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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

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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…

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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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2015 Draft Strategies for the 2015 fantasy football season

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Each year around this time, fantasy football owners everywhere do some last minute wrestling with draft strategies. Do you go running back in the first-round? Wide receiver? Do you set a specific plan at all, or just go “Best Player Available” no matter what?

Honestly, there are several ways to build a winning fantasy football team, so the wrong advice is to suggest that any single strategy is the best. A lot depends on your strengths as a fantasy football drafter/trader… if you’re awesome at landing sleeper wide receivers late, then obviously taking runners and quarterbacks early is a great approach. Or, if you are the master at filling holes later through free agency and trade, trading up in a draft and having a 3-4 picks in the top 15 might be your best approach to take.

So, using that self analysis, here are my top three recommended draft strategies heading into the 2015 fantasy football season.

Draft Strategies for 2015

WR/WR and WR/WR/WR Draft Strategies

This strategy is becoming more and more popular as running backs become less reliable in fantasy football. I will add that later on I talk about how… Read Article

2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft In July!

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The below 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft took place on our forums (by our users), in fact, the draft is still ongoing and in the third-round. However, below are the draft results as of this moment, and I have attached some comments after each round. Enjoy, and follow along with the last grip of picks here.

Note: This was a PPR redraft mock.

2015 Mock Draft

Date: 7/9/15

Round One

1.1 – Jamaal Charles
1.2 – Adrian Peterson
1.3 – Odell Beckham Jr.
1.4 – Julio Jones
1.5 – Antonio Brown
1.6 – Arian Foster
1.7 – Dez Bryant
1.8 – Eddie Lacy
1.9 – Calvin Johnson
1.10 – LeVeon Bell
1.11 – Marshawn Lynch
1.12 – AJ Green

Smitty’s Comments: Honestly, I can argue in favor of either Adrian Peterson or Jamaal Charles at 1.01. However, those are my locks inside the top two right now, even in PPR. I think the receivers from Odell Beckham (1.03) down to AJ Green (1.12) are as closer in value than ever before, so honestly, I’m really feeling the bookend 1.12/2.01 draft slots this year. I love grabbing two high-end wide receivers like AJ Green and Demaryius Thomas, I think that kind of start for a redraft squad (or dynasty) would be huge and somewhat risk-free. I am a huge WR/WR believer, and have been for years, and I even love going nuts with the occasional WR/WR/WR… But, if given the 1.01 or 1.02 this year, though (in redraft), I’m taking Jamaal Charles (with Knile Davis) at 1.01, read more as to why, and Adrian Peterson at 1.02… I think this is the year some elite runners bounce-back and having one of these two will once again give fantasy owners a huge advantage.

Round Two

2.01 – Demaryius Thomas
2.02 – Alshon Jeffery
2.03 – Jordy Nelson
2.04 – Matt Forte
2.05 – C.J. Anderson
2.06 – Rob Gronkowski
2.07 – LeSean McCoy
2.08 – Randall Cobb
2.09 – Andrew Luck
2.10 – Mike Evans
2.11 – Aaron Rodgers
2.12 – DeAndre Hopkins

Smitty’s Comments: I was kind of surprised … Read Entire Mock