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Fantasy Football 2014: Marquee QBs Disappoint During Championship Week 0

  • Fantasy Fix
  • 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

  • Fantasy Fix
  • 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

  • Fantasy Fix
  • 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

  • Fantasy Fix
  • 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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Oregon QB Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman 0


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NEW YORK (AP) — Marcus Mariota wrote it all down, every word of his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech. It was a good thing, too, because getting through it might have been tougher than sprinting away from linebacker or tossing a long touchdown pass for the Oregon Ducks.

The understated star quarterback became Oregon's first Heisman winner going away Saturday night, capping a three-year climb to college football's most prestigious individual award.

"I'm humbled to be standing here today," Mariota said moments after he was announced as the winner.
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Fantasy Football 2014: Week 15 Waiver Wire 0

  • Fantasy Fix
  • 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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Mariota, Cooper, and Gordon are 2014 Heisman Finalists 0

  • Gridiron Guru
  • Posted by: Lauren Shute
  • December 9, 2014, 11:17 AM

2014 heisman trophy finalists

For years, two special trophies have brought a very important ending to college football season. The first award was the BCS crystal football and the second was the Heisman Trophy. There’s a new national championship trophy this season, but the Heisman is still standing. And yesterday, we learned who is one step closer to taking it home.

On Monday, 1996 Heisman winner Danny Wueffel announced the three finalists for the trophy recognizing the year’s most outstanding college football player. All three have been in the mix since the start of the year. During a season in which a new playoff has brought twists, turns, and ultimately a new college football playoff trophy, it’s nice to have some tradition within the Heisman race.

Let’s meet the 2014 Heisman finalists: 
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