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Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 16)

Below is our Breaking News Wire for Week 16. Check back all morning long, and stay tuned to our Smart Alerts as well, as news can often break last-minute!


NEWS: According to Rotoworld, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has confirmed that Saints QB Drew Brees (foot) will play today (Sunday/Week 16) against the Jaguars.

FANTASY: He is playing with a torn plantar fascia, know that, but he would be tough to sit in most any situation given his upside. Colston is out, but Ben Watson is expected to play (as of now). Anything can change last minute, so stay on the news and smart alerts all morning!


NEWS: Dez Bryant (foot, ankle) is inactive for Week 16 against Buffalo.


NEWS: Titans declared Marcus Mariota inactive for Week 16 against the Texans.

FANTASY: Zach Mettenberger will start.


NEWS: According to reports, Ravens QB Ryan Mallett will start Sunday against the Steelers.

FANTASY: Jimmy Clausen could be sent in if Mallett struggles early.


NEWS: Vincent Jackson (knee) has been ruled out for Week 16.

FANTASY: Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be a real sneaky Week 16 play, and of course, get ready for a ton of Mike Evans in this one.


NEWS: Jarvis Landry (knee), Lamar Miller (quad) and DeVante Parker (ankle) are all three expected to play Week 16.

FANTASY: Setbacks happen last-minute, so stay on the news if you plan to play any of these guys.


NEWS: Matt Hasselbeck (jaw, back, neck, ribs) is probable for Week 16 against the Dolphins.

FANTASY: This is a risky play. He should start, but anything can happen in warmups, and it’s just not a safe play. Charlie Whitehurst would start if for any reason Hasselbeck couldn’t go last-minute.


NEWS: Alshon Jeffery is looking to be out for Week 16.

FANTASY: Check back last minute but get him out of lineups.


Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 14)

Below is our Breaking News Wire for Week 14. Check back all morning long, and stay tuned to our Smart Alerts as well, as news can often break last-minute!


NEWS: According to reports, Browns TE Travis Benjamin (shoulder) and TE Gary Barnidge (ankle) are both expected to start Week 14 on Sunday.

FANTASY: Johnny Manziel loves Travis Benjamin, so as long as he remains a go, he is a strong WR this week.


NEWS: According to reports, Chargers QB Philip Rivers (flu) is expected to start Week 13 against KC.

FANTASY: “Expected” is the keyword here, so play this with caution, especially given the QB has lost so many weapons this year. Check back, but for now, he is ‘expected’ to play.


NEWS: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has reported that NE TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) will be ready “if needed” for Sunday’s Week 14 game against the Texans.

FANTASY: This went from him not looking likely to play, to looking very likely given that he made the flight with the team… now, he could be ready on an emergency basis, or decoy. This will be a game-time call, so keep checking back on this one!


NEWS: According to reports, Packers RB Eddie Lacy will be the Packers’ top runner on Sunday against the Cowboys.

FANTASY: Last week was a disaster, after Lacy missed curfew and killed fantasy owners in unexpected fashion. This week, he should be considered a RB2 with high upside, but also a touch of risk.


NEWS: According to Rotoworld, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Eagles have “weighed all options” in regards to RB DeMarco Murray including benching him, and the team has already announced that Darren Sproles will be the feature back in Week 14.

FANTASY: Murray owners have had enough, and hopefully most of you own Sproles. Sproles is a very solid flex play this week (with upside for more), while Murray, right now, is looking like a “hopefully something changes in his favor next season” type of player.


NEWS: According to reports, Ravens QB Matt Schaub (questionable, chest) is not expected to play Week 14 on Sunday.

FANTASY: Jimmy Clausen will likely start against Seattle in Week 14.


NEWS: Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore (back) is doubtful for Week 14 against the Seahawks.

FANTASY: If we hear more, we will let you know!


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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Listen to our Wednesday night IDP fantasy football show (The Red Zone). For those interested in listening to this show live every Wednesday, just click the button below and bookmark that page… Every Wednesday night at 9pm EST, we talk IDP!

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RADIO: Week 2 Injuries, Studs, Duds, Advice

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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