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NEWS: Jamaal Charles has high ankle sprain, but not a real severe one?

BJ Kissel, on Twitter, writes this from Chiefs coach Andy Reid on Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle): “It doesn’t look to be a real severe one, but it does have the component of a high ankle sprain.”

SMITTY: These can be multiple week type injuries, regardless. Knile Davis is this week’s top waiver wire grab, as he could total 100 yards and a TD with ease if given starter carries. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts, as we may have more real-time updates on Charles and his Week 3 status. As of now, it’s hard to imagine him playing in Week 3, let alone Weeks 3-5. With a Week 6 bye for the Chiefs, I could easily see the team holding him out through the bye. That could change in either direction, so stay tuned!

NEWS: Ryan Mathews has sprained MCL?

According to reports, Chargers RB Ryan Mathews is dealing with a sprained MCL.

Update: The injury will keep Mathews for most likely 4-6 weeks. Donald Brown will get a bulk of the work in place of Mathews, but Danny Woodhead could benefit as much.

SMITTY: Don’t be shocked if this turns into more, as sometimes these things do, but for now this is good news for Mathews owners. A sprained MCL could still mean that he misses weeks, it just all boils down to how bad the sprain/tear is. Danny Woodhead is a must-own entering Week 3, and his stat line will surely see an uptick for each game that Mathews misses. Donald Brown would actually get the ‘between the tackles’ carries, so he should be owned as well entering Week 2. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts so that you can get real-time updates on this situation.

NEWS: Jamaal Charles has only a mild ankle sprain?

According to reports, the early word on Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) is that he has a ‘mild’ ankle sprain.

SMITTY: This is fantastic news for all the Charles owners out there in a total panic. That said, if for any reason Knile Davis is on waivers, he is must-grab, and should really already be owned by all Charles owners given how well he can fill in when called upon (proven again by his 2TDs in Week 2). Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts to keep tabs on this situation in real-time.

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: Owen Daniels pulls in 2TDs in Week 2; Bernard Pierce and LeVeon Bell play solid.

In Thursday night’s Week 2 contest between the Ravens and the Steelers, TE Owen Daniels pulled in 5 passes for 28 yards and 2TDs, WR Steve Smith pulled in 6 passes for 71 yards and Dennis Pitta pulled in 3 passes for 30 yards. Bernard Pierce ran 22 times for 56 yards, while Justin Forset ran the ball 8 times for 56 yards (and added 4 receptions for 16 yards). On the Steelers side of the football, Le’Veon Bell ran the ball 11 times for 59 yards and pulled in 5 passes for 48 yards; Antonio Brown pulled in 7 balls for 90 yards despite leaving for almost a quarter with a head injury.

SMITTY: The important takeaways from this game are: First, Le’Veon Bell looks fantastic. He is speedy, shifty, he doesn’t look like the same rusher that we saw last year… he could be in for a big 2014. Second, Steve Smith isn’t done yet and is in a unique situation to produce for one more season. Will he be a fantasy WR2? I’d say probably not, but he has solid fantasy WR3 upside this year, he really does. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts, especially to keep tabs on players like Antonio Brown (head), who left this game for a bit to go through some concussion protocols. He appears fine, but our Smart Alerts are where it’s at to get all kinds of updates all week long!

NEWS: Eddie Lacy (concussion) in full pads at Packers practice on Thursday.

According to Tom Silverstein on Twitter, Packers RB Eddie Lacy was seen “working in full pads” on Thursday.

SMITTY: This is great news for Eddie Lacy owners. Staying healthy has always been a concern for me when it comes to Lacy (and now he has two concussions in 17 regular season games), but when on the field, there is no denying he has top 4-5RB upside… James Starks is a smart handcuff if you own Lacy… if his status changes prior to Sunday, you can bet our Smart Alerts will have you covered… Looking for Eddie Lacy Week 2 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Reggie Bush limited Wednesday icing his knee; Joique Bell a sleeping giant?

According to reports, Lions RB Reggie Bush (knee) was limited during Wednesday’s practice; Bush was seen icing his knee on Wednesday.

SMITTY: Predicting injury is a tough business to be in, but there is a reason Joique Bell has been one of my biggest sleeper rushers heading into 2014… Bush has huge injury risk with those knees, and given how aggressively he cuts and runs, the odds of Bush getting hurt are better than the odds of him staying healthy, especially given that he played through last year with knee issues. Even in a sharing role, that Lions offense force-feeds Joique Bell solid touches, proof by his 51 yards rushing and 1TD last week. On top of that, the guy catches 50+ passes a season in that sharing role. If not given the majority of carries, Bell still has awesome flex-type value… but, if given a starter’s workload, this could be the runner that puts strong RB2s on many fantasy benches in the near future. I say all this now not so that you all can go buy-high… go buy-low if you can, his value, if healthy, can almost go nowhere but up. Take a look at our Joique Bell Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Ben Tate definitely out Week 2; Terrance West to start.

According to numerous reports, Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) is definitely going to sit out Week 2; Terrance West will start Week 2 with Isaiah Crowell seeing action. Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is still day to day.

SMITTY: So much for Ben Tate’s “it’s nothing serious” tweet. And, it looks like a 2-4 week injury now. Terrance West, a player we said all season was an absolute must for all Tate owners, will start and likely have a big Week 2. We love West and think he can really thrive in this league while getting starter carries. Isaiah Crowell shouldn’t be overlooked as a potential long-term option in CLE, but West has the momentum and is a big-time receiving threat Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts for real-time updates on this situation (as well as Jordan Cameron’s situation/status).

NEWS: Ben Tate (knee) not seriously injured.

According to Ben Tate (knee) himself on Twitter, his knee injury is not serious. Here is the Tweet:
bentate tweet

SMITTY: This is good to hear, and it could put both the Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West projects on hold, or it will at least slow those projects down. Let’s see if Tate is being overly-optimistic… we will keep you posted on his Week 2 status, but it sounds like he has a real shot to play – at this point. Crowell and West remain solid 2014 prospects given how injury-prone Tate has proven to be. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts so you get all the updates on this in real time.

NEWS: Doug Martin (knee) not seriously hurt?

According to reports, Bucs RB Doug Martin (knee) is not considered seriously hurt.

SMITTY: His knee/leg injury is actually being called “minor” and it’s said that he could have gone back in to the game in Week 1 if he had to. This is great news for those fearing the worst here, but be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts so that you get alerted immediately should anything change. We are still a bit cautious with Martin’s Week 2 projections, but he remains a risky low-end RB1 heading into Weeks 2-16.