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The All-NFL Fantasy Football Sleeper Team Heading into 2015

Us fantasy football players are always looking for the next sleeper. Whether it was Peyton Hillis (however many years ago), or more recently, Justin Forsett, Odell Beckham Jr. or C.J. Anderson in 2014, sleepers are what help fuel a championship-winning squad.<p>It seems like every season there are …

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Fantasy Football 2014: Best QB Sleepers and Top Mock Draft Strategy to Follow

With less than two weeks to go before the start of the 2014 NFL regular season, it's crunch time for fantasy football and planning drafts. The obsessives have already gone through at least one draft, but the smart players know you never pick before the preseason games are over.<p>Injuries and position …

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Fantasy Football 2014: Top Picks and Draft Strategy Based on Current Rankings

Every owner enters draft season for fantasy football with a different set of preferred players. Yet the goal remains the same across the board. It always comes down to maximizing value by analyzing the rankings and predicting what's going to happen next.<p>Being on the front end of a run is important. …

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2014 Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Top Sleepers and Advice for Owners

The fantasy football draft is coming and you don't feel properly prepared, right? Don't worry, it's something nearly every owner feels ahead of the big day.<p>You watched the 2014 NFL draft, kept up with training camp battles, looked over rankings—only from Bleacher Report, of course—and did mock …

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Fantasy Football 2014: Overall Rankings and Top Sleepers at Each Position

The NFL preseason is in full swing, which means fantasy football season is right around the corner and the time is now to study up before diving into your first mock drafts.<p>Unheralded players come out of nowhere to break out in fantasy year after year, and 2014 will be no exception. There are a …

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Fantasy Football 2014: Top Players, PPR Draft Strategy and Mock Draft

Everybody plays fantasy a little differently. Some people swear by PPR, while others will never stray from standard-scoring leagues. Some people dip their toes into IDP leagues. Some love keepers and dynasty leagues.<p>In my main league, my seven friends and I play a standard-scoring keeper league and …

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Kelvin Benjamin Is a Fantasy Must-Have Given Strong Preseason Showing

Kelvin Benjamin is on track to be the rookie you'll regret passing on during your 2014 fantasy football drafts.<p>There are plenty of rookies going early in drafts. Sammy Watkins, for one, plays the same position as Benjamin. Everyone knows what Watkins is capable of. He has the potential to …

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Terrance West Represents Great Value in Fantasy Football Drafts

Fantasy football owners trying to find a sleeper should look no further than Cleveland Browns rookie running back Terrance West.<p>After the organization signed Ben Tate to a two-year deal in the offseason, it makes sense for some to overlook a third-round pick from an FCS school. In current ESPN …

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Fantasy Football 2014: Cheatsheet and Draft Strategy to Help You Win Your League

Every hardcore fantasy football owner is looking for an edge. What piece of information will be key to pushing you over the top in your league?<p>In most instances, injuries play a huge role. Your team needs to either be extraordinarily lucky when it comes to staying healthy, or well prepared to …

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Fantasy Football Projections 2014: Predictions for Biggest Breakout Candidates

Playing it safe is a strategy that can pay dividends in fantasy football, but identifying and drafting breakout stars is so much more rewarding.<p>Players can come from out of nowhere and develop into fantasy studs, but there are usually warning signs that suggest an uptick in production is on the …

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Fantasy Football 2014: Breaking Down Top Sleepers Based on Early Draft Rankings

As the first full week of preseason action continues around the NFL the rankings are going to start shuffling for fantasy football. Players will emerge as potential assets based on their usage with the top offensive unit while others begin to fade.<p>Those taking part in early drafts could still find …

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Fantasy Football 2014: Key Tips for Draft Strategy and Cheat-Sheet Construction

As draft season heats up around the world of fantasy football, the most important thing to remember is that you must live with the team for the next four months. Entering the draft with a plan to get the players you like most is essential to success.<p>Too often owners will stick very close to a cheat …

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Fantasy Football 2014: Ranking Top Sleepers at Every Skill Position

In the eternal quest to gain an edge in fantasy football, there may be no more important pursuit than crafting the perfect late-round strategy. Indeed, getting a great sleeper pick is perhaps the sweetest joy this game has to offer.<p>A late-round pick that ends up with starter-quality stats is a huge …

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Fantasy Football 2014: Mobile Cheatsheet, Mock-Draft Strategy for Top Positions

When they're not being sabotaged, mock drafts can be a useful tool ahead of your fantasy football draft.<p>They're a great time to tinker with draft plans and figure out what some other owners might be thinking. Is that player you covet getting taken a little early? Maybe he's getting taken late—a …

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Fantasy Football 2014: Stat Predictions for Top Projected NFL Sleepers

NFL training camps are opening, so there is sure to be buzz about prospective playmakers as the 2014 season approaches.<p>Whether it be rookies seeking to make an immediate impact or more experienced players on the precipice of a breakout year, it always helps fantasy football owners to have some …

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How the Cardinals Can Make Andre Ellington the Breakout RB of 2014

In 2013, Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington became the first rookie to lead the NFL in yards per carry since Ickey Woods of the Cincinnati Bengals all the way back in 1988.<p>Thanks to the rather surprising retirement of Rashard Mendenhall, Ellington now enters his second NFL season as the …

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Fantasy Football 2014: Wide Receiver Sleepers Worth a Late-Round Gamble

As each NFL franchise gears up for the start of training camp, fantasy football enthusiasts are making preparations to dominate their impending drafts.<p>Getting the best out of a fantasy draft haul requires more than simply grabbing as many studs as possible in the early rounds. Many leagues are won …

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Fantasy Football 2014: Early Rankings for Top Wide Receivers

Let's face it: Having a game-changing wide receiver on your NFL fantasy football team might be more fun than anything else in the competition.<p>The overall numbers are still slanted toward multipurpose backs who can catch and hit the hole between the tackles, and quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and …

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Fantasy Football 2014: How Will Schematic Changes Affect These Star Fantasy RBs?

Over the next week, NFL training camps open across the country, and several fantasy football stars will take the field under new leadership in a new offensive system.<p>The NFL saw significant coaching turnover this offseason, including seven head coaches, 12 offensive coordinators and 10 defensive …

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Fantasy Football 2014: Updated Quarterback Rankings and Draft Advice

Quarterbacks are always one of the most puzzling positions to draft for fantasy football owners. Selecting the right signal-caller in the right round to maximize value is a daunting task year after year.<p>Before fantasy drafts begin, many of us find ourselves asking the same questions. How early …

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Fantasy Football 2014: Top Players to Avoid on Draft Day

When making preparations for your fantasy team, knowing who not to pick in the draft is almost as important as knowing who to select.<p>Making a poor choice in the first few rounds of your draft can seriously set you back for the entire season—just ask anyone who grabbed Ray Rice or Trent Richardson …

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2014 Fantasy Football: Changes You Need to Know for This Season

With training camps about to start up, you know it's time to start firing up your fantasy football leagues as well.<p>There are a few things to keep in mind as you do that, though.<p>There are new bells and whistles on some management websites, a big merger in the daily fantasy space, some new (and old) …

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Fantasy Football 2014: 5 Names Every Fantasy Owner Needs to Know

Every year, fantasy football owners are looking for the next big thing, although sometimes that player is sitting right under their nose.<p>These five names are not coming completely out of nowhere for a lot of people, but for one reason or another, they aren't getting the attention they deserve.<p>All …

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Browns are getting a new mascot

Getty Images<p>Like many teams, the Browns will have a mascot. Unlike many teams, Cleveland’s mascot won’t take off his suit when it’s time to go …

Fantasy Football 2014: Under-the-Radar Gems to Target on Draft Day

Value.<p>That's the name of the game when talking fantasy football drafts. Everyone knows who the big stars are. Even the most novice of fantasy players can tell you that LeSean McCoy is a player you can build your team around or that Jimmy Graham gives you a major advantage over your opponent every …

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Things Owners Should Know Before Preparing for a 2014 Fantasy Football Draft

Believe it or not, the 2014 NFL season is almost upon us. Training camps are right around the corner and the annual Hall of Fame game is a mere three weeks away. For millions of fantasy football owners, of course, this only means that it is draft preparation time.<p>Smart roster management, astute …

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Fantasy Football 2014: Breaking Down the Best Handcuffs at RB

Running backs are precious commodities in fantasy football nowadays.<p>The workhorse is a dying breed, making their backups important assets. Should the starter go down, the handcuff is liable to take over and grab the opportunity to score fantasy points. But which ones are the best?<p>To be considered a …

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