SMITTY: We will keep you posted on this one, but this clearly gives bumps to both Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, both of which hold different value from week to week. Despite his injury issues, it’s hard to imagine Ben Tate not landing with a team soon, as many teams are in need of a rusher right now. The Colts are a great candidate with Ahmad Bradshaw out for the season, and Trent Richardson looking awful… it isn’t tough imagining Ben Tate climbing up that Indy depth chart. The Steelers could also give Tate a look, as they released LeGarrette Blount today. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This sounds like a multiple week injury, at least initially. Stay tuned on this one and be sure to sign up for our Smart Alerts if you haven’t already. Clearly Trent Richardson would gain more value if handed more carries.
SMITTY: It sounds like the team is just hopeful that Rashad Jennings will return for Week 11, so he could be out longer than expected. This makes Andre Williams an excellent low-end RB2 for at least two more weeks. A-Williams will start against the Colts tonight and he should have a strong outing just as long as the Giants can keep it close for at least a couple quarters. Expect Andrew Luck, TY Hilton, Ahmad Bradshaw, Dwayne Allen and Donte Moncrief to all have strong performances tonight — Luck is always 3TD-capable. Odell Beckham has the most appeal of those Giants WRs this week.
Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ during his second show of this Week 9 — This is Russ’ Wednesday show.
Wednesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss
Topics: Start Bench, Trade Advice, Buy-Low
Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 8 of the 2014 fantasy football season!
Wednesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss
Topics: IDP, Sleepers, Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em, Breakouts, Trade Advice and more
Hey Starters Nation:
We had a few big injuries in Week 7, along with some other injuries worth monitoring. Here we go:
Injuries Heading Into Week 8:
C.J. Spiller broke his collarbone on a 53-yard run and is done for the season. Fred Jackson was injured early in this game as well — Both were carted to the locker room. The Bills have a bye in Week 9, but early word is that Jackson is already looking “out” for Week 8. Get ready for the Bryce Brown show, a player we said to go get prior to kickoff on Sunday (especially in dynasty). Now he gets to show his stuff. Make sure he isn’t on waivers in your league, especially if you lost either/both of these backs.
Reggie Bush (groin) received just nine touches in Week 7, as he was clearly still bothered by his ankle. Joique Bell is a dark horse RB2 of ours moving forward, but of course he can be had lower and should be valued lower (but with upside for that kind of production). If Bush stays moderately banged up for a bit, Bell will surely see some serious action. If Bush returns quickly, we still like Bell as a sneaky flex. Bell is extremely gifted, but he is the kind of back that gets better with carries and lots of work — We hope he gets a big dose of carries moving forward, but we aren’t in charge of his workload (unfortunately).
Pierre Thomas left Week 7 with a shoulder injury, Trent Richardson pulled a hamstring, James Starks injured his ankle, and Corey “Philly” Brown suffered a concussion. T-Rich being out only increases Ahmad Bradshaw’s value well past his RB2-type status, and an injured PT gives bumps to both Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, but all these injuries just described above could be less serious, or more serious, than initially thought, so stay all over this news wires and our Smart Alerts for updates.
With Week 1 in the rear view mirror, it’s time to look at this week’s top pickups. Comment below to throw out other names or talk about these guys below.
No Brainer: Josh Gordon – Make sure Gordon isn’t sitting on waivers, as there is a chance that he could see the field this season. Read more here.
1. Justin Forsett – Clearly this week’s top pickup, but Pierce could be the main man, too, so don’t blow all your FA cash on Forsett, but don’t miss out on trying to land him either (and make sure Pierce isn’t available for whatever reason).
2. Allen Hurns – Is he for real? Well, we sent out a last-minute Smart Alert on Sunday morning suggesting that he get picked up in very large leagues… we saw talent, this isn’t a guy that just had a huge week 1. He could continue to be a solid WR3 at least.
3. Isaiah Crowell – Tate is a huge question, so Terrance West (be certain he isn’t on waivers) is the next man up and has huge upside, but so does Crowell, proof by his 2TDs in Week 1.
4. Brian Quick – Brian Quick caught seven passes for 99 yards in Week 1. He should be available in large leagues right now believe it or not… he shouldn’t be, but for some reason he is. He is the team’s No. 1 WR.
5. Derek Carr – Derek Carr completed 20-of-32 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. In dynasty, he isn’t likely available, and shouldn’t be since he was my favorite rookie QB all off-season long… but in redraft, he has fantasy QB2 appeal.
6. Lorenzo Taliaferro – If planning ahead, this could be a guy that eventually starts in BAL. Forsett could be the main man all year, or Pierce could be (make sure he wasn’t dropped), but I like this rookie enough to stash (x10 in dynasty).
7. Bobby Rainey – Martin (leg) is said to be ok, but this is a must-add for Martin owners at least.
8. James Starks – In case Lacy (concussion) can’t play, suffers setbacks, or suffers further injury.
9. Dwayne Allen – Dwayne Allen caught 4-of-5 targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Solid add, but he had a long TD that he most likely won’t see very often.
10. Ahmad Bradshaw – T-Rich didn’t look good, so this is a decent move if looking ahead, although, Bradshaw isn’t a lock to stay healthy by any means.
According to ESPN, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson had this to say on RB Trent Richardson: “Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability. We’re all accountable here. I will say this, there are a lot of backs last year that wouldn’t have got [2.4] considering the amount of people he had in that box and the amount of bodies that were hitting him before he even seemed to get the ball sometimes. He’s such a hard runner, we know how tough he is, but he’s got to produce just like all these guys do on this final 53.”
SMITTY: Honestly, there is a lot of truth to the fact that many backs would have done poorly given Trent Richardson’s situation (new environment, lots of stacked boxes, watching his backup come in and see different defensive fronts). That said, Richardson might be battling a head game at this point, and if that remains the case heading into Weeks 1 and 2, he could be in trouble. If he can shake last year’s disappointments, and this year’s fear of repeating all that, I have faith he can run hard and run well. It’s honestly 50/50 that T-Rich shakes this head game – It will be good to analyze him once or twice more prior to Week 1. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
According to reports, Colts RB Vick Ballard suffered a torn Achilles and is done for the 2014 NFL season.
SMITTY: Not that Vick Ballard was a huge threat to Trent Richardson, but there is one less player to worry about should the Colts have T-Rich on a short leash in 2014. Ahmad Bradshaw averaged 4.5 YPC and scored 2TDs in his three-played games in 2014, so he is the threat to Richardson should he look anything like he did last season. Honestly, though, I am liking T-Rich entering August drafts, as he holds a ridiculously-good 5th-round ADP, which has essentially all risk built right into the investment. He can still be a top 10 fantasy running back. He can bust as well, sure, but he can still be an elite talent, don’t write him off yet. Check out where we have Trent Richardson ranked on our Week 1 Power Rankings.
According to Mike Wells on Twitter, Colts coach Chuck Pagano would “like to have a ‘bell cow’ when it comes to the running back position but he’s not against having RB by committee.”
SMITTY: With a 5.05 ADP, Trent Richardson has all kinds of upside heading into August drafts. Sure, he failed everyone last year, but he only has Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard to fend off. There is risk, as it was almost head-scratching how T-Rich couldn’t get it going at any point last season, but if you examine his runs, you can find some tough running in the footage, mixed in with a lot of bad situations where he’d immediately get hit at the line of scrimmage. I think Richardson has more reward-type upside than risk at anything close to his 5th-round ADP, so I’m buying in 2014! See where Richardson ranks on our Week 1 Power Rankings!