Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/20/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Hilton, the Bengals TEs and more
September 20, 2013
With the conclusion of last night’s Chiefs-Eagles game, Week 3 is officially underway in the NFL, which kicks off another round of fantasy matchups everywhere. Whether you’re dominating, stuck in a hole, or somewhere in the middle, there’s still plenty of time to improve your team. We’ll try to help you do that by examining some of the storylines and key players from around the league each day. Here’s today’s batch.
Chiefs-Eagles Fantasy Notes: There were some major fantasy positives to this one--even with the banged-up and inefficient Michael Vick. The big stars from last night were Jamaal Charles (172 total yards and a score) and LeSean McCoy (158 yards and a TD), but Kansas City’s defense also came up very big. They forced five turnovers and managed a score on an interception return.
Meanwhile, Vick had a pretty rough night passing (13-of-30, one TD, two picks), but buoyed his stats with a nice rushing line: five attempts for 95 yards, including a 61-yarder that was a career-high.
One other thing: LeSean McCoy owners will have to keep an eye on his ankle injury this week. He came out of the game in the first half but was able to return. Still, it’s worth watching.
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Bengals TEs: Owners of either Bengals tight end--Jermaine Gresham or Tyler Eifert--are in a pretty tough spot right now. Both have posted average numbers: Gresham has 11 catches but only 38 yards; Eifert has eight grabs for 113 (and one of those was a 61-yarder in Week 2). That means neither player is a solid play this week against Green Bay. If only they could combine their powers to form one top-shelf tight end…
For what it’s worth, Eifert probably has the better upside in fantasy, but Gresham will eat into his targets (and may post some solid games himself this season). If you’ve got either one, we’d suggest just leaving him on the bench until things clear up a little bit.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Today will be a big day in determining Hilton’s status for the weekend. He’s been limited for the past two days in practice, still reeling from a groin injury that he can’t quite shake. That’s unfortunate news for fantasy owners, as he’s coming off a big-time 124-yard game in Week 2 against Miami.
Hilton will face some slightly stiffer competition in the form of San Francisco this week, so he might not be able to tally the same amount of yardage. Still, he received a whopping 12 targets in the Dolphins game, and if he gets that much attention again, great things could happen. He’s a solid start if he can manage to overcome the injury.
Felix Jones, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: We’ve said it several times over the past couple of weeks: the Steelers backfield is a mess right now. Still, even with the mess, fantasy owners may have to go poking around in Pittsburgh if they’re dealing with an injured starter or performance issue. Jones might be an option--albeit a lower-end one--against the Bears this weekend if you’ve got nowhere else to go. He led the team in rushing yards last week (it was only 37, but hey), and faces a Chicago defense that allowed 123 yards to Minnesota in Week 2 (that was Adrian Peterson, but hey).
Jones’ value is stymied by the presence of Isaac Redman, who will get his share of carries as well. He’s a short-term plug-in, that’s for sure; once Le’Veon Bell is healthy, we fully expect Pittsburgh to commit to him.
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