Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 12/5/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Nelson, Underwood and more
December 5, 2013
It’s playoff time in the fantasy football world, and with the beginning of the NFL’s Week 14 tonight, so begins our postseason (many of us, anyway). With that in mind, let’s check in on some of the noteworthy fantasy names out there and see what we should be expecting on our rosters as we attempt to snatch that championship. Here’s the latest.
Tiquan Underwood, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Deep leaguers in need of assistance at the WR position should keep their sights set on Underwood. He broke out two weeks ago with a huge 108-yard, two-TD performance against the Lions, but was underwhelming in Carolina last week. He managed just three receptions (all in the first quarter) for 51 yards in the ugly loss.
Matchup-wise, things look pretty promising for Underwood in Week 14. He will be at home against the incoming Bills, who are pretty generous to opposing wide receivers. The downside is that he’ll have to improve on his catch totals (he hasn’t surpassed three receptions in a game yet this year) or snag a couple of deep balls to be effective.
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Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: All signs are pointing to Aaron Rodgers not being ready for the Packers’ Week 14 game against the Falcons, which is bad news for Nelson and his owners. In five games of Rodgers-less play, he’s posted 24 catches for 314 yards. That doesn’t sound so bad until you factor in his 117-yard game against the Giants. In all the other games, he hasn’t surpassed 67 yards.
That said, the Atlanta matchup is pretty favorable, so if Nelson can get a couple of big plays maybe he can register a solid fantasy score. Given Matt Flynn’s ugly outing against the Lions on Thanksgiving, however, we’re not so optimistic.
Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills: If you’ve got Johnson on your roster, it’s been a few weeks since he’s given you a solid outing. In his most recent game against the Falcons, he managed just five receptions for 55 yards (and a fumble). His prospects this week aren’t very promising, either.
Johnson will face a very familiar foe in Tampa Bay’s Darrelle Revis. The two clashed numerous times during the years Revis was a Jet, and normally the defense won those battles. The Bucs have a different scheme and supporting cast than New York had, but the man-to-man matchups should hold similar. That makes Johnson a low-end consideration heading into Week 14.
Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders: The early returns this week are looking good for Jennings. He was able to get out on the field and practice with his teammates yesterday, which is a good sign in his return from the concussion he suffered on Thanksgiving Day against the Cowboys. That said, he’s still got some hurdles to clear this week before he’ll be allowed to play in the Raiders’ game against the Jets on Sunday.
In related news, No. 1 RB Darren McFadden sat out practice yesterday in the team’s first action since their holiday loss. He got just five carries against Dallas, and if he remains sidelined this week it could be an indication of a repeat performance this week. Taiwan Jones figures to get more work with the other two backs banged up.
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