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QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) expected back after the Cardinals Week 4 bye.

SMITTY: This is great news for everyone from Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald owners, straight down to Andre Ellington owners, as Ellington will now likely be a week healthier with that foot, and will now have open rushing lanes. Of course, keep real-time tabs on this topic by signing up for Smart Alerts. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Carson Palmer to throw today? Value increases coming for Floyd, Fitz and Ellington?

SMITTY: This is great news for Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald owners, although, Drew Stanton is playing effective football under center. Still, as we said last week, Palmer in that AZ line-up almost increases both receiver’s values by a tier or more (and the same can be said for Andre Ellington, who will have more room to run in Weeks 5+ with Palmer back keeping defenses honest). Check back with us after Wednesday’s practice, as we should have a better indication regarding Palmer’s potential Week 5 availability. Remember, the Cards have a bye here in Week 4, which is perfect timing for the 3-0 Birds. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Carson Palmer could miss a day or an entire month?

SMITTY: This is a ‘nerve’ issue, and coach Bruce Arians is being extremely vague giving us the 1 day or 1 month timetable. Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald owners better hope Palmer gets back into that line-up soon, as each could drop a tier value-wise with Drew Stanton under center. As for Andre Ellington, it’s tough to predict if not having Palmer under center is going to lead to more fantasy scoring or not. He could be focused on more, or the Cards could be passing in 4th-quarters… or, they could lean on the guy. Stay tuned. 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.
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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.


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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: Michael Floyd to be a major deep threat in 2014?

Cardinals WR Michael Floyd pulled in one pass for four yards during Sunday’s preseason contest against the Bengals. Larry Fitzgerald pulled in three receptions for 71 yards.

SMITTY: My guess is that the typical fantasy football owner in most leagues didn’t watch this game… Michael Floyd was targeted twice on two super-deep touchdown passes, so Carson Palmer is going to stretch the field with Floyd all year long. The first bomb was just dropped by Floyd in the end zone, and the second deep pass was just bad timing on the part of Palmer. Some might consider the Fitzgerald the No. 1 in Arizona this year, and he very well could have one more season as the top dog Cardinal receiver… but, I love how Floyd is progressing, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see Floyd dance in low-end fantasy WR1-territory in 2014. Don’t even think about drafting him at that value/level, that’s not smart drafting… Use his 5th- to early 6th-round ADP to your advantage. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Michael Floyd to be the No. 1 WR in AZ in 2014?

According to Dan Pompei on Twitter, Cardinals WR Michael Floyd “is in for a big year.” He also tweeted, “Some people in camp think he’ll be their [Cardinals] No. 1 WR.”

SMITTY: Michael Floyd is a beast, and 85 receptions for 1,200 yards and 10TDs wouldn’t be shocking. Don’t draft him at that value, as you don’t have to, but Floyd is a receiver that can explode from his current ADP (5.06-6.01). Larry Fitzgerald is still capable of 70 receptions, 1,000 yards and 6-8TDs, yes, even with my seriously-high Floyd expectations. Let’s just hope Carson Palmer can stay healthy, as an injury to Palmer could hurt both Cardinals receivers. Looking for Week 1 Michael Floyd Power Rankings?

NEWS: Cordarrelle Patterson says he will be a top-five playmaker in 2014.

According to NFL.com, Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson believes he is in for a breakout season in 2014. “I’m going to be a top-five playmaker,” Patterson said. “I’m a playmaker, I like to make plays. Like I tell them, just get the ball in my hands I feel like I’m special with it. I just like to do special things with the ball.”

SMITTY: Cordarrelle Patterson is on most everyone’s breakout radar, however, the guy can still smash his currently-rising ADP, which has now climbed into the 4.12-5.03 range. His ADP has climbed quite a bit over the last two months, there is no denying it, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t nicely outplay it even at 4.12-5.03 value, as that’s where players like Roddy White, Chris Johnson, Trent Richardson and DeSean Jackson are being taken. A couple players below the 4.12 spot are players I like as much as Patterson, like Michael Floyd and Joique Bell, but Patterson has as much value, or more, as some players in the 3rd-round, like Reggie Bush, Vincent Jackson, Victor Cruz, and Ryan Mathews. I love VJax and Cruz this year, so I’m not predicting bust for those guys, I just feel that Patterson also belongs in that late 3rd-round range with those big names, which is fantastic news for those able to snag him in the late 4th- or early 5th-rounds. Want to know where we have all these players ranked based on your exact league scoring? Get your hands on our fantasy football cheat sheets 2014!

NEWS: Andre Johnson expected to show up; Arian Foster set to bounce-back?

ESPN’s Tania Ganguli expects Texans WR Andre Johnson “to be back in the fold for the Texans despite his current holdout.”

SMITTY: We expect the same, as Andre Johnson, turning 33 this month, has no leverage. Houston won’t likely trade him, nor could they at a value that helps the Texans. We don’t see AJ holding out long at all. While it could take until his third season, DeAndre Hopkins might have a sophomore breakout similar to Michael Floyd’s second-year jump. During his second NFL season, Michael Floyd dropped 66/1054/5TDs, something Hopkins almost sniffed as a rookie (52/802/2TDs). Floyd now enters 2014 with a real nice chance of hitting a stat line like 80/1100/8-10TDs. Don’t be surprised if Hopkins follows Floyd’s exact blueprint to elite, but again keep in mind he could end up taking an extra year to get to Floyd’s level, you never know. The player I’m most excited about on that Texans roster is Arian Foster, who might have a big-time bounce-back season this upcoming year. Earlier last month, coach Bill O’Brien said that Foster would fill the roles played by Kevin Faulk and Danny Woodhead back in New England. That could mean 50-60 receptions for Foster in 2014, and he could still see anywhere between 250-280 carries, which could have him producing 1,100-1,200 yards and potentially double-digit touchdowns. I know, Foster has tons of mileage, right? Here are some interesting stats: Matt Forte = 1,892 regular-season touches; Marshawn Lynch = 1,955 regular-season touches…. How many regular-season touches does Foster have? Try just 1,320! See what we have projected for all these players via our 2014 Full-Season Fantasy Football Projections.

Article: 2014 Third-Year Breakout Wide Receivers

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Each and every fantasy football season, a group of third-year receivers finally reach their ultra-productive point. Fantasy worlds call these players the Third-Year Breakout Wide Receivers. Below is one that really stands out to me: T.Y. Hilton.

Third-Year Breakout Wide Receivers

TY Hilton’s current ADP is at the back of the fifth-round at 58 overall. Hilton has shown an increase in production in each of his first two seasons, though his average yards-per-catch declined in 2013. Still, his overall stat line last year was 82/1083/5TDs, which proved to be a respectable WR2 (221 pts), and he was a 7th-round pick at that time (August of 2013).

We know the Colts are going to score points this coming year. A number of factors point to Hilton increasing his production in 2014. First, he falls into the “Third-Year WR Breakout” theory. Sometimes receivers breakout sooner, like AJ Green, Alshon Jeffery, or Anquan Boldin in year’s past, and other times a receiver just needs two full seasons under his belt before reaching that next level of production (ex: Dez Bryant, who went from 63/928/9TDs during his second year to 92/1382/12 during his third-year breakout season). Now couple all that with consistency, as Hilton enters 2014 with the same coach, quarterback and quick-strike offense that he has matured in. Thirdly, he won’t face many double coverages in 2014 with notable peers Reggie Wayne and newly-acquired Hakeem Nicks requiring attention.

When Reggie Wayne went down last year, Hilton filled the void admirably, producing better-than-expected results, yet I still believe the loss of Wayne impeded Hilton’s overall production. I took note of a recent report that stated that Hilton was working out of all four wide-receiver position during the Colts’ mini-camp. This was interesting, as this could make it tough for defenses to scheme him from week to week, but of course this would also require the presence of a healthy Reggie Wayne, and/or a version of Hakeem Nicks that can adapt to the offense.

I have nothing but respect for Reggie Wayne, but I have a difficult time believing that a 35-year-old NFL wide receiver can be productive the season following knee surgery. History suggests a negative impact. I’m not sure where he is in his rehab, but at his age, he won’t be able to pull off what Adrian Peterson did, where he was running lateral drills in a sand pit 9 months removed from his LCL, ACL, and MCL surgery. Sorry, Reggie, I won’t expect that from a 35-year-old receiver. I will expect to see more of LaVon Brazill.

Where Hakeem Nicks will fit into that Colts’ offense remains to be seen. Staying healthy is still a concern for Nicks, but the combination of Wayne and Nicks is sure to leave Hilton in some good spots all over the field in 2014. Plus, I expect to see the Colts’ 3rd-round draft pick, Donte Moncrief, stretch the field often in 2014; he has both size and speed and should be a great red-zone target, even as a rookie.

Hilton might be sitting at #58 overall right now, but come August, I anticipate him moving up fantasy draft boards. Dynasty league owners should start trying to acquire him now while he maintains low trade value.

2014 Projections: I have T.Y Hilton pulling in 92 receptions for 1,250 yards and 9TDs this upcoming year.

Full List of 2014 Third-Year Breakout Wide Receivers

Below are players already playing like studs and/or suspended:

Alshon Jeffery (already broke out in 2013)
Michael Floyd (already broke out in 2013)
Josh Gordon (already broke out in 2014; facing possible suspension in 2014)
• Justin Blackmon WR, JAC (suspended indefinitely)

  1. TY Hilton WR, IND
  2. Kendall Wright WR, TEN (semi breakout in 2013)
  3. Marvin Jones WR, CIN (semi breakout in 2013)
  4. Jarrett Boykin WR, GB
  5. Rueben Randle WR, NYG
  6. Jermaine Kearse WR, SEA
  7. Andre Holmes WR, OAK
  8. Stephen Hill WR, NYJ
  9. Rod Streater WR, OAK
  10. Cole Beasley WR, DAL
  11. Brian Quick WR STL
  12. Ryan Broyles WR, DET
  13. Mohamed Sanu WR, CIN