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Fantasy Football 2014: Most Valuable Players of the Season 0

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  • Posted by: Michael Beller
  • December 26, 2014, 8:55 AM

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Unless you’re in one of those bizarre leagues that goes to Week 17, your fantasy season is over. All that’s left for us to do now is get in the holiday spirit and hand out gifts in the form of MVP trophies.

We’ll nominate five of the best players this season, with at least one at the four major positions, as the potential fantasy MVPs. By taking into account overall production, week-to-week consistency, standout performances and draft-day price, and then select our one true MVP for the 2014 season.
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Fantasy Football 2014: Fantasy's Most Important Players of the Season 0

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  • Posted by: Michael Beller
  • December 24, 2014, 8:23 AM

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When my editors first asked me to write a year-end piece highlighting the 10 most important players to the story of the 2014 fantasy football season, I thought it would be pretty easy. But when I sat down at my desk, it soon became apparent that I was in for a more daunting task than expected.

Sure, DeMarco Murray, Odell Beckham and Le’Veon Bell were easy inclusions. After that, the story of the 2014 fantasy football season spirals out of control, as have so many of its predecessors. Does the guy who had six touchdowns in back-to-back games get a mention? What about the quarterback who threw for 300-plus yards with almost unprecedented regularity? One particular tight end became a force of nature about halfway through the season. Surely he must be a part, right?

At the same time, I could go a completely different route on focus on the absurd. Like the Week 1 waiver wire darling who was back on the wire in most leagues one month later. Or the unmitigated running back bust who resurfaced with his best game of the year in championship week. And could a kicker be crucial to telling the story of the 2014 fantasy football season? Really? A kicker?

So as you can see, it was a much greater intellectual challenge than I originally thought it would be. Luckily, I was able to whittle my list down to the 10 most important players from the past four months. You may have your own, but I think it’s safe to say that you can’t recount the tale of the 2014 fantasy football season without...
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Fantasy Football 2014: Marquee QBs Disappoint During Championship Week 0

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  • Posted by: Michael Beller
  • December 22, 2014, 10:35 AM

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There
isn’t always a whole lot of justice in the fantasy playoffs. Any team can get hot for a three-week stretch, and one bad week — or even one poor individual performance — can knock out the best team in the league. Nothing is ever going to change the crapshoot nature of the fantasy postseason.

As random as the playoffs always seem to be, fantasy owners will probably remember Week 16 of the 2014 season for a long time, particularly with respect to the quarterback position. Consider the following:
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Fantasy Football 2014: Fact or Fiction: Bell, Ryan, Beckham are Playoff MVPs 0

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  • Posted by: Michael Beller
  • December 19, 2014, 11:58 AM

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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 0

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  • Posted by: David Gonos
  • December 17, 2014, 12:14 PM

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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 0

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  • Posted by: Michael Beller
  • December 15, 2014, 2:04 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 0

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  • Posted by: David Gonos
  • December 10, 2014, 3:23 PM

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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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