Fantasy Football 2013: Player News and Updates for 8/14
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Foster, Floyd and more
August 14, 2013
We’ve officially reached the middle of the week, and we’ve only got one more day before we begin to get our second look at the preseason plans from teams across the NFL. With that in mind, it’s a good time to check in on some of the noteworthy fantasy names out there, so let’s take a glance at the headlines and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: We understand if you’re a bit nervous about Foster’s presence on the PUP, but there’s little to be concerned about. Sure, he likely won’t be playing in Saturday’s No. 2 preseason game against the Dolphins, but by all accounts he’s progressing normally from his back issue (he’s still dealing with some tightness) and should be just fine for the opener. We wouldn’t be surprised if he’s good to go for next Thursday against the Saints, which would be his next available return date for on-field action.
Even with the minor concerns here, Foster still stands as the No. 2 overall fantasy pick out there, behind only Adrian Peterson.
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Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers: It looks like we won’t be seeing Floyd anymore this preseason. He’s sidelined with a sprained knee, suffered in Monday’s practice. He’s the second noteworthy Chargers receiver to go down recently, after Danario Alexander injured his ACL.
The Chargers are being optimistic when it comes to Floyd, but let’s be realistic here. He’ll be out for a few weeks, then will have to make a ginger and gradual return to the field. We’d imagine he’ll be out for the first week or so of the regular season. Plan accordingly.
Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns: We’re taking what we can get when it comes to the thin TE market out there this year, and as a result we’ve been paying close attention to Cameron, who has the makings of a nice sleeper prospect. The main knock on him is that he’s had trouble staying healthy, though all indications thus far have been positive in that regard. He hasn’t missed any practice at all.
Draft-wise, look at Cameron as a late-teens pick among tight ends--he certainly won’t go past the early 20s, so if you’re in a deeper league and have your eye on him, you’ll have to pull the trigger quickly.
Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis Rams: Here’s another sleeper option for later in your draft. Givens has been looking pretty promising thus far, even though he’s been severely overshadowed by rookie receiver Tavon Austin when it comes to press and fantasy hype.
Givens has quite a bit going for him, however. He’s the team’s No. 1 receiver, and has already developed some nice chemistry with QB Sam Bradford, going for 82 yards and a score on three grabs in the preseason opener.
You should be able to find Givens somewhere in the 40s or 50s among wide receivers in your draft. For that position, he provides some excellent value.
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