Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 8/26/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Fitzgerald, Fasano and more
August 26, 2013
It was a fast and frenzied weekend of preseason football action, and there’s a lot left for fantasy owners to analyze. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some noteworthy names out there and try to determine what sort of performances we can be expecting from them when the season begins. Here’s the latest.
Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Bryant and Austin are both looking like legitimate fantasy threats this preseason. We already knew that about Bryant--he’s the No. 2 or 3 WR name on most draft boards, after all--but Austin has been a pleasant surprise. You’ll find him somewhere in the mid-30s or so among wide receivers, and should be a nice pickup as one of the NFL’s more promising No. 2 receivers. He’s got eight grabs for 106 yards and a score this preseason.
Meanwhile, Bryant has been posting his own impressive numbers. He’s got 13 grabs for a total of 183 yards and a score through three games. He sits right behind Calvin Johnson (and possibly A.J. Green as well) in the fantasy WR rankings.
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Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego: Let’s talk about Ryan Mathews for a moment. There he sits, somewhere in the early-30s or so among running backs, just begging you to take a chance on him. The stats haven’t been kind to Mathews in recent years, and he’s never quite been able to live up to his massive fantasy billing. Still, there are some things to like about drafting him.
He’s been looking pretty good in the games so far, racking up 121 yards and a score on 26 carries. Those stats look pretty good against the remaining crop of backs who will be available when Mathews goes. He should put up some solid numbers if he can remain healthy.
Anthony Fasano, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: With the premium we’ve got on tight ends this season, Fasano might be worth kicking the tires on in deeper or TE-heavy leagues. He’s posted some solid numbers thus far in the preseason, notching 69 yards on eight grabs. Fasano is proving to be a reliable dump-off target for new Chiefs QB Alex Smith, and that could carry over to the preseason.
In mid-sized leagues, you probably will have better options, but keep Fasano in mind if you’re stuck for an injury or bye-week replacement down the road. He could be effective if the chemistry holds and he gets a favorable matchup.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: One of our favorite WR targets this season is Fitzgerald, who is already showing signs of resurgence after the team upgraded at QB with Carson Palmer. So far, Fitzgerald has been the favorite target (and why wouldn’t he be?) with nine grabs this preseason.
As one of the most underutilized wide receivers over the past few years, Fitzgerald has floundered in fantasy stats recently. Now that he’s got a QB who can actually get him the ball, however, hopes are high that he’s in for a bounce-back season. You’ll find him ranked anywhere from Nos. 5 through 9 or so at the WR position. That means you’ll have to spend a relatively high pick to get him, but it should be worth it.
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