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NFL Midseason Awards

A look at the award-worthy performers at halftime of the 2012 NFL season.
<p> NFL midseason awards at halftime of the 2012 NFL season, including Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for MVP, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for Offensive Player of the Year, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt for Defensive Player of the Year, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III for Offensive Rookie of the Year, Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones for Defensive Rookie of the Year, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning for Comeback Player of the Year and Bears coach Lovie Smith for Coach of the Year.</p>

NFL midseason awards at halftime of the 2012 NFL season:

Atlanta Falcons' First 7-0 Start in Franchise History

The Falcons are now 15-0 when Matt Ryan throws three or more TD passes.
<p> The Atlanta Falcons are off to the first 7-0 start in franchise history after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles, 30-17, in a homecoming game for Matt Ryan.</p>

Matt Ryan’s homecoming could not have gone much better. A product of Philadelphia’s William Penn Charter School, “Matty Ice” led the Atlanta Falcons to a 30–17 statement victory against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in the “City of Brotherly Love.”

15 Best Fantasy Football Sleepers

On draft day, don't sleep on underrated fantasy football players like the Falcons' Matt Ryan.
<p> On draft day, don't sleep on underrated fantasy football players like the Falcons' Matt Ryan, Bills' C.J. Spiller, Packers' Cedric Benson, Ravens' Torrey Smith, Colts' Reggie Wayne, Broncos' Demaryius Thomas and Titans' Jake Locker.</p>

It's fantasy football time, which means millions of fans will be drafting their teams over the next few weeks. Here's a look at 15 sleeper picks that could mean the difference between winning or losing your league this season.

NODDING OFF
These guys are fringe big names, so don’t sleep on them for too long.

NFL Wild Card Weekend Preview

A look at every NFL Wild Card game, with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports' editors.
<p> A look at every NFL Wild Card game — the Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans, Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos — with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports' editors.</p>

A quick preview of all four games on NFL Wild Card Weekend, along with the consensus picks of Athlon Sports editors Mitchell Light, Rob Doster, Nathan Rush, Patrick Snow and Steven Lassan:

Matt Ryan Should Be in Your Starting Lineup Today Against Houston

The Falcons quarterback should put up big numbers against the Texans
<p> The Falcons quarterback should put up big numbers against the Texans</p>

I’m going with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan as a confident start in Week 13 at Houston.

It’s a tough matchup. Ryan’s got injuries on his side of the ball; the Texans are tough on the defensive side of the ball. But Ryan will come through for you this week as a starting fantasy QB in 12-team leagues.

Here’s what we’re looking at with the matchup.

Hamstrung by Julio Jones this week? Let Falcon fly in Week 10.

Fantasy owners are wondering what to do with the Atlanta rookie. Is he a reliable start?
<p> Fantasy owners are wondering what to do with the Atlanta rookie. Is he a reliable start?&nbsp;</p>

Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones jumped back on the fantasy radar after his two-touchdown, 131-yard performance in a quarter and change against Indianapolis last week.

However, he did not come out unscathed from the Colts game. He has again battled the hamstring injury this week, being limited in practice on both Thursday and Friday. He is probable for Sunday’s game against AFC South rival New Orleans.

It leaves fantasy owners wondering what to do with the rookie. Is he a reliable start?

Fantasy Football Week 5 Start & Sit: Quarterbacks

The Jets' Mark Sanchez is a solid start this week against the Patriots.
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Vick Goes Down, The Lions Go Up: Our NFL Week 2 Recap

It was a wild, injury-filled second week of the NFL season
<p> It was a wild, injury-filled second week of the NFL season</p>

Michael Vick returned to the city where he first electrified NFL audiences before his stunning fall from grace and equally stunning climb back to glory. Would he complete his return from scandal and ignominy by leading his team to a dramatic victory over the franchise that discarded him?

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