Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/7/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Foster, Newton and more
September 7, 2013
Those of us who drafted Peyton Manning (or just about any Broncos receiver) are sitting pretty right now as the opening weekend of the fantasy football season continues. There’s still plenty of time to come back from a deficit (or extend your lead) through the upcoming games, however. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy storylines taking place around the NFL. Here’s the latest.
Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos: Given Thomas’ level of involvement (five grabs for 110 yards and two touchdowns) in Peyton Manning’s historic performance (seven scores and the healing of a figurative wound for Broncos fans) on opening night Thursday, fantasy owners have flocked to the waiver wire. Thomas is THE hot add from that game, and likely will remain that way through Tuesday when the dust settles. But is he a wise pickup? The short answer is “maybe.”
The major thing working against Thomas is the Broncos’ plethora of offensive weapons for Manning to utilize. It’s very likely that he’ll become just another face in the crowd, with a big game here and a no-show there. Joel Dreessen’s return will only compound that handicap. Judging by the Ravens game however, there will be plenty of balls to go around in Denver. That makes Thomas worthwhile in deeper leagues or as a backup TE.
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Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Fantasy-wise, what should we be expecting from Newton in the opener tomorrow? Well, most outlets aren’t too optimistic about his chances for a solid game. He certainly got one of the worst possible draws for the opener in the Seahawks, whose defense held him to just 141 yards passing and no scores when they played last season. He’s also not expected to pass as much this year, given the team’s new conservative OC.
Still, if you’ve got Newton on your roster, you might as well start him. He’s a No. 1 QB, and overall should have a pretty good year. That may not be evident in this first week, though, so if you’ve got a decent backup (say, Ben Roethlisberger) we’d think about switching. Otherwise, roll the dice and hope for the best.
The Dolphins RB Conundrum: We’ve been waiting all preseason to see who would emerge as the lead back in Miami. Things shook out pretty much as the numbers said they would, with Lamar Miller earning the starter spot over No. 2 back Daniel Thomas. That makes sense: Miller averaged 4.2 YPC in the preseason, and Thomas just 2.7--although he is more of a short-yardage bruiser type. Some speculation says the two will get a near-even amount of carries, though.
Fantasy-wise, it’s an even more exasperating situation. We wouldn’t recommend starting either one, but if we had to choose we’d give Miller a nod as a flex play. Thomas may get some scoring opportunities--and may even outperform Miller against a tough Browns defense tomorrow--but he’s more of a wait-and-see type player.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: For those owners who picked up Foster (likely at a bargain price) in the draft, this is a nerve-racking week. He’s an obvious start--except for the more adventurous--since he’s a No. 1 pick, but there’s some degree of trepidation about his workload. Foster wasn’t able to take the field at all during the preseason, thanks to his calf and back issues, so the general consensus is that the team will try to ease him into the fold with a heavy dose of Ben Tate.
That doesn’t mean Foster won’t be able to contribute--and score fantasy points--but you may want to lower your expectations a little bit. This opener may sting points-wise, but by season’s end he should emerge as one of the top fantasy backs once again.
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