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NEWS: Josh Gordon looking at 8-game ban?

According to Adam Schefter on Twitter, Browns WR Josh Gordon (suspended) is expected to be looking at an 8-game ban after a new drug policy is approved as early as this afternoon.

SMITTY: This would be fantastic for those who scooped up Josh Gordon late in drafts like we’ve been recommending for weeks. He should no longer be available in any leagues, right? We have been sending out Smart Alerts on this all week, that he needed to be grabbed if available on waivers. We will let you know once/if this becomes official. Look for Wes Welker to see his suspension fully reduced — We should know more shortly, stay tuned.

NEWS: Josh Gordon and Wes Welker could be back soon?

This fresh from ESPN:

Josh Gordon also had this to say on possibly suing the NFL in order to play right away: “The whole being in limbo thing, I’m over it,” Gordon said Friday. “I’m not waiting on the edge of my seat anymore.” A new drug policy agreement could still open the door to a lifted or reduced suspension, as seen in the video above.

NEWS: Josh Gordon and Wes Welker still could see suspensions reduced?

According to ProFootballTalk.com, there is still a chance that the suspensions of both Wes Welker and Josh Gordon could benefit from a new drug testing policy. The report suggests that both players could see reduced suspensions if it all plays out right.

SMITTY: It’s probably a long-shot, but it’s important to keep in mind. We will let you know when we know more. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Wes Welker (concussion) could be ready for Week 1?

According to reports, Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) is expected to play Week 1 against the Colts.

SMITTY: There is still a lot of guess-work at this point, but we expect him to play Week 1. We will let you know if Wes Welker suffers any setbacks. Welker’s healthy won’t affect Peyton Manning at all in 2014, as Emmanuel Sanders is set to take on the WR2 action in Denver this upcoming year. Throw in the fact that Demaryius Thomas is a 100-reception receiver capable for pulling in 1,400 yards and 12-14TDs, and that Julius Thomas is 1,000-yard, 10TD capable himself, the numbers are going to be there for Peyton Manning in 2014. Sanders might pull in 1,000 yards and 10TDs this year, he is looking like a big-time breakout, but one that people clearly see coming… his ADP is climbing fast! Looking for Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections?

NEWS: Montee Ball (appendectomy) to play in final preseason game?

According to CBSSports, Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendectomy) could see some action in the Broncos’ final preseason game. Ball actually did some 7-on-7 work with the first-team on Wednesday.

SMITTY: As Russ Bliss and I talk about in the radio segment below, I still love Montee Ball’s chances of being a top 5RB in 2014. Should you draft him that high, or trade for him at that value? No. His ADP has dipped into the 2.02-2.06 range — Use current ADPs and draft trending to your advantage! Looking for Full-Season Montee Ball Projections?

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Date: 8/19/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: Sleepers, Draft Strategies

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NEWS: Montee Ball could practice this week?

According to Troy Renck on Twitter, there is a definite possibility that Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendectomy) will practice at some point this week and he is reportedly making good progress.

SMITTY: Montee Ball has top 5-10RB upside even with his recent missed time. Is there a chanced he could be out of shape when Week 1 arrives? Sure. Is there a touch more injury risk when a player misses most of a preseason? Sure, but the good news is he could be back to practicing this week, and the risk gets minimized quite a bit if he gets a week or week and a half of practice in. Given Knowshon Moreno, who is half the back Ball is talent-wise, finished in most all league’s top 5RBs last year, Ball could fall more in the 2-5 range in 2014. Don’t draft him at that value, that’s not good drafting… instead, use his ADP to your advantage, and he is falling in the 2.02-2.05 range as of the last week or two. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Montee Ball able to do jogging; Ball still a potential top 5RB entering 2014?

According to reports, Bronkos RB Montee Ball (appendix) was able to do some jogging during Thursdays practice.

SMITTY: Montee Ball may not play in the preseason, but we wouldn’t rule out a couple touches during the last preseason contest. Broncos coach John Fox has already gone on record saying he has confidence in Ball and does not need to see him play in the preseason to know what he can do, so unless there is a setback with his recovery, Ball remains a top 5RB candidate heading into 2014 (clearly pay less than that value given that you can). In fact, use this recent appendix situation to your advantage and draft him lower than usual in redraft, and trade for him a bit on the cheap in dynasty. Looking for Montee Ball Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Montee Ball could miss entire preseason due to appendectomy; he is expected to be ready for Week 1.

According to Rotoworld, Broncos RB Montee Ball could miss the entire preseason due undergoing an appendectomy. The report suggests that ESPN’s Chris Mortensen believes the Broncos still haven’t ruled Ball out of all preseason action, though. “There’s still some hope Ball will be able to get out there for the end of preseason,” said Mortensen.

SMITTY: The good news is that Montee Ball appendectomies usually require about two weeks of recovery and 100 percent recovery is usually on par for the course in one month. It’s not exciting news if you’re a Montee Ball supporter, but it certainly isn’t going to have us adjusting his Week 1 Power Ranking or his 2014 Full-sason Projections — He remains a lock inside our top 5-10RBs heading into 2014 (with upside for more). If anything should change that projection, we will certainly let you know.

NEWS: Cody Latimer had excellent first week of practice; has best play of camp so far.

According to DenverBroncos.com’s David DeChant, Broncos WR Cody Latimer had an “excellent first week of practice” and had arguably the “best play of camp thus far”.

SMITTY: Cody Latimer has a lot of talent, but some things would need to happen for him to get consistent looks early on in 2014. Demaryius Thomas is automatically going to pull in 90/1300+/10-14TDS, and all three of Wes Welker, Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are going to be 1,000-yard capable, and even 7+TD capable (with 1-2 of them getting closer to 10TDs). We’re not done… Montee Ball is set to be next in line for receptions/targets out of all pass-catchers, as Knowshon Moreno pulled in 60/548/3TDs last year as the team’s starting rusher… Ball is a much more gifted player, so there just isn’t much room at all for Latimer as it stands now. That said, if an injury strikes that group of receivers in Denver in 2014, don’t be shocked if Latimer becomes a very sneaky fantasy WR3 per start. Looking for Peyton Manning/Broncos Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Cody Latimer shaping up to be a sleeper?

According to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold, Broncos WR Cody Latimer “offer glimpses of how adept he is at winning the ball in contested situations.”

SMITTY: Cody Latimer definitely has talent, and that makes him a fine dynasty prospect, but opportunities will be a bit inconsistent for the rookie in 2014. Demaryius Thomas will likely pull in 90-95 balls this upcoming year, Wes Welker will likely snag 70-80, Julius Thomas is sure to haul in 60-plus, which leaves Emmanuel Sanders with a shot at 60 or so… so it’s tough imagining a scenario, that didn’t involved injury, where Latimer was handed anything close to consistent in the targets department. Even Montee Ball could pull in 50-60 receptions in 2014 (Moreno pulled in 60 last year), so Latimer is arguably the 6th-best receiving option on the team as it stand right now. Again, injury, or disappointing play (let’s say Sanders falters), could change things quickly. All these numbers I’m tossing around sure have me rethinking how far I’m going to let Peyton Manning slip in my upcoming August drafts. Ready for your draft? Run our Draft Analyzer:
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