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December 11, 2013 | By Dan Richman and For RedEye
The playoffs are here, and for many of you congratulations are in order. Now it's decision time. We know you aren't going to play Ray Rice, Trent Richardson, or RG3, but will you play Josh McCown, Rod Streater or Bobby Rainey? If you have any or all of the aforementioned, my answer is you'd better give them a shot. Here is why you should play these super sleepers in the playoffs. Josh McCown, Bears quarterback I am of the mindset that the Bears are going to start Josh McCown against Cleveland on Sunday.
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January 30, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) I don't know if Playgirl Forum exists. If it does, the ridiculous story behind “Labor Day” may have been ripped straight from the archives. Despite starring Kate Winslet and being written and directed by Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”), the film boils down to a daytime soap about Stockholm syndrome. Escaped and bleeding convict Frank (Josh Brolin) forces divorced shut-in Adele (Winslet) and her teenage son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith), to take him in. That may sound scary.
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SPORTS
December 3, 2013 | By Dan Richman and For RedEye
Keeper leagues are picking up steam in fantasy football, and I am a big fan of the concept. Here are three players you should consider hanging on to if you are in such a league, or consider drafting them in the early rounds next year. Alshon Jeffery, Bears wide receiver Jeffery is developing into a top-line wide receiver. After an injury-plagued rookie season, he's a big reason why the Bears have one of the best receiving corps in football. His stats are off the charts; two 200-yard receiving games, more than 1,100 receiving yards total and five touchdowns.
SPORTS
December 26, 2013 | By Dan Richman and For RedEye
As we close the book on another fantasy football season, it's time to dole out MVPs. In other words, these guys should be at the top of your draft board for 2014. OVERALL MVP: Peyton Manning, Denver Manning is the only choice for this award. Amazing, off the charts, mind boggling. The statistics are through the roof: over 250 yards per game and 51 touchdowns. RUNNING BACK: LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia McCoy is thriving in Chip Kelly's new offense for the Eagles and crushed it for fantasy owners with more than 2,000 combined rushing and receiving yards.
SPORTS
October 30, 2013 | By Dan Richman and For RedEye
It's time again to hand out midseason fantasy MVPs. Of course, Peyton Manning tops the list, but let the debate begin on the other choices. I can take it. Quarterback: Peyton Manning, Denver Peyton Manning is taking fantasy quarterback play to a whole new level. His start has been simply awesome: more than 2,900 passing yards already and 29 touchdowns in only half a season. He's putting up numbers that are unimaginable. In his 16th season, Manning seems to be getting better, and he could do even more in the second half of the year.
SPORTS
December 26, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin and RedEye
Being a sports fan is serious business. Lifelong friends and business partners Ross Karel, Todd Heyden and Jason Kreiter know that firsthand. "We're sports guys," said Heyden, 30, a founding partner of Lock. As sports guys, they figured there was a fan experience missing for a younger, fast-paced generation. "We just wanted to build something that would change the reputation of what fantasy [leagues] had become, something that was so time consuming that there's a reason only a minority of sports fans are playing fantasy," Heyden said.
SPORTS
October 31, 2012 | By Dan Richman and For RedEye
With eight weeks down in the NFL, it's time to recognize midseason MVPs at four positions. These awards are based on overall performance as well as value based on where they were drafted in your average league. Peyton Manning, QB The Denver quarterback has been amazing. Manning, a midround pick in most leagues, is performing like a No. 1 choice. He hasn't missed a beat since coming returning from neck surgery and a year away from football, averaging 301.9 yards a game and throwing for 17 touchdowns.
SPORTS
December 18, 2013 | RedEye
Before the football season began, we had fantasy fanatics Dan Richman and Jay St. Pierre draft their ideal teams. Now it's time to see who looks like a genius and who needed to go back to the drawing board. FIRST ROUND St. Pierre: Drew Brees, New Orleans QB Breesus Christ hasn't let me down this year, trailing just Peyton Manning as the best quarterback in most fantasy leagues. He's second in passing yards (4,500) and total touchdowns (36). Richman: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota RB While AP didn't come close to duplicating his unbelievable...
SPORTS
August 27, 2013 | RedEye
If you play fantasy football, you're probably tearing your hair out trying to decide whom to draft. That's where we come in. We asked Dan Richman and Jay St. Pierre, two of RedEye's most formidable fantasy minds, to give us their perfect drafts. And at the end of the season, we'll see who got the best of it. Have at it, gentlemen.   JAY ST. PIERRE (@jaystpierre) First round: Drew Brees, New Orleans QB Let's buck this year's "draft-a-running-back-in-the-first-round" trend and give me the leading fantasy scorer the past two years.
SPORTS
August 28, 2011
Peyton Manning's Forehead. Bernie & The Kosars. Tikki the Barbarian. No, they're not NFL tribute bands. They are fantasy football names. A clever fantasy football team name is a work of art. And we want to see what RedEye readers have come up with. Send us a screenshot--we repeat SCREENSHOT--of your team's name to redeyesports@tribune.com or tweet it to @redeyesportsguy . We'll create a gallery and include the best names in a future issue of the newspaper. Are you ready for some fantasy football?
SPORTS
December 26, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin and RedEye
Being a sports fan is serious business. Lifelong friends and business partners Ross Karel, Todd Heyden and Jason Kreiter know that firsthand. "We're sports guys," said Heyden, 30, a founding partner of Lock. As sports guys, they figured there was a fan experience missing for a younger, fast-paced generation. "We just wanted to build something that would change the reputation of what fantasy [leagues] had become, something that was so time consuming that there's a reason only a minority of sports fans are playing fantasy," Heyden said.
SPORTS
December 18, 2013 | RedEye
Before the football season began, we had fantasy fanatics Dan Richman and Jay St. Pierre draft their ideal teams. Now it's time to see who looks like a genius and who needed to go back to the drawing board. FIRST ROUND St. Pierre: Drew Brees, New Orleans QB Breesus Christ hasn't let me down this year, trailing just Peyton Manning as the best quarterback in most fantasy leagues. He's second in passing yards (4,500) and total touchdowns (36). Richman: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota RB While AP didn't come close to duplicating his...
SPORTS
December 11, 2013 | By Dan Richman and For RedEye
The playoffs are here, and for many of you congratulations are in order. Now it's decision time. We know you aren't going to play Ray Rice, Trent Richardson, or RG3, but will you play Josh McCown, Rod Streater or Bobby Rainey? If you have any or all of the aforementioned, my answer is you'd better give them a shot. Here is why you should play these super sleepers in the playoffs. Josh McCown, Bears quarterback I am of the mindset that the Bears are going to start Josh McCown against Cleveland on Sunday.
NEWS
December 4, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
DJ Earworm stuck Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and most everyone in the recording industry in a blender for his annual wrap of a year in music.  "The United State of Pop 2013 (Living the Fantasy)" is this year's mix of all hits, and  is  "a little darker-themed" this year, the DJ told Billboard.   The DJ, whose real name is  Jordan Roseman, has released "United State of Pop" mashups since 2007.  Not to be outdone, Pop Danthology's mix of 2013 has also been released, mashing together 68...
SPORTS
December 3, 2013 | By Dan Richman and For RedEye
Keeper leagues are picking up steam in fantasy football, and I am a big fan of the concept. Here are three players you should consider hanging on to if you are in such a league, or consider drafting them in the early rounds next year. Alshon Jeffery, Bears wide receiver Jeffery is developing into a top-line wide receiver. After an injury-plagued rookie season, he's a big reason why the Bears have one of the best receiving corps in football. His stats are off the charts; two 200-yard receiving games, more than 1,100 receiving yards total and five touchdowns.
SPORTS
December 1, 2013 | By Dan Richman and For RedEye
When you get to this stage of the fantasy football season, knowing statistics is of the utmost importance. That said, now is the time when you need to focus on matchups based on stats. So here are few tips to follow the rest of the way. Play your running backs against the Bears You don't need to be a Harvard scholar to know the Bears are really bad at stopping the run. The statistics show the Bears have the worst run defense in all of football. Just look at the great games by Brandon Jacobs (looking like an All-Pro)
SPORTS
November 7, 2012 | By Dan Richman and For RedEye
If you believe your fantasy team has a chance for something special this year and you have one of these guys on your team, now is the time to think about trading them. Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants This Super Bowl champion quarterback has not been super for fantasy players. I loved Manning as a top-tier fantasy quarterback going into the season, but it looks like I was wrong. He hasn't thrown a touchdown in his last two games and is averaging just over one score a game. The Giants signal caller is looking especially off course in the red zone.
NEWS
September 18, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Ex-Chicago Bear Brandon Lloyd might be a free agent, but his fantasy football profile was updated with a very different kind of stat this week. ESPN and fantasy football blogs alike were abuzz Tuesday after word got around that Lloyd is set to appear in “After Effect,” a Chicago indie horror flick up for release Oct. 8. The former Bears wide receiver plays a sergeant in the film. Fellow University of Illinois graduate Juice Williams also appears in some scenes at the end of the film.
SPORTS
November 13, 2013 | By Dan Richman and For RedEye
A first-round pick in fantasy football is always expected to pay big dividends. This year a few marquee players are flat-out failing. If you have Ray Rice, Trent Richardson or Matt Ryan, you are probably scratching your head and asking yourself what should you do. RAY RICE, BALTIMORE RUNNING BACK Ray Rice was a top-five pick at the beginning of the season. Today, he's someone you might consider dropping or playing only when the matchups seem favorable. I think Rice is still limited from a hip injury that caused him to miss a couple of games early in the season, which might be...
SPORTS
October 30, 2013 | By Dan Richman and For RedEye
It's time again to hand out midseason fantasy MVPs. Of course, Peyton Manning tops the list, but let the debate begin on the other choices. I can take it. Quarterback: Peyton Manning, Denver Peyton Manning is taking fantasy quarterback play to a whole new level. His start has been simply awesome: more than 2,900 passing yards already and 29 touchdowns in only half a season. He's putting up numbers that are unimaginable. In his 16th season, Manning seems to be getting better, and he could do even more in the second half of the year.
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