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ARTICLE: The biggest steal in round two is…

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Looking for a steal in the 2nd-round of 2015 fantasy football drafts? This advice applies to both dynasty and redraft leagues, and it applies to trading (if you drafted already)…Read Article Now

Spotlight: LeSean McCoy

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LeSean McCoy

8/19/2015: LeSean McCoy has been diagnosed with a left hamstring injury and is expected to undergo an MRI. There is some early speculation that McCoy’s Week 1 availability could be in question, but it’s far too early to assume that McCoy could miss time during the season. We will keep you posted, but if you draft before we know for certain what’s going on with the hammy, bump McCoy down a couple spots (but just a couple) on your rankings, and be certain to draft Fred Jackson and Karlos Williams, who are currently battling for the back-up gig in Buffalo. McCoy could still have a huge year if he gets healthy. Buffalo should use him early and often! Stay tuned!

DRAFT TIP: Research & Prepare!


It’s that time again, the dog days of summer are winding down and we begin mulling heavily over the pre-season rankings visualizing what we want our 2015 Fantasy Squad to look like. Of course, what we want it to look like and how it actually fills out is not always what we expected, then we begin to feel the on-set of an acute neurosis called P.D.S.D (Post-Draft-Stress Disorder). OK, let’s relax a second, breathe! This is where it starts and before we know it, we’ll be singing Auld Lang Syne., really, time flies this time of year!

The Key To Drafting

Here we go. Research is a key to not drafting a losing team, you can never start too early and you can never have too much information. Use ADP’s as a starting point, refer to mock drafts as another gauge. Fantasy football drafts are a fluid process and rarely go in the order we wish so be prepared divert from plan A,B and sometimes C, opportunities will be missed but could also be gained if prepared, I believe that is called luck, when preparation meets opportunity? I approach each draft with different philosophies though using the same method by collecting the historical scoring data from each league to create my sheets, in this case a PPR re-draft, I tier my positions up using the Value based method, grabbing the point totals from each position and average them out this provides a nice guide when determining if I take a RB or WR at this spot?

Instance; over the last three years in this league the #1 RB averaged 375 points the top WR 351 points, the #12 RB 218 points, #12 WR’s 263 points. If your picking up in the front of the draft the first 4 picks you should be able to net a 300 point RB, if you pick at the back end 1:12 and 2:01 the number 12 and 13 are looking solid to me and would strongly consider going WR/WR with the prospect collecting 520 points right there.

Other factors to watch are players coming off of injuries, if you draft an aged or oft-injured running back be sure to hand-cuff the backup, cover your BYE weeks. And, finally, though a few years back I fell victim to a Kaepernick, Gore, Bolden, 9er D team in the post season that won the it all, (I still haven’t turn the page on that one!), do not draft with your heart, though as previously noted there can be an exception to the rule, Packers fans, you should be alright this year!

IDP Top 100 Rankings: 2015 Fantasy Football (May)

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Ok, I know a lot of you IDPers out there have been craving some 2015 IDP Fantasy Football Rankings, so here you go. Debate the rankings below, offer up some sleepers!

Updated: 5/14/15

IDP Rankings: 2015 Fantasy Football

1 J.J. Watt HOU vs. WAS  DE
2 Luke Kuechly CAR at TB  LB
3 Robert Quinn STL vs. MIN  DE
4 Lavonte David TB vs. CAR  LB
5 Paul Posluszny JAC at PHI  LB
6 Chandler Jones NE at MIA  DE
7 Vontaze Burfict CIN at BAL  LB
8 Derrick Johnson KC vs. TEN  LB
9 Greg Hardy DAL vs. SF  DE
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2015 Dynasty Rankings Update

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Ok, folks… now that the 2015 NFL Draft is behind us, and we know where players like Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Amari Cooper, Kevin White, and others, are playing, it’s time to examine how these players jump up and down within the 2015 Dynasty Rankings.

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Spotlight: Kevin White

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Kevin White

4/27/2015: Kevin White (West Virginia) – It’s hard to argue who is the top fantasy wide receiver prospect in this 2015 NFL Draft.. It’s between Amari Cooper and Kevin White, that’s clear at this point… Read Spotlight

Spotlight: Amari Cooper

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Amari Cooper

4/27/2015: Amari Cooper is smooth and super fluid. He isn’t a speed specialist (4.42 second forty), but he is such a crisp route runner, and he has amazing hands (despite some drops), and clearly a nose for the end zone. He pulled in an impressive 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16TDs in 2014. Again, he had some drops in 2014 and 2013, but… Read Spotlight

No. 7 on the Upside Board is…

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Hey everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the new Fantasy Football Starters redesign… we redesigned the entire site, making it mobile-friendly and much, much sleeker. To kickoff the new look, I thought I’d drop No. 7 on the Upside Board, so here you go!

No. 7 on the Upside Board

ARTICLE: Crazy-Early 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (Dynasty)

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Hey Starters Nation:

Looking for an early 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft / Rankings heading into 2015? This is a dynasty mock draft, so keep in mind that players like Marshawn Lynch, Peyton Manning, Matt Forte, among others, are going to fall much, much further than they would in a early 2015 fantasy football yearly-league mock draft, but this mock draft should be rather useful to all fantasy leaguers, as for the most part things in redraft and dynasty can often times line-up rather well entering January. On that note, enjoy!

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SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 12)

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News: 11/23 Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is inactive for Week 12 against the Dolphins.
Take: Inactive are both Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman, making CJ Anderson a solid play this week.

News: 11/23 Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) will not play in Week 12 at Seattle.
Take: Both John Brown and Michael Floyd get nice bumps with this news. Brown is a strong WR3 with this news, and Floyd is a strong WR2-play. Andre Ellington should see a lot of touches in this one, but it’s a tough match-up. Note, we had a few reports that Ellington was showing up with 0 points on our Line-up Analyzer this morning, but we re-ran the simulation for that game and anyone showing the 0 points should now see the proper projection with a hard refresh. Good luck to all with Cardinals and Seahawks players!

News: 11/23 Both the Denver Post and Fox's Jay Glazer are reporting that Julius Thomas (ankle) won't play today.
Take: This was kind of expected, and it makes Jacob Tamme a decent emergency pick-up and play. But, hopefully you were able to grab and start Coby Fleener, our recommended replacement/add earlier this morning and yesterday.

News: 11/23 – ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has confirmed that Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) is set to start Week 12.
Take: Get him in line-ups if you had him removed being cautious. Julius Thomas is still iffy, but Sanders is ready to rock!

News: 11/23 – Arian Foster is officially out for Week 12 according to ESPN.
Take: Get ready for yet another edition of the Alfred Blue show. He is a very strong RB2-play this week! Get him in your line-ups!

News: 11/23 – According to Rotoworld, Giovani Bernard is listed as the Bengals’ starting running back for Week 12 against the Texans.
Take: The expectation is still that Hill will see something in the ballpark of 60 percent of the rushes, if not 65, and Gio will see something like 30 percent. Still, Gio is a big receiving threat, so getting just 30-35 percent of the rushes is not alarming if you own Gio – He always has huge big-play ability.

News: 11/23 – John McClain just tweeted this on Arian Foster playing Week 12: “With Foster missing so much practice time last week, I’ll be surprised if he plays. Everyone I’ve spoken to expects Blue to play.”
Take: Clearly check back before kickoff on this one, but Alfred Blue has very strong RB2 upside if starting, and starting now looks very likely for the rusher.

News: 11/23 – Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald now looking very unlikely to play Week 12.
Take: As said earlier this morning, Michael Floyd is going to see an uptick in targets in production if Fitz sits, and that looks extremely likely at this point.

News: 11/23 – Browns RB Isaiah Crowell is is set to start Week 12.
Take: Cleveland is tough to count on here, as they change this one up without reason or notice. That said, if in need, Crowell isn’t a bad play. He has a strong shot to score each game he gets even close to 10 carries, and that’s very likely in this one. He actually has low-end RB2-type value this week, not just flex-type value.

News: 11/23 – Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) will play in Week 12.
Take: Great news here, but absolutely check back before kickoff in case things change directions.

News: 11/23 – Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) isn’t very likely to play Week 12, according to several sources.
Take: Keep in mind that things could change during warm-ups, but as of now, it looks like Foster won’t play in this one, and that would make Alfred Blue a borderline RB1 in Week 12. Blue received 30+ carries last week, so clearly the team trusts him, and they will certainly feed him the rock in Week 12 if Foster sits.

News: 11/23 – Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 12.
Take: Coby Fleener gets the nod and is a TE1 this week, folks. He had a monster 100-yard game last week, and there is no reason to think he won’t have another huge game this week against the Jags (with a strong shot to score).

News: 11/23 – Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is back this week and will play Week 12.
Take: While many sources are calling Jeremy Hill the much better start of the two, Gio could be heavily involved in the passing game, so it’s not a bad thing that Hill get 60 or so percent of the carries. Both runners have strong appeal, yes, even Gio coming off injury. Buy-low on Gio in dynasty (and redraft if the price is right)… he can be had at such a bargain right now, across all formats, the risk is built into the value (meaning, if he never returns to form, the risk is still low… but if he rebounds to RB1-type upside, you kill the trade!).

News: 11/23 – Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is very questionable heading into Week 12, and he will be a game-time decision. Emmanuel Sanders, on the other hand, is questionable, yet most sources feel he will play Week 12.
Take: Go grab Coby Fleener if you need a tight end this week, he has TE1 written all over him with Dwayne Allen (ankle) out. Jacob Tamme is another option, but not near as exciting of an option as Fleener. Sanders appears to be a go, but be certain to check back with us prior to kickoff, and be hooked up to our Smart Alerts. Same goes for Julius Thomas, as we doubt we know his status until closer to kickoff.

News: 11/23 – Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (hip/foot) is probable for Week 12; WR Larry Fitzgerald (MCL) remains questionable.
Take: Ellington is a must-start despite the match-up, and he still holds good RB2 upside in this one (and low-end RB1-type upside moving forward). Plan on Fitz sitting this one out, but check back with us before kickoff! If Fitz does sit, expect more bounce-back effort out of Michael Floyd, who yes is in a cloudy situation, but he still has elite skills.

News: 11/23 – Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) is probable for Week 12; RB Jerick McKinnon (back) is probable for the contest.
Take: With Matt Asiata ruled out, and with Ben Tate just getting used to his role, McKinnon could be in for a huge week.

News: 11/23 – Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) is cleared to play Week 12.
Take: While he can play like a TE1 whenever healthy, he is only a borderline TE1 given the risks of him getting re-injured or having a slow return to form.

News: 11/23 – Bucs RB Doug Martin (ankle) is questionable for Week 12.
Martin missed the last three games with his ankle injury. He should have an opportunity to regain his starting job after Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims failed to impress in expanded roles. The Bucs run-scheme has been a disaster under rookie OC Marcus Arroyo, and rank last in the NFC with just 217 attempts. Martin isn’t more than an RB4 for Sunday’s game with the Bears.
Take: He received most of the first-team reps this week, though, and both Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims haven’t looked good when given the chance… D-Mart could regain his starting gig if he can perform well in this one (and assuming he gets anything close to starter carries this week, which is possible, but is not guaranteed). Sims is questionable this week, but most sources think he could play. This is a situation to avoid if you have safer options on your roster. However, if you need a runner, Martin isn’t a bad plug-and-play, and he was dropped in a lot of leagues recently. Just know the risks with this backfield, though, as it’s currently unpredictable.

News: 11/23 – Bills WR Sammy Watkins (groin) and Kyle Orton (toe)are probable for Week 12; Fred Jackson (groin) is questionable.
Take: F-Jax is expected to play, but start him with caution and be sure to check back before his kickoff. Sammy Watkins is a strong WR2 play despite his recent slump… he is a great buy-low, too, but you have to act before kickoff, as another big game out of him and he won’t be cheap any longer. Keep in mind that this game is now on Monday night, so make all decisions knowing what options you will have left should someone like F-Jax all of the sudden sit.

News: 11/23 – Both Jets RBs Chris Ivory (shoulder) and Chris Johnson(knee) are probable for Week 12.
Take: Neither is more than a risky flex play at this point. Ivory could either drop 20 yards and nothing else, or 2TDs, that’s just the kind of play he is right now in fantasy.

News: 11/23 – Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 12.
Take: Get him out of line-ups!

News: 11/23 – Lions RB Reggie Bush is not expected to play in Week 12.
Take: This news makes both Joique Bell and Theo Riddick sneaky-good flex plays this week. Riddick has all the PPR upside, whereas Bell could either have 50 yards rushing or 90 and a touchdown. It’s risky to count on either, but with Bush out, they are both worth considering in the right situation. See where we have both on our Week 12 Power Rankings.

More Start Bench, Trade, Waiver Wire help to come!