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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?

Article: 2014 Rookie Rankings & Analysis

smitty staffIt’s late July, so it’s time to reevaluate the 2014 Fantasy Football Rookies. Below is a one-player taste of our Premium 2014 Rookie Rankings with Analysis, so if you aren’t a 2014 STARTERS Subscriber, get access right after you read this sample (who is #5 on our Rookie Rankings)… after you read this, there are 11 more rookie write-ups just like it waiting for you, along with a complete ranking of my top 50 rookies… here we go!

5. Jordan Matthews | PHI WR

Date: 7/24/14

This 2014 rookie receiving class is just flat-out phenomenal, as we are talking about the 4th receiver ranked, and this receiver can be a fantasy WR1 if he develops properly. Jordan Matthews is 6-3, 212 pounds, but he plays like he is 6-5, 225 pounds. He has a long reach and has phenomenal spacial awareness. View this exact play right here to see what I mean… if you watched that play, you should have noticed not only Matthews’ timing pulling in the reception, but his innate ability to use his body to defend the area around the football. It’s an instinct most players don’t develop until their second or third NFL season, but Matthews has a natural instinct to use his body to position the defender where he wants the defender. It’s masterful if you take the time to watch him in acton. Like Brandin Cooks, Matthews couldn’t have landed in a more potent offense. And, in Matthews’ case, the Eagles are in need of a big-time possession receiver, and it appears Chip Kelly is going to immediately lean on the rookie. Don’t be surprised if Matthews makes a strong case for Rookie of the Year in 2014! It wouldn’t be shocking if the guy pulled in 55-60 receptions for 900-1000 yards and 6-7 scores as a rookie. The rookie receiver position is changing, and these guys are maturing much faster than they use to.



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NEWS: Ben Tate and Terrance West in heated competition?

According to Cleveland.com, Browns coach Mike Pettine had this to say on his team’s current running back battle: “And the best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy Terrance West from Towson, who I really like.”

SMITTY: It seems like there is new and slightly different news on this battle each and every week. The bottom line here is that there is risk in owning just one of Ben Tate or Terrance West, and I love both rushers. West was my second-ranked rookie rusher well prior to the 2014 NFL Draft, and Ben Tate was a breakout candidate of mine before West landed with the Browns. It’s a shame both are on the same roster. One thing I know for certain… Tate battled it out with Arian Foster on a weekly basis in Houston, so he isn’t scared of competition, and he is easily double-digit capable if healthy and starting. I love the duo if you can be certain to secure both heading into 2014. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Ben Tate loves the CLE style offense; West still a threat for carries?

According to clevelandbrowns.com, Browns RB Ben Tate love’s Kyle Shanahan’s offense and feels that it’s a “great opportunity” for him. He also states that he likes competition, something rookie RB Terrance West is bringing. The article suggests that West is the underdog to start the season, but that he is a perfect fit for the offense.

SMITTY: Before I pump up my boy Terrance West, who was my No. 2-ranked rookie rusher before the draft (when he wasn’t in most anyone’s top 5), let me fire off this little warning shot. Ben Tate isn’t scared of a small-school rookie. Ben Tate isn’t scared of anyone. Nor should he be… Tate rotated carries weekly in an uphill battle against Arian FosterTate is use to battling it out with the league’s best. Staying healthy is Tate’s only real worry, and if he can stay healthy, he might crank out top 5-10RB numbers in 2014. Now, as for West, who I also love, he will thrive if given the chance, but honestly, I’m pulling for Tate to prove people wrong in 2014 (I just wish both runners weren’t in the same spot)… Tate easily has double-digit touchdown upside on a 15/16-game season, and he has 1,300-1,400 capability. Check out our 2014 projections on both runners here.

RB Ben Tate to face a RBBC with Terrance West?

According to cleveland.com, the Cleveland Browns will have some form of a running back by committee in 2014. “I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee. You’d like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys … you’ve got to be able to get fresh legs out there,” coach Mike Pettine said.

SMITTY: It’s interesting how this statement is taken by different people. Sure, Pettine said you need to have a RBBC, but in the same sentence he states “you’d like to have a guy that can carry most of the load.” Clearly RBBC is a term loosely used, almost a blanket statement for a variety of sharing and semi-sharing situations… I think it would be unwise for Ben Tate dynasty owners to freak out after reading that quote and not examine the dual meaning. Is Tate a risk given the presence of Terrance West (or even Isaiah Crowell)? Absolutely, and the problem with this situations is that, Tate is a top 10RB talent (often labeled ‘injury-prone’) and his back-up is my second-ranked rookie rusher, even before the draft, entering 2014. Both backs are top 10-capable. The only answer here, whether we’re talking dynasty or redraft, is to own both backs. And, as for all you dynasty folks that may just own Tate and are unable to pry West away from another owner, don’t sell-low, but consider making all kinds of 2-for-1 or 2-for-2 blockbuster moves in order to successfully wiggle out of this situation. For example, I was in this situation, and despite loving Tate, I moved him since I was unsuccessful in trading for West — I traded away Calvin Johnson and Ben Tate for LeSean McCoy and Randall Cobb. Sometimes it’s smart to trade away players that you like if the deal is right for your team, and owning both Browns rushers is a must for me (in all formats). The key is not selling low and getting creative. Want 2014 fantasy football projections for all these guys?