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NEWS: Denard Robinson (foot) our for the season.

SMITTY: This is bad news for those counting on “Shoelace” as their low-end RB2 in Weeks 15-17. Toby Gerhart, Jordan Todman, and Storm Johnson will likely split the carries moving forward (with no real front-runner for starter carries – yet). Robinson’s future is decent, but cloudy. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Bishop Sankey to be the lead back in Week 6; Joique Bell, Branden Oliver & Storm Johnson are sneaky plays.

SMITTY: ESPN is reporting that Bishop Sankey will likely lead the team in touches this week with Greene out. We agree, and he is one of our sneaky starts of the week, as most that own him have been putting him on the bench due to lack of touches. There is always risk with these kinds of plays, but Sankeky, Joique Bell, Branden Oliver and Storm Johnson all look like those sneaky-type starts this week. Looking for Week 6 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Toby Gerhart has been hurt since Week 1? Storm Johnson a sneaky fantasy play in Week 6?

SMITTY: We have never been in Toby Gerhart’s corner, as he just didn’t feel like long-term material at the position. Now his foot has reportedly been re-aggravated yet again in practice, so his availability for Week 6 is not looking good. Storm Johnson is one of our sneaky starts of the week, and was one of our top waiver wire adds heading into Week 6. There is always risk starting a player in this situation, but a storm could be coming, folks. Looking for Week 6 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Storm Johnson about to become the Jaguars starting RB?

SMITTY: Toby Gerhart saw just 10 snaps in Week 5. He got banged up, but he still has been seeing a decrease in snaps as of late, as he saw just 20 the week prior, which was 10 less than the week before, which was 5 less than the week before, which was over 10 from the week before that. See the pattern here? The writing is on the wall and that writing says ‘Get ready for the Storm Johnson show. Will it be a big event, or will he get all the touches, but still not manage big-time fantasy scoring? That’s tough to say, but he is a must-grab right now, that’s not in question. Looking for Week 6 Power Rankings?

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 2)

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News: 9/14 (07:18pm) Ryan Mathews was carted off the field in Week 2 against the Seahawks; the injury is thought to be a knee/leg injury.
Take: Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown are currently the next players up. We will keep you posted, but getting carted off is not a good sign. This has always been the risk with Mathews and a big reason why he was always ranked so low on my dynasty and redraft rankings. Stay tuned.


News: 9/14 (07:18pm) According to Adam Schefter on Twitter, both Bears WRs Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall will be active tonight.
Take: It seems like both are a go, but keep tabs on the game at kickoff, as setbacks can happen in warm-ups. Just stay on top of it, and one way is to sign-up for Smart Alerts.


News: 9/14 (04:47pm) Jamaal Charles is now headed to the locker room.
Take: The good news is that he was walking to the locker room, not being driven, but he had a bit of a limp. It’s thought to be his foot. Knile Davis should be grabbed in all leagues if your league allows for instant add/drops. Charles owners likely own the backup already, but if not, be certain to grab him ASAP. Stay tuned. Smart Alerts will update you in real-time on this, so be sure to sign up!


News: 9/14 (04:40pm) Jamaal Charles is on the sideline having his foot looked at.
Take: Stay tuned on this one, hopefully he is back in the game shortly.


News: 9/14 (03:23pm) The Broncos have declared WR Cody Latimer inactive for Week 2 against the Chiefs.
Take: This is a healthy scratch, which is interesting given that Wes Welker (suspended) is still out. Folks, if you need a sleeper WR3 this week, Andre Caldwell is your guy! He will have plenty of run and opportunity this week.


News: 9/14 (03:01pm) Robert Griffin III has a dislocated ankle according to NFL Red Zone.
Take: This won’t help the “Kirk Cousins is better” movement that won’t seem to go away. The injury looked bad, and he was carted off the field, so don’t expect RG3 back anytime soon. Even if he is iffy to return soon, you have to think Washington will rest him longer than usual so that they can quietly give Kirk Cousins a proper run, as he deserves it. Stay tuned, and sign up for Smart Alerts to get real-time alerts on this.


News: 9/14 (03:00pm) Antonio Gates (hamstring) is active for Week 2 against the Seahawks.
Take: Ladrius Green owners were hoping that Gates would miss this one, but Green is still a decent high-end TE2 option until his playing time gets a bump. Given how Gates is older and always kinda banged up, buying low on Green (especially in dynasty) is a good idea.


News: 9/14 (02:31pm) Robert Griffin III was forced from Week 2 with an ankle injury; he will not return.
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News: 9/14 (02:31pm) DeSean Jackson was forced from Week 2 with a shoulder injury; he will not return.
Take: Jackson was attempting to pull in a deep pass from Kirk Cousins when he got hurt. Andre Roberts has replaced him in the line-up. Stay tuned.


News: 9/14 (02:31pm) A.J. Green was forced from Week 2 with a toe injury; he will not return.
Take: This is horrible news, especially since the injury has bothered Green all week. His Week 3 status is very much in question. Mohamed Sanu is now the top receiving option for the Bengals for the remainder of today.


News: 9/14 (01:08pm) Dez Bryant is headed to the locker room due to a head injury, or shoulder injury.
Take: We will keep you posted. Hopefully, like Antonio Brown on Thursday, Dez runs back out onto the field soon. Stay tuned.


News: 9/14 (12:59pm) Bobby Rainey is expected to start Week 2 against the Rams. Fox’s Jay Glazer is reporting that Doug Martin (ankle) is inactive for Week 2.
Take: Rainey is a decent desperate start for those who just lost Martin, but get on our forums if you have a dilemma and need some quick help!


News: 9/14 (12:35pm) Tom Krasniqi of 620 WDAE in Tampa Bay just tweeted this: “The feeling I’m getting is that #Bucs RB Doug Martin is UNLIKELY to play today. Regardless, expect to see a lot of Bobby Rainey.”
Take: Keep in mind that other sources suggest that Martin will play, and we cannot yet confirm that the above tweet holds more water. Just walk into this situation carefully, and know that Rainey might see a lot of action regardless of whether or not Martin plays. The good news is that the Bucs play in the late games today, but the bad news is many have to decide before the morning games kickoff. Stay tuned and sign up for Smart Alerts to get real-time alerts on this.


News: 9/14 (12:19pm) Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune has a “hunch” that one of Alshon Jeffery/Brandon Marshall plays on Sunday night against the 49ers.
Take: Word over the last hour has been that there is a “75%” chance neither Brandon Marshall (ankle) or Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) plays Sunday night against the 49ers, but everyone is doing their best job guessing on this one. We won’t know for sure until game-time, but my guess also is that one will play. Marshall looked like the one with the better shot to play earlier in the week, so my guess, and it is a guess at this point, is that if only one goes it will be Marshall. If either WR misses Week 2, and especially if both do, look for Jay Cutler to provide less fantasy points than expected. Matt Forte will be used heavily in Week 2, which is good for all Forte owners. Stay tuned!Stay tuned! And, sign up for Smart Alerts to get real-time alerts on this.


News: 9/14 (12:19pm) Tim Wright could be used more in Week 2.
Take: Playing Wright could be one of the sneakier moves of the week (just don’t bench a stud for the guy, we’re talking more of a spot start play of the week here). He isn’t even the team’s second or third receiving option, but he has TD potential, which makes him sneaky for those in need at the tight end position (like if you lost Jordan Cameron this week and have very little options on waivers).


News: 9/14 (12:01pm) Kenny Stills (quad) is officially active for his Week 2 contest the Browns.
Take: Stills has big-play ability, but can have a big TD one game, and nothing the next week. Use him only in large leagues knowing he is uncontrollably hot and cold.


News: 9/14 (12:01pm) DET has declared both WR Ryan Broyles and WR Kevin Ogletree as inactive for Week 2.
Take: Neither should have been starting in any format.


News: 9/14 (12:01pm) Aaron Dobson is active for his Week 2 game with the Vikings; rookie RB James White and WR Kenbrell Thompkins are inactive.
Take: Dobson could have some appeal later on in the year, but not quite yet, not until he proves healthy.


News: 9/14 (11:49am) Cecil Shorts (hamstring) has been declared inactive for Sunday’s Week 1 contest against the Redskins.
Take: Allen Hurns again enters another week as the top Jaguars receiving option. He is a fine fantasy WR3 this week.


News: 9/14 (11:48am) Sources suggest that Austin Davis will be the Rams’ starting quarterback in Week 2.
Take: Not a huge surprise, but note there is still a small, small chance a change could be made (meaning Hill starts) last-minute. For now, Davis looks like the starter, and our Analyzer/Rankings have been updated to reflect this. Neither was a recommended start of any kind this week (unless you play in a HUGE 2QB league — In that case, Drew Stanton is an option for you if you’re desperate, but again, only in HUGE 2QB leagues would we even consider starting either Davis or Stanton.


News: 9/14 (11:47am) Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is inactive for Week 2 against the Saints.
Take: Horrible news. Get him out of your lineups if you have him starting. Jump on our forums for advice on last-minute replacements. Quick names include: Ladarius Green (SD), Delanie Walker (TEN), Travis Kelce (KC), Larry Donnell (NYG).


News: 9/14 (11:45am) Adam Schefter of ESPN has confirmed that Andre Ellington (foot) is expected to play against the Giants in Week 2.
Take: No surprise here, and with Palmer out, Ellington could see a lot of run. Hopefully that Cards passing attack can keep the Giants’ defense a touch honest.


News: 9/14 (11:45am) Word is that Cam Newton (ribs) will have “no limitations” in Week 2 against the Lions.
Take: He could be rusty in this one, but he certainly has the talent to drop top 5-10 fantasy QB numbers during any start he makes.


News: 9/14 (11:45am)A.J. Green (foot) is officially active for his Week 2 contest against the Falcons.
Take: Green is ready to have a huge Week 2. Great news.


News: 9/14 (11:45am) Giants declared WR Odell Beckham inactive for Week 2.
Take: Not a recommended start anyway. But, Victor Cruz should be in for a lot of targets in this one.


News: 9/14 (11:40am) DeAngelo Williams (thigh) is inactive for Week 2 against the Lions.
Take: Get Williams out of your line-up if you have him in your line-up. Jonathan Stewart is a decent play if you are desperate at the position. Mike Tolbert will also get some run, and possibly the TD action.


News: 9/14 (11:35am) Sources are reporting that Carson Palmer (shoulder) will not play in Sunday’s Week 2 contest against the Giants.
Take: Palmer is dealing with some nerve issues in the shoulder after taking a hit last Monday night. Not that Stanton can’t surprise, this is clearly bad for both Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald. Stanton has four career starts to his name. Could it have a negative impact on Andre Ellington? Sure, but it’s also possible that the Cards run more in this one, and they could have success. For the long-term, Ellington owners really want Palmer back, but it wouldn’t be shocking if the Giants still can’t stop Ellington in this one. We will keep you updated on Palmer, but as it stands now, he is very questionable for Week 3.


News: 9/14 (4:15am) Jaguars RB Storm Johnson (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 2.
Take: The Redskins, who face the Jaguars this week, lost NT Barry Cofield (ankle) last week, so Toby Gerhart (ankle, probable) has a decent match-up here. Not that Gerhart can’t play well all year, but he is a great sell-high candidate if he does have a strong Week 2.


News: 9/14 (4:12am) ESPN New York is predicting that Cardinals WR Michael Floyd will be shadowed by Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in Week 2.
Take: It looks as if teams are already seeing Floyd as the No. 1 WR in AZ, something we predicted this off-season. This could be good for Fitz owners, as he could finally see the ball again. We still love Floyd moving forward; he still has low-end fantasy WR1-type upside the rest of the way (but of course don’t buy him at that value – you never want to buy a player at max value).


News: 9/14 (4:11am) ESPN Boston is expecting Patriots RB Shane Vereen to get more early-down and short-yardage opportunities in Week 2.
Take: Take: This is fantastic news considering Vereen received three goal-line touches last week. Vereen has sneaky-good high-end RB2-type upside moving forward (in PPR).


News: 9/14 (4:10am) Andre Ellington (foot) says that he is “good to go” for Sunday’s Week 2 contest against the Giants.
Ellington, working on a short week, returned to a limited practice on Friday. The Cardinals’ official website confirms that it would “probably be an upset” if he doesn’t play Sunday. Ellington clearly wasn’t 100 percent in Week 1, but still totaled 80 yards on 18 touches.
Take: He saw limited action in practice on Friday, but no outlet or source is reporting that he has any chance of missing Week 2. Is he 100%? No, but managing 80 total yards and getting 18 touches is pretty darn good for a player we’re all worried about. It’s a shane he isn’t 100%, as Ellington was one of our bigger RB2 breakouts this year… let’s hope he gets going against the Giants defense.


News: 9/14 (4:05am) Wes Welker will not play in Sunday’s Week 2 contest against the Chiefs.
Take: Once a new drug policy is ‘official’, we fully expect Welker to return to action in Week 3. Anything can happen, though, so stay tuned on this one.


News: 9/14 (4:04am) Rams QB Shaun Hill (questionable, thigh) traveled with the team to face the Bucs in Week 2.
Take: This looks like a game-time decision, with Austin Davis looking to start in place of Hill if he can’t go. Stay tuned, although, no one should be starting either Hill or Davis in Week 2.


News: 9/14 (4:04am) The NFL confirmed that Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who is deactivated for Week 2, could be looking at disciplinary action under the league’s personal-conduct policy.
Take: “Could” is the wrong word if you ask us. I think “will” is the better word. Read more about our stance here. Matt Asiata will start Sunday against NE, and rookie Jerick McKinnon, who we talk up here, is expected to see touches.


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: Toby Gerhart averages 4.4 YPC; is the runner the real deal?

According to Mike Clay on Twitter, Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart has a career 4.4 YPC average, and has “a combine 5.6 YPC vs. Nickle/Dime/Quarter” packages.

SMITTY: Toby Gerhart is a player you either love, or doubt. There doesn’t seem to be much in between. I won’t go as far as to call him a bust candidate, because I think he has low-end RB2-type value, but I won’t be owning him much this upcoming season given that his ADP is in the high-end RB2-type range. In leagues where I did own the guy, I made some lateral trades into players I quietly value a bit higher, or I packaged Gerhart into a 2-for-1 and upgraded my quarterback into a Drew Brees or Nick Foles type passer. Sometimes selling high is just safe. If you do plan to roll with Gerhart in 2014, trust your gut, but be sure to back him up with Jordan Todman (and monitor rookie Storm Johnson). If you want to spit up the coffee you’re drinking as you read our news, check out our Nick Foles projections for 2014.

NEWS: Toby Gerhart being talked about around the NFL?

According to Daniel Jeremiah on Twitter, there are high expectations for Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart in 2014. “Here’s a name that keeps coming up in my talks with personnel guys around the league: Toby Gerhart,” Jeremiah tweeted.

SMITTY: I like Toby Gerhart, but with an ADP now near 4.01-4.03, he is a touch more risk than he is upside. Breakout candidates like Cordarrelle Patterson and Michael Floyd have ADPs just after Gerhart. Even Andre Johnson is getting snagged right around that 4.01-4.04 range. As I said, I like Gerhart, but not at his current draft/trade value. He is a great player to sell-high if the offer is right. After you draft, be sure to utilize our Trade Analyzer.

NEWS: RB Toby Gerhart to “get the bulk of the carries” in 2014?

According to usatoday.com, Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart will “get the bulk of the carries and he’ll be a great asset.”

SMITTY: Entering 2014, Gerhart is almost both a ‘sleeper’ grab and a ‘high-risk’ grab. I know it’s hard to be both, but somehow how he fits that mold. Could Gerhart be a fantasy RB2 in 2014? Absolutely. Can he be a complete bust? Sure. My advice, if you plan to roster the guy this season, is to handcuff him to Jordan Todman (and keep an eye on Storm Johnson). Gerhart is going as high as the third-round in some drafts, and as late as the early 6th-round in others. I think there is tremendous risk in that earlier territory; for me, he becomes a good bargain in the late 5th- to early 6th-round, but I wouldn’t fault anyone for taking a chance on him in the 4th-round… I just personally wouldn’t grab him there.

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