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Fantasy Football 2014: Fact or Fiction: Bell, Ryan, Beckham are Playoff MVPs

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  • Michael Beller
  • December 19, 2014, 12:58 PM

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This is our first fantasy column of the week looking ahead to the fantasy championships, and our final Fact or Fiction of the year. The goal of this column all season has been to imbue fantasy analysis with a little real-life football context. Hopefully, the words and pictures contained in this column for the last four months have helped you look at fantasy football from a different, more thoughtful perspective.

At the same time, this column is about taking what has happened and using that to directly improve our chances of winning at fantasy football. Well, there’s only one week left this season, and there aren’t a whole lot of tweaks to cover. We’ll get down into the details in the start ‘em or sit ‘em column later this week. For now, it’s time to unveil the final fact of the 2014 season.
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Fantasy Football 2014: Championship Pickups on the Waiver Wire


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If Aaron Rodgers' and Peyton Manning's bad weeks didn't knock out you, and if Dez Bryant's and Odell Beckham Jr.'s great weeks weren’t on your opponent’s side of the fantasy football ledger, then welcome to Week 16! This is the championship week for most fantasy leagues, which means you’re one win away from bringing home the hardware.

Sadly, this is a horrible week for waiver-wire help. Several quarterbacks are injured, and their replacements (possible waiver targets) are either on underperforming teams, or they face tough defenses this week.

There still might be some help out there for your championship team, though. As we’ve seen in recent weeks, with some players coming out of nowhere to contribute, you just have to know where to look.

Each week, we’ll share 8-12 players we think are worth a look in standard fantasy football leagues based on performance and upcoming matchups. Each of these players listed are owned in fewer than 30 percent of leagues on CBS Sports, ESPN and Yahoo! leagues.

Since they are barely owned in more than 30 percent of CBS leagues, you won’t see these rising players on this list: Robert Griffin III, Carlos Hyde, Kerwynn Williams, Charles Johnson, Donte Moncrief, Cecil Shorts III, Owen Daniels, Connor Barth, Dan Carpenter and the Giants defense.
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Fantasy Football 2014: Aaron Rodgers Stumbles

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  • Michael Beller
  • December 15, 2014, 3:04 PM

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For the last few weeks, everyone who writes or talks about the NFL has been polishing their Aaron Rodgers MVP columns, myself included. Rodgers has been among the MVP candidates in fantasy leagues, too, entering Week 15 with 3,652 yards, 35 touchdowns and three interceptions. He had one of his toughest matchups of the year looming in Buffalo, but his owners had every reason to have confidence that his run to the MVP would continue to roll. Instead, they may have come up one step short of the fantasy championship.
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Fantasy Football 2014: Week 15 Waiver Wire


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Most fantasy leagues are now officially down to the final four teams, and league champions will be crowned over the next two weeks. If you’re reading this article, it’s likely you can sympathize more with Ohio State than with TCU or Baylor.

In the fantasy playoffs, you have to be wary of overthinking your matchups and undoing all that you’ve done up to this point. If you lose, you lose, but you don’t want to be mad at yourself for the entire offseason because you played a lesser player with a good matchup instead of one of your stars with a below-average matchup.

Check Michael Beller’s Week 15 stat projections later this week, and if you have two players close in value for one lineup spot, go with who you consider to be the better player in general — even if he’s ranked two spots lower than the other player. Let your opponent beat you — don’t let overanalysis end your season early.

Each week, we’ll share 8-12 players we think are worth a look in standard fantasy football leagues based on performance and upcoming matchups. Each of these players listed are owned in fewer than 30 percent of leagues on CBS Sports, ESPN and Yahoo! leagues.

Since they are barely owned in more than 30 percent of CBS leagues, you won’t see these rising players on this list: Robert Griffin III, Alex Smith, Jonathan Stewart, Matt Asiata, Donte Moncrief, Jared Cook, Connor Barth and the Panthers defense.
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Fantasy Football 2014: Le'Veon Bell Has a Record Week 14


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Whenever a running back places his name next to Walter Payton’s in the record books, he has achieved a pretty impressive feat. Sweetness, make some room for Le’Veon Bell.

Bell almost certainly carried his fantasy owners into the second round of the playoffs by running all over the Bengals on Sunday. He had 185 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, and as we all know by now, he isn’t a one-trick pony. Bell also caught six passes for 50 yards and a score, going north of 200 yards from scrimmage for the third consecutive game. Before Sunday, Payton was the only running back in NFL history who had ever amassed 200 total yards three weeks in a row.
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Fantasy Football 2014: Four Tips to Dominate Fantasy Playoffs


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While reaching the playoffs in your fantasy football league is not something to put on your professional résumé, it does feel nice to own bragging rights for a year.

Those fantasy champions will know that what separates winners from posers is delivering the goods: plugging in the right players in the right games to go undefeated during the season’s home stretch. It requires thoughtful planning weeks in advance. Whether you’re already assured a playoff spot or still in the running, there are variables you should be analyzing today to help ensure December dominance.
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Fantasy Football 2014: DeAndre Hopkins Has a Monster Week 13

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  • Michael Beller
  • December 1, 2014, 12:39 PM

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Week 13 is typically the final week of the regular season in fantasy leagues. So often fantasy owners look to their stars for salvation in must-win games. If you count Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson or Julio Jones among your stars, then your stars certainly delivered. However, almost as frequently it’s the unheralded players who pop up for a game or two and end up earning the unyielding devotion of their owners. Three guys who were under the radar heading into Week 13 almost certainly carried anyone who started them to a huge win.
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