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AP Pro32 ballot from Lynch

AP Pro32 ballot from Lynch

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter John Lynch of Fox Sports:

Week 14

JOHN LYNCH (Fox Sports)

1. Houston Texans - What a showdown coming with the Patriots coming on Monday night.

2. Atlanta Falcons - Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is coaching his tail off and this D is making great QB's look confused. Ask Drew Brees.

3. New England Patriots - What a showdown coming with the Texans on Monday night.

4. Denver Broncos - The Broncos lost to the three teams I have in front of them right now, but are a much better team now and I would like their chances versus all of them.

5. San Francisco 49ers - A bold move by Harbaugh to stick with Kaepernick at QB backfired against the Rams.

6. Green Bay Packers - Health may be the only thing holding the Pack back. Good news: Greg Jennings is back and Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews appear close to coming back. Bad news: WR Jordy Nelson is now out with a hamstring injury.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers - I moved them to the No. 7 spot with the anticipation of Big Ben coming back. With he and Polamalu back, this team is battle tested in meaningful games and tough to beat.

8. Baltimore Ravens - I know they are 9-3 and I like this team. Too many key injuries - Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb and now possibly Suggs again makes them awful vulnerable.

9. New York Giants - The Giants have been very inconsistent and to me it starts up front on both sides of the ball. This D-line that has been so feared and integral to their success and championships in recent years needs to start dominating!

10. Chicago Bears - The Bears are now banged up on D. This team is built to succeed at this time of year and needs to get healthy to make their run.

11. Indianapolis Colts - The Colts continue their special season and are now 8-4. Andrew Luck is a special player and will be for a long, long time in this league.

12. Seattle Seahawks - I'm more impressed with this team and their rookie QB each week. Beating the Bears at Chicago is a big step for them as they had been rock solid at home but struggled on the road. The possible looming suspensions of their CB tandem would devastate this Defense and team.

13. Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals are stacking W's and proving to be tough competition.

14. Washington Redskins - The 'Skins are back in the hunt after an impressive W on Monday night against the Giants. Mike Shanahan and his staff are coaching their hearts out. On offense they are maxing out RG3's vast skill and on D they are doing a lot with a little.

15. Dallas Cowboys - Romo looked really good in the second half. Problem is, he needed to as the Cowboys let Nick Foles and the Eagles hang 33 on them.

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Bucs gave the Broncos all they could handle in the first half. In the second half, Peyton Manning and Von Miller proved to be too much for the Bucs. Schiano can coach and has this team prepared and ready to compete every week.

17. New Orleans Saints - The Saints just lost to the Falcons and now they travel to the Giants to face a ticked off Giants team.

18. Minnesota Vikings - Adrian Peterson is an absolute stud. The Vikings need more like him.

19. St. Louis Rams - Jeff Fisher has done a masterful job with this team!

20. Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins had a tough draw facing the Patriots.

21. Buffalo Bills - Mario Williams is starting to make the impact the Bills expected. Too little, too late for the Bills and Mario?

22. Detroit Lions - Underachieving in Detroit! This team is very talented. Talent alone doesn't win you games.

23. San Diego Chargers - Another fourth-quarter lead for the Chargers and another blown fourth quarter lead for the Chargers. Their inability to finish will likely lead to a very different Chargers team next season.

24. Cleveland Browns - The Browns have won two in a row. That's right, the Browns have won two in a row.

25. New York Jets - Joe Namath may line up at QB for the Jets this week. Jets fan could only wish.

26. Tennessee Titans - Clearly not ready to compete with the Texans.

27. Carolina Panthers - Tough game for anyone to have to play in at KC.

28. Arizona Cardinals - Ugly!

29. Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles youth showed up on offense but their defense continued to play awful football at Dallas.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars - A step backward as the Jags fell to the Bills.

31. Kansas City Chiefs - God bless them all.

32. Oakland Raiders - The Raiders turnaround has a long way to go ... condolences to Dennis Allen and his family as they mourn the loss of his father.

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Former Ravens safety arrested again, this time on grand theft, battery charges

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Former Ravens safety arrested again, this time on grand theft, battery charges

Ex-Ravens safety Matt Elam was arrested for the second time in less than three months after an altercation with his girlfriend at her home in Delray Beach, Fla.

Police say Elam was arrested on grand theft and domestic battery charges after a fight broke out between the two around 4 a.m. Monday.

The former Florida Gators star — who was selected by the Ravens with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, came to the residence to retrieve his car, but fled on foot with his girlfriend's cell phone after she wouldn't give him any money, according to TMZ, which first broke the story.

Elam could face up to five years in prison under Florida law which lists grand theft of more than $300 a third degree felony, according to USA Today.

The 25-year-old was arrested in February for possession over 120 grams of marijuana and 3 grams of oxycodone, after which the Ravens announced their plans for the future did not include Elam.

Elam is currently being held on a $4,500 bond at the Palm Beach County jail.

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Fantasy Football Rookie RB rankings: Who is the next Ezekiel Elliot?

Fantasy Football Rookie RB rankings: Who is the next Ezekiel Elliot?

With the bulk of football in the books until training camps open in July, projection season is upon us.

In this space, we’re looking ahead to Fantasy Football.

Rather than start with the obvious headliners like Aaron Rodgers, Ezekiel Elliott, Julio Jones and Rob Gronkowski, let’s dive into the new guys.

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL: TOP 10 ROOKIE RUNNING BACKS

Along with Elliott, Dak Prescott, Sterling Shepard and Michael Thomas were among the rookies who produced and then some in 2016. Based on the early rounds of the 2017 draft, there’s hope for even more
first-year standouts.

Starting with the Bears selecting quarterback Mitch Trubisky second overall, 19 skill players were drafted in the first and second round.

That includes former LSU star Leonard Fournette, who headlines the running back class.

Here’s my look at the top 10 rookie runners with the 2017 fantasy football season in mind.

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