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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Click here to enter the 2014 Best Fantasy Football Team Name Contest!
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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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Trent Richardson Colts
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Trent Richardson was one of my favorite running backs heading into the 2013 season after combining for 1,317 total yards and 12 touchdowns for the Cleveland Browns in his 2012 rookie campaign.
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Richardson got off to a rough start with the Browns and was subsequently dealt to the Indianapolis Colts. The dream scenario turned into a nightmare for fantasy owners that hitched their wagon to Richardson as he combined for 879 and four touchdowns. With a full offseason to dive into the Colts’ playbook, will Richardson re-emerge as a quality fantasy option?
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The good news is you won’t have to use an early pick or a healthy portion of your auction budget on Richardson, giving him the potential to be a nice fantasy value. Richardson still has the physical tools to be a quality running back in this league. He’ll have to prove himself before he goes anywhere near the elite territory, but he could emerge as a low-end RB1 or a solid RB2. Currently he’s slotted as the 27th ranked running back at FantasyPros.
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Richardson has a little more juice in PPR leagues as he has averaged 43 receptions for 341.5 yards per season. Richardson was particularly active down the stretch, averaging 3.5 receptions over the final four games of the regular season.
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Richardson was an afterthought during the playoffs as he failed to record a reception and only carried the ball four times. Richardson had as many fumbles as he did yards (one) in the two games. Donald Brown carried the load, but he has since moved on to the San Diego Chargers.
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Richardson averaged just 3.0 yards per carry (2.9 ypc for the Colts) and is at 3.3 ypc for his career. He will have to do better than that to keep a grasp on the starting job. Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and Vick Ballard (knee) are coming off pretty serious injuries and don’t present a major threat, particularly since the Colts traded a first round pick for Richardson.
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Richardson is in a favorable situation as Andrew Luck’s arm should help open up the running lanes. Monitor him during training camp and the preseason. If he shows signs that he’s grasping the Colts’ offense, he has big time potential since he can stay on the field on passing downs and in the red zone.
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Brandon Lloyd Niners
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The San Francisco 49ers signed wide receiver Brandon Lloyd in April in hopes that he could bolster their passing game. The Niners drafted Lloyd, who will turn 33 on July 5th, back in 2003. After bouncing around with the Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams and the New England Patriots, Lloyd’s career has gone full circle. Can he make a mark for the Niners in 2014?
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After spending the 2013 season away from football to fill After Effect, Lloyd will try to emulate a zombie and bring his NFL career back from the dead. He did have 911 yards for the Patriots in 2012, but that seems like a lifetime ago. It was only his second season with at least 750 yards. Lloyd also has just two seasons with more than five touchdown receptions, the last one coming in 2010. Lloyd’s 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns that year are a major outlier. What are that betting expectations for the 49ers this season? They are a lot better than Lloyd’s chances of making an impact. Be sure to sign up for  the best NFL lines.
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The Niners have had some success taking on a former Patriots receiver that sat out a season when they added Randy Moss in 2012. Moss finished with 434 yards and three touchdowns. More importantly, he helped Michael Crabtree develop into a force. San Francisco won’t need that from Lloyd. They already have Anquan Boldin a Stevie Johnson, not to mention Crabtree is entering his sixth season.
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With the top three receivers established, Lloyd could have a hard time making the team, let alone making an impact. Quinton Patton was selected in the fourth round out of Louisiana Tech of the 2013 NFL draft. Bruce Ellington was selected in the fourth round out of South Carolina of this year’s draft.
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More than likely Lloyd will be another body during training camp. The odds are just too long that he makes the team. That said, if there is an injury Lloyd could find himself playing a more prominent role. Even if he does make the team, the Niners tend to favor the run. With veteran Frank Gore and rookie Carlos Hyde, that is not bound to change. In fact, Gore has sung the praises of Hyde. The Niners have a nice formula going relying on the ground game and their defense. With one of the most physically imposing offensive lines in the league, that’s not bound to change.
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Keep Lloyd on your radar, but only add him if he establishes himself as a viable option during the season. There is no reason to target him during your fantasy football draft.
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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton attempted 586 passes last year  and has averaged 543.7 over the past three seasons.  The 586 pass attempts were good for eight in the league behind usual suspects Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford and Tom Brady. Joe Flacco and Ryan Tannehill surprisingly round out the top seven, but that put Dalton ahead of Big Ben, Philip Rivers and others.
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It appears his high volume of pass attempts could be do for a dip.
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The Bengals used their second pick (55th overall) in the 2014 NFL draft on LSU running back Jeremy Hill. That was one year after drafting Giovani Bernard in the second round (37th overall) as well. With a pair of young, dynamic backs, the Bengals are primed for a shift towards a more run-heavy attack.
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The Bengals also brought in offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who has a history of implementing a run-heavy attack. Look for the Bengals to use the run to set up the deep ball. With A.J. Green and Marvin Jones at his disposal, this should be a solid vertical attack.
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Dalton has averaged 30 touchdown passes over the past two seasons. I expect that number to take a slight hit. He still should throw around 25-27 touchdown passes though. I think we’ll see a drop from the 4,293 passing yards, which was good for seventh in the league last year. I expect more like 3,800-4,000 yards.
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Look for Dalton to remain a decent QB2 make sure not to reach for him. He has an early bye week (Week 4), which helps if your starter goes down mid-season.
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Emmanuel Sanders Broncos OTAs
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Emmanuel Sanders set career marks last year for the Pittsburgh Steelers with 67 receptions for 740 yards and six touchdowns. Now that he’s joined forces with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, will he have a breakout 2014 season?
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If history serves he will. The chances that Manning makes Sanders a potent fantasy weapon are as strong as any action you’ll find on NFL games, and you can see the odds at allpro. Manning made fantasy weapons out of Brandon Stokley, Austin Collie and Anthony Gonzalez. With Eric Decker’s 137 targets up for grabs, he should do the same with Sanders.
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Sanders will see night and day differences between Peyon and Ben Roethlisberger. Manning is all about preparation. He is a master at changing plays at the line of scrimmage to put his personnel in ideal situations and take advantage of what the defense is showing.
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Big Ben, on the other hand, is best known for his ability to extend plays and play almost a backyard style of football at times. Big Ben has made it work for him, but Manning’s style has to be preferred by most receivers. He’s almost an offensive coordinator on the field and he gets the most out of his talent.
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Sanders will likely be drafted as a WR3 next year, but given Peyton’s track record he could easily put up WR2 numbers. Manning had four receivers with double-digit touchdowns last year. With so much attention paid to Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas, Sanders will often be the poison that gets picked.
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I don’t expect Sanders to come close to matching the 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns that Decker produced, but I do expect him to set career-highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns. It’s possible that he has better numbers than Decker has this year with the New York Jets.
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online betting at williamhill
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There is not question that Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has incredible talent. At times he was one of the lone bright spots last year during the tumultuous season for the Skins. He was starting to emerge as one of the best tight end options during the middle of the season, but he also had his missed the final six games because of a concussion. Should he be a player that you’re targeting in your 2014 fantasy football draft?
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If you are online betting at williamhill you may want to look for an alternative option at tight end because Reed is a health risk. If he were returning from a knee or a shoulder injury then it would be a different story. When it comes to the brain, particularly with the lawsuit the NFL is dealing with, it’s a more serious situation. The risk of further concussions and longer recovery time exists once you have sustained multiple concussions. A player of equal value without that risk may be a more attractive alternative.
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Reed has suffered four concussions in his brief football career, two at the University of Florida and two in college. Not only did his second concussion cost him nearly half a season, his symptoms lingered for months. He even went so far as to hide the severity of the concussion from the team. If you are a Reed owner you have to shutter every time he takes a big hit. Reed has his whole life to worry about, so don’t be surprised if he is more cautious (and rightfully so) if he sustains another one.
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On the field he’s a tremendous talent. Reed caught 45 passes for 499 yards and three touchdowns. In a full season that’s a pace for 80 receptions, 887 yards and five scores. In weeks seven and eight Reed combined for 23 catches for 224 yards and a touchdown. At 6’2″ and 243 pounds he is a load for a defensive back to cover, but also has the quickness to make it a difficult task for a linebacker as well.
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I’m not saying to shy away from Reed altogether, just make sure you are comfortable with the risk you are taking. The likes of Jordan Cameron, Jason Witten, Greg Olsen, and Dennis Pitta are quality options along with the elite choices of Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas, Vernon Davis and Rob Gronkowski (another risky player with even more upside). Then you have to weigh if Reed is a better choice than Kyle Rudolph, Zach Ertz and Martellus Bennett.
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The good thing is tight end has become a deep position. Even if you take Reed before some of those options you can likely secure a quality backup tight end.


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