Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/14/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Jones, Bradshaw and more
September 14, 2013
We’ve reached the weekend (finally), so that means there’s just one more day to get your fantasy lineup together for Week 2. It’s been an interesting week already, as we didn’t get as much fantasy production as expected in the Thursday game. That alone makes the Sunday set even more crucial, so let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there and see what we can be expecting from them tomorrow.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Now that Vick Ballard is out of the picture (he went down with a knee injury in practice yesterday), Bradshaw has a firm grip on the feature-back role in Indianapolis. He was always the more attractive fantasy option in Indianapolis anyway, so he’s sitting around on a lot of benches right now. That begs the question: is Bradshaw worth a start in Week 2?
We’d give him a flex designation at best, since he’s heading into a tougher-than-it-seems matchup against the Dolphins. Miami’s run defense stuffed Trent Richardson in Week 1, and will likely limit Bradshaw to a less-than-ideal line. Start him if you’re desperate, but don’t expect miracles.
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Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: What should we be expecting from Foster tomorrow? Well, that’s a multi-faceted answer. First, let’s check in on his injury. He’s listed as probable, due to his calf injury (and his back is likely still an issue as well) and shouldn’t have any problems getting playing time at home against the Titans. It seems we’re safe there.
Playing time is the other issue for Foster, and it’s looking like that will improve this week as well. He expressed some disappointment at his playing time in the opener, sharing reps with backup Ben Tate--even though Foster got 24 touches and Tate got only 11--but now that he’s had a game to get his feet under him, he should be able to hit the ground running (pardon the pun) against Tennessee. You’re starting him regardless, but you should get some better numbers this time.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Today will be an important day for Fitzgerald, and his fantasy owners as well. Here’s the scoop on his injury. He’s currently battling a hamstring issue suffered in practice this week and is listed as questionable on the Cardinals’ injury report for their matchup tomorrow against the Lions. After the team’s walkthrough today, we’ll get a better feel for his status. Expect him to be a game-time call.
This one’s a tough call. If Fitzgerald is able to hit the field tomorrow, we’d say start him--unless you’re just plain loaded at WR. After his big performance in the opener, it’s tough to leave him on the bench, even with the nagging injury considered.
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta’s not doing so great in the WR department this week. Roddy White is considered questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Rams thanks to an ankle injury, and Jones gets that injury tag as well with his knee issue. He missed out on practice Wednesday, but on the bright side was able to hit the field (albeit on a limited basis) Thursday and yesterday.
We’d imagine both Jones and White will play tomorrow, with Jones likely being the better fantasy option. We don’t like what we’ve been hearing about White not being able to cut like usual.
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