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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

Spotlight: LeSean McCoy

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

LeSean McCoy

3/4/2015: The Bills have reportedly acquired RB LeSean McCoy from the Eagles in exchange for LB Kiko Alonso. While the trade isn’t yet official, it’s been confirmed all over the place, so get ready for the impact that it’s going to have in fantasy leagues everywhere. Here is the bottom line… Read Spotlight

TV: STARTERS live on the Week 8 “Sam Acho Show” on AZCentral

Watch/listen to Fantasy Football Starters’ CEO (Jeff) talk Week 8 on the “Sam Acho Show” that is always live on Jeff attacks topic like Start/Bench as well as Buy-Low/Sell-High.

Watch STARTERS on the Week 8 Sam Acho Show!

NEWS: Darren Sproles (MCL) to miss one game?

SMITTY: The Eagles are on a bye this week, but this is good news for LeSean McCoy owners, who want to see him in the 15-20 carry territory in Week 8. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: LeSean McCoy explodes for 149 yards in Week 6; Nick Foles throws for 248 yards, 2TDs, 2INTs.

SMITTY: He’s back! LeSean McCoy definitely looked “back” in this one. He was elusive, used properly, and the Eagles clearly found a new way to call plays that jives with playing four strong quarters of football. Expect the trend to continue after the Eagles come off their Week 7 bye. As for Nick Foles, he had a fantastic start to this one, tossing for 2TDs in just over one quarter. He slowed, though, as the game got out of hand and the Eagles were able to just run the football and drain the clock. This offense is looking great, and the team is winning. Foles can’t be sold high, but he can be bought low, especially in dynasty. Is there risk? Sure, he isn’t scoring like expected, but the talent is there, just like it was with McCoy, who many were already giving up on heading into this weekend. Darren Sproles (knee) got banged up in this one after rushing the ball 7 times for 39 yards and 1TD. Be sure you are hooked up with our Smart Alerts for updates on Sproles (as well as all of the other banged up players coming out of Week 6).

NEWS: LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles and that PHI offense to bounce-back?

SMITTY: Do I worry about Nick Foles being an elite talent? Absolutely not. Do I worry about him getting injured behind a beat-up Philly offensive line? Yes. That said, anyone freaking out and jumping ship on Nick Foles needs to look at the facts. Depending on your scoring, Foles was the 4th-ranked fantasy football QB heading into Week 3, and he accomplished all that with some strange starts to Weeks 1 and 2, and in Week 3, that Eagles offense didn’t even touch the field once in the first quarter due to the flow of game and a Philly DST score. To put this into an even clearer perspective, Foles, again depending on your scoring format, was roughly 4-10 points off Peyton Manning, who through three weeks of play was roughly 2-3 overall for QBs in almost all leagues. Does Philly need to make some changes and secure up their offensive line? Yes, no question, but they should have RT Lane Johnson back for Week 5 against the Rams, and you can bet that Chip Kelly will be getting LeSean McCoy more involved in his offense moving forward. Some might be jumping ship on McCoy, and I wouldn’t blame anyone for selling high if that were even possible (which it likely is not)… but, selling low is a big mistake, as you just won’t likely get anything near what you deserve if you put him on your trade block. Keep the faith, as McCoy would still be a top 5RB if drafting for Weeks 5-16. Well, that’s how I see it. Could that change after another 2-3 bad weeks? Of course, but that still doesn’t mean selling low is smart management right now. Testing the trade waters isn’t unwise, but pulling the trigger on a bad deal isn’t going to change things for you if McCoy has been holding your back thus far. To put McCoy’s season into perspective, he had a solid first two weeks of the season, totaling 100 yards in each contest, and he scored in that Week 2 game. Those are not bad numbers, folks, not at all. His Weeks 3 and 4 were awful, as he ran 19 times for 22 yards (with no receiving stats) in Week 3, and he ran 10 times for just 17 yards (with no receiving stats) in Week 4. Those are pathetic stat lines for a top 2 overall pick. But, those first two games, where he averaged over 100 total yards and 0.5TDs, those games should be factored into your thinking here if you are a semi-panicked McCoy owner… Our Week 5 Buy-Low Candidates will be out Tuesday, so sign up for Smart Alerts to ensure you get that list emailed right to you!

Watch this Video on Chip Kelly on his offense after Week 4

NEWS: LeSean McCoy not on Week 4 injury report; McCoy a great buy-low?

SMITTY: Great news considering McCoy gave us all a concussion scare in Week 3. McCoy is on our Buy-Low List heading into Week 4… find out why!

NEWS: Vernon Davis (ankle) optimistic for Week 4 in a 49ers-Eagles shootout?

SMITTY: It looks like Davis has a real shot at playing Week 4 against the Eagles. This will be an afternoon game, so hopefully we know his status prior to the morning set of games (and how will you find out? Smart Alerts!). For now, check out where we have Vernon Davis and all those Eagles offensive players Ranked on our Week 4 Power Rankings. This game could be a shootout, and look for Nick Foles to carry his Week 3 momentum into Week 4. Also, expect LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles to bounce-back in Week 4.

NEWS: Darren Sproles drops 178 yards and 1TD on Monday night; Foles and McCoy still studs?

Darren Sproles totaled 178 yards (152 rushing) and 1TD during his Week 2 Monday night outing against the Colts; LeSean McCoy ran the ball for 79 yards and 1TD on 20 carries and pulled in four passes for 23 yards. Nick Foles started off slow, but eventually pulled in 331 yards, 1TD and 1INT. On the Colts side of the ball, Andrew Luck threw for just 172 yards and was 20-of-34, but he threw 3TDs (and had 1INT).

SMITTY: Darren Sproles was a beast in this one, and should be considered high-powered RB2 the rest of the way in 2014. His role dips into McCoy’s receiving stats a touch, but it will balance out, as McCoy will get more rushing yardage. If drafting today, McCoy would still be a top 3 overall pick moving forward. What’s interesting to think about is where Sproles would be drafted if drafting for Weeks 3-16 only. As for those freaking out on Nick Foles… sure, he has 2INTs so far this year, but he is also averaging 326 passing yards per-game through two weeks, and has 3TDs… If he continued his pace, that would have him sitting at 5,216 passing yards. He won’t hit those totals, nor will he have just 24TDs, which is his current TD pace. The point is, it’s early, we have only seen two weeks of action, folks! Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: LeSean McCoy thumb x-rays negative; injury not considered serious.

According to numerous reports, x-rays on the thumb of Eagles RB LeSean McCoy came back negative; the injury is not considered to be serious.

SMITTY: This is great news, but if you plan on investing in LeSean McCoy this year, be certain to handcuff him to Darren Sproles, as that offense is so explosive, Sproles would play well if forced to take on a significant workload. McCoy, despite some very minor toe and thumb issues, remains locked into our top 2RBs heading into 2014, as seen here via our Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections.