Archive for injury

NEWS: Odell Beckham suffered a back injury in Week 12, but returned to action.

SMITTY: He left the game with the injury, but returned, so there isn’t anything to be concerned about here — at least for now. It’s important to note that Beckham fractured his back in high school, and he even said during the team’s press conference that he was initially worried about his back when he was first hit. However, he confirmed that everything is good to go. This kid has monster upside for the future, and he is a super-strong fantasy WR2 right now, and that might be somewhat conservative. If you missed his amazing catch in this contest, check it out below. This is probably the most impressive catch I have ever seen by an NFL player. What a stud!

View His Catch Now!

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 12)

This Week 12 Sunday News topic will be updated all Sunday long!!!

Sign-Up For Smart Alerts if you haven’t already!


News: 11/23 Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is inactive for Week 12 against the Dolphins.
Take: Inactive are both Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman, making CJ Anderson a solid play this week.


News: 11/23 Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) will not play in Week 12 at Seattle.
Take: Both John Brown and Michael Floyd get nice bumps with this news. Brown is a strong WR3 with this news, and Floyd is a strong WR2-play. Andre Ellington should see a lot of touches in this one, but it’s a tough match-up. Note, we had a few reports that Ellington was showing up with 0 points on our Line-up Analyzer this morning, but we re-ran the simulation for that game and anyone showing the 0 points should now see the proper projection with a hard refresh. Good luck to all with Cardinals and Seahawks players!


News: 11/23 Both the Denver Post and Fox's Jay Glazer are reporting that Julius Thomas (ankle) won't play today.
Take: This was kind of expected, and it makes Jacob Tamme a decent emergency pick-up and play. But, hopefully you were able to grab and start Coby Fleener, our recommended replacement/add earlier this morning and yesterday.


News: 11/23 – ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has confirmed that Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) is set to start Week 12.
Take: Get him in line-ups if you had him removed being cautious. Julius Thomas is still iffy, but Sanders is ready to rock!


News: 11/23 – Arian Foster is officially out for Week 12 according to ESPN.
Take: Get ready for yet another edition of the Alfred Blue show. He is a very strong RB2-play this week! Get him in your line-ups!


News: 11/23 – According to Rotoworld, Giovani Bernard is listed as the Bengals’ starting running back for Week 12 against the Texans.
Take: The expectation is still that Hill will see something in the ballpark of 60 percent of the rushes, if not 65, and Gio will see something like 30 percent. Still, Gio is a big receiving threat, so getting just 30-35 percent of the rushes is not alarming if you own Gio – He always has huge big-play ability.


News: 11/23 – John McClain just tweeted this on Arian Foster playing Week 12: “With Foster missing so much practice time last week, I’ll be surprised if he plays. Everyone I’ve spoken to expects Blue to play.”
Take: Clearly check back before kickoff on this one, but Alfred Blue has very strong RB2 upside if starting, and starting now looks very likely for the rusher.


News: 11/23 – Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald now looking very unlikely to play Week 12.
Take: As said earlier this morning, Michael Floyd is going to see an uptick in targets in production if Fitz sits, and that looks extremely likely at this point.


News: 11/23 – Browns RB Isaiah Crowell is is set to start Week 12.
Take: Cleveland is tough to count on here, as they change this one up without reason or notice. That said, if in need, Crowell isn’t a bad play. He has a strong shot to score each game he gets even close to 10 carries, and that’s very likely in this one. He actually has low-end RB2-type value this week, not just flex-type value.


News: 11/23 – Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) will play in Week 12.
Take: Great news here, but absolutely check back before kickoff in case things change directions.


News: 11/23 – Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) isn’t very likely to play Week 12, according to several sources.
Take: Keep in mind that things could change during warm-ups, but as of now, it looks like Foster won’t play in this one, and that would make Alfred Blue a borderline RB1 in Week 12. Blue received 30+ carries last week, so clearly the team trusts him, and they will certainly feed him the rock in Week 12 if Foster sits.


News: 11/23 – Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 12.
Take: Coby Fleener gets the nod and is a TE1 this week, folks. He had a monster 100-yard game last week, and there is no reason to think he won’t have another huge game this week against the Jags (with a strong shot to score).


News: 11/23 – Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is back this week and will play Week 12.
Take: While many sources are calling Jeremy Hill the much better start of the two, Gio could be heavily involved in the passing game, so it’s not a bad thing that Hill get 60 or so percent of the carries. Both runners have strong appeal, yes, even Gio coming off injury. Buy-low on Gio in dynasty (and redraft if the price is right)… he can be had at such a bargain right now, across all formats, the risk is built into the value (meaning, if he never returns to form, the risk is still low… but if he rebounds to RB1-type upside, you kill the trade!).


News: 11/23 – Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is very questionable heading into Week 12, and he will be a game-time decision. Emmanuel Sanders, on the other hand, is questionable, yet most sources feel he will play Week 12.
Take: Go grab Coby Fleener if you need a tight end this week, he has TE1 written all over him with Dwayne Allen (ankle) out. Jacob Tamme is another option, but not near as exciting of an option as Fleener. Sanders appears to be a go, but be certain to check back with us prior to kickoff, and be hooked up to our Smart Alerts. Same goes for Julius Thomas, as we doubt we know his status until closer to kickoff.


News: 11/23 – Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (hip/foot) is probable for Week 12; WR Larry Fitzgerald (MCL) remains questionable.
Take: Ellington is a must-start despite the match-up, and he still holds good RB2 upside in this one (and low-end RB1-type upside moving forward). Plan on Fitz sitting this one out, but check back with us before kickoff! If Fitz does sit, expect more bounce-back effort out of Michael Floyd, who yes is in a cloudy situation, but he still has elite skills.


News: 11/23 – Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) is probable for Week 12; RB Jerick McKinnon (back) is probable for the contest.
Take: With Matt Asiata ruled out, and with Ben Tate just getting used to his role, McKinnon could be in for a huge week.


News: 11/23 – Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) is cleared to play Week 12.
Take: While he can play like a TE1 whenever healthy, he is only a borderline TE1 given the risks of him getting re-injured or having a slow return to form.


News: 11/23 – Bucs RB Doug Martin (ankle) is questionable for Week 12.
Martin missed the last three games with his ankle injury. He should have an opportunity to regain his starting job after Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims failed to impress in expanded roles. The Bucs run-scheme has been a disaster under rookie OC Marcus Arroyo, and rank last in the NFC with just 217 attempts. Martin isn’t more than an RB4 for Sunday’s game with the Bears.
Take: He received most of the first-team reps this week, though, and both Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims haven’t looked good when given the chance… D-Mart could regain his starting gig if he can perform well in this one (and assuming he gets anything close to starter carries this week, which is possible, but is not guaranteed). Sims is questionable this week, but most sources think he could play. This is a situation to avoid if you have safer options on your roster. However, if you need a runner, Martin isn’t a bad plug-and-play, and he was dropped in a lot of leagues recently. Just know the risks with this backfield, though, as it’s currently unpredictable.


News: 11/23 – Bills WR Sammy Watkins (groin) and Kyle Orton (toe)are probable for Week 12; Fred Jackson (groin) is questionable.
Take: F-Jax is expected to play, but start him with caution and be sure to check back before his kickoff. Sammy Watkins is a strong WR2 play despite his recent slump… he is a great buy-low, too, but you have to act before kickoff, as another big game out of him and he won’t be cheap any longer. Keep in mind that this game is now on Monday night, so make all decisions knowing what options you will have left should someone like F-Jax all of the sudden sit.


News: 11/23 – Both Jets RBs Chris Ivory (shoulder) and Chris Johnson(knee) are probable for Week 12.
Take: Neither is more than a risky flex play at this point. Ivory could either drop 20 yards and nothing else, or 2TDs, that’s just the kind of play he is right now in fantasy.


News: 11/23 – Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 12.
Take: Get him out of line-ups!


News: 11/23 – Lions RB Reggie Bush is not expected to play in Week 12.
Take: This news makes both Joique Bell and Theo Riddick sneaky-good flex plays this week. Riddick has all the PPR upside, whereas Bell could either have 50 yards rushing or 90 and a touchdown. It’s risky to count on either, but with Bush out, they are both worth considering in the right situation. See where we have both on our Week 12 Power Rankings.


More Start Bench, Trade, Waiver Wire help to come!

NEWS: Reggie Bush (ankle) not expected to play Week 12.

SMITTY: This news makes both Joique Bell and Theo Riddick sneaky-good flex plays this week. Riddick has all the PPR upside, whereas Bell could either have 50 yards rushing or 90 and a touchdown. It’s risky to count on either, but with Bush out, they are both worth considering in the right situation. See where we have both on our Week 12 Power Rankings.

NEWS: Marshawn Lynch (back) is probable for Week 12.

SMITTY: Despite the tough match-up against the Cardinals, Marshawn Lynch has low-end RB1 upside. He is usually a high-end RB1, but this one will be tough sledding. 70-80 yards and a solid shot at a score is doable for the tough runner. We keep saying it each week, be certain to handcuff Lynch to Christine Michael. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jerick McKinnon (back) is probable for Week 12.

SMITTY: With Matt Asiata ruled out for Week 12, Jerick McKinnon is set for a nice workload this week. Ben Tate will serve as the back-up rusher in this one. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Arian Foster (groin) expected to be a game-time decision in Week 12.

SMITTY: Keep in mind that Arian Foster appeared to have a solid shot at playing last week all the way up until Thursday. Then, on Friday, news broke that the runner would likely sit out Week 11. Well, a few sources are suggesting that his odds of playing this week are better than the odds last week, but that’s not saying much given last week didn’t even come down to a game-time decision. Stay tuned — Alfred Blue is a strong fantasy RB2 play any game he gets the nod. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Latavius Murray explodes for 112 yards and 2TDs on just 4 rushes, then suffers concussion.

SMITTY: He sure did look amazing on those four carries, but staying on the field has been an issue for the hidden talent. That said, most anyone would have suffered a concussion if hit helmet to helmet like Murray was on Thursday night, so this particular injury should be added to the ‘not predictable’ category. Already, with only one played game in Week 12, we’re looking at next week’s No. 1 overall pick-up. This kid has tons of dynasty appeal as well. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Giovani Bernard is back, but Jeremy Hill still set to be a workhorse?

SMITTY: While both Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill can both thrive in this offense, given how both can literally be used at the same time, Bernard owners have to curb expectations a bit this week, as it’s his first week back from his hip injury. It’s tough to speculate how much playing time he will even get, so get on our forums if you have start bench dilemmas and need a second opinion (or comment below). Regardless, Hill remains a great play this week (and moving forward). Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Emmanuel Sanders (concussion), Julius Thomas (ankle) and Montee Ball (groin) all questionable for Week 12?

SMITTY: Emmanuel Sanders will head into Week 12 as very questionable, as he will have to pass concussion protocols in order to hit the field in Week 12. Julius Thomas suffered an ankle sprain early in Week 11, and did not return. It’s concerning that he was so quickly ruled out from returning in the game, but early reports suggest he avoided a high-ankle sprain. Still, we need to hear more before we can start hoping for his return. Montee Ball obviously wasn’t over his groin injury, injuring himself early in Week 11. With Ronnie Hillman very questionable for both Week 12 and 13, CJ Anderson could be locked into a fantasy RB2-type value for the next couple weeks, but stay tuned for more on all these Broncos players. Be sure to sign up for Smart Alerts if you haven’t already signed up!

NEWS: Ahmad Bradshaw on crutches after Week 11.

SMITTY: This sounds like a multiple week injury, at least initially. Stay tuned on this one and be sure to sign up for our Smart Alerts if you haven’t already. Clearly Trent Richardson would gain more value if handed more carries.