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NEWS: Frank Gore (concussion) and Carlos Hyde (ankle/back) both questionable for Week 16.

SMITTY: Both have a short week, as the 49ers play the Chargers on Saturday night. As it stands now, both on the wrong side of questionable, which would make both Alfonso Smith and Bruce Miller set to split the workload in Week 16. Hyde might have a touch better chance to play this week, and if he started he’d be a great flex play, but it’s still way too early in the week to predict this. Stay tuned! Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Carlos Hyde could be limited all year, or he could explode?

SMITTY: This is mostly a speculative news posting on our part, but sometimes thinking way, way ahead can win a league. Carlos Hyde, on our Upside Board, has been a sleeping giant all year. In fact, he has been sleeping a lot longer than we had hoped. We feared this could happen, and he was by far, and still is, no lock to get starter carries at all in 2014. Still, his “if” upside is so huge, see what’s what on trade front when it comes to Hyde in both redraft and dynasty, and in even medium size leagues, check waivers to see if he is available. Again, he is guaranteed nothing at this point, but in the spirit of trying to be two moves ahead, Frank Gore hasn’t scored a rushing touchdown in six-straight games, he has just one rushing touchdown on the year, and his last three games looked like this yardage-wise: 38, 20, 49. Hyde may have only received 3 and 2 carries in his last two outings, but he averaged 5.0 and 8.5 YPC. That’s not a big sample size, and honestly, I don’t care what his YPC were… he is a sleeping giant, no doubt, I just hope he doesn’t sleep until 2015, something that is entirely possible, so know that. Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Carlos Hyde rushes 7 times for 50 yards and 1TD in Week 1.

Carlos Hyde goes for 50 yards and 1TD on just 7 carries in Week 1.

SMITTY: Welcome to the Carlos Hyde show. He needs more carries than 7, sure, but the kid is the real deal and could easily be a top 10 fantasy rusher if given the touches. Will he get the touches right away in Week 2? Or, will he be a guy that is limited by a lack of early production, but then goes nuts down the stretch in 2014? This is the kind of stuff we attack in our Smart Alerts, so be certain to sign up for them!

NEWS: Devonta Freeman looking like a big-time sleeper heading into 2014

Devonta Freeman rushed for 42 yards and 1TD on 12 carries in his final preseason contest against the Jaguars. He also pulled in five passes for 45 yards.

SMITTY: Out of all of the late-grab runners this year, Carlos Hyde and Devonta Freeman offer the most upside, and the kind of upside that can impact line-ups right away. Sure, both could start off slow… I doubt that they do, but it’s possible, but that’s why you don’t reach and use the ADP data to your advantage. For example, Devonta Freeman’s ADP is around 9.02 right now. That’s fantastic, as he could truly be this year’s surprise RB2, and I’m talking a very strong fantasy RB2! I doubt Steven Jackson stays healthy, and even if he does, my guess is Freeman will look 10x better at every turn. He has already proven he can pull in 3-5 passes a game, he has that skill set! He has proven he is a goal line back! He has that skill set. He is the real deal, folks. View our 2014 Top 10 Bold Predictions if you want more on Devonta Freeman. Yep, he cracked it!

RADIO: Listen Russ Bliss and Smitty Talk Zac Stacy, Andre Ellington, Montee Ball and more.

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ third radio show of the 2014 fantasy football season! Russ has been doing fantasy radio for over 20 years with his famous “The Red Zone” program, which airs on NBCSports Radio (1060am). Smitty is slotted to join Russ almost every Tuesday night, and below is the third show of the year. Take a listen!

The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 8/26/14

Guest: Smitty,

Topics: Tim Wright, Sam Bradford, Shaun Hill, Zac Stacy, Andre Ellington, Montee Ball, Tony Romo, Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, Demaryius Thomas, AJ Green, Calvin Johnson, Eddie Lacy, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Giovani Bernard, Marshawn Lynch, Dez Bryant, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and more

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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: Carlos Hyde could become fantasy relevant fast?

According to reports, 49ers rookie RB Carlos Hyde has looked solid so far in camp. With Kendall Hunter (ACL) done for the year, LaMichael James (elbow) out 4-6 weeks, and with Marcus Lattimore (knee) still unproven health-wise, the team fully expects to lean heavily on Hyde in 2014.

SMITTY: Carlos Hyde could quickly look like a strong flex play in early 2014; he has much more upside as the season rolls along, too. Hey Frank Gore owners, get your ear muffs on! Gore is 31 and has 2,189 regular-season rushes to his name. Runners usually start dropping off talent-wise at about 2,000 carries, so Gore could fade in a big way this year, especially from mid-season on. This makes Hyde a MONSTER “down the stretch” sleeper candidate, where he could crank out fantasy RB2-type numbers during the span of games he essentially gets starter-type carries. Now, Marcus Lattimore might have something to say about all of this, but he is a wait-and-see type prospect until he proves (on the field) otherwise. Looking for Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections?

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: Devonta Freeman being groomed as future starter in ATL?

According to ESPN, Falcons RB Steven Jackson enters 2014 as the team’s starter, but the Falcons plan is to groom rookie Devonta Freeman as the future three-down back.

SMITTY: While we still need to see Devonta Freeman take an NFL snap, he is a promising young rookie running back. He isn’t a big runner, as he stands 5-8, 206 pounds, but the position is changing. Smaller backs are the new trend, and I firmly believe Atlanta will give Freeman every opportunity to grab the starting gig by mid-season (if not sooner). Freeman looks like one of the better rookie rushers for 2014, even if some rookie rushers have more long-term upside. If you ask me, Tre Mason is the most talented rookie in this 2014 rookie running back class, but he has Zac Stacy, a top 8-12 caliber fantasy/NFL rusher, sitting in front of him. Now, despite Stacy being a serious talent, I eventually see Mason thriving in this league. Bishop Sankey is really the only rookie rusher walking into a better immediate situation than Freeman. Terrence West, my second favorite rusher from this 2014 rookie class, has Ben Tate (potenital top 10 fantasy rusher this year) sitting in front of him, and Carlos Hyde still has Frank Gore and still-promising Marcus Lattimore sitting in front of him. West and Hyde will both likely thrive in time, maybe even as soon as 2015, but Freeman has strong immediate upside entering this upcoming season. Our 2014 fantasy football cheat sheets are 2014-ready, so see where all these guys rank!

NEWS: Kendall Hunter remains the back-up to Frank Gore? Or, is it Hyde?

According to NBC Sports, 49ers RB Kendall Hunter is still the primary back-up to starter Frank Gore. According to the report, Hunter has the “trust of the coaching staff” and “thoroughly understands the team’s pass protections.”

SMITTY: It’s certainly possible that Kendall Hunter would start for the 49ers if Frank Gore ever went down, but my money is still on Carlos Hyde emerging should the team’s first- and second-down duties ever be up for grabs due to a Gore-related injury. It sounds like Marcus Lattimore still has a ways to go before he can near even a glimpse of his old self (prior to his knee injury), so it appears that the 49ers back-up running back battle, for this year anyway, is between Hunter and Hyde. Having a strong grip on third-down duties won’t automatically hand Hunter the starting gig if it suddenly became available. While anything can happen, Hyde is the handcuff to own if you’re a Gore owner (especially in dynasty formats), and the truly crafty non-Gore owner will scoop up just Hyde right about when their yearly-league draft(s) starts sniffing double-digit rounds. Want fantasy football projections for all three rushers (based on your scoring)? Launch our Draft Analyzer:
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