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Week 5 Buy-Lows

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As we head into the weekend of Week 5 of the 2016 fantasy football season, try pulling off a last minute trade for one of these undervalued players.

DeAndre Hopkins (WR/HOU)

After scoring one TD in each of his first two games this year, Hopkins has had a bad couple weeks in Weeks 3 and 4. However, it’s not like he has struggled all year long. Still, many are trying to sell him off quick, and I say take advantage. You may not get him for low-end WR type value, but I’ve seen some pretty bad trades happen already in forum topics… try buying a good half a tier below top 5WR value… he is easily a top 5WR moving forward if you ask me.

Amari Cooper (WR/OAK)

He will be on this list every week until he explodes. He is a WR1, people, yet some are honestly asking if they should bench him this week. This is a sign that there is never a better time to buy low, even in dynasty, but especially in redraft!

Wendell Smallwood (RB/PHI)/Jordan Howard (RB/CHI)/DeAndre Washington (RB/OAK)

All three of these guys could be hidden gems on the rise. Every year a RB comes almost out of nowhere, at least in a general sense of the term, and one of these RBs might be just that, if not two of the three. Washington is likely going to start Week 5, as Latavius Murray is expected to sit this one out. Smallwood could lose some carries to Ryan Mathews should he play Week 5, and Mathews is now expected to play, however, Smallwood could be the future in PHI, and he might get used a lot in this one. There is risk Mathews gets almost all the carries, so be careful starting Smallwood this week (he is safer as a stash/project in waiting). Jordan Howard is the player we like most, for now at least, as he has no one really competing for carries, as Langford is hurt. Howard looks good too, and he could be a monster steal from here on out. Congrats if you grabbed him back when we said to. If you can buy low on any of these guys, maybe in a multi-player deal, I say go for it. Sometimes multi-player deals dilute some players rising in value, as not many owners will just up and trade you one for one on a guy like Howard who is on the rise. You have to get creative with your offers and trade thinking.

Radio: Week 4 Show (Tues)

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Check out Russ Bliss’ Week 4 Radio Show, The Red Zone, where he and Smitty talk Week 4 injuries, trade advice, waiver wire advice and start bench advice.

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Below are just a few names to grab off the waiver wire heading into Week 3. Of course, make sure guys like Dak Prescott, Christine Michael and Josh Gordon (due back from his suspension in Week 5) aren’t available, for instance if you play in a very small league.

Updated: 9/27/16

Jordan Howard (RB/CHI) could start for 4-6 weeks With Jeremy Langford (ankle) likely out that long with the ankle injury. Howard, who is 6-0, 222 pounds, is the top pick up at this point given the new 4-6 week Langford timetable.

Davante Adams (WR/GB) could be set to produce consistent WR3/4 type numbers moving forward, as he found the end zone in Week 3.

Jamison Crowder (WR/WAS) – He pulled in 4/78/1TD in Week 3 and really is a player WAS counts on. He could be a fine WR3/4 in larger leagues moving forward.

Terrell Pryor (WR/CLE) – He pulled in 8 receptions for 144 yards, but also threw for 35 yards and ran for 21 yards and 1TD. He lines up in the wild cat formation and rotates at QB. Expect this to continue until Josh McCown returns (potentially returning in a couple weeks) and expect Pryor to be a sneaky WR3/4 moving forward.

Trevor Siemian (QB/DEN) – While he wont do what he did in Week 3 every week, which was 312 yards and 4TDs, he’s a fine backup QB in 2016, and a solid match-up start. Most of all, his solid play makes D-Thomas and E-Sanders owners smile, as their fantasy stock returns to form.

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Rob Kelley (RB/WAS)
Kenny Stills (WR/MIA)

Breaking News: Week 4 Live Feed

Below you will find our Week 4 Live Breaking News Feed, which will be updated all Sunday long.

NEWS: Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will miss Week 4, and could be out as many as 3-4 weeks. Sammy Watkins is also out for Week 4.

FANTASY: This is horrible news for McCoy owners, but those who picked up Karlos Williams weeks ago, as we talked about all over this site, including on our forum (where our forum users are always talking up breakouts early on in the year), you’re looking solid for a few weeks. Williams has big upside any game he starts!


NEWS: Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring) is inactive for Week 4 against the Eagles.

FANTASY: Get him out of lineups.


NEWS: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is inactive for Week 4 against the Raiders.

FANTASY: Jay Cutler is active for this one, though, which is great, well, better, for all Bears players.


NEWS: According to reports, Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) believes that his shoulder is healthy enough to make every throw this week against Dallas.

FANTASY: He is a risky play given he isn’t 100 percent, and you always have to worry about setbacks. That said, sitting him or starting him, even with the risk, depends on your depth, so get on our forums if you have tough calls this week. Brees being under center is great for Brandin Cooks, a great buy-low heading into Week 4. If Cooks fails to impress yet again in Week 4, we still say buy-low, as he has way, way too much talent to not become the receiver we envision him becoming.


NEWS: Bucs RB Doug Martin (knee, quad) is expected to play in Week 4, Sunday, against the Panthers.

FANTASY: He is tough to trust as a RB2 right now, but is a strong flex-play. Have diliemmas? Get on our forums!


NEWS: Bears QB Jay Cutler (hamstring) is expected to give it a go for Week 4.

FANTASY: While he is not a recommended start given he is not 100 percent healthy, this is great news for all those Bears fantasy players.


NEWS: There are conflicting reports floating around news wires right now regarding DeMarco Murray’s Week 4 availability. An early morning report today came out saying that the runner was not likely to play, but a newest report by Rotoworld is reporting that ESPN’s Adam Schefter is hinting that Murray (hamstring) is now expected to play today against the Redskins.

FANTASY: This is truly a game-time call, and even then, it could be one of those things where Murray is fully expected to play, and does, yet he doesn’t start and gets limited work. On the flip side, it could be one of those things where we all have low expectations and Murray explodes. The bad news is that nothing will likely be clear until the game is underway. Murray is a great buy-low right now, though, in all formats, as he has fantasy RB1-type upside, but can almost be had at high-end flex value right now, or maybe super low-end RB2-type value. Take full advantage of this value if you have depth on your bench and you can take a risk. Even if he sat this week, he is a secret weapon-type stash at that kind of trade value.


NEWS: As we previously reported, Arian Foster is now expected to play Week 4 for the Texans.

FANTASY: That said, most reporters close to the situaiton are going to suggest that he is not expected to handle a full workload. If you own Foster, whether you play him or not depends on your roster. He is a hard player to sit if you roll with a flex or 3RBs, that’s for sure.


NEWS: ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is out for Week 4 against the Jaguars.

FANTASY: This is huge news, as it affects so many players. Downgrade all Colts players, even TY Hilton. Check back with us just in case something changes, or was reported wrong, as it’s quite early in the morning.


NEWS: According to reports, including Rotoworld, Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) is expected to play today in Week 4 against the Falcons.

FANTASY: It’s tough to predict how much action he will see if he does go, but he would be tough to sit unless news later breaks this morning that suggests he will be used very little. Stay tuned!


NEWS: Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron (groin) is active for Week 4 against the Jets; Jets RB Chris Ivory (quad) is active for Week 4 against the Dolphins.

FANTASY: Ivory could be on a snap count, but some of that feels like speculation. If you have a dilemma with Ivory, get on our forums and get last minunte start/bench help!


NEWS: According to several reports, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) might have a more serious injury than initially thought.

FANTASY: He is on the fence to start this week, but we’d guess things are leaning more to the ‘no-go’ side, which means that Thomas Rawls could start Week 4, and if he did, he’d be a very strong flex-play (at least). Stay tuned for more on this situation, but know that this game is Monday night, so if Lynch owners don’t own Rawls as well, you’re going to have to make a Sunday decision (unless you have let’s say Ameer Abdullah as well, as that’s who the Seahawks play in Week 4 on Monday night.


NEWS: Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) has already been ruled out for Week 4 Monday night against Seattle.

FANTASY: We have been waiting for Ameer Abdullah to get a boatload of action, and this might be the week. He is big in the receiving game, so he should be able to see starter touches even if Seattle gets out to an early lead, but hopefully we get to see Ameer handle starter carries with some solid receptions.


NEWS: According to ESPN, Ravens WR Steve Smith has four microfractures in his back.

FANTASY: Several different reports have surfaced regarding Smith’s injuries, including broken ribs, and now microfractures. No surgery is needed, as of now, but Smith will likely miss at least one week. Stay tuned, as this can change fast.


Buy-Low: DeMarco Murray?

This is a clip from the Week 4 Red Zone Radio Program hosted by Russ Bliss (and co-hosted on Tuesdays by Smitty). Smitty and Russ discuss why DeMarco Murray is one of the best buy-low RBs heading into Week 4. Keep in mind, though, that this buy-low comes with some risk, so be sure you are truly buying low! Also, know that a potential hurricane moving toward the east coast could cancel this week’s Eagles/Redskins game!

NEWS: Week 4 Injury Round-Up :: Calvin Johnson questionable?

Jamaal Charles (KC/RB – ankle) participated in Chiefs practice on Friday – It’s looking more and more like a must-start for Monday night’s game against the Patriots. Could Knile Davis still get touches? Sure, but it will be hard to start Davis if you own him unless Charles starts sounding limited, which right now doesn’t seem to be the case. Charles owners should stay all over this one, which includes checking our news wire constantly, and signing up for our Smart Alerts, but it’s starting to sound like Charles owners can get a little bit excited for Week 4.

Calvin Johnson (DET/WR – ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Jets; he was “limited” during practice on Friday, but practicing is a plus. Stay on our Smart Alerts on this one!

Vernon Davis (SF/TE – ankle, knee) will be a game-time decision in Week 4 against the Eagles; stay on top of this one!

Joique Bell (DET/RB – knee) is listed as probable for Week 4 against the Jets. If Calvin sits, which is up in the air right now, the team would use Bell more in this one.

Bernard Pierce (BAL/RB – thigh) is listed as probable for Week 4. Even if he plays, no one knows what kind of workload he will receive, as Lorenzo Taliaferro earned some carries for sure. Right now, Taliaferro and Pierce are both cloudy flex plays this week.

Arian Foster (HOU/RB – questionable, hamstring) will “definitely” be a game-time decision in Week 4 against the Bills. Keep tabs on this one, and if Foster sits, Alfred Blue is a strong, strong flex play.
Marquise Goodwin (Bills/WR – concussion) is listed as doubtful for Week 4.

Brandon Marshall (CHI/WR – ankle) missed practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Pack. At least his contest is in the early set of morning games on Sunday. Stay tuned.

Ladarius Green (SD/TE – hamstring) did not practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 4 versus Jacksonville. Until SD unleashes him, he is not a good play anyway. Not yet.

Eric Decker (NYJ/WR – hamstring, questionable) is expected to play Sunday versus Detroit. Keep tabs on this despite some of the news suggesting he is a go.

Delanie Walker (TEN/TE – shoulder, questionable) was limited in Friday’s practice. Keep tabs on this one, and be sure to sign up for Smart Alerts.

Jake Locker (TEN/QB – wrist) looks more doubtful than questionable. Charlie Whitehurst might start this one. Need a sleeper DST this week? IND might crush Whitehurst.

Marqise Lee (JAC/WR – hamstring) is listed as out for Week 4. Allen Hurns remains a sneaky-good WR3!

DeAngelo Williams (CAR/RB – thigh) is probable for Week 4 against the Ravens.

Harry Douglas (ATL/WR – foot) is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Vikings.

Roddy White (ATL/WR – hamstring) is listed as probable for Week 4 against the Vikings.

Jarrett Boykin (GB/WR – knee, groin) is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Bears.

ARTICLE: FantasyFootballStarters on the Sam Acho Show on AZCentral.com (Week 4)

Check out STARTERS CEO Jeff Coruccini on the “The Sam Acho Show presented by the RoomStore.”, which airs live every Tuesday on AZCentral.com. Jeff chats with Cardinals Sam Acho about players to Buy-Low and Sell-High heading into Week 4 of the 2014 fantasy football season.

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Week 4 Waiver Wire Grabs: 2014

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