June 17, 2016 |
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.
November 18, 2015 |
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.
November 11, 2015 |
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?
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.
October 30, 2015 |
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.
September 10, 2015 |
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?
September 3, 2015 |
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)
August 28, 2015 |
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.