MONDAY DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Rob Gronkowski injures knee in loss at Denver
Dion Lewis (knee) is done for the year, Julian Edelman (foot) is out another month, Danny Amendola (knee) didn’t make the trip and Aaron Dobson (ankle) is on IR. If Rob Gronkowski’s knee injury proves to be serious, Tom Brady would have to be a magician to keep this pass game afloat.
The good news for the Patriots is early reports suggest no ligaments were torn. It sounds like Gronk sustained a sprain of some sort, which can sideline him from anywhere for a week to a month depending on the severity. No. 2 tight end Scott Chandler already earned a major role increase with Amendola and Edelman out, lining up split off the line at times and playing on the vast majority of snaps. If Gronk misses any games, Chandler will be firmly in play. He set season-highs in snap rate (80.6%), routes run (39), catches (5), targets (11) and yards (58) Sunday night.
2. Jimmy Graham’s first season in Seattle is over
Graham’s move from New Orleans to Seattle was a predictable death blow to his fantasy value. He had one 100-yard game, was under 50 yards in 6-of-11 games and found the end zone twice. He was never viable on DraftKings because his price reflected his name more than his role. Still, Graham’s presence was a boon to the ascending value of Russell Wilson, who has completed 76.2 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and zero interceptions across the last two weeks. With Graham now done due to the patellar tear sustained against the Steelers, Wilson will again be lacking someone that draws red-zone attention. The Week 13 spot at the Vikings is not a good one, even though RW’s price inexplicably dropped to $5600.
3. Dolphins fire OC Bill Lazor
It’s not a good time for the Chip Kelly system. Chip is under fire in Philadelphia with the offense grinding to a halt, failing to score at least 20 points in 4-of-5 games. Meanwhile, former Kelly assistant Bill Lazor got canned by the Dolphins Monday morning after another troubling performance that saw them get behind 35-7 to the Jets. The Dolphins are averaging a pathetic 15.6 points per game across their last five.
QBs coach Zac Taylor has been promoted to offensive coordinator. He should be instructed to commit to the run, as the Dolphins gave Lamar Miller just seven carries in Week 11 even though he averaged 6.3 YPC and then had an absurd 58-9 pass/run ratio against the Jets. Taylor, the former Nebraska starting quarterback, is just 32 years old and has never coordinated an offense before. It’s a shaky situation heading into a Week 13 home game against the Ravens.
4. Cardinals get banged up in backfield
Chris Johnson left Sunday’s narrow win at San Francisco early with a bone bruise in his knee. Andre Ellington later left with a toe injury. Both are headed for MRIs and are expected to be listed as day-to-day. If both were to miss Week 13, SPARQ freak David Johnson would be set up for a nice workload against the Rams. He has six touchdowns on just 44 touches this regular season and piled up 119 total yards on just 23 preseaosn touches. Johnson costs $3400 against the Rams.