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Alex Gelhar

Alex Gelhar

Alex Gelhar joined the NFL in 2012 as a writer/editor for the Digital Features team. Now, Alex contributes both to the features team and the fantasy football team, writing his weekly "Fantasy Film Study" in addition to a number of other columns while overseeing the editing and execution of Digital Features efforts such as NFL Up!


October

It was quiet Friday afternoon. Too quiet. That was until the football world was hit with a shocker as loud as a Motley Crue concert when the Seattle Seahawks traded Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional mid-round draft pick . The #Jets... more

Week 7 fantasy stock watch October 17, 2014

The NFL changes in an instant, which is why it's important to stay abreast of how your players are looking prior to Sundays. Below is a look at whose stock is rising, and whose is falling, as we approach Week 7. Keep an eye on these players heading into Sunday to help make the right choices for your fantasy lineup, as their stock could be on the move again before kickoff.... more

In need of some quick fantasy advice? Look no further! Below are the top 25 ranked fantasy players per our esteemed panel of experts. The higher the player, the safer the start according to our experts. Few of these names will surprise you, but you can get a quick sense of how well our experts collectively think each player will perform. View the full rankings HERE to help get your starting lineup set in stone prior to the kickoff of the Thursday night game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots.... more

While Michael Fabiano serves up the top waiver-wire options in fantasy football each week, I am here for those who need to dive a little deeper. Depending on your league, you may have no shot at the guys on Fabiano's list. Whether it's because of... more

Each week, we at NFL fantasy like to bestow #KABOOM awards on the top players at each position that deliver monster performances for their fantasy owners. Week 4 had no shortage of star performers and surprises, but there were a few players in particular... more

On any given NFL weekend, many different players score touchdowns. Most of them are frequently started on fantasy football rosters. But others come out of nowhere to vulture touchdowns or beat a third-string cornerback repeatedly for a career-day. In... more

Week 6 fantasy stock watch October 10, 2014

The NFL changes in an instant, which is why it's important to stay abreast of how your players are looking prior to Sundays. Below is a look at whose stock is rising, and whose is falling, as we approach Week 6. Keep an eye on these players heading into Sunday to help make the right choices for your fantasy lineup, as their stock could be on the move again before kickoff.... more

In need of some quick fantasy advice? Look no further! Below are the top 25 ranked fantasy players per our esteemed panel of experts. The higher the player, the safer the start according to our experts. Not many of these names will surprise you, but it's a great way to get a quick sense of how well our experts collectively think each player will perform. You can view the full rankings HERE to help get your starting lineup set in stone prior to the kickoff of this weekend's games.... more

While my colleague Michael Fabiano serves up the top waiver-wire options in fantasy football each week, I am here for those who need to dive a little deeper. Depending on your league, you may have no shot at the guys on Fabiano's list. Whether it's... more

Each week, we at NFL fantasy like to bestow #KABOOM awards on the top players at each position that deliver monster performances for their fantasy owners. Week 4 had no shortage of star performers and surprises, but there were a few players in particular... more

On any given NFL weekend, many different players score touchdowns. Most of them are frequently started on fantasy football rosters. But others come out of nowhere to vulture touchdowns or beat a third-string cornerback repeatedly for a career-day. In... more

Week 5 fantasy stock watch October 03, 2014

We did it. We survived the first epic bye week of the year, and now a wealth of fantasy studs will be back in action. Below is a look at whose stock is rising, and whose is falling, as we approach Week 5. Keep an eye on these players heading into Sunday to help make the right choices for your fantasy lineup, as their stock could be on the move again before kickoff.... more

Yesterday I wrote about NFL Fantasy's biggest surprises and disappointments of the season. With those out of the way, I was asked to make some predictions for the rest of the season as well. Now, aside from predicting how many times I'm going to eat... more

Can you believe it? We're one-fourth of the way through the NFL and fantasy season! What a wild four weeks it has been. Despite the relative infancy of the season, we've learned quite a bit about the teams and players we spent all offseason... more

In need of some quick fantasy advice? Look no further! Below are the top 25 ranked fantasy players per our esteemed panel of experts. The higher the player, the safer the start according to our experts. Few of these names will surprise you, but you can get a quick sense of how well our experts collectively think each player will perform. Which, for Week 5, doesn't seem to favor wide receivers. View the full rankings HERE to help get your starting lineup set in stone prior to the kickoff of the Thursday night game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers.... more

September

While my esteemed colleague Michael Fabiano will be serving up the top waiver-wire options in fantasy football each week, I am here for those who need to dive a little deeper. Depending on your league, you may have no shot at the guys on Fabiano's... more

Each week, we at NFL fantasy like to bestow #KABOOM awards on the top players at each position that deliver monster performances for their fantasy owners. Week 4 had no shortage of star performers and surprises, but there were a few players in particular... more

On any given NFL weekend, many players score touchdowns. Most of them are frequently started on fantasy football rosters. But others come out of nowhere to vulture touchdowns or beat a third-string cornerback repeatedly for a career-day. In fantasy, these... more

NFL Week 4 fantasy stock watch September 26, 2014

With three weeks of NFL action in the books, we're starting to get a better sense of how the 2014 fantasy season might shake out. Below are 14 players whose stock is rising or falling heading into Week 4. Keep an eye on these players heading into Sunday to help make the right choices for your fantasy lineup, as their stock could be on the move again before kickoff.... more

In need of some quick fantasy advice? Look no further! Below are the top 25 ranked fantasy players per our esteemed panel of experts. The higher the player, the safer the start according to our experts. Not many of these names will surprise you, but it's a great way to get a quick sense of how well our experts collectively think each player will perform. You can view the full rankings HERE to help get your starting lineup set in stone prior to the kickoff of the Thursday night game between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins.... more

While my esteemed colleague Michael Fabiano will be serving up the top waiver-wire options in fantasy football each week, I am here for those who need to dive a little deeper. Depending on your league, you may have no shot at the guys on Fabiano's... more

Each week, we at NFL fantasy like to bestow #KABOOM awards on the top players at each position that deliver monster performances for their fantasy owners. Week 3 had no shortage of star performers and surprises, but there were a few players in particular... more

On any given NFL weekend, many different players score touchdowns. Most of them are frequently started on fantasy football rosters. But others come out of nowhere to vulture touchdowns or beat a third-string cornerback repeatedly for a career-day. In... more

NFL Week 3 fantasy stock watch September 19, 2014

Week 2 was a wild one that saw a number of big-name fantasy players suffer injuries. Below are 14 players whose stock is rising or falling heading into Week 3. Players surrounded with uncertainty (like Jordan Cameron) didn't make the list, as it was too tough to discern exactly what the situation would be. Keep an eye on these players heading into Sunday to help make the right choices for your fantasy lineup, as their stock could be on the move again before kickoff.... more

In need of some quick fantasy advice? Look no further! Below are the top 25 ranked fantasy players per our esteemed panel of experts. The higher the player, the safer the start according to our experts. Not many of these names will surprise you, but it's a great way to get a quick sense of how well our experts collectively think each player will perform. You can view the full rankings HERE to help get your starting lineup set in stone prior to the kickoff of the Thursday night game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons.... more

While my esteemed colleague Michael Fabiano will be serving up the top waiver-wire options in fantasy football each week, I am here for those who need to dive a little deeper. Depending on your league, you may have no shot at the guys on Fabiano's... more

Each week, we at NFL fantasy like to bestow #KABOOM awards on the top players at each position that deliver monster performances for their fantasy owners. Week 2 had no shortage of star performers and surprises, but there were a few players in particular... more

On any given NFL weekend, many different players score touchdowns. Most of them are frequently started on fantasy football rosters. But others come out of nowhere to vulture touchdowns or beat a third-string cornerback repeatedly for a career-day. In... more

Week 2 Fantasy stock watch September 12, 2014

We've only had one week of fantasy football so far, and already a lot has changed. Below is a recap on whose stock is rising, and whose is falling, as we head into Week 2 to help you get primed for fantasy success.... more

Wondering whom to start on your fantasy team? Look no further! Below are the top 25 ranked fantasy players per our esteemed panel of experts. The higher the player, the safer the start according to our experts. You can view the full rankings HERE to help get your starting lineup set in stone prior to the kickoff of the Thursday night game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens.... more

Courtesy of EPIX Woody Strode, Kenny Washington, Bill Willis and Marion Motley (from left to right) changed pro football forever. "Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football" premieres on EPIX at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 23.... more

While my esteemed colleague Michael Fabiano took an early look at the top waiver-wire options in fantasy football this week, I felt the need to dive a little deeper. Depending on your league, many of the guys on that list might already be gone,... more

Week 1 fantasy #Kaboom winners September 08, 2014

Each week, we at NFL fantasy like to bestow #KABOOM awards on the top players at each position that deliver monster performances for their fantasy owners. Week 1 had no shortage of star performers and surprises, but there were a few players in... more

On any given NFL weekend, many different players score touchdowns. Most of them are frequently started on fantasy football rosters. But others come out of nowhere to vulture touchdowns or beat a third-string cornerback repeatedly for a career-day. In... more

Week 1 fantasy stock watch September 05, 2014

Week 1 kicked off last night with the Seattle Seahawks taking it to the Green Bay Packers. But that was only the beginning. The real action will begin on Sunday, with all of fantasy football's biggest stars taking the field. Here's a list of whose stock has risen, and whose has fallen heading into Week 1.... more

Update (9/8): Ellington practiced Sunday on a limited basis per general manager Steve Keim, but is still a game-time decision for tonight's tilt against the San Diego Chargers. Owners who have been holding out hope for Ellington to start better also... more

Well America, it's your time to shine. The NFL Fantasy LIVE experts' league draft has concluded , and your team is set for the 2014 fantasy season. All that's left to be set in stone is your lineup for Week 1, where you'll be facing NFL Media senior... more

By now, you've likely concluded your fantasy draft(s) and are eagerly awaiting your Week 1 matchup. However, depending on your league, there could be a wealth of worthwhile players waiting on the waiver wire. Below are 10 players who are owned in... more

August

With the preseason officially in the books, Eli Manning made the most of his Friday by participating in an "AMA " on Reddit . For the uniformed, AMA stands for "Ask Me Anything," which is a popular series on the site where everyday average folks get a... more

Fantasy football is a blast. I look forward to it every year. And while my League of Record* is fantastic and needs no changing, occaisonally a fantasy league needs a metaphorical kick in the pants in the form of a rule change. Fantasy leagues are as... more

Today, my tour around the NFL divisions in "Madden NFL 15" continues with a stop in what many believe is the toughest division in football: the NFC West . Nestled inside this brutal division are the reigning world champion Seattle Seahawks, the NFC... more

Your fantasy football team plays in the NFL, and you should too! Sign up today to play the official free and customizable fantasy game of the National Football League! Last week, we held a draft for an real league (not a mock) featuring the producers... more

The news fantasy owners were dreading has finally come out. Cleveland Browns all-star wide receiver Josh Gordon, the leading fantasy scorer among wide receivers in 2013, has been suspended for one full year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy... more

Yesterday I was lucky enough to have the chance to review "Madden NFL 15" for the site, but on a rather short deadline. As such, I wasn't able to dive into everything as much as possible, and failed to mention that the game no longer supports online... more

The wait is finally over. "Madden NFL 15" hit store shelves on Tuesday, August 26, giving football fans and gamers across the country reasons to rejoice. Cynical fans of EA Sports' long-running franchise might feel "rejoice" is a bit of an overstatement,... more

Kids are just growing up too darn fast these days. Back in the day, it used to take wide receivers until Year 3 before they had a breakout campaign. Now, we're seeing second-year guys like Josh Gordon pace all wide receivers in fantasy scoring, with... more

Quarterbacks Running Backs Wide Receivers Tight Ends Some say too much of a good thing is a bad thing, or than it can do you harm. Shakespeare was one of the first people to put this in print , but who ever listend to that guy anyway? In... more

It's fantasy draft week, which means people across the country will soon be drafting the team they hope will take them to a fantasy title. To help figure out the first few rounds, below are the top 25 players in fantasy for 2014, per our illustrious board of experts. Take a look, and try to draft as many of these guys as possible. Good luck!... more

There's a lot we don't know every year in fantasy football, but one thing that is relatively easy to figure out is how the first round in most fantasy drafts is going to fall. This year, the big four running backs (Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy,... more

With NFL training camps and the preseason underway, many interesting nuggets are surfacing regarding a number of fantasy football players. From first-round picks to deep sleepers, "Word around camp" will track the best quotes from players and coaches each... more

Kids are growing up too darn fast these days. Back in the day, it used to take wide receivers until Year 3 before they had a breakout campaign. Last year, we saw second-year guys like Josh Gordon pace all wide receivers in fantasy scoring, with fellow... more

Aside from a select few, there is risk involved in drafting almost every player in fantasy football. However, due to a less than ideal situation or a return from a serious injury, some players carry far more risk than others. Below are 10 high-risk,... more

Busts happen in fantasy football. It's a hard reality we must all face. Yet, many of these busts are able to bounce back the following year and win the hearts of fantasy owners once again. Below are 14 candidates primed for a fantasy bounce-back in 2014. Whether due to injury, coaching or general ineffectiveness, to say these players had issues in 2014 is like saying Joey Chestnut can eat a few hot dogs. And if 2014 fantasy points were hot dogs, the following players would be giving Chestnut a run for his money in the next competitive eating contest. Does anyone else suddenly want a hot dog? For more on fantasy bounce-back candidates, check out this segment from NFL Fantasy Live.... more

With NFL training camps and the preseason underway, many interesting nuggets are surfacing regarding a number of fantasy football players. From first-round picks to deep sleepers, "Word around camp" will track the best quotes from players and coaches each... more

In Tuesday's episode of NFL Fantasy Live, our resident fantasy pundits took a look at which players were on the most championship teams from 2013 and their average draft positions (ADP). Furthermore, they each made a prediction about which players fantasy... more

With NFL training camps and the preseason underway, many interesting nuggets are surfacing regarding a number of fantasy football players. From first-round picks to deep sleepers, "Word around camp" will track the best quotes from players and coaches each... more

"I make my own luck ." - Harvey Dent, "The Dark Knight" Harvey Dent aka Two-Face, used a two-headed coin as a ploy to make decisions in the Batman comics (and the Christopher Nolan film mentioned above). What in the world does this quote have to do with... more

With NFL training camps underway, lots of interesting nuggets are coming out regarding a number of fantasy football players. From first-round picks to deep sleepers, "Word around camp" will track the best quotes from players and coaches throughout each... more

NFC depth charts AFC depth charts After sifting through the NFC depth charts yesterday , it's time to take a peek at the "unofficial" depth charts over in the AFC. Again, keep in mind, these are far from the end all be all, and could very... more

With NFL training camps underway, lots of interesting nuggets are coming out regarding a number of fantasy football players. From first-round picks to deep sleepers, "Word around camp" will track the best quotes from players and coaches throughout each... more

We're inching ever closer to football. Many teams across the NFL have released "unofficial" depth charts. Remember that word: "unofficial." These are way too early to take as the infallible word of the team, however, there are often interesting tidbits of... more

July

With NFL Training Camps underway, lots of interesting nuggets are coming out regarding a number of fantasy football players. From first-round picks to deep sleepers, "Word around camp" will track the best quotes from players and coaches throughout each... more

With NFL Training Camps underway, lots of interesting nuggets are coming out regarding a number of fantasy football players. From first-round picks to deep sleepers, "Word around camp" will track the best quotes from players and coaches throughout each... more

With NFL Training Camps underway, lots of interesting nuggets are coming out regarding a number of fantasy football players. From first-round picks to deep sleepers, "Word around camp" will track the best quotes from players and coaches throughout each... more

The big guys never get the credit they deserve. My heart was warmed when the New York Giants announced that they'd be retiring Chris Snee's number and inducting him in their ring of honor. Snee probably won't be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame,... more

With NFL Training Camps underway, lots of interesting nuggets are coming out regarding a number of fantasy football players. From first-round picks to deep sleepers, "Word around camp" will track the best quotes from players and coaches throughout... more

With NFL Training Camps underway, lots of interesting nuggets are coming out regarding a number of fantasy football players. From first-round picks to deep sleepers, "Word around camp" will track the best quotes from players and coaches throughout... more

Few things rile up the fantasy community quite like a head coach or offensive coordinator talking about a committee approach in the backfield. Newly minted Tampa Bay Buccaneers OC Jeff Tedford dropped that bomb back in June. "I don't believe that... more

After career lows for both Victor Cruz and Eli Manning in 2013, it's no surprise that the Super Bowl winning tandem is nervous heading into 2014. Last season, Cruz posted his lowest reception, receiving yard and touchdown totals in his four-year career... more

Making the Leap in 2014 Around The League profiles 25 players (like Minnesota Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes ) primed to enjoy breakout seasons. READ If you haven't been following along to our esteemed "Around the League " colleagues' list of players... more

There are a lot of new faces across the NFL set to make a big impact for their new team in 2014. Whether through the draft, free agency or via trade, here is one new face ready to help take his new team to the next level.... more

Emmanuel Sanders, the newest option in Peyton Manning's arsenal, appeared on "NFL AM " Wednesday morning raving about his experiences with the Denver Broncos thus far and saying how happy he is to be there. "I'm finally entering a season where I'm in an... more

It happened. The prodigal son has returned to Cleveland, Ohio in the hopes of bringing a championship to it's fine denizens. Yes, all of that flowery language is in reference to LeBron James' decision to try and win back the Clevelanders he spurned four... more

Change is hard. Take Michael Bay and his cash-cow Transformers series for example. Those films refuse to change their formula and continue to regress in quality. Yet, I suppose if it's going to make a bajillion dollars, why try and make it any better?... more

May

Saying goodbye is never easy, yet that's what soccer fans are going to have to do to Landon Donovan. With the news breaking that Donovan was shockingly left off of the final 23-man World Cup roster for the U.S. Men's National Team, his time in the national spotlight has likely come to a close. To commemorate this, and Donovan's incredible run as a member of the national team, here is a list of some of the most shocking recent cuts in the NFL. Let's get to it.... more

Last week was a big week for the NFL, as the 2014 NFL Draft came and went at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Yet, it was an even bigger week for a high school senior in the small town of Crosby, Texas. Back in February, Mike "Big... more

April
Ultimate NFL road trip April 23, 2014

The NFL schedule has been released! With it, every team's path has been set for their quest for a Lombardi trophy. But another path has been set as well. This one is for you, the fan. It's the path of the ultimate NFL road trip that puts you at a home game for all 32 NFL teams in one season. Impossible? Not at all. Here's your guide to the ultimate NFL road trip for the 2014 season.... more

Despite having the sixth-ranked rushing attack last season, the New York Jets made two moves this offseason to bolster their ground game by signing Michael Vick and Chris Johnson. If this were 2009, they'd have the fastest backfield in football, but... more

As the 2014 NFL Draft approaches, our esteemed colleagues have been looking back at drafts from years past and examining how things might have gone differently had we known then what we know now. It's a fascinating exercise, and one we thought we'd apply... more

Every offseason, the fantasy community inevitably rallies around an up-and-coming player, making him the belle of the fantasy ball. Last year, it was Lamar Miller, the fantasy darling who rocketed up draft boards all offseason before torpedoing... more

Welcome to the NFL offseason. While analysts are busy dissecting free agency moves and teams are preparing for the 2014 NFL Draft, the NFL cheerleaders are hard at work as well -- although their job looks a heck of a lot more fun than ours at the moment.... more

Good things come to those who wait, or so the expression goes. It certainly came true for Aaron Rodgers, who shared that wisdom with Geno Smith during the 2013 NFL Draft. The same can be true for backup running backs. Michael Turner was LaDainian... more

"Who's the more foolish: the fool, or the fool who follows him?" is one of my favorite lines from the entire "Star Wars" series. And it's especially applicable on this annual day of mischief, April Fool's Day. In honor of that, I was tasked with taking a... more

March

With the news coming out today that the NFL is banning the crossbar dunk celebration , it's high-time that we pay homage to one of the best touchdown celebrations the NFL has ever known. Here's a look at some of the NFL's best dunkers, as well as a look... more

Fantasy football is an unpredictable mistress. All of the signs on the field and from "experts" across the World Wide Web can point to one thing, then reality decides the complete opposite will be true. That's what happened with the Baltimore Ravens... more

The Detroit Lions 2013 season may have been a disappointment to fans of the franchise, but it was anything but to fantasy owners. That squad featured the seventh-best quarterback, third-best wide receiver, and two top-20 running backs in standard... more

January

Wild Card Weekend came and went, but left us with some unforgettable playoff games. Andrew Luck's improbable comeback? The Saints finally winning a road playoff game? Jeff Triplette getting replays correct in Cincinnati? The instant classic in Green Bay?... more

December

The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands in the playoff picture midway through the season. More ... It's a bittersweet day for football fans. For many, this was the last day... more

The NFC South title is pretty much on the line in the highly-anticipated rematch between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. But more importantly, if you're lucky enough to still be playing fantasy football, your fantasy... more

The two biggest stories coming out of Week 15 are one of individual performance and one of team performance. Both were fascinating to watch unfold on Sunday, so let's quit wasting time and get to the craziness that descended upon our televisions for... more

There are some very vocal opponents to football, and in particular, Super Bowl XLVIII, being played in the snow and cold. You can find them in most bars across America, as well as in the national sports media: This Eagles game is why the Super Bowl... more

Look what we have here. Week 13 brought us a slate of NFL action that featured a number of fantastic games, and even more fantastic individual performances. Even though this column thrives on the wierd and offbeat, it was a welcome relief to have the... more

November

With each passing week, the NFL just gets weirder and weirder. This week, we saw Brandon Jacobs run like it was 2007, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play defense like it was 2001, and Matt Flynn sling the rock like it was 2011! Perhaps this is why the NFL is... more

Here at the Fifth Down, we like to  highlight the strange, surprising and humorous moments that punctuate each Sunday in the NFL season. Some weeks are full of surprises, others are a little more tame. I'd say Week 11 falls somewhere right in the middle.... more

So, Week 9 is shaping up just like we all predicted. Tony Romo threw a bad fourth quarter interception, and still managed to win. Rex Ryan defeated Rob Ryan as the Jets defeated the Saints (not a typo), and the Chiefs are 9-0 heading into their bye. Yep,... more

October

While Week 7 lacked the GIFable moments of Week 6 , there certainly was a healthy amount of craziness in the NFL to fill up this column. So rather than blather on pointlessly in an intro and throw some obscure pop culture references into the mix, talk... more

In terms of excitement, Week 6 did not disappoint. There were defensive battles, an overtime thriller, touchdown dances, a classic Tom Brady comeback, and of course, three Eli Manning interceptions. Yep, all was right in the world of the NFL once again.... more

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