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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/12/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Cook, Peterson and more

October 12, 2013

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We’ve got just one more day to wait before the bulk of the Week 6 games get started around the NFL, which brings to light plenty of fantasy considerations. To help you get that lineup solidified in time for the kickoffs tomorrow afternoon, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy players out there who are making waves in the headlines and see what we should be expecting from a fantasy standpoint. Here’s the latest.

Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis Rams: The shine is starting to come off breakout Rams TE Jared Cook. After a huge 141-yard, two touchdown performance in Week 1, he hasn’t been able to replicate any sort of success, as evidenced by his three-catch, 26-yard performance in Week 5. Fellow TE Lance Kendricks has elbowed his way into the offense recently, and neither player is really making a case as a standout.
Even if Cook and Kendricks had been posting better numbers in recent weeks, it’d be tough to recommend starting them tomorrow against the Texans. Houston has been pretty good against the position, so it’s probably best to look elsewhere in fantasy.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/12/13

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Garrett Graham, TE, Houston Texans: Let’s stick with the Rams-Texans matchup and examine the other side of the proverbial coin here. Graham is poised for a big game--and a big month--after fellow TE Owen Daniels was diagnosed with a broken leg and will miss the next 4-6 weeks.
Graham has shown some potential this season, and he’ll get his first big feature role tomorrow. The only question lies with the passing game, as Houston QB Matt Schaub has been a source of much frustration for not just fantasy owners but Texans fans as well. Still, we like Graham here, even considering the fact that the Rams defense has held their own against tight ends this season as well. He’s a pretty good start.

New England RBs: There’s a tricky fantasy situation brewing in the Patriots’ backfield this week, as they get ready for their home matchup against the incoming Saints tomorrow. Here’s the scoop: RB Stevan Ridley is listed as questionable with a thigh injury. There’s been some talk that he could make a comeback for this game, but if he is indeed out, fantasy owners have some options.
Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount would benefit from Ridley’s absence, and both would end up as decent fantasy starts. Bolden likely has more potential in the receiving game, which should be humming in what could end up being a high-scoring affair. Still, if Rob Ryan’s defense is able to hold once again, we could end up with a mediocre situation all around. There’s some risk in the running backs here, but also reward on the other side.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: We’ll touch on the Peterson situation this morning, as it’s been a heavy and somber topic of conversation over the past several hours. The star Vikings RB was dealing with an unimaginable situation yesterday, as news broke that his two-year-old son had passed away. His absence from practice on Thursday and Friday was categorized as a “personal issue.”
We can obviously all agree that this situation is much bigger than something so trivial as football, but for the record Peterson stated yesterday that he would be playing on Sunday. Even if he doesn’t, we don’t think anyone would blame him.

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