Fantasy Football 2013 Player News and Updates for 8/9/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on McCoy, Bell and more
August 9, 2013
Six more preseason games were played last night, and we’ve got eight more to look forward to today. With all the on-field action ramping up, it’s no wonder thoughts are increasingly turning toward fantasy. That said, let’s take one last look at the headlines before the weekend draft action gets started.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Indianapolis Colts: We’ve been following Heyward-Bey most of the week. He was hit with a knee injury in practice, and since then has seemed to recover despite dealing with some soreness in the area.
That said, the general consensus is that Heyward-Bey has lost ground on fellow Colts WR T.Y. Hilton in the competition for the No. 2 slot behind star receiver Reggie Wayne. Whoever gets the nod (and at this point it’s looking like it’ll be Hilton) should make a pretty decent fantasy backup.
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Dexter McCluster, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Speaking of decent fantasy backups, KC has one in McCluster. He’s reportedly been lining up all over the place in practice as the Chiefs figure out new and creative ways to get him the ball. He’s got experience as a running back as well as a wide receiver, but we’re still not too excited about Kansas City’s offense.
Fantasy-wise, McCluster can probably remain undrafted--unless you’re in a deeper league--and could end up as a sleeper option this season. Keep an eye on him.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Bell (or whoever ends up getting the No. 1 RB job in Pittsburgh) just got a bump in fantasy value. The team is reportedly looking for a feature back who will shoulder the rushing load, rather than leaning toward a committee-based system.
The Steelers have options in Bell, Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman and LaRod Stephens-Howling. Each is expected to play a role in the offense, but Bell will likely emerge as the lead back. Look for him in the early 20s among running backs. He could provide some nice value.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: This didn’t amount to much--just as we figured--but we’ll go ahead and throw it out there to put owners’ minds at ease. McCoy was back in Eagles practice yesterday after a minor injury to his knee (described as simple soreness) kept him out Wednesday. The issue shouldn’t cause him any problems down the road.
That said, McCoy remains near the top of the fantasy RB rankings. If you wish to draft him, you can expect to use a first-round pick, somewhere around No. 9 or so overall. If he can stay healthy, he’ll get a lot of work in this new Eagles offense.
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