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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: Injuries heading into Week 6; Branden Oliver on the rise, Montee Ball could be out a bit, Calvin Johnson suffered a setback in Week 5.

Donald Brown left Week 5 with a concussion. Branden Oliver dropped 182 total yards and 2TDs in Week 5, and he now becomes a must-own in all leagues and this week’s top waiver wire grab.

Montee Ball suffered a groin injury in Week 5 and is getting an MRI. He is looking very questionable for the next couple games. Ronnie Hillman is a must grab this week.

Calvin Johnson suffered a setback in Week 5; his week 6 status is in question.

Rashad Jennings left Week 5 with a knee injury and will undergo an MRI. Andre Williams is not likely available in any leagues, but do check. If Jennings is out, Williams could produce fantasy RB2 numbers if getting starter carries.

Jimmy Graham injured his shoulder in Week 5, but early word is that it isn’t serious. Stay tuned.

Reggie Bush left Week 5 with an ankle injury. It is not though to be serious, but stay tuned. Hopefully Joique Bell will be back in the next contest.

Drew Stanton suffered a concussion in Week 5; Carson Palmer could be back next week, so keep tabs on this one. Palmer back would be good for Floyd, Fitz and Ellington.

Zac Stacy exited Week 5 with a calf injury. He did not return to the game, so there is concern here. Benny Cunningham is a must-grab if for some reason he is available. It’s not likely, though, but check waivers.

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!

7 Buy-Low Fantasy Football Players Heading Into Week 3!

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It’s only Week 3, and no one should be giving up on big-name studs just yet, even if they are disappointing. We’re only two weeks in, folks! Two weeks! That said, others might be panicking, so and that you should be taking advantage of if the price is right. Here are a few great buy-lows heading into Weeks 3-16.

Great Buy-Lows

Demaryius Thomas | WR Broncos

You may or may not land Demaryius Thomas via trade on a discount. Try, though, as 4/48/0TDs and 5/62/1TD seem to be stat lines that are freaking his owners out. If you watched Week 2, you know he should have had another touchdown. His targets are fine. DT is playing just fine. Try landing this top 5 fantasy football wide receiver from owners that are panicking!

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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: 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?

NEWS: Montee Ball starts and touches ball five times in a row on first five plays.

In the Broncos preseason contest against the Texans, Montee Ball started and touches the ball five times in a row on the team’s first five plays of the game.

SMITTY: Not only does Montee Ball look healthy, he is clearly going to be the focal point of that Denver rushing attack, and screen game out of the backfield. While I still expect Peyton Manning to throw for 40+ touchdowns in 2014, the team is going to use Ball a ton, and if healthy, he could very well consistently dance with the top 1-5RBs all season long in 2014. Looking for Peyton Manning and Montee Ball Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Montee Ball could practice this week?

According to Troy Renck on Twitter, there is a definite possibility that Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendectomy) will practice at some point this week and he is reportedly making good progress.

SMITTY: Montee Ball has top 5-10RB upside even with his recent missed time. Is there a chanced he could be out of shape when Week 1 arrives? Sure. Is there a touch more injury risk when a player misses most of a preseason? Sure, but the good news is he could be back to practicing this week, and the risk gets minimized quite a bit if he gets a week or week and a half of practice in. Given Knowshon Moreno, who is half the back Ball is talent-wise, finished in most all league’s top 5RBs last year, Ball could fall more in the 2-5 range in 2014. Don’t draft him at that value, that’s not good drafting… instead, use his ADP to your advantage, and he is falling in the 2.02-2.05 range as of the last week or two. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Montee Ball able to do jogging; Ball still a potential top 5RB entering 2014?

According to reports, Bronkos RB Montee Ball (appendix) was able to do some jogging during Thursdays practice.

SMITTY: Montee Ball may not play in the preseason, but we wouldn’t rule out a couple touches during the last preseason contest. Broncos coach John Fox has already gone on record saying he has confidence in Ball and does not need to see him play in the preseason to know what he can do, so unless there is a setback with his recovery, Ball remains a top 5RB candidate heading into 2014 (clearly pay less than that value given that you can). In fact, use this recent appendix situation to your advantage and draft him lower than usual in redraft, and trade for him a bit on the cheap in dynasty. Looking for Montee Ball Week 1 Power Rankings?