WEDNESDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Denard Robinson expected to draw another start
Jaguars reporters are not expecting T.J. Yeldon (knee) back for Sunday’s game against the Saints. Meanwhile, coach Gus Bradley said the foot sprain Denard Robinson sustained against the Falcons last week is not serious. So it’s time we talk a long look at Shoelace again.
Note that Robinson’s usage last week was truly massive. He played on 62-of-62 snaps and rushed 14 times. Just as importantly, he ran 36 pass routes (via PFF) and was only asked to pass block nine times. That led to eight catches on 10 targets. With this kind of role plus any goal-line work (if the Jags ever try to run in the red-zone), Robinson is firmly in play in all formats even at an elevated tag of $5400.
2. Drew Brees reportedly battling torn plantar fascia
Brees threw for more than 200 yards in the second half on Monday night despite hobbling around on a bad right foot. On Tuesday, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that Brees has torn his plantar fascia. It’s an injury guys can play through, but it can also really affect performance. Peyton Manning had the same injury and it at least partially led to his demise earlier this season. Brees has a dream matchup at home against the Jags, so this needs to be watched closely.
3. Stevie Johnson back at practice
The Chargers will carry some momentum into Thursday night’s game at Oakland as they just played their best game of the season last week. They’re getting a bit healthier too, as Stevie Johnson (groin) was able to practice on Tuesday. If he can get back, Philip Rivers will have a nice complement of weaponry that will include passing back Danny Woodhead in a more featured role. That’s always good for passing stats, especially since Melvin Gordon and the run game were essentially wasting downs every time they touched the ball. If I’m playing Thursday slate this week, there’s no way I’m fading the game – there are a lot of options here.
4. Tyler Eifert remains in concussion protocol
Eifert is going to have to move through the protocol quickly if he is going to play in Week 16. But with A.J. McCarron under center and a matchup at a Denver defense that got embarrassed last week, Eifert may want to spend another week on the sidelines. Note that Cincy’s team total stands at 18.5 points right now, one of the lowest on the entire slate. With A.J. Green also nursing an undisclosed injury that caused him to leave last week’s game early, the entire Bengals offense is shaping up as a fade.