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McCaffrey has yet to carry the ball within 9 yards of the goal line but has two end zone targets.

There’s not a person in our clubhouse — coach, player, executive — that’s not rooting for him in particular to finish strong and get a ring, said Astros manager A.J. Hinch, who played with Beltran with the Royals in 2001 and 2002. His career, when you look back at it, he’s as remarkable as anyone I’ve ever been around. He’s the best player that I ever played with.
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DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders: The winner of the Raiders’ running back-by-committee battle on Sunday, a game Marshawn Lynch missed due to suspension, was Washington, whose 20.8 PPR fantasy points easily exceeded Jalen Richard’s 8.6. Washington outpaced Richard in terms of both total touches (14-10) and starting percentage in ESPN leagues (27.0 to 18.0 percent), but it’s unclear whether his performance will be enough to earn him a larger role when Lynch returns to action in Week 9. Washington is still worth keeping stashed in PPR formats, where his 27 targets in eight games gives him a chance at helping teams out of the flex spot in a pinch.

Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins: For the first time all season, Crowder managed a double-digit fantasy point total, his 22.5 using PPR scoring easily his best all year and in fact just 3.2 shy of his career best (25.7, 2016 Week 8). It was a performance that reminded of his 2016 breakthrough, as he was targeted 13 times and had nine catches. Crowder is suddenly looking like the Redskins’ de facto No.

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Bills acquire WR Kelvin Benjamin in trade with Panthers

In a deal that was completed minutes before the NFL’s trade deadline Tuesday, the Carolina Panthers dealt top wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills for a third-round pick and a seventh-round pick in the 2018 draft.

Some rookies could get abused by Wall and Lowry in consecutive games. When he has been on some of the better point guards, Ball has managed to stay in front of them for the most part, and he has been able to swipe down and cause turnovers when big men drive with the ball on help defense. Defensively, Ball was OK, but he will learn how to better defend the likes of Rubio and pick-and-rolls.

What Ball did do much better in Utah was knock down his perimeter shot. After shooting 1-for-14 from behind the arc in his previous three games, Ball made 3 of 6 3-pointers against Utah. Those were actually his only baskets of the night, as he finished 3-for-10 overall.

Ball did have one terrific pass that would have made Stockton and Malone proud Saturday, as he fired a bullet in the air from just beyond half court on the run ahead of a streaking Brandon Ingram, who caught it like a wide receiver on a slant and took it in for a score.

Smith-Schuster, the youngest player in the NFL (he won’t turn 21 until Nov. 22), had his biggest game of his rookie season (seven catches, 193 yards, one TD) at the ideal time Sunday night. His 97-yard scoring catch-and-run from Ben Roethlisberger in the third quarter broke Pittsburgh out of a field-goal fest in Detroit. He then helped clinch the 20-15 win over the Lions with a 4-yard catch on a shovel pass for a first down in the final minute.

Smith-Schuster had scored three times before Week 8 with limited targets, but now he has emerged as a vital offensive component, almost as essential as running back Le’Veon Bell or go-to wide receiver Antonio Brown.ducks-095

After Game 6, Darvish addressed his Game 3 performance.

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And then I read about the ball being slick. And I really didn’t know if it was my physical thing and mechanical adjustment that I had to make or the ball. I can’t really say it. But that’s it. And I just need to learn from it and go tomorrow night.

Stolen from Pro Football Focus: Dallas center Travis Frederick has not allowed a sack in his last 1,658 pass blocks, since midseason 2014. That’s almost three full seasons of protecting Dallas quarterbacks on pass drops.

Another deep-league addition to consider, Len is averaging 11.8 points and 8.8 rebounds over the past four games for a Phoenix team that proves entirely thin past Tyson Chandler at center, affording this mercurial big enough minutes to matter.

This trade was an absolute fleecing, a foolish deal consummated by the Colts out of desperation. Richardson had scored 11 touchdowns in his rookie season but did not have the playmaking ability expected from a No. 3 overall pick.

Speaking of substantial shifts in efficiency, Utah’s Ricky Rubio is not only the same special distributor and defender he’s long been, he now stretches the floor with nearly two made 3-pointers per game, adding needing scoring pop to his impressive fantasy stock. Getting cheap shares of Rubio and Rodney Hood could prove rewarding for those seeking an infusion of guard play at what should be reasonable pricing.
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Nationals announce hiring of Dave Martinez as new manager

We are delighted to bring Dave aboard and excited about what he will bring to our clubhouse and our dugout, Theodore N. Lerner, managing principal owner of the Nationals, said in a statement. We have been very clear about our goals as an organization and we feel confident we’ve found the right man to help us reach them.
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Martinez becomes the seventh full-time manager for the Nats since they moved from Montreal before the 2005 season. A former outfielder who played for nine different teams during his 16 years in the majors, he spent three and a half seasons with the Expos. Martinez’s 431 games played for the Expos are his most for any franchise. Martinez ranks among the top 20 in franchise history in several categories, including his 22 triples (tied for 15th), his 68 stolen bases (18th) and his 70.83 stolen-base percentage (17th).

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 34 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 32 and the Knicks won for the second time after losing their first three games.

Cleveland, which was blown out by Orlando at home and lost to Brooklyn during this stretch, fell below .500. The Cavaliers were routed 123-101 in New Orleans on Saturday.
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The Cavaliers are favorites to return to Michal Rozsival Jersey the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season, but their issues continued, particularly on the defensive end.

Guys are scoring at will against us, James said. Our defense is pretty bad right now.

Cleveland has won seven straight in the series at home.

On Saturday, the National Women’s Hockey League opened its third season, with the Metropolitan Riveters playing their first home game at the Prudential Center against the Boston Pride. The day was historic for the league as the first NWHL game played in an NHL arena. Fans traveled from all over the country to see the game, which was the first of a hockey doubleheader. In the second game, the NHL’s New Jersey Devils hosted the Arizona Coyotes. We went to chat with dedicated NWHL fans.

Cavaliers: Cleveland’s loss to Orlando snapped a 17-game winning streak against the Magic. … Power forward Tristan Thompson had one point, no rebounds and four fouls in 19 minutes. … Love hit two 3-pointers in the first six minutes, giving him 900 for his career.

Knicks: Return home to play Denver on Monday night in their first back-to-back set of the season.

Cavaliers: Host Indiana on Wednesday night.

“They swung from where this, two years ago by the same collective bargaining agreement, in my mind, [Elliott] would be playing,” Jones said. “Now he goes to where he’s got the extreme penalty of six. Now there’s a bigger penalty. You can be suspended. But still, this is the max. … Anybody that has really looked at the facts of the case, has really looked at it, knows there was divisive and difference of opinion within the league itself.”

During a conference call Tuesday, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said that 100 experts in the field were consulted and that the policy was approved by all of the league’s ownership. “The process that we put in place in the aftermath of Ray Rice was put in very thoughtfully, very carefully,” Lockhart said.

Perhaps he simply needs more time to adjust to his new surroundings, and his price kind of reflects the slow start, but I’m still avoiding until further notice. Carmelo Anthony has done better statistically and costs less. — Eric Karabell

Vote: Who will win Game 7 of the World Series?

It has been one heck of an entertaining World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros, so it seems only fitting that this year’s champion will be decided in a Game 7.
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The Colts might quietly be the worst team in the league, but the Browns and 49ers are the two teams with zeros in the win column. They’ve Denver Broncos Authentic Jersey each flashed moments of competence, but neither team won on Sunday, moving to 0-8. The Browns gave the Vikings a competitive half before folding in England, while the 49ers slowed down Wentz but did little on offense in losing 33-10.

With Gordon’s possible reinstatement near, the Browns could look to trade his rights by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, a source said.

One team source told ESPN he believed there were teams inquiring about Gordon.
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Gordon, 26, has not played in a game since Dec. 21, 2014.

He opened up last month about his extensive drug use, speaking in a first-person 13-minute video on Uninterrupted, a digital media company.

I’ve used alcohol on many, many occasions, Gordon said in the video. Xanax on many occasions, cocaine several occasions, marijuana most of my life, codeine, cough syrup. Methazine is very prevalent where I’m from. It’s what I grew up using.

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Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton called out his team’s offensive line following Sunday’s 27-0 loss to the Jaguars.

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Hilton said the linemen had to take some pride and block for quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who was sacked 10 times. Hilton recanted those comments on Monday, issuing an apology to his teammates.
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Charles said he credits Reid for helping himself and other Chiefs, including Hunt, achieve their greatness.

Andy Reid is a great offensive mind, Charles said. He can get any average person or any guy that can come into his offense and make plays and make them look like superstars.

Reid shares similar warm feelings for Charles. Most NCAA Division I officials spurned the NFL’s offers, unwilling to be used as pawns in a union fight. So the league played the entire preseason, and the first two weeks of the regular season, with officials from levels as low as high school and from little-known associations (including the Lingerie League).

His replacement in Kansas City, Kareem Hunt, is the only player in NFL history to start his career with seven straight 100-yard scrimmage games. Hunt leads the NFL in rushing and is second in yards per carry.

You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved.

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2017 NFL celebration rankings: Vikings remain at No. 1 with duck, duck, goose celebration

The NFL relaxed its rules on celebrations this offseason. Here at SB Nation, our editorial stance is that this makes the game funner for players and fans alike, and we endorse it wholeheartedly.

For the longest time, we enjoyed seeing Antonio Brown twerking in the end zone and Odell Beckham Jr. doing his best Michael Jackson impression, only to have that delight interrupted by a flag and the knowledge that a fine would likely follow. We shouldn’t see any pelvic thrusting this year despite the relaxed rules. It’s still a penalty. But players can dance, use the ball as a prop, and choreograph celebrations with teammates til their hearts’ content.

Ezekiel Elliott’s resurgence didn’t begin w/ this game. Cowboys RB has rushed for 232 yds in last 5 quarters after 308 yds in first 15.

Before Sunday, his best game so far this season was against the Giants in Week 1, when he had 140 rushing and receiving yards combined. He has exceeded 147 rushing yards only twice in his career, with 157 yards against the Packers and 159 against the Buccaneers last season.

In an overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Bears ran the ball 54 times and asked Mitchell Trubisky to throw just 16 times. The Jaguars abandoned throwing with Blake Bortles altogether in a 30-9 win over the Steelers, running the ball on the last 18 plays of the game and never throwing a pass after the eight-minute mark in the third quarter.

It’s a formula that has produced wins for teams in the past. When done right, it could even end in a Super Bowl run. But it’s not an easy path to follow:

The results have been staggering, really.

In May the Rams were interested. The Cleveland Bears (Charles had to be reminded it was the Browns), were, too.

But the Broncos connected most with Charles. He signed on May 2.
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In rehab, my approach was to kill it, and Alphonso really helped me to do that, Charles said. I signed a one-year deal. C.J. (Anderson) is a great back and he’s the guy here. We’re figuring out how I fit in here.

Aside from his sexist remarks earlier in the week, Cam Newton looked like 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton against the Lions. He completed 26-of-33 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns. If he’s able to keep that up, there’s no reason the Panthers can’t go on a nice run.

And so we knew it was gonna be a process, we focus on the process, because we think that translates into wins, when we do that. We’re still missing that part of the equation, and I can be very frank with you: I want a damn win. Enough of this stuff. And I like the way our guys are fighting, I really am proud of them.

Lynch knows where their roster is at, but that doesn’t matter because in the end, the only judgement in the NFL is wins.

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The general notion was that the Jets were tanking this season. They released a score of veterans in March and did little to replace those positions. They traded away Sheldon Richardson. They tried to start anyone but Cortez Kennedy Jersey Josh McCown at quarterback.

You have to bring a lot to the table in this league just to have the chance to win. And then in the end of these games when the chance is there, you must make the plays to win it. This could be the lesson we learned today. This could be who we now become.
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Several of his Jets teammates weren’t as forgiving.

Next time you’re going to break that wall and look into the camera, Cam, give us something more. The Superman celebration is fine, but the NFL eased up on its celebration rules this season.

This was one of them, and it really wasn’t his fault. Jonathan Stewart couldn’t come up with this pass that probably should have gone to Christian McCaffrey, and it ended up in the hands of the Eagles:

It wasn’t Newton’s best game, but it also wasn’t all his fault.

I’m pretty sure everybody is going to look back and say that was a B.S. call, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse said.
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Jets coach Todd Bowles was ready to move on from the play Monday.

There’s nothing else to talk about. They’re not changing the call. We’re not winning the ballgame. I don’t give two shakes about it, he told reporters on a conference call.

That wasn’t the reason we lost the game. We’ve moved on from that. It doesn’t change. We’re not going to cry about it all week. We’ve got to go play Miami, he said.

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence left the Colts game after 49ers players kneeled, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that players who disrespect the flag won’t play.

The focus of the demonstrations during the national anthem has shifted ever since President Donald Trump made remarks in Alabama, saying that any player who kneels is a son of a bitch who should be fired.

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Some players have linked arms in unity before the anthem, and some haven’t showed up for the anthem at all. Either way, it’s created a discussion that Trump has plastered himself in the middle of.