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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?

NEWS: AJ Green (concussion) ruled out for Sunday’s Wild Card Playoff game against IND.

SMITTY: He reportedly isn’t cleared via the league’s concussion protocol. Expect Mohamed Sanu to see increased opportunities in this one. For as long as Cincy can continue it, expect them to run, run, run with both Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. Bernard becomes a big piece of that offense when they need to pass the football, so both are quality plays if we’re talking just Week 1 of the fantasy football playoffs. We fully expect to see a bunch of Andrew Luck to TY Hilton in this Wild Card battle. Looking for Week 18 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: AJ Green (concussion) not practicing Friday; doubtful for Wild Card game?

SECOND UPDATE: Updating the below report, AJ Green is now doubtful for Week 18’s Wild Card contest. Mohamed Sanu is a sneaky start in playoff leagues, and Jeremy Hill is a beast-of-a-start in leagues that allow for the resetting of lineups each round.

First UPDATE: This is going to come down to a game-time decision, so if you are thinking of starting AJ Green in any of your fantasy football playoff leagues, be sure to check all the way through to Sunday’s Wild Card kickoff against the Colts. Our guess is that he will play, but counting on him this far away from kickoff (for instance, setting your playoff line-up(s) now and never checking back) is not advised. Regardless, Jeremy Hill will be given a boatload of carries in this one – he is a fine RB1 in Week 1 of the 2015 fantasy football playoffs. Looking for Week 18 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: LeVeon Bell ruled out of Week 18 Wild Card game.

SECOND UPDATE: Get him out of lineups if you play in leagues that allow for the setting of lineups each week. As said below, expect Josh Harris to start, and be a decent flex this week, while Ben Tate gets some work. This Wild Card game should be loaded with a whole bunch of Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown/Martavis Bryant.

First UPDATE: Even if he plays in the Steelers’ Wild Card game against the Ravens, he won’t likely sniff a normal workload, but keep checking back with us all week long, as things can change fast. That wouldn't be surprising. For now, Josh Harris is expected to start against the Ravens (with Ben Tate getting touches). No matter what happens, we expect Pittsburgh to lean heavily on stud WR Antonio Brown. And, Martavis Bryant is a sneaky WR play in playoff formats. He has been spotty down the stretch in 2014, but the kid has huge big-play potential. Stay tuned! Looking for Week 18 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: LeVeon Bell very questionable for SAT playoff battle; Steelers sign Ben Tate.

SMITTY: The signing of Ben Tate definitely shows concern by the Steelers, at least for this Saturday’s Wild Card outing. If Bell sits, Josh Harris will get starter carries, while Tate will likely just see a handful. Stay tuned. Looking for Week 18 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: CJ Spiller resigning a priority for Buffalo this off-season?

SMITTY: Word is the Bills ‘hope’ to resign CJ Spiller, so I’m not so sure he will be labeled, or considered, a ‘priority’. He is a very talented rusher, we love the guy here at STARTERS, but even we can admit trusting him as the starter would be too risky for any team. Instead, he should be put in a situation where the team can use him like Darren Sproles is used in Philly, or even Gio Bernard in Cincy. Gio can still be a stud in this league if used properly, and yes, that allows Jeremy Hill to still be a stud as well. Usage is key with players like Spiller and Gio

NEWS: LeVeon Bell suffers hyperextended knee in Week 17; Steelers holding breath.

SMITTY: Bell was hit low, but jogged off the field after. He was limping, though, and the Steelers are anxiously awaiting news later today on the knee. We will keep you posted, as an ACL tear, or something severe, would clearly impact his 2015 value. Early reports suggest that there is no structural damage, which is a great sign thus far. Stay tuned.

NEWS: Julian Edelman and LaGarrette Blount could sit Week 17?

SMITTY: For now, fantasy owners better plan to be without both players. Of course, we will have updates as we head into kickoff. Also note, Tom Brady could just play one half in this one, that’s coming from several sources, but all of course is speculation. This is the downside of playing through Week 17, something we advise against. Looking for Week 17 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Josh Gordon suspended for Week 17 by the Browns.

SMITTY: It looks like this was for violating team rules. He is on the suspended list due to failing to show up for the team’s Saturday walk-through. Expect the Browns to shop the ultra-talented receiver this off-season, as many expect that he won’t be in Cleveland in 2015. Looking for Week 17 Power Rankings?