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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 11/2/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Rudolph, Marshall and more

November 2, 2013

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We’re down to just one more day. Week 9 in the NFL will be continuing tomorrow, and it’s a crucial time for fantasy owners. We’ve been monitoring several players throughout the week, and their performance/injury questions are about to get some answers. Let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy names out there and see what we should be expecting from our lineups tomorrow.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings: After entering the year near the top of many fantasy owners’ TE rankings, Rudolph has responded with a “blah” season so far. He’s really only had two weeks that we would classify as “good”--42 yards and a score in Week 2; 97 and a TD in Week 6--so it’s been really difficult to trust him, much less predict his performance patterns.
That said, Rudolph will be seeing a favorable matchup this weekend. He’ll get the Cowboys in Dallas, and that defense has had some issues against opposing tight ends. They’ve allowed four touchdowns to the position thus far, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine Rudolph getting in there as well. He’s a lower-end option, but is viable here.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 11/2/13

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Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears: Let’s leapfrog tomorrow’s games for a moment and check in with Marshall, who plays Monday against the division rival Packers in Green Bay. There are some limiting factors at work here that could severely impact his fantasy value, the main one being the change at QB from the injured Jay Cutler to reliable but unknown veteran Josh McCown.
Marshall has maintained this week that he won’t be affected by the switch, but that’s a little difficult to imagine given his chemistry with Cutler. For the record, McCown and Marshall hooked up for three catches on six targets against the Redskins, resulting in 47 yards. He’ll certainly get some looks against the Packers, but isn’t quite the slam-dunk fantasy option that he normally is.

Willis McGahee, RB, Cleveland Browns: Once a hot fantasy commodity a few weeks back, McGahee has taken a turn for the worse recently. He posted 72 yards and a score on 26 carries against Buffalo on October 3, and since then has managed just 104 rush yards in three games since. His worst outing of that span came against the Chiefs last week, resulting in 28 yards on nine carries.
Given the thin state of options this week in fantasy, a lot of owners may be planning a starting spot for McGahee tomorrow against Baltimore. That said, no one is really expecting much, given his recent decline. We’d call him a low-level flex candidate, and realistically nothing more.

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets: Earlier in the week, we had expressed some optimism that Holmes might be able to get back on the field and in turn provide a sleeper target for fantasy owners against the Saints.
That’s not going to happen, however, as it was announced yesterday that Holmes would be missing another game due to his hamstring injury. This will be the fifth consecutive week he’s been out. The only good news here is that the Jets have a bye next week. There’s been some talk that Holmes could emerge healthy from the off-week, so if he’s available in your mid-to-deep-sized league, and if you have the roster space to spare, he might make a decent grab-and-stash option you can pounce on now before the rush begins.

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