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NEWS: Philip Rivers and Ryan Mathews both banged up entering Week 12?

SMITTY: So far we don’t see any signed either would miss Week 12, but both clearly aren’t fully healthy. Ryan Mathews was seen limping in the locker room after Week 11, but nothing appears to be serious – yet. Rivers was all kinds of banged up in Week 11, especially his ribs, but for now, he doesn’t appear to be at risk of not playing next week. Expect both to be on the Week 12 injury report, though. Mathews owners should keep hold of Branden Oliver.

NEWS: Shaun Hill to start for Rams in Week 11; Austin Davis benched.

SMITTY: He isn’t worth starting in anything but huge 2QB leagues. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Calvin Johnson fully practiced WED and will play Week 10 against MIA.

SMITTY: This is great news for Calvin Johnson owners, as it sounds like the stud is near healed from that bad ankle injury. Get ready for a strong run of games by the top 3 fantasy WR. Now is the time to buy-low on Calvin and Matthew Stafford, and consider selling high on Golden Tate. Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) is fine; Eddie Lacy have success in Week 10?

SMITTY: We are not concerned about his hamstring. Aaron Rodgers will be ready to do his usual fantasy damage in Week 10. The real question for this game is, will Eddie Lacy get over 12-13 carries? He had over 100 receiving yards last week, so he is still scoring well, but fantasy owners can’t rely on that kind of receiving production weekly, so hopefully the Packers lock into the idea of giving him 15-18 carries per game moving forward. We will try to bring you more on this topic as the week rolls along, and be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts, as we blast out last-minute advice on such things prior to kickoff(s). Checkout where we have him ranked for Week 10 !

NEWS: Josh McCown to start, Mike Glennon benched.

SMITTY: The Bucs have decided to turn back to Josh McCown and send Mike Glennon to the bench. You have to wonder how this will change the value of emerging rookie Mike Evans. Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Robert Griffin III practices in full on Wednesday; the QB could play Week 9.

SMITTY: This is a situation to monitor all week, as Colt McCoy played well enough in Week 8 to deserve another start if it means RG3 can get another week stronger, but it sounds like RG3 is making a strong push to give it a go. Stay tuned, especially if you plan on using whomever starts this week. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Tony Romo (back) is at best questionable for Week 9 against AZ?

SMITTY: According to Ian Fitzsimmons, of ESPN Radio, Tony Romo (back injury) is “questionable” at best for Week 9 against the Cardinals. This situation got a lot worse as yesterday moved along. Initially reported not to be the same back issue that ended Romo’s 2013 season, the injury is clearly something to be worried about if you own the passer in fantasy leagues. We will keep you posted via this news wire and via our Smart Alerts, so keep checking back with us. Without Romo in Week 9, Dez Bryant would get a bump down stat-wise, and even though one would think it could mean more running for DeMarco Murray, really, a balanced offense is the best thing for ground success against a mean Arizona rushing defense — Murray owners want Romo under center! Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Drew Stanton (concussion) cleared for Week 6; Larry Fitzgerald for Tom Brady trade rumors?

SMITTY: Getting Stanton cleared for Week 6 is solid news for the Cards, and it makes us think that the team will hold Carson Palmer (shoulder/nerve) out one more week just to be certain they can get him as healthy as possible before he commands the offense again. As for the Larry Fitzgerald for Tom Brady trade rumors, there is a speculative piece out by Sports World Report, nothing confirmed, but it’s an interesting move, something I’d love to see go down. The Cards have John Brown ready for an expanded role, and frankly the team doesn’t use Fitz properly. The defense is the Cardinals’ foundation, they would instantly be a bigger threat with Brady under center (despite his horrible play as of late – A new environment might help him remain top 5-6 capable for 1-2 more seasons). Again, this is merely speculation at this point, but interesting speculation for sure. Checkout where we have all those Cardinals receivers ranked on our Week 6 Power Rankings now that Stanton is at least going to be under center this week. Stay tuned for more updates on Palmer, as he could still play this week. We expect a big day for Andre Ellington in the Cards’ Week 6 battle against the Redskins. Of course, that Cards defense is an excellent play in this one!

NEWS: Eric Decker looking likely to play in Week 3?

SMITTY: Despite the hamstring issue, it looks like Eric Decker is on pace to play during Monday night’s Week 1 battle against the Bears. The problem here is that the game is on Monday night, so you may have to make a decision on Sunday. This is when our Smart Alerts come in handy, as well as our Week 3 Power Rankings, as our rankings might have one of your bench guys scoring more than Decker anyway. The Bears are currently 10th against the pass through two weeks, so this isn’t a great match-up for Geno Smith and Decker, but as always, anything can happen on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays, and really it boils down to your alternatives, which is why our Forums are so valuable! Get on there and talk about your lineup dilemmas!

NEWS: Robert Griffin III has dislocated ankle; could miss 6-8 weeks.

According to reports, Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will miss 6-8 weeks with a dislocated ankle.

SMITTY: The good news for Griffin is that an MRI revealed no fracture. The bad news for Griffin is that Kirk Cousins has a lot of supporters, and apparently Jay Gruden is one of them. He deserves a shot to run this offense. I hate saying that because I love Griffin, but the guy can’t stay healthy, and Cousins has proven enough to get a run at this offense even if Griffin is near-ready to return. If Cousins does well in this 6-8 week window, expect Washington to hold off on bringing Griffin back. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts to get updates on this situation.