Kevin Gausman
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Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles @ Chicago Cubs
Gausman is 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA. He’s 3-1 in his past five starts with a 3.23 ERA. Gausman is 3-1 on the road with a 2.91 ERA
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Season Totals: 41-42, 739.2 IP, 618 Ks, 3.88 ERA (319 earned runs), 1.29 WHIP (728 hits, 228 walks)
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Riley Cooper
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The key to a successful fantasy football team is nailing you middle rounds. In the first five rounds or so, it’s not as difficult to find a quality option. Rounds 6-12 are key rounds to secure depth and help take  you team to the next level. Here are some quality wide receiver options that you should be able to get in the double-digit round of your draft.
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2015 NFL odds suggest that the Philadelphia Eagles will have a potent offense for years to come. Last year’s leading receiver, DeSean Jackson, is now playing for the Washington Redskins. Jeremy Maclin, who is coming off a knee injury, figures to see a heavy workload, which is reflected by his 6th-7th round value, but there is plenty of room for Riley Cooper to provide terrific value. Cooper caught 47 passes for 835 yards and eight touchdowns. In the final 11 games he averaged 3.5 receptions for 67.5 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. With a FantasyPros overall ranking of 110, Cooper should be a solid WR4/WR5.
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Greg Jennings still isn’t catching passes from the caliber of quarterback like he did during his Green Bay days, but at least he won’t have to deal with Christian Ponder. Jennings did play some solid football when Matt Cassel was under center. He won’t return to his glory days (2007-2011), but he should give you some solid receiver depth/value, especially given his overall ranking of 119.
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Anquan Boldin won’t reproduce last year’s numbers (85 catches, 1,179 yards, 7 TDs), but he stands a strong chance to outproduce his 111th overall ranking. Boldin is a physical receiver that catches tough passes in traffic and often inflicts more pain on defensive backs than vice versa. He’ll likely finish with 800-900 yards, but that is adequate for your WR4/WR5.
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Hakeem Nicks fizzled out for the Giants as injuries took their toll. He’ll look to start over with the Colts. He’s just 26 years old so as long as he can stay healthy, good things should lie ahead. He can be had as your WR5, but could possibly provide WR3/WR4 numbers.
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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 will now put it up to a vote by our panelists to determine the winners. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate.
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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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Brandon McCarthy Yankees
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Brandon McCarthy, New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros
McCarthy is 4-2 with a 2.30 ERA since joining the Yankees and 7-12 overall with a 4.24 ERA.  He’s 2-2 lifetime against the ‘Stros with a 2.63 ERA.
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Season Totals: 40-42, 732.2 IP, 610 Ks, 3.89 ERA (317 earned runs), 1.29 WHIP (718 hits, 228 walks)
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Megatron
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Here is a revised and expanded look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron has averaged 1,712.3 yards and 11 touchdowns over the past three seasons. With his size, speed, hands and route-running ability, Johnson simply is the best receiver out there.
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2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas has averaged 1,432 yards and 12 touchdowns over the past two seasons shagging balls from Peyton Manning. With Eric Decker moving on to the New York Jets, Thomas should be an even more vital option in the passing game.
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3. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez has averaged 1,307.5 yards and 12.5 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He has the talent to be as good as any receiver in the league. In fact, after Megatron the top seven choices are pretty interchangeable.
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4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green has averaged 1,277.7 yards and 9.7 touchdowns the past two years and 1,388 yards and 11 scores over the past two seasons. Green has bulked up a bit to improve his physicality. Entering his fourth season, look for Green to continue to be one of the elite fantasy options at wide receiver.
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5. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Jones was averaging 116 yards per game before a foot injury derailed his 2013 season. He averaged 1,078.5 yards and nine touchdowns in his first two seasons. Continue to monitor his recovery. If there aren’t any setbacks, Jones should be a solid WR1 option once again.
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6. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall finished with 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns. He took a step back from the 118 catches for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns thanks to the emergence of Alshon Jeffery. Nine of his touchdowns were thrown by Jay Cutler as they continue to have a great rapport. That trend should continue.
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7. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Jeffery had 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns last year. He did a lot of his damage with Josh McCown, but Cutler is more than capable of getting him the ball.
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8. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Nelson rebounded with 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns despite Aaron Rodgers playing in just nine games. Look for Jordy to light it up with a healthy Rodgers.
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9. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax has averaged 1,304 yards and 7.5 touchdowns the past two seasons with the Bucs. Josh McCown made good use of big receivers Marshall and Jeffery last year. V-Jax should be a force once again.
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10. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Garcon was banged up in 2012. Robert Griffin III wasn’t himself last year, but Garcon finished with 113 catches for 1,346 yards. With both of them healthy and DeSean Jackson on board to take away some of the defensive attention, Garcon should have another strong season.
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11. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Allen had an impressive rookie season with 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns. In his final 13 games, he averaged 78.2 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. Year two should be even more impressive.
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12. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz has had his production dip the past two seasons after recording 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011, 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012 and 998 yards and  four touchdowns last year. Moving to the slot should mean a heavy volume of targets. We know what Cruz can do when he gets the ball in his hands.
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13. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Johnson has averaged 1,502.5 yards the past two seasons despite questionable quarterback play. He did manage just nine touchdowns combined over the two years. Will quarterback play be an issue again? If it is, will it catch up with Johnson? Those are the questions that keep him just outside of WR1 territory.
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14. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown had an impressive 2013 showing with 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns. He should continue to see a heavy volume of looks from Ben Roethlisberger.
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15. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb was limited to six games last year, but managed 433 yards and four touchdowns. He added 78 rushing yards. He’s a dynamic playmaker if he can stay healthy.
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16.  Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree clicked with Colin Kaepernick in 2012 before basically losing a season with an Achilles injury. Now recovered, look for big things from Crabtree. He could easily provide WR1 numbers.
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17. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
Floyd had 1,054 yards and five touchdowns last year for the Cardinals. He had more yards than Larry Fitzgerald, but had half the touchdowns. In his third season look for Floyd to take over as the top option in Arizona.
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18. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
Welker finished with just 778 yards last year, but managed to score a career-high 10 touchdowns. I expect his yards to increase, but could see his number of scores dip.
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19. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Fitz had another down year in respect to his 954 receiving yards. He did manage to score 10 touchdowns. Fitz still has plenty left in the tank. He’s probably a little riskier than the other top 20, but he has a track record of greatness.
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20. Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings
Patterson was treated with kid gloves last year, but finished with 469 receiving yards, 158 rushing yards, and nine touchdowns (four receiving, three rushing, two returns). He’s clearly the top choice in the passing game and should thrive in Norv Turner’s system.
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21.  Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
White had a down year like most Falcons, but you know his track record. White has been one of the most consistent receivers of the past seven years.
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22. Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks
Harvin is a risky option given his recent injury history, lack of a 1,000-yard receiving season and Seattle’s run-heavy offense. That said, Harvin is a dynamic player that can produce in the passing, running and return game.
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23.  Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Smith recorded 1,128 yards last year, but only managed to score four touchdowns. He had 15 scores in his first two years, so that should be seen as a fluke. Smith is a solid WR2, but is a little inconsistent.
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24.  T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton finished with 1,083 yards and five touchdowns in his second season. Look for another step forward in year three.
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25.  DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins
Jackson blew up in Chip Kelly’s system last year to the tune of 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.He is a regression risk, but should remain productive in Jay Gruden’s offense. He’s a solid WR3.
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Jake Peavy Giants
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Jake Peavy, San Francisco Giants@ Chicago Cubs
Peavy is 1-3 with the Giants with a 3.86 ERA. He has a 3.00 ERA against the Cubs. Peavy is 1-1 at AT&T Park with a 2.77 ERA.
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Season Totals: 40-42, 727.1 IP, 602 Ks, 3.87 ERA (313 earned runs), 1.29 WHIP (710 hits, 226 walks)
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Lenovo
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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Aug. 18, 2014: NFL sponsor Lenovo is giving the nation’s top two fantasy football players the chance to be real-life coaches, moving them from behind the keyboard to making key player personnel decisions.  Starting today at NFL.com/FCOY, Lenovo will kick off its second season of its Fantasy Coach of the Year contest, pitting millions of NFL.com fantasy players in thousands of leagues against each other.  The top finalists will be flown to Arizona, where they will team-up on national television with NFL alumni captains to draft the two Pro Bowl teams.

 

The two finalists will then go head to head, drafting their own nine-player fantasy squads among the Pro Bowl players selected to compete.  Using standard NFL.com scoring, the winner will take home the Fantasy Coach of the Year trophy and attend Super Bowl XLIX.

 

All fantasy coaches on NFL.com are automatically entered into the contest.  Lenovo’s Fantasy Coach of the Year finalists are determined using a unique algorithm combining win-loss percentages, league championships, a difficulty-of-league index and a “quality moves” indicator – taking into account sit/start point differential.  Official rules and specifics on the contest’s algorithm can be found here.  Lenovo is in its third year as the official laptop, notebook, desktop and workstation NFL sponsor.

“For any fantasy football coach, the chance to take your skills from the PC to the podium is seen as the ultimate reward,” said Kevin Berman, Lenovo’s director of advertising and marketing services, “Like an NFL coach adjusting starting lineups before the game, the finalists will have to be quick and smart during the Pro Bowl fantasy draft.  Looking beyond Arizona at the millions that play fantasy football, speed and knowledge are two elements we hope our products can bring to all fantasy coaches throughout the year as they successfully build their teams.”

 

Lenovo’s Fantasy Coach of the Year finalists will be announced after week 17 of the regular season, with the 2015 Pro Bowl selection show being held in January on the NFL Network.  Along with the grand prize winner, Lenovo will be presenting weekly awards to the fantasy coaches making the biggest leaps in the overall standings.  Prizes include autographed gear from Lenovo-sponsored NFL athletes.

 

Last year’s Fantasy Coach of the Year winner, Dalton Gauman, a then 22-year-old construction worker from Ohio, picked up Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles off the waiver wire a week before Foles broke the NFL record for single-game touchdowns.  Gauman then teamed with Jerry Rice at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, assisting the hall of famer choose what was ultimately the winning squad.  Click here for a vignette of his winning trip.

 

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY), the world’s largest PC vendor, is a $US39 billion personal technology company serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile Internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Lenovo-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile Internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.

 

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