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TV: STARTERS live on the Week 11 “Sam Acho Show” on AZCentral

Watch/listen to Fantasy Football Starters’ Jeff talk Week 11 on the “Sam Acho Show”, which is always live on AZCentral.com. Jeff (CEO) of Fantasy Football Starters dishes out some Week 11 fantasy football start bench, trade and waiver wire advice.

Watch STARTERS on the Week 11 Sam Acho Show!

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: Ben Tate to return to starting role? Crowell the NO. 2 and West the No. 3 in CLE?

SMITTY: According to the Browns running backs coach, Tate is expected to return to the line-up once he returns from his knee sprain. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, because when Tate is on the field, he has top 10RB upside. How long will he stay on the field, though? That’s the question, and that can be argued no question… if he can’t stay on the field long, Crowell might be the answer, but don’t rule out West, who has a grip of future upside still. This situation is kind of messy, one you almost want to avoid until it shakes out, but Crowell should be scooped up off waivers in medium and larger leagues, as he could see TD opportunities coming out of his Week 4 bye. Make sure Tate wasn’t dropped in your league(s), as again, he has top 10RB appeal if starting (injury risk or not). Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Ben Tate definitely out Week 2; Terrance West to start.

According to numerous reports, Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) is definitely going to sit out Week 2; Terrance West will start Week 2 with Isaiah Crowell seeing action. Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is still day to day.

SMITTY: So much for Ben Tate’s “it’s nothing serious” tweet. And, it looks like a 2-4 week injury now. Terrance West, a player we said all season was an absolute must for all Tate owners, will start and likely have a big Week 2. We love West and think he can really thrive in this league while getting starter carries. Isaiah Crowell shouldn’t be overlooked as a potential long-term option in CLE, but West has the momentum and is a big-time receiving threat Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts for real-time updates on this situation (as well as Jordan Cameron’s situation/status).

RADIO: Listen to Russ Bliss and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 2!

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 2 of the 2014 fantasy football season! Take a listen!

The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 9/9/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: Cordarrelle Patterson, Bernard Pierce, Ray Rice, Justin Forsett, Jordan Cameron, Pierre Garcon, Roddy White, Josh Gordon, Wes Welker, Michael Floyd, Andre Ellington, Bobby Rainey, Doug Martin, Eddie Lacy, Golden Tate, Percy Harvin, Anquan Boldin, Joique Bell, Chris Ivory, Keenan Allen

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NEWS: Ben Tate (knee) not seriously injured.

According to Ben Tate (knee) himself on Twitter, his knee injury is not serious. Here is the Tweet:
bentate tweet

SMITTY: This is good to hear, and it could put both the Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West projects on hold, or it will at least slow those projects down. Let’s see if Tate is being overly-optimistic… we will keep you posted on his Week 2 status, but it sounds like he has a real shot to play – at this point. Crowell and West remain solid 2014 prospects given how injury-prone Tate has proven to be. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts so you get all the updates on this in real time.

NEWS: Terrance West the clear back-up to Ben Tate in CLE?

According to Cleveland.com, Browns coach Mike Pettine had this to say on rookie RB Terrance West: “There were some times where he made plays, and then he made rookie mistakes some other times. He can catch the ball. He’s shown that in camp. We’re pleased with where Terrance is, but it’s something…he just needs to continue to get better. Some guys kind of say, ‘OK, I made it. I’m on the roster,’ but to me, they need to accelerate, not decelerate.”

SMITTY: While it’s not uncommon for coaches to try to motivate rookies with “he has to improve” talk, it’s a nice reminder to all the Ben Tate believers out there, me being a big one, that Tate has a real shot at being a 1,200+ yard, 10TD rusher in 2014… all he has to do is stay healthy… Looking for Ben Tate Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Ben Tate rushes for 51 yards on 10 carries on Monday; Is Tate a monster steal in drafts?

In Monday night’s preseason contest against the Redskins, Browns RB Ben Tate ran the ball 10 times for 51 yards; rookie Terrance West ran the ball eight times for 31 yards.

SMITTY: There is no better sneaky RB2 right now in drafts if you ask me. I have scooped him up in two expert drafts in the last 48 hours, and I got him at the top of the 6th-round in both, and saw him go at 6.01 in another draft I’m currently drafting in. That’s value! Is Terrance West a must-own for all Tate owners? Absolutely, but West has roughly an 8th-round ADP, so he can be scooped up no question, thus providing you with RB1-type appeal at the cost of a very, very low-end RB2 (if even that, as the combination of 6th- and 8th-round picks is more like flex-type value). Tate, if healthy this season, could punch in 10-plus touchdowns, rush for well over 1,200 rushing yards, and pull in 40 receptions for 300-350 or so yards. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Ben Tate penciled in as CLE starting RB right now?

According to Ohio.com’s Nate Ulrich, Browns RB Ben Tate is penciled in as the “starter” right now, with Terrance West setup to be the “primary backup”.

SMITTY: This isn’t anything new, and frankly, we’re seeing similar guess-based reports like this almost 2-3 times per week. That doesn’t mean we won’t report on them when we see them, this way we can speak to it the best we can. As I will continue to state, I love both Ben Tate and Terrance West, and I wish both backs were not on the same roster. West was my No. 2-ranked rookie before the NFL Draft, which was against the grain at the time, but Tate was a breakout of mine prior to Cleveland calling West’s name on draft day. I think if healthy, Tate can be a top 5-10RB in 2014, with double-digit touchdown upside. I do love West’s future upside, if that’s not confusing. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?