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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 11/18/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Johnson, Rainey and more

November 18, 2013

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Yesterday held a pretty crazy batch of NFL games, and fantasy owners everywhere rejoiced (or sobbed) as a result of the chaotic action around the league. That said, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy names out there who made waves--for better or worse--in fantasy yesterday and see where their seasons are headed from here.

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: We were pretty nervous about Green this week (he even made our Sit ‘Em list), and it turns out those fears weren’t in vain. He couldn’t get past his nemesis Joe Haden, ultimately resulting in the worst outing of his season. Green posted just two passes for seven yards, which came on a season-low five targets.
The performance is a bummer, but realistically no one posts a good game against Haden. Green and the gang are on a bye next week, and return in Week 13 against the Chargers.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 11/18/13

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Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: What can Brown do for you? Judging by his line in the Lions game, quite a bit. He finished the game with 147 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches, doing most of his damage--including the pair of scores--in the first half of the 37-27 win.
That makes three touchdowns in the last three weeks for Brown, and it’s his second 100-plus-yard performance. He would be a great play next week in Cleveland, but he may run into a brick wall in Haden, just as Green did.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Most people figured Brees would be slowed down a bit by the 49ers defense, and that’s pretty much what happened yesterday. He threw for under 100 yards in the first half, but got going later, throwing for 208 in the second. His final line was 30-of-43 for 305 yards, one TD and one pick. That brings his string of multi-score games to an end, and it’s the first time since Week 2 that Brees has tallied less than two touchdowns.
He’ll be in Atlanta on Thursday.

Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Those fantasy owners with the foresight (or the desperation) to start Rainey this week were handsomely rewarded. He was spectacular against the Falcons, finishing with 163 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. Early on, fellow RB Brian Leonard got some carries as well, but Rainey’s superior results had the team looking his way more often.
Atlanta isn’t the greatest defense in the world, so we’ll see how things go against Detroit this week.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Speaking of Detroit, let’s check in on Megatron’s performance. After Johnson posted 179 yards and two touchdowns in just the first half against the Steelers, fantasy owners and Lions fans hoped he’d have another 300-plus yard outing like he did a few weeks back. It wasn’t to be, however, as Johnson failed to record another catch during the game.
Still, the two scores continue his impressive streak. He’s got seven in his last four games alone.

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