Fantasy Football 2013
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Nicks, Ivory and more
August 2, 2013
Well, the work week is nearly over (finally, which means it’s time to shift focus to the upcoming fantasy football season. Whether or not your draft is coming up this weekend, you’ll want to stay informed on all the happenings around the NFL. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the players out there who are making headlines. Here’s the latest.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants: Nicks missed out on practice yesterday, and has been having issues with a groin strain all week. He’s currently listed as day-to-day.
This will be a situation to watch, as groin issues can get tricky if they linger. Assuming he’s healthy, Nicks is still a fantasy enigma. You’ll likely find him ranked somewhere between the late-teens and early-20s, but we’d err on the lower side of that projection. He’s still got Victor Cruz ahead of him, after all.
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Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants: While we’re on the subject, let’s take a look at the Giants’ backfield. As of right now, Brown and David Wilson are neck-and-neck in the race for the No. 1 designation, but the eventual setup is likely already known.
It’s assumed that Wilson will be the first- and second-down RB, with Brown taking the third-down and goal-line reps. Given that split, we like Brown’s late-20s RB value as opposed to Wilson’s early-20s ranking. That said, we’d stay away from the situation all together if you can.
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets: Switching to the AFC, one of our favorite RB sleeper picks has been fighting a hamstring issue this week. Ivory left practice early on Wednesday and hasn’t been back since, but the team remains hopeful that he’ll return soon.
Fantasy-wise, Ivory looks like he can provide some nice value for where he’s going in the draft. You’ll probably be able to snag him in the early-20s among running backs. If he can deliver on the 15-carries-per-game expectation he’s tagged with (and stay healthy), he’ll be quite a pickup.
Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers: With the TE market being so thin, it’s time to lower your expectations for the position and start considering guys you normally wouldn’t as lead names. Finley fits in that designation, as he’s coming off a disappointing year in 2012 (667 yards, two touchdowns).
Early indications have Finley in line for a bounce-back campaign. He’s playing in a contract year, and the Packers coaching staff has been beaming over his productivity in practice. He’ll make a nice late-round grab as a potential sleeper in fantasy.
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