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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/22/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Vikings-Giants, Bradford and more

October 22, 2013

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The NFL’s Week 7 was a pretty crazy one, as there were all sorts of unfortunate injuries and unexpected performances (both good and bad for fantasy owenrs) to go around. Let’s take a look at some of the notable headlines and players from around the league, and try to determine what sort of an effect they’ll have on the impending fantasy week. Here’s the latest.

Vikings-Giants Fantasy Notes: To be completely blunt, there wasn’t much fantasy worth happening in the Week 7 edition of “Monday Night Football.” Adrian Peterson owners came away disappointed, as he was only able to tally 28 rush yards and 28 pass yards. If you were using Giants QB Eli Manning as a Drew Brees filler, you came away with something of a “blah” line, with 200 pass yards and a TD. Hey, at least he didn’t throw any interceptions.
Save for the Giants defense, those were really the only noteworthy performances. New Giants RB Peyton Hillis will definitely be making some waiver wire noise this week, though we’re not convinced it’s a smart move. Sure, the name sounds enticing, but he’ll be pushed down in the pecking order once their RB corps begins to get healthy.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/22/13

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Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Yesterday was a melancholy day for the Colts. They were riding high after a big victory over the visiting Broncos on “Sunday Night Football,” but also got some incredibly bad news. No. 1 WR Reggie Wayne has been ruled out for the season following a torn ACL. The veteran suffered the injury while readjusting on an under-thrown pass during the Colts’ win. The team obviously won’t be able to replace someone of Wayne’s caliber--and fantasy owners won’t either--but expect some extra input from names like Darrius Heyward-Bey and Coby Fleener in the weeks to come. They might be worth a waiver wire visit.

Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Although the initial diagnosis on Martin’s shoulder injury was pretty favorable, there were breaking reports everywhere yesterday that claimed he’d be out for the season. He’s apparently dealing with a torn labrum, which would take several weeks to rehab in a best-case scenario. That said, the Bucs aren’t putting him on injured reserve just yet, as they cling to the hope that he’ll be able to return. Regardless, Mike James will be taking over at RB in the meantime. Make sure to pick him up if you’re a Martin owner.

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Foles took a pretty nasty spill during the Eagles’ loss against Dallas in Week 7. He came out of the game in the fourth quarter after an ugly 11-for-29, 80-yard passing day. He’s been diagnosed with a concussion, and this week will see him undergoing the league’s stringent concussion protocol. With Michael Vick also ailing, this may cause the Eagles to have to roll with No. 3 QB Matt Barkley, who is a rookie this season. They’ve got another big divisional game against the Giants this coming week.

Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams: With Drew Brees on a bye in Week 7, Bradford appeared on a lot of fantasy rosters as a starter. That didn’t work out all that well, as he managed a 255-yard, one-TD, one-pick effort in the loss against the Panthers. What’s worse, Bradford is now done for the season after suffering a torn ACL in the game.
His backup--in case you were wondering--is Kellen Clemens, who is the only other QB on the roster. Fantasy-wise, there’s nothing to see here. Move along.

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