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Latest Stories Eric Mack: Veterans Oswalt, Ramirez can provide punch teams needupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 16:17:00

How disappointing is this June call-up season? So bad, we are left waiting for the has-beens like Roy Oswalt, Manny Ramirez and Vladimir Guerrero. Eric Mack: Fantasy baseball pitching planner: Reds' Bailey coming aliveupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 16:04:00

Now that we are entering June, sometimes it is easy to allow the early season to continue to affect our opinions on players. For instance, we still might not think much of the likes of closers Heath Bell, Joel Hanrahan or Alfredo Aceves. Eric Mack: Players ready to mature into stars in 2012updated: Wed Feb 29 2012 11:24:00

To win your fantasy baseball league, you don't want to merely draft with the rest of the crowd and cross your fingers, hoping your number has come up this year. You can do that -- slotting players by their past season's numbers or three-year averages -- but it just doesn't seem like a reliable way to win.

Why 'The League' continues to scoreupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 13:56:00

Chances are, there are some people in your life who spend a whole lot of their free time fiddling on the computer, tinkering with their phones in public settings, and yelling at the television when players perform poorly for professional sports teams that they supposedly hate. Eric Mack: Given key road tests, Brees shines while Rodgers stumblesupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 18:35:00

This might still go down as Aaron Rodgers' year -- despite his mediocre performance on the road in Kansas City -- but Drew Brees' fantasy owners have to be elated their man is keeping pace. Heck, it could have been their man knocking out Rodgers' teams head-to-head in Week 15. Eric Mack: Patience pays for savvy ownersupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 00:17:00

You want to know why it is so darn tough to win fantasy football titles: The sure things never are. And sometimes the lost ones wind up becoming your leaders. Eric Mack: Running games finally make an appearance in Week 13, more analysisupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 15:09:00

If you have followed this space this season, you might recall the stubbornness with the prediction running backs would pay us back. It hasn't really happened to the extent we thought, but they sure did come through this week. Will Carroll: Peterson, McFadden on the mend but slowlyupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 11:05:00

This is the make-or-break week. While some leagues are starting their playoffs, the vast majority are in that last week. Some teams are in, some out, but it's the ones on the edge that are on edge around the office. Trash talk has gone quiet. There's some that are like the Texans or Bears, hanging on, hoping to build around the injuries that have foiled their best-laid plans. Some are like the Bills, falling apart piece-by-piece and just hoping to back into the playoffs. Some are like the Dolphins, finding themselves in the second half and hoping they can sneak in past that guy whose team is falling apart. There are a lot of ways fantasy football is nothing like the real thing, but watching team owners chew down Pepcid is a reminder that it's very, very real if you're as passionate as most owners. Let's get to the Week 13 injuries: Eric Mack: Bad matchups have fans looking at players, not teams, more Week 12 analysisupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 18:09:00

The NFL needs to thank fantasy football. After a pretty entertaining Thanksgiving Day slate, the early Sunday schedule featured nothing interesting, unless you're watching players instead of the teams and bad matchups. Scrolling stats and fantasy scores keep us all riveted on thrillers like the Panthers-Colts, Bengals-Browns, Cardinals-Rams, Titans-Bucs, Texans-Jags, Jets-Bills and Falcons-Vikings. Fantasy owners don't know how meaningless these games were, they just know they need to squeeze a couple more victories out before the fantasy postseason. To fantasy owners, this week was more important than any one prior. It is fantasy crunch time. We break down each game every week from a fantasy perspective in the Fantasy Football Fast Forward: Eric Mack: Lions' Smith no longer a secret, Cowboys surging, more Week 11 notesupdated: Tue Nov 22 2011 15:47:00

Adrian Peterson's loss to an ankle injury hurts, but we might have found a new fantasy running back to go to in Kevin Smith. In street clothes just a few weeks ago, now Smith is in a Lions' uniform and his big game Sunday will get him in numerous fantasy lineups on Thanksgiving Day. Smith broke out in a barnburner against the Panthers with 140 yards rushing, 61 yards receiving and three touchdowns. That is the kind of production Jahvid Best owners have longed for while the former Lions starter has been dealing with post-concussion syndrome. The Lions and fantasy owners have to be wondering where Smith has been hiding. The secret is out now. Smith's problem will be a problem familiar to the Lions and five other teams this week: How do they bounce back in just a few days to play on Thanksgiving Day. Oh, Smith also gets the unbeaten defending champs that have a swarming run defense. That surely will present more of a challenge than the suspect Panthers run defense did. We will go into Eric Mack: Eagles' freefall continues, Johnson's big week, more Week 10 analysisupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 00:10:00

Two men exit, one man enter: Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson have reached the maximum frustration level for fantasy owners -- the Eagles are a joke right now -- but at least we get Chris Johnson back to being a factor. You just never can know for sure how things are going unfold week to week.

Reality check on my fantasy manupdated: Sun Nov 13 2011 10:12:00

This story is about how to know when to give up on a man, and when to stick with him. Eric Mack: Defenses keep fantasy scoring down in Week 9updated: Tue Nov 08 2011 15:21:00

FOXBORO, Mass. -- No one is going to confuse Eli Manning with Tom Brady, particularly us number-crunchers in fantasy circles. Manning just doesn't do it pretty and he doesn't do it all game, or all season. Eric Mack: Johnson value bottoms out with benching, more Week 8 fantasy analysisupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 11:58:00

Chris Johnson became the highest-paid running back in the NFL this season when he finally ended his holdout. He might be becoming the highest-paid backup running back. Eric Mack: Tebow's first start, running back injuries, more Week 7 notesupdated: Tue Oct 25 2011 14:38:00

We saw in four-plus quarters the Tim Tebow critics and avid supporters have their say. Tebow was mostly inept until very late, and his critics were readying their "I told you so's." Eric Mack: Week 6 Fast Forward: Running backs make an appearance, more notesupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 15:49:00

In this pass-happy NFL, it was a breath of fresh air -- fantasy relief? -- to see a revival of running backs. It has been long overdue. Eric Mack: Fantasy Fast Forward: Week 5updated: Tue Oct 11 2011 01:56:00

Here is a buried aspect of the bye-week season: It makes jumping on the previous week's surprises a bit more tricky. You really have to be sure that one-week wonder isn't merely that and is capable of more big weeks going forward. Eric Mack: Fantasy Fast Forward: Week 4updated: Tue Oct 04 2011 01:44:00

Usually we don't care about watching Lions games unless it is noon on Thanksgiving. Now, watching Lions games is must-see entertainment every week. Go figure. Eric Mack: Fantasy Fast Forward: Week 2updated: Tue Sep 20 2011 15:29:00

Going into the weekend, it was said here it would be a telling week for running backs and rookie Cam Newton. Newton showed flashes of his burgeoning star, running backs rallied, but this writer's bust of the year, Jamaal Charles, looks done. Eric Mack: Colts, Chiefs among fantasy disappointments in Week 1updated: Tue Sep 13 2011 14:58:00

Week 1 is like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates: You never know what you're going to get. Peter King: Preseason is almost over and some teams could use more timeupdated: Mon Aug 29 2011 11:37:00

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. -- My fourth and final week on the camp trail started in Houston (interesting Mario Williams stuff) and Dallas (Jerry Jones tried to sell me a very large stadium), continued with the transplanted Saints (that's a good-looking team) in California, veered south to the endless sauna that is Phoenix (Larry Fitzgerald is one happy Kolb fan), then red-eyed East into the path of Hurricane Irene, thus ending my month driving/flying to check out the post-lockout NFL. Stats of note about the journey: Eric Mack: Burress, Rivers, Helu among impressive performers in Week 2updated: Mon Aug 29 2011 10:49:00

While fantasy owners hold their breath amid the Revis-like holdout of Chris Johnson and the inactivity of Peyton Manning (neck surgery), we move on like NFL coaches do: Focusing on the players we have to work with right now. Eric Mack: The waiver trading deadline can bring some jewelsupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 11:50:00

The waivers trading deadline doesn't get the same pub of the July 31 one, but it is still giving us some juicy deals that impact fantasy leagues. Hall of Famers are switching teams and pair of struggling second baseman in their prime get swapped for each other. Will Carroll: Gates' decline impossible to ignoreupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 14:03:00

This is kind of a grab bag of a health report as we get down to those late-round positions. The orthodoxy has been challenged a bit on the "last rounds" for K and DST, with some elite defenses calling for the "round early" strategy. It's tougher for TEs, where positional scarcity and a variance in style, both schematically and physically, makes an internal comparison more difficult. Will Carroll: Factoring health in QB rankingsupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 15:19:00

It used to be that a QB was almost an afterthought in fantasy leagues. There were enough elite guys to go around that you could pass on the top couple and still give your team a chance. Eric Mack: Trade deadline another lesson in not overreacting to rumorsupdated: Sun Jul 31 2011 22:52:00

This trade deadline is the reason you don't overreact to rumors and hearsay in fantasy. Most of it winds up being random noise and nothing to be worry about. Eric Mack: Kemp, Reyes, Tabata among early surprisesupdated: Mon Apr 18 2011 14:20:00

Three is the magic number in baseball. Three strikes, three outs, and now three weeks. That's how long it generally takes to get a decent lay of the fantasy land. Will Carroll: Title games, Austin Collie's concussion and more Week 15 Fast Forwardupdated: Sun Dec 19 2010 20:32:00

Congratulations! You are now headed to the fantasy football championship game. Some of you aren't, but follow along because you love the sport or have moved on to plain ol' gambling on games. You drafted well. You got a little lucky. You avoided the fantasy pitfalls. You made some great waiver moves. Your team stayed healthy. You made that last minute change that saved you a win. You listened to the right experts and you made up your own mind. It all came together and here you are, headed into Week 16 with a chance to win it all. So don't stop now -- what you've done up to this point has worked. Keep your foot on the gas. Take a look around the league and see what happened today and what will happen next week. Being there is an honor, but you want to win it all. You'll have to do what it takes. It will be on your mind all week, even when you're working -- so pilots and doctors, please be careful with that one, okay? Jay Clemons: The forgotten studs, tiers of a clown, last-minute adviceupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 22:28:00

I must be crazy to be part of 13 real fantasy leagues this fall. That's 13 leagues of last-minute lineup changes in September, 13 leagues of stressful wheeling-and-dealing before the November trade deadlines and 13 leagues of agonizing over RB/WR-flex options during the playoff weeks of December. Jay Clemons: Foster, Forte and Johnson headline Week 1 Revelationsupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 22:16:00

Chicago 19, Detroit 14 We could've launched the season premiere of Fantasy Revelations with immmediate takes on Arian Foster, Hakeem Nicks or Chris Johnson; but let's focus on the game -- and play -- that'll be dissected for many years to come. Forget the fact that I'm a Detroit native, or fomer Lions employee (sad but true), or know people from Michigan who would donate a kidney if it called for the Lions winning a Super Bowl. The Calvin Johnson disallowed-touchdown with precious seconds left has now replaced the Tuck Rule Game as the most infamous officiating call of my lifetime (which predates Welcome Back, Kotter). Seriously, how many feet and how many knees did Calvin need on the ground to convince the refs he had scored? How many seconds left the game clock -- from the time Calvin put two hands on the jump ball to his post-catch celebration -- before anyone wearing a striped shirt at Soldier Field realized this score had to count, in the name of pure common sense? Daniel McQuade: Gore's loss is Westbrook's gainupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 16:00:00

Despite the Vikings' struggles this season, Adrian Peterson has remained a top fantasy back. He's had just three single-digit fantasy games, is the fourth-highest scorer in standard scoring leagues and got owners 12 points on Saturday. Twelve points isn't a great fantasy day, but it was a lot for a player who went out in the second quarter after rolling his ankle. Yes, Peterson is hurt, and it could be serious. Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier said Peterson has a sprained ankle; further details should come out Wednesday. It's possible Peterson has the dreaded high-ankle sprain, but even a severe regular sprain could keep him out of the lineup this Sunday. Will Carroll: Colts try to get all hands on deck vs. Patsupdated: Sun Nov 21 2010 12:36:00

Ever feel like your fantasy football team is like a country song? I was at the Jamey Johnson concert last night and prior to him coming on, the DJ played "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight." Most of America knows that as the song that was turned into the Monday Night Football song, but it reminded me that football and heartache are linked. It seems every country song is about heartbreak, loss, or missing out on something by just that much. Judging by some of the emails and tweets I get from fantasy owners, those songs might be less about women and more about fantasy football. Maybe if we could just play the song backwards, we'd have Ryan Grant back on the field, Sidney Rice would have never hurt his hip, and Brett Favre would be sitting on his porch in Mississippi. Okay, that last part of the song is the same either way I guess, but like a good country song, you can make something out of your pain in fantasy football. Yeah, my draft day included both Grant and Rice, but Jay Clemons: Rice, Rivers, Austin headline Week 5 Revelationsupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 10:56:00

We've adopted a fresh approach to Fantasy Revelations, one that'll focus on stars and hot-button topics. At the same time, there may be a reference or two to Todd Collins or Jimmy Clausen to balance things out. Daniel McQuade: Orton, Big Ben, Tolbert headline Week 5 waiver-wire starsupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 16:06:00

A year ago I decided to stop saying no when friends asked me to join fantasy leagues. Managing a fantasy football team isn't that much work to begin with, and after doing research adding on an extra team or two didn't sound like a big deal. Will Carroll: Passing accuracy, tipped picks, more Week 4 revelationsupdated: Mon Oct 04 2010 09:54:00

Filling in for Jay Clemons is like pinch hitting for Ted Williams. I'll just try to stay within myself, try to help the team. I'm watching the games a bit differently than most, but maybe not. It's a modern media mix of RedZone on the big screen and my iPad for both looking up stats, chatting it up with my pals at Football Outsiders, watching my fantasy points tick, tweeting, and writing this entire column. (The laptop is charging from the weekend trip.) Here are my 10 -- make that 11 -- revelations from Week 4 in the NFL, ranging from stats to hits, from concepts to contact. Just be sure to check back in on Thursday when I get back to writing the Injury Report. Jay Clemons: Peterson, Rivers, Vick claim top fantasy honors for Week 3 Revelationsupdated: Mon Sep 27 2010 11:34:00

Minnesota 24, Detroit 10 The Vikings have come full-circle from Adrian Peterson's rookie campaign of 2007, when the club treaded water with a pedestrian quarterback, few receiving options and had little hope at the tight end slot. At least that's how things appeared on Sunday, with Brett Favre struggling again, Bernard Berrian (2 catches, 11 yards) and Greg Camarillo foundering, and Visanthe Shiancoe (1 catch, 7 yards) leaving early with an injury. That left everything on the capable shoulders of WR Percy Harvin (75 total yards, 1 TD) and Peterson (190 total yards), who busted loose for big yardage and bigger plays and saved Minnesota from an unfathomable 0-3 hole in the NFC North. The day was especially comforting for fantasy owners who watched Peterson fight a losing battle for sizable gains early on, before breaking the Lions' spirits with a pair of touchdowns -- one from 6 yards, and 80 for the other. Hard to believe the latter was Peterson's career high, not so much that it Jay Clemons: Schaub, Snelling claim top honors for Week 2 Revelationsupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 11:53:00

Houston 30, Washington 27 (OT) The NFL can play out the rest of the 2010 schedule if it so chooses, but we've already found the Fantasy Event of the Year in the form of the sixth game in NFL history to boast multiple 400-yard passers. On one side, Matt Schaub (497 passing yards, 3 TDs) missed the hallowed 500-yard mark by one completion, but led Houston to perhaps its greatest comeback victory in franchise history. On the other sideline, Donovan McNabb passed for 426 yards and one touchdown, while making short-term stars of a relatively anonymous corps of receivers. For those who regret benching McNabb in Week 2 -- and I'm certainly guilty of that -- feel free to throw D-Mac back into the starting mix for Week 3. The recent concerns about his battered ankle and lack of timing with the 'Skins pass-catchers seem comically far-fetched at this point. Will Carroll: Romo, Vick, Bradford look good in Week 2 medical checkupdated: Sun Sep 19 2010 11:49:00

Back in the dark ages of injury updates -- you know, 2008, when I first started doing them here at SI -- it was much harder to get the speed of updates that fantasy players wanted. I'd get the info from one of my sources, write it up, send it in to the editors, and it'd make it up pretty quick. Today, the world moves at Twitter speed, where quick updates happen in milliseconds. It creates a problem as much as it creates an opportunity, with misinformation and worse, misinterpretation, happening at the same speed. Jay Clemons: Fantasy Clicks: Peterson, Brees highlight Thursday's mini-Revelationsupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 16:44:00

It's Fantasy Clicks tradition to do a mini-Revelations off the Thursday night NFL opener; however, it's not typically standard to make season-long judgments -- good or bad -- from one teeny, tiny game. And yet the verdicts might already be in with one all-world quarterback and one desultory receiver. Jay Clemons: The Boldin-Revis affair, QB/RB/WR locks and Twitter mailupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 17:00:00

By now, you've undoubtedly read a few accounts from fantasy experts imploring you to drop Anquan Boldin from starting lineups this week, as a direct consequence of Darrelle Revis returning to the Jets (isn't it funny how $46 million can inspire someone to work again?). And while this sounds like good advice for the masses, in reality, it conflicts with one of the most unimpeachable rules of fantasy football: Never fear someone who skips training camp. The value of skill playersupdated: Thu Sep 02 2010 15:41:00

The glory of Fantasy Football is in the skill positions. The winning can be in what I call the "fantasy grab bag," all the other players, even the ones you don't pick. Don't pick? You look confused, my friend. Yes, fantasy games can be won or lost due to the play of offensive linemen, defensive players (even in IDP leagues), and even the lowly kickers. Aside from the freakish Devin Hester Bears teams, I don't know of any real advantage to any special teams, so we'll ignore them for the most part. The fact is that the guys up front can make or break the production of the skill players. A lineman goes down isn't important? Ask Matt Hasselbeck about that after he lost Walter Jones. A defender breaking down isn't important? Brian Urlacher's absence didn't just hurt the Bears on defense, it put them behind more and put pressure on Jay Cutler. In a fantasy world where information is everywhere and your grandmother understands you don't take Drew Brees in the first round, little advantages Jay Clemons Fantasy Clicks: The one and only PPR Spectacularupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 18:14:00

For the sake of tradition, we present the ultimate guide for Points Per Reception leagues. Every section -- minus the salute to Tommy Kramer/Ahmad Rashad -- has one singular focus: To help you dominate your PPR drafts, which should occur after Week 3 of the preseason. But in case you've already scheduled a draft, here's the good word on PPR stars such as Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Jamaal Charles, Reggie Bush, Percy Harvin, Dexter McCluster and the other Steve Smith, to name a few. Jay Clemons Fantasy Clicks: Raging debates, mini-Revelations and RB handcuffsupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 00:24:00

Let's start today's Fantasy Clicks with six too-close-to-call debates for draft day. And for the sake of consistency, I'll stick to the realm of standard-scoring leagues: Jay Clemons: Five-minute guide to fantasy running backsupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 12:27:00

For those who don't have time to consume every word of the expansive Fantasy Football Preview, we'd like to present the 5-Minute Guide to Fantasy Football, in five parts. Think of it as a Reader's Digest approach to fantasy domination. And should you have any questions or comments, be sure to follow me on Twitter. Herewith, a quick look at running backs. Jay Clemons: Five-minute guide to fantasy quarterbacksupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 12:07:00

For those who don't have time to consume every word of the expansive Fantasy Football Preview, we'd like to present the 5-Minute Guide to Fantasy Football, in five parts. Think of it as a Reader's Digest approach to fantasy domination. And should you have any questions or comments, be sure to follow me on Twitter. Herewith, a quick glance at quarterbacks. Will Carroll: Colts' Manning among QB risksupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 12:07:00

"No one ever got fired for buying IBM." Fantasy football injury report: Ten injuries that could impact fantasy draftsupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 14:25:00

I'm thrilled to be back at SI Fantasy this year to give you all the information you'll need to make the best decisions for your fantasy football team. As you're getting ready for your fantasy drafts, your board is going to need adjusting based on the latest injury information. Think of me as the medical staff for your fantasy team. Just like your favorite team has trainers, therapists and doctors on staff, that's what I have on speed dial -- some of the best in the world -- to help you make informed decisions. Injuries can mean the difference between the playoffs and off-season golf for NFL teams. In fantasy football, it's even more important. If Vince Lombardi were here, he'd tell you that winning is the only thing, and in fantasy football, he'd be right. Here are 10 situations where you'll likely need to move a guy UP or DOWN your draft board based on his injuries: Jay Clemons: The obligatory Favre redux, woe is Bowe and mock draftsupdated: Wed Aug 18 2010 16:06:00

There's really no justification in devoting 1,000 or so words to Brett Favre's reunion with the Vikings (I doubt he flew to Minneapolis Tuesday with the sole purpose of opening a K-Mart in Mankato and NOT returning for a 20th NFL season); but that's how today's Fantasy Clicks might shake out. So, if you instantly turn ill at the mere mention of Lord Favre's name on radio, TV or the Internet -- not unlike the time Kramer got seizures at the sound of Mary Hart's voice -- then here's a free pass for missing today's column, with the hope you'll be back on Friday. Fantasy Clicks: Hall of Fame Revelations and scheduling conflictsupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 01:12:00

I have a healthy respect/appreciation for Fanball magazine, especially its Cheat Sheets edition, which solely focuses on mock drafts -- standard-scoring, PPR, TD-only, TD-heavy, QB-heavy, distance scoring, IDP and defense and keeper leagues, etc. But that doesn't mean I'm in lock-step agreement with their rankings, or specific picks from a standard 12-team mock draft. Richard Deitsch: History of ESPN coming to a bookstore soonupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 14:36:00

Jim Miller has become the nation's foremost ESPNologist. Over the past two years the writer has interviewed 472 subjects for his upcoming book, Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN. He and co-writer Tom Shales, the longtime Washington Post television columnist, have set a goal to chronicle ESPN from its scrappy beginnings to the infamous LeBronapalooza it hosted earlier this month. Don Banks: Fantasy football is taking over the NFL worldupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 12:25:00

Five years ago this summer, I wrote a piece that probably got more reader reaction than all 7,236 of the other stories combined that I've done since I started covering the NFL two decades ago. And that was just from family members. David Sabino: Do's and don'ts of fantasy baseball draftsupdated: Fri Mar 05 2010 10:53:00

Fantasy football is wildly popular because it's a) easy to manage, taking only a half hour of your time each week to get up to speed on the previous week; and b) totally inclusive, inviting players of all levels; and c) transient and completely matchup-based. Far less popular, fantasy baseball is a much more intimate undertaking. With games played nearly every day for six months, you develop a "relationship" with the players on your team, making it even more important to be comfortable with those you draft. To ensure you'll enjoy your team all summer while finding fantasy peace of mind, I've cobbled together a list of Eight Do's and Don'ts that can be applied to all types of leagues, whether they're one league or mixed, head-to-head or rotisserie style. Get familiar with them going into your draft and you should come out in great shape for 2010.

The rise and rise of fantasy sportsupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 14:44:00

When USA Today became the first newspaper to publish detailed baseball stats in the early 1980s, it seemed little more than a fad with appeal to only the most geeky of readers.

Frustrated with fantasy football? Try the Supreme Courtupdated: Wed Dec 16 2009 14:28:00

Forget about baseball, football and the Academy Awards. The hottest new fantasy-league game involves the Supreme Court. Top NASCAR fantasy picks for Talladegaupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 19:45:00

It's entirely appropriate that the NASCAR circus swings through Talladega over Halloween weekend. If ever there were a venue that gave drivers heart palpitations, visions of disaster and sweat-soaked nightmares, it would surely be the 2.66 mile-long behemoth in Alabama. With the restrictor plates reduced in size ( by 1/64th of an inch) this weekend, in order to prevent Carl Edwards' Ricky Bobby style crash in the spring race, the net result of this reduction will be a drop of between 12 and 15 horsepower, bunching the cars even more uncomfortably closer together than before. Chris Ballard: What happens when a dozen seven, eight and nine-year-olds compete in fantasy draftupdated: Thu Sep 17 2009 13:28:00

Last Thursday afternoon, in what some may view as a sign of the apocalypse and others may deem encouraging news for the future of America's youth, more than a dozen 7, 8 and 9-year olds gathered in a living room in Aptos, Cailf., for the inaugural Aptos Amateur Fantasy Football League draft. Just like their adult counterparts, the boys wore baseball hats (and one coonskin cap), carried notebooks full of scribbled rankings (some even legible) and appeared to subsist entirely on Rice Krispie treats and beer (okay, so it was root beer). To watch them was to see a distorted reflection of the 20 million of us -- mostly adults, tending toward the obsessive -- who play fantasy sports, and, perhaps even to gain a little perspective.

8 alternative fantasy leaguesupdated: Thu Sep 10 2009 15:46:00

Fantasy football drafts are firing up, and workplace productivity will soon grind to a halt as half the office spends half the day managing their rosters in an attempt to get the next Steve Slaton off the waiver wire. Just because you're not a football fan doesn't mean you have to be left out of the fantasy mania, though. There are all sorts of alternative fantasy leagues you can join. Why not try one of these?

Lawyers, insurance firms cash in on fantasy footballupdated: Thu Sep 10 2009 15:26:00

Henry Olszewski was stoked in 2008 when he, along with millions of Americans, drafted New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to his fantasy football team.

Fantasy football winner reveals secrets of successupdated: Mon Mar 23 2009 08:46:00

"Incredible" is how John Frisina remembers the moment he logged on to Fantasy Premier League and discovered he was beating nearly two million other competitors.

The secrets of fantasy football successupdated: Mon Mar 23 2009 06:24:00

"Incredible" is how John Frisina remembers the moment he logged on to Fantasy Premier League and discovered he was beating nearly two million other competitors. Michael Lombardi: Doling out fantasy draft adviceupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 11:32:00

The biggest NFL draft weekend in NFL history is upon us. But there won't be any television coverage or analysis from Mel Kiper Jr. or scenes from the Dallas Cowboy War Room or disappointed Jets fans. And It won't be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York. But rather it will be held all over the world among the five million people who play fantasy football. Ross Tucker: Ravens rookie needs to loosen upupdated: Thu Jun 19 2008 12:19:00

With no football to play for the first time in 18 years, former pro Ross Tucker is passing the time reading about his favorite sport. What follows are a few links to NFL-related articles he found and his take on them. Melissa Segura: One fantasy sports league is connecting war vets updated: Fri Nov 09 2007 16:19:00

We want to believe in the happily-ever-after. That when the troops come home to the local high school band playing, families waiting, flags waving, the worst is over and they are finally free to begin tending to their lives, families and lawns. Everything that the American dream and the flag they've fought under is all about.

Fantasy sports offers prizes -- monetary and emotionalupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 03:41:00

Sean Forman still remembers the final play of the final game on the final Sunday of the NFL season four years ago. And it still hurts. James Quintong: Experts League draft resultsupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 02:40:00

The fifth annual Experts League drafted on Aug. 21 with 12 owners fighting it out for the title. Unlike the SI Mock Draft in the magazine, this league will be played out. You can track the progress of the league throughout the season here. John Rolfe: NFL takes page from parenting playbookupdated: Tue Aug 07 2007 02:21:00

Last week's hidebound tract about the NFL's ongoing crime wave drew the following e-pistle from reader Dave Snow of Phoenix, Ariz, who happens to be the owner of the Arizona Snowmen fantasy football team: New measurement for comparing pitchers and hittersupdated: Fri Aug 03 2007 06:35:00

FANTASY MAILBAG Greg Ambrosius: Looking at the surprise home run bashers in 2007updated: Mon Jul 30 2007 06:14:00

As Major League Baseball does its best to honor Barry Bonds this week when he finally passes Hank Aaron as the all-time home run leader -- whether we like it or not -- it's appropriate at this time to take a quick look at this year's home run leaders to see if there were any surprises. To be truthful, most of the Top 50 home run hitters as of this week were predictable, but there were a few sluggers we didn't see coming. Ambrosius: Next year's likely top 15 draft picksupdated: Mon Jul 23 2007 01:27:00

With 10 weeks left in the season, it's way too early to start planning for 2008. Still, it would be fun to put together a short cheat sheet of top picks for 2008 and get a head start on next season. Greg Ambrosius: Fantasy owners must keep focusupdated: Mon Jul 16 2007 21:58:00

The All-Star break is a great time for everyone to grab their second wind and prepare for the all-important stretch run. That's true for players, managers, general managers and fantasy-league managers. The "dog days of summer" are upon us, so it's time to get rejuvenated and motivated for the most important part of the season. Greg Ambrosius: Honoring the top performersupdated: Mon Jul 02 2007 01:13:00

With the All-Stars named on Sunday night, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the top fantasy players at each position based on their performances in the first half and their rankings on Draft Day. You might be surprised to learn that you could have had a lot of these first-half stars late in your draft. John Rakowski: How fantasy baseball makes the All-Star Game betterupdated: Thu Jun 28 2007 02:09:00

The All Star Game used to generate a lot more interest than it does now. The advent of inter-league play and dish network has taken much of the steam from the mid-summer classic. Years ago seeing an NL pitcher, like Steve Carlton, face an AL slugger like Reggie Jackson, was a novelty. These days players move around much more often and also face the other league in inter-league play. There is nothing new anymore. Todd Zola: Deciphering fantasy advise on Internet trickyupdated: Tue Jun 26 2007 06:50:00

The Internet has certainly changed the landscape of this part-hobby, part-obsession we call fantasy baseball. Overall, the change has been positive. Who misses the days of spending Monday's lunch hour with the USA Today sports section, totaling the weekly stats for their rotisserie league? Heck, today, if the live-scoring feature of your league's Web site misses a strikeout from your pitching staff, you shoot an E-mail off to your league commissioner making sure you get credit for that whiff in the morning. Greg Ambrosius: Best in-season pickupsupdated: Mon Jun 25 2007 00:13:00

As most fantasy-leaguers know by now, the key to winning your league title is having a great draft and making key free-agent pickups during the year. In leagues that allow trading, it also helps to swindle an owner or two out of some budding stars via trades, but other than that it's important to constantly scour the free agent list for golden nuggets. Appeals heard in MLB, fantasy owner lawsuitupdated: Fri Jun 15 2007 04:46:00

ST. LOUIS -- Three appellate court judges took less than an hour Thursday to hear arguments from lawyers representing Major League Baseball and CDM Fantasy Sports in the latest fight over who owns the rights to player statistics. Hanging in the balance now is the future of the $1.5-billion-a-year fantasy sports industry. Fantasy teams need to look at recent call-upsupdated: Sun Jun 10 2007 03:54:00

With all the hoopla surrounding Roger Clemens' debut in The Bronx on Saturday, fantasy-leaguers may have missed all of the other key call-ups this week that preceded The Rocket. Yes, this was a big week of promotions from the minors and help is definitely on the way. Now the key is to pick up the right prospects for your fantasy teams. John Rakowski: Top multi-position playersupdated: Thu Jun 07 2007 00:24:00

Versatility is an elusive skill in fantasy baseball. Typically you will have depth at first base and in the outfield, but be thin at one or more infield positions. When one of your infielders has a scheduled day off, it's great to slide someone in from your bench for a start on a Monday and then again on a Thursday. Greg Ambrosius: Picking up right Braun could lift your teamupdated: Sun May 27 2007 02:35:00

Be careful this week when you go to your fantasy league's free-agent list. Make sure you're selecting the right Ryan Braun. This Ryan Braun is capable of leading your team to a fantasy-league title this year, so make sure it says "3B, MILWAUKEE" after his name. Q&A: Keith Olbermannupdated: Tue Apr 24 2007 11:47:00

Last week SI writer Richard Deitsch interviewed MSNBC host Keith Olbermann for the magazine's Q&A. The broadcaster is joining NBC's Football Night in America this fall. Here are additional excerpts from their conversation:

Review: Tee off with two solid golf offeringsupdated: Fri Apr 06 2007 10:01:00

For you golf fans who can't make it to the course, you can tee off whenever you have a few spare minutes with two new and relatively inexpensive golf video games: "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07," now available for the Nintendo Wii, and "Infamous 18," a new fantasy golf game for personal computers. Pool-less and loving itupdated: Fri Mar 30 2007 15:52:00

Please don't confront with my failures I had not forgotten them. -- Nico, "These Days"

CNNMoney: Tom Brady: Yahoo! in illegal procedureupdated: Fri Dec 08 2006 07:23:00

New England Patriots star Tom Brady is suing Yahoo over the use of his photo in an advertisement for fantasy football.

Fortune: Barbarians in the end zoneupdated: Fri Nov 10 2006 06:51:00

A 23-year-old leveraged-finance analyst, Excel spreadsheet in hand, is fighting to be heard over a raucous crowd. For three hours, 60 people have been bidding ferociously, occasionally peppering th...

CNNMoney: NBC aims to score with fantasy footballupdated: Mon Aug 14 2006 03:50:00

NBC will air National Football League games this fall for the first time since the end of the 1997 season. And now, the network is also hoping to make a splash in the increasingly popular fantasy football realm as well.

CNNMoney: Fantasy 'rights' and wrongupdated: Fri Aug 11 2006 11:03:00

When a judge ruled earlier this week that Major League Baseball and its players' union can't demand licensing rights fees from fantasy sports services, this was viewed as a victory for both the fantasy sports providers and millions of fantasy sports players.

CNNMoney: Fantasy football...real moneyupdated: Fri Aug 11 2006 09:41:00

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CNNMoney: Cash in on fantasy sportsupdated: Wed Dec 07 2005 13:05:00

The American male's obsession with sports is nothing new, but try this on for size: More than half of fantasy sports fanatics spend over an hour a day just thinking about their teams.

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