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NEWS: Doug Martin doubtful, Bobby Rainey looking like a sneaky-good RB2 start of the week?

SMITTY: Both Jeremy Hill (Gio is out) and Bobby Rainey have sneaky-good RB2-type upside this week, and both are available in some leagues, and Rainey is available in a lot of leagues. There is always risk with plug-and-play type players, and their Week 10 production isn’t locked in, that’s what makes them plug-and-play for Week 9, but both have huge upside/appeal. There was some thinking all week, and there still is a bit lingering around news wires, that Charles Sims could see a grip of work in this one… while possible, it sounds more like Rainey will lead the charge out of that Bucs’ backfield, but again, that’s why there is some risk with such plays, so know that. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Giovani Bernard out for Week 9, AJ Green looking likely to play; Jeremy Hill one of our starts of the Week?

SMITTY: Giovani Bernard (hib) is out for this week, which is horrible for all Gio owners, but he has a shot at returning next week, so we will keep you posted. Jeremy Hill now steps into the starting role for Week 9 and is a sneaky-good RB2-type play. Coach Marvin Lewis expressed confidence on Friday regarding AJ Green being able to play Week 9. Stay tuned on this one. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Charles Sims not a lock to play Week 9?

SMITTY: According to reports, Bucs coach Lovie Smith said this on Charles Sims heading into Week 9: “I don’t know if he’ll be ready to go this week.” Early in the week, the runner was kind of looking like a lock to play this week, and most were even expecting that he’d get a healthy dose of carries. However, Sims owners better pump the brakes a bit until we find out more. Doug Martin might be looking at “do or die” type stuff in Week 9, as a good game could buy him more time to hold onto his starting gig, and a bad game could rapidly move Sims into the starting position. Don’t count out Bobby Rainey either, though. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Theo Riddick to be used with Reggie Bush moving forward?

SMITTY: Theo Riddick has been a player we’ve liked a lot for a while now, and it’s nice to see him finally get a chance. It’s tough to say how good he can be splitting time with Reggie Bush, who both already share time with Joique Bell, but if Bush can’t stay healthy, watch out. Riddick is a top-five pick-up heading into Week 9 Add/Drops. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

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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: Calvin Johnson (questionable) is not expected to play in Week 8; Reggie Bush (ankle) now doubtful.

SMITTY: We have been hearing this for a while now, so we’re simply passing along the reinforcing info on this one whenever it shows its ugly face. His ankle injury clearly is bad and the logic here is that the team will rest both Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush (ankle) this week since the Lions are on a bye in Week 9 (giving both players two weeks to get healthier). Kick off for this game, in London, is at 9:30 AM ET, so stay close to both this news wire and your Smart Alerts for updates on both players. For now, get ready for a whole lot of Golden Tate and Joique Bell, especially with rookie TE Eric Ebron also set to miss Week 8! Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jonas Gray could see an increased role in Week 8?

SMITTY: There are a few sources right now talking up Jonas Gray. No one is predicting amazing things, but what we are hearing is that he is considered the big back on that roster, which could spell goal line work. It could turn into more, it could be nothing. Basically, if you count on Gray this week for whatever reason, realize that using him is the definition of high-risk/reward. Shane Vereen should have a big Week 8, as he is the most dynamic rusher on that New England roster, but stranger things have happened in New England at the position. As for Vereen, he is probable after battling an illness this week — expect him to play unless you soon hear otherwise. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

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: Denard Robinson the future at RB in JAC?

SMITTY: ESPN’s Michael DiRocco is suggesting that the Jaguars may have found their future rusher in Denard Robinson. In the report, the writer also asked the question, can Robinson handle workhorse carries? Honestly, it’s too early to tell if he can be a long-term option, but he is clearly one of this week’s top waiver wire pick-ups and an excellent flex-option moving forward (even with Toby Gerbart looking close to back). Storm Johnson shouldn’t be written off just yet, though, but the momentum is clearly in the corner of D-Robinson.

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?