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  • Price check on American League players in early drafts

    Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez appears poised for a strong fantasy year. (Getty Images)

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    Let’s take a look around the American League at the player on each team who most interests me relative to FantasyPros ADP (at the time of this writing). Next week, we’ll do the same with the National League. And in keeping with the spirit of my By The Numbers work, we’re going to ground our opinions on whether to draft the player at this price in data beyond the obvious fantasy categories. Hopefully, the cited stats will prove to be at least as predictive.

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    Sean Manaea, SP, Oakland A’s (ADP: 178): In his last 14 starts (out of 24 total): 84.2 IP, 75 Ks, 17 BBs, 2.44 ERA, .102 isolated slugging (slugging average minus batting averaged). I don’t like arbitrary time frames. But I think it’s OK to use samples like this with rookies when you can reasonably argue that there may have been an early adjustment period that masked

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  • Week 16 Preview: Fantasy angst over the Raiders

    Amari Cooper owners head into Week 16 with uncertainty (AP)
    Amari Cooper owners are used to him playing second fiddle on the Raiders to Michael Crabtree. (AP)

    Let’s preview this week’s NFL action by first focusing on the games that are expected to produce the most real and fantasy points before I go around the league to highlight the key players we should be watching and why. An important note every week: check the player’s status. There is so much injury uncertainty and Friday’s practice, which occurs after this is posted, is key.

    First, given this is my last column of the season, let me wish everyone happy holidays and a Happy New Year. It’s been a pleasure navigating the season with you. Now let’s get on to Week 16.

    [Week 16 rankings: Overall | FLEX | QB | RB | WR | TE | DEF | K]

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    Colts at Raiders (O/U: 53): There’s a lot of angst in fantasy about Michael Crabtree ($22) and Amari Cooper ($21). But that duo is actually about average for a good tandem in having big games at the same

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  • Week 15 fantasy preview: Buccaneers-Cowboys could lack fireworks

    By Michael Salfino, Special to Yahoo Sports

    Let’s preview this week’s NFL action by first focusing on the games that are expected to produce the most real and fantasy points before I go around the league to highlight the key players we should be watching and why. An important note every week: check the player’s status. There is so much injury uncertainty and Friday’s practice, which occurs after this is posted, is key.

    Saints at Cardinals (O/U: 50.5): Drew Brees ($37) has crushed his owners the last two weeks and Carson Palmer ($34) has done the same all year, basically. I was so wrong about Palmer, who seems finished even though his pass protection has been terrible and Bruce Arians has done him a disservice by not max protecting more often, subjecting him to too much punishment. I’d be surprised if this game reached this total. But I’d definitely play Brees, even on the road here (but in friendly conditions), over Palmer.

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  • Week 14 fantasy preview: Odell Beckham Jr. set to deliver

    Let’s preview this week’s NFL action by first focusing on the games that are expected to produce the most real and fantasy points before I go around the league to highlight the key players we should be watching and why. An important note every week: check the player’s status. There is so much injury uncertainty and Friday’s practice, which occurs after this is posted, is key.

    [Week 14 rankings: OverallFLEX | QB | RB | WR | TE | DEF | K]

    Saints at Bucs (O/U: 51.5): Road Drew Brees ($40) after Home Drew Brees let us down, bizarrely, in Week 13. I wouldn’t overreact to this. Brees should still be a top-five QB. But the Bucs pass defense has stepped up due to their excellent defensive line and ability to cover with seven. In their last four games, which have included matchups against top QBs Russell Wilson and Philip Rivers, the Bucs lead the NFL in passer rating allowed (67.3). They are yielding just 188 passing yards per game and one passing TD per game. Yikes. The Saints, by the way,

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  • Week 13 preview: Giants-Steelers could make or break playoff spots

    Let’s preview this week’s NFL action by first focusing on the games that are expected to produce the most real and fantasy points before I go around the league to highlight the key players we should be watching and why. An important note every week: check the player’s status. There is so much injury uncertainty and Friday’s practice, which occurs after this is posted, is key.

    [Week 13 rankings: Overall | FLEX | QB | RB | WR | TE | DEF | K]

    Lions at Saints (O/U: 53.5): This is going to be a fun game. The Saints might have an extra win if they didn’t bench Mark Ingram ($22 but make sure he’s active), who leads the NFL in yards per carry on first down (5.95). First down is the most important down in football and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. This is obviously a great spot for Matthew Stafford ($33), but to whom will he throw? It’s a pretty diversified attack with only Anquan Boldin’s ($19) role seemingly consistent, and second-level at that. Marvin Jones ($19) is top 10 in the
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  • Fantasy Football Week 12 Preview: Cardinals lacking fire

    Let’s preview this week’s NFL action by first focusing on the games that are expected to produce the most real and fantasy points before I go around the league to highlight the key players we should be watching and why. An important note every week: check the player’s status. There is so much injury uncertainty and Friday’s practice, which occurs after this is posted, is key.

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    Cardinals at Falcons (O/U 50.5): This is a really bad slate of Sunday games. According to the Vegas totals, this is the only game cracking 50. Carson Palmer ($29) is a mess. I never would have imagined that there would be just two playable fantasy guys in a healthy Arizona offense come Thanksgiving. I thought this was going to be The Greatest Show on Turf 2.0. But after David Johnson ($40) and Larry Fitzgerald ($33), there is no one to roster here. Palmer just holds the ball way too long. There is no crispness now in this Arizona offense. The Falcons

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  • Week 11 Preview: Ride the Marcus Mariota wave

    Let’s preview this week’s NFL action by first focusing on the games that are expected to produce the most real and fantasy points before I go around the league to highlight the key players we should be watching and why. An important note every week: check the player’s status. There is so much injury uncertainty and Friday’s practice, which occurs after this is posted, is key.
    Titans at Colts (O/U: 53): In his past six games, Marcus Mariota ($36) has 17 TDs, 3 INTS and two rushing TDs. And Rishard Matthews ($21) has been a primary beneficiary with six TD catches in the span. Tajae Sharpe ($10) had his first TD last week but actually leads the Titans in targets and is cheap if you want to try to ride a Mariota wave. DeMarco Murray ($39) is the most valuable fantasy asset that no one is really talking about with nearly 1,189 scrimmage yards and 10 TDs in 10 games. Donte Moncrief ($19) gets his touchdowns but has not topped 64 receiving yards yet this year. Frank Gore ($22) has been a
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  • Week 10 Preview: LeGarrette Blount major threat in Seahawks-Patriots tilt

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    Let’s preview this week’s NFL action by first focusing on the games that are expected to produce the most real and fantasy points before I go around the league to highlight the key players we should be watching and why. An important note every week: check the player’s status. There is so much injury uncertainty and Friday’s practice, which occurs after this is posted, is key. 
    Cowboys at Steelers (O/U 50): It’s unclear the extent to which Ben Roethlisberger ($35) was hampered by injury last week, but he’s not on the injury report. And he’s at home, where he’s been outstanding since the start of last season. Roethlisberger has been consistently awful on the road. So we should probably not concern ourselves with last week’s stinker in Baltimore, salvaged in garbage time (proving, perhaps, that he was not that hurt). Le’Veon Bell ($35) has not scored a TD in his five games this year,
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  • Week 9 Preview: Dallas Cowboys should lock in against Cleveland

    Let’s preview this week’s NFL action by first focusing on the games that are expected to produce the most real and fantasy points before I go around the league to highlight the key players we should be watching and why. An important note every week: check the player’s status. There is so much injury uncertainty and Friday’s practice, which occurs after this is posted, is key.

    [Week 9 rankings: Overall | FLEX | QB | RB | WR | TE | DEF | K]

    Colts at Packers (O/U 54): On paper this is a great QB matchup, but Andrew Luck ($35) is 26th since 2015 in yards per passing attempt and Aaron Rodgers ($38) is 29th (between Blaine Gabbert and Brock Osweiler). This game features two of the least efficient wide receivers, too, in Donte Moncrief ($16) at 49th in yards per target among 57 wideouts with at least 100 targets since 2015 and Davante Adams ($24) 56th.

    Dak Prescott will start the first game after the Cowboys' bye (AP)
    Dak Prescott and the Cowboys face one of the league’s worst defenses in Week 9. (AP)

    Cowboys at Browns (O/U 48.5): Dak Prescott ($31) is the

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  • Week 8 Fantasy Football preview: What do Packers have left?

    Is Aaron Rodgers still a set-and-forget fantasy quarterback?
    What happened to that Packers offense we all fell in love with? (AP)

    By Michael Salfino

    Special to Yahoo Sports

    Let’s preview this week’s NFL action by first focusing on the games that are expected to produce the most real and fantasy points before I go around the league to highlight the key players we should be watching and why. An important note every week: check the player’s status. There is so much injury uncertainty and Friday’s practice, which occurs after this is posted, is key.

    Packers at Falcons (O/U: 52.5): The Falcons lead the league in yards per play and bet the offense vs. the stout defense, meaning play your Falcons fearlessly. Matt Ryan ($40) leads the league in yards per attempt but slumped a little last week against the Chargers. Devonta Freeman ($26) has a hip injury and Tevin Coleman is likely sidelined with a hamstring strain.

    The Packers are tough to watch. Aaron Rodgers, who was once Mr. Efficiency, now needs insane passing volume to produce stats. Nothing comes

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