Fantasy Football 2013: Player News and Updates for 8/20
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Bell, Richardson and more
August 20, 2013
With the conclusion of last night’s Steelers-Redskins game, the second round of the NFL preseason is officially over. Now it’s time to look ahead to Week 3, and there will be plenty of fantasy considerations in those games. With that in mind, let’s take a quick glance at some of the noteworthy fantasy names out there and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.
Steelers-Redskins Notes: Though in the end it’s still just a preseason game, there are a few takeaways from last night’s Week 2 finale. For the Steelers, the big news was the injury to rookie RB Le’Veon Bell’s foot. No word yet on the severity there, but we’ll keep you posted. On the positive side, Emmanuel Sanders continued his run of perfection, grabbing both his targets for 39 yards.
Meanwhile, for the ‘Skins, Roy Helu looked pretty good in limited action. Low-enders Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson also suffered injuries.
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Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns: Browns OC Norv Turner seems pretty darn impressed with Richardson, and you should be, too. After coming off a shin injury in the off-season, he made his preseason debut on Thursday and rushed for 33 yards on six carries. Turner says Richardson is “rolling” right now and gushed over his abilities in an interview yesterday.
That’s a good sign having Turner enamored with Richardson. It means he’ll remain heavily involved in the offense (which he should be) and provide a worthy first-round pick for fantasy owners everywhere. He’ll probably go just outside the top five.
Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans: Take this with a grain of salt, but Sports Illustrated really likes Johnson. There’s a report out there that projects him to tally 320 carries this year, and that’s with new arrival Shonn Greene vulturing touches as well. The Titans’ plan, evidenced by the changes they’ve made in the off-season, is to be a run-first team.
Fantasy-wise, that’s great news--if it comes to fruition. Johnson is a solid RB2 who should go within the top 20 picks in your draft. He’s right there at the edge of the top-tier RB territory, right alongside the likes of Steven Jackson and Stevan Ridley.
Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills: Over the past few seasons, Johnson’s fantasy potential has been thwarted by injuries and sketchy offensive play by the Bills. We’re hitting the reset button on him once again this year, and can’t help but be optimistic. Johnson says he’ll take the field in Buffalo’s third preseason game on Saturday, though he’s still admittedly bothered by his nagging hamstring injury.
Considering what a healthy Johnson can bring to the fantasy table, grabbing him in the late-20s-to-early-30s area among wide receivers seems like a steal. Sure, he hasn’t quite lived up to his lofty potential, and will post some maddeningly inconsistent numbers at times, but we think that’s relatively little risk for what you’re getting at that draft position.
One other quick note this morning: the Rams' Daryl Richardson was officially named the starter yesterday, so that cements his status as a nice fantasy sleeper. Fellow St. Louis RB Isaiah Pead may end up having some lower-end value as well.
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