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September 27, 2013

It's still early in 2013 NFL season

Gabe Pruett's Fantasy Football column

PORT ARTHUR —   If you are like me and sit with a 1-2 record or even a 0-3 record, it seems like this NFL season has been going for three months instead of three weeks.

  Remind yourself it is still early and things could be worse. You could be Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman.

  This is no time to freak out and start dropping players left and right in hopes of taking on a whole new identity.

  I am sticking with players like Arian Foster and CJ Spiller even though neither have performed up to expectations in 2013. Foster is playing the tough Seattle Seahawks this week but putting a player like Foster on the bench is not an option.

  The main reason for me though is I will be in attendance at the game and watching one of your fantasy players in person is, simply put, as good as it gets.

  If you can pick up a solid free agent, do so with a little caution. Great players are great players for a reason. Do not give up on guys you drafted in the early rounds for a guy who has a surprise start to the year and is still unproven.

  As far as league news for the week, keep an eye on Houston receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson suffered a leg injury against Baltimore. Johnson left that game early and Coach Gary Kubiak said recently he would be surprised if Johnson did not play.

  Seattle’s secondary, though, makes it tough for any receiver in the league to have a great week. Guys like Richard Sherman and West Orange-Stark graduate Earl Thomas make it tough for quarterbacks to find openings.

  Dallas receiver Miles Austin missed his second straight practice Thursday due to a hamstring. Austin did say the injury is not as serious as past hamstring injuries.

  Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson is dealing with a double whammy. Jackson did not practice Thursday due to ailing ribs and will have a rookie quarterback throwing him passes if he plays. Tampa Bay benched former starter Josh Freeman this week.

  Leg and rib injuries are tough to overcome in the NFL for receivers. I am not expecting much out of these three guys this week.

  If you are unlucky enough to have Minnesota’s Christian Ponder on your team,

then do yourself a favor and pick up his backup Matt Cassell. Ponder is off to a very slow start and the calls for Cassell to take his place are becoming louder and louder.

  One more bad game from Ponder could send the starter toward the bench and Cassell could find himself under center.

  Like I said in the beginning, do not rush to judgments and let the season start to play itself out over the next couple of weeks.

  Enjoy the games and good luck.

  Gabriel Pruett is a sportswriter for the Port Arthur News.

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