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It might seem like a fun idea to take a wide receiver who went to your alma mater or to pick up a few Washington players because you bleed burgundy and gold, but don't do it. There isn't a league in the country that gives you bonus points because a player signed a football for your nephew.

"Being a homer isn't such a bad thing if you're a Colts fan," says Hansen. "But it can be a big problem if you're a Browns fan. Just make sure you're picking the best players and don't outthink yourself." Sonny Amato

Sonny Amato is a Post sports writer and has been playing fantasy football for more than 10 years. His team, Tom Bosley's All-Stars , will be defending its league title.

Resources

Drafting and maintaining a solid fantasy football team requires attention. A good preseason magazine will get you caught up after a long off-season, and informative Web sites allow you to check trends and the status of players throughout the season. Here are some of the best:

· ESPN Fantasy Football 2005: The sports network's magazine offers a good cheat sheet and ranks every offensive player.

· Fantasy Football Index: Serious players read this publication for tons of stats and in-depth analysis.

· http://www.fftoolbox.com/ : With its compre-hensive player profiles, depth charts and NFL rumors, this site will keep you informed throughout the season.

· http://www.nfl.com/news : On this official NFL site, you can take a quick glance at team headlines to see if you're missing out on a good free agent.

· http://www.thehuddle.com/ : Even hardcore fans think this site has more detailed articles than you would ever have the time to read.

· http://cbs.sportsline.com/nfl/injuries : The entire NFL injury report on one page.

Sonny Amato

will chat online about fantasy football Monday

at 2 p.m. at http://www.washingtonpost.com/liveonline .


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