Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 10/30/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Sproles, Bennett and more
October 30, 2013
We’ve got just one more day to wait before Week 9 begins in the NFL, so there are lots of decisions to make when it comes to fantasy football. With another heavy round of byes and all the injury concerns out there, this will be another rough week for your rosters. Let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.
Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints: Regular readers know that we’ve been whining about Sproles’ under-use all season long. He was out there for just 16 of the Saints’ 70 snaps in Week 8, resulting in zero carries and four receptions for zero yards. It’s been a major disappointment for fantasy owners thus far, and things aren’t looking too great for this week. The Saints will head to Jersey and face the Jets, who have been very good at stopping opposing running backs. Their weakness has been in the secondary, so you can expect Drew Brees and company to chuck mid-to-long-range passes all game and forget about Sproles once again. He’s little more than a flex option this week.
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Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Moving on to more favorable fantasy topics, let’s take a look at Newton. He’s got eight scores in just his last three outings--two on the ground and six through the air--and has been a key part in the Panthers’ revival this season. Newton hasn’t been posting crazy rush numbers (his 50 yards last week against the Buccaneers was a season-high) but they’ve been enough to compliment his solid pocket play.
The Panthers will be hosting the Falcons this week, and Newton owners should be looking forward to that one. He’s been great against Atlanta in his career; last season he managed six touchdowns and a whopping 202 rush yards in just two games. He’s a high-end option in fantasy for what should be a productive outing.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders: Even though Pryor didn’t do too well throwing the ball against the Steelers last week (10-of-19; 88 yards; two picks), he still came through for fantasy owners in the form of 106 rush yards and a TD. Of course, a QB-record 93 of those yards came on one single play, so it was more good fortune than anything.
That said, Pryor makes a nice start this week as well. He faces the Eagles defense, which has had its share of difficulties thus far. They’ve allowed a total of 14 passing touchdowns this season, and an average of over 21 fantasy points allowed. If you’re starting Pryor as a bye-week fill-in this week, you should feel pretty good about it.
Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears: We’ve been pretty high on Bennett this year, and he’s responded with some decent games here and there. Though he was on a bye last week, he did score in Week 7 against the Redskins, which was his first TD since Week 2. The drawback, however, is that he only had one catch in that game.
Bennett is once again looking like a pretty good option this week, though, so owners can feel confident in starting him. He’ll face the divisional rival Packers in a big Monday night game, and Green Bay is allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. The position averages just over 70 yards per game. This matchup will also provide some insight as to Bennett’s chemistry with new QB Josh McCown, which is information that will be very valuable to owners moving forward.
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