THURSDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Saints place Mark Ingram on injured reserve
Mark Ingram played on 55-of-64 snaps last week, so it was a massive surprise when he was placed on season-ending injured reserve due to a shoulder injury Wednesday. It also leaves a massive hole in the Saints’ backfield. Khiry Robinson (leg) is already on IR, meaning only C.J. Spiller, Tim Hightower and Marcus Murphy are left healthy.
It’s hard to get excited about any of those options. The Saints clearly dislike Spiller, giving him just 4.2 touches per game over the last four weeks – even though Robinson was out. Hightower is in the NFL this season for the first time since 2011. And Murphy is a 195-pound UDFA. On top of all that, the Bucs have a top-2 DVOA run defense. I suspect Hightower will get the lead work and any goal-line chances, with Spiller mixing in for change-of-pace reps. I do not think either back will find much success.
2. Tyler Eifert on track to return against Steelers
The stinger that Eifert sustained in Week 12 is apparently healed, as he was back at practice Wednesday. This means we can take away projected red-zone opportunity from every other Bengal. Eifert has been targeted 26.2 percent of the time in the Red Zone and turned 11 of those 16 targets into touchdowns. He remains pricy at $5600, but he’s also right there with Greg Olsen for highest ceiling among tight ends on this slate.
3. Karlos Williams not expected to play for Bills Sunday
As if anyone needed more reason to roster LeSean McCoy against the Eagles. Williams is a talented backup and one that is a threat to vulture some goal-line work. With him out, McCoy is a very safe bet for his usual 20-25 touches and primary red-zone duties.
As for the Narrative Street, remember that McCoy was genuinely hurt by trade out of Philadelphia and implied that Chip Kelly is a racist on his way out. McCoy did not back off those comments this week. He was also asked if he’ll shake Chip’s hand Sunday. “Listen man, Chip can’t shake s— at all. Nothing. He knows this.” While I don’t think revenge narratives typically mean much, I do think Rex Ryan is the kind of coach that will go out of his way to try to get McCoy a touchdown Sunday.
4. Chargers very banged up at WR heading into Arrowhead
Keenan Allen’s season-ending kidney injury sent the Chargers’ season into a tailspin. Now Stevie Johnson (groin) and Dontrelle Inman (neck) are both very questionable, leaving a real mess for Philip Rivers to deal with. His only healthy wideouts right now are Malcom Floyd (who is playing through a labrum tear), Javontee Herndon, Tyrell Williams and newly-signed Vincent Brown. It could be very ugly as Rivers has zero run game to fall back on and the Chiefs are white hot. Their D/ST costs $3200.