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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: 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)

This Week 16 Sunday News topic will be updated all Sunday long!!!

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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.

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!!!

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

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?