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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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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.

NEWS: Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett to split carries; no starter named as of yet.

According to reports, the Ravens have yet to name a starting runner for Week 2.

SMITTY: While it’s certainly possible that Justin Forsett is the main man moving forward, be a bit cautious blowing all your free agent bucks on the guy, as Pierce is still a very talented rusher, and he fumbled just one time and lost his job. Pierce isn’t a fumbler, so it wouldn’t be crazy to see him back in the line-up, or for BAL to play the hot hand. Also, rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro is a beast-in-waiting, so this situation is as cloudy as it gets. How can you attack it best? Sign-up for our Smart Alerts so you get tips and news as things unfold.

NEWS: Ray Rice offically released after new video released; Justin Forsett the top pickup of the week?

According to multiple reports, the Ravens have in fact released RB Ray Rice after new video was released showing Rice knock out his fiance in a hotel elevator back in February.

SMITTY: It’s actually official, Ray Rice has been released. It is hard to imagine any team giving him a chance under this light, nor does Rice deserve a chance given what took place in this newly-released video. This makes Justin Forsett the top pick-up of the Week, as he now is thrusted into the starting role in Baltimore. Don’t count out either Bernard Pierce or rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, who is one of the toughest runners I’ve ever seen, but for now the starting job in Baltimore is Forsett’s to lose. For more on this, and more on this week’s top waiver wire add options, be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts.

NEWS: Ray Rice diagnosed with shoulder bruise; Bernard Pierce the better back?

According to reports, Ravens RB Ray Rice has been diagnosed with a ‘shoulder bruise’ following Saturday’s preseason contest.

SMITTY: It sounds like he will be fine, especially given he can’t play until Week 3. Ray Rice still has the talent, I’m convinced that last year’s disappointment was more on that Ravens offensive line/offense than it was on Rice, proof by Bernard Pierce also struggling last year, and he is a big-time sleeper of mine in general. The problem for Rice, and Pierce for that matter, is that Baltimore might just use a mixed dosage of both all year long, but big-time performances in Weeks 1 and 2 by Pierce could set a tone heading into Weeks 3-16. The duo remains a high-upside RB2, if you can acquire both at that kind of total price tag. Keep an eye on this rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro – He is just impressive every time he touches the football. He runs with unbelievable power. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

Benard Pierce, Carlos Hyde, Jeremy Hill and Lorenzo Taliaferro all look strong in their preseason openers.

Jeremy Hill ran the ball six times for 36 years during his team’s preseason opener on Thursday night. Carlos Hyde ran the ball five times for 39 yards during his preseason debut against the Ravens; In the same game, Ray Rice ran the ball three times for 17 yards, Lorenzo Taliaferro ran the ball 13 times for 71 yards, and Bernard Pierce ran the ball 10 times for 37 yards and 1TD.

SMITTY: Lorenzo Taliaferro looked very good on Thursday night. He ran with authority and power. The problem is, he has two very good runners ahead of him in Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, who both have very high-end RB2-type upside if getting starter carries. Will this just be a RBBC in 2014? Or, will one runner get starter touches? If so, which one? I hope it’s Pierce, and he does get first crack in Weeks 1 and 2, as Rice is suspended for the season’s first two contests. Taliaferro has nice dynasty appeal despite his crowded situation. Both Carlos Hyde and Jeremy Hill look fantastic already, and both have flex-like value right out of the gate in 2014. Frank Gore is 31 and has a ton of mileage — Hyde is a big sleeper even past his immediate flex-like appeal, and the word is that Hill could get 200 carries in ’14 (and that’s with Giovani Bernard still likely producing top 5-10 fantasy running back numbers). Check out where all these guys rank heading into Week 1.

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NEWS: Ray Rice looking at a three-game suspension?

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, NFL Insiders indicated on Friday that Ray Rice could be looking at three-game suspension (possibly longer) resulting from his recent assault charge. “They’re [Ravens] preparing for him to miss, I think, at least three games,” Mortensen said.

SMITTY: Honestly, everyone is in “guess mode” with this situation, which includes the length of Rice’s suspension, as well as how Kubiak will utilize his other runners should Rice face a suspension. However, the Rice/Pierce duo is a relatively-undervalued RB2 heading into 2014, and Pierce has some strong dynasty appeal all by himself; the Ravens also recently inked rookie rusher Lorenzo Taliaferro. If forced to take a stab at this guessing game, I’m going to say that Rice misses at least weeks 1 and 2, and I’ll also predict that Pierce has a very strong start to the season, which will make it tough for Kubiak to take Pierce off the field upon Rice’s return. Now, Pierce struggled last year, but so did every other running back in Baltimore, which also needs to be considered if you’re in the camp that feels Rice is no longer capable of elite fantasy numbers. Under Kubiak, that Baltimore rushing attack will be much improved… it should produce, it’s just a matter of steering through this unpredictable situation. If it weren’t for Rice’s recent off-the-field issues, I think we’d be looking at a big bounce-back candidate. Things are what they are, though, and the situation has opened the door for the ultra-talented Pierce, who is capable of top 5-10 fantasy running back numbers per start. Forget about last year, Pierce is that good! Navigate through this situation carefully, though, and only do “buying” and “investing” (in terms of the BAL running backs) on the “cheap”. If you can get the Rice/Pierce combo at a cost that is less than a mediocre RB2, I think the risk is minimal and the upside is huge. Want to know how specific trades around these players impact your 2014 scoring outlook? Our Trade Analyzer has you covered.