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Fantasy Football 2018: Alternative Formats to Consider For Your League

Fantasy season is back in full swing and if you're like most owners, your season-long league will involve the same standard scoring you've played for a decade. Or perhaps you've boldly graduated to PPR (or .5 PPR). There is no wrong way to play fantasy (it's only wrong not to play fantasy) but there are some formats to change up your league a b...

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Fitz on Fantasy: Which Draft Spot is Best This Season?

Some buddies and I draw for draft order in our 14-team league the first weekend of August. We do it at a bar in a hotel-casino in northern Wisconsin during an annual golf weekend. The draw takes up a few minutes of our Friday night but sparks hours of conversation afterward. Last year I drew the No. 2 pick and asked the friend who had dr...

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Fitz on Fantasy: 2018 Player Rankings Explained

Fantasy football market behavior is fascinating, so this is a fun time of year even though it’s a dead zone on the NFL calendar. With the NFL Draft over, fantasy writers are posting their first sets of rankings, and more and more people are jumping into best-ball drafts, establishing the 2018 market. Since my own ...

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Mental X’s and O’s: How Athletes Can More Effectively Focus

“Just focus!” –Literally every coach you’ve ever had in every sport you’ve ever played. We have been told to focus so many times. By coaches, parents, teachers, ourselves. We forget though, that this is a skill we can improve at, not something that just comes to us. I can’t count how many times I’ve worked with a client who la...

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(VIDEO) Female NFL Fans in London on a Possible UK Franchise

Since the NFL’s International Series began in London in 2007 league officials have had their attention focused on the pot of gold: a permanent franchise. This season is as close as they have come with half a home schedule (four games) being played in London. In addition, Sunday’s Rams-Cardinals tilt at Twickenham Stadium was the first UK game in the...

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Do Not Draft: Fantasy Players to Avoid For a Family-Friendly Roster

I am a proud feminist. I don a “Nevertheless, She Persisted” tee three times a week, and recently passed on buying a perfectly lovely Honda Accord because I couldn’t bear promoting the until the plates arrived. There is only one exception to my feminism… In a draft last weekend I had the third round option of Joe Mixon or Marshawn Lynch. ...

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It’s not always sunny in Philadelphia, as Eagles fans know, but dawn is breaking in the City of Brotherly Love after two consecutive losing seasons. The Eagles appear to have won last year’s game of rookie-QB roshambo with the Rams, and an offseason talent infusion has helped make Philly a legitimate contender for the NFC East crown. A date...

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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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