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Thursday’s Lead: Fantasy Football Tiers and Strategies for Every Position

Aug 23, 2018 10:19 AM EDT

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FANTASY FOOTBALL

Tiers of Joy

True story: Sean Koerner has been the top in-season fantasy football ranker in each of the past three seasons. The man doesn’t eat, drink, or sleep until he’s given you everything you need to dominate your fantasy draft. The fact he’s aged 20 years and lost 40 pounds since he started working here? Unfortunate, but unavoidable. Don’t let all of his work go to waste: His tiers and strategies will help you dominate your fantasy draft

Elite Under Center
Alone in Tier 1, Aaron Rodgers plans on spending more time in the end zone than the goal post’s shadow. Joe Flacco? He’s in Tier 8 with 26 quarterbacks ahead of him

Hand-offs
Running backs are running deep this year, which is why Sean’s RB analysis might be the most important thing you read before you draft…

Outs & Ends
Looking to draft a receiver early? As in years past, Antonio Brown is the man for you. Looking for the tightest end in the league? Um… that came out wrong. Looking for the best fantasy tight end? Call on Gronk

Best of the Rest
Kickers and defenses may not get drafted very high, but they’re still people. In the case of defenses, 11 people. And they’re not even allowed to tackle this year. Here are Koerner’s best kickers and d-fences


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POLITICS

Not So Peachy

Tuesday was a wild day in the world of politics, and the odds on President Trump getting impeached shifted dramatically. In the span of 24 hours, Trump went from a longshot to get impeached, to a favorite…


COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Top 25 = Fake News

The AP Top 25 is out and bettors are overreacting far and wide. As John Ewing notes, the betting market and AP Poll haven’t quite lined up yet, leading to discrepancies that can be exploited sooner rather than later. There’s no time like the present to go against the nation’s top teams

Home-Field Advantage Evolution
Let’s not pretend that all homes are created equally. Grandma’s house is far cozier than your studio apartment, and Bryant-Denny Stadium, home of the Crimson Tide, is certainly bigger, louder, and more intimidating than Ladd-Peebles Stadium, where South Alabama plays. Collin Wilson explains why oddsmakers using standard 2.5 points for home-field advantage is so 2000, and reveals his own numbers for each team


THE TOP 5

Cleveland Rocks? Believe it or not, bettors are actually expecting the Cleveland Browns to do well this season

Hello, Hockey: Why are NHL season point totals up three weeks earlier than usual? Michael Leboff doesn’t know, and he doesn’t care, cause he’s already finding valuable spots to bet

Urban’s Suspension: Ohio State announced a three-game suspension for head coach Urban Meyer after the Zach Smith debacle. How will being Urban-less affect OSU’s betting odds? Collin Wilson calculates the loss of Meyer

The Gruden Effect: The Raiders, scared of Coach Chucky’s evil scowl, are the currently the largest preseason favorites in four years. PJ Walsh details why bettors are fading the Packers

DFS 101: Jonathan Bales and Peter Jennings joined the Action Network NFL Podcast to break down the basics of daily fantasy football. If you’re looking to throw your hat in the DFS ring this NFL season (and why wouldn’t you), it’s a great listen…

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Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports; Pictured: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12)

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