Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 11/9/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Foster, the Panthers RBs and more
November 9, 2013
We’ve got just one more day before the majority of the NFL games get started, so it’s time to take a serious look at that fantasy lineup. We’re dealing with a major round of byes and injury concerns right now, so there will be some tough decisions ahead. On that note, let’s take a look at a few of the notable names out there and see if we can determine what we should be expecting tomorrow.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: If you’ve been stashing Eifert on your bench, this week would be a good one to use him. His fellow TE Jermaine Gresham has been dealing with a pretty stubborn groin injury this week, and it’s held him out of practice. If he even manages to play, he’ll likely be limited, and that’s good news for Eifert.
From a stats standpoint, Eifert’s numbers aren’t super-inspiring, though he did have a TD catch two weeks ago against the Jets. If he’s the lone starting option at TE this week for the Ravens game, he’ll get enough looks to be relevant. We like him as a low-end filler consideration for your fantasy lineup.
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Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins backfield has been something of a quandary this season, but Miller has emerged as the more reliable option over the past couple of games. He’s surpassed 100 yards in his last two appearances, with a total of 129 in the Week 9 game against the Bengals. We’d like to think that’s the making of a trend, but it’s difficult to tell with the Dolphins.
Perhaps the most disturbing thing here is that Miller hasn’t found the end zone since Week 4. That said, he’s got a pretty encouraging matchup this weekend on “Monday Night Football.” As long as fellow RB Daniel Thomas doesn’t vulture carries away, we’d imagine Miller will continue the streak of solid outings.
DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert, RB, Carolina Panthers: Speaking of backfield quandaries, we’ve got one in Carolina as well. Stewart’s return from an ankle injury last week further muddied the waters in a time-share situation that was already fraying fantasy owners’ sanities. Here’s how it broke down against Atlanta: Williams had 13 carries for 42 yards and two receptions for 12 yards; Stewart had nine carries for 43 yards and three receptions for 22 yards; Tolbert had six rushes for 24 yards and a score along with three receptions for 13 yards.
As you can see, it’s a pretty even distribution. Fantasy-wise, we’d put the most value on Williams, then Tolbert (given his heavy use in the red zone), then Stewart. If you’re using one this week against the 49ers, be aware that his stats will be watered down by the other two--and that pretty much anything could happen.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: Make sure you get Foster out of your lineup this week. He’s officially been ruled out for the Arizona game. Thanks to a back injury, he wasn’t able to participate in any of the Texans’ practice sessions, and as of right now there’s no real target for his return.
Filling in while Foster’s gone will be backup RB Ben Tate, who has been dealing with injury issues of his own. Despite his broken ribs, he was able to make it through last week’s loss and should make a decent fill-in for those owners who have him handcuffed to Foster.
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