NFL Training Camp Blog: Zeke finally eats! Plus, injury round-up.

It’s finally here. After months of hype, rumors and news, the NFL regular season finally begins on Thursday. For fantasy football fans, this is our Christmas Eve, as we have but one sleep remaining until we can begin to unwrap our gifts.

With rosters now settled, most of the news regards injured players and their chances of playing this weekend. There was one glaring exception, however. Ezekiel Elliott finally ended his holdout to sign a six-year deal worth $90 million early Wednesday morning. He then joined his teammates for his first practice of the summer.

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NFL Training Camp Notes: Who’s playing and who’s sitting this week

Injuries, injuries, and more injuries seem to dominate Wednesday’s NFL news. Fortunately, much of it is related to players nearing a return. However, the biggest story involves a player choosing not to play.

  • Melvin Gordon’s holdout is expected to last into the regular season, according to Ian Rapoport, who unfortunately didn’t say just how far into the year that might last. At the start of camp, there were reports the running back may hold out till midseason, which scares me too much to draft him even at no. 30 overall where his ADP has been in NFFC leagues over the last two weeks. However, the less risk-averse willing to take him in the third round could find themselves with quite a steal if the situation resolves itself in a timely manner.

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Fantasy Football Draft Duels: Wide receivers

This fantasy football season, drafters will face many tough decisions among multiple players at certain positions.

Rankings and sleepers lists can’t always tell the full story: Sometimes, it makes sense to take a risk. That’s why fantasy football players could use input from numerous sources. 

We’ve gathered some RotoWire personalities to give their opinions on which fantasy wide receiver they’d take when posed several matchups — or in some cases, make some mini-rankings.

QB | RB | WR | TE (coming soon)

(Note: We used our NFFC PPR rankings to compare players.)

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Rotowire & FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship – Week 5

Another week, another installment of the RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship blog! Returning users will know the drill: fill your entry, earn cash prizes, and if you finish above the RotoWire experts you will earn an entry into the week 11 $20,000 Championship Freeroll! If you are just getting on board this week, it is not too late! You can join this week’s contest here.

Week 4 Results

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Congratulations to FanDuel user, srolle, who took home the $500 first place prize, along with an ever-elusive entry into the week 11 $20,000 Championship Freeroll! Their winning lineup put up 147.88 points despite only getting 1.7 points from tight end Kyle Rudolph! They were able to do that with monster performances from Devonta Freeman (35.4), Vincent Jackson (25.7), and Falcons D/ST (21). He/she went value on the quarterback position by picking Jameis Winston (16.68) who ended up outscoring Aaron Rodgers in week 4; who would of thunk it? Well, srolle did. Congrats!

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RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship – Week 2

Week 1 of the RotoWire and FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship is in the books and now that the dust has settled, we can take a look back to see how things shook up and begin to look forward towards week 2! Before we get started, here is the link to join in on the action.

Week 1 Results

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Congratulations to FanDuel user longshots13, who took home the $500 cash prize and earned an entry into the week 11 $20,000 Championship Freeroll! Their entry had the week 1 usual suspects of Tony Romo (24.14), Matt Forte (25.1), and Julio Jones (30.6), but what set longshots13 apart from the pack was his/her foresight to roll the dice on value plays Ameer Abdullah (17.4) and Tyler Eifert (26.9). Out of the five RotoWire experts which participated in this public contest, Derek Van Riper (rotowiredvr) finished ahead of the pack with a 120.24 point performance. He featured value plays of Sam Bradford (15.44), Chris Ivory (22.5), and Jordan Matthews (15.2) but was burned – like myself – by Greg Olsen’s abysmal 1.6 output. The man they call DVR finished 324th out of 1,130 entries. This means that every entry that finished 323rd or higher earned an entry into the week 11 championship.

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