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LADD BIRO: Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 7 of the 2014 season. ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:36:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ NFL Fantasy football: Time to cut bait on these 4 former starters ]]> Lead story image

JEFF AGREST: Patience is a virtue, but too much can be a detriment, even in fantasy football. If a player isn’t producing, you have to cut bait at some point. ]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:38:13 -0600 <![CDATA[ Fantasy Football: Some players just aren’t worth the headache ]]> Lead story image

Last season, I declared Cam Newton the “Most Frustrating Player in Fantasy Football.” Perhaps exasperating is the better term, but whatever words you use to describe him, they probably aren’t consistently flattering. Newton will drive you crazy because he can go for weeks at a time with mediocre performances, then he’ll put on a dazzling show as he did yesterday while sitting on your bench. Not my bench, mind you. I learned my lesson with Cam a couple years ago. But Newton has plenty of competition for the “MFP Award” this season. Percy Harvin, anyone? Of course, he has yet … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:29:11 -0600 <![CDATA[ NFL Fantasy Football: Who to start, sit in Week 6 ]]> Lead story image

LADD BIRO: Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 6 of the 2014 season. ]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 23:28:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Fantasy football: Handcuff your star running backs before it’s too late ]]> Lead story image

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray leads the NFL with 130 carries and 670 rushing yards. He has 36 more carries and 210 more yards than his nearest competitors. At this rate, he’ll tie Larry Johnson’s single-season league record for carries with 416 and break Eric Dickerson’s record for rushing yards in a season (2,105) by 39. That begs the question every Murray owner is wondering: How much longer can this last? Those rates are based on Murray playing a 16-game season, which he failed to do in his first three years. He missed 11 games in that span and was … ]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:48:50 -0600 <![CDATA[ Fantasy Football: Don’t give up on LeSean McCoy ]]> Lead story image

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has only one way to go. And he will go there. The defending NFL rushing champion is off to his worst start since his rookie year in 2009. He has 192 rushing yards through four games, and he has gone without a catch in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. Coach Chip Kelly absolved McCoy of blame after he rushed 10 times for 17 yards Sunday against the 49ers. Kelly put the onus on a makeshift offensive line that was pushed around by the Niners’ second-ranked run defense. But Kelly seemed fearful … ]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 10:48:04 -0600 <![CDATA[ Fantasy Football: Who to start, sit in Week 4 ]]> Lead story image

LADD BIRO: Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 4 of the 2014 season. ]]> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 01:36:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Fantasy Football: Rookies making an impact early ]]> Lead story image

LADD BIRO: If the theme of Week 2 was the wicked sting of the injury bug, this weekend may go down as the dawn of the Class of 2014. Injury and ineptitude led to a changing of the guard at quarterback in Minnesota and Jacksonville, respectively. Much like Derek Carr in Oakland, both Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles are stepping into less-than-desirable offensive situations and cannot be expected to prosper in the short term. ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:20:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ NFL Fantasy Football: Who to start, sit in Week 3 ]]> Lead story image

LADD BIRO: Wondering whether or not to start LeSean McCoy and Jordy Nelson, or to bench Alfred Blue and Jerricho Cotchery? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on. ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:00:43 -0600 <![CDATA[ Fantasy football: Even a tamed Cam Newton is worth starting ]]> Lead story image

Is Panthers quarterback Cam Newton changing his stripes? Do panthers even have stripes? I’m no zoologist, but my extensive research turned up exactly zero panthers with stripes, making my analogy pretty lame. But you’ll get my point. In his first game back from a rib injury, Newton rushed four times for 19 yards. He’s rushed for fewer yards several times, but the four carries tie his career low. That begs the question: Will Newton stay in the pocket more to try to preserve his body? Remember, he’s recovering from more than a fractured rib. In March, he had surgery on … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:07:39 -0600 <![CDATA[ Fantasy football: These rookie receivers could hit it big ]]> Lead story image

Few rookie receivers have been as productive as the Chargers’ Keenan Allen was last season. In fact, he became only the fourth rookie in history with 70-plus receptions, 1,000-plus yards and eight touchdowns. He might have more company after this season. Rookie wideouts popped up on fantasy owners’ radar in Week 1. History says such players aren’t regular contributors, but these receivers might be an exception. Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers: He was the rookie to watch in my wide-receiver preview, and he delivered Sunday with a team-leading 92 yards and a touchdown. Making the performance even more impressive is that quarterback … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:47:51 -0600 <![CDATA[ NFL Fantasy Football: 6 undrafted players to watch ]]> Lead story image

JEFF AGREST: Whether you’re looking to add depth or make up for draft-day mistakes, watch how these six guys fare in Week 1. ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 07:38:58 -0600 <![CDATA[ NFL Fantasy Football: Where to draft Jimmy Graham ]]> Lead story image

JEFF AGREST: The big question in the first round of fantasy-football drafts isn’t when the run on running backs will end but when tight end Jimmy Graham will be taken. ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:05:39 -0600 <![CDATA[ Fantasy football: Drafting RB in first two rounds is a must ]]> Lead story image

Fantasy football is different from reality football. Look no further than the first round of your basic 10-team fantasy draft. Despite the NFL becoming a passing league — the 18,136 total passes last season were the most in league history — the round will be dominated by running backs. The reason is simple: supply and demand. Last season, of the top 20 scorers in a standard-scoring system, 16 were quarterbacks and four were running backs. Even if you pass on the cream of the crop at quarterback, you can come away with a solid starter. But if you pass on … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:46:28 -0600 <![CDATA[ NFL Fantasy Football: The perfect draft ]]> Lead story image

LADD BIRO: In an ideal world, my starting NFL Fantasy Football lineup this season would feature Peyton Manning, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, A.J. Green and Jimmy Graham. ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:51:04 -0600 <![CDATA[ Fantasy football: Drafting Ray Rice should give owners pause ]]> Lead story image

A Bears fan awaits his turn to make his first-round pick in a fantasy-football draft. He has the sixth pick, a potential turning point in many drafts. Does he continue the run on running backs that begins many drafts? Or does he stem the tide and take a quarterback? Making his decision more gut-wrenching is his allegiance. Packers running back Eddie Lacy should be available at No. 6, but having to root for a sworn enemy makes the fan’s stomach turn. He couldn’t possibly celebrate a touchdown by Lacy as he would with other players. Fantasy football owners deal with … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:21:17 -0600