Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/1/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Dolphins-Saints notes, Bell and more
October 1, 2013
Week 4 in the NFL (and our first month of action) is officially in the books, and once again it was a busy and unpredictable weekend in fantasy. That said, we’re starting to see some worthwhile trends that could end up holding firm as the season wears on. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key players and storylines out there in the fantasy world and see if we can get a handle on things. Here’s the latest.
Dolphins-Saints Fantasy Notes: This one was a great time if you’re an owner of any Saints players. The New Orleans offense just plain went off, with the main beneficiaries being Drew Brees (413 yards, four touchdowns), Jimmy Graham (100 yards, two touchdowns) and Marques Colston (96 yards). Also of note, Darren Sproles--a favorite topic of ours--finally had a huge game, posting 142 total yards and a pair of touchdowns. He did lose a fumble, though.
On the other side, there aren’t many positives to speak of. If you used Ryan Tannehill as a bye-week fill-in, you’re kicking yourself (four turnovers, one touchdown). Mike Wallace didn’t do much, either: he had just three grabs for 24 yards.
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Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders: It’s looking like McFadden may have dodged a proverbial bullet in his health and long-term availability. He suffered a hamstring injury this past Sunday against the Redskins, but according to a report that surfaced yesterday, the condition isn’t believed to be serious.
That said, McFadden is still in danger of missing or being limited during the Raiders’ Week 5 game against the Chargers, so we’ll have to monitor his status throughout the week. If he can’t go, Rashad Jennings would get the lion’s share of the work and consequently would make a prudent fantasy add.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: There’s finally some good news coming out of the Steelers backfield, but we almost had a major setback (again) concerning Bell. He was pretty darn good in his debut against the Vikings in Week 4, tallying 57 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns and another 27 yards through the air. Bell did leave the game briefly during the third quarter, thanks to a tweak in his foot.
Apparently it’s nothing serious, however, so Bell owners need not worry too much about it. He’ll have ample time to rest, as the Steelers are on a bye this week. When he comes back, he’s solidly in RB3/flex territory for fantasy purposes.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills: Here’s one more player to watch between now and Thursday’s Week 5 opener. Spiller was a little roughed up during Sunday’s victory, suffering an ankle injury that caused him to have to come out of the game for a while. He was able to return to action, but there remains some concern here due to the short turnaround.
Spiller will rehab the ankle over the next couple of days and will likely land on the injury report. Depending on what happens in practice, and how he looks coming into the game, owners may want to get some other options lined up.
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