Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/8/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Eifert, the Patriots Defense and More
September 8, 2013
Today’s the big day. In the coming hours, we’ll be getting our first heavy dose of NFL football for the 2013 season, and that will kick off the main action in fantasy leagues everywhere. Before we get those lineups finalized, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy fantasy players who have been making headlines recently. Here’s the latest.
Patriots Defense: New England’s D/ST squad sits near the top in many fantasy leagues this week, as they’ll be opening things up with an enticing matchup against the Bills. Last season, the Pats D tallied five picks, four fumbles and six sacks in two games against Buffalo. Making things even more tasty is the regular-season debut of rookie QB E.J. Manuel. He’s coming off a knee injury and hasn’t been able to get the normal amount of rehearsal time before his big day.
Expect a lot of exotic looks and masked coverages from New England in an effort to confuse Manuel, and maybe even a pick-six. It should be the beginning of a nice run through the weak AFC East for the Patriots.
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Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: One player we’ll be keeping an eye on today is the rookie Eifert, who will be getting his first regular-season time against the Bears today and is listed as probable with a forearm injury. He’s been a trendy sleeper pick thus far, though some owners have him ranked pretty low on their lists for this week. We can see both sides of that.
Here are the positives: Eifert should be factoring heavily into the Bengals’ offensive plans this season as a safety valve for QB Andy Dalton. With defenses mainly focused on hotshot WR A.J. Green, that’s good news. The downside today is that the Bears have been pretty good against opposing tight ends, ranking near the top of the league in points allowed. That said, they’re pretty thin at LB and in their secondary, so Eifert may be able to find some running room. Keep an eye on him.
Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts: While we’re on the subject of potential breakout tight ends, Fleener is another one to watch today. You’ll find him ranked all over the place for his matchup with the Raiders, which makes him a real dice-roll who’s mostly just in the starting lineup within deeper leagues.
The good news is that Fleener is healthy now (sort of--he’s probable and coming off a knee injury) and has great chemistry with Andrew Luck. The Colts will supposedly be running a base 2TE-2WR offensive set, which gives Fleener (and fellow TE Dwayne Allen) plenty of field time. We’re thinking he’ll emerge as a solid backup, but could have a few games where he disappears this season.
Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints: We’ll get a good look at Colston this week as well, and not only because it’s just the first week (and a stingy pass-defense matchup against the Falcons), we should temper expectations here.
Colston is coming off a foot injury which limited him to just one preseason game. He’ll play (he’s listed as probable), and though he doesn’t need the extra reps from an Xs and Os sense, it may take him some time to get back into the rhythm of the game. Most people expect this to be a shootout--and we’re not saying it won’t be--but the Atlanta D was near the top of the league against wide receivers last year, so don’t be surprised if Colston comes up a little short points-wise.
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