Down

RB Marlon Mack IND

Mack is so impressive even Chuck Pagano admitted he needs more carries. That’s shocking. Pagano is what I like to call a “Small Town” coach. That means he gets the information we all know like two years later. For example, I live in a small town and kids around here are still doing the dab. You think kids in California are doing the dab?

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 4 Going Up and Coming Down

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When Fuller returns, Bruce Ellington can move to being the No. 3 receiver. I hate to break it everyone but Braxton Miller is never going to happen. If Watson keeps developing like I predicted he would back in May (not true), DeAndre Hopkins, Fuller and Ellington isn’t a bad group of receivers.

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 2 Going Up and Coming Down

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The Cardinals are in a lot of trouble. They started declining last season and things are only getting worse. They have an old quarterback, a bunch of overrated No. 3 receivers and now no David Johnson. They’ll be lucky to win six games. They get the Colts this week, so there’s one.

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THE FIRE SALE: Players Rising and Falling

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The preseason is over…for the most part. We’re almost there everyone. Unfortunately, the injuries hit hard before we got to the finish line. Julian Edelman, Spencer Ware and Cameron Meredith were all lost for the season. Obviously, we don’t ever ...

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THE FIRE SALE: Returning with Sleepers

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Luck is clearly one of the top fantasy football quarterbacks when healthy. The problem is he doesn’t appear to be healthy. Luck is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and both the team and Luck have been non-committal about him playing in Week 1. That could just be training camp talk but it sounds like there may be more to it.

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 16

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The end is finally here. After 18 years, this is my final Fire Sale. I started this column to make some funny football observations. During its existence, The Fire Sale has been featured on five different web sites, including SI.com ...

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 15

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I’m down to my final two Fire Sales. Next week will be my last hurrah after almost 20 years. I’m just glad I outlasted Jeff Fisher. That guy is so lucky he got fired one game before setting the record ...

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 13

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It’s nearing the end for me. Just three more Fire Sales left before I hang it up. I can’t believe Gus Bradley is going to outlast me. That hurts. Fantasy playoffs are right around the corner. Then we get to ...

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THE FIRE SALE: Week 12

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It’s the best time of year. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. It feels just like yesterday that I was celebrating the end of summer. Now I’m firing up the snow blower. That can only mean fantasy playoffs ...

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