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Trivia: January 23, 2019

The leading rushers for both Super Bowl teams – Todd Gurley and Sony Michel – both formerly played for the University of Georgia, and the game this year will be played in that state. Who was the last running back to be the leading rusher in a Super Bowl game played in the state where he played his college ball? answer »

Factoid: James White

Alvin Kamara caught 11 passes for 96 yards against the Rams on Sunday, and I would think that would get the attention of New England’s coaches. They’ve got a running back who can create a lot of the same kind of mismatches in the passing game.   more »

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Factoid: Rams Defense

Two seasons in a row, the Rams have had the league's 3rd-ranked fantasy defense (in a scoring system that awards 1 point for sacks, 2 for takeaways and 6 for touchdowns). In those years they ranked 3rd and 5th in takeaways and 15th and 4th in sacks, led by star Aaron Donald (pictured). But that hasn't translated to shutting down opponents.   more »

Trivia: January 22, 2019

The league on Monday announced that five games in 2019 will be played at international venues. That includes Carolina and Tampa Bay playing in England. It will be the first such game for the Panthers. What is the only other team that has never played a regular-season game outside the United States? answer »


Viva Murillo!: Football Without Fantasy?

I did something recently that I hadn't done for several years. I didn't know how it would turn out, because it had been so long. But I was curious to see if it would be good for me, or if I would hate it. Might be a little of both. I watched football games with absolutely no fantasy implications whatsoever.   more »


Factoid: Patriots defense

Bill Belichick does it again, and I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised. We’ve been seeing his defenses come up with the key stops for close to 30 years – dating back to his work as a coordinator with the Giants.  more »

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Andy Richardson: A Day of Football

The thing about Championship Game Sunday -- note I didn't say the "best" or "worst" thing, because I'm not sure which it is -- is that with only two games, and considering their significance, everyone watches at least some of them, and everyone has a take afterward. Officials are terrible, overtime rules need to be changed, Brady is the greatest, Payton is a whiner. We had all of them yesterday.   more »


Trivia: January 21, 2019

Jared Goff was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2016 draft; now he’s headed to the Super Bowl. Who are the only other six quarterbacks chosen No. 1 in the regular NFL college draft who went on to start and win Super Bowl games? answer »


Fantasy News: Fantasy Index Experts Poll

Sam Hendricks is the winner of the Fantasy Index Experts Poll, outperforming 19 other analysts in a contest involving 2,400 player selections (with each expert submitting a top 20 at six different positions).  more »

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Fantasy News: Experts Poll quarterbacks

At the quarterback position, Patrick Mahomes and Andrew Luck were the key guys in 2018. They both tended to be drafted outside the top 10, and they’re the guys who most dramatically outperformed their draft position, combining for 89 touchdown passes.  more »


Factoid: New Orleans versus the run

The Saints had the league's 2nd-ranked run defense during the season, allowing only 80 yards per game. The Rams had the league's 3rd-ranked rushing offense; it averaged 139 yards, and had 4 more TDs on the ground (23) than anyone but the Saints, who had 26. Something has to give.   more »

Trivia: January 20, 2019

Who holds the record for most receiving yards in a game? answer »


Fantasy News: Experts Poll running backs

Michael Nease was super aggressive with his running back picks in the Experts Poll last year; with seven different running backs, he ranked them higher or lower than any of the 19 other analysts. And Nease hit on enough of those picks to outperform the rest of the field at this position.   more »

Fantasy News: Experts Poll wide receivers

With the Fantasy Index Experts Poll, the wide receiver position played out almost the same as the tight ends yesterday. Alan Satterlee of the Charlotte Observer was the winner, while Bob Henry of Football Guys came out on the top in the alternative scoring method.   more »

Factoid: A leg up

There are only four teams left, and they’re all well stocked with quality kickers. All four of these teams would be very comfortable with their kickers walking onto the field to attempt a game-deciding 45-yard field goal in the dying seconds.  more »

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