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Fantasy Football 2013 Player News and Updates for 8/10/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on McFadden, Smith and more

August 10, 2013

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With another round of preseason games under our collective belts, we’re getting a clearer picture of what the fantasy football season is going to look like. That said, let’s take a quick glance around the league and see what some of the key names are up to this morning. Here’s the latest.

Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders: It sounds like McFadden will be ultra-motivated this season, which could turn into fantasy gold. He’s entering a contract year, and reportedly won’t seek an extension until after the season. McFadden is planning on putting up some big numbers and getting a big deal in return.
It’s a pretty gutsy move from the Raiders vet, and if he can manage to stay healthy it might just pay off. Start looking for him right around No. 20 among running backs in your draft.

Fantasy Football 2013 Player News and Updates for 8/10/13

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Aaron Dobson, WR, New England Patriots: Unless you’re a big-time Pats fan, you’ve probably never heard of Aaron Dobson. He’s starting to generate some positive buzz in fantasy circles, though, and might be worth your attention. The rookie WR is reportedly building a working relationship with New England QB Tom Brady, and it’s translating to some nice chemistry on the field.
At this point, Dobson is a sleeper candidate who should be available somewhere in the 40s among wide receivers. Considering the Patriots’ decimated receiving corps, we can envision a scenario in which he puts up some great numbers.

Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: Chances are, you’re probably trying to stay away from the Saints’ backfield (with the exception of the always-useful Darren Sproles, that is). We’d tend to agree, but Ingram has gotten our attention lately. He’s completely healthy heading into the season, and has impressed the coaching staff with his strength and conditioning thus far.
Ingram will be splitting the rushing load with starter Pierre Thomas, but could emerge as a sleeper candidate if he makes good on his early promise. Look for him in the mid-30s among running backs.

Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Admittedly, we haven’t been hugely confident in Smith’s projections this season, but we’re willing to admit that he’s got a chance for a breakthrough campaign. He’ll be playing alongside a laundry list of unproven talent, now that Anquan Boldin has left town and Dennis Pitta is out for the year.
That’ll be a double-edged sword for Smith: he won’t have to compete for attention from QB Joe Flacco, but will be the focal point of opponents’ defensive attacks. That said, if you can get him in the mid-to-late 20s among wide receivers, we’d be buyers.

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