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NEWS: Khiry Robinson, Robert Meachem inactive in Week 12 Monday Night against Ravens.

SMITTY: We hope to see a whole lot of Mark Ingram in this game. While he wasn’t dirt cheap coming off a 67-yard outing last week, he was a great buy-low attempt heading into this one. Ravens WR Steve Smith was also a great buy-low all week — we expect him to rebound in Week 12. If he doesn’t, consider buying low heading into Week 13. Justin Forsett should continue his successful season tonight and is a fantastic RB2 play, and with Meachem out and Cooks out, Marques Colston and Kenny Stills both return to fantasy relevance. Good luck to those with players going tonight!

NEWS: Jimmy Graham and DeAngelo Williams both active for Thursday Night Week 9

SMITTY: While he isn’t quite full strength, he scored a touchdown last week, so Jimmy Graham is a must-start unless he suffers some sort of last-second setback. Expect a lot of Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks (who should get more consistent moving forward) and Mark Ingram, who now has high-end RB2 appeal. DeAngelo Williams is set to start tonight’s battle against the Saints, but Jonathan Stewart could see just as much work. This feels like a total sharing situation. Panthers WR Philly Brown and running backs Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas are all inactive. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jimmy Graham limited on Thursday, but still expected to play Week 8?

SMITTY: He will most likely be questionable this week, but most everyone, for now, expects him to play this week. Monitor him in warm-ups, as setbacks happen, but it’s extremely hard to sit the tight end if ever playing, because he can pull in 2TDs and play just a handful of red zone snaps. Plus, after playing last week, even though he wasn’t a big part of the game plan, he could play more than expect this week, we just don’t know. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jimmy Graham could play a red-zone role in Week 7? Calvin still doubtful in the contest?

SMITTY: It’s tough to speculate on this just yet, and Graham and the Saints still have over a day to decide. If Graham does go, even in a limited red-zone look capacity, he is a must-play, so stay on both our news wire and Smart Alerts. We will also keep you updated if any news breaks on Calvin Johnson, who is currently expected to miss this contest between the Saints and Lions. If both of these studs sit, Calvin and Graham, both Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford lose their top 5QB upside this week, but both are still must-starts (unless you have Stafford and a comparable QB with a better match-up). Reggie Bush and Golden Tate should have nice outings if both end up being Stafford’s top receiving options in Week 7. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jimmy Graham said he does not know if he will play Week 7.

SMITTY: While Jimmy Graham has felt more ‘doubtful’ than anything else all week long, clearly there is a small chance he plays in Week 7. It will come down to how he looks/feels in warm-ups, so stay tuned to this news wire as well as our Smart Alerts — This could be a last-minute type update for sure. Drew Brees has a tougher than expected matchup at Detroit this Sunday, but he’d get a nice bump on our projections if Graham was able to play (and play effective). Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

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: Brandin Cooks pulls in five passes for 55 yards and a score in his preseason opener.

Saints WR Brandin Cooks pulled in five passes for 55 yards and 1TD in Friday night’s preseason opener against the Rams.

SMITTY: There is a reason this kid once sat at our No. 2-ranked rookie receiver spot (ahead of Mike Evans) — and that was back when almost no site around head him inside the top five rookie receivers. He is back in the two spot, sorry Evans. The kid has mad skills and it’s crystal-clear that the Saints aren’t going to sit this ultra-talented speedster on the bench in 2014. Check out these monster full-season projections for Brandin Cooks. Also, check out where he falls on our Dynasty Rankings.

NEWS: Drew Brees calls Brandin Cooks’ work ethic “pretty rare for a young guy.”

According to nola.com, Saints QB Drew Brees had this to say about rookie WR Brandin Cooks: “Feed me, feed me information. He absorbs it very quickly and goes out and applies it. I’d say that’s pretty rare for a young guy.”

SMITTY: Brandin Cooks has all kinds of “home run” upside, even as a rookie. Occasionally rookie wide receivers come along and post 1,000-yard seasons during their first campaigns. Well, if anyone can do that, it’s Cooks, who arguably has one of the best situations any rookie could ask for (pulling in passes from Drew Brees, and having defensive attention on Jimmy Graham, who is 80/1,200/12+ capable). Any receiver in this situation would have rookie upside, but when you mix in Cooks’ skill set with that Saints air attack, the sky is the limit, and this is especially the case entering his second NFL season. Looking for 2014 Brandin Cooks 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: Brandin Cooks playing at a different speed?

According to ESPN, teammates of Saints WR Brandin Cooks claim that the rookie is playing at a different speed than everyone else when on the field.

SMITTY: His teammates have also nicknamed him “lightning”. Brandin Cooks and Jordan Matthews are in a competition to be this year’s Keenan Allen. Both receivers have been drafted into high-octane passing attacks and both should have enough targets to feed a five-year veteran. These two will absolutely have a shot at Rookie of the Year honors in 2014.