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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: 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: Week 4 Injury Round-Up :: Calvin Johnson questionable?

Jamaal Charles (KC/RB – ankle) participated in Chiefs practice on Friday – It’s looking more and more like a must-start for Monday night’s game against the Patriots. Could Knile Davis still get touches? Sure, but it will be hard to start Davis if you own him unless Charles starts sounding limited, which right now doesn’t seem to be the case. Charles owners should stay all over this one, which includes checking our news wire constantly, and signing up for our Smart Alerts, but it’s starting to sound like Charles owners can get a little bit excited for Week 4.

Calvin Johnson (DET/WR – ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Jets; he was “limited” during practice on Friday, but practicing is a plus. Stay on our Smart Alerts on this one!

Vernon Davis (SF/TE – ankle, knee) will be a game-time decision in Week 4 against the Eagles; stay on top of this one!

Joique Bell (DET/RB – knee) is listed as probable for Week 4 against the Jets. If Calvin sits, which is up in the air right now, the team would use Bell more in this one.

Bernard Pierce (BAL/RB – thigh) is listed as probable for Week 4. Even if he plays, no one knows what kind of workload he will receive, as Lorenzo Taliaferro earned some carries for sure. Right now, Taliaferro and Pierce are both cloudy flex plays this week.

Arian Foster (HOU/RB – questionable, hamstring) will “definitely” be a game-time decision in Week 4 against the Bills. Keep tabs on this one, and if Foster sits, Alfred Blue is a strong, strong flex play.
Marquise Goodwin (Bills/WR – concussion) is listed as doubtful for Week 4.

Brandon Marshall (CHI/WR – ankle) missed practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Pack. At least his contest is in the early set of morning games on Sunday. Stay tuned.

Ladarius Green (SD/TE – hamstring) did not practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 4 versus Jacksonville. Until SD unleashes him, he is not a good play anyway. Not yet.

Eric Decker (NYJ/WR – hamstring, questionable) is expected to play Sunday versus Detroit. Keep tabs on this despite some of the news suggesting he is a go.

Delanie Walker (TEN/TE – shoulder, questionable) was limited in Friday’s practice. Keep tabs on this one, and be sure to sign up for Smart Alerts.

Jake Locker (TEN/QB – wrist) looks more doubtful than questionable. Charlie Whitehurst might start this one. Need a sleeper DST this week? IND might crush Whitehurst.

Marqise Lee (JAC/WR – hamstring) is listed as out for Week 4. Allen Hurns remains a sneaky-good WR3!

DeAngelo Williams (CAR/RB – thigh) is probable for Week 4 against the Ravens.

Harry Douglas (ATL/WR – foot) is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Vikings.

Roddy White (ATL/WR – hamstring) is listed as probable for Week 4 against the Vikings.

Jarrett Boykin (GB/WR – knee, groin) is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Bears.

NEWS: Eli Manning scores 5 total TDs in Week 4; Larry Donnell scores 3TDs; Rashad Jennings quiet with 55 yards rushing.

SMITTY: This was definitely a strange game with an unexpected direction, but Larry Donnell is absolutely proving to be a strong low-end TE1 moving forward. We don’t yet trust Eli Manning despite an amazingly-strong outing in this one, but his uptick in production is clearly fantastic news for all Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Donnell owners. As for Jennings’ quiet night, he didn’t get a carry in the fourth quarter, as the Giants turned to rookie Andre Williams in a blowout. Jennings was on our Week 4 Sell-High List because we feared, and still fear, that his workload will be inconsistent — selling him coming off his 170+ rushing performance was just smart if the price was right. And, even though Williams saw his 15 touches (to Jennings’ 13) due to the game being a blowout, you have to think that the Giants might look to use Williams more moving forward — Williams can’t catch, but he sure runs with force. As for Kirk Cousins and his 4INT night, we didn’t see that coming at home against the Giants. Everyone should allow him another week of play before we starting jumping to conclusions, but he looked like a different player in this game, not the passer we saw last week and in previous outings where he has shined. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: DeSean Jackson active for Thursday night Week 4; Niles Paul a must-start?

SMITTY: DJax is a good play assuming he doesn’t suffer a setback in warm-ups. Inactive for the Redskins is QB Robert Griffin III, TE Jordan Reed and WR Santana Moss, which makes Niles Paul a must-start in Week 4 — Paul is inside our top 5 for Week 4 tight ends. Of course, Pierre Garcon should be in line-ups, and Kirk Cousins is top 10-capable this week… and if you need a sneaky DST play this week, this Thursday night game is at home in Washington… Eli Manning turning the ball over a few times sounds about right. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Carson Palmer to throw today? Value increases coming for Floyd, Fitz and Ellington?

SMITTY: This is great news for Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald owners, although, Drew Stanton is playing effective football under center. Still, as we said last week, Palmer in that AZ line-up almost increases both receiver’s values by a tier or more (and the same can be said for Andre Ellington, who will have more room to run in Weeks 5+ with Palmer back keeping defenses honest). Check back with us after Wednesday’s practice, as we should have a better indication regarding Palmer’s potential Week 5 availability. Remember, the Cards have a bye here in Week 4, which is perfect timing for the 3-0 Birds. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Le’Veon Bell rushed 21 times for 147 yards in Week 3 against the Panthers.

SMITTY: Le’Veon Bell was on our Week 3 Buy-Low List for a reason last week. Don’t sell the runner, he looks fantastic this year. He looks like a top 5RB. Let’s just hope he stays healthy (do your best to handcuff him to Legarrette Blount, something you should already have taken care of). Look for a Week 4 Buy-Low List to publish shortly, which you can locate right on the homepage when logged in!

NEWS: Kelvin Benjamin pulled in 11 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Steelers.

SMITTY: This guy is a beast, and the more and more I watch him play, the more I’m starting to think he has ‘monster-elite’ ability. Trading for him now in dynasty is a good idea, before it’s too late. It might be too late in some hardcore dynasty leagues, sure, but get on our forums and draft up some offers/ideas. Sometimes it’s hard to acquire a player like this, that has already started to shine, but it usually is not impossible.

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 3)

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News: 9/21 (03:20pm) Andre Ellington (foot) is active for Week 3 against the 49ers; Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) is inactive for Week 3 against AZ. Carson Palmer is also inactive.
Take: Andre Ellington should see a grip of work in this one, and despite his foot, he remains one of our bigger breakouts this year. He has been doing outstanding fantasy-wise considering the foot and his loss of Carson Palmer. Derek Carrier will get extra run at TE this week for the 49ers.


News: 9/21 (03:17pm) Jamaal Charles is inactive for Week 3 against MIA.
Take: This was fully expected, but we wanted to give you official word. Knile Davis has fantasy RB1-upside this week.


News: 9/21 (03:17pm) Danny Woodhead was carted off the field with a severe ankle injury.
Take: Horrible news, as he was truly setup to shine in PPR formats while Ryan Mathews was out. We will keep you updated on his injury and how long he might be out.


News: 9/21 (12:55pm) According to rotoworld, the Texans have announced that Alfred Blue will be their starting runner against the Giants today (Week 3).
Take: As I/we said this morning, I really like this kid and he is a sneaky, but risky, Week 3 play. I am playing him in one league despite the risk. His upside is big. Alfred Blue and Jeremy Hill are the sneaky RB starts of the week.


News: 9/21 (12:41pm) DeSean Jackson is on the field and warming up to play.
Take: Jackson looks like a go in this one. Of course, anything can happen during warm-ups, but you're signed up for Smart Alerts, so you're covered! We will send an alert back out should something change. Kirk Cousins is a sneaky start this week if you need a QB. Pierre Garcon owners were probably hoping Jackson wouldn't go, but I don't think DJax is fully healthy, so Garcon could see more targets than usual. Start Niles Paul if you got him, as Jordan Reed is out!


News: 9/21 (12:39pm) FOX’s Jay Glazer has confirmed that Jamaal Charles (ankle) is not expected to play in Sunday’s Week 3 contest against MIA.
Take: Knile Davis has low-end RB1 appeal in this one. Be sure to check back just in case anything changes with Charles’ status, but Week 3 should be all Knile Davis.


News: 9/21 (12:33pm) Shaun Hill (thigh) is active for Week 3 against DAL.
Take: Austin Davis was expected to start, but it appears Hill is working out with the starters. Neither QB should be starting in fantasy leagues unless the league is a large 2QB league.


News: 9/21 (12:13pm) Bengals OC Hue Jackson “doesn’t have a number” in mind in terms of how many carries he’ll split up between Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard.
Take: You guys all know by now how much I love Giovani Bernard, as I believe he is a top 5-10 fantasy rusher this year. Even with that stance, I love Jeremy Hill, and that offense has room for both runners. Today might be the game Jeremy Hill explodes, and again, I can’t stress enough I still believe fully in Gio. Hill is going to be used early and often between the tackles, and he will have 8-10TD potential this season. He is averaging 4.9 yards-per-carry and is coming off a 15-carry game in Week 2. Don’t bench a stud or big name for the guy, but Hill is a fantastic flex-start this week (and moving forward).


News: 9/21 (12:13pm) According to rotoworld, Danny Woodhead is listed as the starting running back for the Chargers this week.
Take: We’ve been saying it all week, Danny Woodhead is the best RB in SD right now, especially in PPR. Donald Brown is expected to get early-down work, but Woodhead has more appeal fantasy-wise.


News: 9/21 (12:05pm) Keenan Allen (groin) is active for the Chargers’ Week 3 contest against BUF; Ryan Mathews is inactive.
Take: This is the best buy-low WR in fantasy right now. Why? Yeah, yeah, he hasn’t done much in Weeks 1 and 2, right? Well, he faced AZ in Week 1 and Richard Sherman and SEA in Week 2. Well, let me tell you, if you watched Allen against Sherman, you’d be quite impressed. Allen has amazing footwork, speed and route running ability. He is a fantasy WR1 talent-wise – We hope the Keenan Allen show starts in Week 3!


News: 9/21 (12:01pm) Dez Bryant (shoulder) is active for Week 3 against STL.
Take: This was expected, but it’s great to get confirmation that Dez is ready to explode in Week 3.


News: 9/21 (12:01pm) Tavon Austin (knee) is inactive for Week 3 against DAL.
Take: He isn’t a viable starter right now anyway.


News: 9/21 (12:01pm) Aaron Dobson is inactive for Week 3 against OAK.
Take: He isn’t a viable starter right now in fantasy anyway.


News: 9/21 (11:56am) Bernard Pierce (thigh) is inactive for Sunday’s Week 3 contest at CLE.
Take: Justin Forsett and and the rookie we have been talking up for weeks, Lorenzo Taliaferro, would likely split carries in this one with Pierce officially out. Taliaferro is a must-add in dynasty, and he remains a sneaky pick-up in larger redraft leagues — just know anything can happen carry-wise in this game, so be careful plugging either into your line up. Lorenzo Taliaferro has big upside if he plays a ton, though, but his workload is far from guaranteed — this week at least.


News: 9/21 (11:55am) A.J. Green (toe) is active for Week 3.
Take: This was expected, but it’s great to get further confirmation. Green is a top 1-4WR any week that he is on the field.


News: 9/21 (11:33am) NFL Network is reporting that Arian Foster (hamstring) is officially inactive for Sunday’s Week 3 contest against NYG.
Take: Alfred Blue and Ronnie Brown will most likely split some work, but if you need a sneaky play this week at RB, Alfred Blue is your guy! There is always risk with these starts, so know that, as Brown could get more reps than anyone can predict, but I love this kid Blue! Jonathan Grimes could see some run, hence the risk in starting anyone last-minute. I like Blue here.


News: 9/21 (11:23am) ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Shane Vereen (shoulder) is expected to play Sunday’s Week 3 contest against OAK.
Take: Check back last-minute, just in case he suffers a setback in warm-ups. Sign-Up For Smart Alerts to ensure you get real-time alerts on all this!


News: 9/21 (11:23am) Both Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) are expected to play in Monday night’s Week 3 contest against the Jets.
Take: This is solid info to have now, as some were considering using some Sunday options vs. those Monday night plays. Anything can happen in warm-ups, but both WRs appear ready to rumble on Monday night.


News: 9/21 (10:43am) Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) remains “doubtful” for Week 3.
Take: Unless a miracle occurs in this situation, Derek Carrier is going to get some extra run in Week 3.


News: 9/21 (10:18am) DeSean Jackson is expected to be available for Week 3.
Take: Expect him to play, but check back, as setbacks happen in warm-ups all the time.


News: 9/21 (10:18am) Wes Welker is expected to be a third-down/role player in Week 3 against SEA.
Take: He should return to his strong fantasy WR3 role at some point, but given the match-up and expected playing time, he might not be ready for that just yet.


News: 9/21 (10:16am) There is some buzz this morning suggesting that Bernard Pierce (thigh) may not play Week 3 against CLE.
Take: Justin Forsett and and the rookie we have been talking up for weeks, Lorenzo Taliaferro, would likely split carries in this one if Pierce cannot go. Taliaferro is a must-add in dynasty, and he remains a sneaky pick-up in larger redraft leagues — just know anything can happen carry-wise if Pierce sits, so be careful plugging either into your line up. Lorenzo Taliaferro has big upside if he plays a ton, but his workload is far from guaranteed — this week at least.


News: 9/21 (10:16am) NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Arian Foster (hamstring) is a “long shot” to play Sunday’s Week 3 contest against NYG.
Take: Alfred Blue and Ronnie Brown will most likely split work; Blue is a decent pickup if you’re in need, but just know he is boom or bust given that Brown could get more work than expected, or less work than expected. Blue is a great dynasty add, though, know that!


News: 9/21 (10:16am) Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is not expected to be available for Week 3 game against NE.
Take: Darren McFadden should see more work than normal. Let’s see if McFadden can hold-up.


News: 9/21 (10:05am) ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is expected to play against BAL.
Take: Great news, for now. Of course, check back with us closer to kickoff, as anything can happen in warm-ups.


News: 9/21 (10:04am) NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Jamaal Charles (ankle) is not expected to play Sunday against MIA.
Take: Check back of course, but for now, Knile Davis is expected to start. We will adjust the Analyzers/Rankings to reflect the change, but keep in mind that an earlier report, this morning, suggested that Charles had a good chance to play. Stay tuned, but expect Charles to sit as of now.


News: 9/21 (02:02am) Bernard Pierce (thigh) is listed as questionable for Week 3 at Cleveland.
Take: The Ravens signed RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, so you have to wonder if Pierce is more questionable than the Ravens are letting on. Pierce practiced on Friday, so expected him to go in Week 3 unless we send out another Smart Alerts on the guy. Just to ensure we’re saying it ahead of time, Ravens rookie RB Lorenzo Taliaferro could eventually see the field, and if he does, watch out. He is a great dynasty “go get” right now.


News: 9/21 (02:02am) Chris Johnson (ankle) is probable for Monday night’s Week 3 contest vs. the Bears.
Take: As sad as it is to say, CJ2K is merely a flex option at this point.


News: 9/21 (02:02am) Antonio Gates (hamstring) is probable for Week 3.
Take: Great news – After last week, be proved he still has some TE1 left in the tank.


News: 9/21 (02:02am) Chargers RB Branden Oliver will be active for Week 3 against the Bills.
Take: This is a dynasty sleeper right here. Be sure to consider grabbing this guy in those deep dynasty leagues. He could never see the field other than special teams, sure, but his talent level is big-time, so I hope he gets a shot. He will be the No. 3RB with Ryan Mathews out.


News: 9/21 (02:01am) DeSean Jackson is questionable for Week 3.
Take: This will be a game-time decision, so check back all the way up to kickoff, as well as sign up for Smart Alerts.


News: 9/21 (02:01am) Hakeem Nicks (illness) is listed as questionable for Week 3.
Take: This is a game-time decision, meaning you just have to check back frequently all the way up until kickoff (as well as sign up for Smart Alerts)


News: 9/21 (02:01am) Matt Schaub has been ruled out for Week 3.
Take: Derek Carr has a lot of dynasty appeal, it will be fun to watch him mature from Weeks 3-16.