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Ian Allan: Let the season begin

Todd Gurley? Ezekiel Elliott? Heck, why not both? I’ve got my first team for the 2018 season, and I ended up with both of the top 2 players on my board.  more »

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Factoid: The declining takeaway

Pushing some numbers around while considering the magazine story on fantasy defenses, one trend stands out. Takeaways are down since the turn of the century, and in fact it's been a steady, somewhat precipitous decline.   more »

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Trivia: May 22, 2018

Jared Goff and Jameis Winston were both No. 1 overall picks, and both played their college football in the same state as the teams that drafted them. In the Super Bowl era, who was the only other quarterback chosen No. 1 overall who was picked by a team in the same state where he played his college ball? answer »

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Around the NFL: Jordan Howard on thin ice?

I would be a little nervous about Jordan Howard. He’s one of the better power runners – a big, physical guy who’s been productive – but I don’t know that he’s a great fit with Chicago’s new offense.  more »

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Around the NFL: Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook will be a pivotal figure in fantasy drafts this summer. On the one hand, he had a pretty small sample set of productivity before landing on IR with a torn ACL. But on the other hand, it was a really productive handful of games, and reports on his rehab are positive.   more »

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Trivia: May 21, 2018

Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara last year combined for 1,852 rushing yards, the most of any tandem of running backs. What team had the 2nd-most productive pair of running backs? This duo ran for 1,564 yards and 10 touchdowns, and it’s probably not one of the first half dozen most would think of. answer »

Factoid: Pass-catching running backs

With running backs, I think receiving production is playing more of a role now than it has in the past. There are a lot of coaches in the league right now who have a good feel for how to utilize running backs as pass catchers, with Sean Payton, Kyle Shanahan and Bill Belichick leading the way.   more »

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Andy Richardson: Dion Lewis

In a couple of experts drafts I've either run or participated in lately, the Dion Lewis-Derrick Henry question has been a tough one. In one I selected Lewis half a round after Henry. In the other, Lewis was drafted a round later, to the same owner. Some debate later as to which was the better pick.   more »

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Trivia: May 20, 2018

What NFL franchise began as the Boston Braves? answer »

Around the NFL: Deshaun Watson

Will defenses figure out Deshaun Watson? They’ve had an offseason to examine some of the unconventional formations and plays that worked against them last year. Will they make the necessary adjustments to slow him down?  more »

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Around the NFL: Julio Jones

Story out that Julio Jones is looking for a raise, and could sit out OTAs. These stories come out every year around this time, sometimes the beginning of a lengthy holdout, sometimes not a big deal. Jones himself missed some of OTAs a year ago. But it's something to keep an eye on anyway.   more »

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Trivia: May 19, 2018

Seahawks, Jaguars, Bills, Titans. What do these four teams have in common? answer »

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Factoid: 49ers running backs

I wonder if Matt Breida will be San Francisco’s leading rusher. He was impressive with his limited opportunities last year, and I think the 49ers will need somebody who can lug the ball.  more »

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Around the NFL: Kenyan Drake

Adam Gase was talking about Kenyan Drake recently. Says he thinks the Dolphins have a guy "who's really looking to bust out." Miami signed Frank Gore and drafted Kalen Ballage, but it also let Damien Williams go. Gore is 35, Ballage a late fourth-round pick. Drake should get the chance to be the main back, and Gase envisions using him in lots of different ways.   more »

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Trivia: May 18, 2018

What two running backs have run over 200-plus yards six times in their careers? answer »

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