SmartFantasy Articles

The Smart Guide to Your Very First Fantasy Football Draft

By Lee Thostenson on August 28th, 2016

My girlfriend Alyssa informed me that she joined two fantasy football leagues this year. This means, of course, that I just joined two fantasy leagues this year. She’s been playing fantasy with her friends for the last two years, but I’ve been the one doing the research, drafting, and making the pickups. I don’t mind… Read More

Five Players to Target on Draft Day

By Kent Weyrauch on August 25th, 2016

Hey there fantasy football fans! Welcome to the pre-season edition of SmartFantasy’s (soon-to-be) weekly fantasy article where I, Kent Weyrauch, will be covering lists of players that I will want to either pick up, start/stream, buy low or sell high each and every week. The lists will be consistent from week-to-week, but the players will always… Read More

SmartCheatsheet 2016: New Features and Bug Fixes

By Lee Thostenson on August 25th, 2016

Hi all! Hopefully your cheatsheet building is going well and all of your drafts are falling your way. We’re doing our best to make sure that happens. As you can imagine, the last few weeks have been hectic. We’ve been spending most of our time fixing minor bugs and helping users use their SmartCheatsheet effectively, but… Read More

SmartCheatsheet is live for the 2016 season!

By Josh Ellingson on August 15th, 2016

Get Started! We have finished updating and polishing up the SmartCheatsheet tool for the 2016 season and it is now ready for use! For those who missed it last year, the tool is a custom cheatsheet creator that is fully tailored to your league. The data in the sheet is pulled in from various expert… Read More

Draft Order Randomizer & Lottery Tool

By Lee Thostenson on July 1st, 2016

Click here to use the tool. We created a simple tool to determine your league’s draft order. You can either completely randomize it, or you can set up a weighted lottery. For a lottery, give each team in the lottery a percentage of winning the first pick, and then hit Go. It works just like… Read More

The Smart Guide To Choosing a League Hosting Service

By Lee Thostenson on June 19th, 2016

Although picking a site to host a fantasy football league may seem like a simple and straightforward decision, there are many differences between the services each site offers that can enhance or diminish your league’s enjoyment. Finding the right host is one of the first and most important decisions for a commissioner (or league) to… Read More

New Feature: NFL Mock Draft Challenge

By Lee Thostenson on April 27th, 2016

Try the Mock Draft Challenge! Last year, a couple friends and I got together to put $10 on who could have the most accurate mock draft.  We submitted our drafts via Google Sheets, and then tallied the totals ourselves. This year, we planned on doing it again, but instead of manually tallying our scores, I… Read More

Podcast: 2016 NFL Draft Preview

By Lee Thostenson on April 19th, 2016

Abe and I recently got together to preview the 2016 NFL Draft.  We started with the blockbuster Rams-Titans trade, and then put our GM hats on to discuss and make a pick for every team in the first round. These are the picks that we would make if we were running the team, not the picks… Read More

The Smart Guide to Being a Great Fantasy Football Commissioner

By Lee Thostenson on March 16th, 2016

A commissioner can make or break a fantasy football league. With money at stake, pride on the line, and heated opinions thrown into the ring, it doesn’t take much to toss a wrench into a fun and promising group of fantasy players. That’s where the commissioner comes in. The task may seem daunting at first,… Read More

Skill Position Rankings – Week 16

By Abe vanderBent on December 24th, 2015

This is my last rankings update for the 2015 NFL season. Thank you to everyone that followed along this year and best of luck in your championships this weekend! Quarterbacks Ranking Player Team Matchup 1 Cam Newton CAR @ATL 2 Ben Roethlisberger PIT @BAL 3 Carson Palmer ARI GB 4 Russell Wilson SEA STL 5… Read More

Skill Position Rankings – Week 15

By Abe vanderBent on December 17th, 2015

Note: All rankings below are based on standard scoring. Quarterbacks Ranking Player Team Matchup 1 Russell Wilson SEA CLE 2 Tom Brady NE TEN 3 Cam Newton CAR @NYG 4 Carson Palmer ARI @PHI 5 Aaron Rodgers GB @OAK 6 Drew Brees NO DET 7 Tyrod Taylor BUF @WAS 8 Ben Roethlisberger PIT DEN 9… Read More

Skill Position Rankings – Week 14

By Abe vanderBent on December 10th, 2015

Note: All rankings below are based on standard scoring. Quarterbacks Ranking Player Team Matchup 1 Cam Newton CAR ATL 2 Ben Roethlisberger PIT @CIN 3 Tom Brady NE @HOU 4 Carson Palmer ARI MIN 5 Aaron Rodgers GB DAL 6 Russell Wilson SEA @BAL 7 Drew Brees NO @TB 8 Tyrod Taylor BUF @PHI 9… Read More

Skill Position Rankings – Week 13

By Abe vanderBent on December 3rd, 2015

Note: All rankings below are based on standard scoring. Quarterbacks Ranking Player Team Matchup 1 Tom Brady NE PHI 2 Cam Newton CAR @NO 3 Ben Roethlisberger PIT IND 4 Aaron Rodgers GB @DET 5 Russell Wilson SEA @MIN 6 Derek Carr OAK KC 7 Andy Dalton CIN @CLE 8 Jay Cutler CHI SF 9… Read More

Skill Position Rankings – Week 12

By Abe vanderBent on November 26th, 2015

Note: All rankings below are based on standard scoring. Quarterbacks Ranking Player Team Matchup 1 Aaron Rodgers GB CHI 2 Drew Brees NO @HOU 3 Carson Palmer ARI @SF 4 Cam Newton CAR @DAL 5 Ben Roethlisberger PIT @SEA 6 Philip Rivers SD @JAC 7 Blake Bortles JAC SD 8 Tom Brady NE @DEN 9… Read More