}*FRIDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS*
1. Cowboys lose Tony Romo again
I expected the Cowboys do show up big against the undefeated Panthers on Thursday. Instead they crumbled and left Tony Romo in long enough to get hurt. Romo reinjured his left collarbone, the same one that kept him out for a couple months earlier this season. It means the Cowboys will have to turn back to Matt Cassel, sapping all value out of Dez Bryant and Darren McFadden. This team has averaged just 16.2 points per game in Cassel’s four starts this year.
2. Forte and Langford share workload against Packers
In Matt Forte’s first game off a knee sprain, he started and got 16 touches on 38 snaps. Meanwhile, Jeremy Langford came off the bench for 13 touches on 31 snaps. With Forte’s contract up at the end of the year and Langford impressing, it’s likely this is the split to expect going forward. Forte did have a couple goal-line chances that he failed to convert (again), but his real value will be sustained by pass-game work. He only got one target last night, partially due to the difficult weather conditions. We’ll have to see how far the salaries of these guys drop ahead of a tasty Week 13 matchup at home against the 49ers.
3. Falcons concede Devonta Freeman unlikely to play
Freeman remains in the initial stages of the concussion protocol, meaning he’s a real longshot to play in Sunday’s home game against the Vikings. It means we need to take a long look at Tevin Coleman, the third-round rookie who was actually ahead of Freeman on the depth chart before sustaining a Week 2 rib injury. The concern with Coleman is that he’s looked really bad on the majority of his NFL chances so far, failing to show any wiggle or tackle-breaking ability. He’s PFF’s No. 67 RB of 68 qualifiers (only Chris Johnson is worse). Of course, Freeman’s tape was also poor as a rookie and we know what happened there. At $4300, I’m willing to take a shot that Coleman will find room on a couple of his 16-20 touches and use his elite breakaway speed.
4. Charcandrick West misses another practice
The hamstring pull West sustained last week isn’t considered serious, but that doesn’t he’ll be ready to play against the Bills Sunday. This injury is very tricky for both running backs and wideouts. West’s backup is Spencer Ware, a powerful fullback-type who staved off some challenges from big-name FAs to keep his job following Jamaal Charles’ injury. Ware was impressive in relief last week, rushing 11 times for 96 yards with 2 TDs and catching one ball for five yards. Of course, that was against the Chargers’ league-worst run defense. This week is a stiffer test against Rex Ryan’s Bills, but this unit has surprisingly struggled against the run for a while now. Overall, they’ve given up the 15th-most fantasy points to opposing RBs and are an atrocious 27th in run-defense DVOA. Ware costs $3800.