MONDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Seahawks lose Thomas Rawls for the season
Rawls went down midway through the first quarter of Sunday’s win in Baltimore with a broken ankle. It’s a sad end to an impressive season that saw Rawls go from UDFA longshot to atop the depth chart on one of the league’s best teams.
After Rawls went down, DuJuan Harris came on as the feature back and finished with 18-42-0 on 27 snaps. Fred Jackson stayed in his pass protection role, finishing with eight total touches on 31 snaps. Note that the Seahawks host the Browns’ No. 30 run defense in Week 15. Also note that Marshawn Lynch (sports hernia) could get back and Harris’ price has been bumped to $4600.
2. Andy Dalton goes down early as well
I liked Dalton a lot as a sneaky play this week in a potential shootout with the Steelers’ funnel defense. Not only did his first-quarter throwing thumb fracture sink any lineups with him, but it also sunk any Ben Roethlisberger lineups. The Steelers got out to a 23-7 lead early in the third quarter and Big Ben was not forced to put his foot on the gas.
As for Dalton, he’s expected to miss the rest of the regular season at least. The Bengals’ new starter is former Alabama star A.J. McCarron, who went 22-of-32 for 280 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in a relief role Sunday. He was also solid in the preseason, going 38-of-60 (63.3%) for 465 yards with one touchdown and no picks. McCarron isn’t in play for Week 15 because his $5400 price is in the same range as Marcus Mariota/Derek Carr/Kirk Cousins etc. But I wouldn’t completely write off A.J. Green, who has a nice matchup against the 49ers’ weak secondary on deck. In other Bengals news, Tyler Eifert is in the concussion protocol.
3. LeGarrette Blount sustains hip injury against Texans
Patriots big back Blount went down in the second quarter and didn’t return. That left Brandon Bolden to step into a featured role, as he grinded the clock down with 16-51-0 and no catches. James White remained in his passing back role, rushing just one (for a 2-yard TD) and catching four balls for 38 yards on six targets. The depletion of the Patriots’ running back corps should lead to a pass-happy gameplan against the Titans in Week 15, especially with Rob Gronkowski (knee) back healthy. Gronk played on 62.3 percent of the snaps and went 4-87-1 on four targets.
4. T.J. Yeldon misses out on prime spot
The Jags pounded the Colts 51-16, leading to 25 running back carries. Unfortunately, T.J. Yeldon only got 11 of them due to ankle and knee injuries. He gave way to Denard Robinson, who racked up 14-75-1 on the ground and added a 12-yard catch. If Yeldon can’t play against the Falcons in Week 15, Robinson would be very interesting, even at an elevated price of $4600. This Jaguars offense is humming.