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NEWS: LeVeon Bell explodes for 204 yards and 1TD in Week 11.

SMITTY: He has been our top buy-low stud rusher for weeks now, and finally he dropped the game we have been hoping for. Buying Low and Selling High constantly is the name of the game, the game of fantasy football that is, so don’t be shy about now turning Bell into something else if someone comes along looking to buy super-high. Plus, the Steelers have a bye in Week 12, so if an offer is almost too good to be true for Bell, keep in mind that the advantage of getting a bye-free player, or players, in return. Only sell-high, though, as Bell is so explosive. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?

TV: STARTERS live on the Week 9 “Sam Acho Show” on AZCentral

Watch/listen to Fantasy Football Starters’ Smitty talk Week 9 on the “Sam Acho Show” that is always live on AZCentral.com. Smitty attacks Buy-Low/Sell-High topics around players: Nick Foles, Le’Veon Bell, Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Oliver.

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RADIO: Russ Bliss and Smitty talk Week 9 fantasy football.

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ during his second show of this Week 9 — This is Russ’ Wednesday show.


Wednesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 10/28/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: Start Bench, Trade Advice, Buy-Low

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NEWS: LeVeon Bell could face a two-game suspension in 2015 for marijuana arrest?

SMITTY: The stud rusher waived the right to a preliminary hearing on this DUI chargers and is expected to enter a first-offender’s program, which will reportedly dismiss the chargers. There is a bit of guess-work going on with this, so stay tuned. Also, it’s possible Bell sees a two-game suspension because of all of this, but most sources are suggesting that any suspension would be in 2015. Bell remains a fantastic buy-low candidate for Weeks 7-16, as he has top 2-4 fantasy running back upside, yet he can be bought right now at almost high-end RB2-type value. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Le’Veon Bell rushed 21 times for 147 yards in Week 3 against the Panthers.

SMITTY: Le’Veon Bell was on our Week 3 Buy-Low List for a reason last week. Don’t sell the runner, he looks fantastic this year. He looks like a top 5RB. Let’s just hope he stays healthy (do your best to handcuff him to Legarrette Blount, something you should already have taken care of). Look for a Week 4 Buy-Low List to publish shortly, which you can locate right on the homepage when logged in!

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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NEWS: Owen Daniels pulls in 2TDs in Week 2; Bernard Pierce and LeVeon Bell play solid.

In Thursday night’s Week 2 contest between the Ravens and the Steelers, TE Owen Daniels pulled in 5 passes for 28 yards and 2TDs, WR Steve Smith pulled in 6 passes for 71 yards and Dennis Pitta pulled in 3 passes for 30 yards. Bernard Pierce ran 22 times for 56 yards, while Justin Forset ran the ball 8 times for 56 yards (and added 4 receptions for 16 yards). On the Steelers side of the football, Le’Veon Bell ran the ball 11 times for 59 yards and pulled in 5 passes for 48 yards; Antonio Brown pulled in 7 balls for 90 yards despite leaving for almost a quarter with a head injury.

SMITTY: The important takeaways from this game are: First, Le’Veon Bell looks fantastic. He is speedy, shifty, he doesn’t look like the same rusher that we saw last year… he could be in for a big 2014. Second, Steve Smith isn’t done yet and is in a unique situation to produce for one more season. Will he be a fantasy WR2? I’d say probably not, but he has solid fantasy WR3 upside this year, he really does. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts, especially to keep tabs on players like Antonio Brown (head), who left this game for a bit to go through some concussion protocols. He appears fine, but our Smart Alerts are where it’s at to get all kinds of updates all week long!

NEWS: LeVeon Bell and Legarrette Blount arrested for marijuana possession.

According to multiple reports, Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested for possession of marijuana; Bell was also booked for DUI.

SMITTY: This is obviously bad news in Steelers country, and horrible for dynasty Le’Veon Bell owners; however, initial reports, most based on pure speculation at this point, suggest that both runners could avoid NFL disciplinary action this season. We will keep you posted on all of this, as more info will surely emerging in the coming days. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: LeVeon Bell workload concerns heading into Week 1?

Both Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount co-startered Saturday night’s preseason game, with Bell playing the first series and then Blount mixing into the entire first-half.

SMITTY: While I won’t say I’m locked into this thinking quite yet, but I’m a bit concerned about the Steelers commitment to giving Le’Veon Bell the ball. Will a healthy Bell lead the team in carries? Yeah, most likely, but early signs point to Legarrette Blount getting more than just goal line work — He might be used quite a bit in 2014. If you own Bell already in dynasty, don’t freakout and sell-low, but maybe test the trade waters and get yourself into a safer option if the price/deal is right. In redraft, I’d bump Bell down a bit on your list… not a ton, but he doesn’t feel like a super-safe fantasy RB1 right now, and he did just months ago. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Le’Veon Bell is well conditioned and had a great off-season.

According to NFL.com, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin had this to say on RB Le’Veon Bell: “Le’Veon Bell has had a great offseason,” Tomlin said on Friday’s edition of NFL Total Access. “He’s really shown that he is excited about taking the next step in terms of work that he’s done thus far, particularly from a conditioning standpoint.”

SMITTY: Le’Veon Bell currently has an ADP at 2.03-2.05, which is extremely reasonable given he has top 5-10RB upside. While LeGarrette Blount has kind of a TD vulture type presence in Pittsburgh right now, Bell owners shouldn’t worry, as Pittsburgh is going to give Bell more than enough carries in 2014. Anything that goes to Blount, aside from maybe a couple short-yardage touchdown runs, will be “spelling” type touches. For 2014 projections on Bell based on your league’s exact scoring, launch our Draft Analyzer now!