Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 12/4/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Bell, Rice and more
December 4, 2013
With tomorrow’s game on “Thursday Night Football,” the playoffs will be starting in many fantasy leagues out there. Hopefully your team made it into the Big Dance, but if not there’s always next year. That said, let’s take our daily look at some of the notable fantasy names out there and try to get a feel for the upcoming performances on the field.
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys: One popular matchup on the Week 14 slate will be the Cowboys-Bears game on Monday night. Witten owners should be looking forward to this one, as he should be coming away with some nice numbers. The Chicago defense gives up an average just north of 70 yards per game to opposing tight ends, which is good enough to make them one of the three worst squad in the league in that category.
Witten could really use a shot in the arm when it comes to yardage. He’s had a pretty bad stretch recently, posting just 117 yards on nine grabs in his last three outings. That said, he’s still the top option in the Cowboys’ receiving game behind Dez Bryant, and will continue to get looks from Tony Romo.
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Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns: Gordon is coming off a record-breaking week against the Jaguars where he emerged as the most explosive wide receiver in the conference. He’s been on fire in his last three outings, posting a whopping 623 yards and four touchdowns in that span.
That said, Gordon owners have some cause for concern this week, as the Browns are dealing with some major quarterback issues. Both Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden are battling concussions, and though nothing is set in stone just yet, we may very well see Caleb Hanie under center for the Patriots game. That doesn’t exactly bode well for Gordon notching another 200-plus-yard game, but he’s still a must-start in fantasy given his potential.
Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens: What should we be expecting from Rice this week? After a huge 131-rush-yard breakout game against the Bears, he’s floundered once again with a couple of stinker performances. In the two games since, he’s only been able to manage a combined 62 yards on the ground from 28 carries. His disappointing season has made him one of the biggest fantasy busts of the year so far.
Rice has a chance to redeem himself somewhat this weekend. He’s got a good matchup looming against the Vikings, who have given up 14 touchdowns to the running back position through 12 games. They’re also allowing just under 115 rush yards through their last five games. If Rice is going to post some big numbers again, this will be his time to do it.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Let’s stick in the AFC North for a moment and check out Bell, who is dealing with an injury this week. He sustained a concussion in last Thursday’s loss against the Ravens, and it’s looking like the extra rest has done him some good. He’s reported feeling much better, and according to the coaching staff in Pittsburgh, it’s looking like he should be able to take the field against Miami this weekend.
That said, Bell still has some tests to undergo before he’s cleared, so owners will want to keep tabs on him for the rest of the week. He’s been pretty effective over the past two games, totaling 153 combined rush yards with a TD and another 81 through the air.
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