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NEWS: DeMarco Murray (hand) practiced for second-straight day on Thursday.

SMITTY: He only got in limited sessions according to reports, but he is continuing to see action in practiced and is even catching passes with his wrapped hand. While we can see him sitting Week 16 out last-minute, as the Cowboys will have a preparation advantage keeping the Colts in the dark up until game-time, there is a real chance he plays. If he doesn’t, Joseph Randle could have sneaky-good RB2-type production for a week. He is a tough runner and would do very well behind that line. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Delanie Walker (knee) active for Week 16 Thursday night; Kendall Wright (hand) also active.

SMITTY: Delanie Walker (knee) active for Week 16 Thursday night; Kendall Wright (hand) also active. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Alfonso Smith the only healthy 49ers running back for Week 16?

Update: Recent reports suggest that Frank Gore is rolling through the league’s concussion protocol and could be available for Week 16. Stay tuned via this news wire and via our Smart Alerts. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

Previous Report: Well, him and Phillip Tanner. FB Bruce Miller will also get touches, but he is a receiving threat more than a rushing threat, as last week he pulled in 4/46. None of these guys are solid fantasy options, but if desperate at the running back position here in Week 16, Alfonso Smith is probably the best option. As of now, Carlos Hyde (back/ankle) is doubtful for Week 16, and Frank Gore (concussion) is very questionable, as he remains in the middle of the league’s concussion protocol. If news breaks on this, especially if Gore gets cleared, we will let you know via this news wire and via our Smart Alerts. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

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NEWS: TY Hilton (hamstring) not practicing yet on Thursday?

SMITTY: This is a tough spot to be in for all you TY Hilton owners out there, as the Colts have already clinched the AFC South. The Colts could be cautious with Hilton so that he is ready to rock in the playoffs. Stay on this via our news wire, and be certain to dial into our Smart Alerts in order to get updates on the receiver heading into kickoff (should news break). Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Rashad Jennings (ankle) not likely to play Week 16?

SMITTY: He isn’t practicing, so it’s not looking good for Jennings for Week 16. Expect, for now, Andre Williams to get starter carries in Week 16, which makes him a fine flex option, and in some cases, a low-end RB2! Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Cam Newton taking first team reps, on track to start Week 16?

SMITTY: He took most of the first-team reps during Thursday’s practice, which indicates he will be back in the line-up this week (unless, of course, he suffers a setback of some kind, which is why you need to be dialed into our Smart Alerts). This is great news for Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen, but Cam is still a risky play given we aren’t sure how much his back will affect his play (especially running) in Week 16. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

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?