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Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Harvin, Fitzgerald and more
October 23, 2013
We’ve almost completed the short turnaround between Weeks 7 and 8 in the NFL, so it’s time to start thinking seriously about your fantasy lineup for the upcoming game. These next few days will be crucial to the long-term success of many teams, as we’re currently experiencing a rash of unfortunate injuries around the league. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the notable fantasy names out there and try to determine what will be happening this weekend. Here’s the latest.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Another week; another Fitzgerald injury concern. Cards coach Bruce Arians reported yesterday that he’d likely be keeping his star WR out of practice today, likely in an effort to rest his nagging hamstring injury. It’s going to be a situation that fantasy owners will have to monitor for the rest of the week as the team heads into their game against the Falcons.
Fitzgerald is coming off a meager two-catch, 17-yard effort against the Seahawks. He has fought hamstring issues (on both legs) for much of the season.
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Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Speaking of the Seahawks, let’s check in on Harvin. He was able to practice yesterday in a limited capacity, his first appearance since getting off-season hip surgery. His next hurdle will be making it out there for tomorrow’s session.
There have been some rumblings this week that Harvin could potentially play on Monday night against the Rams. Given the late start, that’s a risky proposition for fantasy owners. If he ends up being a game-time decision we’d probably look elsewhere, because if he doesn’t end up playing, you’re in a bind.
Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis Rams: Another borderline fantasy call for the Monday night game will be the Rams’ Cook. After his 141-yard, two-touchdown breakout in Week 1, he’s been mostly disappointing, never logging more than 45 yards in a game and never finding the end zone again.
Cook will find his way to some fantasy rosters this week, given the lack of players due to the byes. He’s a risky start, especially in this matchup. Seattle has only surrendered one touchdown to an opposing tight end this year.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers: Another tight end who will find his way into a lot of lineups this week (and he’s a starter in probably about half of the leagues out there) is Olsen. His prospects don’t look so good either, however. He’s got just one touchdown this season, which is below average for his usual production, and he hasn’t topped 85 yards so far.
Olsen and the gang will be heading down to Tampa Bay this week, and though the Bucs’ record is pretty ugly, they’ve been decent on defense. In fact, they’ve only allowed two scores to tight ends, and those came in the first two weeks of the season.
Golden Tate, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Let’s head back to Seattle for a moment and check in on Tate. He’s another Seahawks receiver that owners will have to watch this week, as he had to come out of practice early yesterday due to an issue with his shoulder. It’s too early to tell what sort of impact this will have on his availability for Monday, but it’s worth watching.
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