Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/25/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Wilson, the bye week and more
September 25, 2013
We’ve got just one more day before the NFL’s Week 4 kicks off tomorrow, and as a result there’s plenty to worry about in fantasy. This is the point where injuries really start to kick in, as well as concerns about on-field performances. On that note, let’s take a look at some of the hot-button topics plaguing owners this week. Here’s the latest.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: We’ve dedicated a lot of space in this column to Wilson, and he’s paid us back with a trio of miserable statistical performances. To be fair, he did have a TD called back due to a penalty in Week 3, and his entire team stinks; not just him. That said, he’s still owned in the vast majority of leagues, and still-optimistic owners should consider starting him this week.
Wilson is facing a Kansas City defense that was carved up on the ground by LeSean McCoy last Thursday. He posted 158 rush yards and a score, though KC ultimately held strong and got the win. Wilson hasn’t fumbled in a couple of games, so he’s regained some trust from his coaching staff. Realistically, he’s their best option on the ground, so he’ll get the looks. He’s a marginal flex play in fantasy.
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Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons: Gonzalez entered the 2013 season as one of the top options at TE in fantasy. He has yet to live up to that high billing, as he hasn’t posted more than four catches or more than 36 yards in three games thus far. It’s been a microcosm of the Falcons’ season, as they’ve dropped a couple of close games and sit at 1-2 in the record column.
Gonzalez will get an ugly matchup on Sunday, as he’ll face a New England defense that’s been pretty good so far. As a matter of fact, the Pats are giving up the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Granted, they haven’t faced any elite competition just yet, but the numbers are troubling nonetheless. Still, if you’ve got Gonzalez on your roster, he’s pretty much a must-start candidate.
Aaron Rodgers Replacements: Those of us with top-level fantasy QB Rodgers (or Cam Newton) on our rosters are looking to the waiver wire (or the bench) this week for a replacement. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the more popular candidates for a pickup.
High Level: Philip Rivers; Alex Smith; Jay Cutler -- In this group we like Rivers, obviously. He’s got two great games and one okay one under his belt so far. Smith also isn’t a bad choice. He plays the hapless Giants this weekend. Cutler is a relatively safe gamble, if there is such a thing.
Mid-Level: Terrelle Pryor; Ben Roethlisberger -- Pryor’s status against the Redskins (which is a great matchup) depends on his concussion status, so there’s risk there. Big Ben will be near the other Big Ben in London and will probably throw another pick or two against the Vikes.
Lower-Level: Ryan Tannehill; Geno Smith -- Tannehill is probably the safer bet here, but Smith has the higher ceiling given his ability to run. The Phins are in New Orleans; the Jets in Tennessee.
Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans: Is this the week to bench Johnson? It might be. He’s got a lot working against him. First off, he’s injured (bruised shin). Second, his numbers have taken a steady decline since his big performance in Week 1, and he still hasn’t scored a TD yet. Johnson will face a ravenous Seattle pass defense this week, so if you’ve got another option, this might be the time to look at it.
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