Fantasy Football News: Player News and Updates for 12/12/13
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Romo, Welker replacements and more
December 12, 2013
Get those lineups set; it’s time for the second round of the fantasy playoffs. Week 15 will be kicking off this evening with the Chargers and Broncos, a game which is sure to jump-start the fantasy scoring in a major way. That said, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names and storylines out there so we can figure out what to expect over the next few days. Here’s the latest.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Romo owners have got to be getting pretty nervous right now. His stats have taken a major nosedive over the past month, and one of the major knocks on him is that he falls apart during the month of December.
As far as his recent statistical performance, it’s pretty grim. He had three touchdowns--but just 104 yards--against Chicago, which makes four straight weeks that he’s failed to top 234 yards passing. Before the trio of touchdowns, he’d experienced a four-game slide with no more than two pass TDs in any one game.
That said, Romo has a nice matchup coming to town this weekend. He’ll face the Packers, who have been altogether horrible on defense this year. However, with Aaron Rodgers likely out once again, the game could turn into a run-first, sit-on-the-lead affair. Romo will probably perform adequately, but not blow anyone’s mind.
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Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Baldwin is hitting the fantasy radar this week as a sleeper option, and he just might be able to come through for adventurous owners. Let’s take a look at his situation this week.
Baldwin and the gang are playing the Giants at MetLife this weekend, and that in itself is just an average matchup. Still, the last time he played the G-Men back in 2011, Baldwin notched 136 yards, which stands as a career high for him.
Performance-wise, Baldwin has been relatively consistent over the past month or so. Not counting last week’s blah outing against a tough Niners defense, he’s tallied at least 12 fantasy points in three of his last four games. He’s pretty far down there as an option, but deep-leaguers in need of WR help might take a look.
Wes Welker, WR, Denver Broncos: Make sure you get Welker out of your lineup. He’s been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Chargers following a concussion he received this past weekend.
This is a terrible time for Welker to be sidelined, given the fact that the fantasy playoffs are in full swing, but with some luck he may be able to return for the championship rounds in Week 16.
That said, here are a few options for a Welker replacement if you need a last-minute sub-in at WR: Cordarrelle Patterson (MIN), Da’Rick Rogers (IND), Julian Edelman (NE), Rod Streater (OAK) and Brian Hartline (MIA).
Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins: By now you’ve heard the news: Griffin will be benched for the rest of the year. The move reportedly comes as a health concern; the team wants their franchise QB to hit the off-season at 100 percent.
That’s bad news for fantasy owners--though we’d imagine many teams featuring RGIII have already been eliminated from contention in their leagues. His replacement, Kirk Cousins, isn’t too high on the fantasy radar, but has a pretty favorable matchup (Atlanta) and might work this week if you’re desperate.
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