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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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September 21, 2016 | Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
FANTASY STARS, stiffs and surprises of Week 2 through Sunday's games. And what happened to that Saints-Giants shootout? Came up big *  Cam Newton, QB, Panthers: Four touchdowns, 353 yards passing and no helmet-to-helmet collisions. * Matt Forte, RB, Jets: Ran for 100 yards and three TDs on Thursday night. Forte had a total of four rushing touchdowns last year for the Bears. * Stefon Diggs, RB, Vikings: Was targeted on 11 of Sam Bradford's 31 passes, catching nine for 182 yards and a score.
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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)
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September 2, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
THOSE PREFERRING to wait to grab their quarterback have some delightful options. While the usual suspects are still in play (Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning), a couple of kids are starting to become fantasy relevant. Sam Bradford? Maybe as bye-week replacement. Blake Bortles, Jaguars: Love his weapons, and he had a strong preseason. Has played his way into a starter in 10- and 12-team leagues. Tom Brady, Patriots: Suspended the first four games, which has dropped his average draft position in CBS Sports leagues to 57. In ESPN leagues, it's 60. Drew Brees, Saints: Even though his numbers continue to decline from 2011, when he had 5,476 yards and 46 TDs, they have not slid enough to knock him out of the top-seven in fantasy.
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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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