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Anna Jackson, Robbie Earle, and Tim Howard analyze Liverpool’s 4-1 comeback victory against Luton Town to go four points clear at the top of the table entering Matchweek 26.
Everyone is looking up at the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes, but a few teams are making statements of their own.

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  • CHI Quarterback #1
    Fields spoke to Equanimeous St. Brown and Amon-Ra St. Brown on their podcast about his desires for the 2024 season. He said, “I ain’t got no control over it, so whatever happens happens”, adding “I just want it to be over.” The Bears hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, leading to much speculation on the team’s future at quarterback. Fields looks to be in a wait-and-see period, expressing his desire to stay with the Bears, but recognizing the business of the league and that he may not be in Chicago next season. The NFL Combine is coming up at the end of February, which may fuel more speculation on whether Caleb Williams is looking like a Bear or not. Regardless, Fields will have to wait to see what his future looks like.
  • ATL Tight End #8
    “We’re not oblivious to the fact of his skill sets, what he does bring to the team from a receiving standpoint, so there are a lot of things that you can do to be creative and use his skill set in the pass game,” Koger told the team’s website. “But with him and the way we’re going to run the ball and the athleticism he does have, there are a lot of things he can do in the run game to help us out to win football games. ... You’ll see him all over the field, not just out wide but also in the box.” Koger’s comments come a week after new Falcons offensive coordinator Zac Robinson said Pitts has “formational versatility” and would be used across the formation in 2024. It’s not exactly what fantasy managers want to hear about the hyper-athletic Pitts, who was relegated to a bit role in Arthur Smith’s offense over the past three seasons. Pro Football Focus graded Pitts’ run blocking 109th out of 110 qualifying tight ends in 2023. One-third of his snaps last season were spent run blocking. It would be a surprise if Atlanta’s new coaching staff did not deploy Pitts in a more fantasy friendly way.
  • CHI Coaching Staff
    King spent the last three seasons as the Commanders’ assistant running backs coach, making her mark as the first black woman to be a full-time NFL coach in 2021. She has worked with running backs like Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson and now gets a new opportunity with the Bears. King will be an offensive assistant working with running backs, set to work with backs like Khalil Herbert and Roschon Johnson.
  • FA Safety #21
    Walker has spent his entire career with the Lions after being drafted in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The 29-year-old has three career interceptions, playing in all 17 games during the 2023 season after suffering an Achilles tear to end his 2022 season. The move creates $5.5 million in cap space for the Lions while making Walker a free agent heading into the offseason.
  • SEA Running Back #9
    Macdonald, who hired former Washington Huskies offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb as Seattle’s OC, said the team would stress controlling the ball and maximizing time of possession in 2024. “We’re going to be a physical unit, we’re gonna run the football, and we want to have answers for the quarterback and we want to keep it consistent for him so he can play fast and play decisive and get the ball to our playmakers,” Macdonald said. “I know that’s kind of coach speak. But it needs to be an efficient unit, we want to be able to possess the ball, we want to be able to obviously be explosive and not turn the ball over. And I think that’s going to come through run and play action on early downs.” It’s a decidedly old-school approach that may or may not come to fruition, and it’s no surprise Macdonald preaches the run game considering his defensive background. Ken Walker would presumably be the primary beneficiary of a run-first Seattle offense, though he could split the workload with second-year back Zach Charbonnet.
  • PHI Center #62
    With little left to accomplish in his professional career, Kelce is still leaving the door open for a return in 2024. Kelce turned 36 in November and reportedly told teammates after the NFC Wild Card loss to the Buccaneers that he was retiring. This report has since been disputed, but the 13-year pro is clearly nearing the end of his playing career. The wear-and-tear of an NFL season on Kelce was highly documented in the Amazon Kelce Documentary last year, but despite a multitude of aches and pains, the veteran hasn’t missed a regular season game since 2014. Kelce is a six-time All-Pro who won the Super Bowl in 2017 with the Eagles. He’s a near lock to be a first ballot Hall of Famer whenever he does decide to hang it up, but the lure of one more run at a Super Bowl could be enough for him to return next season. As far as a timetable goes, Kelce said he thinks he’ll “have an answer in the next couple of weeks.”
  • CLE Quarterback #4
    Watson was hampered by a shoulder injury throughout much of the 2023 campaign. A brief return to the field saw him throw for 432-3-1 in his final two games before he and the team opted for season-ending shoulder surgery in mid-November. By all accounts, Watson’s surgery was “deemed successful,” and the team has already said he’ll be their starter for 2024. The first two seasons in Cleveland have been a struggle for Watson, who has thrown for 2,217-14-9 in 12 starts while going 8-4. Despite the winning record, Watson ranks 36th amongst 46 qualified QBs in EPA per play over the last two seasons. Both he and the Browns will hope he rediscovers his old form in 2024.
  • NFL Commissioner
    With that said, Florio also said another source told him the number could be higher than the suggested amount of $242 to $243 million. Regardless of the final amount, it sounds like the cap is set to increase by nearly $20 million after it topped out at a record $224.8 million last season. According to Florio, “There’s a thought that the league wants to avoid a massive spike in cap,” with TV deals and gambling money increasing. The league has seen a steady increase in cap space every year since 2014, with the exception of 2021, when it was attempting to bounce back from a 2020 season that was impacted by COVID-19. We’re only three years into the league’s salary cap exceeding $200 million, with another record-setting number appearing to be on the horizon.
  • DEN Quarterback #3
    It seems like the Broncos moving on from Wilson is more a matter of when than if. It wasn’t long ago when Wilson was once thought to be the solution to the Broncos’ quarterback woes in a post-Peyton Manning world. However, two disappointing seasons in which Wilson went 11-19 over 30 starters and an awkward benching to close out 2023 are enough to suggest the two sides are headed for a split. The Raiders have been loosely linked as a potential trade suitor for Wilson, but as Fowler notes in his latest article, trading will “is an arduous task.” The Broncos will in all likelihood, be on the hook for a hefty amount of money whenever they do move on from Wilson, who is under contract through 2028. Wilson threw for 3,070-26-8 last season and ranked 18th in EPA per play. While he’s unlikely to be the solution for any team that thinks they’re a quarterback away from a Super Bowl, Wilson would still be an upgrade for several teams in the league.
  • BAL Head Coach
    The Ravens have an interesting situation at running back. J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards are both set to hit free agency, and neither is particularly trustworthy at this point in their careers. and Keaton Mitchell is an explosive but undersized back who is recovering from a torn ACL. Dobbins has suffered both a torn ACL and ruptured Achilles over the last three seasons, and Edwards saw up-and-down usage during the 2023 season and will be 29 at the start of next season. Sportsbooks have already tabbed Derrick Henry as an early favorite to land with the Ravens should he and the Titans not re-up for a new deal, but with guys like Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, and Tony Pollard likely to be available, the Ravens could opt for a significant upgrade at the position. Of course, they’d have some financial work to do as they project to be slightly over the salary cap at this time.


Examining Fields' comments on future with Bears
Michael Smith and Michael Holley dive into Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears' current situation, including the QB's latest comments on his future there and whether he unfollowed the team on social media.

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Fantasy Baseball 2024
Knock your draft out of the park with the Rotoworld Baseball Draft Guide, which features rankings, player profiles, projections, expert mocks and more to get you ready. Don’t forget to use code BASEBALL24 for 10% off.
Eric Samulski breaks down four pitchers throwing new pitches to see what the potential impact could be on the 2024 fantasy baseball season.
It’s Ronald Acuña Jr. and a trio of five-category superstars headlining our industry-expert mock draft, part of our 2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide.
Eric Samulski discusses which hitters could see more fantasy value if they pulled the ball more often.
Eric Samulski breaks down his list of top 100 starting pitchers for the 2024 fantasy season.
Eric Samulski breaks down last season’s rookie hitters to find the next Josh Lowe.
Eric Samulski and Scott Pianowski highlight why fantasy managers should target Alex Bregman and Manny Machado in 2024 drafts despite coming off seasons that weren’t up to either veteran’s standards.

Premier League

‘We dominated the game, but we lacked purpose,’ Mikel Arteta said after Arsenal lost 1-0 to Porto in a UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg.
Check out the Premier League fixtures and results for the 2023-24 season
Will Manchester City complete its quest for an unprecedented fourth straight title?
Anna Jackson, Robbie Earle, and Tim Howard preview Manchester City’s fixture against Bournemouth and Arsenal’s showdown against Newcastle as both teams look to reduce the gap between them and Liverpool at the top.


Former Cowboys offensive lineman Tony Hutson died earlier this month, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Hall of Famer Steve McMichael is expected to be released from the hospital Thursday, his publicist, Betsy Shepherd, told the Associated Press.
The Cowboys have hired former Boston College offensive coordinator Steve Shimko as an offensive assistant, the team announced Wednesday.
New Patriot coach Jerod Mayo hired former Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt to run the post-Belichick offense in New England.


With the All-Star break in the rear-view mirror, fantasy basketball’s “silly season” is approaching.
Zachary Krueger highlights incoming quarterbacks and tight ends to watch at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.
Kyle Dvorchak breaks down the top free agents for every NFL team heading into the 2024 offseason.
Eric Samulski breaks down four pitchers throwing new pitches to see what the potential impact could be on the 2024 fantasy baseball season.


Who will take that mythical crown once LeBron James and Stephen Curry hand it over?
Vaughn Dalzell, Dan Titus and Raphielle Johnson evaluate Herb Jones’ production and where he could rank as a fantasy asset the rest of the season.
The Rotoworld Basketball crew react to Jacque Vaughn being fired as Brooklyn Nets head coach and discuss how players such as Mikal Bridges and Cam Thomas will be impacted by the move.
Vaughn Dalzell, Raphielle Johnson and Dan Titus discuss if ‘poster’ dunks should be incorporated in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, speculating the top dunker vs. blocker matchups they’d want to see.

College Football

The College Football Transfer Portal is underway. Here is a one-stop shop to track which big-name players are on the move this offseason.
Sheridan replaces Ryan Grubb, who had planned to follow DeBoer from Washington to Alabama but instead was hired as offensive coordinator of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.
Linebacker Xavier Griffin (Gainesville, FL/ Gainesville High School), the four-star prospect has officially accepted his invitation to the 2025 All-American Bowl.
Wide receiver Calvin Russell (Miami, FL/ Miami Northwestern Senior High School), the four-star prospect has officially accepted his invitation to the 2025 All-American Bowl.

College Basketball

Learn more about how the Orange Krush makes its impact known in the community and in the arena -- even opposing arenas.
Vaughn Dalzell breaks down his best bets for Wednesday, including Alabama vs Florida and St. John’s at Georgetown.
The Bluejays built a double-digit lead in the first half and snapped the Huskies’ 14-game winning streak Tuesday night.
Head over to Peacock tonight at 7:00 PM ET for a UMass vs Loyola Chicago A10 women’s basketball showdown.


Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Cody Bellinger, and Blake Snell highlight this year’s class of free agents.
Matthew Pouliot offers rankings and writeups of MLB’s top 111 free agents, from Shohei to Shelby.
Eric Hosmer, was released by the Cubs on May 25 and decided not to pursue any other playing opportunities.
Starting what could be his final season with the New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres was clear about his intent.

Motor Sports

Jayden Archer is one of only three riders land the triple backflip on a dirt bike.
Cooper Webb won four of the last five races at AT&T Stadium and has a podium in the other.
NASCAR will take a “much deeper dive” into the matter.


Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick assess the betting market for the Premier League contenders, discussing which team is the best bet to take home the crown in 2024.
Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick discuss which finisher could be the top scorer in the UEFA Champions League, what to ask when betting in a specific market and more.
Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick share their gripe with midseason awards polling, arguing that it “infects” betting markets.
Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick wonder what pricing would look like for a hypothetical Phoenix Suns vs. Oklahoma City Thunder playoff series, with betting markets seemingly in on OKC but Phoenix boasting playoff pedigree.


Amy Rogers and Beth Ann Nichols join Matt Adams and Eamon Lynch to discuss Lilia Vu’s start to the season, Jin Young Ko’s return and more LPGA Tour storylines.
Amy Rogers, Beth Ann Nichols, Matt Adams and Eamon Lynch discuss the potential concerns with the LPGA Tour getting involved with the Saudi Arabaian government as well as Inbee Park’s immediate future.
Legendary caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay talks about reprogramming his mind to cover the game on TV, working with Justin Thomas, previewing the the Mexico Open at Vidanta and more.
Damon Hack joins Golf Today from the Mexico Open at Vidanta, describing the atmosphere of the event and the layout of the course ahead of the action in Nuevo Vallarta.
Matt Adams and Eamon Lynch offer their thoughts on Thorbjørn Olesen, Ryo Hisatsune and Joaquin Niemann being extended special invitations to the 2024 Masters.
The teenage amateurs highlight fields at four different pre-qualifiers for the PGA Tour’s Cognizant Classic at the Palm Beaches.

Brother From Another

Michael Holley believes we haven’t seen enough from Jayson Tatum yet to say he’s ready to be the next face of the league, leading Vincent Goodwill to examine the modern landscape of NBA superstardom.
Brother From Another weighs in on George Karl’s latest comments coming at Carmelo Anthony, with Vincent Goodwill explaining why the remarks come off as “petty and insecure.”
Brother From Another shares why the 49ers firing of Steve Wilks felt “so familiar,” highlighting how the veteran coach was deserving of head coach opportunities before joining Kyle Shanahan.
Michael Smith and Michael Holley analyze LeBron James’ recent comments on a possible “farewell tour” before retirement, explaining why they don’t think he will “Tim Duncan” the end of his career.

Local coverage

The Warriors’ mindset has shifted to the rest of the season as they hope to continue to climb the standings and re-establish themselves as true playoff contenders.
Despite the Phillies’ relative inactivity in free agency after re-signing Aaron Nola, they weren’t ignoring opportunities that made sense.
The work gets harder as Ryan Poles enters the next phase of his rebuild.


Coco Gauff rallied from a slow start and a second-set argument with the chair umpire to beat Karolina Pliskova 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 and reach the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships on Wednesday.
Will receiver Stefon Diggs be a member of the Bills in 2024?
The Saints announced six new assistant coaches for Dennis Allen’s staff for 2024.
Chiedozie Odbene’s early goal became a distant memory by the time shorthanded Liverpool snapped to life at halftime and buried Luton Town 4-1.