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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/28/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on yesterday's notable performers and more

October 28, 2013

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As per usual, it was a fast and furious Sunday in the NFL. We saw all sorts of strange and interesting fantasy happenings as the games played out, and they’re sure to have plenty of implications moving forward. Let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there and try to get a feel for what we should be expecting as the season continues. Here’s the latest.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Hands-down, the most beastly performance of yesterday afternoon (and the whole NFL season, really--save maybe for Peyton’s opening game) belonged to Johnson. He was flat-out unstoppable against the Cowboys in a nail-biting last-second comeback bid, posting a whopping 329 receiving yards and a touchdown on 14 grabs. The yardage marks a new franchise record for the Lions, and is the second-highest in a single game in NFL history. (Flipper Anderson had 336 in 1989.) Detroit is on a bye next week, so we’ll have to wait a while to see what he’s got in store for an encore.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/28/13

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Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: It’s a good thing Brees got Jimmy Graham back for the Bills game yesterday. The big TE accounted for two of the five touchdown passes in a beat-down win over Buffalo. For Brees’ part, he managed 332 yards on a very efficient 26-for-34 afternoon. That’s good news for his owners, as he was coming off a pair of pretty average weeks, posting two touchdowns and under 290 yards in each. Next up is a pretty good Week 9 matchup: Brees should find some success against the Jets’ vulnerable secondary.

Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns: It’s looking like the Browns are going to keep Gordon, and that’s a good thing if he keeps posting games like his Week 8 effort against the Chiefs. He managed five grabs for 132 yards and a score, getting 10 targets from new QB Jason Campbell. Aside from last week’s dud against Green Bay, Gordon has posted at least seven points in all of his outings so far this year. He’s a nice start against Baltimore in Week 9.

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: It’s a good thing fantasy owners snagged Brady at a discount in the draft, because he’s putting up some pretty blah numbers. He posted another fantasy stinker in a Week 8 win against the Dolphins yesterday, with a 13-for-22 line for a TD and a pick. That’s his lowest yardage total since December of last year. He now has just two touchdowns over his last four games, and will try to break the trend in Week 9. Brady and company will face the Steelers on Sunday.

Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants: Nicks had the honor of being a participant in one of the least exciting games of the day yesterday--from a scoring standpoint. He notched seven catches for 51 yards, but failed to get into the end zone yet again. Despite the lackluster performance, there’s a bright side here. Nicks was getting red-zone targets; things just didn’t work out in his favor. (Things didn’t work out in anyone’s favor, as the Giants could only manage field goals, but we digress.)
Even though he doesn’t have a score in the last 11 games, he’s still getting decent yardage totals and thus is an impact fantasy player. Owners will have another week to stew on it; New York gets a bye in Week 9.

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