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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/20/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Gronkowski, Jacobs and more

October 20, 2013

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With Week 7 officially upon us (the rest of it anyway), it’s going to be a busy morning for fantasy owners. We’ve seen all sorts of crazy storylines happening this week, and we won’t find out the conclusions to some of them until moments before kickoff. That said, let’s take one final look at some of the key names out there and see what we should be expecting from our fantasy lineups this week.

Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans: This will only affect owners in deeper leagues, or maybe those in search of bye-week replacements, but it’s newsworthy nonetheless. Locker is expected to be starting for the Titans today as they take on the visiting 49ers. The move is somewhat surprising, given that he just returned to practice this week and was still listed as questionable on the injury report.
We wouldn’t suggest slotting him in just yet--unless you’re a deep-league Drew Brees owner and really stuck for a replacement--but Locker is worth keeping an eye on. He’s got six touchdowns in four games this year, with half of those coming in a Week 4 blowout against the Jets.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/20/13

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Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Let’s check in on Gronkowski one more time before the Pats’ Week 7 game against the Jets. Here’s the deal: he’s been cleared by his doctors to play, and there have been a handful of reports over the weekend that say he’ll be making his season debut today.
That said, Gronkowski still hasn’t received the official green light from the team; that likely won’t happen until shortly before kickoff. We’d imagine he’ll be out there, but if you’re an owner you’ll still need to monitor his status this morning until the official word is released. Once that comes, you’ll definitely want to get him into your fantasy lineup. Reliable receivers are the one glaring weakness to the Patriots offense, and QB Tom Brady should get Gronk involved early and often in this one.

Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons: There’s been some debate and uncertainty among fantasy owners when it comes to Falcons WR Harry Douglas. There’s been lots of waiver wire action on him over the past couple of weeks, now that Julio Jones is done for the year with an injury, and Roddy White is battling a pair of significant maladies himself.
The truth is, there’s really no way to tell what to expect from Douglas. He had a 98-yard effort in Week 1 that was his best outing of the year, but hasn’t been able to find the end zone in five games. He’ll see Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis today, so that doesn’t exactly bode well for his overall outlook in Week 7. We’d say start him as a WR3 if you have to, but don’t expect anything crazy until we get a look at the adjustments Atlanta makes on offense.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants: Hmm…this is a little unsettling. Jacobs missed out on practice yesterday due to his ailing hamstring. That caps a week that saw him limited quite a bit with the injury. He’s questionable for tomorrow night’s game against the Vikings.
Jacobs owners who had planned on starting him this week are now in a difficult spot. You can either roll the dice and hope he’ll be healthy enough to play--not to mention be effective--by tomorrow, or you can try to find another last-minute option in today’s games. Neither choice is very enticing. If Jacobs can’t go, we may get our first noticeable dose of Peyton Hillis, who could serve as a worst-case fantasy plug in if all else fails.

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