Tweet Tim: Fantasy football owners worried about Giants backfield, Tavon Austin, Jets

      October 16, 2013 @ 17:55:26 PDT

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Twitter questions:


New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs
Jacobsian dilemma

Which Giants RB should I stash for week10 and on? Wilson or Brown. Or neither cause Jacobs?

My optimism for David Wilson (neck) returning during a lost season by the New York Giants is waning. Andre Brown, all things equal, is the most complete back in this trio, but that pesky thing called "health" gets in his way. Brandon Jacobs' showing against the Chicago Bears on Thursday was much more the result of a depleted defensive front than it was a Jacobs revival. Sure, maybe he's physically better than he has been in awhile, but against competent run-stuffers, that won't matter much.

If you need immediate help -- this is typically the best way to go -- choose Jacobs, just for his opportunity. (Also, don't worry about Peyton Hillis or Michael Cox yet.) If your RBs are in a solid situation, however, and you don't want to invest much in the bruiser with the shaky offensive line in front of him, go with Brown (leg), who can't return until Week 10 but looks like a solid bet he'll be on time. At least he should also catch some passes.

Of course, knowing his track record, you might not get the chance to use him in 2013.

New York Jets TE Jeff Cumberland
Typically hauls these in


Cumberland or Kerley FLEX 14 team 0.5 PPR

Jeff Cumberland over Jeremy Kerley: The wideout targets cycle frequently for the New York Jets, and Cumberland has been reliable this season, snaring 84.6 percent of his looks. He's only had 13, but with Kellen Winslow suspended, his involvement should go up. Plus, the New England Patriots have allowed the fifth most PPR points per game (16.5) to the position over the last four weeks. Also, though Aqib Talib's (hip) potential absence could be good for the WRs, it's already good for the TEs because NE just lost Jerod Mayo (pectoral) for what could be the rest of the season.

St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin
Stone Cold Tavon Austin


Is Tavon Austin droppable in all formats? Such a bust so far.

I wouldn't say ALL formats. Definitely not deep keepers. Possibly not for teams that can hold 20 or so players, especially PPRs. But in your average league, it's getting harder to wait for the St. Louis Rams and Brian Schottenheimer to use the No. 8 pick the way they've promised. Their passing game gains success from volume, not technique. Austin's snap counts don't favor holding him if you have, say, a Marlon Brown type in his stead.

That being said, the more signs that say St. Louis will start folding him in would mean he might be worth sneaking back into that final bench spot. Might. But you shouldn't wait on him if there's a more attractive option out there.

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