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Spotlight: Adrian Peterson

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Adrian Peterson

3/1/2015: Adrian Peterson definitely has some fantasy risk attached to his name heading into the upcoming 2015 fantasy football season. However, he also has a grip of home-run upside, as there is still a very solid chance he has 1-2 elite years left. When players hit 30, and Peterson turns 30 next month, a decline in talent can often occur. But, Peterson is the exception of most every rule, and playing elite football for at least one more year seems… Read Spotlight

Mock: 2015 NFL Mock Draft

Below is a 2015 NFL Mock Draft, that of course has all kinds of 2015 fantasy football implications. Who will your favorite team select on draft day? Where will your favorite fantasy football college athletes land? What 2015 NFL Rookies will have the biggest impact at the NFL level? Leave a comment below with your thoughts, predictions and comments!

Updated: 2/27/15

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Jameis Winston is the likely choice here for Tampa Bay, but of course there is some speculation that the team could at least consider Marcus Mariota. It’s not likely, though. It sounds like the organization is very high on Winston, so much so that there are reports that they have Winston rated higher than Cam Newton coming out of college. Winston is smart, he has a big-time quarterback IQ, and pairing him with Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, this is a great spot for the long-term (both fantasy-wise and just NFL-wise.

2. Tennessee Titans: Leonard Williams, DE/DT, USC

A potential trade-down could be in the cards given need vs best player available. Leonard is the best player available at this point and should be the 1.02 if Tennessee is smart up above.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dante Fowler, DE/OLB, Florida

Dante Fowler was ultra-impressive at the NFL Combine, his stock is climbing fast. Explosive. Violent (on the field), this kid is going to be a fantastic NFL player right out of the gate. He ran an impressive 4.61 at the combine, and he weighs 261 pounds. He is often compared to Oakland outside linebacker Khalil Mack.

4. Oakland Raiders: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

It wouldn’t be too shocking to see some trading going on in the 2-10 range, as Oakland will likely want Leonard Williams, but I’m not so sure they’d pass on Kevin White should they stay at the 1.04. Amari Cooper and Kevin White are likely the top-ranked receivers for most teams in the NFL, but White’s got the momentum for being the top wide receiver taken on draft day, and there could be 4-6 receivers going in the top 30 this year. White is a faster version of Larry Fitzgerald, and in the right spot, he could thrive right away in the NFL. I wouldn’t call this the best spot, but White is going to dominate the space around him no matter who throws the football to him, so he is more situation-proof than Cooper. White ran a 4.35 at the NFL combine, and he had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump.

5. Washington Redskins: Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska

A big-time prospect that was ranked in the top two for months. A strong combine by Fowler has pushed Gregory down, but that just gives a team like the Redskins solid value with this selection.

6. New York Jets: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Marcus Mariota and Leonard Williams are the picks for Tennessee up above. Tennessee is trying to convince everyone that they believe in Zach Mettenberger, but Mariota impressed at the combine, especially in interviews, and both Leonard Williams and Mariota command consideration for the Titans at 1.02. Is Mariota not a good fit in Tennessee? That’s what many will say, and honestly, I can’t say I disagree. Mariota doesn’t fit the mold for Ken Whisenhunt, and there aren’t a lot of weapons to surround Mariota with, something he’d need to succeed early on. Still, Mariota going to Tennessee seems 50/50 – for now. If he falls here, I see the Jets grabbing him without much hesitation.

7. Chicago Bears: Danny Shelton, NT, Washington

The Bears are moving to a 3-4 defense and Danny Shelton, often compared to Haloti Ngata, can fill a void/need for the Bears.

8. Atlanta Falcons: Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson

An edge rusher is likely for the Falcons with this pick, and there are a couple, so they should land a good fit. His strong showing at the NFL Combine has lifted him into the top 6-10 range. He cranked out 37 reps in the bench press and ran a solid 4.53 in the 40.

9. New York Giants: Brandon Scherff, OT/G, Iowa

Brandon Scherff could help at the left guard position. The Giants could go a number of different ways in this one, but offensive line seems logical. Erick Flowers (OT) is another option here.

10. St. Louis Rams: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Amari Cooper is smooth and polished. He is a crisp route runner, and I mean crisp. He feels like a Marvin Harrison-type player, one that can truly be a team’s top wide receiver option. Is St. Louis the ideal spot fantasy-wise? Maybe, maybe not, but it’s not awful. I’d love to see him get inserted into an offense that had an elite passer already in place, but things change fast in the NFL, so in 2-3 years, right when most receivers reach their elite level, St. Louis could have a gun slinger under center. This kid feels like a top 12 lock and a likely top 6-10 overall pick on draft day.

Picks 11-32…

11. Minnesota Vikings: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami

12. Cleveland Browns: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

13. New Orleans Saints: Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri

14. Miami Dolphins: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

15. San Francisco 49ers: Dorial Green-Beckham, Jr., WR, Missouri

16. Houston Texans: T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

17. San Diego Chargers: Eddie Goldman, DE/DT, Florida State

18. Kansas City Chiefs: La’el Collins, OT/G, LSU

19. Cleveland Browns: Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington

20. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Alvin Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky

22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Landon Collins, S, Alabama

23. Detroit Lions: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas

24. Arizona Cardinals: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

25. Carolina Panthers: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

26. Baltimore Ravens: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

27. Dallas Cowboys: Eli Harold, DE/OLB, Virginia

28. Denver Broncos: Markus Golden, DE/OLB, Missouri

29. Indianapolis Colts: Arik Armstead, DE/DT, Oregon

30. Green Bay Packers: Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma

31. Seattle Seahawks: Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State

32. New England Patriots: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

Spotlight: Kevin White

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Kevin White

2/24/2015: Kevin White is a beast. Two 2015 rookie receivers standout as having that Odell Beckham ceiling, and NFL-readiness — Kevin White and Dorial Green-Beckham. I see White as the Kelvin Benjamin and Green-Beckham as the Odell, but honestly, it’s too early to call either receiver lesser than the other, as DGB has more risk (but Josh Gordon skills), and White will either be a Kelvin Benjamin or… Read Spotlight

Spotlight: Dorial Green-Beckham

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Dorial Green-Beckham

2/20/2015: If there is another Odell Beckham Jr. in this 2015 NFL Rookie Draft Class, it’s Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham. He is more often compared to Calvin Johnson, and size-wise that’s the plain truth. Odell Beckham is much smaller than both Calvin and Green-Beckham (known as DGB, for those wondering)… DGB measured in at 6-foot-5, 237 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine. That is incredible, and he is about… Read Spotlight

Spotlight: LeSean McCoy

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

LeSean McCoy

2/18/2015: The 2014 fantasy football season was filled with both busts and injuries, and one of the biggest ‘big name’ disappointments was certainly LeSean McCoy. He was inconsistent, his team struggled with injuries, as well as game planning, and McCoy just didn’t even come close to living up to his top 1-3 overall value. So what was the problem? Well, first off, he didn’t have a bad year rushing the football, as he finished with 1,319 rushing yards and 5TDs… the issue was his Read Spotlight

Spotlight: CJ Anderson

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

CJ Anderson (RB/DEN)

2/16/2015: CJ Anderson is a tough player to rank right now when preparing for 2015. He just is. Sure, he looked fantastic down the stretch in 2014, and Montee Ball clearly blew his chance to run behind that Denver offensive line. Is Ball still in the picture? Sure, but let’s put it this way… Read Spotlight

Spotlight: DeMarco Murray

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

DeMarco Murray (RB/DAL)

2/15/2015: This one is easy. You either doubt DeMarco Murray entering this upcoming season, especially given his monster 2014 workload (and given he could be elsewhere in 2015)… or, you believe he was the reason that Cowboys rushing attack thrived in 2015, thus you believe he will thrive in 2015 no matter what. There aren’t very many people in between on this topic, and that’s often Read Spotlight

Introducing STARTERS “Player Spotlights” !!!

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We are excited to announce the launching of a new STARTERS feature here in February of 2015…. Player Spotlights!

What are Player Spotlights?

Well, they are individual 2015 fantasy football player write-ups, loaded with both dynasty and redraft spin. They are your On the Rise/Decline and Trade Advice write-ups… they are your Waiver Wire recommendations, or your Sleeper/Breakout features. They are short and sweet, loaded with just the right amount of fantasy football advice, statistics, and predictions. So get to it!

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Marshawn Lynch

2/10/2015: He turns 29 in April, and runs harder than any running back in the league. That usually spells early decline for running backs in the NFL, but Lynch is a unique player, so one could be a year early dumping him off prior to the beginning of the 2015 fantasy football season. Then again, there is some talk that he could retire this off-season, and while not likely, and could soon be an afterthought, that makes one question the odds of him playing past 2015. Selling now is just smart for many reasons, but only if you get RB1-type value. Will every owner pay that value? No way. Will every single league have at least one owner that will pay that value? No, not every league, so understand that selling high isn’t a lock of an option for everyone/every league. However, I venture to say at least a couple owners in most dynasty leagues have a “now” mentality, at least one that overpowers the “future” side of their team building and trading. Test the trade waters… the 1.01, Odell Beckham, Jimmy Graham and some, all these come to mind for quick ideas.

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Calvin Johnson

2/10/2015: While there is a solid chance Calvin makes it through another season, or two, and doesn’t turn into an always-injured stud, but the guy feels like a…
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2015 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets (Dynasty, PPR)

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Ok, folks… we cranked out our redraft rankings for 2015 fantasy football already (right here), and now it’s time to crank out our 2015 Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings! These are based on a PPR format, and the 2015 NFL Rookies will soon be added. However, if you want rookie write-ups on the 2015 NFL Rookie Class, we have that here right now! Get some!

Note: The 2015 Rookies will be mixed in closer to April’s 2015 NFL Draft

2015 Dynasty Cheat Sheet

ARTICLE: Day After The 2015 NFL Super Bowl Rankings (ranking for 2015 fantasy football)

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Ok, folks… it’s that time! It’s time to start ranking players for the 2015 fantasy football season! Below you will find a button that leads you to our crazy early bold 2015 fantasy football rankings cheat sheet (redraft)! Get some!

Note: The 2015 Rookies will be mixed in closer to April’s 2015 NFL Draft

2015 Rankings Cheat Sheet