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NEWS: DeAngelo Williams to start Thursday night (Week 9).

SMITTY: DeAngelo Williams is listed as probable for this Week 9 Thursday night battle between the Panthers and Saints. He will still split a decent amount of touches with Jonathan Stewart. 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: 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: Doug Martin is expendable now that Charles Sims (ankle) is back this week?

SMITTY: There is a lot of speculation surrounding this situation. Some sources are reporting that the Bucs’ organization is open to trading Doug Martin due to the fact that Charles Sims (ankle) is back in Week 9. It’s an interesting take considering Tuesday’s trade deadline is approaching, but with Martin not playing well, and given he can’t stay healthy, it is a bit tough imagining a team making a move for him. He is tremendously talented, but health is a real concern. Charles Sims is a must-add this week, as the team is fully expected to give him some work right out of the gate. He could be the starter soon, if not right away, or he could be shoved right into a RBBC with Martin and Bobby Rainey — the situation is still a bit cloudy, so know that. He is a must-add, though, just in case this shapes out like some close to the situation are expecting. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts for more info on players like this.

NEWS: Shonn Greene arrested for fleeing scene of a parking/ticket situation on Friday night.

SMITTY: It sounds like an officer was attempting to issue Shonn Greene a ticket for parking in a handicap parking space and the running back got into his vehicle and and pulled off some reckless driving on his way out of the spot and around the officer. Why can’t Greene move like this on the field? The rusher was charged with a handicap parking violation, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving and resisting to stop. He turned himself after finding out that he had a warrant out for his arrest, but he was later released after posting bond. It’s tough to say how this will change Greene’s ranking with the team, but it certainly won’t help him fend off the rising Bishop Sankey. Stay tuned to our Smart Alerts for more on Greene’s Week 8 status, but it should be the Bishop Sankey Show regardless.

NEWS: Jonas Gray could see an increased role in Week 8?

SMITTY: There are a few sources right now talking up Jonas Gray. No one is predicting amazing things, but what we are hearing is that he is considered the big back on that roster, which could spell goal line work. It could turn into more, it could be nothing. Basically, if you count on Gray this week for whatever reason, realize that using him is the definition of high-risk/reward. Shane Vereen should have a big Week 8, as he is the most dynamic rusher on that New England roster, but stranger things have happened in New England at the position. As for Vereen, he is probable after battling an illness this week — expect him to play unless you soon hear otherwise. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Travaris Cadet to be heavily involved in Week 8 passing game?

SMITTY: If you need a RB this week, consider grabbing Travaris Cadet, as many sources expect the rusher to be ‘heavily involved’ in the team’s passing game in Week 8. As Russ Bliss said on his Tuesday Radio Show, he could be used a lot more than people think with Pierre Thomas out for a bit. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Tre Mason ready to shine; Zac Stacy still a good buy-low despite Mason rising?

SMITTY: Look, it’s Tre Mason time, and no one is more excited than I am. I have been Mason’s biggest supporter since January, and I think he will go nuts moving forward, but now is a time to buy-low on Zac Stacy. This is especially the case for those that own just Mason, as you can lock in both backs, and Stacy won’t even command flex-type value. He isn’t even starting. He is now a back-up, so trade for him at that basement price. Why do I say this now, the moment Mason is getting unleashed? Well, for starters, Stacy is still a very good RB, and the duo makes for one solid option. Two, coach Jeff Fisher just recently said “it’ll be a week-to-week thing” at the running back position, and he even said: “Zac could get 25 carries this week.” Stacy won’t likely sniff double-digit carries let alone five, but the point is, nothing is for sure, especially decisions by coaches, and Stacy has enough appeal to go get at his rock-bottom pricing. All that aside, I can’t wait to see Mason run… don’t screw this up, Fisher! Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Pierre Thomas (shoulder) to miss 2-3 weeks; Ingram and Robinson to see more touches?

SMITTY: It’s tough to say who will benefit more from Pierre Thomas’ absence, but clearly both Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram will see an uptick in touches with this news. Both runners are boom or bust plays each week, as you just don’t know which will get more run. Plus, it seems like the Saints want to mix in some Travaris Cadet here and there, so the situation is still very cloudy even with Thomas’ injury. If you breakdown last week’s usage, Ingram commanded the early-down work, and Robinson dropped down to three rushes compared to Ingram’s 10. Our guess is that Ingram will benefit most, especially now that he is a week healthier, but anything can happen due to flow of game/hot hands. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: LeVeon Bell could face a two-game suspension in 2015 for marijuana arrest?

SMITTY: The stud rusher waived the right to a preliminary hearing on this DUI chargers and is expected to enter a first-offender’s program, which will reportedly dismiss the chargers. There is a bit of guess-work going on with this, so stay tuned. Also, it’s possible Bell sees a two-game suspension because of all of this, but most sources are suggesting that any suspension would be in 2015. Bell remains a fantastic buy-low candidate for Weeks 7-16, as he has top 2-4 fantasy running back upside, yet he can be bought right now at almost high-end RB2-type value. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?