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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!

Spotlight: CJ Spiller out for Week 1?

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CJ Spiller

9/9/2015: CJ Spiller (knee) will not play in Week 1 against the Cardinals. The early word is that the runner will just miss the one game, but we shall see, as it’s a bit early to know for certain. As for Week 1, how good can Mark Ingram? I think solid RB2-type numbers are to be expected in Week 1 against the Cards, but don’t be extremely shocked if… Read Spotlight

No. 14 on the Upside Board is…

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I’m excited to announce that we have just added ONE MORE player to the Upside Board. What is the Upside Board? Well, each and every season I drop 10-14 of my Boldest Predictions. This list is not meant to be someone’s entire team, it’s important to realize these are guys that are ‘sleepers’ and not locks to hit the huge expectations I have for them. It’s bold. If you draft these guys at the right spots, and don’t reach past their ADPs, well, these are the kind of ‘lands’ that can help win a league! Enjoy!

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NFL Update: Christine Michael, Terrance West traded; James Jones to GB.

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Hey Starters Nation:

We have a bit more news today and we wanted to get it out to you tonight!

Breaking News

Terrance West traded to TEN

The Browns have traded RB Terrance West to the Titans in exchange for a conditional 2016 7th-round pick. Titans rookie RB David Cobb was placed on IR-return with a calf injury, so this explains the move for the Titans, and West is kind of in the same situation Christine Michael now is in over in Dallas (Michael was traded to Dallas today). Both runners are likely going to start in a reserve-type role, but both are good enough to be their team’s starter. Michael, especially, has a chance at elite numbers should he rise into that Dallas starting running back role, but it’s important to keep in mind that both runners have an uphill climb. Grabbing both, especially Michael, is advised if you have the space!

James Jones returns to GB

James Jones is now a Packer. This isn’t great news for either Ty Montgomery or Jeff Janis, but we aren’t so sure it affects Davante Adams too much. It’s good for Aaron Rodgers, who could use a bit of veteran play with Jordy Nelson out for the year.

Colts waive Dan Herron

The Colts have waived Dan Herron, making both Vick Ballard and rookie Josh Robinson the back-ups to Frank Gore. Don’t be shocked if the team signs a Montee Ball or Jonas Gray.

Jay Ajayi placed on IR-return

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi placed on IR-return with a rib injury. Damien Williams is the team’s top back-up as of now, which is huge for Lamar Miller owners, as Miller is set for no real competition. However, don’t be shocked if the team signs someone like Montee Ball or Jonas Gray.

Christine Michael acquired by Dallas Cowboys.

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Christine Michael

9/6/2015: (News) The Cowboys have acquired RB Christine Michael from the Seahawks for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.

Smitty: There wasn’t/isn’t a better situation for Christine Michael, who has off-the-chart abilities. Will he rise in Dallas? That’s tough to say, but Russ Bliss and I just recently talked about that overrated Dallas running back situation on Russ Bliss’ The Red Zone radio program. Randle is/was extremely over-valued, especially back in August drafts, and while Michael isn’t guaranteed anything, his arrival in Dallas is not good news for Randle owners. Randle owners need to run, not walk, to go pick-up Michael. It is probably too late to buy-low in leagues where he is already rostered, not unless you can buy him at decent value, and overpaying at this point isn’t wise. If you have been following this topic on our forums, well, then you already have Michael stashed on your roster (and nice work). Our forum is the place to be for stuff like this, so if you aren’t active on our forums, get on there! In conclusion, it is time to get a bit excited, all you Michael believers… this situation is the best-case scenario for us all, but he still has a lot of work ahead of him to climb that depth chart… hopefully talent wins out on this one, though! A final note: If you missed out on grabbing him, be sure you don’t have a knee-jerk reaction here and go overpay getting him on your roster. He has huge upside, take a stab via trade if you want, but bring your offers to our forums so you aren’t overpaying! More Player Spotlights

Three “Deep” Undervalued Running Backs For 2015

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Looking for some Deep Undervalued Running Backs heading into this year’s 2015 fantasy football season? One of these names is ready to rumble for Weeks 1 and 2, the other two have some super-stash power. Find out who they are!

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NEWS: Tom Brady beats NFL; judge nullifies league’s 4-game suspension.

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Great news for all you Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski owners (and Julian Edelman):

Per Mike Reiss from ESPN:

Per @AP, Tom Brady beats NFL in ‘Deflategate’ court case, judge nullifies league’s 4-game suspension.

Adjust your rankings and get ready for Tom Brady to play in Week 1!

Player To Avoid: CJ Anderson?

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One player we caution fantasy football owners about this year… CJ Anderson. Why? View this video.

Written Explanation: I feel that fantasy football owners should be careful where they draft Broncos RB CJ Anderson this fantasy football season. His ADP (Average Draft Position) is in the 1.09 to 2.01 range, so he now has first-round value, and to us, that seems a bit high, or at least a touch risky. Why? Well, considering players like Demaryius Thomas, Julio Jones, Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham Jr and more are sitting at that draft slot range, we think that fantasy football owners would be much better off grabbing a safer player like one of the players just mentioned.

CJ Anderson is good, and that Denver offense could certainly produce a top 10RB this year, but it’s not shocking when a running back comes out of nowhere one year, like CJ Anderson did last year in 2014, and busts that next year, or at least fails to meet expectations. Plus, Ronnie Hillman has looked fantastic so far this preseason, and there is talk that he could get more carries this fantasy football season than many expect. Will Hillman beat out CJ Anderson? No, we aren’t saying that, and again, we are NOT suggesting that CJ Anderson will for sure bust in 2015. That said, the risk isn’t quite built into his going Average Draft Position (ADP), therefore, fantasy owners are much, much better off snagging a secure top 5 fantasy WR at that 1.08-2.01 draft slot range, and there are plenty of them available!

Fantasy Football Radio Show (Sleepers, IDP, and more)


Looking for 2015 fantasy football IDP information? Take a listen to our Sept. 2nd, 2015 Radio Show below, where we talk everything Week 4 of the 2015 fantasy football preseason, as well as topics in the world of Fantasy Football IDP.

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Buy-Low/Sell-High: Hyped-Up Players?

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Our friends over at FantasyPros invited us to participate in an Expert Fantasy Football Panel, where we were asked the two below questions. My answers are below. If you would like to read the entire article, see the link that follows my two answers!

Q1. Who is one player performing well in the preseason that has you buying the hype? How early would you target him in drafts?

Steve Smith Sr. (WR – BAL)/Martavis Bryant (WR – PIT)

“I have two picks that are equally attractive. Steve Smith Sr., who has an 8th-round ADP right now, and the other is Martavis Bryant, who has 7th-round value right now. Smith looks just as quick as last year and could dance with all fantasy WR2s all year long. He is a secret weapon of a fantasy WR3 this year! And, if he doesn’t perform … Keep Reading