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From a fantasy perspective, the Ravens entered the 2016 as one of the most inscrutable teams in recent memory. QB Joe Flacco was a known commodity, but the running back, wide receiver and tight end positions were an unpredictable jumble. A year later, there have been comings (Danny Woodhead, Jeremy Maclin) and goings (Steve Smith, Dennis Pitta, Kyle Jus...

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The running game and the city of Buffalo go together like wings and blue cheese dressing, or like roast beef and kummelweck rolls. The city where O.J. Simpson and Thurman Thomas once shone as runners is now home to another great back. The Bills have had an old-school offense the last two seasons, ranking first in running play percentage in 2015, seco...

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It seems as if most of the people paying attention to the strange pas de deux between Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins come down on the side of Cousins. It’s no great surprise to see public sentiment run against Daniel Snyder’s team. But after years of hearing people complain about professional athletes being overpaid, it’s unusual to see ...

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“Despair is a narcotic,” Charlie Chaplin once said. “It lulls the mind into indifference.” If Chaplin was right, Jets fans must be stoned out of their gourds these days. Cleveland has been referred to as the Factory of Sadness, so maybe the enclaves of the New York metropolitan area that support the Jets should collectively be known as the...

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We need to talk about Eli. There will long be debate about Eli Manning’s place among the greatest quarterbacks of all time. But that’s not the Eli-related conversation I want to have right now. (For the record, I consider the youngest Manning brother to be the greatest average quarterback in NFL history.) No, the conversation we need to have i...

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New England Patriots Buying Guide

Bill Belichick has long hated your fantasy teams. And now, after a series of offseason acquisitions that larded the Patriots’ roster with a multitude of contributors at the skill positions, Belichick can hate your fantasy teams just a little bit more. Everyone in your league is going to want a piece of what will almost surely be a top-three offense...

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Adam Gase developed a reputation as a quarterback whisperer after coaxing career-best seasons from Peyton Manning and the notoriously indifferent Jay Cutler. Gase may indeed be a QB-friendly coach, but his record shows that he’s a hardcore devotee of the ground game. In his four seasons running NFL offenses – two as Denver’s offensive coordinat...

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Dalvin Cook is an interesting Rorschach test for fantasy drafters. Do you see the college star who amassed 4,188 yards from scrimmage and 40 touchdowns in his final two seasons at Florida State, or the Scouting Combine flop who tested poorly in Indianapolis this spring? Do you see a potential three-down workhorse, or a rotational back who might not be u...

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NBA fans of a certain age will remember World B. Free, a flamboyant guard who averaged better than 22 points per game over a 10-year stretch from the late ’70s to the mid-’80s. Free (whose given name was Lloyd) was a shooter without conscious, a man who defined a bad shot as one he didn’t take. He consistently ranked among the league leaders in sc...

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Let’s start with the acknowledgement that Jordan Howard is good. Really good. A fifth-round pick from the University of Indiana and the 10th running back selected in last year’s draft, Howard was a divisive love/hate prospect among the draftnik and fantasy communities upon entering the league. Presented an opportunity when starter Jeremy Langford su...

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