Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 11/14/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Ellington, McCoy and more
November 14, 2013
The NFL will kick back into gear tonight, with a big matchup between the Colts and Titans. Don’t forget to get your lineups set if needed, as this will start out a weekend of crucial games in fantasy. We’re getting down to the dog days of the regular season, so every matchup will count a little extra. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there in the fantasy world.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: McCoy owners have been doing the happy dance over the past couple of weeks, and they’ve got Nick Foles to thank. Now that the team has some stability at the QB position, McCoy has plenty of room to run, and he’s been exploiting it fully. In the past two games alone, he’s totaled 37 rushes for 199 yards and five receptions for 42 yards and a score. We don’t expect that trend to stop this week, either.
The Eagles will be taking on their divisional rival Redskins, and though Washington’s defense is in the middle of the pack when it comes to stopping the run, they’ve allowed 12 rushing touchdowns this year. We see this one as a high-scoring game with all sorts of fantasy breakouts on both sides.
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Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: Stuck for a QB this week? Don’t overlook Tannehill. Sure, his team is in a state of disarray right now, but he’s also heading into a favorable matchup. The Dolphins will be hosting the Chargers, who have one of the worst pass defenses in the league right now. As long as Tannehill’s offensive line can keep him upright (and they’ve been doing a better job of that than you might think), he should be able to post some decent fantasy numbers.
Even in Miami’s loss to the Buccaneers in Week 10, Tannehill was pretty good: 27-of-42 for 229 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Remember, he was able to do that with absolutely no running game whatsoever (the Dolphins had a total of two rush yards for the entire game).
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: We’ve been big cheerleaders of Ellington this season, and he’s proven himself as one of the most explosive playmakers on the entire Cardinals team. In his lone start two weeks ago, he posted 154 rush yards and a TD on just 15 carries.
So what’s the problem? Well, fellow RB Rashard Mendenhall has been eating up the workload out of the backfield. Ellington got just 13 touches last week, resulting in 73 total yards. Fans and fantasy owners alike have been clamoring for him to get more looks, but as of yet the coaching staff has turned a deaf ear. That said, the matchup is great his week--he’ll get a bad Jaguars rush defense--so we may still see a breakout on minimal reps.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Even though his team is sitting pretty at 9-0, it’s been a rough season for Bowe. His latest stumbling block came last weekend, when he was arrested for speeding and possession of marijuana on Sunday. He has a court date on December 18, but for now will be able to play, starting with this weekend’s big game in Denver. That said, the league may hand down some discipline in the near future.
Production-wise, Bowe has been a disappointment. He hasn’t scored since Week 4, but he did post season highs in receptions (seven) and yardage (67) last week against Buffalo. We don’t expect a high-flying performance Sunday night, but Bowe might put up some decent numbers in what should be a relatively offense-heavy game.
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