NEWS: Doug Martin doubtful, Bobby Rainey looking like a sneaky-good RB2 start of the week?

SMITTY: Both Jeremy Hill (Gio is out) and Bobby Rainey have sneaky-good RB2-type upside this week, and both are available in some leagues, and Rainey is available in a lot of leagues. There is always risk with plug-and-play type players, and their Week 10 production isn’t locked in, that’s what makes them plug-and-play for Week 9, but both have huge upside/appeal. There was some thinking all week, and there still is a bit lingering around news wires, that Charles Sims could see a grip of work in this one… while possible, it sounds more like Rainey will lead the charge out of that Bucs’ backfield, but again, that’s why there is some risk with such plays, so know that. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Giovani Bernard out for Week 9, AJ Green looking likely to play; Jeremy Hill one of our starts of the Week?

SMITTY: Giovani Bernard (hib) is out for this week, which is horrible for all Gio owners, but he has a shot at returning next week, so we will keep you posted. Jeremy Hill now steps into the starting role for Week 9 and is a sneaky-good RB2-type play. Coach Marvin Lewis expressed confidence on Friday regarding AJ Green being able to play Week 9. Stay tuned on this one. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Tony Romo questionable for Week 9 with back; RG3 on waivers in your league?

SMITTY: Tony Romo (back) is listed as questionable for Week 9 against AZ. After three missed practices, he is sounding more questionable to doubtful, but expect a game-time decision here. If he sits, downgrade Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams a bit, and while this could go either way with the rushing game, our take is AZ will just focus more on shutting down the run, and they already are one of the toughest teams to run against. A more balanced offense, so Romo playing, is better for Murray owners, but then again, all it takes is one monster TD run by Murray, so anything can happen. Stay tuned on Romo via our Smart Alerts, which we will send out Sunday morning. For now, though, Romo owners better start preparing to use someone else, like maybe a Robert Griffin III who might just be on your waiver wire? Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Charles Sims not a lock to play Week 9?

SMITTY: According to reports, Bucs coach Lovie Smith said this on Charles Sims heading into Week 9: “I don’t know if he’ll be ready to go this week.” Early in the week, the runner was kind of looking like a lock to play this week, and most were even expecting that he’d get a healthy dose of carries. However, Sims owners better pump the brakes a bit until we find out more. Doug Martin might be looking at “do or die” type stuff in Week 9, as a good game could buy him more time to hold onto his starting gig, and a bad game could rapidly move Sims into the starting position. Don’t count out Bobby Rainey either, though. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jimmy Graham and DeAngelo Williams both active for Thursday Night Week 9

SMITTY: While he isn’t quite full strength, he scored a touchdown last week, so Jimmy Graham is a must-start unless he suffers some sort of last-second setback. Expect a lot of Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks (who should get more consistent moving forward) and Mark Ingram, who now has high-end RB2 appeal. DeAngelo Williams is set to start tonight’s battle against the Saints, but Jonathan Stewart could see just as much work. This feels like a total sharing situation. Panthers WR Philly Brown and running backs Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas are all inactive. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Giovani Bernard and AJ Green both could miss Week 9?

SMITTY: This isn’t good news for the Bengals. Giovani Bernard is bothered by a collarbone issue and a hip pointer. Stay tuned on this one, as Jeremy Hill would be our sneaky-good RB2 start of the week if given the keys to the line-up. Gio is a beast, and a play maker, so if he does miss a game, don’t worry about his workload upon his return, even if Hill explodes. Gio needs less rushes and more receptions anyway, so Hill being used more is actually a good thing for Gio’s overall touches and yards per touch. As for AJ Green, he practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and said he will just take things “day to day”, which likely means he will be a game-time decision in Week 9. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Robert Griffin III practices in full on Wednesday; the QB could play Week 9.

SMITTY: This is a situation to monitor all week, as Colt McCoy played well enough in Week 8 to deserve another start if it means RG3 can get another week stronger, but it sounds like RG3 is making a strong push to give it a go. Stay tuned, especially if you plan on using whomever starts this week. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: AJ Green practicing and expected to give Week 9 a go.

SMITTY: Most all sources around are predicting that he will attempt to play this week, especially after getting in some practice time today, but keep tabs on this via this news wire (and via our Smart Alerts) in case the stud suffers a setback. Green could be on a snap count this week, but if he is a go, fantasy owners need to play him. Mohamed Sanu is still a fine fantasy WR2/3 until Green is back to his old self. Even then, Sanu is still a fine fantasy WR3 moving forward. Stay tuned. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: DeAngelo Williams to start Thursday night (Week 9).

SMITTY: DeAngelo Williams is listed as probable for this Week 9 Thursday night battle between the Panthers and Saints. He will still split a decent amount of touches with Jonathan Stewart. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Mike Vick to start Week 9; the Jets unsure if Geno Smith is their future passer.

SMITTY: We have never been high on Geno Smith and I don’t see that changing. He may not even get another chance to start in this league — That will all depend on if Mike Vick can stay healthy and produce. The tougher task for Vick could be staying healthy. The QB is a decent grab in larger leagues if you need a back-up passer, and of course, he should be grabbed in all 2QB leagues. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?