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Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 8 of the 2014 fantasy football season!


Wednesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 10/21/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: IDP, Sleepers, Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em, Breakouts, Trade Advice and more

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NEWS: Pierre Thomas (shoulder) to miss 2-3 weeks; Ingram and Robinson to see more touches?

SMITTY: It’s tough to say who will benefit more from Pierre Thomas’ absence, but clearly both Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram will see an uptick in touches with this news. Both runners are boom or bust plays each week, as you just don’t know which will get more run. Plus, it seems like the Saints want to mix in some Travaris Cadet here and there, so the situation is still very cloudy even with Thomas’ injury. If you breakdown last week’s usage, Ingram commanded the early-down work, and Robinson dropped down to three rushes compared to Ingram’s 10. Our guess is that Ingram will benefit most, especially now that he is a week healthier, but anything can happen due to flow of game/hot hands. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Colt McCoy will start Week 8 against Cowboys; Roy Helu should be picked up?

SMITTY: While Kirk Cousins’ failure to hold onto the job virtually locks Robert Griffin III as the team’s starter just as soon as he is ready (most think Week 9), Colt McCoy is a lot better than people give him credit for. I’m not suggesting he will hold off RG3 with a good game here, but I think a surprising outing shouldn’t be ruled out is all, which is good for those Redskins receivers and tight ends. Also, on a side note, all you deep league owners should take a long look at adding Roy Helu. I like the runner a lot, and he is a PPR type that would thrive if given the carries. Morris is banged up and Helu just feels “stash” worthy. Keep up-to-date with all the latest news with our Smart Alerts

NEWS: CJ Spiller (collarbone) done for season; Fred Jackson (groin) already out for Week 8; Reggie Bush still hurt…

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Hey Starters Nation:

We had a few big injuries in Week 7, along with some other injuries worth monitoring. Here we go:

Injuries Heading Into Week 8:

C.J. Spiller broke his collarbone on a 53-yard run and is done for the season. Fred Jackson was injured early in this game as well — Both were carted to the locker room. The Bills have a bye in Week 9, but early word is that Jackson is already looking “out” for Week 8. Get ready for the Bryce Brown show, a player we said to go get prior to kickoff on Sunday (especially in dynasty). Now he gets to show his stuff. Make sure he isn’t on waivers in your league, especially if you lost either/both of these backs.

Reggie Bush (groin) received just nine touches in Week 7, as he was clearly still bothered by his ankle. Joique Bell is a dark horse RB2 of ours moving forward, but of course he can be had lower and should be valued lower (but with upside for that kind of production). If Bush stays moderately banged up for a bit, Bell will surely see some serious action. If Bush returns quickly, we still like Bell as a sneaky flex. Bell is extremely gifted, but he is the kind of back that gets better with carries and lots of work — We hope he gets a big dose of carries moving forward, but we aren’t in charge of his workload (unfortunately).

Other Injuries:

Pierre Thomas left Week 7 with a shoulder injury, Trent Richardson pulled a hamstring, James Starks injured his ankle, and Corey “Philly” Brown suffered a concussion. T-Rich being out only increases Ahmad Bradshaw’s value well past his RB2-type status, and an injured PT gives bumps to both Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, but all these injuries just described above could be less serious, or more serious, than initially thought, so stay all over this news wires and our Smart Alerts for updates.

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News: 10/19 Justin Forsett could see a ton of work this week given the heavy, heavy winds expected in the Baltimore game.
Take: Justin Forsett is an excellent play in this one given the winds, and we hear the winds are bad… 30mph bad. That makes Joe Flacco and those Ravens WRs iffy plays in this one.


News: 10/19 Lamar Miller (knee) is probable for Week 7.
Take: It’s finally time for the Lamar Miller Show, as Miller will be the feature back in Week 7.


News: 10/19 Branden Oliver faces the Chiefs in Week 7, who rank in the bottom 10 in the league against the run.
Take: Brandin Oliver is our RB start of the week, as he has top 6-10RB upside this week. He should be in all line-ups this week.


News: 10/19 Denard “Shoelace” Robinson is expected to start at running back in Week 7 against the Browns.
Take: If you need a RB this week, this isn’t a bad play. Storm Johnson should still be in the mix, so Robinson should be looked at as a risky play, but he is a starting RB this week, so if in need, he is worth a look.


News: 10/19 Jonathan Stewart (knee) is officially active for Week 7 and is expected to get starter carries.
Take: He is a risky play, as this feels like a total RBBC regardless. However, if in need at the position this week, and if available in your league, he isn’t a horrible option. Talent has never been an issue for Stewart.


News: 10/19 Jake Locker (thumb) is inactive for Week 7.
Take: Charlie Whitehurst will once again get the start. Both Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright are strong fantasy WR3s despite the weekly uncertainty at the QB position.


News: 10/19 Reggie Bush officially active for Week 7.
Take: This was expected, and Matthew Stafford should turn to him early and often this week with Calvin Johnson not likely to play.


News: 10/19 NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) has been cleared to play in Week 7.
Take: Great news. He is a fantasy WR3 whenever on the field. Check back just in case on this one, but things look good.


News: 10/19 AJ Green has been ruled out of Week 7.
Take: This was expected; Mohamed Sanu is a strong fantasy WR2 this week – easy.


News: 10/19 Jimmy Graham to play, not start, in Week 7.
Take: As expected, he will likely be a red-zone player in this one, and that makes him a risky play, but you almost have to roll with him unless you have a fantastic alternative. Ben Watson will get some extra run in this one, and Brandin Cooks could have a nice day as well.


News: 10/19 Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer will reportedly use a “hot hand approach” at the running back position in Week 7.
Take: This is an awful match-up anyway against the Seahawks, but this is exactly why we have been recommending that fantasy owners sell-high on Stacy for weeks now. Tre Mason is the most talented runner in that backfield… we had him ranked No. 1 out of all 2014 rookie rushers based on talent alone. Benny Cunningham is still a talented runner, too. This situation is messy, especially in Week 7.


News: 10/19 Andre Johnson (ankle) is probable for Week 7.
Take: He is a fantasy WR2 as long as he is healthy.


News: 10/19 Arian Foster (groin) is probable for Monday night’s Week 7 battle against the Steelers.
Take: He is a fantasy RB1 moving forward. Let’s hope he stays healthy!


News: 10/19 DeAndre Hopkins (hand) is probable for Week 7.
Take: He is a fine fantasy WR3 when on the field.


News: 10/19 Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is expected to play despite his questionable status.
Take: Be sure to check back before kickoff, but all signs point to Benjamin playing in this contest. He is a fantasy WR3 if starting.


News: 10/19 Bryce Brown is expected to be inactive in Week 7.
Take: Word is that the Bills won’t reduce Spiller’s workload in Week 7 like they did last week. He is a risky play, but you almost have to play him if the Bills are backing his workload. As we reported earlier, selling high is advised if he has a big game in this one.


NEWS: CJ Spiller will continue to be fed carries? Bryce Brown will not see action?

SMITTY: This is a strange situation… There was some speculation earlier this week that the team could mix things up a bit more at running back, which would make a logical person think “Bryce Brown“. However, Bills offensive coordinator Nate Hackett said on Friday that he wants to continue “feeding” Spiller the football, and this coming off a season-low 12 snaps for Spiller this past Sunday. Spiller should be in line-ups this week given this info, but selling high is advised if he has some production, as Spiller no longer feels capable of consistency in Buffalo. Fred Jackson seems set for around 10-12 carries per-week right now, but dynasty owners should start trying to buy-low on Bryce Brown, who could be inactive again this week. Be certain to ‘buy-low’ only, though, as he is no lock to be the team’s future rusher, but at extremely-low prices, he is worth a grab/stash. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jonas Gray promoted from practice squad; could he crack the NE rotation?

SMITTY: This is a cloudy situation for sure, and just because Stevan Ridley is out for the year, that doesn’t make this situation easy to figure. Shane Vereen deserves double-digit carries moving forward now that Ridley is done, but will New England feed their best rusher carries? They are kind of known for doing the opposite of what you’d imagine at the running back position, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Jonas Gray, a power back from Notre Dame, somehow earned significant playing time. Granted, it won’t be surprising if he is a non-factor as well, but the point is, he deserves monitoring. Brandon Bolden is the logical choice for goal line work in Week 7. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Ryan Mathews (MCL) not yet cleared to run; the Branden Oliver Show continues.

SMITTY: You almost have to think the Chargers will hold Mathews out until after the Week 10 bye, but stranger things have happened. Clearly he won’t be ready for Week 7 or Week 8. Even if he made it on the field in Week 8, it wouldn’t be with a heavy workload. Branden Oliver is an exciting start right now, he truly is a gifted rusher with a great situation right now. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Mark Ingram to return to action in Week 7?

SMITTY: It looks like Mark Ingram (hand) could be close to “full go” for Week 7, but it wouldn’t surprise us if he was eased back either. Regardless, this just makes the Saints backfield cloudy and confusing again, as Pierre Thomas has proven to be a beast when given the touches/targets, and the same can be said for Khiry Robinson. Start any of these guys at your own risk moving forward. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Brandon Bolden a must-grab with Stevan Ridley (ACL) out for the year? Shane Vereen to see increased value?

SMITTY: It’s tough to predict how the Patriots will use their running backs moving forward, but with Stevan Ridley (ACL) done for the season, you have to think the team will start giving Vereen double-digit carries, something he surprisingly hasn’t yet seen this year. Brandon Bolden could either see a whole bunch more action, or he could just remain the goal line back — It’s really tough to predict this situation, so just grab Bolden in all formats just in case he starts to see starter-type carries. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?