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Who is Jared Smola

You might say Jared was born to be a fantasy analyst.

By four years old, he could name the starting AND backup QB for every NFL team. He started playing fantasy football at age-9 and won his first championship at 10 on the back of a huge season from Barry Sanders.

Jared has been with Draft Sharks since 2007. He is now Lead Analyst, heading up the preseason and weekly projections that fuel your Draft War Room and My Team tools. He currently ranks 1st among 133 analysts in draft rankings accuracy.

When he is not buried in his spreadsheets, you can find Jared chasing around his two daughters or trying to break 80 on the golf course.


Fantasy Football Sleepers 2024

Supercharge your fantasy draft with these six 2024 fantasy football sleepers. Learn which late-round picks are poised for breakout seasons.

Jun 19, 2024
WR Sleepers 2024 (Wide Receivers)

Jameson Williams leads our list of seven mid- and late-round WRs with the potential to return a big profit in 2024.

Jun 18, 2024
Ranking Week 17 Matchups for 2024 Best Ball Game Stacks

Which Week 17 matchups should you target for game stacks in 2024 best ball tournaments? And how much should you care about stacking Week 15 and 16 games?

Jun 14, 2024
Best Fantasy Football Draft Board & Tools

Got a fantasy football draft coming up? You might want to know about this powerful cheat sheet. Plus a bunch more tools to help you win. (Updated 2023)

Jun 12, 2024
2024 Fantasy Football Tiers

Fantasy football rankings are great. But they're also incomplete. These fantasy football tiers will help you see where the gaps are before you start your draft.

May 20, 2024
NFL Bye Weeks 2024

Let’s take a look at the 2024 NFL bye weeks – and how they’ll impact your fantasy football season.

May 15, 2024
Xavier Legette Dynasty Value

It took Xavier Legette five college seasons to break out. Should you look past that and buy this size-speed freak? Jared Smola examines Legette's dynasty value.

May 03, 2024
Troy Franklin Dynasty Value

Troy Franklin was a big-play machine at Oregon the past two seasons. His speed will be a weapon in the NFL. But how big a concern is his 6'2, 176-pound frame for his dynasty value?

May 03, 2024
Keon Coleman Dynasty Value

The highlight reel is as impressive as any WR in this class. But there are multiple reasons to be worried about Keon Coleman's dynasty value. Is landing in Buffalo enough to make him a target in fantasy drafts?

May 01, 2024
Draft Sharks 2024 Rookie Prospect Guide

Get the info you need on the 2024 rookie class. Rankings, scouting reports, advanced metrics, player comps, and more. All updated post-NFL Draft.

May 01, 2024
Brian Thomas Jr. Dynasty Value

He's ready to make an immediate impact as a deep threat. But Brian Thomas' dynasty value will hinge on whether he can become a complete receiver. Is that in the cards in Jacksonville? Let's dig in ...

May 01, 2024
Jonathon Brooks Dynasty Value

Jonathon Brooks spent less than one full season as Texas' lead back and is coming off a torn ACL. That didn't stop the Panthers from making him the first RB off the board. Let's dive into what makes Brooks' dynasty value so exciting.

May 01, 2024
Malik Nabers Dynasty Value

Malik Nabers is not a perfect prospect. But his elite speed and athleticism have him in contention to be the top WR in 2024. Let's dig into just how much dynasty value Nabers holds with the Giants.

May 01, 2024
2024 NFL Mock Draft

Will six QBs really go in Round 1? Where will the top WRs in the class land? And how about Brock Bowers? Jared Smola takes a crack at how the first round will unfold on Thursday night.

Apr 24, 2024
Why I'm Not Using Zero RB Strategy ... And You Shouldn't Either

Zero-RB strategy has become very popular in fantasy drafts. That's exactly why it won't work in 2024. Jared says don't shy away from early-round RBs.

Apr 08, 2024
Fantasy Football Draft Guide: 12-Team PPR Draft Strategy

This comprehensive fantasy football draft guide takes you pick-by-pick through 12-team PPR draft strategy. We'll help you crush your draft from any spot.

Apr 03, 2024
132 Things I Learned Doing 2024 Fantasy Football Projections

From Lamar Jackson's dwindling rushing volume to Rashee Rice's elite second half, here are 132 things I learned doing 2024 fantasy football projections.

Apr 01, 2024
Dynasty Trade Calculator

Take the guesswork out of your dynasty trades. Find out how our Dynasty Trade Calculator will help you make the right moves for your team. (Updated 2024)

Mar 22, 2024
What is Best Ball Fantasy Football? | How Does It Work?

Interested in playing best ball fantasy football? Let's run through everything you need to know about this exciting format, before you draft. (Updated 2023)

Feb 23, 2024
ESPN Fantasy Football, 6 Tips to Win

Does your league play on ESPN? These 6 simple tricks can give you an advantage over your competition and propel you to a championship. (Updated 2023)

Jan 22, 2024
2024 FFPC Playoff Challenge: Crunching the Numbers for a Winning Lineup

All the data you need to build a winning lineup in the 2024 FFPC Playoff Challenge.

Jan 09, 2024
Week 18 DraftKings Cash-Game Picks

Top DraftKings picks at every position for Week 18 head-to-head and 50/50 contests.

Jan 07, 2024
Week 18 DraftKings Tournament Picks

Top stacks and positional targets for Week 18 DraftKings tournaments.

Jan 06, 2024
Pass Rate Over Expected Data - Week 17

Pass rate over expected for and against data for all 32 teams through Week 17. Useful information when making waiver-wire moves and start/sit decisions.

Jan 04, 2024
Premium Content Premium ContentFantasy Football Matchups That Matter - Week 17

A quick look at the most important matchup data to consider when making Week 17 start/sit decisions.

Dec 31, 2023
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