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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: Adrian Peterson ruling in; AP will remain on exempt list.

SMITTY: Not good for those hoping Adrian Peterson would return to the field this season. Essentially what this means is that Roger Goodell, the league’s commissioner, is now in control of when he can remove Adrian Peterson from the exempt list, and even if Adrian Peterson wins his appeal, as the league suspended the runner for the remainder of the season already, Goodell has the power here. While anything can happen, so we will stay on this over the next week, it’s time to let go of the idea of AP playing in 2014. The values of both Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata both go up for the remainder of this season. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Adrian Peterson suspended for year by NFL; AP appealing to play as soon as Week 12?

SMITTY: This is going to get even more complicated as we go, but essentially the NFL has suspended Adrian Peterson for at least the rest of the season, as Roger Goodell is not considering his recent absence as time served. However, Peterson is appealing the suspension, thus fighting for a chance to return to the field while fighting the appeal (returning as early as Week 12), but then the Vikings would have to allow him to play during this appeal. This is far from over, so Peterson is a hold for the moment despite the ‘suspension’ that was just handed down by the Commish. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Ben Tate released by CLE; IND could have interest with Ahmad Bradshaw out for the year? Blount released by PIT.

SMITTY: We will keep you posted on this one, but this clearly gives bumps to both Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, both of which hold different value from week to week. Despite his injury issues, it’s hard to imagine Ben Tate not landing with a team soon, as many teams are in need of a rusher right now. The Colts are a great candidate with Ahmad Bradshaw out for the season, and Trent Richardson looking awful… it isn’t tough imagining Ben Tate climbing up that Indy depth chart. The Steelers could also give Tate a look, as they released LeGarrette Blount today. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Adrian Peterson ruling on reinstatement expected Wednesday?

SMITTY: Adrian Peterson’s grievance hearing took place last Monday, and the rules state that a decision must be reached by November 22nd. Word is that we should know Wednesday, though, and the runner has a strong shot at playing in Week 12. Much can happen between now and then, though, so stay tuned on this one via both this News Wire and our Smart Alerts. Also, see where he ranks on our Week 12 Power Rankings!

NEWS: LeVeon Bell explodes for 204 yards and 1TD in Week 11.

SMITTY: He has been our top buy-low stud rusher for weeks now, and finally he dropped the game we have been hoping for. Buying Low and Selling High constantly is the name of the game, the game of fantasy football that is, so don’t be shy about now turning Bell into something else if someone comes along looking to buy super-high. Plus, the Steelers have a bye in Week 12, so if an offer is almost too good to be true for Bell, keep in mind that the advantage of getting a bye-free player, or players, in return. Only sell-high, though, as Bell is so explosive. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Delanie Walker (concussion) is inactive for Monday Night against the Steelers.

SMITTY: Expect to see a whole lot of Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant in this one. I like Bishop Sankey more down the stretch here in Weeks 11+, but you have to wonder if the Titans will be able to run the ball much in the second half if this one gets out of hand early. A lot of passing in the 3rd- and 4th-quarters, for the Titans, will clearly be a good thing for Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright, though. Hunter, despite not having the breakout season some expected this year, has a ton of upside and future, folks!

NEWS: Josh Gordon returns to the field for Week 12.

SMITTY: Josh Gordon is officially reinstated from his suspension. Happy Josh Gordon Week, as we are constantly saying on our forums! While it’s possible he needs to get his feet wet before dropping fantasy WR1-type numbers, don’t think for a second this insane talent can’t drop 100 yards and a TD right out of the gate. Expecting that isn’t wise, but ruling something like that out is foolish. The guy was the No. 1 WR last year in fantasy and started that season suspended, so like I said, Happy Josh Gordon Week, everyone! Looking for Week 11 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.