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Wednesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 10/21/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: IDP, Sleepers, Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em, Breakouts, Trade Advice and more

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NEWS: Teddy Bridgewater inactive for Week 5; Rodgers, Cobb, Nelson and Lacy to have big nights?

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?

NEWS: Teddy Bridgewater availability to be decided game-time; Eddie Lacy to lose carries or thrive?

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?

NEWS: Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) held out of Tuesday practice?

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?

NEWS: Adrian Peterson (out indefinitely); Vikings intended to bring him back once legal case is resolved?

SMITTY: While it’s entirely possible that never plays in the NFL again, keep in mind that he is a first-time offender and his court hearing is October 8th. We can only speculate at this point what will happen, but as we posted early this morning when we broke the news on Peterson being placed on the NFL’s exempt/commissioner’s permission list, the window for trading Peterson away is closed. That window was open for just a short period of time, as Peterson looked likely to play Week 3, and we were pushing for owners to test those trade waters fast. Looking for how this affects our Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Adrian Peteson has been placed on the Exempt/Commissioners Permission List.

SMITTY: And there you have it, the window for trading away Adrian Peterson is gone. AP is required to stay away from the team, and there is no mandatory amount of time one can or cannot stay on this list according to the rotoworld report, which also suggested that AP would remain on the list until the legal proceedings were resolved. Matt Asiata is the starter for Week 3 and maybe a lot longer, with Jerick McKinnon likely to get his shot in the coming weeks. Looking for how this shakes up our Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Adrian Peterson reinstated and will play Week 3.

According to numerous reports, the Vikings have reinstated RB Adrian Peterson and he is expected to play Week 3 against the Saints.

SMITTY: The Vikes are reportedly pointing to ‘due process’ in regards to the indictment and charges of reckless/negligent injury to a child. Don’t be surprised if the NFL takes action if the Vikings won’t. I’m not suggesting that Roger Goodell will, but it’s certainly a possibility. Stay tuned, I’m sure we will be reporting on this at least a couple more times today – at least. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts in order to get real-time updates on this matter.

NEWS: Adrian Peterson to face more punishment by Vikings or NFL on Monday; Is McKinnon the solution for AP owners?

According to startribune.com, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (deactivated for Week 2) is likely to to face more action by either the NFL or Vikings on Monday.

SMITTY: I know everyone wants to know ‘what’ the action will be, but we can only speculate at this point. What is my speculation? My thinking here is that if the NFL hands Adrian Peterson anything less than what Ray Rice was handed, which is a year-long ban, it’s going to put the NFL in a situation where it appears they are suggesting that one form of abuse is worse or more accepting than the other. I am not suggesting that the NFL feels this way, just that not handing Peterson a year-long ban with an indefinite suspension will have too many up in arms. Again, this is all speculation on my part at this point, but I think AP owners better prepare for the worst here. Anything can happen, though, and that’s why both Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata need to be picked up in most all larger leagues (and especially if you are an AP owner). Who will be the main man if Peterson is out for the long-term? My early guess, and this is early, is that Asiata, due to experience, will start off carrying the load, but McKinnon was drafted with the intention of evaluating his fit in the offense for the long-term. He is a freakish athlete that, according to rotoworld, scored a 147.5 on the SPARQ, which is one of the highest scores among all running backs over the last 16 years. SPARQ was developed by Nike and scores athleticism, and Calvin Johnson types are in the 140-150+ range. No, I am not saying he is a lock to be anything close to the next elite rusher in the NFL, but his athleticism cannot be overlooked, and that makes him clearly the better long-term option in this situation (with Asiata being possibly the best Week 2 solution). Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts for when new news on this breaks!

NEWS: Adrian Peterson deactivated for Week 2; Matt Asiata to start, Jerick McKinnon to see work.

According to multiple reports, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been deactivated for Week 2; Matt Asiata will start in his place, with Jerick McKinnon also getting work.

SMITTY: This is awful and completely unexpected. The NFL, as well as the fantasy world, continues to take hits based on off-the-field issues by players, and this one is no better than the Ray Rice situation. From a fantasy perspective, you have to expect Matt Asiata to get first crack at starting, however, Jerick McKinnon is by far the most talented of the two. McKinnon has a lot of ‘dynasty’ supporters out there, so that should tell you that his long-term value is better than Asiata’s (should this situation stretch out all season long). Anything can happen, though, and that makes both Asiata and McKinnon add-worthy in all leagues. Honestly, though, I think it’s Cordarrelle Patterson that benefits the most here, and the team could run him out of the backfield a bit more than even they expected. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts so that you can stay on top of this situation. Checkout how this shakes up the Week 2 Power Rankings.

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