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NEWS: Manning tosses 3TDS to E-Sanders on Thursday; Keenan Allen pulls in 9-73-1TD in Week 8.

SMITTY: Peyton Manning exploded as expected in Week 8 on Thursday night, throwing for 286 yards, 3TDs and 0INTs; All 3TDs were to Emmanuel Sanders, who pulled in 120 yards on 9 receptions. Demaryius Thomas pulled in 8 passes for 105 yards, while Ronnie Hillman ran for 109 yards and pulled in 3 passes for 29 yards (which will very likely now have Montee Ball walking into a RBBC upon his return to the field). Julius Thomas pulled in just 2-of-6 targets for 26 yards. Philip Rivers threw for 252, 3TDs and 2INTS, with 9 receptions for 73 yards and one of those scores going to Keenan Allen. Antonio Gates pulled in 5 balls for 54 yards and 2TDs, while Branden Oliver ran just 13 times for 36 yards (and pulled in 7 passes for 27 yards). So, what’s the major takeaway from this game? Buy-low on both Julius Thomas and Branden OliverThomas has been in a major slump as of late, but the bottom line is that he has 9TDs through Week 8. Buy-low! And, as for Oliver, the dude pulled in 7 receptions and the Chargers were getting killed… he is clearly getting work, so he is a great player to try and acquire from an owner in a panic. Buy-low, though, so that there is little risk! Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Manning to explode in Week 8? Inactives for Thursday night include Ryan Mathews, Ronnie Brown, Montee Ball, Kapri Bibbs.

SMITTY: Inactive for tonight’s Thursday night battle between the Broncos and Chargers include: Ryan Mathews, Ronnie Brown, Montee Ball, Kapri Bibbs. Cody Latimer is active for the Broncos.

Look for Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas to have big games in this one, but that is a given. All those Broncos seem unstoppable right now. While it’s likely that the Broncos get out to an early lead and never let go of it, it wouldn’t be extremely surprising to see the Chargers put up a good fight. All it takes is one early turnover for the game to go in any direction… Ronnie Hillman will have yet another chance to impress, but his usage will depend on game flow. Keenan Allen needs to step-up in this one, as those that own the guy in fantasy may have already benched him heading into this Week 8. I still firmly believe in his skill set, there is no denying his routes and abilities, but he isn’t getting the targets he should be, and he has been banged up a bit… Rivers has to focus on him early and often in this one. Branden Oliver should be efficient as long as Denver doesn’t get off to too quick a lead, but Oliver is still relevant if San Diego is passing late in the contest. Antonio Gates is obviously a TE1 play moving forward, and in larger leagues, both Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd are fine WR3/4s this week. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

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?

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?

NEWS: Wes Welker (concussion) cleared to travel with Broncos for preseason finale.

According to reports, Broncos WR Wes Welker has been cleared to travel with the team during the final preseason contest.

SMITTY: While anything can happen at any stage of the league’s concussion protocol, Wes Welker is zipping through that protocol and is already running; he has well over a week before the season opener, so it’s pretty safe to say that Welker will be in the line-up and an excellent fantasy WR3 in Week 1. Even if Welker is healthy all year long, Emmanuel Sanders is ready to take on the WR2 role in Denver in 2014, and it’s not crazy to imagine the receiver pulling in top 15-20 fantasy wide receiver numbers in Denver. For those thinking Peyton Manning cannot come close to replicating last year’s numbers, it’s unwise betting against Manning. Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Wes Welker… that’s quite an arsenal. Do I expect another 55TDs? No, but 40 is a safe bet and 45 is likely… Manning is one of the safest players to build your fantasy team round entering 2014. Looking for Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections?

RADIO: Listen Russ Bliss and Smitty Talk Zac Stacy, Andre Ellington, Montee Ball and more.

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ third radio show of the 2014 fantasy football season! Russ has been doing fantasy radio for over 20 years with his famous “The Red Zone” program, which airs on NBCSports Radio (1060am). Smitty is slotted to join Russ almost every Tuesday night, and below is the third show of the year. Take a listen!

The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 8/26/14

Guest: Smitty,

Topics: Tim Wright, Sam Bradford, Shaun Hill, Zac Stacy, Andre Ellington, Montee Ball, Tony Romo, Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, Demaryius Thomas, AJ Green, Calvin Johnson, Eddie Lacy, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Giovani Bernard, Marshawn Lynch, Dez Bryant, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and more

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NEWS: Wes Welker (concussion) could be ready for Week 1?

According to reports, Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) is expected to play Week 1 against the Colts.

SMITTY: There is still a lot of guess-work at this point, but we expect him to play Week 1. We will let you know if Wes Welker suffers any setbacks. Welker’s healthy won’t affect Peyton Manning at all in 2014, as Emmanuel Sanders is set to take on the WR2 action in Denver this upcoming year. Throw in the fact that Demaryius Thomas is a 100-reception receiver capable for pulling in 1,400 yards and 12-14TDs, and that Julius Thomas is 1,000-yard, 10TD capable himself, the numbers are going to be there for Peyton Manning in 2014. Sanders might pull in 1,000 yards and 10TDs this year, he is looking like a big-time breakout, but one that people clearly see coming… his ADP is climbing fast! Looking for Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections?

NEWS: Emmanuel Sanders goes for 128 and 2TDs; Wes Welker suffers a concussion.

Broncos QB Peyton Manning completed 21-of-27 passes for 243 yards with 2TDs and 1INT during Saturday’s preseason game against the Texans; Montee Ball (appendectomy) rushed four times for 13 yards and caught four passes for 21 yards, Emmanuel Sanders pulled in five passes for 128 yards and 2TDs, Julius Thomas pulled in 32 yards on four receptions and Wes Welker suffered a concussion after pulling in four receptions for 42 yards.

SMITTY: Folks, we might just see fantasy WR2-type numbers out of Emmanuel Sanders this year, he is in that kind of position in Denver under Peyton Manning’s command (who should throw 40TDs with ease in 2014 if healthy). Now, don’t get crazy and draft him near fantasy WR2-type value, that’s just bad fantasy drafting, as it leaves no room for disappointment. But, if you can land Sanders as your fantasy WR3, you should be a happy camper in 2014! As we reported earlier, Montee Ball looked fully trusted by that Denver coaching staff, which is key to him having a monster 2014 fantasy football season. We will keep you updated on Wes Welker; hopefully he is back for in time for Week 1. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings on all these guys?