Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/24/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Manning's ankle, Roethlisberger's matchup and more
October 24, 2013
Week 8 of the fantasy football season begins tonight, so make sure you’ve got your lineup set. There are plenty of things for owners to worry about during this round of games, as we’re dealing with lots of injuries and bye weeks right now. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy players out there who will have an effect on your fantasy games to come. Here’s the latest.
Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos: From the moment it was announced that Manning would be missing the Broncos’ practice on Wednesday, we’ve been subjected to Ankle-Gate ‘13. The veteran QB is apparently dealing with a “minor” injury to his ankle, sustained during Denver’s loss to the Colts this past weekend.
There are some reports out there--including a screenshot--that depict Manning getting injured during the third quarter of the game after a Robert Mathis sack. Whether or not that’s the case, the Broncos haven’t said yet. Still, Manning is expected to hit the practice field today and should be fine for the weekend. It’s something for fantasy owners to keep an eye on, however.
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Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Roethlisberger will get some extra looks this weekend as a bye-week (or injury) filler. Let’s take a look at his matchup and see what we should be expecting.
The Steelers will be heading to Oakland on Sunday. The Raiders have allowed just over 240 yards as a per-game average this season, and are allowing right around 20 points per game to opposing quarterbacks. That’s good news for Roethlisberger, who has a bit of a streak going. He hasn’t tossed an interception over the past two games, but the bad news is that he only has two touchdowns in that span as well. Big Ben won’t light up the scoreboard, but should serve to get you through a thin fantasy week.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Here’s an interesting scenario. Mendenhall was unable to practice yesterday, thanks to a toe injury. He’s coming off another disappointing outing against the Seahawks, with just 22 yards on the ground.
If Mendenhall continues to have difficulties and can’t play against the Falcons, Andre Ellington could emerge as a viable fantasy option once again. Ellington is coming off a disappointing game himself, but has shown a lot more promise than Mendenhall has so far. We’ll keep you posted and make a recommendation when more information comes out.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Let’s stick with the Cards for a moment and check out Fitzgerald. After much speculation that he wouldn’t be practicing yesterday, he was able to participate in the session, putting to rest--for now--rumors about his nagging hamstrings.
We’re still not totally convinced that Fitzgerald will be able to get to 100 percent for the matchup against the Falcons this weekend, but this is a step in the right direction. We’ll keep an eye on him.
Willis McGahee, RB, Cleveland Browns: We’ll close things out today by checking in on McGahee, who faces a very intimidating matchup against the Chiefs this weekend. Over the past two weeks, he’s been pretty bad in fantasy, with just 76 yards on 22 carries in that span. Needless to say, we’re not very confident in him for this game, so unless you’re really stuck for an RB, you should leave McGahee on the bench.
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