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NEWS: Montee Ball (groin) out for a while; Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas pull in 2TDs; Peyton Manning tosses 4TDs.

SMITTY: What an explosion for those Broncos players, everyone but Montee Ball (groin), who now could be out a while. This makes Ronnie Hillman a must-grab if available in your league, and also keep in mind that Juwan Thompson could get some run at running back should Ball miss a chunk of time. Congrats to those who bought Demaryius Thomas last week… he was on our buy-low list(s) since Week 1, and the time for buying low is now over (after he dropped 200+ receiving and 2TDs in Week 5). In fairness, Ball has made it on our buy-low list, but it’s react and adapt in this sport, so stay all over add/drops and buy-low on players like Demaryius (pre-bounceing back) where you can to make up for losses/busts. While Ball’s recent play, and now this injury, is a huge letdown, he still could play well down the stretch, so selling on pennies on the dollar is not an option. Stash him, let him heal, then wait and see. Peyton Manning tossed 479 passing yards, 4TDs and 2INTs in Week 5 against the Cards, and Julius Thomas, the No. 1 fantasy TE right now, was his usual ‘phenomenal self’ pulling in 2TD passes out of Manning’s 4TDs. Need some quick trade ideas? Get on our forums and get some help!

NEWS: Wes Welker allowed to play in Week 3.

SMITTY: While it’s tough to say how much run Welker will get in Week 3, you have to think he will be a touch limited. Still, a touch limited in that Denver offense can still produce fantasy WR3-type numbers. But, for now, start Welker if you need the WR help, and expect a bigger bounce-back in Week 5 (Denver has a bye in Week 4). In some leagues, and not likely any bigger leagues, Welker might be available on waivers – Be certain to check! Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

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News: 9/14 (07:18pm) Ryan Mathews was carted off the field in Week 2 against the Seahawks; the injury is thought to be a knee/leg injury.
Take: Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown are currently the next players up. We will keep you posted, but getting carted off is not a good sign. This has always been the risk with Mathews and a big reason why he was always ranked so low on my dynasty and redraft rankings. Stay tuned.


News: 9/14 (07:18pm) According to Adam Schefter on Twitter, both Bears WRs Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall will be active tonight.
Take: It seems like both are a go, but keep tabs on the game at kickoff, as setbacks can happen in warm-ups. Just stay on top of it, and one way is to sign-up for Smart Alerts.


News: 9/14 (04:47pm) Jamaal Charles is now headed to the locker room.
Take: The good news is that he was walking to the locker room, not being driven, but he had a bit of a limp. It’s thought to be his foot. Knile Davis should be grabbed in all leagues if your league allows for instant add/drops. Charles owners likely own the backup already, but if not, be certain to grab him ASAP. Stay tuned. Smart Alerts will update you in real-time on this, so be sure to sign up!


News: 9/14 (04:40pm) Jamaal Charles is on the sideline having his foot looked at.
Take: Stay tuned on this one, hopefully he is back in the game shortly.


News: 9/14 (03:23pm) The Broncos have declared WR Cody Latimer inactive for Week 2 against the Chiefs.
Take: This is a healthy scratch, which is interesting given that Wes Welker (suspended) is still out. Folks, if you need a sleeper WR3 this week, Andre Caldwell is your guy! He will have plenty of run and opportunity this week.


News: 9/14 (03:01pm) Robert Griffin III has a dislocated ankle according to NFL Red Zone.
Take: This won’t help the “Kirk Cousins is better” movement that won’t seem to go away. The injury looked bad, and he was carted off the field, so don’t expect RG3 back anytime soon. Even if he is iffy to return soon, you have to think Washington will rest him longer than usual so that they can quietly give Kirk Cousins a proper run, as he deserves it. Stay tuned, and sign up for Smart Alerts to get real-time alerts on this.


News: 9/14 (03:00pm) Antonio Gates (hamstring) is active for Week 2 against the Seahawks.
Take: Ladrius Green owners were hoping that Gates would miss this one, but Green is still a decent high-end TE2 option until his playing time gets a bump. Given how Gates is older and always kinda banged up, buying low on Green (especially in dynasty) is a good idea.


News: 9/14 (02:31pm) Robert Griffin III was forced from Week 2 with an ankle injury; he will not return.
Take: Sign up for Smart Alerts to get real-time alerts on this.


News: 9/14 (02:31pm) DeSean Jackson was forced from Week 2 with a shoulder injury; he will not return.
Take: Jackson was attempting to pull in a deep pass from Kirk Cousins when he got hurt. Andre Roberts has replaced him in the line-up. Stay tuned.


News: 9/14 (02:31pm) A.J. Green was forced from Week 2 with a toe injury; he will not return.
Take: This is horrible news, especially since the injury has bothered Green all week. His Week 3 status is very much in question. Mohamed Sanu is now the top receiving option for the Bengals for the remainder of today.


News: 9/14 (01:08pm) Dez Bryant is headed to the locker room due to a head injury, or shoulder injury.
Take: We will keep you posted. Hopefully, like Antonio Brown on Thursday, Dez runs back out onto the field soon. Stay tuned.


News: 9/14 (12:59pm) Bobby Rainey is expected to start Week 2 against the Rams. Fox’s Jay Glazer is reporting that Doug Martin (ankle) is inactive for Week 2.
Take: Rainey is a decent desperate start for those who just lost Martin, but get on our forums if you have a dilemma and need some quick help!


News: 9/14 (12:35pm) Tom Krasniqi of 620 WDAE in Tampa Bay just tweeted this: “The feeling I’m getting is that #Bucs RB Doug Martin is UNLIKELY to play today. Regardless, expect to see a lot of Bobby Rainey.”
Take: Keep in mind that other sources suggest that Martin will play, and we cannot yet confirm that the above tweet holds more water. Just walk into this situation carefully, and know that Rainey might see a lot of action regardless of whether or not Martin plays. The good news is that the Bucs play in the late games today, but the bad news is many have to decide before the morning games kickoff. Stay tuned and sign up for Smart Alerts to get real-time alerts on this.


News: 9/14 (12:19pm) Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune has a “hunch” that one of Alshon Jeffery/Brandon Marshall plays on Sunday night against the 49ers.
Take: Word over the last hour has been that there is a “75%” chance neither Brandon Marshall (ankle) or Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) plays Sunday night against the 49ers, but everyone is doing their best job guessing on this one. We won’t know for sure until game-time, but my guess also is that one will play. Marshall looked like the one with the better shot to play earlier in the week, so my guess, and it is a guess at this point, is that if only one goes it will be Marshall. If either WR misses Week 2, and especially if both do, look for Jay Cutler to provide less fantasy points than expected. Matt Forte will be used heavily in Week 2, which is good for all Forte owners. Stay tuned!Stay tuned! And, sign up for Smart Alerts to get real-time alerts on this.


News: 9/14 (12:19pm) Tim Wright could be used more in Week 2.
Take: Playing Wright could be one of the sneakier moves of the week (just don’t bench a stud for the guy, we’re talking more of a spot start play of the week here). He isn’t even the team’s second or third receiving option, but he has TD potential, which makes him sneaky for those in need at the tight end position (like if you lost Jordan Cameron this week and have very little options on waivers).


News: 9/14 (12:01pm) Kenny Stills (quad) is officially active for his Week 2 contest the Browns.
Take: Stills has big-play ability, but can have a big TD one game, and nothing the next week. Use him only in large leagues knowing he is uncontrollably hot and cold.


News: 9/14 (12:01pm) DET has declared both WR Ryan Broyles and WR Kevin Ogletree as inactive for Week 2.
Take: Neither should have been starting in any format.


News: 9/14 (12:01pm) Aaron Dobson is active for his Week 2 game with the Vikings; rookie RB James White and WR Kenbrell Thompkins are inactive.
Take: Dobson could have some appeal later on in the year, but not quite yet, not until he proves healthy.


News: 9/14 (11:49am) Cecil Shorts (hamstring) has been declared inactive for Sunday’s Week 1 contest against the Redskins.
Take: Allen Hurns again enters another week as the top Jaguars receiving option. He is a fine fantasy WR3 this week.


News: 9/14 (11:48am) Sources suggest that Austin Davis will be the Rams’ starting quarterback in Week 2.
Take: Not a huge surprise, but note there is still a small, small chance a change could be made (meaning Hill starts) last-minute. For now, Davis looks like the starter, and our Analyzer/Rankings have been updated to reflect this. Neither was a recommended start of any kind this week (unless you play in a HUGE 2QB league — In that case, Drew Stanton is an option for you if you’re desperate, but again, only in HUGE 2QB leagues would we even consider starting either Davis or Stanton.


News: 9/14 (11:47am) Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is inactive for Week 2 against the Saints.
Take: Horrible news. Get him out of your lineups if you have him starting. Jump on our forums for advice on last-minute replacements. Quick names include: Ladarius Green (SD), Delanie Walker (TEN), Travis Kelce (KC), Larry Donnell (NYG).


News: 9/14 (11:45am) Adam Schefter of ESPN has confirmed that Andre Ellington (foot) is expected to play against the Giants in Week 2.
Take: No surprise here, and with Palmer out, Ellington could see a lot of run. Hopefully that Cards passing attack can keep the Giants’ defense a touch honest.


News: 9/14 (11:45am) Word is that Cam Newton (ribs) will have “no limitations” in Week 2 against the Lions.
Take: He could be rusty in this one, but he certainly has the talent to drop top 5-10 fantasy QB numbers during any start he makes.


News: 9/14 (11:45am)A.J. Green (foot) is officially active for his Week 2 contest against the Falcons.
Take: Green is ready to have a huge Week 2. Great news.


News: 9/14 (11:45am) Giants declared WR Odell Beckham inactive for Week 2.
Take: Not a recommended start anyway. But, Victor Cruz should be in for a lot of targets in this one.


News: 9/14 (11:40am) DeAngelo Williams (thigh) is inactive for Week 2 against the Lions.
Take: Get Williams out of your line-up if you have him in your line-up. Jonathan Stewart is a decent play if you are desperate at the position. Mike Tolbert will also get some run, and possibly the TD action.


News: 9/14 (11:35am) Sources are reporting that Carson Palmer (shoulder) will not play in Sunday’s Week 2 contest against the Giants.
Take: Palmer is dealing with some nerve issues in the shoulder after taking a hit last Monday night. Not that Stanton can’t surprise, this is clearly bad for both Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald. Stanton has four career starts to his name. Could it have a negative impact on Andre Ellington? Sure, but it’s also possible that the Cards run more in this one, and they could have success. For the long-term, Ellington owners really want Palmer back, but it wouldn’t be shocking if the Giants still can’t stop Ellington in this one. We will keep you updated on Palmer, but as it stands now, he is very questionable for Week 3.


News: 9/14 (4:15am) Jaguars RB Storm Johnson (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 2.
Take: The Redskins, who face the Jaguars this week, lost NT Barry Cofield (ankle) last week, so Toby Gerhart (ankle, probable) has a decent match-up here. Not that Gerhart can’t play well all year, but he is a great sell-high candidate if he does have a strong Week 2.


News: 9/14 (4:12am) ESPN New York is predicting that Cardinals WR Michael Floyd will be shadowed by Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in Week 2.
Take: It looks as if teams are already seeing Floyd as the No. 1 WR in AZ, something we predicted this off-season. This could be good for Fitz owners, as he could finally see the ball again. We still love Floyd moving forward; he still has low-end fantasy WR1-type upside the rest of the way (but of course don’t buy him at that value – you never want to buy a player at max value).


News: 9/14 (4:11am) ESPN Boston is expecting Patriots RB Shane Vereen to get more early-down and short-yardage opportunities in Week 2.
Take: Take: This is fantastic news considering Vereen received three goal-line touches last week. Vereen has sneaky-good high-end RB2-type upside moving forward (in PPR).


News: 9/14 (4:10am) Andre Ellington (foot) says that he is “good to go” for Sunday’s Week 2 contest against the Giants.
Ellington, working on a short week, returned to a limited practice on Friday. The Cardinals’ official website confirms that it would “probably be an upset” if he doesn’t play Sunday. Ellington clearly wasn’t 100 percent in Week 1, but still totaled 80 yards on 18 touches.
Take: He saw limited action in practice on Friday, but no outlet or source is reporting that he has any chance of missing Week 2. Is he 100%? No, but managing 80 total yards and getting 18 touches is pretty darn good for a player we’re all worried about. It’s a shane he isn’t 100%, as Ellington was one of our bigger RB2 breakouts this year… let’s hope he gets going against the Giants defense.


News: 9/14 (4:05am) Wes Welker will not play in Sunday’s Week 2 contest against the Chiefs.
Take: Once a new drug policy is ‘official’, we fully expect Welker to return to action in Week 3. Anything can happen, though, so stay tuned on this one.


News: 9/14 (4:04am) Rams QB Shaun Hill (questionable, thigh) traveled with the team to face the Bucs in Week 2.
Take: This looks like a game-time decision, with Austin Davis looking to start in place of Hill if he can’t go. Stay tuned, although, no one should be starting either Hill or Davis in Week 2.


News: 9/14 (4:04am) The NFL confirmed that Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who is deactivated for Week 2, could be looking at disciplinary action under the league’s personal-conduct policy.
Take: “Could” is the wrong word if you ask us. I think “will” is the better word. Read more about our stance here. Matt Asiata will start Sunday against NE, and rookie Jerick McKinnon, who we talk up here, is expected to see touches.


NEWS: Josh Gordon looking at 8-game ban?

According to Adam Schefter on Twitter, Browns WR Josh Gordon (suspended) is expected to be looking at an 8-game ban after a new drug policy is approved as early as this afternoon.

SMITTY: This would be fantastic for those who scooped up Josh Gordon late in drafts like we’ve been recommending for weeks. He should no longer be available in any leagues, right? We have been sending out Smart Alerts on this all week, that he needed to be grabbed if available on waivers. We will let you know once/if this becomes official. Look for Wes Welker to see his suspension fully reduced — We should know more shortly, stay tuned.

NEWS: Josh Gordon could see a 6-10 game suspension instead of year-long?

According to Matthew Berry on Twitter, “@AdamSchefter on NFL Insiders just said if NFL-NFLPA agreement is approved, Josh Gordon would still be suspended for some games, maybe 6-10.”

SMITTY: Having Josh Gordon for 10 games would be unreal for those who invested in the receiver despite his current ‘year-long’ suspension status. Russ Bliss and I have talked about this for over three-to-four weeks now, especially heading into the last 2-3 weeks of fantasy football drafting… there was/is no risk scooping Gordon up in the late rounds (or even middle rounds) of your fantasy draft, and in leagues where he is still a free agent (or was), I would drop most all of my free agent dollars on the chance he returns for even 6 games. Same goes for Wes Welker, who has a stronger shot of having his ban completely wiped out. Stay on top of this situation in real-time by sign-up for our Smart Alerts.

RADIO: Listen to Russ Bliss and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 2!

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 2 of the 2014 fantasy football season! Take a listen!

The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 9/9/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: Cordarrelle Patterson, Bernard Pierce, Ray Rice, Justin Forsett, Jordan Cameron, Pierre Garcon, Roddy White, Josh Gordon, Wes Welker, Michael Floyd, Andre Ellington, Bobby Rainey, Doug Martin, Eddie Lacy, Golden Tate, Percy Harvin, Anquan Boldin, Joique Bell, Chris Ivory, Keenan Allen

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NEWS: Josh Gordon and Wes Welker could be back soon?

This fresh from ESPN:

Josh Gordon also had this to say on possibly suing the NFL in order to play right away: “The whole being in limbo thing, I’m over it,” Gordon said Friday. “I’m not waiting on the edge of my seat anymore.” A new drug policy agreement could still open the door to a lifted or reduced suspension, as seen in the video above.

NEWS: Josh Gordon and Wes Welker still could see suspensions reduced?

According to ProFootballTalk.com, there is still a chance that the suspensions of both Wes Welker and Josh Gordon could benefit from a new drug testing policy. The report suggests that both players could see reduced suspensions if it all plays out right.

SMITTY: It’s probably a long-shot, but it’s important to keep in mind. We will let you know when we know more. 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 suspended four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

According to numerous reports, Broncos WR Wes Welker has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Smitty: UPDATE – The Denver Post’s Mike Klis is currently reporting that the Broncos believe that Wes Welker will play Week 1 against the Colts. We will keep you posted on this, but it’s possible the announcement is too late in the week to affect Week 1. Stay tuned.

SMITTY: Wow. This is quite a blow to Wes Welker’s fantasy value, and it increases the value of all four of Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Cody Latimer. Even Montee Ball sees more receptions with this news. Probably the player that gets the biggest target increase is Sanders, who already had upside for fantasy WR2-type numbers this year at the cost of a fantasy WR3. Now it just feels like more of a lock. As for Peyton Manning and that offense, it won’t miss a beat. 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, though, but Latimer (even Caldwell) now gets a nice little window to showcase his talents. Looking for how this impacts our Week 1 Power Rankings?