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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 11/10/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Ellington, the Steelers D and more

November 10, 2013

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It’s time to finalize those tough lineup decisions and get your fantasy rosters set; Week 10 will be upon us in the coming hours. Before we get things going, let’s take a look around the league at some of the noteworthy fantasy names out there and see what we should be expecting. Here’s the latest.

Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints: Outside of a couple pretty good outings, Sproles has been altogether disappointing in fantasy this year. In this thin week, a lot of owners will have no choice but to trust him once again, however.
Sproles is coming off a concussion, suffered during last week’s loss to the Jets. Before sustaining the injury, he was only able to amass two yards on one reception (it happened very early in the game). The good news there is that he appears to be just fine. He’s practiced all week and is listed as probable for today’s game against the Cowboys.
There’s reason to be optimistic about Sproles as Dallas comes calling. During their matchup last season, he put up 104 receiving yards and 48 rush yards. Owners would welcome such a performance with open arms today.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 11/10/13

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Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: We (and pretty much every owner out there) are pretty optimistic about Ellington this week against the Texans. There are a few considerations here, however.
He’s coming off a bye week, but in his last appearance he managed 154 yards and a score on 15 carries. Coming into this one rested and with two weeks to prepare bodes very well for his statistical chances.
On the con side, the Cards will get Rashard Mendenhall back from a toe injury this week, bringing concerns of a reduced workload. Not to worry, though; the Arizona coaching staff has maintained that they want Ellington to see around 20 touches per game. That should be enough for him to make a significant fantasy impact. We expect a pretty good outing from him today.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: With Tom Brady (and a few other less notable fantasy QBs) out on a bye this week--not to mention Aaron Rodgers’ injury--Manning is getting the starting nod in lots of fantasy situations. There are both positives and negatives in relying on him.
Manning was on a bye last week, and didn’t do much in his last appearance. He posted just 246 yards and no touchdowns against Philly, the second week this year he’s been kept out of the end zone. In his last four games, he has four touchdowns and six interceptions, which doesn’t instill a whole lot of optimism. That said, the matchup is pretty good: Manning will face a Raiders D that gave up seven pass touchdowns last weekend. Maybe we’ll see something of a repeat performance.

Steelers Defense: It’s pretty safe to say that the Steelers D isn’t what it used to be. They’ve had a few decent weeks, but on the whole have been a complete mess. Still, they’re not a bad option for today’s matchup against the Bills.
Buffalo will get starting QB E.J. Manuel back in the lineup, but that shouldn’t change much of anything. Opposing defenses haven’t had much difficulty posting fantasy points against the Bills, thanks in large part to turnovers. We see a pretty low-scoring game here that should yield a reasonable fantasy fill-in with Pittsburgh on the defensive side.

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