SMITTY: Get Jermaine Gresham and AJ Green out of playoff fantasy football lineups! As we said before, when AJ Green was doubtful and not ‘out’, we expect to see a whole bunch of Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. However, if the Colts get out to an early lead, both backs could be limited on the ground, meaning Hill could have more value early on in the game, with Gio being used a lot more later on in the contest. Game flow will determine a lot with those Bengals players, and Mohamed Sanu will surely get a ton of looks with both Gresham and Green out. With the Bengals left without their best player, we will likely see a ton of Andrew Luck to TY Hilton/Coby Fleener/and gang. Looking for Week 18 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?
SMITTY: We will keep you posted on this one, but this clearly gives bumps to both Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, both of which hold different value from week to week. Despite his injury issues, it’s hard to imagine Ben Tate not landing with a team soon, as many teams are in need of a rusher right now. The Colts are a great candidate with Ahmad Bradshaw out for the season, and Trent Richardson looking awful… it isn’t tough imagining Ben Tate climbing up that Indy depth chart. The Steelers could also give Tate a look, as they released LeGarrette Blount today. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This sounds like a multiple week injury, at least initially. Stay tuned on this one and be sure to sign up for our Smart Alerts if you haven’t already. Clearly Trent Richardson would gain more value if handed more carries.
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
Topics: IDP, Sleepers, Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em, Breakouts, Trade Advice and more
Hey Starters Nation:
We had a few big injuries in Week 7, along with some other injuries worth monitoring. Here we go:
Injuries Heading Into Week 8:
C.J. Spiller broke his collarbone on a 53-yard run and is done for the season. Fred Jackson was injured early in this game as well — Both were carted to the locker room. The Bills have a bye in Week 9, but early word is that Jackson is already looking “out” for Week 8. Get ready for the Bryce Brown show, a player we said to go get prior to kickoff on Sunday (especially in dynasty). Now he gets to show his stuff. Make sure he isn’t on waivers in your league, especially if you lost either/both of these backs.
Reggie Bush (groin) received just nine touches in Week 7, as he was clearly still bothered by his ankle. Joique Bell is a dark horse RB2 of ours moving forward, but of course he can be had lower and should be valued lower (but with upside for that kind of production). If Bush stays moderately banged up for a bit, Bell will surely see some serious action. If Bush returns quickly, we still like Bell as a sneaky flex. Bell is extremely gifted, but he is the kind of back that gets better with carries and lots of work — We hope he gets a big dose of carries moving forward, but we aren’t in charge of his workload (unfortunately).
Pierre Thomas left Week 7 with a shoulder injury, Trent Richardson pulled a hamstring, James Starks injured his ankle, and Corey “Philly” Brown suffered a concussion. T-Rich being out only increases Ahmad Bradshaw’s value well past his RB2-type status, and an injured PT gives bumps to both Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, but all these injuries just described above could be less serious, or more serious, than initially thought, so stay all over this news wires and our Smart Alerts for updates.
According to ESPN, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson had this to say on RB Trent Richardson: “Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability. We’re all accountable here. I will say this, there are a lot of backs last year that wouldn’t have got [2.4] considering the amount of people he had in that box and the amount of bodies that were hitting him before he even seemed to get the ball sometimes. He’s such a hard runner, we know how tough he is, but he’s got to produce just like all these guys do on this final 53.”
SMITTY: Honestly, there is a lot of truth to the fact that many backs would have done poorly given Trent Richardson’s situation (new environment, lots of stacked boxes, watching his backup come in and see different defensive fronts). That said, Richardson might be battling a head game at this point, and if that remains the case heading into Weeks 1 and 2, he could be in trouble. If he can shake last year’s disappointments, and this year’s fear of repeating all that, I have faith he can run hard and run well. It’s honestly 50/50 that T-Rich shakes this head game – It will be good to analyze him once or twice more prior to Week 1. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
According to reports, Colts RB Vick Ballard suffered a torn Achilles and is done for the 2014 NFL season.
SMITTY: Not that Vick Ballard was a huge threat to Trent Richardson, but there is one less player to worry about should the Colts have T-Rich on a short leash in 2014. Ahmad Bradshaw averaged 4.5 YPC and scored 2TDs in his three-played games in 2014, so he is the threat to Richardson should he look anything like he did last season. Honestly, though, I am liking T-Rich entering August drafts, as he holds a ridiculously-good 5th-round ADP, which has essentially all risk built right into the investment. He can still be a top 10 fantasy running back. He can bust as well, sure, but he can still be an elite talent, don’t write him off yet. Check out where we have Trent Richardson ranked on our Week 1 Power Rankings.
According to Mike Wells on Twitter, Colts coach Chuck Pagano would “like to have a ‘bell cow’ when it comes to the running back position but he’s not against having RB by committee.”
SMITTY: With a 5.05 ADP, Trent Richardson has all kinds of upside heading into August drafts. Sure, he failed everyone last year, but he only has Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard to fend off. There is risk, as it was almost head-scratching how T-Rich couldn’t get it going at any point last season, but if you examine his runs, you can find some tough running in the footage, mixed in with a lot of bad situations where he’d immediately get hit at the line of scrimmage. I think Richardson has more reward-type upside than risk at anything close to his 5th-round ADP, so I’m buying in 2014! See where Richardson ranks on our Week 1 Power Rankings!
According to usatoday.com, Colts coach Chuck Pagano predicts that Trent Richardson will have a “great” season in 2014.
SMITTY: This is a tough one, honestly, it is. I was sold on Trent Richardson last year, and he just didn’t deliver. In his defense, changing teams during a season is never easy, and I watched tape on the runner and he had some strong runs if you dig deep enough. The talent is there, but it’s almost as if his struggles last year were mental and confidence-related. That’s the only part that has me hesitating on his 5th-round ADP. Now, that’s not a bad risk/reward in the 5th-round, as I truly believe T-Rich has the talent, I am just not sure if he has shaken whatever made him ineffective for most all of last season. Here is what you have to ask yourself if on the clock and looking at Richardson’s name tag… are the other available players still a better grab? Players often available at Richardson’s ADP are: Ben Tate, Chris Johnson, Michael Floyd, Jordan Cameron and Joique Bell… All the runners listed have similar risk levels and similar upsides, but I’d have to say a handcuffed Ben Tate seems like the better 5th-round buy heading into August!
According to NFL.com, Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson believes he is in for a breakout season in 2014. “I’m going to be a top-five playmaker,” Patterson said. “I’m a playmaker, I like to make plays. Like I tell them, just get the ball in my hands I feel like I’m special with it. I just like to do special things with the ball.”
SMITTY: Cordarrelle Patterson is on most everyone’s breakout radar, however, the guy can still smash his currently-rising ADP, which has now climbed into the 4.12-5.03 range. His ADP has climbed quite a bit over the last two months, there is no denying it, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t nicely outplay it even at 4.12-5.03 value, as that’s where players like Roddy White, Chris Johnson, Trent Richardson and DeSean Jackson are being taken. A couple players below the 4.12 spot are players I like as much as Patterson, like Michael Floyd and Joique Bell, but Patterson has as much value, or more, as some players in the 3rd-round, like Reggie Bush, Vincent Jackson, Victor Cruz, and Ryan Mathews. I love VJax and Cruz this year, so I’m not predicting bust for those guys, I just feel that Patterson also belongs in that late 3rd-round range with those big names, which is fantastic news for those able to snag him in the late 4th- or early 5th-rounds. Want to know where we have all these players ranked based on your exact league scoring? Get your hands on our fantasy football cheat sheets 2014!