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Le’Veon Bell where do you rank him?


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Is LeVeon Bell worth the risk in 2016?

There is no doubting his skill set, Bell has proven he is an elite running back in the NFL and that he should be ranked at the top of all Fantasy football draft sheets. Bell has played 35 games in his NFL career and has averaged 18.4 attempts a game at 4.3 yards per carry, over the course of a 16 game season that will equate to 1,260 yards on 294 carries- Those are pretty solid numbers, numbers I would like to have anchor my RB corp. There is good news and there is bad news, the good; there was no ACL damage with only the MCL and PCL needing repair. The bad news is missing the mandated drug testing this is a concern to me, the way I see it? Professional athletes have to stay on top of their game, they work hard and when a running back in the National Football League blows out a knee it takes even more hard work, time is short so you will do whatever it takes to get back onto the field and not miss a beat and quite often desperate times require desperate measures. With all the news of HGH swirling around it is hard to imagine that like many other NFL players they try to hide, mask or circumvent the system to remain the best they can be. Now whether or not Bell is healthy enough to be cleared to practice when camp opens remains to be seen and now maybe facing suspension, perhaps this will provide more healing time? Until I see Bell in camp I will remain skeptical that Bell can come out on fire and meet or exceed his career average numbers. If Bell is suspended say 4 games and he indeed performs to his average then you are still taking away 74 attempts 316 yards leaving him with a generous 220 attempts and 944 yards for the season.
Current projection 220 attempts 946 yards 5 TD 58 rec 634 yards 1 TD.


Personally I do not believe he will attain these numbers, so now where does he rank in your fantasy football projections? If you still want to drop a first round pick on Bell it may be in your team’s best interest to tab DeAngelo Williams next and early before another savvy owner pulls the rug out from under you. Fantasyfootballstarters Draft Analyzer has Bell coming in #9 overall.

Who is the 1.01?

We have addressed this topic earlier this off-season, but it’s time to address it again, as we are nearing June 1. Who is the 1.01 in fantasy football heading into 2016?. Of course, much depends on your scoring, as wide receivers are surely in the conversation if we’re talking about a PPR draft. And, for the most part, dynasty and redraft usually have slightly different top five ranked players. This year, dynasty and redraft look very much the same, so it really boils down to PPR or non-PPR, which we will mention below, however, we will rank the below players as if we are talking PPR.

Todd Gurley | STL RB

Todd Gurley is the safest RB to rank at the 1.01, and because he might be heads and shoulders above the rest of the 2016 rushers (minus a few names, which we will list below), going RB over WR makes a lot of sense when Gurley is sitting there. Gurley posted 229 uards for 1,106 yards, 10TDs, and 21 receptions for 188 yards. However, he didn’t really get the start until Week 4, as he barely played Week 3. So, if you pace out his stats, he essentially was on pace for 1,462 yards, 13TDs rushing, 26 receptions for 244 yards. As a rookie! If he gets more production through the air, which I expect he will, I think he can easily drop 1,700 combine rushing/receiving yards and 12-15TDs in 2016. The thing is, he has upside for more. To me, he is the safest 1.01 in all formats, dynasty to redraft, and even in PPR… I say this because there aren’t a ton of 1.01 worthy RBs this year, however, there are up to 4-5 WRs, if not a few more, that can actually be the best fantasy WR in football this year.

All this said above, below are a handful of excellent choices for the 1.01, as there is not just one player worthy of the selection (despite Gurley feeling like the overall safest).

More 1.01-worthy players:

Julio Jones (ATL, WR) – In PPR especially, he could be the top overall scorer, so he needs to be considered. He is a top 1-3 lock in any draft. With a high first-round draft slot, that means you will likely have back-to-back, or near back-to-back, picks near the bottom of the second/early third, so RBs will be available to you later, which means going WR in the 1.01-1.04 range does not mean you will be weak at RB in 2016.

Antonio Brown (PIT, WR) – Everything said above about Julio can be said here.

Le’Veon Bell (PIT, RB) – Only his knee recovery has him not locked into the 1.01 above with Todd Gurley. If he proves 100 percent before draft day, which isn’t likely the case, as he will probably play it safe heading into Week 1, he would be absolutely tied with Gurley above.

Other players, like Odell Beckham and DeAndre Hopkins, should be talked about, but early ADPs suggest both will fall at least to the 3-5 range, meaning if you want one of these 1.01-capable studs in Beckham and Hopkins, consider trading down to the 3-5 range. Both are easily capable of being 1.01 good, though.

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: LeVeon Bell

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Le’Veon Bell (RB/PIT)

7/28/2015: Le’Veon Bell’s three-game suspension has been reduced to two games. Bell was facing a three-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. This gives Bell a huge bump, as… Read Spotlight

2015 Average Draft Positions: April

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Ok, so it’s only the middle of April, and 2015 Average Draft Positions (ADPs) are hardly settled, especially with the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft…. that said, it’s still fun, and important, to dig into the data and find out which players are looking overvalued heading into the upcoming fantasy football season, and which players look like early sleeper candidates.

This is REDRAFT ADP Data.

2015 ADP Data

Date: 4/21/15 | Source: Mixture of Industry-leading ‘Redraft’ ADPs

Note: I have placed notes next to certain players that are worth talking about, good or bad.

1 LeVeon Bell RB PIT – Keep in mind that a lot of this ADP data piled on prior to his suspension being announced, but even if we looked at only recent drafts, he will likely be near top 5.

2 Jamaal Charles RB KC

3 Eddie Lacy RB GB

4 Adrian Peterson RB MIN – Surprisingly high for even redraft ADP data, but certainly still worth this pick. He could still be the No. 1 rusher in fantasy.

5 Marshawn Lynch RB SEA

6 Antonio Brown WR PIT – Not surprising, however, his value is almost too high for him to exceed any further expectations. I’d almost rather trade down and land an AJ Green or Julio Jones in the 18-20ish range, thus moving up in a draft at other spots.

7 Matt Forte RB CHI – Year of decline? Or, does he have one more top 1-5RB season left? Certainly consider selling in dynasty. This is redraft ADP Data, though, so this slot is warranted, but concern is present for sure, even in redraft.

8 Rob Gronkowski TE NE

9 Dez Bryant WR DAL

10 DeMarco Murray RB PHI – Solid value, but still ranked about right given the risks involved in moving teams, getting hurt, and playing for an offense that just had LeSean McCoy bust.

11 LeSean McCoy RB BUF

12 Odell Beckham Jr WR NYG – This is high, but he is worth the ranking.

13 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN – Solid value, but also a decent place to slot him given there are ‘some’ questions about Peyton Manning delivering top 1-3QB numbers this year.

14 Calvin Johnson WR DET – Very solid value. He is still Calvin, and unless we’re talking dynasty, he has No. 1WR upside still.

15 Arian Foster RB HOU – Foster was on our Upside Board last year, and for good reason. However, this year, there is a touch more risk he misses more than 1-2 games.

16 Jordy Nelson WR GB – Solid value, as always. He is always an underrated fantasy WR1.

17 Julio Jones WR ATL – Huge upside ranked this late, but about right given the risks. I like this value vs risk, it’s a risk worth taking given his 1-3 fantasy wide receiver ceiling.

18 A.J. Green WR CIN – Steal. It’s hard to imagine him not earning at least this value, and that screams sleeper given the slot, as he could be a top 1-4 fantasy wide receiver this season.

19 Aaron Rodgers QB GB – Some say a QB in the second is too early. I say no way, not when you’re talking Aaron Rodgers or Andrew Luck, as both have No. 1 overall upside in most all formats (especially leagues where QBs get 6pts per TD.

20 CJ Anderson RB DEN – It’s too risky counting on this situation as your RB2.

21 Jeremy Hill RB CIN – While I love Hill, who was an Upside Board player last year, ranking No. 21 means he has less upside than most would like. This seems like a fair value type slotting, meaning the ‘ceiling’ value isn’t through the roof.

22 Andrew Luck QB IND – See what I just said above regarding Aaron Rodgers.

23 Randall Cobb WR GB

24 Alshon Jeffery WR CHI – A top 5 fantasy WR season on the way?

25 T.Y. Hilton WR IND

26 Carlos Hyde RB SF – Get ready, this kid could be a top 5-10RB, a potential that makes this 26th overall ranking very solid.

27 Mike Evans WR TB – Beast in the making.

28 Jimmy Graham TE SEA – Solid value given he could still rival Rob Gronkowski. “Could” being the keyword, as we just don’t know what is in store for Graham in Seattle.

29 Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN – This is a risky third player to draft in 2015. I like him as a 4th- or 5th-drafted player, but it seems like his ADP is just too high to snag him at those levels. I say pass on him in 2015, he has to play out of his mind to earn his value back, and that is questionable given how so many are predicting less passing in DEN in 2015.

30 Justin Forsett RB BAL – Risky in some ways, still solid ‘upside’ down here at No. 30 overall. What BAL does in the draft will move this guy around a ton between now and 2015.

31 Lamar Miller RB MIA – A former Upside Board candidate that could explode later than expected? We have always seen top 5-10RB numbers in this kid, he just needs/needed a chance.

32 Mark Ingram RB NO – Solid value given his ceiling. His playing time and job security are the risks, but that seems pretty well built into his ADP at this point. Great news.

33 Frank Gore RB IND – He could squeeze out one more elite year in this situation. Then again, it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see him just have decent success, or great success here and there.

34 Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR – Solid future, and very solid value given he has WR2 upside.

35 Alfred Morris RB WAS

36 DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU

37 Peyton Manning QB DEN – Are there concerns? Sure, but at this value who cares?

38 Joique Bell RB DET

39 Tre Mason RB STL – Top 10RB in the making? Or, is he yet another runner that will be overlooked and underutilized by his coaching staff?

40 Jordan Matthews WR PHI – Nice situation, huge talent.

41 Brandin Cooks WR NO – This screams value, as he could catch 90+ balls in 2015 – easy.

42 Latavius Murray RB OAK – Huge sleeper, but will OAK draft a runner? Will Oakland screw this up? They could, but the risk seems built into the ADP. Trust in Murray at 42 overall value, no question. He is worth that risk!

43 Russell Wilson QB SEA

44 Julian Edelman WR NE

45 Sammy Watkins WR BUF – Sleeper. Wow. In redraft, at least, it appears Sammy Watkins is being overlooked. Take full advantage.

46 Jonathan Stewart RB CAR – Not sure I trust him, even here. I wouldn’t call this all that risky, though, but with players like Drew Brees, brandon Marshall, Andre Johnson, Martavis Bryant, Jarvis Landry and Tom Brady still available in redraft, I couldn’t take JStew just yet.

47 Drew Brees QB NO – Steal in redraft.

48 Brandon Marshall WR NYJ – Solid value, but it looks like many fear a decline in NY this year. Again, solid value, but expectations should be somewhat curbed in NY.

49 Andre Ellington RB ARI

50 Golden Tate WR DET

51 Greg Olsen TE CAR

52 Andre Johnson WR IND – He still could be elite, for at least this year, in IND.

53 Isaiah Crowell RB CLE

54 Travis Kelce TE KC

55 Jarvis Landry WR MIA – Like with Sammy Watkins above, wow. This is great value in redraft.

56 Devonta Freeman RB ATL

57 Jeremy Maclin WR KC

58 Martavis Bryant WR PIT – Steal.

59 Tom Brady QB NE – Solid value.

60 Rashad Jennings RB NYG

61 DeSean Jackson WR WAS

62 C.J. Spiller RB NO – Huge appeal at this value. He could bust, sure, but the risk is minimal at 62 overall.

63 Giovani Bernard RB CIN – Don’t write him off after one year. CIN has room for both he and Jeremy Hill. He is worth the gamble at this slot, no question.

64 Keenan Allen WR SD

65 Todd Gurley RB FA – Steal. He may not play right away, or if he does, he could be limited. That doesn’t matter. He could be a top 10RB once he does get into his team’s line-up.

66 Julius Thomas TE JAC

67 Martellus Bennett TE CHI

68 Victor Cruz WR NYG – This is way too high given his injury.

69 Matt Ryan QB ATL

70 Darren McFadden RB DAL

71 LeGarrette Blount RB PIT

72 Mike Wallace WR MIN

73 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT

74 Ryan Mathews RB PHI

75 Roddy White WR ATL

76 Denard Robinson RB JAC

77 Michael Floyd WR ARI

78 Cam Newton QB CAR

79 Doug Martin RB TB

80 Antonio Gates TE SD

81 Vincent Jackson WR TB

82 Torrey Smith WR BAL

83 Tony Romo QB DAL

84 Branden Oliver RB SD

85 Matthew Stafford QB DET

86 Brandon LaFell WR NE

87 Kenny Stills WR MIA

88 Melvin Gordon RB FA – This is high-way robbery, but I don’t see Melvin Gordon ranking this low after the draft. Look for him to be a 3rd- to 4th-round pick come August. Expect that, at least.

89 Shane Vereen RB NYG

90 Jerick McKinnon RB MIN

91 Bishop Sankey RB TEN

92 Chris Ivory RB NYJ

93 Donte Moncrief WR IND – Could breakout in 2015.

94 Jordan Cameron TE MIA

95 Owen Daniels TE DEN

96 Eli Manning QB NYG

97 Steve Smith WR BAL

98 Dwayne Allen TE IND

99 Knile Davis RB KC

100 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (not factoring in 2015)?

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Date: 4/13/15

Looking for a 2016 Fantasy Football Dynasty Mock Draft? No, I didn’t say 2015, I said 2016! That’s right, this mock draft is for one full season from now, so when you view this mock draft, keep in mind we are all pretending like the upcoming 2015 fantasy football season doesn’t matter at all. This means that LeVeon Bell’s missed games don’t apply, it means that no rookie rushers from the 2015 NFL Draft Class will have to worry about their rookie seasons holding them back from being drafted high… it’s all about 2016+. I asked some of our hardcore forum users to participate in this mock draft, so keep in mind these results have been produced by the people for the people, I am just merely writing it up and talking about where I see value. Thanks to all who participated in this 2016 fantasy football dynasty mock draft!

Round One
1.1 – LeVeon Bell
1.2 – Antonio Brown
1.3 – Eddie Lacy
1.4 – Dez Bryant
1.5 – Odell Beckham
1.6 – Julio jones
1.7 – Rob Gronkowski
1.8 – Jamal Charles
1.9 – Andrew Luck
1.10 – AJ Green
1.11 – Jeremy Hill
1.12 – Todd Gurley

Smitty’s Take: View This Exclusive Content Now!

Round Two
2.1 – DeMarco Murray
2.2 – Mike Evans
2.3 – Aaron Rodgers
2.4 – Demaryius Thomas
2.5 – Alshon Jeffery
2.6 – Melvin Gordon
2.7 – Jordy Nelson
2.8 – Calvin Johnson
2.9 – Sammy Watkins
2.10 – Randall Cobb
2.11 – LeSean Mccoy
2.12 – DeAndre Hopkins

Smitty’s Take: View This Exclusive Content Now!

Round Three
3.01 – Drew Brees
3.02 – Carlos Hyde
3.03 – Adrian Peterson
3.04 – Brandin Cooks
3.05 – Amari Cooper
3.06 – Kelvin Benjamin
3.07 – Matt Forte
3.08 – TY Hilton
3.09 – CJ Anderson
3.10 – Jordan Matthews
3.11 – Jimmy Graham
3.12 – Lamar Miller

Smitty’s Take: View This Exclusive Content Now!

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ARTICLE: Day After The 2015 NFL Super Bowl Rankings (ranking for 2015 fantasy football)

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Ok, folks… it’s that time! It’s time to start ranking players for the 2015 fantasy football season! Below you will find a button that leads you to our crazy early bold 2015 fantasy football rankings cheat sheet (redraft)! Get some!

Note: The 2015 Rookies will be mixed in closer to April’s 2015 NFL Draft

2015 Rankings Cheat Sheet

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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ARTICLE: Who are the top 20 Dynasty Fantasy Football Players for 2015?

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Are you a dynasty fantasy football nut in need of some 2015 fantasy football content? Well, here is a writeup on the Top 20 Fantasy Football Dynasty Players heading into 2015 and beyond. Note, this is not a fantasy football mock draft, it is more of a value-based board, meaning you will find Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck a lot higher than you’d want to draft them, which ultimately means that I’m suggesting that their values are fantastic when faced off against their early 2015 Average Draft Positions (ADPs). So, again, this is NOT a mock draft, but in many cases will mirror where mocks have some of the players going in early mocks. Enjoy.View Top 20 Dynasty Players

NEWS: LeVeon Bell ruled out of Week 18 Wild Card game.

SECOND UPDATE: Get him out of lineups if you play in leagues that allow for the setting of lineups each week. As said below, expect Josh Harris to start, and be a decent flex this week, while Ben Tate gets some work. This Wild Card game should be loaded with a whole bunch of Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown/Martavis Bryant.

First UPDATE: Even if he plays in the Steelers’ Wild Card game against the Ravens, he won’t likely sniff a normal workload, but keep checking back with us all week long, as things can change fast. That wouldn't be surprising. For now, Josh Harris is expected to start against the Ravens (with Ben Tate getting touches). No matter what happens, we expect Pittsburgh to lean heavily on stud WR Antonio Brown. And, Martavis Bryant is a sneaky WR play in playoff formats. He has been spotty down the stretch in 2014, but the kid has huge big-play potential. Stay tuned! Looking for Week 18 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?