SMITTY: Injuries and slow-starting killed Montee Ball fantasy owners in 2014, and I admit I was a big believer in Ball entering this year. I still think he has talent, and the situation was ideal in Denver (proven by the success of CJ Anderson), but Ball's road back into any starting line-up will be a long one. CJ Anderson has low-end RB1 upside heading into the final three Weeks of the fantasy season, however, his dynasty value is still quite shaky, so selling high isn't a bad idea in dynasty, especially if your team is no longer in he playoffs. Don't sell-low, that's not what I'm suggesting, but selling high is just smart given you're likely getting a safer future option if you're trading right, or you're upgrading a player into an elite player using Anderson (whom you likely acquired off the waiver wire). As for Week 15, I expect HUGE bounce-back outings out of all those Denver players! Week 15 should be good to those who own Denver players! Check back on the status of Julius Thomas before kickoff, but if things stay on track, he is a top 3-4TE lock heading into Week 15. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This is bad news for those counting on “Shoelace” as their low-end RB2 in Weeks 15-17. Toby Gerhart, Jordan Todman, and Storm Johnson will likely split the carries moving forward (with no real front-runner for starter carries – yet). Robinson’s future is decent, but cloudy. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: While this situation is still very cloudy, as Stepfan Taylor could remain the starter on paper, all the momentum is with the super-talented Kerwynn Williams. If you watched the press conference after the game, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians talked up Williams in a major way, going as far as to say the following: “Just in case you don’t know who is Kerwynn Williams, he’s number 33.” He then added, “We’ve already given him a game ball. I knew Kerwynn was going to play well, that’s why we made the move. He has been the only guy on our practice field that made our players go wow. Making people miss.” Again, I can’t stress enough that this situation is cloudy, and Marion Grice is still in the mix for touches moving forward, but Williams is the definition of “upside”, which a lot of times comes along with risk (especially when you’re talking about playing someone like this in Weeks 15-17). Grab this guy in dynasty, no question, and consider him a sneaky RB3/flex option heading into Week 15. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: His back is clearly bothering him, and his return date is unknown. Matt Asiata becomes a decent start in Week 14, and if you need a RB off waivers to replace McKinnon, look at Stepfan Taylor, who starts this week in place of the injured Andre Ellington. Looking for Week 14 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: He got in a limited practice on Wednesday and should get at least flex-type work in Week 14. The head-scratching part of this story is that Raiders coach Tony Sparano reportedly told Sirius XM Radio yesterday that Murray won’t be used like a workhorse rusher in Weeks 14-17. How this makes sense is beyond us, and that’s why he feels more like a flex-type option this week vs. a lock to produce RB2-type numbers. Talent is not the issue here — Oakland is. Looking for Week 14 Power Rankings?
TAKE: Smitty and Russ Bliss breakdown all of the Week 14 injuries, including the players just listed above (and more), in the very beginning of the Radio Show linked here:
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SMITTY: No so fast. A big reason we were so high on Montee Ball this past off-season was due to this offense and how potent it is. Granted, I also like Montee’s skill set, which the jury is still out on, but the point is that this offense can produce solid RB numbers if the runner is in the line-up consistently and healthy… While CJ Anderson was third on the depth chart weeks back, he is a dynamic runner and a perfect fit in these offense. Anyone can be sold-off at the right price in fantasy football, but don’t think for a second that this kid can’t produce what would equate to at least second-round value moving forward. He could produce even higher than that, or lower, but that’s (second-round) a safe range to pin his value around, and any offer would need to be clear above that 2nd-round value to warrant consideration. Anything can happen in fantasy football, especially down the stretch, but start Anderson every week until further notice, and don’t sell at fair market value thinking the ride will end soon. Ride-out the waive, my friends (unless the deal is ridiculous)! Get ready for bounce-back efforts out of Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders (and hopefully Julius Thomas plays) in Week 14 at home against the Bills.
SMITTY: This is a complete bummer, as the guy had high-end RB written all over him heading into Week 13. It looks like he failed his final concussion test. It was a huge shot to the head that he took. We will keep you posted for next week, though. As for Week 13, it will be a total RBBC between Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece, and Maurice Jones-Drew. Looking for Week 13 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This could go either way, meaning Ellington could be a huge disappointment in Week 13 (and the rest of the way), or he could be fresh and explosive given the presence of Michael Bush. The limited practice isn’t a concern, as of yet, and either is the presence of Bush, as of yet. Ellington is a fine high-end RB2 with RB1-type upside. Looking for Week 13 Power Rankings?