What is going on with the Giants' backfield?

by KFFL Staff on September 16, 2013 @ 14:05:53 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Chad Henne | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Chad Henne isn't guaranteed to start in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks, even though QB Blaine Gabbert (hand) is expected to miss another game. Henne went 25-for-38 for 241 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders. Henne was sacked five times. WR Cecil Shorts was targeted 14 times and had eight grabs for 93 yards and WR Ace Sanders had five catches for 64 yards.

Henne will probably start, but he definitely should not be started against arguably the best defense in the league. Shorts and any other Jaguars receiver is an extremely weak play this weekend.

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said QB Robert Griffin III is healthy, and the team will not consider playing QB Kirk Cousins.

QB | Brandon Weeden | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said he'll consider starting QBs Jason Campbell or Brian Hoyer in Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings if QB Brandon Weeden (thumb) can't play. Weeden has been sacked 11 times in the first two weeks of the season, and he finished 21-for-33 for 227 yards in their Week 2 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Campbell or Hoyer shouldn't be considered in fantasy circles.

QB | Colin Kaepernick | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick had the worst game of his young career in the loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2, throwing for only 127 yards and turning the ball over four times.

QB | Tim Tebow | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars fans are planning to hold a rally Monday, Sept. 16, to try to encourage the team to sign free-agent QB Tim Tebow (Patriots). The rally is scheduled to last three hours and 16 minutes. QB Chad Henne was 25-for-38 for 241 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 2 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

It's probably unlikely that the club takes the fans' advice on this one. Even if they were to sign Tebow, it's unlikely he'd start.

QB | Josh Freeman | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman said after the Week 2 game against the New Orleans Saints that he has no plans to seek a trade. "If it's going on I need a new camp," Freeman said of his representation.

QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler tossed a game-winning touchdown in 10 seconds remaining in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings. It was the second straight week the team has won in the fourth quarter. Overall, it is the 11th game Cutler has won with a score in the fourth quarter or overtime in five seasons, but this was just the third time he helped the team to a touchdown in the final two minutes. Last season, Cutler had a 114.7 passer rating in the fourth quarter, and he is on a roll again this season. It's a far cry from his career 79.4 passer rating in the final quarter.

QB | EJ Manuel | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel threw a go-ahead touchdown pass with :02 remaining in the Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers, becoming the fifth NFL rookie since 1960 to engineer a fourth-quarter comeback in his first or second game.


Running Back

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden rushed 19 times for 129 yards in the team's Week 2 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars after running 17 times for only 48 yards in Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts.

Remember, the game was against the Jaguars. However, it was nice to see that McFadden still has that kind of output in him against a weak defense. He'll continue to chug along as an RB2 most weeks.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) has a tendon strain in his ankle but has a chance to play Week 3.

Owners will have to monitor the situation throughout the week to see how his rehab is progressing. If he is not able to play Week 3, Justin Forsett and Jordan Todman probably would share carries but neither should be in fantasy starting lineups.

RB | Jason Snelling | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons RB Jason Snelling will see more time in a dual role of fullback and running back after the team lost FB Bradie Ewing (shoulder) for the rest of the season.

Snelling could be a popular waiver wire target this week or in weeks to come if Steven Jackson (thigh) is forced to miss time. However, Jacquizz Rodgers is the better option ahead of Snelling.

RB | David Wilson | New York Giants | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Giants RB David Wilson ran only seven times for 17 yards in the Week 2 loss against the Denver Broncos, and he was on the field for only 24 of 79 offensive snaps. Wilson lost goal-line carries to RB Brandon Jacobs. RB Da'Rel Scott led the way with 39 snaps played. Head coach Tom Coughlin has struggled to trust Wilson in pass protection, and even Scott is seen as a better blocker in those situations.

Wilson's limited workload is definitely a concern, but look at the bright side: at least he didn't fumble. Yes, Wilson will lose value by not being the goal-line back, but he should see his workload go back up if he doesn't put the ball on the turf.

RB | Reggie Bush | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said the MRI on RB Reggie Bush's (knee) knee showed no significant damage.

RB | Montee Ball | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball averaged 1.3 yards per carry after fumbling in the end zone on the game-opening drive, and RB Ronnie Hillman only had one carry for three yards in the team's Week 2 win over the New York Giants.

Things could have been much differently for Ball had he not fumbled on what looked to be a sure touchdown. That surely has set him back, especially coupled with the way Knowshon Moreno played in the rest of the contest. Moreno should now be owned in all leagues, and if he keeps playing like he did yesterday, Ball and Hillman could continue to see limited work.

RB | James Starks | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks carried 20 times for 132 yards and a touchdown in the Week 2 game against the Washington Redskins, filling in nicely for the injured RB Eddie Lacy (concussion).

Starks might have bought himself a start in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals, whether Lacy is ready to return or not. He will undoubtedly be a hot pick-up off the waiver wire this week since he is the first Packers RB to hit the century mark since 2010.

RB | C.J. Spiller | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller carried 16 times for 103 yards in the Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers, and he added four receptions for 26 yards and he did not have any fumbles. "It's just one game," Spiller said, "but it does feel good to start getting back into the groove."


Wide Receiver

WR | Josh Gordon | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon returned to the team Monday, Sept. 16, following his two-game suspension for violating the league's substance and abuse policy.

The values of Davone Bess and Greg Little will drop considerably. It remains to be seen if Gordon will be productive in Norv Turner's offense, but that'll mainly be decided by the play of Brandon Weeden and the offensive line.

WR | Cecil Shorts | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Chad Henne isn't guaranteed to start in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks, even though QB Blaine Gabbert (hand) is expected to miss another game. Henne went 25-for-38 for 241 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders. Henne was sacked five times. WR Cecil Shorts was targeted 14 times and had eight grabs for 93 yards and WR Ace Sanders had five catches for 64 yards.

Henne will probably start, but he definitely should not be started against arguably the best defense in the league. Shorts and any other Jaguars receiver is an extremely weak play this weekend.

WR | Ryan Broyles | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles' (knee) status for Week 3 is uncertain at this point, but head coach Jim Schwartz said Broyles are getting closer to returning to the field. Broyles has been inactive for the first two games of the regular season.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt hopes to get more involved in the offense moving forward. Britt said it is up the quarterback and the offensive coordinator to get him the ball more.

WR | Aaron Dobson | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said he and his wide receivers need to have better execution in Week 3 after they had more punts (11) than first downs (9) in their 13-10 Week 2 win over the New York Jets. The Patriots converted just four of 18 third downs and Brady completed less than 50 percent of his passes while being out of sync at times with rookie WRs Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins. Both wideouts were targeted a combined 17 times but hauled in only five balls.

Until Danny Amendola (hip) returns to action in a month or so, Dobson and Thompkins are worthy of starting in deeper leagues. Dobson may have the edge over Thompkins in terms of chemistry and trust with Brady after last week, though.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) was OK and wanted to go back in the Week 2 game after suffering a mild concussion.

It sounds like he should be able to play in Week 3. He'll have to pass the league protocols, though.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) saw his back tighten up during the Week 2 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He received medical attention after the game, and there doesn't appear to be any major concern.

WR | Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) said Sunday, Sept. 15, there is "no question" he will play in the Week 3 game against the New Orleans Saints. He said he just couldn't finish the Week 2 game against the Detroit Lions. He was asked if he was at 80 percent coming into the game, and he replied that he wished he was.

WR | Darrius Heyward-Bey | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Sunday, Sept. 15, that WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (shoulder) went down hard on his shoulder in the Week 2 game against the Miami Dolphins, forcing him from the game. Heyward-Bey is scheduled for an MRI.

Heyward-Bey can safely be dropped in most fantasy leagues, as he has done next to nothing through his first two games. If he misses time, WR Griff Whalen might continue to fill in as the No. 3 receiver, but his fantasy appeal is rather minimal.


Tight End

TE | Brent Celek | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles TE Brent Celek (shoulder) practiced in full Monday, Sept. 16.

TE | Martellus Bennett | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder) is expected to play Week 3 despite suffering a bruised shoulder in the team's Week 2 game.

TE | Dallas Clark | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco targeted tight ends just three times in Week 2. TEs Billy Bajema and Dallas Clark each had one reception, and TE Ed Dickson had the other target.

TE | Brandon Myers | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants TE Brandon Myers (ribs) had X-rays taken on his ribs due to a big hit in Week 2. He'll also undergo an MRI. He was also tested for a concussion, but passed the test.

TE | Jared Cook | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams TE Jared Cook managed just one catch for 10 yards in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons. He was targeted six times.

Cook took a giant step backward after his sensational debut with the team in Week 1. He remains a strong TE1 in most fantasy leagues, despite nearly being invisible in his one.

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