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Radio: Week 16 Show (Wed)


Check out our Week 16 Radio Show (WED edition), hosted by Russ Bliss (The Red Zone). Russ has had this fantasy football show for over 20 years and it’s the longest running fantasy football radio program on the planet. This week, we talk injuries, start bench, dynasty, IDP injuries, IDP Advice and more.

Week 14 Radio Show (WED)


Below you will find Russ Bliss Week 14 Radio Program (Wednesday show), where he talks IDP fantasy football, standard fantasy football, injuries, start bench advice, waiver wire advice and more.

Week 10 Radio Show

Below is our Week 10 Fantasy Football Radio Show. Listen to Russ Bliss and Smitty as they breakdown Week 10 Sleepers, Breakouts, Trade For candidates, Start Bench Advice, Waiver Wire Advice, and more.
Russ Bliss has had his Red Zone Radio Program on the air for 20 years now, which makes his fantasy football program the longest-running fantasy football radio show in the world.

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Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 16)

Below is our Breaking News Wire for Week 16. Check back all morning long, and stay tuned to our Smart Alerts as well, as news can often break last-minute!

NEWS: According to Rotoworld, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has confirmed that Saints QB Drew Brees (foot) will play today (Sunday/Week 16) against the Jaguars.

FANTASY: He is playing with a torn plantar fascia, know that, but he would be tough to sit in most any situation given his upside. Colston is out, but Ben Watson is expected to play (as of now). Anything can change last minute, so stay on the news and smart alerts all morning!

NEWS: Dez Bryant (foot, ankle) is inactive for Week 16 against Buffalo.

NEWS: Titans declared Marcus Mariota inactive for Week 16 against the Texans.

FANTASY: Zach Mettenberger will start.

NEWS: According to reports, Ravens QB Ryan Mallett will start Sunday against the Steelers.

FANTASY: Jimmy Clausen could be sent in if Mallett struggles early.

NEWS: Vincent Jackson (knee) has been ruled out for Week 16.

FANTASY: Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be a real sneaky Week 16 play, and of course, get ready for a ton of Mike Evans in this one.

NEWS: Jarvis Landry (knee), Lamar Miller (quad) and DeVante Parker (ankle) are all three expected to play Week 16.

FANTASY: Setbacks happen last-minute, so stay on the news if you plan to play any of these guys.

NEWS: Matt Hasselbeck (jaw, back, neck, ribs) is probable for Week 16 against the Dolphins.

FANTASY: This is a risky play. He should start, but anything can happen in warmups, and it’s just not a safe play. Charlie Whitehurst would start if for any reason Hasselbeck couldn’t go last-minute.

NEWS: Alshon Jeffery is looking to be out for Week 16.

FANTASY: Check back last minute but get him out of lineups.

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 9)

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News: 11/2 – Owen Daniels (knee) is active for Sunday night’s Week 9 contest against PIT.
Take: The tight end has been cleared to play even though he just had surgery on his knee roughly a week ago. Be cautious using him this week, as he could be on a snap count in this one. In this battle, we expect to see a whole lot of Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Ben Roethlisberger is a fine start coming off his monster 6TD performance last week, but expect more of a 2TD-type performance this week (and hope for more). He was on pace for 22-23TDs prior to last week, so expecting a grip of 3+TD performances moving forward isn't advised, but he can certainly throw down a 3+TD outing on occasion, no doubt.

News: 11/2 – Lamar Miller left Week 9 against the Chargers with a shoulder (left) injury.
Take: He had 49 yards rushing and a touchdown on 11 carries prior to leaving. We will keep you posted, but word is that he couldn’t raise his arm above his head when on the sideline — His availability next week is in question.

News: 11/2 – Zach Miller is inactive for Week 9.
Take: Luke Willson will be the TE in Week 9 for SEA.

News: 11/2 – Nick Foles done for the day with a clavicle (collarbone) injury.
Take: This is horrible news for Foles owners and Eagle fans. We will keep you posted on this one, but it’s not good that he didn’t return and could indicate that the collarbone is broken. If broken, Foles will be out a significant amount of time, if not the remainder of the regular season.

News: 11/2 – Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will be playing in some serious snow in Week 9.
Take: Not only is it snowing, but reports are that the accumulation of the snow falling will add up to as much as three inches on the field. What does this mean for fantasy owners? Well, snow can be tricky, as it’s not all that uncommon to see passers toss for multiple TDs in snowy weather, even if yardage is reduced. Still, all in all, this isn’t a good thing for both offenses, especially if the wind stays strong. Should fantasy owners sit studs due to the snow? No. Always start your studs, even in snowy conditions. All it takes is for a defender to slip and studs like Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Rob Gronkowski could take a short reception to the house. Expect to see a lot of Jonas Gray in this one, and Denver will also look to feed their runner, Ronnie Hillman, a decent amount of carries. With that, though, game flow could improve or eliminate plans of rushing the football, especially in snow. Snow just adds a whole lot of unknowns here, and not all of those unknowns will necessarily be negative. Note: The snow is being cleared, it’s just a matter of whether the snow stops after it’s cleared. Have dilemmas with your line-up due to this news? Get on our fantasy football forums and get some advice!

News: 11/2 – AJ Green is active and will start in Week 9 against the Jaguars.
Take: This is no surprise, but we just wanted to let you know it’s official that he is a go. Mohamed Sanu is still a super-strong WR3 at the very least, as Green could be looking at a snap count. Snap count or not, if Green is playing, you have to play him. Andy Dalton is a sneaky QB start this week now that he has Green back. Jeremy Hill has sneaky-good RB2-type value (if not more) this week with Giovani Bernard out for Week 9 with a hip injury.

News: 11/2 – Tony Romo (back) is officially inactive for Week 9 against the Cardinals.
Take: This was already in motion, but we wanted to let you all know that it’s official. Brandon Weeden will be the Cowboys’ starter in Week 9, which downgrades both Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. While the team will surely try to run more against the Cardinals’ tough rushing defense, you have to think that the rushing attack stands a better shot against that DST with a balanced attack. Still, he is a RB1 this week because he can take a carry ‘house’ at any moment.

News: 11/2 – According to Adam Caplan, “While the #Buccaneers did activate RB Charles Sims on Saturday, hearing that they may wait another week to play him.”
Take: Even if it’s just a one week thing, get ready for the Bobby Rainey Show in Week 9. Game flow can always take a runner out fantasy-wise, so know that, but if you need a sleeper RB2-type start this week, Rainey is your guy! Doug Martin is inactive.

News: 11/2 – Kyle Rudolph (groin) is inactive for Week 9.
Take: No surprise here, but we wanted to let you all know.

News: 11/2 – Storm Johnson is inactive for Week 9.
Take: Denard Robinson is the guy in JAC now, no question. We liked Johnson, but the momentum is clearly with D-Rob.

News: 11/2 – Darren Sproles (knee) is listed as probable for Week 9.
Take: He is expected to play, no doubt, but using a player like Darren Sproles clearly depends on your team’s depth/situation. For quick line-up dilemma advice, jump on our Fantasy Football Forums! LeSean McCoy, still a strong buy-low candidate given his upside vs cost right now, should have a bounce-back outing in this one, although his fantasy owners are growing tired of his inconsistencies. All in all, we expect that Philly offense to have a big Week 9. As for Zach Ertz, he is expected to see a grip of red zone targets moving forward in this offense, and he is a fine sneaky-good TE1 moving forward. Make sure he isn't on waivers in your league!

News: 11/2 – Robert Griffin III (ankle) is expected to start Week 9.
Take: As we have said all week, he should be grabbed in most leagues, but only play the passer this week if you’re in desperate need, as he could be a bit rusty. RG3 under center gives fantasy bumps to both DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and even Jordan Reed. The team is expected to lean on Alfred Morris this week as RG3 gets back into the swing of things, which is great news for Morris owners. Morris owners should grab Roy Helu, though, as there is a tiny bit of long-term concern about Morris right now. Call it a precautionary move backing the starter up, especially when Helu is so talented.

News: 11/2 – AJ Green (toe) “will play today” against Jacksonville according to ESPN.
Take: This is great news, and he should be much more than just a decoy in the game. Still, it’s hard to count on him as his usual self. He should be in all line-ups though if he is a go. Of course, check back with us via our news wire and Smart Alerts all the way up to kickoff, as setbacks can happen in warm-ups with these kinds of things. Note: Giovani Bernard (hip) is out for this one, making Jeremy Hill a sneaky-good RB2 play this week.

News: 11/2 – NFL Network’s Desmond Purnell is reporting that Tony Romo (back) will not play today against the Cardinals.
Take: Of course, check back with us all the way up to kickoff, as there still is some thinking here that Romo will try to warm-up and test out his back. However, Brandon Weeden looks to be the Cowboys’ starter in Week 9, which downgrades both Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. While the team will surely try to run more against the Cardinals’ tough rushing defense, you have to think that the rushing attack stands a better shot against that DST with a balanced attack. Still, he is a RB1 this week because he can take a carry ‘house’ at any moment.

News: 11/2 – Tony Romo, who has two broken bones in his back, is expected to test the back out early Sunday.
Take: Brandon Weeden is expected to start if Romo, who is currently ‘questionable’, can’t go, and we’d say he is heading in the direction of ‘doubtful’ vs ‘probable’. Stay tuned and expect at least one more Smart Alerts on this topic this morning.

News: 11/2 – Zach Ertz and the Eagles could use the tight end more in the red zone moving forward.
Take: This guy is on our Upside Board for a reason. Yes, he and Nick Foles are off to a slow start, but Ertz is a red zone beast and tough to cover. Expect him to have a strong finish to the 2014 fantasy season.

News: 11/2 – The Bucs have activated RB Charles Sims off injured reserve/designated for return and the runner is expected to play in Week 9.
Take: While anything can happen on Sundays, Doug Martin is doubtful and Sims will be used cautiously… this leaves Bobby Rainey most of the Week 9 touches. There is risk, but he is a sneaky-good start in Week 9. If something pops up news-wise regarding the workload being more of a split, we will fire out another smart alert on this, so be certain you’re signed up for our Smart Alerts.

News: 11/2 – Reggie Wayne (elbow) is probable for Monday night’s battle between the Colts and Giants.
Take: Donte Moncrief owners were hoping Wayne would enter this game with a snap count, but early word is Wayne won’t be too limited. I think Moncrief has earned an exciting amount of touches, but the return of Wayne certainly isn’t good news. So, if you are running Moncrief out onto the field in Week 9, you can be hopeful, but curb expectations a bit.

News: 11/2 – Rashad Jennings (knee) is ‘out’ for Week 9.
Take: No surprise hear, although, there is a chance Jennings could return in Week 10. We will keep you posted on this next week, but until then, expect a solid effort by Andre Williams on Monday night. He could be good for 80+ rushing and he could have a strong shot to score in the contest! Check your waiver wire just in case, as he is strangely available in some leagues.

RADIO: Week 8 Sleepers, Add/Drops, Trade Advice and more

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 8 of the 2014 fantasy football season!

Wednesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 10/21/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: IDP, Sleepers, Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em, Breakouts, Trade Advice and more

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SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 6)

This Week 6 Sunday News topic will be updated all Sunday long!!!

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News: 10/12 According to a few lingering reports, Carson Palmer starting Week 6 isn’t yet a lock, although many sources suggest Palmer is starting.
Take: Just know he is a risky play at this point and use another option if for any reason your considering going Palmer in this one.

News: 10/12 Terrance West is inactive for Sunday’s Week 6 game against the Steelers.
Take: Ben Tate is a fine play this week, and Crowell is the clear No. 2 in CLE right now.

News: 10/12 Fred Jackson (ankle) is active for Week 6 against the Patriots.
Take: He has flex upside. Hopefully CJ Spiller gets on his horse this week!

News: 10/12 A.J. Green (toe) is inactive for Week 6 against the Panthers.
Take: Mohamed Sanu has fantasy WR2 appeal in this kind of role; Marvin Jones is inactive.

News: 10/12 Bishop Sankey will start at running back for the Titans in Week 6; Shonn Greene is inactive.
Take: This is as expected, and Bishop Sankey is a super-sleeper start this week.

News: 10/12 Charlie Whitehurst will start at QB in Week 6.
Take: No surprise, and unless you play in 2QB leagues, this news isn’t going to help you.

News: 10/12 Johnathan Stewart is inactive for Week 6.
Take: Darrin Reaves and Chris Ogbonnaya will take on the workload in Week 6.

News: 10/12 Storm Johnson will start for the Jaguars in Week 6 at TEN.
Take: While there is always risk in these kinds of plays, we really like Johnson this week and have been talking him up as much as we can. Again, know the risks in case you’re considering benching a bigger name for him, but if in need at the RB position, he is a fantastic high-risk/high-reward play.

News: 10/12 The Packers have declared WR Jarrett Boykin inactive for Week 6 against the Dolphins.
Take: Davante Adams will get a healthy dose of targets yet again.

News: 10/12 Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson, Joseph Fauria are all inactive for Week 6 against the Vikings.
Take: Joique Bell and Golden Tate are going to be leaned on in this one!

News: 10/12 Montee Ball and Cody Latimer are inactive against the Jets in Week 6.
Take: Ronnie Hillman will start in this one, but C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson could both see touches, as DEN is known for entertaining the ‘hot hand’ approach in these cloudy running back situations.

News: 10/12 Marqise Lee and Cecil Shorts are both active for Week 6 against the Titans.
Take: Neither have huge upside unless in larger leagues. Allen Hurns doesn’t look like he’s starting in this one, but he still could have a nice outing in very deep leagues given the coverages he could face.

News: 10/12 Adam Caplan just tweeted this about Jaguars RB Storm Johnson: “Team [JAC] wanted to move him up weeks ago behind Gerhart, but he was dealing with a lingering ankle injury.”
Take: A storm might be headed our way in Week 6, as the runner is one of our risky, yet high-upside, starts of the week.

News: 10/12 Tom Brady (ankle) will start Week 6 at BUF.
Take: There was some concern about Brady in this one, as it seemed to be big news that he made the flight with the team, but all systems are go for Brady. He still has starter potential in all formats, but of course that could depend on who you have as your other fantasy passer.

News: 10/12 Jordan Reed (hamstring) is active for Week 6 against AZ.
Take: How many snaps he will get is very much up in the air, which makes him a high-risk/high-reward play this week. Niles Paul is still in the picture, too.

News: 10/12 Reggie Bush to miss Week 6.
Take: No surprise here, and with Calvin Johnson out, the team will lean on both Golden Tate and Joique Bell, who is one of our sneaky RB2 starts of the week.

News: 10/12 Both Vincent Jackson (ribs) and Mike Evans (groin) are expected to start Week 6.
Take: Stay close to this one in case either suffers a setback. Our Smart Alerts will have you covered!

News: 10/12 Derek Carr will start Week 6.
Take: This is solid news for that Oakland offense, although, the passer is only starter material in 2QB leagues.

News: 10/12 Carson Palmer will start Week 6.
Take: This is great news for that Cardinals offense. While much depends on how effective Palmer can be, it could bump Michael Floyd back into fantasy WR2 territory. With Palmer under center, Ellington should have less defensive attention, too.

News: 10/12 Shonn Greene to sit Week 6.
Take: No surprise here, and Bishop Sankey remains one of your sneaky starts of the week.

News: 10/12 Jimmy Graham could miss 2-3 weeks following the Saints Week 6 bye?
Take: This is horrible news for Jimmy Graham and Drew Brees owners. We will keep you updated as more unfolds next week.

News: 10/12 is predicting that Andre Williams will get 20-25 carries this week and get over the 100-yard mark.
Take: We agree, as he is a fantastic start this week. While anything can happen, especially if the Eagles got up big in a hurry, but 100 rushing yards and a strong shot at a score sounds about right for A-Will in this one.

News: 10/12 Vernon Davis (back) is questionable for Week 6, and according to numerous reports, the tight end isn’t sure if he will be able to play on Monday night against the Rams.
Take: After feeling like he was going to play earlier in the week, this situation is getting cloudy. Start preparing as if he won’t play, but stay tuned to our news wire and Smart Alerts on this one.

News: 10/12 Tom Brady (questionable) traveled with the team to Buffalo; he is dealing with an ankle injury.
Take: Stay tuned to our news wire and Smart Alerts on this one.

More Start Bench, Trade, Waiver Wire help to come!

RADIO: Week 6 Sleepers, Add/Drops, Trade Advice and more

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 6 of the 2014 fantasy football season! We have both shows from this week below!

Tuesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 10/7/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: Sleepers, Start and Bench, Breakouts, Trade Advice and more

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Wednesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 10/8/14

Guest: Gary Davenport

Topics: IDP, Sleepers, Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em, Breakouts, Trade Advice and more

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ARTICLE: Week 5 Fantasy Football Roundtable

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Hey, everyone. Our friends over at FantasyPros again invited us to participate in an Expert Roundtable, this time for Week 5. Below are the five questions asked to every expert on the panel, and below each question is my answer to each question. Enjoy, and good luck in Week 5, everyone!

Q1: Name one “sleeper start” for Week 5 and give us an example of a player or two you like this guy better than as a starter.

“Jeremy Hill (at NE): The Bengals are feeding Gio Bernard monster touches, and Gio was/remains one of our biggest breakouts on the year, but that Bengals offense has room for Hill. He could be a 40-60 yard rusher with a score every week (with upside for much more). He is a fantastic start, especially this Sunday night against a struggling New England team. The Bengals might be running a lot in the 4th.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

Q2: Who should fantasy owners be most concerned about as a potential bust this week?

“Alfred Morris (vs SEA): This is a tough matchup and Washington looks rattled. Even though the Seahawks are on the road, this is a Monday night contest, and I think Seattle shines early and often. This not only takes out the Redskins’ rushing game in the second half, it’s just a flat out horrible rushing matchup for Morris. Plus, Roy Helu is ultra-talented and he could steal touches in this one, especially on 3rd downs.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

Q3: Which surprise stud from last week is most likely to treat fantasy owners to another strong outing? Eli Manning (vs. ATL), Larry Donnell (vs. ATL), Justin Forsett (at IND), Travis Kelce (at SF), Terrance Williams (vs. HOU), Eddie Royal (vs. NYJ)

“Larry Donnell: Donnell feels like the real deal, and he should have success against Atlanta this week. That said, I still love Travis Kelce despite the tough SF matchup, and Justin Forsett has sneaky upside just as long as you’re not sitting a bigger name, as that Ravens’ rushing attack is very cloudy.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

Q4: If you’re in a bind and need a desperation flex (i.e FLEX ECR worse than 115), who would you roll the dice with as a high upside option?

“Andre Williams (RB, vs ATL): With an ECR of 125, I think Williams is very underrated this week against a Falcons rushing defense, which ranks in the bottom 5 in the league against the run.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

Q5: LeSean McCoy owners are undoubtedly concerned about his early production. Give us your prediction for Shady’s stat line (rushing yards, receptions, TDs) vs. the Rams.

“Buy-low on LeSean McCoy, as any risk of him not truly bouncing back will be built into that buy-low value. I see him posting a line like this in Week 5: 60-70 rushing, 3-4 receptions for 40-50 yards and 1 TD.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

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