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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 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.

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!

Injuries and News Heading Into Week 2

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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RADIO: Week 2 Injuries, Studs, Duds, Advice


Hey everyone,

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).

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Live Week 1 Breaking New Report

Below is a running live Breaking News report, which will be updated throughout the entire day on Sunday (Week 1). Have a great Sunday morning/afternoon everyone!

Breaking News: Week 1

NEWS: Cardinals RB Andre Ellington was carted to the locker room on Sunday with a right knee injury

NEWS: He dropped without being touched, which most times indicated an ACL tear. It could be something else, so stay tuned, but this isn’t a good sign. David Johnson pulled in a monster 55-yard touchdown in the 4th-quarter against the Saints on Sunday, and that could earn him the most important looks moving forward (should Ellington be out). That said, Chris Johnson could still be the primary rusher, we just have to wait and see what is being reported on Monday.

NEWS: Raiders QB Derek Carr exited Sunday’s Week 1 contest with what looked like a hand injury.

NEWS: This isn’t good for the Raiders, who will have a tough enough time putting everything together this year. They have some super talented pieces in place in Amari Cooper and L-Murray, however, they need a passer to keep things moving in a good direction, and Matt McGloin isn’t likely the answer. Stay tuned on Carr’s Week 2 status.

NEWS: Bills WR Sammy Watkins was held without a catch in his team’s Week 1 win over the Colts.

NEWS: While this was brutal for Watkins owners to watch, and experience, there are some positive things to take away here. First, the Bills looked good, and they won. Second, Tyrod Taylor is clearly efficient enough to get things done, and Watkins was covered pretty thoroughly in this one. Buy-low, but clearly buy-low and not even at his previously going rate prior to Week 1. He could have a nice year still. There is reason to worry, sure, but not if buying low.

NEWS: Packers WR James Jones pulled in four passes for 51 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1.

NEWS: It’s clear that Jones is going to be a nice fantasy WR3 right now. Will it last? Possibly. He should be grabbed in most all leagues given his TD potential under Aaron Rodgers.

NEWS: Bucs WR Mike Evans (hamstring) is inactive for Week 1 against the Titans.

NEWS: Get him out of your lineup. Expect to see a lot of Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson.

NEWS: According to ‏@JayGlazer on Twitter, Bucks WR Mike Evans is “very doubtful for today. He’s got to have a complete turnaround and convince team he can go fully”.

NEWS: Get him out of your lineup until you hear otherwise. Expect to see a lot of Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson.

NEWS: CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora is reporting that Arian Foster (groin surgery) has told his teammates that he could return in Week 2. “

NEWS: One of our biggest bold predictions this off-season, Foster, climbed up draft boards super fast heading near Sept, and all those that scooped him up in the 7th, 6th, 5th and then 4th rounds is looking pretty good right now. Hopefully he gets back by Week 2, but Week 3 sounds like a go unless he suffers a setback of some sort. Get ready, Foster owners!

NEWS: With Alshon Jeffery potentially on a ‘pitch count’ this week, Marquess Wilson and Eddie Royal are decent plays if you need a WR.

NEWS: Wilson is the home run, Royal is the steady/safe play.

NEWS: FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer is reporting that the Bears will “monitor” Alshon Jeffery (calf) in terms of plays played.

NEWS: Not a good sign, but that at least makes it seem like he is a good bet to play Week 1. If playing, he should be started, unless of course you have amazing alternatives. He is a high-end fantasy WR2 even if banged up a bit. If fully healthy, of course he’d be a low-end fantasy WR1 at least. If he gets healthy, we fully expect Jeffery to have a big 2015.

NEWS: Bucs WR Mike Evans might sit Week 1 against the Titans.

NEWS: This is going to be a game-time call, but clearly the receiver is looking more doubtful with each minute that passes. Prepare to be without him, but stay all over this heading into kickoff, as he is a must-start if starting.

NEWS: Rams WR Brian Quick is inactive for Week 1 against the Seahawks.

NEWS: This is not a great sign for the promising receiver. He just can’t stay healthy. Stay tuned for next week.

NEWS: Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (foot) is active for Week 1 against the Bills.

NEWS: This is solid news for Ryan Tannehill and Jarvis Landry. Expect to see a ton of Landry in week 1, he is one of our biggest breakouts this year.

NEWS: Updating our previous report, Rams RB Tre Mason will be inactive for Week 1.

NEWS: Rams RB Benny Cunningham is a sneaky play if in need. He is actually a strong flex play if you need one! We just updated the Analyzers with his new projections, so rerun your rankings/analyzes, folks!

NEWS: According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (calf) is expected to play in Week 1 against the Packers.

NEWS: Unless you hear otherwise, meaning Jeffery suffered a setback, he is expected to go. He has low-end fantasy WR1 appeal this year, no question, but it’s tough to count on him playing at that level until he appears closer to 100 percent. Still, if going in Week 1, he should be started in all formats. By the way, Eddie Royal is a sneaky WR3/4 this week if in need.

NEWS: Browns WR Dwayne Bowe (hamstring) is expected to be inactive for Week 1 against the Jets.

NEWS: We will keep you posted for next week, but Bowe won’t be someone we recommended until he proves healthy.

NEWS: According to reports, Rams RB Tre Mason doesn’t look like a go, as of now, with the injured hamstring. Prepare for other options if you were counting on him for any reason.

NEWS: Rams RB Benny Cunningham isn’t a bad option if you are in bad shape, as he will likely get the call, and bulk of the carries, in Week 1 (if Mason does sit).

NEWS: According to’s Ian Rapoport, Mike Evans (hamstring) feels “optimistic” about going in Week 1 against the Titans.

NEWS: Keep checking back with us, but this is clearly a game-time call, so have a backup plan in case the receiver can’t go. If he can go, and it’s looking more like he will than will not, he is a must-play.

NEWS: Packers WR Randall Cobb isn’t fully healthy and is expected to wear shoulder protection in Week 1 against the Bears.

NEWS: While it’s a bummer that Cobb isn’t 100 percent, he is a low-end fantasy WR1 lock even banged up, as he is Aaron Rodgers’ go-to guy (and will be all year long if the receiver can just get/stay healthy). Unless you hear otherwise, Cobb is a go.

NEWS: According to NFL Network’s Albert Breer, Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is expected to see starter-type carries in Week 1.

NEWS: He is still clearly no 100 percent, but he is locked into being a fantasy RB1 if playing, and it sounds like he’s playing unless he suffers a setback. That means 15-20 total touches (again, unless he suffers a setback). We worry about McCoy staying healthy all year long, but per start, he easily has top 5RB appeal. You just have to wonder if he is a great sell-high candidate early on this season!

NEWS: Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (fingers) is expected to play in Week 1 against the Saints.

NEWS: While he is called a game-time decision, he is expected to play. Stay tuned just in case. However, the receiver, until he proves otherwise, isn’t a strong fantasy play anyway. He has the skill and talent to be an elite fantasy receiver, but he clearly cannot be trusted as of this moment. That can all change fast, though, but for now he is a risky fantasy WR3 play, no doubt.

NEWS Heading Into Week 1

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Hey Starters Nation:

Be sure to sign up for Smart Alerts for more live breaking news like this news below:

Joseph Randle (RB/DAL) – According to several reports, all indications are that Randle will be the Cowboys Week 1 starter. That said, Darren McFadden could become that ‘hot hand’ at any moment, and then Christine Michael is a threat in future weeks… we talked for months on how this situation was just too risky at the going price for Randle. Don’t get me wrong, Randle could play well per start, but it’s tough to count on him hanging onto the job for 16 games. If he has a strong Week 1, my advice is to shop Randle.

Alshon Jeffery (WR/CHI)- 9/12 Update: Currently, phrases like “give it a go” are being thrown around with Jeffery playing in Week 1, so things aren’t looking good, but again, it looks like this will be a game-time decision, so stay tuned to more news/Smart Alerts.
Previous Update: Jeffery (calf) was limited in Friday’s practice and remains questionable for Week 1 against the Packers. This will clearly be a game-time decision, so stay tuned to Smart Alerts. Eddie Royal is a solid deep start this week if you need a play!

Randall Cobb (WR/GB) – Cobb (shoulder) is listed as probable for Week 1. Despite likely being less than 100 percent, he is a must-start low-end fantasy WR1.

Ameer Abdullah (RB/DET) – Abdullah is expected to have a “heavy workload” in Week 1 according ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein. This is a high-risk/high-reward play right here. In fact, it’s the definition of it. He could drop 20 total yards or 90 and a touchdown, it just all depends on that Lions coaching staff. If you have an already questionable RB2 or flex play, one that feels as risky, consider using Abdullah given his home run ability… he could break off a long TD run or catch at any moment. I can’t wait until this kid gets starter touches. Trade for him now, dynasty owners! Before it’s too late!

DeVante Parker (WR/MIA) – Parker is listed as probable with a foot injury; he has been cleared for Week 1.

LeSean McCoy (RB/BUF) – McCoy (hamstring) is probable for Week 1 against the Colts, but he has admitted that he isn’t quite 100 percent. He is still a must-play, and a potential top 10RB, though. Hopefully he comes out of Week 1 without setbacks. Stay tuned to Smart Alerts just in case his status changes!

Mike Evans (WR/TB) – Evans returned to practice today and coach Lovie Smith said that he ‘looked good’ running. Unless he suffers a setback, which we will alert you to if that happens, consider him a low-end fantasy WR1 this week. Evans should have a breakout 2015.
Victor Cruz (WR/NYG) – Cruz has been ruled out of Week 1. Get him out of your lineup. We will keep you posted on his potential return in Week 2.

Duke Johnson (RB/CLE) – The runner, who is recovering from a concussion, is listed as probable for Week 1. Isaiah Crowell is the starter, but Johnson has awesome sleeper potential as we move forward. Johnson is a player to stash, not necessarily start (yet), though.

Dwayne Bowe (WR/CLE) – Dwayne Bowe (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 1. He shouldn’t be in lineups regardless until he proves that he is healthy and reliable. Stay tuned for more updates on Bowe for Week 2.

Percy Harvin (WR/BUF) – Harvin (hip) is listed as probable for Week 1.

Zach Ertz (TE/PHI) – Ertz (groin) is looking to be a game-time decision for Monday night against the Falcons.

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.