Chris Conley
Fantasy football is not unlike NFL betting in that sleepers and underdogs can often come outta nowhere and save the day. Like Tom Brady, who is neither a wide receiver nor a sleeper fantasy pick but was selected by the New England Patriots with the 199th overall pick in the sixth round of 2000 NFL Draft. With the benefit of hindsight one would never select Brady that late, nor would one pick these wide receivers in the early rounds – which are reserved for the likes of Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr., etc. but the following aren’t going until the 10th round in standard fantasy football leagues.
Chris Conley

On the plus side Conley played the most snaps of any Kansas City Chiefs receiver (818) and recorded 45.47 Reception Net Expected Points in 2016 even though he did not score a touchdown. On the downside quarterback Alex Smith ranked second-lowest in intended air yards per attempt in 2016, and the Chief ranked 25th in pass plays (577).
Tyler Lockett

Locket’s 0.71 Reception NEP per target in 2016 placed him behind Seattle Seahawks teammates Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham (0.75 and 0.74 respectively) and matched Antonio Brown’s Reception NEP per target. Locket had just 66 targets overall, but had at least six targets in five of his last six games before breaking his tibia and fibula in week 16.
Zay Jones

Sammy Watkins was dealt away, Jordan Matthews is injured, Anquan Boldin found a higher calling, and Brandon Tate, Walter Powell, and Dezmin Lewis all had only 22 catches last season. all of which opens the door for rookie Zay Jones – who is the all-time NCAA Division I career receptions leader (399) and all-time NCAA Division I single season receptions leader (158) – to potentially become the Buffalo Bills’ top receiver.
Sterling Shepard

The New York Giants 26th-ranked offense in 2016 (they scored 110 fewer points than the previous season and had 25% fewer red zone receiving opportunities) did not prevent Shepard from finishing with 65 catches for 683 yards and eight touchdowns. His output could actually increase this season if, as expected, defenses focus on Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall.
Ted Ginn Jr.

Ginn has become a Saint in receivers’ heaven – also known as New Orleans – presided over by Breesus. While the Cam Newton failed to reach 4000 passing yards in both of Ginn’s stints with the Carolina Panthers, Drew Brees has passed for more than 5,000 yards in four of the last six years. Furthermore, Brandin Cooks, who had 117 targets in 2016, was traded to the Patriots. Ginn is something neither Willie Snead nor Michael Thomas is; “the fastest player on the field,” according to Saints head coach Sean Payton.
Taylor Gabriel

Gabriel had a 1.03 Reception NEP per target among receivers with at least 50 targets last season; better than his Atlanta Falcons teammate Julio Jones or anyone else for that matter – the league’s Reception NEP per target average last season was 0.66. Gabriel sure made the most of that minimum 50 targets he had.

J.J. Watt
With fantasy drafts taking place, here’s an updated and expanded look at the 2017 fantasy football team defense landscape.
1. Houston Texans
2. Denver Broncos
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. New England Patriots
6. Arizona Cardinals
7. Minnesota Vikings
8. Carolina Panthers
9. Los Angeles Rams
10. New York Giants
11. Pittsburgh Steelers
12. Cincinnati Bengals
13. Oakland Raiders
14. Philadelphia Eagles
15. Baltimore Ravens
16. Jacksonville Jaguars
17. Atlanta Falcons
18.. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
19. Los Angeles Chargers
20. Green Bay Packers
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Julio Jones Super Bowl
With fantasy drafts taking place, here’s an updated and expanded look at the 2017 fantasy football wide receiver landscape.
1. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
2. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
3. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
5. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
7. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
8. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
9. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
10. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
11. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
12. Brandin Cooks, New England Patriots
13. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
14. Terrelle Pryor, Washington Redskins
15. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
16. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
17. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
18. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
19. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
20. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
21. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
22. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
23. Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams
24. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
25. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
26. Brandon Marshall, New York Giants
27. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
28. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
29. Chris Hogan, New England Patriots
30. Eric Decker, Tennessee Titans
31. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
32. DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
33. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts
34. Devante Parker, Miami Dolphins
35. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
36. Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins
37. Jeremy Maclin, Baltimore Ravens
38. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
39. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
40. Kenny Britt, Cleveland Browns
41. Pierre Garcon, San Francisco 49ers
42. Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
43. Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints
44. Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens
45. Jordan Matthews, Buffalo Bills
46. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
47. Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns
48. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
49. Ted Ginn, New Orleans Saints
50. Kevin White, Chicago Bears
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LestersLegends Best Fantasy Football Team Name Contest
The 2017 fantasy football season is around the corner. Not only do you have to put in the prep work for your fantasy football draft, but you have come up with a cool team name. The 2016 Lester’s Legends Best Fantasy Football Team Name Contest gives you a chance to show off how clever you are. Not only will you have the bragging rights, but you have a chance to take home a prize. The winner will take home a $25 gift certificate.
All you need to win is a creative name and contact information to get your prize. You can reference football players, songs, movies, whatever. Just be original and keep it somewhat clean. Avoid the low hanging fruit if you’re looking to win the prize.
Limit three team names per entrant. The contest will be open until August 31st. We will then narrow it down to ten team names and determine the winner. Scroll down past the entries below to submit your names.
Here are the 2016 finalists:
Fat-bottomed Gurleys
Javorius Bastards
Make AmariCarr Great Again
Poke’Veon Go
Pound Control to Major Tom (2016 contest winner)
Suh-icide Squad
Here are the 2015 finalists:
Bend Back like Beckham
Fourth and Lynches (2015 contest winner)
I LaFell and it Ertz
Now watch me Chip, now watch me Mur-Ray
Rage Against the Vereen
Spiller High Life
The King Jameis Bible
When I Poo I Forsett
Here are the 2014 finalists:
Clear eyes, Foles Hearts, Can’t Lose
For Whom Le’ Bell Tolls
Joiquierro Taco Bell
Kuechly in the Bedroom
Le’Veon on a Prayer
Saved by Le’ Bell
Sons of anArchie (2014 contest winner)
The Walking Dez
Here are the 2013 finalists:
Blair Walsh Project
Blurred Tynes
Come Helu High Water
Harvin hip problems, I feel bad for you son
Luck B a Brady 2Nite
I Find Urlacher Faith Disturbing
I Pitta the Fool (2013 contest winner)
The Land Before Tynes
Here are the 2012 finalists:
50 Shades of Heyward Bey
Biggie Smalls is the Hillis
Helu… Is it me you’re looking for?
Here’s my number, so call me Brady
Percy Control
RG3P0 (2012 contest winner)
Sexy Andy knows it
Teenage Newton Ninja Turtles
That’s a McCown Question Bro
Weeden’t Start The Fire
Here are the 2011 finalists:
Avoid the Lloyd
Belichick yourself b4 you REX yourself (2011 contest winner)
Brady Back Ribs
Burrested Development
Flaccoroni N Cheese
It’s all about the ReX’s & tOe’s
Plaxidental Shooting
Shot through Gerhart, and You’re to Blame
The Hillis have Eyes
Throw Mamma from the Torain
Here are the 2010 finalists:
A Kolb Day in Hell
Cooley than the Other Side of the Pillow
Corn on the Schaub
Dezzie Does Dallas (2010 contest winner)
Henne Nut Cheerios
Ix-nay on the Heyward-Bey – Reid
Revis and Butthead
Schaub Shank Redemption
Texas Chainsaw Massaquoi
The Godfavre
Here are the 2009 finalists:
Kibbles and Vicks (2009 contest winner)
Eli-The Other White Manning
Forgetting Brandon Marshall
Cassel Greyskull
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Le’Veon Bell David Johnson hurdle
With fantasy drafts taking place, here’s an updated and expanded look at the 2017 fantasy football running back landscape.
1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
3. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
4. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
5. Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
6. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys (I care about last 10 games more than the first 6)
7. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
8. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
9. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
10. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
11. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
12. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
13. Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers
14. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
15. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
16. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
17. Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders
18. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
19. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
20. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
21. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
22. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
23. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
24. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
25. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
26. Adrian Peterson, New Orleans Saints
27. Eddie Lacy, Seattle Seahawks
28. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
29. Mike Gillislee, New England Patriots
30. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
31. LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia Colts
32. Matt Forte, New York Jets
33. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
34. Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens
35. Danny Woodehead, Baltimore Ravens
36. Paul Perkins, New York Giants
37. Robert Kelley, Washington Redskins
38. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
39. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
40. Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys
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With fantasy drafts taking place, here’s an updated and expanded look at the 2017 fantasy football tight end landscape.
1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
2. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
3. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
4. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
5. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
6. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
7. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
8. Martellus Bennett, Green Bay Packers
9. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
10. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
11. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
12. Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints
13. Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
14. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
15. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
16. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans
17. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
18. Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
19. Antonio Gates, Los Angeles Chargers
20. Julius Thomas, Miami Dolphins
21. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets
22. Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins
23. Dwayne Allen, New England Patriots
24. Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders
25. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
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Brady Spike
With fantasy drafts taking place, here’s an updated and expanded look at the 2017 fantasy football quarterback landscape.
1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
5. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
7. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
8. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
10. Marcus Mariotta, Tennessee Titans
11. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
12. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
13. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
14. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
15. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
16. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
17. Eli Manning, New York Giants
18. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
19. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
20. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
21. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
22. Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings
23. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
24. Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins
25. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
26. Brian Hoyer, San Francisco 49ers
27. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
28. Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos
29. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
30. Mike Glennon, Chicago Bears
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Conor McGregor knows how to market himself. It could be argued that the MMA athlete single-handedly brought the match against Floyd Mayweather into existence. Certainly, so many other players were involved in the background, but McGregor was the one that got the ball rolling. However, the things the athlete has been saying suggest that he hasn’t yet taken a look at Mayweather vs McGregor betting props.


Clearly, McGregor is optimistic about his chances against Mayweather because he’s already planning for a future in the boxing ring. The MMA fighter came out recently and admitted that he had so thoroughly enjoyed his boxing training that he was now considering a future in the field of boxing.


According to McGregor, boxing has always been a part of his life, and after getting a taste of it during preparations for the Mayweather fight, he has decided that he has what it takes to dominate in the boxing ring.


That doesn’t mean McGregor is giving up on MMA. Rather, the athlete intends to operate in and dominate both the UFC and boxing. One assumes that things are going so well that McGregor cannot help but get excited about a future in boxing.


One can also assume that this mindset will not last because no one else thinks McGregor will follow through with this sentiment. McGregor is being a little too optimistic about his future in boxing outside of his match against Mayweather.


According to Bob Arum, a veteran boxing promoter, McGregor is a big deal in boxing today because his fight against Mayweather might be the bout of the decade. However, once that fight ends, Bob doesn’t think that McGregor will be able to find any promoter that is willing to work for him.


As a UFC champion, McGregor is a fish out of the water. Outside of smaller players like Artie Pelulo, no one will be willing to promote him. McGregor isn’t a boxer and Bob thinks that the UFC star won’t realize that fact until he faces off against Mayweather.


The 29-year-old is working hard ahead of his fight with Mayweather. But nothing he has shown has impressed boxing purists: not his footwork and certainly not his punches. McGregor has admitted that there are still adjustments that can be made to his techniques.


The way he throws punches in the octagon might work for him in the boxing ring and he is working hard to change things up, keeping in mind the fact that he cannot rely on the threat of kicks and knees.


McGregor pointed out that there are many rookies in MMA that came from boxing. There are also many MMA athletes who have made the jump to boxing. And as far as McGregor is concerned, he is far better than all of them.


That elevated level of confidence will definitely serve him in the ring. You cannot face a guy like Mayweather if you have doubts. Though, the idea McGregor keeps putting forward that he has been boxing all his life doesn’t impress Bob Arum.


According to the veteran promoter, the idea that MMA skills can translate to boxing is ridiculous, and once McGregor fights Mayweather he will go back to the UFC and never return.

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Allen Robinson
There aren’t many wide receivers that had a more disappointing season than Jacksonville’s Allen Robinson. A top-five fantasy wide receiver selection last year, he mustered just 73 catches for 883 yards and six touchdowns. A far cry from the 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns he produced in 2015.
So what does it mean for Robinson? For starters, you’ll likely end up getting a WR1 at a discount. Will he hit those lofty 2015 numbers? Probably not, but I can see him landing somewhere in the middle of the two seasons. That would put him on a 1,141 yard and 10 touchdown season. I actually think the yardage will be north of the 1,200 mark.
Robinson failed to reach 35 yards in six games last year and 60 yards in another four. Certainly not the mark a WR1 should make. He only topped 85 yards twice.
2015 was a different story. Robinson topped 100 yards in six games with 80 or more in another three. He did fail to reach 60 yards five times, which is still a high number for a high-end receiver.
So why will Robinson be better? For starters, his regression was so dramatic that going up isn’t a very tall order. Plus, the arrival of Leonard Fournette show make Jacksonville’s whole offense run better. Assuming defenses have to change their approach to slow Fournette down, it will open things up for the passing game.
I currently have Robinson outside of my top 12 WRs, but still have him as a high-end WR2. I imagine it will still be a little of the feast or famine with Robinson, but he should be a more reliable and productive option this coming year.

Asher Wojciechowski
Asher Wojciechowski, Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres
Wojciechowski is 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 39 innings. He’s 2-1 at home with a 3.12 ERA. The Padres are hitting .234 and averaging 3.81 runs per game.
Season Totals: 99 starts, 32-30, 552.2 IP, 400 Ks, 4.45 ERA (273 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (567 hits, 195 walks)

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