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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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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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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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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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June 17, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The House ventured into the national debate over fantasy sports Wednesday, with a committee unanimously approving legislation to regulate and tax the contests. The bill calls for fantasy sports operators to obtain state licenses, then pay a levy equal to 5 percent of their revenue - entry fees minus prizes - multiplied by a percentage representing their business from Pennsylvania. Supporters say it's unclear how much new revenue the cash-strapped commonwealth could gain, though it would likely not be enough to change its budget woes.
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November 18, 2015 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
No lead seemed safe in Week 10 as one fantasy stud after another engaged in a mind-boggling exhibition of highlight-reel plays. Antonio Brown put an exclamation point on the Steelers' victory over the Browns by taking a Ben Roethlisberger pass 56 yards to the end zone. Yet, somewhat amazingly, that barely landed among the Top 10 scoring plays of the weekend. It wasn't even the longest pass play of the day for Big Ben, who also threw a 64-yarder to Martavis Bryant that didn't score.
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November 11, 2015 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
I'm starting to understand NFL fans who think that fantasy football has ruined the game they love. Because the daily fantasy sites are ruining fantasy football. In case you've been living in the Amazon for the last several months, these sites - dominated by DraftKings and its evil twin, FanDuel - are spending like a Bush/Clinton PAC to convince you that $5 and your encyclopedic fantasy knowledge can make you an instant millionaire. After all, how hard can it be to pick the best player at each position in any given week, under a not-that-restrictive salary cap?
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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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October 30, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie used what screen time he had during Wednesday's Republican presidential debate to press some of his biggest talking points: his willingness to overhaul Social Security and Medicare, and his law-enforcer message. But his other focus appeared to be Hillary Rodham Clinton, as he repeatedly used his opportunities - which were sparse, until he began interjecting late in the two-hour CNBC debate - to draw contrasts with the former secretary of state, who is the front-runner in the Democratic race.
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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 3, 2015 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
A realistic perfect draft is to secure the best value in each round, methodically building a roster that will soar from Week 1, withstand an injury to one or two key players, and peak during the fantasy playoffs. With that lofty goal in mind, I've analyzed the average draft position (ADP) of each player from multiple fantasy sites to determine the best pick in each round. Key assumptions: We're in a 10-team, non-keeper league using a standard scoring system that starts one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, and one tight end, a kicker, and team defense; and we are drafting from the middle (fifth)
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August 28, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
Martellus Bennett, Bears: Led all tight ends with 128 targets and 90 catches. Bears new offensive coordinator Adam Gase comes from Denver where Julius Thomas emerged as a star. Jordan Cameron, Dolphins: Two years removed from an 80-catch, seven-touchdown season. He's healthy after missing six games last year with concussion symptoms. Owen Daniels, Broncos: Ask Julius Thomas (24 TDs last two years) how much fun it is to have Peyton Manning as your quarterback. No such thing as a handcuff for tight ends, but keep an eye on backup Virgil Green.
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