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Have you picked your fantasy football players? The more tactical approach toward building an unbeatable team is to find players, regardless of positions, that have consistently beat the odds against them. However, since there is still plenty of time for the most sought out players to rise and fall in the ranks, keeping tabs on your lineup is a smart move.

Top 5 for First-Round


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  1. Le’Veon Bell, Steelers – RB:Bell’s performance last year makes him a popular choice for the number one spot on sites like FanDuel and RotoGrinders. However, his recent arrest for possession of marijuana has many fans concerned that he may face a suspension. Even if suspended for a few games, he would still be worthy of at least a number four spot.
  2. Eddie Lacy, Packers – RB: Many fans will be slightly reluctant to add Lacy to the roster because of his injury record. Despite Lacy’s history, he has only missed two games over two seasons and “… finished as fantasy’s No. 6 running back in 2014”. Therefore, 2015 looks very promising for him.
  3. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs – RB:Though Charles was a top scorer in earlier fantasy leagues, many worry that he is working too hard and due to burn out soon. Despite concerns, he will remain the Chief’s mule and bring results.
  4. Antonio Brown, Steelers – WR:Several sources proudly dub Brown the most consistent receiver. Even though keeping that kind of consistency rate is difficult, Brown continues to amaze with averages of 119.5 receptions, 1598.5 yards, and 10.5 touchdowns per season.
  5. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys – RB: Murray has suffered a few injuries but has shown remarkable ability to recover. Concerns about whether he will be playing for another team this year has some debating his rank for this year’s lineup. Whether or not he can hold up for another 16 games is in question.

Rising Through the Ranks

  1. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks – RB:Lynch has averaged at least 1,200 rushing yards, 1,400 total yards, and 12 touchdowns per season. He is definitely worth a close watch and perhaps a top ten place.
  2. Matt Forte, Bears – RB: Forte is one of the most versatile players in the league. The issue with Forte is workload. He is overdue for a breakdown.
  3. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos – WR: Thomas has brought his A-game while averaging 1,494.3 yards and 11.7 touchdowns per year. However, many are skeptical that he would be able to do as well if Peyton Manning were not at the helm.

Of course, many fans are looking forward to another big year from Calvin Jonson, aka Megatron. However, he has missed several games over the last two seasons, which cannot simply be overlooked. If he can manage to stay healthy, you can expect him to score around 16 touchdowns and get over 1,700 total yards.

As you can see, there are players who have suffered injuries and continue to bring much value to the game. There are others who continue to amaze, but have yet to sustain an injury — making their ability to bounce back questionable. It is in your best interest to choose a few of each for a well-rounded league.


Steubenville high school football players Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond have been found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl.

Trent Mays, 16, and Ma’lik Richmond, 17, attacked the girl after a drunken party in the town of Steubenville, Ohio. Both wept as the verdict was read out.

The case came to light via text messages, online videos and social media posts made the morning after, attracting nationwide attention.

Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were sentenced to at least a year in juvenile detention.

Trent Mays was sentenced to another year for taking pictures of the victim, and the judge said both might stay in detention until they reach 21.

The case was thrust into the national spotlight after attention by bloggers and the hacker activist group Anonymous.

Some claimed that the community – including local police – had sought to cover up the crime to protect the accused, who were members of a celebrated high school football team.

The case focused attention on teenage alcohol abuse and highlighted the increasing use of social media as evidence in court.

Steubenville high school football players Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond have been found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl

Steubenville high school football players Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond have been found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl

Last August, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond left a party with a 16-year-old girl and abused her, first in a car and then at a friend’s house.The victim was so drunk she had no memory of the attack, but prosecutors said she had been “treated like a toy”.

There was no physical evidence, but details of the evening emerged from text messages, tweets and humiliating photos posted on the internet by the attackers and other party-goers.

The case caused a bitter divide in Steubenville, a small and economically depressed former steel town that had immense pride in its high school football team, known as the “Big Red”.

Some of the witnesses were friends of the accused who gave evidence against them in return for immunity from prosecution.

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