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Should you take a stud quarterback (thinking Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady) in the first round of your fantasy football league draft or pounce on a running back early?

Does an elite wide receiver, such as A.J. Green, make more sense with a middle of the first-round pick rather than someone like the Bears' Jordan Howard, who plays on an awful team?

And when exactly is the right time to take a flyer on Rob Gronkowski?

While every fantasy league has guys and gals who do plenty of research, others (raising my hand) don't want to invest that much time on it. And every year, it seems to get easier and easier for us.

All it takes is setting a DVR and you can find plenty of fine experts out there who will tell you which player to pick and in want round. The latest fantasy fix is being delivered five days a week on ESPN by its fantasy football guru, Matthew Berry.

"The Fantasy Show," featuring Berry and several other guests with good information, airs at 4 p.m. weekdays on ESPN2. While ESPN has cut a lot of staff and prominent journalist from its payroll in recent months, the network knows it has a big audience with fans who use its fantasy site to run their leagues.

Berry, who writes lengthy pieces on fantasy football on, is well worth watching as many times as possible before your fantasy draft. He digests the numbers fantasy owners need to know and also helps discover some under-the-radar players who could be the difference in winning your league.

Brad Evans of Yahoo Sports also is a good source for fantasy owners and hosts "NFL Fantasy Live" on NBCSN at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Plus, "Good Morning Football" on the NFL Channel is another great resource.

With these broadcasts to go with plenty of websites and podcasts out there for fantasy lovers, there is no reason not to be your league champion.

College BB: Cardinals at Pirates (FSM, 3 p.m. Saturday; ESPN, 6 p.m. Sunday): St. Louis fans continue to be frustrated by management's reluctance to make a trade and get another arm that could help down the stretch. 

NASCAR: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (NBC, 6:30 p.m. Saturday): Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won only once on the tight turns at Bristol in his career (2004) and is running out of time to make the playoffs. 

NFL preseason: Giants at Browns (ESPN, 7 p.m. Monday): Many think Cleveland could go 0-16 this season. If Brock Osweiler is the QB, it's possible.

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Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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