SMITTY: It looks like he will undergo surgery, which isn’t a good sign, but he will have plenty of time to recover before next season. While McKinnon maintains solid dynasty value, there are a lot of unknowns for him and that situation heading into next year. As for the rest of this year, look for a ‘hot hand’ approach to be used, especially for Week 14, meaning both Matt Asiata and Ben Tate could see extra run, but predicting which will outscore the other is difficult. There is still a chance Adrian Peterson could be active in Week 15, but it’s just a chance and not a lock. Stay tuned for more AP news! Looking for Week 14 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: His back is clearly bothering him, and his return date is unknown. Matt Asiata becomes a decent start in Week 14, and if you need a RB off waivers to replace McKinnon, look at Stepfan Taylor, who starts this week in place of the injured Andre Ellington. Looking for Week 14 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: With Matt Asiata ruled out for Week 12, Jerick McKinnon is set for a nice workload this week. Ben Tate will serve as the back-up rusher in this one. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Not good for those hoping Adrian Peterson would return to the field this season. Essentially what this means is that Roger Goodell, the league’s commissioner, is now in control of when he can remove Adrian Peterson from the exempt list, and even if Adrian Peterson wins his appeal, as the league suspended the runner for the remainder of the season already, Goodell has the power here. While anything can happen, so we will stay on this over the next week, it’s time to let go of the idea of AP playing in 2014. The values of both Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata both go up for the remainder of this season. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: It sounds like per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, a hearing on an expedited grievance must happen within seven days of filing, which irons out to Nov. 22nd in terms of when a resolution is required. He is a must-hold right now, of course, as he would be an instant top 5RB if reinstated to play. A return would destroy the values of Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata. Stay tuned. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Here are the facts, other than the fact that this will be a touchy subject, as many will refuse to even add him out of principal. Here are the facts, though… 1) Adrian Peterson was never suspended, he has been on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, meaning only Roger Goodell can reinstate the rusher. 2) He has received over $5 million over his 8-missed games, so he has still been getting paid. 3) There is a good chance that he will be handed a suspension due to accepting a plea, however, Goodell can consider his missed time as ‘time served’ and reinstate Peterson as soon as next week. 4) The Vikings appear more open to the idea of his return than originally though. Everything is speculation at this point, folks, but this news makes Adrian Peterson a must-add right now (as many dropped the rusher earlier this year). Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?
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Wednesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss
Topics: IDP, Sleepers, Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em, Breakouts, Trade Advice and more
SMITTY: Looks like Teddy Bridgewater believers will have to wait for his return. Jarrett Boykin is also inactive in this contest. As for that Vikings rushing game, there are two schools of thought here. First, the team will run the ball a ton, and they will, but for how long? The second school of though is that GB will get out to an early lead forcing MIN to ‘try’ to pass their way back into the game. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon are both set to get some good work early on, but their carry totals by the end of the game will be dictated by the flow of this contest. Cordarrelle Patterson is sitting in boom or bust territory in fantasy worlds, but our advice has been to buy-low, as his current trade value is low enough that risk is just about built-in. Hopefully he is unleashed tonight! As for Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy, it’s hard not to expect big performances out of every single one of them, as that Vikings defense is middle of the road against both the pass and the rush. This is a big game for Lacy, as his owners are about ready to jump ship. Looking for Week 5 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: It sounds like Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) wants to play and the Vikes will just play it safe right up until about 90 minutes before kickoff. Anything can happen in warm-ups, so be sure to stay all over our news and Smart Alerts, but our early guess is that Bridgewater will make a strong push to get onto the field tonight against the Packers. If the QB can’t play, the team will try to run the ball a ton, but if the game gets out of hand, that plan could collapse by the second quarter. Jarius Wright is a much better play with Bridgewater in the line-up, as proven by his monster Week 4 under Bridgewater’s command. As for Eddie Lacy, one report (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) is suggesting we could see more James Starks tonight in Week 5. Sure, this could be the case, but the Pack could also get out to an early lead, in which we’d also expect to see a lot of Starks. Lacy is a boom or bust player at this point; he is the definition of a boom or bust buy-low candidate. If he continues to struggle, he could turn into one of the bigger busts of 2014. If he bounces back, those that bought low could win leagues. This week could determine a lot for Lacy owners, good or bad. The same could be said for Cordarrelle Patterson, who we have pegged as a great buy-low this week. That said, it’s entirely possible his breakout season doesn’t unfold until next year, which is why it’s a boom or bust move to buy-low on CP right now. However, if you truly buy-low, risk is minimized, so be certain to offer the right deals (use our Trade Analyzer!). Looking for Week 5 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: It’s a short week for Bridgewater and the Vikes, as they face off against the Packers this Thursday night. Wednesday’s walkthrough will be telling, but this could be a game-time/warm-up type of call. Without Bridgewater, though, you have to think that the Packers will get out to an early lead, which won’t be good for Matt Asiata or Jerick McKinnon. It also downgrades Jarius Wright and Cordarrelle Patterson quite a bit if Christian Ponder is in the line-up instead of the talented rising star. Stay tuned! Looking for Week 5 Power Rankings?