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NEWS: Doug Martin doubtful, Bobby Rainey looking like a sneaky-good RB2 start of the week?

SMITTY: Both Jeremy Hill (Gio is out) and Bobby Rainey have sneaky-good RB2-type upside this week, and both are available in some leagues, and Rainey is available in a lot of leagues. There is always risk with plug-and-play type players, and their Week 10 production isn’t locked in, that’s what makes them plug-and-play for Week 9, but both have huge upside/appeal. There was some thinking all week, and there still is a bit lingering around news wires, that Charles Sims could see a grip of work in this one… while possible, it sounds more like Rainey will lead the charge out of that Bucs’ backfield, but again, that’s why there is some risk with such plays, so know that. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Giovani Bernard out for Week 9, AJ Green looking likely to play; Jeremy Hill one of our starts of the Week?

SMITTY: Giovani Bernard (hib) is out for this week, which is horrible for all Gio owners, but he has a shot at returning next week, so we will keep you posted. Jeremy Hill now steps into the starting role for Week 9 and is a sneaky-good RB2-type play. Coach Marvin Lewis expressed confidence on Friday regarding AJ Green being able to play Week 9. Stay tuned on this one. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

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: 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.

SMITTY: There5889
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?

ARTICLE: Week 5 Fantasy Football Roundtable

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Hey, everyone. Our friends over at FantasyPros again invited us to participate in an Expert Roundtable, this time for Week 5. Below are the five questions asked to every expert on the panel, and below each question is my answer to each question. Enjoy, and good luck in Week 5, everyone!

Q1: Name one “sleeper start” for Week 5 and give us an example of a player or two you like this guy better than as a starter.

“Jeremy Hill (at NE): The Bengals are feeding Gio Bernard monster touches, and Gio was/remains one of our biggest breakouts on the year, but that Bengals offense has room for Hill. He could be a 40-60 yard rusher with a score every week (with upside for much more). He is a fantastic start, especially this Sunday night against a struggling New England team. The Bengals might be running a lot in the 4th.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

Q2: Who should fantasy owners be most concerned about as a potential bust this week?

“Alfred Morris (vs SEA): This is a tough matchup and Washington looks rattled. Even though the Seahawks are on the road, this is a Monday night contest, and I think Seattle shines early and often. This not only takes out the Redskins’ rushing game in the second half, it’s just a flat out horrible rushing matchup for Morris. Plus, Roy Helu is ultra-talented and he could steal touches in this one, especially on 3rd downs.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

Q3: Which surprise stud from last week is most likely to treat fantasy owners to another strong outing? Eli Manning (vs. ATL), Larry Donnell (vs. ATL), Justin Forsett (at IND), Travis Kelce (at SF), Terrance Williams (vs. HOU), Eddie Royal (vs. NYJ)

“Larry Donnell: Donnell feels like the real deal, and he should have success against Atlanta this week. That said, I still love Travis Kelce despite the tough SF matchup, and Justin Forsett has sneaky upside just as long as you’re not sitting a bigger name, as that Ravens’ rushing attack is very cloudy.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

Q4: If you’re in a bind and need a desperation flex (i.e FLEX ECR worse than 115), who would you roll the dice with as a high upside option?

“Andre Williams (RB, vs ATL): With an ECR of 125, I think Williams is very underrated this week against a Falcons rushing defense, which ranks in the bottom 5 in the league against the run.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

Q5: LeSean McCoy owners are undoubtedly concerned about his early production. Give us your prediction for Shady’s stat line (rushing yards, receptions, TDs) vs. the Rams.

“Buy-low on LeSean McCoy, as any risk of him not truly bouncing back will be built into that buy-low value. I see him posting a line like this in Week 5: 60-70 rushing, 3-4 receptions for 40-50 yards and 1 TD.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

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

According to Bengals.com, 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.

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?