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NEWS: Niles Paul (concussion) very questionable for Week 5; Jordan Reed (concussion) doing drills Tuesday.

SMITTY: According to rotoworld, Paul has no memory at all of the hit that knocked him out, so it’s hard to imagine him being cleared through the entire concussion protocol this week. That said, anything is possible, especially since this game is Monday night, so be certain to check back with us all week (as well as ensure you are setup with Smart Alerts). The same caution goes along with Jordan Reed, but he appears to have a very decent shot at playing on Monday night against the Seahawks. Given the match-up, and all the question marks surrounding both tight ends, neither is a strong play this week even if on the field. Looking for Week 5 Power Rankings?

NEWS: DeAngelo Williams (ankle) out for Week 5; Fozzy Whittaker or Darrin Reaves next man up?

SMITTY: This sounds like a high-ankle sprain, which means he could miss at least 2-3 weeks, if not longer (depending on the severity). So, next man up, right? In steps Fozzy Whittaker? He is a decent add this week if desperate, but also consider that Darrin Reaves and Chris Ogbonnaya could get some touches in Week 5, so this could just be a RBBC. Jonathan Stewart will likely still be out for Week 5. Looking for Week 5 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jamaal Charles scores 3TDs, but heads to locker room (with just cramping).

SMITTY: Update: It looks like heading to the locker room was just due to cramps. Charles is back on the sideline. Rest easy, Charles owners, he’s back. Congrats to all who bought low! He was one of our top buy-lows heading into Week 4.

SMITTY: He’s was back, and in a major way, but Charles heading to the locker room might not be a big deal, as the Chiefs are up 27-0. This offense clearly will produce at the running back position no matter who is back in that backfield, so Jamaal-only owners better go buy Knile Davis now while Charles has 3TDs attached to his name. The duo is a must! Check back on this one, though, and of course, stay tuned to our Smart Alerts updates.

NEWS: Donald Brown to get a grip of carries in Week 4?

SMITTY: It sounds like San Diego is going to feed him the rock this week, but the team is averaging well below 3.0 yards-per-carry. Still, if you need a runner this week, due to all the injuries or byes, he isn’t a bad play at all. With Woodhead and Mathews both down, he and Branden Oliver, a player to monitor (especially in dynasty), are going to get solid touches by default. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Week 4 Injury Round-Up :: Calvin Johnson questionable?

Jamaal Charles (KC/RB – ankle) participated in Chiefs practice on Friday – It’s looking more and more like a must-start for Monday night’s game against the Patriots. Could Knile Davis still get touches? Sure, but it will be hard to start Davis if you own him unless Charles starts sounding limited, which right now doesn’t seem to be the case. Charles owners should stay all over this one, which includes checking our news wire constantly, and signing up for our Smart Alerts, but it’s starting to sound like Charles owners can get a little bit excited for Week 4.

Calvin Johnson (DET/WR – ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Jets; he was “limited” during practice on Friday, but practicing is a plus. Stay on our Smart Alerts on this one!

Vernon Davis (SF/TE – ankle, knee) will be a game-time decision in Week 4 against the Eagles; stay on top of this one!

Joique Bell (DET/RB – knee) is listed as probable for Week 4 against the Jets. If Calvin sits, which is up in the air right now, the team would use Bell more in this one.

Bernard Pierce (BAL/RB – thigh) is listed as probable for Week 4. Even if he plays, no one knows what kind of workload he will receive, as Lorenzo Taliaferro earned some carries for sure. Right now, Taliaferro and Pierce are both cloudy flex plays this week.

Arian Foster (HOU/RB – questionable, hamstring) will “definitely” be a game-time decision in Week 4 against the Bills. Keep tabs on this one, and if Foster sits, Alfred Blue is a strong, strong flex play.
Marquise Goodwin (Bills/WR – concussion) is listed as doubtful for Week 4.

Brandon Marshall (CHI/WR – ankle) missed practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Pack. At least his contest is in the early set of morning games on Sunday. Stay tuned.

Ladarius Green (SD/TE – hamstring) did not practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 4 versus Jacksonville. Until SD unleashes him, he is not a good play anyway. Not yet.

Eric Decker (NYJ/WR – hamstring, questionable) is expected to play Sunday versus Detroit. Keep tabs on this despite some of the news suggesting he is a go.

Delanie Walker (TEN/TE – shoulder, questionable) was limited in Friday’s practice. Keep tabs on this one, and be sure to sign up for Smart Alerts.

Jake Locker (TEN/QB – wrist) looks more doubtful than questionable. Charlie Whitehurst might start this one. Need a sleeper DST this week? IND might crush Whitehurst.

Marqise Lee (JAC/WR – hamstring) is listed as out for Week 4. Allen Hurns remains a sneaky-good WR3!

DeAngelo Williams (CAR/RB – thigh) is probable for Week 4 against the Ravens.

Harry Douglas (ATL/WR – foot) is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Vikings.

Roddy White (ATL/WR – hamstring) is listed as probable for Week 4 against the Vikings.

Jarrett Boykin (GB/WR – knee, groin) is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Bears.

NEWS: Eli Manning scores 5 total TDs in Week 4; Larry Donnell scores 3TDs; Rashad Jennings quiet with 55 yards rushing.

SMITTY: This was definitely a strange game with an unexpected direction, but Larry Donnell is absolutely proving to be a strong low-end TE1 moving forward. We don’t yet trust Eli Manning despite an amazingly-strong outing in this one, but his uptick in production is clearly fantastic news for all Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Donnell owners. As for Jennings’ quiet night, he didn’t get a carry in the fourth quarter, as the Giants turned to rookie Andre Williams in a blowout. Jennings was on our Week 4 Sell-High List because we feared, and still fear, that his workload will be inconsistent — selling him coming off his 170+ rushing performance was just smart if the price was right. And, even though Williams saw his 15 touches (to Jennings’ 13) due to the game being a blowout, you have to think that the Giants might look to use Williams more moving forward — Williams can’t catch, but he sure runs with force. As for Kirk Cousins and his 4INT night, we didn’t see that coming at home against the Giants. Everyone should allow him another week of play before we starting jumping to conclusions, but he looked like a different player in this game, not the passer we saw last week and in previous outings where he has shined. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Ben Tate to return to starting role? Crowell the NO. 2 and West the No. 3 in CLE?

SMITTY: According to the Browns running backs coach, Tate is expected to return to the line-up once he returns from his knee sprain. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, because when Tate is on the field, he has top 10RB upside. How long will he stay on the field, though? That’s the question, and that can be argued no question… if he can’t stay on the field long, Crowell might be the answer, but don’t rule out West, who has a grip of future upside still. This situation is kind of messy, one you almost want to avoid until it shakes out, but Crowell should be scooped up off waivers in medium and larger leagues, as he could see TD opportunities coming out of his Week 4 bye. Make sure Tate wasn’t dropped in your league(s), as again, he has top 10RB appeal if starting (injury risk or not). Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Carson Palmer to throw today? Value increases coming for Floyd, Fitz and Ellington?

SMITTY: This is great news for Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald owners, although, Drew Stanton is playing effective football under center. Still, as we said last week, Palmer in that AZ line-up almost increases both receiver’s values by a tier or more (and the same can be said for Andre Ellington, who will have more room to run in Weeks 5+ with Palmer back keeping defenses honest). Check back with us after Wednesday’s practice, as we should have a better indication regarding Palmer’s potential Week 5 availability. Remember, the Cards have a bye here in Week 4, which is perfect timing for the 3-0 Birds. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 3)

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News: 9/21 (03:20pm) Andre Ellington (foot) is active for Week 3 against the 49ers; Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) is inactive for Week 3 against AZ. Carson Palmer is also inactive.
Take: Andre Ellington should see a grip of work in this one, and despite his foot, he remains one of our bigger breakouts this year. He has been doing outstanding fantasy-wise considering the foot and his loss of Carson Palmer. Derek Carrier will get extra run at TE this week for the 49ers.


News: 9/21 (03:17pm) Jamaal Charles is inactive for Week 3 against MIA.
Take: This was fully expected, but we wanted to give you official word. Knile Davis has fantasy RB1-upside this week.


News: 9/21 (03:17pm) Danny Woodhead was carted off the field with a severe ankle injury.
Take: Horrible news, as he was truly setup to shine in PPR formats while Ryan Mathews was out. We will keep you updated on his injury and how long he might be out.


News: 9/21 (12:55pm) According to rotoworld, the Texans have announced that Alfred Blue will be their starting runner against the Giants today (Week 3).
Take: As I/we said this morning, I really like this kid and he is a sneaky, but risky, Week 3 play. I am playing him in one league despite the risk. His upside is big. Alfred Blue and Jeremy Hill are the sneaky RB starts of the week.


News: 9/21 (12:41pm) DeSean Jackson is on the field and warming up to play.
Take: Jackson looks like a go in this one. Of course, anything can happen during warm-ups, but you're signed up for Smart Alerts, so you're covered! We will send an alert back out should something change. Kirk Cousins is a sneaky start this week if you need a QB. Pierre Garcon owners were probably hoping Jackson wouldn't go, but I don't think DJax is fully healthy, so Garcon could see more targets than usual. Start Niles Paul if you got him, as Jordan Reed is out!


News: 9/21 (12:39pm) FOX’s Jay Glazer has confirmed that Jamaal Charles (ankle) is not expected to play in Sunday’s Week 3 contest against MIA.
Take: Knile Davis has low-end RB1 appeal in this one. Be sure to check back just in case anything changes with Charles’ status, but Week 3 should be all Knile Davis.


News: 9/21 (12:33pm) Shaun Hill (thigh) is active for Week 3 against DAL.
Take: Austin Davis was expected to start, but it appears Hill is working out with the starters. Neither QB should be starting in fantasy leagues unless the league is a large 2QB league.


News: 9/21 (12:13pm) Bengals OC Hue Jackson “doesn’t have a number” in mind in terms of how many carries he’ll split up between Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard.
Take: You guys all know by now how much I love Giovani Bernard, as I believe he is a top 5-10 fantasy rusher this year. Even with that stance, I love Jeremy Hill, and that offense has room for both runners. Today might be the game Jeremy Hill explodes, and again, I can’t stress enough I still believe fully in Gio. Hill is going to be used early and often between the tackles, and he will have 8-10TD potential this season. He is averaging 4.9 yards-per-carry and is coming off a 15-carry game in Week 2. Don’t bench a stud or big name for the guy, but Hill is a fantastic flex-start this week (and moving forward).


News: 9/21 (12:13pm) According to rotoworld, Danny Woodhead is listed as the starting running back for the Chargers this week.
Take: We’ve been saying it all week, Danny Woodhead is the best RB in SD right now, especially in PPR. Donald Brown is expected to get early-down work, but Woodhead has more appeal fantasy-wise.


News: 9/21 (12:05pm) Keenan Allen (groin) is active for the Chargers’ Week 3 contest against BUF; Ryan Mathews is inactive.
Take: This is the best buy-low WR in fantasy right now. Why? Yeah, yeah, he hasn’t done much in Weeks 1 and 2, right? Well, he faced AZ in Week 1 and Richard Sherman and SEA in Week 2. Well, let me tell you, if you watched Allen against Sherman, you’d be quite impressed. Allen has amazing footwork, speed and route running ability. He is a fantasy WR1 talent-wise – We hope the Keenan Allen show starts in Week 3!


News: 9/21 (12:01pm) Dez Bryant (shoulder) is active for Week 3 against STL.
Take: This was expected, but it’s great to get confirmation that Dez is ready to explode in Week 3.


News: 9/21 (12:01pm) Tavon Austin (knee) is inactive for Week 3 against DAL.
Take: He isn’t a viable starter right now anyway.


News: 9/21 (12:01pm) Aaron Dobson is inactive for Week 3 against OAK.
Take: He isn’t a viable starter right now in fantasy anyway.


News: 9/21 (11:56am) Bernard Pierce (thigh) is inactive for Sunday’s Week 3 contest at CLE.
Take: Justin Forsett and and the rookie we have been talking up for weeks, Lorenzo Taliaferro, would likely split carries in this one with Pierce officially out. Taliaferro is a must-add in dynasty, and he remains a sneaky pick-up in larger redraft leagues — just know anything can happen carry-wise in this game, so be careful plugging either into your line up. Lorenzo Taliaferro has big upside if he plays a ton, though, but his workload is far from guaranteed — this week at least.


News: 9/21 (11:55am) A.J. Green (toe) is active for Week 3.
Take: This was expected, but it’s great to get further confirmation. Green is a top 1-4WR any week that he is on the field.


News: 9/21 (11:33am) NFL Network is reporting that Arian Foster (hamstring) is officially inactive for Sunday’s Week 3 contest against NYG.
Take: Alfred Blue and Ronnie Brown will most likely split some work, but if you need a sneaky play this week at RB, Alfred Blue is your guy! There is always risk with these starts, so know that, as Brown could get more reps than anyone can predict, but I love this kid Blue! Jonathan Grimes could see some run, hence the risk in starting anyone last-minute. I like Blue here.


News: 9/21 (11:23am) ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Shane Vereen (shoulder) is expected to play Sunday’s Week 3 contest against OAK.
Take: Check back last-minute, just in case he suffers a setback in warm-ups. Sign-Up For Smart Alerts to ensure you get real-time alerts on all this!


News: 9/21 (11:23am) Both Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) are expected to play in Monday night’s Week 3 contest against the Jets.
Take: This is solid info to have now, as some were considering using some Sunday options vs. those Monday night plays. Anything can happen in warm-ups, but both WRs appear ready to rumble on Monday night.


News: 9/21 (10:43am) Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) remains “doubtful” for Week 3.
Take: Unless a miracle occurs in this situation, Derek Carrier is going to get some extra run in Week 3.


News: 9/21 (10:18am) DeSean Jackson is expected to be available for Week 3.
Take: Expect him to play, but check back, as setbacks happen in warm-ups all the time.


News: 9/21 (10:18am) Wes Welker is expected to be a third-down/role player in Week 3 against SEA.
Take: He should return to his strong fantasy WR3 role at some point, but given the match-up and expected playing time, he might not be ready for that just yet.


News: 9/21 (10:16am) There is some buzz this morning suggesting that Bernard Pierce (thigh) may not play Week 3 against CLE.
Take: Justin Forsett and and the rookie we have been talking up for weeks, Lorenzo Taliaferro, would likely split carries in this one if Pierce cannot go. Taliaferro is a must-add in dynasty, and he remains a sneaky pick-up in larger redraft leagues — just know anything can happen carry-wise if Pierce sits, so be careful plugging either into your line up. Lorenzo Taliaferro has big upside if he plays a ton, but his workload is far from guaranteed — this week at least.


News: 9/21 (10:16am) NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Arian Foster (hamstring) is a “long shot” to play Sunday’s Week 3 contest against NYG.
Take: Alfred Blue and Ronnie Brown will most likely split work; Blue is a decent pickup if you’re in need, but just know he is boom or bust given that Brown could get more work than expected, or less work than expected. Blue is a great dynasty add, though, know that!


News: 9/21 (10:16am) Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is not expected to be available for Week 3 game against NE.
Take: Darren McFadden should see more work than normal. Let’s see if McFadden can hold-up.


News: 9/21 (10:05am) ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is expected to play against BAL.
Take: Great news, for now. Of course, check back with us closer to kickoff, as anything can happen in warm-ups.


News: 9/21 (10:04am) NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Jamaal Charles (ankle) is not expected to play Sunday against MIA.
Take: Check back of course, but for now, Knile Davis is expected to start. We will adjust the Analyzers/Rankings to reflect the change, but keep in mind that an earlier report, this morning, suggested that Charles had a good chance to play. Stay tuned, but expect Charles to sit as of now.


News: 9/21 (02:02am) Bernard Pierce (thigh) is listed as questionable for Week 3 at Cleveland.
Take: The Ravens signed RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, so you have to wonder if Pierce is more questionable than the Ravens are letting on. Pierce practiced on Friday, so expected him to go in Week 3 unless we send out another Smart Alerts on the guy. Just to ensure we’re saying it ahead of time, Ravens rookie RB Lorenzo Taliaferro could eventually see the field, and if he does, watch out. He is a great dynasty “go get” right now.


News: 9/21 (02:02am) Chris Johnson (ankle) is probable for Monday night’s Week 3 contest vs. the Bears.
Take: As sad as it is to say, CJ2K is merely a flex option at this point.


News: 9/21 (02:02am) Antonio Gates (hamstring) is probable for Week 3.
Take: Great news – After last week, be proved he still has some TE1 left in the tank.


News: 9/21 (02:02am) Chargers RB Branden Oliver will be active for Week 3 against the Bills.
Take: This is a dynasty sleeper right here. Be sure to consider grabbing this guy in those deep dynasty leagues. He could never see the field other than special teams, sure, but his talent level is big-time, so I hope he gets a shot. He will be the No. 3RB with Ryan Mathews out.


News: 9/21 (02:01am) DeSean Jackson is questionable for Week 3.
Take: This will be a game-time decision, so check back all the way up to kickoff, as well as sign up for Smart Alerts.


News: 9/21 (02:01am) Hakeem Nicks (illness) is listed as questionable for Week 3.
Take: This is a game-time decision, meaning you just have to check back frequently all the way up until kickoff (as well as sign up for Smart Alerts)


News: 9/21 (02:01am) Matt Schaub has been ruled out for Week 3.
Take: Derek Carr has a lot of dynasty appeal, it will be fun to watch him mature from Weeks 3-16.


NEWS :: Injuries :: Week 3

NEWS: A.J. Green (toe) is listed as probable for Week 3 against the Titans.
TAKE: Great news. Unless he suffers a setback, he appears ready to rumble in Week 3. This is great news for Gio Bernard owners, as now defenses can’t just worry about shutting him down.

NEWS: Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) was limited in Friday’s practice; Brandon Marshall (ankle) missed practice again Friday.
TAKE: Both receivers should be ready for Monday night against the Jets. Check back with us, though, and be certain to sign up for Smart Alerts to get real-time updates on both players.

NEWS: Cordarrelle Patterson (chest) is listed as probable for Week 3.
TAKE: A WR2/3 that can drop higher numbers than that.

NEWS: Andre Ellington (foot) is probable for Week 3 against the 49ers.
TAKE: Tough match-up, but with Dwyer deactivated, Ellington could get more work than expected, plus goal line work.

NEWS: Dez Bryant (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Rams.
TAKE: He is expected to play.

NEWS: Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) is listed as questionable for Week 3.
TAKE: A true game-time decision. Stay on our news and be sure to sign up for Smart Alerts.

NEWS: Rob Gronkowski (knee) is listed as probable for Week 3; Shane Vereen (shoulder) is questionable.
TAKE: Both should play, but check back on Vereen and be sure to sign up for Smart Alerts for real-time game day updates.

NEWS: Marshawn Lynch (back) is listed as probable for Week 3.
TAKE: This was expected; Beast Mode is a top 4-7RB whenever on the field. All Lynch owners should own his handcuffs, though.

NEWS: Joique Bell (knee) is listed as probable for Week 3.
TAKE: After being limited much of this week, he looks like a go!

NEWS: DeSean Jackson (shoulder) is questionable for Week 3.
TAKE: This is a game-time decision here, or at least a Sunday call. Check back and be sure to sign up for Smart Alerts.

NEWS: Drew Stanton will start at quarterback for the Cardinals against the 49ers.
TAKE: Not great news for Floyd and Fitz owners.

NEWS: Arian Foster (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Giants.
TAKE: Everything we hear suggests that he should be a go, but of course check back with us all weekend and on game day.

NEWS: Jamaal Charles (ankle) was limited in Chiefs practice Friday and remains questionable for Week 3.
TAKE: Not a good sign – check back on Sunday morning. If Knile Davis is starting, he is a strong play.

NEWS: Keenan Allen (groin) is listed as questionable for Week 3.
TAKE: Most expect him to play, but check back all weekend with us, and on game day.