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    导出博客文章The holidays arent the only thing just around the corner. Next week also brings
    a critical date on the fantasy football calendar.The trade deadline in ESPN
    leagues arrives Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 12 p.m. ET, roughly 24 hours before well
    all enjoy turkey, stuffing and football. Its your last chance to make a
    significant upgrade to your playoff-bound -- or playoff-hopeful -- roster,
    outside of free agency.That in mind, enjoy some metaphorical hors doeuvres in
    advance of Thanksgiving, by acquiring (those in the Buy list) or trading (Sell
    list) the recommended names below.BuyBen Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh
    Steelers: Hes one of the few high-end quarterbacks who might actually be
    affordable via trade, mainly because dealing for him means absorbing some risk
    in the injury department. Roethlisberger has missed five of the Steelers past 22
    regular-season games and has averaged 1.7 games missed in his dozen seasons as
    the teams full-time starter. Still, those willing to take chances tend to score
    the bargains, and Roethlisbergers Week 10 outburst was extremely encouraging in
    the health department, as he heads into whats one of the most favorable
    remaining schedules: at Cleveland, at Indianapolis, vs. the New York Giants, at
    Buffalo, at Cincinnati, vs. Baltimore and vs. Cleveland (its the second-most
    favorable using Week 11 Matchups Map data). If not for the schedule that Drew
    Brees has remaining -- its the most-favorable using that measure --
    Roethlisberger might be my choice to be fantasys top-scoring quarterback in the
    final seven weeks of the season. Also consider: Philip Rivers.Lamar Miller, RB,
    Houston Texans: Perhaps memories of the Dolphins inexplicably conservative usage
    of Miller are still too fresh, but his fantasy owners might be a tad panicky
    learning that he has played only 45 percent of the Texans offensive snaps in
    their past three games combined. Injuries, however, contributed, and once those
    are in his rear view, hell presumably have his workhorse role restored. After
    all, the Texans didnt invest $14 million in guaranteed money in Miller to have
    him languish in a committee, especially not when their $37 million (again,
    guaranteed money) quarterback is struggling this much. As with Roethlisberger,
    making a deal for Miller is absorbing some injury risk, but again, thats the
    point. Miller has RB1 skill, plus one of the better playoff schedules out there.
    Also consider: Jonathan Stewart.Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints: As
    hinted above, the Saints passing game as a whole has an extremely favorable
    remaining schedule, but Thomas is an especially attractive target because his
    perceived value hasnt yet caught up with his true value. (If you dont believe
    that, check out his ranking relative to Brandin Cooks in some of the
    rest-of-year sets elsewhere.) Thomas has more catches (56) and has played more
    offensive snaps (552) than Cooks (51 and 540), plus he has only two fewer
    targets (73-75) and run only 24 fewer routes (359-383). Hes also no more likely
    than Cooks to draw his opponents best coverage in any remaining game,
    significant in that the Saints remaining opponents have been tougher on No. 1
    wide receivers than the supporting cast. This is a great schedule for Brees
    spread-it-around tendencies. Also consider: Doug Baldwin.Dennis Pitta, TE,
    Baltimore Ravens: Among tight ends, hes first in routes run (316) and second in
    both targets (64) and receptions (46). If theres a knock on him, though, its
    that he has only five red zone targets, tied for 17th at the position, which
    helps explain how he hasnt yet caught a touchdown pass. Fortunately, Pittas
    remaining schedule includes a lot of games against defenses that have ceded
    volume in numbers to opposing tight ends, especially the Cincinnati Bengals (53
    catches, 10.7 fantasy points per game, fourth-most), whom hell face twice. He
    has a TE1 ceiling, but since hes probably a backup on many fantasy teams, he
    might come at the cost of a nonstarting RB or WR. Also consider: Coby
    Fleener.SellAaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: Its wise to play the
    quarterback matchups -- especially for smaller league -- and dealing Rodgers is
    more a matter of his perceived value perhaps netting a low-end RB1 or WR1.
    Rodgers has two significant obstacles standing in his way: Matchups with the
    Seattle Seahawks (Week 14) and Minnesota Vikings (Week 16), which come at
    inopportune times, and five of his final six matchups overall grade as
    below-average (at best). He hasnt looked quite as sharp this season as in the
    past -- though his fantasy production has been extremely good during the softest
    part of his schedule these past three weeks. Without much support from his
    backfield, hes more likely to be exposed against tighter defenses in the coming
    weeks. Also consider: Marcus Mariota.Robert Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins: Hes
    one of the weeks hottest pickups, but hes a player to flip as quickly as you
    can, considering whats ahead. Kelley draws the Nos. 2 (at Arizona, Week 13), 4
    (vs. Carolina, Week 15), 6 (at Dallas, Week 12) and 8 (at Philadelphia, Week 14)
    worst matchups for a running back, using seasonal Matchups Map data, in his
    final seven games. Not a single one of his seven remaining matchups ranks among
    the 10-most favorable for the position. Kelleys numbers this season look
    impressive on the surface, but hes not a big-play running back and is more
    likely to be exposed by some of the tougher defenses out there. If your leagues
    trade market is valuing him as an RB2, make the deal. Also consider: Jay
    Ajayi.T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Like Thomas, Donte Moncrief has
    played a much larger role than perceived since returning from injury. Montcrief
    has played more offensive snaps (120), run more routes (73) and garnered more
    targets (15) with as many catches (7) as Hilton (108, 69, 14 and 7) in Weeks 8-9
    combined. While Hiltons hamstring injury did influence those numbers, some
    consideration must be given to the possibility that Moncriefs role is expanding
    in the Colts offense. Hiltons playoff schedule -- vs. Houston, at Minnesota, at
    Oakland, vs. Jacksonville -- is one of the most brutal (keep in mind that the
    Texans have owned him in their recent meetings), so see if you can use the fact
    that hes fresh off his bye week as reason to argue hes 100 percent and worthy of
    a top-five wide receiver trade return. A deal straight up for Miller, for
    example, might get it done. Also consider: Michael Crabtree.Delanie Walker, TE,
    Tennessee Titans: As productive as he has been of late, Walkers value probably
    wont get any higher than it is today. His Titans are one of the two teams with a
    Week 13 bye, which is simply awful for fantasy scheduling, then he returns to
    easily the most brutal schedule of any tight end: vs. Denver, at Kansas City, at
    Jacksonville, vs. Houston. All four defenses rank among the bottom 10 in terms
    of fantasy points per game allowed to the position, and Walker totaled 10
    fantasy points in his previous matchups against the Jacksonville Jaguars and
    Texans this season. On raw talent, hes easily regarded a top-three tight end
    going forward, except that matchup quality (not to mention volume) isnt there.
    If you could get a high-end RB2 -- perhaps aim high for a player like the
    aforementioned Miller or a WR2, like Baldwin -- and have a solid backup tight
    end, make the deal. Also consider: Jack Doyle.
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    Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians on Wednesday (all times
    local):11:55 p.m.The Cubs and Indians are headed to extra innings tied 6-6, with
    Game 7 headed for a dramatic finish.Its the first Game 7 of the Series to go to
    extra innings since 1997, when the Florida Marlins beat the Indians in 11
    innings. Edgar Renteria ended that one with an RBI single that deflected off the
    glove of pitcher Charles Nagy.The Cubs were four outs from their first title
    since 1908, but star closer Aroldis Chapman blew a 6-3 lead in the eighth when
    Brandon Guyer hit an RBI double with two outs and Rajai Davis homered.Cleveland
    is seeking its first championship since 1948.-11:45 p.m.Javier Baez squared to
    bunt with a full count and a runner on third, and the Cubs infielder fouled it
    off to help the Indians preserve a 6-6 tie in a nervy top of the ninth inning in
    Game 7.With one out, Jason Heyward stole second base with Baez batting then took
    third when catcher Yan Gomes throw skipped into the outfield. Baez then tried to
    bunt, fouling the ball straight back for strike three.Dexter Fowler then
    grounded out to shortstop, ending the inning.Cleveland has the top of the order
    due up in the bottom of the ninth, starting with Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis
    and Francisco Lindor.---11:25 p.m.Could a little rain extend baseballs longest
    droughts?Indians outfielder Rajai Davis tied Game 7 at 6 with a two-run homer in
    the eighth inning, and when Chicagos David Ross stepped in to lead off the
    ninth, the rain started coming down.The Cubs are trying to win their first World
    Series championship since 1908, and Cleveland hasnt won since 1948.The start of
    the game was moved up 8 minutes to 8 p.m. over concerns it might get wet.
    AccuWeather senior meteorologist said in a statement before the game: If Game 7
    runs late or goes into extra innings, then the chance of drenching rain will
    increase.--11:20 p.m.Indians outfielder Rajai Davis hit a tying, two-run homer
    off closer Aroldis Chapman, and Cleveland and the Chicago Cubs are headed to the
    ninth inning of Game 7 tied 6-6.Davis yanked Chapmans slider over the wall in
    the left-field corner with two outs in the eighth inning, capping a three-run
    inning and pulling the Indians even for the first time since the fourth
    inning.Chapman relieved Jon Lester to protect a 6-3 lead with two outs and a man
    on first. He allowed an RBI double to Brandon Guyer in his first at-bat, then
    delivered a hittable slider that Davis smacked.Manager Joe Maddon has been
    questioned about his use of Chapman in Games 5 and 6. Maddon let the closer
    throw 62 pitches over three days leading up to Game 7.Chicago has David Ross,
    Jason Heyward and Javier Baez due up in the ninth. Ross and Baez have already
    homered.---10:55 p.m.Six outs to bury 108 exasperating years.Jon Lester struck
    out Jason Kipnis with a runner on second base to end the seventh inning,
    protecting a 6-3 Cubs lead. With closer Aroldis Chapman warming in the bullpen,
    that could be it for Lester.The veteran left-hander came on in relief of Kyle
    Hendricks in the fifth inning and allowed two runs to score on a wild pitch. Hes
    been solid since, completing 2 1/3 innings without more damage in his first
    relief outing since the 2007 AL Championship Series, when he pitched for the Red
    Sox at Progressive Field.---10:25 p.m.The Chicago Cubs are nine outs away from
    ending 108 years of frustration.Chicago leads the Cleveland Indians 6-3 through
    six innings of Game 7. The Cubs have three home runs through six innings after
    managing just six total through the first six games of the Series.Javier Baez,
    Chicagos 21-year-old defensive whiz, is the second-youngest player in World
    Series history to hit a home run in Game 7, while 39-year-old catcher David Ross
    is the oldest player to homer in a winner-take-all World Series game.---10:10
    p.m.David Ross homered in what might have been his final major league at-bat.The
    Cubs catcher, set to retire after the season, launched a solo shot off shutdown
    left-hander Andrew Miller in the sixth inning. The ball just cleared the wall in
    center field, boosting Chicagos lead to 6-3.Ross entered in the bottom of the
    fifth along with left-hander Jon Lester. The veteran backstop has been Lesters
    go-to handler behind the plate all season, and his homer stretched Chicagos lead
    after Cleveland got two runs on Lesters wild pitch.---10 p.m.Jason Kipnis and
    the Cleveland Indians used their legs to get back into Game 7 against the
    Chicago Cubs.Carlos Santana scored from third base and Kipnis came in from
    second when Jon Lester uncorked a wild pitch with two outs in the fifth, pulling
    the Indians to 5-3.Lester came on with two outs in the fifth when starter Kyle
    Hendricks was pulled after walking Santana. Kipnis reached on an infield hit and
    a throwing error by catcher David Ross, who entered at the same time as
    Lester.Both runners came home when Lesters pitch bounced off Ross mask and
    skipped toward the Cubs dugout. Kipnis slid headfirst under Lesters tag to give
    the Indians a needed jolt.---9:45 p.m.The Chicago Cubs are pouring it on in Game
    7.Javier Baez led off the fifth with a home run against Corey Kluber and Anthony
    Rizzo doubled home Kris Bryant on a perfectly executed hit-and-run play to give
    the Cubs a 5-1 lead.Kluber, who won Games 1 and 4 for the Indians, exited after
    Baezs home run. The Chicago second baseman was 4 for 26 with 11 strikeouts
    before his first home run of the World Series. Kluber allowed four runs in
    four-plus innings and failed to record a strikeout for the first time in his
    major league career.---9:20 p.m.The Cubs again lead Game 7 thanks to their
    aggressive baserunning and some shoddy defense by the Cleveland Indians.Kris
    Bryant scored on Addison Russells sacrifice fly to shallow center field when
    Rajai Davis throw home came in high. Bryant slide safely under catcher Roberto
    Perezs tag for a 2-1 lead. Willson Contreras added on when he doubled off the
    wall to bring home Ben Zobrist.Davis got a bad jump on Contreras fly, taking a
    step in before scrambling backward as the ball sailed through the warm November
    night and off the wall.The Cubs led 3-1 after four innings.---9 p.m.The
    Cleveland Indians have tied it up in Game 7.Coco Crisp led off with a double
    against Kyle Hendricks, moved to third on Roberto Perezs sacrifice bunt and
    scored when Carlos Santana singled into right field to knot the game at 1.The
    Indians flirted with a big inning when Chicago second baseman Javier Baez
    dropped a flip from shortstop Addison Russell that put runners on first and
    second with one out. Francisco Lindor flew out to right and Chicago third
    baseman Kris Bryant snagged a sharp line drive by Clevelands Mike
    Napoli.Left-hander Jon Lester began warming up in Chicagos bullpen during the
    fourth inning.---8:40 p.m.Kyle Hendricks has kept the Cleveland Indians off the
    board through two innings of Game 7. The Cubs lead 1-0 behind Dexter Fowlers
    leadoff home run in the first.Hendricks worked around an error by second baseman
    Javier Baez to get out of the first inning and wriggled free of potential
    trouble in the second.Clevelands Jose Ramirez led off the second with a single,
    but Hendricks caught him leaning toward second base and picked him off. Lonnie
    Chisenhall followed with a single to right, but Rajai Davis bounced into a
    double play to end the threat. Chisenhall ended a 1-for-24 slide.The Cubs won 77
    percent of games in which they scored first this season, the highest percentage
    in the majors.---8:15 p.m.Dexter Fowler has given the Chicago Cubs an early lead
    in Game 7.The Cubs center fielder led off this World Series finale by sending a
    2-1 pitch from Cleveland ace Corey Kluber over the wall in centter, and Chicago
    led 1-0 after one inning.ddddddddddddIts the first leadoff home run in a
    winner-take-all Series game. Clevelands Rajai Davis made a leaping attempt to
    snare the fly at the wall, but it sailed over his glove. Fowler celebrated by
    spinning and yelling at the Chicago dugout after rounding first.The run jolted
    the already animated Cubs contingent in the stands. Progressive Field featured
    large swaths of blue and several loud chants of Lets Go Cubs during the pregame
    festivities and throughout the first inning. Kris Bryant was even serenaded by
    MVP! chants during his at-bat -- a common occurrence this season at Wrigley
    Field.It was the first leadoff homer allowed by Kluber this season. The last was
    Aug. 29, 2015, by Kole Calhoun.---7:30 p.m.The Chicago Cubs 9-3 win over
    Cleveland was the most-watched World Series Game 6 since 1997.Tuesday nights
    game had a 13.3 rating and 23 share on Fox, drawing 23.4 million viewers. It was
    the highest-rated Game 6 since the New York Yankees 2009 clincher against
    Philadelphia drew a 13.4/22 and the most-watched since Clevelands win at Florida
    in 1997 was seen by 23.7 million.The game drew 425,000 for Spanish-language
    coverage on Fox Deportes and 151,000 for digital coverage on Fox Sports Go, for
    a total audience of 24 million.This years Series entered Game 7 averaging an
    11.3/20 and 20 million viewers, the most watched since Bostons four-game sweep
    of St. Louis in 2004.The rating is the percentage of television households tuned
    to a program, and the share is the percentage showing a broadcast among those
    homes with TVs on at the time.---7:15 p.m.Welcome to Wrigleyille East.The
    prospect of the Chicago Cubs winning the franchises first title in more than a
    century led thousands of Cubs fans to invade Progressive Field ahead of Game 7.
    There were large swaths of Chicago blue in a sea of Cleveland red an hour before
    first pitch.Stubhub reported a surge in sales of Game 7 tickets from the Chicago
    area on the secondary market. Stubhub spokesman Cameron Papp says up to 60
    percent of transactions in the run-up to game time came from the greater Chicago
    market. A downloadable standing room only ticket was still going for $750 at 7
    p.m. Eastern.Indians manager Terry Francona says he expects the stadium to be
    rocking regardless of who buys the tickets and doesnt expect the influx of Cubs
    fans to have any impact on the outcome.---5:45 p.m.Wild Thing wasnt going to
    miss a Game 7 for the ages.Actor Charlie Sheen, who played Ricky Wild Thing
    Vaughn in Major League, the iconic film about a sad-sack Cleveland Indians team
    finally reaching the playoffs, will be at the climactic game between the Indians
    and Chicago Cubs.The Indians confirmed Sheen will be in attendance.With a push
    from fans on social media, Sheen had campaigned to throw out one of the
    ceremonial pitches before one of the four games in Cleveland. However, the
    Indians and Major League Baseball chose to go with former players to handle the
    duties.Sheens character in the film is a glasses-wearing, hard-throwing,
    hard-living right-hander who doesnt always find the strike zone. But once the
    fictional Indians figure out his eye problems he helps lead them to success.---5
    p.m.Between the broken ribs and peanut butter, Indians manager Terry Francona
    had an interesting, restless night before Game 7.Francona, who joked about
    wearing his uniform back to his nearby apartment following Game 6, said he didnt
    sleep well on Tuesday night.I had a nightmare that somebody broke my ribs, he
    said.Francona said he woke up and realized he had fallen asleep on his TV remote
    control, which had pushed deep into his ribs and left a mark.Beyond that,
    Francona, who ordered $44 worth of ice cream from room service while the team
    was in Chicago over the weekend, said his room looked like a national disaster.I
    had peanut butter on my glasses, he said. It was a bad night, man.---4:30
    p.m.Indians manager Terry Francona isnt punishing rookie center fielder Tyler
    Naquin by sitting him in Game 7.Naquin and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall let a
    fly ball drop between them in the first inning of Game 6, a mistake that paved
    the way to Chicagos 9-3 win over Cleveland.Later, Naquin came up with the bases
    loaded in the fourth but struck out.Francona said he feels Naquin is pressing a
    little bit. During the regular season you might kind of let him get through it,
    but with one game left and with (Corey) Kluber pitching, were trying to put a
    premium on catching the ball.Rajai Davis will start in center against Cubs
    right-hander Kyle Hendricks. With the prospect of facing lefties Aroldis Chapman
    and Jon Lester late in Game 7, Francona wanted to have the right-handed hitting
    Davis in the lineup.You can tell hes pressing, Francona said of Naquin, who is
    batting .143 in the Series. Its not punishment. Its trying to win.---3:55
    p.m.The Cleveland Indians are tweaking their outfield for Game 7 after a costly
    mistake in Game 6.Center fielder Tyler Naquin is out and Rajai Davis is back in
    for Cleveland. Naquin and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall let a fly ball drop
    between them and turn into a two-run double in the first inning of Tuesday
    nights loss.Carlos Santana will lead off for the Indians, followed by Jason
    Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli and Jose Ramirez. Chisenhall will hit
    sixth, with Davis seventh, Coco Crisp eighth and Roberto Perez catching and
    hitting ninth.---3:30 p.m.The Chicago Cubs are sticking with what works in Game
    7 of the World Series.The Cubs will use the same lineup that torched the
    Cleveland Indians for nine runs in a Game 6 win against Indians ace Corey Kluber
    on Wednesday night.Dexter Fowler will lead off, followed by Kyle Schwarber, Kris
    Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. Ben Zobrist, who is hitting .391 in the series, will
    hit fifth. Addison Russell, who tied a World Series record with six RBI in Game
    6, will hit sixth, followed by Willson Contreras, Jason Heyward and Javier
    Baez.The Cubs have managed just one run off Kluber in his two starts in the
    Series, victories by the Indians in Game 1 and Game 4.---3:10 p.m.The Indians
    are bringing out one of their biggest bats for Game 7.Jim Thome, the teams
    career home run leader, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch when the
    Indians and Cubs meet with one of the franchises finally ending a long
    championship drought.Thome was a member of the last Cleveland team to play in
    the Series in 1997, when the Indians lost Game 7 to Florida. He has attended
    several games in this Series. Thome grew up in Illinois and rooted for the Cubs
    as a kid.But his allegiance remains to the Indians, whom he played for from
    1191-2002 and came back in 2011. The slugger hit 612 career homers -- 337 during
    his time with Cleveland -- and hes immortalized with a statue beyond the
    center-field wall.---12:55 p.m.There is a chance of rain in the late innings of
    World Series Game 7 at Clevelands Progressive Field.Unseasonably warm
    temperatures in the upper 60s or low 70s are forecast for Wednesday night. The
    chance of rain increases from 19 percent at 8 p.m. to 49 to 55 percent at 11
    p.m., according to AccuWeather.AccuWeather senior meteorologist Brian Wimer says
    in a statement: While a brief shower cannot be ruled out during Wednesday
    evening, if Game 7 runs late or goes into extra innings, then the chance of
    drenching rain will increase.Major League Baseball announced late Tuesday it was
    moving up the start time by 8 minutes to 8 p.m.Last week, the start of Game 2
    was moved up by 1 hour to 7:08 p.m. Light rain started in the eighth inning, and
    heavy rain hit shortly after the final out at about 11:15 p.m. ' ' '