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The smell of football is in the air. Here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 1 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Graham has averaged 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns over the past three seasons. Last year, Graham racked up an amazing 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns. Graham will terrorize the Atlanta Falcons this week. He had 145 yards and two touchdowns against them last year.
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2. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Orange Julius exploded on the scene with 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games. He faces the Indianapolis Colts. Thomas had five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown against them last year.
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3. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Gronk has 42 touchdowns in 50 career games, but he has managed to play just 18 games over the past two seasons. He’s going to play against the Miami Dolphins so he should be in your lineup.
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4. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Davis finished with 850 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. He should get off to a strong start against the Dallas Cowboys. They Boys allowed 286.8 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game last year through the air.
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5. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
Cameron emerged last year with 917 yards and seven touchdowns. With Josh Gordon suspended Cameron will be the primary target against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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6. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen finished with 816 yards, giving him an average of 829.5 yards over the past two seasons. Olsen caught six touchdowns in his sixth straight season with at least five scores. He faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Olsen had 106 yards and a touchdown in two meetings with the Bucs last year.
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7. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta caught 20 passes for 169 yards and a score in four games last year. In 2012, he caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven scores. He just get off to a good start against the Cincinnati Bengals
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8. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Last year Witten reached 850 receiving yards for the seventh straight season. He’s a solid choice against the San Francisco 49ers.
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9. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph appears ready to break out in Norv Turner’s offense. He will one of Matt Cassel’s primary targets against the St. Louis Rams.
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10. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
Reed caught 45 passes for 499 yards and three touchdown last year despite being limited to nine games because of concussions. He draws the Houston Texans in the Redskins’ opener.
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The Next Batch
11. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears vs. Buffalo Bills
12. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
13. Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots
14. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs
15. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers @ Arizona Cardinals
16. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos
17. Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers @ Arizona Cardinals
18. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns
19. Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams vs. Minnesota Vikings
20. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens
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Megatron
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The smell of football is in the air. Here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 1 fantasy football 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. He should have his way with the New York Giants’ secondary.
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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. He starts his quest for a third straight monster season against the Indianapolis Colts. Thomas had 82 yards and a score against them last year.
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3. 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. He had 76 yards and a touchdown in last year’s meeting with the New Orleans Saints.
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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. He faces the rival Baltimore Ravens.
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5. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall finished with 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns. Nine of his touchdowns were thrown by Jay Cutler as they continue to have a great rapport. That trend should continue against the Buffalo Bills.
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6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez has averaged 1,307.5 yards and 12.5 touchdowns over the past two seasons. Dallas will be forced to throw often by the San Francisco 49ers, which should lead to a big day for Dez.
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7. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Jeffery had 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns last year. Cutler should have no problem getting Jeffery heavily involved as well.
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8. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax has averaged 1,304 yards and 7.5 touchdowns the past two seasons with the Bucs. He seemingly gets an upgrade at the quarterback position with Josh McCown. V-Jax averaged 77 yards in two games against the Carolina Panthers last year.
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9.  Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree clicked with Colin Kaepernick in 2012 before basically losing a season with an Achilles injury. He should get off to a fast start against the Cowboys. The Boys allowed 286.8 yards and 2.1 touchdowns through the air last year.
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10. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb was limited to six games last year, but managed 433 yards and four touchdowns. I anticipate Jordy Nelson having to deal with Richard Sherman, which should make Cobb the more productive option.
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11. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz had a down year like the rest of the Giants, but 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. Look for a nice start against the Lions.
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12. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Johnson has averaged 1,502.5 yards the past two seasons despite questionable quarterback play. Unfortunately that trend should continue with Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Johnson remains a WR1 option against the Washington Redskins.
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13. 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.
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14. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Nelson rebounded with 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns despite Aaron Rodgers playing in just nine games. Facing the Seahawks makes Nelson a borderline WR1.
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15. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
Floyd had 1,054 yards and five touchdowns last year for the Cardinals. Look for Floyd to establish himself as Arizona’s primary option against the San Diego Chargers.
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16. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown had an impressive 2013 showing with 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns. I’m a little skeptical because he’ll be locking horns with Joe Haden.
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17. 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. He’ll have to contend with Patrick Peterson.
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18. 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 should do well in Norv Turner’s offense. He faces the St. Louis Rams in the opener.
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19. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton finished with 1,083 yards and five touchdowns in his second season. Look for plenty of action against the Broncos.
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20. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne is going to be heavily involved as well.
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The Next Batch
21. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals vs. San Diego Chargers
22. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints
23. Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers
24. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
25. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs
26. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins @ Houston Texans
27. Eric Decker, New York Jets vs. Oakland Raiders
28. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
29. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots
30. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts
31. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins
32. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons
33. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants
34. Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers
35. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons
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LeSean McCoy snow
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The smell of football is in the air. Here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 1 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Shady finished with 2,146 total yards and 11 touchdowns last year. He should get off to a fast start against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags ranked 29th last year in run defense with 131.8 yards allowed per game. They were also one of four teams to allow 20 touchdowns.
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2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles, who combined for 1,980 total yards and 19 touchdowns last season, starts off against the Tennessee Titans. He had 145 total yards and a touchdown against them last year. The Titans were also one of the four teams to allow 20 rushing scores.
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3. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte finished with 1,933 total yards and 12 touchdowns in his first year with Marc Trestman. He should get off to a strong start against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills ranked 28th last year against the run with 128.9 yards allowed per game.
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4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
All Day’s down year consisted of 1,437 total yards and 11 touchdowns. Norv Turner should make the offense more explosive. The St. Louis Rams should prevent Peterson from recording a monster day, but he should still be rock solid. The Rams ranked ninth last year against the run with 102.9 yards allowed per game.
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5.  Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Lynch 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’ll kick the NFL season off against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack ranked 25th last year against the run allowing 125 yards per game.
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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. He faces the Indianapolis Colts as the starter. The Colts were ranked 26th last year with 125.1 rushing yards allowed.
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7. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy rumbled for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns last year with another  257 receiving yards. He has a tough first draw against the Seahawks, but Lacy remains a quality RB1 option.
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8. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster was limited to eight games last year, but averaged 1,896.3 total yards and 15.7 touchdowns the previous three seasons. He’s a good option against the Washington Redskins. The Skins allowed a league-high 23 rushing touchdowns last year.
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9. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Bernard combined for 1,209 total yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie on 226 touches. He starts off against the Baltimore Ravens. Bernard had 168 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens last year.
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10. 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 kicks things off against the Minnesota Vikings.
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11. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
Ellington averaged 5.5 yards per carry while compiling 1,023 yards on just 157 touches. He begins his role as the feature back against the San Diego Chargers.
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12. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray was limited to 14 games last season, but he finished with 1,474 total yards and 10 touchdowns. He has a tough first draw against the San Francisco 49ers.
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13. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore will share the load with Carlos Hyde, but he should start the 2014 season off with a solid effort against the Cowboys. Gore had 1,269 total yards and nine touchdowns last year.
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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. He has a tough first draw against the Carolina Panthers, but his ability to catch the football adds to his value.
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15. 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. LeGarrette Blount could eat into his workload and scoring opportunities.
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16. Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars
Gerhart gets a chance to be the feature back against the Philadelphia Eagles. In nine career games with double-digit carries Toby has 697 yards on 148 carries (4.7 yards per carry, 77.4 yards per game).
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17. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller had a disappointing 2013 season, but still has averaged 5.1 career yards per carry and 34.8 receptions per season. He’s an explosive player facing last year’s worst run defense. The Bears allowed 161.4 yards per game and 22 rushing touchdowns. The Bears should be better in 2014 while the Bills could struggle to move the ball.
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18.  Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris has averaged 1,442.5 yards and 10 touchdowns in his two years in the league. He faces the Houston Texans. The Texans ranked 23rd last year in run defense with 122.4 yards allowed per game. He does very little in the passing game, which hurts his value.
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19. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
The Patriots are hard to predict, but Vereen figures to be heavily involved in the running game against the Miami Dolphins. He’s also one of Tom Brady’s preferred targets in the passing game. Last year he opened the season with 159 total yards against the Buffalo Bills.
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20.  Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
Jennings was brilliant at times for the Oakland Raiders last year, averaging 116.5 total yards in Weeks 9-15. He’s a solid RB2 against the Detroit Lions
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The Next Batch
21. Chris Johnson, New York Jets vs.Oakland Raiders
22. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers @ Arizona Cardinals
23. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants
24. Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
25. Ben Tate, Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers
26. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants
27. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons
28. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos
29. Steven Jackson vs. New Orleans Saints
30. Lamar Miller vs. New England Patriots
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The smell of football is in the air. Here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 1 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos 
Peyton Manning shattered NFL records last year en route to turning in the finest fantasy football season ever. He threw for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. Last year he threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts. Manning threw for 462 yards and seven touchdowns last year in the season opener.
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2.  Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees threw for 5,162 yards and 39 touchdowns last year. He’ll begin his quest for a fourth straight year with 5,000 yards against the Atlanta Falcons. He averaged 317.5 yards against them last year and has averaged 318.8 yards in his past 12 meetings against them.
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3.  Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matty Ice and the Falcons will try to put 2013 behind him in what should be a shootout with the Saints. Ryan has averaged 4,279 yards 28.8 touchdowns over the past four seasons. Matty Ice averaged 298 against the Saints last year and 284 yards with 16 touchdowns in 11 career meetings with them.
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4.  Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford threw for 4,650 yards and 29 touchdowns last year, bringing his three-year average to 4,885 yards and 30 touchdowns per season. The addition of Golden Tate and Eric Ebron should make Stafford even more dangerous. Look for Stafford to get off to a fast start against the New York Giants.
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5.  Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Equipped with the best wide receiver duo in the league (Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery), one of the best pass-catching running backs (Matt Forte) and a solid tight end (Martellus Bennett), Cutler is poised to deliver big numbers in 2014. He’ll get started against the Buffalo Bills.
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6.  Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck threw for 3,822 yards and 23 touchdowns. He added 377 yards and four touchdowns with his feet. He threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns against the Broncos last year, with another 29 yards and a score on the ground.
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7.  Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Foles threw for 27 touchdowns with just two interceptions last year. Chip Kelly’s offense could be even more impressive in his second year. While the Eagles will miss DeSean Jackson, look for Jeremy Maclin, Darren Sproles and Zach Ertz to pick up the slack.
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8.  Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers was limited to nine games last year, but he finished with 2,536 yards and 17 touchdown passes. He remains an elite option, but has a tough opening draw against the Seattle Seahawks.
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9. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Kaepernick gets Michael Crabtree back, which should help his development as a passer, especially when paired with Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson. Kaepernick faces the Dallas Cowboys. They Boys allowed 286.8 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game through the air.
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10. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady doesn’t have quality outside weapons, but he should still be quite productive against the Miami Dolphins throwing to Rob Gronkowski, Shane Vereen and Julian Edelman.
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The Next Batch
11. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers
13. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers @ Arizona Cardinals
14. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers
15. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins @ Houston Texans
16. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals vs. San Diego Chargers
17. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens
18. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans
19. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns
20. Eli Manning, New York Giants @ Detroit Lions
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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 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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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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