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Fantasy Index Weekly: Weekend preview

The conference championship games are three days away, and the Packers are the team with most serious injury concerns. As well as Aaron Rodgers has been playing, will there be anyone left to catch passes from him?  more »

Podcast: January 19 episode of the Fantasy Index Podcast available now

Ian Allan and Justin Eleff preview the Championship round of the NFL playoffs.  more »

Fantasy News: Fantasy Index Open

The winner of the Fantasy Index Open is a project manager from Gaithersburg, Md. Ken Valis was able to outperform the 222-man field, who collectively submitted 26,640 picks at the six player categories.   more »

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Fantasy News: Fantasy Index Open

With the way we score the Fantasy Index Open, it wasn’t crucially important whether you made Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck or Cam Newton your No. 1 quarterback (even though Rodgers killed those guys). More important was avoiding using all-important picks on statistical flops like Tony Romo, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Teddy Bridgewater.  more »

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Ask the Experts: Who has changed your opinion most this postseason?

ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly from training camp through the Super Bowl with answers to a new question being posted Thursday morning. How the guest experts responded when we asked them: What one player, for good or ill, has changed your opinion of him most this postseason?  more »

Trivia: January 19, 2017

Pittsburgh won at Kansas City Sunday despite not scoring a touchdown. What is the only other team this century that has won a playoff game without getting the ball in the end zone? answer »

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Fantasy Index Weekly: Weekend preview

I have posted previews for each of the four teams that will play this weekend. Now let’s bring those player projections together and see what the overall board looks like. The four quarterbacks, of course, are at the top.   more »

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Fantasy Index Weekly: Atlanta Falcons

Let the track meet begin. You have to go back to Week 13 to find a game where either of these teams scored under 30 points. And neither team has much of a defense. The Falcons averaged a league-high 34 points in the regular season. Other than one poor game at Philadelphia, the offense has scored 59 touchdowns in its last 15 games – just short of 4 per week.   more »

Fantasy News: Fantasy Index Open

Normally with the Fantasy Index Open, winners at the positions are of the marginal variety – a slight edge here, or a few points there. But not so at the wide receiver position. Steve Moyer of Oakland, Calif., blew away everyone. He beat everyone else by over 1,000 points. He beat all but seven of the other 221 entries by over 2,000.  more »

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Fantasy Index Weekly: Championship Defenses

Defenses often win championships, but there are no elite defenses left in the NFL playoffs. No elite fantasy defenses, either, which make it a week to allot the smallest portion of one's budget, or a lower draft pick, to select one.   more »

Trivia: January 18, 2017

The No. 12 has been retired by three different teams in the AFC East – for Joe Namath, Bob Griese and Jim Kelly. When Tom Brady decides to retire, the Patriots will make it all four teams. What is the only other number that has been retired by three different teams that are currently in the same division? Two of the three players, oddly, played for multiple teams in this same division. answer »

Fantasy Index Weekly: Green Bay Packers

Green Bay won’t necessarily win. The game’s in Atlanta, and the Falcons are really good offensively, averaging a league-high 34 points in the regular season. But the Packers should score plenty of points.   more »

Fantasy Index Weekly: Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers look like by far the weakest of the four offenses this weekend. They’ve been playing pretty well, winning nine in a row, so perhaps they can make this a competitive game. Maybe. But New England’s defense has developed into a solid group.   more »

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Fantasy News: Fantasy Index Open

Winning a category in the Fantasy Index Open requires some of the same skills as winning a regular fantasy league. You to make some key picks, being higher than most on a couple of the up-and-coming players, and you need to have the foresight to avoid some of the duds. Edward Burke of Philadelphia did the best job at running back, with DeMarco Murray being his key pick.   more »

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Factoid: Two-point conversions

During the season, I checked in a couple of times on how teams were doing on 2-point conversions. You may recall in the preseason some big talk from a player or two on the Steelers, Packers and Saints about how they might go for 2 after touchdowns more often.  more »

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