Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/11/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Giants-Bears, Megatron and more
October 11, 2013
Now that the sixth fantasy football week has officially begun, it’s time to start looking forward to the big Sunday matchups heading our way. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the noteworthy players and news-making headlines that will have an effect on your fantasy lineup this week. Here’s the latest.
Giants-Bears Fantasy Notes: The Bears defense had another big game in their victory over the Giants last night, posting a trio of interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) even without their marquis corner Charles Tillman. Offensively, the stars were Brandon Marshall (87 yards, two touchdowns), Jay Cutler (262 yards, two scores) and Matt Forte (111 yards from scrimmage) as usual. Alshon Jeffery, meanwhile, was nowhere to be found (one catch for 27 yards).
On the Giants side, there were a couple of fantasy takeaways here. Brandon Jacobs came up with a big game on the ground, which is what the team was sorely lacking. He posted 106 yards and a pair of scores that will make him waiver wire fodder for the week to come. Also of note was Reuben Randle, who managed 75 yards and a score on three receptions.
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Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Much has been made of Johnson’s knee injury this week, and it’s going to continue all the way up until game-time on Sunday. The latest news on that front is that he’s coming off a limited practice and has been dealing with swelling around his knee area. He’ll be a game-time decision in Cleveland.
If Johnson can’t go--which is a very real possibility--it’ll be the second game in a row he’s missed due to the injury. If he does end up playing, you almost have to start him in fantasy, but we’re not expecting a whole lot.
Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans: As if Megatron’s injury weren’t enough, we’re also seeing some cloudy skies surrounding Johnson, who missed part of practice due to his shin injury. He’s dealing with a nagging shin injury that has been hanging around for quite a while. He’ll be a game-time decision as well.
Johnson is coming off a pretty ugly game against the 49ers: three receptions for 39 yards. A lot of his struggles this year likely have to do with QB Matt Schaub’s troubles, so as long as he’s in there it’s anyone’s guess what Johnson will do on a week-to-week basis.
Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets: While we’re on the subject of ailing wide receivers, let’s check in on Holmes. He’s been absent from practice all week, still reeling from that hamstring injury that kept him out against the Falcons.
Unless Holmes can get into practice today, we’d imagine he’ll probably sit for his former teammates’ visit to New York. He may end up being a game-time decision, but even if he does play we’d probably keep him grounded in fantasy lineups.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers: Good news on Olsen. He was able to remove the protective boot from his injured foot yesterday and put in some practice time. He was out of action Wednesday, so this is definitely a good sign for his availability against Minnesota on Sunday.
If Olsen is active, he definitely needs to be in your lineup. The Vikings are giving up the most points per game to opposing tight ends.
Donnie Avery, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Sleeper prospect Avery was able to practice on a limited basis yesterday, which bodes well for his availability against Oakland on Sunday. He’s coming off a three-catch, 91-yard effort last week, but on the whole has been pretty inconsistent. That said, we’ll likely see Avery filling in for byes in a lot of fantasy lineups this week.
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