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NEWS: Adrian Peterson could now looking questionable for Week 3?

SMITTY: ProFootballTalk is saying that the Vikes could “reverse course” on letting the runner play in Week 3. Fantasy owners should officially consider him as questionable for this week, meaning we put his playing around 50-50. What should you do if you own Adrian Peterson? Test the trade waters and see if another owner is willing to take on the risk that he gets suspended/deactivated/released. Also, if you own AP, and even if you don’t, be sure to check waivers for Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon. Asiata is the ‘now’ answer and McKinnon is the ‘later’ and ‘dynasty’ answer. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Vernon Davis (ankle) avoids serious injury; he remains questionable for Week 3.

SMITTY: This is another ‘questionable’ type situation, meaning we give Davis a 50/50 shot at playing Week 3. Derek Carrier would likely step-up if Davis sits. Stay tuned. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings so that you can find a potential alternative?
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NEWS: Lamar Miller time now that Knowshon Moreno is out 4-8 Weeks?

SMITTY: This is a great opportunity for a runner that failed so many of us last season. Hopefully Lamar Miller stays healthy, as he has sneaky-good RB2 upside now that he is expected to see starter carries. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Carson Palmer could miss a day or an entire month?

SMITTY: This is a ‘nerve’ issue, and coach Bruce Arians is being extremely vague giving us the 1 day or 1 month timetable. Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald owners better hope Palmer gets back into that line-up soon, as each could drop a tier value-wise with Drew Stanton under center. As for Andre Ellington, it’s tough to predict if not having Palmer under center is going to lead to more fantasy scoring or not. He could be focused on more, or the Cards could be passing in 4th-quarters… or, they could lean on the guy. Stay tuned. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Adrian Peteson has been placed on the Exempt/Commissioners Permission List.

SMITTY: And there you have it, the window for trading away Adrian Peterson is gone. AP is required to stay away from the team, and there is no mandatory amount of time one can or cannot stay on this list according to the rotoworld report, which also suggested that AP would remain on the list until the legal proceedings were resolved. Matt Asiata is the starter for Week 3 and maybe a lot longer, with Jerick McKinnon likely to get his shot in the coming weeks. Looking for how this shakes up our Week 3 Power Rankings?

ARTICLE: FantasyFootballStarters on the Sam Acho Show on AZCentral.com (Week 3)

Check out STARTERS CEO Jeff Coruccini on the “The Sam Acho Show presented by the RoomStore.”, which airs live every Tuesday on AZCentral.com. Jeff chats with Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell. Also on the show: AZCentral sports’ Dan Bickley and Bob McManaman. Watch this show every Tuesday — We will provide it weekly just as you see it below.

Watch more segments from “The Sam Acho Show presented by the RoomStore” here.

ARTICLE: Week 3 Waiver Wire Grabs

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1. Knile Davis KC RB – Every game the guy starts he could produce fantasy RB1 numbers. How many games will he start? That’s up in the air right now, as Charles (high ankle sprain) could play this week, or miss several. My early guess is that Charles misses at least Week 3, but he could progress well, this is the definition of TBA type stuff.

2. Khiry Robinson NO RB – With Mark Ingram out a month, we might see Robinson come in and be the runner we’ve been talking up for a year now. Then again, we are talking about the Saints, so it’s entirely possible Pierre Thomas just sees a huge boost in production. That said, it’s just as possible Thomas is a 80-yard, 1TD guy per start. I love the kid, I just wish I was making the call to run him out onto the field with the intention of giving him 15+ carries per game.

3. Antonio Gates SD TE – Believe it or not, Gates is available in a lot of leagues. He clearly still has some game left, so he should be grabbed if available and started!

4. Bobby Rainey TB RB – Considering Doug Martin (knee) participated in practice today (Tuesday), and was running with the first-team offense, it sounds like the Bobby Rainey show is no longer in fantasy theatres… however, Martin has some huge injury concerns, and setbacks happen, so Rainey still commands top waiver consideration given he can be a RB1 if starting.

5. Mohamed Sanu CIN WR – TEN is No. 1 against the pass in terms of yardage coming out of Week 2, and Sanu has big shoes to fill with AJ Green out (and high expectations after a big week last week). He wont catch defenses off guard in this one, but is still a strong fantasy WR3 option in larger leagues.

6. Danny Woodhead SD RB – He isn’t available in every format, but Woodhead has huge upside moving forward in PPR.

7. Niles Paul WAS TE – This guy was a beast last week, catching 8 passes for 99 yards and 1TD. He commands serious low-end TE1 respect moving forward, especially with Kirk Cousins now in the line-up. When Jordan Reed returns, expect a dip back into the ‘borderline’ TE1 area, but don’t be shocked if WAS puts their faith in Paul.

8. Donald Brown SD RB – Many might be expecting him to step right in and play well with Mathews out, but Woodhead still gets carries and pulls in the receptions out of the backfield. The Bills are are top 5-7 against the run, so I don’t see Brown having enough opportunity to have a big game in Week 3, especially given the sharing situation. He should be grabbed in all larger leagues just in case he can prove consistent over the next few weeks.

9. Ahmad Bradshaw IND RB – He looked great in Week 3. Can he stay healthy, though? Trent Richardson ran well, but put the ball on the ground. We might see Bradshaw take over here shortly.

10. Kirk Cousins WAS QB – A strong back-up for any team, the guy produces decent numbers.

11. Isaiah Crowell CLE RB – Worth a grab on upside/talent alone.

12. Larry Donnell NYG TE – A high-end TE2 now, no question. A great bye week play.

Both Josh Gordon and Mike Asiata (and Jerick McKinnon, especially in dynasty leagues) were on last week’s add/drop list, so they are likely already gone, but Gordon would rank No. 1 overall if still available.

NEWS: Josh Gordon pled guilty to DWI; Not likely to face increased suspension.

SMITTY: According to several sources, this occurred under the old policy, so Josh Gordon won’t see further discipline in terms of suspended games. The stud is fully expected to return to action in Week 12. Now, if he can just keep his head on straight, he has all of his legal matters behind him. Gordon maintains top 10WR upside for the future, and for Weeks 12-16. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Doug Martin would have practiced today had the Bucs held a practice?

According to reports, Bucs coach Lovie Smith suggested that if the Bucs held a practice on Monday, Doug Martin (knee) would have participated.

SMITTY: This is solid news for Martin owners, although, even if he can go on Thursday night, Martin might not be in for a full workload. It obviously hurts Bobby Rainey’s upside if Martin plays, so keep tabs on this one, as that Falcons match-up is gold for whomever starts (and if they get starter carries). Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Darren Sproles drops 178 yards and 1TD on Monday night; Foles and McCoy still studs?

Darren Sproles totaled 178 yards (152 rushing) and 1TD during his Week 2 Monday night outing against the Colts; LeSean McCoy ran the ball for 79 yards and 1TD on 20 carries and pulled in four passes for 23 yards. Nick Foles started off slow, but eventually pulled in 331 yards, 1TD and 1INT. On the Colts side of the ball, Andrew Luck threw for just 172 yards and was 20-of-34, but he threw 3TDs (and had 1INT).

SMITTY: Darren Sproles was a beast in this one, and should be considered high-powered RB2 the rest of the way in 2014. His role dips into McCoy’s receiving stats a touch, but it will balance out, as McCoy will get more rushing yardage. If drafting today, McCoy would still be a top 3 overall pick moving forward. What’s interesting to think about is where Sproles would be drafted if drafting for Weeks 3-16 only. As for those freaking out on Nick Foles… sure, he has 2INTs so far this year, but he is also averaging 326 passing yards per-game through two weeks, and has 3TDs… If he continued his pace, that would have him sitting at 5,216 passing yards. He won’t hit those totals, nor will he have just 24TDs, which is his current TD pace. The point is, it’s early, we have only seen two weeks of action, folks! Week 3 Power Rankings?