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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/10/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Miller, Vereen and more

September 10, 2013

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Now that the Week 1 games have been completed in fantasy football (and half of us are happy; the other half are frustrated), it’s time to start looking forward to Week 2. We’ve only got a couple of days to start preparing those lineups, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy fantasy names out there right now and see what we should be expecting as we head into the next game. Here’s the latest.

Eagles-Redskins Fantasy Notes: With a pair of mobile quarterbacks on the field, this one was sure to be an important fantasy game. It delivered pretty well, with the Eagles’ new fast-paced offense making a successful debut. Michael Vick finished with 203 yards through the air, 54 more on the ground, and three total touchdowns. LeSean McCoy (184 yards and a score) and DeSean Jackson (104 yards and a score) look like great fantasy plays.
On the other side, RGIII took a while to get going, but finished with 329 yards (and 24 more on the ground) and a pair of passing scores. Alfred Morris was decent--45 yards and a score--but only got 12 carries. Leonard Hankerson (80 yards, two scores) and Pierre Garcon (64 yards) were the beneficiaries of the passing game.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/10/13

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Texans-Chargers Fantasy Notes: If you’re not a Chargers fan, this one made for great television. Both Philip Rivers (195 yards, four touchdowns) and Matt Schaub (346 yards, three touchdowns) finished with nice numbers, but neither is really a starting fantasy QB. The much-anticipated debut of Arian Foster amounted to a busier-than-expected 18 carries but only tallied 57 yards. The big surprise here was TE Owen Daniels, who posted 67 yards and two scores. Considering all the weapons on the Houston offense, we still think he’s backup fodder in fantasy.

Zach Sudfeld, TE, New England Patriots: It seems the Patriots experienced a bit of bad luck during their come-from-behind win against Buffalo on Sunday. Of concern is TE Zach Sudfeld, who apparently pulled a hamstring during the game--which is why he wasn’t on the field during the final quarter. That’s another disappointment tacked on to his ugly day--just one target and no receptions.
This is a significant injury for the Pats--there’s a very short turnaround this week, as the team plays the Jets on Thursday. We’ll find out more about his status when the official reports come out, but owners may want to prepare to roll with a backup here.

Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots: Not to be outdone, Vereen also had an injury. This one is significantly more severe, however. He broke a wrist bone early in the Bills, game but was able to play through it. Vereen had minor surgery set up yesterday and the expectation is that he’ll miss a few weeks. That’s pretty unfortunate, not just for fantasy owners but for the Patriots as a whole. This does, however, give Stevan Ridley another shot at carrying the load after a disappointing Week 1. It’s more out of necessity than anything else; New England is pretty short on RBs right now.

Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins: Let’s take a moment here to assess Miller’s position in your fantasy lineup. His debut this past weekend was awful--10 total yards against a not-so-good Browns rush defense. The coaching staff appeared like they weren’t willing to give him a chance to get going, as they switched back and forth between him and Daniel Thomas when Ryan Tannehill wasn’t throwing.
Since the ‘Phins got the victory, you can expect more of the same thing (heavy passing) against the Colts this week. That makes Miller a pretty iffy fantasy choice. We’d give him a flex spot at best.

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