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September 5, 2013 | By Megan Gailey and For RedEye
Trash talking has begun and every girlfriend is preparing her "why don't you love me as much as you love Matthew Berry?" speech. God bless fantasy football season. I applaud all the ladies who play! But unfortunately, women account for only about 20 percent of fantasy football players. Blame it on lack of interest, or football knowledge or timing that directly competes with brunch hours. Yet none of these things can keep you from playing the game for the real pros: Fantasy Husband!
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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.
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October 1, 2012 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
Even though the baseball season will end shortly for A.J. Pierzynski, the White Sox catcher still will compete, and his teammates will be involved - only he'll play against them, not with them. Like the employees of just about every other office in the city, he and some of his co-workers - er, teammates - play fantasy football. Turns out professional athletes want to win just as badly off the field as they do on it. "I definitely would say it's pretty competitive," he said. "It's a lot of bragging rights.
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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 2012, his 2013 was still...
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August 30, 2012 | By Dan Richman, For RedEye
Fantasy football draft strategy can keep you up all night. As you start building your team for Wednesday's NFL opener, let's avoid paralysis by analysis and focus on whom to pick if these common quandaries present themselves. Aaron Rodgers vs. Arian Foster Rodgers and Foster are without question the two best fantasy players out there. The Packers QB put up monster numbers last year (45 passing touchdowns, 4,600 yards). Foster, the uber-talented running back for Houston, had a very impressive 2011 (12 total scores, over 1,800 total yards)
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September 4, 2012 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
"Sure," I said. "Sounds like fun. " This was my answer when a friend asked me to join his new fantasy football league for insane people. I don't know a better explanation for a voluntary role-playing game in which 12 dudes agree to sift through almost every player in the NFL, including defensive guys, and then bid via an arbitrary auction value based on projections of their future statistical output, all to build a fake team that will exist forever....
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October 3, 2012 | By Dan Richman and For RedEye
When I got the opportunity to write this column every week, I never thought I'd be writing about kickers. I still can't believe I am dedicating this column to them. Yet this position is very important in fantasy football. If your kicker has a good week, it gives you a great shot at winning. This year players are making longer field goals, which is especially important in leagues that give bonus points for field goals longer than 50 yards. If you can get one of these kickers, their feet will serve you well the rest of the season.
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December 19, 2012 | By Alex Quigley and Dan Richman and For RedEye
In August, we challenged columnists Dan Richman and Alex Quigley to give us their perfect fantasy football draft. Well, the season's almost over and we're not letting them off the hook. In their own words, here's how they fared. ALEX QUIGLEY I gotta say, I wish I had been in a draft position in one of my four leagues where I could've executed my strategy! Remember, my goal was to pick the No. 1 performer at each position and draft them in a realistically plausible order. 1st round: Drew Brees, QB After 15 weeks, he's either the No. 2...
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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...
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December 30, 2012 | By Dan Richman and For RedEye
Even after 15 years of playing fantasy football, I'm still learning. I plan on fixing my mistakes next year. Hopefully you'll be a better fantasy player in 2013, too. Here's what I learned this season: One-hit wonders don't always develop into stars. Did you pick up Kevin Olgetree after he exploded for Dallas in Week 1? Did you think Brandon Myers was the next Rob Gronkowski? Were you convinced Bryce Brown, after two great weeks, was the second coming of Adrian Peterson? All these players had one or two great games, then fizzled.
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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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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...
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November 24, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
Are any other Bears fans out there feeling worn down by the weekly onslaught of digital activity during Sunday football? I can't be the only one. In the past few years I've started watching games with my computer open, checking scores and stats despite being retired from fantasy football since 2007. Then last year - and this is the part that grew addictive - I added Twitter. Now, instead of dealing with just the cacophonous chaos of an NFL broadcast, I interact with a bajillion other voices and opinions.
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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...
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October 22, 2013 | By Dan Richman and For RedEye
I've been playing fantasy football for longer than many RedEye readers have been alive, and there's been one constant in all that time: You build a great fantasy team with running backs. Not anymore. If you want to have a great fantasy team these days, you must have great receivers. The NFL is a passing league and with so many teams using running backs by committee, pass catchers like A.J. Green, Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall are huge difference makers. Brandon Marshall, Bears I know Jay Cutler is out for an extended period, so you may think...
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October 17, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
It's Week 6 of the Survivor Fantasy Football League and Chicago's #1 White Sox fan - Soxman - continues to toil in the middle of the pack. Meanwhile, yours truly got hit with some karma after making a controversial trade with another competitor. What happened to Soxman ? What were the consequences of my machinations? Read on and see for yourself: Soxman: The best way for me to summarize fantasy week six is that I had no Luck at all.  No Andrew Luck that is!  His failure to find the end zone on Monday Night...
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August 6, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins @ernestwilkins and RedEye
Meet the 10 folks you're going to be losing your $5 buy-in to this year. The Serious One From trade request e-mails on Saturday nights at 11 p.m. to being the only person in the history of Yahoo! Sports to actually use the "Smack Talk!" feature, this pinnacle of American achievement just wants you to know that while this may be a game, it ain't a game, honey. The Outsider Oh! Your father-in-law plays fantasy football too? What's that? Your cousin wants to play, even though he got wasted on Crown and hit on my girlfriend at your wedding?
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August 29, 2012 | RedEye, @redeyesportschi and RedEye, @redeyesportschi
So fantasy football's around the corner, and you're in the dark about something. Maybe you don't know which players to avoid drafting. Or what you should be drinking. Or when you should be Shiva blasting (see sidebar). Not to worry. The stars of FX's "The League," which is set in Chicago and returns this fall, are happy to help. Mark Duplass and Katie Aselton - who are married in real life - took time out from filming the show's fourth season to dispense advice on how to rule fantasy football season.
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