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MINNEAPOLIS — If you had to bet money before the season started, who would you pick to have the most fantasy points scored by a quarterback through the first two weeks? Tom Brady? Aaron Rodgers? Drew Brees? Well, the answer is Trevor Siemian of the Denver Broncos. If you say you would have picked him, you are: • Lying, • Throwing a dart at a dartboard and you luckily hit Siemian's section, or • A complete homer who loves the Broncos and your judgement is questionable.
MINNEAPOLIS — So much for riding David Johnson to your fantasy league championship. The Arizona Cardinals running back was the highest-drafted player in most leagues, but he will now spend the majority of the season on injured reserve after requiring surgery on a dislocated left wrist. The third-year back enjoyed a breakout season in 2016 that sent him to the top of draft boards because of his elite ability to run and catch out of the backfield.
MINNEAPOLIS — When finalizing your roster for the start of the fantasy football season, it's not all about the starters. Handcuffs — players who will move into a starting role if the guy ahead of him on the depth chart goes down with injury, trade or suspension — can make the difference between making or missing the fantasy football playoffs.
MINNEAPOLIS — What is more American than football? Getting together with friends to personalize the gridiron experience with gambling, bringing great glory for the victors and humiliating defeat for everyone else. Fantasy football is a game of infinite variables, which helps absolve me from any wrongdoing if players lose their season based on my advice. While I cannot provide contingencies for every scenario, there are some clear trends that can help players approach their league's draft with a leg up on the competition.
BRAINERD, Minn. — The first case of the canine influenza — a highly contagious disease that can be fatal — has been confirmed in the Brainerd lakes area. Testing for canine influenza came back positive for a dog named Bella, believed to be a 2-year-old Landseer, after being seen July 18 at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital in Baxter, Minn.
MINNEAPOLIS — Tucker Hibbert at the X Games usually means he's geared up, leaving the competition in his icy wake en route to claiming yet another medal. But while visiting X Games Minneapolis 2017, the 33-year-old from Pelican Rapids, Minn., was much more relaxed, all smiles as he signed autographs for fans before taking in the action inside U.S. Bank Stadium. "It's pretty impressive," Hibbert said of the venue. "It's my first time to the stadium, it's an exciting vibe just to be here and see all these athletes."
MINNEAPOLIS — With history on the line, Jamie Bestwick said he wasn't feeling the pressure. But neither was Vince Byron, the only person to best Bestwick in an X Games BMX vert competition in a decade. Showing a mastery of 540 combo tricks, Byron recorded two scores over 90 points to once again win X Games gold in the Fruit of the Loom Vert contest Thursday, July 13, outside U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. Bank Stadium is big. The old Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which stood where the new stadium now stands, could fit inside the main competition area of U.S. Bank Stadium. And now X Games athletes are salivating at the chance to compete on action sports' biggest stage, in a really big venue.
MINNEAPOLIS — Come rain or shine, X Games Minneapolis will go on. That factor played a sizeable role in bringing the four-day sporting event to the Twin Cities. After three years just outside Austin, Texas, organizers were looking to change things up. Heavy rains and strong winds put a damper on X Games Austin 2016, forcing delays and rescheduling throughout the event. Tim Reed, vice president of X Games for ESPN, said it was time to make a move.
MINNEAPOLIS — Helmets and pads will be donned by elite athletes this month at U.S. Bank Stadium, but don't expect everyone to be wearing Vikings purple and gold. Minneapolis is gearing up to host its first Summer X Games, the top annual competition for action sport athletes to compete for gold and glory. Spanning four days, the competitors will race, spin and flip on skateboards, dirt bikes, motorcycles and BMX bikes in downtown Minneapolis and at the Mall of America in Bloomington from July 13-16.