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NEWS: Andre Johnson (concussion) back practicing and expected to play Week 16?

SMITTY: He was inactive last week but appears set to return against the Ravens. With Case Keenum/Thad Lewis as the top passers in Houston right now, it’s tough to know what you’re going to get out of anyone but Arian Foster in Week 16. AJ is a WR3 in most formats, though, and Hopkins can flirt with WR2-type numbers based on his talent alone, but again, with passers like Houston has, a dud week is just as likely as any sort of solid week. Horrible timing for Week 16. If Julio Jones sits (and he will be a Sunday morning call), make sure Harry Douglas (monitor his health) isn’t sitting on waivers, as he is a fine Week 16 plug-and-play if Jones sits. If Jones doesn’t sit, Douglas still has WR3 upside. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Julio Jones (hip) could miss Week 16?

SMITTY: Earlier reports suggested that coach Smith expects Julio Jones (hip) to play the Saints in Week 16, but we have seen this too many times before, where a coach, or player, promises the world and then sits. Don’t count on having Julio this week if just to ensure you’re prepared for the worst-case scenario. Harry Douglas, one of our top pick-up recommendations of the week last week, should be owned in all formats, as he is almost a low-end WR2 whenever Julio is out. We will keep you posted once we know more on the stud’s status for this most-important week in fantasy. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: DeMarco Murray (hand/surgery) has a chance to play Week 16?

SMITTY: According to several reports, the Cowboys are hopeful that DeMarco Murray (hand/surgery) can play in Week 16. This would seem quite reckless if the Cowboys shoved him out onto the field, as they have already given him record-breaking touches this year, a workload that often times destroys a player heading into that next NFL season. Joseph Randle is a must-grab right now for all fantasy owners, as he can be a top 5-10RB this week if Murray sits. Standby for more on this topic, but our guess is that Murray will remain questionable all the way up to game day. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: DeMarco Murray suffers broken hand and will require surgery.

SMITTY: Horrible news. DeMarco Murray will undergo surgery to repair the hand (left), but he hasn’t been officially ruled out of Week 16. We expect him to miss Week 16, but stay tuned. Players with similar injuries have been known to come back in 1-2 weeks, but since most fantasy seasons end after Week 16, Joseph Randle becomes the top pickup of the week! Lance Dumbar could see in uptick in production as well, but Randle is a tough runner capable of 100 yards and a score any game he gets big carries. Stay tuned.

NEWS: Eddie Lacy (hip) and James Starks to split carries in Week 15?

SMITTY: This could be a frustrating situation for Eddie Lacy owners here in Week 15 when it counts most… if the two share carries, this could limit Lacy’s ability to be a RB1 this week. Because he has so much talent, upside, and solid situation, it’s hard to bench Lacy in any situation unless your RB depth is just super-deep, but it’s safe to expect some Starks vulture action in Week 15. We will let you know if we hear more regarding this situation! Starks is a decent “reach” play at a flex spot if you need one, so make sure he isn’t sitting on waivers. Expect big Week 15 performances out of all Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb and especially Jordy Nelson. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Montee Ball (groin) lands on IR, done for the season.

SMITTY: Injuries and slow-starting killed Montee Ball fantasy owners in 2014, and I admit I was a big believer in Ball entering this year. I still think he has talent, and the situation was ideal in Denver (proven by the success of CJ Anderson), but Ball's road back into any starting line-up will be a long one. CJ Anderson has low-end RB1 upside heading into the final three Weeks of the fantasy season, however, his dynasty value is still quite shaky, so selling high isn't a bad idea in dynasty, especially if your team is no longer in he playoffs. Don't sell-low, that's not what I'm suggesting, but selling high is just smart given you're likely getting a safer future option if you're trading right, or you're upgrading a player into an elite player using Anderson (whom you likely acquired off the waiver wire). As for Week 15, I expect HUGE bounce-back outings out of all those Denver players! Week 15 should be good to those who own Denver players! Check back on the status of Julius Thomas before kickoff, but if things stay on track, he is a top 3-4TE lock heading into Week 15. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Andre Johnson (concussion) remains questionable for Week 15; Arian Foster probable.

SMITTY: He failed to get medical clearance on Friday, so he remains iffy this week. He if AJ plays, he won’t be 100 percent, so we might see the DeAndre Hopkins show no matter what. Also, Arian Foster (groin) is now probable, so both Foster and Hopkins going to see a grip of action in Week 15. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Marshawn Lynch ready for Week 15!

SMITTY: He is probable to play and probable to produce top 5-10RB numbers any week he plays. His future in Seattle might be in question, but his value in Weeks 15 and 16 aren’t. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Demaryius Thomas (ankle) probable for Week 15.

SMITTY: He practiced in full on Friday, according to most reports, so he is back in the top 1-5WR range for Week 15. We expect a huge bounce-back effort out of Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders (and hopefully Julius Thomas returns to action with some top 5TE production). Also, CJ Anderson is now probable for this game and fully expected to play. He was limited some on Thursday with an ankle injury, but is fully expected to be back to starter carries in Week 15. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Denard Robinson (foot) our for the season.

SMITTY: This is bad news for those counting on “Shoelace” as their low-end RB2 in Weeks 15-17. Toby Gerhart, Jordan Todman, and Storm Johnson will likely split the carries moving forward (with no real front-runner for starter carries – yet). Robinson’s future is decent, but cloudy. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?