SMITTY: The team doesn’t appear to be worried about his calf, and neither are we. Expect him to be ready to rumble against the Cowboys in a Divisional battle. This should be a high-scoring event for all those Cowboys and Packers players. Looking for Week 19 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?
SMITTY: According to reports, Eddie Lacy is developing an irritation in an eye and he may not be able to wear contact lenses during Week 16. In order to see, as Lacy claims to be near blind without contacts, the runner may roll with the Eric Dickerson goggles. His irritation could go away, too, though. This shouldn’t affect Lacy’s play at all, but keep tabs on this in case something bigger develops (an eye infection, etc.). James Starks is always a bit of a threat to steal carries away from Lacy, so we wanted to bring this to your attention, despite it being somewhat small news, so that we can all monitor it. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This could be a frustrating situation for Eddie Lacy owners here in Week 15 when it counts most… if the two share carries, this could limit Lacy’s ability to be a RB1 this week. Because he has so much talent, upside, and solid situation, it’s hard to bench Lacy in any situation unless your RB depth is just super-deep, but it’s safe to expect some Starks vulture action in Week 15. We will let you know if we hear more regarding this situation! Starks is a decent “reach” play at a flex spot if you need one, so make sure he isn’t sitting on waivers. Expect big Week 15 performances out of all Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb and especially Jordy Nelson. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: If you don’t listen to our Weekly Radio Shows, hosted by Russ Bliss (I join him on Tuesdays), you miss out on nuggets like “be sure to grab James Starks ASAP”. Russ shouted this out on our Tuesday show as we talked about Lacy’s injury. As of now, Lacy is on the wrong side of ‘questionable’ — We will keep you posted, but Starks is a must-grab for anyone, if you own Lacy or not, and he would be a RB2 this week (with upside for more) if starting. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: The early word this week was that Eddie Lacy’s hip was a non-issue, but a local beat writer is curious if the runner’s hip injury is ore serious than originally thought, as Lacy hasn’t practiced much at all Thursday. This could be just a situation where Green Bay is trying to give him tons of rest, so don’t read too much into this (yet), but James Starks is a must-own for all Lacy owners right now (check waivers!). Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: We are not concerned about his hamstring. Aaron Rodgers will be ready to do his usual fantasy damage in Week 10. The real question for this game is, will Eddie Lacy get over 12-13 carries? He had over 100 receiving yards last week, so he is still scoring well, but fantasy owners can’t rely on that kind of receiving production weekly, so hopefully the Packers lock into the idea of giving him 15-18 carries per game moving forward. We will try to bring you more on this topic as the week rolls along, and be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts, as we blast out last-minute advice on such things prior to kickoff(s). Checkout where we have him ranked for Week 10 !
Hey Starters Nation:
We had a few big injuries in Week 7, along with some other injuries worth monitoring. Here we go:
Injuries Heading Into Week 8:
C.J. Spiller broke his collarbone on a 53-yard run and is done for the season. Fred Jackson was injured early in this game as well — Both were carted to the locker room. The Bills have a bye in Week 9, but early word is that Jackson is already looking “out” for Week 8. Get ready for the Bryce Brown show, a player we said to go get prior to kickoff on Sunday (especially in dynasty). Now he gets to show his stuff. Make sure he isn’t on waivers in your league, especially if you lost either/both of these backs.
Reggie Bush (groin) received just nine touches in Week 7, as he was clearly still bothered by his ankle. Joique Bell is a dark horse RB2 of ours moving forward, but of course he can be had lower and should be valued lower (but with upside for that kind of production). If Bush stays moderately banged up for a bit, Bell will surely see some serious action. If Bush returns quickly, we still like Bell as a sneaky flex. Bell is extremely gifted, but he is the kind of back that gets better with carries and lots of work — We hope he gets a big dose of carries moving forward, but we aren’t in charge of his workload (unfortunately).
Pierre Thomas left Week 7 with a shoulder injury, Trent Richardson pulled a hamstring, James Starks injured his ankle, and Corey “Philly” Brown suffered a concussion. T-Rich being out only increases Ahmad Bradshaw’s value well past his RB2-type status, and an injured PT gives bumps to both Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, but all these injuries just described above could be less serious, or more serious, than initially thought, so stay all over this news wires and our Smart Alerts for updates.
SMITTY: It sounds like Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) wants to play and the Vikes will just play it safe right up until about 90 minutes before kickoff. Anything can happen in warm-ups, so be sure to stay all over our news and Smart Alerts, but our early guess is that Bridgewater will make a strong push to get onto the field tonight against the Packers. If the QB can’t play, the team will try to run the ball a ton, but if the game gets out of hand, that plan could collapse by the second quarter. Jarius Wright is a much better play with Bridgewater in the line-up, as proven by his monster Week 4 under Bridgewater’s command. As for Eddie Lacy, one report (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) is suggesting we could see more James Starks tonight in Week 5. Sure, this could be the case, but the Pack could also get out to an early lead, in which we’d also expect to see a lot of Starks. Lacy is a boom or bust player at this point; he is the definition of a boom or bust buy-low candidate. If he continues to struggle, he could turn into one of the bigger busts of 2014. If he bounces back, those that bought low could win leagues. This week could determine a lot for Lacy owners, good or bad. The same could be said for Cordarrelle Patterson, who we have pegged as a great buy-low this week. That said, it’s entirely possible his breakout season doesn’t unfold until next year, which is why it’s a boom or bust move to buy-low on CP right now. However, if you truly buy-low, risk is minimized, so be certain to offer the right deals (use our Trade Analyzer!). Looking for Week 5 Power Rankings?
According to Tom Silverstein on Twitter, Packers RB Eddie Lacy was seen “working in full pads” on Thursday.
SMITTY: This is great news for Eddie Lacy owners. Staying healthy has always been a concern for me when it comes to Lacy (and now he has two concussions in 17 regular season games), but when on the field, there is no denying he has top 4-5RB upside… James Starks is a smart handcuff if you own Lacy… if his status changes prior to Sunday, you can bet our Smart Alerts will have you covered… Looking for Eddie Lacy Week 2 Power Rankings?
With Week 1 in the rear view mirror, it’s time to look at this week’s top pickups. Comment below to throw out other names or talk about these guys below.
No Brainer: Josh Gordon – Make sure Gordon isn’t sitting on waivers, as there is a chance that he could see the field this season. Read more here.
1. Justin Forsett – Clearly this week’s top pickup, but Pierce could be the main man, too, so don’t blow all your FA cash on Forsett, but don’t miss out on trying to land him either (and make sure Pierce isn’t available for whatever reason).
2. Allen Hurns – Is he for real? Well, we sent out a last-minute Smart Alert on Sunday morning suggesting that he get picked up in very large leagues… we saw talent, this isn’t a guy that just had a huge week 1. He could continue to be a solid WR3 at least.
3. Isaiah Crowell – Tate is a huge question, so Terrance West (be certain he isn’t on waivers) is the next man up and has huge upside, but so does Crowell, proof by his 2TDs in Week 1.
4. Brian Quick – Brian Quick caught seven passes for 99 yards in Week 1. He should be available in large leagues right now believe it or not… he shouldn’t be, but for some reason he is. He is the team’s No. 1 WR.
5. Derek Carr – Derek Carr completed 20-of-32 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. In dynasty, he isn’t likely available, and shouldn’t be since he was my favorite rookie QB all off-season long… but in redraft, he has fantasy QB2 appeal.
6. Lorenzo Taliaferro – If planning ahead, this could be a guy that eventually starts in BAL. Forsett could be the main man all year, or Pierce could be (make sure he wasn’t dropped), but I like this rookie enough to stash (x10 in dynasty).
7. Bobby Rainey – Martin (leg) is said to be ok, but this is a must-add for Martin owners at least.
8. James Starks – In case Lacy (concussion) can’t play, suffers setbacks, or suffers further injury.
9. Dwayne Allen – Dwayne Allen caught 4-of-5 targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Solid add, but he had a long TD that he most likely won’t see very often.
10. Ahmad Bradshaw – T-Rich didn’t look good, so this is a decent move if looking ahead, although, Bradshaw isn’t a lock to stay healthy by any means.