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Fantasy Football: May the force be with Week 15 decisions


Fantasy Football: May the force be with Week 15 decisions

Some Week 15 fantasy football thoughts for the remaining games with a Star Wars theme because a Jedi strongly suggested we do just this. For those thinking daily fantasy, check out the above video which includes specific thoughts on Brandon Bolden, Tyler Lockett, Julio Jones, Jeremy Maclin and Michael Floyd.

"The force is strong with this one"

* DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green are dealing with quarterback changes in Houston and Cincinnati respectively, but both remain WR1 plays this week in tasty matchups. Heck, Hopkins hasn't had a viable QB all season and yet rank fifth in receiver points in PPR formats. T.J. Yates will start for the Texans. He's thrown three touchdowns all season. All went to Hopkins. In fact, Yates offers as much upside as possible among the bottom 10 QBs.

* Green just needs the ball in his hands and his legs will take care of the rest. With tight end Tyler Eifert (concussion) out, that shouldn't be a problem. Running back Jeremy Hill could benefit the most with McCarron's presence and a matchup against a 49ers defense allowing the most points to fantasy running backs.

MORE FANTASY FOOTBALL: Fantasy Football: Week 15 rankings

* No sophomore slump, but a sophomore surge for Jacksonville's Blake Bortles. He scored at least 22 fantasy points in three straight games and at least two touchdown passes in eight off his last nine games. The matchup with Atlanta isn't stellar on paper; the Falcons allow the seventh fewest points to fantasy QBs this season. However, Atlanta has allowed 21.5 points per game over the last two weeks.

* Players I like more than normal this week: Jeremy Maclin, Michael Floyd, Tyler Lockett, Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Zach Miller, Alex Smith, Eric Ebron, Denard Robinson, Brandon Bolden, Matt Jones

"These aren't the droids you're looking for"

* No Jonathan Stewart means a three-headed RB scenario for Carolina against the New York Giants. Cameron Artis-Payne might get the most rushes and Fozzy Whittaker likely receives the most work on passing downs. Yet burly Mike Tolbert is the best bet if desperate because he'll likely receive the goal line look along with 8-10 touches.

* No Thomas Rawls or Marshawn Lynch means complete uncertainty when projecting running back workload in Seattle. Bryce Brown appears the likely lead back option. He's talented enough to take advantage of a great opportunity in what should be a decisive Seahawks win against the Browns. He's also limited in enough areas to bounce around the league. Christine Michael is back in Seattle, but seeing as he was never able to carve out much of a role during his previous stint, don't get excited about this reunion. Ultimately, this should be another Russell Wilson game

*Players I like less than normal this week: Eli Manning, Ryan Tannehill, Isaiah Crowell, DeMarco Murray, Javorius Allen, Dez Bryant, T.Y. Hilton, Jason Witten

"Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

Many owners dealt with weak tight end play this season unless the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed, Greg Olsen or Delanie Walker are on their team. Those constantly looking for help just might find some from the mid-tier group this week.

Philadelphia's Zach Ertz is more interesting of late and now faces an Arizona defense that has allowed at least nine receptions and 138 yards to tight ends in two of the last three weeks.

Giants' Will Tye has at least a touchdown or 55 yards in four straight games. If Panthers cornerback Josh Norman follows Odell Beckham Jr. around, Eli Manning will seek help elsewhere.

Jacksonville has surrendered two touchdowns to tight ends in three of the last five games. That sounds like a great scenario for Atlanta's Jacob Tamme, though trusting the Falcons' offense isn't easy these days. Gut feeling says Matt Ryan and company put up some points in what should be a high-scoring game. 

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.


“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.