Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/3/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Jacobs, Wallace and more
October 3, 2013
Week 5 in the NFL is set to kick off tonight, and as a result there are plenty of fantasy considerations to monitor. Besides the impending Bills-Browns matchup, there are plenty of injury issues and by-week decisions to make as we head into the weekend. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names and storylines around the fantasy world this morning. Here’s the latest.
Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants: With the frustration-laced cut of backup Giants RB Da’Rel Scott, there will be some noticeable changes in the New York backfield. Most notably, Jacobs will reportedly get more work as a short-yardage and goal-line back. This comes straight from coach Tom Coughlin, who is looking for anything that will provide a spark to his horrible-playing football team.
The Giants have an enticing matchup against a porous Eagles defense this weekend, which brings Jacobs (along with fellow RB David Wilson) into fantasy consideration. He’s a deep-league play, sure, but if he can find the end zone he should earn his keep as a bye-week fill-in.
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Zach Miller, TE, Seattle Seahawks: If you’re kicking around the idea of putting Miller into your lineup as a bye-week candidate this weekend, we’d suggest looking elsewhere if you can. Sure, he managed a pair of touchdowns in Week 3, but to be honest that’s about all he’s done.
Aside from that, Miller hasn’t surpassed two receptions or 22 yards since Week 1, so he’s not exactly a happening piece of the offensive pie in Seattle. To make matters worse, he’s going up against a Colts defense that hasn’t allowed a TD to an opposing tight end all year. Stay far away if you’re able.
Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins: It’s pretty obvious that Wallace has been an overall fantasy disappointment this season. Aside from a big nine-grab, 115-yard, one-TD effort in Week 2 against Indianapolis, his results on the field have been tepid. Over the remaining three games, he’s totaled just six grabs for 61 yards.
That’s hardly fantasy gold, and the statistical frustration can be seen in Wallace himself during interviews and comments. If we had to speculate on it, we’d say the reason for the lack of productivity has been a focus in attention from the defense. An opposing secondary would be wise to put in safety help over the top as not to get burned deep by the deep ball, which is Wallace’s bread and butter. He’ll see better weeks here and there, but it’s likely just one of those situations you’ll have to suffer through as an owner.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: Another potential bye-week TE who will be getting some looks out there in a lot of leagues is Gresham. Let’s look at his numbers and see if he’s worth it.
Gresham hasn’t caught more than six balls in any game this season (and that came in Week 2; a 66-yard effort against the Steelers). He’s coming off a three-reception, 53-yard game in Cleveland, which was his second-best fantasy performance of the year.
The Bengals are heading into a tough matchup against the Patriots this week; aside from Tony Gonzalez’s big game, New England has been very stingy against opposing tight ends. If you’ve got the luxury, we’d look elsewhere besides Gresham in fantasy.
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