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News: 9/7 (8:22pm) Bernard Pierce was benched in Week 1 due to losing a fumble on his sixth attempt.
Take: Justin Forsett stepped in with 16 carries for 84 yards and a TD. Wow. That was quite unexpected that Pierce was slapped with the bench move after the dropped ball, but you have to observe and adapt in this game we call fantasy football, and Forsett is a solid add this week! I do wonder if there is more to this story, though, as it still seems so strange that Pierce was benched so quickly. This is great news for all you Ray Rice owners, as the road back to the starting line-up is not as long as it was projected to be (unless Forsett steps things up even more and makes it tough for the Ravens to limit his workload). Stay tuned.


News: 9/7 (8:14pm) According to Rotoworld, Andre Ellington’s injury is to his peroneus longus, which is a muscle that assists in ankle flexing.
Take: He has a small tear that has the option of rest with the wearing of a boot for 2-3 weeks, or he could play on the injury and see if it gets worse. The good news is that he doesn’t need surgery – for now. That could change, but that sounds like it’s pretty well agreed upon. The decision of resting for 2-3 weeks vs. playing and seeing how things go, well, we’re pretty confident the right decision will be made by that coaching staff and staff of doctors. We will keep you posted, as Ellington remains a game-time decision heading into tomorrow’s Monday night battle against the Chargers.


News: 9/7 (7:25pm) Emmanuel Sanders (thigh) is active for Sunday night’s Week 1 contest against IND.
Take: There wasn’t much concern here, and there isn’t much concern about any big-time Colts or Broncos heading into kickoff. As we just sent out in a Smart Alert, Manning, DT, Sanders, JT, and Ball dominate our Week 1 Power Rankings… this is a big game for fantasy scoring — Buckle-up!


News: 9/7 (4:22pm) Cordarrelle Patterson pulled in 3 receptions for 26 yards while adding 102 rushing yards and 1TD on just 3 carries.
Take: Beast. This is one of those players that can have 100 total yards even when not having a big-time receiving outing. Well, at least he should if MIN continues to use him all over the field and in different roles.


News: 9/7 (4:00pm) Jordan Cameron left his Week 1 contest against the Steelers with a shoulder injury.
Take: Stay tuned for more on this. We will send out a Smart Alerts on this just as soon as we know more.


News: 9/7 (3:26pm) Ben Tate (knee) left his Week 1 contest.
Take: Rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell are battling it out for touches in Tate’s absence. For insight on this situation moving forward, be sure to subscribe to our Smart Alerts, that’s what that feature is all about!


News: 9/7 (3:26pm) Terrance Williams (bruised back) is active for Week 1 against the 49ers.
Take: Williams is a solid start in deep leagues, so this is good news. Be sure to sign-up for Smart Alerts, as we toss in all kinds of exclusive goodness into those Alerts!


News: 9/7 (3:04pm) NFL Red Zone is reporting that Cam Newton has been ruled out for Week 1; Derek Anderson will start Week 1.
Take: Get Cam out of your line up if he is in there. Hopefully this puts him in a strong position to play next week, and play much healthier. Stay tuned.


News: 9/7 (2:02pm) Tyler Eifert left Week 1 with what seems to be a serious right elbow injury.
Take: Dislocation is the thought here. Stay tuned.


News: 9/7 (2:02pm) Jordan Reed (hamstring) left Sunday’s Week 1 contest against HOU and is questionable to return.
Take: Logan Paulsen will see in increased role until Reed, returns, and if he returns. Reed has so much upside, but he clearly cannot stay healthy, which means he cannot be trusted – for now, at least.


News: 9/7 (1:53pm) Allen Hurns, who we Smart Alerted out as being a player to watch/add under the right circumstances, has three receptions for 101 yards and 2TDs so far in the first half of his Week 1 contest against the Eagles.
Take: Hurns, an undrafted receiver, has a ton of talent. Clearly. We liked him a lot going into this game, and even though we sent out an early-morning Smart Alert recommending that he be added in deeper leagues, no one could have saw this kind of production for his first start. We love this kid. Make sure he isn’t on waivers!


News: 9/7 (1:53pm) Toby Gerhart left Week 1 game against PHI with an undisclosed injury.
Take: We will keep you updated. Denard Robinson has taken his place, and would likely see a ton more action should Gerhart’s injury be serious.


News: 9/7 (12:30pm) Santana Moss is a healthy scratch for Week 1.
Take: Yeah, nothing to see here, we know.


News: 9/7 (12:25pm) Bryce Brown is a healthy scratch for Week 1 against the Bears.
Take: This is actually great news for CJ Spiller owners, as Fred Jackson is already looking like a threat to Spiller’s Week 1 touches. Our Smart Alerts touch on Bryce Brown’s future value, though, so sign-up for Smart Alerts!


News: 9/7 (12:18pm) FOX’s Jay Glazer is currently suggesting that sitting Cam Newton (ribs) might be the current plan.
Take: Stay with us on this – Our Smart Alerts will surely update you once we know more. He could still go, this is truly one of those ‘almost too close to call’ situations, but we will attack it as fast as we can for you so that you can make a last-minute move.


News: 9/7 (12:09pm) Michael Crabtree (calf) is fully expected to start Week 1 game against DAL.
Take: No surprise here.


News: 9/7 (12:03pm) Patriots RB James White is a healthy scratch for Week 1 against MIA.
Take: Aaron Dobson is also a healthy scratch, so know that. Brady is a go, Gronk should be (but his time could be super limited, at least that’s what the word is); We expect a huge game out of Shane Vereen this week, and with White rules out, our Smart Alerts have sent out some exclusive analysis on that topic!


News: 9/7 (11:59am) Jaguars WR Allen Hurns is officially replacing Cecil Shorts (hamstring) in Week 1 against PHI.
Take: If super desperate, and I’m talking about you playing in a HUGE league, this guy has some appeal.


News: 9/7 (11:46am) Tre Mason is inactive for the Rams today.
Take: No one should be starting Mason on any level anyway, but this is proof how confident the team is in both Benny Cunningham and Zach Stacy. Cunningham is a serious threat to touches this year, at least as it stands now. That can all change with a big outing by Stacy this week. Then again, that can all change on the flip side if Cunningham responds in a big way to his Week 1 touches.


News: 9/7 (11:46am) Tom Brady is active for Week 1; Aaron Dobson is a healthy scratch.
Take: No surprise with Tom Brady. Rob Gronkowski remains a very iffy play, as he could play very little and still catch a score, or he could see the field a lot less than we all think. He is just a risky start this week, plain and simple.


News: 9/7 (11:42am) Eagles RB Chris Polk (hamstring) is inactive for for Week 1 against JAC.
Take: More action for Darren Sproles and LeSean McCoy, so buckle-up!


News: 9/7 (11:40am) Rotoworld is reporting that ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that he and Chris Mortensen are getting a “negative vibe” regarding Andre Ellington (questionable, foot) playing in Week 1 on Monday night against SD.
Take: The tough part about this one is that it’s Monday, so most fantasy owners have to make a call today (unless you have Jonathan Dwyer to plug in last-minute, or let’s say Ryan Mathews or Woodhead). Be sure to sign-up for Smart Alerts for last-minute blasts on this stuff!


News: 9/7 (11:16am) Word is that Ron Rivera is ‘considering’ holding out Cam Newton (ribs) in Week 1.
Take: This one is the ‘almost too close to call’ piece of news this morning. This will literally come down to kickoff, so if Cam is your passer, stay by your email/phone for our Smart Alerts. Derek Anderson could start this one.


News: 9/7 (11:11am) Jordan Reed (thumb, questionable) is expected to play in Week 1 against HOU.
Take: With ‘questionable’ players, though, just be sure to check right up to game-time, as they can aggravate something in warm-ups… but, Reed looks set to play.


News: 9/7 (11:07am) Mike Brown is expected to start Week 1, as he replaces Cecil Shorts (hamstring).
Take: If completely desperate at WR, here is one option, but hopefully your backups are bigger names than Mike Brown.


News: 9/7 (11:04am) Reports suggest that Rob Gronkowski (knee) is expected to play in Week 1, but on a limited basis.
Take: Be sure to stay on this one, as news could change minutes before the game. Gronk is a risky play and risky sit, as he could pull in a TD pretty easily on limited action, but it’s always risky playing a hurt player. Be sure to sign-up for Smart Alerts, where we send out replacement/alternative recommendations!


News: 9/7 (11:01am) Garrett Graham (back) is not expected to play in Week 1 against WAS.
Take: Get Graham out of your line-up. Be sure to sign-up for Smart Alerts, where we send out replacement/alternative recommendations!


News: 9/7 (3:45am) WGR 550 believes that Buffalo might not use C.J. Spiller as originally anticipated this season.
Take: C.J. Spiller can’t be sat unless you’re just stacked at RB. If you are, good for you, but still get on our forums for last-minute help. That said, it’s do or die for Spiller this year, he has to perform well when given the shot or his carries/touches could shrink. Make plays, C.J.!


News: 9/7 (3:42am) Antonio Gates (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday night’s Week 1 opener against Arizona.
Take: Ladarius Green could put up borderline TE1-type numbers right out of the gate in Week 1 if Gates sits.


News: 9/7 (3:40am) Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is listed as probable for Monday night’s Week 1 opener against San Diego.
Take: Larry Fitzgerald is a go, and is a strong fantasy WR2 heading into Week 1.


News: 9/7 (3:31am) Keenan Allen (ribs) is probable for Monday night’s Week 1 opener against AZ.
Take: Get ready for the Keenan Allen show, it starts on Monday night!


NEWS: Andre Ellington to avoid surgery; now has a shot at playing Week 1?

According to numerous reports, Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) will be a game-time decision heading into Week 1; the runner is considered day to day, but after consulting with foot/ankle specialists, Ellington does not need surgery.

SMITTY: The word being thrown around right now regarding his Week 1 availability is “optimistic”, and he even returned to limited practice. While he is certainly no lock to play Week 1, and you will absolutely want to sign up for our Smart Alerts for his game-time decision, this is fantastic news for his season-long outlook. Sign up for Smart Alerts, we will ‘alert’ his status out Sunday afternoon if not morning!

NEWS: Eddie Lacy optimistic that he will be cleared for Week 2.

According to PFT, Packers RB Eddie Lacy is “optimistic he’ll be cleared to play in Week Two.”

SMITTY: This is great news for Eddie Lacy owners. Two concussions with really one season and one game in the books is concerning long-term, but Lacy is almost a good buy-low candidate just as long as he is fully ready for Week 2. Be sure to sign up for our Smart Alerts so that you can be kept up to date on Lacy’s status heading into Week 2, and also to get trade idea tips regarding Lacy and players like him. Stay tuned for more on this one!

NEWS: Andre Ellington could still play in Week 1; Another report says 4-6 weeks?

Update: Mike Jurecki on Twitter had this to say on the health of Andre Ellington (foot): ‏”As for Andre Ellington time frame a lot will depend the how quickly he heals, could be 4-6 weeks or longer depending on further prognosis.”

According to Ian Rapoport on Twitter, “RB Andre Ellington (foot), who had an MRI last night: First prescription is rest. He’s hopeful. Still a chance he plays on MNF.”

SMITTY: This situation will obviously be cloudy for a bit longer, so be sure to sign up for our Smart Alerts so that you can get all that important last-minute info and advice for Week 1.

NEWS: Andre Ellington dealing with foot discomfort; getting MRI?

According to Mike Jurecki on Twitter, Cardinals RB Andre Ellington is dealing with some foot discomfort and is set to have an MRI.

SMITTY: We will try to confirm this and find out more details — For now, we can only speculate if it’s minor or something to be concerned about. Ellington will have two days to rest. Stay tuned. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Bernard Pierce cleared concussion protocols and set to start Week 1.

According to reports, Ravens RB Bernard Pierce has cleared concussion protocols and is set to start Week 1 while Ray Rice remains suspended (through Weeks 1 and 2).

SMITTY: Weeks 1 and 2 will be huge for Bernard Pierce, because if he doesn’t impress, Ray Rice will surely get a crack at starter carries upon his return in Week 3. Pierce, if healthy, has the skill set and talent to be a fantastic rusher in this league, though. Hopefully this is a RBBC all year long. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Wes Welker 4-game suspension begins Week 1

According to numerous reports, Broncos WR Wes Welker’s four-game suspension will begin in Week 1. Immediately after news broke that Broncos WR Wes Welker was suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, much buzz hit news wires all around suggesting that the suspension wouldn’t begin until Week 2.

SMITTY: After a couple hours of buzz floating around news wires suggesting that Wes Welker’s four-game suspension might not kickstart until Week 2, it’s been clarified by many sources that Welker’s suspension will be effective as of Week 1. Again, this is a big blow to Wes Welker’s fantasy value, but it increases the value of all four of Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Cody Latimer (and even Montee Ball). Sanders, who already had upside for fantasy WR2-type numbers this upcoming season, but at the cost of a fantasy WR3, is the receiver that will likely see the biggest uptick in targets with this news. Peyton Manning and that offense won’t likely miss a beat in Weeks 1-4, as Latimer will fill in for Welker just fine, as Welker was already dipping below the 900-yard mark in terms of receiving, and he had all kinds of concussion concerns moving forward. Expect Welker to return to his WR3 role with the team upon his four-game suspension. Looking for how this impacts our Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Wes Welker suspended four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

According to numerous reports, Broncos WR Wes Welker has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Smitty: UPDATE – The Denver Post’s Mike Klis is currently reporting that the Broncos believe that Wes Welker will play Week 1 against the Colts. We will keep you posted on this, but it’s possible the announcement is too late in the week to affect Week 1. Stay tuned.

SMITTY: Wow. This is quite a blow to Wes Welker’s fantasy value, and it increases the value of all four of Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Cody Latimer. Even Montee Ball sees more receptions with this news. Probably the player that gets the biggest target increase is Sanders, who already had upside for fantasy WR2-type numbers this year at the cost of a fantasy WR3. Now it just feels like more of a lock. As for Peyton Manning and that offense, it won’t miss a beat. Latimer will fill in for Welker just fine, as Welker was already dipping below the 900-yard mark in terms of receiving, and he had all kinds of concussion concerns moving forward. Expect Welker to return to his WR3 role with the team upon his four-game suspension, though, but Latimer (even Caldwell) now gets a nice little window to showcase his talents. Looking for how this impacts our Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Wes Welker (concussion) cleared for practice.

According to reports, Broncos QB Wes Welker (concussion) has been cleared for practice on Wednesday.

SMITTY: He is a risk moving forward, no question, but he could also drop excellent fantasy WR3-type numbers while on the field. Emmanuel Sanders is the team’s No. 2 there right now, and I don’t see that changing; he could crank out fantasy WR2-type numbers this upcoming fantasy season, but don’t reach for him, as you can get him as a fantasy WR3 still. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Derek Carr to start Week 1 against Jets.

According to numerous reports, Raiders QB Derek Carr will start Week 1 against the Jets.

SMITTY: No surprise here, as Derek Carr looked excellent in his last preseason outing. He could have some ups and downs this year, but Carr has been my favorite rookie passer for quite some time now and his dynasty value is strong. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?