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Around the NFL: Devonta Freeman

Will it be Ronald Jones or KeShawn Vaughn in Tampa Bay’s backfield? Maybe neither. Reports suggest the Buccaneers have at least some interest in Devonta Freeman.  more »

Factoid: Tyler Lockett

Made a dynasty trade for Tyler Lockett yesterday. I had depth at running back, so I dealt away Kareem Hunt and some draft positioning for Lockett. Perhaps a year from now Hunt is a three-down feature back for some team, but I'm pretty sure Lockett will be better in 2020, and pretty good for the next several years.   more »

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Trivia: June 5, 2020

What two teams participated in the first Super Bowl held indoors? answer »

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Fantasy News: Chris Thompson

I have some interest in Chris Thompson. Not as a headliner, but if we’re playing in a PPR format, he makes sense with a late-round pick as a depth option at running back.   more »

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Around the NFL: Derrick Henry

There's a story from Jim Wyatt of Titans Online about Derrick Henry, talking with the team's offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. He says that Henry's workload might depend how games go, and if another running back emerges. A running back emerging to take carries away from Henry? Right.   more »

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Trivia: June 4, 2020

Taysom Hill last year caught 6 TD passes despite finishing the season with only 19 receptions for 234 yards. Who is the only active player who has finished a season with even more touchdown catches while finishing with even fewer receiving yards? Said player is a former first-round pick, and he’s a wide receiver. answer »

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Ian Allan: Rookie receivers

In the vast majority of drafts, Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb will be the first rookie receiver chosen. They were the first three pass catchers selected in the real-life draft, and there’s a tendency to have confidence that NFL teams know what they’re doing. But the numbers suggest we should probably be giving more consideration to wide receivers chosen later.  more »

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Around the NFL: Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo helped get the 49ers to the Super Bowl last year, but no one would contend that he carried them. He basically handed the ball off in the team's two NFC playoff wins, and his season-long numbers were nothing special. In standard scoring systems, he finished the year as the 14th-ranked fantasy quarterback, and was outside the top 20 on a per-game basis (among those who started at least half the season).   more »

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Trivia: June 3, 2020

In 2004, Jerome Bettis carried 5 times for 1 yard in a season opener against the Raiders, but scored 3 TDs (they were using him as a goal-line runner, with Duce Staley getting most of the playing time). Who was the first person in the Super Bowl era to score 3 rushing touchdowns while running for fewer than 10 yards? Said player did it in a 1975 game between the Colts and the Dolphins. He is a notable player because Baltimore selected him with Miami’s first-round pick in 1971 – obtained as compensation after Don Shula left the Colts for the Dolphins. answer »

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Factoid: Raider tight ends

What do you make of Darren Waller? He caught 90 passes last year, but with only 3 touchdown catches. Can he be counted on to get in the end zone more often this year?  more »

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Andy Richardson: First Draft of the Year! (Part 2)

Yesterday I posted my results from the first half of a best-ball draft. To recap, I came out of it with 2 QBs, 5 RBs, 4 WRs and 3 TEs. In a typical league you'd finish with a kicker and a defense and that would be the end. But this goes 28 rounds and there are no transactions all season, so we're only halfway done.   more »

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Trivia: June 2, 2020

Todd Gurley last year averaged only 3.8 yards per carry yet scored 14 touchdowns. The last time a running back averaged even fewer yards per carry and scored even more touchdowns was 2000. Two running backs actually did it that year. Name either of those two running backs. answer »

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Scheduletron: Early-season schedules

If you place a high value in getting off to a good start, keep in mind players from the Bears and 49ers. The numbers suggest they’ll play the easiest schedules early.  more »

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Andy Richardson: First Draft of the Year!

I participated in my first fantasy draft of the season last week. Over the last two weeks, actually; it was a slow draft where participants had 2 hours to make each pick. I don't recommend drafting this early, but it was a cheap enough entry fee and a chance to see some early takes on players.   more »

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Trivia: June 1, 2020

In Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, the Browns have one of the league’s best running back combos. Both have had seasons with over 1,700 run-rec yards. This happened in 2010 with both San Francisco (Frank Gore, Brian Westbrook) and Washington (Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson). What is the only other team since that time that has entered a season with two running backs who at one point during their career had each gone over 1,700 combined yards? For said tandem, both grew up in the same part of the country (almost the same hometown). answer »

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