Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/4/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Nelson, the Steelers and Jets RBs and more
September 4, 2013
The anticipation is at a fever pitch as we get set for tomorrow’s opener to the 2013 NFL season. There’s not much time left to get your fantasy lineup together, so some of those marginal lineup decisions and injury designations may come down to a leap of faith. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there and see what they’ve got in store for us in fantasy this weekend.
Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams: We’ve talked a lot about Richardson in the weeks leading up to the season. He’s one of our favorite sleeper targets at RB, and even though he’s currently ranked as a low-end RB3, we think he can give consistent starter numbers in fantasy. Richardson enters Week 1 as the starter against a vulnerable Arizona rush defense, and though he’ll have Zac Stacy handling some of the short-yardage work, he’ll get a significant amount of opportunities for big yardage.
Consider Richardson as a very strong flex option this week, and expect to see a strong push from the St. Louis offense.
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Steelers Running Back Situation: Okay, let’s take a realistic look at the current state of the crowded Steelers backfield. There have been a lot of changes going on lately, and they’ve resulted in Isaac Redman getting the nod for the Titans game in Week 1. That’s actually a pretty good matchup, as Tennessee will give up some rush yards.
Redman would be a decent flex play this week, but there’s no telling how long he’ll hold onto the starter’s job. Rookie Le’Veon Bell--who most people believed would get the No. 1 gig--has officially been ruled out this week, but may practice in the next couple days and could return as early as Week 2. The bad thing about that is there’s no guarantee how the Steelers will use their stable of backs once they’re all healthy. Bell is likely your RB3 or lower anyway, so leave him on the bench until we get this sorted out.
Jets Running Back Situation: Another backfield to watch is in New York with the much-talked-about-but-not-very-good-at-football Jets. We’ll admit it: we liked Ivory a lot during the off-season, as he seemed poised to storm in and take over the starting job. That didn’t end up happening, however, as Bilal Powell is now listed as the Jets’ No. 1. That’s not a death knell for Ivory’s fantasy value, though. The team will likely end up using a committee approach to the position, and there’s not much of a chance that Powell is able to shoulder the load.
Still, Ivory gets a definite downgrade here, as we just don’t trust he’ll get enough touches to be reliable in fantasy. If he can show that he’s healthy and effective over the next game or two, we could reassess the situation. Until then, don’t worry about putting him (or Powell, for that matter) in anything more than a low-end flex spot on your fantasy roster.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Good news this morning for Nelson owners. He’s been cleared by doctors to play in the team’s Week 1 matchup against the 49ers, after recovering from minor knee surgery last month. That’s a good sign, as there was a bit of mystery surrounding the exact reasons for the procedure.
That said, we’re not exactly super jazzed over Nelson in fantasy this season. He likely falls around No. 20 or so among wide receivers, but there’s reason to be pessimistic here. Besides the fact that he’s facing one of the top defenses in the league this week, Nelson was something of a disappointment last season, missing four games due to injury and tallying 745 yards all together.
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