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NEWS: Tom Brady beats NFL; judge nullifies league’s 4-game suspension.

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Great news for all you Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski owners (and Julian Edelman):

Per Mike Reiss from ESPN:

Per @AP, Tom Brady beats NFL in ‘Deflategate’ court case, judge nullifies league’s 4-game suspension.

Adjust your rankings and get ready for Tom Brady to play in Week 1!

Player To Avoid: CJ Anderson?

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One player we caution fantasy football owners about this year… CJ Anderson. Why? View this video.

Written Explanation: I feel that fantasy football owners should be careful where they draft Broncos RB CJ Anderson this fantasy football season. His ADP (Average Draft Position) is in the 1.09 to 2.01 range, so he now has first-round value, and to us, that seems a bit high, or at least a touch risky. Why? Well, considering players like Demaryius Thomas, Julio Jones, Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham Jr and more are sitting at that draft slot range, we think that fantasy football owners would be much better off grabbing a safer player like one of the players just mentioned.

CJ Anderson is good, and that Denver offense could certainly produce a top 10RB this year, but it’s not shocking when a running back comes out of nowhere one year, like CJ Anderson did last year in 2014, and busts that next year, or at least fails to meet expectations. Plus, Ronnie Hillman has looked fantastic so far this preseason, and there is talk that he could get more carries this fantasy football season than many expect. Will Hillman beat out CJ Anderson? No, we aren’t saying that, and again, we are NOT suggesting that CJ Anderson will for sure bust in 2015. That said, the risk isn’t quite built into his going Average Draft Position (ADP), therefore, fantasy owners are much, much better off snagging a secure top 5 fantasy WR at that 1.08-2.01 draft slot range, and there are plenty of them available!

Fantasy Football Radio Show (Sleepers, IDP, and more)

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Looking for 2015 fantasy football IDP information? Take a listen to our Sept. 2nd, 2015 Radio Show below, where we talk everything Week 4 of the 2015 fantasy football preseason, as well as topics in the world of Fantasy Football IDP.

Listen to Sept. 2 Show!

Buy-Low/Sell-High: Hyped-Up Players?

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Our friends over at FantasyPros invited us to participate in an Expert Fantasy Football Panel, where we were asked the two below questions. My answers are below. If you would like to read the entire article, see the link that follows my two answers!

Q1. Who is one player performing well in the preseason that has you buying the hype? How early would you target him in drafts?

Steve Smith Sr. (WR – BAL)/Martavis Bryant (WR – PIT)

“I have two picks that are equally attractive. Steve Smith Sr., who has an 8th-round ADP right now, and the other is Martavis Bryant, who has 7th-round value right now. Smith looks just as quick as last year and could dance with all fantasy WR2s all year long. He is a secret weapon of a fantasy WR3 this year! And, if he doesn’t perform … Keep Reading

The Upside Board: (4) More Players Added!

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I’m excited to announce that we have just added FOUR New Players to the Upside Board. Minus a change here or there due to injury or situation, my Bold Predictions are in and locked in. What is the Upside Board? Well, each and every season I drop 10-12 of my Boldest Predictions. This list is not meant to be someone’s entire team, it’s important to realize these are guys that are ‘sleepers’ and not locks to hit the huge expectations I have for them. It’s bold. If you draft these guys at the right spots, and don’t reach past their ADPs, well, these are the kind of ‘lands’ that can help win a league! Enjoy!

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NEWS: Randall Cobb only has sprained AC joint in shoulder?

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Randall Cobb

8/31/2015: Randall Cobb reportedly escaped this weekend with just a sprained AC joint in his shoulder, which likely means he will be day-to-day heading into Week 1. Guessing this far away from Week 1 kickoff is tough, but if forced to guess, we’d say he plays Week 1. Either way, Cobb owners can rest easy that the injury is considered relatively minor considering. Davante Adams is set to have a big 2015 fantasy season. Had Cobb suffered a season-ending injury, one of Ty Montgomery or Jeff Janis would have seen a huge bump in fantasy value. Keep both receivers on your mind until Cobb proves fully healthy, though. Read Spotlight

Preseason: Week 3 Fantasy Observations

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Let me start off by saying, it’s always smart to never overreact in either direction, good or bad, to preseason play. That said, it doesn’t hurt to draw some conclusions, or at least try, as you can sometimes try and read between noise.

Some Observations In Week 3 Of The 2015 NFL Preseason

Martavis Bryant is still a stud despite being suspended for four games

Yes, his 138 yards and a TD, and some dominate looking play all in all, reminds us all that he could be back to being a breakout performer five weeks into the season. Watch his 39-yard TD reception and this 36-yard reception… he looks like he is playing college defenders. Don’t sleep on his falling redraft value in upcoming yearly league drafts, and don’t hesitate to buy-low in already-drafted leagues, or in dynasty.

Steve Smith Sr. has NOT dropped off yet talent-wise?

Could that change halfway through the season? I guess it could, and he is 36 (this past May), but the dude looks insane – still. In the third preseason game… Read Entire Article

Smitty’s 2015 Redraft Rankings; Smitty’s 2015 Dynasty Rankings.

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Hey STARTERS Nation:

Of course, we have our Draft Analyzer here at STARTERS, which cranks out custom cheat sheets using an industry-leading predictive algorithm. However, I also provide my personal redraft and dynasty rankings outside of the Analyzer rankings, just to give all you fantasy fanatics another list to look at. Use them all, you can never get enough info to mix together! Below are both the updated dynasty and redraft links!

NOTE: Due to endless requests for it, I have added a tiering system to both sets of rankings!

Redraft Rankings Dynasty Rankings

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.