TUESDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Vincent Jackson (knee) could miss rest of regular season
V-Jax sprained his MCL early in the ugly home loss to the Saints on Sunday. Interestingly, Mike Evans only ended up with three catches on four targets. It’s odd because Evans was a target monster when Jackson missed three games earlier this year, averaging 13.6 per day.
Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins both get volume boosts with Jackson done, but I’m not bullish on either for Thursday night’s game at St. Louis. The Bucs are a run-heavy team that ideally wants Jameis Winston under 30 attempts when possible. That was the reason all the Bucs were a good fade even in a home spot against the Saints last week. It also can be difficult to play on the road against a Rams defense that is very capable up front. This game as a total of 41 for a reason.
2. Tim Hightower emerges in New Orleans backfield
On Sunday morning, a report emerged that Hightower would take over the Mark Ingram role. Unlike the reports surrounding the Eagles RB situation, this one was spot on. Hightower ended up playing on 60—of-85 snaps and garnered 80.5 percent of the running back touches. C.J. Spiller got just six touches on 16 snaps. Despite that usage and a 28-85-1 line against a very good Bucs run defense, Hightower’s price only rose to $3900 for a Week 15 matchup with the Lions. It’s too cheap for a guy playing the voluminous Ingram role.
3. Eagles split backfield three ways
As mentioned above, pregame reports about DeMarco Murray being fourth-string were flat wrong. He got 13 touches on 26 snaps against the Bills. That’s not all that different than Darren Sproles’ nine touches on 28 snaps and Ryan Mathews 15 touches on 21 snaps. What we have here is the rare true three-headed monster heading into a difficult matchup with the Cardinals in Week 15. It’s an easy situation to avoid, no matter what reports emerge this week about usage.
4. Seahawks will hold competition for Thomas Rawls’ role
Rawls is done for the season with a broken ankle and Marshawn Lynch (sports hernia) is very questionable to return this week. The Seahawks said Monday they’ll let DuJuan Harris and newly re-signed Bryce Brown battle for early-down duties, obviously leaving Fred Jackson in his third-down/hurry-up role. Brown certainly has more juice, but he’s bounced all over the NFL for a reason. Coaches hate his constant fumbles and boom-or-bust style that pulls him toward the sideline too often. I’d consider Harris the favorite to get the majority of work against the Browns Sunday, but we’ll have to wait for more info.