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NEWS: Bishop Sankey to be the lead back in Week 6; Joique Bell, Branden Oliver & Storm Johnson are sneaky plays.

SMITTY: ESPN is reporting that Bishop Sankey will likely lead the team in touches this week with Greene out. We agree, and he is one of our sneaky starts of the week, as most that own him have been putting him on the bench due to lack of touches. There is always risk with these kinds of plays, but Sankeky, Joique Bell, Branden Oliver and Storm Johnson all look like those sneaky-type starts this week. Looking for Week 6 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Toby Gerhart has been hurt since Week 1? Storm Johnson a sneaky fantasy play in Week 6?

SMITTY: We have never been in Toby Gerhart’s corner, as he just didn’t feel like long-term material at the position. Now his foot has reportedly been re-aggravated yet again in practice, so his availability for Week 6 is not looking good. Storm Johnson is one of our sneaky starts of the week, and was one of our top waiver wire adds heading into Week 6. There is always risk starting a player in this situation, but a storm could be coming, folks. Looking for Week 6 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Andrew Luck, TY Hilton, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson go nuts on Thursday night.

SMITTY: What a fantasy contest this one was. Andrew Luck threw for 370 yards, 3TDs, and 1INT against the Texans in this Week 6 Thursday night battle, and TY Hilton pulled in 9 balls for 223 yards and a score. On the Texans’ side of the football, Andre Johnson pulled in 7 balls for 99 yards and a TD, while Arian Foster totled 109 rushing yards and 2TDs on 20 rushes (and pulled in 3 passes for 32 yards. While I love Hilton, and think he could continue to play at a high level, he isn’t a bad sell-high candidate coming off this one… same goes for Andre Johnson, whom I also like, but he could still be inconsistent this season, so test those trade waters using our Trade Analyzer. Also, looking for Week 6 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Week 6 Injury Roundup :: AJ Green, Joique Bell, Storm Johnson, Bishop Sankey, Teddy Bridgewater and more.

Hey Starters Nation:

Due to all the news rolling through news wires today, we decided to put together a single post to cover all that is currently going on.


News: 10/9/14 – Andre Johnson (ankle) is active for Week 6 against the Colts.
Take: Arian Foster (hamstring) is a go and set for RB1-type play this week. Hopefully AJ can bounce-back this week, as he has yet to play like his old self. DeAndre Hopkins should have a nice outing in this one, and you gotta expect huge numbers out of Andrew Luck and that Colts offense (including Dwayne Allen). If Houston can keep it close right out of the gate, Foster and the Texans could surprise. Good luck to all with players playing in this one!


News: 10/9/14 – AJ Green (toe) is not expected to play in Week 6 against the Panthers.
Take: This is expected. We love Gio Bernard this week, and have since January. He has been, and remains, one of our biggest breakouts this year, and he is very undervalued coming off last week’s mediocre outing, so buy-low if you can! Mohamed Sanu will see a huge uptick in targets, so he is a great add if available in your league!


News: 10/9/14 – Joique Bell (concussion) is practicing in full today, and unless he suffers a setback, the runner is scheduled to be DET’s lead back in Week 6.
Take: Could we finally be on the verge of the “Joique Bell Show”? Even if Calvin Johnson plays, the Lions will likely lean on Bell, as Reggie Bush is not scheduled to play (as of now). Bell, if getting starter carries, has high-end RB2-type value in Week 6.


News: 10/9/14 – Toby Gerhart (ankle) was downgraded to “DNP” during Thursday’s practice.
Take: While anything can happen with players at this level (iffy plays), we really like Storm Johnson and we hope the Jags let him loose this week!


News: 10/9/14 – Shonn Greene (hamstring) was downgraded to “DNP” today and remains “uncertain” for Week 6.
Take: Great news for Bishop Sankey owners. See if Sankey is available in your league, he is a sneaky flex-play this week, but there is some risk, so know that. Coaching, play calling, it can all turn these kinds of situations south in a hurry, but he has nice appeal if in need at the RB position.


News: 10/9/14 – Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) and Matt Asiata (groin) are both practicing in full.
Take: Good news for those counting on either/both for Week 6. Smart Alerts will have you covered in case anything changes up until kickoff.


News: 10/9/14 – Vernon Davis (back) returned to practice on Thursday.
Take: He is day to day, but on track to possibly start Week 6. Smart Alerts will have you covered in case anything changes up until kickoff.


News: 10/9/14 – Drew Stanton (concussion) reportedly “feeling good,” but still has to pass the final stage(s) of the league’s protocol. Carson Palmer (shoulder) was “limited” during Thursday’s practice.
Take: You have to think the Cards will look to rest Palmer if Stanton can go. Stay tuned on this one.


News: 10/9/14 – Michael Crabtree (foot) has apparently insisted that his left foot is not an issue.
Take: Great news, but he needs to bounce-back here soon before he drops into low-end fantasy WR3 status. He still has upside to remain a fantasy WR2, but hope is fading.


News: 10/9/14 – Fred Jackson (ankle) was limited during Thursday’s practice.
Take: He is expected to play this week despite suffering the injury last week, but stay on top of this one!


NEWS: Storm Johnson about to become the Jaguars starting RB?

SMITTY: Toby Gerhart saw just 10 snaps in Week 5. He got banged up, but he still has been seeing a decrease in snaps as of late, as he saw just 20 the week prior, which was 10 less than the week before, which was 5 less than the week before, which was over 10 from the week before that. See the pattern here? The writing is on the wall and that writing says ‘Get ready for the Storm Johnson show. Will it be a big event, or will he get all the touches, but still not manage big-time fantasy scoring? That’s tough to say, but he is a must-grab right now, that’s not in question. Looking for Week 6 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Injuries heading into Week 6; Branden Oliver on the rise, Montee Ball could be out a bit, Calvin Johnson suffered a setback in Week 5.

Donald Brown left Week 5 with a concussion. Branden Oliver dropped 182 total yards and 2TDs in Week 5, and he now becomes a must-own in all leagues and this week’s top waiver wire grab.

Montee Ball suffered a groin injury in Week 5 and is getting an MRI. He is looking very questionable for the next couple games. Ronnie Hillman is a must grab this week.

Calvin Johnson suffered a setback in Week 5; his week 6 status is in question.

Rashad Jennings left Week 5 with a knee injury and will undergo an MRI. Andre Williams is not likely available in any leagues, but do check. If Jennings is out, Williams could produce fantasy RB2 numbers if getting starter carries.

Jimmy Graham injured his shoulder in Week 5, but early word is that it isn’t serious. Stay tuned.

Reggie Bush left Week 5 with an ankle injury. It is not though to be serious, but stay tuned. Hopefully Joique Bell will be back in the next contest.

Drew Stanton suffered a concussion in Week 5; Carson Palmer could be back next week, so keep tabs on this one. Palmer back would be good for Floyd, Fitz and Ellington.

Zac Stacy exited Week 5 with a calf injury. He did not return to the game, so there is concern here. Benny Cunningham is a must-grab if for some reason he is available. It’s not likely, though, but check waivers.

NEWS: Montee Ball (groin) out for a while; Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas pull in 2TDs; Peyton Manning tosses 4TDs.

SMITTY: What an explosion for those Broncos players, everyone but Montee Ball (groin), who now could be out a while. This makes Ronnie Hillman a must-grab if available in your league, and also keep in mind that Juwan Thompson could get some run at running back should Ball miss a chunk of time. Congrats to those who bought Demaryius Thomas last week… he was on our buy-low list(s) since Week 1, and the time for buying low is now over (after he dropped 200+ receiving and 2TDs in Week 5). In fairness, Ball has made it on our buy-low list, but it’s react and adapt in this sport, so stay all over add/drops and buy-low on players like Demaryius (pre-bounceing back) where you can to make up for losses/busts. While Ball’s recent play, and now this injury, is a huge letdown, he still could play well down the stretch, so selling on pennies on the dollar is not an option. Stash him, let him heal, then wait and see. Peyton Manning tossed 479 passing yards, 4TDs and 2INTs in Week 5 against the Cards, and Julius Thomas, the No. 1 fantasy TE right now, was his usual ‘phenomenal self’ pulling in 2TD passes out of Manning’s 4TDs. Need some quick trade ideas? Get on our forums and get some help!

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News: 10/5 (11:44am) Bishop Sankey faces the Browns this week, a defense that has given up more fantasy points to running backs than almost any defense in fantasy.
Take: He is a risky play in many ways, given TEN could ruin this breakout contest for the rookie, but if given the touches, I think Sankey could breakout in this matchup.


News: 10/5 (11:18am) Brandin Cooks faces a Bucs defense, who according to FantasyLive is a defense that has given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this year. The Bucs have given up 330 receiving yards and 10TD catches in the last three road games.
Take: Brandin Cooks, despite his recent struggles, is a fantastic start this week. Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham should go nuts in this one, but this is the week to play Cooks, who could be back to be a strong fantasy WR3 moving forward after this one. Cooks is a huge talent and capable of big fantasy numbers during any given week.


News: 10/5 (11:22am) FantasyLive on the Red Zone channel is reporting that Arian Foster will be more effective in Week 5.
Take: As we reported earlier this morning, both players sound like a full-go. Foster is looking like a safer play than originally thought. Johnson, how has gone 11 consecutive games without a touchdown, is said to look healthy in warm-ups, and despite his long stretch of struggles, he remains a must-start.


News: 10/5 (12:06pm) Mike Evans (groin) is inactive for Week 5.
Take: He could be out for a few weeks.


News: 10/5 (11:38am) Cecil Shorts and Marqise Lee are inactive for Week 5 against the Steelers.
Take: Allen Hurns is a must-start and capable of super high-end fantasy WR3-type numbers this week.


News: 10/5 (11:38am) Ben Tate is active for Week 5 against TEN.
Take: His workload is very unknown. Unless last-minute news breaks suggesting that his workload will be plentiful, he is a boom or bust play this week. When getting a full workload, he has high-end RB2-type upside… he does. Staying on the field and getting the workload he needs are big question marks, though.


News: 10/5 (11:35am) Aditi Kinkhabwala just tweeted this: “Brandon Marshall has been working w/ Jay Cutler for a good while here and I can tell you this: he doesn’t look limited in any way.”
Take: Great news. He is a must-play if on the field, and the guy is on the field!


News: 10/5 (11:35am) Tim Twentyman, a senior Detroit Lions write, tweeted this about Calvin Johnson: “He’ll be more than a decoy” replying to someone who asked if Calvin would be a decoy in Week 5.
Take: Again, he is still a risky play, but again, if he plays, you almost have to play him. In year’s past, even when projected to be a decoy, he has often scored big. Even with last week’s bad performance in a decoy role, Calvin can’t be benched of starting. Stay very close to both our news wire and our Smart Alerts on this one.


News: 10/5 (11:22am) Ian Rapoport, of NFL.com, tweeted this: “Despite a lengthy injury report this week, the #Texans came out relatively unscathed. Both Andre Johnson & Arian Foster are slated to play.”
Take: Another report just suggested that AJ didn’t looked injured at all during warm-ups. Both are almost must plays unless you are stacked at either position. Of course, stay on top of both our news wire and our Smart Alerts prior to kickoff, as anything can happen during warm-ups.


News: 10/5 (11:01am) Ian Rapoport, of NFL.com tweeted this: “Calvin Johnson told teammates he’s playing today on the gimpy ankle that robbed him of 2 days of practice. But will he be himself?”
Take: He is a risky play, no doubt, but if he hits the field, you almost have to play him. In year’s past, even when projected to be a decoy, he has produced, so even with last week’s bad outing in a decoy role, he is a guy you just can’t sit if he is a go. Stay very close to both our news wire and our Smart Alerts on this one.


News: 10/5 (11:01am) Eric Decker (hamstring) remains a game-time decision for Week 5.
Take: This could be one of those very last-second deals, so stay very close to both our news wire and our Smart Alerts.


News: 10/5 (5:01am) Rob Gronkowski (knee) is probable for Week 5 against CIN.
Take: This is great news, as the guy might finally be near full-go.


News: 10/5 (5:01am) Marshawn Lynch is probable for Week 5.
Take: He is a top 4-7RB this week, no question.


News: 10/5 (5:01am) Luke Willson is expected to be use a lot in Week 5 against WAS.
Take: He isn’t a bad play if you need a TE this week.


News: 10/5 (5:01am) A few sources are suggesting that Andre Johnson (ankle), who is currently questionable, should play in Week 5 against DAL.
Take: There is a chance he still has fantasy WR1-type production left in the tank, but we certainly wouldn’t count on it, especially while he is banged up. The point is, don’t sell-low, or give up, but curb expectations until he looks full-go. He is a decent buy-low for sure.


NEWS: Teddy Bridgewater inactive for Week 5; Rodgers, Cobb, Nelson and Lacy to have big nights?

SMITTY: Looks like Teddy Bridgewater believers will have to wait for his return. Jarrett Boykin is also inactive in this contest. As for that Vikings rushing game, there are two schools of thought here. First, the team will run the ball a ton, and they will, but for how long? The second school of though is that GB will get out to an early lead forcing MIN to ‘try’ to pass their way back into the game. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon are both set to get some good work early on, but their carry totals by the end of the game will be dictated by the flow of this contest. Cordarrelle Patterson is sitting in boom or bust territory in fantasy worlds, but our advice has been to buy-low, as his current trade value is low enough that risk is just about built-in. Hopefully he is unleashed tonight! As for Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy, it’s hard not to expect big performances out of every single one of them, as that Vikings defense is middle of the road against both the pass and the rush. This is a big game for Lacy, as his owners are about ready to jump ship. Looking for Week 5 Power Rankings?

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?