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Week 8 Waiver Wire Grabs

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Hey everyone, below are the top pickups for Week 8. If you have other names that you are seeing available in your waiver pool, comment below!

Week 8 Waiver Wire Grabs

Chris Polk/Alfred Blue (RB/HOU) – With Arian Foster out of the season (Achilles), these two will likely be this week’s top pickups. Who is going to start? Will either start? Will the team bring in someone else to muddy the situation? It’s tough to say. As of now, news wires all around suggest Polk is the clear lead here, but Blue has more talent if you ask me. Both are must-add players.

Orleans Darkwa (RB/NYG) – This kid looked good in 7, rushing eight times for 48 yards (6.0 YPC) and 1TD. He could see more carries moving forward and should be grabbed.

Danny Amendola (WR/NE) – He probably wont be consistent, but he had a nice Week 7 and looks healthy – for now.

David Cobb (RB/TEN) – He could return in Week 9, so monitor him on waivers if able.

Probably Not Available, But Check

Make sure all three of Jordan Reed, Charcandrick West and Stefon Diggs are not available in your league. All three are not likely available, but check, as all three are fantasy starters moving forward, not just good pickups.

Week 5 Adds: 2015 fantasy football

Below are Waiver Wire Adds for Week 5 of the 2015 fantasy football season. Not that these two should be available in most all leagues, but check, as they would be the top pickups if available: Duke Johnson and Ronnie Hillman

Allen Hurns, WR Jaguars

His season so far looks like this: 5/60/0TDs, 4/68/0TDs, 2/70/1TD and 11/116/1TD… those are fantasy WR3 numbers, folks. And, he isn’t exactly an ‘out of nowhere’ player, he went off at the start of last year, and while he vanished at times last year, he clearly has skills. He is a sneaky good WR3 moving forward, with upside for more.

Rueben Randle, WR Giants

His last two weeks: 7/116/1TD and 3/31/1TD… he is a strong bet to continue his fantasy WR3-type play until Victor Cruz returns to a significant role. Even then, Randle might remain a solid fantasy WR3/4.

Coby Fleener, TE Colts

Coby Fleener pulled in 9-of-12 targets in Week 4, pulling in 83 yards and a touchdown. Dwayne Allen may or may not be sidelined for Week 5 (or longer), but no matter what, Matt Hasselbeck clearly trusts the tight end, and Fleener has a history of putting up a string of games with solid numbers.

Chris Thompson, RB Redskins

We still like Matt Jones talent-wise, but it’s time to monitor Chris Thompson, who has dropped these lines over the last two weeks: 29ru/8-57-1TD and 53ru/2-24-0TDs.

More: Tavon Austin, Anthony Dixon, Leonard Hankerson, Eddie Royal, Andre Williams, Antonio Andrews, Christine Michael

Buy-Low: DeMarco Murray?

This is a clip from the Week 4 Red Zone Radio Program hosted by Russ Bliss (and co-hosted on Tuesdays by Smitty). Smitty and Russ discuss why DeMarco Murray is one of the best buy-low RBs heading into Week 4. Keep in mind, though, that this buy-low comes with some risk, so be sure you are truly buying low! Also, know that a potential hurricane moving toward the east coast could cancel this week’s Eagles/Redskins game!

Two Must-Have Buy-Lows (heading into Week 2)

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AJ Green: Grab this elite stud, who is still No. 1 overall…

Read Both Write-ups!

Radio: IDP Fantasy Show


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RADIO: Week 2 Injuries, Studs, Duds, Advice


Hey everyone,

Checkout last night’s (Tuesday, Sept. 15th, 2015) The Red Zone Radio Program, where Smitty and Russ talk everything Week 2. Sleepers, Duds, Studs, Injuries and taking your calls! Check it out! Don’t forget to listen live tomorrow, as The Red Zone is live every Tuesday and Wednesday at 9pm EST (via the link below).

Listen To Tuesday’s Show!

Injuries Heading Into Week 2

Hey Starters Nation:

Here is an injury recap coming out of Week 1. Good luck to anyone with Monday night players!

Injury Report Heading Into Week 2

TY Hilton (WR/IND) – The receiver is being called "day to day" with a bruised left knee. Coach Chuck Pagano confirmed on Monday that Hilton has "no structural damage," but did mention that he is experiencing "a little swelling in there." Andre Johnson and Donte Moncrief would be the starters in Week 2 if Hilton can't go and Phillip Dorsett would see some more run. Because Andrew Luck struggled so badly for most of Week 1, Andre Johnson of course didn't produce like some had hoped. Consider buying low if the price is right. Take advantage of knee-jerk reactions.

Andre Ellington (RB/AZ) – The runner reportedly has a PCL sprain, which is considered "mild," and he has yet to be ruled out for Week 2. That said, we don't see him playing. Even Week 3 will be pushing it. Chris Johnson is the top runner in AZ right now and the guy to own/grab. David Johnson will get looks as well.

Dez Bryant (WR/DAL) – The receiver's likely return is looking like Week 8, according to recent reports. Terrance Williams will be a solid fantasy WR3/4 until Dez returns, and Cole Beasley is a guy to look at in deep leagues. If your team can afford to make a bold move, a stash and wait type of move, buy-low on Dez and stash him. The key is 'buying low', though.

CJ Anderson (RB/DEN) – The runner hurt his toe in Week 1, and we saw a whole lot of Ronnie Hillman, something we predicted heading into the season. If you own Anderson, don't sell-low, it's too late for that. Instead, ride out the wave and sell-high if/when you can. Hillman should be grabbed if available in any league, and all Anderson owners should try their best to handcuff the duo.

Demaryius Thomas – The receiver (WR/DEN) injured his hand in Week 1, but is fine according to reports. He is a great buy-low candidate right now for those wanting to take advantage of some Week 1 knee-jerk reactions.

Derek Carr (QB/OAK) – The passer injured his hand in Week 1, but thankfully it appears to be just a bruised thumb. It's his throwing thumb, and we are still awaiting MRI results. Stay tuned, but so far this is better than expected news for the Raiders and all you Amari Cooper and Lat. Murray owners.

Desean Jackson (WR/WAS) – He injured his hamstring in Week 1 and is expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks.

Kai Forbath (K/WAS) – The Redskins have released kicker Kai Forbath.

Buy-Low/Sell-High: Hyped-Up Players?

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Our friends over at FantasyPros invited us to participate in an Expert Fantasy Football Panel, where we were asked the two below questions. My answers are below. If you would like to read the entire article, see the link that follows my two answers!

Q1. Who is one player performing well in the preseason that has you buying the hype? How early would you target him in drafts?

Steve Smith Sr. (WR – BAL)/Martavis Bryant (WR – PIT)

“I have two picks that are equally attractive. Steve Smith Sr., who has an 8th-round ADP right now, and the other is Martavis Bryant, who has 7th-round value right now. Smith looks just as quick as last year and could dance with all fantasy WR2s all year long. He is a secret weapon of a fantasy WR3 this year! And, if he doesn’t perform … Keep Reading

ARTICLE: The biggest steal in round two is…

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Looking for a steal in the 2nd-round of 2015 fantasy football drafts? This advice applies to both dynasty and redraft leagues, and it applies to trading (if you drafted already)…Read Article Now

Spotlight: LeSean McCoy

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

LeSean McCoy

8/19/2015: LeSean McCoy has been diagnosed with a left hamstring injury and is expected to undergo an MRI. There is some early speculation that McCoy’s Week 1 availability could be in question, but it’s far too early to assume that McCoy could miss time during the season. We will keep you posted, but if you draft before we know for certain what’s going on with the hammy, bump McCoy down a couple spots (but just a couple) on your rankings, and be certain to draft Fred Jackson and Karlos Williams, who are currently battling for the back-up gig in Buffalo. McCoy could still have a huge year if he gets healthy. Buffalo should use him early and often! Stay tuned!