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October 10, 2014 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
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!
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December 19, 2014 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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November 6, 2015 | BY CORY MULL, For the Daily News
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.
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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.
NEWS
November 3, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
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October 26, 2012 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
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)
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September 10, 2015 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here are the 10 burning fantasy football questions that should begin to be answered as 2015 Opening Weekend unfolds: How soon will LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster, Todd Gurley, Randall Cobb, Alshon Jeffery, Julian Edelman and other nicked-up stars be ready to go full throttle? It's never a good sign to head into the regular season already nursing an injury, because they often linger and/or reemerge later in the season. Rush back too soon, and all bets are off. Who will emerge from obscurity?
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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.
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December 13, 2013 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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December 19, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
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.
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September 16, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
AS CARSON WENTZ was becoming the 11th rookie quarterback since 1960 to throw for at least 250 yards in a season opener, his fantasy relevancy was being considered. Those on the 250-plus list whom he joined range from great (Peyton Manning) to star (Cam Newton, Andrew Luck) to scrub (Geno Smith). Manning is the only one to win a Super Bowl. Jim Kelly played in four. Fran Tarkenton in three. Mark Sanchez nearly got the Jets there. Twice. Sam Bradford? He's with his third team in three years.
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September 9, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
  HAD A GUY log in to the Thursday webchat who already is in a bind with his running backs. He had to start two guys among Justin Forsett, Thomas Rawls, Christine Michael and Jamaal Charles. Six weeks ago, when the fellas were just entering training camp, there was plenty of optimism around the NFL. Maybe the Eagles  could  make a run at the playoffs if Sam Bradford stays healthy. Then the boys put the pads on, trades were made, hamstrings were pulled and injuries popped up like weeds on an abandoned property.
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September 2, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
THERE ARE a lot of productive wide receivers, a direct result of all the rules changes protecting both receivers and their quarterbacks. Now if the Eagles could just get on board the WR bus, maybe Sam Bradford could become more fantasy relevant. Keenan Allen, Chargers: Fully recovered from the lacerated kidney that ended his season in Week 8 - and what a season it was shaping up to be. Allen was on a pace for 134 catches and had double-digit targets in five of the seven full games he played.
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September 2, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
MAN, HOW can we get Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht to get into our fantasy league? We don't have many rules, but we do have a firm policy that we will gladly accept the league fee of anyone willing to draft a kicker in the second round - even if we have to expand. Right after Laremy Tunsil's bong fiasco, the Buccaneers' using the 59th overall pick on Roberto Aguayo was one of the more humorous moments of the 2016 draft weekend. To make the scrutiny even more intense on the rookie is that Licht traded up to get Aguayo, giving away a third-round pick (No. 74)
NEWS
July 29, 2016
THE REPUBLICAN National Convention was, despite conservative objections to the contrary, a dark affair. But to say that is not to be critical. To say that is to be practical, clear-eyed, and observant. Donald Trump earned his nomination by playing on the justified fears of his audience, Americans who had been served a steady diet of terror, bloodshed and angry protest both here and abroad. San Bernardino, Orlando, Nice, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Munich, St. Paul, Dallas. It was not just about ISIS, or Islamic jihad.
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July 26, 2016
IN DISAPPOINTING numbers, but with chips the size of hassocks on their shoulders, the first Philadelphia assembly of the Bernie Sanders Brigade gathered on the plaza in front of the Municipal Services Building Sunday at 1:30 p.m., under blistering Sunday heat. Their common bond, according to the platform speakers and people I interviewed, was love for Bernie and loathing for Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic nominee for president - even if some of them can't bring themselves to concede that.
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July 23, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 A candidacy based on fantasy, not reality Donald Trump has been coronated by the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Reagan. Republican leaders, including Sens. Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio and House Speaker Paul Ryan - all of whom have expressed grave doubts about Trump's fitness to occupy the world's most important office - have contorted themselves like pretzels to back him. This spectacle would be comical if it were not so tragic.
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