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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

Training Camp Updates heading into Week 1 of the 2015 Preseason

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Ok, Starters Nation, it’s August 13th, 2015, which means it’s time to look at some of the most recent/relevant Training Camp news. Below are a handful of situations that appear to be trending on newswires, and we have tackled each from a fantasy perspective. Enjoy.

Chargers

Melvin Gordon (RB) – Word is that Gordon has been a bit too patient at times during camp, however, it’s way too early to start drawing any kind of negative conclusions about the rusher. Instead, use this info to your advantage and try and draft him a bit after his going 3.05-3.08 ADP. If you can grab him near the early 4th-round range in 2015 drafts, you’re looking at HUGE upside. Dynasty wise, this kid has top 4-10R ceiling.

Stevie Johnson has been making noise in camp, and Philip Rivers could turn to him early and often to start the year, as Antonio Gates starts the beginning part of the season suspended.

Rams

Todd Gurley (RB) – The NFL Network is reporting that the Rams are expecting the rookie to miss the ‘first couple games’ in 2015. Gurley, who is recovering from a torn ACL, has top 1-8 overall dynasty upside, and once he gets going in 2015, he could play that well. His ADP should level out around the 5th- to 6th-round in most redraft formats, but some may reach a bit for Gurley, it just depends on your league. Is a 5th-round pick a reach? No, not necessarily, although, there is some risk (handcuff him to Tre Mason without question!). In dynasty, he is a top 5RB in my view.

Vikings

Adrian Peterson (RB) – The stud is suffering from a ‘minor’ thigh injury… Read More



Spotlight: Arian Foster

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Arian Foster (RB/HOU)

8/4/2015: We have bad news for Arian Foster owners, as the runner is going to have groin surgery and will start the season on the reserve/designated to return list. This could have him sidelined until Week 10. While the Texans could sign another player… Read Spotlight

NEWS: Arian Foster (groin) likely to start Week 13?

SMITTY: Hopefully the stud rusher is back this week. If he starts, he needs to be in all line-ups and is a RB1 play for sure. Stay on this one, as setbacks happen in warm-ups all the time. If Foster doesn’t go, Alfred Blue would be a low-end RB2 play, but we expect Foster to go. Looking for Week 13 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Arian Foster (groin) expected to be a game-time decision in Week 12.

SMITTY: Keep in mind that Arian Foster appeared to have a solid shot at playing last week all the way up until Thursday. Then, on Friday, news broke that the runner would likely sit out Week 11. Well, a few sources are suggesting that his odds of playing this week are better than the odds last week, but that’s not saying much given last week didn’t even come down to a game-time decision. Stay tuned — Alfred Blue is a strong fantasy RB2 play any game he gets the nod. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Arian Foster (groin) now looking like a game-time decision?

SMITTY: It appears that Arian Foster (groin) isn’t a lock to play this week after all. We kind of knew that heading out of Week 9, and into the Texans’ Week 10 bye, but clearly he isn’t right. This is why we had Foster on our sell-high list well over 1-2 weeks ago. He is older and has a ton of mileage. He shouldn’t be sold even close to fair market value, though, as we aren’t predicting bust (he was actually on our Upside Board this off-season)… that said, if sold at a high value, you can improve your team and that’s something we advise. Selling doesn’t mean you don’t believe in a player, it’s just smart fantasy management if the price is right. Alfred Blue is a must-own right now, and if Foster sits Week 11, he’d be a sneaky RB start for sure. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Arian Foster (groin) expected to play Week 11.

SMITTY: He is ‘day to day’ as it stands now, but he is coming off a Week 10 bye, so he had some time to heal up. The bye couldn’t have come at a better time. Check back with us all week, via this news wire and our Smart Alerts, but for the moment things look good for Foster owners. Still, Alfred Blue is a must-own for all Foster owners. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Nick Foles suffers broken collarbone; Lamar Miller to have MRI on shoulder; Arian Foster might have a bad groin injury?

SMITTY: Wow, things just keep getting worse as far as 2014 injuries go… Nick Foles suffered a broken collarbone in Week 9, and while the early guess is that he will miss 4-6 weeks, we need to wait on test results to know for sure how much time he will miss. Mark Sanchez is a solid grab in 2QB leagues, and even in larger 1QB leagues. He is now commanding a very potent offense, so there is certainly some low-end QB1-type appeal during certain match-ups, and all those receivers from Jeremy Maclin to Jordan Matthews won’t lose much value if any, as that offense can be potent with either passer in there. LeSean McCoy is actually a decent buy-low if owners start freaking out about Foles getting hurt. Also, while I wouldn’t sell Jeremy Maclin at even fair market value, selling ‘high’ isn’t a bad idea, and that has nothing to do with Foles going down. Only sell if you are truly selling high, as he can still be a top 10WR down the stretch… selling players like Maclin on the ‘high’ doesn’t mean you don’t believe in them… you should only make such a move if it helps your line-up and you’re killing it on your side of the trade.

Lamar Miller suffered what appears to be a ‘stinger’, but we need to await MRI results on this one before we call his injury minor. Miller doesn’t seem worried, if that helps some fantasy owners rest easy.

As for Arian Foster, the news isn’t near as good, at least not initially. He suffered what looks like a pretty serious groin injury, and he fell down on his own during Week 9, which is never a good sign. Some sources are calling it a ‘soft tissue’ injury, and other sources sound pretty worried about his immediate availability. The good news here is that the Texans have a bye during this upcoming Week 10, so that gives Foster some extra rest. If Foster misses time after Week 10, Alfred Blue would likely see starter carries, which makes him a must-own if things head in that direction. We will keep you posted on all of this, and other news, all week long. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts

NEWS: Arian Foster (hamstring) misses practice on Wednesday; Alfred Blue a must-own for Foster owners.

SMITTY: While this isn’t a good sign, he did play last week, even if he only managed 8 carries for 6 yards. He did pull in a solid 7 receptions for 55 yards, though, so his lack of production can mostly be blamed on the offense and game flow, as you just don’t pull in 7 passes as a runner if super limited. Foster is truly a boom or bust play against Dallas, who could get out to an early lead in this one. That said, if he suffers no setbacks and enters Week 5 set to take on a starter’s workload, you almost have to run him out onto the field (unless you’re just stacked at running back, and very few owners can say that right now with all the running back injuries, byes and chaos going on). Alfred Blue is a must-own for all Foster owners, and given Foster has returned to action, buy-low now in case he is on and off the field all year long! Looking for Week 5 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Arian Foster (hamstring) will be a game-time decision in Week 4.

SMITTY: He was limited during Wednesday’s practice. This is an early game on Sunday, which is good news for those with a Foster line-up dilemma. Alfred Blue is a solid start if Foster can’t go. Stay tuned — Hopefully it’s decided that Foster can roll when he warms up on Sunday morning! Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?