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RADIO: Russ Bliss and Smitty talk Week 9 fantasy football.

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ during his second show of this Week 9 — This is Russ’ Wednesday show.


Wednesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 10/28/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: Start Bench, Trade Advice, Buy-Low

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NEWS: LeVeon Bell could face a two-game suspension in 2015 for marijuana arrest?

SMITTY: The stud rusher waived the right to a preliminary hearing on this DUI chargers and is expected to enter a first-offender’s program, which will reportedly dismiss the chargers. There is a bit of guess-work going on with this, so stay tuned. Also, it’s possible Bell sees a two-game suspension because of all of this, but most sources are suggesting that any suspension would be in 2015. Bell remains a fantastic buy-low candidate for Weeks 7-16, as he has top 2-4 fantasy running back upside, yet he can be bought right now at almost high-end RB2-type value. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Le’Veon Bell rushed 21 times for 147 yards in Week 3 against the Panthers.

SMITTY: Le’Veon Bell was on our Week 3 Buy-Low List for a reason last week. Don’t sell the runner, he looks fantastic this year. He looks like a top 5RB. Let’s just hope he stays healthy (do your best to handcuff him to Legarrette Blount, something you should already have taken care of). Look for a Week 4 Buy-Low List to publish shortly, which you can locate right on the homepage when logged in!

NEWS: Owen Daniels pulls in 2TDs in Week 2; Bernard Pierce and LeVeon Bell play solid.

In Thursday night’s Week 2 contest between the Ravens and the Steelers, TE Owen Daniels pulled in 5 passes for 28 yards and 2TDs, WR Steve Smith pulled in 6 passes for 71 yards and Dennis Pitta pulled in 3 passes for 30 yards. Bernard Pierce ran 22 times for 56 yards, while Justin Forset ran the ball 8 times for 56 yards (and added 4 receptions for 16 yards). On the Steelers side of the football, Le’Veon Bell ran the ball 11 times for 59 yards and pulled in 5 passes for 48 yards; Antonio Brown pulled in 7 balls for 90 yards despite leaving for almost a quarter with a head injury.

SMITTY: The important takeaways from this game are: First, Le’Veon Bell looks fantastic. He is speedy, shifty, he doesn’t look like the same rusher that we saw last year… he could be in for a big 2014. Second, Steve Smith isn’t done yet and is in a unique situation to produce for one more season. Will he be a fantasy WR2? I’d say probably not, but he has solid fantasy WR3 upside this year, he really does. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts, especially to keep tabs on players like Antonio Brown (head), who left this game for a bit to go through some concussion protocols. He appears fine, but our Smart Alerts are where it’s at to get all kinds of updates all week long!

NEWS: LeVeon Bell and LeGarrette Blount to maybe see a one game suspensions, and not any time soon?

According to post-gazette.com, Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount “probably face no more than a one-game suspension and that won’t come anytime soon” for their recent marijuana possession arrests. Coach Mike Tomlin also reportedly plans to play both runners in Thursday’s preseason game against the Eagles.

SMITTY: Le’Veon Bell could actually see more league punishment depending on the results of the DUI that he was also charged with, but regardless, it appears that 2014 punishment is not very likely – for now. We will keep you updated! Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: LeVeon Bell and Legarrette Blount arrested for marijuana possession.

According to multiple reports, Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested for possession of marijuana; Bell was also booked for DUI.

SMITTY: This is obviously bad news in Steelers country, and horrible for dynasty Le’Veon Bell owners; however, initial reports, most based on pure speculation at this point, suggest that both runners could avoid NFL disciplinary action this season. We will keep you posted on all of this, as more info will surely emerging in the coming days. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: LeVeon Bell workload concerns heading into Week 1?

Both Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount co-startered Saturday night’s preseason game, with Bell playing the first series and then Blount mixing into the entire first-half.

SMITTY: While I won’t say I’m locked into this thinking quite yet, but I’m a bit concerned about the Steelers commitment to giving Le’Veon Bell the ball. Will a healthy Bell lead the team in carries? Yeah, most likely, but early signs point to Legarrette Blount getting more than just goal line work — He might be used quite a bit in 2014. If you own Bell already in dynasty, don’t freakout and sell-low, but maybe test the trade waters and get yourself into a safer option if the price/deal is right. In redraft, I’d bump Bell down a bit on your list… not a ton, but he doesn’t feel like a super-safe fantasy RB1 right now, and he did just months ago. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Le’Veon Bell is well conditioned and had a great off-season.

According to NFL.com, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin had this to say on RB Le’Veon Bell: “Le’Veon Bell has had a great offseason,” Tomlin said on Friday’s edition of NFL Total Access. “He’s really shown that he is excited about taking the next step in terms of work that he’s done thus far, particularly from a conditioning standpoint.”

SMITTY: Le’Veon Bell currently has an ADP at 2.03-2.05, which is extremely reasonable given he has top 5-10RB upside. While LeGarrette Blount has kind of a TD vulture type presence in Pittsburgh right now, Bell owners shouldn’t worry, as Pittsburgh is going to give Bell more than enough carries in 2014. Anything that goes to Blount, aside from maybe a couple short-yardage touchdown runs, will be “spelling” type touches. For 2014 projections on Bell based on your league’s exact scoring, launch our Draft Analyzer now!

2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft In July (Redraft, PPR)

Below is a 2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (in July), and below each round you will find my commentary/take on that round. This mock draft took place on our forums, so it’s a great indicator of current/true player values. The scoring for this fantasy football mock draft was assumed to be PPR, and it was done with a ‘redraft’ (2014 only) frame of mind. Thanks to all who participated. Enjoy.

Round One
1.01 – LeSean McCoy RB
1.02 – Jamaal Charles RB
1.03 – Adrian Peterson RB
1.04 – Calvin Johnson WR
1.05 – Eddie Lacy RB
1.06 – Matt Forte RB
1.07 – AJ Green WR
1.08 – Demariyus Thomas WR
1.09 – Julio Jones WR
1.10 – Jimmy Graham TE
1.11 – Marshawn Lynch RB
1.12 – Dez Byrant WR

Smitty’s Take: There weren’t very many surprises in round one, and their usually aren’t. Sure, a case can be made for Peyton Manning being round one worthy, but it’s not surprising to see him fall to 2.01. LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles and Adrian Peterson are spot on in my book, and I can’t argue a bit with 1.04-1.12 (aside from pushing Manning into that 1.09-1.12 range, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea).

Round Two
2.01 – Peyton Manning QB
2.02 – Monte Ball RB
2.03 – Aaron Rodgers QB
2.04 – Rob Gronkowski TE
2.05 – Doug Martin RB
2.06 – Brandon Marshall WR
2.07 – Antonio Brown WR
2.08 – Randall Cobb WR
2.09 – Demarco Murray RB
2.10 – Arian Foster RB
2.11 – Leveon Bell RB
2.12 – Julius Thomas TE

Smitty’s Take: Ok, so this is where one draft will look completely different than another draft (even if that mock draft took place on the same exact forum 10 minutes later). I love the value of Montee Ball, even though his value has climbed higher than most expected (aside from us, as we predicted the climb). This is a redraft mock, but we’ve been pimping Ball since last season, and he and Nick Foles (and Christine Michael) have been our top “go get” players all off-season long. This was when Foles was still in most everyone’s bottom-half of their top ten-ranked passers, and this was before Ball started sniffing second-round value (he was even a 4th-round player on average back in February). In redraft, though, don’t shy away from making Ball your second-drafted player, as he is very likely to crank out top 1-5RB numbers in that extremely-potent Denver offense. I wouldn’t even shy away from grabbing him ahead of Lynch in round one. Crazy? Well, let’s talk come season’s end.

Aaron Rodgers probably seems high to some, and not high to others. Frankly, how high QBs go depends on your league and league trends, so anyone suggesting that Rodgers at 2.03 is too early, or too late, is obviously speaking based on trends that they see league-wide. His 2.03 slotting above is neither too early or too late, as he can easily earn top 15 overall value. Doug Martin has a touch more risk than upside at his 2.05 slotting above, but if you can handcuff him to Charles Sims, you can minimize most of that risk. But, if drafting at that spot, I would have let him slide to the 2.10-2.12 range, which is where I’m more comfortable snagging Martin in 2014; he has tons of talent, but he also has an injury label that he needs to shake, plus he has a potential sharing situation heading his way. Arian foster has awesome value heading into 2014, as he constantly falls in that late second-round range. He may go in the first-round in some leagues, as again, every league is different with players like this (faced injury the prior season and has some overworked concerns). He has top 5RB upside, so 2.10 is low-risk/high-reward in my opinion.

Round Three
3.01 – Giovani Bernard RB
3.02 – CJ Spiller RB
3.03 – Nick Foles QB
3.04 – Jordy Nelson WR
3.05 – Victor Cruz WR
3.06 – Drew Brees QB
3.07 – Keenan Allen WR
3.08 – Zac Stacy RB
3.09 – Bishop Stankey RB
3.10 – Cordarrelle Patterson WR
3.11 – Andre Johnson WR
3.12 – Pierre Garcon WR

Smitty’s Take: I love the value of Gio Bernard at 3.01, but I don’t think you will see him fall that far on average. I could be wrong, and I sure hope that I am wrong, as I’d love this value in all my real upcoming 2014 fantasy football drafts. Gio Bernard is fantasy RB1-capable, yet he landed at 3.01 above… that’s crazy-good value, and again, that’s why I think that this won’t happen on average (he will more often be a 2.04-2.08 range player). Cordarrelle Patterson is now creeping into the 3rd-round in a lot of early 2014 mock drafts… expect this trend to continue, possibly even in the upward direction. He can earn that value, though, he has WR1-type upside, I just wonder if that production is still a year away. It might not be, but it gets a bit risky when you’re talking 3rd-round vs. 4th-round is all (I like him a lot in the 4th). Keenan Allen is another player that is climbing mock draft boards as of late, and let me tell you, I see the guy producing borderline low-end fantasy WR1-type numbers this year. He often falls into the 4th-round outside of STARTERS/DraftCalc communities, so snag him in the 4th-round where you can, as he can crush that value! Nick Foles is another player that ranks and gets drafted higher in DraftCalc and FFStarters worlds, so know that he often falls to the 4th-round, or even the 5th-round… and if I consider the 3rd-round still a steal (in terms of what he can do by season’s end), you can imagine how big of a steal he is to me at 4th- and 5th-round value. Use ADP data to your advantage and don’t draft Foles in the 3rd-round if you don’t have to, but I think we’re about to see Foles drop a top 3 fantasy QB season (with appearances with the top 1-2 on lots of occasions).

Round Four
4.01 – Andre Ellington RB
4.02 – Alshon Jefferey WR
4.03 – Matthew Stafford QB
4.04 – Alfred Morris RB
4.05 – Michael Floyd WR
4.06 – Vincent Jackson WR
4.07 – Wes Welker WR
4.08 – Frank Gore RB
4.09 – Andrew Luck QB
4.10 – Kendall Wright WR
4.11 – Percy Harvin WR
4.12 – Shane Vereen RB

Smitty’s Take: Not a lot of surprises in terms of players falling into this round, but I will say that Andre Ellington is the only running back left that has top 5-10 fantasy running back upside. He has almost no risk as a 4th- to 5th-round pick, because he pulled in 39 receptions as a rookie, and 40-50 receptions feels like a given entering his first season as a starter. Ellington has HUGE, HUGE upside! I can’t wait to watch him breakout!

Just Missed The Cut

Now, a 4th-round argument can be made for any of the below players, especially Ben Tate (if handcuffed to Terrance West), Tom Brady, and Chris Johnson.

Larry Fitzgerald
Reggie Bush
Sammy Watkins
Ben Tate & Terrance West
Trent Richardson
Toby Gerhart
Chris Johnson
Rashad Jennings
Joique Bell
Cam Newton
Tom Brady
RG3
Ryan Mathews
Mike Evans
Vernon Davis
Ray Rice / Bernard Pierce
Jordan Cameron
Michael Crabtree
Eric Decker
Lamar Miller
Mike Wallace
Matt Ryan
Tony Romo
Hakeem Nicks
Julian Edelman

NEWS: Lance Moore stood out as much as any player during off-season?

According to ESPN, Steelers WR Lance Moore “stood out as much as any player during offseason practices.”

SMITTY: A lot of defensive attention is going to be pushed in the direction of Antonio Brown this season, which should provide a lot of decent opportunities for those other Steelers’ receivers (as well as the rushing attack). Will Lance Moore be the team’s second-best fantasy receiver? Or, will it be one of Markus Wheaton or the ultra-talented rookie Martavis Bryant? At this point, it really is tough to say, but Ben Roethlisberger should have an underrated fantasy season in 2014. The top fantasy option on the roster entering 2014 is Le’Veon Bell, who could be in for a top 10RB season in 2014. For exact projections on all these players (based on your scoring), jump on our Draft Analyzer here:
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