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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/8/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Wilson, Jets-Falcons top performers and more

October 8, 2013

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Fantasy football Week 5 is officially in the rearview mirror--time to finish celebrating those victories (or mourning those losses) and start looking ahead once again. Week 6 offers some pretty interesting fantasy setups, so let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy players out there in the news and see what we should be expecting on our rosters. Here’s the latest.

Falcons-Jets Fantasy Notes: It came down to the wire last night in Atlanta, and the Jets came away with a win. Let’s take a look at the key fantasy performers from their big game.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/8/13

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Jacquizz Rodgers: 43 rush yards, two touchdowns
Geno Smith: 199 pass yards, three touchdowns
Matt Ryan: 319 pass yards, two touchdowns
Julio Jones, eight receptions, 99 yards
Tony Gonzalez: 10 receptions, 97 yards
Jeff Cumberland: 79 yards, one touchdown

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Johnson’s knee injury kept him out of the Lions’ Week 5 divisional battle against the Packers. Perhaps as a direct result, Detroit went down in a lifeless 9-22 loss. The good news here is that he was reportedly close to being able to take the field, but just couldn’t get through pre-game warm-ups.
As far as whether or not Johnson will be good to go for the Lions’ Week 6 game against Cleveland, that’s still up in the air. He’s considered day-to-day for now, so owners will have to watch him in practice to see how he responds.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears: In other beastly NFC North wide receiver news, Marshall is coming off a relatively disappointing week against the Saints. He managed to find the end zone late in the game, but was limited to just 30 yards on four catches.
It’s all part of a disturbing trend for Marshall, who hasn’t surpassed 79 yards receiving in the last three games. That said, Bears coach Marc Trestman made a point of saying that he needed to get Marshall more involved, and implied that we may be seeing more of an effort to get him the ball. That shouldn’t be all that difficult in Week 6; the Bears take on the flailing Giants on Thursday.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Here’s an interesting storyline that will no doubt elate Jackson’s fantasy owners. Even though he’s had a couple of down-games so far, he’s still on pace to shatter the Eagles’ franchise record for receiving yards. That mark is held by Mike Quick, who managed 1,409 in the 1983 season. Jackson is on pace for 1,680; he’ll need to average 80.5 in each game from here on out in order to get it.
One potential snag in that plan is the Eagles’ QB situation. Nick Foles will be tossing the passes for the foreseeable future, which may dampen Jackson’s numbers--we’ll just have to wait and see what sort of chemistry the two have in this offense.

David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: After Wilson suffered his neck injury in the first quarter of the Giants’ Week 5 loss against Philadelphia, most reports were pretty optimistic. A couple of things happened yesterday that could spell trouble for his availability on Thursday, however. First of all, New York re-signed Da’Rel Scott, the backup RB they cut last week. Wilson also missed out on practice yesterday, which is a bad sign on a shortened turnaround.
Despite Wilson’s insistence that he “passed all tests” concerning his neck, there are apparently still some hurdles to clear before we can call him ready for the Bears game. We know you’re chomping at the bit to get him into your fantasy lineup (/sarcasm--then again there are circumstances out there concerning desperation or bye weeks) but this situation still has to play out over the next couple of days before we figure out what’s going on.

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