Archive for Isaiah Crowell

NEWS: Ben Tate to return to starting role? Crowell the NO. 2 and West the No. 3 in CLE?

SMITTY: According to the Browns running backs coach, Tate is expected to return to the line-up once he returns from his knee sprain. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, because when Tate is on the field, he has top 10RB upside. How long will he stay on the field, though? That’s the question, and that can be argued no question… if he can’t stay on the field long, Crowell might be the answer, but don’t rule out West, who has a grip of future upside still. This situation is kind of messy, one you almost want to avoid until it shakes out, but Crowell should be scooped up off waivers in medium and larger leagues, as he could see TD opportunities coming out of his Week 4 bye. Make sure Tate wasn’t dropped in your league(s), as again, he has top 10RB appeal if starting (injury risk or not). Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Ben Tate definitely out Week 2; Terrance West to start.

According to numerous reports, Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) is definitely going to sit out Week 2; Terrance West will start Week 2 with Isaiah Crowell seeing action. Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is still day to day.

SMITTY: So much for Ben Tate’s “it’s nothing serious” tweet. And, it looks like a 2-4 week injury now. Terrance West, a player we said all season was an absolute must for all Tate owners, will start and likely have a big Week 2. We love West and think he can really thrive in this league while getting starter carries. Isaiah Crowell shouldn’t be overlooked as a potential long-term option in CLE, but West has the momentum and is a big-time receiving threat Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts for real-time updates on this situation (as well as Jordan Cameron’s situation/status).

RADIO: Listen to Russ Bliss and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 2!

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 2 of the 2014 fantasy football season! Take a listen!

The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 9/9/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: Cordarrelle Patterson, Bernard Pierce, Ray Rice, Justin Forsett, Jordan Cameron, Pierre Garcon, Roddy White, Josh Gordon, Wes Welker, Michael Floyd, Andre Ellington, Bobby Rainey, Doug Martin, Eddie Lacy, Golden Tate, Percy Harvin, Anquan Boldin, Joique Bell, Chris Ivory, Keenan Allen

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NEWS: Ben Tate (knee) not seriously injured.

According to Ben Tate (knee) himself on Twitter, his knee injury is not serious. Here is the Tweet:
bentate tweet

SMITTY: This is good to hear, and it could put both the Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West projects on hold, or it will at least slow those projects down. Let’s see if Tate is being overly-optimistic… we will keep you posted on his Week 2 status, but it sounds like he has a real shot to play – at this point. Crowell and West remain solid 2014 prospects given how injury-prone Tate has proven to be. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts so you get all the updates on this in real time.

Waiver Wire: Top 10 Pickups entering Week 2

With Week 1 in the rear view mirror, it’s time to look at this week’s top pickups. Comment below to throw out other names or talk about these guys below.

No Brainer: Josh Gordon – Make sure Gordon isn’t sitting on waivers, as there is a chance that he could see the field this season. Read more here.

1. Justin Forsett – Clearly this week’s top pickup, but Pierce could be the main man, too, so don’t blow all your FA cash on Forsett, but don’t miss out on trying to land him either (and make sure Pierce isn’t available for whatever reason).
2. Allen Hurns – Is he for real? Well, we sent out a last-minute Smart Alert on Sunday morning suggesting that he get picked up in very large leagues… we saw talent, this isn’t a guy that just had a huge week 1. He could continue to be a solid WR3 at least.
3. Isaiah CrowellTate is a huge question, so Terrance West (be certain he isn’t on waivers) is the next man up and has huge upside, but so does Crowell, proof by his 2TDs in Week 1.
4. Brian Quick – Brian Quick caught seven passes for 99 yards in Week 1. He should be available in large leagues right now believe it or not… he shouldn’t be, but for some reason he is. He is the team’s No. 1 WR.
5. Derek Carr – Derek Carr completed 20-of-32 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. In dynasty, he isn’t likely available, and shouldn’t be since he was my favorite rookie QB all off-season long… but in redraft, he has fantasy QB2 appeal.
6. Lorenzo Taliaferro – If planning ahead, this could be a guy that eventually starts in BAL. Forsett could be the main man all year, or Pierce could be (make sure he wasn’t dropped), but I like this rookie enough to stash (x10 in dynasty).
7. Bobby RaineyMartin (leg) is said to be ok, but this is a must-add for Martin owners at least.
8. James Starks – In case Lacy (concussion) can’t play, suffers setbacks, or suffers further injury.
9. Dwayne Allen – Dwayne Allen caught 4-of-5 targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Solid add, but he had a long TD that he most likely won’t see very often.
10. Ahmad BradshawT-Rich didn’t look good, so this is a decent move if looking ahead, although, Bradshaw isn’t a lock to stay healthy by any means.

Article: 2014 Rookie Rankings & Analysis

smitty staffIt’s late July, so it’s time to reevaluate the 2014 Fantasy Football Rookies. Below is a one-player taste of our Premium 2014 Rookie Rankings with Analysis, so if you aren’t a 2014 STARTERS Subscriber, get access right after you read this sample (who is #5 on our Rookie Rankings)… after you read this, there are 11 more rookie write-ups just like it waiting for you, along with a complete ranking of my top 50 rookies… here we go!

5. Jordan Matthews | PHI WR

Date: 7/24/14

This 2014 rookie receiving class is just flat-out phenomenal, as we are talking about the 4th receiver ranked, and this receiver can be a fantasy WR1 if he develops properly. Jordan Matthews is 6-3, 212 pounds, but he plays like he is 6-5, 225 pounds. He has a long reach and has phenomenal spacial awareness. View this exact play right here to see what I mean… if you watched that play, you should have noticed not only Matthews’ timing pulling in the reception, but his innate ability to use his body to defend the area around the football. It’s an instinct most players don’t develop until their second or third NFL season, but Matthews has a natural instinct to use his body to position the defender where he wants the defender. It’s masterful if you take the time to watch him in acton. Like Brandin Cooks, Matthews couldn’t have landed in a more potent offense. And, in Matthews’ case, the Eagles are in need of a big-time possession receiver, and it appears Chip Kelly is going to immediately lean on the rookie. Don’t be surprised if Matthews makes a strong case for Rookie of the Year in 2014! It wouldn’t be shocking if the guy pulled in 55-60 receptions for 900-1000 yards and 6-7 scores as a rookie. The rookie receiver position is changing, and these guys are maturing much faster than they use to.



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RB Ben Tate to face a RBBC with Terrance West?

According to cleveland.com, the Cleveland Browns will have some form of a running back by committee in 2014. “I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee. You’d like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys … you’ve got to be able to get fresh legs out there,” coach Mike Pettine said.

SMITTY: It’s interesting how this statement is taken by different people. Sure, Pettine said you need to have a RBBC, but in the same sentence he states “you’d like to have a guy that can carry most of the load.” Clearly RBBC is a term loosely used, almost a blanket statement for a variety of sharing and semi-sharing situations… I think it would be unwise for Ben Tate dynasty owners to freak out after reading that quote and not examine the dual meaning. Is Tate a risk given the presence of Terrance West (or even Isaiah Crowell)? Absolutely, and the problem with this situations is that, Tate is a top 10RB talent (often labeled ‘injury-prone’) and his back-up is my second-ranked rookie rusher, even before the draft, entering 2014. Both backs are top 10-capable. The only answer here, whether we’re talking dynasty or redraft, is to own both backs. And, as for all you dynasty folks that may just own Tate and are unable to pry West away from another owner, don’t sell-low, but consider making all kinds of 2-for-1 or 2-for-2 blockbuster moves in order to successfully wiggle out of this situation. For example, I was in this situation, and despite loving Tate, I moved him since I was unsuccessful in trading for West — I traded away Calvin Johnson and Ben Tate for LeSean McCoy and Randall Cobb. Sometimes it’s smart to trade away players that you like if the deal is right for your team, and owning both Browns rushers is a must for me (in all formats). The key is not selling low and getting creative. Want 2014 fantasy football projections for all these guys?

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