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Fantasy Football Sleepers 2013: Underrated Players You Must Draft

The key to winning your fantasy football league is by drafting some key sleepers that break out and have huge seasons, and there are a few guys that could do just that in 2013.<p>There's nothing more satisfying besides winning your league than drafting a sleeper that blows up a huge season. Remember …

Dallas Cowboys 2013 Team Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position

The Cowboys have long been known as a team with an abundance of talent that has been incapable of capitalizing on it when it matters most.<p>One could argue that the ‘Boys haven’t really been as talented as some assume, although there’s little doubt that they’ve had some elite players over the …

Minnesota Vikings 2013 Team Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position

The Minnesota Vikings' quest to return to the playoffs begins in less than a week. It's a quest that will be more difficult than last year, when they surprised a lot of teams behind the very successful running of Adrian Peterson.<p>The Vikings will need an improved and consistent passing game in order …

Fantasy Football Picks 2013: Riskiest Selections at Each Position

There are players in fantasy football like Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Peterson that are always safe bets, but then there are players that could shine brighter than anyone or burn like a dumpster fire.<p>A risky pick doesn't always mean it's a bad pick. Some of these players could really live up to the …

New York Giants 2013 Team Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position

The New York Giants trimmed their roster to the NFL maximum of 53 players, but their roster is hardly "final."<p>The Giants, who have some higher numbers at positions such as cornerback, tight end and defensive tackle, will be actively scanning the waiver wire for players to help fill in some of the …

San Francisco 49ers 2013 Team Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position

The San Francisco 49ers finalized the 2013 roster over the weekend, whittling down to the 53-man list just before the 6 p.m. EST deadline on August 31. There were few surprises, as the bulk of the team is pretty much set in stone. However, those last 15 or so spots were incredibly competitive and …

Houston Texans 2013 Team Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position

The Houston Texans have one of the most talented and deep rosters in the NFL. On paper—which doesn't count for anything—the Texans are clearly one of the best teams in the entire league. In fact, they have a Pro Bowler at every single positional unit.<p>Of course, as all teams do, the Texans have …

Atlanta Falcons 2013 Team Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position

The 2013 Atlanta Falcons announced their final round of camp cuts today, so there's no better to time for us to check out each position group on the team's initial 53-man roster—the Falcons could still add a player who was cut by another team—to see where Atlanta stands heading into its Week 1 …

New England Patriots 2013 Team Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position

The New England Patriots 2013 roster is set, and while there are sure to be changes along the way, the group of players the Pats want to go to war with is down to 53.<p>The Patriots roster features an interesting dichotomy. At some positions like quarterback, offensive line and on the defense in …

Fantasy Football Rankings 2013: Underrated QBs Who Will Have Huge Seasons

The quarterback position is incredibly deep for this fantasy football season, meaning you can find amazing bargains in the later rounds.<p>Some owners are going to draft players like Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton and Drew Brees in the second round, thinking they'll be worth it—and they might …

Washington Redskins 2013 Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position

The 2013 version of the Washington Redskins are well stocked at most of the key positions. But a lack of quality depth along the offensive line, and especially in the secondary, is a real concern.<p>Issues at those position groups could undermine the two strongest areas of the team, namely the ground …

NFL Power Rankings 2013: Current Stock Report for All 32 Teams

Not every NFL team that begins the season at the bottom of preseason power rankings will end up being stuck in the cellar the whole season.<p>Last year, the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts started at the bottom and ended up making the playoffs. Turnarounds do happen, although not typically as …

NFL Cuts 2013: High-Profile Casualties Who Won't Catch on Elsewhere

With every NFL team having trimmed down to 53 players, it would seem as though everything is set for the regular season, but with so many potentially useful players getting cut, there is sure to be plenty of roster movement in the coming days. For every player who does find a new home, though, …

Denver Broncos 2013 Team Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position

The Denver Broncos have set their final 53-man roster. It’s time to look at the team as a whole and hand out a grade for each position.<p>Even though the Broncos are considered a favorite to make the Super Bowl, that does not mean their team is without flaws. In fact, there are a couple of positions …

Fantasy Football 2013: Veterans Guaranteed to Fail This Season

Drafting NFL veterans in fantasy football is an effort in walking a tightrope. Sway wrong one way and fall into full-on bust territory, sway the other direction and hit a fantasy jackpot.<p>Breakout candidates, or even veterans sustaining top fantasy production can be easy to predict. For example, …

NFL Roster Cuts: Who Were the Biggest Winners and Losers?

Trimming down an NFL roster to just 53 players is never easy, and some roster decisions can be more puzzling than others.<p>Some big-name talent was shown the door just before the 2013 season is set to kick off. Teams finally gave up on other less-than-stellar players, too.<p>Several teams made smarter …

Indianapolis Colts 2013 Team Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position

With the Indianapolis Colts' final roster cuts being announced Saturday evening, we can begin to get a better look at what the team's game-day roster will look like.<p>Now comes the time where optimism reigns supreme. The team has clearly improved its roster in the offseason, there's potential across …

Fantasy Football Sleepers 2013: Top Bargain Players Likely on Waiver Wire

It is easy to forget that the initial fantasy draft is not the only serious way to add talent to a fantasy football roster.<p>Trades are another option, but combing and unearthing quality talent along the waiver wire is a way to find production and depth without giving up anything huge in …

Miami Dolphins 2013 Team Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position

Final cuts have been made, and the Miami Dolphins have trimmed their roster to the maximum allowable 53 players afforded to them by league rules. Though some players may not rest easy as the waiver claiming process has yet to play out, the Dolphins regular-season roster is mostly set.<p>Now that we …

Top Fantasy Football Players 2013: Non-Running Backs Worthy of 1st-Round Pick

Most people will draft one of the top running backs early in most fantasy football formats, but you have to consider going with a wide receiver or quarterback with your top selection. That’s especially true if you miss out on having a top-five pick.<p>Drew Brees, Calvin Johnson and Aaron Rodgers all …

The Biggest Surprises from 2013 NFL Roster Cuts

"Cut day," the day when each NFL team must pare its roster down to 53 players, is considered one of the toughest days on the league calendar. Harsh decisions need to be made in the best interest of the franchise. Some dreams die, while others continue to live on. It's the nature of the beast.<p>There …

Chicago Bears' Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position

As new head coach Marc Trestman's first camp has closed and the Chicago Bears have trimmed their roster down to 53 players, it's time to take a look at what they have heading into the season.<p>With a first-year head coach, it was hard to predict how many players the Bears would keep at each position. …

Arizona Cardinals 2013 Team Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position

With the Arizona Cardinals’ roster now at its initial 53-man limit, we can officially start critiquing and grading every player and position. After an offseason that seemed to take forever due to the immense turnover within the organization, players left on the roster can exhale knowing they have …

Fantasy Football 2013: Early Advice Heading into Week 1

Your draft is over, and now the real fun begins. You get to start taking people down week by week in fantasy football's 13-week gauntlet before its playoffs.<p>We get you ready for Week 1 with some early Labor Day weekend advice. The anxious days between the final training camp cuts and the official …

Fantasy Football Draft Strategy 2013: Golden Rules That Will Lead You to a Title

The start of the 2013 NFL season is less than a week away, which means that fantasy football season is nearly upon us as well. While many leagues have probably already drafted, there are plenty that like to wait until just before the season starts. For those of you who compete in the latter …

Fantasy Football 2013: Late-Round Draft Picks Who Should Start Week 1

After a long NFL offseason, fans can finally start caring about actual games. More specifically, they will think about what they will do with their fantasy football lineups in Week 1.<p>For those fans still yet to complete their drafts (hurry up!), look for a handful of players late who can help out …

2013 Fantasy Football Team Defense Rankings: Week 1

The smell of football is in the air. Here are the LestersLegends 2013 Week 1 fantasy football team defense rankings.<p><b>1. Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers</b><p>The Seahawks allowed the fewest points last year, yielding just 15.3 points per game. They finished fourth in the league with 306.2 yards per …

Ray Lewis Speaks Out on Super Bowl XLVII Blackout, 49ers CEO Jed York Responds

Future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis went out on top early this year as he and the Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII in his final NFL game. Despite Baltimore's monumental victory, Lewis apparently subscribes to the conspiracy theory that someone tried to derail the Ravens' title hopes with …

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Cold Hard Fact for Sunday, September 1, 2013

<i>Fact: With Matt Leinart and Vince Young released, the 2006 QB class (13 players) currently has 1 starter (Jay Cutler) on an NFL roster.</i><p>Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light.<p>Source: @ESPNStatsInfo