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NEWS: Theo Riddick to be used with Reggie Bush moving forward?

SMITTY: Theo Riddick has been a player we’ve liked a lot for a while now, and it’s nice to see him finally get a chance. It’s tough to say how good he can be splitting time with Reggie Bush, who both already share time with Joique Bell, but if Bush can’t stay healthy, watch out. Riddick is a top-five pick-up heading into Week 9 Add/Drops. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Calvin Johnson expected to play Week 5; will he be effective?

SMITTY: He is set as ‘questionable’ for Week 5 with the ankle, but a couple sources now expect Calvin to play. How effective will be be this week, though? Will he once again be a decoy? The bottom line is this… if he plays, you have to run him out onto the field. Even as a projected decoy in the past, he always found a way to pull in big numbers. Just stay close to both our news wire and our Smart Alerts, as things could change directions during warm-ups. Whether Calvin is out or not, and even more so if he is, Reggie Bush could explode, as the team is without Joique Bell this week, and they need someone catching passes. Golden Tate is also set for a huge game if Calvin sits, but he is an excellent start this week even if Calvin goes. For more on this game, view your Smart Alerts that we just sent out on this, as we talk a bit about Sammy Watkins and Eric Ebron heading into this week.

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NEWS: Reggie Bush limited Wednesday icing his knee; Joique Bell a sleeping giant?

According to reports, Lions RB Reggie Bush (knee) was limited during Wednesday’s practice; Bush was seen icing his knee on Wednesday.

SMITTY: Predicting injury is a tough business to be in, but there is a reason Joique Bell has been one of my biggest sleeper rushers heading into 2014… Bush has huge injury risk with those knees, and given how aggressively he cuts and runs, the odds of Bush getting hurt are better than the odds of him staying healthy, especially given that he played through last year with knee issues. Even in a sharing role, that Lions offense force-feeds Joique Bell solid touches, proof by his 51 yards rushing and 1TD last week. On top of that, the guy catches 50+ passes a season in that sharing role. If not given the majority of carries, Bell still has awesome flex-type value… but, if given a starter’s workload, this could be the runner that puts strong RB2s on many fantasy benches in the near future. I say all this now not so that you all can go buy-high… go buy-low if you can, his value, if healthy, can almost go nowhere but up. Take a look at our Joique Bell Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Calvin Johnson making jaw-dropping plays every day in camp?

According to ESPN, Lions WR Calvin Johnson “has looked impressive through the first two weeks of camp, making jaw-dropping plays essentially every day.”

SMITTY: Calvin Johnson is just insanely-talented, there is no other way to put it. I think Julio Jones is right there with him as far as pure physical ability, and of course Dez Bryant and AJ Green are almost right there with those two… receivers are dominating fantasy football consistency right now, and like last year, my favorite plan of attack for upcoming drafts is to go WR/WR and load up on Joique Bell-types at the running back position. I wouldn’t take the WR/WR approach in every league you do, but it’s a fantastic strategy if you know how to land your sleeper rushers. Back on the topic of Lions players, Matthew Stafford could be in for a big year given all his weapons, which includes newly-added Golden Tate, and still-solid Reggie Bush — That’s all on top of having a 100+ and 50+ reception players in both Calvin and Bell. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings on all these guys?

NEWS: Jon Baldwin claimed off waivers by the Lions.

According to reports, the Lions claimed WR Jon Baldwin off waivers from the 49ers.

SMITTY: Jon Baldwin, just 25, has always had talent, but he has never put all the pieces together. If he can’t make it in this situation, he likely never will. Golden Tate also has nice upside, but it wouldn’t be crazy to see Baldwin become the second-best receiver on that Lions roster. Due to his inconsistency and ability to continue to disappoint, it also wouldn’t be shocking if he never passed Kevin Ogletree on the depth chart. Monitor this situation… one of Baldwin/Tate should benefit from all the defensive attention that will be constantly thrown at Calvin Johnson in 2014, who will still likely find a way to total 100 receptions, roughly 1,400 yards (or more) and 10+ touchdowns.

NEWS: Joique Bell (knee) cutting and accelerating with ease on Tuesday?

According to MLive.com, Lions RB Joique Bell, who missed OTAs and minicamp while recovering from a knee injury, was cutting and accelerating with “ease” during Tuesday’s training camp practice.

SMITTY: Player is one of our biggest sleeper rushers heading into this upcoming fantasy season. Why? Well, for a long write-up on the matter, read this. In a nutshell, the guy is a 50-60 reception running back that will likely be asked to run the ball a whole lot more in 2014. Last year, he rushed for 650 yards, pulled in 53 passes for 547 yards, and scored 8TDs. I think all that looks about right for 2014, except he could have a grip more yardage. For exact projections on Bell (and Reggie Bush, who can still produce RB2-type numbers himself in ’14), check out our full-season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections.

NEWS: Joique Bell feels 100 percent; Bell in for a big fantasy season?

According to mlive.com, Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) is full-go and is expected to be ready for minicamp. “I’m feeling 100 percent,” Bell said. “I’m feeling great.”

SMITTY: Joique Bell has breakout/sleeper written all over him. Sure, most knowledgeable fantasy owners know he has nice upside, but I think his ceiling is still quite a bit higher than his current ADP, which is 5.10 to 6.04. Now, Reggie Bush could run the ball 180-200 times, and 50+ receptions is almost a given for Bush (assuming he stays healthy), but the Lions have all kinds of room for both of these guys to produce given that they each pull in 50+ receptions. Bell could run the ball over 200 times and pull in even 55 passes in 2014; he might even punch in 8 scores. That’s high-end RB2 appeal, so 5.10-6.04 is a steal! Note: if Bush or Bell get hurt (and especially if both get hurt), get ready for the Theo Riddick show (grab him in deep leagues and make him a must-own if you have either Bush or Bell or both).

NEWS: Theo Riddick to serve a Darren Sproles-like role in DET?

According to freep.com, Lions back-up QB Dan Orlovsky sees Lions RB Theo Riddick taking on a role similar to that of Darren Sproles and he predicts that Reddick will have a breakout season and pull in 50 passes in 2014. “I’m telling you, if he doesn’t 50 catches this year, I’ll be surprised because he’s going to have opportunities and he’s very talented at it,” Orlovsky said. “I think he’s going to play that Sproles role, for sure.”

SMITTY: It’s important to not overreact with this, as it’s hard to imagine a big receiving or running role being available with both Joique Bell and Reggie Bush set to pull in 50 passes and at least 160-180 rushes each. All that said, keep in mind that Bush has a history of knee issues, so even if Dan Orlovsky is jumping the gun here, it’s not difficult imagining injury coming into play here, and that would absolutely open the door to a grip of carries and receptions. The point here, it might be time to grab Theo Riddick in deep dynasty leagues, as this isn’t the first time his name has come up like this.

NEWS: Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford look sharp in camp

According to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, the play of the day on Tuesday was when Matthew Stafford tossed “a 50-plus yard pass to Calvin Johnson that resulted in a touchdown during 11-on-11 drills.”

SMITTY: Being involved in a big play during camp isn’t news, but it’s nice to report that Calvin Johnson (finger and knee) looks fully healthy. Stafford looking sharp is great to hear as well, as he could be having a cup of coffee with the top 5-6 fantasy quarterbacks all season long in 2014. In redraft, Calvin is clearly a top 1-3 receiver, if not plain old No. 1. In dynasty, it’s never a bad idea to test out the good old trade waters when it comes to a player like Calvin, who is sitting at max value and turning 29. Selling is only wise if you’re getting tremendously-good value in return. The key word is “test” the trade waters… Need trade help? Go here:

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NEWS: Toby Gerhart to be used on all three downs?

The Florida Times-Union is reporting that the Jaguars like Toby Gerhart’s “ability to gain yards after contact and thrive on third down.”

SMITTY: Look, there are several reasons to like Toby Gerhart right now, but there are even more reasons to sell-high in dynasty formats. Don’t sell-low, I’m not predicting that Gerhart will for sure be a bust, but given that fantasy worlds seem to be settling into the idea that this guy holds steady RB2-type value, I say package Gerhart in a more complex deal and upgrade another runner into stud territory (or make a lateral move into a safer-type player, one that you’d be just fine with should Gerhart even go on to prove to be the real deal). And, as far as redraft leagues go, I’m not sure about you guys, but now that Gerhart is pulling in ADP data around names like Andre Johnson, Trent Richardson, Chris Johnson, and even Cordarrelle Patterson, I’m staying clear of the Jaguars’ rusher (at those prices at least)… I even love me some Joique Bell over Gerhart heading into yearly-league drafts! If you roll with Gerhart in any format, though, Jordan Todman is a must-own handcuff! Our Draft Analyzer, which will certainly help you maneuver through such dilemmas, will be 2014-ready soon!

Source: Florida Times-Union