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RADIO: Week 8 Sleepers, Add/Drops, Trade Advice and more

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 8 of the 2014 fantasy football season!

Wednesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 10/21/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: IDP, Sleepers, Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em, Breakouts, Trade Advice and more

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NEWS: AJ Green (toe) unsure about Week 8; his toe to bother him all season?

SMITTY: In an NFL Network interview, AJ Green had this to say on his toe and chances of playing in Week 8: “It’s still up in the air,” Green said. “But it definitely feels better. We’ll see about this week.” It was his answer on whether the injury would bother him all season that concerned us, as he had this to say on that: “It’s probably not gonna be 100 percent, but I hope it’s just manageable,” Green said. “I can get through the season and be fine and still play at a high level.” Hopefully Green can still play at a top 5-10 wide receiver level upon his return, but there is some risk here. Stay tuned. Mohamed Sanu has strong WR2-type appeal, if not higher, for each game that Green misses (which could be just one more game); he could maintain value even close to that level if Green comes back and can’t play at a very high level. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

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NEWS: AJ Green carted to locker room with toe issue; Could miss a couple weeks?

SMITTY: UPDATE: AJ Green will undergo an MRI, and word is that he could be shut down for a few weeks. Mohamed Sanu is a must-grab if available in your league, as he could see fantasy WR2-type targets with Green out. We will keep you posted, but for now, this clearly affects our Week 6 Power Rankings.

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isn’t much on this situation yet, so stay tuned. According to rotoworld, AJ Green ‘threw off his shoe in dusgust, hopped on a cart’ and headed to the locker room. So far this doesn’t look good, so stay tuned! Looking for Week 6 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jeremy Hill to have a big season even with Gio getting his?

According to, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis had this to say on why he sent his rookie Jeremy Hill back onto the field in the second-half of the team’s final preseason game: “Well, Jeremy has to understand what it’s like to be an NFL running back. We aren’t five deep. When we get to Sundays and we go down to 46 guys, and if he’s going to be the guy, then he’s going to have to be able to shoulder the load. You can get some good conditioning out here tonight. He’s going to learn to run with his pads down and protect the football. They were good snaps for him to learn with tonight.”

SMITTY: It’s becoming pretty clear that Jeremy Hill has monster sleeper potential at his 9th-round ADP, an ADP I expect to already be in the 8th if drafting let’s say today. This isn’t to say Gio Bernard won’t get his 300 or so touches, there is room for both a 900-1,000 rusher in Hill and at least a 275-300 total touch-type rusher in Gio. Handcuffing these two together is extremely smart, especially if you’re a Gio owner, but Hill is shaping up to be a sleeper RB2 heading into 2014. Check out the changes we made with Jeremy Hill’s Week 1 Power Rankings.

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: Giovani Bernard has played during all 25 Andy Dalton snaps this preseason?

According to Adam Levitan on Twitter, Bengals RB Giovani Bernard has played during all 25 Andy Dalton snaps so far this preseason, including all goal line and red zone work.

SMITTY: Giovani Bernard is fully expected to hit the 300-touch mark in 2014, which is going to make him a top 5RB if he stays healthy. Of those 300 touches, 60-70 could be receptions, so this is even more so the case in PPR formats. Bernard has an ADP in the 2.04-2.06 range, which is a steal considering I still consider him a bargain at the 10-12 spots. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Giovani Bernard to get a share of goal line carries?

According to reports, Bengals RB Giovani Bernard could get a decent amount of goal-line carries in 2014.

SMITTY: While we expect Jeremy Hill to be a sneaky fantasy flex-play in 2014, which will include a good amount of shots at short-yardage touchdowns, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Giovani Bernard was used a decent amount near the goal-line. He is just so dynamic, it would be nuts to just run him off the field when the offense was sniffing the end zone. Bernard should be in for 300 total touches this season, with 60-70 of those being receptions. Top 5-10RB numbers are in the cards for Gio, so get ready for the show! Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

Benard Pierce, Carlos Hyde, Jeremy Hill and Lorenzo Taliaferro all look strong in their preseason openers.

Jeremy Hill ran the ball six times for 36 years during his team’s preseason opener on Thursday night. Carlos Hyde ran the ball five times for 39 yards during his preseason debut against the Ravens; In the same game, Ray Rice ran the ball three times for 17 yards, Lorenzo Taliaferro ran the ball 13 times for 71 yards, and Bernard Pierce ran the ball 10 times for 37 yards and 1TD.

SMITTY: Lorenzo Taliaferro looked very good on Thursday night. He ran with authority and power. The problem is, he has two very good runners ahead of him in Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, who both have very high-end RB2-type upside if getting starter carries. Will this just be a RBBC in 2014? Or, will one runner get starter touches? If so, which one? I hope it’s Pierce, and he does get first crack in Weeks 1 and 2, as Rice is suspended for the season’s first two contests. Taliaferro has nice dynasty appeal despite his crowded situation. Both Carlos Hyde and Jeremy Hill look fantastic already, and both have flex-like value right out of the gate in 2014. Frank Gore is 31 and has a ton of mileage — Hyde is a big sleeper even past his immediate flex-like appeal, and the word is that Hill could get 200 carries in ’14 (and that’s with Giovani Bernard still likely producing top 5-10 fantasy running back numbers). Check out where all these guys rank heading into Week 1.

NEWS: Jeremy Hill to get 10-15 carries in 2014; Gio Bernard still a top 5-10RB candidate?

According to Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter, Bengals rookie RB Jeremy Hill could be looking at 10-15 carries per-game in 2014.

SMITTY: Jeremy Hill has an ADP of 9.10, which is a steal given that he easily has flex-like appeal right out of the gate in 2014. Even if we use the middle number, 12.5 carries per-game, that’s a 200-carry season, which will net him 850-950 yards, and likely well over 5-8TDs (given he’s the likely goal-line option for the Bengals this upcoming season). Don’t worry, Giovani Bernard owners, this is all great news for you, as it keeps Gio healthy and tough to focus on defensively. Gio could be in for a top 5-7 fantasy running back season in 2014, as he could hit 60-70 receptions, total 1,500 ru/rec yards, and score 5-10 scores (likely on the 10 side). Looking for Week 1 Giovani Bernard LineUp Rankings?

NEWS: Giovani Bernard having an outstanding camp.

According to CBSSports, Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is having an “outstanding” camp. “He’s had an outstanding camp,” assistant coach Hue Jackson said. “He’s so explosive, he can catch the ball, he’s a tough son of a gun. He protects. He blocks.”

SMITTY: Giovani Bernard is one of the biggest steals heading into August drafts, as he has an ADP around the 2.04-2.06 range, yet he has top 5RB upside. And, that’s even assuming that Jeremy Hill produces flex-like fantasy numbers in 2014. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings on both Bernard and Hill?