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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 8/31/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Gronkowski, Wilson and more

August 31, 2013

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It’ll be another big weekend in the fantasy football community, with most of the remaining drafts finishing up over the next couple of days (unless you’re in one of those leagues that’s going to cut it extra-close next week). After that, it’ll be smooth sailing toward Thursday’s regular-season NFL opener between the Ravens and Broncos. While we’re waiting, let’s kill some time by checking in on some of the noteworthy fantasy names out there. Here’s the latest.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: This will be a big weekend for Gronkowski’s status. The Patriots are reportedly leaning toward moving him from the PUP list to the active roster this weekend, which would potentially open the door for his return. By most indications, he should be back in action by Week 5 or so, healthy and ready to cement his status as one of the top two fantasy tight ends in the league.
With this new information, you could argue that Gronkowski deserves to be off the draft board by Round 3. We’re not quite that optimistic just yet, but the fact remains that you’ll have to pick him higher than originally thought this off-season. Considering the lack of reliable fantasy TEs out there right now, over-reaching on Gronk might not be a bad play.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 8/31/13

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David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: You know what? We’re starting to come around on Wilson. Sure, we were a little worried about his past issues with fumbles and missed blocking assignments, not to mention the looming presence of Andre Brown as a TD vulture, but maybe things aren’t so glum here.
Wilson had a solid preseason, racking up 179 yards on the ground and 31 more through the air. He showed explosiveness in his running and had a great handle on the football (no fumbles). Best of all, he remained a staple of the Giants offensive sets while they were inside the red zone. Things seem to be lining up nicely for a solid season here, so Wilson owners should feel confident putting him out there as a reliable flex or even RB2.

Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Charles has spent most of the off-season sitting comfortably in the No. 3 to 5 overall slot on most draft boards. He’ll serve as the Cadillac of many fantasy owners’ rosters this season, and there are a lot of reasons to be hopeful for another big-time campaign in 2013.
There was a report that came out late this week which estimated Charles to receive somewhere in the neighborhood of 280 touches this season. If he can stay healthy, we think that’s a conservative estimate. He’s coming off a 320-touch season in 2012, and even though the offense is different this year, his workload won’t change much. Given all the upside here, we wouldn’t fault anyone for taking Charles as high as No. 2 overall.

Steelers Defense: No one thinks too much about defense until those last couple of picks (except the guy who takes the Seahawks in Round 5), but when you get down there, keep the Steelers in mind. They’re going around 10th or so among defenses, but they’ve got some solid sleeper potential.
Take a look at Pittsburgh’s cakewalk schedule this season. They’ll face such tepid offenses as the Jets, Bills, Dolphins, Bears, Vikings and Raiders. We’ll be incredibly surprised if they don’t win at least 10 games. Sure, they’ll see Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady as well, but everyone’s got at least a couple of potential stumbling blocks on the schedule. Give the Steelers some thought.

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