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The Strategy Behind Fantasy Football
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With the NFL regular season rapidly approaching, the buzz around fantasy football is everywhere. On today’s show, our team looks at the strategies behind fantasy and dissects how it both reflects and distorts the game.

The English Premier League has formally kicked off with familiar faces leading the pack. Reigning back-to-back champion Manchester City leads in our model. Liverpool, which fell just 1 point short of the title last season, is again slated for second place. We’ll discuss what to expect this season and which teams might shake up the top of the table.

To wrap, Neil explores the Orioles’ unexpected win this weekend over the Astros and other historic baseball upsets in our Rabbit Hole of the Week.

What we’re looking at this week:

  • We still have not recovered from Simone Biles’s record-breaking, history-making, mind-blowing performance at the USA Gymnastics National Championships.
  • If you’re looking to spice up your fantasy football league this year, here are some creative ideas from The Ringer.
  • Make sure to read our guide to the 2019-20 English Premier League title race.
  • Club Soccer Predictions are up!
  • Is this the worst throw in baseball history?

Grace Lynch is Hot Takedown’s producer.

Sara Ziegler is the assistant sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Neil Paine is a senior sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight.

Geoff Foster is the sports editor for FiveThirtyEight.

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