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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/27/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on last-minute injury calls and more

October 27, 2013

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Fantasy football Week 8 has been pretty rough so far. We owners have been besieged by injuries and depleted with byes, and we’ve only seen a single NFL game. We’re in for more tough times and tough decisions in the coming hours, so with that in mind let’s take a look at a few last-minute scenarios and players who might be causing you some concern. Here’s the latest.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys: We’ve really been on the fence about Murray’s fantasy value this week, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Here’s the latest: according to most sources, he was expected to play--up until this morning, that is. Now there are fears that he may have tried to come back too soon following a missed Week 7 (knee). He is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision.
Here’s the drawback for Murray owners: if he does play, he’ll likely cede reps to Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar, and as a consequence may not amount to much in fantasy. With all the question marks here, we’d just stay away all together if you have the luxury.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/27/13

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Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Ellington’s value got a real shot in the arm on Friday, as it was announced that No. 1 RB Rashard Mendenhall was listed as doubtful. That’s a relief for many owners who were hurting for bodies this week, as Ellington should get a fair amount of touches (15-18). The drawback here is that he’ll cede third-down work to Alfonso Smith, so he won’t be dominating statistically. Still, he makes a decent RB2 in this thin week.

Miles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Terrance Williams owners will want to be watching any announcements out of Dallas (well, technically Detroit) today, as Austin will be a game-time decision thanks to his nagging hamstring. He’s been limited in practice this week, and as a result of his injury he hasn’t logged a reception in his last two appearances. If Austin can’t go, Williams and Cole Beasely will get some extra rep.

Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints: This one hurts. Graham has been as reliable as expected this year, but now that he’s dealing with a foot injury coming out of the bye there are some real question marks here. He’s listed as questionable, so it’s around coin-flip odds that we’ll see him. For the record, Graham’s only practice session was Friday, and he was limited.

Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: There are a host of implications in Bowe’s status for today’s game against the Browns. If he doesn’t play (and it’s worth noting that he missed all week in practice due to his groin injury), the main beneficiaries would likely be A.J. Jenkins and Dexter McCluster. Conversely, Donnie Avery would draw beastly CB Joe Haden (whose name happens to appear a lot in this column) and likely wouldn’t see much attention. We don’t expect Bowe to be out there, but hey, stranger things have happened.

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