Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 8/29/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Givens, Bush and more
August 29, 2013
After tonight’s (mostly meaningless) NFL preseason games, we can officially begin the countdown to the regular season. There will be plenty of roster tweaking to do between now and next Thursday’s Week 1 opener, and in the meantime we’ll keep you up to date with the noteworthy storylines around the league. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at what’s happening out there in fantasy land. Here’s the latest:
Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis Rams: When most fantasy owners think of the most likely Rams WR to have a big fantasy impact, they think of highly-touted rookie Tavon Austin. While he’s a nice sleeper target, you shouldn’t forget about Givens. There are some reports beginning to swirl out there that say he’ll see more targets this season than the St. Louis rookie will.
Going by the preseason numbers (which, granted, you should take with a grain of salt), Givens has the edge, with 156 yards and a TD compared to Austin’s 40 yards. Both players have five catches. If that trend holds throughout the season, you’ll get a better value by targeting Givens, as he’s going later in drafts thus far. Food for thought, still, they’ll probably both put up solid WR3 numbers.
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Eagles Offense Benefits: There are a handful of worthwhile fantasy targets on the Eagles offense this season, and the early indications favor a relatively heavy statistical output, at least as far as volume is concerned. Philadelphia is expected to jam a ton of offensive snaps into each game--they’re averaging a league-high 75 plays per game so far in the preseason--and that extra workload should show in their fantasy stars’ numbers.
The main benefactors here are the obvious candidates: QB Michael Vick, RB LeSean McCoy, WR, DeSean Jackson and TE Brent Celek. McCoy has the most fantasy upside--he’s usually going around No. 5 or 6 overall--and the others are mid-level names at best. Still, the extra snaps could serve to boost their numbers from week to week.
Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions: Speaking of boosted numbers, we think Bush will see quite the uptick in stats this year with Detroit. All indications point to him factoring heavily in the passing game, with head coach Jim Schwartz estimating his new weapon would catch 60-80 balls. That seems like a lofty goal, but it’s not at all out of the question.
Bush has hit that mark before, snatching 88 passes during his first year in the league. Factor that output--even on the modest side of the scale--in with his rushing stats, and you’ve got an explosive dual-threat weapon for your fantasy roster. Best of all, you can snag Bush at a discount price--somewhere in the mid-teens among running backs.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Let’s take a moment to check in on Bell and the rest of the mess in the Pittsburgh backfield. The Steelers rookie is now out of his walking boot, following a foot injury (a sprain) that’s had him sidelined since the preseason game against the Redskins. There’s no concrete timetable for his return just yet, but the general consensus seems to be that he’s got a good shot at recovering in time for Week 6, which is just after the Steelers’ bye.
Until then, Pittsburgh will be stuck with a platoon of backs consisting of Isaac Redman (who will be the starter), Jonathan Dwyer, LaRod Stephens-Howling and Felix Jones. Redman has a little fantasy upside here, but we’d only use him as an emergency plug-in. Try to avoid the situation if you can.
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