Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/4/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Bills-Browns, Wallace and more
October 4, 2013
Week 5 in the NFL is officially underway, now that the Bills-Browns game has reached its conclusion. Hopefully your fantasy team started things off on the right foot and you’re headed into the weekend with some momentum. If not, there’s still plenty of time to make up ground. That said, let’s take a look around the league at some of the noteworthy storylines and players out there. Here’s the latest.
Bills-Browns Fantasy Notes: This one was odd because of all the injuries. Both Brian Hoyer and E.J. Manuel went down with sprained knees (we’ll know more about them when the MRI results are officially announced) and Steve Johnson came out with a back injury.
Aside from that--and aside from the ineffective Jordan Cameron--it wasn’t too bad of a fantasy evening. Both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson scored, as did Willis McGahee. Josh Gordon also posted a monster game, with 86 yards and a TD.
The injuries could really change the fantasy landscape within both teams for the upcoming games, however, so we’ll keep you posted on any news.
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A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Green owners are probably starting to get pretty frustrated over his lack of production recently. The good news is, Green feels the same way--he was visibly upset on the sidelines during his team’s loss to Cleveland last week, and he ended up finishing with just 51 yards on seven grabs. The big reason for that is because of elite Browns CB Joe Haden (who is a recurring topic in this space), so you shouldn’t really read that much into it.
Green will get his numbers. It’s been a rough stretch of games since his big Week 1 outing, but it’s only a matter of time before he breaks out. The New England defense he’ll face this week isn’t too bad, but we wouldn’t put 100 yards and a score out of the question. He’s an automatic start regardless.
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers: Speaking of automatic starts, Gates has certainly been one thus far. Since Week 2, he’s been flat-out awesome, posting double-digit points in each game. In his most recent appearance, Gates tallied 10 grabs for 136 yards and a score to lead the resurgent Chargers offense to a big win over Dallas.
Gates and the gang will see their heated rival Raiders this weekend, and it’s worth noting that Oakland has been pretty darn good against opposing tight ends so far this year. That said, with the way Gates has been playing we wouldn’t be surprised if he came away with a huge game in this one. He’s one of the handful of fantasy tight ends that you don’t really have to think about. Just stick him in your lineup and forget about it.
Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins: We’ve been visiting with Wallace quite a bit over this first portion of the season, since he’s brought quite a bit of drama and intrigue to South Beach--and to fantasy rosters. Aside from his big Week 2 performance (115 yards and a score), he hasn’t been able to come up with much, managing only six grabs in three games.
Wallace and the Dolphins will see the defending champion Ravens in Week 5, and this one is another tough call for fantasy owners. Sure, Baltimore allowed the Broncos offense a lot of room in Week 1, but aside from that they’ve been pretty decent against opposing wide receivers. We’d say start Wallace once again, but don’t expect any miracles.
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