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NEWS: Giovani Bernard is back, but Jeremy Hill still set to be a workhorse?

SMITTY: While both Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill can both thrive in this offense, given how both can literally be used at the same time, Bernard owners have to curb expectations a bit this week, as it’s his first week back from his hip injury. It’s tough to speculate how much playing time he will even get, so get on our forums if you have start bench dilemmas and need a second opinion (or comment below). Regardless, Hill remains a great play this week (and moving forward). Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Giovani Bernard expected to miss Week 11; Jeremy Hill a RB1 in Week 11?

SMITTY: It looks like the hip will keep Gio Bernard out one more week, which makes Jeremy Hill a RB1 upside-wise heading into Week 11. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Andy Dalton & AJ Green play awful in Week 10; All three CLE rushers score a touchdown.

SMITTY: Andy Dalton was just plain awful in this one, completing just 10-of-33 passes for 86 yards, 0TDs and 3INTs. Of course, this left AJ Green (3/23/0TDs) and Mohamed Sanu 2/20/0TDs) with zero change to produce, as there was just 86 yards and 0TDs to spread around. Dalton’s bad play, mixed with horrible game planning, eliminated Jeremy Hill’s production (12 carries for 55 yards) despite his solid 4.58 yards-per-carry tonight. He had a fumble, which took him out of the game plan for a bit, but we still like Hill a lot moving forward, at least as a flex (even when Giovani Bernard returns from his hip injury). The team, and Gio himself, may look to speed along his recovery after this horrible offensive performance, but we still only feel comfortable calling Gio ‘questionable’ for Week 11. He is a great buy-low candidate right now, though, if your team can weather through another missed game should he have to sit out Week 11. As for those Browns rushers, they all scored a touchdown in this one, and the stat lines looked like: West: 94/1TD, Crowell: 41/1TD and Tate: 34/1TD… West dominated the carries with 26, something that we speculated prior to the game, but in all honesty, playing any of those Browns rushers was a gamble prior to kickoff. West looks like the clear starter moving forward, though – for now. Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Thursday Night Week 10 Inactives (Bengals-Browns)

SMITTY: Giovani Bernard (hip) is inactive for the Bengals’ Thursday night Week 10 battle against the Browns; Andrew Hawkins (thigh/knee) and Jordan Cameron (head) are inactive for the Browns. Expect a whole lot of Jeremy Hill in this one, who was our top add weeks ago, and our start of the week last week. He could very well rush for over 100 and a score in this one. We expect to see flashes of the AJ Green of old as well. On the Browns side of the football, a three-headed rotation at running back is expected (Terrance West, Ben Tate and Isaiah Crowell) – If we had to guess, West will lead the way, but anything can happen with such a hot hand approach. Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?

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.