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News: 9/21 (03:20pm) Andre Ellington (foot) is active for Week 3 against the 49ers; Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) is inactive for Week 3 against AZ. Carson Palmer is also inactive.
Take: Andre Ellington should see a grip of work in this one, and despite his foot, he remains one of our bigger breakouts this year. He has been doing outstanding fantasy-wise considering the foot and his loss of Carson Palmer. Derek Carrier will get extra run at TE this week for the 49ers.


News: 9/21 (03:17pm) Jamaal Charles is inactive for Week 3 against MIA.
Take: This was fully expected, but we wanted to give you official word. Knile Davis has fantasy RB1-upside this week.


News: 9/21 (03:17pm) Danny Woodhead was carted off the field with a severe ankle injury.
Take: Horrible news, as he was truly setup to shine in PPR formats while Ryan Mathews was out. We will keep you updated on his injury and how long he might be out.


News: 9/21 (12:55pm) According to rotoworld, the Texans have announced that Alfred Blue will be their starting runner against the Giants today (Week 3).
Take: As I/we said this morning, I really like this kid and he is a sneaky, but risky, Week 3 play. I am playing him in one league despite the risk. His upside is big. Alfred Blue and Jeremy Hill are the sneaky RB starts of the week.


News: 9/21 (12:41pm) DeSean Jackson is on the field and warming up to play.
Take: Jackson looks like a go in this one. Of course, anything can happen during warm-ups, but you're signed up for Smart Alerts, so you're covered! We will send an alert back out should something change. Kirk Cousins is a sneaky start this week if you need a QB. Pierre Garcon owners were probably hoping Jackson wouldn't go, but I don't think DJax is fully healthy, so Garcon could see more targets than usual. Start Niles Paul if you got him, as Jordan Reed is out!


News: 9/21 (12:39pm) FOX’s Jay Glazer has confirmed that Jamaal Charles (ankle) is not expected to play in Sunday’s Week 3 contest against MIA.
Take: Knile Davis has low-end RB1 appeal in this one. Be sure to check back just in case anything changes with Charles’ status, but Week 3 should be all Knile Davis.


News: 9/21 (12:33pm) Shaun Hill (thigh) is active for Week 3 against DAL.
Take: Austin Davis was expected to start, but it appears Hill is working out with the starters. Neither QB should be starting in fantasy leagues unless the league is a large 2QB league.


News: 9/21 (12:13pm) Bengals OC Hue Jackson “doesn’t have a number” in mind in terms of how many carries he’ll split up between Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard.
Take: You guys all know by now how much I love Giovani Bernard, as I believe he is a top 5-10 fantasy rusher this year. Even with that stance, I love Jeremy Hill, and that offense has room for both runners. Today might be the game Jeremy Hill explodes, and again, I can’t stress enough I still believe fully in Gio. Hill is going to be used early and often between the tackles, and he will have 8-10TD potential this season. He is averaging 4.9 yards-per-carry and is coming off a 15-carry game in Week 2. Don’t bench a stud or big name for the guy, but Hill is a fantastic flex-start this week (and moving forward).


News: 9/21 (12:13pm) According to rotoworld, Danny Woodhead is listed as the starting running back for the Chargers this week.
Take: We’ve been saying it all week, Danny Woodhead is the best RB in SD right now, especially in PPR. Donald Brown is expected to get early-down work, but Woodhead has more appeal fantasy-wise.


News: 9/21 (12:05pm) Keenan Allen (groin) is active for the Chargers’ Week 3 contest against BUF; Ryan Mathews is inactive.
Take: This is the best buy-low WR in fantasy right now. Why? Yeah, yeah, he hasn’t done much in Weeks 1 and 2, right? Well, he faced AZ in Week 1 and Richard Sherman and SEA in Week 2. Well, let me tell you, if you watched Allen against Sherman, you’d be quite impressed. Allen has amazing footwork, speed and route running ability. He is a fantasy WR1 talent-wise – We hope the Keenan Allen show starts in Week 3!


News: 9/21 (12:01pm) Dez Bryant (shoulder) is active for Week 3 against STL.
Take: This was expected, but it’s great to get confirmation that Dez is ready to explode in Week 3.


News: 9/21 (12:01pm) Tavon Austin (knee) is inactive for Week 3 against DAL.
Take: He isn’t a viable starter right now anyway.


News: 9/21 (12:01pm) Aaron Dobson is inactive for Week 3 against OAK.
Take: He isn’t a viable starter right now in fantasy anyway.


News: 9/21 (11:56am) Bernard Pierce (thigh) is inactive for Sunday’s Week 3 contest at CLE.
Take: Justin Forsett and and the rookie we have been talking up for weeks, Lorenzo Taliaferro, would likely split carries in this one with Pierce officially out. Taliaferro is a must-add in dynasty, and he remains a sneaky pick-up in larger redraft leagues — just know anything can happen carry-wise in this game, so be careful plugging either into your line up. Lorenzo Taliaferro has big upside if he plays a ton, though, but his workload is far from guaranteed — this week at least.


News: 9/21 (11:55am) A.J. Green (toe) is active for Week 3.
Take: This was expected, but it’s great to get further confirmation. Green is a top 1-4WR any week that he is on the field.


News: 9/21 (11:33am) NFL Network is reporting that Arian Foster (hamstring) is officially inactive for Sunday’s Week 3 contest against NYG.
Take: Alfred Blue and Ronnie Brown will most likely split some work, but if you need a sneaky play this week at RB, Alfred Blue is your guy! There is always risk with these starts, so know that, as Brown could get more reps than anyone can predict, but I love this kid Blue! Jonathan Grimes could see some run, hence the risk in starting anyone last-minute. I like Blue here.


News: 9/21 (11:23am) ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Shane Vereen (shoulder) is expected to play Sunday’s Week 3 contest against OAK.
Take: Check back last-minute, just in case he suffers a setback in warm-ups. Sign-Up For Smart Alerts to ensure you get real-time alerts on all this!


News: 9/21 (11:23am) Both Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) are expected to play in Monday night’s Week 3 contest against the Jets.
Take: This is solid info to have now, as some were considering using some Sunday options vs. those Monday night plays. Anything can happen in warm-ups, but both WRs appear ready to rumble on Monday night.


News: 9/21 (10:43am) Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) remains “doubtful” for Week 3.
Take: Unless a miracle occurs in this situation, Derek Carrier is going to get some extra run in Week 3.


News: 9/21 (10:18am) DeSean Jackson is expected to be available for Week 3.
Take: Expect him to play, but check back, as setbacks happen in warm-ups all the time.


News: 9/21 (10:18am) Wes Welker is expected to be a third-down/role player in Week 3 against SEA.
Take: He should return to his strong fantasy WR3 role at some point, but given the match-up and expected playing time, he might not be ready for that just yet.


News: 9/21 (10:16am) There is some buzz this morning suggesting that Bernard Pierce (thigh) may not play Week 3 against CLE.
Take: Justin Forsett and and the rookie we have been talking up for weeks, Lorenzo Taliaferro, would likely split carries in this one if Pierce cannot go. Taliaferro is a must-add in dynasty, and he remains a sneaky pick-up in larger redraft leagues — just know anything can happen carry-wise if Pierce sits, so be careful plugging either into your line up. Lorenzo Taliaferro has big upside if he plays a ton, but his workload is far from guaranteed — this week at least.


News: 9/21 (10:16am) NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Arian Foster (hamstring) is a “long shot” to play Sunday’s Week 3 contest against NYG.
Take: Alfred Blue and Ronnie Brown will most likely split work; Blue is a decent pickup if you’re in need, but just know he is boom or bust given that Brown could get more work than expected, or less work than expected. Blue is a great dynasty add, though, know that!


News: 9/21 (10:16am) Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is not expected to be available for Week 3 game against NE.
Take: Darren McFadden should see more work than normal. Let’s see if McFadden can hold-up.


News: 9/21 (10:05am) ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is expected to play against BAL.
Take: Great news, for now. Of course, check back with us closer to kickoff, as anything can happen in warm-ups.


News: 9/21 (10:04am) NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Jamaal Charles (ankle) is not expected to play Sunday against MIA.
Take: Check back of course, but for now, Knile Davis is expected to start. We will adjust the Analyzers/Rankings to reflect the change, but keep in mind that an earlier report, this morning, suggested that Charles had a good chance to play. Stay tuned, but expect Charles to sit as of now.


News: 9/21 (02:02am) Bernard Pierce (thigh) is listed as questionable for Week 3 at Cleveland.
Take: The Ravens signed RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, so you have to wonder if Pierce is more questionable than the Ravens are letting on. Pierce practiced on Friday, so expected him to go in Week 3 unless we send out another Smart Alerts on the guy. Just to ensure we’re saying it ahead of time, Ravens rookie RB Lorenzo Taliaferro could eventually see the field, and if he does, watch out. He is a great dynasty “go get” right now.


News: 9/21 (02:02am) Chris Johnson (ankle) is probable for Monday night’s Week 3 contest vs. the Bears.
Take: As sad as it is to say, CJ2K is merely a flex option at this point.


News: 9/21 (02:02am) Antonio Gates (hamstring) is probable for Week 3.
Take: Great news – After last week, be proved he still has some TE1 left in the tank.


News: 9/21 (02:02am) Chargers RB Branden Oliver will be active for Week 3 against the Bills.
Take: This is a dynasty sleeper right here. Be sure to consider grabbing this guy in those deep dynasty leagues. He could never see the field other than special teams, sure, but his talent level is big-time, so I hope he gets a shot. He will be the No. 3RB with Ryan Mathews out.


News: 9/21 (02:01am) DeSean Jackson is questionable for Week 3.
Take: This will be a game-time decision, so check back all the way up to kickoff, as well as sign up for Smart Alerts.


News: 9/21 (02:01am) Hakeem Nicks (illness) is listed as questionable for Week 3.
Take: This is a game-time decision, meaning you just have to check back frequently all the way up until kickoff (as well as sign up for Smart Alerts)


News: 9/21 (02:01am) Matt Schaub has been ruled out for Week 3.
Take: Derek Carr has a lot of dynasty appeal, it will be fun to watch him mature from Weeks 3-16.


7 Buy-Low Fantasy Football Players Heading Into Week 3!

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It’s only Week 3, and no one should be giving up on big-name studs just yet, even if they are disappointing. We’re only two weeks in, folks! Two weeks! That said, others might be panicking, so and that you should be taking advantage of if the price is right. Here are a few great buy-lows heading into Weeks 3-16.

Great Buy-Lows

Demaryius Thomas | WR Broncos

You may or may not land Demaryius Thomas via trade on a discount. Try, though, as 4/48/0TDs and 5/62/1TD seem to be stat lines that are freaking his owners out. If you watched Week 2, you know he should have had another touchdown. His targets are fine. DT is playing just fine. Try landing this top 5 fantasy football wide receiver from owners that are panicking!

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News: 9/7 (8:22pm) Bernard Pierce was benched in Week 1 due to losing a fumble on his sixth attempt.
Take: Justin Forsett stepped in with 16 carries for 84 yards and a TD. Wow. That was quite unexpected that Pierce was slapped with the bench move after the dropped ball, but you have to observe and adapt in this game we call fantasy football, and Forsett is a solid add this week! I do wonder if there is more to this story, though, as it still seems so strange that Pierce was benched so quickly. This is great news for all you Ray Rice owners, as the road back to the starting line-up is not as long as it was projected to be (unless Forsett steps things up even more and makes it tough for the Ravens to limit his workload). Stay tuned.


News: 9/7 (8:14pm) According to Rotoworld, Andre Ellington’s injury is to his peroneus longus, which is a muscle that assists in ankle flexing.
Take: He has a small tear that has the option of rest with the wearing of a boot for 2-3 weeks, or he could play on the injury and see if it gets worse. The good news is that he doesn’t need surgery – for now. That could change, but that sounds like it’s pretty well agreed upon. The decision of resting for 2-3 weeks vs. playing and seeing how things go, well, we’re pretty confident the right decision will be made by that coaching staff and staff of doctors. We will keep you posted, as Ellington remains a game-time decision heading into tomorrow’s Monday night battle against the Chargers.


News: 9/7 (7:25pm) Emmanuel Sanders (thigh) is active for Sunday night’s Week 1 contest against IND.
Take: There wasn’t much concern here, and there isn’t much concern about any big-time Colts or Broncos heading into kickoff. As we just sent out in a Smart Alert, Manning, DT, Sanders, JT, and Ball dominate our Week 1 Power Rankings… this is a big game for fantasy scoring — Buckle-up!


News: 9/7 (4:22pm) Cordarrelle Patterson pulled in 3 receptions for 26 yards while adding 102 rushing yards and 1TD on just 3 carries.
Take: Beast. This is one of those players that can have 100 total yards even when not having a big-time receiving outing. Well, at least he should if MIN continues to use him all over the field and in different roles.


News: 9/7 (4:00pm) Jordan Cameron left his Week 1 contest against the Steelers with a shoulder injury.
Take: Stay tuned for more on this. We will send out a Smart Alerts on this just as soon as we know more.


News: 9/7 (3:26pm) Ben Tate (knee) left his Week 1 contest.
Take: Rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell are battling it out for touches in Tate’s absence. For insight on this situation moving forward, be sure to subscribe to our Smart Alerts, that’s what that feature is all about!


News: 9/7 (3:26pm) Terrance Williams (bruised back) is active for Week 1 against the 49ers.
Take: Williams is a solid start in deep leagues, so this is good news. Be sure to sign-up for Smart Alerts, as we toss in all kinds of exclusive goodness into those Alerts!


News: 9/7 (3:04pm) NFL Red Zone is reporting that Cam Newton has been ruled out for Week 1; Derek Anderson will start Week 1.
Take: Get Cam out of your line up if he is in there. Hopefully this puts him in a strong position to play next week, and play much healthier. Stay tuned.


News: 9/7 (2:02pm) Tyler Eifert left Week 1 with what seems to be a serious right elbow injury.
Take: Dislocation is the thought here. Stay tuned.


News: 9/7 (2:02pm) Jordan Reed (hamstring) left Sunday’s Week 1 contest against HOU and is questionable to return.
Take: Logan Paulsen will see in increased role until Reed, returns, and if he returns. Reed has so much upside, but he clearly cannot stay healthy, which means he cannot be trusted – for now, at least.


News: 9/7 (1:53pm) Allen Hurns, who we Smart Alerted out as being a player to watch/add under the right circumstances, has three receptions for 101 yards and 2TDs so far in the first half of his Week 1 contest against the Eagles.
Take: Hurns, an undrafted receiver, has a ton of talent. Clearly. We liked him a lot going into this game, and even though we sent out an early-morning Smart Alert recommending that he be added in deeper leagues, no one could have saw this kind of production for his first start. We love this kid. Make sure he isn’t on waivers!


News: 9/7 (1:53pm) Toby Gerhart left Week 1 game against PHI with an undisclosed injury.
Take: We will keep you updated. Denard Robinson has taken his place, and would likely see a ton more action should Gerhart’s injury be serious.


News: 9/7 (12:30pm) Santana Moss is a healthy scratch for Week 1.
Take: Yeah, nothing to see here, we know.


News: 9/7 (12:25pm) Bryce Brown is a healthy scratch for Week 1 against the Bears.
Take: This is actually great news for CJ Spiller owners, as Fred Jackson is already looking like a threat to Spiller’s Week 1 touches. Our Smart Alerts touch on Bryce Brown’s future value, though, so sign-up for Smart Alerts!


News: 9/7 (12:18pm) FOX’s Jay Glazer is currently suggesting that sitting Cam Newton (ribs) might be the current plan.
Take: Stay with us on this – Our Smart Alerts will surely update you once we know more. He could still go, this is truly one of those ‘almost too close to call’ situations, but we will attack it as fast as we can for you so that you can make a last-minute move.


News: 9/7 (12:09pm) Michael Crabtree (calf) is fully expected to start Week 1 game against DAL.
Take: No surprise here.


News: 9/7 (12:03pm) Patriots RB James White is a healthy scratch for Week 1 against MIA.
Take: Aaron Dobson is also a healthy scratch, so know that. Brady is a go, Gronk should be (but his time could be super limited, at least that’s what the word is); We expect a huge game out of Shane Vereen this week, and with White rules out, our Smart Alerts have sent out some exclusive analysis on that topic!


News: 9/7 (11:59am) Jaguars WR Allen Hurns is officially replacing Cecil Shorts (hamstring) in Week 1 against PHI.
Take: If super desperate, and I’m talking about you playing in a HUGE league, this guy has some appeal.


News: 9/7 (11:46am) Tre Mason is inactive for the Rams today.
Take: No one should be starting Mason on any level anyway, but this is proof how confident the team is in both Benny Cunningham and Zach Stacy. Cunningham is a serious threat to touches this year, at least as it stands now. That can all change with a big outing by Stacy this week. Then again, that can all change on the flip side if Cunningham responds in a big way to his Week 1 touches.


News: 9/7 (11:46am) Tom Brady is active for Week 1; Aaron Dobson is a healthy scratch.
Take: No surprise with Tom Brady. Rob Gronkowski remains a very iffy play, as he could play very little and still catch a score, or he could see the field a lot less than we all think. He is just a risky start this week, plain and simple.


News: 9/7 (11:42am) Eagles RB Chris Polk (hamstring) is inactive for for Week 1 against JAC.
Take: More action for Darren Sproles and LeSean McCoy, so buckle-up!


News: 9/7 (11:40am) Rotoworld is reporting that ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that he and Chris Mortensen are getting a “negative vibe” regarding Andre Ellington (questionable, foot) playing in Week 1 on Monday night against SD.
Take: The tough part about this one is that it’s Monday, so most fantasy owners have to make a call today (unless you have Jonathan Dwyer to plug in last-minute, or let’s say Ryan Mathews or Woodhead). Be sure to sign-up for Smart Alerts for last-minute blasts on this stuff!


News: 9/7 (11:16am) Word is that Ron Rivera is ‘considering’ holding out Cam Newton (ribs) in Week 1.
Take: This one is the ‘almost too close to call’ piece of news this morning. This will literally come down to kickoff, so if Cam is your passer, stay by your email/phone for our Smart Alerts. Derek Anderson could start this one.


News: 9/7 (11:11am) Jordan Reed (thumb, questionable) is expected to play in Week 1 against HOU.
Take: With ‘questionable’ players, though, just be sure to check right up to game-time, as they can aggravate something in warm-ups… but, Reed looks set to play.


News: 9/7 (11:07am) Mike Brown is expected to start Week 1, as he replaces Cecil Shorts (hamstring).
Take: If completely desperate at WR, here is one option, but hopefully your backups are bigger names than Mike Brown.


News: 9/7 (11:04am) Reports suggest that Rob Gronkowski (knee) is expected to play in Week 1, but on a limited basis.
Take: Be sure to stay on this one, as news could change minutes before the game. Gronk is a risky play and risky sit, as he could pull in a TD pretty easily on limited action, but it’s always risky playing a hurt player. Be sure to sign-up for Smart Alerts, where we send out replacement/alternative recommendations!


News: 9/7 (11:01am) Garrett Graham (back) is not expected to play in Week 1 against WAS.
Take: Get Graham out of your line-up. Be sure to sign-up for Smart Alerts, where we send out replacement/alternative recommendations!


News: 9/7 (3:45am) WGR 550 believes that Buffalo might not use C.J. Spiller as originally anticipated this season.
Take: C.J. Spiller can’t be sat unless you’re just stacked at RB. If you are, good for you, but still get on our forums for last-minute help. That said, it’s do or die for Spiller this year, he has to perform well when given the shot or his carries/touches could shrink. Make plays, C.J.!


News: 9/7 (3:42am) Antonio Gates (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday night’s Week 1 opener against Arizona.
Take: Ladarius Green could put up borderline TE1-type numbers right out of the gate in Week 1 if Gates sits.


News: 9/7 (3:40am) Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is listed as probable for Monday night’s Week 1 opener against San Diego.
Take: Larry Fitzgerald is a go, and is a strong fantasy WR2 heading into Week 1.


News: 9/7 (3:31am) Keenan Allen (ribs) is probable for Monday night’s Week 1 opener against AZ.
Take: Get ready for the Keenan Allen show, it starts on Monday night!


NEWS: Robert Turbin rips of 81 and 1TD in Week 2 preseason outing; Keenan Allen pulls in a TD.

Seahawks RB Robert Turbin ran the ball 12 times for 81 yards and 1TD during his Week 2 preseason contest against the Chargers. Christine Michael ran the ball eight times for 45 yards. Russell Wilson looked strong in this game, completing 11-of-13 passes for 121 yards (to go along with four rushes for 31 yards and 1TD). Keenan Allen pulled in a 13-yard TD in the contest.

SMITTY: Robert Turbin looked good, I won’t lie, but everything he did in this contest, Christine Michael would have done better and faster. I keep emphasizing buy-low when talking about sleepers, because coaches can ruin fantasy upside. If Seattle doesn’t let go of the idea of using Turbin, this could leave fantasy owners extremely disappointed in 2014, as Turbin could play a significant back-up role in 2014. Do I think that will happen? Probably not, as Michael is just too explosive to keep off the field. Still, when trading for players, you have to buy low and buy at value that will have you earning your investment dollars back even on a disappointing campaign. At this point, I still expect Michael to be starting in 2015. As for this preseason contest, it was great seeing Keenan Allen pulling in a score – He looks so crisp with his routes and footwork. I still have Allen as one of my favorite underrated studs heading into 2014. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Philip Rivers looks sharp in preseason opener; Ladarius Green impressive as well.

In the Chargers preseason opener against the Cowboys, Philip Rivers completed all four of his passes for 61 yards, while Ladarius Green pulled in 26 yards on two receptions; Ryan Mathews ran the ball five times for 19 yards.

SMITTY: Philip Rivers is very undervalued heading into August, as his ADP is in the 9th-round, yet he can easily score with QBs getting selected in the 6th-round (he has top 6-8 ability in fantasy this season). He has Keenan Allen set to breakout in 2014, yes more than he already did last season (when he pulled in 71 receptions for 1,046 yards and 8TDs). Rivers also has Ladarius Green looking like a nice breakout candidate this upcoming season. Yep, Rivers looks decent when you compare his draft/trade value to his potential ceiling value. Checkout where we have all these guys ranked heading into Week 1.

NEWS: Ladarius Green ready to take that next step; Keenan Allen a fantasy WR1?

According to ESPN, Ladarius Green “appears to have taken another step in his development after showing the ability to create big plays last season.”

SMITTY: While it’s entirely possible that Ladarius Green could be another year away from fully breaking out, he should show flashes of what is to come all year long. Antonio Gates is clearly on the downside of his career, but his lingering presence could slow Green’s 2014 rise. Still, even slowed, he is 6-6, 240 pounds — those flashes I just mentioned should be brushes up against low-end fantasy TE1 numbers. Philip Rivers, who has a very underrated fantasy WR1 in Keenan Allen, is getting no rankings love right now in any scoring format… I’m not saying Rivers will come close to competing with the top 5QBs this season, but finishing as a top 7-8 guy isn’t all that hard to imagine. Want to checkout some jaw-dropping 2014 Keenan Allen Projections?

NEWS: Keenan Allen moving at a different speed than ever before.

According to utsandiego.com, Chargers WR Keenan Allen is moving an entirely “different speed” than ever before. He has also added 6 pounds and considers himself more dynamic entering his second NFL season. “I’m a deep threat now,” Allen said with a smile.

SMITTY: We have been talking up Keenan Allen since February 1, and you can read our jaw-dropping predictions for the receiver right here. With Allen set to explode in 2014, and with Ladarius Green also pegged to breakout, Philip Rivers is looking quite underrated entering early August drafts.

2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft In July (Redraft, PPR)

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.

Round One
1.01 – LeSean McCoy RB
1.02 – Jamaal Charles RB
1.03 – Adrian Peterson RB
1.04 – Calvin Johnson WR
1.05 – Eddie Lacy RB
1.06 – Matt Forte RB
1.07 – AJ Green WR
1.08 – Demariyus Thomas WR
1.09 – Julio Jones WR
1.10 – Jimmy Graham TE
1.11 – Marshawn Lynch RB
1.12 – Dez Byrant WR

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).

Round Two
2.01 – Peyton Manning QB
2.02 – Monte Ball RB
2.03 – Aaron Rodgers QB
2.04 – Rob Gronkowski TE
2.05 – Doug Martin RB
2.06 – Brandon Marshall WR
2.07 – Antonio Brown WR
2.08 – Randall Cobb WR
2.09 – Demarco Murray RB
2.10 – Arian Foster RB
2.11 – Leveon Bell RB
2.12 – Julius Thomas TE

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.

Round Three
3.01 – Giovani Bernard RB
3.02 – CJ Spiller RB
3.03 – Nick Foles QB
3.04 – Jordy Nelson WR
3.05 – Victor Cruz WR
3.06 – Drew Brees QB
3.07 – Keenan Allen WR
3.08 – Zac Stacy RB
3.09 – Bishop Stankey RB
3.10 – Cordarrelle Patterson WR
3.11 – Andre Johnson WR
3.12 – Pierre Garcon WR

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).

Round Four
4.01 – Andre Ellington RB
4.02 – Alshon Jefferey WR
4.03 – Matthew Stafford QB
4.04 – Alfred Morris RB
4.05 – Michael Floyd WR
4.06 – Vincent Jackson WR
4.07 – Wes Welker WR
4.08 – Frank Gore RB
4.09 – Andrew Luck QB
4.10 – Kendall Wright WR
4.11 – Percy Harvin WR
4.12 – Shane Vereen RB

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!

Just Missed The Cut

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.

Larry Fitzgerald
Reggie Bush
Sammy Watkins
Ben Tate & Terrance West
Trent Richardson
Toby Gerhart
Chris Johnson
Rashad Jennings
Joique Bell
Cam Newton
Tom Brady
RG3
Ryan Mathews
Mike Evans
Vernon Davis
Ray Rice / Bernard Pierce
Jordan Cameron
Michael Crabtree
Eric Decker
Lamar Miller
Mike Wallace
Matt Ryan
Tony Romo
Hakeem Nicks
Julian Edelman

NEWS: Ladarius Green working with first-team; Philip Rivers underrated in 2014?

According to utsandiego.com, Chargers TE Ladarius Green has been working with the first-team during minicamp, as Antonio Gates deals with a personal matter.

SMITTY: It’s great that Green is building a much-needed rapport with Philip Rivers, a very underrated low-end fantasy QB1 entering 2014. Keenan Allen is quite possibly going to throw down fantasy WR1-type numbers in 2014 (yeah, I said it), and Green is possibly on the verge of breaking out, so I think a lot of fantasy owners are going to be a bit surprised by Rivers this season. He won’t outplay any of the top 5 fantasy passers, but he could dance around 6-7 all year long, which makes him a low-risk/high-reward kind of grab near his 9th- to 10th-round ADP. Oh, and if you want to spit up your coffee, look at where we have Keenan Allen ranked for 2014:
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