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NEWS: Giovani Bernard expected to miss Week 11; Jeremy Hill a RB1 in Week 11?

SMITTY: It looks like the hip will keep Gio Bernard out one more week, which makes Jeremy Hill a RB1 upside-wise heading into Week 11. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Rashad Jennings expected to start Week 11?

SMITTY: He was limited during practice on Wednesday, though, but assuming he suffers no setbacks, he should grab ahold of the majority of carries in Week 11 against the 49ers. This makes Andre Williams a RB3-type play at best. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Shaun Hill to start for Rams in Week 11; Austin Davis benched.

SMITTY: He isn’t worth starting in anything but huge 2QB leagues. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Ronnie Hillman expected to miss at least 2-3 weeks now?

SMITTY: This went from ‘at least’ 1-2 weeks to ‘at least’ 2-3 in just a few days, but hold onto these timetables with caution (in both directions). Who will start Week 11, CJ Anderson or Montee Ball (groin)? Well, I think it’s safe, for now, to consider Anderson the starter, as he just had a pretty stellar Week 10 outing (13 carries for 90 yards, and 4 receptions for 73 yards and 1TD). All that said, Ball has dropped weight, as we reported yesterday, and there was a lot of buzz about him heading into Week 10, which he apparently sat out in order to get even more healthy. Stay tuned, folks, something tells us there will be some more ‘rumors’ flying around news wires as we near Week 11 kickoff. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Charles Sims to start in Week 11?

SMITTY: In his debut in Week 10, Charles Sims ran the ball eight times for 23 yards, and he added two receptions for 17 yards. Bobby Rainey, like Sims, received 10 touches. So, what can we expect in Week 11? That’s tough to say, but early speculation is pointing to Sims getting a serious shot at starter-type carries this coming week. Stay all over our news wire and Smart Alerts heading into the remainder of this week, though, as things can change fast. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Montee Ball (groin) expected back in Week 11, but will he start over CJ Anderson?

SMITTY: Ronnie Hillman will miss at least two weeks with a foot sprain, which means that either CJ Anderson or Montee Ball (groin) will start Week 11. Will it be a sharing situation at best, or will one take over the primary duties? The answer to that question could be very much up in the air all the way into Week 11 kickoff. CJ Anderson had a monster Week 11 (rushing the ball 13 times for 90 yards, while pulling in 4 receptions for 73 yards and 1TD), so he is the ‘hot hand’ for sure in this situation. However, Ball has dropped weight and has received all kinds of buzz heading into Week 10 (where he ended up sitting as a precaution). We will try and keep you posted as the news unfolds on this one, but both Anderson and Ball must be owned in all formats, as the runner that gets the nod in Week 11 could produce very strong numbers. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

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News: 11/9 – Martellus Bennett (ribs) is active for Sunday night’s Week 10 battle against the Packers.
Take: We expect to see a lot of Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and even Eddie Lacy, who could have a rebound rushing effort given the spotlight on this game. Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall have remained good buy-low targets heading into this one – that hasn’t changed. Matt Forte should total 100 yards and a score in this one… let’s just say it would be disappointing if he didn’t at least reach those totals.


News: 11/9 – Carson Palmer (knee) was carted off the field in Week 10 in the 4th-quarter; Drew Stanton replaced the passer.
Take: This looks like a torn ACL, as Palmer almost collapsed trying to walk on it. His knee just gave out, which is often a clear sign of a torn ACL. Stanton came in an immediately threw a long TD-strike to John Brown… this team actually might be better off with Stanton under center, and hopefully this helps Floyd reemerge. We know Stanton loves John Brown! Look for the team to continue to lean on Andre Ellington now that they have a QB change.


News: 11/9 – Julius Thomas pulled in 6 passes for 63 yards and 2TDs in Week 10.
Take: This is why he has been on our buy-low list for three weeks now. Congrats to all who bought low, he really is just as dominate as any TE in fantasy (despite the fantasy-wise second guessing that’s been going on for three ridiculous weeks now). Marshawn Lynch, also on our buy-low list for weeks now, was in the same boat… many doubted him due to some slumping. Well, Lynch is back with his 4TDs today, so congrats to those who bought low there as well!


News: 11/9 – Tony Romo (back) suffered no setbacks in Week 10 despite playing with two broken bones in his back.
Take: After 246 and 3TDs, two of them going to Dez Bryant, like John Wick, yeah, I’d say Romo is back!


News: 11/9 – Montee Ball is not expected to play in Week 10 after all, which means Ronnie Hillman has another full chance to convince the Broncos he should be the lead back.
Take: It will be interesting to see what kind of momentum Montee Ball has heading into Week 11. Of course, much of that will depend on how Ronnie Hillman does this week. Don’t count Ball out yet, as he is said to have shed some serious weight and looks fast and fit. Check waivers for him just in case Hillman struggles with pass protection again in this one.


News: 11/9 – Fred Jackson is active for Week 10 against KC.
Take: It sounds like it’s safe to start him if he is one of your top 2-3RBs this week. There is risk playing him given he has been iffy all the way up until now. It’s unknown what his workload will look like, but the odds are more in favor of his workload being solid than super limited – At this point, anyway.


News: 11/9 – Sammy Watkins (groin) is active for Week 10 against KC.
Take: Be sure to check back all the way up to kickoff, but he looks like a go and a fine play. This kid has so much dynasty upside!


News: 11/9 – Both Harry Douglas (foot) and Antone Smith (neck) are both active for Week 10.
Take: Neither is a strong play, but that of course depends on your league size and injury situation.


News: 11/9 – Martellus Bennett (ribs) is expected to be a game-time decision all the way up to kickoff.
Take: Given this is the Sunday night game, fantasy owners need a Sunday night or Monday option if they want to roll this dice.


News: 11/9 – According to Sal Palantonio of ESPN, Matthew Stafford said to him this morning that he expects Calvin Johnson “to get lots of 1-on-1 vs. 5-foot-10 Brent Grimes.”
Take: Calvin Johnson says he is ready to rumble and we have no reason to question his ability to produce top 1-4 fantasy WR numbers moving forward. Congrats to all who bought low over the last couple weeks! Despite Calvin’s return to good health, Golden Tate is still an excellent fantasy WR3 moving forward (with flashes of more than that here and there).


News: 11/9 – According to a few sources today, Broncos OC Adam Gase has said that his plan is to get Julius Thomas more involved moving forward.
Take: Folks, our top ‘go get’ trade candidate this week is Julius Thomas. He can be had well below his Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski-type value, so go buy low on this guy and potentially get a top 10-15 overall fantasy player moving forward. And, the good news is that if he doesn’t play at that level, you’re buying low, so there is no risk and all upside for reward!


News: 11/9 – Tony Romo (back) is probable for Week 10 against JAC.
Take: We will likely see a whole bunch of DeMarco Murray in this one, as the QB just isn’t 100 percent. We still love Dez Bryant in this one, and Terrance Williams is a solid low-end WR3.


News: 11/9 – Stepfan Taylor (calf) is listed as “out” for Week 10, which means that Marion Grice will back-up starter Andre Ellington.
Take: This is good news, although, it’s not crazy to think AZ could give Grice some goal line work. Ellington is a top 10RB play every week and hopefully he gets all the goal line work in this one. All those Cardinals players should have a nice outing in this game, and those giving up on Michael Floyd might want to reconsider, as he still has all kinds of top 10-12WR upside trapped inside that inconsistent receiving environment in AZ. With Larry Fitzgerald coming to life recently (with his two previous games looking like 7-160/1TD and 5-70/0TDs), Floyd might see a number of long tosses this week.


News: 11/9 – Adam Schefter is reporting that Bucs rookie RB Charles Sims will make his NFL debut today.
Take: Most sources out there are calling Sims a change-of-pace player this week, which points to Bobby Rainey likely getting most of the carries. Still, this is a bit of a cloudy situation, and game flow, or a single fumble, could change things in a hurry. Still, with six teams on a bye, and with all the injuries right now, Rainey feels like a strong sneaky-type play this week. If he doesn’t have a big week, Sims will likely get the start next week. Doug Martin is not expect to play Week 10.


News: 11/9 – According to Ian Rapoport, the NFL “will likely consider a combination of time served and loss of pay with regards to Adrian Peterson. Expect a December return.”
Take: Make sure he isn’t on waivers, folks! Stay tuned for more on this one!


News: 11/9 – According to reports, the Bills are hopeful to have both Sammy Watkins (groin) and Fred Jackson (groin) playing in Week 10 against the Chiefs.
Take: Both are still very questionable, so stay tuned to both this news wire and our Smart Alerts. If F-Jax can’t go, both Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown will likely split reps, making it tough to play either in Week 10.


News: 11/9 – Percy Harvin has reportedly been “fully integrated” into that Jets offense and will be a big part of the weekly game plan moving forward.
Take: After 11 receptions for 129 receiving yards last week, it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see him have high-end WR3-type value moving forward (with occasional WR2-type upside). Expecting WR2-type fantasy production from here on out is a bit optimistic, though.


News: 11/9 – Lamar Miller (shoulder) remains questionable for Week 10, and some reports suggest that he could be “limited” during Sunday’s battle against the Lions.
Take: Given the match-up and risk of being limited, look elsewhere in Week 10 if possible. Need a name? Try Bobby Rainey, who should have one more week of getting a majority of the carries. Charles Sims could see some action, and it’s tough to speculate how much, but many sources feel Sims will merely be a change-of-pace rusher in Week 10 (with maybe a bigger role to come in coming weeks).


News: 11/9 – ESPN’s Jeff Legwold is reporting that the Broncos could use a “hot-hand” approach at running back moving forward.
Take: While we admit the Montee Ball Show has been a complete disappointment thus far in 2014, no runner is safe atop the depth chart in 2014. Sure, the momentum is clearly with Ronnie Hillman, and he should see most of the carries in Week 10, but at the first sign of struggle, or fumble(s), Montee Ball, who has been hyped up quite a bit over the past couple days due to his slimmer frame, could potentially get his starting gig back. Just keep all this in mind when you look down the road and assume where Hillman fits into your plans. If available on waivers, consider grabbing and stashing Ball, especially if you are a Hillman owner. Also, consider selling high on Hillman if you can somehow trade into a safer running back option, even if that means doing some sort of two-for-one type deal to get one better player for your line-up. Need trade ideas? Jump on our Fantasy Football Forum!


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NEWS: Carlos Hyde could be limited all year, or he could explode?

SMITTY: This is mostly a speculative news posting on our part, but sometimes thinking way, way ahead can win a league. Carlos Hyde, on our Upside Board, has been a sleeping giant all year. In fact, he has been sleeping a lot longer than we had hoped. We feared this could happen, and he was by far, and still is, no lock to get starter carries at all in 2014. Still, his “if” upside is so huge, see what’s what on trade front when it comes to Hyde in both redraft and dynasty, and in even medium size leagues, check waivers to see if he is available. Again, he is guaranteed nothing at this point, but in the spirit of trying to be two moves ahead, Frank Gore hasn’t scored a rushing touchdown in six-straight games, he has just one rushing touchdown on the year, and his last three games looked like this yardage-wise: 38, 20, 49. Hyde may have only received 3 and 2 carries in his last two outings, but he averaged 5.0 and 8.5 YPC. That’s not a big sample size, and honestly, I don’t care what his YPC were… he is a sleeping giant, no doubt, I just hope he doesn’t sleep until 2015, something that is entirely possible, so know that. Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Thursday Night Week 10 Inactives (Bengals-Browns)

SMITTY: Giovani Bernard (hip) is inactive for the Bengals’ Thursday night Week 10 battle against the Browns; Andrew Hawkins (thigh/knee) and Jordan Cameron (head) are inactive for the Browns. Expect a whole lot of Jeremy Hill in this one, who was our top add weeks ago, and our start of the week last week. He could very well rush for over 100 and a score in this one. We expect to see flashes of the AJ Green of old as well. On the Browns side of the football, a three-headed rotation at running back is expected (Terrance West, Ben Tate and Isaiah Crowell) – If we had to guess, West will lead the way, but anything can happen with such a hot hand approach. Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Montee Ball back at practice, but Ronnie Hillman still locked into the starting RB spot?

SMITTY: He is finally back at practice after his nasty groin injury, but clearly Ronnie Hillman has a firm grip on the starting running back job in Denver — for now. Things change quickly in this league, so be sure Ball isn’t available on waivers in your league. For now, it’s Hillman’s job to lose. Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?