Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/16/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Martin, Richardson and more
October 16, 2013
Wednesday marks not only the official halfway point of the week, but it also means we’ve got just one more day left before the NFL games begin again. Don’t forget about the quick turnaround when it comes to your fantasy team. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the noteworthy names around the league and what we can expect in Week 7.
Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Fantasy owners will have to answer some difficult questions concerning Richardson over the next few days, as we’re seeing a growing trend of him getting benched in leagues everywhere.
Though he was a top-10 pick in just about every fantasy draft, Richardson ranks 27th among fantasy backs, and he hasn’t gotten anywhere near the enormous numbers he was posting last year. The Colts head into a not-so-great matchup against the Broncos this week on “Sunday Night Football,” and with the low rush numbers teams usually put up against Denver, it’s no surprise owners are taking Richardson out of the lineup. It’s a tough decision, sure, but we’re okay with it.
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Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Now let’s take a look at Bell, who is heading into a not-so-great matchup himself. He’ll be facing the stout Ravens rush defense, which is giving up less than 100 (98.2, actually) YPG on the ground--that’s a top-8 number.
To make matters worse, Bell is coming off a pretty ugly game against the Jets. He posted 16 carries for 34 yards in that one. That said, we’ll need to see a few more games out of him before we really know what we have. If you’re in a bye-week pinch, it’s okay to keep relying on Bell--he’s certainly much better than a lot of options out there. Just don’t be surprised if the Ravens keep him in check, though.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: A hot topic of conversation thus far in Week 7 has been the injury issues to Fitzgerald. After his team’s loss to divisional rival San Francisco, word broke that he’d sustained a hamstring injury during the game. He’s now had issues with both legs this year, which should make fantasy owners pretty apprehensive.
Fitzgerald was limited in practice on both Monday and Tuesday, but for the record, he says he’s playing. It’s going to be a situation that owners will have to monitor closely, as we’d imagine he’ll fall in the questionable or game-time decision category of the injury report. That said, he’s a start if he can play.
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Martin, so let’s see how he’s doing down there in Tampa Bay. He’s coming off a 97-total-yard effort in Week 6, but considering the ugly QB situation that’s been happening with the Buccaneers, it’s a wonder he’s doing anything at all.
The good news is that Bucs QB Mike Glennon did okay against the Eagles, tossing for 273 yards and giving Martin some breathing room. If he can keep that up--at least post some semblance of a passing game--there shouldn’t be a whole lot to worry about here. Our only real concern is Martin’s lack of scoring opportunities. He’s only taken it to the end zone once this season, and that was all the way back in Week 1.
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