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NEWS: DeMarco Murray (hand/surgery) has a chance to play Week 16?

SMITTY: According to several reports, the Cowboys are hopeful that DeMarco Murray (hand/surgery) can play in Week 16. This would seem quite reckless if the Cowboys shoved him out onto the field, as they have already given him record-breaking touches this year, a workload that often times destroys a player heading into that next NFL season. Joseph Randle is a must-grab right now for all fantasy owners, as he can be a top 5-10RB this week if Murray sits. Standby for more on this topic, but our guess is that Murray will remain questionable all the way up to game day. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: DeMarco Murray suffers broken hand and will require surgery.

SMITTY: Horrible news. DeMarco Murray will undergo surgery to repair the hand (left), but he hasn’t been officially ruled out of Week 16. We expect him to miss Week 16, but stay tuned. Players with similar injuries have been known to come back in 1-2 weeks, but since most fantasy seasons end after Week 16, Joseph Randle becomes the top pickup of the week! Lance Dumbar could see in uptick in production as well, but Randle is a tough runner capable of 100 yards and a score any game he gets big carries. Stay tuned.

NEWS: Tony Romo has two fractured transverse processes and remains questionable for Week 9.

SMITTY: Despite the “two fractured transverse processes”, Tony Romo still has a shot to start Week 9 against the Cardinals. Still, most sources are predicting that he sits, so really it’s just a “shot” at this point. If Romo sits, something you will want to monitor our News Wire and Smart Alerts for, expect a bump down stat-wise for both Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams, and while DeMarco Murray’s workload will surely increase, his yards-per-rush certainly won’t, especially against that Cardinals’ rushing defense. Don’t get us wrong, Murray is always a must-start, as all it takes is one TD run by him to have a great day, but a more balanced attack (led by Romo) is just better for the rushing attack. Brandon Weeden will start against the Cards if Romo can’t go. Stay tuned. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Tony Romo (back) will participate in practice Saturday.

SMITTY: He is still the definition of a game-time decision, so stay glued to our news wire and Smart Alerts heading into kickoff. Romo playing affects all Cowboy players from a fantasy perspective. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Tony Romo questionable for Week 9 with back; RG3 on waivers in your league?

SMITTY: Tony Romo (back) is listed as questionable for Week 9 against AZ. After three missed practices, he is sounding more questionable to doubtful, but expect a game-time decision here. If he sits, downgrade Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams a bit, and while this could go either way with the rushing game, our take is AZ will just focus more on shutting down the run, and they already are one of the toughest teams to run against. A more balanced offense, so Romo playing, is better for Murray owners, but then again, all it takes is one monster TD run by Murray, so anything can happen. Stay tuned on Romo via our Smart Alerts, which we will send out Sunday morning. For now, though, Romo owners better start preparing to use someone else, like maybe a Robert Griffin III who might just be on your waiver wire? Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Tony Romo (back) is at best questionable for Week 9 against AZ?

SMITTY: According to Ian Fitzsimmons, of ESPN Radio, Tony Romo (back injury) is “questionable” at best for Week 9 against the Cardinals. This situation got a lot worse as yesterday moved along. Initially reported not to be the same back issue that ended Romo’s 2013 season, the injury is clearly something to be worried about if you own the passer in fantasy leagues. We will keep you posted via this news wire and via our Smart Alerts, so keep checking back with us. Without Romo in Week 9, Dez Bryant would get a bump down stat-wise, and even though one would think it could mean more running for DeMarco Murray, really, a balanced offense is the best thing for ground success against a mean Arizona rushing defense — Murray owners want Romo under center! Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Week 8 Monday Night Inactives: Robert Griffin III, Aldrich Robinson

SMITTY: It’s sounding more and more likely that Robert Griffin III will try and return in Week 9, but much of that will depend upon how well Colt McCoy performs in this one. Expect to see a whole lot of Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray in this one. Terrance Williams is also a very strong fantasy WR3-play in this one. As for those Washington players, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson are strong WR3 plays this week, and Jordan Reed remains a low-end TE1 for as long as he is on the field. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: DeMarco Murray drops 149 rushing yards and 2TDs in Week 4; Murray a top 1-3 overall player moving forward.

SMITTY: What a beast. Not many saw this big of a season coming, aside from a select group on our forums. The guys i on pace for over 2,136 rushing yards and 20TDs. Will he continue on this monstrous pace? While I wouldn’t rule it out, I wouldn’t count on 133.5 rushing yards and 1.25TDs per-game. No matter what you expect, or no matter what you accept as a ‘pattern’ at this point, Murray is a top 1-3RB lock moving forward. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

ARTICLE: Who could disappoint, who could surprise in Week 1?

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Our friends over at FantasyPros asked us to participate in a two-question expert panel where the following (below) questions were asked. My answers are also below; keep in mind that the topics were to call out ‘surprise’ players on the good and bad side, so don’t go sitting DeMarco Murray for a mediocre option or anything, it’s just at tough matchup, and disappointment isn’t hard to imagine for this Week 1 contest:

Q1: Give us the player you think will be the top positive surprise this week (someone who will be a good sneaky start for owners).

BEN TATE (RB, at PIT) – “This isn’t the easiest matchup known to man, but it certainly won’t hold Tate back from getting good usage. Could Cleveland struggle to score? Could Pittsburgh get up big and force the Browns to pass, pass, pass? Sure, but that’s why this is a “surprise” pick, and I think Tate deserves such confidence given he has 100/1TD upside each game that he starts.”

Q2: On the flip side, name the player you believe will be week 1′s biggest disappointment.

DEMARCO MURRAY (RB, at SF) – He faces the 49ers, and I think it’s tough to expect big numbers out of him this week. Always start your studs, don’t sit him for a mediocre option or anything, as he could still find his way into a scoring situation somehow, but Week 1 could be rough on Murray owners.”

Read the entire article here.

NEWS: Lance Dunbar still impressing?

According to dallasnews.com, Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar “continues to be impressive.”

SMITTY: DeMarco Murray has top 15 overall upside heading into 2014, no question, but there are some injury concerns with the dynamic talent. The solution if you plan on investing in Murray in 2014 (or if you own him in dynasty)? Handcuff him to Lance Dunbar. Some will argue that the true back-up is Joseph Randle, who is likely ahead of Ryan Williams, but I love Dunbar’s skill set, and I think he shines if ever forced to carry more weight for the Cowboys in ’14. First off, he is already cemented into that Cowboys’ passing attack, so he has big PPR appeal. If Murray went down, Dunbar would shine if given the shot.