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Factoid: Rookie running backs, year 2

A year ago, nine rookie running backs rushed for at least 500 yards. Based on recent history, what can we expect from those backs in 2015, their second seasons in the league?   more »

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Trivia: July 1, 2015

Since the merger in 1970, who are the only two quarterbacks who’ve been able to make the Hall of Fame without ever completing a pass to a Hall of Fame player? One of these players played in both the ‘60s and the ‘70s. answer »

Fantasy News: Fanex Analysis Draft

We’re into the 17th round in the Fanex Analysis Draft (just three more to go). I’ve added a trio of players since I last checked in. At 15.06, I went with Vernon Davis as my second tight end. The thinking there is that he was great two years ago (13 TDs) and there’s some bounce-back potential. They’ve got a new offense, and he’s also in a contract year.  more »

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Ian Allan: How to identify game-breaking wide receivers

If you want a really good wide receiver – a gamebreaker kind of guy – where should you look? That is, at what ages do wide receivers tend to put up their best ball. In a general sense, you might think old guys have slowed down too much, while youngsters don’t have enough know-how and experience. But how do we find that happy medium.  more »

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Around the NFL: Geno Smith

Recently we ran an item about veteran Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, noting that there are some signs he could be pretty good in New York, given his play at times in the past and particularly in Chan Gailey's offense. But first he'll need to be better than Geno Smith, and that's something we can't promise too assuredly.   more »

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Trivia: June 30, 2015

What four coaches have lost four Super Bowls each? answer »

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Factoid: Antonio Brown

I like Antonio Brown. The dude catches a lot of passes, and opponents can’t seem to stop him. They’ve tried to double-team him and whatnot, but he’s still catch at least 5 passes in every game the last two years.   more »

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Around the NFL: Buffalo Bills offensive line

The Bills traded for LeSean McCoy in the offseason and hired Rex Ryan as their head coach, while they'll go with either EJ Manuel or Matt Cassel at quarterback. That's all the evidence needed that this will be a run-first offense.   more »

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Trivia: June 29, 2015

Who are the only five sons of NFL head coaches who've gone on to become NFL head coaches themselves? answer »

Fantasy News: Fanex Analysis Draft

We’re moving into the later rounds in the Fanex Analysis Draft. The 15th round is approaching, at which point every team will have six choices remaining. In this kind of format (best ball and no waiver moves) it makes the most sense for teams to carry two kickers, two defenses and two tight ends, so most teams should use all but one of their remaining picks on those positions.  more »

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Factoid: NFL defenses: points allowed

Recently we looked at how fantasy defenses perform from one year to the next; specifically, if the top fantasy defense one year could be counted on to be very good a year later. In scoring systems dependent only on sacks, turnovers, and defensive touchdowns, there's considerable year-to-year variance.   more »

Trivia: June 28, 2015

Who was the only quarterback to start in a Super Bowl and not complete a pass? answer »

Factoid: Ryan Fitzpatrick

With running backs, if a guy averages 5.0 yards per carry, we tend to say, “that guy’s good; they should give him the ball more.” And it’s the same with wide receivers. If a player is averaging 18.0 yards per catch, it makes you think they should pass to him more often. But for whatever reason, we tend to ignore yards per attempt with quarterbacks.   more »

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Factoid: Drafting quarterbacks

No team has been as blessed with quarterbacks over the last 20-plus years as the Green Bay Packers, who've gone from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers without so much as a hiccup in quality of play from the position. So it's surprising to see that no team has drafted more quarterbacks over that time period than the Packers have.   more »

Trivia: June 27, 2015

What four Heisman Trophy winners have also been named MVP in Super Bowl games? answer »

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