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Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 14)

Below is our Breaking News Wire for Week 14. Check back all morning long, and stay tuned to our Smart Alerts as well, as news can often break last-minute!


NEWS: According to reports, Browns TE Travis Benjamin (shoulder) and TE Gary Barnidge (ankle) are both expected to start Week 14 on Sunday.

FANTASY: Johnny Manziel loves Travis Benjamin, so as long as he remains a go, he is a strong WR this week.


NEWS: According to reports, Chargers QB Philip Rivers (flu) is expected to start Week 13 against KC.

FANTASY: “Expected” is the keyword here, so play this with caution, especially given the QB has lost so many weapons this year. Check back, but for now, he is ‘expected’ to play.


NEWS: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has reported that NE TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) will be ready “if needed” for Sunday’s Week 14 game against the Texans.

FANTASY: This went from him not looking likely to play, to looking very likely given that he made the flight with the team… now, he could be ready on an emergency basis, or decoy. This will be a game-time call, so keep checking back on this one!


NEWS: According to reports, Packers RB Eddie Lacy will be the Packers’ top runner on Sunday against the Cowboys.

FANTASY: Last week was a disaster, after Lacy missed curfew and killed fantasy owners in unexpected fashion. This week, he should be considered a RB2 with high upside, but also a touch of risk.


NEWS: According to Rotoworld, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Eagles have “weighed all options” in regards to RB DeMarco Murray including benching him, and the team has already announced that Darren Sproles will be the feature back in Week 14.

FANTASY: Murray owners have had enough, and hopefully most of you own Sproles. Sproles is a very solid flex play this week (with upside for more), while Murray, right now, is looking like a “hopefully something changes in his favor next season” type of player.


NEWS: According to reports, Ravens QB Matt Schaub (questionable, chest) is not expected to play Week 14 on Sunday.

FANTASY: Jimmy Clausen will likely start against Seattle in Week 14.


NEWS: Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore (back) is doubtful for Week 14 against the Seahawks.

FANTASY: If we hear more, we will let you know!


Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 12)

Below is our Breaking News Wire for Week 12. Check back all morning long, and stay tuned to our Smart Alerts as well, as news can often break last-minute!


NEWS: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is inactive for Week 12.

FANTASY: Get ready for the Thomas Rawls show! Rawls is a low-end RB1 moving forward with Lynch out.


NEWS: 49ers declared Carlos Hyde (foot) inactive for Week 12.

FANTASY: Shaun Draughn will start in his place. Hyde’s return timetable is unknown.


NEWS: Cardinals WR Michael Floyd is active for Week 12.

FANTASY: He has been playing well, but is tough to start outside of being a WR3/flex play.


NEWS: Bengals RB Jeremy Hill left Week 12 game against the Rams with an ankle injury.

FANTASY: He is questionable to return. We will keep you posted.


NEWS: According to Rotoworld, Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion, out) was seen running with the Falcons’ inactive players prior to Sunday’s Week 12 game against the Vikings.

FANTASY: This is great news for his Week 13 availability, but Tevin Coleman is still expected to start Week 12. Stay tuned just in case something has changed, but last we heard, Freeman was ruled out and Coleman will start (and be a fine RB2).


NEWS: According to reports, there could be 1-3 inches of snow during Sunday’s Week 12 game between the Patriots and Broncos.

FANTASY: It’s tough to ever sit Tom Brady, so don’t unless your alternative is just plain awesome. He is without Danny Amendola (knee), Julian Edelman (foot) and he is playing Denver. But, he is Tom Brady.


NEWS: Accordindg to Rotoworld, ESPN’s Bob Holtzman has said that it “would be surprised” if Charcandrick West (hamstring, questionable) played in Week 12’s Sunday battle against the Bills. Travis Kelce (ankle, questionable) is expected to play in this one.

FANTASY: Spencer Ware is expected to start, and Knile Davis could see some action. Stay tuned just in case something changes, though.


NEWS: Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 12 against the Vikings.

FANTASY: Tevin Coleman will start Week 12 and will be backed up by Terron Ward. Coleman is a legit RB2 this week and could get 18+ carries.


NEWS: According to reports, Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) is not expected to travel with the team to Denver.

FANTASY: Check back with us on this one, but he doesn’t appear to be a go for Week 12.


NEWS: ESPN’s Adam Schefter has confirmed that Rams QB Nick Foles is expected to start Week 12.

FANTASY: Looks like Case Keenum couldn’t get through the concussion protocol.


Week 12 Waiver Wire Grabs

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The Top Dogs To Add For Week 12

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.

More Week 12 Adds

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.

Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 11)

Below is our STARTERS Breaking News Wire, which will provide live breaking news all Sunday morning. Keep checking back all morning long, as news often breaks last second, thus we can update the Analyzers multiple times per hour, sometimes 2-3 times within the last 20 minutes!


NEWS: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder, groin) is inactive for Week 11 against Denver.

FANTASY: This is horrible news for Jay Cutler and of course Jeffery owners. Get ready for a big dose of Jeremy Langford.


NEWS: Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (groin) is active for Week 11 against Miami.

FANTASY: Most reports suggest he will be close to being without limitation, but it’s tough to know how healthy he is. Turbin is expected to be the backup, but it’s also a guessing game as to how fast he has picked up the offense. It sounds like McFadden is a go, and the matchup is awesome.


NEWS: Bucs WR Vincent Jackson is active for Week 11 against Philly.

FANTASY: There was debate whether or not he’d be active in this one. He is risky given he was very questionable for this one, but get on our forums if you have a dilemma between VJax and someone else. If starting and healthy, he is always a decent play. The question is, is he healthy?


NEWS: The Eagles declared RB Ryan Mathews, QB Sam Bradford inactive for Week 11 against Tampa.

FANTASY: Get ready for a ton of DeMarco Murray. Even Darren Sproles could have relevance in this one now.


NEWS: Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders and Broncos QB Peyton Manning are inactive for Week 11.

FANTASY: Demaryius Thomas should be in for more targets than usual, and Owen Daniels is a solid start, and look for Cody Latimer to get some good run if in desperate need at WR3/4.


NEWS: Panthers WR Corey Brownis inactive for Week 11 against Washington.

FANTASY: Devin Funchess could have a bigger game than usual and is a solid WR3 start this week.


NEWS: Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman will be San Diego’s #2WR in Week 11.

FANTASY: It looks like it’s just Inman and Stevie Johnson at the WR position. Inman is worth a grab in deeper leagues, especially if you are in need this week. Same goes for Stevie.


NEWS: Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been activated off of the injured reserve-designated to return list.

FANTASY: Welcome back, Tony, who will start against the Dolphins in Week 11, which is fantastic news for Dez Bryant and Jason Witten owners.


NEWS: Bills RB Karlos Williams (illness) is no longer on the Week 11 injury report.

FANTASY: The runner could reach double-digit points even playing behind starter LeSean McCoy on Monday night. McCoy is still a RB1, though, don’t let Williams’ solid play and occasional play scare you off on ranking McCoy as a RB1 for as long as he is healthy. His health is a concern, though, so if you own McCoy and do not own Karlos, be sure to try and trade for him last minute in case McCoy gets hurt in Week 11! If McCoy makes it out of Week 11 ok, even more of a reason to go get Karlos on the cheap! You need both!


NEWS: According to reports, Dallas RB Darren McFadden (questionable, groin) could see a reduction in carries in Week 11.

FANTASY: Robert Turbin is likely to be McFadden’s most valuable backup, and then Rod Smith is next in line. It’s a guessing game, though, as we just can’t predict if Turbin will be up to speed in time for this one, so know that both runners, Turbin and Smith, are must-haves if McFadden is a stater for your team. It’s tough cuffing two players to one, but it’s kind of a must until we see Turbin settle into that backup role. With McFadden’s injury history, we strongly believe one of Turbin/Smith will start some games this year… both should be owned in all leagues given that upside!


NEWS: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is “questionable” for Week 11, but early reports are leaning in the direction of Lynch playing in Week 11.

FANTASY: Keep tabs on this by staying on this article and our Smart Alerts. For now, he looks like a go, but setbacks happen in warmups. Stay tuned!


Week 9 Waiver Wire Recommendations

Top Pickups of Week 9

DeAngelo Williams
Jeremy Langford

With LeVeon Bell (MCL) out for the year, there is no better pick up than DeAngelo Williams. He is 100-yard/TD capable every single week that he starts, and he is now the starter in PIT. Matt Forte might be out for 2 weeks, maybe longer, maybe shorter, but that leaves Jeremy Langford as the current lead dog in Chicago. He should be owned in all leagues.

More Adds

David Cobb
Theo Riddick
Kendall Gaskins
Antonio Andrews
Chris Thompson
Karlos Williams
James Starks
Charles Sims
Javorius “Buck” Allen
Christine Michael
Ahmad Bradshaw
Dwayne Harris
Jamison Crowder

Week 8 Live News Wire (All Sunday Morning)

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Below is our running Sunday morning live Week 8 Breaking News Wire. Check back all morning long, and good luck in Week 8!


NEWS: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) is active for Week 8 against Cincy.

FANTASY: He is a top 5 fantasy QB right away, and Antonio Brown instantly returns to the top 1-3 fantasy WRs moving forward. And, expect both Martavis Bryant and LeVeon Bell to see bumps this week. When that offese is clicking, everyone becomes hard to key on defensively. Note: We just updated the Analyzers with a touch more points for all these guys now that Big Ben playing is official. Re-run your Lineup Analyzer.


NEWS: 49ers WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring) is inactive for Week 8 against the Rams.

FANTASY: Get him out of lineups.


NEWS: Browns QB Josh McCown (shoulder) is active for Week 8 against Arizona; John Brown, as expected, is active for Week 8.

FANTASY: This is good news for Travis Benjamin and Gary Barnidge. Having McCown back there is critical for both players, and since McCown is under center, both are must starts despite the matchup.


NEWS: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is active for Week 8 against Chicago.

FANTASY: He should have a big, big game against that Bears rushing defense.


NEWS: Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) is officially active for Week 8 at the Ravens.

FANTASY: It’s hard to sit him, but some risk is present here.


NEWS: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that WR Vincent Jackson (knee) and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) will both be inactive for Week 8 at Atlanta.

FANTASY: Mike Evans and Donteea Dye will lead the way as far as the receivers go. Evans could see a huge amount of targets in this one.


NEWS: Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman is fully expected to start Week 8.

FANTASY: We expect a nice little game out of Hillman on Sunday night against the Packers.


NEWS: Cardinals WR John Brown (hamstring) is now looking more likely to play Week 8 than not play.

FANTASY: It looks like we will know during pregame warmups, but it might take a setback for this to trend back in the wrong direction, which is great for John Brown owners.


NEWS: According to reports, Chargers TE Antonio Gates will attempt to run prior to kickoff to see if he can give Week 8 a go.

FANTASY: This is going to be a true game-time call, maybe before one can even make the change, but stay close to your Smart Alerts and this news wire if you plan to roll Gates out there this week.


NEWS: 49ers RB Reggie Bush is expected to start Week 8; Carlos Hyde (foot) is out for Week 8.

FANTASY: Hopefully Hyde can get healthy fast. Bush is a decent pickup and start if hurting at your flex spot in Week 8.


NEWS: According to several sources, all signs “point” to Dez Bryant (questionable, foot) playing Week 8 on Sunday.

FANTASY: It’s hard to imagine anyone sitting him, even if forcing him into a WR3 or flex spot this week, but if you have a deep roster, bring your dilemmas to the forum!


Week 8 Waiver Wire Grabs

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Hey everyone, below are the top pickups for Week 8. If you have other names that you are seeing available in your waiver pool, comment below!

Week 8 Waiver Wire Grabs

Chris Polk/Alfred Blue (RB/HOU) – With Arian Foster out of the season (Achilles), these two will likely be this week’s top pickups. Who is going to start? Will either start? Will the team bring in someone else to muddy the situation? It’s tough to say. As of now, news wires all around suggest Polk is the clear lead here, but Blue has more talent if you ask me. Both are must-add players.

Orleans Darkwa (RB/NYG) – This kid looked good in 7, rushing eight times for 48 yards (6.0 YPC) and 1TD. He could see more carries moving forward and should be grabbed.

Danny Amendola (WR/NE) – He probably wont be consistent, but he had a nice Week 7 and looks healthy – for now.

David Cobb (RB/TEN) – He could return in Week 9, so monitor him on waivers if able.

Probably Not Available, But Check

Make sure all three of Jordan Reed, Charcandrick West and Stefon Diggs are not available in your league. All three are not likely available, but check, as all three are fantasy starters moving forward, not just good pickups.

Week 6 Live News Wire (updated all morning)

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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.


Week 5 Sunday Morning News Wire

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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.