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No. 11 on the Upside Board is…

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Ok, folks, No. 11 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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NEWS: Martavis Bryant suspended 4 games

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Martavis Bryant

8/27/2015: Horrible news for Martavis Bryant owners, as the Steelers breakout receiver has been suspended four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Bryant is appealing, according to reports, but this could be the reason Markus Wheaton has been getting so much run and prep thus far this preseason. Wheaton is a decent fantasy WR3/4 until Bryant returns. Roethy takes another hit, as he is without Bell for the first two games of the NFL season. Back to Bryant, why he is appealing is still not yet known, but we will find out and let you know, as that could shed some light on whether the four games could be reduced. Bryant is/was on the Upside Board… he may remain on the Board, but we will surely replace him in the top 10 and move him into an alternate slot. Remember, Bryant missed the first six games last year but still scored 8TDs. Buy low in dynasty, folks. Don't panic in redraft, just ride it out, it's the only move, as he still has tons of upside, and again, we aren't if an appeal is possible.

Players On The Rise and Secret Weapons

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Looking for a HUGE edge in your league? Sometimes it takes getting creative, or digging deep, and we have few names that may end up amounting to nothing, or they may end up winning you a league. The main point here is NOT TO REACH for these players, take them around their ADPs, and already-drafted leagues, trade for them at their draft values, as they could again amount to nothing… that’s the kinda list this is. But, again, this is also the kind of list where gems are found and ‘steals’ are found. Enjoy.

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ARTICLE: The biggest steal in round two is…

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Looking for a steal in the 2nd-round of 2015 fantasy football drafts? This advice applies to both dynasty and redraft leagues, and it applies to trading (if you drafted already)…Read Article Now

Breaking News: Jordy Nelson suffers torn ACL?

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Jordy Nelson

8/23/2015: Jordy Nelson has reportedly suffered a torn ACL. He left the team’s second preseason game and went to the ground. He did walk off the field prior, but initial reports are that he suffered a torn ACL. We will confirm all this and get back to you with an update, but give Randall Cobb a big bump into the locked-in fantasy WR1 group (which he was already sniffing), and give Davante Adams a nice bump into a sneaky good fantasy WR3-type value, and look for both Jeff Janis and Ty Montgomery to get some more run. Eddie Lacy also becomes more valuable in the team’s passing attack, making him a top 4 overall lock in all drafts. Aaron Rodgers definitely takes a little hit, but honestly, he is still right there with Andrew Luck regardless. Our Analyzers are updated already reflecting this news. Read More Spotlights

Updated 2015 Expert Draft (6pts per TD/PPR)

Round 1

Date: Currently Drafting…

1.01 Luck, Andrew
1.02 Peterson, Adrian
1.03 (STARTERS) Rodgers, Aaron
1.04 Bell, Le’Veon
1.05 Charles, Jamaal
1.06 Forte, Matt
1.07 Lacy, Eddie
1.08 Bryant, Dez
1.09 Brown, Antonio
1.10 Jones, Julio
1.11 Gronkowski, Rob
1.12 Johnson, Calvin
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Ok, folks, so after being handed the 1.03 and having a shot at drafting Jamaal Charles or Le’Veon Bell, I went against conventional thinking given that this is a 6 point per passing TD league… That makes a huge difference when debating the old “Can you take a QB in the first” question. Can you wait on a passer? Sure, there are no right or wrong ways to select arguably the top-scoring option in a league, it just comes down to preference, and I’ll explain that below. First, let’s look at our STARTERS roster so far through seven rounds:

STARTERS Roster

QB: Aaron Rodgers (1.03)
RB1: LeSean McCoy (3.02)
RB2: Todd Gurley (5.03)
Flex: Arian Foster/Gio Bernard (7.03/6.10)
WR1: AJ Green (2.10)
WR2: Sammy Watkins (4.10)
WR3: TBA ()
TE: TBA ()
DST: TBA ()
K: TBA ()

As you can see, going Aaron Rodgers at 1.03 didn’t damage the firepower of this squad above, as we still have arguably a top 5RB in LeSean McCoy, at least 4-7, and we have a top 1-6WR in AJ Green. That’s a… Continue Reading ]

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2015 Wide Receivers: Rise, Decline, Breakouts and Busts

Ok, I’ve been asked to breakdown some of the sleeper 2015 Fantasy Football Wide Receivers, but instead, I decided to tackle the topic more aggressively. Below are Wide Receivers: Rise, Decline, Breakouts, Busts. Enjoy.

Breakout WRs for 2015

Jordan Matthews (PHI) – This kid has fantasy WR1 talent, and we wrote that up in his rookie profile last year. The key is buying him way, way under fantasy WR1-type value, though, otherwise you’re leaving yourself absolutely no ceiling value to get back later on. I’ve seen him go as high as the 3rd-round, and while he could certainly earn that value, again he is a beast, you are far more likely to get insane value back if you can land him outside of the top 40 overall. You may not be able to pull this off in leagues full of veteran fantasy owners, though. Know that.

Allen Robinson (JAC) – …. read more

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Spotlight: Robert Griffin III injured

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Robert Griffin III

8/20/2015: Robert Griffin III left Thursday’s preseason game after suffering both a right shoulder stinger and a concussion. The shoulder is reportedly fine, but we will have to keep you… Read Spotlight

2015 Live Expert Draft (PPR, 6 point TD passes)

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Below is a real Live 2015 Expert Fantasy Football Draft, with PPR scoring and 6 points per TD pass, which alters QB values quite a bit. In this real expert draft, which is currently in the third-round, we were handed the 1.03 draft slot, and while some would wait on a QB regardless of 6 points per TD type scoring, an argument can be made for taking either Andrew Luck or Aaron Rodgers in the first-round in such a format. It boils down to preference and drafting strengths… what do you like? What are you good at? Do you love building around the top passer? When you think about it, you can wait on a QB in the 4th-round, and let’s say you grab a Matthew Stafford or Matt Ryan… that’s awesome value in the 4th- to 5th-rounds, sure, and there is nothing wrong with that approach… but, what two players will you land with such a strategy, that’s what you have to look at before you just write-off the approach of taking Luck/Rodgers in the first-round (in a 6 point per TD pass league). You either get an Aaron Rodgers (1st) and Jarvis Landry (4th) or a Dez Bryant (1st) and Matt Ryan (4th). Either duo is strong and either can win you a league if you build around it just right. So, the point here is, there will always be more people in a league willing to wait on a QB than willing to take one of Luck/Rodgers in the first-round, and that’s fine, but there is something to having the league’s highest scoring player in a 6 point per TD pass league…. it’s secure, it often times helps you win weeks single handedl. Plus, as you can see below, going QB in the first, we still landed one fine trio: Aaron Rodgers, AJ Green, LeSean McCoy. I’m not sure waiting on a passer would have worked out better than this. Can it backfire? Yes, it sure can, any strategy can, as no one can fully predict flow of draft and predict what players will fall. Here is the draft through almost all three rounds… expert commentary to follow after we get through about round five!

Round One

1.01 Dynastyfoootballwarehouse Luck, Andrew IND QB
1.02 The Fantasy Sports Brain Peterson, Adrian MIN RB
1.03 FantasyFootballStarters.com Rodgers, Aaron GBP QB
1.04 Fantasy Football Fetch Bell, Le’Veon PIT RB
1.05 Roto Professor Charles, Jamaal KCC RB
1.06 Fantistics Forte, Matt CHI RB
1.07 FantasySharks Lacy, Eddie GBP RB
1.08 FantasyFootballTonight Bryant, Dez DAL WR
1.09 HattyWaiverWireGuru Brown, Antonio PIT WR
1.10 RotoExperts Jones, Julio ATL WR
1.11 FantasyFootballXtreme Gronkowski, Rob NEP TE
1.12 JunkyardJake Johnson, Calvin DET WR

Round Two

2.01 JunkyardJake Anderson, C.J. DEN RB
2.02 FantasyFootballXtreme Lynch, Marshawn SEA RB
2.03 RotoExperts Thomas, Demaryius DEN WR
2.04 HattyWaiverWireGuru Murray, DeMarco PHI RB
2.05 FantasyFootballTonight Beckham, Odell NYG WR
2.06 FantasySharks Hill, Jeremy CIN RB
2.07 Fantistics Nelson, Jordy GBP WR
2.08 RotoProfessor Jeffery, Alshon CHI WR
2.09 FantasyFootballFetch Hilton, T.Y. IND WR
2.10 FantasyFootballStarters.ccom Green, A.J. CIN WR
2.11 The Fantasy Sports Brain Matthews, Jordan PHI WR
2.12 Dynastyfoootballwarehouse Miller, Lamar MIA RB

Round Three

3.01 Dynastyfoootballwarehouse Graham, Jimmy SEA TE
3.02 FantasyFootballStarters.com McCoy, LeSean BUF RB
3.03 The Fantasy Sports Brain Cobb, Randall GBP WR
3.04 FantasyFootballFetch Evans, Mike TBB WR
3.05 RotoProfessor Forsett, Justin BAL RB
3.06 Fantistics On The Clock

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Spotlight: Kelvin Benjamin torn ACL

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Kelvin Benjamin

8/19/2015: UPDATE: Kelvin Benjamin has in fact suffered a torn ACL and he will miss the entire 2015 fantasy football season. The Panthers initially called it a ‘sprain’, but as we cautioned, the MRI could provide the devastating news, which it did. Take Benjamin off your 2015 rankings, and know we are updating the Analyzers as we speak. Also, give Cam Newton a bump down in your rankings, as he has the worst wide receiver depth in the league. Greg Olsen could see more targets, though; he might be the only player that benefits from this news.

8/19/2015:Kelvin Benjamin (CAR/WR) was carted off the field during practice. Initial tests reportedly revealed a sprained left knee, but the receiver will have an MRI later on today. This is good news in some ways, but there could still be something bad news revealed by the MRI, so we will keep you posted. If news were bad, Cam Newton would take a huge hit in fantasy value, but again, things seem better right now vs. 10 mins ago. Get on our forums to talk about this topic: click here.
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