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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!

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 5)

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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?

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?