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Stock Market: Ezekiel Elliott, where to draft?


Ezekiel Elliott :: ZEKE

(8/18/17) Ezekiel Elliott, who is facing a 6-game suspension, has officially appealed the suspension. His hearing is set for August 29th. Multiple sources, including PFT’s Mike Florio, suggest that because Harold Henderson has been tapped to hear the appeal, Elliott’s six-game suspension is less likely to be overturned, and that a small reduction is more likely than a big reduction. This is all guess work at this point, but the logic is sound. Zeke is a tough player to draft in 2017 redraft formats, as he could miss only 3-4 games, or he could miss the full 6 games… or, he could even see further issues pop up to hurt him, as he does have some lingering worries still circling news wires, some of which appear to be already in the rear view mirror for the NFL (but what if there are more situations and issues?). The bottom line here is this… Read More


Stock Market: Get Devonta Freeman now?


Devonta Freeman :: FREE

(7/28/17) Devonta Freeman has been one of the players I have talked up most this off-season, at least in that top 15 overall player range. The Tevin Coleman threat has been lingering over Freeman for a bit now… Read More


Also recently discussed: LeSean McCoy, Jordan Matthews

Stock Market: Michael Thomas, LeSean McCoy


Mike Thomas :: MT

(7/26/17) Michael Thomas has TONS of upside heading into 2017. First off, he is the new No. 1 in New Orleans, and with Drew Brees still at top 1-3 fantasy QB levels, that means locked-in elite targets no matter how you spin Thomas’ skill set. He is a beast physically, though, and has bulked up from 210 pounds to 220. The guy broke 20 tackles as a rookie, fourth most out of all receivers, and the increased size could mean even more in 2017. His ADP is climbing fast, though, almost too fast. I think Read More


Also discussed: LeSean McCoy, Jordan Matthews

Stock Market: Buy Devonta Freeman?


Devonta Freeman :: FREE

(6/5/17) Devonta Freeman is only 25 years old. People sometimes do not realize this, as they often predict he will be replaced soon by Coleman. Tevin Coleman, a rather important handcuff for all Freeman owners, is only one year younger. Granted… Read More


Stock Market: Gurley, Gronk, Peterson


Rob Gronkowski, Todd Gurley & Adrian Peterson

(5/5/17) Are these three players must-have players heading into 2017? All three are extremely undervalued heading into the upcoming 2017 fantasy football season… Read More


Radio: Week 2 Trade/Start Bench Talk

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Take a listen to Smitty and Russ Bliss talk Week 2 Fantasy Football on Russ’ Weekly Red Zone Fantasy Football Show on NBC Sports Radio 1060am. Smitty and Russ talks sleepers, busts, breakouts, trade advice, waiver wire advice and more!

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Radio: Dak Prescott set to breakout?

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Is Dak Prescott about to breakout? Is he a must-own? Listen to Smitty as he predicts huge numbers for Dak Prescott heading into the 2016 fantasy football season!

Changing Directions: LeSean McCoy

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LeSean McCoy a fantastic 2nd-Round RB?

I admit, I am changing my stance on LeSean McCoy entering 2016… if you can handcuff him up, of course. Look, one thing that makes a fantasy football owner a good owner is being able to change directions. I have been so caught up worrying about a LeSean McCoy injury, I feel I could have missed out on much of the upside he still retains down in the 2.08-2.12 range in current fantasy football drafts. With an ADP in that late second-round, there is so much to like if you can back him up. I did just recently write about this during an on-going live Expert Draft, so many of you already know I’ve started to like McCoy’s current draft value, as it has even dipped into the third-round range; however, I’m liking it more and more as we enter the biggest draft week of fantasy football. Third-round value is an absolutely steal for McCoy (if backed up) and the late second-round is still full of upside (if backed up).

Now, who is the back-up? As it stands, Mike Gillislee by a small margin (according to the team), but Reggie Bush and Jonathan Williams are still both very much in the running. Talent-wise, though, I think Gillislee doesn’t miss a beat should Shady ever go down for an extended period of time, as he averaged 5.7 yards-per-carry last year when called upon. He is explosive, dynamic, can catch passes, and he’s a play maker. He even cracked the Bold Predictions List this year… Still, if I own McCoy this year, and I just drafted him in 2 out of 3 leagues that I’m currently drafting in, grab Bush and Gillislee (and keep an eye on Jonathan Williams). I know, rostering two backups is tough, as rostering one is often tough, but it’s a productive RB slot in Buffalo!

Bottom Line

The Bills run the ball 30+ times per-game, so the lead dog in Buffalo is going to have a big 2016 fantasy football season. Shady looks good so far in the preseason, and I expect big numbers out of that Buffalo RB starter in 2016! Again, I am wrapping up three expert drafts right now, and I own LeSean McCoy (and backups) in two of those three leagues. I got Shady in the third-round in one of those drafts, and I took him in the second-round in the other. I love both teams, as he feels like a RB1, however, he cost much, much less (and is secured up with the backups).

Corey Coleman a top 5-10WR?

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It’s becoming pretty clear that Corey Coleman is on his way to becoming a special talent. Words like “dominating” and “fantastic” and “impressive” are consistently being used to describe his practices and scrimmage performances. One beat writer called him “dynamic” and “scintillating” after Friday night’s scrimmage, where he pulled in three deep passes from Robert Griffin III. Coleman was my early favorite out of this year’s rookie wide receiver class, and while I admittedly have bounced around a bit with he and Laquon Treadwell, it’s time to acknowledge that Coleman is flashing too much brilliance right now to ignore. With Josh Gordon still with the Browns, and with the long-term QB situation still questionable, Cleveland isn’t the most ideal place for an emerging stud WR. That said, RG3 does have some bounce-back appeal, and Josh Gordon is far from reliable, nor is he a lock to even remain with the team after this season. Check out this footage on Coleman and you should see a potential fantasy football WR1:

After watching that footage, do you notice how dominate he is within the space around him? The guy just has a natural ability to dominate both space and players in that space. He is quick, efficient and fluid. Coach Huge Jackson continues to talk the kid up, recently calling him “a fantastic player”. There are questions surrounding his long-term QB situation, and Gordon is still capable of being a fantasy WR1 himself… but, I love Coleman’s skill set and upside. I think we might be looking at a top 5-10 fantasy WR of the future if he can just get consistent QB play (something RG3 is trying to bounce-back into.

This Player has been added to the Bold Predictions List.

2016 Mock Draft in April (PPR, Dynasty)

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Below is a dynasty 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (PPR, Dynasty, drafters were SleeperU forum users). Thanks to all who participated in this fantasy football 2016 mock draft. Note: While I had a hand in a few picks, as we just rotated picking on our SleeperU Forum, I decided to attach a one or two sentence analysis to each selection, regardless of who made the selection.

2016 Mock Draft | Dynasty, PPR

Date: 4/19/2016

Round One
Round Two
Round Three
Round Four