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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?

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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?

NEWS: Denard Robinson (foot) our for the season.

SMITTY: This is bad news for those counting on “Shoelace” as their low-end RB2 in Weeks 15-17. Toby Gerhart, Jordan Todman, and Storm Johnson will likely split the carries moving forward (with no real front-runner for starter carries – yet). Robinson’s future is decent, but cloudy. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Andre Ellington on IR; Kerwynn Williams a must-grab entering Week 15?

SMITTY: While this situation is still very cloudy, as Stepfan Taylor could remain the starter on paper, all the momentum is with the super-talented Kerwynn Williams. If you watched the press conference after the game, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians talked up Williams in a major way, going as far as to say the following: “Just in case you don’t know who is Kerwynn Williams, he’s number 33.” He then added, “We’ve already given him a game ball. I knew Kerwynn was going to play well, that’s why we made the move. He has been the only guy on our practice field that made our players go wow. Making people miss.” Again, I can’t stress enough that this situation is cloudy, and Marion Grice is still in the mix for touches moving forward, but Williams is the definition of “upside”, which a lot of times comes along with risk (especially when you’re talking about playing someone like this in Weeks 15-17). Grab this guy in dynasty, no question, and consider him a sneaky RB3/flex option heading into Week 15. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jerick McKinnon ruled out for Week 14; Adrian Peterson could play Week 15?

SMITTY: His back is clearly bothering him, and his return date is unknown. Matt Asiata becomes a decent start in Week 14, and if you need a RB off waivers to replace McKinnon, look at Stepfan Taylor, who starts this week in place of the injured Andre Ellington. Looking for Week 14 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Latavius Murray (concussion) cleared for Week 14; will he be a workhorse, though?

SMITTY: He got in a limited practice on Wednesday and should get at least flex-type work in Week 14. The head-scratching part of this story is that Raiders coach Tony Sparano reportedly told Sirius XM Radio yesterday that Murray won’t be used like a workhorse rusher in Weeks 14-17. How this makes sense is beyond us, and that’s why he feels more like a flex-type option this week vs. a lock to produce RB2-type numbers. Talent is not the issue here — Oakland is. Looking for Week 14 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Rashad Jennings, Andre Ellington, Justin Hunter updates and more.

TAKE: Smitty and Russ Bliss breakdown all of the Week 14 injuries, including the players just listed above (and more), in the very beginning of the Radio Show linked here:

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