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Fantasy football tips: How do you navigate the Liverpool-Man City selection headache?

Alistair Bruce-Ball

If you’re a regular listener to the Fantasy 606 podcast then you might wonder why Chris Sutton isn’t writing this column, or more pertinently his assistant manager.

That’s his son Ollie and at the moment they’re dovetailing like Brian Clough and Peter Taylor back in the day – Ollie like Taylor spotting the talent, Chris like Clough picking the team and making it sing. They’ve seen green arrows in seven of the past nine weeks and have climbed almost a million places in the overall league in the past five gameweeks.

In gameweek 18 they played the Free Hit chip and boldly backed the Sheffield United defence to keep a clean sheet against Newcastle, which they duly did.

Michail Antonio and Raheem Sterling have been excellent signings at the right time despite Sterling being a casualty of Pep Guardiola wreaking his usual havoc on fantasy managers in gameweek 21, and

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Travis Kelce is the best tight end in football. Just ask any NFL player.

In college, Brate had chosen Rob Gronkowski, who became his teammate this past offseason, for that kind of close review. Then Gronkowski’s body started to betray him, and his skills diminished.

“Once I got into the NFL, he was no longer my favorite tight end,” Brate said this week. “It was Travis Kelce.”

As he prepares for his second Super Bowl after catching a touchdown in last year’s game, Kelce occupies a rarefied place in the NFL’s ecosystem. He has become the engine of the Chiefs’ relentless offense, both bulldozer and security blanket for Patrick Mahomes. In the AFC championship game, he caught a championship-game record 13 passes, two for touchdowns. The only thing in Kansas City more certain to satisfy than burnt ends at Q39 is Kelce on third down.

Provided room to operate across the middle by Tyreek Hill’s explosive speed on the outside, playing in an

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Cal Football: Signee from New Zealand Brings `Remarkable’ Untapped Potential

Jason Negro, coach at St. John Bosco High in Bellflower, has worked with some superb football players in his 18 seasons. He sent wide receiver Bryce Treggs to Cal and mentored Josh Rosen, who played at UCLA and later in the NFL.

He’s never had a player quite like Ieremia Moore, a defensive end prospect who signed a national letter of intent with Cal on Wednesday.

To be precise, Negro has never actually coached Moore in a game.

Born and raised in New Zealand, Moore has a rugby background but has never played in a high school varsity football game. He moved to the United States and enrolled at Bosco in September 2019, only to be told by the CIF that he would not be allowed to play varsity football his first year as a transfer from another country.

So Moore played junior varsity football in the fall of

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Nick Saban’s Success at Producing Consensus All-Americans is Way Beyond Anything College Football Has Seen Before

When it comes to assessing talent on college football teams, two obvious barometers are recruiting rankings and the NFL draft. 

One that’s in between the coming and going is being named an All-American, the best at each position for a given season. 

As demonstrated once again this week, Alabama stands out in attracting top prospects, and its been dominating at the pro level for a while, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Crimson Tide under Nick Saban has ruled the All-American selections as well.

But the level to which it has done so has been stunning.

For consistency and simplicity purposes, this discussion will be limited to consensus first-season All-American status. 

For that, a player must be named first-team by the majority of the services recognized by the NCAA: American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, The Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America and Sporting News.

A year

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