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Breaking News: Week 4 Live Feed

Below you will find our Week 4 Live Breaking News Feed, which will be updated all Sunday long.

NEWS: Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will miss Week 4, and could be out as many as 3-4 weeks. Sammy Watkins is also out for Week 4.

FANTASY: This is horrible news for McCoy owners, but those who picked up Karlos Williams weeks ago, as we talked about all over this site, including on our forum (where our forum users are always talking up breakouts early on in the year), you’re looking solid for a few weeks. Williams has big upside any game he starts!

NEWS: Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring) is inactive for Week 4 against the Eagles.

FANTASY: Get him out of lineups.

NEWS: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is inactive for Week 4 against the Raiders.

FANTASY: Jay Cutler is active for this one, though, which is great, well, better, for all Bears players.

NEWS: According to reports, Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) believes that his shoulder is healthy enough to make every throw this week against Dallas.

FANTASY: He is a risky play given he isn’t 100 percent, and you always have to worry about setbacks. That said, sitting him or starting him, even with the risk, depends on your depth, so get on our forums if you have tough calls this week. Brees being under center is great for Brandin Cooks, a great buy-low heading into Week 4. If Cooks fails to impress yet again in Week 4, we still say buy-low, as he has way, way too much talent to not become the receiver we envision him becoming.

NEWS: Bucs RB Doug Martin (knee, quad) is expected to play in Week 4, Sunday, against the Panthers.

FANTASY: He is tough to trust as a RB2 right now, but is a strong flex-play. Have diliemmas? Get on our forums!

NEWS: Bears QB Jay Cutler (hamstring) is expected to give it a go for Week 4.

FANTASY: While he is not a recommended start given he is not 100 percent healthy, this is great news for all those Bears fantasy players.

NEWS: There are conflicting reports floating around news wires right now regarding DeMarco Murray’s Week 4 availability. An early morning report today came out saying that the runner was not likely to play, but a newest report by Rotoworld is reporting that ESPN’s Adam Schefter is hinting that Murray (hamstring) is now expected to play today against the Redskins.

FANTASY: This is truly a game-time call, and even then, it could be one of those things where Murray is fully expected to play, and does, yet he doesn’t start and gets limited work. On the flip side, it could be one of those things where we all have low expectations and Murray explodes. The bad news is that nothing will likely be clear until the game is underway. Murray is a great buy-low right now, though, in all formats, as he has fantasy RB1-type upside, but can almost be had at high-end flex value right now, or maybe super low-end RB2-type value. Take full advantage of this value if you have depth on your bench and you can take a risk. Even if he sat this week, he is a secret weapon-type stash at that kind of trade value.

NEWS: As we previously reported, Arian Foster is now expected to play Week 4 for the Texans.

FANTASY: That said, most reporters close to the situaiton are going to suggest that he is not expected to handle a full workload. If you own Foster, whether you play him or not depends on your roster. He is a hard player to sit if you roll with a flex or 3RBs, that’s for sure.

NEWS: ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is out for Week 4 against the Jaguars.

FANTASY: This is huge news, as it affects so many players. Downgrade all Colts players, even TY Hilton. Check back with us just in case something changes, or was reported wrong, as it’s quite early in the morning.

NEWS: According to reports, including Rotoworld, Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) is expected to play today in Week 4 against the Falcons.

FANTASY: It’s tough to predict how much action he will see if he does go, but he would be tough to sit unless news later breaks this morning that suggests he will be used very little. Stay tuned!

NEWS: Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron (groin) is active for Week 4 against the Jets; Jets RB Chris Ivory (quad) is active for Week 4 against the Dolphins.

FANTASY: Ivory could be on a snap count, but some of that feels like speculation. If you have a dilemma with Ivory, get on our forums and get last minunte start/bench help!

NEWS: According to several reports, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) might have a more serious injury than initially thought.

FANTASY: He is on the fence to start this week, but we’d guess things are leaning more to the ‘no-go’ side, which means that Thomas Rawls could start Week 4, and if he did, he’d be a very strong flex-play (at least). Stay tuned for more on this situation, but know that this game is Monday night, so if Lynch owners don’t own Rawls as well, you’re going to have to make a Sunday decision (unless you have let’s say Ameer Abdullah as well, as that’s who the Seahawks play in Week 4 on Monday night.

NEWS: Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) has already been ruled out for Week 4 Monday night against Seattle.

FANTASY: We have been waiting for Ameer Abdullah to get a boatload of action, and this might be the week. He is big in the receiving game, so he should be able to see starter touches even if Seattle gets out to an early lead, but hopefully we get to see Ameer handle starter carries with some solid receptions.

NEWS: According to ESPN, Ravens WR Steve Smith has four microfractures in his back.

FANTASY: Several different reports have surfaced regarding Smith’s injuries, including broken ribs, and now microfractures. No surgery is needed, as of now, but Smith will likely miss at least one week. Stay tuned, as this can change fast.

Week 3 Live Breaking News (all Sunday long)

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Hey, Starters Nation! Below you will find our Breaking News for Week 3, which will be updated all Sunday long. So, check back often! Good luck today, everyone!

News: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger did not tear his ACL; he reportedly escaped with an MCL sprain Week 3 against the Rams.
Fantasy: The MRI revealed no damage to the ACL, but some reports are also suggesting that he has a bone bruise in his knee as well. Expect him to sit at least 4 weeks, but it’s more like 4-6, which means that Michael Vick will start for the Steelers until Big Ben returns. If you need a QB, Vick isn’t the worst option, he might actually surprise given the weapons he has around him.

News: Broncos RB C.J. Anderson left Week 3 with a potential concussion.
Fantasy: He was cleared to return. We have serious doubts about Anderson being more valuable than Ronnie Hillman moving forward.

News: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Seahawks.
Fantasy: This was expected for the most part, but if you need a WR, Eddie Royal is a great play in this one.

News: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger left Week 3 against the Rams with a left knee injury; he will not return.
Fantasy: He immediately dropped and then was helped off the field before leaving on a cart to the locker room. This looked like an ACL, folks. We will keep you posted, and sometimes these things look worse than they are, but initial guesses are a torn ACL. What this will do to the value of LeVeon Bell, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant is TBA, but you can bet we will have more analysis on all that should the news be worst-case. Stay tuned. This might sound crazy to some, but Mike Vick might operate that Steelers offense better than most expect. He even has some one-year fantasy appeal in this specific scenario/situation.

News: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (calf) is active for Week 3 against the Bears.
Fantasy: He is a RB1 whenever on the field.

News: Eagles RB DeMarco Murray is inactive for Week 3 against the Jets.
Fantasy: This is horrible news for Murray owners. The runner may have suffered a setback, as he was somewhat expected to go today. Ryan Mathews is a sneaky start this week, although, the Eagles will likely mix things up in the backfield. We will keep you posted on Murray for the Eagles next contest.

News: Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) is declared inactive for Week 3 against the Titans
Fantasy: Folks, Coby Fleener is a very sneaky pick-up and play this week if you need a TE. The Colts have hinted that they want to get the TEs more active and involved moving forward, and with Allen out, that means Fleener could have a big Week 3.

News: Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) is active for Week 3 against the Saints.
Fantasy: Looks like he will go.

News: Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery is inactive for Week 3 against the Saints.
Fantasy: This was expected. Expect a ton of Greg Olsen in this one!

News: Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) is active for Week 3 against the Steelers; Brian Quick is inactive.
Fantasy: Todd Gurley is a risky flex play this week, as he will surely be eased into action, but get ready, folks! He is a top 10RB in waiting, and just as soon as he gets in game shape, and if he stays healthy, we should see a stud emerge. We can’t wait to see this guy running full-go, which could be as early as next week (or the following contest).

News: Jets RB Chris Ivory is active for Week 3 against the Eagles.
Fantasy: He is a go!

News: Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) inactive for Week 3 against the Panthers
Fantasy: This has been known for a bit now. Luke McCown will start Week 3. Don’t bench Brandin Cooks for just anyone this week, he could still have a solid game, as the Saints will likely be passing a ton in the 3rd- and 4th-quarters.

News: Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) is inactive for Week 3 against the Vikings.
Fantasy: Get him out of lineups!

News: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (calf) is expected to play Sunday against the Bears.
Fantasy: Great news for the runner we expect to bounce-back this week.

Week 2: Live Sunday Breaking News

Below is a running live Breaking News report, which will be updated throughout the entire day on Sunday (Week 2). Have a great Sunday morning/afternoon everyone!

Breaking News: Week 2

NEWS: According to reports, Tony Romo has likely suffered a broken collarbone.
Fantasy: This will likely have the passer out for the season, or at least 8 weeks, depending on the severity of the injury. With Dez Bryant out potentially longer than 6-8 weeks, the Cowboys are in trouble. If you have some depth you may never use, consider making an offer for Dez so that you can stash him on your bench. While there is tons to worry about, him getting healthy, not having Romo, etc, he is still a great player to stash if you can get a low-risk deal done. Some looking to win now in dynasty might also sell-low on Dez, so take a stab there as well.

NEWS: According to reports, Carlos Hyde was cleared after being taken to the locker room with a possible Week 2 concussion.
Fantasy: It appears Hyde will be fine for Week 3 – for now. Be sure to stay glued to Smart Alerts and your logged in Starters homepage, as we will surely address any big injuries via a Player Spotlight.

NEWS: Matt Jones ran for 123 yards and 2TDs on 19 carries in Week 2. He also pulled in 3 receptions for 23 yards.
Fantasy: Beast! He wasn’t #13 on our 2015 Breakout Upside Board for nothing. Congrats to all who own this guy, especially in dynasty. He has some serious talent and clearly looks like the future of that Washington rushing attack. We will let you know what’s going on with Alfred Morris when we know more.

NEWS: According to reports, C.J. Spiller (knee) is in fact active for Week 2.
Fantasy: We knew this was going to be the case, but it’s now official. Again, he could be on a snap count this week, though, making Spiller more of a flex play. Low-end RB2-type value could be in the cards once Spiller is back to full-go.

NEWS: According to reports, Todd Gurley (knee) is inactive for Week 2.
Fantasy: He should be a go in Week 3, though, so get ready. Unless he suffers a setback, Tre Mason has decent flex value this week, but Benny Cunningham will still get reps.

NEWS: According to reports, Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, calf) is considered out for Week 2 against Arizona.
Fantasy: Both Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson are solid starts this week. We predict at least one of them scores, and Wilson could be a very sneaky play. If you need a WR3 this year in deep leagues, run him out onto the field! Expect Martellus Bennett to have a big game in this one.

NEWS: According to reports, Mike Evans (hamstring) will play in Week 2 against the Saints.
Fantasy: He is questionable, so stay close to your Smart Alerts today… we consider him a low-end fantasy WR1, or at least high-end fantasy WR2 whenever on the field! He looks like a go!

NEWS: According to reports, Vontae Davis is expected to cover Brandon Marshall on Monday night.
Fantasy: Davis was the one that caused Sammy Watkins to go without a catch in Week 1. Don’t bench him for just decent options, but don’t expect a huge game out of Marshall this week.

NEWS: LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is expected to be active for Week 2 against New England.
Fantasy: Keep him in lineups unless he has a setback, which we will surely alert you to via Smart Alerts. Karlos Williams should be owned by all McCoy owners, though, just in case McCoy doesn’t come out of this week healthy.

NEWS: According to reports, C.J. Spiller (knee) is expected to play in Week 2 against Bucs.
Fantasy: He could be eased into this one, so curb expectations a bit. Great news, though, for future weeks!

NEWS: According to reports, Tre Mason (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 2 against Washington.
Fantasy: Benny Cunningham won’t just go away, but Mason is the better start. Gurley may or may not play a little in this one, but in a few weeks, it will surely be the Todd Gurley show. Get ready!

Live Week 1 Breaking New Report

Below is a running live Breaking News report, which will be updated throughout the entire day on Sunday (Week 1). Have a great Sunday morning/afternoon everyone!

Breaking News: Week 1

NEWS: Cardinals RB Andre Ellington was carted to the locker room on Sunday with a right knee injury
NEWS: He dropped without being touched, which most times indicated an ACL tear. It could be something else, so stay tuned, but this isn’t a good sign. David Johnson pulled in a monster 55-yard touchdown in the 4th-quarter against the Saints on Sunday, and that could earn him the most important looks moving forward (should Ellington be out). That said, Chris Johnson could still be the primary rusher, we just have to wait and see what is being reported on Monday.

NEWS: Raiders QB Derek Carr exited Sunday’s Week 1 contest with what looked like a hand injury.
NEWS: This isn’t good for the Raiders, who will have a tough enough time putting everything together this year. They have some super talented pieces in place in Amari Cooper and L-Murray, however, they need a passer to keep things moving in a good direction, and Matt McGloin isn’t likely the answer. Stay tuned on Carr’s Week 2 status.

NEWS: Bills WR Sammy Watkins was held without a catch in his team’s Week 1 win over the Colts.
NEWS: While this was brutal for Watkins owners to watch, and experience, there are some positive things to take away here. First, the Bills looked good, and they won. Second, Tyrod Taylor is clearly efficient enough to get things done, and Watkins was covered pretty thoroughly in this one. Buy-low, but clearly buy-low and not even at his previously going rate prior to Week 1. He could have a nice year still. There is reason to worry, sure, but not if buying low.

NEWS: Packers WR James Jones pulled in four passes for 51 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1.
NEWS: It’s clear that Jones is going to be a nice fantasy WR3 right now. Will it last? Possibly. He should be grabbed in most all leagues given his TD potential under Aaron Rodgers.

NEWS: Bucs WR Mike Evans (hamstring) is inactive for Week 1 against the Titans.
NEWS: Get him out of your lineup. Expect to see a lot of Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson.

NEWS: According to ‏@JayGlazer on Twitter, Bucks WR Mike Evans is “very doubtful for today. He’s got to have a complete turnaround and convince team he can go fully”.
NEWS: Get him out of your lineup until you hear otherwise. Expect to see a lot of Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson.

NEWS: CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora is reporting that Arian Foster (groin surgery) has told his teammates that he could return in Week 2. “
NEWS: One of our biggest bold predictions this off-season, Foster, climbed up draft boards super fast heading near Sept, and all those that scooped him up in the 7th, 6th, 5th and then 4th rounds is looking pretty good right now. Hopefully he gets back by Week 2, but Week 3 sounds like a go unless he suffers a setback of some sort. Get ready, Foster owners!

NEWS: With Alshon Jeffery potentially on a ‘pitch count’ this week, Marquess Wilson and Eddie Royal are decent plays if you need a WR.
NEWS: Wilson is the home run, Royal is the steady/safe play.

NEWS: FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer is reporting that the Bears will “monitor” Alshon Jeffery (calf) in terms of plays played.
NEWS: Not a good sign, but that at least makes it seem like he is a good bet to play Week 1. If playing, he should be started, unless of course you have amazing alternatives. He is a high-end fantasy WR2 even if banged up a bit. If fully healthy, of course he’d be a low-end fantasy WR1 at least. If he gets healthy, we fully expect Jeffery to have a big 2015.

NEWS: Bucs WR Mike Evans might sit Week 1 against the Titans.
NEWS: This is going to be a game-time call, but clearly the receiver is looking more doubtful with each minute that passes. Prepare to be without him, but stay all over this heading into kickoff, as he is a must-start if starting.

NEWS: Rams WR Brian Quick is inactive for Week 1 against the Seahawks.
NEWS: This is not a great sign for the promising receiver. He just can’t stay healthy. Stay tuned for next week.

NEWS: Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (foot) is active for Week 1 against the Bills.
NEWS: This is solid news for Ryan Tannehill and Jarvis Landry. Expect to see a ton of Landry in week 1, he is one of our biggest breakouts this year.

NEWS: Updating our previous report, Rams RB Tre Mason will be inactive for Week 1.
NEWS: Rams RB Benny Cunningham is a sneaky play if in need. He is actually a strong flex play if you need one! We just updated the Analyzers with his new projections, so rerun your rankings/analyzes, folks!

NEWS: According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (calf) is expected to play in Week 1 against the Packers.
NEWS: Unless you hear otherwise, meaning Jeffery suffered a setback, he is expected to go. He has low-end fantasy WR1 appeal this year, no question, but it’s tough to count on him playing at that level until he appears closer to 100 percent. Still, if going in Week 1, he should be started in all formats. By the way, Eddie Royal is a sneaky WR3/4 this week if in need.

NEWS: Browns WR Dwayne Bowe (hamstring) is expected to be inactive for Week 1 against the Jets.
NEWS: We will keep you posted for next week, but Bowe won’t be someone we recommended until he proves healthy.

NEWS: According to reports, Rams RB Tre Mason doesn’t look like a go, as of now, with the injured hamstring. Prepare for other options if you were counting on him for any reason.
NEWS: Rams RB Benny Cunningham isn’t a bad option if you are in bad shape, as he will likely get the call, and bulk of the carries, in Week 1 (if Mason does sit).

NEWS: According to’s Ian Rapoport, Mike Evans (hamstring) feels “optimistic” about going in Week 1 against the Titans.
NEWS: Keep checking back with us, but this is clearly a game-time call, so have a backup plan in case the receiver can’t go. If he can go, and it’s looking more like he will than will not, he is a must-play.

NEWS: Packers WR Randall Cobb isn’t fully healthy and is expected to wear shoulder protection in Week 1 against the Bears.
NEWS: While it’s a bummer that Cobb isn’t 100 percent, he is a low-end fantasy WR1 lock even banged up, as he is Aaron Rodgers’ go-to guy (and will be all year long if the receiver can just get/stay healthy). Unless you hear otherwise, Cobb is a go.

NEWS: According to NFL Network’s Albert Breer, Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is expected to see starter-type carries in Week 1.
NEWS: He is still clearly no 100 percent, but he is locked into being a fantasy RB1 if playing, and it sounds like he’s playing unless he suffers a setback. That means 15-20 total touches (again, unless he suffers a setback). We worry about McCoy staying healthy all year long, but per start, he easily has top 5RB appeal. You just have to wonder if he is a great sell-high candidate early on this season!

NEWS: Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (fingers) is expected to play in Week 1 against the Saints.
NEWS: While he is called a game-time decision, he is expected to play. Stay tuned just in case. However, the receiver, until he proves otherwise, isn’t a strong fantasy play anyway. He has the skill and talent to be an elite fantasy receiver, but he clearly cannot be trusted as of this moment. That can all change fast, though, but for now he is a risky fantasy WR3 play, no doubt.

Breaking News: Jordy Nelson suffers torn ACL?

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8/23/2015: Jordy Nelson has reportedly suffered a torn ACL. He left the team’s second preseason game and went to the ground. He did walk off the field prior, but initial reports are that he suffered a torn ACL. We will confirm all this and get back to you with an update, but give Randall Cobb a big bump into the locked-in fantasy WR1 group (which he was already sniffing), and give Davante Adams a nice bump into a sneaky good fantasy WR3-type value, and look for both Jeff Janis and Ty Montgomery to get some more run. Eddie Lacy also becomes more valuable in the team’s passing attack, making him a top 4 overall lock in all drafts. Aaron Rodgers definitely takes a little hit, but honestly, he is still right there with Andrew Luck regardless. Our Analyzers are updated already reflecting this news. Read More Spotlights

NEWS: Inactives for SEA-GB NFC Championship Playoff Battle

SMITTY: The Seahawks will be without TE Cooper Helfet and Green Bay will be without RB DuJuan Harris. Both Aaron Rodgers (calf) and Eddie Lacy (knee) are a go, but that was expected all along. Seattle is going to be tough to beat in this game, given their offense is playing fantastic and their defense is equally fantastic… that makes a loss harder to imagine than it is for Green Bay. If Green Bay is going to win this game, they need a HUGE offensive performance, which is possible if Rodgers can connect with Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Eddie Lacy (and Adams) early. Looking for Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: Aaron Rodgers (calf) active and will start Divisional Playoff game against Cowboys.

SMITTY: No surprise here. While anything can go down on Sundays, this should be a high scoring game, which is fantastic for all. Looking for Week 19 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: Julian Edelman (concussion) active for Divisional Round game against BAL; Jonas Gray inactive.

SMITTY: Julian Edelman is probable and should lead the team in yards, receptions, and targets, however, Brandon LaFell, as usual, holds a lot of sleeper appeal. A whole lot of Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski is expected in this game. LeGarrette Blount will be a boom or bust fantasy play, something that could easily be said about him a couple weeks ago in leagues where you pick players once for the entire stretch of the playoffs. He could be a beast for multiple games, or he could do nothing in this game and the Ravens could win. That’s just how these things go, but if you want to go big or go home, Blount fits the bill. Justin Forsett should be a solid low-end RB1 play in playoff formats, and both Torrey Smith and Steve Smith have 70-100 yard upside, with one of the two being a strong bet to score. While I cringe at all the “Joe Flacco is elite” talk that floats around the main-stream sports media these days, he is a solid playoff quarterback and should have a steady outing in this one. Looking for Week 19 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: Aaron Rodgers and team not concerned over calf?

SMITTY: The team doesn’t appear to be worried about his calf, and neither are we. Expect him to be ready to rumble against the Cowboys in a Divisional battle. This should be a high-scoring event for all those Cowboys and Packers players. Looking for Week 19 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: AJ Green and Jermaine Gresham both ruled out for today; Trent Richardson active for Wild Card battle.

SMITTY: Get Jermaine Gresham and AJ Green out of playoff fantasy football lineups! As we said before, when AJ Green was doubtful and not ‘out’, we expect to see a whole bunch of Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. However, if the Colts get out to an early lead, both backs could be limited on the ground, meaning Hill could have more value early on in the game, with Gio being used a lot more later on in the contest. Game flow will determine a lot with those Bengals players, and Mohamed Sanu will surely get a ton of looks with both Gresham and Green out. With the Bengals left without their best player, we will likely see a ton of Andrew Luck to TY Hilton/Coby Fleener/and gang. Looking for Week 18 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?