Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 11/28/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Bell, Romo and more
November 28, 2013
Week 13 is set to kick off in just a few hours, so make sure you put that turkey leg down and get your fantasy lineup set. This is the final week of the regular season in a lot of leagues out there, so it’s a super-important round of games. While we’re waiting for the Thanksgiving Day matchups to begin, let’s take a look at a few players and situations worth monitoring in the fantasy world this morning. Here’s the latest.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: We’ll start things off with Romo, who will guide the Cowboys against the Raiders today. There are lots of reasons to be optimistic about his chances here, not the least of which is his history on Thanksgiving Day. He’s 5-1 in career starts on this holiday, and has thrown multiple touchdowns in each of those games (17 scores in all).
Romo also has a nice matchup looming against the Oakland defense. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging over 22 points per game against them, with 21 passing touchdowns in an 11-game span. Romo has five touchdowns and 699 yards in his last three games, so expect him to keep his Turkey Day streak going.
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Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Bell and the Steelers have a very important matchup looming this evening in the primetime game. They’ll face off against their divisional rival Ravens, and Bell will play an important part in any offensive success that Pittsburgh may have. Given the recent trends, though, he’s got a tough road ahead of him.
The Ravens’ defense has taken a step back this season, but when it comes to stopping the run, they’ve been great. The Baltimore D has given up just one rushing touchdown all season, and only surrenders an average of 3.7 yards per attempt.
Meanwhile, Bell has been pretty inconsistent as a fantasy play. He’s coming off an okay game against Cleveland (98 total yards), but before that he posted just 36 yards on the ground against Detroit. He’ll need a big push from a beat-up O-line to get anywhere against Baltimore tonight.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: While we’re on the subject of Steelers players, let’s check out Brown, who will spearhead Pittsburgh’s passing attack this evening. We figured he’d tank last week against Joe Haden and the Cleveland Browns, but he proved us and everyone else wrong to the tune of six catches, 92 yards and a TD. The score was Brown’s fourth in the last four games. During that span, he’s collected 24 receptions for 414 yards.
That said, he’ll face some more top-shelf competition tonight in the form of Ravens CB Lardarius Webb. Last time those two faced off (Week 7), Brown only managed 50 yards on six grabs.
Regardless, he’s a must-start in fantasy, and it will be a fun matchup to watch.
Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Let’s move off the Thanksgiving games and check in on Jackson, who has an impending matchup against the Bills on Sunday. Although Buffalo hasn’t found much success record-wise this season, they’ve got a pretty good defense. They’ve only allowed four rushing touchdowns through 11 games thus far, so there’s a decent chance they could bottle up the Falcons’ attempts at establishing a ground game.
As for Jackson, he had a good outing last week against the Saints. He finally got into the end zone, recording his first rushing touchdown of the year and his first score since Week 2. We doubt he’ll be able to put up much in the way of yardage, so owners who are stuck with him will have to hold out hope that he can nab some touches near the goal-line and maybe put one in there.
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