Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/11/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on the noteworthy names
September 11, 2013
We’ve got just one more day to wait for Week 2 in the NFL, and it may take fantasy owners a little while to get used to the short turnaround once again. That said, it’s time to start getting those lineups switched around, so let’s take a peek at some of the noteworthy fantasy names out there and see what everyone’s got in store for Week 2. Here’s the latest.
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: We’ve got another Manning Bowl on tap for this weekend, when Eli and the Giants host Peyton and the Broncos at MetLife. We’re hearing a lot of good things which make us think Eli may just be a decent fantasy start for this one. Let’s examine the scenario.
It’s bound to be a high-scoring game; Peyton and the gang will have no problem putting up points. That means Eli will be throwing. A lot. Furthermore, with the Giants’ current problems at RB (see: David Wilson’s fumbling issues and utterly horrid game in Week 1), they’ll probably stick to the pass. Eli played well against the Cowboys (450 pass yards, four TDs, three picks), so there’s no reason not to trust he’ll do it again. He makes a nice lower-end fantasy start.
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Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis Rams: One of the major breakouts at TE this past week was the Rams’ Cook. He showed immediate chemistry with Sam Bradford, and the two combined for 141 yards and two scores. Cook and the gang will face a Falcons defense that did pretty well against Jimmy Graham in Week 1, but has been vulnerable against tight ends as a whole over the past year. That makes Cook a high-end option in fantasy (and you probably got him at a bargain in the draft, too).
Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans: Britt came into the year as a hot sleeper (and, we admit, we bought into it a little as well), but didn’t start things out too well against the Steelers in Week 1. He only tallied one catch in that game, and if that wasn’t disturbing enough, he hasn’t posted more than a pair of grabs in his last four regular-season games.
Britt is a backup fantasy WR, sure, but before Week 1 it was believed he’d see a lot more action in the Titans offense. If he doesn’t pick it up on Sunday against the Texans--and he’s got a pretty good matchup there--it may be time to start looking elsewhere for bye-week replacement WRs.
Steelers RB Situation: Pittsburgh’s backfield is a mess right now, and that has been a hot topic in fantasy circles this week. With Le’Veon Bell not expected to play on Monday against the Bengals (and some speculation declaring he likely won’t be back until Week 6), Isaac Redman is still the main man for the Steelers. He had an atrocious game against the Titans--nine yards and two fumbles--but he’ll be getting the start in Cincinnati.
How much work Redman will get remains to be seen--the team signed Jonathan Dwyer this week, and he could end up with a sizable amount of touches. In fantasy, it all boils down to this: try your best to just stay away from the situation entirely.
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