Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 11/6/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Rodgers, Rudolph and more
November 6, 2013
The next couple of days are going to be very hectic for fantasy football owners, as waiver wires everywhere will be besieged by frantic searches and last-minute injury fill-ins. The action will be picking back up tomorrow night on “Thursday Night Football,” so make sure you’ve got those rosters set. In the meantime, let’s check in on some of the storylines and notable players out there. Here’s the latest.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: Let’s check in on the Rodgers situation, as it’s been a maddening couple of days for his fantasy owners (and Packers fans for that matter). The latest news is that the Green Bay QB has a small fracture in his collarbone, which actually is good news--it means he’ll be back. The team is apparently considering him week-to-week, and he hasn’t even officially been ruled out for the Eagles game yet (though there’s virtually no chance he’s going to play).
There’s no official timetable on Rodgers’ return just yet, but we'd guess that we’re probably looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of 3-4 weeks tops, and probably sooner. We’ll keep you posted when the word comes out.
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Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants: Even though it’s been a rough month, Cruz owners have reason to feel optimistic this weekend. The Giants will be facing Oakland at home, and we all know what happened to the Raiders defense last week. (In case you missed it, they were torched by Nick Foles and the Eagles to the tune of seven passing touchdowns.)
Cruz hasn’t scored a TD in the past four games, and he hasn’t hit the 100-yard mark in that span, either. The good news is that he’s coming off a solid game against Philly a couple weeks back: 86 yards on seven receptions. We’d imagine he’ll post some nice fantasy numbers this weekend, so be sure to get him back into your lineup.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta Falcons: In this thin fantasy week, you may be tempted to give Rodgers a go in an RB2 or flex position. That particular start is a little riskier than you may realize, however, as the game situation will dictate how he’s used.
Let’s take a look at last week. Rodgers got 11 touches in all--five carries and six receptions. He’s obviously more valuable in the passing game, especially now that No. 1 RB Steven Jackson is healthy and taking the lion’s share of the carries for the Falcons. If we see a lot of passing situations in the game against Seattle, Rodgers will see his share of touches and may produce a serviceable fantasy line. If not, it’ll be a steady diet of Jackson and very little contribution from Rodgers. It’s a pretty risky proposition.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings: Well, it looks like we’ve got an official timetable on Rudolph’s recovery--and it’s not looking so good. He’ll reportedly be out 4-6 weeks following his broken foot, and with the Vikings having only eight games left on their schedule (and they’re just going through the motions at this point), you can do the math.
Best-case-scenario, Rudolph heals quickly and is back in time for the fantasy playoffs. The more likely outcome, however, is that he’s exhausted his use to owners and might not even get back on the field. We’d say hang onto him for the moment if you’re in a deep league, but otherwise just cut the cord and save yourself the anguish.
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