July 24, 2021

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Now that training camp has hit full stride for the Steelers this week, it’s time for Pittsburgh football fans to start focusing on another team as well.

Their own fantasy football team.

Jeff Erickson of Rotowire joins me for this week’s fantasy sports podcast. And he outlines three big trends in fantasy football leagues heading into 2021.


1. Turn back the clock: In Erickson’s words, “We have fully reverted to old school fantasy football where everybody drafts a running back in the first round.”

Erickson is seeing early fantasy drafts where as many as 13 of the first 14

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The ACC media have converged on the Queen City for the conference’s media days this week, which serves as the kickoff event for the 2021 football season. While the spotlight will be focused on the league’s 14 head coaches and their 42 student-athletes for two days of multimedia interviews, there’s also the matter of preseason all-conference voting that coincides with ACC Kickoff.

While media members in attendance are not required to vote for preseason selections, they are encouraged to do so. The All-ACC teams that actually matter are released after the season, not before,

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The summer is here, meaning we’re getting closer to the start of fantasy football drafts. Success in those drafts will come from landing terrific bargains in the middle to late rounds while avoiding players who could see their numbers decline compared to 2020. However, that latter exercise isn’t easy, especially in the case of players who are among the elite at their position or are coming off breakout seasons in the stat sheets.

Based on those parameters, I’ve already broken down the likes of Justin Herbert, Alvin Kamara, Derrick Henry, and Saquon Barkley (among many others, as you’ll see in

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Arkansas football coach Sam Pittman had his turn at the podium at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here’s everything the Razorbacks coach said in Hoover, Alabama.

SAM PITTMAN: Good morning, everybody. I’m so honored to be here and be the head football coach of the University of Arkansas.

I want to thank Greg Sankey for all he did. I know a lot of coaches have, and every one of us, I guarantee, it wasn’t because somebody started it, it’s because they felt it and they meant it. I have colleagues that are head football coaches in other conferences, and

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A new fantasy season is upon us, but sometimes the same old trends continue to remain effective and underused. Whether it’s the time spent researching, or unwillingness to grasp the concept, significant vacated touches remains one of those trends.

My annual piece on significant vacated touches continues to boast an attractive hit rate on finding increased volume for running backs. Returning backs with 100-plus touches on a team that just saw a fellow running back departure who had 100-plus touches are heavy favorites to see more action as a result. Coaches and schemes have tended to rely on the proven,

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HOOVER, Ala. — The giant screen erected in the main room of SEC media days normally shows the league’s messaging. It flashes the day’s schedule, clips of championship-winning highlights and the name of the next speaker on the dais.

Throughout this week, it has intermittently projected another kind of message.

“THE SEC BACKS THE VAX,” it reads.

Welcome to the newfound plight of the SEC and all of college football—convincing athletes, coaches, administrators and now, the community to get vaccinated. As the COVID-19 delta variant creeps across the country and the 2021 season inches closer, college football officials have sprung

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