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Tuesday NFL Notes

A number of injuries, a rookie signing and a beefed-up Bradford highlight the news of the day.

MLB Trade Deadline Live Blog

Many of the top names in the rumor mill (Zack Greinke, Wandy Rodriguez) were already dealt last week, so we might not have the usual flurry of moves before today's deadline.

Monday NFL Training Camp Notes

QB Kevin Kolb bruised his right thigh in practice today and left the field for treatment. Although he is listed as No.1 on the depth chart it is not completely clear he will be the starter over No. 2 John Skelton.

My Five: Breakout Quarterbacks

First installment of a breakout players series. Looking at the gunslingers first.

New College Football Rules Focus on Improving Player Safety

With the increased media coverage and science-based evidence on concussion and its relation with traumatic brain injury (TBI), measures have been taken to create a safer game in the college football arena. The NCAA Football Rules Committee's main focus has been on the kicking game: Kick-offs will be moved from the 30-yard line to the 35, similar to the NFL; and touchbacks will now come out to the 25-yard line, not the 20.

Early ADP Trends: Top 10 Risers in PPR Leagues

It’s official. Training camps are open, position battles are being fought and mock draft season is in full swing. More and more mock drafts, and regular drafts for that matter, are taking place and we’re already starting to see some notable movement in the ADP rankings.

AFC SOUTH - Fantasy Preview

After looking at the NFC South, I’m continuing my division-by-division breakdown by rating the players of the AFC South on the three B’s scale (Best, Bust, Buy-Low). Not to be ignored are the IDP’s and schedule analysis. Fire away with any thoughts.

Sunday NFL Training Camp Notes

Here are the latest notes from around the league on Sunday:

Saturday Training Camp Notes

A look at Saturday's notes:

Early ADP Trends to Watch Heading into Training Camp

With training camps opening up in the NFL this week, it’s a good time to look at some of the recent ADP trends just before actual practices start up.

"Word Up." Starling Marte Gets the Call to the Big Leagues

Starling Marte is an immensely talented five-tool athlete but questions linger about whether he has enough plate discipline to succeed at the major league level.

NFC SOUTH - Fantasy Preview

After looking at the AFC North, I’m continuing my division-by-division breakdown by rating the players of the NFC South on the three B’s scale (Best, Bust, Buy-Low). Not to be ignored are the IDP’s and schedule analysis. Fire away with any thoughts.

Early ADP Trends: Top 10 Potential Fallers

While we spend so much time looking at the ADP risers in fantasy football drafts, the fallers, more often than not, warrant the same amount of attention. Sure, some of the fallers we see are injury related, but this early in the process, most of the falling has to do with personal preferences and speculation.

Rotowire/Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Expert Challenge No. 2


Rotowire has teamed up with Yahoo! Sports this Fantasy Football season to give our users the opportunity to play against the fantasy pros.

Each week we'll offer Rotowire users a chance to sign-up for a 12-team fantasy football league that pits them against one of our fantasy football experts.

Ichiro Trade is a Triple Win

The only surprising part about Ichiro Suzuki's trade is the Mariners actually pulled the trigger. Who knew they had it in them? That's why I believe the company line that Ichiro requested a trade.

Closer Watch: Deadline Approaching

Here's a quick look at several closer situations in flux as we approach the July 31 trade deadline.

Sure, The Olympics Are Fun, But At What Cost?

Warning:  This article has no fantasy relevance, but is interesting none-the-less (at least I think so).

Early ADP Trends: Top 10 Risers

There’s really no better way to build your watch list than spending some team looking over the ADP trend report. More often than not, the people participating in mock drafts are the serious owners doing their due diligence and figuring out where most of their targeted players are ending up and which sleepers they are going to be able to wait on until the lower rounds. But what they also do is tip their hands and unveil players that you may not have had on your radar. And sometimes, that can be better than any sleeper article you’re going to find online.

Did Crosby's Concussion Get Penguins Medical Staff Fired?

The doctor at the center of at least some of the controversy surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of Sidney Crosby's concussion has parted ways with the team. The team denies there's a link to The Kid's decision to seek outside medical advice during his treatment.

What do you think?

Early ADP Trends: Top 24 Overall for PPR Leagues

With a number of PPR mock drafts taking place recently, it’s time to start looking at some of the trends that are happening right now. It’s still fairly early in the process and there’s likely to be plenty more movement, but starting now allows you to properly formulate a draft strategy and then continue to fine tune it over the next few weeks as players continue to rise and fall in the ADP rankings.

My Five: Not Dead Yet

Fantasy surprises come from everywhere. They can be rookies, first round to undrafted, third-string guys who climb the depth chart or fall into an opportunity, the slow-developers, and lots of others. Today I pinpoint my cream of the crop no-longer-respected or appealing veterans.

AFC NORTH - Fantasy Preview

After looking at the NFC North, I’m continuing my division-by-division breakdown by rating the players of the AFC North on the three B’s scale (Best, Bust, Buy-Low). Not to be ignored are the IDP’s and schedule analysis. Fire away with any thoughts.

Early ADP Trends: Top 20 Tight Ends

What was once a throwaway position for years, tight ends are drawing a lot more respect and attention in drafts recently. Thanks to both Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham finishing in the top 12 for overall scoring in NFL Standard leagues

Rotowire/Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Expert Challenge


Rotowire has teamed up with Yahoo! Sports this Fantasy Football season to give our users the opportunity to play against the fantasy pros.

Each week we'll offer Rotowire users a chance to sign-up for a 12-team fantasy football league that pits them against one of our fantasy football experts.

Prospect Watch: Players of the Year

As baseball has entered the second half of the season and the trade deadline approaches, let's take a look down on the farm. With potential deadline trades going through, many prospects may be on the move. To this point of the season here are some top performers from multiple levels of the minor leagues that in a few years may be fantasy mainstays:

NFC NORTH - Fantasy Preview

After looking at the AFC East, I’m continuing my division-by-division breakdown by rating the players of the NFC North on the three B’s scale (Best, Bust, Buy-Low). Not to be ignored are the IDP’s and schedule analysis. Fire away with any thoughts.

Early ADP Trends: Top 20 Wide Receivers

Drafting wide receivers can be a double-edged sword sometimes. On one hand, it can be one of the most productive positions out there. Excluding quarterbacks, it was Detroit wider receiver Calvin Johnson who tallied the most fantasy points in NFL Standard leagues last season.

NFBC Week #15 FAAB Results

Disaster (in my own lack of perspective eyes) has struck. I've been caught and passed by Nick Cassavetes in my individual NFBC league. I just lost Jed Lowrie to go along with Dustin Pedroia up the middle, and I picked the wrong replacement for Pedroia last week, going with Jonathan Herrera instead of Alexi Amarista or Mark Ellis, among other. Thus, I had to pick up two replacements this week. That, and more after the jump.

Final Mock Auction Draft Results

With actual drafts fast approaching, I participated in my third and final mock auction in preparation for the 2012 season.  What follows is a complete listing of all 166 players drafted in any of the three auctions with their dollar value in each, as well as an Average Dollar Value (ADV).

My Five: Fantasy-Relevant Coaching Changes

The final installment of my offseason movements breakdown takes a look at the five coaches in new locales who will have the greatest fantasy impact in 2012.
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