Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/26/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Brown, Welker and more
September 26, 2013
Week 4 gets started today with the Rams and the 49ers facing off in St. Louis, so make sure you get your fantasy lineup adjusted accordingly. While we’re waiting for kickoff, let’s check in on some of the noteworthy players and storylines from around the league and see what everyone’s up to out there. Here’s the latest.
Wes Welker, WR, Denver Broncos: Those fantasy owners who were smart (or lucky) enough to draft Welker have been rewarded handsomely so far this season. He’s managed to tally 190 yards and four scores through three games thus far on 19 grabs. There’s a reason to be optimistic about him (or any other Denver receiver, for that matter) once again this week.
The Broncos will be facing the Eagles, and they’ve had almost no success on defense so far this year. Expect this one to be a shootout--or just a plain one-sided Denver win--with Welker and the gang tallying some solid numbers.
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Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears: It’s tough to know quite what to make of Bennett heading into his Week 4 matchup against the Lions. Over the first two weeks, he posted 10 grabs for 125 yards and three touchdowns. Then, in a relative blowout against the Steelers this past week, he registered only two catches for a paltry 10 yards.
We see the Pittsburgh game as more of an aberration than the norm when it comes to Bennett, but there is some reason to be concerned as the Bears head into Detroit. The Lions have been pretty good against opposing tight ends so far, and have yet to allow a TD to the position. We’d still call Bennett a solid fantasy start, and he should have a bounce-back game, but you should temper your expectations ever-so-slightly.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers: While we’re on the subject of sketchy TE plays for this week, let’s visit Davis, who is causing all sorts of issues for his owners. The main problem here is his hamstring injury, which kept him sidelined Week 3 and has him listed as questionable for tonight’s matchup against the Rams. He’ll be a game-time decision after being limited in practice for two days this week.
As if that weren’t enough, we’re still not too high on Davis’ matchup if he does end up playing. The Rams have only allowed more than 40 yards receiving to a TE once this season, and a banged-up Davis isn’t likely to buck that trend. If you’ve got another option on your bench, we’d suggest rolling with that for one more week at least.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: One other noteworthy game on the schedule this weekend is the Steelers-Vikings matchup that will serve as the league’s London game this season. Brown has a couple of things working for him in this game, which should make him a solid start in fantasy.
First, he’s coming off a breakout performance against the Bears in Week 3; he tallied nine grabs for 196 yards and two touchdowns as the Steelers finally showed some life on offense. Brown will be facing a Minnesota defense that allowed 146 yards on 10 grabs to Josh Gordon last week, so the potential for a repeat performance is there. The debut of Le’Veon Bell, though not quite a sure thing, would help the Steelers running game immensely and open things up for the pass, so be sure to keep an eye on that if you’re a Brown owner.
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