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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/31/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Cameron, Holmes, Spiller and more

October 31, 2013

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The NFL’s Week 9 kicks off tonight, with the Bengals paying a visit to the Dolphins. Make sure you’ve got those lineups finalized, because now begins crunch-time in fantasy football. Before we get the week started, let’s take one last look at some of the noteworthy fantasy names out there who are making headlines this morning and check out their Week 9 matchups. Here’s the latest.

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets: Need a WR sleeper for the weekend? With any luck, you might be able to use Holmes. Sure, he’s missed the past four games due to a hamstring injury, but was able to partake in positional drills in practice yesterday. Sure, that’s a long way from saying he’s healthy and will be playing, but it does offer some hope.
Assuming Holmes does play (which is a wild assumption at this point), he might not be a bad fantasy target. The Jets draw the Saints this week, and they’ll need to be throwing if they want to keep up with Drew Brees and company. A healthy Holmes gives New York QB Geno Smith a go-to target, which is something he’s been sorely lacking recently.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/31/13

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C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills: Let’s stick in the AFC East for a moment and check in on Spiller. He missed last week’s loss against the aforementioned Saints due to a sprained ankle (it’s a high sprain), which may have been the best thing for him as far as getting his health right. The good news is that he was able to partake in practice on a limited basis yesterday, but we won’t know his status for Week 9 until later in the week.
That said, the Bills offense gets a tough matchup against the Kansas City D on Sunday. Even if Spiller does play, he’s not too great of an option. You should probably not get your hopes up.

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly officially ruled out Michael Vick for this weekend’s game against Oakland, tabbing Foles for the start and leaving Matt Barkley out in the cold once again. Foles missed last week with a concussion, but he’s been able to recover and pass all of the league’s tests for activity.
Fantasy-wise, he’s not much more than a lower-end option and really something of a gamble. Foles looked downright horrid against the Cowboys in his last start, going 11-of-29 for just 80 yards. He hasn’t thrown any interceptions yet, though, so there’s that. If you’re stuck for a starter, there are at least a few better places to look.

Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns: We’ve been touting Cameron’s fantasy virtue since before the season began, and he’s responded by becoming one of the top fantasy tight ends in the league--despite the constant carousel of sub-par QB play. On the bright side, he did show a little chemistry with veteran signal-caller Jason Campbell last week (four catches, 81 yards).
That said, Cameron has a tough draw this week. He’ll face the Ravens, a defense that has really shut down opposing tight ends over the past five games. They’ve given up just 194 yards to the position in that span. Maybe the Browns can break the trend.

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