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NEWS: Chris Johnson does not expect to spend much time on bench in Week 1?

According to ESPN, Jets RB Chris Johnson doesn’t expect to spend much time on the bench in Week 1. “At the end of the day, they wouldn’t have brought me in here if I wasn’t going to have a big role, if I wasn’t going to be a big part of this offense,” Johnson said Wednesday. “That’s something I’m not worried about. I’m not worried about my role and how it’s going to play out. As a free agent, they could’ve chosen a lot of different guys. They already had some guys in here that had some success. They weren’t going to bring me in here for no reason.”

SMITTY: I like Chris Johnson a lot at his late 5th- to early 6th-round ADP/value… that’s around players like DeSean Jackson, TY Hilton, Michael Crabtree… I’m not suggesting that any of those players aren’t solid, but the risk is low when it comes to CJ2K if you ask me… Looking for Chris Johnson Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Bernard Pierce cleared concussion protocols and set to start Week 1.

According to reports, Ravens RB Bernard Pierce has cleared concussion protocols and is set to start Week 1 while Ray Rice remains suspended (through Weeks 1 and 2).

SMITTY: Weeks 1 and 2 will be huge for Bernard Pierce, because if he doesn’t impress, Ray Rice will surely get a crack at starter carries upon his return in Week 3. Pierce, if healthy, has the skill set and talent to be a fantastic rusher in this league, though. Hopefully this is a RBBC all year long. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Wes Welker 4-game suspension begins Week 1

According to numerous reports, Broncos WR Wes Welker’s four-game suspension will begin in Week 1. Immediately after news broke that Broncos WR Wes Welker was suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, much buzz hit news wires all around suggesting that the suspension wouldn’t begin until Week 2.

SMITTY: After a couple hours of buzz floating around news wires suggesting that Wes Welker’s four-game suspension might not kickstart until Week 2, it’s been clarified by many sources that Welker’s suspension will be effective as of Week 1. Again, this is a big blow to Wes Welker’s fantasy value, but it increases the value of all four of Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Cody Latimer (and even Montee Ball). Sanders, who already had upside for fantasy WR2-type numbers this upcoming season, but at the cost of a fantasy WR3, is the receiver that will likely see the biggest uptick in targets with this news. Peyton Manning and that offense won’t likely miss a beat in Weeks 1-4, as Latimer will fill in for Welker just fine, as Welker was already dipping below the 900-yard mark in terms of receiving, and he had all kinds of concussion concerns moving forward. Expect Welker to return to his WR3 role with the team upon his four-game suspension. Looking for how this impacts our Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Wes Welker (concussion) cleared for practice.

According to reports, Broncos QB Wes Welker (concussion) has been cleared for practice on Wednesday.

SMITTY: He is a risk moving forward, no question, but he could also drop excellent fantasy WR3-type numbers while on the field. Emmanuel Sanders is the team’s No. 2 there right now, and I don’t see that changing; he could crank out fantasy WR2-type numbers this upcoming fantasy season, but don’t reach for him, as you can get him as a fantasy WR3 still. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Lamar Miller not ahead of Knowshon Moreno?

According to miamiherald, “it is clear Knowshon Moreno is Miami’s lead running back. Miller, who was the starter and unchallenged all preseason, has lost his job as Miami’s lead back.”

SMITTY: There is a ton of speculation with this write-up. I’m not suggesting that this writer will be wrong, but this is a RBBC to start off, and both runners will have a chance to fight for the lead dog duties in Miami. Don’t count on either back as of now, it’s a cloudy situation for sure, but don’t write-off Miller either, though. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Derek Carr to start Week 1 against Jets.

According to numerous reports, Raiders QB Derek Carr will start Week 1 against the Jets.

SMITTY: No surprise here, as Derek Carr looked excellent in his last preseason outing. He could have some ups and downs this year, but Carr has been my favorite rookie passer for quite some time now and his dynasty value is strong. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Terrance West the clear back-up to Ben Tate in CLE?

According to, Browns coach Mike Pettine had this to say on rookie RB Terrance West: “There were some times where he made plays, and then he made rookie mistakes some other times. He can catch the ball. He’s shown that in camp. We’re pleased with where Terrance is, but it’s something…he just needs to continue to get better. Some guys kind of say, ‘OK, I made it. I’m on the roster,’ but to me, they need to accelerate, not decelerate.”

SMITTY: While it’s not uncommon for coaches to try to motivate rookies with “he has to improve” talk, it’s a nice reminder to all the Ben Tate believers out there, me being a big one, that Tate has a real shot at being a 1,200+ yard, 10TD rusher in 2014… all he has to do is stay healthy… Looking for Ben Tate Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Bishop Sankey set to get starter carries in 2014?

According to titansonline, Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt had this to say on the preseason performances of Bishop Sankey: “I think that it was obvious that he’s a talented young man. He ran the ball very well last night, very decisive, made good cuts. We’ve seen growth from him, as well. I think, just like with Zach (Mettenberger), we’ve seen growth with Bishop (Sankey). He’s gotten better, obviously, at his exchanges with the quarterbacks. His course on his footwork has improved. His vision is good. He’s seeing the holes well. His protection, he’s done a nicer job with that as he’s gone through it, so from a young guy that you’re trying to get prepared to contribute during the season, you’ve seen growth, you’ve seen him moving along with that, and that’s what you needed to see. I’m happy with him.”

SMITTY: It really is tough speculating how much work Bishop Sankey is going to get in 2014. Will he get starter-type carries, or will be be used far less than his optimistic owners are hoping? I’d be lying if I said I was super confident that Tennessee will use him like a feature back. I won’t bet against him, I think he is very talented, but it’s in the hands of that unpredictable Titans’ coaching staff. The good news is that Shonn Greene won’t be that hard to separate from. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jeremy Hill to have a big season even with Gio getting his?

According to, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis had this to say on why he sent his rookie Jeremy Hill back onto the field in the second-half of the team’s final preseason game: “Well, Jeremy has to understand what it’s like to be an NFL running back. We aren’t five deep. When we get to Sundays and we go down to 46 guys, and if he’s going to be the guy, then he’s going to have to be able to shoulder the load. You can get some good conditioning out here tonight. He’s going to learn to run with his pads down and protect the football. They were good snaps for him to learn with tonight.”

SMITTY: It’s becoming pretty clear that Jeremy Hill has monster sleeper potential at his 9th-round ADP, an ADP I expect to already be in the 8th if drafting let’s say today. This isn’t to say Gio Bernard won’t get his 300 or so touches, there is room for both a 900-1,000 rusher in Hill and at least a 275-300 total touch-type rusher in Gio. Handcuffing these two together is extremely smart, especially if you’re a Gio owner, but Hill is shaping up to be a sleeper RB2 heading into 2014. Check out the changes we made with Jeremy Hill’s Week 1 Power Rankings.

NEWS: Derek Carr looking strong in final preseason contest.

Derek Carr completed 11-of-13 passes for 143 yards and 3TDs in his team’s final preseason contest against the Seahawks.

SMITTY: The rookie has been one of our biggest QB sleepers from this draft class for some time now… It won’t be long before he cracks the line-up in Oakland, and he is a fine dynasty prospect! Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?