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Around the NFL: Detroit Lions

I was surprised when the Lions didn’t draft a running back. They’ve averaged a league-low 85 rushing yards per game over the last three years, and Ameer Abdullah has been plagued by injuries and fumbles.   more »

Around the NFL: Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette isn't being handed the started running back job in Jacksonville. He's working as the No. 2 behind Chris Ivory, with head coach Doug Marrone saying "people got to earn things." It's an understandable and admirable approach, even though Fournette will absolutely be the starter by Week 1.   more »

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Trivia: June 26, 2017

What four players in the Hall of Fame began their pro careers in the USFL? answer »

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Around the NFL: Week in review

I was out of town for most of the week, but I spent a few hours on Saturday catching up. A rundown on some player developments that occurred that caused me to make changes on my draft board:  more »

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Factoid: Tight end touchdown to target percentage

A couple of days ago we ran a table showing what wide receivers turned the highest percentage of their targets into touchdowns last year. A couple of Packers and free agent wideout Anquan Boldin topped that list. Looking at tight ends, a pair of rookies figure prominently.   more »

Trivia: June 25, 2017

Who is the only player who was been drafted in the first round twice by the same team? answer »

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Fantasy News: Fanex Analysis Draft

Let me catch up on the Fanex Analysis Draft. Here are the capsules on the five guys I have chosen since I last checked in:  more »

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Around the NFL: Derek Carr

The Raiders have made Derek Carr the highest-paid player in NFL history, and so begins the teeth-gnashing on Twitter and elsewhere about whether he's worth it and whatnot. It's pointless; this is what franchise quarterbacks make these days, the franchises themselves are making enough money to afford it, and Carr will probably be the highest-paid player for a very short period of time; two years from now he won't be in the top 10.   more »

Trivia: June 24, 2017

What three AFC teams existed in the 1950s? answer »

Mailbag: June 23, 2017

Ian Allan answers your fantasy football questions. In this edition: identifying the best offenses and defenses. Are quarterbacks worth more in dynasty leagues? And how does it affect rankings when tight ends are given an extra half point per reception? more »

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Around the NFL: Anquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin is 36 years old, but he's not looking to retire. He hopes to sign with a team right before training camp. Recently, two prospective suitors, the Ravens (Jeremy Maclin) and Titans (Eric Decker) signed veterans, probably taking them out of the picture for Boldin. But someone should bite, and why not -- there's evidence he's still got some game left.   more »

Trivia: June 23, 2017

What’s the only team to lose in NFL championship games five times in six years? answer »

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Scheduletron: Strength of schedule

We’ve seen the strength of schedule numbers, but let’s parse it out a bit – looking at which teams have easy and hard schedules in the first and second halves of the season. That could give us an idea of which teams might start strong, and which teams might play better late in the year.  more »

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Around the NFL: Jesse James

Saw a story online yesterday that Ben Roethlisberger and tight end Jesse James have been working on developing a red-zone rapport at OTAs. The Steelers released Ladarius Green, and didn't add anyone of note, so it's James, Xavier Grimble and the league's other David Johnson at the position.   more »

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Trivia: June 22, 2017

Tennessee signed Eric Decker, who scored double-digit touchdowns in seasons with both the Broncos and Jets. Who are the only other two active wide receivers who've scored double-digit touchdowns in seasons with different franchises? One player is now with his fifth team, the other his fourth. answer »

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