Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/21/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Bush, Foster and more
September 21, 2013
Have you got your Week 3 fantasy lineup set yet? If not, don’t worry. You’ve still got another day or so to get things organized before the NFL gets things going. It’ll be a make-or-break afternoon, as there won’t be an opportunity for a .500 mark on the young season--that can get disheartening or encouraging, depending on which side you land on. In any case, let’s kill some time while we’re waiting. Here’s a look at a few key players and storylines from the upcoming games.
Texans RBs: Let’s take a moment to check in on the banged-up RB duo in the Texans backfield. We’ll start with Arian Foster, whose injury concerns are just about as varied as you can get. He’s dealing with issues on his chest, thumb and calf, which may sound troubling to fantasy owners, but is really nothing to worry over. He’s expected to be good to go for the Ravens tomorrow after enduring a full week of practice to earn himself a probable designation. So far he’s been quite productive considering all the physical limitations he’s dealing with.
Then there’s Tate, who has been reasonably productive himself thus far in 2013. He’s dealing with a lingering shoulder injury, but the good news is that he’s earned himself a probable designation and should be just fine for tomorrow.
Fantasy-wise, Foster is an obvious start, but Tate just depends on the size of your league and the rest of your lineup. We may see Foster get a bigger slice of the pie if his injuries don’t hold him back, but Tate should see use as well.
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Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins: Let’s check in on Wallace now, as he’s got a very intriguing (not to mention promising) week ahead. First, there’s his groin injury. It’s kept him as a limited participant in practice this week, but he should be just fine for tomorrow’s matchup against the Falcons and will be looking to build on his nine-grab, 115-yard outing last week that produced his first touchdown as a ‘Phin.
It’ll be a tasty-looking game for Wallace. He faces a Falcons defense that got shredded through the air last week, and he should factor heavily into the Miami passing game. They’ll want to keep their No. 1 happy, and that means good things for fantasy owners. If he’s healthy, Wallace will dominate.
Rob Housler, TE, Arizona Cardinals: This off-season we were big fans of Houslers, and predicted some nice stat-lines from him in fantasy. That sentiment hasn’t quite had a chance to come true just yet, as he’s been sidelined the first two games of the season due to an ankle injury. The good news, however, is that we could be getting our first look at him tomorrow.
Housler is officially listed as probable on the Cardinals’ injury report for Week 3 in New Orleans, which could offer a glimpse of his potential fantasy impact. We’ll have to take any stats--positive or negative--with a grain of salt, however, since this is his first week back in the lineup. Still, we’ve got high hopes for him as a low-end TE option. The Arizona passing game is much better than it was just a season ago.
What to Do With Bush?: One of the sketchier fantasy considerations for tomorrow is Reggie Bush’s injury situation. His prep week ended on a high note yesterday, as he was able to make his return to the practice field. He’s fighting off a knee issue that’s got him listed as questionable for the Lions’ game against the Redskins tomorrow.
Now, if you’re a Bush owner, you obviously want to get him into the lineup for this one. The Washington defense has been pretty terrible so far, and it’s a nice matchup. That said, you’ll have to pull a switcheroo if he’s not active (expect a game-time decision). Joique Bell isn’t a bad replacement option.
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