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Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 11)

Below is our STARTERS Breaking News Wire, which will provide live breaking news all Sunday morning. Keep checking back all morning long, as news often breaks last second, thus we can update the Analyzers multiple times per hour, sometimes 2-3 times within the last 20 minutes!

NEWS: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder, groin) is inactive for Week 11 against Denver.

FANTASY: This is horrible news for Jay Cutler and of course Jeffery owners. Get ready for a big dose of Jeremy Langford.

NEWS: Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (groin) is active for Week 11 against Miami.

FANTASY: Most reports suggest he will be close to being without limitation, but it’s tough to know how healthy he is. Turbin is expected to be the backup, but it’s also a guessing game as to how fast he has picked up the offense. It sounds like McFadden is a go, and the matchup is awesome.

NEWS: Bucs WR Vincent Jackson is active for Week 11 against Philly.

FANTASY: There was debate whether or not he’d be active in this one. He is risky given he was very questionable for this one, but get on our forums if you have a dilemma between VJax and someone else. If starting and healthy, he is always a decent play. The question is, is he healthy?

NEWS: The Eagles declared RB Ryan Mathews, QB Sam Bradford inactive for Week 11 against Tampa.

FANTASY: Get ready for a ton of DeMarco Murray. Even Darren Sproles could have relevance in this one now.

NEWS: Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders and Broncos QB Peyton Manning are inactive for Week 11.

FANTASY: Demaryius Thomas should be in for more targets than usual, and Owen Daniels is a solid start, and look for Cody Latimer to get some good run if in desperate need at WR3/4.

NEWS: Panthers WR Corey Brownis inactive for Week 11 against Washington.

FANTASY: Devin Funchess could have a bigger game than usual and is a solid WR3 start this week.

NEWS: Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman will be San Diego’s #2WR in Week 11.

FANTASY: It looks like it’s just Inman and Stevie Johnson at the WR position. Inman is worth a grab in deeper leagues, especially if you are in need this week. Same goes for Stevie.

NEWS: Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been activated off of the injured reserve-designated to return list.

FANTASY: Welcome back, Tony, who will start against the Dolphins in Week 11, which is fantastic news for Dez Bryant and Jason Witten owners.

NEWS: Bills RB Karlos Williams (illness) is no longer on the Week 11 injury report.

FANTASY: The runner could reach double-digit points even playing behind starter LeSean McCoy on Monday night. McCoy is still a RB1, though, don’t let Williams’ solid play and occasional play scare you off on ranking McCoy as a RB1 for as long as he is healthy. His health is a concern, though, so if you own McCoy and do not own Karlos, be sure to try and trade for him last minute in case McCoy gets hurt in Week 11! If McCoy makes it out of Week 11 ok, even more of a reason to go get Karlos on the cheap! You need both!

NEWS: According to reports, Dallas RB Darren McFadden (questionable, groin) could see a reduction in carries in Week 11.

FANTASY: Robert Turbin is likely to be McFadden’s most valuable backup, and then Rod Smith is next in line. It’s a guessing game, though, as we just can’t predict if Turbin will be up to speed in time for this one, so know that both runners, Turbin and Smith, are must-haves if McFadden is a stater for your team. It’s tough cuffing two players to one, but it’s kind of a must until we see Turbin settle into that backup role. With McFadden’s injury history, we strongly believe one of Turbin/Smith will start some games this year… both should be owned in all leagues given that upside!

NEWS: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is “questionable” for Week 11, but early reports are leaning in the direction of Lynch playing in Week 11.

FANTASY: Keep tabs on this by staying on this article and our Smart Alerts. For now, he looks like a go, but setbacks happen in warmups. Stay tuned!

Week 5 Sunday Morning News Wire

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Below is our running Sunday morning live Week 5 Breaking News Wire. Check back all morning long, and good luck in Week 5!

NEWS: Marshawn Lynch is out for Week 5.

FANTASY: Thomas Rawls will start and Fred Jackson will share carries with Rawls.

NEWS: Redskins WR DeSean Jackson and TE Jordan Reed are both inactive for Week 5 against the Falcons.

FANTASY: Not good for the Redskins. Get both out of lineups!

NEWS: Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr. (back) is inactive for Week 5 against the Browns; Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) is also inactive for Week 5.

FANTASY: That Ravens’ passing attack could struggle to be consistent without Sr.

NEWS: NFL Network is reporting that Julio Jones (hamstring) will be active for Week 5 against Washington.

FANTASY: Of course, setbacks happen, so check back with us all morning long, but we are hearing like “he looks great” today, so get ready for a big Week 5.

NEWS: Bills RB Karlos Williams (concussion) will not play Week 5, and word is that the runner could miss another game.

FANTASY: Boobie Dixon will start Week 5, and it looks like he could start another game as well. Cierre Wood could also get a shot, so watch him. Stay tuned.

NEWS: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, calf) is not expected to play in Week 5.

FANTASY: The hope is Week 6. Jeffery has been one of this year’s biggest busts, given that we are now sitting through a 5th unexpected sit. Still, once back and fully ready to rumble, he should start playing like a fantasy WR1. So, if you have held him this long, don’t sell-low. If you don’t own him, try trading for him on the cheap, as his owner is probably extremely frustrated.

NEWS: Steelers Martavis Bryant (knee) is out for Week 5 against the Chargers.

FANTASY: He suffered some sort of knee injury in practice this week, so it looks like his comeback game will be in Week 6. Get him out of lineups!

NEWS: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Julius Thomas (questionable, hand) will be active for Sunday’s Week 5 contest against the Bucs.

FANTASY: Be careful starting him this week, and monitor this news wire all day, as setbacks happen. Of course, he has talent and could play well if good to go, but it’s tough to say how much action he will see. He is a risky play this week, no question.

NEWS: Bills WR Sammy Watkins (questionable, calf) is unlikely to play in Week 5 against the Titans.

FANTASY: We still love Tyrod Taylor in this one, but get Watkins out of lineups this week. Of course, keep checking back with us in case something changes, but it seems like he is a no-go.

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.

NEWS: Duron Carter signs with Colts.

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.

NEWS: Josh Gordon suspended for 1 year; not likely to win any sort of appeal.

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.

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: Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray, will DAL be able to sign both?

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?

NEWS: Marshawn Lynch rushes for just 59 yards against CAR; Lynch the top-projected back entering Week 20?

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?