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Good reads during the lockout doldrums

I celebrated my birthday this past weekend and in today's Facebook-happy world, FB birthday greetings add a whole new dimension to birthdays. And I must say the fantasy football writers community impressed me with their birthday love. Like most of you, I've got Facebook friends from different realms of my life - friends from childhood, friends from college, friends from work, family members, and then this group of fantasy sports writer friends. Perhaps it's the lockout leaving everyone with a little more time or perhaps it's just the high quality personalities behind all these articles I link to, but a big thanks to my FF friends for the birthday sentiments.

Speaking of the fantasy sports industry, the semi-annual Fantasy Sports Trade Association meeting is next week in San Francisco and I'm so sad to be missing it. I'm sure there will be some good tweets and notes from the conference for those who are interested in following the business end of the fantasy world. 

Now onto the content that you're all really here for:
  • Last week two different Peyton Hillis articles came out - he truly is one of the more interesting players this year in my opinion:
  • We also have two articles about how the lockout will affect fantasy football:
  • More from the Fantasy Shrink as he breaks down his first mock of the season with industry experts. Gotta say I really like the grid format for laying out the results despite the teeny tiny font - that's a warning to pull your screen a smidge closer.
  • I've seen plenty of talk about the free agent market on the offensive side of the ball, but far less when it comes to defenders. Turn to Rotoworld's The 2011 Defense Market for a solid overview.
  • Speaking of free agency, check this out for the latest pre-free agency top 200 rankings from ESPN.
  • Finally, I can't sing the praises of ProFootballFocus.com enough for the non-stop content they've been rolling out all offseason. For another interesting stats analysis from them, take a look at Fantasy: Targets per Snap for a look at receivers that are really crucial to the passing game, and perhaps a few names of guys that you might be able to get at a great value. 
Can't help but end with a link to Peter King's MMQB article that includes his annual Father's Day reading list. Makes my librarian's heart sing!

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