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Watch/listen to Fantasy Football Starters’ CEO (Jeff) talk Week 8 on the “Sam Acho Show” that is always live on AZCentral.com. Jeff attacks topic like Start/Bench as well as Buy-Low/Sell-High.
SMITTY: This is a strange trade for the Jets. First, Harvin (thigh) is banged up. Second, the Jets are 1-6. As for the Seahawks, they free up a lot with this move, and they have some resigning to do next off-season (Russell Wilson and possibly Marshawn Lynch). Freeing up cash isn’t something Christine Michael owners were hoping for, but so many things can happen at the running back position by next off-season, that’s something we will have to attack down the road (for all you dynasty folks out there). This gives big bumps to both Paul Richardson and Jermaine Kearse (in both dynasty and redraft), and despite Harvin having just one 50+ yard outing this year, this has to hurt the 2014 value of Russell Wilson, if even just a little bit. Harvin may not have a huge stat line through Week 6, but he commands a ton of defensive attention, and he had 3TDs called back in one game… he is stretching the field and creating all kinds of chaos for opposing defenses. Do we like Harvin in New York? No. I’m not sure any fantasy players can be consistent in a Jets’ uniform (at least this year). This move has to help Geno Smith, but not enough to be anything close to a fantasy QB1. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: The good news is that the Seahawks-Rams game is a morning game, so fantasy owners will have options, even if this comes down to a last-minute call. Be sure to stay on our news wire and Smart Alerts on this one. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?
Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 2 of the 2014 fantasy football season! Take a listen!
Topics: Cordarrelle Patterson, Bernard Pierce, Ray Rice, Justin Forsett, Jordan Cameron, Pierre Garcon, Roddy White, Josh Gordon, Wes Welker, Michael Floyd, Andre Ellington, Bobby Rainey, Doug Martin, Eddie Lacy, Golden Tate, Percy Harvin, Anquan Boldin, Joique Bell, Chris Ivory, Keenan Allen
According to Tyler Dunne on Twitter, Seattle coach Pete Carroll had this to say on WR Percy Harvin: “A unique football player. He’s going to have a significant role. … Will be very important to keep him healthy.”
SMITTY: If Percy Harvin can stay healthy, which is a big IF, he could certainly be a top 15 fantasy wide receiver, and Russell Wilson could dance with the top 5-8QBs this year. Looking for Percy Harvin and Russell Wilson Week 1 Power Rankings?
According to reports, Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse has been regularly running with the first-team during Seahawks camp.
SMITTY: Folks, Jermaine Kearse could be an emerging talent… make sure he isn’t on waives in any of your dynasty leagues. If he is, scoop him up. No one is a lock, and he is very unproven, but he looked great down the stretch in 2013, and this isn’t the first time we’ve heard good things about his off-season. With Kearse looking sharp, and with Percy Harvin looking healthy, Russell Wilson might be able to take that extra step in fantasy production. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
Below is a 2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (in July), and below each round you will find my commentary/take on that round. This mock draft took place on our forums, so it’s a great indicator of current/true player values. The scoring for this fantasy football mock draft was assumed to be PPR, and it was done with a ‘redraft’ (2014 only) frame of mind. Thanks to all who participated. Enjoy.
Smitty’s Take: There weren’t very many surprises in round one, and their usually aren’t. Sure, a case can be made for Peyton Manning being round one worthy, but it’s not surprising to see him fall to 2.01. LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles and Adrian Peterson are spot on in my book, and I can’t argue a bit with 1.04-1.12 (aside from pushing Manning into that 1.09-1.12 range, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea).
Smitty’s Take: Ok, so this is where one draft will look completely different than another draft (even if that mock draft took place on the same exact forum 10 minutes later). I love the value of Montee Ball, even though his value has climbed higher than most expected (aside from us, as we predicted the climb). This is a redraft mock, but we’ve been pimping Ball since last season, and he and Nick Foles (and Christine Michael) have been our top “go get” players all off-season long. This was when Foles was still in most everyone’s bottom-half of their top ten-ranked passers, and this was before Ball started sniffing second-round value (he was even a 4th-round player on average back in February). In redraft, though, don’t shy away from making Ball your second-drafted player, as he is very likely to crank out top 1-5RB numbers in that extremely-potent Denver offense. I wouldn’t even shy away from grabbing him ahead of Lynch in round one. Crazy? Well, let’s talk come season’s end.
Aaron Rodgers probably seems high to some, and not high to others. Frankly, how high QBs go depends on your league and league trends, so anyone suggesting that Rodgers at 2.03 is too early, or too late, is obviously speaking based on trends that they see league-wide. His 2.03 slotting above is neither too early or too late, as he can easily earn top 15 overall value. Doug Martin has a touch more risk than upside at his 2.05 slotting above, but if you can handcuff him to Charles Sims, you can minimize most of that risk. But, if drafting at that spot, I would have let him slide to the 2.10-2.12 range, which is where I’m more comfortable snagging Martin in 2014; he has tons of talent, but he also has an injury label that he needs to shake, plus he has a potential sharing situation heading his way. Arian foster has awesome value heading into 2014, as he constantly falls in that late second-round range. He may go in the first-round in some leagues, as again, every league is different with players like this (faced injury the prior season and has some overworked concerns). He has top 5RB upside, so 2.10 is low-risk/high-reward in my opinion.
Smitty’s Take: I love the value of Gio Bernard at 3.01, but I don’t think you will see him fall that far on average. I could be wrong, and I sure hope that I am wrong, as I’d love this value in all my real upcoming 2014 fantasy football drafts. Gio Bernard is fantasy RB1-capable, yet he landed at 3.01 above… that’s crazy-good value, and again, that’s why I think that this won’t happen on average (he will more often be a 2.04-2.08 range player). Cordarrelle Patterson is now creeping into the 3rd-round in a lot of early 2014 mock drafts… expect this trend to continue, possibly even in the upward direction. He can earn that value, though, he has WR1-type upside, I just wonder if that production is still a year away. It might not be, but it gets a bit risky when you’re talking 3rd-round vs. 4th-round is all (I like him a lot in the 4th). Keenan Allen is another player that is climbing mock draft boards as of late, and let me tell you, I see the guy producing borderline low-end fantasy WR1-type numbers this year. He often falls into the 4th-round outside of STARTERS/DraftCalc communities, so snag him in the 4th-round where you can, as he can crush that value! Nick Foles is another player that ranks and gets drafted higher in DraftCalc and FFStarters worlds, so know that he often falls to the 4th-round, or even the 5th-round… and if I consider the 3rd-round still a steal (in terms of what he can do by season’s end), you can imagine how big of a steal he is to me at 4th- and 5th-round value. Use ADP data to your advantage and don’t draft Foles in the 3rd-round if you don’t have to, but I think we’re about to see Foles drop a top 3 fantasy QB season (with appearances with the top 1-2 on lots of occasions).
Smitty’s Take: Not a lot of surprises in terms of players falling into this round, but I will say that Andre Ellington is the only running back left that has top 5-10 fantasy running back upside. He has almost no risk as a 4th- to 5th-round pick, because he pulled in 39 receptions as a rookie, and 40-50 receptions feels like a given entering his first season as a starter. Ellington has HUGE, HUGE upside! I can’t wait to watch him breakout!
Now, a 4th-round argument can be made for any of the below players, especially Ben Tate (if handcuffed to Terrance West), Tom Brady, and Chris Johnson.
Ben Tate & Terrance West
Ray Rice / Bernard Pierce
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