Week 5 Adds: 2015 fantasy football

Below are Waiver Wire Adds for Week 5 of the 2015 fantasy football season. Not that these two should be available in most all leagues, but check, as they would be the top pickups if available: Duke Johnson and Ronnie Hillman

Allen Hurns, WR Jaguars

His season so far looks like this: 5/60/0TDs, 4/68/0TDs, 2/70/1TD and 11/116/1TD… those are fantasy WR3 numbers, folks. And, he isn’t exactly an ‘out of nowhere’ player, he went off at the start of last year, and while he vanished at times last year, he clearly has skills. He is a sneaky good WR3 moving forward, with upside for more.

Rueben Randle, WR Giants

His last two weeks: 7/116/1TD and 3/31/1TD… he is a strong bet to continue his fantasy WR3-type play until Victor Cruz returns to a significant role. Even then, Randle might remain a solid fantasy WR3/4.

Coby Fleener, TE Colts

Coby Fleener pulled in 9-of-12 targets in Week 4, pulling in 83 yards and a touchdown. Dwayne Allen may or may not be sidelined for Week 5 (or longer), but no matter what, Matt Hasselbeck clearly trusts the tight end, and Fleener has a history of putting up a string of games with solid numbers.

Chris Thompson, RB Redskins

We still like Matt Jones talent-wise, but it’s time to monitor Chris Thompson, who has dropped these lines over the last two weeks: 29ru/8-57-1TD and 53ru/2-24-0TDs.

More: Tavon Austin, Anthony Dixon, Leonard Hankerson, Eddie Royal, Andre Williams, Antonio Andrews, Christine Michael

Breaking News: Week 4 Live Feed

Below you will find our Week 4 Live Breaking News Feed, which will be updated all Sunday long.

NEWS: Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will miss Week 4, and could be out as many as 3-4 weeks. Sammy Watkins is also out for Week 4.

FANTASY: This is horrible news for McCoy owners, but those who picked up Karlos Williams weeks ago, as we talked about all over this site, including on our forum (where our forum users are always talking up breakouts early on in the year), you’re looking solid for a few weeks. Williams has big upside any game he starts!

NEWS: Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring) is inactive for Week 4 against the Eagles.

FANTASY: Get him out of lineups.

NEWS: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is inactive for Week 4 against the Raiders.

FANTASY: Jay Cutler is active for this one, though, which is great, well, better, for all Bears players.

NEWS: According to reports, Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) believes that his shoulder is healthy enough to make every throw this week against Dallas.

FANTASY: He is a risky play given he isn’t 100 percent, and you always have to worry about setbacks. That said, sitting him or starting him, even with the risk, depends on your depth, so get on our forums if you have tough calls this week. Brees being under center is great for Brandin Cooks, a great buy-low heading into Week 4. If Cooks fails to impress yet again in Week 4, we still say buy-low, as he has way, way too much talent to not become the receiver we envision him becoming.

NEWS: Bucs RB Doug Martin (knee, quad) is expected to play in Week 4, Sunday, against the Panthers.

FANTASY: He is tough to trust as a RB2 right now, but is a strong flex-play. Have diliemmas? Get on our forums!

NEWS: Bears QB Jay Cutler (hamstring) is expected to give it a go for Week 4.

FANTASY: While he is not a recommended start given he is not 100 percent healthy, this is great news for all those Bears fantasy players.

NEWS: There are conflicting reports floating around news wires right now regarding DeMarco Murray’s Week 4 availability. An early morning report today came out saying that the runner was not likely to play, but a newest report by Rotoworld is reporting that ESPN’s Adam Schefter is hinting that Murray (hamstring) is now expected to play today against the Redskins.

FANTASY: This is truly a game-time call, and even then, it could be one of those things where Murray is fully expected to play, and does, yet he doesn’t start and gets limited work. On the flip side, it could be one of those things where we all have low expectations and Murray explodes. The bad news is that nothing will likely be clear until the game is underway. Murray is a great buy-low right now, though, in all formats, as he has fantasy RB1-type upside, but can almost be had at high-end flex value right now, or maybe super low-end RB2-type value. Take full advantage of this value if you have depth on your bench and you can take a risk. Even if he sat this week, he is a secret weapon-type stash at that kind of trade value.

NEWS: As we previously reported, Arian Foster is now expected to play Week 4 for the Texans.

FANTASY: That said, most reporters close to the situaiton are going to suggest that he is not expected to handle a full workload. If you own Foster, whether you play him or not depends on your roster. He is a hard player to sit if you roll with a flex or 3RBs, that’s for sure.

NEWS: ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is out for Week 4 against the Jaguars.

FANTASY: This is huge news, as it affects so many players. Downgrade all Colts players, even TY Hilton. Check back with us just in case something changes, or was reported wrong, as it’s quite early in the morning.

NEWS: According to reports, including Rotoworld, Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) is expected to play today in Week 4 against the Falcons.

FANTASY: It’s tough to predict how much action he will see if he does go, but he would be tough to sit unless news later breaks this morning that suggests he will be used very little. Stay tuned!

NEWS: Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron (groin) is active for Week 4 against the Jets; Jets RB Chris Ivory (quad) is active for Week 4 against the Dolphins.

FANTASY: Ivory could be on a snap count, but some of that feels like speculation. If you have a dilemma with Ivory, get on our forums and get last minunte start/bench help!

NEWS: According to several reports, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) might have a more serious injury than initially thought.

FANTASY: He is on the fence to start this week, but we’d guess things are leaning more to the ‘no-go’ side, which means that Thomas Rawls could start Week 4, and if he did, he’d be a very strong flex-play (at least). Stay tuned for more on this situation, but know that this game is Monday night, so if Lynch owners don’t own Rawls as well, you’re going to have to make a Sunday decision (unless you have let’s say Ameer Abdullah as well, as that’s who the Seahawks play in Week 4 on Monday night.

NEWS: Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) has already been ruled out for Week 4 Monday night against Seattle.

FANTASY: We have been waiting for Ameer Abdullah to get a boatload of action, and this might be the week. He is big in the receiving game, so he should be able to see starter touches even if Seattle gets out to an early lead, but hopefully we get to see Ameer handle starter carries with some solid receptions.

NEWS: According to ESPN, Ravens WR Steve Smith has four microfractures in his back.

FANTASY: Several different reports have surfaced regarding Smith’s injuries, including broken ribs, and now microfractures. No surgery is needed, as of now, but Smith will likely miss at least one week. Stay tuned, as this can change fast.

Buy-Low: DeMarco Murray?

This is a clip from the Week 4 Red Zone Radio Program hosted by Russ Bliss (and co-hosted on Tuesdays by Smitty). Smitty and Russ discuss why DeMarco Murray is one of the best buy-low RBs heading into Week 4. Keep in mind, though, that this buy-low comes with some risk, so be sure you are truly buying low! Also, know that a potential hurricane moving toward the east coast could cancel this week’s Eagles/Redskins game!

Week 4 Adds + Injuries

Week 4 Adds

The Obvious and Not Likely Available

Devonta Freeman (RB/ATL) – This guy was on our Upside Board last year, so he is no joke. If he gets starts, he will continue to produce. We love the little guy, who runs a lot like a Jamaal Charles. Make sure he isn’t available in your league! He shouldn’t be, but make sure!

Ryan Mathews (RB/PHI) – While I still believe in DeMarco Murray (despite worrying about his value), make sure Mathews isn’t available in your league. He could get half the carries in Philly, he could get more, or he could get less. It’s tough to say, but he is worth owning while things shake out, that’s for sure.

Likely Available

Karlos Williams (RB/BUF) – Here is the pickup of the week, assuming Devonta Freeman is not available in your league (as mentioned above). LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is not likely to play Week 4 (check back on this all week, though). This means that the Bills will turn to our highly-ranked rookie RB Karlos Williams. This kid has huge, huge upside any game that he starts. He has RB2-type upside, even high-end, heading into Week 4. Grab him! Start him!

Thomas Rawls (RB/SEA) – The guy rushed for 100 yards in Week 3, and he looked good. Grab this kid, as Lynch is awaiting MRI results.

Mike Vick (QB/PIT) – With Ben Roethlisberger out at least 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprain and bone bruise in his knee, Mike Vick will command a lot of weapons. He has some solid value given his weapons, and for a string of games, he could very much surprise fantasy worlds. Grab him as a backup, and consider him a match-up play if you are weak at QB.

More: Richard Matthews, Gary Barnidge, Rueben Randle, Kenny Britt, Alfred Blue

Injuries Heading Into Week 4

Drew Brees (shoulder) said he is “very optimistic” that he will play in Week 4 against the Cowboys.

LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is unlikely to play in Week 4 against the Giants. As mentioned above, Karlos Williams has huge, huge upside any game he starts. Grab him!

Marshawn Lynch underwent an MRI on his hamstring and we should know more later this week.

Chris Ivory (quad) should be good for Week 4.

Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) remains very questionable for Week 4, although some reports suggest that there is a decent shot he plays Week 4.

Arian Foster (groin) is “close” to playing, but we should have more info this week. If starting, he is a low-end fantasy RB1 right away.

Sammy Watkins (calf) could miss Week 4.

Week 3 Live Breaking News (all Sunday long)

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Hey, Starters Nation! Below you will find our Breaking News for Week 3, which will be updated all Sunday long. So, check back often! Good luck today, everyone!

News: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger did not tear his ACL; he reportedly escaped with an MCL sprain Week 3 against the Rams.
Fantasy: The MRI revealed no damage to the ACL, but some reports are also suggesting that he has a bone bruise in his knee as well. Expect him to sit at least 4 weeks, but it’s more like 4-6, which means that Michael Vick will start for the Steelers until Big Ben returns. If you need a QB, Vick isn’t the worst option, he might actually surprise given the weapons he has around him.

News: Broncos RB C.J. Anderson left Week 3 with a potential concussion.
Fantasy: He was cleared to return. We have serious doubts about Anderson being more valuable than Ronnie Hillman moving forward.

News: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Seahawks.
Fantasy: This was expected for the most part, but if you need a WR, Eddie Royal is a great play in this one.

News: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger left Week 3 against the Rams with a left knee injury; he will not return.
Fantasy: He immediately dropped and then was helped off the field before leaving on a cart to the locker room. This looked like an ACL, folks. We will keep you posted, and sometimes these things look worse than they are, but initial guesses are a torn ACL. What this will do to the value of LeVeon Bell, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant is TBA, but you can bet we will have more analysis on all that should the news be worst-case. Stay tuned. This might sound crazy to some, but Mike Vick might operate that Steelers offense better than most expect. He even has some one-year fantasy appeal in this specific scenario/situation.

News: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (calf) is active for Week 3 against the Bears.
Fantasy: He is a RB1 whenever on the field.

News: Eagles RB DeMarco Murray is inactive for Week 3 against the Jets.
Fantasy: This is horrible news for Murray owners. The runner may have suffered a setback, as he was somewhat expected to go today. Ryan Mathews is a sneaky start this week, although, the Eagles will likely mix things up in the backfield. We will keep you posted on Murray for the Eagles next contest.

News: Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) is declared inactive for Week 3 against the Titans
Fantasy: Folks, Coby Fleener is a very sneaky pick-up and play this week if you need a TE. The Colts have hinted that they want to get the TEs more active and involved moving forward, and with Allen out, that means Fleener could have a big Week 3.

News: Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) is active for Week 3 against the Saints.
Fantasy: Looks like he will go.

News: Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery is inactive for Week 3 against the Saints.
Fantasy: This was expected. Expect a ton of Greg Olsen in this one!

News: Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) is active for Week 3 against the Steelers; Brian Quick is inactive.
Fantasy: Todd Gurley is a risky flex play this week, as he will surely be eased into action, but get ready, folks! He is a top 10RB in waiting, and just as soon as he gets in game shape, and if he stays healthy, we should see a stud emerge. We can’t wait to see this guy running full-go, which could be as early as next week (or the following contest).

News: Jets RB Chris Ivory is active for Week 3 against the Eagles.
Fantasy: He is a go!

News: Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) inactive for Week 3 against the Panthers
Fantasy: This has been known for a bit now. Luke McCown will start Week 3. Don’t bench Brandin Cooks for just anyone this week, he could still have a solid game, as the Saints will likely be passing a ton in the 3rd- and 4th-quarters.

News: Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) is inactive for Week 3 against the Vikings.
Fantasy: Get him out of lineups!

News: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (calf) is expected to play Sunday against the Bears.
Fantasy: Great news for the runner we expect to bounce-back this week.

Rise/Decline Players Heading Into Week 3

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Looking for On The Rise/Decline players heading into Week 3?

AJ Green (WR/CIN)

After two very mediocre weeks in Weeks 1 and 2, most fantasy owners are freaking out about spending a 2nd-rounder on AJ Green. I say take full advantage of this, as AJ Green has top 1-5 fantasy wide receiver upside moving forward. No question.

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News: Drew Brees WON’T miss significant time now?

Breaking News Update:

UPDATE (9/22/15) Updating a previous report, Drew Brees got a second opinion from famous Dr. James Andrews and the good doctor reportedly told Brees to “rehab hard.” It looks like Brees won’t need surgery, but his Week 3 availability is up in the air. Luke McCown would start if Brees can’t play in Week 3.

(9/22/15) Drew Brees is all over the news today, with earlier news (today) suggesting that the QB could be out a couple games with a somewhat severe shoulder injury. However, as we said when we sent out the Smart Alert on this last night, nothing was confirmed, just a bunch of rumors (pretty reliable sources, though). Well, as it turns out, we are looking at a false alarm, and the QB looks better off than expected. He is currently NOT expected to miss time, so don’t freakout and expect him to rumble in Week 3.

(9/22/15) Dwayne Allen left Monday night’s Week 2 game against the Jets with what appears to be an ankle injury. Keep an eye on this, as Coby Fleener would be a very sneaky pickup should Allen miss significant time.

For more injuries from Week 2, read our Monday Morning Injury Recap right here.

Week 3 Waiver Wire Advice + Injuries

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Week 3 Adds

Matt Jones (RB/WAS) rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in Week 2. He also pulled in three receptions for 23 yards. Jones out-carried Alfred Morris 19-18. This was one reason why he was on our Upside Board, one of 14 Bold Predictions on the year! While we love his future, and expect to see him dominate more this season, be careful expecting Alfred Morris to head straight to the bench. A timeshare is expected at this point, though, and while he isn’t likely available in a majority of leagues (especially since we have been hyping him all off-season), be sure to check your waivers just in case someone dropped him after Week 1.

James Starks (RB/GB) replaced the injured Eddie Lacy (ankle) in Week 2, and while x-rays game back negative, Lacy could be looking at a multiple-week recovery. Starks should be added in all leagues and could be starting for at least 1 game, maybe more. Stay tuned for more on Lacy, which will affect Starks.

David Johnson (RB/AZ) rushed five times for 42 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the Bears, and he added a 108-yard kickoff return. He is a must-add for sure, but should only be counted as a flex-play until he proves to get consistent touches. Grab him now, though!

Devonta Freeman (RB/ATL) replaced the injured Tevin Coleman (ribs) in Week 2. We will let you know more about Coleman as the week unfolds, which will affect the value of Freeman heading into Week 3.

Travis Benjamin (WR/CLE) pulled in three receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2. He should be added as a fantasy WR3/4, but curb expectations, as many might assume he will play like a fantasy WR2/3 all year. He likely will not. he should be added, though, no doubt.

More Adds: Johnny Manziel, Karlos Williams, Torrey Smith, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jeremy Langford, Marvin Jones, Stevie Johnson, Louis Murphy

Breaking News

Monday Morning News:

Eddie Lacy (RB/GB) injured his ankle in Week 2 and had x-rays, although they came back negative, he could be looking at a multiple-week recovery. Not being fractured doesn’t mean speedy recovery. James Starks is one of the week’s top adds given he will likely start at least 1 game, maybe 2 or 3. We will update you on Lacy, as things could change fast in either direction.

Carlos Hyde (RB/SF) injured his head in Week 2 and was held out of the second half of his Week 2 contest. He was reportedly cleared to return, which is a great sign for Week 3, but keep glued to your Smart Alerts heading into Week 3. Now is a good time to buy-low on Hyde.

Davante Adams (WR/GB) pulled in five receptions for 33 yards in Sunday night’s Week 2 win over the Seahawks. He was banged up with an ankle injury, but did return to action in the second half. He was not effective, though, and his Week 3 status is surely something to keep an eye on. He is a good buy-low candidate despite the risks and concerns, though. Only buy-low, though, as there are plenty of concerns here.

Tony Romo (QB/DAL) will have a CT scan on his fractured left clavicle Monday. The thinking here is 8-10 weeks, but we will know more later this week. Brandon Weeden will start while Romo recovers.

Jay Cutler (QB/CHI) suffered a hamstring injury in Week 2 and could miss Week 3. Jimmy Clausen will likely start next week against the Seahawks.

Josh McCown (QB/CLE), who suffered a concussion in Week 1, may not get a chance to start unless Johnny Manziel falters again, as he just led the Browns to a 28-14 win over the Titans in Week 2.

Lamar Miller (RB/MIA) suffered an ankle injury in Week 2. He said he is fine, but stay tuned. Clearly Miller is disappointing so far this season, hopefully Miami feeds him ore carries in Week 3+.

Tevin Coleman (RB/ATL) suffered a rib injury in Week 2 and was replaced by Devonta Freeman, who rushed 12 times for 25 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. He also caught 4 passes for 34 yards. We will keep you posted on Coleman’s rib injury.

Mike Evans (WR/TB) wasn’t fully healthy from his injured hamstring in Week 2, and was held without a catch. Don’t sell-low, in fact, buy-low if you don’t own him. Are there risks? Sure, but there is low-end WR1 upside in Evans still.

Week 2: Live Sunday Breaking News

Below is a running live Breaking News report, which will be updated throughout the entire day on Sunday (Week 2). Have a great Sunday morning/afternoon everyone!

Breaking News: Week 2

NEWS: According to reports, Tony Romo has likely suffered a broken collarbone.
Fantasy: This will likely have the passer out for the season, or at least 8 weeks, depending on the severity of the injury. With Dez Bryant out potentially longer than 6-8 weeks, the Cowboys are in trouble. If you have some depth you may never use, consider making an offer for Dez so that you can stash him on your bench. While there is tons to worry about, him getting healthy, not having Romo, etc, he is still a great player to stash if you can get a low-risk deal done. Some looking to win now in dynasty might also sell-low on Dez, so take a stab there as well.

NEWS: According to reports, Carlos Hyde was cleared after being taken to the locker room with a possible Week 2 concussion.
Fantasy: It appears Hyde will be fine for Week 3 – for now. Be sure to stay glued to Smart Alerts and your logged in Starters homepage, as we will surely address any big injuries via a Player Spotlight.

NEWS: Matt Jones ran for 123 yards and 2TDs on 19 carries in Week 2. He also pulled in 3 receptions for 23 yards.
Fantasy: Beast! He wasn’t #13 on our 2015 Breakout Upside Board for nothing. Congrats to all who own this guy, especially in dynasty. He has some serious talent and clearly looks like the future of that Washington rushing attack. We will let you know what’s going on with Alfred Morris when we know more.

NEWS: According to reports, C.J. Spiller (knee) is in fact active for Week 2.
Fantasy: We knew this was going to be the case, but it’s now official. Again, he could be on a snap count this week, though, making Spiller more of a flex play. Low-end RB2-type value could be in the cards once Spiller is back to full-go.

NEWS: According to reports, Todd Gurley (knee) is inactive for Week 2.
Fantasy: He should be a go in Week 3, though, so get ready. Unless he suffers a setback, Tre Mason has decent flex value this week, but Benny Cunningham will still get reps.

NEWS: According to reports, Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, calf) is considered out for Week 2 against Arizona.
Fantasy: Both Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson are solid starts this week. We predict at least one of them scores, and Wilson could be a very sneaky play. If you need a WR3 this year in deep leagues, run him out onto the field! Expect Martellus Bennett to have a big game in this one.

NEWS: According to reports, Mike Evans (hamstring) will play in Week 2 against the Saints.
Fantasy: He is questionable, so stay close to your Smart Alerts today… we consider him a low-end fantasy WR1, or at least high-end fantasy WR2 whenever on the field! He looks like a go!

NEWS: According to reports, Vontae Davis is expected to cover Brandon Marshall on Monday night.
Fantasy: Davis was the one that caused Sammy Watkins to go without a catch in Week 1. Don’t bench him for just decent options, but don’t expect a huge game out of Marshall this week.

NEWS: LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is expected to be active for Week 2 against New England.
Fantasy: Keep him in lineups unless he has a setback, which we will surely alert you to via Smart Alerts. Karlos Williams should be owned by all McCoy owners, though, just in case McCoy doesn’t come out of this week healthy.

NEWS: According to reports, C.J. Spiller (knee) is expected to play in Week 2 against Bucs.
Fantasy: He could be eased into this one, so curb expectations a bit. Great news, though, for future weeks!

NEWS: According to reports, Tre Mason (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 2 against Washington.
Fantasy: Benny Cunningham won’t just go away, but Mason is the better start. Gurley may or may not play a little in this one, but in a few weeks, it will surely be the Todd Gurley show. Get ready!

Two Must-Have Buy-Lows (heading into Week 2)

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AJ Green: Grab this elite stud, who is still No. 1 overall…

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