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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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Spotlight: Tom Brady

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Tom Brady

5/11/2015: Tom Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL Season due to his connection to the DeflateGate scandal. The NFL also fined the Patriots $1 million dollars and stripped the team of their 2016 first-round pick and 2017 fourth-round pick. This is a stiff punishment, but… Read Spotlight

NEWS: Julian Edelman (concussion) active for Divisional Round game against BAL; Jonas Gray inactive.

SMITTY: Julian Edelman is probable and should lead the team in yards, receptions, and targets, however, Brandon LaFell, as usual, holds a lot of sleeper appeal. A whole lot of Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski is expected in this game. LeGarrette Blount will be a boom or bust fantasy play, something that could easily be said about him a couple weeks ago in leagues where you pick players once for the entire stretch of the playoffs. He could be a beast for multiple games, or he could do nothing in this game and the Ravens could win. That’s just how these things go, but if you want to go big or go home, Blount fits the bill. Justin Forsett should be a solid low-end RB1 play in playoff formats, and both Torrey Smith and Steve Smith have 70-100 yard upside, with one of the two being a strong bet to score. While I cringe at all the “Joe Flacco is elite” talk that floats around the main-stream sports media these days, he is a solid playoff quarterback and should have a steady outing in this one. Looking for Week 19 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski to sit part of Week 17?

SMITTY: As we previously reported, Tom Brady could just play one half in this contest in Week 17, but that is speculation, of course. According to other sources, Rob Gronkowski may not play at all in Week 17, and if he does, he will play very little. While this isn’t coming from the team, nor will it, it’s safe to assume that the Patriots will take it easier with their starters in this game, yet another reason we advise against playing through Week 17. Looking for Week 17 Power Rankings?

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NEWS: Tom Brady throws for 3TDs on Thursday night; Shane Vereen totals 114 yards and 2TDs in Week 7. Chris Ivory runs for 107 and a TD.

SMITTY: Shane Vereen, for the first time this season, looked like a feature back. Sure, he only ran the ball 12 times, but that was his first double-digit carry game this year, and he totaled 47 yards on those carries. His 71 receiving yards and two TDs on five catches was beast-like and it’s starting to look like New England knows what they have in Vereen. He is back to RB2 status, folks! Tom Brady was solid once again this week, tossing for 261 yards and 3TDs against the Jets. Rob Gronkowski pulled in five passes for 68 yards. On the Jets side of the football, Chris Ivory rushed the ball 21 times for 107 yards and a touchdown. He has RB2-type upside as far as talent goes, however, will the Jets feed him constantly? That’s always the question. Looking for Week 7 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: Tom Brady calf injury not considered serious.

According to reports, Patriots QB Tom Brady (calf) is not serious. Rob Gronkowski is still iffy in terms of playing time for Week 1, but he is expected to play.

SMITTY: We feel that Tom Brady is extremely undervalued heading into 2014. Extremely. He can be had via trade like he is a top 7+ passer, yet he still has top 4-5 overall upside. He is a great player to trade for right now. Check back Sunday morning regarding both Brady and Gronk! Try Analyzing some trades via our Trade Analyzer.

NEWS: Rob Gronkowski will be used in certain situations in Week1?

According to MiamiHerald.com, many believe that the Patriots will “pick their spots” with using Rob Gronkowski in Week 1.

SMITTY: No one knows how the Patriots will use Rob Gronkowski in Week 1, it really is impossible to predict how many plays he will play. He could play half-time and still catch a touchdown, or even two, or he could be used very little. If you play Gronk this week, you have to expect the move to be high-risk/high-reward… Tim Wright might be low-end TE1 worthy right away in Week 1… then when Gronk is back full-go, we will have to reevaluate Wright’s value. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Nick Foles goes for 81 and 1TD in Week 2 preseason game; Ertz pulls in 1TD.

Eagles QB Nick Foles completed 8-of-10 passes for 81 yards and 1TD (to Zach Ertz) in his Week 2 preseason outing against the Patriots. Rookie WR Jordan Matthews pulled in a team-high nine receptions for 104 yards; Ertz had two receptions for 26 yards to go along with his 1TD. Tom Brady was efficient despite an INT, as he completed 8-of-10 passes for 81 yards and a TD (pulled in by Kenbrell Thompkins.

SMITTY: Nick Foles has great rapport with Zac Ertz — Both are on our breakout list heading into 2014. Read more about that here. Tom Brady is very undervalued heading into 2014, as he has 6th-round redraft ADP right now – That’s crazy-good value!