Ready for our 2015 Fantasy Football eBook?

Ok, folks… each and every year STARTERS nation awaits the release of the current year’s eBook (aka, Russ’ eBook). We have some special additions this year, including:


New Additions This Year

  • Smitty’s Top 23 Sleepers
  • Dana’s Draft Tips
  • Smitty’s Draft Strategies
  • Who’s No. 1 overall?
  • & More
  • … so what are you waiting for, download this year’s 2015 eBook!

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DRAFT TIP: Research & Prepare!


It’s that time again, the dog days of summer are winding down and we begin mulling heavily over the pre-season rankings visualizing what we want our 2015 Fantasy Squad to look like. Of course, what we want it to look like and how it actually fills out is not always what we expected, then we begin to feel the on-set of an acute neurosis called P.D.S.D (Post-Draft-Stress Disorder). OK, let’s relax a second, breathe! This is where it starts and before we know it, we’ll be singing Auld Lang Syne., really, time flies this time of year!

The Key To Drafting

Here we go. Research is a key to not drafting a losing team, you can never start too early and you can never have too much information. Use ADP’s as a starting point, refer to mock drafts as another gauge. Fantasy football drafts are a fluid process and rarely go in the order we wish so be prepared divert from plan A,B and sometimes C, opportunities will be missed but could also be gained if prepared, I believe that is called luck, when preparation meets opportunity? I approach each draft with different philosophies though using the same method by collecting the historical scoring data from each league to create my sheets, in this case a PPR re-draft, I tier my positions up using the Value based method, grabbing the point totals from each position and average them out this provides a nice guide when determining if I take a RB or WR at this spot?

Instance; over the last three years in this league the #1 RB averaged 375 points the top WR 351 points, the #12 RB 218 points, #12 WR’s 263 points. If your picking up in the front of the draft the first 4 picks you should be able to net a 300 point RB, if you pick at the back end 1:12 and 2:01 the number 12 and 13 are looking solid to me and would strongly consider going WR/WR with the prospect collecting 520 points right there.

Other factors to watch are players coming off of injuries, if you draft an aged or oft-injured running back be sure to hand-cuff the backup, cover your BYE weeks. And, finally, though a few years back I fell victim to a Kaepernick, Gore, Bolden, 9er D team in the post season that won the it all, (I still haven’t turn the page on that one!), do not draft with your heart, though as previously noted there can be an exception to the rule, Packers fans, you should be alright this year!

Spotlight: Chris Johnson

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Chris Johnson (RB/FA)

7/28/2015: According to a few reports, free agent rusher Chris Johnson (CJ2K) has been in contact with the Cowboys, and he has been feeling ‘explosive’ as of late. I will start off by saying that in no way shape or form is Johnson a lock for even landing a job in the NFL, let alone signing with Dallas and beating out all other Dallas rushers, but he should be… Read Spotlight

Spotlight: Duke Johnson

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Duke Johnson (RB/CLE)

7/28/2015: Duke Johnson reportedly took some first-team reps away from Terrance West in minicamp OTAs. Despite the Browns suggesting they will ride the hot hand at the running back position this year, Johnson is a strong prospect and is clearly already gaining some ground/momentum. Everyone should… Read Spotlight

Spotlight: LeVeon Bell

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Le’Veon Bell (RB/PIT)

7/28/2015: Le’Veon Bell’s three-game suspension has been reduced to two games. Bell was facing a three-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. This gives Bell a huge bump, as… Read Spotlight

2015 ADP List + Smitty’s Top 23 Sleepers/Breakouts

Orange = Undervalued Stud based on ADP
Green = Sleeper based on ADP

2015 ADP List

Pick Name Pos Team Bye
1.01 Adrian Peterson RB MIN 5
1.02 Jamaal Charles RB KC 9
1.03 LeVeon Bell RB PIT 11
1.04 Eddie Lacy RB GB 7
1.05 Antonio Brown WR PIT 11
1.06 Dez Bryant WR DAL 6
1.07 Marshawn Lynch RB SEA 9
1.08 Arian Foster RB HOU 9
1.09 CJ Anderson RB DEN 7
1.10 LeSean McCoy RB BUF 8
1.11 Julio Jones WR ATL 10
1.12 Odell Beckham Jr WR NYG 11
2.01 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 7
2.02 Matt Forte RB CHI 7
2.03 Andrew Luck QB IND 10
2.04 DeMarco Murray RB PHI 8
2.05 Calvin Johnson WR DET 9
2.06 Rob Gronkowski TE NE 4
2.07 Jeremy Hill RB CIN 7
2.08 A.J. Green WR CIN 7
2.09 Jordy Nelson WR GB 7
2.10 Aaron Rodgers QB GB 7
2.11 Randall Cobb WR GB 7
2.12 Justin Forsett RB BAL 9
3.01 Alshon Jeffery WR CHI 7
3.02 T.Y. Hilton WR IND 10
3.03 Melvin Gordon RB SD 10
3.04 Mike Evans WR TB 6
3.05 Jimmy Graham TE SEA 9
3.06 Frank Gore RB IND 10
3.07 Alfred Morris RB WAS 8
3.08 Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 7
3.09 Mark Ingram RB NO 11
3.10 Brandin Cooks WR NO 11
3.11 Lamar Miller RB MIA 5
3.12 Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR 5
4.01 DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU 9
4.02 Peyton Manning QB DEN 7
4.03 Joseph Randle RB DAL 6
4.04 Carlos Hyde RB SF 10
4.05 Latavius Murray RB OAK 6
4.06 Jordan Matthews WR PHI 8
4.07 Andre Johnson WR IND 10
4.08 C.J. Spiller RB NO 11
4.09 Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 5
4.10 Andre Ellington RB ARI 9
4.11 Martavis Bryant WR PIT 11
4.12 Russell Wilson QB SEA 9
5.01 Todd Gurley RB STL 6
5.02 Amari Cooper WR OAK 6
5.03 Sammy Watkins WR BUF 8
5.04 Drew Brees QB NO 11
5.05 TJ Yeldon RB JAC 8
5.06 Keenan Allen WR SD 10
5.07 Golden Tate WR DET 9
5.08 Travis Kelce TE KC 9
5.09 LeGarrette Blount RB NE 4
5.10 Julian Edelman WR NE 4
5.11 Brandon Marshall WR NYJ 5
5.12 Joique Bell RB DET 9
6.01 Greg Olsen TE CAR 5
6.02 Jarvis Landry WR MIA 5
6.03 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 11
6.04 DeSean Jackson WR WAS 8
6.05 Giovani Bernard RB CIN 7
6.06 Rashad Jennings RB NYG 11
6.07 Ameer Abdullah RB DET 9
6.08 Jeremy Maclin WR KC 9
6.09 Allen Robinson WR JAC 8
6.10 Tevin Coleman RB ATL 10
6.11 Cam Newton QB CAR 5
6.12 Doug Martin RB TB 6
7.01 Julius Thomas TE JAC 8
7.02 Victor Cruz WR NYG 11
7.03 Matt Ryan QB ATL 10
7.04 Martellus Bennett TE CHI 7
7.05 Vincent Jackson WR TB 6
7.06 Nelson Agholor WR PHI 8
7.07 Tony Romo QB DAL 6
7.08 Isaiah Crowell RB CLE 11
7.09 Darren McFadden RB DAL 6
7.10 Tom Brady QB NE 4
7.11 Shane Vereen RB NYG 11
7.12 Kevin White WR CHI 7
8.01 Chris Ivory RB NYJ 5
8.02 Seattle Defense DEF SEA 9
8.03 Tre Mason RB STL 6
8.04 Zach Ertz TE PHI 8
8.05 Charles Johnson WR MIN 5
8.06 Mike Wallace WR MIN 5
8.07 Roddy White WR ATL 10
8.08 Matthew Stafford QB DET 9
8.09 Owen Daniels TE DEN 7
8.10 Ryan Mathews RB PHI 8
8.11 Michael Floyd WR ARI 9
8.12 Buffalo Defense DEF BUF 8
9.01 Duke Johnson RB CLE 11
9.02 Houston Defense DEF HOU 9
9.03 Davante Adams WR GB 7
9.04 Jordan Cameron TE MIA 5
9.05 Steve Smith WR BAL 9
9.06 Eli Manning QB NYG 11
9.07 Devonta Freeman RB ATL 10
9.08 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI 9
9.09 Brandon LaFell WR NE 4
9.10 NY Jets Defense DEF NYJ 5
9.11 Ryan Tannehill QB MIA 5
9.12 David Cobb RB TEN 4
10.01 Tim Tebow QB PHI 8
10.02 John Brown WR ARI 9
10.03 David Johnson RB ARI 9
10.04 Breshad Perriman WR BAL 9
10.05 Bishop Sankey RB TEN 4
10.06 Knile Davis RB KC 9
10.07 Philip Rivers QB SD 10
10.08 Pierre Garcon WR WAS 8
10.09 Miami Defense DEF MIA 5
10.10 Terrance Williams WR DAL 6
10.11 Jason Witten TE DAL 6
10.12 Josh Hill TE NO 11
11.01 St. Louis Defense DEF STL 6
11.02 DeAngelo Williams RB PIT 11
11.03 Torrey Smith WR SF 10
11.04 Marques Colston WR NO 11
11.05 Reggie Bush RB SF 10
11.06 DeVante Parker WR MIA 5
11.07 Delanie Walker TE TEN 4
11.08 Teddy Bridgewater QB MIN 5
11.09 Eric Decker WR NYJ 5
11.10 Anquan Boldin WR SF 10
11.11 Montee Ball RB DEN 7
11.12 Charles Sims RB TB 6

smitty staff

You want The List? Using this ADP to the left, so this list can change in August, here are my Top 23 Sleepers/Breakouts heading into the 2015 fantasy football season.
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Number 6 on the Upside Board is…

smitty staff

Ok, folks, No. 6 on the 2015 Upside Board is up! The players have moved around a bit, so if you haven’t viewed the UBoard in a while, check it out!

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Spotlight: CJ Anderson

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

CJ Anderson

7/20/2015: CJ Anderson had a fantastic 2014 fantasy campaign, as an early Montee Ball injury opened the door to the Broncos’ starting running back job. Anderson took off with the opportunity, and he even has the support of Peyton Manning right now. So, what’s not to like? Well, I won’t say I don’t like Anderson heading into 2015, and I won’t even predict he fails; however, with… Read Spotlight

Spotlight: Calvin Johnson

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Calvin Johnson

7/17/2015: With a 2.03-2.05 ADP, which is about 15-17 overall, there is a lot to like about drafting Calvin Johnson in 2015. That’s his redraft ADP, too. His dynasty ADP is even lower, which is… Read Spotlight

FREE Spotlight: Dez Bryant & Demaryius Thomas

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Dez Bryant & Demaryius Thomas

7/15/2015: We had two big signings in the NFL Today, as the Broncos signed WR Demaryius Thomas to a five-year, $70 million contract, including $43.5 million in guarantees, and the Cowboys signed WR Dez Bryant to a five-year, $70 million contract, including $45 million in guarantees.

This is great news for fantasy owners, as both receivers can now focus on football and now this won’t linger into August. Both Bryant and Thomas have top 5WR upside in fantasy, but Bryant feels like he has a touch more ceiling, as he can arguably be the No. 1 overall scoring fantasy football receiver in 2015. While it’s possible that Thomas could drop those kinds of numbers, it’s not near as likely given how the Broncos plan to run more in 2015. Still, Thomas has a 5-7 overall wide receiver feel heading into August drafts, and that’s solid. Oh, and for you dynasty guys, nothing really changes value wise, both have a long career ahead of them at these same value levels.

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