In my second season writing The Extra Point fantasy football blog, and as a champion in one of my toughest leagues last season, we’re starting this year off with the big dont's when selecting your championship squad. There are a few things that can really change the effectiveness of how you draft, which is key in the middle rounds when trying to round out your roster. I won’t go into extreme detail just yet on specific players, but I will provide a few examples.
What a difference 12 months can make. Entering year two, Tulane head coach Willie Fritz calls quarterback a position of strength. It was anything but a year ago. With Jonathan Banks leading the cause in front of several backups that have also taken steps forward, the outlook is much brighter. “They're all getting a lot of reps,” says Fritz.
In the NFC South, one of the league's most competitive divisions, there's a very small margin between winning and losing. Truth be told, besides the New England Patriots, it seems to be a very level playing field league wide. That's why the Saints are putting a big emphasis on winning close games. “If we took 16 games, pick a game, it'd be hard find one where that game didn't have relevance in the last two minutes,” says Sean Payton.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".