Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/2/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Newton, Richardson and more
October 2, 2013
We’ve got just one more day left until the NFL’s Week 5 gets underway, so there’s not much time left to adjust those fantasy lineups. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players and developing storylines out there so we can get a better handle on what’s to come this weekend. Here’s the latest.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Vick has been a mixed bag of results for fantasy owners this year, but that’s pretty much what most people expected when they pulled him off the draft board. On the plus side, he’s got 226 rush yards through four games, resulting in a pair of touchdowns. Aside from a big Week 2, he’s had some glitches in tha passing game, however. Over the past two games, Vick has just one passing score and two interceptions. He also hasn’t broken the 250-yard mark in that span.
Things could be looking up for Vick and the Eagles this week, though. They’ll head to New York to face the hapless Giants, who haven’t done anything right this year. He’s 6-3 in nine career games against the boys in blue, and carries a 60 percent completion percentage.
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C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills: It’s already been a tricky week for Spiller owners, and it’s not getting much better. He was limited to light individual work in practice yesterday, and was reportedly seen sporting a limp in the locker room. That stems from an ankle injury he sustained this past week against Baltimore, and it’s something we’ll have to keep an eye on up until game time tomorrow.
Today’s practice will say a lot about Spiller’s potential availability. Even if he is able to play, there’s no telling how effective he’ll be. Our advice: get a backup plan together.
Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams: Speaking of disappointing fantasy running backs, Richardson hasn’t done much for owners thus far. He hasn’t broken 100 total yards yet, and he’s been an injury concern for the past couple of weeks. Worst of all, he’s coming off an ugly 12-rush, 16-yard effort against the 49ers.
All of that may prompt you to put him (or leave him) on the bench this week, but there’s some light at the end of the tunnel. Richardson and the Rams will host the lowly Jaguars on Sunday, and even with St. Louis’ sub-par offense on the field, he should have plenty of room to run. Consider giving him another shot as a flex or RB2.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Newton owners should be looking forward to his Week 5 matchup. The Panthers are rested and ready after a (very early) bye week, and they’ll face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. In his last game during Week 3, Newton posted 223 pass yards, 43 rush yards and four total touchdowns in a rout against the floundering Giants.
The Cardinals have allowed a ton of passing yards thus far (two of the three QBs they’ve faced are Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford, though) so they’re ripe for the picking by the Carolina offense. We fully expect Newton to have a big game, so don’t forget to get him off the bench and back into the lineup before Sunday.
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