Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/21/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Ivory, Griffin and more
October 21, 2013
Hopefully your fantasy football team pulled out a victory yesterday (or is about to, pending tonight’s game), but if not, don’t worry; there’s still plenty of NFL season left. We saw yet another interesting afternoon (and evening) of on-field action Sunday, which had a direct--and sometimes unexpected--effect on our fantasy lineups. With that said, let’s take a closer look at some of the important names out there and see what happened in Week 7. Here’s the latest.
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets: Well, this was unexpected. Ivory was the bell-cow RB in the Jets’ big OT victory over the Patriots yesterday, and he paid off handsomely for the few fantasy owners who have stuck with him. He carried the ball a whopping 34 times (a career-high), keeping Pats QB Tom Brady off the field and racking up 104 rush yards in the process. Will Ivory be able to do it again next week against the Bengals? We’d imagine Bilal Powell will be in the mix a little more, but he could work as a lower-end flex play.
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Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta Falcons: With Steven Jackson out once again due to a hamstring injury, it was up to Rodgers--and fellow RB Jason Snelling--to carry the load. Rodgers was the big fantasy winner here, posting 62 total yards and a pair of receiving touchdowns. Snelling, meanwhile, didn’t fare as well. He got just 14 rush yards on seven carries. Moving forward, it’s hard telling what to think about Rodgers’ fantasy future. Even if Jackson returns for Week 8, we’d imagine he’ll still have some lower-end value thanks to his presence in the passing game.
Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills: Johnson was bench fodder in most fantasy leagues this week, and that’s understandable. He was coming off a back injury, and his recent performances have left something to be desired statistically. In his previous two games, he had just three catches for 18 yards.
There’s some light at the end of the tunnel here, though. Johnson got a team-high 13 targets yesterday in the Bills’ win, and he came up with six catches for 63 yards. Those aren’t mind-boggling numbers, but they do provide some hope for owners in need of a fill-in for the byes next week.
Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins: We thought we had stepped out of a time machine and into 2012 yesterday with the Bears-Redskins game. Griffin was in top form, with 84 rush yards, 298 pass yards and a pair of scores. He’s starting to look more and more like he should, which is a great sign that he’s finally getting over his knee surgery.
Next week is a sure-fire shootout in Denver, so Griffin should post some more nice lines in that one.
Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys: With DeMarco Murray unable to suit up against the Eagles, Randle took the load. He did pretty well in the feature role, with 93 total yards on the day. He did lose out on a touchdown to backup RB Phillip Tanner, though.
It’s too early to tell if Murray will be ready to go for Week 8, so keep Randle on the roster for now. If he starts again, he’ll be a viable fantasy candidate for at least one more game. We’ll keep you posted on the situation going forward.
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