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Radio: Week 16 Show (Wed)


Check out our Week 16 Radio Show (WED edition), hosted by Russ Bliss (The Red Zone). Russ has had this fantasy football show for over 20 years and it’s the longest running fantasy football radio program on the planet. This week, we talk injuries, start bench, dynasty, IDP injuries, IDP Advice and more.

Week 14 Radio Show (WED)


Below you will find Russ Bliss Week 14 Radio Program (Wednesday show), where he talks IDP fantasy football, standard fantasy football, injuries, start bench advice, waiver wire advice and more.

Radio: Week 3 Trade and Waiver Advice


Check out Russ Bliss’ Week 3 Radio Show, The Red Zone, which can be heard below (and live every Tuesday and Wednesday on NBC Sports Radio 1060am). Checkout the entire Week 3 Tuesday show below, as Smitty and Russ Bliss talk injuries, trade advice, waiver wire advice and start bench advice.

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Video: Fantasy Draft Prep Show

Below is our 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep Video Show, a video show created from Starters’ recent Red Zone 1060am NBC Sports Radio fantasy football show.

Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 15)

Below is our Breaking News Wire for Week 15. Check back all morning long, and stay tuned to our Smart Alerts as well, as news can often break last-minute!

NEWS: Titans WR Kendall Wright is inactive for Week 15.

FANTASY: Need a sneaky start at your WR3? Dorial Green-Beckham!

NEWS: Jaguars RB TJ Yeldon (knee) is inactive for Week 15.

FANTASY: Denard Robinson is a solid play if in need, and he has very good flex upside, if not low-end RB2 upside.

NEWS: According to reports, Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ribs) may only be available in an emergency capacity for Week 15.

FANTASY: Charcandrick West should be set for elite carries/touches in this one, so he is a RB1 play this today.

NEWS: Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee) reportedly feels “fine” and will play Week 15.

FANTASY: Unless he suffers a setback in warm-ups, expect Olsen to be a top 1-3TE play in Week 15.

NEWS: Patriots RB Brandon Bolden is thought by many news sources to lead the Patriots in carries in Week 15.

FANTASY: Don’t be shocked if James White sees more carries than anyone expects, but it appears Bolden has sneaky-good RB2 upside in Week 15.

NEWS: Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (ankle) is expected to “receive his full workload” Week 15 against the Steelers.

FANTASY: This is a risky play, but with lots of upside. If back in the starting role, which is expected, but not fully guaranteed, he is a low-end RB1. Know there is risk, but big upside.

NEWS: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (calf, illness) is expected to play Week 15 against the Vikings.

FANTASY: He is a top 10WR when on the field, no doubt.

NEWS: Bills RB Karlos Williams (shoulder) is expected to play Week 15 against the Redskins.

FANTASY: There is lots of risk in counting on Williams as anything but a reach-type flex-play. He can always go nuts if given carries, though, and it’s not crazy to expect a touchdown and some solid yards… that said, it’s the playoffs, now is not the time to gamble if you have a more secure starter. What is secure, though? Get on our forums and ask!

NEWS: Patriots QB Tom Brady (illness) is expected to start Week 15 against the Titans.

FANTASY: Nothing to see here… he is always a top 1-5 fantasy QB option!

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!

Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 11)

Below is our STARTERS Breaking News Wire, which will provide live breaking news all Sunday morning. Keep checking back all morning long, as news often breaks last second, thus we can update the Analyzers multiple times per hour, sometimes 2-3 times within the last 20 minutes!

NEWS: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder, groin) is inactive for Week 11 against Denver.

FANTASY: This is horrible news for Jay Cutler and of course Jeffery owners. Get ready for a big dose of Jeremy Langford.

NEWS: Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (groin) is active for Week 11 against Miami.

FANTASY: Most reports suggest he will be close to being without limitation, but it’s tough to know how healthy he is. Turbin is expected to be the backup, but it’s also a guessing game as to how fast he has picked up the offense. It sounds like McFadden is a go, and the matchup is awesome.

NEWS: Bucs WR Vincent Jackson is active for Week 11 against Philly.

FANTASY: There was debate whether or not he’d be active in this one. He is risky given he was very questionable for this one, but get on our forums if you have a dilemma between VJax and someone else. If starting and healthy, he is always a decent play. The question is, is he healthy?

NEWS: The Eagles declared RB Ryan Mathews, QB Sam Bradford inactive for Week 11 against Tampa.

FANTASY: Get ready for a ton of DeMarco Murray. Even Darren Sproles could have relevance in this one now.

NEWS: Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders and Broncos QB Peyton Manning are inactive for Week 11.

FANTASY: Demaryius Thomas should be in for more targets than usual, and Owen Daniels is a solid start, and look for Cody Latimer to get some good run if in desperate need at WR3/4.

NEWS: Panthers WR Corey Brownis inactive for Week 11 against Washington.

FANTASY: Devin Funchess could have a bigger game than usual and is a solid WR3 start this week.

NEWS: Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman will be San Diego’s #2WR in Week 11.

FANTASY: It looks like it’s just Inman and Stevie Johnson at the WR position. Inman is worth a grab in deeper leagues, especially if you are in need this week. Same goes for Stevie.

NEWS: Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been activated off of the injured reserve-designated to return list.

FANTASY: Welcome back, Tony, who will start against the Dolphins in Week 11, which is fantastic news for Dez Bryant and Jason Witten owners.

NEWS: Bills RB Karlos Williams (illness) is no longer on the Week 11 injury report.

FANTASY: The runner could reach double-digit points even playing behind starter LeSean McCoy on Monday night. McCoy is still a RB1, though, don’t let Williams’ solid play and occasional play scare you off on ranking McCoy as a RB1 for as long as he is healthy. His health is a concern, though, so if you own McCoy and do not own Karlos, be sure to try and trade for him last minute in case McCoy gets hurt in Week 11! If McCoy makes it out of Week 11 ok, even more of a reason to go get Karlos on the cheap! You need both!

NEWS: According to reports, Dallas RB Darren McFadden (questionable, groin) could see a reduction in carries in Week 11.

FANTASY: Robert Turbin is likely to be McFadden’s most valuable backup, and then Rod Smith is next in line. It’s a guessing game, though, as we just can’t predict if Turbin will be up to speed in time for this one, so know that both runners, Turbin and Smith, are must-haves if McFadden is a stater for your team. It’s tough cuffing two players to one, but it’s kind of a must until we see Turbin settle into that backup role. With McFadden’s injury history, we strongly believe one of Turbin/Smith will start some games this year… both should be owned in all leagues given that upside!

NEWS: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is “questionable” for Week 11, but early reports are leaning in the direction of Lynch playing in Week 11.

FANTASY: Keep tabs on this by staying on this article and our Smart Alerts. For now, he looks like a go, but setbacks happen in warmups. Stay tuned!

Week 3 Live Breaking News (all Sunday long)

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Hey, Starters Nation! Below you will find our Breaking News for Week 3, which will be updated all Sunday long. So, check back often! Good luck today, everyone!

News: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger did not tear his ACL; he reportedly escaped with an MCL sprain Week 3 against the Rams.
Fantasy: The MRI revealed no damage to the ACL, but some reports are also suggesting that he has a bone bruise in his knee as well. Expect him to sit at least 4 weeks, but it’s more like 4-6, which means that Michael Vick will start for the Steelers until Big Ben returns. If you need a QB, Vick isn’t the worst option, he might actually surprise given the weapons he has around him.

News: Broncos RB C.J. Anderson left Week 3 with a potential concussion.
Fantasy: He was cleared to return. We have serious doubts about Anderson being more valuable than Ronnie Hillman moving forward.

News: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Seahawks.
Fantasy: This was expected for the most part, but if you need a WR, Eddie Royal is a great play in this one.

News: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger left Week 3 against the Rams with a left knee injury; he will not return.
Fantasy: He immediately dropped and then was helped off the field before leaving on a cart to the locker room. This looked like an ACL, folks. We will keep you posted, and sometimes these things look worse than they are, but initial guesses are a torn ACL. What this will do to the value of LeVeon Bell, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant is TBA, but you can bet we will have more analysis on all that should the news be worst-case. Stay tuned. This might sound crazy to some, but Mike Vick might operate that Steelers offense better than most expect. He even has some one-year fantasy appeal in this specific scenario/situation.

News: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (calf) is active for Week 3 against the Bears.
Fantasy: He is a RB1 whenever on the field.

News: Eagles RB DeMarco Murray is inactive for Week 3 against the Jets.
Fantasy: This is horrible news for Murray owners. The runner may have suffered a setback, as he was somewhat expected to go today. Ryan Mathews is a sneaky start this week, although, the Eagles will likely mix things up in the backfield. We will keep you posted on Murray for the Eagles next contest.

News: Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) is declared inactive for Week 3 against the Titans
Fantasy: Folks, Coby Fleener is a very sneaky pick-up and play this week if you need a TE. The Colts have hinted that they want to get the TEs more active and involved moving forward, and with Allen out, that means Fleener could have a big Week 3.

News: Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) is active for Week 3 against the Saints.
Fantasy: Looks like he will go.

News: Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery is inactive for Week 3 against the Saints.
Fantasy: This was expected. Expect a ton of Greg Olsen in this one!

News: Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) is active for Week 3 against the Steelers; Brian Quick is inactive.
Fantasy: Todd Gurley is a risky flex play this week, as he will surely be eased into action, but get ready, folks! He is a top 10RB in waiting, and just as soon as he gets in game shape, and if he stays healthy, we should see a stud emerge. We can’t wait to see this guy running full-go, which could be as early as next week (or the following contest).

News: Jets RB Chris Ivory is active for Week 3 against the Eagles.
Fantasy: He is a go!

News: Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) inactive for Week 3 against the Panthers
Fantasy: This has been known for a bit now. Luke McCown will start Week 3. Don’t bench Brandin Cooks for just anyone this week, he could still have a solid game, as the Saints will likely be passing a ton in the 3rd- and 4th-quarters.

News: Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) is inactive for Week 3 against the Vikings.
Fantasy: Get him out of lineups!

News: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (calf) is expected to play Sunday against the Bears.
Fantasy: Great news for the runner we expect to bounce-back this week.

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.

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 10)

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News: 11/9 – Martellus Bennett (ribs) is active for Sunday night’s Week 10 battle against the Packers.
Take: We expect to see a lot of Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and even Eddie Lacy, who could have a rebound rushing effort given the spotlight on this game. Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall have remained good buy-low targets heading into this one – that hasn’t changed. Matt Forte should total 100 yards and a score in this one… let’s just say it would be disappointing if he didn’t at least reach those totals.

News: 11/9 – Carson Palmer (knee) was carted off the field in Week 10 in the 4th-quarter; Drew Stanton replaced the passer.
Take: This looks like a torn ACL, as Palmer almost collapsed trying to walk on it. His knee just gave out, which is often a clear sign of a torn ACL. Stanton came in an immediately threw a long TD-strike to John Brown… this team actually might be better off with Stanton under center, and hopefully this helps Floyd reemerge. We know Stanton loves John Brown! Look for the team to continue to lean on Andre Ellington now that they have a QB change.

News: 11/9 – Julius Thomas pulled in 6 passes for 63 yards and 2TDs in Week 10.
Take: This is why he has been on our buy-low list for three weeks now. Congrats to all who bought low, he really is just as dominate as any TE in fantasy (despite the fantasy-wise second guessing that’s been going on for three ridiculous weeks now). Marshawn Lynch, also on our buy-low list for weeks now, was in the same boat… many doubted him due to some slumping. Well, Lynch is back with his 4TDs today, so congrats to those who bought low there as well!

News: 11/9 – Tony Romo (back) suffered no setbacks in Week 10 despite playing with two broken bones in his back.
Take: After 246 and 3TDs, two of them going to Dez Bryant, like John Wick, yeah, I’d say Romo is back!

News: 11/9 – Montee Ball is not expected to play in Week 10 after all, which means Ronnie Hillman has another full chance to convince the Broncos he should be the lead back.
Take: It will be interesting to see what kind of momentum Montee Ball has heading into Week 11. Of course, much of that will depend on how Ronnie Hillman does this week. Don’t count Ball out yet, as he is said to have shed some serious weight and looks fast and fit. Check waivers for him just in case Hillman struggles with pass protection again in this one.

News: 11/9 – Fred Jackson is active for Week 10 against KC.
Take: It sounds like it’s safe to start him if he is one of your top 2-3RBs this week. There is risk playing him given he has been iffy all the way up until now. It’s unknown what his workload will look like, but the odds are more in favor of his workload being solid than super limited – At this point, anyway.

News: 11/9 – Sammy Watkins (groin) is active for Week 10 against KC.
Take: Be sure to check back all the way up to kickoff, but he looks like a go and a fine play. This kid has so much dynasty upside!

News: 11/9 – Both Harry Douglas (foot) and Antone Smith (neck) are both active for Week 10.
Take: Neither is a strong play, but that of course depends on your league size and injury situation.

News: 11/9 – Martellus Bennett (ribs) is expected to be a game-time decision all the way up to kickoff.
Take: Given this is the Sunday night game, fantasy owners need a Sunday night or Monday option if they want to roll this dice.

News: 11/9 – According to Sal Palantonio of ESPN, Matthew Stafford said to him this morning that he expects Calvin Johnson “to get lots of 1-on-1 vs. 5-foot-10 Brent Grimes.”
Take: Calvin Johnson says he is ready to rumble and we have no reason to question his ability to produce top 1-4 fantasy WR numbers moving forward. Congrats to all who bought low over the last couple weeks! Despite Calvin’s return to good health, Golden Tate is still an excellent fantasy WR3 moving forward (with flashes of more than that here and there).

News: 11/9 – According to a few sources today, Broncos OC Adam Gase has said that his plan is to get Julius Thomas more involved moving forward.
Take: Folks, our top ‘go get’ trade candidate this week is Julius Thomas. He can be had well below his Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski-type value, so go buy low on this guy and potentially get a top 10-15 overall fantasy player moving forward. And, the good news is that if he doesn’t play at that level, you’re buying low, so there is no risk and all upside for reward!

News: 11/9 – Tony Romo (back) is probable for Week 10 against JAC.
Take: We will likely see a whole bunch of DeMarco Murray in this one, as the QB just isn’t 100 percent. We still love Dez Bryant in this one, and Terrance Williams is a solid low-end WR3.

News: 11/9 – Stepfan Taylor (calf) is listed as “out” for Week 10, which means that Marion Grice will back-up starter Andre Ellington.
Take: This is good news, although, it’s not crazy to think AZ could give Grice some goal line work. Ellington is a top 10RB play every week and hopefully he gets all the goal line work in this one. All those Cardinals players should have a nice outing in this game, and those giving up on Michael Floyd might want to reconsider, as he still has all kinds of top 10-12WR upside trapped inside that inconsistent receiving environment in AZ. With Larry Fitzgerald coming to life recently (with his two previous games looking like 7-160/1TD and 5-70/0TDs), Floyd might see a number of long tosses this week.

News: 11/9 – Adam Schefter is reporting that Bucs rookie RB Charles Sims will make his NFL debut today.
Take: Most sources out there are calling Sims a change-of-pace player this week, which points to Bobby Rainey likely getting most of the carries. Still, this is a bit of a cloudy situation, and game flow, or a single fumble, could change things in a hurry. Still, with six teams on a bye, and with all the injuries right now, Rainey feels like a strong sneaky-type play this week. If he doesn’t have a big week, Sims will likely get the start next week. Doug Martin is not expect to play Week 10.

News: 11/9 – According to Ian Rapoport, the NFL “will likely consider a combination of time served and loss of pay with regards to Adrian Peterson. Expect a December return.”
Take: Make sure he isn’t on waivers, folks! Stay tuned for more on this one!

News: 11/9 – According to reports, the Bills are hopeful to have both Sammy Watkins (groin) and Fred Jackson (groin) playing in Week 10 against the Chiefs.
Take: Both are still very questionable, so stay tuned to both this news wire and our Smart Alerts. If F-Jax can’t go, both Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown will likely split reps, making it tough to play either in Week 10.

News: 11/9 – Percy Harvin has reportedly been “fully integrated” into that Jets offense and will be a big part of the weekly game plan moving forward.
Take: After 11 receptions for 129 receiving yards last week, it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see him have high-end WR3-type value moving forward (with occasional WR2-type upside). Expecting WR2-type fantasy production from here on out is a bit optimistic, though.

News: 11/9 – Lamar Miller (shoulder) remains questionable for Week 10, and some reports suggest that he could be “limited” during Sunday’s battle against the Lions.
Take: Given the match-up and risk of being limited, look elsewhere in Week 10 if possible. Need a name? Try Bobby Rainey, who should have one more week of getting a majority of the carries. Charles Sims could see some action, and it’s tough to speculate how much, but many sources feel Sims will merely be a change-of-pace rusher in Week 10 (with maybe a bigger role to come in coming weeks).

News: 11/9 – ESPN’s Jeff Legwold is reporting that the Broncos could use a “hot-hand” approach at running back moving forward.
Take: While we admit the Montee Ball Show has been a complete disappointment thus far in 2014, no runner is safe atop the depth chart in 2014. Sure, the momentum is clearly with Ronnie Hillman, and he should see most of the carries in Week 10, but at the first sign of struggle, or fumble(s), Montee Ball, who has been hyped up quite a bit over the past couple days due to his slimmer frame, could potentially get his starting gig back. Just keep all this in mind when you look down the road and assume where Hillman fits into your plans. If available on waivers, consider grabbing and stashing Ball, especially if you are a Hillman owner. Also, consider selling high on Hillman if you can somehow trade into a safer running back option, even if that means doing some sort of two-for-one type deal to get one better player for your line-up. Need trade ideas? Jump on our Fantasy Football Forum!