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NEWS: Latavius Murray explodes for 112 yards and 2TDs on just 4 rushes, then suffers concussion.

SMITTY: He sure did look amazing on those four carries, but staying on the field has been an issue for the hidden talent. That said, most anyone would have suffered a concussion if hit helmet to helmet like Murray was on Thursday night, so this particular injury should be added to the ‘not predictable’ category. Already, with only one played game in Week 12, we’re looking at next week’s No. 1 overall pick-up. This kid has tons of dynasty appeal as well. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Giovani Bernard is back, but Jeremy Hill still set to be a workhorse?

SMITTY: While both Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill can both thrive in this offense, given how both can literally be used at the same time, Bernard owners have to curb expectations a bit this week, as it’s his first week back from his hip injury. It’s tough to speculate how much playing time he will even get, so get on our forums if you have start bench dilemmas and need a second opinion (or comment below). Regardless, Hill remains a great play this week (and moving forward). Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?

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News: 11/16 – Ryan Mathews is active for Week 11 against the Raiders.
Take: This was expected, but he and Oliver remain risky plays given the workload distribution is cloudy.


News: 11/16 – According to Tony Grossi, of ESPN, “In pre-game warmups, Terrance West took 1st rep w #Browns offense. Team has not announced any change at RB. List Ben Tate on depth chart.”
Take: This conflicts with the other report we just posted below. Clearly this situation is a touch cloudy, but West is coming off 26 carries last week and looked good doing it. All these CLE backs have TD ability. West feels like the best play, but Crowell and Tate, because of the TD capability, have low-end flex upside.


News: 11/16 – According to rotoworld, ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi is reporting that “it appears” that the Browns will start Isaiah Crowell at running back against the Texans in Week 11.
Take: This is curious, as Terrance West received over 20 carries last week. “Starting” might not mean more carries, but this clearly should alarm fantasy owners a bit. If you have a dilemma involving West/Crowell, get on our forums and get some advice!


News: 11/16 – NFL Network’s Albert Breer tweeted this regarding Marshawn Lynch’s (calf) playing Week 11: “Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is officially listed as questionable, but teammates and friends expect him to play. Had a strong practice Friday.”
Take: Solid news, and we expected this. Of course, stay on top of our news and Smart Alerts on this one just in case (all the way up to kickoff), but he appears safe to start this week, folks!


News: 11/16 – ESPN’s Dan Graziano tweeted this regarding Rashad Jennings’ touches for Week 11: “I say over. RT @MWSpiak: @DanGrazianoESPN over under. 20 touches today for Rashad Jennings.”
Take: That would be plenty of touches to deserve a start, so hopefully this is how it plays out for all you/us Jennings owners. He appears safe to start this week, folks.


News: 11/16 – Texans RB Arian Foster will sit Week 11; Alfred Blue will start Week 11 against the Browns.
Take: This isn’t a surprise, but it kind of locks in Blue as a sneaky RB2 play this week, so be sure to grab him off waivers if he is still sitting there.


News: 11/16 – Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) is probable for Week 11.
Take: He may or may not get a ton of work in Week 11. He is a risky play if you happen to be rolling him out onto the field in this one. For now, and this could change with some last-minute news, CJ Anderson is the stronger bet for starter carries in this game. But, Ball could play well and the Broncos pull a “hot hand” approach. It’s just one of those situations.


News: 11/16 – Lions RB Reggie Bush (questionable, ankle) will not play in Sunday’s Week 11 contest against the Cardinals.
Take: This makes both Joique Bell and Theo Riddick better plays, but more so Riddick, as at least he can do some damage in the passing game. Bell, despite getting most early-down work, could struggle to find room against that Cardinals’ rushing defense. So, Riddick has the flex appeal here in this one.


News: 11/16 – Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) is probable for Week 11.
Take: No surprise here, as his limited practice time is just to get that foot as healthy as possible. Expect a big day against the Lions given how involved the runner is in both the rushing and passing game. With Carson Palmer out, the team could lean more on the run and Ellington.


News: 11/16 – Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (calf) is questionable for Week 11.
Take: Stay on top of this one via this news wire/Smart Alerts, but most sources predict that Lynch will play. Still, the aggressive rusher needs to be handcuffed to Christine Michael, who could be the future rusher in SEA starting next season. Get on our Forums to talk about this topic and more!


News: 11/16 – Seahawks TE Tony Moeaki is expected to be used quite a bit in Week 11 against the Chiefs.
Take: It’s tough to count on this, but if in a very deep league, and in need at TE, he is someone to consider. Typically there are better options on waivers, though, but that just depends on how deep your league is.


News: 11/16 – Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph might end up being on some sort of snap count during Week 11.
Take: Keep this in mind if you are rolling him out onto the field.


News: 11/16 – Saints RB Khiry Robinson (arm) is ‘out’ for Week 11.
Take: Mark Ingram is locked in for another big day!


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NEWS: Alfred Blue a sneaky play with Arian Foster likely out; Also, Friday Night Week 11 Injury Round-Up


News: 10/14 – ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Arian Foster (groin, questionable) is unlikely to play in Week 11 against the Browns, which makes Alfred Blue one of the sneakiest plug-and-play rushers of Week 11. Make sure he isn’t on waivers!


News: 10/14 – Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (calf) returned to practice on Friday and reportedly participated in full; he remains questionable for Week 11. Christine Michael should be owned in all leagues. He should be traded for in dynasty leagues, but only on the cheap, as a lot of things have to fall into place for him to be the starter in SEA next season. Still, his upside is monstrous, he should be acquired now in dynasty if possible.


News: 10/14 – The Lions’ website is suggesting that Reggie Bush (ankle) is “unlikely” to play in Week 11 against Arizona. This makes Theo Riddick a solid grab despite the tough match-up. He is such a receiving threat, his match-up is hard to count against him. Riddick is an exciting player.


News: 10/14 – 49ers RB Frank Gore (hip) is probable for Week 11. Carlos Hyde, like Christine Michael, has risk of never seeing the field much this year… however, both have monstrous upside if ever inserted into that starting line-up, and both starters, Lynch and Gore have some serious, serious mileage. In dynasty, both young rushers are great buy-lows.


News: 10/14 – Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) is probable for Week 11. He is a great buy-low despite all the recent disappointment. If the price is right, both he and Alshon Jeffery have great buy-low value.


News: 10/14 – Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is probable for Week 11.


News: 10/14 – Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) is probable for Week 11.


News: 10/14 – Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ribs) is probable for Week 11.


News: 10/14 – Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (shoulder, elbow) is probable for Week 11.


News: 10/14 – Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) is probable for Week 11.


News: 10/14 – Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (knee)


News: 10/14 – Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 11.


NEWS: Javaris Landry on the rise.

SMITTY: In his Week 11 Thursday night battle against the Bills, Jarvis Landry pulled in five passes for 46 yards and a TD. He also fumbled the football during a punt return, but the kid has a bright future in this league, he really does. While he merely remains flex/WR3-worthy this year, he has the makings of a star if everything else falls into place for him. Kudos to our STARTERS Nation believers… we actually have quite the Landry fan club on STARTERS, and that’s just one reason our users/forum is the best around! Keep it up! Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Sammy Watkins, Lamar Miller, Bryce Brown and Fred Jackson updates…

SMITTY: UPDATE: Bryce Brown will start at RB for the Dolphins tonight, and he is a sneaky flex play for sure. Anything can happen with these RBBCs, though, so don't sit a solid play for Brown or anything, but don't be afraid to use him either (if in need). Anthony Dixon will get a shot to try and prove to be the hot hand in this game, and that's what makes this kind of a risk from all sides. It looks like Fred Jackson will sit this one, but Sammy Watkins (groin) is a go, and so is Lamar Miller, but he is said to possibly looking at a snap count, so be careful playing him if you have more secure options.

PREVIOUS NEWS: As of now, Watkins and Miller are expected to play, with Miller looking somewhat limited and maybe set to be in a RBBC rotation… F-Jax isn't likely to play, which makes Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown players to grab if you’re in need at the position. That will likely be an even split unless one of the two becomes the ‘hot hand’ in this one. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Arian Foster (groin) now looking like a game-time decision?

SMITTY: It appears that Arian Foster (groin) isn’t a lock to play this week after all. We kind of knew that heading out of Week 9, and into the Texans’ Week 10 bye, but clearly he isn’t right. This is why we had Foster on our sell-high list well over 1-2 weeks ago. He is older and has a ton of mileage. He shouldn’t be sold even close to fair market value, though, as we aren’t predicting bust (he was actually on our Upside Board this off-season)… that said, if sold at a high value, you can improve your team and that’s something we advise. Selling doesn’t mean you don’t believe in a player, it’s just smart fantasy management if the price is right. Alfred Blue is a must-own right now, and if Foster sits Week 11, he’d be a sneaky RB start for sure. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: CJ Anderson the best DEN running back according to The Denver Post?

SMITTY: Mike Klis, from DenverPost.com, said this: “Ball is going to play. I’m not sure if he starts. But he’s going to play. Personally, I’d start Anderson. I think he’s the Broncos’ best running back. It’s easy to make that claim this week but even when he was getting one or two carries a game it seemed like he was slashing for 5 yards or so.” Keep in mind that this is just his opinion, but his opinion should be considered for sure. That said, Montee Ball had a ton of buzz heading into Week 10, and even though he sat out the week as a precaution, he shouldn’t be written off. CJ Anderson is the better start this week, clearly, but Ball will get enough carries to make noise in this predicted “hot hand approach” that Denver will likely utilize – for now. Juwan Thompson is also in the picture. Make sure neither Ball or Anderson are on waivers, as they should be owned in all leagues right now. 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?