Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 11/20/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Sproles, Witten and more
November 20, 2013
The hourglass is running out in a lot of fantasy football leagues out there, with just a couple games left in the regular season. That makes it even more important to keep up on your players during the week, which will enable you to make more informed lineup decisions. With that in mind, let’s check in on some of the noteworthy players out there who are making headlines right now.
Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints: Sproles owners beware (as if you’re not already nervous): he’s dealing with what looks like a fairly substantial ankle/knee injury this week, and it’s putting his status for tomorrow’s Week 12 game against the Falcons in doubt. He missed practice yesterday because of it.
This is a huge red flag, as if there weren’t red flags all over Sproles already. He posted an ugly outing against the 49ers (likely due to the injuries), managing just 35 total yards. The Atlanta matchup is great and could signal a turnaround, if he can manage to get on the field. We’ll keep an eye on things and let you know.
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Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys: Witten owners should be looking forward to this week. The Cowboys will be traveling to New York to face their divisional rival Giants on Sunday, and he’s had some huge successes in that matchup recently. Over the last pair of games against the Giants, Witten has been targeted 32 times, resulting in 237 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
That said, the Giants defense is about the only thing they’ve got going for them right now, and they’ve been pretty decent against tight ends over the last several weeks. Whether or not Witten can break the trend remains to be seen, but he’s certainly got history on his side.
Ace Sanders, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Besides having the coolest name in football (he sounds like a secret agent), Ace Sanders has broken into low-end viability in fantasy this week. He’s coming off one of his best games this year, with eight catches and 61 yards against the Cardinals.
Sanders obviously isn’t a top-flight option for the game in Houston on Sunday, but deep-leaguers in search of WR depth might want to keep an eye on him (or just go ahead and make the move). With fellow WR Mike Brown hurting, Sanders could end up having another decent performance.
Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens: What can fantasy owners realistically expect from Rice this week? Well, let’s take a look at the numbers here. He had a breakout game against the Bears, posting 131 rush yards and a TD on 25 carries. It was the first time he’d broken 75 yards all year and his first score since Week 5.
That said, he did it against the Bears, and their run defense has been pretty awful this season. Rice will have a tougher opponent this week in the Jets. New York lost big last week (thanks to the putrid offense) but was able to hold Buffalo to just 40 rush yards. If Rice is going to have a good game, he’ll have to pepper in some pass receptions to make himself worth your while.
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