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

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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!

NEWS: Bishop Sankey to be the lead back in Week 6; Joique Bell, Branden Oliver & Storm Johnson are sneaky plays.

SMITTY: ESPN is reporting that Bishop Sankey will likely lead the team in touches this week with Greene out. We agree, and he is one of our sneaky starts of the week, as most that own him have been putting him on the bench due to lack of touches. There is always risk with these kinds of plays, but Sankeky, Joique Bell, Branden Oliver and Storm Johnson all look like those sneaky-type starts this week. Looking for Week 6 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Toby Gerhart has been hurt since Week 1? Storm Johnson a sneaky fantasy play in Week 6?

SMITTY: We have never been in Toby Gerhart’s corner, as he just didn’t feel like long-term material at the position. Now his foot has reportedly been re-aggravated yet again in practice, so his availability for Week 6 is not looking good. Storm Johnson is one of our sneaky starts of the week, and was one of our top waiver wire adds heading into Week 6. There is always risk starting a player in this situation, but a storm could be coming, folks. Looking for Week 6 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Week 6 Injury Roundup :: AJ Green, Joique Bell, Storm Johnson, Bishop Sankey, Teddy Bridgewater and more.

Hey Starters Nation:

Due to all the news rolling through news wires today, we decided to put together a single post to cover all that is currently going on.


News: 10/9/14 – Andre Johnson (ankle) is active for Week 6 against the Colts.
Take: Arian Foster (hamstring) is a go and set for RB1-type play this week. Hopefully AJ can bounce-back this week, as he has yet to play like his old self. DeAndre Hopkins should have a nice outing in this one, and you gotta expect huge numbers out of Andrew Luck and that Colts offense (including Dwayne Allen). If Houston can keep it close right out of the gate, Foster and the Texans could surprise. Good luck to all with players playing in this one!


News: 10/9/14 – AJ Green (toe) is not expected to play in Week 6 against the Panthers.
Take: This is expected. We love Gio Bernard this week, and have since January. He has been, and remains, one of our biggest breakouts this year, and he is very undervalued coming off last week’s mediocre outing, so buy-low if you can! Mohamed Sanu will see a huge uptick in targets, so he is a great add if available in your league!


News: 10/9/14 – Joique Bell (concussion) is practicing in full today, and unless he suffers a setback, the runner is scheduled to be DET’s lead back in Week 6.
Take: Could we finally be on the verge of the “Joique Bell Show”? Even if Calvin Johnson plays, the Lions will likely lean on Bell, as Reggie Bush is not scheduled to play (as of now). Bell, if getting starter carries, has high-end RB2-type value in Week 6.


News: 10/9/14 – Toby Gerhart (ankle) was downgraded to “DNP” during Thursday’s practice.
Take: While anything can happen with players at this level (iffy plays), we really like Storm Johnson and we hope the Jags let him loose this week!


News: 10/9/14 – Shonn Greene (hamstring) was downgraded to “DNP” today and remains “uncertain” for Week 6.
Take: Great news for Bishop Sankey owners. See if Sankey is available in your league, he is a sneaky flex-play this week, but there is some risk, so know that. Coaching, play calling, it can all turn these kinds of situations south in a hurry, but he has nice appeal if in need at the RB position.


News: 10/9/14 – Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) and Matt Asiata (groin) are both practicing in full.
Take: Good news for those counting on either/both for Week 6. Smart Alerts will have you covered in case anything changes up until kickoff.


News: 10/9/14 – Vernon Davis (back) returned to practice on Thursday.
Take: He is day to day, but on track to possibly start Week 6. Smart Alerts will have you covered in case anything changes up until kickoff.


News: 10/9/14 – Drew Stanton (concussion) reportedly “feeling good,” but still has to pass the final stage(s) of the league’s protocol. Carson Palmer (shoulder) was “limited” during Thursday’s practice.
Take: You have to think the Cards will look to rest Palmer if Stanton can go. Stay tuned on this one.


News: 10/9/14 – Michael Crabtree (foot) has apparently insisted that his left foot is not an issue.
Take: Great news, but he needs to bounce-back here soon before he drops into low-end fantasy WR3 status. He still has upside to remain a fantasy WR2, but hope is fading.


News: 10/9/14 – Fred Jackson (ankle) was limited during Thursday’s practice.
Take: He is expected to play this week despite suffering the injury last week, but stay on top of this one!


NEWS: Carson Palmer threw on Tuesday; he could start Week 6?

SMITTY: Keep in mind that he threw last Tuesday as well, but had a setback with the nerve in his shoulder. This is a great sign, and an earlier report on Sunday said that Palmer had a ‘breakthrough’, so this sounds positive. Getting him back in the line-up would boost values for all three of Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Ellington (who still has top 5-10RB upside with a potent offense behind him). Stay tuned on this one! Looking for Week 6 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Storm Johnson about to become the Jaguars starting RB?

SMITTY: Toby Gerhart saw just 10 snaps in Week 5. He got banged up, but he still has been seeing a decrease in snaps as of late, as he saw just 20 the week prior, which was 10 less than the week before, which was 5 less than the week before, which was over 10 from the week before that. See the pattern here? The writing is on the wall and that writing says ‘Get ready for the Storm Johnson show. Will it be a big event, or will he get all the touches, but still not manage big-time fantasy scoring? That’s tough to say, but he is a must-grab right now, that’s not in question. Looking for Week 6 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Injuries heading into Week 6; Branden Oliver on the rise, Montee Ball could be out a bit, Calvin Johnson suffered a setback in Week 5.

Donald Brown left Week 5 with a concussion. Branden Oliver dropped 182 total yards and 2TDs in Week 5, and he now becomes a must-own in all leagues and this week’s top waiver wire grab.

Montee Ball suffered a groin injury in Week 5 and is getting an MRI. He is looking very questionable for the next couple games. Ronnie Hillman is a must grab this week.

Calvin Johnson suffered a setback in Week 5; his week 6 status is in question.

Rashad Jennings left Week 5 with a knee injury and will undergo an MRI. Andre Williams is not likely available in any leagues, but do check. If Jennings is out, Williams could produce fantasy RB2 numbers if getting starter carries.

Jimmy Graham injured his shoulder in Week 5, but early word is that it isn’t serious. Stay tuned.

Reggie Bush left Week 5 with an ankle injury. It is not though to be serious, but stay tuned. Hopefully Joique Bell will be back in the next contest.

Drew Stanton suffered a concussion in Week 5; Carson Palmer could be back next week, so keep tabs on this one. Palmer back would be good for Floyd, Fitz and Ellington.

Zac Stacy exited Week 5 with a calf injury. He did not return to the game, so there is concern here. Benny Cunningham is a must-grab if for some reason he is available. It’s not likely, though, but check waivers.

NEWS: Montee Ball (groin) out for a while; Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas pull in 2TDs; Peyton Manning tosses 4TDs.

SMITTY: What an explosion for those Broncos players, everyone but Montee Ball (groin), who now could be out a while. This makes Ronnie Hillman a must-grab if available in your league, and also keep in mind that Juwan Thompson could get some run at running back should Ball miss a chunk of time. Congrats to those who bought Demaryius Thomas last week… he was on our buy-low list(s) since Week 1, and the time for buying low is now over (after he dropped 200+ receiving and 2TDs in Week 5). In fairness, Ball has made it on our buy-low list, but it’s react and adapt in this sport, so stay all over add/drops and buy-low on players like Demaryius (pre-bounceing back) where you can to make up for losses/busts. While Ball’s recent play, and now this injury, is a huge letdown, he still could play well down the stretch, so selling on pennies on the dollar is not an option. Stash him, let him heal, then wait and see. Peyton Manning tossed 479 passing yards, 4TDs and 2INTs in Week 5 against the Cards, and Julius Thomas, the No. 1 fantasy TE right now, was his usual ‘phenomenal self’ pulling in 2TD passes out of Manning’s 4TDs. Need some quick trade ideas? Get on our forums and get some help!

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 5)

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News: 10/5 (11:44am) Bishop Sankey faces the Browns this week, a defense that has given up more fantasy points to running backs than almost any defense in fantasy.
Take: He is a risky play in many ways, given TEN could ruin this breakout contest for the rookie, but if given the touches, I think Sankey could breakout in this matchup.


News: 10/5 (11:18am) Brandin Cooks faces a Bucs defense, who according to FantasyLive is a defense that has given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this year. The Bucs have given up 330 receiving yards and 10TD catches in the last three road games.
Take: Brandin Cooks, despite his recent struggles, is a fantastic start this week. Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham should go nuts in this one, but this is the week to play Cooks, who could be back to be a strong fantasy WR3 moving forward after this one. Cooks is a huge talent and capable of big fantasy numbers during any given week.


News: 10/5 (11:22am) FantasyLive on the Red Zone channel is reporting that Arian Foster will be more effective in Week 5.
Take: As we reported earlier this morning, both players sound like a full-go. Foster is looking like a safer play than originally thought. Johnson, how has gone 11 consecutive games without a touchdown, is said to look healthy in warm-ups, and despite his long stretch of struggles, he remains a must-start.


News: 10/5 (12:06pm) Mike Evans (groin) is inactive for Week 5.
Take: He could be out for a few weeks.


News: 10/5 (11:38am) Cecil Shorts and Marqise Lee are inactive for Week 5 against the Steelers.
Take: Allen Hurns is a must-start and capable of super high-end fantasy WR3-type numbers this week.


News: 10/5 (11:38am) Ben Tate is active for Week 5 against TEN.
Take: His workload is very unknown. Unless last-minute news breaks suggesting that his workload will be plentiful, he is a boom or bust play this week. When getting a full workload, he has high-end RB2-type upside… he does. Staying on the field and getting the workload he needs are big question marks, though.


News: 10/5 (11:35am) Aditi Kinkhabwala just tweeted this: “Brandon Marshall has been working w/ Jay Cutler for a good while here and I can tell you this: he doesn’t look limited in any way.”
Take: Great news. He is a must-play if on the field, and the guy is on the field!


News: 10/5 (11:35am) Tim Twentyman, a senior Detroit Lions write, tweeted this about Calvin Johnson: “He’ll be more than a decoy” replying to someone who asked if Calvin would be a decoy in Week 5.
Take: Again, he is still a risky play, but again, if he plays, you almost have to play him. In year’s past, even when projected to be a decoy, he has often scored big. Even with last week’s bad performance in a decoy role, Calvin can’t be benched of starting. Stay very close to both our news wire and our Smart Alerts on this one.


News: 10/5 (11:22am) Ian Rapoport, of NFL.com, tweeted this: “Despite a lengthy injury report this week, the #Texans came out relatively unscathed. Both Andre Johnson & Arian Foster are slated to play.”
Take: Another report just suggested that AJ didn’t looked injured at all during warm-ups. Both are almost must plays unless you are stacked at either position. Of course, stay on top of both our news wire and our Smart Alerts prior to kickoff, as anything can happen during warm-ups.


News: 10/5 (11:01am) Ian Rapoport, of NFL.com tweeted this: “Calvin Johnson told teammates he’s playing today on the gimpy ankle that robbed him of 2 days of practice. But will he be himself?”
Take: He is a risky play, no doubt, but if he hits the field, you almost have to play him. In year’s past, even when projected to be a decoy, he has produced, so even with last week’s bad outing in a decoy role, he is a guy you just can’t sit if he is a go. Stay very close to both our news wire and our Smart Alerts on this one.


News: 10/5 (11:01am) Eric Decker (hamstring) remains a game-time decision for Week 5.
Take: This could be one of those very last-second deals, so stay very close to both our news wire and our Smart Alerts.


News: 10/5 (5:01am) Rob Gronkowski (knee) is probable for Week 5 against CIN.
Take: This is great news, as the guy might finally be near full-go.


News: 10/5 (5:01am) Marshawn Lynch is probable for Week 5.
Take: He is a top 4-7RB this week, no question.


News: 10/5 (5:01am) Luke Willson is expected to be use a lot in Week 5 against WAS.
Take: He isn’t a bad play if you need a TE this week.


News: 10/5 (5:01am) A few sources are suggesting that Andre Johnson (ankle), who is currently questionable, should play in Week 5 against DAL.
Take: There is a chance he still has fantasy WR1-type production left in the tank, but we certainly wouldn’t count on it, especially while he is banged up. The point is, don’t sell-low, or give up, but curb expectations until he looks full-go. He is a decent buy-low for sure.


NEWS: Week 5 Quick-Hitting Probable/Questionable/Out List

We have so many probable, questionable and out players to report on today, I tossed a majority of them into this one post. It looks like Reggie Bush is going to get a ton of work in Week 5, he is an excellent start this week. Good luck with all your decisions, folks, and be sure to get on our forums and get some last-minute line-up advice!

Probable Players for Week 5

A.J. Green (toe) was limited in practice on Friday, but is probable for Week 5.
Julio Jones (ankle) is probable for Week 5.
Dez Bryant (shoulder) is probable for Week 5.
Jamaal Charles (ankle) is probable for Week 5.
Andre Ellington (foot) is probable for Week 5.
Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is probable for Week 5.
Arian Foster (hamstring) is probable for Week 5.
Tony Romo (back) is probable for Week 5.
Golden Tate (hamstring) is probable for Week 5.
Ladarius Green (hamstring) is probable for Week 5.
Sammy Watkins (ribs) is probable for Week 5.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) is listed as questionable for Week 5.
Ben Tate is probable for Week 5.

Questionable Players for Week 5

Andre Johnson (ankle) was held out of Friday’s practice and is questionable for Week 5.
Vernon Davis (back) is questionable for Week 5.

Out Players for Week 5

Joique Bell is out for Week 5.