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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?

NEWS: Ryan Mathews (MCL) not yet cleared to run; the Branden Oliver Show continues.

SMITTY: You almost have to think the Chargers will hold Mathews out until after the Week 10 bye, but stranger things have happened. Clearly he won’t be ready for Week 7 or Week 8. Even if he made it on the field in Week 8, it wouldn’t be with a heavy workload. Branden Oliver is an exciting start right now, he truly is a gifted rusher with a great situation right now. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Mark Ingram to return to action in Week 7?

SMITTY: It looks like Mark Ingram (hand) could be close to “full go” for Week 7, but it wouldn’t surprise us if he was eased back either. Regardless, this just makes the Saints backfield cloudy and confusing again, as Pierre Thomas has proven to be a beast when given the touches/targets, and the same can be said for Khiry Robinson. Start any of these guys at your own risk moving forward. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Darren Sproles (MCL) to miss one game?

SMITTY: The Eagles are on a bye this week, but this is good news for LeSean McCoy owners, who want to see him in the 15-20 carry territory in Week 8. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Zac Stacy (calf) expected to play Week 6 on Monday night.

SMITTY: The calf doesn’t look like it’s an issue, but Benny Cunningham does. We like Stacy, he is truly a talented rusher, but so is Cunningham, and if Stacy leaves the door open even a little, even 1-2 weeks from now should his calf injury emerge again, this could get dicey for Stacy owners. My advice is not to sell-low, but test the trade waters now just to see what’s what, and absolutely test the trade waters after this week should Stacy drop a strong outing. Checkout where we have him ranked on our Week 6 Power Rankings.

NEWS: Adrian Peterson could be arrested?

SMITTY: It looks like Peterson is facing possible arrest for violating the terms of his bond “due to an admission that he smoked marijuana.” He reportedly told a court employee that he “smoked a little weed” before providing a sample on Wednesday, and “prosecutors have requested that Peterson’s bond be rescinded, and that he be arrested.” Wow is all we can say. The running back has a trial in December.

NEWS: Storm Johnson about to become the Jaguars starting RB?

SMITTY: Toby Gerhart saw just 10 snaps in Week 5. He got banged up, but he still has been seeing a decrease in snaps as of late, as he saw just 20 the week prior, which was 10 less than the week before, which was 5 less than the week before, which was over 10 from the week before that. See the pattern here? The writing is on the wall and that writing says ‘Get ready for the Storm Johnson show. Will it be a big event, or will he get all the touches, but still not manage big-time fantasy scoring? That’s tough to say, but he is a must-grab right now, that’s not in question. Looking for Week 6 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Andre Ellington dials up 112 receiving yards and 2 total TDs in Week 5; Michael Floyd a good buy-low?

SMITTY: In Week 5 against the Broncos, Andre Ellington ran the ball 16 times for 32 yards and a touchdown, while pulling in four passes for 112 yards and another score. That should push him back into the ‘elite’ conversation for rushers. He still isn’t 100 percent, but he is far too elusive to ever bench in your RB2 slot. Looking for Week 6 trade advice? Is Michael Floyd a great buy-low? Jump on our Forums and then also use our Trade Analyzer! Also, keep in mind that we plan to release a buy-low/sell-high article in the next 48 hours or so, so stay tuned for that!

NEWS: Arian Foster (hamstring) misses practice on Wednesday; Alfred Blue a must-own for Foster owners.

SMITTY: While this isn’t a good sign, he did play last week, even if he only managed 8 carries for 6 yards. He did pull in a solid 7 receptions for 55 yards, though, so his lack of production can mostly be blamed on the offense and game flow, as you just don’t pull in 7 passes as a runner if super limited. Foster is truly a boom or bust play against Dallas, who could get out to an early lead in this one. That said, if he suffers no setbacks and enters Week 5 set to take on a starter’s workload, you almost have to run him out onto the field (unless you’re just stacked at running back, and very few owners can say that right now with all the running back injuries, byes and chaos going on). Alfred Blue is a must-own for all Foster owners, and given Foster has returned to action, buy-low now in case he is on and off the field all year long! Looking for Week 5 Power Rankings?