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Links to carry you through the weekend

I'm squeezing in a little blog time here while our little dude is taking a nap (not gonna lie, taking my own smidge of a nap was a serious contender for my time right now...), so it's going to be a quick post here. I've mostly got free agency news bits for you today: Yesterday I posted a link to's free agency tracker, which has still been my default spot for news all day long today - so here's another link, this time to their Running Friday Free Agency Thread for you. I've also got a few more FA movement reaction pieces: Roto Arcade's First read: Look out, everyone, the Bears are dealing (note that this was written before Miami signed Matt Moore, not Kyle Orton)'s R eaction - Darren Sproles to the Saints On the non-FA front I do have a couple of articles for you. First up,'s 2011 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings - looks like this might have some tweaks and expanded commentary befo

On the road again

I know, I know, I promised daily posts once the lockout was over...and here I am letting days (eons really) go by before posting again. My apologies, fantasy football friends, but we are finally on the road with our big move from Brooklyn to Knoxville and the past few days have been full of packing, movers, and driving - all with a decidedly poor quantity of internet access. But we hopped in a car last night and brought our son and 2 cats as far as my family's home just outside Washington, D.C., where we'll take a breather for a bit as our furniture slowly rumbles on down to Tennessee. It's a crazy week to be relying solely on my iphone for NFL news at times, but now it's time for a big ol' recap of this week's events. But quickly before that happens, I've got another chance for you fine readers to win a draft kit from - the first person to send me an e-mail who is not already an FFX member will win ( I'll let you know here

15 days

In a mere 15 days the first preseason game will be here - wahooooooo! I can only assume that you all are as excited as I am that a deal has been reached (as with every ESPN link, turn your volume down since a video starts ASAP). Hallelujah. In other news, I just spent a glorious 2 days in Boston getting to know my 3-week-old niece - and now I'm back home and packing/cleaning like a hurricane since we're heading out of NYC for good on Wednesday. I'll be on the road a fair amount over the next week but since this is such a huge week with FA news and such, I'll do my best to keep the posts coming. There's lots of news a.k.a. rumors about the NFL's timeline this week , but it's looking like full free agency begins at 6 PM on Friday, so gear up, readers. So much good stuff coming your way in a narrow time frame. It's like Christmas squared. It's Draft Day Manifesto time - love him or hate him, head on over to Matthew Berry's early season though

2010 rankings accuracy results revisited

I've heard from several of you recently who are looking for the results of my 2010 fantasy football expert rankings accuracy contest. For those new to the site, every year I take a look at how accurate the experts' preseason rankings are compared to fantasy performance by season's end, and I crown one site/ranker the most accurate of all. You can find the 2010 results here , but also take a look at my article on the NY Times' Fifth Down blog for more details. A few of you have also gently reminded me that I need to update my aggregate look at the rankings results so that you have a current multi-year look at who the top sites are ( here's a look at last year's aggregate RBs , for example). I really did intend to get this to you in June, but here we are at the end of July already. Pretty standard really. I will do my very best to get this aggregate ranking up for each position by next week, so stay tuned!


I absolutely love it when I have a full slate of articles to share with you guys - seriously, my browser is chock full of excellent analyses and pretty much everything you need to get psyched about the 2011 season (for those interested, at the time this post is published, there still isn't a deal yet ...). Let's dive right in to today's links without further ado: Rankings, oh rankings - love 'em: When Yahoo is polishing up the rankings, you know the season can't be far behind - Big Board Top 100 . If it's their positional rankings you seek, head here for their Preseason QB rankings (from there you can link to other positions as well).'s 2011 Fantasy Football RB Rankings's 2011 Top 10 Fantasy Football Quarterbacks You all know I love stats, probably more than your average fantasy footballer and I'm sure I sometimes get carried away with stories that the stats tell. Rotoworld's When the stats deceive is a nice

Win a draft kit!

Victory feels so close, my friends. Let's keep our fingers crossed that all these positive 2011 season rumors aren't all for naught. And as a side note, as soon as the lockout is lifted, my goal is to get back to my normal in-season posting every weekday - as always, if there's a topic you're particularly interested in, shoot me an e-mail and I'll do what I can to include it in these links. Speaking of e-mailing me, the first person to e-mail me wins access to's 2011 Fantasy Draft Kit ( I'll post an update here when the kit is spoken for, which based on last year's enthusiasm for FFX's draft kit will be in about 2.2 seconds Draft kit is spoken for, thanks for all the interest!). I'll be giving away another kit next week and then 2/week when August rolls around. West coasters, I promise to post this offer at a later time next week to make sure you get in on the action. Those of you in the market for a little draft

Receiver round-up

Promises of the 2011 season are becoming increasingly frequent and hopeful (or is that just desperation?) and I hope that between news of the lockout talks, anticipation of the Women's World Cup final, and the British Open, you'll be able to squeeze in some time to read the latest fantasy football links. We've got lots of articles focusing on receivers today: First up on the receiver front, has a FF PPR Gems 2011 article listing about 15 guys, some are no-brainers, others are buried a bit deeper, including a handful of rookies to watch.  Two of my top sites take a look at potential breakout WRs: Matt Waldman's Gut Check series for is extensive and chock full of interesting tidbits - as always - so you'll definitely want to scope it out when you've got several minutes to invest in a top-notch article - Profiling WR Breakout Candidates . also supplies a lengthy list of receiver names that you'll want to pay at

Rankings abound

It's been a long, full day here - we're closing on our new house in Knoxville, Tennessee at the end of the week and since we won't actually be there in person for the closing, we unexpectedly found ourselves today with 24 hours to turn around 82 pages of paperwork, which required visits to two different notary publics and multiple trips to Kinkos. Good times. But the papers are signed, the funds are being transferred...the deal is nearly sealed! Two weeks from tomorrow the movers will truck our stuff out of here and I'll be a travelin' blogger for a week or so. In the meantime, plenty of fantasy football to talk about here: With the lockout talks going so swimmingly, I feel like folks are feeling more comfortable putting rankings out there. Here are a few that have been posted or updated recently:'s composite rankings for the top 200 players SI organizes RBs into 8 tiers from the linchpins to the late-round fliers has their Ve

Get your submissions in!

So I'm guessing there's a burgeoning fantasy football writer or two somewhere out there reading this post...if so, pay attention to what comes next, my friends: here's your shot at being a season-long columnist on and FanDuel Insider, plus a little $300 in your pocket. How? Enter The Next Great Fantasy Football Writer contest hosted by Chet Gresham from fame and Mark St. Amant, author the top-selling fantasy football book of all time (among other accolades). I'm honored to be a judge with a handful of other top-notch fantasy football gurus/writers. So jump on in and submit your first article for this week's topic: Five Locks and Five Crocks by July 22.

Fantasty football prep: draft tools, twitter lists, etc

The Fantasy Douche has done us all a great favor - at least those of us who are on Twitter. He used the magic of excel, coding and the Twitter API to develop the Fantasy Football Discovery List , which will guide you to high relevance fantasy football tweeters - basically those folks who have a fair number of fans and are also followed by a lot of FF experts, too. Fascinating list really and you'll definitely want to scope it out for suggestions on new folks to follow. The FD followed it up with another list of names/Twitter handles if you want to dig a bit deeper. Lots of links for you guys today so let's get after it... With so much optimism that the NFL labor talks are hopefully coming to an end (for some of the latest on today's talks, see the Fantasy Guru's notes ), I'm seeing free agency articles cropping up all over the place. Here's a taste: The Hazean has posted both his Notable Free Agent Running Backs and Wide Receivers so far - more positions

Extra little firework for the 4th

It was a tremendous weekend here - my niece was born in the wee hours of July 4th! My sister and baby are doing well and I am over-the-moon excited about the little one. I'll head up to Boston to meet her in a couple of weeks; just hoping I can wait that long. Happy, joyous times here! Let's hope the great news continues and we get some real progress on the NFL season front. There are big meetings today (aren't they all big though really?) as the labor talks continue, so fingers crossed. In the meantime, let's get to the latest fantasy football articles out there:'s Fantasy: 2011 Top 150 overall players are up, based on their updated auction values and projections.  A little while back, looked at the latest ADP (average draft position) numbers and put together a list of guys that you might want to target in this year's drafts. They're taking another stab at it based on updated ADPs - You down with ADP? Yeah you know me