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NEWS: Week 5 Quick-Hitting Probable/Questionable/Out List

We have so many probable, questionable and out players to report on today, I tossed a majority of them into this one post. It looks like Reggie Bush is going to get a ton of work in Week 5, he is an excellent start this week. Good luck with all your decisions, folks, and be sure to get on our forums and get some last-minute line-up advice!

Probable Players for Week 5

A.J. Green (toe) was limited in practice on Friday, but is probable for Week 5.
Julio Jones (ankle) is probable for Week 5.
Dez Bryant (shoulder) is probable for Week 5.
Jamaal Charles (ankle) is probable for Week 5.
Andre Ellington (foot) is probable for Week 5.
Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is probable for Week 5.
Arian Foster (hamstring) is probable for Week 5.
Tony Romo (back) is probable for Week 5.
Golden Tate (hamstring) is probable for Week 5.
Ladarius Green (hamstring) is probable for Week 5.
Sammy Watkins (ribs) is probable for Week 5.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) is listed as questionable for Week 5.
Ben Tate is probable for Week 5.

Questionable Players for Week 5

Andre Johnson (ankle) was held out of Friday’s practice and is questionable for Week 5.
Vernon Davis (back) is questionable for Week 5.

Out Players for Week 5

Joique Bell is out for Week 5.

NEWS: Ben Tate to return to starting role? Crowell the NO. 2 and West the No. 3 in CLE?

SMITTY: According to the Browns running backs coach, Tate is expected to return to the line-up once he returns from his knee sprain. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, because when Tate is on the field, he has top 10RB upside. How long will he stay on the field, though? That’s the question, and that can be argued no question… if he can’t stay on the field long, Crowell might be the answer, but don’t rule out West, who has a grip of future upside still. This situation is kind of messy, one you almost want to avoid until it shakes out, but Crowell should be scooped up off waivers in medium and larger leagues, as he could see TD opportunities coming out of his Week 4 bye. Make sure Tate wasn’t dropped in your league(s), as again, he has top 10RB appeal if starting (injury risk or not). Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jordan Cameron has good shot at playing in Week 3? Ben Tate to sit?

SMITTY: It looks like Jordan Cameron (shoulder) has a decent chance of playing in Week 3 according to Ohio.com. Keep checking back with us on this one, as it could come down to a game-time decision. For that, you’re going to want to be signed up for our Smart Alerts. Ben Tate is not expected to play, meaning Terrance West is going to get starter carries. Will he do well against that 8th-ranked Ravens rushing defense that has yet to allow a rushing touchdown? Find out what we have dialed into our Week 3 Power Rankings?

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:
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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.

ARTICLE: Who could disappoint, who could surprise in Week 1?

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Our friends over at FantasyPros asked us to participate in a two-question expert panel where the following (below) questions were asked. My answers are also below; keep in mind that the topics were to call out ‘surprise’ players on the good and bad side, so don’t go sitting DeMarco Murray for a mediocre option or anything, it’s just at tough matchup, and disappointment isn’t hard to imagine for this Week 1 contest:

Q1: Give us the player you think will be the top positive surprise this week (someone who will be a good sneaky start for owners).

BEN TATE (RB, at PIT) – “This isn’t the easiest matchup known to man, but it certainly won’t hold Tate back from getting good usage. Could Cleveland struggle to score? Could Pittsburgh get up big and force the Browns to pass, pass, pass? Sure, but that’s why this is a “surprise” pick, and I think Tate deserves such confidence given he has 100/1TD upside each game that he starts.”

Q2: On the flip side, name the player you believe will be week 1′s biggest disappointment.

DEMARCO MURRAY (RB, at SF) – He faces the 49ers, and I think it’s tough to expect big numbers out of him this week. Always start your studs, don’t sit him for a mediocre option or anything, as he could still find his way into a scoring situation somehow, but Week 1 could be rough on Murray owners.”

Read the entire article here.

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?

RADIO: Listen to Russ Bliss and Smitty talk sleepers on 1060am (8-19-14)

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ first 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 first show of the year. Take a listen!

The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 8/19/14

Guest: Smitty, Gary Davenport

Topics: Sleepers, Draft Strategies

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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?