Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 11/26/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Lynch, Thomas and more
November 26, 2013
Now that Week 12 is officially over, fantasy owners can turn their attention toward Week 13, which marks the final game of the regular season in many leagues. All of your lineup decisions will be magnified if you’re in a playoff race, so it’s more important than ever to have all the information possible. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the fantasy world. Here’s the latest.
49ers-Redskins Fantasy Notes: Last night’s Week 12 edition of “Monday Night Football” ended up pretty one-sided. The 49ers dominated with a healthy defensive performance and a resurgence from QB Colin Kaepernick. There were a couple of perennial fantasy powerhouses who ended up as disappointments in the 27-6 Niners win, so it wasn’t all good news for us owners. Here’s a look at the key contributors.
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Colin Kaepernick: 235 yards, three touchdowns
Frank Gore: 13 carries, 31 yards
Anquan Boldin: five receptions, 94 yards, two touchdowns
Vernon Davis: four receptions, 70 yards, TD
Robert Griffin III: 127 yards, 0 TD, one interception
Alfred Morris: 14 carries, 52 yards
Pierre Garcon: eight receptions, 48 yards
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings: Remember Rudolph? He’s that TE you dropped after a disappointing season and fractured foot three weeks back. Well, he’s back on the fantasy radar now, albeit as a future option.
According to the Vikings coaching staff, Rudolph may be able to begin practicing again next week, which would put him on track for the optimistic side of his recovery window (which was originally 4-6 weeks). If all goes well, it looks like he might be able to hit the field in time for the fantasy playoffs and could make a sneaky add in that scenario. Don’t pick him up just yet, but keep an eye on him.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Lynch and the gang got their bye in Week 12, and by all accounts he should be able to hit the ground running on Sunday. Seattle will take on the Saints at home, and Lynch has a great recent history in that matchup (see: his star-making 67-yard TD run in the 2010 playoffs).
Statistically, the Saints are somewhere in the middle of fantasy defense rankings when it comes to defending the run. That said, with the home-field momentum and fully-charged lineup courtesy of the bye, Lynch could have a huge day. In his last three games, he has 62 carries for 324 yards and three rushing touchdowns.
Daniel Thomas, RB, Miami Dolphins: If you’ve been holding onto Thomas as a fill-in or deep-league option, it looks like you can cut the cord. He’s reportedly finished for the season after tearing a ligament in his ankle during the Dolphins’ loss to the Panthers this past Sunday. Thomas’ 2013 totals include 77 rushes for 279 yards and three scores.
Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills: Let’s stick in the AFC East for a moment and check in on Johnson. He was able to practice yesterday after sitting out Week 11 with an injured groin. (The Bills were on a bye last week.) He’s expected to play Sunday against the Jets.
Johnson has been slowed by injuries several times this year, but has managed some great outings when he’s able to put it all together. If he’s really healthy, he could shine against a sketchy Jets secondary.
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