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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/28/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Hill, Rice, Green and more

September 28, 2013

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It’s getting closer. Week 4 continues tomorrow with some pretty interesting matchups on the NFL schedule. That will bring to light some very important fantasy considerations, so there’s plenty to go over between now and then. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there and try to get a feel for what we should be expecting. Here’s the latest.

Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Things are looking up for Rice in Week 4. He’s now practiced for three consecutive days this week, and should be just fine for tomorrow’s matchup against the Bills. The hip issue he’s been fighting (and which kept him out last weekend against Houston) is reportedly now limited to a pain-tolerance issue and shouldn’t affect his availability as long as he can keep it in check.
That said, Rice hasn’t had the most impressive of seasons thus far in 2013. Through two games, he’s got just 75 yards on 25 carries. The proverbial silver lining here, however, is that he does have 11 catches and thus has been pretty active in the Ravens’ passing game. We’re not too worried about him tomorrow; slide him back into your lineup and he should play well.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 9/28/13

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Washington Defense: Now that the Raiders’ Terrelle Pryor is officially out with a concussion for Week 4 against the Redskins, backup Matt Flynn will be taking the snaps for their matchup tomorrow. Does that make the Redskins’ defense a viable fantasy option? In a word: no. Even in the bottom-of-the-barrel doldrums of bye weeks, it’s just plain silly to trust the Washington D at this point.
They’re giving up 155 yards on the ground per game right now, which is tied for 30th in the league. Factor that in with their 32.7 points allowed and 333 pass yards per game allowed (31st in the league) and you’ve got a defense firmly in the “do not want” territory. Only the deepest of two-defense league owners should trust them here.

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Regular readers know that we’re big fans of Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden, and he’s got another marquis matchup on his hands for tomorrow. He’ll be dueling the Bengals’ star WR A.J. Green, which should make for a very interesting battle. Haden has played very well thus far, shutting down the likes of Mike Wallace and Torrey Smith, but he’ll face his toughest test of 2013 tomorrow.
Green has put up two double-digit weeks in fantasy this year, and he’ll look to continue his string of success against Haden when the two meet up. In three games against Haden and the Browns, Green has 11 catches for 268 yards and three touchdowns. Those are pretty promising numbers, but Green’s already been shut down once this year in Week 2 against the Steelers. Regardless, he’s not leaving your lineup no matter what the matchup is, so any coverage conversations are ultimately moot.

Stephen Hill, WR, New York Jets: Hill is getting some extra looks in fantasy this week, thanks to his big-time 108-yard, one-TD performance against the Bills last Sunday. He managed to come up with three catches on six targets, which is ironic because it’s his lowest catch/target total of the season but his highest fantasy output.
Long story short, Hill has some solid chemistry with new Jets QB Geno Smith, and should continue to emerge as a lynchpin of the passing game. He’ll get the Titans defense tomorrow, which isn’t the greatest matchup in the world, but he’s still worth a low-end start.

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