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Fantasy Football: How the Carlos Hyde Trade Affects T.J. Yeldon, Leonard Fournette

CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 14: Carlos Hyde #34 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) The Jacksonville Jaguars made a big trade on Friday, acquiring running back Carlos Hyde from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a fifth-round pick. However, this trade doesn’t necessarily Hyde will be the Jaguars lead back moving forward. The move has drastic fantasy impacts, not only on Hyde but also on fellow running backs T.J. Yeldon and Leonard Fournette. Leonard...

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Fantasy Football: Trade for David Johnson Immediately

GLENDALE, AZ – OCTOBER 18: Running back David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals runs during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at State Farm Stadium on October 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) There may not a bigger disappointment in fantasy football among players actually playing than running back David Johnson. Johnson, on average, was drafted third overall but has put up pedestrian numbers through seven games. In his most recent outing, Johnson recorded just 39 rushing yards and 31 receiving yards against one of the worst rush defenses in football. However, despite...

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New England Patriots vs Chicago Bears Bold Predictions

FOXBOROUGH, MA – OCTOBER 14: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots runs the ball in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) There is a time and a place for a nuanced, analytic breakdown of the New England Patriots Week Seven matchup against the Chicago Bears. This is not one of them. Everyone loves hot takes and bold predictions, and we’re here to give them to you. Last week, we went two-for-three with our hot takes. Let’s see...

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Fantasy Football: Tarik Cohen A Must-Start Moving Forward

MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 14: Tarik Cohen #29 of the Chicago Bears in action against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) After being one of the lesser units in football through the first three weeks, the Chicago Bears offense has put together consecutive strong performances. As mentioned in the Patriots-Bears Week Seven Breakdown, one of the biggest reasons for this newfound success is the emergence of running back Tarik Cohen. Put simply, Chicago’s offense moves better when Cohen is on the field, so the Bears should...

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Stephon Gilmore Key to Stopping Suddenly Successful Mitch Trubisky

DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 23: Stephon Gilmore #24 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 23, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) One week after facing an elite offense and a non-existent defense, the New England Patriots face a vastly different opponent in the Chicago Bears. Chicago’s offense was one of the worst in the league through three weeks, but they’ve turned in on in their past two games. Since Week Four, Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky has completed 41...

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Microsoft’s Paul Allen, Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers Owner, Passes Away At 65

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 15: Medalist Paul Allen accepts award at the 2015 Carnegie Medal Of Philanthropy Award Ceremony at New York Public Library on October 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images) In tragic news, another member of the NFL family has passed away. Paul Allen, longtime owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers, is no longer with us after putting up a valiant fight with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Allen was just 65 years old. Seahawks’ and Trailblazers’ owner Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 65. pic.twitter.com/USl4hWovGw...

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Fantasy Football: James White Entering “Set and Forget” Territory

FOXBOROUGH, MA – SEPTEMBER 30: James White #28 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) What a year it’s been for New England Patriots running back James White. Once a part of the dreaded running back by committee, White is now one of the top running backs in fantasy football. White entered Week Six as the ninth-ranked running back in fantasy football, and only added to his numbers in Week Seven with a combined 92 yards. White’s production isn’t...

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Fantasy Football: Mohamed Sanu, Christian Kirk Highlight Week Seven Wide Receiver Waiver Claims

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 14: Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Atlanta Falcons runs after a pass reception during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) In today’s pass-happy NFL, it’s never been easier to find a starting-caliber wide receiver. Still, the position is so suspect to weekly change that it’s dangerous to stream the position. However, players like Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu are in a position to succeed not only in Week Seven but for weeks on end. Top Week Seven Running...

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Fantasy Football: Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco Highlight Week Seven Quarterback Waiver Claims

CINCINNATI, OH – OCTOBER 14: Javon Hargrave #79 of the Pittsburgh Steelers pressures Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Losing an elite quarterback to a bye week is never easy, but it doesn’t mean an automatic loss in fantasy football. The 2018 season has produced arguably the most talented grouping of quarterbacks in league history. Because of this, players like Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton can be grabbed off the waiver wire and seamlessly implanted into your starting lineup. Top...

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Fantasy Football: Los Angeles Chargers, Detroit Lions Highlight Defense Fantasy Football Week Seven Waiver Claims

CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 14: Cleveland Browns running back Carlos Hyde (34) runs the football during the first quarter of the National Football League game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Cleveland Browns on October 14, 2018, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. Los Angeles defeated Cleveland 38-14. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) In today’s day and age, finding a reliable defense in fantasy football is one of the hardest things to do. The rules are clearly made to benefit the offense so finding an elite defense can be downright impossible. Still, finding a reliable streamable...

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Fantasy Football: Marlon Mack, Eagles Running Backs Highlight Fantasy Football Week Seven Running Back Claims

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – OCTOBER 14: Running back Marlon Mack #25 of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball against free safety Marcus Maye #26 of the New York Jets during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) Finding a capable running back on the waiver wire is normally one of the hardest parts of being a fantasy football owner. However, in Week Seven, there are a surprising amount a capable running backs available on the waiver wire. Players like Marlon Mack are returning from injury and are...

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Fantasy Football: Aaron Jones Is Stuck In Running Back Purgatory

DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 07: Aaron Jones #33 of the Green Bay Packers runs for a first down during the first quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 7, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Packers 31-23. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) ** Aaron Jones ** There is nothing more frustrating for fantasy football owners than watching an incredibly talented running back split carries with vastly inferior teammates. Right now, Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones is trapped in a running back by committee. This running back by committee, while...

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New England Patriots Need To Eliminate Patrick Mahomes Over the Middle

KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 07: Andy Reid, head coach with the Kansas City Chiefs, spoke with Patrick Mahomes #15, quarterback with the Kansas City Chiefs, during an injury timeout against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Arrowhead Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) ***Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes*** The New England Patriots face perhaps their biggest challenge of the young season in Week Six, facing off against the 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City has several fantastic players on their offense, but the engine that makes the machine run is quarterback Patrick Mahomes....

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Fantasy Football: Claim Wendell Smallwood Over Corey Clement To Replace Jay Ajayi

PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 07: Running back Wendell Smallwood #28 of the Philadelphia Eagles scores a two-point conversion against cornerback Mike Hughes #21 of the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on October 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images) Jay Ajayi and his troublesome knees are back in the news. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the fourth-year running back tore his ACL, leaving a gaping hole in the Philadelphia Eagles backfield. This injury creates an opportunity for running backs Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement. While both players will see an increase in...

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Alfred Morris, Nyheim Hines Highlight Fantasy Football Week Six Running Back Waiver Claims

SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPTEMBER 16: Alfred Morris #46 of the San Francisco 49ers carries the ball against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter of their NFL football game at Levi’s Stadium on September 16, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) The worst part about the NFL season is the inevitable wave of injuries. All across the league, players are dropping like flies, specifically at the running back position. However, injuries to top backs allow opportunities for others to shine. Because of this, lesser-owned players like Alfred Morris and Nyheim Hines can give your fantasy football...

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Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns Highlight Fantasy Football Week Six Defense Waiver Claims

LANDOVER, MD – SEPTEMBER 23: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers hits quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Washington Redskins in the first half at FedExField on September 23, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Offensive play has never been more dominant in the National Football League. Thanks to a series of rule changes as well as an unparalleled level of quarterback talent, points are more and more common leaguewide. Because of this, streaming a fantasy defense has never been harder. Unless you have one of the elite defenses, it’s hard to find a...

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Jameis Winston, Baker Mayfield Highlight Fantasy Football Week Six Quarterback Waiver Claims

CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 30: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass during the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 30, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won 48-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Two of the top fantasy football quarterbacks in Matthew Stafford and Drew Brees have a bye week in Week Six. It will obviously be hard to replace that type of production using just the waiver wire, but it can be done. Players like Jameis Winston have favorable matchups and can give you QB1 production off of the waiver wire. Top Fantasy Football...

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KeKe Coutee, Marquez Valdes-Scantling Highlight Fantasy Football Week Six Wide Receiver Waiver Claims

HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 07: Houston Texans wide receiver Keke Coutee (16) scores a touchdown in the second quarter of the football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans on October 7, 2018 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) There’s a new star born every week at the wide receiver position. The league has become pass-oriented over the past few years, so there have never been so many starting-caliber wide receivers for your fantasy team. However, past production doesn’t always correlate with future success. Not everyone who had a...

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Fantasy Football: Starting Josh Gordon Is a Risk Worth Taking

FOXBOROUGH, MA – SEPTEMBER 30: Josh Gordon #10 talks with Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) What a season it’s been for Josh Gordon. Gordon is one of the most talented receivers in the league, but a series of off-field issues and a midseason trade have fantasy owners questioning whether to start him on a weekly basis. However, after his breakout game on Thursday Night Football, Josh Gordon is a must-start for the rest...

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James White: The NFL’s Most Underrated Player

FOXBOROUGH, MA – OCTOBER 04: James White #28 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium on October 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) A lot happened during the New England Patriots 38-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Julian Edelman made his return, Josh Gordon channeled his inner Randy Moss for his first Patriots touchdown, and Tom Brady put together another spectacular game. However, lost in the excitement is the fact that James White, once more, had a fantastic game and is establishing...

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