Archive for Shane Vereen

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: Tom Brady throws for 3TDs on Thursday night; Shane Vereen totals 114 yards and 2TDs in Week 7. Chris Ivory runs for 107 and a TD.

SMITTY: Shane Vereen, for the first time this season, looked like a feature back. Sure, he only ran the ball 12 times, but that was his first double-digit carry game this year, and he totaled 47 yards on those carries. His 71 receiving yards and two TDs on five catches was beast-like and it’s starting to look like New England knows what they have in Vereen. He is back to RB2 status, folks! Tom Brady was solid once again this week, tossing for 261 yards and 3TDs against the Jets. Rob Gronkowski pulled in five passes for 68 yards. On the Jets side of the football, Chris Ivory rushed the ball 21 times for 107 yards and a touchdown. He has RB2-type upside as far as talent goes, however, will the Jets feed him constantly? That’s always the question. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jonas Gray promoted from practice squad; could he crack the NE rotation?

SMITTY: This is a cloudy situation for sure, and just because Stevan Ridley is out for the year, that doesn’t make this situation easy to figure. Shane Vereen deserves double-digit carries moving forward now that Ridley is done, but will New England feed their best rusher carries? They are kind of known for doing the opposite of what you’d imagine at the running back position, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Jonas Gray, a power back from Notre Dame, somehow earned significant playing time. Granted, it won’t be surprising if he is a non-factor as well, but the point is, he deserves monitoring. Brandon Bolden is the logical choice for goal line work in Week 7. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Brandon Bolden a must-grab with Stevan Ridley (ACL) out for the year? Shane Vereen to see increased value?

SMITTY: It’s tough to predict how the Patriots will use their running backs moving forward, but with Stevan Ridley (ACL) done for the season, you have to think the team will start giving Vereen double-digit carries, something he surprisingly hasn’t yet seen this year. Brandon Bolden could either see a whole bunch more action, or he could just remain the goal line back — It’s really tough to predict this situation, so just grab Bolden in all formats just in case he starts to see starter-type carries. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Stevan Ridley out for the year with a torn ACL/MCL.

SMITTY: Update: Updating the report below, Stevan Ridley is done for the season with tears to both his ACL and MCL. Awful news.

SMITTY: It looks like it is a torn ACL, but we will likely know for sure soon, and this news wire and our Smart Alerts will let you know. Shane Vereen gets a significant bump in value with this news, while both Brandon Bolden and James White could somehow rise up from all this.

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 3)

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News: 9/21 (03:20pm) Andre Ellington (foot) is active for Week 3 against the 49ers; Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) is inactive for Week 3 against AZ. Carson Palmer is also inactive.
Take: Andre Ellington should see a grip of work in this one, and despite his foot, he remains one of our bigger breakouts this year. He has been doing outstanding fantasy-wise considering the foot and his loss of Carson Palmer. Derek Carrier will get extra run at TE this week for the 49ers.


News: 9/21 (03:17pm) Jamaal Charles is inactive for Week 3 against MIA.
Take: This was fully expected, but we wanted to give you official word. Knile Davis has fantasy RB1-upside this week.


News: 9/21 (03:17pm) Danny Woodhead was carted off the field with a severe ankle injury.
Take: Horrible news, as he was truly setup to shine in PPR formats while Ryan Mathews was out. We will keep you updated on his injury and how long he might be out.


News: 9/21 (12:55pm) According to rotoworld, the Texans have announced that Alfred Blue will be their starting runner against the Giants today (Week 3).
Take: As I/we said this morning, I really like this kid and he is a sneaky, but risky, Week 3 play. I am playing him in one league despite the risk. His upside is big. Alfred Blue and Jeremy Hill are the sneaky RB starts of the week.


News: 9/21 (12:41pm) DeSean Jackson is on the field and warming up to play.
Take: Jackson looks like a go in this one. Of course, anything can happen during warm-ups, but you're signed up for Smart Alerts, so you're covered! We will send an alert back out should something change. Kirk Cousins is a sneaky start this week if you need a QB. Pierre Garcon owners were probably hoping Jackson wouldn't go, but I don't think DJax is fully healthy, so Garcon could see more targets than usual. Start Niles Paul if you got him, as Jordan Reed is out!


News: 9/21 (12:39pm) FOX’s Jay Glazer has confirmed that Jamaal Charles (ankle) is not expected to play in Sunday’s Week 3 contest against MIA.
Take: Knile Davis has low-end RB1 appeal in this one. Be sure to check back just in case anything changes with Charles’ status, but Week 3 should be all Knile Davis.


News: 9/21 (12:33pm) Shaun Hill (thigh) is active for Week 3 against DAL.
Take: Austin Davis was expected to start, but it appears Hill is working out with the starters. Neither QB should be starting in fantasy leagues unless the league is a large 2QB league.


News: 9/21 (12:13pm) Bengals OC Hue Jackson “doesn’t have a number” in mind in terms of how many carries he’ll split up between Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard.
Take: You guys all know by now how much I love Giovani Bernard, as I believe he is a top 5-10 fantasy rusher this year. Even with that stance, I love Jeremy Hill, and that offense has room for both runners. Today might be the game Jeremy Hill explodes, and again, I can’t stress enough I still believe fully in Gio. Hill is going to be used early and often between the tackles, and he will have 8-10TD potential this season. He is averaging 4.9 yards-per-carry and is coming off a 15-carry game in Week 2. Don’t bench a stud or big name for the guy, but Hill is a fantastic flex-start this week (and moving forward).


News: 9/21 (12:13pm) According to rotoworld, Danny Woodhead is listed as the starting running back for the Chargers this week.
Take: We’ve been saying it all week, Danny Woodhead is the best RB in SD right now, especially in PPR. Donald Brown is expected to get early-down work, but Woodhead has more appeal fantasy-wise.


News: 9/21 (12:05pm) Keenan Allen (groin) is active for the Chargers’ Week 3 contest against BUF; Ryan Mathews is inactive.
Take: This is the best buy-low WR in fantasy right now. Why? Yeah, yeah, he hasn’t done much in Weeks 1 and 2, right? Well, he faced AZ in Week 1 and Richard Sherman and SEA in Week 2. Well, let me tell you, if you watched Allen against Sherman, you’d be quite impressed. Allen has amazing footwork, speed and route running ability. He is a fantasy WR1 talent-wise – We hope the Keenan Allen show starts in Week 3!


News: 9/21 (12:01pm) Dez Bryant (shoulder) is active for Week 3 against STL.
Take: This was expected, but it’s great to get confirmation that Dez is ready to explode in Week 3.


News: 9/21 (12:01pm) Tavon Austin (knee) is inactive for Week 3 against DAL.
Take: He isn’t a viable starter right now anyway.


News: 9/21 (12:01pm) Aaron Dobson is inactive for Week 3 against OAK.
Take: He isn’t a viable starter right now in fantasy anyway.


News: 9/21 (11:56am) Bernard Pierce (thigh) is inactive for Sunday’s Week 3 contest at CLE.
Take: Justin Forsett and and the rookie we have been talking up for weeks, Lorenzo Taliaferro, would likely split carries in this one with Pierce officially out. Taliaferro is a must-add in dynasty, and he remains a sneaky pick-up in larger redraft leagues — just know anything can happen carry-wise in this game, so be careful plugging either into your line up. Lorenzo Taliaferro has big upside if he plays a ton, though, but his workload is far from guaranteed — this week at least.


News: 9/21 (11:55am) A.J. Green (toe) is active for Week 3.
Take: This was expected, but it’s great to get further confirmation. Green is a top 1-4WR any week that he is on the field.


News: 9/21 (11:33am) NFL Network is reporting that Arian Foster (hamstring) is officially inactive for Sunday’s Week 3 contest against NYG.
Take: Alfred Blue and Ronnie Brown will most likely split some work, but if you need a sneaky play this week at RB, Alfred Blue is your guy! There is always risk with these starts, so know that, as Brown could get more reps than anyone can predict, but I love this kid Blue! Jonathan Grimes could see some run, hence the risk in starting anyone last-minute. I like Blue here.


News: 9/21 (11:23am) ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Shane Vereen (shoulder) is expected to play Sunday’s Week 3 contest against OAK.
Take: Check back last-minute, just in case he suffers a setback in warm-ups. Sign-Up For Smart Alerts to ensure you get real-time alerts on all this!


News: 9/21 (11:23am) Both Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) are expected to play in Monday night’s Week 3 contest against the Jets.
Take: This is solid info to have now, as some were considering using some Sunday options vs. those Monday night plays. Anything can happen in warm-ups, but both WRs appear ready to rumble on Monday night.


News: 9/21 (10:43am) Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) remains “doubtful” for Week 3.
Take: Unless a miracle occurs in this situation, Derek Carrier is going to get some extra run in Week 3.


News: 9/21 (10:18am) DeSean Jackson is expected to be available for Week 3.
Take: Expect him to play, but check back, as setbacks happen in warm-ups all the time.


News: 9/21 (10:18am) Wes Welker is expected to be a third-down/role player in Week 3 against SEA.
Take: He should return to his strong fantasy WR3 role at some point, but given the match-up and expected playing time, he might not be ready for that just yet.


News: 9/21 (10:16am) There is some buzz this morning suggesting that Bernard Pierce (thigh) may not play Week 3 against CLE.
Take: Justin Forsett and and the rookie we have been talking up for weeks, Lorenzo Taliaferro, would likely split carries in this one if Pierce cannot go. Taliaferro is a must-add in dynasty, and he remains a sneaky pick-up in larger redraft leagues — just know anything can happen carry-wise if Pierce sits, so be careful plugging either into your line up. Lorenzo Taliaferro has big upside if he plays a ton, but his workload is far from guaranteed — this week at least.


News: 9/21 (10:16am) NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Arian Foster (hamstring) is a “long shot” to play Sunday’s Week 3 contest against NYG.
Take: Alfred Blue and Ronnie Brown will most likely split work; Blue is a decent pickup if you’re in need, but just know he is boom or bust given that Brown could get more work than expected, or less work than expected. Blue is a great dynasty add, though, know that!


News: 9/21 (10:16am) Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is not expected to be available for Week 3 game against NE.
Take: Darren McFadden should see more work than normal. Let’s see if McFadden can hold-up.


News: 9/21 (10:05am) ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is expected to play against BAL.
Take: Great news, for now. Of course, check back with us closer to kickoff, as anything can happen in warm-ups.


News: 9/21 (10:04am) NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Jamaal Charles (ankle) is not expected to play Sunday against MIA.
Take: Check back of course, but for now, Knile Davis is expected to start. We will adjust the Analyzers/Rankings to reflect the change, but keep in mind that an earlier report, this morning, suggested that Charles had a good chance to play. Stay tuned, but expect Charles to sit as of now.


News: 9/21 (02:02am) Bernard Pierce (thigh) is listed as questionable for Week 3 at Cleveland.
Take: The Ravens signed RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, so you have to wonder if Pierce is more questionable than the Ravens are letting on. Pierce practiced on Friday, so expected him to go in Week 3 unless we send out another Smart Alerts on the guy. Just to ensure we’re saying it ahead of time, Ravens rookie RB Lorenzo Taliaferro could eventually see the field, and if he does, watch out. He is a great dynasty “go get” right now.


News: 9/21 (02:02am) Chris Johnson (ankle) is probable for Monday night’s Week 3 contest vs. the Bears.
Take: As sad as it is to say, CJ2K is merely a flex option at this point.


News: 9/21 (02:02am) Antonio Gates (hamstring) is probable for Week 3.
Take: Great news – After last week, be proved he still has some TE1 left in the tank.


News: 9/21 (02:02am) Chargers RB Branden Oliver will be active for Week 3 against the Bills.
Take: This is a dynasty sleeper right here. Be sure to consider grabbing this guy in those deep dynasty leagues. He could never see the field other than special teams, sure, but his talent level is big-time, so I hope he gets a shot. He will be the No. 3RB with Ryan Mathews out.


News: 9/21 (02:01am) DeSean Jackson is questionable for Week 3.
Take: This will be a game-time decision, so check back all the way up to kickoff, as well as sign up for Smart Alerts.


News: 9/21 (02:01am) Hakeem Nicks (illness) is listed as questionable for Week 3.
Take: This is a game-time decision, meaning you just have to check back frequently all the way up until kickoff (as well as sign up for Smart Alerts)


News: 9/21 (02:01am) Matt Schaub has been ruled out for Week 3.
Take: Derek Carr has a lot of dynasty appeal, it will be fun to watch him mature from Weeks 3-16.


SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 2)

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News: 9/14 (07:18pm) Ryan Mathews was carted off the field in Week 2 against the Seahawks; the injury is thought to be a knee/leg injury.
Take: Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown are currently the next players up. We will keep you posted, but getting carted off is not a good sign. This has always been the risk with Mathews and a big reason why he was always ranked so low on my dynasty and redraft rankings. Stay tuned.


News: 9/14 (07:18pm) According to Adam Schefter on Twitter, both Bears WRs Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall will be active tonight.
Take: It seems like both are a go, but keep tabs on the game at kickoff, as setbacks can happen in warm-ups. Just stay on top of it, and one way is to sign-up for Smart Alerts.


News: 9/14 (04:47pm) Jamaal Charles is now headed to the locker room.
Take: The good news is that he was walking to the locker room, not being driven, but he had a bit of a limp. It’s thought to be his foot. Knile Davis should be grabbed in all leagues if your league allows for instant add/drops. Charles owners likely own the backup already, but if not, be certain to grab him ASAP. Stay tuned. Smart Alerts will update you in real-time on this, so be sure to sign up!


News: 9/14 (04:40pm) Jamaal Charles is on the sideline having his foot looked at.
Take: Stay tuned on this one, hopefully he is back in the game shortly.


News: 9/14 (03:23pm) The Broncos have declared WR Cody Latimer inactive for Week 2 against the Chiefs.
Take: This is a healthy scratch, which is interesting given that Wes Welker (suspended) is still out. Folks, if you need a sleeper WR3 this week, Andre Caldwell is your guy! He will have plenty of run and opportunity this week.


News: 9/14 (03:01pm) Robert Griffin III has a dislocated ankle according to NFL Red Zone.
Take: This won’t help the “Kirk Cousins is better” movement that won’t seem to go away. The injury looked bad, and he was carted off the field, so don’t expect RG3 back anytime soon. Even if he is iffy to return soon, you have to think Washington will rest him longer than usual so that they can quietly give Kirk Cousins a proper run, as he deserves it. Stay tuned, and sign up for Smart Alerts to get real-time alerts on this.


News: 9/14 (03:00pm) Antonio Gates (hamstring) is active for Week 2 against the Seahawks.
Take: Ladrius Green owners were hoping that Gates would miss this one, but Green is still a decent high-end TE2 option until his playing time gets a bump. Given how Gates is older and always kinda banged up, buying low on Green (especially in dynasty) is a good idea.


News: 9/14 (02:31pm) Robert Griffin III was forced from Week 2 with an ankle injury; he will not return.
Take: Sign up for Smart Alerts to get real-time alerts on this.


News: 9/14 (02:31pm) DeSean Jackson was forced from Week 2 with a shoulder injury; he will not return.
Take: Jackson was attempting to pull in a deep pass from Kirk Cousins when he got hurt. Andre Roberts has replaced him in the line-up. Stay tuned.


News: 9/14 (02:31pm) A.J. Green was forced from Week 2 with a toe injury; he will not return.
Take: This is horrible news, especially since the injury has bothered Green all week. His Week 3 status is very much in question. Mohamed Sanu is now the top receiving option for the Bengals for the remainder of today.


News: 9/14 (01:08pm) Dez Bryant is headed to the locker room due to a head injury, or shoulder injury.
Take: We will keep you posted. Hopefully, like Antonio Brown on Thursday, Dez runs back out onto the field soon. Stay tuned.


News: 9/14 (12:59pm) Bobby Rainey is expected to start Week 2 against the Rams. Fox’s Jay Glazer is reporting that Doug Martin (ankle) is inactive for Week 2.
Take: Rainey is a decent desperate start for those who just lost Martin, but get on our forums if you have a dilemma and need some quick help!


News: 9/14 (12:35pm) Tom Krasniqi of 620 WDAE in Tampa Bay just tweeted this: “The feeling I’m getting is that #Bucs RB Doug Martin is UNLIKELY to play today. Regardless, expect to see a lot of Bobby Rainey.”
Take: Keep in mind that other sources suggest that Martin will play, and we cannot yet confirm that the above tweet holds more water. Just walk into this situation carefully, and know that Rainey might see a lot of action regardless of whether or not Martin plays. The good news is that the Bucs play in the late games today, but the bad news is many have to decide before the morning games kickoff. Stay tuned and sign up for Smart Alerts to get real-time alerts on this.


News: 9/14 (12:19pm) Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune has a “hunch” that one of Alshon Jeffery/Brandon Marshall plays on Sunday night against the 49ers.
Take: Word over the last hour has been that there is a “75%” chance neither Brandon Marshall (ankle) or Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) plays Sunday night against the 49ers, but everyone is doing their best job guessing on this one. We won’t know for sure until game-time, but my guess also is that one will play. Marshall looked like the one with the better shot to play earlier in the week, so my guess, and it is a guess at this point, is that if only one goes it will be Marshall. If either WR misses Week 2, and especially if both do, look for Jay Cutler to provide less fantasy points than expected. Matt Forte will be used heavily in Week 2, which is good for all Forte owners. Stay tuned!Stay tuned! And, sign up for Smart Alerts to get real-time alerts on this.


News: 9/14 (12:19pm) Tim Wright could be used more in Week 2.
Take: Playing Wright could be one of the sneakier moves of the week (just don’t bench a stud for the guy, we’re talking more of a spot start play of the week here). He isn’t even the team’s second or third receiving option, but he has TD potential, which makes him sneaky for those in need at the tight end position (like if you lost Jordan Cameron this week and have very little options on waivers).


News: 9/14 (12:01pm) Kenny Stills (quad) is officially active for his Week 2 contest the Browns.
Take: Stills has big-play ability, but can have a big TD one game, and nothing the next week. Use him only in large leagues knowing he is uncontrollably hot and cold.


News: 9/14 (12:01pm) DET has declared both WR Ryan Broyles and WR Kevin Ogletree as inactive for Week 2.
Take: Neither should have been starting in any format.


News: 9/14 (12:01pm) Aaron Dobson is active for his Week 2 game with the Vikings; rookie RB James White and WR Kenbrell Thompkins are inactive.
Take: Dobson could have some appeal later on in the year, but not quite yet, not until he proves healthy.


News: 9/14 (11:49am) Cecil Shorts (hamstring) has been declared inactive for Sunday’s Week 1 contest against the Redskins.
Take: Allen Hurns again enters another week as the top Jaguars receiving option. He is a fine fantasy WR3 this week.


News: 9/14 (11:48am) Sources suggest that Austin Davis will be the Rams’ starting quarterback in Week 2.
Take: Not a huge surprise, but note there is still a small, small chance a change could be made (meaning Hill starts) last-minute. For now, Davis looks like the starter, and our Analyzer/Rankings have been updated to reflect this. Neither was a recommended start of any kind this week (unless you play in a HUGE 2QB league — In that case, Drew Stanton is an option for you if you’re desperate, but again, only in HUGE 2QB leagues would we even consider starting either Davis or Stanton.


News: 9/14 (11:47am) Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is inactive for Week 2 against the Saints.
Take: Horrible news. Get him out of your lineups if you have him starting. Jump on our forums for advice on last-minute replacements. Quick names include: Ladarius Green (SD), Delanie Walker (TEN), Travis Kelce (KC), Larry Donnell (NYG).


News: 9/14 (11:45am) Adam Schefter of ESPN has confirmed that Andre Ellington (foot) is expected to play against the Giants in Week 2.
Take: No surprise here, and with Palmer out, Ellington could see a lot of run. Hopefully that Cards passing attack can keep the Giants’ defense a touch honest.


News: 9/14 (11:45am) Word is that Cam Newton (ribs) will have “no limitations” in Week 2 against the Lions.
Take: He could be rusty in this one, but he certainly has the talent to drop top 5-10 fantasy QB numbers during any start he makes.


News: 9/14 (11:45am)A.J. Green (foot) is officially active for his Week 2 contest against the Falcons.
Take: Green is ready to have a huge Week 2. Great news.


News: 9/14 (11:45am) Giants declared WR Odell Beckham inactive for Week 2.
Take: Not a recommended start anyway. But, Victor Cruz should be in for a lot of targets in this one.


News: 9/14 (11:40am) DeAngelo Williams (thigh) is inactive for Week 2 against the Lions.
Take: Get Williams out of your line-up if you have him in your line-up. Jonathan Stewart is a decent play if you are desperate at the position. Mike Tolbert will also get some run, and possibly the TD action.


News: 9/14 (11:35am) Sources are reporting that Carson Palmer (shoulder) will not play in Sunday’s Week 2 contest against the Giants.
Take: Palmer is dealing with some nerve issues in the shoulder after taking a hit last Monday night. Not that Stanton can’t surprise, this is clearly bad for both Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald. Stanton has four career starts to his name. Could it have a negative impact on Andre Ellington? Sure, but it’s also possible that the Cards run more in this one, and they could have success. For the long-term, Ellington owners really want Palmer back, but it wouldn’t be shocking if the Giants still can’t stop Ellington in this one. We will keep you updated on Palmer, but as it stands now, he is very questionable for Week 3.


News: 9/14 (4:15am) Jaguars RB Storm Johnson (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 2.
Take: The Redskins, who face the Jaguars this week, lost NT Barry Cofield (ankle) last week, so Toby Gerhart (ankle, probable) has a decent match-up here. Not that Gerhart can’t play well all year, but he is a great sell-high candidate if he does have a strong Week 2.


News: 9/14 (4:12am) ESPN New York is predicting that Cardinals WR Michael Floyd will be shadowed by Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in Week 2.
Take: It looks as if teams are already seeing Floyd as the No. 1 WR in AZ, something we predicted this off-season. This could be good for Fitz owners, as he could finally see the ball again. We still love Floyd moving forward; he still has low-end fantasy WR1-type upside the rest of the way (but of course don’t buy him at that value – you never want to buy a player at max value).


News: 9/14 (4:11am) ESPN Boston is expecting Patriots RB Shane Vereen to get more early-down and short-yardage opportunities in Week 2.
Take: Take: This is fantastic news considering Vereen received three goal-line touches last week. Vereen has sneaky-good high-end RB2-type upside moving forward (in PPR).


News: 9/14 (4:10am) Andre Ellington (foot) says that he is “good to go” for Sunday’s Week 2 contest against the Giants.
Ellington, working on a short week, returned to a limited practice on Friday. The Cardinals’ official website confirms that it would “probably be an upset” if he doesn’t play Sunday. Ellington clearly wasn’t 100 percent in Week 1, but still totaled 80 yards on 18 touches.
Take: He saw limited action in practice on Friday, but no outlet or source is reporting that he has any chance of missing Week 2. Is he 100%? No, but managing 80 total yards and getting 18 touches is pretty darn good for a player we’re all worried about. It’s a shane he isn’t 100%, as Ellington was one of our bigger RB2 breakouts this year… let’s hope he gets going against the Giants defense.


News: 9/14 (4:05am) Wes Welker will not play in Sunday’s Week 2 contest against the Chiefs.
Take: Once a new drug policy is ‘official’, we fully expect Welker to return to action in Week 3. Anything can happen, though, so stay tuned on this one.


News: 9/14 (4:04am) Rams QB Shaun Hill (questionable, thigh) traveled with the team to face the Bucs in Week 2.
Take: This looks like a game-time decision, with Austin Davis looking to start in place of Hill if he can’t go. Stay tuned, although, no one should be starting either Hill or Davis in Week 2.


News: 9/14 (4:04am) The NFL confirmed that Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who is deactivated for Week 2, could be looking at disciplinary action under the league’s personal-conduct policy.
Take: “Could” is the wrong word if you ask us. I think “will” is the better word. Read more about our stance here. Matt Asiata will start Sunday against NE, and rookie Jerick McKinnon, who we talk up here, is expected to see touches.


NEWS: James White now ahead of Stevan Ridley?

According to an ESPN article, Patriots rookie RB James White could “cut into” some of Stevan Ridley’s early-down carries in 2014.

SMITTY: Stevan Ridley is a tough player to trust. If he got the carries, he likely do well per-carry, but his fumbling issues and the presence of James White just make trusting Ridley near impossible given his currently-unbelievable 6th-round ADP. White doesn’t even have an ADP yet, that’s how much of a bargain he is. Shane Vereen is occasionally falling into the early-to-late 5th-round, which could be quite a bargain in PPR. Looking for Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections?

NEWS: Rob Gronkowski not to play in preseason, but is practicing?

According to BostonGlobe.com, it “would be a surprise to see Rob Gronkowski play in any of New England’s preseason games” in 2014. He is practicing during both 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills.

SMITTY: I don’t think any Rob Gronkowski owners want to see him taking any more hits than he has to, and I highly-doubt the lack of action will impact his ability to pull in touchdown passes from Tom Brady. If healthy all year long, and that’s a big if, Gronk could easily pull in 80 passes for well over 1,100 yards and a strong shot at double-digit touchdowns, if not more like 12+ (and Brady could return to the top 3-5 for fantasy QBs for one more season). If I had to predict a number of games played for Gronk this upcoming season, I’d say 13-14, but anything can happen. Checkout where we have Rob Gronkowski ranked on our Week 1 Power Rankings.

2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft In July (Redraft, PPR)

Below is a 2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (in July), and below each round you will find my commentary/take on that round. This mock draft took place on our forums, so it’s a great indicator of current/true player values. The scoring for this fantasy football mock draft was assumed to be PPR, and it was done with a ‘redraft’ (2014 only) frame of mind. Thanks to all who participated. Enjoy.

Round One
1.01 – LeSean McCoy RB
1.02 – Jamaal Charles RB
1.03 – Adrian Peterson RB
1.04 – Calvin Johnson WR
1.05 – Eddie Lacy RB
1.06 – Matt Forte RB
1.07 – AJ Green WR
1.08 – Demariyus Thomas WR
1.09 – Julio Jones WR
1.10 – Jimmy Graham TE
1.11 – Marshawn Lynch RB
1.12 – Dez Byrant WR

Smitty’s Take: There weren’t very many surprises in round one, and their usually aren’t. Sure, a case can be made for Peyton Manning being round one worthy, but it’s not surprising to see him fall to 2.01. LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles and Adrian Peterson are spot on in my book, and I can’t argue a bit with 1.04-1.12 (aside from pushing Manning into that 1.09-1.12 range, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea).

Round Two
2.01 – Peyton Manning QB
2.02 – Monte Ball RB
2.03 – Aaron Rodgers QB
2.04 – Rob Gronkowski TE
2.05 – Doug Martin RB
2.06 – Brandon Marshall WR
2.07 – Antonio Brown WR
2.08 – Randall Cobb WR
2.09 – Demarco Murray RB
2.10 – Arian Foster RB
2.11 – Leveon Bell RB
2.12 – Julius Thomas TE

Smitty’s Take: Ok, so this is where one draft will look completely different than another draft (even if that mock draft took place on the same exact forum 10 minutes later). I love the value of Montee Ball, even though his value has climbed higher than most expected (aside from us, as we predicted the climb). This is a redraft mock, but we’ve been pimping Ball since last season, and he and Nick Foles (and Christine Michael) have been our top “go get” players all off-season long. This was when Foles was still in most everyone’s bottom-half of their top ten-ranked passers, and this was before Ball started sniffing second-round value (he was even a 4th-round player on average back in February). In redraft, though, don’t shy away from making Ball your second-drafted player, as he is very likely to crank out top 1-5RB numbers in that extremely-potent Denver offense. I wouldn’t even shy away from grabbing him ahead of Lynch in round one. Crazy? Well, let’s talk come season’s end.

Aaron Rodgers probably seems high to some, and not high to others. Frankly, how high QBs go depends on your league and league trends, so anyone suggesting that Rodgers at 2.03 is too early, or too late, is obviously speaking based on trends that they see league-wide. His 2.03 slotting above is neither too early or too late, as he can easily earn top 15 overall value. Doug Martin has a touch more risk than upside at his 2.05 slotting above, but if you can handcuff him to Charles Sims, you can minimize most of that risk. But, if drafting at that spot, I would have let him slide to the 2.10-2.12 range, which is where I’m more comfortable snagging Martin in 2014; he has tons of talent, but he also has an injury label that he needs to shake, plus he has a potential sharing situation heading his way. Arian foster has awesome value heading into 2014, as he constantly falls in that late second-round range. He may go in the first-round in some leagues, as again, every league is different with players like this (faced injury the prior season and has some overworked concerns). He has top 5RB upside, so 2.10 is low-risk/high-reward in my opinion.

Round Three
3.01 – Giovani Bernard RB
3.02 – CJ Spiller RB
3.03 – Nick Foles QB
3.04 – Jordy Nelson WR
3.05 – Victor Cruz WR
3.06 – Drew Brees QB
3.07 – Keenan Allen WR
3.08 – Zac Stacy RB
3.09 – Bishop Stankey RB
3.10 – Cordarrelle Patterson WR
3.11 – Andre Johnson WR
3.12 – Pierre Garcon WR

Smitty’s Take: I love the value of Gio Bernard at 3.01, but I don’t think you will see him fall that far on average. I could be wrong, and I sure hope that I am wrong, as I’d love this value in all my real upcoming 2014 fantasy football drafts. Gio Bernard is fantasy RB1-capable, yet he landed at 3.01 above… that’s crazy-good value, and again, that’s why I think that this won’t happen on average (he will more often be a 2.04-2.08 range player). Cordarrelle Patterson is now creeping into the 3rd-round in a lot of early 2014 mock drafts… expect this trend to continue, possibly even in the upward direction. He can earn that value, though, he has WR1-type upside, I just wonder if that production is still a year away. It might not be, but it gets a bit risky when you’re talking 3rd-round vs. 4th-round is all (I like him a lot in the 4th). Keenan Allen is another player that is climbing mock draft boards as of late, and let me tell you, I see the guy producing borderline low-end fantasy WR1-type numbers this year. He often falls into the 4th-round outside of STARTERS/DraftCalc communities, so snag him in the 4th-round where you can, as he can crush that value! Nick Foles is another player that ranks and gets drafted higher in DraftCalc and FFStarters worlds, so know that he often falls to the 4th-round, or even the 5th-round… and if I consider the 3rd-round still a steal (in terms of what he can do by season’s end), you can imagine how big of a steal he is to me at 4th- and 5th-round value. Use ADP data to your advantage and don’t draft Foles in the 3rd-round if you don’t have to, but I think we’re about to see Foles drop a top 3 fantasy QB season (with appearances with the top 1-2 on lots of occasions).

Round Four
4.01 – Andre Ellington RB
4.02 – Alshon Jefferey WR
4.03 – Matthew Stafford QB
4.04 – Alfred Morris RB
4.05 – Michael Floyd WR
4.06 – Vincent Jackson WR
4.07 – Wes Welker WR
4.08 – Frank Gore RB
4.09 – Andrew Luck QB
4.10 – Kendall Wright WR
4.11 – Percy Harvin WR
4.12 – Shane Vereen RB

Smitty’s Take: Not a lot of surprises in terms of players falling into this round, but I will say that Andre Ellington is the only running back left that has top 5-10 fantasy running back upside. He has almost no risk as a 4th- to 5th-round pick, because he pulled in 39 receptions as a rookie, and 40-50 receptions feels like a given entering his first season as a starter. Ellington has HUGE, HUGE upside! I can’t wait to watch him breakout!

Just Missed The Cut

Now, a 4th-round argument can be made for any of the below players, especially Ben Tate (if handcuffed to Terrance West), Tom Brady, and Chris Johnson.

Larry Fitzgerald
Reggie Bush
Sammy Watkins
Ben Tate & Terrance West
Trent Richardson
Toby Gerhart
Chris Johnson
Rashad Jennings
Joique Bell
Cam Newton
Tom Brady
RG3
Ryan Mathews
Mike Evans
Vernon Davis
Ray Rice / Bernard Pierce
Jordan Cameron
Michael Crabtree
Eric Decker
Lamar Miller
Mike Wallace
Matt Ryan
Tony Romo
Hakeem Nicks
Julian Edelman