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NEWS: Odell Beckham suffered a back injury in Week 12, but returned to action.

SMITTY: He left the game with the injury, but returned, so there isn’t anything to be concerned about here — at least for now. It’s important to note that Beckham fractured his back in high school, and he even said during the team’s press conference that he was initially worried about his back when he was first hit. However, he confirmed that everything is good to go. This kid has monster upside for the future, and he is a super-strong fantasy WR2 right now, and that might be somewhat conservative. If you missed his amazing catch in this contest, check it out below. This is probably the most impressive catch I have ever seen by an NFL player. What a stud!

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SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 12)

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News: 11/23 Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is inactive for Week 12 against the Dolphins.
Take: Inactive are both Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman, making CJ Anderson a solid play this week.


News: 11/23 Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) will not play in Week 12 at Seattle.
Take: Both John Brown and Michael Floyd get nice bumps with this news. Brown is a strong WR3 with this news, and Floyd is a strong WR2-play. Andre Ellington should see a lot of touches in this one, but it’s a tough match-up. Note, we had a few reports that Ellington was showing up with 0 points on our Line-up Analyzer this morning, but we re-ran the simulation for that game and anyone showing the 0 points should now see the proper projection with a hard refresh. Good luck to all with Cardinals and Seahawks players!


News: 11/23 Both the Denver Post and Fox's Jay Glazer are reporting that Julius Thomas (ankle) won't play today.
Take: This was kind of expected, and it makes Jacob Tamme a decent emergency pick-up and play. But, hopefully you were able to grab and start Coby Fleener, our recommended replacement/add earlier this morning and yesterday.


News: 11/23 – ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has confirmed that Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) is set to start Week 12.
Take: Get him in line-ups if you had him removed being cautious. Julius Thomas is still iffy, but Sanders is ready to rock!


News: 11/23 – Arian Foster is officially out for Week 12 according to ESPN.
Take: Get ready for yet another edition of the Alfred Blue show. He is a very strong RB2-play this week! Get him in your line-ups!


News: 11/23 – According to Rotoworld, Giovani Bernard is listed as the Bengals’ starting running back for Week 12 against the Texans.
Take: The expectation is still that Hill will see something in the ballpark of 60 percent of the rushes, if not 65, and Gio will see something like 30 percent. Still, Gio is a big receiving threat, so getting just 30-35 percent of the rushes is not alarming if you own Gio – He always has huge big-play ability.


News: 11/23 – John McClain just tweeted this on Arian Foster playing Week 12: “With Foster missing so much practice time last week, I’ll be surprised if he plays. Everyone I’ve spoken to expects Blue to play.”
Take: Clearly check back before kickoff on this one, but Alfred Blue has very strong RB2 upside if starting, and starting now looks very likely for the rusher.


News: 11/23 – Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald now looking very unlikely to play Week 12.
Take: As said earlier this morning, Michael Floyd is going to see an uptick in targets in production if Fitz sits, and that looks extremely likely at this point.


News: 11/23 – Browns RB Isaiah Crowell is is set to start Week 12.
Take: Cleveland is tough to count on here, as they change this one up without reason or notice. That said, if in need, Crowell isn’t a bad play. He has a strong shot to score each game he gets even close to 10 carries, and that’s very likely in this one. He actually has low-end RB2-type value this week, not just flex-type value.


News: 11/23 – Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) will play in Week 12.
Take: Great news here, but absolutely check back before kickoff in case things change directions.


News: 11/23 – Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) isn’t very likely to play Week 12, according to several sources.
Take: Keep in mind that things could change during warm-ups, but as of now, it looks like Foster won’t play in this one, and that would make Alfred Blue a borderline RB1 in Week 12. Blue received 30+ carries last week, so clearly the team trusts him, and they will certainly feed him the rock in Week 12 if Foster sits.


News: 11/23 – Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 12.
Take: Coby Fleener gets the nod and is a TE1 this week, folks. He had a monster 100-yard game last week, and there is no reason to think he won’t have another huge game this week against the Jags (with a strong shot to score).


News: 11/23 – Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is back this week and will play Week 12.
Take: While many sources are calling Jeremy Hill the much better start of the two, Gio could be heavily involved in the passing game, so it’s not a bad thing that Hill get 60 or so percent of the carries. Both runners have strong appeal, yes, even Gio coming off injury. Buy-low on Gio in dynasty (and redraft if the price is right)… he can be had at such a bargain right now, across all formats, the risk is built into the value (meaning, if he never returns to form, the risk is still low… but if he rebounds to RB1-type upside, you kill the trade!).


News: 11/23 – Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is very questionable heading into Week 12, and he will be a game-time decision. Emmanuel Sanders, on the other hand, is questionable, yet most sources feel he will play Week 12.
Take: Go grab Coby Fleener if you need a tight end this week, he has TE1 written all over him with Dwayne Allen (ankle) out. Jacob Tamme is another option, but not near as exciting of an option as Fleener. Sanders appears to be a go, but be certain to check back with us prior to kickoff, and be hooked up to our Smart Alerts. Same goes for Julius Thomas, as we doubt we know his status until closer to kickoff.


News: 11/23 – Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (hip/foot) is probable for Week 12; WR Larry Fitzgerald (MCL) remains questionable.
Take: Ellington is a must-start despite the match-up, and he still holds good RB2 upside in this one (and low-end RB1-type upside moving forward). Plan on Fitz sitting this one out, but check back with us before kickoff! If Fitz does sit, expect more bounce-back effort out of Michael Floyd, who yes is in a cloudy situation, but he still has elite skills.


News: 11/23 – Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) is probable for Week 12; RB Jerick McKinnon (back) is probable for the contest.
Take: With Matt Asiata ruled out, and with Ben Tate just getting used to his role, McKinnon could be in for a huge week.


News: 11/23 – Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) is cleared to play Week 12.
Take: While he can play like a TE1 whenever healthy, he is only a borderline TE1 given the risks of him getting re-injured or having a slow return to form.


News: 11/23 – Bucs RB Doug Martin (ankle) is questionable for Week 12.
Martin missed the last three games with his ankle injury. He should have an opportunity to regain his starting job after Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims failed to impress in expanded roles. The Bucs run-scheme has been a disaster under rookie OC Marcus Arroyo, and rank last in the NFC with just 217 attempts. Martin isn’t more than an RB4 for Sunday’s game with the Bears.
Take: He received most of the first-team reps this week, though, and both Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims haven’t looked good when given the chance… D-Mart could regain his starting gig if he can perform well in this one (and assuming he gets anything close to starter carries this week, which is possible, but is not guaranteed). Sims is questionable this week, but most sources think he could play. This is a situation to avoid if you have safer options on your roster. However, if you need a runner, Martin isn’t a bad plug-and-play, and he was dropped in a lot of leagues recently. Just know the risks with this backfield, though, as it’s currently unpredictable.


News: 11/23 – Bills WR Sammy Watkins (groin) and Kyle Orton (toe)are probable for Week 12; Fred Jackson (groin) is questionable.
Take: F-Jax is expected to play, but start him with caution and be sure to check back before his kickoff. Sammy Watkins is a strong WR2 play despite his recent slump… he is a great buy-low, too, but you have to act before kickoff, as another big game out of him and he won’t be cheap any longer. Keep in mind that this game is now on Monday night, so make all decisions knowing what options you will have left should someone like F-Jax all of the sudden sit.


News: 11/23 – Both Jets RBs Chris Ivory (shoulder) and Chris Johnson(knee) are probable for Week 12.
Take: Neither is more than a risky flex play at this point. Ivory could either drop 20 yards and nothing else, or 2TDs, that’s just the kind of play he is right now in fantasy.


News: 11/23 – Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 12.
Take: Get him out of line-ups!


News: 11/23 – Lions RB Reggie Bush is not expected to play in Week 12.
Take: This news makes both Joique Bell and Theo Riddick sneaky-good flex plays this week. Riddick has all the PPR upside, whereas Bell could either have 50 yards rushing or 90 and a touchdown. It’s risky to count on either, but with Bush out, they are both worth considering in the right situation. See where we have both on our Week 12 Power Rankings.


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NEWS: Reggie Bush (ankle) not expected to play Week 12.

SMITTY: This news makes both Joique Bell and Theo Riddick sneaky-good flex plays this week. Riddick has all the PPR upside, whereas Bell could either have 50 yards rushing or 90 and a touchdown. It’s risky to count on either, but with Bush out, they are both worth considering in the right situation. See where we have both on our Week 12 Power Rankings.

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?

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 11)

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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?