SMITTY: Things will be official next month, but the often talked about son of Cris Carter is a fine dynasty grab if for whatever reason he is still available on waivers. He is 6-4, so he has great size, and of course great genes, but character issues had him undrafted in 2013, so he is no lock to make the roster in 2015. Grab him on pure spec, though, no question.
SMITTY: What a waste of talent. This kid really doesn’t get it, and it’s pretty clear he never will. Reports all over suggest he tested positive for alcohol, a substance Josh Gordon is reportedly prohibited from consuming coming off his 2014 DUI. It was extremely clear that Gordon was to stay away from alcohol, among other things, so there isn’t likely any chance of winning an appeal, this is becoming very clear according to a grip of sources. His contract will be “tolled” through 2016, meaning he could be eligible for restricted free agency in 2017. Folks, this is if the guy can stay out of trouble between now and then, which at this point seems like an impossible task for the receiver. What a waste of talent.
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?
SMITTY: According to several reports, Jerry Jones admitted recently that it will be challenging to retain both DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant heading into 2015. Murray, who is no spring chicken given he turns 27 shortly, might not command as much off-season attention as he hopes. That said, it only takes one team to look past his age and injury history, and if you look at what he did last year, he deserves a ton more than the low-ball offers the Cowboys have been slinging in the runner’s direction. Expect Dallas to focus on signing Dez, then expect them to refocus their attention on retaining Murray after the running back tests the open market. In Dallas, Murray has top 1-5RB upside heading into 2015; however, if in another situation, he could drop a lot from that slotting, Dallas is that good of a situation. Looking for Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?
SMITTY: After a disappointing Divisional Playoff outing (59 rushing yards and 0TDs), Marshawn Lynch is our highest-projected rusher heading into these Conference Championship Playoff matchups. We have Lynch pegged for 112 rushing yards, 1TD, 1-2 receptions for 16 yards (and 0.29 receiving TDs, so a chance at a receiving score). Looking for more Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings heading into Week 20?
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?
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?
SMITTY: While this is a misdemeanor charge, don’t expect it to help his odds of remaining a Jet in 2015. Unless he lands in a very unique situation in 2015, his days as a starter in the NFL are over. We shall see if that “unique” situation becomes available. Looking for Week 19 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?
SMITTY: This kid has a ton of talent, but he can’t sign with a team until next month. Don’t give up a ton trading for this kid – yet. However, he should be scooped up in all dynasty leagues due to his skill set and pedigree. Looking for Week 19 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?
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?