Fantasy football five-minute guide: Lost in fantasy land? Let SI's expert Michael Beller lead the way as draft day nears.

By Michael Beller
August 13, 2015

This story originally ran in the Aug. 17, 2015 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. Click here to subscribe.

O, Brother

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Catching hell

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Oldies? Yes. Goodies? Hmm...

SI plays buy/sell with eight fading fantasy stars


Andre Johnson, WR, Colts—Johnson, 34, has never played with a QB whose skill set remotely approaches Andrew Luck’s.

Frank Gore, RB, Colts—The 32-year-old could roll out of bed and rush for 1,100 yards. Indy’s offense extends his life.

Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos—The price may be high for a 39-year-old, but Peyton has another huge season ahead.

Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys—Even at 33 he’ll play a larger role now that DeMarco Murray is gone. His low price is enticing.


Drew Brees, QB, Saints—Opportunity cost rules in fantasy, and you’re going to have to pay up for Brees, even at 36.

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals—Come Week 1, he’ll be 10 months removed from his second ACL surgery. Time to move on from the 35-year-old.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Jets—At 31, he’s now on his fourth team despite supreme talent. And with Geno Smith out six-10 weeks, his stock plummets.

Reggie Bush, RB, 49ers—He could form a dynamic backfield with Carlos Hyde, but at age 30, Bush won’t get the bulk of those touches.

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