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Fantasy football rankings, Week 5: Wide receivers for standard, PPR leagues

Receivers continue to step up when given an opportunity. We take a look at some of your options with our Week 5 rankings. I wish more players would play in revenge games. Steve Smith absolutely delivered some payback to the Carolina Panthers in Week 4, and his revenge game helped ...

Fantasy football rankings Week 5: Quarterbacks

The SB Nation fantasy staff looks forward to Week 5 and ranks the quarterbacks. The 2014 NFL season returns for Week 5, with only a couple of bye weeks. Week 4 threw a lot of fantasy owners for a loop when quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson had to ...

Fantasy football rankings, Week 5: Defense/Special Teams

This year has proven more and more than defenses are wildly unpredictable. They definitely aren't units you can clog your roster with. Through two games, Carolina's defense had 25 fantasy points. They now have 10. That seems like a magic trick. The Colts have -5 points in Weeks 1 and ...

NFL picks, Week 5: Packers, Chargers locks to win

Can the Cardinals and Bengals remain the NFL's only unbeaten teams? Will Minnesota pull off another shocking upset? SB Nation's expert panel weighs in with their picks for Week 5. If there is one thing we've learned in the first four weeks of the NFL season, it's that parity rules ...

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, left, and interim coach Tony Sparano answer questions from reporters Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Alameda, Calif. The NFL football team named Sparano as interim coach a day after the firing of Dennis Allen. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Raiders make Tony Sparano interim coach

Reggie McKenzie believes he put together a roster capable of competing for a playoff spot. When that roster got off to an 0-4 start and wasn't even competitive in two games, the Oakland Raiders general manager decided he needed to fire coach Dennis Allen. McKenzie replaced his hand-picked coach by ...

Top 3 remain the same in AP Pro32 rankings

There was no change in the top three spots in the latest AP Pro32 power rankings. That's hardly a surprise since the Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos all had byes last week. Seattle again had nine first-place votes from the 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league. ...

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2012, file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) does a Salsa dance as he celebrates his touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL football game in Philadelphia. Celebrations that used to be part of the game are under increased scrutiny and, though the league rulebook has some very specific examples of what constitutes a penalty, the gray area is as wide as ever.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

NFL has laundry list of verboten celebrations

Dancing Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, shuffling Ickey Woods and the group high-fiving Fun Bunch? Their entertaining touchdown celebrations would be illegal in today's NFL. Though the league rulebook has some very specific examples of what constitutes a penalty, the gray area is as wide as ever. Take, for example, Husain ...

Kansas City Chiefs free safety Husain Abdullah carries the ball after intercepting a pass and running it back 39 yards for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

NFL says Abdullah should not have been penalized

The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception. The league's rule book prohibits players from celebrating while on the ground, but spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email ...

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FCC spikes sports blackout rule

The FCC wants an end to sports blackouts. The Federal Communications Commission has voted to spike a decades-old rule preventing cable and satellite operators from airing sports events that were blacked out on local TV. The commission says the rule was outdated and unnecessary. It was originally adopted to help ...

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FCC votes to end NFL blackout rule

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to eradicate the NFL blackout rule, according to Pro Football Talk. FCC commissioners, all five of them, voted unanimously to end the the broadcast rule, which blocks local broadcasts if the home team doesn't meet sellout requirements, that has been in place since 1975. While ...

Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 5: Injuries and potential replacements

There are injuries all over the place in the fantasy world. We break down which ones have direct implications, possible waiver wire adds and discuss how long players could be out. A lot of receivers went down this week while some running backs made their returns. The following is a ...

Fantasy football waiver wire advice, Week 5: Hot players with potential downside

Fantasy football is back! So are injuries and now bye weeks, though, so you may be looking for a short-term fix or a long-term solution. There are some players who are hot on the waiver wire lists who could have some potential downside. We bring you the top-five list here. ...

Fantasy football waiver wire: 10 running backs to target for Week 5

Week 4 didn't have any major injuries to the running back landscape, but there are possible changes on some depth charts. It seems like every year we are always left wondering what the heck happened in the running back world. This season is no different and it's hard to believe ...

Tom Brady benched on Monday Night Football, but no quarterback controversy for fantasy owners

The New England Patriots suffered their second-worse loss under head coach Bill Belichick in a 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. The blowout was so bad Tom Brady was benched for rookie Jimmy Garoppolo. We bring you the fantasy implications here. The New England Patriots ...

Alex Smith's fantasy star shines bright on Monday Night Football

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had a great game in the blowout win over the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. We bring you the fantasy implications here. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns in the blowout win over the New ...

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