| Oct 10, 2014
| 3:31 PM
Week 6 of the NFL promises too many fruitful matchups to take a chance on a lemon. Several players have been dealing with injuries that could impact their fantasy football production, and owners should consider benching them for better prospects.
| Oct 9, 2014
| 1:12 PM
Injuries are a pain (sorry about that) -- unless you're the beneficiary. That looks to be a recurring theme in Week 6 as key injuries on offense and defense present opportunities for certain players to fill up the fantasy football stat sheets.
| Oct 8, 2014
| 1:14 PM
I like to think of Week 5 in the NFL as the Day of Reckoning. Of course, it’s not just a day, it’s three days -- Thursday, Sunday and Monday -- but Weekend of Reckoning sounds like a suburban dad’s garage band.
So you can quibble with...
| Oct 10, 2014
Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll, St. Martin's, 280 pages, $25.99
Jonathan Carroll is something of a genius at rug-pulling. In any given novel, it's almost impossible to anticipate when his utterly believable portraits of domestic life might veer...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 1:30 PM
Fantasy football has long missed having a Pocket Hercules: Could it be you, Branden Oliver?
Of course, I'm referring to the nickname given to 5-foot-7 running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who, despite his small stature, accounted from more than 1,300...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 4:56 PM
Kyle Orton is back, but is he relevant?
The former Chicago Bears quarterback is once again at the helm of an NFL offense. The Buffalo Bills grew impatient with 2013 first-round draft pick EJ Manuel and benched him for Orton on Monday.
| Sep 29, 2014
| 5:10 AM
Before Sunday's complete domination of his old team the Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. may have made mention once or twice or 47 times that he's 35 years old.
His advanced age no doubt factored into the Panthers'...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 1:46 PM
Week 5 in the NFL is here, and while most fans in the city are gearing up for Sunday's Bears-Carolina matchup, I'm worried about the only fall sport I'm good at nowadays: fantasy football. We're a quarter of the way into the fantasy season and while it'...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 4:32 PM
As anyone who started a Minnesota Vikings player in their fantasy football lineup knows, one injury can have devastating consequences for a whole team -- real or fantasy.
It may not be fair to pin the Vikings' offensive futility Thursday night solely on...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 4:30 PM
DirecTV has reached a new multi-year agreement for its NFL Sunday Ticket package of out-of-market football games -- a franchise so important to the satcaster that renewal of the deal became a make-or-break clause in DirecTV's pending merger with AT&T....
| Oct 1, 2014
| 1:29 PM
Tribune fantasy football columnist Phillip Thompson answers readers questions.
Q. I have Niles Paul and Jordan Cameron for TE’s. I am strong in the RB dept. Is this the week to finally say goodbye to my first-round pick Adrian Peterson and grab...