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Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 16)

Below is our Breaking News Wire for Week 16. Check back all morning long, and stay tuned to our Smart Alerts as well, as news can often break last-minute!


NEWS: According to Rotoworld, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has confirmed that Saints QB Drew Brees (foot) will play today (Sunday/Week 16) against the Jaguars.

FANTASY: He is playing with a torn plantar fascia, know that, but he would be tough to sit in most any situation given his upside. Colston is out, but Ben Watson is expected to play (as of now). Anything can change last minute, so stay on the news and smart alerts all morning!


NEWS: Dez Bryant (foot, ankle) is inactive for Week 16 against Buffalo.


NEWS: Titans declared Marcus Mariota inactive for Week 16 against the Texans.

FANTASY: Zach Mettenberger will start.


NEWS: According to reports, Ravens QB Ryan Mallett will start Sunday against the Steelers.

FANTASY: Jimmy Clausen could be sent in if Mallett struggles early.


NEWS: Vincent Jackson (knee) has been ruled out for Week 16.

FANTASY: Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be a real sneaky Week 16 play, and of course, get ready for a ton of Mike Evans in this one.


NEWS: Jarvis Landry (knee), Lamar Miller (quad) and DeVante Parker (ankle) are all three expected to play Week 16.

FANTASY: Setbacks happen last-minute, so stay on the news if you plan to play any of these guys.


NEWS: Matt Hasselbeck (jaw, back, neck, ribs) is probable for Week 16 against the Dolphins.

FANTASY: This is a risky play. He should start, but anything can happen in warmups, and it’s just not a safe play. Charlie Whitehurst would start if for any reason Hasselbeck couldn’t go last-minute.


NEWS: Alshon Jeffery is looking to be out for Week 16.

FANTASY: Check back last minute but get him out of lineups.


Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 15)

Below is our Breaking News Wire for Week 15. Check back all morning long, and stay tuned to our Smart Alerts as well, as news can often break last-minute!


NEWS: Titans WR Kendall Wright is inactive for Week 15.

FANTASY: Need a sneaky start at your WR3? Dorial Green-Beckham!


NEWS: Jaguars RB TJ Yeldon (knee) is inactive for Week 15.

FANTASY: Denard Robinson is a solid play if in need, and he has very good flex upside, if not low-end RB2 upside.


NEWS: According to reports, Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ribs) may only be available in an emergency capacity for Week 15.

FANTASY: Charcandrick West should be set for elite carries/touches in this one, so he is a RB1 play this today.


NEWS: Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee) reportedly feels “fine” and will play Week 15.

FANTASY: Unless he suffers a setback in warm-ups, expect Olsen to be a top 1-3TE play in Week 15.


NEWS: Patriots RB Brandon Bolden is thought by many news sources to lead the Patriots in carries in Week 15.

FANTASY: Don’t be shocked if James White sees more carries than anyone expects, but it appears Bolden has sneaky-good RB2 upside in Week 15.


NEWS: Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (ankle) is expected to “receive his full workload” Week 15 against the Steelers.

FANTASY: This is a risky play, but with lots of upside. If back in the starting role, which is expected, but not fully guaranteed, he is a low-end RB1. Know there is risk, but big upside.


NEWS: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (calf, illness) is expected to play Week 15 against the Vikings.

FANTASY: He is a top 10WR when on the field, no doubt.


NEWS: Bills RB Karlos Williams (shoulder) is expected to play Week 15 against the Redskins.

FANTASY: There is lots of risk in counting on Williams as anything but a reach-type flex-play. He can always go nuts if given carries, though, and it’s not crazy to expect a touchdown and some solid yards… that said, it’s the playoffs, now is not the time to gamble if you have a more secure starter. What is secure, though? Get on our forums and ask!


NEWS: Patriots QB Tom Brady (illness) is expected to start Week 15 against the Titans.

FANTASY: Nothing to see here… he is always a top 1-5 fantasy QB option!


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 13)

Below is our Breaking News Wire for Week 13. 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, some inactive player updates include, but are not limited to: Garrett Graham, Carlos Hyde, Karlos Williams, Eddie Royal, Larry Donnell, Marlon Brown.

FANTASY: These are just a handful of updates. Get these players out of your lineup for Week 13.


NEWS: Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is doubtful for Week 13 with a pinched nerve in his back.

FANTASY: Rookie Tyler Kroft will start in his place.


NEWS: Titans RB Dexter McCluster is out for Week 13 with a sprained knee.

FANTASY: We should see more David Cobb this week, but we have heard that for a couple weeks now and have yet to see Cobb see his expanded role. Still, if you need a RB, Cobb isn’t a bad option, just know it comes with risk.


NEWS: Jags WR Allen Hurns has been ruled out of Week 13 with a concussion.

FANTASY: Marqise Lee should see more work if you need a WR.


NEWS: Bills RB Karlos Williams (shoulder) did not practice all week has been ruled out of Week 13.

FANTASY: LeSean McCoy owners have to be happy, as the runner should see close to 20 carries in this one.


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!


Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 10)

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: Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is active for Week 10 against the Packers.

FANTASY: Stay close to your smart alerts just in case, but great news here.


NEWS: Titans have declared RB David Cobb (calf) inactive for Week 10 against the Panthers.

FANTASY: There were reports weeks ago that Cobb would soon get a shot at starter carries, but since then, Antonio Andrews has played well. Expect Andrews to get solid carries in this one. Andrews is a solid pickup and play if still available in your league.


NEWS: According to Rotoworld, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is “50/50” to play today against the Cardinals.

FANTASY: Thomas Rawls should be owned in all leagues, especially if you own Lynch, as this is the Sunday night game and we won’t know about this one until most all fantasy players have played this morning/afternoon.


NEWS: According to reports, the Patriots are expected to double-team Odell Beckham on Sunday.

FANTASY: After a few huge weeks, it’s not shocking to hear this, nor would it be shocking to see him somewhat contained for a week or two. He is a top 1-4WR regardless, you can never sit ODB if on the field, but the point is to expect some human-like games out of the guy.


NEWS: According to ESPN, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot) is expected to back up Landry Jones today against the Browns.

FANTASY: It’s strange that the team will use him over Mike Vick, but aren’t prepared to play him. That said, this is great news heading into the Week 11 bye, as the QB should be back after the bye. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant are both capable of elite numbers with Big Ben in the lineup, but even with Jones under center, both have top 5-10WR upside. Bryant has caught every single Landry Jones TD this year, FYI.


NEWS: Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) is expected to play Sunday against the Vikings.

FANTASY: Stay glued to your smart alerts and this news wire, though.


NEWS: Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) is expected to play today against the Titans.

FANTASY: Stewart has always been a walking injury, so all owners should have him backed up heading into this week, this way if he goes down, or suffers a setback, you won’t have to fight for Cameron Artis-Payne heading into Week 11 waivers.


NEWS: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Bears RB Matt Forte (questionable, MCL) is not expected to play in Week 10 against the Rams; Alshon Jeffery is probable with a groin injury.

FANTASY: This was all expected, but Forte’s somewhat questionable, vs doubtful, status this week indicated he is closer to getting back. This is great news for Forte owners. Get ready for another Jeremy Langford show in Week 10.


NEWS: Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (questionable, concussion) has been cleared for Week 10.

FANTASY: Bridgewater passed the final stage of his concussion protocol and should start Week 10.


NEWS: Texans WRs Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and Nate Washington (hip) are listed as probable for Week 10 against the Bengals.

FANTASY: This is good news for Hopkins, who will have a little extra room with defenses needing to key on all three of Hopkins, Washington and Shorts.


NEWS: Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi is expected to see more carries in Week 10 after a solid showing in Week 9.

FANTASY: Ajayi is absolutely a must-have for all Lamar Miller owners, and he is a sneaky hold all by himself in deeper leagues. He can get TD looks right away, but the value is more in owning him if Miller got banged up. If starting, Ajayi would likely thrive. Miller is thriving currently, though, so this is not a knock on Miller. Miller has been on the Upside Board previously, I love the guy, and if he remains healthy, he should continue cranking out fantastic fantasy RB2-type numbers the rest of the way. But, own Ajayi, he is one of the better looking backup runners in the league right now, and he has starter talent.


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 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.


Breaking News: Week 4 Live Feed

Below you will find our Week 4 Live Breaking News Feed, which will be updated all Sunday long.

NEWS: Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will miss Week 4, and could be out as many as 3-4 weeks. Sammy Watkins is also out for Week 4.

FANTASY: This is horrible news for McCoy owners, but those who picked up Karlos Williams weeks ago, as we talked about all over this site, including on our forum (where our forum users are always talking up breakouts early on in the year), you’re looking solid for a few weeks. Williams has big upside any game he starts!


NEWS: Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring) is inactive for Week 4 against the Eagles.

FANTASY: Get him out of lineups.


NEWS: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is inactive for Week 4 against the Raiders.

FANTASY: Jay Cutler is active for this one, though, which is great, well, better, for all Bears players.


NEWS: According to reports, Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) believes that his shoulder is healthy enough to make every throw this week against Dallas.

FANTASY: He is a risky play given he isn’t 100 percent, and you always have to worry about setbacks. That said, sitting him or starting him, even with the risk, depends on your depth, so get on our forums if you have tough calls this week. Brees being under center is great for Brandin Cooks, a great buy-low heading into Week 4. If Cooks fails to impress yet again in Week 4, we still say buy-low, as he has way, way too much talent to not become the receiver we envision him becoming.


NEWS: Bucs RB Doug Martin (knee, quad) is expected to play in Week 4, Sunday, against the Panthers.

FANTASY: He is tough to trust as a RB2 right now, but is a strong flex-play. Have diliemmas? Get on our forums!


NEWS: Bears QB Jay Cutler (hamstring) is expected to give it a go for Week 4.

FANTASY: While he is not a recommended start given he is not 100 percent healthy, this is great news for all those Bears fantasy players.


NEWS: There are conflicting reports floating around news wires right now regarding DeMarco Murray’s Week 4 availability. An early morning report today came out saying that the runner was not likely to play, but a newest report by Rotoworld is reporting that ESPN’s Adam Schefter is hinting that Murray (hamstring) is now expected to play today against the Redskins.

FANTASY: This is truly a game-time call, and even then, it could be one of those things where Murray is fully expected to play, and does, yet he doesn’t start and gets limited work. On the flip side, it could be one of those things where we all have low expectations and Murray explodes. The bad news is that nothing will likely be clear until the game is underway. Murray is a great buy-low right now, though, in all formats, as he has fantasy RB1-type upside, but can almost be had at high-end flex value right now, or maybe super low-end RB2-type value. Take full advantage of this value if you have depth on your bench and you can take a risk. Even if he sat this week, he is a secret weapon-type stash at that kind of trade value.


NEWS: As we previously reported, Arian Foster is now expected to play Week 4 for the Texans.

FANTASY: That said, most reporters close to the situaiton are going to suggest that he is not expected to handle a full workload. If you own Foster, whether you play him or not depends on your roster. He is a hard player to sit if you roll with a flex or 3RBs, that’s for sure.


NEWS: ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is out for Week 4 against the Jaguars.

FANTASY: This is huge news, as it affects so many players. Downgrade all Colts players, even TY Hilton. Check back with us just in case something changes, or was reported wrong, as it’s quite early in the morning.


NEWS: According to reports, including Rotoworld, Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) is expected to play today in Week 4 against the Falcons.

FANTASY: It’s tough to predict how much action he will see if he does go, but he would be tough to sit unless news later breaks this morning that suggests he will be used very little. Stay tuned!


NEWS: Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron (groin) is active for Week 4 against the Jets; Jets RB Chris Ivory (quad) is active for Week 4 against the Dolphins.

FANTASY: Ivory could be on a snap count, but some of that feels like speculation. If you have a dilemma with Ivory, get on our forums and get last minunte start/bench help!


NEWS: According to several reports, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) might have a more serious injury than initially thought.

FANTASY: He is on the fence to start this week, but we’d guess things are leaning more to the ‘no-go’ side, which means that Thomas Rawls could start Week 4, and if he did, he’d be a very strong flex-play (at least). Stay tuned for more on this situation, but know that this game is Monday night, so if Lynch owners don’t own Rawls as well, you’re going to have to make a Sunday decision (unless you have let’s say Ameer Abdullah as well, as that’s who the Seahawks play in Week 4 on Monday night.


NEWS: Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) has already been ruled out for Week 4 Monday night against Seattle.

FANTASY: We have been waiting for Ameer Abdullah to get a boatload of action, and this might be the week. He is big in the receiving game, so he should be able to see starter touches even if Seattle gets out to an early lead, but hopefully we get to see Ameer handle starter carries with some solid receptions.


NEWS: According to ESPN, Ravens WR Steve Smith has four microfractures in his back.

FANTASY: Several different reports have surfaced regarding Smith’s injuries, including broken ribs, and now microfractures. No surgery is needed, as of now, but Smith will likely miss at least one week. Stay tuned, as this can change fast.


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.