Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/18/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Givens, Cameron and more
September 18, 2013
We’re getting tantalizingly close to the third NFL game; we’ve only got one more day to wait. That means we’ve got plenty of fantasy considerations to mull over in the meantime, however, so there’s still plenty to do. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy storylines out there so you can start getting those rosters set. Here’s the latest.
Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns: Cameron is one of the hottest TE names in fantasy right now, so we’d like to think our faith in him has been pretty well founded. He’s had two solid games thus far: 108 yards and a TD in Week 1, and another 95 yards in Week 2; great numbers despite his team’s lack of offensive prowess.
This week, he’ll head to Minnesota to take on the Vikings, and there are a couple of things to think about there. Cameron should be destined for huge numbers, but could be limited by the quarterback situation in Cleveland, which will depend on Brandon Weeden’s thumb issues and also the offensive line’s penchant for allowing pressure. All things considered, he’s a must-start now if you have him.
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Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis Rams: It’s been a bumpy ride for those owners who have been rolling with Givens thus far. He was a dud in Week 1, with just 27 yards on two grabs. Week 2, however, was much better, with 105 against Atlanta. This week, Givens and the Rams will head to Dallas to take on the Cowboys, and there’s some risk involved in that one.
The Cowboys gave up all sorts of yardage to Eli Manning and the Giants in Week 1 (and that’s probably because the Giants can’t run), but tightened up in the following week versus the Chiefs. Givens’ line will depend on how much success Daryl Richardson has on the ground, as well as how much accuracy Sam Bradford feels like having that day. We’d call Givens a lower-end play, but try to find a better option if you can.
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: Those of us who have Luck as a starting fantasy QB had better hope for some extra help from the other positions on the roster over the next few weeks. Things aren’t looking too promising for the second-year QB, after he emerged with mediocre numbers the first couple of weeks and heads into an ugly game in San Francisco on Sunday. Things will get better in Jacksonville in Week 4, but after that the Seahawks’ man-eating defense comes to town.
We’re not saying to bench Luck this week--he’s a No. 1 name in the QB slot--but just temper your expectations against the 49ers. He’s already been sacked seven times through two games, and that’s not going to improve any time soon.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: It hasn’t been a great start for Newton owners. He’s posted some pretty pedestrian passing numbers thus far, and perhaps even worse, has only managed 52 yards on the ground through two games. There’s reason to be optimistic heading into Week 3, however, as the down-on-their-luck Panthers will meet up with the down-on-their-luck Giants for a somebody-has-to-win battle.
Newton against New York looks like a pretty promising matchup, as the Giants have given up four passing touchdowns and pulled down just one interception thus far. We’re not saying he’ll have a spectacular game, but he should do enough to warrant his way into your starting lineup once again.
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