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SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 12)

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News: 11/23 Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is inactive for Week 12 against the Dolphins.
Take: Inactive are both Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman, making CJ Anderson a solid play this week.


News: 11/23 Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) will not play in Week 12 at Seattle.
Take: Both John Brown and Michael Floyd get nice bumps with this news. Brown is a strong WR3 with this news, and Floyd is a strong WR2-play. Andre Ellington should see a lot of touches in this one, but it’s a tough match-up. Note, we had a few reports that Ellington was showing up with 0 points on our Line-up Analyzer this morning, but we re-ran the simulation for that game and anyone showing the 0 points should now see the proper projection with a hard refresh. Good luck to all with Cardinals and Seahawks players!


News: 11/23 Both the Denver Post and Fox's Jay Glazer are reporting that Julius Thomas (ankle) won't play today.
Take: This was kind of expected, and it makes Jacob Tamme a decent emergency pick-up and play. But, hopefully you were able to grab and start Coby Fleener, our recommended replacement/add earlier this morning and yesterday.


News: 11/23 – ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has confirmed that Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) is set to start Week 12.
Take: Get him in line-ups if you had him removed being cautious. Julius Thomas is still iffy, but Sanders is ready to rock!


News: 11/23 – Arian Foster is officially out for Week 12 according to ESPN.
Take: Get ready for yet another edition of the Alfred Blue show. He is a very strong RB2-play this week! Get him in your line-ups!


News: 11/23 – According to Rotoworld, Giovani Bernard is listed as the Bengals’ starting running back for Week 12 against the Texans.
Take: The expectation is still that Hill will see something in the ballpark of 60 percent of the rushes, if not 65, and Gio will see something like 30 percent. Still, Gio is a big receiving threat, so getting just 30-35 percent of the rushes is not alarming if you own Gio – He always has huge big-play ability.


News: 11/23 – John McClain just tweeted this on Arian Foster playing Week 12: “With Foster missing so much practice time last week, I’ll be surprised if he plays. Everyone I’ve spoken to expects Blue to play.”
Take: Clearly check back before kickoff on this one, but Alfred Blue has very strong RB2 upside if starting, and starting now looks very likely for the rusher.


News: 11/23 – Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald now looking very unlikely to play Week 12.
Take: As said earlier this morning, Michael Floyd is going to see an uptick in targets in production if Fitz sits, and that looks extremely likely at this point.


News: 11/23 – Browns RB Isaiah Crowell is is set to start Week 12.
Take: Cleveland is tough to count on here, as they change this one up without reason or notice. That said, if in need, Crowell isn’t a bad play. He has a strong shot to score each game he gets even close to 10 carries, and that’s very likely in this one. He actually has low-end RB2-type value this week, not just flex-type value.


News: 11/23 – Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) will play in Week 12.
Take: Great news here, but absolutely check back before kickoff in case things change directions.


News: 11/23 – Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) isn’t very likely to play Week 12, according to several sources.
Take: Keep in mind that things could change during warm-ups, but as of now, it looks like Foster won’t play in this one, and that would make Alfred Blue a borderline RB1 in Week 12. Blue received 30+ carries last week, so clearly the team trusts him, and they will certainly feed him the rock in Week 12 if Foster sits.


News: 11/23 – Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 12.
Take: Coby Fleener gets the nod and is a TE1 this week, folks. He had a monster 100-yard game last week, and there is no reason to think he won’t have another huge game this week against the Jags (with a strong shot to score).


News: 11/23 – Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is back this week and will play Week 12.
Take: While many sources are calling Jeremy Hill the much better start of the two, Gio could be heavily involved in the passing game, so it’s not a bad thing that Hill get 60 or so percent of the carries. Both runners have strong appeal, yes, even Gio coming off injury. Buy-low on Gio in dynasty (and redraft if the price is right)… he can be had at such a bargain right now, across all formats, the risk is built into the value (meaning, if he never returns to form, the risk is still low… but if he rebounds to RB1-type upside, you kill the trade!).


News: 11/23 – Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is very questionable heading into Week 12, and he will be a game-time decision. Emmanuel Sanders, on the other hand, is questionable, yet most sources feel he will play Week 12.
Take: Go grab Coby Fleener if you need a tight end this week, he has TE1 written all over him with Dwayne Allen (ankle) out. Jacob Tamme is another option, but not near as exciting of an option as Fleener. Sanders appears to be a go, but be certain to check back with us prior to kickoff, and be hooked up to our Smart Alerts. Same goes for Julius Thomas, as we doubt we know his status until closer to kickoff.


News: 11/23 – Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (hip/foot) is probable for Week 12; WR Larry Fitzgerald (MCL) remains questionable.
Take: Ellington is a must-start despite the match-up, and he still holds good RB2 upside in this one (and low-end RB1-type upside moving forward). Plan on Fitz sitting this one out, but check back with us before kickoff! If Fitz does sit, expect more bounce-back effort out of Michael Floyd, who yes is in a cloudy situation, but he still has elite skills.


News: 11/23 – Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) is probable for Week 12; RB Jerick McKinnon (back) is probable for the contest.
Take: With Matt Asiata ruled out, and with Ben Tate just getting used to his role, McKinnon could be in for a huge week.


News: 11/23 – Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) is cleared to play Week 12.
Take: While he can play like a TE1 whenever healthy, he is only a borderline TE1 given the risks of him getting re-injured or having a slow return to form.


News: 11/23 – Bucs RB Doug Martin (ankle) is questionable for Week 12.
Martin missed the last three games with his ankle injury. He should have an opportunity to regain his starting job after Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims failed to impress in expanded roles. The Bucs run-scheme has been a disaster under rookie OC Marcus Arroyo, and rank last in the NFC with just 217 attempts. Martin isn’t more than an RB4 for Sunday’s game with the Bears.
Take: He received most of the first-team reps this week, though, and both Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims haven’t looked good when given the chance… D-Mart could regain his starting gig if he can perform well in this one (and assuming he gets anything close to starter carries this week, which is possible, but is not guaranteed). Sims is questionable this week, but most sources think he could play. This is a situation to avoid if you have safer options on your roster. However, if you need a runner, Martin isn’t a bad plug-and-play, and he was dropped in a lot of leagues recently. Just know the risks with this backfield, though, as it’s currently unpredictable.


News: 11/23 – Bills WR Sammy Watkins (groin) and Kyle Orton (toe)are probable for Week 12; Fred Jackson (groin) is questionable.
Take: F-Jax is expected to play, but start him with caution and be sure to check back before his kickoff. Sammy Watkins is a strong WR2 play despite his recent slump… he is a great buy-low, too, but you have to act before kickoff, as another big game out of him and he won’t be cheap any longer. Keep in mind that this game is now on Monday night, so make all decisions knowing what options you will have left should someone like F-Jax all of the sudden sit.


News: 11/23 – Both Jets RBs Chris Ivory (shoulder) and Chris Johnson(knee) are probable for Week 12.
Take: Neither is more than a risky flex play at this point. Ivory could either drop 20 yards and nothing else, or 2TDs, that’s just the kind of play he is right now in fantasy.


News: 11/23 – Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 12.
Take: Get him out of line-ups!


News: 11/23 – Lions RB Reggie Bush is not expected to play in Week 12.
Take: This news makes both Joique Bell and Theo Riddick sneaky-good flex plays this week. Riddick has all the PPR upside, whereas Bell could either have 50 yards rushing or 90 and a touchdown. It’s risky to count on either, but with Bush out, they are both worth considering in the right situation. See where we have both on our Week 12 Power Rankings.


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ARTICLE: The #4 Dynasty Player for 2015 and beyond is…

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Below is an early look at 2015, but from a dynasty perspective. So, not only am I predicting for the 2015 season and beyond, keep in mind that the assumption being made here is that if you owned one of these players in a dynasty league, you’d keep them for as long as you want, which changes ‘values’ quite a bit. The scoring assumed here is a standard PPR and the line-up requirements are assumed to be 1QB, 2RBs, 3WRs, 1Flex, 1DST and 1K. Enjoy!

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ARTICLE: The #3 Dynasty Player for 2015 and beyond is…

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Below is an early look at 2015, but from a dynasty perspective. So, not only am I predicting for the 2015 season and beyond, keep in mind that the assumption being made here is that if you owned one of these players in a dynasty league, you’d keep them for as long as you want, which changes ‘values’ quite a bit. The scoring assumed here is a standard PPR and the line-up requirements are assumed to be 1QB, 2RBs, 3WRs, 1Flex, 1DST and 1K. Enjoy!

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ARTICLE: The #2 Dynasty Player for 2015 and beyond is…

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Below is an early look at 2015, but from a dynasty perspective. So, not only am I predicting for the 2015 season and beyond, keep in mind that the assumption being made here is that if you owned one of these players in a dynasty league, you’d keep them for as long as you want, which changes ‘values’ quite a bit. The scoring assumed here is a standard PPR and the line-up requirements are assumed to be 1QB, 2RBs, 3WRs, 1Flex, 1DST and 1K. Enjoy!

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RADIO: Russ Bliss and Smitty talk Week 12 fantasy football.

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Date: 11/18/14

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SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 11)

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News: 11/16 – Ryan Mathews is active for Week 11 against the Raiders.
Take: This was expected, but he and Oliver remain risky plays given the workload distribution is cloudy.


News: 11/16 – According to Tony Grossi, of ESPN, “In pre-game warmups, Terrance West took 1st rep w #Browns offense. Team has not announced any change at RB. List Ben Tate on depth chart.”
Take: This conflicts with the other report we just posted below. Clearly this situation is a touch cloudy, but West is coming off 26 carries last week and looked good doing it. All these CLE backs have TD ability. West feels like the best play, but Crowell and Tate, because of the TD capability, have low-end flex upside.


News: 11/16 – According to rotoworld, ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi is reporting that “it appears” that the Browns will start Isaiah Crowell at running back against the Texans in Week 11.
Take: This is curious, as Terrance West received over 20 carries last week. “Starting” might not mean more carries, but this clearly should alarm fantasy owners a bit. If you have a dilemma involving West/Crowell, get on our forums and get some advice!


News: 11/16 – NFL Network’s Albert Breer tweeted this regarding Marshawn Lynch’s (calf) playing Week 11: “Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is officially listed as questionable, but teammates and friends expect him to play. Had a strong practice Friday.”
Take: Solid news, and we expected this. Of course, stay on top of our news and Smart Alerts on this one just in case (all the way up to kickoff), but he appears safe to start this week, folks!


News: 11/16 – ESPN’s Dan Graziano tweeted this regarding Rashad Jennings’ touches for Week 11: “I say over. RT @MWSpiak: @DanGrazianoESPN over under. 20 touches today for Rashad Jennings.”
Take: That would be plenty of touches to deserve a start, so hopefully this is how it plays out for all you/us Jennings owners. He appears safe to start this week, folks.


News: 11/16 – Texans RB Arian Foster will sit Week 11; Alfred Blue will start Week 11 against the Browns.
Take: This isn’t a surprise, but it kind of locks in Blue as a sneaky RB2 play this week, so be sure to grab him off waivers if he is still sitting there.


News: 11/16 – Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) is probable for Week 11.
Take: He may or may not get a ton of work in Week 11. He is a risky play if you happen to be rolling him out onto the field in this one. For now, and this could change with some last-minute news, CJ Anderson is the stronger bet for starter carries in this game. But, Ball could play well and the Broncos pull a “hot hand” approach. It’s just one of those situations.


News: 11/16 – Lions RB Reggie Bush (questionable, ankle) will not play in Sunday’s Week 11 contest against the Cardinals.
Take: This makes both Joique Bell and Theo Riddick better plays, but more so Riddick, as at least he can do some damage in the passing game. Bell, despite getting most early-down work, could struggle to find room against that Cardinals’ rushing defense. So, Riddick has the flex appeal here in this one.


News: 11/16 – Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) is probable for Week 11.
Take: No surprise here, as his limited practice time is just to get that foot as healthy as possible. Expect a big day against the Lions given how involved the runner is in both the rushing and passing game. With Carson Palmer out, the team could lean more on the run and Ellington.


News: 11/16 – Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (calf) is questionable for Week 11.
Take: Stay on top of this one via this news wire/Smart Alerts, but most sources predict that Lynch will play. Still, the aggressive rusher needs to be handcuffed to Christine Michael, who could be the future rusher in SEA starting next season. Get on our Forums to talk about this topic and more!


News: 11/16 – Seahawks TE Tony Moeaki is expected to be used quite a bit in Week 11 against the Chiefs.
Take: It’s tough to count on this, but if in a very deep league, and in need at TE, he is someone to consider. Typically there are better options on waivers, though, but that just depends on how deep your league is.


News: 11/16 – Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph might end up being on some sort of snap count during Week 11.
Take: Keep this in mind if you are rolling him out onto the field.


News: 11/16 – Saints RB Khiry Robinson (arm) is ‘out’ for Week 11.
Take: Mark Ingram is locked in for another big day!


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RADIO: Russ Bliss talks Week 11 fantasy football (part 1 of 2, TUES show).

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RADIO: Russ Bliss talks Week 10 fantasy football (part 2 of 2, WED show).

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Date: 11/5/14

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SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 9)

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News: 11/2 – Owen Daniels (knee) is active for Sunday night’s Week 9 contest against PIT.
Take: The tight end has been cleared to play even though he just had surgery on his knee roughly a week ago. Be cautious using him this week, as he could be on a snap count in this one. In this battle, we expect to see a whole lot of Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Ben Roethlisberger is a fine start coming off his monster 6TD performance last week, but expect more of a 2TD-type performance this week (and hope for more). He was on pace for 22-23TDs prior to last week, so expecting a grip of 3+TD performances moving forward isn't advised, but he can certainly throw down a 3+TD outing on occasion, no doubt.


News: 11/2 – Lamar Miller left Week 9 against the Chargers with a shoulder (left) injury.
Take: He had 49 yards rushing and a touchdown on 11 carries prior to leaving. We will keep you posted, but word is that he couldn’t raise his arm above his head when on the sideline — His availability next week is in question.


News: 11/2 – Zach Miller is inactive for Week 9.
Take: Luke Willson will be the TE in Week 9 for SEA.


News: 11/2 – Nick Foles done for the day with a clavicle (collarbone) injury.
Take: This is horrible news for Foles owners and Eagle fans. We will keep you posted on this one, but it’s not good that he didn’t return and could indicate that the collarbone is broken. If broken, Foles will be out a significant amount of time, if not the remainder of the regular season.


News: 11/2 – Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will be playing in some serious snow in Week 9.
Take: Not only is it snowing, but reports are that the accumulation of the snow falling will add up to as much as three inches on the field. What does this mean for fantasy owners? Well, snow can be tricky, as it’s not all that uncommon to see passers toss for multiple TDs in snowy weather, even if yardage is reduced. Still, all in all, this isn’t a good thing for both offenses, especially if the wind stays strong. Should fantasy owners sit studs due to the snow? No. Always start your studs, even in snowy conditions. All it takes is for a defender to slip and studs like Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Rob Gronkowski could take a short reception to the house. Expect to see a lot of Jonas Gray in this one, and Denver will also look to feed their runner, Ronnie Hillman, a decent amount of carries. With that, though, game flow could improve or eliminate plans of rushing the football, especially in snow. Snow just adds a whole lot of unknowns here, and not all of those unknowns will necessarily be negative. Note: The snow is being cleared, it’s just a matter of whether the snow stops after it’s cleared. Have dilemmas with your line-up due to this news? Get on our fantasy football forums and get some advice!


News: 11/2 – AJ Green is active and will start in Week 9 against the Jaguars.
Take: This is no surprise, but we just wanted to let you know it’s official that he is a go. Mohamed Sanu is still a super-strong WR3 at the very least, as Green could be looking at a snap count. Snap count or not, if Green is playing, you have to play him. Andy Dalton is a sneaky QB start this week now that he has Green back. Jeremy Hill has sneaky-good RB2-type value (if not more) this week with Giovani Bernard out for Week 9 with a hip injury.


News: 11/2 – Tony Romo (back) is officially inactive for Week 9 against the Cardinals.
Take: This was already in motion, but we wanted to let you all know that it’s official. Brandon Weeden will be the Cowboys’ starter in Week 9, which downgrades both Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. While the team will surely try to run more against the Cardinals’ tough rushing defense, you have to think that the rushing attack stands a better shot against that DST with a balanced attack. Still, he is a RB1 this week because he can take a carry ‘house’ at any moment.


News: 11/2 – According to Adam Caplan, “While the #Buccaneers did activate RB Charles Sims on Saturday, hearing that they may wait another week to play him.”
Take: Even if it’s just a one week thing, get ready for the Bobby Rainey Show in Week 9. Game flow can always take a runner out fantasy-wise, so know that, but if you need a sleeper RB2-type start this week, Rainey is your guy! Doug Martin is inactive.


News: 11/2 – Kyle Rudolph (groin) is inactive for Week 9.
Take: No surprise here, but we wanted to let you all know.


News: 11/2 – Storm Johnson is inactive for Week 9.
Take: Denard Robinson is the guy in JAC now, no question. We liked Johnson, but the momentum is clearly with D-Rob.


News: 11/2 – Darren Sproles (knee) is listed as probable for Week 9.
Take: He is expected to play, no doubt, but using a player like Darren Sproles clearly depends on your team’s depth/situation. For quick line-up dilemma advice, jump on our Fantasy Football Forums! LeSean McCoy, still a strong buy-low candidate given his upside vs cost right now, should have a bounce-back outing in this one, although his fantasy owners are growing tired of his inconsistencies. All in all, we expect that Philly offense to have a big Week 9. As for Zach Ertz, he is expected to see a grip of red zone targets moving forward in this offense, and he is a fine sneaky-good TE1 moving forward. Make sure he isn't on waivers in your league!


News: 11/2 – Robert Griffin III (ankle) is expected to start Week 9.
Take: As we have said all week, he should be grabbed in most leagues, but only play the passer this week if you’re in desperate need, as he could be a bit rusty. RG3 under center gives fantasy bumps to both DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and even Jordan Reed. The team is expected to lean on Alfred Morris this week as RG3 gets back into the swing of things, which is great news for Morris owners. Morris owners should grab Roy Helu, though, as there is a tiny bit of long-term concern about Morris right now. Call it a precautionary move backing the starter up, especially when Helu is so talented.


News: 11/2 – AJ Green (toe) “will play today” against Jacksonville according to ESPN.
Take: This is great news, and he should be much more than just a decoy in the game. Still, it’s hard to count on him as his usual self. He should be in all line-ups though if he is a go. Of course, check back with us via our news wire and Smart Alerts all the way up to kickoff, as setbacks can happen in warm-ups with these kinds of things. Note: Giovani Bernard (hip) is out for this one, making Jeremy Hill a sneaky-good RB2 play this week.


News: 11/2 – NFL Network’s Desmond Purnell is reporting that Tony Romo (back) will not play today against the Cardinals.
Take: Of course, check back with us all the way up to kickoff, as there still is some thinking here that Romo will try to warm-up and test out his back. However, Brandon Weeden looks to be the Cowboys’ starter in Week 9, which downgrades both Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. While the team will surely try to run more against the Cardinals’ tough rushing defense, you have to think that the rushing attack stands a better shot against that DST with a balanced attack. Still, he is a RB1 this week because he can take a carry ‘house’ at any moment.


News: 11/2 – Tony Romo, who has two broken bones in his back, is expected to test the back out early Sunday.
Take: Brandon Weeden is expected to start if Romo, who is currently ‘questionable’, can’t go, and we’d say he is heading in the direction of ‘doubtful’ vs ‘probable’. Stay tuned and expect at least one more Smart Alerts on this topic this morning.


News: 11/2 – Zach Ertz and the Eagles could use the tight end more in the red zone moving forward.
Take: This guy is on our Upside Board for a reason. Yes, he and Nick Foles are off to a slow start, but Ertz is a red zone beast and tough to cover. Expect him to have a strong finish to the 2014 fantasy season.


News: 11/2 – The Bucs have activated RB Charles Sims off injured reserve/designated for return and the runner is expected to play in Week 9.
Take: While anything can happen on Sundays, Doug Martin is doubtful and Sims will be used cautiously… this leaves Bobby Rainey most of the Week 9 touches. There is risk, but he is a sneaky-good start in Week 9. If something pops up news-wise regarding the workload being more of a split, we will fire out another smart alert on this, so be certain you’re signed up for our Smart Alerts.


News: 11/2 – Reggie Wayne (elbow) is probable for Monday night’s battle between the Colts and Giants.
Take: Donte Moncrief owners were hoping Wayne would enter this game with a snap count, but early word is Wayne won’t be too limited. I think Moncrief has earned an exciting amount of touches, but the return of Wayne certainly isn’t good news. So, if you are running Moncrief out onto the field in Week 9, you can be hopeful, but curb expectations a bit.


News: 11/2 – Rashad Jennings (knee) is ‘out’ for Week 9.
Take: No surprise hear, although, there is a chance Jennings could return in Week 10. We will keep you posted on this next week, but until then, expect a solid effort by Andre Williams on Monday night. He could be good for 80+ rushing and he could have a strong shot to score in the contest! Check your waiver wire just in case, as he is strangely available in some leagues.


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