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Trivia: July 29, 2020

What is the only two division that has three former coaches who are now coaching other teams? That is, some of the league’s 32 current head coaches used to be head coaches for other NFL teams. What is the only division that has generated three of these coaches? answer »

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Factoid: Adam Shaheen

After three years, the Bears have officially pulled the plug on Adam Shaheen. They traded him to Miami for a conditional seventh-round pick. That is, they’re probably getting nothing for him; if he revives his career down there, they’ll get a little something.   more »

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Around the NFL: Opting Out

One of the key elements in the agreement between the league and the NFLPA last week was that players could opt out of the upcoming, COVID-19 impacted season. That's happening now, with names including a quality starter for the Super Bowl champs and several players for another of the AFC's best teams. There will be more.   more »

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Viva Murillo!: Consistency is Key

Most years, fantasy football requires a lot of speculation. You see new teammates or a new system working together and you try to figure out which guys will excel, providing good value on draft day. So what do you do when those players haven't had any game simulations together at all? How do you know which system seems to be working, which coaches have a good feel for their players and which guys look comfortable on a new team? How can you make up for that lack of information and still pick the winners in these new collaborations?   more »

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Trivia: July 28, 2020

In each of the last three years, Keenan Allen and DeAndre Hopkins have caught over twice as many catches as any other wide receiver on their team. Who was the last wide receiver with an even longer streak? This receiver went four straight years catching more than twice as many balls as any other wide receiver on his team. answer »

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Fantasy Baseball Index: The new Fantasy Baseball Index Cheat Sheet is available

Get simple one-page cheat sheets for mixed, AL-only and NL-only drafts, plus fantasy depth charts, stat projections in Excel format, and extensive team-by-team analysis.   more »

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Fantasy Index Open: Fantasy Index Open is back

Our Fantasy Index Open competition is back. We will crown a champion of fantasy football for the 2020 season. But we’ve made some adjustments to account for the coronavirus pandemic.   more »

Around the NFL: Alex Smith

There’s a new contender to start at quarterback for Washington. Doctors say Alex Smith is ready to step back on the field.  more »

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Factoid: Jamison Crowder

Jamison Crowder should show up on a whole lot of Fantasy Index teams this year. He's not a particularly exciting option, but opportunity counts for a lot. He should lead the Jets in targets and catches, and those guys tend to be the best receivers (even if the receptions are of the short variety).   more »

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Trivia: July 27, 2020

In 1983, the Broncos traded to obtain the rights to John Elway, selected No. 1 overall. In 1990, the Colts traded up to obtain the No. 1 overall pick (selecting Jeff George). What player was involved in both of these trades? answer »

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Around the NFL: Seattle's big gamble

The Seahawks and Jets own the weekend, with the mega-trade involving Jamal Adams. Typically with these kinds of trades, the effort to give up a lot of resources for the “final piece of the puzzle” tend to fall short.   more »

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Around the NFL: Seahawks Defense

Jamal Adams has been traded from the Jets to the Seahawks, a reminder that the squeaky wheel is often the one that gets the grease. And I find myself a lot more interested in Seattle's defense in fantasy leagues. It's been fairly mediocre (in sack- and takeaway-based scoring systems) in recent years, but Adams' presence should help push it up into the top 10.   more »

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Trivia: July 26, 2020

In 1970, what college football team had two future Hall of Fame players on its roster who would both be selected by the same NFL team and both play almost all of their pro careers with that team? answer »

Factoid: High-volume receivers

Davante Adams caught 83 passes last year but didn’t finish with top-20 receiving numbers (using PPR scoring). That’s rare. Normally the guys catching lots of passes tend to score effectively in that format.   more »

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Factoid: First-round quarterbacks

There were four quarterbacks drafted in the first round in April. We can pretty much say for certain that Joe Burrow will start right away, and that Jordan Love will not. But what about the others, Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert? Recent history suggests they'll play plenty.   more »

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