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ARTICLE: Week 9 Waiver Wire Grabs

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Week 9 Waiver Wire Adds

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RADIO: Week 8 Sleepers, Add/Drops, Trade Advice and more

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ARTICLE: Week 8 Waiver Wire Grabs

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SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 7)

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News: 10/19 Justin Forsett could see a ton of work this week given the heavy, heavy winds expected in the Baltimore game.
Take: Justin Forsett is an excellent play in this one given the winds, and we hear the winds are bad… 30mph bad. That makes Joe Flacco and those Ravens WRs iffy plays in this one.


News: 10/19 Lamar Miller (knee) is probable for Week 7.
Take: It’s finally time for the Lamar Miller Show, as Miller will be the feature back in Week 7.


News: 10/19 Branden Oliver faces the Chiefs in Week 7, who rank in the bottom 10 in the league against the run.
Take: Brandin Oliver is our RB start of the week, as he has top 6-10RB upside this week. He should be in all line-ups this week.


News: 10/19 Denard “Shoelace” Robinson is expected to start at running back in Week 7 against the Browns.
Take: If you need a RB this week, this isn’t a bad play. Storm Johnson should still be in the mix, so Robinson should be looked at as a risky play, but he is a starting RB this week, so if in need, he is worth a look.


News: 10/19 Jonathan Stewart (knee) is officially active for Week 7 and is expected to get starter carries.
Take: He is a risky play, as this feels like a total RBBC regardless. However, if in need at the position this week, and if available in your league, he isn’t a horrible option. Talent has never been an issue for Stewart.


News: 10/19 Jake Locker (thumb) is inactive for Week 7.
Take: Charlie Whitehurst will once again get the start. Both Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright are strong fantasy WR3s despite the weekly uncertainty at the QB position.


News: 10/19 Reggie Bush officially active for Week 7.
Take: This was expected, and Matthew Stafford should turn to him early and often this week with Calvin Johnson not likely to play.


News: 10/19 NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) has been cleared to play in Week 7.
Take: Great news. He is a fantasy WR3 whenever on the field. Check back just in case on this one, but things look good.


News: 10/19 AJ Green has been ruled out of Week 7.
Take: This was expected; Mohamed Sanu is a strong fantasy WR2 this week – easy.


News: 10/19 Jimmy Graham to play, not start, in Week 7.
Take: As expected, he will likely be a red-zone player in this one, and that makes him a risky play, but you almost have to roll with him unless you have a fantastic alternative. Ben Watson will get some extra run in this one, and Brandin Cooks could have a nice day as well.


News: 10/19 Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer will reportedly use a “hot hand approach” at the running back position in Week 7.
Take: This is an awful match-up anyway against the Seahawks, but this is exactly why we have been recommending that fantasy owners sell-high on Stacy for weeks now. Tre Mason is the most talented runner in that backfield… we had him ranked No. 1 out of all 2014 rookie rushers based on talent alone. Benny Cunningham is still a talented runner, too. This situation is messy, especially in Week 7.


News: 10/19 Andre Johnson (ankle) is probable for Week 7.
Take: He is a fantasy WR2 as long as he is healthy.


News: 10/19 Arian Foster (groin) is probable for Monday night’s Week 7 battle against the Steelers.
Take: He is a fantasy RB1 moving forward. Let’s hope he stays healthy!


News: 10/19 DeAndre Hopkins (hand) is probable for Week 7.
Take: He is a fine fantasy WR3 when on the field.


News: 10/19 Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is expected to play despite his questionable status.
Take: Be sure to check back before kickoff, but all signs point to Benjamin playing in this contest. He is a fantasy WR3 if starting.


News: 10/19 Bryce Brown is expected to be inactive in Week 7.
Take: Word is that the Bills won’t reduce Spiller’s workload in Week 7 like they did last week. He is a risky play, but you almost have to play him if the Bills are backing his workload. As we reported earlier, selling high is advised if he has a big game in this one.


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SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 6)

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News: 10/12 According to a few lingering reports, Carson Palmer starting Week 6 isn’t yet a lock, although many sources suggest Palmer is starting.
Take: Just know he is a risky play at this point and use another option if for any reason your considering going Palmer in this one.


News: 10/12 Terrance West is inactive for Sunday’s Week 6 game against the Steelers.
Take: Ben Tate is a fine play this week, and Crowell is the clear No. 2 in CLE right now.


News: 10/12 Fred Jackson (ankle) is active for Week 6 against the Patriots.
Take: He has flex upside. Hopefully CJ Spiller gets on his horse this week!


News: 10/12 A.J. Green (toe) is inactive for Week 6 against the Panthers.
Take: Mohamed Sanu has fantasy WR2 appeal in this kind of role; Marvin Jones is inactive.


News: 10/12 Bishop Sankey will start at running back for the Titans in Week 6; Shonn Greene is inactive.
Take: This is as expected, and Bishop Sankey is a super-sleeper start this week.


News: 10/12 Charlie Whitehurst will start at QB in Week 6.
Take: No surprise, and unless you play in 2QB leagues, this news isn’t going to help you.


News: 10/12 Johnathan Stewart is inactive for Week 6.
Take: Darrin Reaves and Chris Ogbonnaya will take on the workload in Week 6.


News: 10/12 Storm Johnson will start for the Jaguars in Week 6 at TEN.
Take: While there is always risk in these kinds of plays, we really like Johnson this week and have been talking him up as much as we can. Again, know the risks in case you’re considering benching a bigger name for him, but if in need at the RB position, he is a fantastic high-risk/high-reward play.


News: 10/12 The Packers have declared WR Jarrett Boykin inactive for Week 6 against the Dolphins.
Take: Davante Adams will get a healthy dose of targets yet again.


News: 10/12 Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson, Joseph Fauria are all inactive for Week 6 against the Vikings.
Take: Joique Bell and Golden Tate are going to be leaned on in this one!


News: 10/12 Montee Ball and Cody Latimer are inactive against the Jets in Week 6.
Take: Ronnie Hillman will start in this one, but C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson could both see touches, as DEN is known for entertaining the ‘hot hand’ approach in these cloudy running back situations.


News: 10/12 Marqise Lee and Cecil Shorts are both active for Week 6 against the Titans.
Take: Neither have huge upside unless in larger leagues. Allen Hurns doesn’t look like he’s starting in this one, but he still could have a nice outing in very deep leagues given the coverages he could face.


News: 10/12 Adam Caplan just tweeted this about Jaguars RB Storm Johnson: “Team [JAC] wanted to move him up weeks ago behind Gerhart, but he was dealing with a lingering ankle injury.”
Take: A storm might be headed our way in Week 6, as the runner is one of our risky, yet high-upside, starts of the week.


News: 10/12 Tom Brady (ankle) will start Week 6 at BUF.
Take: There was some concern about Brady in this one, as it seemed to be big news that he made the flight with the team, but all systems are go for Brady. He still has starter potential in all formats, but of course that could depend on who you have as your other fantasy passer.


News: 10/12 Jordan Reed (hamstring) is active for Week 6 against AZ.
Take: How many snaps he will get is very much up in the air, which makes him a high-risk/high-reward play this week. Niles Paul is still in the picture, too.


News: 10/12 Reggie Bush to miss Week 6.
Take: No surprise here, and with Calvin Johnson out, the team will lean on both Golden Tate and Joique Bell, who is one of our sneaky RB2 starts of the week.


News: 10/12 Both Vincent Jackson (ribs) and Mike Evans (groin) are expected to start Week 6.
Take: Stay close to this one in case either suffers a setback. Our Smart Alerts will have you covered!


News: 10/12 Derek Carr will start Week 6.
Take: This is solid news for that Oakland offense, although, the passer is only starter material in 2QB leagues.


News: 10/12 Carson Palmer will start Week 6.
Take: This is great news for that Cardinals offense. While much depends on how effective Palmer can be, it could bump Michael Floyd back into fantasy WR2 territory. With Palmer under center, Ellington should have less defensive attention, too.


News: 10/12 Shonn Greene to sit Week 6.
Take: No surprise here, and Bishop Sankey remains one of your sneaky starts of the week.


News: 10/12 Jimmy Graham could miss 2-3 weeks following the Saints Week 6 bye?
Take: This is horrible news for Jimmy Graham and Drew Brees owners. We will keep you updated as more unfolds next week.


News: 10/12 Giants.com is predicting that Andre Williams will get 20-25 carries this week and get over the 100-yard mark.
Take: We agree, as he is a fantastic start this week. While anything can happen, especially if the Eagles got up big in a hurry, but 100 rushing yards and a strong shot at a score sounds about right for A-Will in this one.


News: 10/12 Vernon Davis (back) is questionable for Week 6, and according to numerous reports, the tight end isn’t sure if he will be able to play on Monday night against the Rams.
Take: After feeling like he was going to play earlier in the week, this situation is getting cloudy. Start preparing as if he won’t play, but stay tuned to our news wire and Smart Alerts on this one.


News: 10/12 Tom Brady (questionable) traveled with the team to Buffalo; he is dealing with an ankle injury.
Take: Stay tuned to our news wire and Smart Alerts on this one.


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NEWS: Week 6 Injury Roundup :: AJ Green, Joique Bell, Storm Johnson, Bishop Sankey, Teddy Bridgewater and more.

Hey Starters Nation:

Due to all the news rolling through news wires today, we decided to put together a single post to cover all that is currently going on.


News: 10/9/14 – Andre Johnson (ankle) is active for Week 6 against the Colts.
Take: Arian Foster (hamstring) is a go and set for RB1-type play this week. Hopefully AJ can bounce-back this week, as he has yet to play like his old self. DeAndre Hopkins should have a nice outing in this one, and you gotta expect huge numbers out of Andrew Luck and that Colts offense (including Dwayne Allen). If Houston can keep it close right out of the gate, Foster and the Texans could surprise. Good luck to all with players playing in this one!


News: 10/9/14 – AJ Green (toe) is not expected to play in Week 6 against the Panthers.
Take: This is expected. We love Gio Bernard this week, and have since January. He has been, and remains, one of our biggest breakouts this year, and he is very undervalued coming off last week’s mediocre outing, so buy-low if you can! Mohamed Sanu will see a huge uptick in targets, so he is a great add if available in your league!


News: 10/9/14 – Joique Bell (concussion) is practicing in full today, and unless he suffers a setback, the runner is scheduled to be DET’s lead back in Week 6.
Take: Could we finally be on the verge of the “Joique Bell Show”? Even if Calvin Johnson plays, the Lions will likely lean on Bell, as Reggie Bush is not scheduled to play (as of now). Bell, if getting starter carries, has high-end RB2-type value in Week 6.


News: 10/9/14 – Toby Gerhart (ankle) was downgraded to “DNP” during Thursday’s practice.
Take: While anything can happen with players at this level (iffy plays), we really like Storm Johnson and we hope the Jags let him loose this week!


News: 10/9/14 – Shonn Greene (hamstring) was downgraded to “DNP” today and remains “uncertain” for Week 6.
Take: Great news for Bishop Sankey owners. See if Sankey is available in your league, he is a sneaky flex-play this week, but there is some risk, so know that. Coaching, play calling, it can all turn these kinds of situations south in a hurry, but he has nice appeal if in need at the RB position.


News: 10/9/14 – Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) and Matt Asiata (groin) are both practicing in full.
Take: Good news for those counting on either/both for Week 6. Smart Alerts will have you covered in case anything changes up until kickoff.


News: 10/9/14 – Vernon Davis (back) returned to practice on Thursday.
Take: He is day to day, but on track to possibly start Week 6. Smart Alerts will have you covered in case anything changes up until kickoff.


News: 10/9/14 – Drew Stanton (concussion) reportedly “feeling good,” but still has to pass the final stage(s) of the league’s protocol. Carson Palmer (shoulder) was “limited” during Thursday’s practice.
Take: You have to think the Cards will look to rest Palmer if Stanton can go. Stay tuned on this one.


News: 10/9/14 – Michael Crabtree (foot) has apparently insisted that his left foot is not an issue.
Take: Great news, but he needs to bounce-back here soon before he drops into low-end fantasy WR3 status. He still has upside to remain a fantasy WR2, but hope is fading.


News: 10/9/14 – Fred Jackson (ankle) was limited during Thursday’s practice.
Take: He is expected to play this week despite suffering the injury last week, but stay on top of this one!


RADIO: Week 6 Sleepers, Add/Drops, Trade Advice and more

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 6 of the 2014 fantasy football season! We have both shows from this week below!


Tuesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 10/7/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: Sleepers, Start and Bench, Breakouts, Trade Advice and more

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Wednesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 10/8/14

Guest: Gary Davenport

Topics: IDP, Sleepers, Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em, Breakouts, Trade Advice and more

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7 Buy-Low Fantasy Football Players Heading Into Week 3!

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It’s only Week 3, and no one should be giving up on big-name studs just yet, even if they are disappointing. We’re only two weeks in, folks! Two weeks! That said, others might be panicking, so and that you should be taking advantage of if the price is right. Here are a few great buy-lows heading into Weeks 3-16.

Great Buy-Lows

Demaryius Thomas | WR Broncos

You may or may not land Demaryius Thomas via trade on a discount. Try, though, as 4/48/0TDs and 5/62/1TD seem to be stat lines that are freaking his owners out. If you watched Week 2, you know he should have had another touchdown. His targets are fine. DT is playing just fine. Try landing this top 5 fantasy football wide receiver from owners that are panicking!

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