Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/6/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Witten, Brees and more
October 6, 2013
Hopefully your fantasy football team is on the right side of .500 heading into this week, but even if not there’s still plenty of time left to turn the tide. While we’re waiting on today’s slate of games to get started, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy fantasy names around the league and see what everyone’s talking about this morning. Here’s the latest.
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys: If you’ve got Witten on your roster, he’s cemented into your lineup as your No. 1 TE and isn’t going anywhere. That said, let’s take a look at what he’s got working against him today against the Broncos.
The Denver defense has been very good against tight ends thus far. They haven’t allowed more than 80 yards to any one player at that position, and none has found the end zone yet.
Furthermore, Witten hasn’t been able to do much since scoring twice against the Giants in Week 1. His season-high in yardage is only 70, and in the Cowboys’ two losses this year he has a combined 55 yards receiving--that’s troubling since most people are expecting Dallas to lose. Still, we’re not saying you should bench him or anything. He has just as good a chance as anyone at bucking the trend.
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LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots: Blount has gained quite a bit of fantasy value over the past few days, so let’s take a closer look at his current situation and see if we can determine what he’ll do today against the Bengals.
The interest in Blount stems from the fact that he’s in for an expanded role in the New England offense now that fellow RB Stevan Ridley has been ruled out. That’s a welcoming scenario, as Blount already has a team high 23 carries for 129 yards (also a team-high) and a score during the last two games. Still, even with excellent news in mind, we should still temper expectations a little bit here. Blount will face a stout Bengals rush defense that has only allowed a pair of rushing TDs to RBs thus far in 2013. That said, Blount is a pretty decent play.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: Wilson owners are definitely in a jam right now, especially if they’ve got another top RB on a bye this week. Is this the game you should be putting him in the lineup? Some seem to think so, as this could be the week that he breaks out.
The running back position has been a cause of trouble for the Philadelphia defense over the past few weeks, which bodes well for Wilson heading into the two teams’ Week 5 matchup. Sure, he managed just 55 rush yards last week against Kansas City, but he did get 15 touches, which is encouraging. Now that fellow RB Da’Rel Scott is gone, Wilson is expected to get an even bigger load. He may be able to turn that into pay dirt against the Eagles today.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: One matchup we’ll be watching with great interest today is Brees versus the Chicago Bears defense. The veteran New Orleans QB has been posting some stellar numbers over the past few weeks, including seven touchdowns over his past two outings.
On the other side, the Bears front line had a pretty decent performance against the Detroit passing game in Week 4, but have had some trouble coming up with a consistent pass rush. That definitely works in Brees’ favor, so we should see some pretty decent numbers here, even though Chicago’s defense has historically been strong.
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