Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/26/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Bell, Richardson and more
October 26, 2013
We’re just one day away from the bulk of the Week 8 games in the NFL, and the fantasy football world is buzzing with anticipation. We’re getting into a tough part of the season, as the byes and injuries are beginning to take their toll. Let’s glance through some of the headlines this morning and take a look at some of the noteworthy fantasy names out there to see what we should be expecting from tomorrow’s games. Here’s the latest.
Peyton Hillis, RB, New York Giants: With Brandon Jacobs still banged up (he’s doubtful on the injury report), it’s starting to look like Hillis could once again anchor the Giants’ rushing attack. He’s coming off a combined 81 yards and a score between his work on the ground and through the air during Week 7, and he’ll be a fantasy consideration once again tomorrow in Philly.
Just a few weeks ago, Hillis seemed like a forgotten footnote in fantasy history, but now he’s relevant once again. Start him if Jacobs sits.
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Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets: Let’s stick in New York for a moment and check out Cumberland, who could serve as a great fill-in player for those owners stuck without a tight end this week. Over his last three games, he’s got 179 yards and a touchdown on 10 catches, which aren’t really bad numbers for a lower-end TE.
Tomorrow, Cumberland and the Jets will face the Bengals, who have allowed three touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season, despite missing much of the marquis names in their matchups so far. If you’re stuck for a replacement TE, he could work.
Kendall Hunter, RB, San Francisco 49ers: We’re singing the praises of San Francisco RB tandem Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter this week, as we expect them both to have good games. For those fantasy owners lacking Gore on their rosters, Hunter could be an option this week against the Jaguars in London.
Jacksonville’s rush defense has been a sieve this season. They’ve given up eight touchdowns to the position thus far, and we expect more of the same from Wembley Stadium tomorrow. Gore and Hunter should be racking up the stats in garbage time, which we expect to last pretty much the entire game.
Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns: After a few weeks of head-scratching, it appears we may have something of an answer for Richardson’s struggles with the Colts recently. He’s coming off an ugly performance against Denver, with just 37 yards on 14 carries--hardly the stellar numbers most people expected him to put up in Indy.
Richardson’s issues lie partly with the offensive line, who haven’t been giving him much in the way of viable holes on running plays. Couple that with his tendency to delay charging through the line of scrimmage, and you’ve got a recipe for 2.6 yards per carry. We can’t say his issues will improve, but at least we’ve got something to point the finger at. We’ll have to wait and see if Richardson gets anything going in Houston next week.
Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons: It’s looking like Jackson is going to be able to make his return to the field tomorrow. He’s listed as probable on the injury report for the Cardinals game, and the team will definitely need him. Jackson has missed the last four games due to a hamstring injury.
That said, don’t let go of Jacquizz Rodgers just yet. With Jason Snelling already ruled out, Rodgers should get a reasonable amount of work, especially in the passing game.
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