FRIDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Chiefs will turn to committee with West healthy
Andy Reid has always been a one-back kind of guy in Kansas City, giving massive usage to Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware. It looks like he’s changing his tune now that West is healthy and Ware has been so exceptional the last couple weeks.
“It goes without saying, it’s still a running back by committee,” Chiefs OC Doug Pederson said Thursday. “I think you have to use them both. Here’s two young running backs that are playing a lot, and we’re getting to that time of the season where bodies are really getting sore and banged up. … It’s great to give both of those guys an equal opportunity.”
That creates a difficult situation for us, as West ($5200) and Ware ($4900) are both priced up. It’s not like C.J. Anderson ($3500) and Ronnie Hillman ($4500), who form a committee yet come with the appropriate prices for a timeshare.
2. Darrelle Revis will not play against Giants Sunday
Revis remains sidelined by a concussion and his understudy, Marcus Williams, is sidelined by a knee issue. It leaves donezo Antonio Cromartie, liability Darrin Walls and ex-Brown Buster Skrine as the Jets’ top-three corners this week. That’s a problem with Odell Beckham and the Giants coming to town. With the Jets owning the league’s No. 1 run-defense DVOA, expect a very pass-happy gameplan from the G-Men. The spot is almost ideal for Beckham to go off.
3. Nick Foles starting again for Rams
Case Keenum (concussion) hasn’t been able to get cleared. It leaves the Rams in a difficult spot as Foles has predictably proven to be an utter disaster outside of the Chip Kelly scheme. In 10 starts this year, Foles is averaging a pathetic 190.6 passing yards with seven touchdowns. That’s almost unimaginable in today’s NFL that favors the pass game so heavily. If the Cardinals were at home against the Rams, I’d do everything I could to get their D/ST into my lineups. It’s not quite as big a priority given that this game is in St. Louis, but I certainly want ARZ D/ST in some of lineups. The fact that Foles and the Rams offense played well when these two teams met in Week 4 only makes me like ARZ D/ST more.
4. Panthers won’t name starter at WR2 spot
Everyone is going to be looking for GPP stacks involving Cam Newton against the Saints “defense.” So the situation opposite Ted Ginn is one to track. Philly Brown (shoulder) is healthy and ready to go, but Devin Funchess has handled himself reasonably well as a near every-down player the last two weeks. Ron Rivera was asked if Brown will get his starting gig back from Funchess and the coach replied with, “It’s a secret.”
Ultimately, it’s really hard for me to see Brown taking too much away from Funchess’ growing role. The second-round rookie is better in just about every aspect and the team’s confidence in him has to be at season-high levels. So while everyone else is using Cam with Greg Olsen, naked Cam or even Cam with Ted Ginn, I think Cam with Funchess still has some upside.