Archive for position battle

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…

smitty staff

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.

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 7)

This Week 7 Sunday News topic will be updated all Sunday long!!!

Sign-Up For Smart Alerts if you haven’t already!


News: 10/19 Justin Forsett could see a ton of work this week given the heavy, heavy winds expected in the Baltimore game.
Take: Justin Forsett is an excellent play in this one given the winds, and we hear the winds are bad… 30mph bad. That makes Joe Flacco and those Ravens WRs iffy plays in this one.


News: 10/19 Lamar Miller (knee) is probable for Week 7.
Take: It’s finally time for the Lamar Miller Show, as Miller will be the feature back in Week 7.


News: 10/19 Branden Oliver faces the Chiefs in Week 7, who rank in the bottom 10 in the league against the run.
Take: Brandin Oliver is our RB start of the week, as he has top 6-10RB upside this week. He should be in all line-ups this week.


News: 10/19 Denard “Shoelace” Robinson is expected to start at running back in Week 7 against the Browns.
Take: If you need a RB this week, this isn’t a bad play. Storm Johnson should still be in the mix, so Robinson should be looked at as a risky play, but he is a starting RB this week, so if in need, he is worth a look.


News: 10/19 Jonathan Stewart (knee) is officially active for Week 7 and is expected to get starter carries.
Take: He is a risky play, as this feels like a total RBBC regardless. However, if in need at the position this week, and if available in your league, he isn’t a horrible option. Talent has never been an issue for Stewart.


News: 10/19 Jake Locker (thumb) is inactive for Week 7.
Take: Charlie Whitehurst will once again get the start. Both Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright are strong fantasy WR3s despite the weekly uncertainty at the QB position.


News: 10/19 Reggie Bush officially active for Week 7.
Take: This was expected, and Matthew Stafford should turn to him early and often this week with Calvin Johnson not likely to play.


News: 10/19 NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) has been cleared to play in Week 7.
Take: Great news. He is a fantasy WR3 whenever on the field. Check back just in case on this one, but things look good.


News: 10/19 AJ Green has been ruled out of Week 7.
Take: This was expected; Mohamed Sanu is a strong fantasy WR2 this week – easy.


News: 10/19 Jimmy Graham to play, not start, in Week 7.
Take: As expected, he will likely be a red-zone player in this one, and that makes him a risky play, but you almost have to roll with him unless you have a fantastic alternative. Ben Watson will get some extra run in this one, and Brandin Cooks could have a nice day as well.


News: 10/19 Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer will reportedly use a “hot hand approach” at the running back position in Week 7.
Take: This is an awful match-up anyway against the Seahawks, but this is exactly why we have been recommending that fantasy owners sell-high on Stacy for weeks now. Tre Mason is the most talented runner in that backfield… we had him ranked No. 1 out of all 2014 rookie rushers based on talent alone. Benny Cunningham is still a talented runner, too. This situation is messy, especially in Week 7.


News: 10/19 Andre Johnson (ankle) is probable for Week 7.
Take: He is a fantasy WR2 as long as he is healthy.


News: 10/19 Arian Foster (groin) is probable for Monday night’s Week 7 battle against the Steelers.
Take: He is a fantasy RB1 moving forward. Let’s hope he stays healthy!


News: 10/19 DeAndre Hopkins (hand) is probable for Week 7.
Take: He is a fine fantasy WR3 when on the field.


News: 10/19 Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is expected to play despite his questionable status.
Take: Be sure to check back before kickoff, but all signs point to Benjamin playing in this contest. He is a fantasy WR3 if starting.


News: 10/19 Bryce Brown is expected to be inactive in Week 7.
Take: Word is that the Bills won’t reduce Spiller’s workload in Week 7 like they did last week. He is a risky play, but you almost have to play him if the Bills are backing his workload. As we reported earlier, selling high is advised if he has a big game in this one.


NEWS: CJ Spiller will continue to be fed carries? Bryce Brown will not see action?

SMITTY: This is a strange situation… There was some speculation earlier this week that the team could mix things up a bit more at running back, which would make a logical person think “Bryce Brown“. However, Bills offensive coordinator Nate Hackett said on Friday that he wants to continue “feeding” Spiller the football, and this coming off a season-low 12 snaps for Spiller this past Sunday. Spiller should be in line-ups this week given this info, but selling high is advised if he has some production, as Spiller no longer feels capable of consistency in Buffalo. Fred Jackson seems set for around 10-12 carries per-week right now, but dynasty owners should start trying to buy-low on Bryce Brown, who could be inactive again this week. Be certain to ‘buy-low’ only, though, as he is no lock to be the team’s future rusher, but at extremely-low prices, he is worth a grab/stash. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jonas Gray promoted from practice squad; could he crack the NE rotation?

SMITTY: This is a cloudy situation for sure, and just because Stevan Ridley is out for the year, that doesn’t make this situation easy to figure. Shane Vereen deserves double-digit carries moving forward now that Ridley is done, but will New England feed their best rusher carries? They are kind of known for doing the opposite of what you’d imagine at the running back position, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Jonas Gray, a power back from Notre Dame, somehow earned significant playing time. Granted, it won’t be surprising if he is a non-factor as well, but the point is, he deserves monitoring. Brandon Bolden is the logical choice for goal line work in Week 7. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Ryan Mathews (MCL) not yet cleared to run; the Branden Oliver Show continues.

SMITTY: You almost have to think the Chargers will hold Mathews out until after the Week 10 bye, but stranger things have happened. Clearly he won’t be ready for Week 7 or Week 8. Even if he made it on the field in Week 8, it wouldn’t be with a heavy workload. Branden Oliver is an exciting start right now, he truly is a gifted rusher with a great situation right now. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Mark Ingram to return to action in Week 7?

SMITTY: It looks like Mark Ingram (hand) could be close to “full go” for Week 7, but it wouldn’t surprise us if he was eased back either. Regardless, this just makes the Saints backfield cloudy and confusing again, as Pierre Thomas has proven to be a beast when given the touches/targets, and the same can be said for Khiry Robinson. Start any of these guys at your own risk moving forward. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Brandon Bolden a must-grab with Stevan Ridley (ACL) out for the year? Shane Vereen to see increased value?

SMITTY: It’s tough to predict how the Patriots will use their running backs moving forward, but with Stevan Ridley (ACL) done for the season, you have to think the team will start giving Vereen double-digit carries, something he surprisingly hasn’t yet seen this year. Brandon Bolden could either see a whole bunch more action, or he could just remain the goal line back — It’s really tough to predict this situation, so just grab Bolden in all formats just in case he starts to see starter-type carries. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Lamar Miller the clear starter in MIA with Moreno (ACL) out for the season.

SMITTY: Knowshon Moreno (knee) has already been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. It looks like the rest of the season is now the Lamar Miller Show. The elusive Miller has looked every bit the part so far this year when he has received the carries/receptions — expect him to flirt with high-end RB2-type numbers from here on out. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 6)

This Week 6 Sunday News topic will be updated all Sunday long!!!

Sign-Up For Smart Alerts if you haven’t already!


News: 10/12 According to a few lingering reports, Carson Palmer starting Week 6 isn’t yet a lock, although many sources suggest Palmer is starting.
Take: Just know he is a risky play at this point and use another option if for any reason your considering going Palmer in this one.


News: 10/12 Terrance West is inactive for Sunday’s Week 6 game against the Steelers.
Take: Ben Tate is a fine play this week, and Crowell is the clear No. 2 in CLE right now.


News: 10/12 Fred Jackson (ankle) is active for Week 6 against the Patriots.
Take: He has flex upside. Hopefully CJ Spiller gets on his horse this week!


News: 10/12 A.J. Green (toe) is inactive for Week 6 against the Panthers.
Take: Mohamed Sanu has fantasy WR2 appeal in this kind of role; Marvin Jones is inactive.


News: 10/12 Bishop Sankey will start at running back for the Titans in Week 6; Shonn Greene is inactive.
Take: This is as expected, and Bishop Sankey is a super-sleeper start this week.


News: 10/12 Charlie Whitehurst will start at QB in Week 6.
Take: No surprise, and unless you play in 2QB leagues, this news isn’t going to help you.


News: 10/12 Johnathan Stewart is inactive for Week 6.
Take: Darrin Reaves and Chris Ogbonnaya will take on the workload in Week 6.


News: 10/12 Storm Johnson will start for the Jaguars in Week 6 at TEN.
Take: While there is always risk in these kinds of plays, we really like Johnson this week and have been talking him up as much as we can. Again, know the risks in case you’re considering benching a bigger name for him, but if in need at the RB position, he is a fantastic high-risk/high-reward play.


News: 10/12 The Packers have declared WR Jarrett Boykin inactive for Week 6 against the Dolphins.
Take: Davante Adams will get a healthy dose of targets yet again.


News: 10/12 Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson, Joseph Fauria are all inactive for Week 6 against the Vikings.
Take: Joique Bell and Golden Tate are going to be leaned on in this one!


News: 10/12 Montee Ball and Cody Latimer are inactive against the Jets in Week 6.
Take: Ronnie Hillman will start in this one, but C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson could both see touches, as DEN is known for entertaining the ‘hot hand’ approach in these cloudy running back situations.


News: 10/12 Marqise Lee and Cecil Shorts are both active for Week 6 against the Titans.
Take: Neither have huge upside unless in larger leagues. Allen Hurns doesn’t look like he’s starting in this one, but he still could have a nice outing in very deep leagues given the coverages he could face.


News: 10/12 Adam Caplan just tweeted this about Jaguars RB Storm Johnson: “Team [JAC] wanted to move him up weeks ago behind Gerhart, but he was dealing with a lingering ankle injury.”
Take: A storm might be headed our way in Week 6, as the runner is one of our risky, yet high-upside, starts of the week.


News: 10/12 Tom Brady (ankle) will start Week 6 at BUF.
Take: There was some concern about Brady in this one, as it seemed to be big news that he made the flight with the team, but all systems are go for Brady. He still has starter potential in all formats, but of course that could depend on who you have as your other fantasy passer.


News: 10/12 Jordan Reed (hamstring) is active for Week 6 against AZ.
Take: How many snaps he will get is very much up in the air, which makes him a high-risk/high-reward play this week. Niles Paul is still in the picture, too.


News: 10/12 Reggie Bush to miss Week 6.
Take: No surprise here, and with Calvin Johnson out, the team will lean on both Golden Tate and Joique Bell, who is one of our sneaky RB2 starts of the week.


News: 10/12 Both Vincent Jackson (ribs) and Mike Evans (groin) are expected to start Week 6.
Take: Stay close to this one in case either suffers a setback. Our Smart Alerts will have you covered!


News: 10/12 Derek Carr will start Week 6.
Take: This is solid news for that Oakland offense, although, the passer is only starter material in 2QB leagues.


News: 10/12 Carson Palmer will start Week 6.
Take: This is great news for that Cardinals offense. While much depends on how effective Palmer can be, it could bump Michael Floyd back into fantasy WR2 territory. With Palmer under center, Ellington should have less defensive attention, too.


News: 10/12 Shonn Greene to sit Week 6.
Take: No surprise here, and Bishop Sankey remains one of your sneaky starts of the week.


News: 10/12 Jimmy Graham could miss 2-3 weeks following the Saints Week 6 bye?
Take: This is horrible news for Jimmy Graham and Drew Brees owners. We will keep you updated as more unfolds next week.


News: 10/12 Giants.com is predicting that Andre Williams will get 20-25 carries this week and get over the 100-yard mark.
Take: We agree, as he is a fantastic start this week. While anything can happen, especially if the Eagles got up big in a hurry, but 100 rushing yards and a strong shot at a score sounds about right for A-Will in this one.


News: 10/12 Vernon Davis (back) is questionable for Week 6, and according to numerous reports, the tight end isn’t sure if he will be able to play on Monday night against the Rams.
Take: After feeling like he was going to play earlier in the week, this situation is getting cloudy. Start preparing as if he won’t play, but stay tuned to our news wire and Smart Alerts on this one.


News: 10/12 Tom Brady (questionable) traveled with the team to Buffalo; he is dealing with an ankle injury.
Take: Stay tuned to our news wire and Smart Alerts on this one.


More Start Bench, Trade, Waiver Wire help to come!