LestersLegends Best Fantasy Football Team Name Contest
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After dozens of entries we have narrowed the field down to the top eight fantasy football team names in the 2014 LestersLegends Fantasy Football Team Name Contest. We put it up to a vote by our panelists to determine the winner, who will receive a $50 gift certificate.
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Once again, here are the finalists in alphabetical order:
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Clear eyes, Foles Hearts, Can’t Lose – Blair Murray
For Whom Le’ Bell Tolls – Alby Brewster
Joiquierro Taco Bell – Hannah
Kuechly in the Bedroom – Alex Giobbi
Le’Veon on a Prayer – Lando
Saved by Le’ Bell – Alby Brewster
Sons of anArchie – Mike H
The Walking Dez – Randall
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Here are the results:
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First Place: Sons of anArchie
Second Place: For Whom Le’ Bell Toll
Third Place: Kuechly in the Bedroom
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Jamaal Charles running
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Here is a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends running back rankings for points-per-reception (PPR) leagues.
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1. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Andy Reid knew how to get the very best of LeSean McCoy when he coached him in Philadelphia, which made him a perfect fit to coach Jamaal Charles once he arrived in Kansas City. Charles combined for 1,980 total yards and 19 touchdowns last season. Another stellar season should be in store for this electric back. Charles could easily be the first overall pick in any draft, especially in PPR leagues.
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2. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy finished with 2,146 total yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013. He was a perfect fit for Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense and put the concussion concerns to bed en route to earning the league’s rushing title. McCoy could also be the first overall pick, particularly in PPR leagues.
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3. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte has a lot in common with Charles and McCoy. All are dual-threat backs that thrived under a new coach in 2013. Forte finished with 1,933 total yards and 12 touchdowns under the vision of Marc Trestman. He should continue to put up impressive numbers.
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4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
A down year for Adrian Peterson consisted of 1,437 total yards and 11 touchdowns. I’ll take that kind of production all day (pun intended). New offensive coordinator Norv Turner has had a great history of success with running backs of a similar ilk (Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson). Look for big things from A.D. next season.
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5. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy put any weight issues to bed by rolling for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013, even as Aaron Rodgers was limited to nine games. Lacy added 257 receiving yards as well, proving that he’s not one-dimensional. As long as there isn’t a sophomore slump, Lacy should be a strong RB1 in 2014.
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6. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
Ball averaged 4.7 yards per carry as he ran for 558 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. He caught 20 passes for another 145 yards. Now that he’s the feature back, look for him to shine as defenses key in on Peyton Manning and the passing game.
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7. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray was limited to 14 games last season, but he finished with 1,474 total yards and 10 touchdowns. His talent and explosiveness cannot be questioned; durability is another issue. If he can stay healthy big numbers should follow.
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8. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch showed everybody that he’s “’bout that action, boss,” as Beast Mode compiled 1,573 total yards and 14 touchdowns during the 2013 regular season. He then averaged 96 yards per game while scoring four touchdowns during the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl run. He’s a power back, but he takes a hit in PPR leagues.
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9. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Zac Stacy, at 5’8″ and 224 pounds, is a wrecking ball. Over his final 12 games as a rookie, he averaged 92.5 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He comes with some risk, but he also brings plenty of reward potential.
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10. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Bernard combined for 1,209 total yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie on 226 touches. Look for more touches in his sophomore year.
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11. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster was limited to eight games last year, but 1,896.3 total yards and 15.7 touchdowns the previous three seasons. Foster, who is dealing with a hamstring issue, is a bit of a risk, but he has a lot of potential.
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12. Le’veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’veon Bell was limited to 13 games as a rookie last year, but he still managed to accumulate 1,259 total yards (96.8 yards per game) and eight touchdowns. He’s a big back at 6′ 1″ and 244 pounds with soft hands (45 receptions) making him a solid RB1 option. His blunt (aka LeGarrette Blount) brother will take some of his stash.
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13. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller did not get fed the ball until he puked last year, which lead to a disappointing season. Injuries played a role. Still, Spiller has  a 5.1 career yards per carry average and has averaged 34.8 receptions per season. He remains explosive. If he can stay durable, Spiller has the potential to be a steal in fantasy drafts.
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14. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin was limited to six games in 2013, which netted him 522 total yards and one touchdown. Tampa Bay was dysfunctional at the time of his season-ending injury. The Bucs made strides throughout the year, and Bobby Rainey and Mike James had some solid moments as replacements. Newly hired head coach Lovie Smith will want a run-first offense, which bodes well for Martin. He should also be very active in the passing game, a la Matt Forte
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15. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
Ellington averaged 5.5 yards per carry while compiling 1,023 yards on just 157 touches. He scored just four touchdowns last year, but figures to be more involved in the offense this year, which will lead to greater production and more scoring opportunities.
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16. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Vereen only played in eight games last year, but caught 47 passes and finished with 635 total yards and four touchdowns. He could easily double the yards and touchdowns if he stays healthy.
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17.  Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris has averaged 1,442.5 yards and 10 touchdowns in his two years in the league. The Redskins will likely be more pass-oriented under Jay Gruden, but Morris still figures to be the bell cow. He doesn’t offer much in the passing game, but remains a high-end RB2.
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18. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Mathews had a surprising season with 1,444 total yards and seven scores. More importantly, he stayed healthy and had 311 touches. As long as his body can hold up and fumbling doesn’t become an issue, Mathews will be a rock solid RB2.
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19. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Bush caught 54 passes last year and finished with 1,512 total yard and seven touchdowns. Joique Bell finished with 53 catches,  1,197 total yards and eight touchdowns last year and could continue to eat into Bush’s production.
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20. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
Jennings was brilliant at times for the Raiders, averaging 116.5 total yards in Weeks 9-15. He will lose some goal line work to Andre Williams, but still figures to be highly active for the G-Men.
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21. Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans
Sankey averaged 1,931 total yards and 18.5 touchdowns the past two seasons at the University of Washington. He stands the best chance of all rookies to make an immediate impact. He should have no problem holding off Shonn Greene. Plus, Sankey should be active in the passing game.
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22. Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars
Gerhart has not had a lot of opportunities running behind Adrian Peterson, but when given the chance he has succeeded. In the nine games that he received double-digit carries Toby has 697 yards on 148 carries (4.7 ypc, 77.4 ypg). He can catch the ball out of the backfield and should get the goal line looks.
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Jeremy Guthrie Royals
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Jeremy Guthrie, Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins
Guthrie is 10-10 with a 4.32 and a 1.31 WHIP. He’s 4-1 in his past five starts with a 2.86 ERA. He’s 9-3 lifetime against the Twins with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.
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Season Totals: 42-48, 772 IP, 651 Ks, 3.84 ERA (329 earned runs), 1.28 WHIP (756 hits, 235 walks)
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Richard Sherman
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Here is look at the LestersLegends 2014 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks lead the NFL last year in both total defense (273.6 yards allowed per game) and scoring defense (14.4 points allowed per game). They also lead the league in takeaways (39) and tied for eight with 44 sacks.
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2. San Francisco 49ers
The Niners finished fifth in total defense (316.9 ypg) and third in scoring defense (17.0 ppg) with 38 sacks and 29 takeaways.
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3. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers finished second in the league in both total defense (301.3 ypg) and scoring defense (15.1 ppg). They lead the league with 60 sacks and had 30 takeaways. Greg Hardy, Charles Johnson and Luke Kuechly give the Panthers a trio of superior defenders in their front seven.
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4. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals finished sixth in total defense (317.4 ypg) and seventh in scoring defense (20.3 ppg) last year. They had 47 sacks and 30 takeaways. Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie form one of the top cornerback duos in the league.
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5. Cleveland Browns
The Browns finished last year ninth in total defense (332.4 ypg) with 40 sacks and 21 takeaways. Donte Whitner and Justin Gilbert join Joe Haden to form one of the league’s best secondaries.
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6. St. Louis Rams
The Rams finished 15th in total defense (345.0 ypg) and 13th in scoring defense (22.8 ppg). They ranked third in sacks (53) and had 29 takeaways. Chris Long and Robert Quinn give them a pair of quality edge rushers while Alec Ogletree and James Laurinaitis give them a pair of high-end linebackers.
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7. Denver Broncos
The Broncos finished 19th in total defense (356.0 ypg) and 22nd in scoring defense (24.9 ppg).They had 41 sacks and 26 takeaways. The Broncos beefed up their defense with the addition of DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib.
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8. New England Patriots
The Patriots gave up a ton of yards (373.1 ypg), but finished 10th in scoring defense (21.1 ppg). The return of Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo, along with the addition of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner should produce a solid defensive unit. The Pats had 48 sacks and 29 takeaways.
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9. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals finished third in total defense (305.5 ypg) and fifth in scoring defense (19.1 ppg). They will miss Mike Zimmer, but they should still have a solid defense led by Geno Atkins.
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10. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs gave up 367.8 yards per game, but ranked fifth in scoring defense (19.1 ppg). They had 47 sacks and 36 takeaways.
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Hector Santiago
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Hector Santiago, Los Angeles Angels vs. Miami Marlins
Santiago is 3-7 despite a 3.38 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has a 1.06 ERA in his past three starts and since June 1st he’s 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA. At home he’s 1-3 with a 3.08 ERA.
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Season Totals: 42-47, 767 IP, 644 Ks, 3.84 ERA (327 earned runs), 1.28 WHIP (751 hits, 233 walks)
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My wife Nicole works for Homeward Bound, Inc. (HBI), which is a community of 18 group homes that has been supporting children and adults with disabilities for over 40 years. HBI is a non-profit organization founded by parents of children with disabilities to provide an alternative to institutional care. One of the main philosophies of HBI is to ensure that the individuals are active in the community. They have jobs and get out in the community as often as possible.
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Nicole has been with HBI for over 15 years and enjoys what she does. She’s the Supervisor for the Lake Drive house and 43rd House. They are participating in a fundraising event called Made in the Shade on September 20th. The individuals will be walking, running and rolling around Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. Both houses are collecting pledges that will be matched by HBI.
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If you are interested in donating please go to the donation page (https://homewardboundmn.wufoo.com/forms/made-in-the-shade-donation-page/). Be sure to select Lake Drive or 43rd House as the house you want to donate to. Donations are tax-deductible. The money raised will stay at the Lake Drive or 43rd house to better the lives of the individuals my wife works with every week. If you know of others that may be interested in donating, please feel free to pass along the website.
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Thanks everyone!
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Marshawn Lynch running
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Not many people compete in Fantasy Football leagues just for the fun of it. Most – no matter how hard they try to avoid admitting this – play to determine who knows the sport of American Football best among their group of peers, friends or family. So, when it comes to Fantasy draft day, there is an unrivaled sense of tension in the air as each team vies for the best possible line-up. To help you stray from the good to the great, we have compiled some of the best tips to apply to your draft day and you will surely reap the rewards.
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Hold off on those running backs?
Now, we must say first and foremost…Take this advice as you will and don’t feel this tip is a ‘must-use’. Many people who have good first-round picks in the order of selection have gone on to win fantasy football leagues and competitions, but if you aren’t high up the pecking order, why not fill another hole in your team and then wait for a good deal on the waiver wire later, or simply fill the running back slots later.
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Our point is, that not everyone can have Adrian Peterson or Jamaal Charles, so if you get the fifth pick in the order for example, they will no doubt have already been snapped up. Think wisely people, one player won’t make the team, although in some of the elite running back’s cases, they sure can improve one. The Seattle Seahawks may be favorites to win the NFC Championship at a price of 3/1 with Bet365 – one of the many sites that show the latest sports betting odds at Gambling Land – but if Marshawn Lynch gets injured then Seattle’s success or failures likely won’t matter to you anymore. You may win some money if they win the Championship (should you bet on it), but you won’t be winning any fantasy points!
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This advice is more for the later draft pickers, rather than the opening ones.
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The bench is equally important to the starting line-up
Okay so the bench usually gets filled out ones you have a competent starting line-up, but if there are a few sleepers in your side – or you are looking for a value draft pick – don’t be afraid to make an early move for your bench. Midway through the season, when the running backs are injured or the quarterback simply isn’t throwing those killer passes, you may need a spark of life from the bench. Especially during bye weeks, these guys can make or break your season.
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Careful planning – and then some!
Everything must be taken into account as the draft enters its final rounds. Do you still need a quarter back but you can’t decide? Think of how they might fare in one of the many different weather conditions they will be faced with during the season. Can one of them step it up in the rain while the other may falter with the heat?
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Another easy mistake to make when it comes to planning is to plan too much. Don’t rush into your draft with structured picking order and a list of guaranteed names for your teams. Two picks in and you will be throwing that list in the bin. A good way to plan for a draft is to consider every player’s strengths and faults, the players around him on the field and the style of play each franchise operates under. A final point would be to take last year’s seasons stats into consideration to an extent – but if nothing noteworthy or eye-catching spells itself out for you then it may just be better to drop the stats and go with some gut calls.
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