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NEWS: Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray, will DAL be able to sign both?

SMITTY: According to several reports, Jerry Jones admitted recently that it will be challenging to retain both DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant heading into 2015. Murray, who is no spring chicken given he turns 27 shortly, might not command as much off-season attention as he hopes. That said, it only takes one team to look past his age and injury history, and if you look at what he did last year, he deserves a ton more than the low-ball offers the Cowboys have been slinging in the runner’s direction. Expect Dallas to focus on signing Dez, then expect them to refocus their attention on retaining Murray after the running back tests the open market. In Dallas, Murray has top 1-5RB upside heading into 2015; however, if in another situation, he could drop a lot from that slotting, Dallas is that good of a situation. Looking for Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: Marshawn Lynch rushes for just 59 yards against CAR; Lynch the top-projected back entering Week 20?

SMITTY: After a disappointing Divisional Playoff outing (59 rushing yards and 0TDs), Marshawn Lynch is our highest-projected rusher heading into these Conference Championship Playoff matchups. We have Lynch pegged for 112 rushing yards, 1TD, 1-2 receptions for 16 yards (and 0.29 receiving TDs, so a chance at a receiving score). Looking for more Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings heading into Week 20?

NEWS: Chris Johnson arrested on a weapons charge on Friday night.

SMITTY: While this is a misdemeanor charge, don’t expect it to help his odds of remaining a Jet in 2015. Unless he lands in a very unique situation in 2015, his days as a starter in the NFL are over. We shall see if that “unique” situation becomes available. Looking for Week 19 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: Aaron Rodgers and team not concerned over calf?

SMITTY: The team doesn’t appear to be worried about his calf, and neither are we. Expect him to be ready to rumble against the Cowboys in a Divisional battle. This should be a high-scoring event for all those Cowboys and Packers players. Looking for Week 19 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: AJ Green (concussion) ruled out for Sunday’s Wild Card Playoff game against IND.

SMITTY: He reportedly isn’t cleared via the league’s concussion protocol. Expect Mohamed Sanu to see increased opportunities in this one. For as long as Cincy can continue it, expect them to run, run, run with both Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. Bernard becomes a big piece of that offense when they need to pass the football, so both are quality plays if we’re talking just Week 1 of the fantasy football playoffs. We fully expect to see a bunch of Andrew Luck to TY Hilton in this Wild Card battle. Looking for Week 18 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: LeVeon Bell ruled out of Week 18 Wild Card game.

SECOND UPDATE: Get him out of lineups if you play in leagues that allow for the setting of lineups each week. As said below, expect Josh Harris to start, and be a decent flex this week, while Ben Tate gets some work. This Wild Card game should be loaded with a whole bunch of Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown/Martavis Bryant.

First UPDATE: Even if he plays in the Steelers’ Wild Card game against the Ravens, he won’t likely sniff a normal workload, but keep checking back with us all week long, as things can change fast. That wouldn't be surprising. For now, Josh Harris is expected to start against the Ravens (with Ben Tate getting touches). No matter what happens, we expect Pittsburgh to lean heavily on stud WR Antonio Brown. And, Martavis Bryant is a sneaky WR play in playoff formats. He has been spotty down the stretch in 2014, but the kid has huge big-play potential. Stay tuned! Looking for Week 18 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: LeVeon Bell very questionable for SAT playoff battle; Steelers sign Ben Tate.

SMITTY: The signing of Ben Tate definitely shows concern by the Steelers, at least for this Saturday’s Wild Card outing. If Bell sits, Josh Harris will get starter carries, while Tate will likely just see a handful. Stay tuned. Looking for Week 18 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: LeVeon Bell (hyperextended knee) has avoided ligament damage, but remains questionable for Wild Card game.

SMITTY: He is considered ‘very’ questionable for this Saturday’s Wild Card game, but the MRI today confirmed that he suffered just a hyperextension, which is great news for his long-term health. Our early guess is that Bell won’t play, but anything can happen, so stay tuned. The Steelers will look to Josh Harris, out of Wake Forest, if Bell can’t go.

NEWS: CJ Spiller resigning a priority for Buffalo this off-season?

SMITTY: Word is the Bills ‘hope’ to resign CJ Spiller, so I’m not so sure he will be labeled, or considered, a ‘priority’. He is a very talented rusher, we love the guy here at STARTERS, but even we can admit trusting him as the starter would be too risky for any team. Instead, he should be put in a situation where the team can use him like Darren Sproles is used in Philly, or even Gio Bernard in Cincy. Gio can still be a stud in this league if used properly, and yes, that allows Jeremy Hill to still be a stud as well. Usage is key with players like Spiller and Gio

NEWS: LeVeon Bell suffers hyperextended knee in Week 17; Steelers holding breath.

SMITTY: Bell was hit low, but jogged off the field after. He was limping, though, and the Steelers are anxiously awaiting news later today on the knee. We will keep you posted, as an ACL tear, or something severe, would clearly impact his 2015 value. Early reports suggest that there is no structural damage, which is a great sign thus far. Stay tuned.