Fantasy Football Week 17 Rankings: Final Season Position-by-Position Review

As the great Kenny Loggins might say, “This is it.”

It’s Week 17, which means the end of yearlong fantasy leagues. Months of predraft prep, roster management and waiver-wire work have come down to this. It’s time to set that final lineup and go claim yourself a fantasy championship—or at least win your consolation bracket.

Setting that winning lineup can be difficult in Week 17, though, as a lot of star players aren’t going to suit up. We already know that Teddy Bridgewater is getting the start over Drew Brees for the New Orleans Saints. Odell Beckham Jr. will sit out for the New York Giants.

Though the Dallas Cowboys are locked into the NFC’s No. 4 seed, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said they will play their starters.

“This idea that you have a whole other team, we’re not going to play the starters, we’re going to play the backups, logistically, you can’t do that,” he said Wednesday, Charean Williams of

We’re going to include Cowboys players in our Week 17 rankings, but play them at your own risk. Dallas doesn’t have any reason to keep them in the game for long. Saints players have been left out.

We’ll rank our top flex players—running back, wide receiver and tight end—based on PPR scoring and take a closer look at our favorite matchups of the week.

Running Backs

1. Joe Mixon at Pittsburgh Steelers: 105 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 40 receiving yards, 2 TDs

2. Melvin Gordon at Denver Broncos: 95 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 40 receiving yards, 1 TD

3. Saquon Barkley vs. Dallas Cowboys: 90 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 35 receiving yards, 1 TD

4. Christian McCaffrey at New Orleans Saints: 80 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 40 receiving yards, 1 TD

5. Chris Carson vs. Arizona Cardinals: 130 rushing yards, 1 reception, 10 receiving yards, 1 TD

6. Ezekiel Elliott at New York Giants: 110 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 20 receiving yards, 1 TD

7. Gus Edwards vs. Cleveland Browns: 110 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 20 receiving yards, 1 TD

8. Damien Williams vs. Oakland Raiders: 90 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 20 receiving yards, 1 TD

9. Jaylen Samuels vs. Cincinnati Bengals: 80 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 30 receiving yards, 1 TD

10. Derrick Henry vs. Indianapolis Colts: 140 rushing yards, 1 TD

11. Nick Chubb at Baltimore Ravens: 85 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 25 receiving yards, 1 TD

12. David Johnson at Seattle Seahawks: 85 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 25 receiving yards, 1 TD

13. Jamaal Williams vs. Detroit Lions: 80 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 30 receiving yards, 1 TD

14. Tarik Cohen at Minnesota Vikings: 40 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 50 receiving yards, 1 TD

15. Leonard Fournette at Houston Texans: 100 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 15 receiving yards, 1 TD

16. James White vs. New York Jets: 20 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD

17. Tevin Coleman at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 60 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 30 receiving yards, 1 TD

18. Sony Michel vs. New York Jets: 120 rushing yards, 1 TD

19. Duke Johnson at Baltimore Ravens: 20 rushing yards, 6 receptions, 70 receiving yards

20. Peyton Barber vs. Atlanta Falcons: 90 rushing yards, 1 TD

21. Adrian Peterson vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 85 rushing yards, 1 TD

22. Doug Martin at Kansas City Chiefs: 80 rushing yards, 1 TD

23. Royce Freeman vs. Los Angeles Charges: 75 yards rushing, 1 TD

24. Jalen Richard at Kansas City Chiefs: 40 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 50 receiving yards

25. Jordan Howard at Minnesota Vikings: 60 rushing yards, 1 TD

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NBA Power Rankings: Week 6

The Clippers climb into the top-10, and the Bucks bounce all the way up to the top spot in this week’s updated NBA Power Rankings.

1. Milwaukee Bucks
Record: 11-4
The Bucks are balling. They boast the league’s most effective and efficient offense. Milwaukee leads the NBA in Offensive Rating, averaging 115.3 points per 100 possessions. They also are near the top in Defensive Rating, allowing 104.4 points per 100 possessions. The Bucks are the only team in the league to rank in the top-five in both Offensive and Defensive Efficiency. Unsurprisingly, Milwaukee leads the NBA in Net Rating by a wide margin, outscoring their opponents by 10.7 points per contest.

2. Toronto Raptors
Record: 13-4
Despite losing three of their four games last week, the Raptors have already notched 13 wins this season. No other team in the Eastern Conference has more than 11. Kyle Lowry exited Saturday’s blowout victory over the Bulls in the third quarter and did not return to the contest. However, coach Nick Nurse downplayed the severity of the injury when speaking with reporters after the game.

3. Golden State Warriors
Record: 12-6
The Warriors have lost five of their last seven games, which is the team’s worst seven-game stretch under Steve Kerr, and are now 12-6 on the season. In 2016-17, Golden State didn’t lose their sixth game until January 6th. In 2015-16, the year before Kevin Durant arrived, when they won an NBA-record 73 games, they didn’t lose their sixth game of the season until March 6th! Nonetheless, Steve Kerr said that the team would be “very cautious” bringing Stephen Curry back from his groin injury. Draymond Green is also ailing. He missed this past weekend’s game due to a nagging toe injury.

4. Portland Trail Blazers
Record: 11-5
The Blazers .688 winning percentage is tops in the Western Conference. Portland is the middle of an arduous six-game road trip; after playing the Knicks on Tuesday, the travel to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks Wednesday night and then face the Warriors in Golden State on Friday.

5. Oklahoma City Thunder
Record: 10-5
Prior Saturday night, Russell Westbrook had missed each of the Thunder’s previous five games due to an ankle sprain. However, Westbrook was able to take part in practice on Friday, including part of the contact portions, and went through shootaround on Saturday. Then, Westbrook’s wife gave birth to twins over the weekend, and Russ left to be with his family. Coach Billy Donovan said that they didn’t know if Westbrook would’ve been physically able to play on Saturday if he was there and they never got to the point where they tried to test him to find out. Russ is listed as out for Monday’s game vs. Sacramento. Nonetheless, the streaking Thunder has won 10 of their last 11 games. That 10-1 record is the best in the league over that stretch.

6. Philadelphia 76ers
Record: 11-7
Jimmy Butler has only been a Sixer for a week, but he’s already made quite an impression. Butler was incredibly clutch late in overtime on Saturday to carry Philly past the Hornets in Charlotte. With less than 15 seconds remaining in the game, Butler blocked Kemba Walker’s final field goal attempt and saved it inbounds to a teammate. Then, Jimmy Buckets came down the other end of the floor and drilled a game-winning dagger 3-pointer with less than a second left on the clock. Welcome to Philadelphia.

7. Los Angeles Clippers
Record: 10-5
The Clippers are rolling right now. They have won six of their last seven, with three of their most recent victories coming against the Bucks, Warriors and Spurs. Tobias Harris, Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams are all averaging over 19 points per game. The only other teams in the league with a trio over players averaging over 19 ppg are the Warriors and Pelicans.

8. Boston Celtics
Record: 9-7
The Celtics notched an important victory on Friday, when they knocked off the Raptors in overtime, behind 43 points courtesy of Kyrie Irving. However, they scored just 86 points in a home loss to the Jazz on Saturday. Boston’s offensive struggles this season have been puzzling. They are currently averaging fewer than 104 points per 100 possessions and rank 27th in the league in Offensive Efficiency, ahead of only the lowly Suns, Bulls and Hawks.

9. Indiana Pacers
Record: 10-6
Victor Oladipo (right knee) was a game-time decision on Saturday night but did end up starting. However, just four minutes into the game, he tumbled into the front row after a foul and reaggravated his right knee injury. He has been ruled out of Monday’s game vs. the Jazz, but, fortunately, it doesn’t sound like it will be a long term issue. “A little sore, but I’m good,” Oladipo told reporters Monday morning.

10. Houston Rockets
Record: 8-7
The Rockets are back over .500 after stringing together a four-game winning streak, which included victories over the Pacers, Nuggets and the Warriors in Golden State. During this four-game surge, James Harden is averaging 30.8 points, 7.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 4.5 triples and 2.3 steals.

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Daily Fantasy Baseball: Studying the Weather Can Make You Money

Daily Fantasy Baseball Weather Tips

Daily fantasy baseball is unlike the other daily fantasy sports in many ways. One of the biggest is the impact that weather has on games. We may see some drastic weather in the final weeks of NFL that play into lineup decisions, but this is generally limited to a handful games of each. In baseball, checking the weather has to be a part of your daily routine.

Here are some weather factors to consider and how they impact your lineups.

Rainouts/Rain Delays

If a game gets rained out, any players from that game will get 0 points. So you really don’t want to be stuck in this situation.

Fortunately it is very rare for a game to get postponed. This data is a few years old, but we can still get the general trends of rainouts: they are more likely in April and on East Coast games, and they are pretty much a non-factor in California.

But when playing cash games, it is best to just avoid players in games that could potentially be rained out.

A rain delay is more likely. The game will be temporarily stopped until the rain or thunderstorms stop. And then play will resume. The real impact of a rain delay, in a fantasy sense, is on the starting pitcher. If the rain delay is a lengthy one (around 45 minutes or more), teams are unlikely to put their starter back on the mound when play resumes.

For cash games, you should be risk-averse when it comes to rainouts and rain delays. Don’t take pitchers that have the threat of a delay. For hitters, delays don’t really matter, so just avoid guys who are in games that look like they will be rained out completely.

On the other hand, it might make sense to take guys like this in a tournament because they will be extremely low owned. This happened in 2015 with the Tigers. They had an excellent matchup and would have been highly owned in an afternoon only slate. But the game looked like it would be rained out, so almost everyone took Tigers players out of their lineup. The game was delayed over 4 hours, but they ended up playing. The Tigers scored 7 runs, rewarding anyone who took the gamble (and those who didn’t even think to check the weather).


When it comes to daily weather factors, the first one that everyone usually thinks of is wind. But temperature is actually the one you should care about.

The warmer it is, the further the ball travels, which leads to increased home runs and runs. This article does a good job of showing the increase of runs with temperature. It brings up the scenario of park factors vs. temperature in what can best be described as a chicken and egg situation. Are those parks “hitters parks” because almost all the games played in them are warm air games or do the hitters parks just happen to be in warm area locations by coincidence, making it look like a correlation exists between temperature and runs when there really isn’t?

The consensus opinion is that the correlation is real and that higher temperatures are creating more runs. And if that is the case, we obviously want to be targeting hitters in higher temperature games. But we must keep it in reason. Don’t play Leonys Martin over Giancarlo Stanton simply because Martin’s game will be 15 degrees hotter. But if you are comparing Stanton to another elite hitter in a similar matchup, then the temperature factor should lead you to using the other guy.

I generally lump temperature in with park factor and treat them as one. Because all that article shows, we already know that places like Arizona’s Chase Field will have good run scoring numbers based on park factors. The temperature really comes into play when it is different than it normal is at that park. For example, a 90 degree day at Citi Field is worth paying attention to. Or a 40 degree day early in the season at Fenway. Both of those would alter the value of players involved beyond the normal park factors.


Wind is slightly overrated as a factor in most parks, but it does play a bigger role in some. The notable one is Chicago’s Wrigley Field, where news that the wind is blowing out has moved Vegas totals up into double digits.

You can see how the wind effects home run rates at individual parks here. Both Chicago parks have relatively extreme swings according to the wind, but with most parks it is usually a non-factor unless we are talking huge wins (like 10 mph or more).

But just like with temperature, you shouldn’t be using this a reason to play a bad one instead of a good one. While it does play a factor, it is just one of many that determine a hitter’s output on a given day. It is best used when comparing players of the same tier.

The other thing about the wind is it is usually harder to get an accurate forecast. You can find temperature anywhere, but to really get the full benefits of the wind factor, you would have to understand how each stadium is designed and how the wind plays in that park.

Daily Process

DFS tools like FantasyLabs and RotoQL post up-to-the-minute lineup and weather news every day. DraftKings also has a weather alert on their lineup building page. This information is extremely valuable when putting your teams togather.

The rain is the key. Make sure the game is going to be played and, if you are using the pitcher, there will be no delays. And then look for extreme factors for both wind and temperature that could be used to pick between guys in similar tiers. But whatever weight you place on it, weather has to be a part of your research for daily fantasy baseball. Weather factors alone aren’t a great reason to stack a team, but if a good matchup has great weather factors it can become an elite stack.

60 Funny Fantasy Football Team Names Inspired by Movies, TV and Music

What is fantasy football if not the perfect opportunity to rib your friends by taking pot-shots at their favorite teams? And what better way to really rub their noses in your superiority than to diss their favorite songs or films in the process? Here are some clever little fantasy football names from film, TV and music.


1. The Raiders: Straight Outta (In)Competence
2. I Love You, Amari Cooper
3. Pirates of the Carr-ibbean: Curse of The Black Hole
4. Carr-face

5. Good Will Punting
6. The Walking Dez
7. Pass Rush Hour
8. Polk Fiction
9. Who’s Afraid of Derek Wolfe?
10. Suh Like It Hot
11. We Are Brandon Marshall
12. The Hunt for Red January (Inspired by a certain redheaded Cincy QB that has trouble navigating the postseason)
13. The Burfict Murder
14. WALL-Eli

15. Kung Suh Panda
16. To Kill A Maclinbird
17. Boyz n the Hoodie
18. The Dumervil Horror
19. Wallace In Wonderland
20. Hennewhere But Here
21. Remember The (Tennessee) Titans?
22. Le’Veon: The Professional

23. Maclin’ Ain’t Easy
24. The (Waiver) Wire
25. Fresh Prince of Bellore
26. My Favre-ite Martian
27. Keenum & Kel
28. The Wizard Of AZ, Ari.(ans)
29. Forte Year Old Virgin

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Daily Fantasy Baseball: Cash Game vs. GPP Strategy

If you’re only making one lineup when you play MLB DFS, you’re doing it wrong. Here is a breakdown of different strategies to employ in “Cash Games” or in tournament formats.

What is a Cash Game and a GPP?

Cash games refer to the 50/50 and head-to-head (H2H) contests you see on most DFS sites. It’s derived from poker terminology, where you employ different strategies if you’re in a large tournament pool versus a cash game that allows you to buy in more than once.

You can’t “buy in” to DFS cash games more than once, but you can play several different contests in order to hedge your bets, and grind out more bankroll.

Most tournaments have Guaranteed Prize Pools (GPPs), where the top 1/4 or so gets paid out in top-heavy fashion. In these contests, it’s not necessarily about grinding; it’s about swinging for the fences in the hopes of a big win.

Boom or Bust Plays

Certain players aren’t interested in singles. They’re obsessed by the idea that “chicks dig the long ball,” as they chase the sensation of pimping out a HR while slowly rounding the bases. Carlos Gomez is an example of a player that strikes out a lot because he’s swinging for the fences. You need to consider guys like Gomez in tournament formats, as he can also steal bases, and really jettison your lineup towards the top of a pool when he’s facing a poor starting pitcher (SP).

The same concept applies to pitchers. Scott Kazmir is an example of a SP that can pile up plenty of strikeouts while going deep into a ballgame, or leave owners gaping at the -11 fantasy points he put up while getting shelled over 3 innings of work. Usually, the right strategy in a tournament is to pair a high-upside pitcher like Kazmir with a bona fide stud (Kershaw, Arrieta, etc.) and hope they both are dealing that night. If you’re playing cash games, that cheap pitcher needs to be someone that elicits more groundballs, pitches to contact, and finds a way to grind out a Quality Start most times they take the mound.


MLB DFS is affected by the weather like few other sports, and it’s easy to pay attention to daily weather patterns if you’re on a main DFS site. If not, here is a link to, which is a useful source of relevant weather information, as well as Batter vs. Pitcher stats in one location.

When thunderstorms are in the forecast, it’s probably best to avoid SPs in any night game, because a lengthy delay could lead to the game getting called, or a different pitcher taking over for the starter. It’s simply not worth the risk in 50/50 and H2H formats, but if you think everyone is fading Corey Kluber (for example) because the forecast is dicey in Cleveland that night, you could roll him out in GPP formats in the hopes that his ownership percentage is low.

Batter vs. Pitcher Splits

That brings us to perhaps the most popular, and hotly debated stat in MLB DFS. Most experienced gamblers will check on BvP stats while crafting a lineup, because it’s worth noting if Howie Kendrick is batting .545 over 36 career at bats against a SP that he’s facing that night. You need to make sure the sample size is large enough (15+ ABs) before drawing serious conclusions, but even limited samples can give an indication of how one batter sees the ball off a particular pitcher.

So, how do you use this information in different formats?

In cash games, you probably want to roll Kendrick out there, and go with the flow, because it doesn’t really matter how he performs in a giant 50/50 if he’s 75% owned in that contest.

In tournaments, sometimes it pays to be stubborn. Let’s say Giancarlo Stanton is 2-for-15 with 4 strikeouts against a hard throwing right-hander. A lot of DFSers will look at that, decide not to pay big money for him, and watch in amazement as he launches two 500-foot HRs off said pitcher. Baseball is by nature a wildly unpredictable sport, so sometimes it pays to expect the unexpected in the hopes of separating from the field.

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DFS Strategy for NFL Playoffs: How to Attack Small Slates

You’ve been playing NFL DFS all season, and are an expert at sifting through the players in poor matchups to find the best options for your lineups. Yet now there are only four (or fewer) games on the slate and the intensity is ramped up in a single elimination playoff bracket. We’ve got some tips for how you should approach daily fantasy football in the NFL Playoffs.

1. Identify the Top Plays

On a short slate, fading the highest producers can be disastrous. If Antonio Brown is 85% owned and you’re in the 15th percentile in cash games, you could have no chance to cash if he manages to post his typically huge lines. While that might be an intriguing strategy in GPP formats, there might not be anyone who can match the upside of a particular superstar with only 4 games on the docket.

2. Consider Positional Value

While RBs are often the safer plays during the regular season, this can change in the playoffs. It’s much more difficult for a team to punch in a short rushing TD when the defense is fighting like crazy to prevent that score. Especially on DraftKings, where every reception is worth a point and bonuses are awarded for 100 yards, it makes sense to roll with 4 WRs or 2 TEs in the hopes that they all hit big.

3. Stack Games

As you would during the regular season, you should try to use correlation plays by predicting game flow. You might want the RB from one team and the QB/WRs from another team if you believe that the team with a RB will jump out to an early lead. You should also consider stacking one of your RBs with a team defense to maximize potential output.

4. Think Like a Coach

The NFL is all about making adjustments. If you look at a previous matchup and assume that the results will be the same the next time around, you’re doing it wrong. A.J. Green may have torched the Steelers in their last meeting during the regular season, but that could only mean that the Steelers sell out to stop him with double coverage headed his way. Think about how the team’s top option could be limited by a smart game plan.

5. Be Contrarian in Tournaments

With limited options on the board, you have to think outside the box in large tournament formats. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to fade the surefire studs at the top of the board, but you might have to get creative with your value options. Wide receivers who have been cold lately only need one or two big deep balls to make a huge impact in GPPs. A QB that’s struggled for the past few weeks in the regular season could right the ship with everything on the line. It’s a whole new season, and you should treat each game as a unique situation.

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20 surprising fantasy football predictions for the 2018 season

The NFL season kicks off Thursday, and for fantasy football fans we’ll all see whether we’re the savvy drafters and amateur scouts many of us think we are.

The season never completely plays out like it’s supposed to, and thankfully so. A few surprise stars and busts keeps the season interesting and gives many fantasy owners — the ones who make the right picks on the waiver wire — a shot at the playoffs.

There are several fantasy story lines that could play out in unpredictable ways.

1. James Conner plays a huge role this season.

Sorry, Le’Veon Bell fantasy owners, but you can only play chicken so long before someone finally crashes. Bell still hadn’t sign his franchise tag as of Wednesday, the Steelers are talking about possibly docking his pay even if he does sign, and all signs point to Conner starting Week 1 against the Browns.

It wouldn’t surprise me if this has lasting repercussions. Bell puts himself at further risk for injury with his holdout and the Steelers, weary of this act, have been grooming Conner since the offseason (if not longer) to be Bell’s successor. Maybe that agenda gets put on the front burner and Conner starts eating into Bell’s touches even when does return.

2. Alex Smith has better numbers than he did in Kansas City.

I went into his analysis expecting he’d see a significant drop in production because the Chiefs have better talent at every skill position. But there are several factors in Smith’s favor. He’s much more interception averse than Kirk Cousins and may find more consistency with the developing cast of young receivers, which now includes speedster Paul Richardson.

Smith still has an excellent pass-catching back in Chris Thompson to make up for the loss of Kareem Hunt. He has two great tight ends, but he has a history with Vernon Davis going back to their days as 49ers. And several fantasy sites rank the Redskins’ opponents as the second easiest schedule versus quarterbacks.

3. Julio Jones had a down year — by his standards.

Jones put up a single-digit fantasy point totals in 11 of 16 games last year. In 2016 he’d put up monster stats, then crater the next week. He had just three touchdowns last season and six the previous year, so he’s dependent on big yardage totals. Jones has pretty much enjoyed Matt Ryan all to himself, but that figures to change with the Falcons looking to spread to ball around more to backs and tight ends, not to mention Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley.

FANTASY FOOTBALL RANKINGS: Here’s the expert consensus on the top 50 players

Football season is fast approaching and with it, comes fantasy football.

While there’s no foolproof way of drafting your fantasy team, it’s key to get your first few picks right if you hope to compete for your league’s championship at the end of the season.

With the help of Fantasy Pros, we gathered the rankings of 17 experts from The Athletic, Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, Walter Football, and theScore in order to put together a consensus ranking from experts across the sports world.

Running backs are once again the most vital position in the sport, and quarterback looks to be surprisingly deep this year, though the top QBs will likely still get fantasy players their money’s worth.

Take a look below and plan out your strategy for the first few rounds of your upcoming draft.

One thing to know: Todd Gurley had an absolutely unbelievable 2017, accumulating 2,093 total yards and 19 touchdowns. Those numbers would be tough to replicate, but he’s still almost universally the top overall draft pick for fantasy players.

2. Le’Veon Bell — RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Average Rank: 2.3

One thing to know: Le’Veon Bell has been a top-five rusher for two straight seasons since coming back from his 2015 injury. He’s also an important part of the Steelers passing game for PPR players.

So you want to play fantasy football?

Every passion and hobby has an individual genesis, a moment when one is introduced to an activity or subculture that they may pursue for the rest of his or her lives.

Several years ago, my then-technophobic dad asked me exactly where the Internet was (the man is a doctor, mind you) and I told him that it was housed in a building outside of Cleveland. These days, after years of acclimation, the guy is the Gordon Gekko of eBay, placing bids on wooden gnomes, classic beer bottles and 5-irons (unrelated hobbies) with precision.

The point is that we all have the potential to evolve from rookie to expert quite quickly, particularly thanks to all of the amazingly accessible resources at our disposal.

Fantasy football may seem like a complicated and consuming activity from the outside, but once you’re immersed you’ll find it to be a generally easy game to navigate. My duty here is to illustrate the framework of fantasy football and introduce what could become an enjoyable, empowering and enduring hobby for you.

The Basics

Fantasy football participants are “owners” and “managers” of teams that engage in competitive leagues, accruing “fantasy points” based on the statistics of real football players. The vast majority of leagues are scored on a weekly basis, matching up teams in a head-to-head scenario in a rotating schedule. The teams in the end with the best records make it into the fantasy postseason (often held from Weeks 14-17 of the NFL schedule).

The goal is to collect the most productive players across a variety of positions. In a standard league, you are asked to fill out your starting roster with a quarterback, two running backs, one “flex” player (a slot for either a running back or wide receiver), two wide receivers, one tight end, one team defense/special teams (you draft the entire Pittsburgh Steelers defense and special teams, for example) and a kicker. To fill out your roster with depth you are afforded seven bench spots. This may seem like an absurd number of players to manage at once, but as the season wears on you’ll wish you had even more room on your roster.

Fantasy leagues can adhere to any variety of rules and settings desired, but for the sake of simplicity, I suggest perusing the scoring settings in the ESPN standard leagues. Before you join any league, it’s imperative to have a sound understanding of the scoring and roster settings so that you can capably build a successful team. The players make up a marketplace, so consider the players as commodities; that their value fluctuates based on the rules and regulations of a given league. In the Draft Kit you’ll find a number of helpful scoring-specific guides.

The draft marks the beginning of the fantasy football season. Often held in the weeks leading up to the NFL season, the draft is when you initially construct your roster. Most leagues are comprised of 10 to 12 teams and the drafts are conducted in either “snake” or “auction” formats. Pick by pick, you build your team and fill out your roster. Draft day for many leagues has become a holiday of sorts, with spirited trash-talking and camaraderie becoming core traditions. Once you get a good grasp on the elemental rules and settings in fantasy, take a few minutes to read Christopher Harris’ valuable take on drafting strategies.

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Fantasy Implications Of Aaron Rodgers’ Broken Collarbone

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The prime topic of conversation around fantasy football this week is clear: How does the broken collarbone injury for Aaron Rodgers affect the Packers and fantasy football for the rest of this season?

Rodgers’ injury not only affects those who have him on their fantasy team, but also those who have Jordy NelsonDavante AdamsRandall Cobb, and Ty Montgomery on their rosters. The Packers have one of the best offenses in football but will now be relegated to hoping that a little-known backup, Brett Hundley, can hold down the fort. That seems unlikely.

Here are some possible replacement quarterbacks and other players that may be available in your league and are realistic targets:

JOSH MCCOWN, QB, New York Jets (14 percent)

This pick may be more for deeper leagues but McCown has been surprisingly effective this season and the Jets have been shockingly competitive. Could this come crashing down at any moment? Absolutely, but as you will see from this list, there just isn’t much fruit on the tree. If you lose a waiver claim or two, he might have to be your choice.

TYROD TAYLOR, QB, Buffalo Bills (44 percent)

Taylor has usually been a safe QB in fantasy but a lack of offensive weapons around him has seen him post only two games with more than 200 yards passing this season and only 28 yards rushing over his last three games. If he’s not going to run, then his fantasy value is extremely limited. It’s not all his fault, as his number one WR, Jordan Matthews, is still considered week to week with a thumb injury. His top target, tight end Charles Clay, is out multiple weeks after knee surgery. It’s pretty much LeSean McCoy or bust right now for Buffalo.

JARED GOFF, QB, Los Angeles Rams (50 percent)

Yeah, the pickings are slim as it seems quite a few fantasy owners are rostering two quarterbacks this season. Hopefully, if you own Rodgers or Jameis Winston (shoulder injury), you have a capable backup. But if not, Goff could make a suitable replacement. He’s played much better under a QB-friendly system and has solid weapons in Todd Gurley, Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp.

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