Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 12/2/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Tate, Gordon and more
December 2, 2013
We’ve almost completed Week 13 in the NFL, and thus are near the playoffs in many fantasy leagues out there. Hopefully your team is still in the thick of things, but if not, there’s always next year. That said, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there who are making headlines in the fantasy world. Here’s the latest.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns: After giving his fantasy owners a huge boost with a ridiculous Week 12 performance (237 yards), Gordon outdid himself yesterday. He posted a mind-boggling 261 yards and two touchdowns on 10 receptions in the loss against the Jaguars, becoming the first NFL player in history to record back-to-back 200-yard receiving games. Gordon’s day was capped with a beautiful 95-yard catch-and-run TD. He’s now topped 120 yards receiving six times this year.
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Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears: Not to be outdone, Jeffery put up a huge game in his own right. He was the shining star on the Bears’ offense in their loss to the Vikings yesterday, notching 12 receptions for 249 yards and two touchdowns. That breaks the previous franchise record Jeffery posted in Week 5 (218 yards). This is a great bounce-back for him after an underwhelming outing in Week 12. The Bears host Dallas in Week 14.
Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans: Tate broke out of his shell in a big way against the Patriots yesterday. He notched a career-high three touchdowns with 102 yards rushing (his first time breaking the century mark since 2011). That said, a lot of owners probably didn’t have him in the lineup after his stinker of a game against the Jaguars. Tate will get a chance at revenge in Week 14; the Texans are headed to Jacksonville on Thursday in search of an elusive win.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Mendenhall certainly benefited from the absence of Andre Ellington during yesterday’s game against the Eagles. He posted 18 carries for 76 yards (a season-high) in the loss, but the disturbing thing was that he was once again ignored in the passing game (zero catches).
We’ll have to keep an eye on Ellington’s injury during this coming week. If he ends up being out again, Mendenhall could once again serve as a lower-end option at RB for those owners who are hurting.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: We liked Tannehill as a sleeper option coming into the game against the lowly Jets, and he didn’t prove us wrong. He had a pretty darn good game, throwing for a 28-of-43 mark for 331 yards and two touchdowns. The 22 rush yards didn’t hurt, either. Interestingly enough, Tannehill has now completed at least 60 percent of his passes in each of his last five outings.
With the win, the Dolphins are now firmly back in the Wild Card conversation and will attempt to gain some more ground with a win over the Steelers next week. Tannehill makes an okay lower-end QB option for that one.
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