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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.

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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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:


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 ()
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: LeSean McCoy

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LeSean McCoy

8/19/2015: LeSean McCoy has been diagnosed with a left hamstring injury and is expected to undergo an MRI. There is some early speculation that McCoy’s Week 1 availability could be in question, but it’s far too early to assume that McCoy could miss time during the season. We will keep you posted, but if you draft before we know for certain what’s going on with the hammy, bump McCoy down a couple spots (but just a couple) on your rankings, and be certain to draft Fred Jackson and Karlos Williams, who are currently battling for the back-up gig in Buffalo. McCoy could still have a huge year if he gets healthy. Buffalo should use him early and often! Stay tuned!

Spotlight: Eddie Royal

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Eddie Royal (WR/Bears)

8/15/2015: Bears WR Kevin White will undergo surgery to repair stress fracture in his leg; he reportedly suffered yet another setback this week. There is talk about shutting him down for the year, but given he will start on the reserve/PUP list, he won’t be able to play the first six games anyway. Sleeper alert: Eddie Royal will…
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