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Fantasy Football 2014 Preview: NESN.com Draft Kit

It’s the first round of your fantasy football draft, and you’re on the clock. Quick: Adrian Peterson or LeSean McCoy? What about Jamaal Charles? Or maybe Peyton Manning, last year’s leading fantasy producer? Fantasy can be a lot to digest sometimes, especially when you’re in the heat of a draft and the clock is ticking. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. From...
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Fantasy Football 2014 Preview: Top 100 Overall Player Rankings

Ranking the top fantasy players by position is easy enough. Determining how they all fit in your draft order? That’s a different story. Let’s start with the disclaimer that the importance of each position will depend on your league’s scoring. If you’re in a PPR league, the value of quarterbacks and wide receivers obviously will shoot up. If you’re not, the running back...
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Fantasy Football 2014 Preview: NESN.com’s 10-Team, 15-Round Mock Draft

It’s that time of year, folks — fantasy football mock draft season. With the regular season less than three weeks away, the NESN.com team met up at Miller’s Ale House, just down the street from NESN headquarters in Watertown, Mass., to put their fantasy knowledge to the test in the official 2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft. The draft consisted of 15 rounds, with each player’s...
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Fantasy Football 2014 Preview: Ranking The Top 10 Quarterbacks

Peyton Manning had an eye-popping fantasy year in 2013. The Denver Broncos quarterback compiled 406 fantasy points in ESPN standard leagues — that’s over 25 points a game for those keeping score — thanks to an NFL record-breaking 55 touchdown passes. It’s impossible to expect the 38-year-old to duplicate those numbers in 2014, but even a drop in production puts Manning at...
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Fantasy Football 2014 Preview: Ranking The Top 10 Running Backs

Peyton Manning put up the most fantasy points in 2013, but he likely won’t be the top player off your draft board this year. That honor should fall to a running back, which arguably is the most important position in fantasy football. As in seasons past, the upper echelon of ball carriers is loaded in 2014, with the smallest of margins separating the top three backs. The rest of...
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Curt Schilling Reveals He Was Diagnosed With Mouth Cancer

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling was always an outspoken person during and after his highly successful major league career. However, the ex-ace has become very quiet in the last year or so. That’s in large part because Schilling has been battling cancer, a development Schilling announced in February. Other than announcement — and an appearance at a Red Sox game earlier...
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Fantasy Football 2014 Preview: Ranking The Top 10 Wide Receivers

If you’re in a league that starts three wide receivers, this could be the most important position in your draft. The NFL has become increasingly pass-happy over the past several years, resulting in more receivers seeing more chances to put up viable fantasy numbers. Even if you start just two wideouts, snagging a reliable upper-echelon receiver in the early rounds will greatly...
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Fantasy Football 2014 Preview: Ranking The Top 10 Tight Ends

It’s Jimmy Graham and then everyone else. Finding a tight end who puts up consistently solid numbers can be maddening some times, as most tend to fluctuate wildly in their offensive involvement and statistical output. That’s not the case with Graham, who has put up top-tier wide receiver numbers every year since 2011. Unfortunately, Graham likely will cost you a first-round...
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Fantasy Football 2014 Preview: Ranking The Top 10 Defense/Special Teams

Think fantasy defenses don’t matter? In 2013, the Seattle Seahawks’ defense scored more fantasy points than Adrian Peterson in ESPN standard scoring leagues. Defenses like last year’s Seahawks unit don’t come around often, obviously, but you get the point. Having a defense that can consistently give you 10-plus points per game is a huge plus. Seattle is an obvious top choice...
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Fantasy Football 2014 Preview: Ranking The Top 10 Kickers

Kicker probably is the least important position in fantasy football, but that doesn’t mean it should be completely overlooked. Having a kicker who gives you double-digit points on a consistent basis can eliminate headaches and prevent you from losing games because of a goose egg. But picking a high-scoring kicker can be a crapshoot at times, as production usually depends on a...
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Fantasy Football 2014 Preview: Top 10 Sleepers Who Can Help Your Team

For all of the chance and uncertainty that comes with playing fantasy football, NFL fantasy drafts actually are quite predictable. The first few rounds of your draft almost certainly will have the same players go off the board. Peyton Manning, for example, will be among the first quarterbacks to go. Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles likely will top the list of running...
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Fantasy Football 2014 Preview: Top 10 Players To Avoid In Your Draft

When you get down to it, fantasy football is all about value. In a perfect “fantasy” world, you’d have the entire NFL at your disposal and could draft the best players at each position to suit your exact needs. The reality is nine or more other people in your league have a very similar, if not the exact same, draft strategy. Therefore, you need to pay attention not only to...
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Fantasy Football 2014 Preview: Draft-Day Do’s And Don’ts To Remember

Fantasy leagues aren’t won and lost on draft day. But let’s be honest — they’re really important. Injuries, trades and other factors can dramatically alter your team’s fortunes during the season, but drafting a solid, well-rounded team can go a long way in your quest for fantasy glory. Fantasy drafts can be daunting at times, but following a few simple rules can help you...
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Report: Red Sox ‘Still In The Mix’ For Cuban Prospect Rusney Castillo

The Boston Red Sox are making a strong push for one of more sought-after Cuban prospects. FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday night that the Red Sox are one of three teams in the running to sign Cuban free agent Rusney Castillo. According to Rosenthal, the Detroit Tigers are San Francisco GIants are also in the mix for the outfielder. However, that report came about...
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Brian Hoyer Named Browns’ Starting Quarterback Over Johnny Manziel

At long last, the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback debate has been settled. At least for now. Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters Wednesday morning that Brian Hoyer has been named the team’s starting quarterback going forward, winning the position over rookie Johnny Manziel. “He was the clear leader from the beginning,” Pettine said, via ClevelandBrowns.com. “We’ve...
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Former Mayor Thomas Menino Credits Jimmy Fund In Cancer Battle (Video)

Thomas Menino had many stressful days as mayor of Boston during his heyday, but perhaps the most strenuous day might have been when he was diagnosed with cancer. It’s fair to say, though, that the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute made things a bit easier for the former mayor. Menino says he considers himself lucky for receiving such quality attention and care, and he had plenty of...
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Mike Ditka: Redskins Name Debate Caused By ‘Political Correct Idiots’

Mike Ditka has heard the controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins’ nickname, and quite frankly, he’s had enough. The ESPN analyst and former Chicago Bears coach recently sat down for an interview with Mike Richman of RedskinsHistorian.com and was asked what he thought about growing movement that demands the team’s nickname be changed. He did not hold back. “What...
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Red Sox Notes: Will Middlebrooks ‘Day-To-Day’ After Injuring Hamstring

BOSTON — The Red Sox played their American League-leading 48th one-run game Tuesday. Their record in such games dropped to an even .500 (24-24). The Red Sox suffered a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. The Sox battled back to tie the game at three apiece but fell after the Halos produced a run with two outs in the ninth inning. It was just last week that Boston...
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Mookie Betts’ Outfield Defense A Work In Progress For Boston Red Sox

BOSTON — Mookie Betts still is navigating through unfamiliar territory. Some turbulence should be expected. Betts, drafted as a second baseman in 2011, has been learning the outfield for roughly three months. He has adapted well to the position change, largely because of his natural talent, but there are going to be growing pains. The Red Sox were offered a reminder during Tuesday’s...
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Allen Webster Trending Upward, Gaining Confidence With Boston Red Sox

BOSTON — Allen Webster is trending in the right direction. Webster didn’t factor into the decision Tuesday as the Red Sox fell 4-3 to the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. The 24-year-old lasted six innings for the third consecutive start, however, and Boston can feel good about his progress since joining the major league squad on July 26. “I thought he threw a number of good...
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Jackie Bradley Jr., Anthony Ranaudo Make Impact In Pawtucket Win (Video)

The big league team couldn’t get it done Tuesday night, but their minor league team certainly did. The Boston Red Sox took a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels in the ninth inning of their contest at Fenway park, but the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox delivered a 7-0 beating to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. contributed to the PawSox victory, going 2-for...
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Red Sox Open To Trading Prospects ‘For The Right Player’ This Offseason

BOSTON — The Red Sox have stockpiled quality prospects, giving them a ton of flexibility this offseason. The Red Sox have been hesitant to trade their prospects over the last couple of years. General manager Ben Cherington noted Tuesday at Fenway Park, however, that he’s not opposed to dealing away young talent if a good opportunity presents itself. “I don’t think we’ve...
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Matt Leinart, JaMarcus Russell Dream About College Days In Dish Ad (Video)

Not every top prospect succeeds in the NFL, no matter how successful their college campaigns were. Quarterbacks Matt Leinart and JaMarcus Russell understand this fact all too well. Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner for USC, and Russell, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NFL draft out of LSU, came into the league with impressive college statistics under their belts, but neither of...
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Will Middlebrooks’ Unbelievable Play Against Angels Overturned (Video)

Will Middlebrooks robbed John McDonald on Monday. He nearly took a hit away from Albert Pujols on Tuesday. Pujols ripped a ball down the third base line in the third inning of the Boston Red Sox’s game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. Middlebrooks made a sensational play, although the Angels successfully challenged the initial out call. Middlebrooks showed great reaction...
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Redskins Enter Field Before MNF Game With Hands Up For Michael Brown (Photo)

The Washington Redskins wanted to make a statement about the events taking place in Ferguson, Mo., and they used “Monday Night Football” as a stage to do so. Washington ran onto FedExField prior to their game against the Cleveland Browns, and some players put their hands up to show their support of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer...
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