Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 8/27/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Rodgers, Foster and more
August 27, 2013
The preseason action around the NFL is at a standstill right now, so we’ve got a couple days to take a look around the league at some of the noteworthy fantasy names out there. So far, the buildup to the regular season has shown us much in the way of adjusted expectations for many players, and we’re applying that knowledge to our fantasy rosters every day. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what’s happening out there.
Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos: If Peyton Manning is to be believed, Ball could be in for a lot of receiving yards this season. He was quoted yesterday as saying that Ball was going to play “a lot” and that he could shape up to be a reliable threat as an additional receiving option.
Most owners aren’t too high on Ball; Denver looks like a pass-first team once again. That said, if he can get a substantial piece of the receiving pie, his yardage through the air could potentially negate a lack of opportunities on the ground. You can probably snag him around No. 30 or so at RB.
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Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: One decision that’s been nagging at fantasy owners with a high pick is exactly what to do with Foster. He’s been fighting a back injury recently, and has fallen down many draft boards as a result. (We’d put him around No. 8 or so currently.) The general consensus is that he’ll be eased back into action gradually during the first part of the season, with fellow RB Ben Tate contributing heavily in the meantime.
Just how much Foster will play in those first few games remains to be seen. The simple fact remains that if you pick him up, you’ll have to start him, even if you don’t get the normal production of a No. 1 fantasy pick. Will the numbers even out over the course of the year? Probably, but those first few matchups might be a struggle.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: Here’s an interesting statistic out of Green Bay. Rodgers has taken a lot fewer snaps in preseason this year than he has in the past. He’s been on the field for just 45 plays this year, which is a lot less than his previous average of just over 80 in the last four seasons.
You can look at that in one of two ways: either you feel like Rodgers is a seasoned veteran now and doesn’t need the extra reps, or you can fret about him being out-of-rhythm over the first few games and not putting up fantasy stats worthy of the No. 1 QB pick. For what it’s worth, Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the team has a plan to keep Rodgers fundamentally sound as he transitions into the season, so that should set your mind at ease.
Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans: We’ve touched on this before, but since the team reiterated it yesterday we’ll visit it again. Britt is expected to get a regular day of rest each week to try and soothe his ailing knees. He’s been fighting swelling all off-season, and is expected to be dealing with pain for pretty much the entire year.
It remains to be seen what type of impact the lack of practice time will have on Britt, but he’s reportedly filling the gaps with more mental reps and film study, which could pay off in the long run. Either way, we like him as a solid backup in fantasy. You should be able to get him around the 100th pick or so, which is a great value.
Dion Lewis, RB, Cleveland Browns: Bad news for Lewis: he’s been placed on season-ending injured reserve due to his fractured left fibula. It’s an unfortunate end, as he’d been looking pretty good in preseason thus far. Owners in need of a handcuff for Trent Richardson will have to look elsewhere.
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