Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/5/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Amendola, Woodhead and more
October 5, 2013
We’re nearing the end of our late-week break from the action in NFL Week 5, so it’s time to start thinking about those fantasy lineups once again. We’ve got another interesting batch of games headed our way tomorrow and Sunday, so let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy fantasy names out there as we get ready for kickoff. Here’s the latest.
Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: Thanks to his strong performances over the past couple of weeks, Woodhead is turning into a trendy fantasy option. Let’s take a look at the numbers and see what’s happening here.
During Week 3, he posted 31 yards on five carries and seven receptions for 55 yards. In Week 4, he managed a nearly identical five carries for 32 yards and five receptions for 54 yards, but found the end zone twice. His 22 catches on the year should be enough for owners in PPR leagues to add him, but everyone else should take notice as well. Woodhead is a viable deep-league option heading into Oakland tomorrow, as the team seems intent on utilizing his talents.
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Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego Chargers: Let’s stay in San Diego for a moment and take a look at Brown. He’s posted some pretty ugly fantasy numbers thus far: excluding last week’s seven grabs and 41 yards against Dallas, he has just eight catches in three games. That’s hardly what owners expected of him as the team’s assumed top WR--especially with the San Diego offense doing so well thus far.
The Raiders matchup presents some interesting possibilities for Brown. Oakland is on the lower side of the league in passing touchdowns allowed to opposing wide receivers, and with Brown’s seven catches last week he could be in for a pretty good outing. There’s some risk there, but we’d give him a flex spot this week.
Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Those fantasy owners wanting to get Jackson back into the fold this week against the Jets aren’t likely to get their wish. He was out of practice again yesterday, leaving him just one day to (possibly) get ready for Monday’s game. If that hamstring keeps Jackson out once again, it’ll be Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling against the stout Jets rush defense, so we’re not really all that excited about either one in fantasy.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers: Let’s take a look at Davis’ upcoming matchup; it’s been a while since we’ve checked in on him. He’ll be seeing the Texans tomorrow, which is a difficult scenario unto itself. Adding to the fantasy trepidation here is a nagging hamstring injury that has troubled Davis for at least the past couple of weeks.
He’s been limited in practice all week, and is officially questionable heading into the game, but will more than likely be playing. He’ll have a tough time finding room here: the Houston defense has only allowed one touchdown to opposing tight ends so far this year. Still, if you’ve got Davis, you’re starting him if he plays.
Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots: We’ll check in on Amendola briefly, as this could be the week that he makes his return from his groin injury. He’s been limited in practice this week and remains questionable on the Patriots’ official report, but there’s more than a decent chance that he’ll be able to play against Cincinnati. It would be Amendola’s first action since Week 1, when he caught 10 balls for 104 yards. He’ll likely be a game-time decision, so keep your eyes peeled.
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