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NEWS: Chris Johnson arrested on a weapons charge on Friday night.

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?

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: LeVeon Bell (hyperextended knee) has avoided ligament damage, but remains questionable for Wild Card game.

SMITTY: He is considered ‘very’ questionable for this Saturday’s Wild Card game, but the MRI today confirmed that he suffered just a hyperextension, which is great news for his long-term health. Our early guess is that Bell won’t play, but anything can happen, so stay tuned. The Steelers will look to Josh Harris, out of Wake Forest, if Bell can’t go.

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: Steven Jackson (quad) not expected to play Week 17; Devonta Freeman show scheduled for Week 17?

UPDATE: Recent reports suggest that Jacquizz Rodgers will start Week 17, but many believe that he will split the carries with Devonta Freeman. Keep in mind there is risk in starting either rusher, and the team could lean on the hot hand in Week 17. That said, everything we said below applies, as Freeman is a super sleeper of the future, but as this recent report suggests, the Falcons are very capable of mishandling the situation and wasting Freeman’s talents. Start either rusher at your own risk in Week 17, but we sure hope we see Freeman get his chance to get starter carries so that he can prove that he is a special talent that has been trapped in a situation where he has not been used properly. Looking for Week 17 Power Rankings?

PREVIOUS UPDATE: Devonta Freeman was one of our breakout candidates this year, and unfortunately, the Falcons failed to utilize his talents. This is a complete oversight on their part, and we are hoping Freeman gets enough work in Week 17 to prove us right. He is a dynamic rusher with tons of RB2 upside if given the carries. If you need a secret weapon of a flex in Week 17, this might be your guy. Be certain to check back on Steven Jackson’s status heading into Week 17, but if S-Jax sits, and if Atlanta is smart, they will unleash the player we had hoped to see all season long. Looking for Week 17 Power Rankings?

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 16)

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News: 12/21 – According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, DeMarco Murray is “going to play” Sunday despite his injured hand, which will be wrapped during the contest. The Cowboys are reportedly worried about his ability to pass protect, though, so there still is some risk that he could not play, or that he won’t play as much as most expect. Still, it’s hard to imagine sitting Murray, as almost any team starting 2RBs can find a way to make him that RB2 this week. Stay tuned in case anything changes between now and kickoff… if it does, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar are solid last-minute replacements.
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News: 12/21 – Peyton Manning (thigh) reportedly “looked good” during Saturday’s practice, and Emmanuel Sanders (flu) is expected to play Week 16.
Take: This was expected, but it’s always scaring having your stud QB banged up during Week 16 and knowing he plays Monday night when all other passers have played. Same goes for Sanders. Anything can happen, like Manning suffering a setback on game day during warm-ups, but both Manning and Sanders appear ready to rock on Monday night!


News: 12/21 – Falcons WR Julio Jones (strained oblique) is active for Week 16 against the Saints.
Take: You almost have to start Julio unless you have awesome alternatives. Just know there is risk in starting him, as it’s tough to predict if he will be on a major rep count, or if he will be mainly a decoy. Get on our forums if you have a dilemma!


News: 12/21 – Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph is inactive for Week 16.
Take: Chase Ford will take his place, but is not a recommended start given how many better TE options are likely available on waivers. Get on our forums if you have a dilemma relating to this situation!


News: 12/21 – Packers RB Eddie Lacy (eye) is active and ready for Week 16 against the TB.
Take: He had an eye issue, but it was never expected to keep him out of today’s game. He is a RB1 as usual, despite the fact that James Starks can vulture from time to time.


News: 12/21 – Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) is active for Week 16 against the Ravens.
Take: Solid news, however, it’s always tough to know how productive a player will be in such a situation. Get on our forums if you have a start bench dilemma!


News: 12/21 – Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) is active for Week 16 against the Ravens.
Take: Solid news, but it’s always tough to know if a player will be limited in such a situation. Get on our forums if you have a dilemma involving Hopkins.


News: 12/21 – Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is still listed as questionable for Week 16 despite participated in Saturday’s walkthrough.
Take: Things are pointing toward Julio playing, but clearly this is a game-time decision, as he will need to test the hip out in warm-ups. Stay glued to our news wire and smart alerts on this one! If he sits, Harry Douglas becomes a strong play, and since this is a morning game, fantasy owners should have time to react in solid fashion.


News: 12/21 – Patriots WR Julian Edelman (concussion) and RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) have both been ruled out of Week 16.
Take: Expect to see a touch more Danny Amendola than normal, but it will likely be Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell (and even Shane Vereen) that get increased looks in Week 16. Jonas Gray might become a factor with Blount out, but New England is tough to trust when it comes to the running backs. Get Edelman out of your line-up if you have him in there!


News: 12/21 – Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (illness) is questionable for Week 16.
Take: It looks like just flu-like symptoms, so most expect him to play; however, with this game being on Monday night, be certain you have a back-up plan just in case you wait on Sanders and he ends up sitting. One solution would be to pick-up and stash Cody Latimer (only to use if Sanders did in fact sit). If you have a very solid alternative, like Martavis Bryant, get on our fantasy football forums and get some opinions! And, of course, utilize our Lineup Analyzer as well. Oh, and we also wanted to let you know that Peyton Manning (thigh) is questionable for Monday night as well, but most everyone on every news wire around is expecting him to play. Still, just monitor this situation (via this news wire and our smart alerts). As said above with Sanders, utilize our forums and Lineup Analyzer if you have a strong alternative under Manning. For now, we think he will play, but it’s always a risk waiting until Monday, as setbacks happen. Just know that and plan accordingly (without overthinking things).


News: 12/21 – Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) will start Week 16 against the Browns.
Take: He was cleared yesterday. While he has QB1 appeal, keep in mind he may not run as much.


News: 12/21 – ESPN’s Ed Werder is reporting that Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand, questionable) is expected to play Week 16 against the Colts.
Take: This is a tough call if you own Murray, as this is an afternoon game, but you could always grab Joseph Randle or Lance Dunbar now so that you have a last-minute alternative (and solid one at that) should this change directions last-minute. We expect him to play as of this early morning – We will post updates here and Smart Alert them out as info rolls in!


News: 12/21 – Colts WR TY Hilton is still looking very questionable for his late Sunday game, and he could be on the bad side of “questionable”. The Colts have already locked up the AFC South, so logic says if he is iffy at all, the team will sit him. However, anything can happen, so stay on both our news and Smart Alerts on this one. If he does sit, Donte Moncrief has all kinds of sneakiness to him heading into Week 16!!!
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NEWS: Jimmy Clausen to start Week 16 instead of Jay Cutler.

SMITTY: This is actually quite shocking when you think about it, as Jay Cutler just signed a $127 million extension and is fully guaranteed over $15 million in 2015. Jimmy Clausen is not a recommend fantasy option unless you play in deep 2QB leagues, and even then he just isn’t a solid play against the Lions. Regardless of wins and losses and bad play here and there, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett were far better off fantasy-wise under Cutler, so this is a big blow for Week 16 performances. Matt Forte could benefit or could see more defensive attention, that will all depend, in unpredictable fashion, on the flow of game on Sunday. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 15)

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News: 12/14 – 49ers RB Carlos Hyde injured his back in Week 15.
Take: This looked like an LCL tear the way it went down. We will keep you posted, as Frank Gore is headed into the league’s concussion protocol for Week 16.


News: 12/14 – Giants RB Rashad Jennings injured his ankle again during Week 15.
Take: This isn’t good news, and we may just see Andre Williams alone in Week 15, which is great for his owners. Stay tuned for updates on Jennings, but we aren’t expecting much out of him next week, if he even plays.


News: 12/14 – Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) is officially active for Week 15 against OAK.
Take: Expect top 1-5RB numbers out of the stud this week. There were no real concerns he’d be limited or out with the ankle! Get ready for the Charles show as usual. Denarius Moore is out for OAK in this one.


News: 12/14 – Packers RB Eddie Lacy (hip) is active for Week 15 at BUF.
Take: He and James Starks are expected to split carries in this one, so the injury mixed with some shared workload makes Lacy a risky RB1 play, but you just can’t bench him if he is playing/starting. He can still have a 100 total yards and a score in a sharing situation in that GB offense.


News: 12/14 – Bengals WR Jermaine Gresham (toe) is inactive for Week 15 against CLE.
Take: Get him out of line-ups!


News: 12/14 – Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee) is active for Week 15 against JAC.
Take: Just like we shouted out last week, Steve Smith Sr. is a strong play with Torrey still kinda banged up. It would be tough not to consider Torrey a WR3 this week, but we like Smith Sr. as at least that.


News: 12/14 – According to reports, Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shin) is expected to play in Sunday’s Week 15 contest against NYG.
Take: He is a solid flex play, maybe even WR2 depending on your league size. We just updated the rankings and analyzers given he is a go, so refresh those and rethink your lineups if you need to.


News: 12/14 – Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle) is expected to be a go for Week 15 against TEN.
Take: Check back last-minute on this one, but he appears to be a go. Still, he has flex play upside at best given the inconsistent QB play for the Jets. He is a shaky start here in Week 15 when it counts.


News: 12/14 – According to several reports, Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) will not play in Sunday’s Week 15 game against PIT.
Take: Get him out of your lineups, but keep tabs on this through our News Wire and Smart Alerts. As we’ve said all week, Harry Douglas is a fine add and fine start with Julio out.


News: 12/14 – According to several reports, Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) will miss Week 15 against the IND.
Take: Get ready for the DeAndre Hopkins show. Arian Foster will likely get a boatload of production as well.


News: 12/14 – According to several reports, Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is “highly doubtful” to play in Week 15 against DEN.
Take: As we have said previously, Donald Brown is a legit plug-and-play this week as a flex.


News: 12/14 – Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) will play Week 15 against MIA; Patriots RB Shane Vereen will also play Week 15; Brandon LaFell will also play Week 15.
Take: Edelman is a WR2/3 in most all formats. Vereen is a shaky flex play at best right now, but LaFell remains a sneaky-good flex/WR3.


News: 12/14 – Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is still very questionable for Week 15 and hasn’t practiced all week.
Take: Donald Brown will start in Mathews’ place if Mathews can’t go. Even if Mathews can play, he isn’t close to healthy, so Brown has some decent ‘desperation’ play to him this week. Stay tuned on Mathews, as we should have an update prior to kickoff!


News: 12/14 – Texans TE Garrett Graham (ankle) has been ruled out of Week 15.
Take: Get him out of your line-up if you are starting him this week. Need an alternative? Check out our Week 15 Power Rankings!


News: 12/14 – Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle) remains probable for Week 15.
Take: He practiced in full on Friday and is a top 2-4 fantasy WR this week, and is during any game he plays. Julius Thomas, who was active last week, but didn’t play, is probable and expected to return to action. Note, setbacks happen, even early on in the game, so there is risk in playing him, but all reports right now suggest he won’t be too limited in this one. Check back just before kickoff, though, as anything can change fast.


News: 12/14 – There is no update yet on Julio Jones (hip), but as we reported earlier, he could barely run yesterday and is expected, by many, to be a decoy in Week 15 (if he even plays).
Take: This can change, and change fast, so stay on top of both our News Wire and your Smart Alerts. Harry Douglas is a fine plug-and-play this week, make sure he isn’t sitting on waivers! Of course, Roddy White also sees an uptick in production with Julio out, but we actually like Douglas even more of the two (if Julio does sit). Check back with us on this one, anything can happen, good or bad, during warm-ups.


News: 12/14 – The Browns have released K Billy Cundiff (knee).
Take: Cundiff actually hurt his right knee in practice on Thursday, but was struggling anyway. Garrett Hartley will take over as the Browns kicker. Get rid of Cundiff if you have him. Obviously, Hartley is a solid pick-up if you need a kicker quick.


News: 12/14 – Bears K Robbie Gould (quad) is questionable for Week 15.
Take: Jay Feely will kick for the Bears in this one if Gould can’t go, so either pick up Feely and make a last-minute move, or grab a safer kicker.


News: 12/14 – Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry will likely be shadowed by Darrelle Revis in Week 15.
Take: While this isn’t fantastic news, and no one should be starting Landry as anything close to a WR2, he still has sneaky WR3 ability given how consistent he has been for the past six weeks. Here are his reception totals over than span: 5, 7, 5, 7, 8, 6. In PPR, that’s very solid, and even though he has been without a touchdown for two straight weeks, he had three in the two weeks prior. Again, he isn’t a great start given the coverage situation, but he isn’t a for sure ‘avoid’, it just depends on your situation (get on our forums to get advice!!!).


News: 12/14 – There is some speculation on news wires that there will be a 50-50 split in carries between Eddie Lacy (hip, probable) and James Starks in Week 15 against the Bills.
Take: As we reported earlier on this topic, Lacy all of the sudden becomes more of a RB2 play this week. He would be tough to bench unless your roster was just loaded at RB, but he isn’t locked into anything close to RB1 numbers if he is truly dialed in for just 50 percent of the action. If you have a dilemma, get on our forums and get some advice!


News: 12/14 – Vikings RB Adrian Peterson reportedly told ESPN that he has considered retirement. “I love playing football, don’t get me wrong, but this situation is deeper than that,” Peterson said. “For me, it’s like, Why should I continue to be a part of an organization or a business that handles players the way they do?”
Take: Some reports suggest that Peterson could look into running the 200- and 400-meter dashes in the Olympics.


News: 12/14 – 49ers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) has been ruled out of Week 15.
Take: Harry Douglas is a fine plug-and-play receiver this week if Julio Jones ends up sitting. Keep tabs on that situation if you need a receiver.


News: 12/14 – Broncos WR Cody Latimer (ribs) has been ruled out of Week 15.
Take: He shouldn’t be started, or even owned, in redraft leagues.


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NEWS: Eddie Lacy (hip) and James Starks to split carries in Week 15?

SMITTY: This could be a frustrating situation for Eddie Lacy owners here in Week 15 when it counts most… if the two share carries, this could limit Lacy’s ability to be a RB1 this week. Because he has so much talent, upside, and solid situation, it’s hard to bench Lacy in any situation unless your RB depth is just super-deep, but it’s safe to expect some Starks vulture action in Week 15. We will let you know if we hear more regarding this situation! Starks is a decent “reach” play at a flex spot if you need one, so make sure he isn’t sitting on waivers. Expect big Week 15 performances out of all Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb and especially Jordy Nelson. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Montee Ball (groin) lands on IR, done for the season.

SMITTY: Injuries and slow-starting killed Montee Ball fantasy owners in 2014, and I admit I was a big believer in Ball entering this year. I still think he has talent, and the situation was ideal in Denver (proven by the success of CJ Anderson), but Ball's road back into any starting line-up will be a long one. CJ Anderson has low-end RB1 upside heading into the final three Weeks of the fantasy season, however, his dynasty value is still quite shaky, so selling high isn't a bad idea in dynasty, especially if your team is no longer in he playoffs. Don't sell-low, that's not what I'm suggesting, but selling high is just smart given you're likely getting a safer future option if you're trading right, or you're upgrading a player into an elite player using Anderson (whom you likely acquired off the waiver wire). As for Week 15, I expect HUGE bounce-back outings out of all those Denver players! Week 15 should be good to those who own Denver players! Check back on the status of Julius Thomas before kickoff, but if things stay on track, he is a top 3-4TE lock heading into Week 15. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?