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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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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LestersLegends Best Fantasy Football Team Name Contest

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The 2014 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 gotta come up with a cool team name. The 2014 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 $50 gift certificate.
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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 (Aaron Hernandez, Josh Gordon, etc.) if you’re looking to win the prize.
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Limit three team names per entrant. The contest will be open until August 17th. We will then narrow it down to ten team names and determine the winner. Scroll down past the entries below to submit your names.
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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 
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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

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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
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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

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Here are the 2009 finalists:
Kibbles and Vicks (2009 contest winner)
Eli-The Other White Manning
Forgetting Brandon Marshall
Cassel Greyskull
ScoobyDrewBreesDoo!
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Terrance West OTAs
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The Cleveland Browns have an intriguing running back battle that features two newcomers. Ben Tate comes in as the early favorite to open the preseason as the lead back after coming over from Houston. Rookie Terrance West will challenge Tate for the starting job.
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Tate is coming off a season in which he ran for 771 yards and four touchdowns on 181 carries. He did catch 34 passes for an additional 140 yards. Tate  has averaged 140.3 carries for 664 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and 3.3 touchdowns in the last three seasons. He’s averaged 19.3 catches for 95.7 yards during that span.
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Meanwhile West shined at Towson rushing for 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns, rivaling Barry Sanders’ brilliant 1988 season.
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The safe money is on Tate handling the lion’s share of the duties, but fantasy football strategies and winning strategies on sports betting don’t always thrive on playing it safe.
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Tate has an injury history that gives some cause for concern. He has missed 24 games in his four seasons in the league, though that number is skewed with Tate missing his entire rookie season. That said, even when he does play he’s usually injured. ESPN’s fantasy projection points out that “since 2010, he has hurt his ankle, quad, back, hip, groin, shoulder, head, toe, hamstring, foot, elbow and ribs. All in all, Tate has been on his team’s injury report 80 percent of the time over the past four seasons.” Tate is routinely listed on the injury report, which is unsettling to fantasy football players.

Tate  does have an edge over West given his NFL experience, but it doesn’t quite justify the draft positioning difference. Tate is currently ranked as the 25th running back by FantasyPros making him a borderline RB2. Meanwhile Terrance West is ranked 38th making him a borderline RB3. In many cases you may be able to have him as your RB4. Given the injury history, it is not inconceivable that West leapfrogs Tate, relegating him to change-of-pace/third down duties.
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They have a similar build as Tate is 5’10″ and 220 pounds and West is 5’10 and 225 pounds. It’s going to come down to durability. If you want to play it safe go with Tate. If you want to swing for the fences a little, go with West.
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See my fantasy football rankings here.
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Toby Gerhart Jags
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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart is going from one of the best backup running backs in the leagues to a starter. Does he have what it takes to be a fantasy football starter?
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It is hard to fully trust a running back that has averaged just 69 carries per season, but he has delivered when given the chance. Now that he’s the lead back, expect him to be a player recommended by the BetOnIt.org on a near weekly basis.
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Last year Gerhart had one game with double-digit carries. He responded with 89 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries (5.9 yards per carry). In three games in which he had at least seven carries Gerhart ran for 247 yards on just 30 carries. That’s a whopping 8.2 ypc.
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In 2012 Gerhart never received double-digit carries. He never really got in a groove as Adrian Peterson was busy chasing the NFL rushing record.
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In 2011 Gerhart had five games with double-digit carries. In those five games he ran for 401 yards on 83 carries (4.8 ypc and 80.2 yards per game).
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In his rookie season (2010) Gerhart had three double-digit carry games. He combined for 207 yards on 50 carries (4.1 ypc). Clearly he gets better as he gets more carries. In nine games with double-digit carries Toby  has 697 yards on 148 carries (4.7 ypc, 77.4 ypg).
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Gerhart has also averaged 19.3 receptions per season in his four-year NFL career. He served as the Vikings’ third-down back. With his hands, he will likely stay on the field on plenty of third downs. Serving as a three-down back will help his cause.
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Gerhart has just five rushing touchdowns in his career, but that has more to do with Peterson than anything else. Toby is 6’0″ and 231 pounds. He should have no problem bulling his way into the end zone.
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Gerhart should have little problem getting the lion’s share of the work for the Jags. Jordan Todman is his backup and will serve more as a change-of-pace back than anything else. There isn’t much after that.
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Feel free to draft Gerhart as your RB2. You can play it safe and get a quality RB3, but you should really do that no matter who your RB2 is.
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Mike Wallace Miami
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The Miami Dolphins made a big splash last year when they signed Mike Wallace away from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately he was wildly inconsistent last year. Can the speedster turn things around this year and be a more consistent fantasy threat? I believe he can.
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Wallace set career-lows with five touchdown catches and a 12.7 yards per catch average last year. His 930 receiving yards were an improvement over the 836 he had in 2012, but significantly shy of the 1,225 he averaged in 2010 and 2011.
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Wallace was consistent when you look at his season splits. He had 36 catches for 480 yards in his first eight games and 37 grabs for 450 yards in the last eight games. In eight wins he caught 37 balls for 479 yards. In eight losses he had 36 receptions for 451 yards. That’s where the consistency ends.
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Here is a breakdown of receiving yards by game:
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15-25 yards:  Six Games
38-41 yards:  Three Games
76-82 yards:  Three Games
105-127 yards:  Four Games
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In terms of yardage, that’s nine bad games, three good games and four great games. Of the seven good-to-great games, they never came in three consecutive games. Only twice did they come in back-to-back games. If you can’t string together three games in a row with at least 50 yards, it’s hard to be considered a high caliber fantasy football option.
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Wallace did finish strong, however. On the year he averaged 58.1 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. In his final six games he averaged 66 yards and 0.7 touchdowns.  Half of his 100-yards games and 80 percent of his touchdowns came during the stretch.
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The Dolphins figure to be infinitely more creative with Wallace this year as new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor plans to move him around the field (see early reports). Mike Sherman split Wallace wide right the majority of the time. Lazor will use Wallace out of the slot and out of the backfield to take advantages of the mismatches that Wallace’s speed and quickness creates.
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Ryan Tannehill figures to take another step forward as well. He went from 3,294 yards and 12 touchdowns as a rookie to 3,913 yards and 24 touchdowns in his second year. Entering his third season, and with a more creative approach to utilizing their best weapon, Tannehill could be even better in Year 3.
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In a system more suited to his skill set, Wallace should be much better in his second year with the Dolphins. He should be a quality WR2 option.
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