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Spotlight: Ameer Abdullah

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Ameer Abdullah (RB/DET)

8/4/2015: I talked about Ameer Abdullah being one of this year’s biggest sleepers and home run picks back in June, but it’s time to give this topic a bump. His value is climbing, as most all relatively ‘in the know’ fantasy owners out there realize that his time is near. However, he can still EXPLODE from his current ADP (which is gradually climbing upward and is sitting near the 6.01 range). On one hand, that’s your 6th-drafted player in redraft should you take him that high, but with what looks to be a bare minimum of 10-14 touches per game, the risk of disaster (for the cost) is low. On the other hand, because he has “The Next Arian Foster” type feel to him, he could win you a league should he land at 6.01 value. I’ve said this all off-season, and last off-season… Read Spotlight

Spotlight: Calvin Johnson

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Calvin Johnson

7/17/2015: With a 2.03-2.05 ADP, which is about 15-17 overall, there is a lot to like about drafting Calvin Johnson in 2015. That’s his redraft ADP, too. His dynasty ADP is even lower, which is… Read Spotlight

Spotlight: Ameer Abdullah

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Ameer Abdullah

6/23/2015: Ameer Abdullah has some serious upside; in fact, he has monster upside. This isn’t to say I don’t like Joique Bell a lot, as he could have a big season if he can stay healthy. The thing is, though, it’s June, and while Bell could be solid in 2015, we could be looking at a future stud in Abdullah, so dynasty owners need to be on the lookout. His value is consistently rising, so you most likely won’t be able to steal him away from his current owner in any of your dynasty leagues, but it’s worth a try. And, if you can’t steal him away, it isn’t a bad idea to… Read Spotlight

Spotlight: Calvin Johnson

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Calvin Johnson

6/9/2015: He is only 29 (he turns 30 in September), and despite elite receivers dropping off in their 30s, the drop usually takes place at 32, and Calvin is one of those players we’d assume can be an ‘exception’ to the rule, too. But, even if he dropped off during his 32-age season, that leaves him with two more elite years. Every one assumes his decline has… Read Spotlight

Introducing STARTERS “Player Spotlights” !!!

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We are excited to announce the launching of a new STARTERS feature here in February of 2015…. Player Spotlights!

What are Player Spotlights?

Well, they are individual 2015 fantasy football player write-ups, loaded with both dynasty and redraft spin. They are your On the Rise/Decline and Trade Advice write-ups… they are your Waiver Wire recommendations, or your Sleeper/Breakout features. They are short and sweet, loaded with just the right amount of fantasy football advice, statistics, and predictions. So get to it!

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Marshawn Lynch

2/10/2015: He turns 29 in April, and runs harder than any running back in the league. That usually spells early decline for running backs in the NFL, but Lynch is a unique player, so one could be a year early dumping him off prior to the beginning of the 2015 fantasy football season. Then again, there is some talk that he could retire this off-season, and while not likely, and could soon be an afterthought, that makes one question the odds of him playing past 2015. Selling now is just smart for many reasons, but only if you get RB1-type value. Will every owner pay that value? No way. Will every single league have at least one owner that will pay that value? No, not every league, so understand that selling high isn’t a lock of an option for everyone/every league. However, I venture to say at least a couple owners in most dynasty leagues have a “now” mentality, at least one that overpowers the “future” side of their team building and trading. Test the trade waters… the 1.01, Odell Beckham, Jimmy Graham and some, all these come to mind for quick ideas.

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Calvin Johnson

2/10/2015: While there is a solid chance Calvin makes it through another season, or two, and doesn’t turn into an always-injured stud, but the guy feels like a…
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NEWS: Reggie Bush (ankle) not expected to play Week 12.

SMITTY: 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.

NEWS: Calvin Johnson fully practiced WED and will play Week 10 against MIA.

SMITTY: This is great news for Calvin Johnson owners, as it sounds like the stud is near healed from that bad ankle injury. Get ready for a strong run of games by the top 3 fantasy WR. Now is the time to buy-low on Calvin and Matthew Stafford, and consider selling high on Golden Tate. Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Theo Riddick to be used with Reggie Bush moving forward?

SMITTY: Theo Riddick has been a player we’ve liked a lot for a while now, and it’s nice to see him finally get a chance. It’s tough to say how good he can be splitting time with Reggie Bush, who both already share time with Joique Bell, but if Bush can’t stay healthy, watch out. Riddick is a top-five pick-up heading into Week 9 Add/Drops. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Calvin Johnson expected to play Week 5; will he be effective?

SMITTY: He is set as ‘questionable’ for Week 5 with the ankle, but a couple sources now expect Calvin to play. How effective will be be this week, though? Will he once again be a decoy? The bottom line is this… if he plays, you have to run him out onto the field. Even as a projected decoy in the past, he always found a way to pull in big numbers. Just stay close to both our news wire and our Smart Alerts, as things could change directions during warm-ups. Whether Calvin is out or not, and even more so if he is, Reggie Bush could explode, as the team is without Joique Bell this week, and they need someone catching passes. Golden Tate is also set for a huge game if Calvin sits, but he is an excellent start this week even if Calvin goes. For more on this game, view your Smart Alerts that we just sent out on this, as we talk a bit about Sammy Watkins and Eric Ebron heading into this week.

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NEWS: Reggie Bush limited Wednesday icing his knee; Joique Bell a sleeping giant?

According to reports, Lions RB Reggie Bush (knee) was limited during Wednesday’s practice; Bush was seen icing his knee on Wednesday.

SMITTY: Predicting injury is a tough business to be in, but there is a reason Joique Bell has been one of my biggest sleeper rushers heading into 2014… Bush has huge injury risk with those knees, and given how aggressively he cuts and runs, the odds of Bush getting hurt are better than the odds of him staying healthy, especially given that he played through last year with knee issues. Even in a sharing role, that Lions offense force-feeds Joique Bell solid touches, proof by his 51 yards rushing and 1TD last week. On top of that, the guy catches 50+ passes a season in that sharing role. If not given the majority of carries, Bell still has awesome flex-type value… but, if given a starter’s workload, this could be the runner that puts strong RB2s on many fantasy benches in the near future. I say all this now not so that you all can go buy-high… go buy-low if you can, his value, if healthy, can almost go nowhere but up. Take a look at our Joique Bell Week 1 Power Rankings?