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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/19/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Olsen, Little and more

October 19, 2013

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We’ve got just one more day to get our fantasy lineups ready for all the Week 7 action in the NFL, so it’s becoming very important to keep up with all the news out there. With that in mind, let’s check in on some of the noteworthy players and fantasy storylines happening right now and see just how the weekend may end up playing out. Here’s the latest.

Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Gore is heading into the 49ers’ Week 7 game against the Titans on a pretty nice roll. He’s posted double-digit fantasy points for the last four weeks straight, and has really only had one stinker game (Week 2 in Seattle).
This week, Gore will head to Tennessee to face a pretty decent Titans rush defense, but we’re not too worried about his chances. Jamaal Charles and Marshawn lynch both blitzed Tennessee on the ground, and Gore should have a similar effect.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/19/13

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Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Now that we’ve had a day to distance ourselves from the Seahawks-Cardinals game, we can examine the trends that came up on Thursday and try to figure out just what in the heck happened to Ellington. He came into the game as a popular bye-week/injury filler in fantasy, but emerged from the matchup with just 13 total yards on three rushes and two receptions. That’s hardly the offensive involvement we--and just about everyone else--were expecting.
Ellington had a couple of end zone targets that were well-defended and/or poorly thrown, so his stats could have been better. There’s also the matter of fellow RB Alfonso Smith getting many of the looks later in the game. We can’t really explain that, but we’re still holding out some hope that he earns a larger role in the Arizona backfield--since Rashard Mendenhall has been altogether ineffective. Don’t drop him just yet; let’s see what happens.

Greg Little, WR, Cleveland Browns: Toward the beginning of the year, we were thinking Little would be a nice fantasy sleeper, but things haven’t really turned out that way. This season, he’s lost his starting job (then got it back last week) and posted just 16 grabs for 161 yards. On the bright side, he did catch a TD in Week 6 against the Lions, but that’s about all he did (two catches; 12 yards).
Little’s fantasy value isn’t completely nil; he does have some deep-league flex appeal still. That said, we’ve got to see more production out of him before we downgrade him any further. We’ll see how he does in Green Bay this week and then go from there.

Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers: With Jimmy Graham sitting out this week, lots of owners are slotting Olsen into the lineup (or continuing to start him in deeper leagues). Let’s check in on his status and see what we should be expecting.
Olson has been dealing with a sprained foot this week, but he managed to earn a probable designation for tomorrow’s game. He sat out practice on Wednesday, but was able to participate on a limited basis Thursday and yesterday.
He’ll be facing the Rams this week, and though the St. Louis defense seems like a cupcake matchup, but they’ve been pretty awesome when it comes to limiting tight ends. They’ve already taken care of the likes of Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez and Vernon Davis--none was able to do much; only Davis could score. That said, Olsen should still be involved pretty heavily in the offense as he has been all year. Assuming the injury doesn’t slow him down, he’ll get his chances. He’s a bit of a risky play, but if he’s all you’ve got, there’s not much else you can do.

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