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Spotlight: Adrian Peterson

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Adrian Peterson

3/1/2015: Adrian Peterson definitely has some fantasy risk attached to his name heading into the upcoming 2015 fantasy football season. However, he also has a grip of home-run upside, as there is still a very solid chance he has 1-2 elite years left. When players hit 30, and Peterson turns 30 next month, a decline in talent can often occur. But, Peterson is the exception of most every rule, and playing elite football for at least one more year seems… Read Spotlight

Spotlight: CJ Anderson

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

CJ Anderson (RB/DEN)

2/16/2015: CJ Anderson is a tough player to rank right now when preparing for 2015. He just is. Sure, he looked fantastic down the stretch in 2014, and Montee Ball clearly blew his chance to run behind that Denver offensive line. Is Ball still in the picture? Sure, but let’s put it this way… Read Spotlight

Spotlight: DeMarco Murray

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

DeMarco Murray (RB/DAL)

2/15/2015: This one is easy. You either doubt DeMarco Murray entering this upcoming season, especially given his monster 2014 workload (and given he could be elsewhere in 2015)… or, you believe he was the reason that Cowboys rushing attack thrived in 2015, thus you believe he will thrive in 2015 no matter what. There aren’t very many people in between on this topic, and that’s often 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: Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray, will DAL be able to sign both?

SMITTY: According to several reports, Jerry Jones admitted recently that it will be challenging to retain both DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant heading into 2015. Murray, who is no spring chicken given he turns 27 shortly, might not command as much off-season attention as he hopes. That said, it only takes one team to look past his age and injury history, and if you look at what he did last year, he deserves a ton more than the low-ball offers the Cowboys have been slinging in the runner’s direction. Expect Dallas to focus on signing Dez, then expect them to refocus their attention on retaining Murray after the running back tests the open market. In Dallas, Murray has top 1-5RB upside heading into 2015; however, if in another situation, he could drop a lot from that slotting, Dallas is that good of a situation. Looking for Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: Marshawn Lynch rushes for just 59 yards against CAR; Lynch the top-projected back entering Week 20?

SMITTY: After a disappointing Divisional Playoff outing (59 rushing yards and 0TDs), Marshawn Lynch is our highest-projected rusher heading into these Conference Championship Playoff matchups. We have Lynch pegged for 112 rushing yards, 1TD, 1-2 receptions for 16 yards (and 0.29 receiving TDs, so a chance at a receiving score). Looking for more Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings heading into Week 20?

NEWS: Chris Johnson arrested on a weapons charge on Friday night.

SMITTY: While this is a misdemeanor charge, don’t expect it to help his odds of remaining a Jet in 2015. Unless he lands in a very unique situation in 2015, his days as a starter in the NFL are over. We shall see if that “unique” situation becomes available. Looking for Week 19 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: Aaron Rodgers and team not concerned over calf?

SMITTY: The team doesn’t appear to be worried about his calf, and neither are we. Expect him to be ready to rumble against the Cowboys in a Divisional battle. This should be a high-scoring event for all those Cowboys and Packers players. Looking for Week 19 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: AJ Green (concussion) ruled out for Sunday’s Wild Card Playoff game against IND.

SMITTY: He reportedly isn’t cleared via the league’s concussion protocol. Expect Mohamed Sanu to see increased opportunities in this one. For as long as Cincy can continue it, expect them to run, run, run with both Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. Bernard becomes a big piece of that offense when they need to pass the football, so both are quality plays if we’re talking just Week 1 of the fantasy football playoffs. We fully expect to see a bunch of Andrew Luck to TY Hilton in this Wild Card battle. Looking for Week 18 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

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?