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NEWS: Manning to explode in Week 8? Inactives for Thursday night include Ryan Mathews, Ronnie Brown, Montee Ball, Kapri Bibbs.

SMITTY: Inactive for tonight’s Thursday night battle between the Broncos and Chargers include: Ryan Mathews, Ronnie Brown, Montee Ball, Kapri Bibbs. Cody Latimer is active for the Broncos.

Look for Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas to have big games in this one, but that is a given. All those Broncos seem unstoppable right now. While it’s likely that the Broncos get out to an early lead and never let go of it, it wouldn’t be extremely surprising to see the Chargers put up a good fight. All it takes is one early turnover for the game to go in any direction… Ronnie Hillman will have yet another chance to impress, but his usage will depend on game flow. Keenan Allen needs to step-up in this one, as those that own the guy in fantasy may have already benched him heading into this Week 8. I still firmly believe in his skill set, there is no denying his routes and abilities, but he isn’t getting the targets he should be, and he has been banged up a bit… Rivers has to focus on him early and often in this one. Branden Oliver should be efficient as long as Denver doesn’t get off to too quick a lead, but Oliver is still relevant if San Diego is passing late in the contest. Antonio Gates is obviously a TE1 play moving forward, and in larger leagues, both Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd are fine WR3/4s this week. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jimmy Graham limited on Thursday, but still expected to play Week 8?

SMITTY: He will most likely be questionable this week, but most everyone, for now, expects him to play this week. Monitor him in warm-ups, as setbacks happen, but it’s extremely hard to sit the tight end if ever playing, because he can pull in 2TDs and play just a handful of red zone snaps. Plus, after playing last week, even though he wasn’t a big part of the game plan, he could play more than expect this week, we just don’t know. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Travaris Cadet to be heavily involved in Week 8 passing game?

SMITTY: If you need a RB this week, consider grabbing Travaris Cadet, as many sources expect the rusher to be ‘heavily involved’ in the team’s passing game in Week 8. As Russ Bliss said on his Tuesday Radio Show, he could be used a lot more than people think with Pierre Thomas out for a bit. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Denard Robinson the future at RB in JAC?

SMITTY: ESPN’s Michael DiRocco is suggesting that the Jaguars may have found their future rusher in Denard Robinson. In the report, the writer also asked the question, can Robinson handle workhorse carries? Honestly, it’s too early to tell if he can be a long-term option, but he is clearly one of this week’s top waiver wire pick-ups and an excellent flex-option moving forward (even with Toby Gerbart looking close to back). Storm Johnson shouldn’t be written off just yet, though, but the momentum is clearly in the corner of D-Robinson.

NEWS: Tre Mason ready to shine; Zac Stacy still a good buy-low despite Mason rising?

SMITTY: Look, it’s Tre Mason time, and no one is more excited than I am. I have been Mason’s biggest supporter since January, and I think he will go nuts moving forward, but now is a time to buy-low on Zac Stacy. This is especially the case for those that own just Mason, as you can lock in both backs, and Stacy won’t even command flex-type value. He isn’t even starting. He is now a back-up, so trade for him at that basement price. Why do I say this now, the moment Mason is getting unleashed? Well, for starters, Stacy is still a very good RB, and the duo makes for one solid option. Two, coach Jeff Fisher just recently said “it’ll be a week-to-week thing” at the running back position, and he even said: “Zac could get 25 carries this week.” Stacy won’t likely sniff double-digit carries let alone five, but the point is, nothing is for sure, especially decisions by coaches, and Stacy has enough appeal to go get at his rock-bottom pricing. All that aside, I can’t wait to see Mason run… don’t screw this up, Fisher! Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

RADIO: Week 8 Sleepers, Add/Drops, Trade Advice and more

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 8 of the 2014 fantasy football season!


Wednesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 10/21/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: IDP, Sleepers, Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em, Breakouts, Trade Advice and more

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NEWS: Pierre Thomas (shoulder) to miss 2-3 weeks; Ingram and Robinson to see more touches?

SMITTY: It’s tough to say who will benefit more from Pierre Thomas’ absence, but clearly both Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram will see an uptick in touches with this news. Both runners are boom or bust plays each week, as you just don’t know which will get more run. Plus, it seems like the Saints want to mix in some Travaris Cadet here and there, so the situation is still very cloudy even with Thomas’ injury. If you breakdown last week’s usage, Ingram commanded the early-down work, and Robinson dropped down to three rushes compared to Ingram’s 10. Our guess is that Ingram will benefit most, especially now that he is a week healthier, but anything can happen due to flow of game/hot hands. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: AJ Green (toe) unsure about Week 8; his toe to bother him all season?

SMITTY: In an NFL Network interview, AJ Green had this to say on his toe and chances of playing in Week 8: “It’s still up in the air,” Green said. “But it definitely feels better. We’ll see about this week.” It was his answer on whether the injury would bother him all season that concerned us, as he had this to say on that: “It’s probably not gonna be 100 percent, but I hope it’s just manageable,” Green said. “I can get through the season and be fine and still play at a high level.” Hopefully Green can still play at a top 5-10 wide receiver level upon his return, but there is some risk here. Stay tuned. Mohamed Sanu has strong WR2-type appeal, if not higher, for each game that Green misses (which could be just one more game); he could maintain value even close to that level if Green comes back and can’t play at a very high level. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

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NEWS: Colt McCoy will start Week 8 against Cowboys; Roy Helu should be picked up?

SMITTY: While Kirk Cousins’ failure to hold onto the job virtually locks Robert Griffin III as the team’s starter just as soon as he is ready (most think Week 9), Colt McCoy is a lot better than people give him credit for. I’m not suggesting he will hold off RG3 with a good game here, but I think a surprising outing shouldn’t be ruled out is all, which is good for those Redskins receivers and tight ends. Also, on a side note, all you deep league owners should take a long look at adding Roy Helu. I like the runner a lot, and he is a PPR type that would thrive if given the carries. Morris is banged up and Helu just feels “stash” worthy. Keep up-to-date with all the latest news with our Smart Alerts

NEWS: CJ Spiller (collarbone) done for season; Fred Jackson (groin) already out for Week 8; Reggie Bush still hurt…

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Hey Starters Nation:

We had a few big injuries in Week 7, along with some other injuries worth monitoring. Here we go:

Injuries Heading Into Week 8:

C.J. Spiller broke his collarbone on a 53-yard run and is done for the season. Fred Jackson was injured early in this game as well — Both were carted to the locker room. The Bills have a bye in Week 9, but early word is that Jackson is already looking “out” for Week 8. Get ready for the Bryce Brown show, a player we said to go get prior to kickoff on Sunday (especially in dynasty). Now he gets to show his stuff. Make sure he isn’t on waivers in your league, especially if you lost either/both of these backs.

Reggie Bush (groin) received just nine touches in Week 7, as he was clearly still bothered by his ankle. Joique Bell is a dark horse RB2 of ours moving forward, but of course he can be had lower and should be valued lower (but with upside for that kind of production). If Bush stays moderately banged up for a bit, Bell will surely see some serious action. If Bush returns quickly, we still like Bell as a sneaky flex. Bell is extremely gifted, but he is the kind of back that gets better with carries and lots of work — We hope he gets a big dose of carries moving forward, but we aren’t in charge of his workload (unfortunately).

Other Injuries:

Pierre Thomas left Week 7 with a shoulder injury, Trent Richardson pulled a hamstring, James Starks injured his ankle, and Corey “Philly” Brown suffered a concussion. T-Rich being out only increases Ahmad Bradshaw’s value well past his RB2-type status, and an injured PT gives bumps to both Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, but all these injuries just described above could be less serious, or more serious, than initially thought, so stay all over this news wires and our Smart Alerts for updates.