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Weekly wrap-up, retrospective pieces

THE DIVE: Week 15 “Expect the Unexpected!”

CB Desmond Trufant ATL and WR Robert Woods LAR

Robert Woods has been targeted at least five times and gained at least 70 receiving yards in every game except Week 1. The Rams should return to offensive domination when they welcome Philadelphia, who have surrendered the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers, and was just recently torched by Amari Cooper.

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 14

RB Phillip Lindsay DEN

On the last week of our fantasy football season, RB Phillip Lindsay, RB James Conner, and QB Deshaun Watson went for a combined 70 points. Only Phillip Lindsay went for a 28 burger but that was enough. I have been winning by getting 90 points from my Top 3 players and coasting in.

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THE DIVE: Week 12 “Monday Night Mayhem”

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It can be difficult trusting a talented running back who is clearly splitting his workload, even on the prolific offense of the New Orleans Saints. Although Alvin Kamara may produce more points in your fantasy football league especially in PPR format, veteran back Mark Ingram has been extremely effective .

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 12

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Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  I consider it one of the greatest holidays because most people get Thursday and Friday off.  How cool is that? So enjoy your Turkey.  Enjoy your stuffing.  Devour that pumpkin pie.  Thanksgiving is a ...

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THE DIVE: Week 11 “Leading The Pack”

WR Alshon Jeffery PHI & CB James Bradberry CAR

Even with the amount of wideouts in Philadelphia, Jeffery should break out of his brief slump when he visits the New Orleans secondary, who has surrendered the most fantasy points (including most receiving yards and touchdowns) to wide receivers.

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 11

QB Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs

Week 11 has arrived.  We are nearing the home stretch and the Bye weeks are getting down to the final count.  Every week is important and sometimes your team cannot find the end zone.  Somehow it becomes critical to try ...

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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Week 9

QB Tom Brady NE

The NFL has been pumping up this game in New England where Aaron Rodgers and company come to play. Fantasy stats of the week come from the Green Bay passing game as they shred the Patriots defense; there's just no way to sugarcoat it.

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THE DIVE: Week 8 “Ram Tough”

Safety Maurice Alexander LA Rams

As we look ahead at Week 8, let’s rewind through several few Week 7 highlights.  Can the Los Angeles Rams be stopped…or even slowed down?  They won their 7th straight and continue as the NFL’s only undefeated team as they ...

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THE DIVE: Week 7 “Off the Radar”

RB Frank Gore MIA

Some believe that 16th century Spanish explorer Ponce de León found the "Fountain of Youth" in Florida, Miami Dolphins’ veteran running back Frank Gore has rediscovered it in 2018! At 35 years old, he is the oldest running back in the NFL, yet just became the first to rush for 100-yards against the Chicago Bears’ defense.

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THE DIVE: Week 6 – “The Big Breesy”

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Atlanta has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, including three passing touchdowns allowed in each of the last three games. Over his career, Jameis Winston has a 110.0 quarterback rating with 14 total touchdowns in five games against Atlanta..

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 6

QB Carson Wents PHI & RB Jay Ajayi PHI

Where is the season going? It is on fast forward and I lost running back Jay Ajayi. Just when you thought the reigning Super Bowl Champions would be forced to run the football they find themselves without a running back and one game under .500.

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THE DIVE: Week 5 “Almost Famous”

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Although Week 5 was brimming with amazing performances, there were several events that “almost” happened.  After winning last week, the Cleveland Browns almost won their 2nd game in a row, but lost a lead in a bitter overtime defeat.  The ...

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 5

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Despite starting out 3-1 on the opening four matches day one, the US went on to only earn 7 ½ more points out of a possibility of 24 more to be had. In the end Team Europe took back the Ryder Cup with a score of 17 ½ to 10 ½ . It was ugly and we make no excuses. The US Ryder Cup team seems more out-of-synch on European soil than ever before.

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THE DIVE: Week 4 “Temporary Ground”

RB Chris Carson SEA

Just when it appeared that rookie Rashaad Penny would receive the bulk of carries in Seattle over Chris Carson, Week 3 proved otherwise. Penny only managed 8 yards from seven carries, while Carson broke out for 102 rushing yards, 22 receiving yards, and a touchdown last weekend.

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 4

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Happy Week 4 in the NFL my friends and we are witness to history. Tiger Woods wins a golf tournament! The actual Fed Ex Cup Tournament Championship no less!  That takes temerity!  Now back to the NFL. Did you notice ...

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 3

Red Sox

Only two changes but the Red Sox have the best record in all of baseball. Their record is 103-47 as of this writing. That is 56 games over .500, and to put it bluntly, the team hits the ball and this team wins regular season baseball games. It just doesn’t make sense to see a team win 103 games with 12 more games to play.

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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Week 2

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I may be the last writer left standing that is still beating the LeSean McCoy drum but here I am. If the Bills were smart, they'd run and pass to McCoy a whole lot, no matter what the game situation says. If they're not so smart, like last week, they'll actually try and win the game.

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THE DIVE: Week 2 “Storylines”

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With a home matchup against the Indianapolis Colts’ defense who allowed over five yards per carry in Week 1, look for Chris Thompson to have an encore performance and serve as a low-end RB2 or FLEX with a high ceiling.

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 2

Mount Rushmore

What do you do when you turn 50? I asked that question earlier this year and came up with a long weekend in Rapid City South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Custer State Park. So I got these off of my bucket list and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Here are some takeaways.

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THE DIVE: Week 1 “First Impression”

RB Matt Breida SF

Although the start of every NFL season offers its typical share of intrigue as teams welcome new stars, last year’s breakout performers aim to deliver an encore, and rookies work to shine on the big stage. Superstars like Aaron Rodgers, ...

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2017 FANTASY POSTMORTEM: Oakland Raiders

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With Jon Gruden finally stepping away from the ESPN booth and back into coaching, whether or not he can get Derek Carr back on his career trajectory of becoming one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL will be a storyline to monitor in 2018.

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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Week 17

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The Jets know that their only chance at beating the Patriots will come if they can run the ball. No other scenario wins them this game. They also know that the only thing they actually can do somewhat well is run the football. Another nice day is on the way for Bilal Powell.

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THE DIVE: Week 17 “Trophy or Bust”

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Although he hasn’t topped 50 yards receiving since Week 11, Vernon Davis has scored in two of his last three games. With a matchup against the New York Giants’ secondary who has allowed the most fantasy points including most touchdowns to opposing tight ends, Davis should be a key target for Kirk Cousins this weekend.

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THE DIVE: Week 16 “All I Want For Christmas”

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With a matchup against the Buffalo Bills who have allowed the most points and 2nd most rushing yards to opposing running backs, Lewis needs to be started as an RB2 or Flex with high upside. He ran for 92 yards against Buffalo in Week 13, but should receive even more work this weekend.

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 16

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Ben Roethlisberger fakes a spike and throws it late over the middle to only have it get tipped and intercepted … and a loss! What is up with New England and these crazy within the moment games? It was Tom Brady’s 51st comeback in his career. Fifty Freaking One!

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THE DIVE: Week 15 “Re-Charged!”

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If you have been fortunate enough to find your team in the semi-final round of playoffs, then starting players with consistency and a solid track record of performance is key. Enter Jason Witten. Although he only received two targets last weekend, he did score for his 2nd week in a row.

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THE DIVE: Week 14 “Playoff Push”

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Carr played his best game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7 when Oakland upset their division rivals with a stunning comeback victory on the final play of the game. He will rise to the challenge again this weekend when Oakland hosts Kansas City who is allowing the 5th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 13

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It was awesome to see the long throw from QB Josh McCown to Robby Anderson in a Nerf Football moment of my youth. It happened that way. And the virginator pulled out a win. I am 7-5 heading into the last week of our Fantasy Football League.

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