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Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 11/3/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Cowboys defense, Blackmon replacements and more

November 3, 2013

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Fantasy owners are in for a hectic morning today, as we’ll be monitoring injury concerns and matchup tweaks all the way up to game-time. It’s another heavy round of byes in Week 9, so we may have to dig a little deeper into the bench than we’re comfortable. With that in mind, let’s examine a few notable names and matchup plays before we get settled in for today’s action.

Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis Rams: Ever since his breakout two-touchdown performance in Week 1, Cook has been altogether uninspiring. In the last four games combined, he’s only got 12 catches for 135 yards and no scores. Thanks to the byes this week, however, he’ll be getting a few extra looks in fantasy. That might not be such a bad thing.
Cook and the Rams draw the Titans today, and although Tennessee’s defense is pretty good, they’re giving up a fair amount of fantasy points to opposing tight ends thus far. If QB Kellen Clemens and company can take advantage of that, Cook might be able to find some room. He’s still just a one-week filler option, but not as bad of one as you might think.

Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 11/3/13

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Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints: Graham owners will have to keep an eye on his status all the way up to kickoff today against the Jets (thankfully, it’s an early game--1:00 PM ET). He’s dealing with a foot injury that’s got him listed as questionable for the game. Graham managed to practice all week, but was limited in each session. That said, he was able to play through the same ailment last week (and score twice).
We may be seeing a replay of Week 8 here. Graham was relatively limited in the Saints’ passing game, but got his work in where it counted--two of his three catches went for touchdowns. He’s a big, reliable red-zone target for QB Drew Brees, so we’d expect more of the same against the Jets. If he’s healthy enough to play, he’s an automatic start.

Dallas Cowboys Defense: If you’re relying on the Cowboys to get you through a bye this week--or even if they’re your go-to defense every week--you should feel pretty confident about their scoring prospects. They’re hot coming into Week 9, with six picks, seven sacks and three recovered fumbles in the last three outings.
They’ll be hosting the Vikings, who are having all sorts of issues on offense and should be easy pickings for the Cowboys. The only real concern here is Adrian Peterson, but Dallas is pretty good at stopping the run so there shouldn’t be too many issues.

Justin Blackmon Replacement Names: With the loss of Jacksonville’s Justin Blackmon due to a season-ending suspension this week, fantasy owners have been scrambling to find replacements over the past couple of days. Realistically, there’s not much to get excited about out there on the wire, but we can throw a few names in your direction.
Most people (us included) believe Mike Brown will benefit the most from this situation, as he’ll see an up-tick in targets now that Blackmon is gone. Better yet, he’s got 12 grabs for 212 yards and a score in his last three games.
The Jets’ David Nelson is another widely-available sleeper. He’s been a boon to New York’s injured receiving corps, and he’s coming off back-to-back 80-yard performances in his last two games.
If you can get him, Nate Washington is also worth grabbing. He managed three catches for 62 yards last week, and should post solid numbers consistently now that Jake Locker is back.

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