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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?

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News: 10/19 Justin Forsett could see a ton of work this week given the heavy, heavy winds expected in the Baltimore game.
Take: Justin Forsett is an excellent play in this one given the winds, and we hear the winds are bad… 30mph bad. That makes Joe Flacco and those Ravens WRs iffy plays in this one.


News: 10/19 Lamar Miller (knee) is probable for Week 7.
Take: It’s finally time for the Lamar Miller Show, as Miller will be the feature back in Week 7.


News: 10/19 Branden Oliver faces the Chiefs in Week 7, who rank in the bottom 10 in the league against the run.
Take: Brandin Oliver is our RB start of the week, as he has top 6-10RB upside this week. He should be in all line-ups this week.


News: 10/19 Denard “Shoelace” Robinson is expected to start at running back in Week 7 against the Browns.
Take: If you need a RB this week, this isn’t a bad play. Storm Johnson should still be in the mix, so Robinson should be looked at as a risky play, but he is a starting RB this week, so if in need, he is worth a look.


News: 10/19 Jonathan Stewart (knee) is officially active for Week 7 and is expected to get starter carries.
Take: He is a risky play, as this feels like a total RBBC regardless. However, if in need at the position this week, and if available in your league, he isn’t a horrible option. Talent has never been an issue for Stewart.


News: 10/19 Jake Locker (thumb) is inactive for Week 7.
Take: Charlie Whitehurst will once again get the start. Both Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright are strong fantasy WR3s despite the weekly uncertainty at the QB position.


News: 10/19 Reggie Bush officially active for Week 7.
Take: This was expected, and Matthew Stafford should turn to him early and often this week with Calvin Johnson not likely to play.


News: 10/19 NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) has been cleared to play in Week 7.
Take: Great news. He is a fantasy WR3 whenever on the field. Check back just in case on this one, but things look good.


News: 10/19 AJ Green has been ruled out of Week 7.
Take: This was expected; Mohamed Sanu is a strong fantasy WR2 this week – easy.


News: 10/19 Jimmy Graham to play, not start, in Week 7.
Take: As expected, he will likely be a red-zone player in this one, and that makes him a risky play, but you almost have to roll with him unless you have a fantastic alternative. Ben Watson will get some extra run in this one, and Brandin Cooks could have a nice day as well.


News: 10/19 Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer will reportedly use a “hot hand approach” at the running back position in Week 7.
Take: This is an awful match-up anyway against the Seahawks, but this is exactly why we have been recommending that fantasy owners sell-high on Stacy for weeks now. Tre Mason is the most talented runner in that backfield… we had him ranked No. 1 out of all 2014 rookie rushers based on talent alone. Benny Cunningham is still a talented runner, too. This situation is messy, especially in Week 7.


News: 10/19 Andre Johnson (ankle) is probable for Week 7.
Take: He is a fantasy WR2 as long as he is healthy.


News: 10/19 Arian Foster (groin) is probable for Monday night’s Week 7 battle against the Steelers.
Take: He is a fantasy RB1 moving forward. Let’s hope he stays healthy!


News: 10/19 DeAndre Hopkins (hand) is probable for Week 7.
Take: He is a fine fantasy WR3 when on the field.


News: 10/19 Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is expected to play despite his questionable status.
Take: Be sure to check back before kickoff, but all signs point to Benjamin playing in this contest. He is a fantasy WR3 if starting.


News: 10/19 Bryce Brown is expected to be inactive in Week 7.
Take: Word is that the Bills won’t reduce Spiller’s workload in Week 7 like they did last week. He is a risky play, but you almost have to play him if the Bills are backing his workload. As we reported earlier, selling high is advised if he has a big game in this one.


NEWS: Jonas Gray promoted from practice squad; could he crack the NE rotation?

SMITTY: This is a cloudy situation for sure, and just because Stevan Ridley is out for the year, that doesn’t make this situation easy to figure. Shane Vereen deserves double-digit carries moving forward now that Ridley is done, but will New England feed their best rusher carries? They are kind of known for doing the opposite of what you’d imagine at the running back position, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Jonas Gray, a power back from Notre Dame, somehow earned significant playing time. Granted, it won’t be surprising if he is a non-factor as well, but the point is, he deserves monitoring. Brandon Bolden is the logical choice for goal line work in Week 7. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Ryan Mathews (MCL) not yet cleared to run; the Branden Oliver Show continues.

SMITTY: You almost have to think the Chargers will hold Mathews out until after the Week 10 bye, but stranger things have happened. Clearly he won’t be ready for Week 7 or Week 8. Even if he made it on the field in Week 8, it wouldn’t be with a heavy workload. Branden Oliver is an exciting start right now, he truly is a gifted rusher with a great situation right now. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Lamar Miller the clear starter in MIA with Moreno (ACL) out for the season.

SMITTY: Knowshon Moreno (knee) has already been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. It looks like the rest of the season is now the Lamar Miller Show. The elusive Miller has looked every bit the part so far this year when he has received the carries/receptions — expect him to flirt with high-end RB2-type numbers from here on out. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?