Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/24/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Manning's Big Night, Bell's Chances and More
September 24, 2013
Now that the NFL’s Week 3 is officially over, it’s time to start looking forward to Week 4 in the fantasy football world. There will be plenty of things to consider in the quick turnaround before Thursday’s game, so owners will have much to occupy their minds in the meantime. With that said, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names and storylines out there. Here’s the latest.
Raiders-Broncos Fantasy Notes: If you had the sense to draft Peyton Manning, you’re patting yourself on the back right now (and likely sitting at 3-0). He had another great outing in a blowout win against the Raiders last night, posting an immaculate 32-for-37 line for 374 yards and three touchdowns. That gives him 12 scores on the year, and he hasn’t thrown an interception yet. It’s almost sickening.
The big story on the other side is Oakland QB Terrelle Pryor. He took a shot to the head on a QB run late in the game, and came out a few plays later due to a concussion. He’ll have to go through the standard round of testing before the team deems him fit to return for the Week 4 matchup against the Redskins. If you were planning on using him in a backup role, you’ll have to keep an eye on his health. We’ll keep you posted.
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Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Will we finally get to see Bell this weekend? According to a report, that’s the intent. The Steelers’ prized rookie RB has been out for the three games so far due to a foot injury, but the word is that the team plans to play him in this week’s matchup against the Vikings in London.
The original intent was to keep Bell sidelined until after the Steelers’ Week 5 bye, but with an 0-3 record and a downright horrid rushing game, they’ve really got no choice but to get him in there if he’s healthy. As long as he doesn’t suffer a setback this week, we’ll see him on the field against Minnesota. Is he a solid fantasy play? Probably not yet--unless you’re desperate--but he should make a big impact this season as a whole.
Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons: There are lots of variables that are taking shape this week and will play into the strategies involved in Sunday’s Patriots-Falcons matchup. One is the health of Jackson, who missed last week due to a thigh injury. The word is that he’ll be out for another 2-3 weeks while he recovers, which leaves the rushing duties to Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling.
One other impact area Jackson’s absence will be felt is the Falcons’ passing game. Without a reliable No. 1 rusher in the picture, there’s an extra load on Matt Ryan’s shoulders, and he’ll have his hands full this weekend. The Patriots defense is ranked second in points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, though to be fair they haven’t faced anyone of Ryan’s caliber yet. It should be a high-scoring, pass-heavy affair on both sides.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers: It’s a quick turnaround before Week 4 opens up on Thursday, so Davis owners will have to be extra careful. He was limited in practice yesterday, thanks to the hamstring injury that kept him sidelined during Week 3 against the Colts. He was able to warm up before the game, so that bodes well for his potential availability this week.
Without Davis, the 49ers passing attack certainly struggled against Indianapolis. QB Colin Kaepernick hit just 13 of 27 passes for an ugly 150 yards and a pick. He desperately needs a reliable outlet to look for, and Davis fits that bill. If he can go, he’s a solid start--even with the injury.
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