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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?

NEWS: Lamar Miller the clear starter in MIA with Moreno (ACL) out for the season.

SMITTY: Knowshon Moreno (knee) has already been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. It looks like the rest of the season is now the Lamar Miller Show. The elusive Miller has looked every bit the part so far this year when he has received the carries/receptions — expect him to flirt with high-end RB2-type numbers from here on out. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

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.


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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?