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Saturday, July 13, 2013

There are a lot of fantasy websites out there that turn their football radar off after Week 17 and don’t turn it back on until training camp. That’s not our style.

We live and breathe football news 24/7 for the entire year, meaning no one is more knowledgeable about every single player in the league. In a game where information is the key to success, we’ve cracked the code.

By digesting the 2013 Draft Guide, you’ll know everything we know. We have rankings, tiers, projections, bold predictions, subscriber-only chats and tons more. Evan Silva takes you through his sleepers and busts, Adam Levitan breaks down mock drafts, Pat Daugherty evaluates the faces in new places and Nick Mensio pegs players that are over the hill. We have IDP notes from Jeff Ratcliffe, Mike Clay’s Dynasty thoughts and tons more. Columns will be routinely added as Week 1 draws closer.

The crown jewel of the Draft Guide remains our extensive player profiles. We put a ton of time into 313 of these breakdowns. An example:

Andrew Luck
2012: Luck couldn't beat out RG3 for Rookie of the Year, and Russell Wilson took his team further in the playoffs, but neither of the latter two were asked to "do" as much as Luck in their respective first seasons. Not only did he break Cam Newton's rookie passing-yardage record, Luck handled the underrated pre-snap phase like a Manning, and executed Bruce Arians' offense like Roethlisberger, all while playing behind a sieve of an offensive line and compensating for the Colts' bottom-seven defense. Luck flourished in Arians' low-percentage, vertical pass game, leading the NFL in game-winning drives (7) and ranking tenth among quarterbacks in fantasy scoring. No QB was knocked down more than Luck in 2012. Pro Football Focus graded Indy's offensive line as the league's second worst unit in pass protection, ahead of only Arizona's.

What's Changed: Arians took the coaching job in (where else?) Arizona, so GM Ryan Grigson hired Stanford coordinator Pep Hamilton to run Indy's offense, reuniting with Luck. Grigson then signed right tackle Gosder Cherilus and left guard Donald Thomas in free agency before drafting right guard Hugh Thornton in the third round. Hamilton will run a higher-percentage West Coast offense, although the Colts still plan to go vertical. Reggie Wayne enters his age-35 campaign. Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, and breakout candidate T.Y. Hilton all enter their second seasons.

Outlook: Luck is ranked conservatively here because Hamilton and coach Chuck Pagano promise to scale back his 2013 pass attempts. The result should be far more efficient play, and Luck along with his support cast can only get better. He has upside to again finish comfortably in the top ten.

Unlike magazines you’ll find at the bookstore or supermarket, this Draft Guide is a living and breathing animal. We will be updating all the rankings and projections constantly to reflect the latest news, which means you’ll know when the depth charts shuffle around during training camp. It’s impossible to be better prepared for your draft.