October 10, 2014 |
ABOUT THE only thing fantasy owners can count on this year is that hardly anything is worth counting on. Philip Rivers is up, Matthew Stafford is down and if Nick Foles throws one more pass off his back foot, people are going to start picking up Mark Sanchez. This week was particularly dreadful for fantasy owners. Two of the top wide receivers got hurt and one of the best running backs had a court hearing. It's so dire that Jimmy Graham's shoulder injury is mitigated by the Saints having a bye. Yay!
December 19, 2014 |
FANTA CLAUS doesn't enjoy doing this, but there are a lot of little boys who are getting coal in their stockings. Obviously, there is plenty of blame to be spread around when players face-plant on the field and ruin the visions of fantasy championships that have been dancing in our eyes like sugarplums. It could be the offensive coordinator, the head coach, the other team's defense, or - in the case of Demaryius Thomas - the unidentified teammate who stepped on his ankle in a practice leading up to a Week 14 game against the Bills.
November 6, 2015 |
SIXTY MILES northwest of Philadelphia, Mike Clay projects your fantasy football fate on Sunday afternoons from his home in Blandon, Pa. Chances are, you either love him or you hate him for it. But you can't really blame him, because projections are like the weather: They're prone to wild swings and they generally don't land right on the money. Yet over the last few years, Clay, 30, has at least come close. And that's what matters in this business, where having the best data and the most accurate projections potentially could earn you a salary that compares with Wall Street traders.
November 29, 2013
THE REST of the country regards this as Thanksgiving weekend when the turkey, the shopping, and the (urp) antacid tablets become all the rage. But to most of us nuts in fantasyland, this either is the final week of the regular season or the first week of the playoffs. Forget Myles Standish and the Pilgrims, this is the time of year to give thanks for plucking Keenan Allen off the waiver wire. We put out a note last week asking what fantasy football owners were most thankful for this season.
November 3, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Imagine signing up for a daily fantasy sports league, such as DraftKings or FanDuel, through the website of a Pennsylvania casino. The difference for the user might be subtle, but the shift for the booming fantasy sports industry could be profound, potentially classifying the wildly popular - and unregulated - games as gambling. Legislators could soon be considering such a proposal for Pennsylvania, one of several states trying to figure out how to handle a lucrative industry that has generated a spate of recent controversy.
October 26, 2012 |
YOU WOULD NOT consider watching an NFL game without the accompaniment of your cell phone. Neither would you even think about watching an entire game from beginning to end - unless it is the Eagles' game, or on Sunday and Monday and Thursday night, when you have no choice. Your channel is the Red Zone. Your faithful guide is Scott Hanson. He provides you with the ammunition you need to disparage either your friends or yourself, depending upon the quality of your lineup that week (and, perhaps, the depth of your hangover)
September 27, 2011
Remember the scene in The Empire Strikes Back when Han Solo is frozen in carbonite in mid-scream? That's how I pictured Michael Vick's owners, myself included, upon hearing that he'd broken his hand while taking another pummeling on Sunday. Now, I realize the Star Wars reference only reinforces the image of the stereotypical fantasy "geek," but I'm not worried about being bullied. It's Vick's broken bones that could hurt me. Fortunately, the news isn't as bone-chilling as first reported.
December 19, 2013 |
A LITTLE unconventional thinking and a lot of Jamaal Charles made for a spectacular early Christmas gift for Larry Seigle, of Newtown. Seigle had two qualifying spots in the DraftStreet.com fantasy football championship over the weekend and captured the grand prize of $1 million, thanks largely to Charles' five-touchdown performance on Sunday. While all the other contestants took advantage of DraftStreet's offer to fly to Las Vegas for the weekend, Seigle, 25, declined. "I don't drink or party or anything like that," said the 25-year-old.
December 13, 2013 |
DR. JOHN LEE divides his time chasing a cure for cancer and figuring out the best fantasy football team to trot out. As it turns out, the two pursuits have more in common than you might think. Lee, of North Wales, Pa., has a chance this weekend to turn the meticulous nature of his occupation as a research scientist into $1 million by winning a championship sponsored by the website DraftStreet.com . If nothing else, Lee already has earned himself a paid trip to Vegas. He was set to leave this morning.
September 4, 2013 |
Now that our drafts are behind us, all we can do now is wait for Thursday night . . . and dream up scenarios in which our late-round fliers evolve into next year's elites. Here are 10 burning questions that should be answered as opening weekend unfolds: 1. How healthy are Robert Griffin III, Arian Foster, Maurice Jones-Drew, Brandon Marshall, Victor Cruz, Jordy Nelson, Roddy White, Wes Welker and other nicked-up stars? An all-pro cast of walking wounded is expected to suit up for the first significant action of the season this weekend, with lingering concerns hanging over assorted body parts.