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Week 15 Radio Show

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Take a listen to Smitty’s Week 13 Fantasy Football Advice on “The Red Zone” Fantasy Football Radio Show, which is arguably the world’s longest-running fantasy football radio show. This week, Smitty and Russ Bliss (host) discuss these Week 13 topics:

  • Buy-Low, Sell-High Week 14
  • Waiver Wire Adds
  • Breakouts, Sleepers, Busts and more

Listen Now To Week 15 Show (12/13/17 WED Show)

Kicker/DST Rankings Wk 14

Here is our Week 14 Kicker and DST Rankings. These are just for Week 14, not ROS (rest of season). If you’re looking for Start Bench Advice for offensive players, be sure to use our Start Bench Calc.

Kickers | Week 14

1 Stephen Gostkowski NE  at MIA
2 Greg Zuerlein LAR  vs. PHI
*3 Wil Lutz NO  at ATL
*4 Matt Bryant ATL  vs. NO
5 Matt Prater DET  at TB
6 Harrison Butker KC  vs. OAK
7 Jake Elliott PHI  at LAR
8 Dan Bailey DAL  at NYG
9 Travis Coons LAC  vs. WAS
10 Justin Tucker BAL  at PIT
11 Chris Boswell PIT  vs. BAL
12 Kai Forbath MIN  at CAR
13 Ryan Succop TEN  at ARI
14 Steven Hauschka BUF  vs. IND
15 Robbie Gould SF  at HOU
16 Mason Crosby GB  at CLE
17 Graham Gano CAR  vs. MIN
18 Adam Vinatieri IND  at BUF
19 Ka’imi Fairbairn HOU  vs. SF
20 Patrick Murray TB  vs. DET
21 Josh Lambo JAC  vs. SEA
22 Giorgio Tavecchio OAK  at KC
23 Phil Dawson ARI  vs. TEN
24 Chandler Catanzaro NYJ  at DEN
25 Blair Walsh SEA  at JAC
26 Randy Bullock CIN  vs. CHI
27 Nick Rose WAS  at LAC
28 Brandon McManus DEN  vs. NYJ
29 Cairo Santos CHI IR  at CIN
30 Nick Novak LAC IR  vs. WAS
31 Cody Parkey MIA  vs. NE
32 Mike Nugent CHI  at CIN
33 Aldrick Rosas NYG  vs. DAL
34 Zane Gonzalez CLE  vs. GB

* = Already played Thursday night

DSTs | Week 14

1 New England Patriots  at MIA
2 Jacksonville Jaguars  vs. SEA
3 Pittsburgh Steelers  vs. BAL
4 Los Angeles Chargers  vs. WAS
5 Buffalo Bills  vs. IND
6 Cincinnati Bengals  vs. CHI
7 Green Bay Packers  at CLE
8 Seattle Seahawks  at JAC
9 Minnesota Vikings  at CAR
10 New York Jets  at DEN
11 Philadelphia Eagles  at LAR
12 Tennessee Titans  at ARI
13 Denver Broncos  vs. NYJ
14 Dallas Cowboys  at NYG
15 Baltimore Ravens  at PIT
16 Arizona Cardinals  vs. TEN
17 Detroit Lions  at TB
18 Houston Texans  vs. SF
19 Carolina Panthers  vs. MIN
*20 New Orleans Saints  at ATL
21 Los Angeles Rams  vs. PHI
22 Chicago Bears  at CIN
23 Indianapolis Colts  at BUF
24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers  vs. DET
25 Cleveland Browns  vs. GB
26 San Francisco 49ers  at HOU
27 Kansas City Chiefs  vs. OAK
28 New York Giants  vs. DAL
29 Oakland Raiders  at KC
*30 Atlanta Falcons  vs. NO
31 Washington Redskins  at LAC
32 Miami Dolphins  vs. NE

* = already played Thursday night

2017 Rookies: Re-Visiting

Re-Ranking 2017 Rookie Class

  1. alvin kamara | RB NO
  2. leonard fournette | RB JAC
  3. kareem hunt | RB KC
  4. deshaun watson | QB HOU
  5. christian mccaffrey | RB CAR
  6. dalvin cook | RB MIN

  7. joe mixon | RB CIN
  8. corey davis | WR TEN
  9. juju smith-schuster | WR PIT

  10. patrick mahomes | QB KC
  11. kenny golladay | WR DET
  12. cooper kupp | WR LAR
  13. samaje perine | RB WAS
  14. jamaal williams | RB GB
  15. evan engram | TE NYG
  16. mike williams | WR LAC
  17. tarik cohen | RB CHI
  18. marlon mack | RB IND
  19. oj howard | TE TB

  20. dede westbrook | WR JAC
  21. d onta foreman | RB HOU
  22. james conner | RB PIT
  23. david njoku | TE CLE
  24. elijah mcguire | RB NYJ
  25. zay jones | WR BUF
  26. aaron jones | RB GB
  27. gerald everett | TE LAR
  28. john ross | WR CIN
  29. chad williams | WR AZ
  30. chris godwin | WR TB
  31. curtis samuel | WR CAR
  32. deangelo henderson | RB DEN
  33. mitch trubisky | QB CHI
  34. taywan taylor | WR TEN
  35. carlos henderson | WR DEN
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Ok, so we are entering Week 13 of the 2017 fantasy football season… it’s time to Re-Rank/Revisit The 2017 Rookies for the 2018 Fantasy Football Season. So, this will be from a dynasty perspective for 2018, but have some redraft spin.

For 2018 and beyond, I think it’s pretty clear that Leonard Fournette , Alvin Kamara , Kareem Hunt and Deshaun Watson sit in an elite tier.

Alvin Kamara is playing out of his mind right now. He has 546 rushing yards and 5 rushing TDs, and he has pulled in 54 receptions for 548 yards and 4 more TDs. He enters 2018 as a potential top 8 overall pick, if not higher. This will be a good debate to have once we get there in August 2018, as there is some risk ranking him in the top 1-4 overall rushers, however, as of this moment, the risk looks worth it, as he is dropping elite RB1 numbers on a weekly basis… and New Orleans loves the guy, which is more than half the battle in these situations when players explode in their first NFL season, then enter their sophomore year with extreme expecations. For now, he is a top 8 overall pick heading into 2018, and he is easily a top 1-2 overall rookie from this 2017 fantasy football rookie class (for the ‘now’ and for 2018).

Sure, Kareem Hunt is struggling right now, but fantasy football owners have short memories, and all the current doubt surrounding Hunt entering Week 13 could fade with one single game, and maybe he drops that big game in Week 13. Even if he struggles in Weeks 13-17, he will still be a big-dog candidate at the running back position heading into 2018 fantasy football drafts.

Dalvin Cook, who tore his ACL in Week 4 here in 2017, will surely be in most everyone’s top 12RBs heading into 2018 fantasy football drafts. He was a total yard beast in his first four weeks as a pro, and he is a PPR monster. He should be on track to start Week 1, but stay on the news all year on that. Where does one rank him amongst the other 2017 rookies, though? I think it’s tough to toss him anywhere but the bottom of the top tier. With the injury, and the upside of all of the other rookies in that tier, I think it’s a safe and default place to slot him.

Christian McCaffrey feels about the same in terms of risk/reward (as Cook) heading into 2018. While McCaffrey hasn’t suffered injury like Cook, he has seen inconsistent usage during his rookie campaign, enough to warrant caution when ranking him amongst the players slotted above him. Could McCaffrey get 20+ touches per game moving forward in Weeks 13-17 and enter 2018 like a top 2-3 rookie from this 2017 fantasy football rookie class? Sure. No question! But, until we see it, he sits at the bottom of the top tier, but that is still showing him respect, as he does have RR1 appeal for the future.

Leonard Fournette has both the talent and situation to be the best overall rookie from the entire 2017 draft class, but he could also disappoint and fail to stay healthy, as he is a big guy at 6-0, 228 pounds. I’m not predicting bust here, and he is still in my top 10 overall heading into 2018 (as of this moment). I’m merely suggesting that fantasy owners curb expectations for anything beyond 2-3 years (elite-wise), this way fantasy owners don’t jump ship too early on players like Antonio Brown and Julio Jones, thinking that in a swap they’d get a ton younger in a move for Fournette. The truth is, with a running back Fournette’s size and build, he might drop off at the same time an Antonio Brown drops off in talent. That doesn’t make Fournette a bust, and it certainly doesn’t take him outside of my top 10-12 overall dynasty players… 2-3 years is a long time in dynasty, that’s how fantasy football goes. Those playing and building teams more than 2-3 years down the road will often times never see the longevity in their players like they had hoped when acquiring them, as injury can take out anyone during any given year. Play for the now and 1-3 years max, and Fournette should have top 12 overall value for a few years.

Deshaun Watson is a future top 10 overall player, but as with most passers, they don’t get drafted in that range come draft day. Quarterbacks of his caliber, which is in the 1-3 overall QB range, usually fall to the late second-round or even early third-round, so definitely use ADPs and league history to your advantage when drafting and acquiring the rising star. I am confident that Watson makes a full recovery in 2018, but it’s probably a lot to ask him to play at the exact level he was playing at in Weeks 1-8 of 2017, as he was on an insane 48TD-pace for total TDs … Don’t get me wrong, he can be a 40 total TD guy, but I would expect a touch less in 2018, but I still think he is a top 1-4QB on the year in 2018.

Joe Mixon, Corey Davis and JuJu Smith-Schuster all have upside to be better than their expected 2018 draft value. Meaning, some might see them as solid RB2/WR2 options heading into 2018, but they could very well play better than that.

While this ranking now seems believable, patrick mahomes was almost an afterthought during the first half of the 2017 season, as Alex Smith was on fire. I’ve said for months now that his rise is coming, and each week it’s looking more and more likely that Mahomes takes over the starting gig in KC. Will Smith turn it around in Weeks 13-17? Time will tell, but I see elite in Mahomes — buy-low like I’ve said for a month now, and you can read more on the Bold Predictions, where Mahomes was showcased (as the first 2018 Bold Prediction).

Week 13 Radio Show

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Take a listen to Smitty’s Week 13 Fantasy Football Advice on “The Red Zone” Fantasy Football Radio Show, which is arguably the world’s longest-running fantasy football radio show. This week, Smitty and Russ Bliss (host) discuss these Week 13 topics:

  • Kareem Hunt, Drew Brees, Mike Thomas, Leonard Fournette, Greg Olsen, Dak Prescott, Patrick Mahomes and more
  • Buy-Low, Sell-High Week 13
  • Waiver Wire Adds
  • Breakouts, Sleepers, Busts and more

Listen Now To Week 13 Show (11/29/17 WED Show)

Week 12 Radio Show

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Take a listen to Smitty’s Week 12 Fantasy Football Advice on “The Red Zone” Fantasy Football Radio Show, which is arguably the world’s longest-running fantasy football radio show. This week, Smitty and Russ Bliss (host) discuss these Week 12 topics:

  • Kareem Hunt, Drew Brees, Mike Thomas, Leonard Fournette, Greg Olsen, Dak Prescott, Patrick Mahomes and more
  • Buy-Low, Sell-High Week 12
  • Waiver Wire Adds
  • Breakouts, Sleepers, Busts and more

Listen Now To Week 12 Show (11/22/17 WED Show)

2018 Mock Draft

2018 Mock Draft

Redraft, PPR | Early 2018 fantasy football mock draft | 11-16-2017

    Round One

  1. Le’veon Bell (RB)
  2. David Johnson (RB)
  3. Ezekiel Elliott (RB)
  4. Todd Gurley (RB)
  5. Antonio Brown (WR)
  6. Kareem Hunt (RB)
  7. Odell Beckham (WR)
  8. Leonard Fournette (RB)
  9. Aj Green (WR)
  10. Julio Jones (WR)
  11. Aaron Rodgers (QB)
  12. Melvin Gordon (RB)
  13. Round Two

  14. Carson Wentz (QB)
  15. Deshaun Watson (QB)
  16. Mike Evans (WR)
  17. Deandre Hopkins (WR)
  18. Michael Thomas (WR)
  19. Jordan Howard (RB)
  20. Devonta Freeman (RB)
  21. Christian Mccaffrey (RB)
  22. Alvin Kamara (RB)
  23. Lesean Mccoy (RB)
  24. Brandin Cooks (WR)
  25. Travis Kelce (TE)
  26. Round Three

  27. Tom Brady (QB)
  28. Drew Brees (QB)
  29. Rob Gronkowski (TE)
  30. Jay Ajayi (RB)
  31. Ty Hilton (WR)
  32. Amari Cooper (WR)
  33. Carlos Hyde (RB)
  34. Corey Davis (WR)
  35. Tyreek Hill (WR)
  36. Tevin Coleman (RB)
  37. Joe Mixon (RB)
  38. Derrick Henry (RB)
  39. Round Four

  40. Dez Bryant (WR)
  41. Dalvin Cook (RB)
  42. Doug Baldwin (WR)
  43. Demarco Murray (RB)
  44. Dak Prescott (QB)
  45. Russell Wilson (QB)
  46. Juju Smith-schuster (WR)
  47. Keenan Allen (WR)
  48. Stefon Diggs (WR)
  49. Mark Ingram (RB)
  50. Jordy Nelson (WR)
  51. Davante Adams (WR)
  52. Round Five

  53. Michael Crabtree (WR)
  54. Josh Gordon (WR)
  55. Alshon Jeffery (WR)
  56. Derek Carr (QB)
  57. Kirk Cousins (QB)
  58. Andrew Luck (QB)
  59. Kelvin Benjamin (WR)
  60. Sammy Watkins (WR)
  61. Adam Thielen (WR)
  62. Demaryius Thomas (WR)
  63. Jamison Crowder (WR)
  64. Cam Newton (QB)

Just missed: Greg Olsen, Tarik Cohen, Jarvis Landry, Allen Robinson, Jordan Reed, Aaron Jones, Jameis Winston, Ty Montgomery, Emmanuel Sanders, Lamar Miller, Alex Collins, Delanie Walker and more.

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Round One Analysis

As of today, November 16th, 2017, I think it’s safe to say that all four of LeVeon Bell, David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley make a strong case for the 1.01 heading into super-early 2018 fantasy football mock drafts. Despite kind of an up-and-down year, one could certainly argue that Antonio Brown still has 1.01 value. And, I agree. Keep in mind, we are still talking redraft and PPR. Johnson (injury) and Elliott (suspension) are harder to trust coming off disappointing 2017 campaigns, so Bell and Gurley, assuming both play strong through Week 16 this season, could feel the safest heading into early mock drafts come January, 2018. In the end, though, when push comes to shove in August 2018, I expect, if healthy, both Johnson and Bell will firmly settle into the 1.01 and 1.02 value. No matter what, there are five amazing options in picks 1-5 in 2018. That’s the real takeaway here.

So, past those five, Odell Beckham, Kareem Hunt, Leonard Fournette, AJ Green and Julio Jones seem to have 1.06 – 1.10 on lock, and aside from the order of those five within that 6-10 overall, it’s a pretty clear-cut top 10 overall heading into 2018 (so far).

From 10 on, that’s where things get interesting and likely very all over the map from one perspective to another. I myself love Melvin Gordon, despite his ups and downs here in 2018. Now, this can change, as it’s only Week 11 as of this write-up. Things can change in either direction, though. As of today, many doubt him, so my guess is his ADP, if we were to calculate it as of this very moment, would be near the 1.10-2.04 range. If he finishes strong in Weeks 11-16, he could easily climb a handful of spots higher. I think Aaron Rodgers needs to be waited on and not take in the top 12 overall (in most formats), but I think his value is in that 10-12 overall range. So, let him fall, but know that value-wise, you’re likely getting a top 10-12 overall value in Rodgers in 2018.

Round Two Analysis

Carson Wentz is one of those players that will climb value boards a ton this coming off-season. Same thing goes for Deshaun Watson… these are the QBs of the future, and frankly, they are already here, so they are kind of the ‘now’ as well – already. I wouldn’t be shocked if this ranking seems high to some for both of these passers, but I bet they settle into this kind of value by April or May of 2018.

Mike Evans has taken a big hit and value this year, as Winston and the Bucs have struggled. He had top 4-8 overall value in PPR dynasty startups back in August, so if he falls even halfway into the 2nd-round next year in drafts, that’s a low-risk/high-reward situation brewing.

Deandre Hopkins is easily a top 1-5WR talent wise, and he is finally back in the elite top 5 performance wise, this coming off a horrible 2016 campaign. Some doubted his return to the elite top 5, but the development of Deshaun Watson has Hopkins’ locked into secure status. A QB makes all the difference in the world, look at Hopkins’ fall from elite last year… look at Mike Evans’ fall this year with QB instability. It’s important, and not many elite WRs have a better passer than Watson!

Michael Thomas could really develop in his next season. He has been steady and awesome through Week 11, but of course more TDs would have been nice through 11 games of the NFL season. He may pull those missing TD grabs in in Weeks 12-17, who knows, but my guess is that all our huge expectations were a touch early in 2017, but that doesn’t mean he won’t reach the heights many of us predicted.

Alvin Kamara, as predicted on our 2017 Bold Predictions, is a rising star. The question is, does he have top 12-14 overall value? Is he slotted in too low in this mock?

Jordan Howard, Devonta Freeman and Lesean Mccoy are all the riskiest players in this round. By far. Injury, age, situation, the risk is real.

Christian Mccaffrey looks like a strong 2nd-round PPR rusher heading into 2018, but his finish will determine a lot.

Round Three Analysis

Round Three Analysis Is Coming…

Week 11 Radio Show

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Take a listen to Smitty’s Week 11 Fantasy Football Advice on “The Red Zone” Fantasy Football Radio Show, which is arguably the world’s longest-running fantasy football radio show. This week, Smitty and Russ Bliss (host) discuss these Week 11 topics:

  • Carson Wentz, Tevin Coleman, Nate Peterman, Patrick Mahomes and more
  • Buy-Low, Sell-High Week 11
  • Waiver Wire Adds
  • Breakouts, Sleepers, Busts and more

Listen Now To Week 11 Show (11/16/17 WED Show)

Kicker/DST Rankings Wk 10

Here is our Week 10 Kicker and DST Rankings. These are just for Week 10, not ROS (rest of season). If you’re looking for Start Bench Advice for offensive players, be sure to use our Start Bench Calc.

Kickers | Week 10

1 Matt Prater DET vs. CLE
2 Greg Zuerlein LAR vs. HOU
3 Stephen Gostkowski NE at DEN
4 Chris Boswell PIT at IND
5 Matt Bryant ATL Q vs. DAL
6 Wil Lutz NO at BUF
7 Ryan Succop TEN vs. CIN
8 Mike Nugent DAL at ATL
9 Graham Gano CAR vs. MIA
10 Kai Forbath MIN at WAS
11 Steven Hauschka BUF vs. NO
12 Josh Lambo JAC vs. LAC
13 Chandler Catanzaro NYJ at TB
14 Adam Vinatieri IND vs. PIT
15 Brandon McManus DEN vs. NE
16 Mason Crosby GB at CHI
17 Robbie Gould SF vs. NYG
18 Connor Barth CHI vs. GB
19 Nick Rose WAS vs. MIN
20 Aldrick Rosas NYG at SF
21 Patrick Murray TB vs. NYJ
22 Ka’imi Fairbairn HOU at LAR
23 Randy Bullock CIN Q at TEN
24 Dan Bailey DAL O at ATL
25 Cody Parkey MIA at CAR
26 Nick Novak LAC at JAC
27 Marshall Koehn CIN at TEN
28 Zane Gonzalez CLE at DET

DSTs | Week 10

1 Jacksonville Jaguars vs. LAC
2 Los Angeles Rams vs. HOU
3 Detroit Lions vs. CLE
4 Pittsburgh Steelers at IND
5 Chicago Bears vs. GB
6 Carolina Panthers vs. MIA
7 Minnesota Vikings at WAS
8 New England Patriots at DEN
9 Tennessee Titans vs. CIN
10 New Orleans Saints at BUF
11 New York Jets at TB
12 Cincinnati Bengals at TEN
13 New York Giants at SF
14 Buffalo Bills vs. NO
15 Green Bay Packers at CHI
16 Washington Redskins vs. MIN
17 Los Angeles Chargers at JAC
18 Denver Broncos vs. NE
19 San Francisco 49ers vs. NYG
20 Miami Dolphins at CAR
21 Dallas Cowboys at ATL
22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. NYJ
23 Atlanta Falcons vs. DAL
24 Houston Texans at LAR
25 Cleveland Browns at DET
26 Indianapolis Colts vs. PIT
(Played Already: AZ and SEA)

Week 10 Radio Show

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Take a listen to Smitty’s Week 10 Fantasy Football Advice on “The Red Zone” Fantasy Football Radio Show, which is arguably the world’s longest-running fantasy football radio show. This week, Smitty and Russ Bliss (host) discuss these Week 10 topics:

  • Ezekiel Elliott, Jay Ajayi, NFL Trades
  • Buy-Low, Sell-High Week 10
  • Waiver Wire Adds
  • Breakouts, Sleepers, Busts and more

Listen Now To Week 10 Show (11/8/17 WED Show)

Week 9 Radio Show

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Take a listen to Smitty’s Week 9 Fantasy Football Advice on “The Red Zone” Fantasy Football Radio Show, which is arguably the world’s longest-running fantasy football radio show. This week, Smitty and Russ Bliss (host) discuss these Week 9 topics:

  • Ezekiel Elliott, Jay Ajayi, NFL Trades
  • Buy-Low, Sell-High Week 9
  • Waiver Wire Adds
  • Breakouts, Sleepers, Busts and more

Listen Now To Week 9 Show (11/1/17 WED Show)