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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!