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Thomas Rawls, RB Seahawks – With Marshawn Lynch extremely questionable for Week 12, Thomas Rawls could be one of the biggest pickups of the year, as he just ran for 200 rushing yards and scored 2TDs in Week 11. He is setup to be a monster sleeper the rest of the way, even if Lynch is able to return soon. Seattle might want to see what they have in Rawls and start him in 2016. Grab this kid in redraft without hesitation, and jump through the roof if he is available somehow in dynasty.
Javorious “Buck” Allen, RB Ravens – With Justin Forsett (broken arm) out for the year, next man up, and Buck Allen is a good rusher.
James White, RB Patriots
Crockett Gillmore, TE Ravens
Tyler Lockett, WR Seahawks
Brandon LaFell, WR Patriots
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB Colts
Shaun Draughn, RB 49ers
Spencer Ware, RB Chiefs
Note: Not likely available in most leagues, but be sure to grab Tevin Coleman, just in case Devonta Freeman (concussion) isn’t ready for Week 12.
Below is our running Sunday morning live Week 6 Breaking News Wire. Check back all morning long, and good luck in Week 6!
NEWS: According to Rotoworld, The Florida Times Union’s Hays Carlyon predicts that Jags RB Denard “Shoelace” Robinson will out-touch Toby Gerhart in Week 6.
FANTASY: Robinson is a strong add/play this week if you need a RB or flex.
NEWS: Vikings WR Charles Johnson (ribs) is inactive for Week 6 against the Chiefs.
FANTASY: Mike Wallace should get more looks in this one.
NEWS: Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (neck) is active for Week 6 against the Browns.
FANTASY: The winds are expect to be over 15 miles per hour with stronger gusts in this one, just so you all know.
NEWS: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Andrew Luck (shoulder, questionable) is expected to play in Week 6 against Patriots.
FANTASY: This is expect, but we wanted to confirm that everthing is on track. TY Hilton and Moncrief have both been great buy-lows heading into this week.
NEWS: Redskins RB Matt Jones (toe) is not expected to play Week 6 against the Jets.
FANTASY: Good news for Alfred Morris owners, as he should get 15 plus carries this week. .
NEWS: According to reports, Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr. (questionable, back) is expected to play Sunday against SF.
FANTASY: He is a risky play, but would be tough to sit as even a flex this week. If he goes, and confirm with us up until kickoff, he is a recommended play.
NEWS: Lions RB Theo Riddick (groin) is active for Week 6 against the Bears; Joique Bell is inactive.
FANTASY: This was suppose to be the other way around, but either way, we expect a solid game out of Ameer Abdullah, and Riddick has solid PPR value.
NEWS: Jags RB T.J. Yeldon (groin) will be inactive for Week 6 against Houston.
FANTASY: Toby Gerhart will get the start with Denard Robinson splitting some work.
NEWS: Bills WR Sammy Watkins will play Week 6.
FANTASY: While he is tough to trust as anything more than a WR3 this week, it’s glad to see him going.
NEWS: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (questionable, hamstring) does not look limited in pre-game warmups.
FANTASY: We will finally see Jeffery play. He could be rusty in this one, but he was a great buy-low heading into Weeks 6 on, as people are forgetting he has fantasy WR1 ability.
NEWS: Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is expected to play roughly 50 percent of the snaps in Week 6.
FANTASY: There have been conflicting reports on his playing time, some reports suggesting he won’t be too limited, then reports like this. But, this the most recent report, so plan as if the runner might share half the carries in Week 6.
NEWS: Patriots RB Dion Lewis (questionable, abdomen) is expected to play in Week 6 on Sunday night.
FANTASY: He is a very strong flex-play and even a solid low-end RB2. It’s tough to trust him for the long-term, in New England, but his fantasy value keeps increasing.
NEWS: ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher is predicting that Chiefs RB Knile Davis could get the majority of red-zone carries in Week 6.
FANTASY: Charcandrick West is said to be the starter in KC with Jamaal Charles out for the season with a torn ACL. However, we are still scratching our heads as to why, as Davis proved last year that he can play elite football when given touches. Don’t leave Davis on waivers, he still remains a huge secret weapon for those crafty enough not to have knee-jerk reactions to West’s questionable elevation. Both should be owned, and if getting starter carries, we like West. It is what it is, and whomever is getting starter touches will produce, but we just hope Davis gets his shot, because he can likely produce top 5-10RB numbers per start.
NEWS: ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein is predicting a potential breakout game for Ameer Abdullah in Week 6.
FANTASY: Theo Riddick (groin) isn’t likely to play, so that means a huge uptick in receiving duties are headed Abdullah’s way. He has been disappointing thus far, but keep in mind that when we predicted big things for him in 2015, we cautioned that a slow start could be possible. Only 5 Weeks have gone by! At some point, if given starter carries during an entire game, he should show his brilliance. He is a tremendous athlete, but he has to hold onto the football. Do not drop him, and despite the risk in counting on him before he proves himself, he is a sneaky-good flex-play in larger leagues.
NEWS: Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring) has been downgraded to out for Week 6.
FANTASY: Get him out of lineups. Chris Thompson, despite being a RB, could be a very sneaky play this week given the team will need him even more than usual in the passing game.
Below is our running Sunday morning live Week 5 Breaking News Wire. Check back all morning long, and good luck in Week 5!
NEWS: Marshawn Lynch is out for Week 5.
FANTASY: Thomas Rawls will start and Fred Jackson will share carries with Rawls.
NEWS: Redskins WR DeSean Jackson and TE Jordan Reed are both inactive for Week 5 against the Falcons.
FANTASY: Not good for the Redskins. Get both out of lineups!
NEWS: Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr. (back) is inactive for Week 5 against the Browns; Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) is also inactive for Week 5.
FANTASY: That Ravens’ passing attack could struggle to be consistent without Sr.
NEWS: NFL Network is reporting that Julio Jones (hamstring) will be active for Week 5 against Washington.
FANTASY: Of course, setbacks happen, so check back with us all morning long, but we are hearing like “he looks great” today, so get ready for a big Week 5.
NEWS: Bills RB Karlos Williams (concussion) will not play Week 5, and word is that the runner could miss another game.
FANTASY: Boobie Dixon will start Week 5, and it looks like he could start another game as well. Cierre Wood could also get a shot, so watch him. Stay tuned.
NEWS: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, calf) is not expected to play in Week 5.
FANTASY: The hope is Week 6. Jeffery has been one of this year’s biggest busts, given that we are now sitting through a 5th unexpected sit. Still, once back and fully ready to rumble, he should start playing like a fantasy WR1. So, if you have held him this long, don’t sell-low. If you don’t own him, try trading for him on the cheap, as his owner is probably extremely frustrated.
NEWS: Steelers Martavis Bryant (knee) is out for Week 5 against the Chargers.
FANTASY: He suffered some sort of knee injury in practice this week, so it looks like his comeback game will be in Week 6. Get him out of lineups!
NEWS: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Julius Thomas (questionable, hand) will be active for Sunday’s Week 5 contest against the Bucs.
FANTASY: Be careful starting him this week, and monitor this news wire all day, as setbacks happen. Of course, he has talent and could play well if good to go, but it’s tough to say how much action he will see. He is a risky play this week, no question.
NEWS: Bills WR Sammy Watkins (questionable, calf) is unlikely to play in Week 5 against the Titans.
FANTASY: We still love Tyrod Taylor in this one, but get Watkins out of lineups this week. Of course, keep checking back with us in case something changes, but it seems like he is a no-go.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Todd Gurley (knee) is not expected to play in Week 2 against the Redskins. This is a great sign that the stud runner is close to getting on the field. He could be slow-starting, know that, but by mid-season, we might just start seeing a top 5-10 fantasy running back. As for Week 2, Tre Mason is expected to be back in Week 2 as the lead rusher.
C.J. Anderson (toe, ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 2 against the Chiefs. This is a Thursday night game, so stay close to your smart alerts! Ronnie Hillman would be a high-end RB2 if starting in this one. If Anderson is good to go, he has super high-end RB2-type value, but long-term value is questionable if you ask us. Our advice is to sell-high if CJ has a big Week 2. He isn’t a lock to bust, but trading into a safer option is advised.
Arian Foster (groin) didn’t practice on Wednesday. He won’t play this week, but despite the most recent news that suggests that Foster could now return in Week 5 vs. sooner, well, that news can change fast in either direction, as much of all news on this topic is speculation. Stay tuned.
Julio Jones (hamstring) is good to go for Week 2!
Justin Forsett (shoulder) was limited in practice on Wednesday. Stay close to your Smart Alerts, but until we hear about something significant, like a setback, we aren’t worried. For now.
Delanie Walker has a sprained ligament in his wrist and is questionable at best. Stay tuned to Smart Alerts.
Andre Ellington (knee) is not expected to play in Week 2. They won’t rush him back with Chris Johnson ready to rumble. CJ2K is a solid flex play right now and should be owned in all leagues.
Derek Carr (hand) is expected to start Week 2 against the Ravens.
Mike Evans (hamstring) was limited in practice on Wednesday. Many see him playing, but stay close to Smart Alerts.
C.J. Spiller (knee) practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday. For now, his availability to play in Week 2 is looking good. Stay tuned to Smart Alerts.
Ryan Mallett is expected to start at quarterback in Week 2.
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Checkout last night’s (Tuesday, Sept. 15th, 2015) The Red Zone Radio Program, where Smitty and Russ talk everything Week 2. Sleepers, Duds, Studs, Injuries and taking your calls! Check it out! Don’t forget to listen live tomorrow, as The Red Zone is live every Tuesday and Wednesday at 9pm EST (via the link below).