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September 7, 2006 | By Mike James FOR THE INQUIRER
Eagles linebacker Shawn Barber wishes he had Donovan McNabb on his team. It's the middle of the preseason, and Barber already has his sights set on the draft. "My first pick - Reggie Bush!" he hollers. "Reggie Bush! Awww, man, you've got to be kidding me!" one of Barber's friends yells. "I wasn't kidding when I won it last year," Barber says, silencing everyone in the room by reminding them of last year's trophy winner. It is noon on a Saturday, and the beers are cold and the smack talk between Barber and his fantasy-football friends is colder.
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September 21, 2007 | By Dylan Purcell INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Does a two-week slump signal a trend? After journeyman-like performances from several top-rated fantasy players early in the season, fantasy owners might be pondering unthinkable questions, such as, 'Is it time to trade Chiefs running back Larry Johnson?' Johnson, Steven Jackson of the Rams and LaDainian Tomlinson of the Chargers have performed far below their top-five fantasy draft value. Including 49ers running back Frank Gore, four of the five rushing leaders from the 2006 season are still in the NFL, but none has rung the bell on a 100-yard rushing game this season.
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November 13, 2013 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here's a look at players worth considering, and others who would look better in someone else's lineup.   Catch 'em while you can Andre Brown, RB, Giants. Brown is still available in three out of four leagues; but following his dominant, 30-carry performance against the Raiders, he'll be a hot waiver-wire target this week. Tavon Austin, WR, Rams. After being a nonfactor over his last seven games, and forced to labor without Sam Bradford at the controls, Austin was discarded in many leagues.
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November 7, 2012 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Did you notice what happened when Darren McFadden left in the second quarter Sunday with an ankle injury? Oakland sent out Mike Goodson to carry the ball. When Jordy Nelson's day ended after his first target against the Cardinals, the Packers offense wasn't forced to finish out the game with 10 players. Crazy, isn't it? A player gets hurt during an NFL game, and another one steps right in and takes over. So why is it that once McFadden left Sunday, my fantasy team was stuck with zippo thereafter?
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August 26, 2010 | By ED BARKOWITZ Fantasy football: Scouting the defense/special teams By ED BARKOWITZ, fantasyfootball@phillynews.com
Bears: Love seeing Julius Peppers in a Bears uniform almost as much as Johnny Knox returning kicks. Play in a tough division, so beware if your scoring system penalizes for points against. Colts: Safety Bob Sanders is back and a defense that had just 26 takeaways last year will be better because of it. Eagles: Too many question marks and an unproven secondary make the Birds a fantasy risk. Exchanging DeSean Jackson for Chad Hall as the punt returner doesn't help, either. Jets: As long as Darrelle Revis signs sometime before the Sept.
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September 4, 2013 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
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.
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December 26, 2014 | By ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
IT WAS that seven-game stretch starting in late September that probably clinched this year's fantasy football MVP award for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The man was a mountain of consistency the first 3 months of the season. Three touchdowns and 300 yards were as predictable as Packers players leaping into the stands after scoring touchdowns. In those seven games, Rodgers threw for 23 touchdowns and two interceptions. Rodgers garnered nearly 70 percent of readers' votes to win fantasy MVP for the second time in 4 years.
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December 20, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 16 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons at Saints. Julio Jones (hip) should be back, but even if he's not, Ryan will take full advantage of New Orleans' generous secondary with the other weapons at his disposal. He tore up the Saints in Week 1, as has virtually every other offense that faces this defense. Even Jay Cutler managed to toss two TDs against this bunch. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers vs. Browns.
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December 6, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 14 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks at Eagles. Wilson leaves a lot to be desired in the aerial department, but his running prowess often makes up for the lack of touchdown passes. The Eagles just shut down Tony Romo and company, but they are typically very generous to opposing passers. Look for a better-than-normal day at the office for Wilson, and better than normal is pretty darn good. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets at Vikings.
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December 3, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
It's playoff time, my friends: The culmination of an embarrassing amount of draft prep and research, weekly angst over start/bench decisions and waiver-wire bids, and countless zombie-like viewing sessions of the Red Zone Channel. The grand prize awaits, whether your payoff is counted in dollars, your name etched on the side of a traveling trophy, or a year of bragging rights over your fellow owners. So this is no time to get cute. The old fantasy axiom remains: "Dance with the ones that brung ya. " Ask any Calvin Johnson or Drew Brees owner.
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November 19, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
With just two weeks to go in most fantasy leagues' regular seasons, it's crunch time for teams on the postseason bubble. And things are about to get very interesting. The Browns' Josh Gordon is set to return in Week 12 against a very vulnerable Falcons secondary. With Andrew Hawkins stepping up and tight end Jordan Cameron nearing his return from a concussion, Cleveland's offense is about to get turbocharged. Don't be surprised if Brian Hoyer turns in some stellar performances in the weeks ahead.
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November 8, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 10 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Cam Newton, QB, Panthers at Eagles. In a week when three star QBs are idle, Newton offers hope. Though he hasn't had a TD strike since Week 7, he ran one in last week and he'll be facing a very hospitable Philly defense. Newton is hard to trust, but he always manages to rebound. Why not under the Monday night lights? Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens vs. Titans. Forsett leads Baltimore's two- or three-headed (depending on the whims of his coaches)
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November 4, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Who's that under center in Pittsburgh and what have they done with Ben Roethlisberger? That can't be the Big Ben who has cracked the top 10 fantasy QBs in just three of his first 10 seasons. That's not the same guy who has followed nearly every masterful fantasy performance throughout his career with a dud the next week. I know it can't be him, because who else could pass for 522 yards and six TDs and still be benched by half his owners the next game? Roethlisberger isn't even owned in about 15 percent of all fantasy leagues.
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October 28, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
I don't spend a lot of time regretting decisions I've made in life, mostly because there's nothing I can do about them now. Still, I regret targeting Nick Foles ahead of Andrew Luck in my drafts this year. And though Foles hasn't been a bust by any stretch, I don't think this mistake is going to end so well for me. When it comes to fantasy drafting, most of us have regrets, don't we? Seriously, who thought DeMarco Murray would be a record-breaking beast? And weren't most so-called experts convinced that Antonio Gates was all washed up?
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