NEWS: Jimmy Clausen to start Week 16 instead of Jay Cutler.

SMITTY: This is actually quite shocking when you think about it, as Jay Cutler just signed a $127 million extension and is fully guaranteed over $15 million in 2015. Jimmy Clausen is not a recommend fantasy option unless you play in deep 2QB leagues, and even then he just isn’t a solid play against the Lions. Regardless of wins and losses and bad play here and there, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett were far better off fantasy-wise under Cutler, so this is a big blow for Week 16 performances. Matt Forte could benefit or could see more defensive attention, that will all depend, in unpredictable fashion, on the flow of game on Sunday. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

ARTICLE: The #17 Dynasty Player for 2015 and beyond is…

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Below is an early look at 2015, but from a dynasty perspective. So, not only am I predicting for the 2015 season and beyond, keep in mind that the assumption being made here is that if you owned one of these players in a dynasty league, you’d keep them for as long as you want, which changes ‘values’ quite a bit. The scoring assumed here is a standard PPR and the line-up requirements are assumed to be 1QB, 2RBs, 3WRs, 1Flex, 1DST and 1K. Enjoy!

Also, keep in mind this is NOT a Mock Draft, it is a list of 20 players I feel are the top dynasty players of the future. Meaning, I might have a guy ranked super-high and recognize that I wouldn’t draft him that high. Think of it like trying to be ahead of the curve in some cases. In other cases, the players will very much line-up with where you might draft them in a draft.

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NEWS: Andre Johnson (concussion) back practicing and expected to play Week 16?

SMITTY: He was inactive last week but appears set to return against the Ravens. With Case Keenum/Thad Lewis as the top passers in Houston right now, it’s tough to know what you’re going to get out of anyone but Arian Foster in Week 16. AJ is a WR3 in most formats, though, and Hopkins can flirt with WR2-type numbers based on his talent alone, but again, with passers like Houston has, a dud week is just as likely as any sort of solid week. Horrible timing for Week 16. If Julio Jones sits (and he will be a Sunday morning call), make sure Harry Douglas (monitor his health) isn’t sitting on waivers, as he is a fine Week 16 plug-and-play if Jones sits. If Jones doesn’t sit, Douglas still has WR3 upside. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Julio Jones (hip) could miss Week 16?

SMITTY: Earlier reports suggested that coach Smith expects Julio Jones (hip) to play the Saints in Week 16, but we have seen this too many times before, where a coach, or player, promises the world and then sits. Don’t count on having Julio this week if just to ensure you’re prepared for the worst-case scenario. Harry Douglas, one of our top pick-up recommendations of the week last week, should be owned in all formats, as he is almost a low-end WR2 whenever Julio is out. We will keep you posted once we know more on the stud’s status for this most-important week in fantasy. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Frank Gore (concussion) and Carlos Hyde (ankle/back) both questionable for Week 16.

SMITTY: Both have a short week, as the 49ers play the Chargers on Saturday night. As it stands now, both on the wrong side of questionable, which would make both Alfonso Smith and Bruce Miller set to split the workload in Week 16. Hyde might have a touch better chance to play this week, and if he started he’d be a great flex play, but it’s still way too early in the week to predict this. Stay tuned! Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Keenan Allen (collarbone/ankle) done for the year?

SMITTY: Not only is he dealing with the ankle injury, it does appear he injured his collarbone. Expect him to be done for the year, although, he is technically being called week to week. What a shame for a player that came out of one of the most impressive rookie seasons (last year) for a receiver we’ve seen in quite some time. Before you write him off in dynasty, or for 2015, keep in mind that Dez Bryant was one of the most doubted ‘will he ever be that stud receiver’ entering his third NFL season…. it just takes three seasons sometimes, even for elite studs like Dez. Give Malcom Floyd, Antonio Gates and Eddie Royal small bumps heading into Week 16, just because they will see more targets. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

ARTICLE: The #16 Dynasty Player for 2015 and beyond is…

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Below is an early look at 2015, but from a dynasty perspective. So, not only am I predicting for the 2015 season and beyond, keep in mind that the assumption being made here is that if you owned one of these players in a dynasty league, you’d keep them for as long as you want, which changes ‘values’ quite a bit. The scoring assumed here is a standard PPR and the line-up requirements are assumed to be 1QB, 2RBs, 3WRs, 1Flex, 1DST and 1K. Enjoy!

Also, keep in mind this is NOT a Mock Draft, it is a list of 20 players I feel are the top dynasty players of the future. Meaning, I might have a guy ranked super-high and recognize that I wouldn’t draft him that high. Think of it like trying to be ahead of the curve in some cases. In other cases, the players will very much line-up with where you might draft them in a draft.

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ARTICLE: Week 16 Waiver Wire Grabs

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Week 16 Waiver Wire Adds

NEWS: DeMarco Murray (hand/surgery) has a chance to play Week 16?

SMITTY: According to several reports, the Cowboys are hopeful that DeMarco Murray (hand/surgery) can play in Week 16. This would seem quite reckless if the Cowboys shoved him out onto the field, as they have already given him record-breaking touches this year, a workload that often times destroys a player heading into that next NFL season. Joseph Randle is a must-grab right now for all fantasy owners, as he can be a top 5-10RB this week if Murray sits. Standby for more on this topic, but our guess is that Murray will remain questionable all the way up to game day. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Week 15 Monday Night Inactives

SMITTY: Robbie Gould is inactive for the Bears in tonight's Week 15 battle against the Saints; Jay Feely will kick for the Saints in this one. If for any reason you didn't know about Gould, grab Feely and start him ASAP. As for game predictions, we expect a high-scoring outing, with Drew Brees dialing up at least 2TDs, and if this game doesn't get out of hand fast, Matt Forte could be looking at a nice little stat line in this one. Alshon Jeffery is a WR1 heading into this one and Week 16, while Mark Ingram is too talented to bench, but the threat of inconsistent carries has him looking more like a RB2 in the final two weeks of the fantasy season. While there is concern about Jimmy Graham coming through for fantasy owners here in the final two weeks of the fantasy season, we feel pretty good about him being a top 5 finisher this week when this game is all said and done.