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Assessing the fantasy impact of the Kelvin Benjamin trade

Assessing the fantasy impact of the Kelvin Benjamin trade

Sports
7:03 PM ETWhat a trade deadline this year's was.In a completely unexpected move filed minutes before Tuesday's deadline, the Carolina Panthers traded Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for 2018 third- and seventh-round picks. It's a head-scratching move on the Panthers' part, but does beef up what was a precariously thin set of receivers in Buffalo.Benjamin's fantasy value gets a boost as a result of the move, but that's not because his performance in Carolina was necessarily poor. After all, through eight weeks, he was the No. 24 fantasy wide receiver using either PPR or non-PPR scoring, averaging 11.4 points per game in the former and 7.4 in the latter. Shifting him from the Panthers to the Bills, though, thrusts him into a more clear-cut No. 1 role for his new squad, wh...
First College Football Playoff Rankings of 2017 Season to be Released Tuesday

First College Football Playoff Rankings of 2017 Season to be Released Tuesday

FOOTBALL
The College Football Playoff committee will release their rankings on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The first of six College Football Playoff rankings will be released on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and will continue to be released each week until the final four are decided on Sunday, Dec. 3.The committee consists of 12 executives from across the College Football community, with Bill Hancock and Kirby Hocutt headlining the group. While a top-25 ranking is released, the top four teams are the most important, as they are predicted participate in the playoff. The committee chooses the top four based on strength of schedule, head-to-head results against common opponents, championships won and other factors.Typically, the top four teams are from a Power-5 confere...
Athletics place Ryon Healy on trading block, report says

Athletics place Ryon Healy on trading block, report says

ATHLETICS
Athletics designated hitter Ryon Healy broke out with the Athletics this season, but he may be wearing a new uniform next year.According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Healy, 25, has been placed on the trading block by Oakland. Healy has 38 home runs in 221 MLB games played, including 25 last season as a starter.Oakland (75-87) finished last in the American League West this season, 26 games behind the World Series-contending Astros. The Athletics are rarely shy about trading away assets, but losing Healy would be a blow.Though Healy can play third base, he likely would have to move to an AL team because of his defensive limitations. But he is an ideal designated hitter as a young, improving slugger.Let's block ads! (Why?) Source link
Panthers send Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo

Panthers send Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo

Sports
APThe Panthers and Bills have made a number of deals, which is expected since the General Managers used to work together.But nothing about this one was #asexpected.According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Panthers have traded wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills for a third- and a seventh-round pick.It’s not that Benjamin hasn’t been productive, it’s that the Panthers don’t have very many options in the passing game. Without him, they’ll lean on Devin Funchess and a group of younger, smaller players. Then again, interim General Manager Marty Hurney doesn’t have the same fascination with size that his predecessor (Dave Gettleman) did, so getting faster might help.The Panthers had previously picked up the 2018 option on the former first-rounder’s contract, which will be worth around
SCARY MOMENTS IN WWE HISTORY

SCARY MOMENTS IN WWE HISTORY

WWE
It can take a little while for a new viewer to get a feel for pro wrestling. The question of “was that part real?” is bound to come up two or three times over the course of, let’s say, a month. But after a while you start to develop an instinct about what is supposed to happen—no matter how stupid—and what was completely accidental.Sometimes the accidents are gags that we can laugh about later…Sometimes it’s a situation so terrible in its occurrence, or so huge in its happening that it’s impossible to sweep under the rug. When that happens it becomes clear to all that something has gone very wrong. Even in these cases, there are times when fans can laugh at the schadenfreude on display. But sometimes it’s more serious…and WWE is forced to say “this part is real and we’re sorry you had t
Five questions as Pyeongchang prepares to host Games in 100 days

Five questions as Pyeongchang prepares to host Games in 100 days

OLYMPICS
CLOSE SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Nancy Armour breaks down the current security concern for 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea. USA TODAY SportsThe Olympic rings are displayed at Gyeongpodae beach, near the venue for speedskating, figure skating and hockey ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Oct. 30.(Photo: Chung Sung-Jun, Getty Images)With 100 days to go until the start of the Pyeongchang Olympics, here’s a look at five things to keep an eye on as the Feb. 9 opening ceremony draws closer.What concerns are there about security on the Korean Peninsula?The Games are in South Korea, but it’s North Korea that’s dominated the headlines as increasing rhetoric between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has escalated over
Alex Collins among top fantasy football free-agent finds for Week 9

Alex Collins among top fantasy football free-agent finds for Week 9

FOOTBALL
12:51 PM ETField YatesESPN Insider CloseField Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.As we have now reached the unofficial halfway point of the regular-season schedule, we have a chance to briefly reflect and hand out some hardware. For fantasy purposes, I believe you'd be hard-pressed to find more compelling candidates for first-half MVP on ESPN Fantasy than Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs' All-Everything rookie running back, and Todd Gurley II, the Rams' phenomenal back who has been rejuvenated under new head coach Sean McVay's system. Their respective average draft positions were 20.4 and 22.7, the ...
Princess Kate hits the tennis court with kids in first solo appearance since announcing pregnancy

Princess Kate hits the tennis court with kids in first solo appearance since announcing pregnancy

TENNIS
Princess Kate stepped out, in her first solo royal engagement since announcing her third pregnancy, to play tennis with a group of kids. Kate, 35, who is due in April, stepped out in a track suit with her hair pulled back in a ponytail for the event at the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton. Kate, an avid tennis player, took part in a coaching session alongside a group of kids from the Lawn Tennis Association’s "Tennis for Kids" campaign that will give free tennis lessons and rackets to more than 22,000 kids this year. The mother of Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, revealed that George is starting get the tennis bug like his parents. Kate asked for advice on how to teach George the sport. "With George just being four he wants to whack a ball, so she was asking what so