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NEWS: Vernon Davis injury currently unknown.

SMITTY: It was back spasms that reportedly forced Vernon Davis from Sunday’s game – We will keep you posted, but be certain to sign-up for Smart Alerts.

NEWS: DeAngelo Williams (ankle) out for Week 5; Fozzy Whittaker or Darrin Reaves next man up?

SMITTY: This sounds like a high-ankle sprain, which means he could miss at least 2-3 weeks, if not longer (depending on the severity). So, next man up, right? In steps Fozzy Whittaker? He is a decent add this week if desperate, but also consider that Darrin Reaves and Chris Ogbonnaya could get some touches in Week 5, so this could just be a RBBC. Jonathan Stewart will likely still be out for Week 5. Looking for Week 5 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jamaal Charles scores 3TDs, but heads to locker room (with just cramping).

SMITTY: Update: It looks like heading to the locker room was just due to cramps. Charles is back on the sideline. Rest easy, Charles owners, he’s back. Congrats to all who bought low! He was one of our top buy-lows heading into Week 4.

SMITTY: He’s was back, and in a major way, but Charles heading to the locker room might not be a big deal, as the Chiefs are up 27-0. This offense clearly will produce at the running back position no matter who is back in that backfield, so Jamaal-only owners better go buy Knile Davis now while Charles has 3TDs attached to his name. The duo is a must! Check back on this one, though, and of course, stay tuned to our Smart Alerts updates.

NEWS: LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles and that PHI offense to bounce-back?

SMITTY: Do I worry about Nick Foles being an elite talent? Absolutely not. Do I worry about him getting injured behind a beat-up Philly offensive line? Yes. That said, anyone freaking out and jumping ship on Nick Foles needs to look at the facts. Depending on your scoring, Foles was the 4th-ranked fantasy football QB heading into Week 3, and he accomplished all that with some strange starts to Weeks 1 and 2, and in Week 3, that Eagles offense didn’t even touch the field once in the first quarter due to the flow of game and a Philly DST score. To put this into an even clearer perspective, Foles, again depending on your scoring format, was roughly 4-10 points off Peyton Manning, who through three weeks of play was roughly 2-3 overall for QBs in almost all leagues. Does Philly need to make some changes and secure up their offensive line? Yes, no question, but they should have RT Lane Johnson back for Week 5 against the Rams, and you can bet that Chip Kelly will be getting LeSean McCoy more involved in his offense moving forward. Some might be jumping ship on McCoy, and I wouldn’t blame anyone for selling high if that were even possible (which it likely is not)… but, selling low is a big mistake, as you just won’t likely get anything near what you deserve if you put him on your trade block. Keep the faith, as McCoy would still be a top 5RB if drafting for Weeks 5-16. Well, that’s how I see it. Could that change after another 2-3 bad weeks? Of course, but that still doesn’t mean selling low is smart management right now. Testing the trade waters isn’t unwise, but pulling the trigger on a bad deal isn’t going to change things for you if McCoy has been holding your back thus far. To put McCoy’s season into perspective, he had a solid first two weeks of the season, totaling 100 yards in each contest, and he scored in that Week 2 game. Those are not bad numbers, folks, not at all. His Weeks 3 and 4 were awful, as he ran 19 times for 22 yards (with no receiving stats) in Week 3, and he ran 10 times for just 17 yards (with no receiving stats) in Week 4. Those are pathetic stat lines for a top 2 overall pick. But, those first two games, where he averaged over 100 total yards and 0.5TDs, those games should be factored into your thinking here if you are a semi-panicked McCoy owner… Our Week 5 Buy-Low Candidates will be out Tuesday, so sign up for Smart Alerts to ensure you get that list emailed right to you!

Watch this Video on Chip Kelly on his offense after Week 4

NEWS: DeMarco Murray drops 149 rushing yards and 2TDs in Week 4; Murray a top 1-3 overall player moving forward.

SMITTY: What a beast. Not many saw this big of a season coming, aside from a select group on our forums. The guys i on pace for over 2,136 rushing yards and 20TDs. Will he continue on this monstrous pace? While I wouldn’t rule it out, I wouldn’t count on 133.5 rushing yards and 1.25TDs per-game. No matter what you expect, or no matter what you accept as a ‘pattern’ at this point, Murray is a top 1-3RB lock moving forward. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 4)

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News: 9/28 (12:49pm) Allen Hurns leads the NFL 26.6 yards-per-catch; Hurns is a strong start in Week 4.
Take: Hurns is a big-play receiver and should be in all line-ups unless you are crazy-deep at WR. As mentioned, he leads the league in yards-per-catch out of receivers with more than 1 reception – He will be targeted early and often in Week 4 by Blake Bortles.


News: 9/28 (12:11pm) Packers WR Jarrett Boykin (knee, groin) is inactive for Sunday’s Week 4 contest against CHI.
Take: Rookie Davante Adams should play like a fantasy WR3 this week.


News: 9/28 (11:40am) A lot of sources, including NFL Network, believe that the 49ers are going to run the ball as much as possible in Week 4 against the Eagles.
Take: This would be to keep that Eagles offense off the field. Carlos Hyde is always a risky play given he is technically the back-up, so know that if you play him, but he is our sneaky RB2 start of the week, especially given all the running back byes/injuries. Hyde is one of our top “go get” players heading into this week, too, as a big game might raise his value a bunch, and this kid should have a huge second half of the season.


News: 9/28 (11:38am) According to Rotoworld, Doug Martin (knee) is active for Week 4 against PIT.
Take: All indications are that he is in for a full workload, or at least a big workload, and that makes him a strong RB2 this week.


News: 9/28 (11:11am) Rich Cimini, via Twitter, expects Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) “to be situational player — i.e. on 3rd down and 3-receiver packages” in Week 4.
Take: This is another reason why Jeremy Kerley is one of our top sneaky-good WR3 plays in Week 4. The New York post predicted double-digit targets for Kerley this week, so everything is pointing to him having a sneaky outing this week!


News: 9/28 (11:10am)John McClain, with the Houston Chronicle, tweeted this at 10:53am EST: “Arian Foster is definitely playing. CB AJ Bouye isn’t.”
Take: It’s looking safer and safer counting on Foster this week. As always, stay on top of our news and Smart Alerts in case something occurs during warm-ups.


News: 9/28 (10:04am) Ian Rapoport is calling Vernon Davis (ankle/knee) “Good to go” for Week 4.
Take: Clearly he is a TE1 anytime he hits the field. Be sure to stay near your email/phone for any last minute Smart Alerts
should something change.


News: 9/28 (10:03am) Numerous reports are suggesting that Brandon Marshall (ankle) will play Week 4 against GB.
Take: He and Alshon Jeffery are good to go, and both have 80/1TD upside anytime they hit the field.


News: 9/28 (08:00am) ESPN is reporting that Delanie Walker (shoulder) will be ago in Week 4 against IND.
Take: Charlie Whitehurst being under center this week (Locker is out) makes things a bit tough to predict, as Walker could be his security blanket, or the passer could struggle all game long. I’d say Walker is only a risky play if you have strong, strong alternatives, otherwise, Walker is too talented to bench (if healthy and a go).


News: 9/28 (09:01am) NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Arian Foster (hamstring) is expected to play in Sunday’s Week 4 contest against BUF.
Take: If he is a go, and be sure to check back with us before kickoff, he needs to be in line-ups. However, it’s impossible to say for certain how many touches Alfred Blue will get. In leagues where I own the runner, he is in my line-up, though. He is expected to remain a game-time decision despite more than one report not suggesting that he will play Week 4.


News: 9/28 (08:44am) ESPN is reporting that Calvin Johnson (ankle) will be active for Week 4.
Take: This is great news. Keep tabs on our news wire and Smart Alerts, though, just in case something happens during warm-ups. The Lions play in the set of morning games.


News: 9/28 (07:28am) Jamaal Charles (ankle) is expected to play in Week 4 after practicing multiple practices in a row.
Take: As we said earlier today, it appears that Charles’ ankle isn’t a ‘high ankle’ sprain after all, or it’s at least of the extremely-mild variety. And, as we also said earlier, anything can happen between now and warming up on game day, but Charles looks like a go for Monday night’s Week 4 contest against the Patriots – That puts him back on the fantasy RB1 map! Davis could still steal some work, sure, but as a Davis-only owner, it would be tough to count on him given his Week 4 workload is very much up in the air. If you are a Charles-only owner and never handcuffed the two backs, now is the time to strike, as those owners with just Davis might finally deal the back-up at a reasonable price. Strike now and secure up that RB1 slot for the rest of the season!


News: 9/28 (07:28am) Rob Gronkowski (knee) is probable for Week 4 on Monday night against the Chiefs.
Take: He could be closer to healthy, which is exciting if you own the guy. A healthy Gronk would also mean an uptick for Brady owners.


News: 9/28 (07:20am) ESPN’s Jamison Hensley anticipates that Kelvin Benjamin will be shadowed by Ravens CB Jimmy Smith this week.
Take: We still like Benjamin this week, who even if contained yardage-wise, still has TD capability. It’s something to consider as you set that WR3 spot this week!


News: 9/28 (07:00am) Arian Foster (questionable/hamstring) is reportedly expected to play in Week 4 against BUF.
Take: This is great news, but still keep an eye out for our Smart Alerts (and this news wire), as setbacks happen all the time during game day warm-ups. In either case, expect Foster to see a bit less than a full workload, which makes him a low-end RB2 this week, and that keeps Alfred Blue in the ‘desperate’ RB3/flex conversation in very large leagues.


News: 9/28 (07:00am) Darren McFadden is expected to start Week 4.
Take: That said, it sounds like it could be a total timeshare in this one, so start either Maurice Jones-Drew or McFadden with tempered expectations. It’s a tough week as far as starting runners goes, though, given all the byes and injuries, so either isn’t an awful play, it just depends on the league size and circumstances, which is what our forum is for!


News: 9/28 (07:00am) Ladarius Green (questionable/hamstring) is not expected to play in Week 4.
Take: Antonio Gates (probable/hamstring) and Keenan Allen (probable/groin) will pick-up the targets. Hopefully this is the week Allen shines, we still believe.

NEWS: Doug Martin to get bulk of carries in Week 4 against PIT?

SMITTY: This is great news, but hopefully the guy can stay healthy looking-forward. Given that Rainey lost two fumbles last week, it’s a reasonably safe bet that Tampa Bay will feed Martin the rock just as long as he can handle it. In an attempt to play things conservative, expect fantasy RB2-type numbers out of Martin for a bit, but know that he is fantasy RB1-capable if healthy and rolling. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jeremy Kerley to see double-digit targets in Week 4?

SMITTY: The New York Post is predicting double-digit targets for Kerley this week, so if you need a WR, check your waiver wire for this guy. For some reason, he is still available in a lot of leagues. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Donald Brown to get a grip of carries in Week 4?

SMITTY: It sounds like San Diego is going to feed him the rock this week, but the team is averaging well below 3.0 yards-per-carry. Still, if you need a runner this week, due to all the injuries or byes, he isn’t a bad play at all. With Woodhead and Mathews both down, he and Branden Oliver, a player to monitor (especially in dynasty), are going to get solid touches by default. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jamaal Charles practices again and looks like a go for Week 4!

SMITTY: It looks like Charles’ ankle isn’t a ‘high ankle’ sprain after all, or it’s at least of the extremely-mild variety. Anything can happen between now and warming up, but Charles appears to be a go for Monday night’s Week 4 contest against the Patriots, which means that he is back to fantasy RB1 value. Could Davis still steal some work? Sure, but as a Davis-only owner, it would be tough to count on him given his Week 4 workload is very much up in the air. If you are a Charles-only owner and never handcuffed the two backs, now is the time to strike, as those owners with just Davis might finally deal the back-up at a reasonable price. Strike now and secure up that RB1 slot for the rest of the season! Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?