SMITTY: The Jets declared TE Jace Amaro, RE Muhammad Wilkerson, QB Matt Simms, WR Walter Powell, CB Josh Thomas, OL Dakota Dozier, and OL Wesley Johnson inactive for Monday night’s Week 13 contest against MIA; Charles Clay (knee) is inactive for the Dolphins. If you were planning on starting Clay, be sure to quickly scoop up and start Dion Sims, who will start in his place. We expect big games out of Lamar Miller, Ryan Tannehill and Jarvis Landry. Landry could be a rising star, so look for him to progress down the stretch here in these final five games of the NFL season. As for those Jets players, only Percy Harvin has decent upside on a weekly basis, and that's only at a WR3 in larger leagues.
SMITTY: UPDATE: Bryce Brown will start at RB for the Dolphins tonight, and he is a sneaky flex play for sure. Anything can happen with these RBBCs, though, so don't sit a solid play for Brown or anything, but don't be afraid to use him either (if in need). Anthony Dixon will get a shot to try and prove to be the hot hand in this game, and that's what makes this kind of a risk from all sides. It looks like Fred Jackson will sit this one, but Sammy Watkins (groin) is a go, and so is Lamar Miller, but he is said to possibly looking at a snap count, so be careful playing him if you have more secure options.
PREVIOUS NEWS: As of now, Watkins and Miller are expected to play, with Miller looking somewhat limited and maybe set to be in a RBBC rotation… F-Jax isn't likely to play, which makes Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown players to grab if you’re in need at the position. That will likely be an even split unless one of the two becomes the ‘hot hand’ in this one. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This is good news, and it’s looking a little more like the runner could play Week 10. Stay on our news, as Miller remains a high-end flex option, if not a low-end RB2 option whenever he is getting starter carries. Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Wow, things just keep getting worse as far as 2014 injuries go… Nick Foles suffered a broken collarbone in Week 9, and while the early guess is that he will miss 4-6 weeks, we need to wait on test results to know for sure how much time he will miss. Mark Sanchez is a solid grab in 2QB leagues, and even in larger 1QB leagues. He is now commanding a very potent offense, so there is certainly some low-end QB1-type appeal during certain match-ups, and all those receivers from Jeremy Maclin to Jordan Matthews won’t lose much value if any, as that offense can be potent with either passer in there. LeSean McCoy is actually a decent buy-low if owners start freaking out about Foles getting hurt. Also, while I wouldn’t sell Jeremy Maclin at even fair market value, selling ‘high’ isn’t a bad idea, and that has nothing to do with Foles going down. Only sell if you are truly selling high, as he can still be a top 10WR down the stretch… selling players like Maclin on the ‘high’ doesn’t mean you don’t believe in them… you should only make such a move if it helps your line-up and you’re killing it on your side of the trade.
Lamar Miller suffered what appears to be a ‘stinger’, but we need to await MRI results on this one before we call his injury minor. Miller doesn’t seem worried, if that helps some fantasy owners rest easy.
As for Arian Foster, the news isn’t near as good, at least not initially. He suffered what looks like a pretty serious groin injury, and he fell down on his own during Week 9, which is never a good sign. Some sources are calling it a ‘soft tissue’ injury, and other sources sound pretty worried about his immediate availability. The good news here is that the Texans have a bye during this upcoming Week 10, so that gives Foster some extra rest. If Foster misses time after Week 10, Alfred Blue would likely see starter carries, which makes him a must-own if things head in that direction. We will keep you posted on all of this, and other news, all week long. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts
SMITTY: Knowshon Moreno (knee) has already been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. It looks like the rest of the season is now the Lamar Miller Show. The elusive Miller has looked every bit the part so far this year when he has received the carries/receptions — expect him to flirt with high-end RB2-type numbers from here on out. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Is it finally Miller time, or will that Dolphins coaching staff still underutilize the ultra-talented rusher? We have been waiting for Miller to consistently get starter carries since this time last year, but Miami has refused to invest in their Frank Gore-like talent. With Moreno (elbow) on the shelf through at least Week 5-6 (some suggest longer), Miller has a real opportunity to produce like a fantasy RB2. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This is a great opportunity for a runner that failed so many of us last season. Hopefully Lamar Miller stays healthy, as he has sneaky-good RB2 upside now that he is expected to see starter carries. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?
According to miamiherald, “it is clear Knowshon Moreno is Miami’s lead running back. Miller, who was the starter and unchallenged all preseason, has lost his job as Miami’s lead back.”
SMITTY: There is a ton of speculation with this write-up. I’m not suggesting that this writer will be wrong, but this is a RBBC to start off, and both runners will have a chance to fight for the lead dog duties in Miami. Don’t count on either back as of now, it’s a cloudy situation for sure, but don’t write-off Miller either, though. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
According to the Miami Herald, both Dolphins RB Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno split first-team reps over the past two days.
SMITTY: Joe Philbin claims that the starting gig is up for grabs, but seemed to talk up Lamar Miller quite a bit more than Knowshon Moreno, saying this about the runner: “I like everything Lamar has done since he’s gotten here,” Philbin said. “He’s had an excellent offseason and camp… I like everything he’s done since April 21.” With a 6th- to 7th-round ADP, there isn’t much risk investing in Miller this year, yet there is a lot of upside. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ first radio show of the 2014 fantasy football season! Russ has been doing fantasy radio for over 20 years with his famous “The Red Zone” program, which airs on NBCSports Radio (1060am). Smitty is slotted to join Russ almost every Tuesday night, and below is the first show of the year. Take a listen!
The Red Zone With Russ Bliss
Guest: Smitty, Gary Davenport
Topics: Sleepers, Draft Strategies