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NEWS: Jimmy Graham and DeAngelo Williams both active for Thursday Night Week 9

SMITTY: While he isn’t quite full strength, he scored a touchdown last week, so Jimmy Graham is a must-start unless he suffers some sort of last-second setback. Expect a lot of Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks (who should get more consistent moving forward) and Mark Ingram, who now has high-end RB2 appeal. DeAngelo Williams is set to start tonight’s battle against the Saints, but Jonathan Stewart could see just as much work. This feels like a total sharing situation. Panthers WR Philly Brown and running backs Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas are all inactive. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Robert Griffin III practices in full on Wednesday; the QB could play Week 9.

SMITTY: This is a situation to monitor all week, as Colt McCoy played well enough in Week 8 to deserve another start if it means RG3 can get another week stronger, but it sounds like RG3 is making a strong push to give it a go. Stay tuned, especially if you plan on using whomever starts this week. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: AJ Green practicing and expected to give Week 9 a go.

SMITTY: Most all sources around are predicting that he will attempt to play this week, especially after getting in some practice time today, but keep tabs on this via this news wire (and via our Smart Alerts) in case the stud suffers a setback. Green could be on a snap count this week, but if he is a go, fantasy owners need to play him. Mohamed Sanu is still a fine fantasy WR2/3 until Green is back to his old self. Even then, Sanu is still a fine fantasy WR3 moving forward. Stay tuned. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Calvin Johnson will definitely return after the Lions Week 9 bye?

SMITTY: According to Tory Petry, a Detroit Lions reporter, Lions WR Calvin Johnson will “definitely” return to the field after the Lions’ Week 9 bye. As we recommend via our Buy-Low/Sell-High Article this week, consider selling high on Golden Tate now. It’s not that we don’t believe in him, he can still play well, but his value will never be higher than it is right now, and that kind of extra value can do a lot for your team if it’s in need of a spark! Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Doug Martin is expendable now that Charles Sims (ankle) is back this week?

SMITTY: There is a lot of speculation surrounding this situation. Some sources are reporting that the Bucs’ organization is open to trading Doug Martin due to the fact that Charles Sims (ankle) is back in Week 9. It’s an interesting take considering Tuesday’s trade deadline is approaching, but with Martin not playing well, and given he can’t stay healthy, it is a bit tough imagining a team making a move for him. He is tremendously talented, but health is a real concern. Charles Sims is a must-add this week, as the team is fully expected to give him some work right out of the gate. He could be the starter soon, if not right away, or he could be shoved right into a RBBC with Martin and Bobby Rainey — the situation is still a bit cloudy, so know that. He is a must-add, though, just in case this shapes out like some close to the situation are expecting. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts for more info on players like this.

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News: 10/26 According to NFL Newtwork’s Stacey Dales, AJ Green will “NOT” play in Week 8, although he is “very close.” She also tweeted this: “I’m told 70-30″ for Week 9.
Take: We will keep you posted all next week, and be sure to be signed up for our Smart Alerts.


News: 10/26 According to the Bills on Twitter, Anthony Dixon will start Week 8 against NYJ.
Take: Don’t be surprised if either Dixon or Bryce Brown lead the team in carries this week. Most all of us knew that Jerick McKinnon should have been starting for MIN over Asiata, yet it took MIN a while to turn to McKinnon. Brown is the better back, but that doesn’t mean it will all translate right away. Both Dixon and Brown have equal parts ‘upside’ and ‘risk’ entering Week 8.


News: 10/26 Lorenzo Taliaferro is reportedly going to get some goal-line in Week 8 now that Bernard Pierce is a healthy scratch.
Take: He is a play for those desperate with injuries, but that’s about it. For now. This is Forsett’s team right now, at least in terms of the running back production.


News: 10/26 Bishop Sankey is expected to start Week 8 game against HOU.
Take: Shonn Greene (hamstring) is active, though, despite his recent arrest, but Sankey should have a nice outing in Week 8!


News: 10/26 Vincent Jackson is active for Week 8 against MIN.
Take: He is a strong WR3 or even low-end WR2 whenever on the field. Also, there are some rumors that teams like the Eagles, Patriots, and Seahawks are calling Tampa Bay about the receiver. We will keep you updated on this as news develops heading into Tuesday’s trade deadline.


News: 10/26 Storm Johnson is a healthy scratch for Week 8 against MIA.
Take: Gerhart is back, but D-Robinson should be the primary ball carrier in this one.


News: 10/26 Shane Vereen (illness) is active for Week 8 against CHI.
Take: He is a fine flex/RB3 this week, and solid low-end RB2 in larger leagues.


News: 10/26 Bernard Pierce is a healthy scratch for Week 8 against CIN.
Take: It should be the Justin Forsett Show in Week 8. The runner is a low-end RB2, or fine flex-play, this week, no question.


News: 10/26 ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is predicting that Darren Sproles (knee) will be inactive against AZ.
Take: Great news for LeSean McCoy owners. Sproles owners better get the little guy out of line-ups!


News: 10/26 Giovani Bernard is active for Week 8 against BAL.
Take: As expected… We still love Gio moving forward. He has RB1 dynasty upside, no doubt!


News: 10/26 Eric Decker (hamstring) is active for Week 8 against BUF.
Take: He is a WR3 this week.


News: 10/26 According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Seahawks have “grown tired” of Marshawn Lynch’s “ways,” and the rusher is not expected back in 2015.
Take: This is exactly what Christine Michael owners wanted to hear, although, it would be nice to see the Seahawks showcase the runner a touch in order to give him a sense of ‘upside’ for next season. It’s only Week 8, so there is still a ton of time to see Michael get some run, and all it will take is a week or two, even if it’s just a string of change-of-pace work. Somehow, though, these runners (in these situations) find ways to start Week 16 and 17, so we shall see there… We, Michael supporters, all knew there was a chance we’d see very little from Michael this season, making his big ‘potential’ season in 2015. We also knew that there was some risk in counting on Michael as a future stud, but no one should have invested at a high price. Michael has MONSTER upside, we just hope he gets a fair shot to start in Seattle in 2015, and things seem to be heading in that direction – for now


News: 10/26 The Colts are reportedly “leaning toward sitting” Trent Richardson (hamstring) for Week 8 against PIT.
Take: It’s going to be the Ahmad Bradshaw Show in Week 8, something that was likely regardless of T-Rich’s status.


News: 10/26 UPDATE: Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and Eric Ebron are officially inactive for Week 8 in London.
News: 10/26 Calvin Johnson is not expected to play in Week 8; Reggie Bush is doubtful with an ankle injury.
Take: The thinking here is that with the Lions having a Week 9 bye, Calvin Johnson will have two weeks to rest up if the team sits him in London. This particular game kicks off at 9:30am EST, which gives fantasy owners a jump on making any kind of decision should things change. For now, though, Calvin Johnson is fully expected to sit, and Bush is also likely out. This makes both Golden Tate and Joique Bell fine plays in Week 8!


News: 10/26 AJ Green, according to the NFL Network and other sources, will not play in Week 8 against BAL due to his toe.
Take: Stay all over both our News Wire and our Smart Alerts in case something changes, but we are not expecting Green to play in this one.


News: 10/26 Dez Bryant (shoulder) is probable for Week 8 against WAS; Tony Romo (ribs) is probable.
Take: The receiver is a top 1-4WR play this week, and arguably a top 1-2 overall WR moving forward.


News: 10/26 Percy Harvin is expected to be the Jets’ downfield threat.
Take: It’s tough to say if that will happen this week, as a lot of sources seem cautiously-optimistic about his Week 8 usage. Harvin is the definition of a risky play this week, but could develop into a strong fantasy WR3/flex down the stretch in the coming weeks. If you have a start/sit dilemma that involves Harvin this week, jump on our Forums and get some different takes on the decision!


News: 10/26 Jonas Gray is being called the team’s “big back” heading into this week.
Take: He is a super-high risk play this week, but it wouldn’t be crazy to see him get a TD, and some unexpected usage. That said, it wouldn’t be crazy to see him have zero impact. That’s New England for you. Shane Vereen is a decent fantasy RB2 play this week and “should” get some serious usage in this one. The “should” comes into play because he has been iffy all week with an illness, but most all sources around expect him to roll in this one. Stay on our Smart Alerts just in case news breaks suggesting he could sit.


News: 10/26 Both Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson are ‘out’ for Week 8.
Take: This makes Mark Ingram a very good play in this one, and it also makes Travaris Cadet a sneaky-good RB3/flex play, especially in PPR formats.


News: 10/26 Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 8.
Take: Expect to see a whole lot of Sammy Watkins in this one. The rookie could be a strong fantasy WR2-type play the rest of the way in 2014.


News: 10/26 John Brown (ankle) and Andre Ellington (foot) are both probable for Week 8 against the Eagles.
Take: While Ellington is a must-play, and a top 10RB play at that, John Brown is too hit-and-miss to count on, not unless you are in a super-deep league. He has a bright future, though, and will show flashes of brilliance along the way.


News: 10/26 Martellus Bennett (hamstring) is probable for Week 8.
Take: He is a go and a fine play this week.


News: 10/26 Andre Johnson (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 8.
Take: He is a must-play despite the ankle injury.


News: 10/26 Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is questionable for Week 8.
Take: Unless he suffers a setback in warm-ups, or has and no one is reporting on it yet, he is fully expected to play. Last week he didn’t catch a pass despite playing a decent amount, so there is risk in playing the tight end. However, whenever Jimmy Graham is playing, you almost have to start him. He could play 10 snaps in red zone situations and still catch 2TDs. Stay tuned to both our News Wire and our Smart Alerts in case something changes or develops.


News: 10/26 Travis Kelce (ribs) is probable for Week 8.
Take: Stay on top of our Smart Alerts, but he appears to be a go and is a must-play.


NEWS: Jimmy Graham (questionable) likely to play Week 8; Khiry Robinson ruled out?

SMITTY: Most all reports/sources are predicting that he plays, and despite playing last week and pulling in zero passes, fantasy owners almost have to start Jimmy Graham if he is playing. Even if used in red zone situations, the guy can score 2TDs in such a role. Check out where we have Jimmy Graham ranked on our Week 8 Power Rankings. As for those Saints rushers, Mark Ingram just got a huge bump (him and Travaris Cadet, who could play the PT role), given that both Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson are both out for this one.

NEWS: Manning tosses 3TDS to E-Sanders on Thursday; Keenan Allen pulls in 9-73-1TD in Week 8.

SMITTY: Peyton Manning exploded as expected in Week 8 on Thursday night, throwing for 286 yards, 3TDs and 0INTs; All 3TDs were to Emmanuel Sanders, who pulled in 120 yards on 9 receptions. Demaryius Thomas pulled in 8 passes for 105 yards, while Ronnie Hillman ran for 109 yards and pulled in 3 passes for 29 yards (which will very likely now have Montee Ball walking into a RBBC upon his return to the field). Julius Thomas pulled in just 2-of-6 targets for 26 yards. Philip Rivers threw for 252, 3TDs and 2INTS, with 9 receptions for 73 yards and one of those scores going to Keenan Allen. Antonio Gates pulled in 5 balls for 54 yards and 2TDs, while Branden Oliver ran just 13 times for 36 yards (and pulled in 7 passes for 27 yards). So, what’s the major takeaway from this game? Buy-low on both Julius Thomas and Branden OliverThomas has been in a major slump as of late, but the bottom line is that he has 9TDs through Week 8. Buy-low! And, as for Oliver, the dude pulled in 7 receptions and the Chargers were getting killed… he is clearly getting work, so he is a great player to try and acquire from an owner in a panic. Buy-low, though, so that there is little risk! Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Manning to explode in Week 8? Inactives for Thursday night include Ryan Mathews, Ronnie Brown, Montee Ball, Kapri Bibbs.

SMITTY: Inactive for tonight’s Thursday night battle between the Broncos and Chargers include: Ryan Mathews, Ronnie Brown, Montee Ball, Kapri Bibbs. Cody Latimer is active for the Broncos.

Look for Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas to have big games in this one, but that is a given. All those Broncos seem unstoppable right now. While it’s likely that the Broncos get out to an early lead and never let go of it, it wouldn’t be extremely surprising to see the Chargers put up a good fight. All it takes is one early turnover for the game to go in any direction… Ronnie Hillman will have yet another chance to impress, but his usage will depend on game flow. Keenan Allen needs to step-up in this one, as those that own the guy in fantasy may have already benched him heading into this Week 8. I still firmly believe in his skill set, there is no denying his routes and abilities, but he isn’t getting the targets he should be, and he has been banged up a bit… Rivers has to focus on him early and often in this one. Branden Oliver should be efficient as long as Denver doesn’t get off to too quick a lead, but Oliver is still relevant if San Diego is passing late in the contest. Antonio Gates is obviously a TE1 play moving forward, and in larger leagues, both Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd are fine WR3/4s this week. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Tre Mason ready to shine; Zac Stacy still a good buy-low despite Mason rising?

SMITTY: Look, it’s Tre Mason time, and no one is more excited than I am. I have been Mason’s biggest supporter since January, and I think he will go nuts moving forward, but now is a time to buy-low on Zac Stacy. This is especially the case for those that own just Mason, as you can lock in both backs, and Stacy won’t even command flex-type value. He isn’t even starting. He is now a back-up, so trade for him at that basement price. Why do I say this now, the moment Mason is getting unleashed? Well, for starters, Stacy is still a very good RB, and the duo makes for one solid option. Two, coach Jeff Fisher just recently said “it’ll be a week-to-week thing” at the running back position, and he even said: “Zac could get 25 carries this week.” Stacy won’t likely sniff double-digit carries let alone five, but the point is, nothing is for sure, especially decisions by coaches, and Stacy has enough appeal to go get at his rock-bottom pricing. All that aside, I can’t wait to see Mason run… don’t screw this up, Fisher! Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?