Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 11/21/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Bell, Jackson and more
November 21, 2013
Get that fantasy lineup set; tonight’s the night. Week 12 will be kicking off in a matter of hours, which will continue the stretch run of the fantasy football regular season. As the year winds down, it’s becoming more and more important to stay informed, so with that in mind let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy players and storylines affecting our lineups this week. Here’s the latest.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: After posting 74 yards on the ground against the Patriots, Bell’s rushing numbers have fallen off in the last two weeks. He went from 57 to 36 yards in his last two games, averaging an ugly 2.3 YPC in that span. Granted, Bell took on a tough Detroit run defense in Week 11, but the numbers are still concerning.
We don’t imagine he’ll do a whole lot better against Cleveland this week, who boast a pretty good run D themselves. With CB Joe Haden covering Antonio Brown, we expect the main outlets for offensive production in this matchup will be Emmanuel Sanders, Heath Miller and Jerricho Cotchery.
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Case Keenum, QB, Houston Texans: What should we make of Keenum? He had a couple of great games there--six touchdowns and no interceptions in a two-outing span--but fell off last week in what should have been a pretty good matchup against the Raiders. In that one, he could muster just 170 yards and one touchdown on a 54.2 completion percentage. It even got so bad that he was benched in the third quarter.
Things are looking up for Keenum this week, however. He’ll be playing the Jaguars in Houston, and he’s been given another chance to take the snaps. If you’re stuck for a QB this week, he’s not a bad fill-in play here.
Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions: Will Bush be able to bounce back? He had a poor performance in Week 11, logging just 31 rush yards on 12 carries and 23 receiving yards on two receptions in Pittsburgh. Statistically, it was his worst game of the year so far.
Owners hoping for a return to form may get it in Week 12. Even though Tampa Bay is pretty decent against opposing running backs, the fact that Bush isn’t one-dimensional should work in his favor. Assuming he’s over his injury (he’s been dealing with a minor knee ailment recently) he should have a solid all-around game.
Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Tonight’s Saints-Falcons game will feature a lot of noteworthy fantasy names. Jackson, for one, has a lot to prove. Statistically, he’s been a complete bust this season. Sure, the Falcons have suffered a lot of injuries on their offense (including Jackson himself), but 11 carries for 41 yards--which is what he notched last week--just isn’t gonna do it.
In fact, Jackson hasn’t notched more than 13 carries in a game, or more than 57 rush yards, since he came back five weeks ago. It seems we’ve settled into something of a trend here, and the Falcons may just be going through the motions until the season is over. They might step it up on national TV, but we’re not hoping for a big outing here. He’s a lower-end fantasy play.
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