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2014 NFL Predictions: Analyzing Dark-Horse Contenders for MVP Award

It is easy to sit back in August and proclaim Peyton Manning as the favorite to win the 2014 NFL MVP, but he is sure to be challenged by a number of competitors.<p>Some are more obvious—think Drew Brees, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson or even Adrian Peterson—but there are a number of under-the-radar …

2014 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings

Here is a revised and expanded look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends tight end rankings.<p><b>1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints</b><p>Graham has averaged 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns over the past three seasons. Last year, Graham racked up an amazing 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns.<p>With Darren Sproles being dealt …

Fantasy Football 2014: 5 Mid-Round Running Backs to Target

Every fantasy football owner knows the old RB-RB strategy is a tried and true one for the first two rounds, but some would say it's outdated at this point.<p>With most NFL teams regularly using at least two if not more running backs in their offense, there are fewer reliable bell-cow backs who will …

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 …

Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Tiering goaltenders to improve draft success

<i>Yahoo Fantasy Hockey is open for the 2013-14 season. To help give you a better chance to win your league, our pals at Dobber Hockey are returning for</i> …

Fantasy Football Sleepers 2013: Small-Name Players with Big-Name Value

Every fantasy football manager knows names like Adrian Peterson, Tom Brady and Calvin Johnson.<p>Flashy names like those have dominated the first two rounds of fantasy football drafts everywhere this year, but stars simply don't grow on trees.<p>Valuable depth and shrewd player pickups can be the …

Fantasy Football Sleepers 2013: Under-the-Radar Options You Need to Target

The closing weeks of August signal the proverbial black smoke, as NFL fans everywhere know exactly what's on the horizon. While some may be focused on the NFL regular season, the time is now for fantasy football owners to unite and create their respective teams.<p>The question is, where should you be …

2013 Fantasy Football: Evaluating the 3rd Tier of Running Backs

I have already looked at the first and second tiers of running backs in fantasy football for 2013, so it's time to delve even further into the rankings and discuss the third tier.<p>Those two top tiers consisted of 10 total players, and this next tier has five more backs who are all talented players …

Fantasy Football Sleepers 2013: Daryl Richardson and RBs Worth Reaching for

Much of the fantasy football world if obsessed with landing as many star running backs as possible early because there is a supposed lack of quality depth at the position.<p>While that may be true when compared to other positions such as wide receiver, that does not mean there is a lack of talent …

Fantasy Football Rankings 2013: Overrated Busts You Must Avoid Drafting

Identifying busts and avoiding them is a hallmark move of fantasy gurus.<p>Top players that win league championships on regular bases always seem to find ways to sniff out players that are overrated and instead use their valuable selections on contributors who exceed expectations.<p>We’re here to take a …

The Fantasy War Room is closed

Thanks for swinging by! We'll be back Tuesday evening!<p>Welcome back to the War Room! Last season, SB Nation created a live chat called the Fantasy War Room, in order to help you better prepare for your fantasy football drafts and weekly lineup decisions. Unlike other chats that are for an hour or …

Fantasy Football 2013: Buy, Sell Stock Report After Preseason Week 2

The NFL preseason is now in full swing. The starters get a little more time on the field, and we get a little more clarity in the fantasy realm.<p>As you likely know, preseason performances should always be taken in with at least some cynicism. Similarly, these observations should be taken with a …

2013 Fantasy Football Draft: Why Roddy White May Be a Steal

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has slipped down fantasy draft boards and may be available for a great value pick in the middle rounds of your draft.<p>NFL.com currently ranks White tenth overall at the position despite the veteran wide out posting five consecutive seasons with at least 83 …

Fantasy Football Preview 2013: Top 5 Wide Receiver Breakouts

The depth at wide receiver has famously made it a position you can wait on in fantasy football drafts and still have a pretty good shot at scoring a breakthrough performer for your starting lineup. The increase in pass-heavy systems has only augmented that.<p>Our top wide receiver breakout picks below …

Analyzing Fantasy Value of Top Cincinnati Bengals Playmakers

The NFL preseason has reached its halfway stage and that means fantasy football draft season is on the doorstep.<p>Aside from A.J. Green, the majority of the Cincinnati Bengals' roster will fly under the radar on fantasy draft day.<p>That doesn't mean, however, there aren't any players worth your …

Fantasy Football Rankings 2013: Players Who Will Surpass Questionably Low Rank

Much of the attention in the fantasy world is focused on finding sleeper picks and avoiding busts, which is generally a good strategy to follow. The problem is, too much attention has been given to these areas at the sacrifice of general logic.<p>Rankings by average draft position have spawned as a …

Fantasy Football 2013: Veterans Who Will Have Bounce-Back Seasons

One way to get a quality sleeper on draft day is to find a veteran who is coming off a terrible showing in 2012.<p>There are many things that cause a down year in the NFL. Sometimes injuries prevent a player from living up to expectations, while other times the team's overall situation could hold a …

Fantasy Football 2013: Le'Veon Bell, RGIII and Riskiest Players to Draft

Risk is not always a bad thing in fantasy football, but it is usually a good idea to avoid it if possible.<p>Drafting a player who struggles to stay on the field due to injuries, or simply struggles once on the field, could set you back dramatically during the course of the season.<p>Obviously, you could …

Fantasy Football 2013: Is Arian Foster Still Worth a 1st-Round Pick?

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has had an offseason to forget, with injuries piling up to the point where he will not be playing in the preseason and is questionable to start the regular season.<p>The team is saying that they are "optimistic" that he will play in Week 1, via Tania Ganguli of …

How Victor Cruz's Injury Affects Fantasy Value of Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle

Should Victor Cruz be unable to participate in the New York Giants' season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 8, it would deliver a devastating blow to his team’s chances but would be received as positive news for fantasy owners of Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle.<p>The superstar’s sterling …

Fantasy Football Sleepers 2013: Players Who Will Exceed Late-Round Draft Stock

With the NFL regular season now just a couple weeks away, fantasy football draft season is in full swing. While most owners seem to agree upon strategies this year, such as taking running backs early and waiting on quarterbacks, one thing that always seems to create plenty of debate is the …

NFL Preseason 2013: Fantasy Lessons Learned Heading into Week 3

A lot has changed across the NFL after just two weeks of preseason, and fantasy owners should take note of certain things before they start their draft.<p>In most cases, Week 3 of the preseason is the closest to a competitive game. Coaches let their starters play for the majority of the game, and …

Best and Worst Value at Running Back in Fantasy Football This Season

Value, value, value.<p>In fantasy football, the number of points a player finishes with is obviously important. After all, you can't win a league if your players don't perform. What you paid for those points, however, is of far greater importance.<p>Last year, many leagues were won on the sole merits of …

Why You Should Reach for Dwayne Bowe in Your NFL Fantasy Football Draft

Dwayne Bowe and the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs seem to be headed for a comeback campaign in 2013, yet the fantasy world hasn’t taken notice.<p>The veteran wide receiver suffered through a disappointing campaign in 2012, so it’s no mystery why his value declined immediately after the season.<p>He …

Fantasize Me: How to Win Your Fantasy Football Draft

As long as fantasy football has been around, it's been all about the running backs. In the first round, no matter what, take a running back. Well, unless you're in a league with lots of teams, Megatron is always a safe bet (especially if it's PPR).<p>The biggest mistake fantasy owners make is getting …

Rankings: The top 30 starting goalies in the NHL

There’s nothing like a good goalie debate. And this is a debate about 30 good goalies, the 30 starting goalies in the NHL.<p>But first, a clarification. …

Fantasy Football 2013: Under-the-Radar Running Backs You Should Draft

The 2013 NFL regular season is a mere three weeks away, and fantasy football owners have begun to clamor. With drafts already underway, everyone is eager to try their hand at winning the ultimate form of fan bragging rights.<p>The question is, which under-the-radar running backs should you …

Fantasy Football Preview 2013: Top 5 Running Back Busts

The QB busts preview went over like a lead zeppelin with the masses, so we are fully in the football-ready, breakdown position and prepared to duck here.<p>We next present Bleacher Report's top five fantasy football running back busts. Again, we have to attack and try to punch holes in the reasoning …

2013 Fantasy Football: Conducting a Draft Strategy

With the 2013 NFL regular season less than a month away from kickoff, fantasy football enthusiasts are eager to draft their players, hoist their league's championship prize and talk smack to fellow league competitors.<p>In order to achieve your goal, it is vital that you put together a consistent …

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