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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/17/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Steelers-Bengals, Bryant's back and more

September 17, 2013

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Now that last night’s Steelers-Bengals game is all wrapped up, we’ve officially moved on to Week 3 in the NFL. That means a fresh batch of fantasy football matchups are on the horizon as well, so there’s plenty to do in the quick turnaround between now and Thursday’s opener. That said, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there who are making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.

Giovani Bernanrd, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Stat-wise, Bernard didn’t have too big of a performance last night against the Steelers, but it translated well to fantasy points. He finished the game with 38 yards and a touchdown on eight rushes, then added one 27-yard scoring reception. He was the only Bengals player with a touchdown in the 20-10 victory. Bernard is owned in most leagues already--and this performance will likely get him scooped up in the rest--but he usually doesn’t make the starting lineup.
That’s due to his time-share situation with fellow back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who will also get his share of the touches moving forward. That considered, we’d chalk this up as an over-performance and try to stay away from the backfield situation as a whole. Both Bernard and Green-Ellis are relatively risky plays for Week 3 against the Packers.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/17/13

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A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Owners knew Green likely wouldn’t be able to match his huge 162-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Bears in the opener, but it’s tough to say that this wasn’t a letdown. He was blanketed all night against the Steelers, finishing the game with just 41 yards on six catches. QB Andy Dalton did target him 14 times, which was a game-high.
Green is the most talented player on the Bengals roster, and the Steelers know it. They had him draped last night, with Ike Taylor following him everywhere he went. That said, Green is an obvious must-start that requires no though whatsoever in fantasy, and he should finish the season in the top three among wide receivers in scoring. He’ll try to get in the end zone against Green Bay this week.

Steelers Running Game: It’s been a major storyline ever since rookie Le’Veon Bell went down with a foot injury before the season began: the Steelers can’t run the ball. Things almost took a turn for the worse when starting RB Isaac Redman went down with a concussion scare on the opening play of the game. He was later cleared and returned to action.
Sadly enough, Felix Jones was the leading rusher here, with 10 carries for 37 yards. Meanwhile, Redman didn’t get many touches as Pittsburgh tried to throw out of their hole, and he managed four yards on the ground and seven through the air. The Steelers have some major issues on their patchwork offensive line, so don’t expect this to be a brief trend. The return of Bell (likely in Week 6 or so after their bye) will help matters, but we’re not sure how much.

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Let’s move on from the Steelers-Bengals and check in on Bryant. He was experiencing back spasms after the team’s (surprising) loss against the Chiefs on Sunday, and was even seen carrying an electrical stimulator. For what it’s worth, he reported feeling okay, but there seems to be at least a little concern among the Cowboys coaching staff.
We’ll keep an eye on Bryant as the week progresses, as he’s one of the top fantasy receivers in the league. He managed 141 yards and a score against Kansas City, and will try to follow that up against the Rams this week.

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