Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 12/13/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Nelson, Colston and more
December 13, 2013
Week 15 has already arrived, and from here on out it’s going to be a very busy second (or first, depending on your league’s setup) round of the fantasy football playoffs. Let’s see what we can decipher by taking a look at some of the key players and situations out there who will be having an impact on your team’s survival this weekend. Here’s the latest.
Chargers-Broncos Fantasy Notes: Most of the usual suspects weren’t very big hitters last night, which ultimately will hurt most fantasy teams. Philip Rivers got the better of Peyton Manning, but stats-wise, neither was really impressive in the 27-20 Chargers upset.
Ryan Mathews (127 rush yards; TD), Andre Caldwell (59 yards; two TD) and Keenan Allen (29 yards; two TD) were the lone standouts.
That means it was a quiet night for usually reliable names like Julius Thomas, Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Knowshon Moreno. That’s sure to shake up a lot of top-ranked fantasy teams out there who have cruised into the playoffs on the strength of their play.
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Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints: Colston hasn’t exactly been good to his fantasy owners this year. After posting eight receptions for just 67 yards over his previous two games, he exploded for nine receptions, 125 yards and two touchdowns against a very intimidating Carolina defense. Too bad he’d earned his way to the bench in a lot of leagues before that.
What will Colston do as a follow-up this week--and more importantly, can fantasy owners trust him again? Well, that’s up for debate, but we’d say he’s far too dynamic and dangerous to leave on your bench. The Saints will be heading to St. Louis this weekend, and though the Rams are pretty mediocre against the pass, they don’t allow much scoring to wide receivers. Colston and company will have to buck that trend to come away with a solid fantasy day.
Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills: Let’s head to the AFC East and check out another wide receiver who has had some up-and-down performances this season in Johnson. He’s got reasonable catch totals over his past two games (10 in all) but hasn’t put up the yardage (55 and 67, respectively) or the touchdowns (no scores since Oct. 27) to be significant in fantasy.
That said, there’s reason to be optimistic here. Johnson will head down to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars, who have struggled against the pass this season. In 13 games, they’ve given up 25 passing scores. That makes Johnson a decent start in deeper leagues.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Even without Aaron Rodgers at the helm in Green Bay, Nelson (finally) put up some decent numbers against the Falcons last week. He posted four grabs for 85 yards, which was a big improvement over his previous two games, during which he managed just 72 yards on six receptions.
Nelson owners may get an even bigger stat line this weekend. He’s got the best of matchups looming on Sunday, as the Pack heads down to Dallas. The Cowboys boast one of the most porous defenses in the league, and they’ll likely give up some big yardage to Green Bay, regardless of who the QB is.
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