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What Is Fantasy Football? It Is Football Odd!

I remember it like it was yesterday... well... mainly because it WAS yesterday. However, it is a day that I am not likely to forget.My 5-year old daughter, Kairi, walked up to me as I was participating in yet another Fantasy Football draft."What are you doing?" she asked innocently enough."Drafting a Fantasy Football team!" I answered with slight frustration as...
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NFL Picks Week 1 (Welcome to 2014 Edition)

It seems like just yesterday that the Seattle Seahawks were crowned Super Bowl champions after crowning Peyton Manning and the Broncos.Okay, that was a lie. This was actually the longest off-season ever.But we made it to September, and you know what that means.The NFL is BACK, baby.And with it comes the ultimate in optimism for the 32 cities that host an NFL franchise (yes...even...
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Eastern Michigan at Florida: 5 Things to Know

The University of Florida looked great on Saturday night. If the first 10 seconds of the contest against Idaho was any indication, the return game is alive and well in Gainesville. It’s too bad no one got a chance to see the new offense or the defense head coach Will Muschamp has installed – the team having its opener cancelled because of weather. Now, the program goes back on...
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Baltimore Ravens: 2014 Overview and Predictions.

Key Players Returning:QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice, FB Kyle Juszczyk, WR/RS Jacoby Jones, WR Torrey Smith, TE Dennis Pitta, C Gino Gradkowski, G Kelechi Osemele, G Marshal Yanda, T Eugene Monroe, T Ricky Wagner, DE Chris Canty, NT Haloti Ngata, LB Elvis Dumervil, LB Daryl Smith, LB Terrell Suggs, CB Jimmy Smith, CB Lardarius Webb, SS Matt Elam, K Justin Tucker, and P Sam Koch.Key Players...
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Fantasy Football: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 1

This is a Tuesday edition of my Start 'Em/Sit 'Em column, but you should usually expect it on Wednesdays. Every Wednesday I will be publishing a Start 'Em/Sit 'Em for the upcoming week. I will not be giving obvious starts like Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson here, but rather under the radar starts or just players you might be pondering to bench. (Also keep an eye...
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5 Back-Up QBs That Will Be Starting By Mid-Season

In today's NFL, the second most important position is the back-up quarterback.  Just ask the Colts.  A team must have depth at the QB postition if they are to be competitive and successful whether the back-up is called upon due to injury or poor play by the starter.  Injuries happen and will happen this year, but in 2014 five back-up QBs will be called upon as starters fail...
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College Football Picks Week 2 (End of an Era Edition)

The opening of a new college football season already has us rife with storylines as we head into the second week of the season, and your fearless prognosticator is already staring at a hole that might be too big to dig out of.Those two things are not related, though they could be.This week we see marquee games galore, the biggest game in the short history of the UTSA program, and...
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Cincinnati Bengals: 2014 Official Overview and Predictions.

Key Players Returning:QB Andy Dalton, RB Giovanni Bernard, WR A.J. Green, WR Marvin Jones, TE Tyler Eifert, TE Jermaine Gresham, OC Mike Pollak, OG Clint Boling, OG Kevin Zeitler, OT Andre Smth, OT Andrew Whitworth, DE Carlos Dunlap, DE Wallace Gilberry, DT Geno Atkins, DT Domata Peko, LB Vontaze Burfict, LB Rey Maualuga, CB Leon Hall, CB Terence Newman, FS Reggie Nelson, SS George...
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Preview: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Ball State Cardinals

Despite returning 14 starters from a team that went 8-5 a season ago, The University of Iowa Hawkeyes had some questions entering 2014. Those questions remain headed into week two against the Ball State Cardinal (1-0).The two biggest were how to replace three senior linebackers drafted into the NFL, but also replacing cornerback B.J. Lowery and safety Tanner Miller, that left gaping...
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NFL WEEK 1: 5 Teams That Should Sign Michel Sam

Michael Sam may have come to the end of the line in terms of his NFL career. The former Missouri defensive end was released from the St. Louis Rams over the weekend and was not signed to another franchise or to the team’s practice squad. Now, the “tweener” may not be able to latch on to another team this season.Sam, who is trying to become the NFL's first openly gay player...
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Wes Welker Suspended 4 Games: Fantasy Football Impact

We have some breaking news coming out of Denver, with wide receiver, Wes Welker, getting a four game suspension for violation of the league's performance enhancing drug policy...But the league didn't say it was for steroids but rather for amphetamines, MDMA to be exact, which is what the kids today refer to as "Molly." Forget the concussion problem, we now know...
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Rams-Vikings: What To Look For

Because of the divisions that these two teams play in, the NFC North and the NFC West, two of the most respected divisions in the NFL.  This could be the beginning of the end for one of these franchises as they face one another on opening day.  The St. Louis Rams were dealt a huge blow when Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury.  However, Bradford has yet to live up...
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DraftKings.com Week 1: Shootouts and Defensive Struggles

Hi Daily Fantasy Veterans and Rookies,The key to daily fantasy on Draft Kings is finding the highest scoring players for the best value (not necessarily the most expensive or the cheapest).  Who would you rather own, a QB, RB or WR on either team in a 45 to 38 shootout, or Jamal Charles in a 10-7, defensive struggle vs. a top defense.Daily Fantasy is all about finding the best players...
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Shutdown Cornerbacks and Defenses for Fantasy Football

We understand the problem. Currently, fantasy sites break down team defense against wide receivers as a collective unit, rather than drilling down to display the differences between No. 1 and No. 2 WRs. This can be troublesome:  2013 Buccaneers vs. WRs: 20thBuccaneers vs. No. 1 WRs: 9th (No. 1 CB Darrelle Revis) Buccaneers vs. No. 2 WRs: 27th (No. 2 CB Johnathan Banks)This leaves...
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Jacksonville at Philadelphia: 5 Things to Know

If you are a person who believes in all statistics being equal, here are a few you should read about your Jacksonville Jaguars.Over the preseason, the Jaguars (with a 1-3 record) scored 61 points, which if you go the math, averages 15.25 points per contest. Last season, the team averaged 15.3 points. Take that for what it is worth. It was the preseason.The defense allowed 16.75 points...
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Miami Dolphins: 2014 Official Overview and Predictions.

Key Players Returning: QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Lamar Miller, WR Brian Hartline, WR Mike Wallace, TE Charles Clay, C Mike Pouncey, C Samson Satale,  DE Olivier Vernon, DE Cameron Wake, DT Jared Odrick, DT Randy Starks, LB Dannell Ellerbe, LB Koa Misi, LB Philip Wheeler, CB Brent Grimes, SS Reshad Jones, PK Caleb Sturgis, and PT Brandon Fields. Key Players Departing: G John Jerry ...
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New England Patriots: 2014 Official Overview and Predictions.

Key Players Returning: QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, WR Danny Amendola, WR/PR Julian Edelman, TE Rob Gronkowski, C Ryan Wendell, G Dan Connolly, T Nate Solder, T Sebastian Vollmer, DE Chandler Jones, DE Rob Ninkovich, DT Chris Jones, DT Vince Wilfork, LB Jamie Collins, LB Dont'a Hightower, LB Jerod Mayo, CB Kyle Arrington, CB Logan Ryan, FS Devin McCourty, SS Duron Harmon,...
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New York Jets: 2014 Overview and Predictions.

Key Players Returning:QB Geno Smith, RB Chris Ivory, WR/KR Jeremy Kerley, WR David Nelson, TE Jeff Cumberland, C Nick Mangold, G Willie Colon, G Brian Winters, T D'Brickashaw Ferguson, DE Sheldon Richardson, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, NT Damion Harrison, LB Quinton Couples, LB DeMario Davis, LB David Harris, LB Calvin Pace, CB Antonio Allen, CB Dee Milliner, CB Kyle Wilson, FS Dawan...
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Why Al Golden's Hot Seat May Be Getting Really Hot, Real Soon

On Monday night, the Louisville Cardinals hosted the Miami Hurricanes in the first ever game for the Cardinals in the ACC. It was a night full of expectations, hype and excitement for Louisville as they began a new era in their football program history. They not only started their ACC football schedule, but they welcomed back former Head Coach Bobby Petrino.The Cardinals lived up...
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Ranking the Top 10 Teams in College Football After Week 1

So, the first week of the 2014 college football season is in the books and it appears what we thought to be true in the preseason couldn’t be more wrong in some cases. Every year this happens where we spend all summer predicting, analyzing and believing we have the entire season figured out only to be proven wrong in the very first week of the season.That was the case this past...
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Falcons Ready to Face Saints in Season Opener

The Atlanta Falcons are ready. The team is putting 2013 in the rearview mirror and moving the bus forward in an effort to show 2014 can be just as exciting as 2012.That was the season where these Falcons were ranked first in the NFC playoffs and were on their path to the Super Bowl before meeting the upstart San Francisco 49ers. With all the parts back to a pretty potent offense...
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Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire Gems Owned In Less Than 50 Percent Of Leagues

Week one of fantasy football is almost here. Most of us have already completed our drafts. Maybe you did your draft early in June or July and you haven't checked your team since the day you did the draft. I have looked in some of my leagues to find players that are owned in less then 50 percent of leagues that I feel like could be viable fantasy players at some point this season...
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The First PAC-12 Power Rankings of 2014

1. Oregon (1-0) Beat South Dakota 62-13. Oregon hung 673 yards of offense on the Coyotes. Heisman candidate Marcus Mariota threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another score to lead the onslaught. Not to be out done, SD got even by blocking an extra point, preventing Oregon from reaching that 63 point threshold and allowing SD to save face.  It gets real on September...
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Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Preseason: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

After the mediocre season of the Pittsburgh Steelers last season there was reason to look forward to the 2014 season.  And since no one looks forward to preseason, this shows how serious the Steelers and their fans are needing something.So preseason was the first step in finding what they wanted.  Unfortunately, you don't always get what you want...sometimes you just might...
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