FANTASY LINKS: The Smith You Should Draft

Steve Smith, Torrey Smith
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, right, catches a pass in front of teammate Steve Smith during an NFL football organized team activity, Thursday, May 29, 2014, at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

I have been playing Fantasy Football for 3 years now. Through my 3 seasons, I’ve noticed that the draft selections are drastically different depending on what site I use. This is because different sites have different rankings.

Brandon Gdula of numberFire takes a look at how to exploit these different rankings for ESPN Fantasy users:

Using numberFire Kit to Win Your ESPN Fantasy League

“Studying ranks, reading recommendations, and doing mock drafts are always great ways to get a running start into fantasy football season, but if you get to the draft and face drastically different rankings than you’re used to, you may not be able to wait for your favorite picks, and you may be seeing names you didn’t consider drafting who are being suggested as early picks. I’ve been there before, and I’ve felt compelled to reach for a player just because he was listed higher on the site than on my personal ranks.

So what I’m here to do is examine ESPN’s composite rankings and uncover the market inefficiencies between their ranks and numberFire’s cheat sheet rankings while being set to ESPN’s standard scoring and lineup settings.” LINK

If you’re not an ESPN user, here are the inefficiencies you can exploit on NFL.com, Yahoo, and CBS Sports.

8 Wide Receivers Who Should Be Huge Fantasy Football Values on Draft Day

NumberFire lists 5 guys who will give you a lot of bang for your buck. A Raven is at the top of this list. Find out which member of the Law Firm it is HERE.

Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet

If you want to see the complete player rankings “Cheat Sheet” from numberFire’s projections, click HERE. Just enter your league rules and click “Submit Setup”!

Preseason Top 200

Boris Chen, a data scientist at the New York Times, put together a tiered list of player rankings based on the average of where experts ranked them and how respected the expert is. LINK

Gronkowski doesn’t know if he’ll be available week 1

Buried in this article about Patriots training camp practice by Ben Volin of The Boston Globe, Rob Gronkowski says that he is not sure when he will be ready for contact or if he will be available for week 1. LINK

The Running Back Over-Correction

After a lot of top running backs tanked in the early-goings of the 2013 season, fantasy owners have adjusted and started taking more WRs and TEs in the early rounds of 2014. C.D. Carter of XNSports tells you why this is a mistake HERE.

Don ‘Veto’ Corleone, a trade offer you can’t refuse

Daniel Okopnyi of The Fantasy Report teaches veto etiquette and the only reason that ANYONE should veto a trade in fantasy leagues. LINK

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