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NEWS: CJ Anderson the best DEN running back according to The Denver Post?

SMITTY: Mike Klis, from, said this: “Ball is going to play. I’m not sure if he starts. But he’s going to play. Personally, I’d start Anderson. I think he’s the Broncos’ best running back. It’s easy to make that claim this week but even when he was getting one or two carries a game it seemed like he was slashing for 5 yards or so.” Keep in mind that this is just his opinion, but his opinion should be considered for sure. That said, Montee Ball had a ton of buzz heading into Week 10, and even though he sat out the week as a precaution, he shouldn’t be written off. CJ Anderson is the better start this week, clearly, but Ball will get enough carries to make noise in this predicted “hot hand approach” that Denver will likely utilize – for now. Juwan Thompson is also in the picture. Make sure neither Ball or Anderson are on waivers, as they should be owned in all leagues right now. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Ronnie Hillman expected to miss at least 2-3 weeks now?

SMITTY: This went from ‘at least’ 1-2 weeks to ‘at least’ 2-3 in just a few days, but hold onto these timetables with caution (in both directions). Who will start Week 11, CJ Anderson or Montee Ball (groin)? Well, I think it’s safe, for now, to consider Anderson the starter, as he just had a pretty stellar Week 10 outing (13 carries for 90 yards, and 4 receptions for 73 yards and 1TD). All that said, Ball has dropped weight, as we reported yesterday, and there was a lot of buzz about him heading into Week 10, which he apparently sat out in order to get even more healthy. Stay tuned, folks, something tells us there will be some more ‘rumors’ flying around news wires as we near Week 11 kickoff. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Montee Ball back at practice, but Ronnie Hillman still locked into the starting RB spot?

SMITTY: He is finally back at practice after his nasty groin injury, but clearly Ronnie Hillman has a firm grip on the starting running back job in Denver — for now. Things change quickly in this league, so be sure Ball isn’t available on waivers in your league. For now, it’s Hillman’s job to lose. Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?

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, 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?

The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

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?