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Wednesday NFL Notes

Though Percy Harvin is slated to undergo surgery Thursday, the Seahawks believe the procedure is not necessarily a season-ender as initially feared. Early estimates suggest Harvin will miss three to four months as a result of the procedure, with the Seahawks hoping he'll be available around Thanksgiving. Although his lengthy absence and uncertain health thereafter will still take him off the radar in most leagues on draft day, Harvin's potential late-season arrival as the Seahawks' "Designated for Return" from injured reserve player would provide a huge boost for the team's offense, and a nice roster addition for fantasy players as the playoffs approach.

Dez Bryant (hip) was a spectator for the first four days of Cowboys camp, but owner Jerry Jones still expressed confidence that Bryant would be on the field for Sunday's preseason opener against the Dolphins. Given his limited reps this summer, Bryant likely wouldn't play more than a series or two Sunday, but should see his typical amount of usage the rest of the preseason.

Trade Deadline Live Blog

So we saw the Jake Peavy trade last night, perhaps facilitated some by the latest wave of Biogenesis suspension rumors. Are there any more relatively big names to be dealt? Who got the better package for their ace - the Cubs with Matt Garza, or the White Sox with Peavy?

Tuesday NFL Notes

Percy Harvin will need surgery on his hip, likely wiping out his season. With Sidney Rice off to Switzerland for treatment on his knee (yes, you read that correctly) Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Zach Miller should all get a boost, particularly Tate. Rice could still be fine in which case he's the team's No. 1 target, but that his knee is already bothering him - to the point where he'd travel overseas to deal with it - doesn't bode well.

Monday NFL Notes

The Texans hope Arian Foster (calf) will return from the PUP list by the middle of the week. At this point, the injury doesn't seem to be a long-term concern, but keep in mind Foster averaged a career-low 4.1 YPC last year and racked up 405 carries (including the playoffs).

Are Newman and Borland a Package Deal?

Will crew chief Matt Borland follow Ryan Newman wherever he lands next season, or will he stay put?

ADP Differentials Between Standard and PPR Scoring -- Tight Ends

We’re going to wrap up our comparison of ADP numbers between standard scoring leagues and PPR leagues today with a fairly quick look at the tight ends. The position is going through a number of changes right now given the injuries to Rob Gronkowski and Dennis Pitta along with the arrest and drama surrounding Aaron Hernandez, and while some folks seem to be reaching for a small handful of tight ends they may deem as elite now, many are simply waiting on the position as so many of these players look like interchangeable parts. We’ll talk individually about some of them, so let’s just get a look at which tight ends have gone in the top 150 so far this year.

Rotowire/Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Expert Challenge #4

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.

ADP Differentials Between Standard and PPR Scoring -- Wide Receivers

We’re going to continue today with our comparative look at the ADP for each position between standard scoring leagues and leagues with a points per reception format. We covered the running backs the other day and saw which players were more heavily favored in drafts of each style of scoring, so it’s onto the wide receivers.

NFFC - "Beat Jeff Erickson" League

You've seen Chris Liss's draft results from Monday. Now is your chance to take your shot at me in the same format, in the $100,000 RotoWire Fantasy Football Online Championship, run by the folks at the NFFC. The signup page is here:


ADP Differentials Between Standard and PPR Scoring -- Running Backs

Obviously, there’s a significant difference in the scoring between standard and PPR leagues. Thanks to anywhere from a half-point to, in some leagues, two points per catch, numerous players have a much higher value in a PPR system and should therefore be bumped up on your draft board when putting together your own personal cheat sheets.

Team Breakdown of the 12 Teams in Rotowire/Yahoo Sports Fantasy Expert Challenge With Injury Analyst Jeff Stotts

Injury Analyst Jeff Stotts breakdowns each of the 12 teams in his Rotowire/Yahoo Sports Fantasy Expert Challenge, providing insight to each team's strengths, weaknesses, and more.

Rotowire/Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Expert Challenge #3

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.

NFFC - RotoWire Online Championship

The "Beat Chris Liss" NFFC draft took place at 7 PM ET Monday night. It's a 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 RB/WR/TE, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 D, 10 reserves league with PPR scoring (6 pts per passing TD). It was also 3rd-Round Reversal, meaning the guy with the first pick in Round 2 also had the first pick in Round 3. Here are the results:

NFFC ADP: First Look at the Top 50

As NFL training camps begin to open, we’re moving closer and closer to fantasy football draft season. The National Fantasy Football Championships have their series of drafts at the end of August, but many of you are likely to have your home or work league drafts set up before that. So with that, we’re going to start taking a more detailed look into the recent ADP numbers and hopefully begin marking trends we witness in both real and mock drafts.

Show Notes: 7/20

A quick summary of Saturday's edition of RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today with Derek VanRiper and Jason Thornbury.

Opening Thoughts

Matt Holliday's production has gradually declined in recent years with the Cardinals, and it seems like there is a good chance that fantasy owners will downgrade him too much because of his age and susceptibility to injury. If that happens, he could shape up to be a valuable target in 2014. Holliday landed on the disabled list Saturday (retroactive to July 12) with a right hamstring strain.

RotoWire Staff Vegas League -- ADP Analysis for Round 1-5

One of the events I most look forward to during the MLB All-Star break is the annual RotoWire trip to Las Vegas. It’s a time to take a breather from the extensive coverage we do and get a chance to get together to spend some time with so many whose sole communication with each other throughout the year is done via email, text, Twitter and Facebook. The company headquarters are centrally located and have offices filled with editors, content contributors and technical specialists, but the vast number of beat writers and other contributors are spread out around the country. The trip is always a great time.

NBA Summer League: Wednesday, July 17th

Summer league action continues in Las Vegas, and we recap all of the Day Three notable performances.

ADP Analysis of RotoWire/Yahoo Beat the Experts Draft - Part 3

OK, it’s finally time to wrap up this draft we’ve been looking at since last week. It’s lingered long enough and we’ve got so many more drafts to analyze, particularly my team in the RotoWire Vegas League which was just drafted during our annual company jaunt to Sin City for the MLB All-Star Break.

Summer League: Tuesday Recap

A look around the Las Vegas Summer League for the best performances of Tuesday's action.

Summer League: Monday Recap

Here's a look at Monday's action from the Las Vegas NBA Summer League 2013.

Rotowire/Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Expert Challenge #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.

Summer League: Sunday Recap (Late Games)

We take a quick spin through Sunday's late action in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Summer League: Sunday Recap (Early Games)

Taking a look at some of the players who are likely to be on NBA rosters in 2013-14 from the early games on Sunday.

ADP Analysis of RotoWire/Yahoo Beat the Experts Draft - Part 2

So we’re going to continue our look at the most recent ADP numbers for fantasy football and see how they compare with an actual draft that I completed earlier in the week. For those who need to catch up

Summer League: Saturday Recap

A roundup of news about players who were drafted two weeks ago playing in Las Vegas.

Show Notes: 7/13

Opening Thoughts

Jose Altuve signed a long-term contract with the Astros (four-year deal through 2017 with club options in 2018 and 2019), which marks the first big signing under the ownership group as the franchise continues its rebuilding process.

NBA Summer League: Friday, July 12th

A recap of the busiest day of summer league action so far, as the tournament in Orlando concludes, while a fresh one begins out in Las Vegas.

ADP Analysis of RotoWire/Yahoo Beat the Experts Draft - Part 1

If you’ve been checking in with the RotoWire blog lately, you’ll see that RotoWire and Yahoo have partnered up to bring you a series of fantasy football drafts which will be played out for the season where you get the chance to compete against one of our writers

Summer League: Thursday Recap

Victor Oladipo and Andre Drummond headlined Thursday's action at the Orlando Summer League.

NBA Summer League: Wednesday Recap

In the minds of many, the NBA summer league is a mere afterthought - a collection of rookies, mysterious foreigners and former college standouts looking to use a glorified open gym setting to find a place in the league. In many respects that viewpoint is spot-on, but the summer league is more than a structured pick-up game - it's a chance for players to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
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