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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

NEWS: Josh Gordon receiving criticism about being out of shape?

SMITTY: This came from Chris Mortensen on his Twitter account. Gordon also gave up some snaps to Taylor Gabriel and Travis Benjamin on Sunday in Week 14. Word is that the Browns are not pleased with his conditioning, routes or knowledge of the playbook. We wouldn’t read too much into this – yet. Keep in mind, out of shape or not, Gordon is arguably the most gifted receiver in the league, had 100 yards his first week back from suspension two weeks ago, and would have had a TD in Week 14 had Hoyer not missed a late TD strike to Gordon. Stay tuned, as we expect some Hoyer/Manziel controversy all day and week!

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Wednesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 10/28/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: Start Bench, Trade Advice, Buy-Low

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NEWS: Brian Hoyer to start Week 1; Johnny Manziel struggling with playbook.

According to multiple reports, the Browns have announced that Brian Hoyer will be the starting quarterback in Week 1.

SMITTY: I really like Brian Hoyer, but it’s a shame he won’t likely have Josh Gordon to throw the ball to. If Gordon as on the field in 2014, he’d have a real surprising season in my opinion. I think the Browns fully expect to push Manziel into the line-up at some point this year, but people shouldn’t write-off Hoyer just yet. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Brian Hoyer taking the first-team reps.

According to reports, Browns QB Brian Hoyer took the first-team reps during Browns practice, and he reportedly looked very good.

SMITTY: Brian Hoyer was a dark horse of mine prior to the Johnny Manziel drafting; I still think he has strong sleeper appeal, as he isn’t even getting drafted, according to most ADP data; however, his ‘breakout’ ceiling was damaged beyond repair once Josh Gordon, who is trying to avoid a year-long ban via his August 1st appeal, got into trouble. It’s quite a shame Hoyer didn’t get his fair shot with one of the league’s best receivers (talent-wise). You got to think Manziel will be starting for the Browns at some point in 2014, but don’t write Hoyer off just yet. Looking for Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections?

Article: 2014 Rookie Rankings & Analysis

smitty staffIt’s late July, so it’s time to reevaluate the 2014 Fantasy Football Rookies. Below is a one-player taste of our Premium 2014 Rookie Rankings with Analysis, so if you aren’t a 2014 STARTERS Subscriber, get access right after you read this sample (who is #5 on our Rookie Rankings)… after you read this, there are 11 more rookie write-ups just like it waiting for you, along with a complete ranking of my top 50 rookies… here we go!

5. Jordan Matthews | PHI WR

Date: 7/24/14

This 2014 rookie receiving class is just flat-out phenomenal, as we are talking about the 4th receiver ranked, and this receiver can be a fantasy WR1 if he develops properly. Jordan Matthews is 6-3, 212 pounds, but he plays like he is 6-5, 225 pounds. He has a long reach and has phenomenal spacial awareness. View this exact play right here to see what I mean… if you watched that play, you should have noticed not only Matthews’ timing pulling in the reception, but his innate ability to use his body to defend the area around the football. It’s an instinct most players don’t develop until their second or third NFL season, but Matthews has a natural instinct to use his body to position the defender where he wants the defender. It’s masterful if you take the time to watch him in acton. Like Brandin Cooks, Matthews couldn’t have landed in a more potent offense. And, in Matthews’ case, the Eagles are in need of a big-time possession receiver, and it appears Chip Kelly is going to immediately lean on the rookie. Don’t be surprised if Matthews makes a strong case for Rookie of the Year in 2014! It wouldn’t be shocking if the guy pulled in 55-60 receptions for 900-1000 yards and 6-7 scores as a rookie. The rookie receiver position is changing, and these guys are maturing much faster than they use to.

View All 2014 Rookie Rankings & Analysis

NEWS: Josh Gordon hearing set for late July

According to, the hearing for Browns WR Josh Gordon (suspension) has been set for late July.

SMITTY: A hearing may not be needed if the NFL and the NFLPA decide on a reduced suspension. As it stands now, Josh Gordon is looking at a minimum ban of one year for his latest violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. Some question what stage (2 or 3) Gordon was at during his recent violation, which is something that could change his length of banishment. We will keep you posted as info rolls in on the matter. For now, it looks like Jordan Cameron will enter 2014 as the favorite to lead the Browns in receptions, and he might just drop 80-90 receptions for 950-1,000 yards and 6-9 scores. His success could be tied to his passer, as Brian Hoyer might be better for Cameron than a still-learning Johnny Manziel — at least for now. Either way, Cameron is a strong fantasy TE1 and could finish inside the top 2-4 tight ends on the season. See where we have him ranked on our 2014 fantasy football cheat sheets.

NEWS: Johnny Manziel inks four-year deal; Brian Hoyer to enter camp as starter?

According to reports, Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel inked a four-year deal with the Cleveland Browns.

SMITTY: While the Browns will give their rookie quarterback every chance to start Week 1, Hoyer will enter camp as the starter. Hoyer is a very underrated passer, but it’s a shame that he has to go into this opportunity without Josh Gordon (awaiting what looks like a year-long suspension by the NFL). It’s tough to know what to expect fantasy-wise when it comes to this offense, as Miles Austin has fantasy WR3-type appeal, but can he stay healthy? Jordan Cameron could lead the team in receiving yards, receptions and touchdowns, and Ben Tate has a chance to produce high-end RB2-type numbers… but can Tate stay healthy and prove doubters wrong? If he can, I expect a huge season out of him. If he can’t stay healthy, get ready for the Terrance West show! I really like both Tate and West, it’s too bad they both landed on the same team, as both are RB2-capable fantasy players. For projections on all these guys, run our:

NEWS: Brian Hoyer likely to open the season as the starter?

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Cleveland QB Brian Hoyer will likely open the season as the Browns’ starting quarterback.

SMITTY: Most anticipate Johnny Manziel eventually winning this job, but don’t write-off Hoyer just yet. It’s a shame we won’t likely get to see Hoyer play with Josh Gordon (likely suspension) during his trial run as the team’s early starter. Before getting hurt in Week 5 last season (ACL), Hoyer did some impressive things from a fantasy perspective, throwing for 321 and 3TDs (3 INTs) in Week 3 and 269 yards and 2TDs (0 INTs) in Week 4.

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