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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 8/28/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Brady, the Steelers RBs and more

August 28, 2013

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We’ve got just one more day left until the last round of NFL preseason games, and once those meaningless snooze-fests are over with, we can start looking forward to the actual season--and more importantly, the fantasy season. With that in mind, let’s take a look around the league at some of the noteworthy players out there and see who’s making headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.

Brandon Jackson, RB, Cleveland Browns: A little earlier in the off-season, Jackson wasn’t much of a fantasy consideration. Things have changed now, though, as he’s officially been named Trent Richardson’s backup in Cleveland. Jackson gets the job more or less by default, as injuries have plagued the Browns’ backfield. His fellow RBs Montario Hardesty and Dion Lewis are both on IR.
Despite the unfamiliarity, Jackson can play. He racked up 703 yards and three scores with the Packers in 2010, and has displayed nice pass-catching abilities out of the backfield. He’ll make a decent handcuff to Richardson.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 8/28/13

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Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears: Marshall has done a good job of getting himself ready for the regular season, but we may hear reports of him dealing with pain over the course of the season. He’s coming off his third surgery on his hip, and he admitted yesterday that the grueling practice and training schedule has given him some soreness issues that he’ll have to work through this year.
As of now, Marshall’s hip is nothing for owners to worry about. He remains a top-shelf fantasy WR. Still, if he ever looks sluggish out on the field, at least we have something to attribute it to.

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: The final decision, of course, will be up to head coach Bill Belichick, but if Brady has his way, he’ll be playing in tomorrow’s preseason finale against the Giants. That’s a good thing for his fantasy owners, as any additional reps Brady can get with his new-look receiving corps should be more than welcome.
Regardless if he plays tomorrow or not, Brady is still a high-end fantasy passer--and still somewhat undervalued in drafts. Ranking him outside of the top five among quarterbacks would be silly.

Steelers Backfield: Now that projected starter Le’Veon Bell is out of action with a foot injury (and we’ll get to that in a second), fantasy owners now have the rough task of deciding if anyone in Pittsburgh is worth a look. Isaac Redman has earned the start, though he doesn’t instill a whole lot of confidence. Look for contributions from the backup trio of Jonathan Dwyer, LaRod Stephens-Howling and maybe even Felix Jones during the early part of the year.
Pittsburgh’s got a pretty soft schedule overall this year, but Cincinnati, Chicago and Minnesota appear during the first four weeks, so things won’t exactly be cake for Redman. He’s worth a low-end start, but we’d be more comfortable waiting until Week 6 or so when Bell comes back, and seeing what he can do.

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