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14 Jan 2015, 12:43pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Where Seattle's Defense Ranks All-Time

Because I just can't get enough of writing about the 1991 Philadelphia Eagles, here's a look at where the 2012-2014 Seattle Seahawks defense ranks all-time. I ranked all defenses over three-year periods by harmonic mean of DVOA. If we Andreas Shepard's estimated historical DVOA ratings to go back to 1950, the 2012-2014 Seahawks are 18th and the 1969-1971 Minnesota Vikings are No. 1. This article also specifically explains why Seattle's defense was not as good this year, and how that changed in the last six weeks.

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14 Jan 2015, 10:31am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Conference Championship Fantasy Matchups

We make our picks for salary-cap leagues for Championship Sunday. The Patriots offer many favorable matchups, but find out why this should be Tom Brady's week to shine instead of another monster rushing performance against the Colts. Marshawn Lynch should be on every lineup this week, and we look at the best tight end not named Rob Gronkowski.

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08 Jan 2015, 02:02pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Romo, Not Murray, Can Beat Pack

Passing is more important than rushing, and thus the Cowboys need a big game from Tony Romo more than a big game from DeMarco Murray to beat Green Bay.

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07 Jan 2015, 05:49am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Divisional Round Fantasy Matchups

Is Aaron Rodgers the most valuable quarterback this weekend given the Dallas pass defense is the only remaining unit not ranked in the top 15? Can you afford to start any running backs besides the four studs playing below-average run defenses? Is Emmanuel Sanders a better investment than Demaryius Thomas and T.Y. Hilton? Can we trust Julius Thomas to regain his dominant form, or is the pricey Rob Gronkowski the safest bet for tight end dominance? We answer these questions and rank our picks for salary-cap leagues for divisional weekend.

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06 Jan 2015, 02:44pm by Brian Fremeau

ESPN: Three Championship Game Factors

Turnover value, special teams value, and field position value figure to be critical factors in the championship game. Will Oregon or Ohio State have the edge?

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31 Dec 2014, 12:26pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Wild Card Fantasy Matchups

If you could only pick one this week: Dez Bryant or Calvin Johnson? Is Ryan Lindley a bargain to load up on the wide receivers, or is he destined for single-digit points? Is DeMarco Murray too expensive against the best run defense now that Ndamukong Suh is allowed to play? Should we even bother looking at any Pittsburgh running back this week? We answer these questions and more to help set up your rosters for salary-cap leagues for this Wild Card weekend.

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31 Dec 2014, 08:15am by Brian Fremeau

ESPN: The NY6 and the BCS

In each of the NY6 games, the efficiency ratings for both teams closely matched a major bowl game of recent vintage. Those matchup similarities highlight a few important statistics that figure to be keys to this week's biggest games.

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24 Dec 2014, 03:14am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Week 17 Fantasy Matchups

This is probably the week to avoid fantasy players from the Patriots and Colts with those teams locked into their playoff seed. Some of our favorite Week 17 matchups for salary-cap leagues include Cam Newton, Teddy Bridgewater, Justin Forsett and Terrance Williams.

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18 Dec 2014, 11:23am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Race for No. 1 Pick Update

Here's an update on the race for the No. 1 overall pick. Tonight's Jacksonville-Tennessee game means a lot, but Tampa Bay still has the best shot at it. And check out the ridiculous dominoes that would need to fall for Washington to get the top pick!

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16 Dec 2014, 08:54pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Week 16 Fantasy Matchups

Some of our favorite Week 16 matchups for salary-cap leagues include Matthew Stafford, C.J. Anderson, Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce. I also think Alex Smith will actually throw a touchdown to a wide receiver (Dwayne Bowe) while Kyle Orton will help Charles Woodson get his 60th career interception. A high-priced stack of Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson in Tampa Bay is something you'll want to do as well.

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