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Factoid: Elite kickers

What should we make of the likes of Greg Zuerlein and Harrison Butker? These guys had huge seasons last year, but can they be counted on to do it again in 2018? Or is this just a luck-driven position?   more »


Factoid: Ertz, Kelce among decade's greats

Rob Gronkowski has pretty much rewritten the record book for tight ends, a Hall of Famer if he never plays another snap. But while Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz are a step behind, they're having pretty awesome careers thus far, too.   more »

Trivia: May 26, 2018

What 1,000-yard rusher had the lowest average yards per carry? This player averaged only 3.1 yards per attempt during one of his 1,000-yard seasons. answer »

Factoid: Rookie tight ends

There were five tight ends chosen in the first three rounds, but it’s not a position where players tend to have much success right away. If you tended to operate under the rule that no rookie tight end should ever be drafted, your team would be better off.   more »


Around the NFL: Green Bay Packers

The Packers signed veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis yesterday. Maybe it's coincidental, but I wonder if the timing had anything to do with the Chargers (perhaps) having an interest, losing Hunter Henry this week. Maybe not. In any case, it's a signing which suggests Green Bay's offense will be different this year.   more »


Trivia: May 25, 2018

Larry Fitzgerald has finished with over 100 catches three years in a row. Who are the only other two receivers in league history who’ve finished with 100-plus catches three times in their 30s? These three are also the only three wide receivers who’ve finished with 100 catches as 34-year-olds. answer »

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Factoid: Antonio Gates

The Chargers probably will need to sign a tight end, and Antonio Gates looks like the most likely option. There isn’t much else out there. Marcedes Lewis, Julius Thomas, Coby Fleener, Gary Barnidge and Brent Celek, I think, are the best available free agents.   more »


Around the NFL: Ryan Tannehill

Because it's May, players are all looking great in pads, ahead of schedule in their rehabs, and/or practicing without limitations. There's plenty of optimism, and at least some of is warranted. Better than the alternative. Good things are being said about Ryan Tannehill.   more »


Trivia: May 24, 2018

Who set the NFL record by handling the ball 492 times on runs and receptions during the 1984 season? answer »


Factoid: Smith and Cousins

Which quarterback do you like better, Kirk Cousins or Alex Smith? Cousins owns the larger contract, but Smith isn’t far back and didn’t have the benefit of being an unrestricted free agent. Jay Gruden says he expects Washington will be better at quarterback this year. “Without a doubt,” he says.   more »


Around the NFL: Hunter Henry

Hunter Henry tore his ACL yesterday. The next time you think ill of a veteran who skips OTAs, consider the consequences for players every time they step on the field. Obviously it's terrible for Henry, and kind of a drag for those in best-ball leagues (or our experts leagues, where draft/auction already occurred). It's a major blow to the Chargers, too.   more »


Trivia: May 23, 2018

What football Hall of Famer started 12 games in right field for the New York Yankees in 1919, the year before that team traded for Babe Ruth? answer »

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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 »


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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