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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!

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NEWS: Drew Stanton (knee) to undergo MRI today; Lindley or Thomas could start Week 16.

SMITTY: It looks like it’s a sprained ACL and considered out indefinitely. As we said earlier, we don’t think he will be back this season, at least during the fantasy football season. The Cards might have him available at some point in the playoffs, but Stanton is considered very questionable for anything near 1-2 weeks time. Stay tuned on this one. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?

PREVIOUS UPDATE: If Drew Stanton can’t go in Week 16, and we feel he is likely done for the season, the team will turn to one of Logan Thomas or Ryan Lindley. It’s tough to say which passer will get the nod in Week 16, but since Lindley was shoved into the line-up in Week 15, you have to think he’s got the momentum heading into Week 16. Neither is a super-strong option, which makes both Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd tough options to count on here in Weeks 16 and 17 coming up. No passing game, mixed with a tough rushing schedule moving forward (starting with Seattle next week), makes the very talented Kerwynn Williams tough to count on as well. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Antonio Cromartie (ankle) and Chris Long (ankle) both active for Week 15 Thursday Night Football.

SMITTY: This will be an interesting game, but hopefully it isn’t super-low scoring. Tre Mason will have tough running ahead of him, but is still a strong flex play this week. Larry Fitzgerald (probable) and Michael Floyd (and John Brown) are all risky plays given their inconsistency and given how dominant that Rams defense has been the last two weeks. Kerwynn Williams is a risky play, but decent flex. He could get most of the carries in this one, but it’s always a risk playing a ‘hot hand’ type player. Arians loves this kid, though.Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Drew Stanton (concussion) cleared for Week 6; Larry Fitzgerald for Tom Brady trade rumors?

SMITTY: Getting Stanton cleared for Week 6 is solid news for the Cards, and it makes us think that the team will hold Carson Palmer (shoulder/nerve) out one more week just to be certain they can get him as healthy as possible before he commands the offense again. As for the Larry Fitzgerald for Tom Brady trade rumors, there is a speculative piece out by Sports World Report, nothing confirmed, but it’s an interesting move, something I’d love to see go down. The Cards have John Brown ready for an expanded role, and frankly the team doesn’t use Fitz properly. The defense is the Cardinals’ foundation, they would instantly be a bigger threat with Brady under center (despite his horrible play as of late – A new environment might help him remain top 5-6 capable for 1-2 more seasons). Again, this is merely speculation at this point, but interesting speculation for sure. Checkout where we have all those Cardinals receivers ranked on our Week 6 Power Rankings now that Stanton is at least going to be under center this week. Stay tuned for more updates on Palmer, as he could still play this week. We expect a big day for Andre Ellington in the Cards’ Week 6 battle against the Redskins. Of course, that Cards defense is an excellent play in this one!

NEWS: Carson Palmer threw on Tuesday; he could start Week 6?

SMITTY: Keep in mind that he threw last Tuesday as well, but had a setback with the nerve in his shoulder. This is a great sign, and an earlier report on Sunday said that Palmer had a ‘breakthrough’, so this sounds positive. Getting him back in the line-up would boost values for all three of Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Ellington (who still has top 5-10RB upside with a potent offense behind him). Stay tuned on this one! Looking for Week 6 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Carson Palmer to seek a second opinion on his nerve issue in shoulder.

SMITTY: UPDATE: The second opinion is suggesting that Palmer not have surgery and to just continue rehabbing the injury. While this is good news in some ways, it’s hard to imagine Palmer playing Week 5, so expect Drew Stanton to start, and all of the below regarding how it affects the Cardinal players still applies.

SMITTY: This is not a good sign regarding his Week 5 eligibility. However, some sources are still calling him 50/50 to play Week 5. I myself think it’s time to start preparing for yet another Drew Stanton start, and while he is serviceable for the Cards and their road to winning, owners of Andre Ellington, Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, and even John Brown, can’t catch a break here. Palmer out of that line-up knocks all these guys down a good tier in terms of fantasy value. Hopefully the team leans on Ellington in Week 5, and hopefully his Week 4 bye got his foot closer to healthy. Looking for Week 5 Power Rankings?

QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) expected back after the Cardinals Week 4 bye.

SMITTY: This is great news for everyone from Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald owners, straight down to Andre Ellington owners, as Ellington will now likely be a week healthier with that foot, and will now have open rushing lanes. Of course, keep real-time tabs on this topic by signing up for Smart Alerts. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Carson Palmer to throw today? Value increases coming for Floyd, Fitz and Ellington?

SMITTY: This is great news for Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald owners, although, Drew Stanton is playing effective football under center. Still, as we said last week, Palmer in that AZ line-up almost increases both receiver’s values by a tier or more (and the same can be said for Andre Ellington, who will have more room to run in Weeks 5+ with Palmer back keeping defenses honest). Check back with us after Wednesday’s practice, as we should have a better indication regarding Palmer’s potential Week 5 availability. Remember, the Cards have a bye here in Week 4, which is perfect timing for the 3-0 Birds. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Andre Ellington (foot) returned to practice Thursday; Carson Palmer (shoulder) was limited.

SMITTY: The values of both Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald are directly tied to whether or not Carson Palmer can go, and as of now, Palmer is not looking like a strong bet to play Week 3. While anything can happen on any game day, both receivers almost lose an entire tier of value without their gunslinger under center. As for Ellington, he is expected to play as of now, but of course keep checking back with us on this one, and of course sign up for Smart Alerts so that you can get real-time updates. If good to go, and he’d need to suffer a setback not to go, Ellington should see a heavy workload with Jonathan Dwyer deactivated. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Carson Palmer could miss a day or an entire month?

SMITTY: This is a ‘nerve’ issue, and coach Bruce Arians is being extremely vague giving us the 1 day or 1 month timetable. Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald owners better hope Palmer gets back into that line-up soon, as each could drop a tier value-wise with Drew Stanton under center. As for Andre Ellington, it’s tough to predict if not having Palmer under center is going to lead to more fantasy scoring or not. He could be focused on more, or the Cards could be passing in 4th-quarters… or, they could lean on the guy. Stay tuned. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?