WEDNESDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Tygod needs to be resurrected
Perhaps Tyrod Taylor is human after all. He reportedly sprained his MCL in the Week 5 win at Tennessee and is in danger of missing multiple games. The Bills have signed Josh Johnson for depth behind presumed replacement E.J. Manuel. It’s a shame for Tygod, who is fantasy’s No. 5 quarterback in season-long and was just $5600 at home vs. the Bengals this week on DraftKings. Even if he can gut it out, I’ll be hard-pressed to use him at less than 100 percent when so much of his value is tied up in running ability.
As for Manuel, we’ve been down this road before. He’s started 14 career NFL games, throwing 16 touchdowns against 12 interceptions while averaging just 165.3 passing yards per day. He’s also been sacked 34 times. The Bengals’ defense ranks 12th in turnovers forced and 6th in sacks. They cost $3000 at Buffalo Sunday.
2. Beast Mode back in the mix
Marshawn Lynch hasn’t really played since Week 2 due to his hamstring injury. He’s expected back Sunday, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to get 25 carries. Coach Pete Carroll said the staff will find ways to get snaps for impressive UDFA Thomas Rawls.
“Normally, Marshawn comes in and out pretty regularly, so we’ll just pump (Rawls) in there and see how many carries that amounts to. Usually it’s about eight or 10 carries on a regular game. We’ll see how that goes,” Carroll told the Seattle Times.
I don’t think I’ll be using Lynch in cash games against the Panthers as he comes off this injury and could be limited. But we know his scoring upside when playing at home – he’s scored 25 rushing touchdowns in Seattle over the previous three years vs. 11 on the road. Lynch makes for an interesting GPP play.
3. Chiefs add Spencer Ware off practice squad
In the wake of Jamaal Charles’ season-ending injury, the Chiefs brought in free agents Bryce Brown, Ben Tate and Pierre Thomas for workouts. They ended up not signing any of them, instead promoting 5’10/228 fullback-type Spencer Ware from the practice squad. It’s good news for Charcandrick West, who is expected to lead a committee going forward. He clearly has the edge over Knile Davis in the pass game, something that’s crucial when we’re talking about a team that will likely have to throw to win now and a full-PPR format. At $4000 against the Vikings Sunday, West must be considered.
4. Duke Johnson trending up ahead of Broncos matchup
The Browns are actually using Duke Johnson in an effective way. He’s out-snapped Isaiah Crowell in two straight weeks, playing 60.8 percent of the snaps in Week 4 and 62.2 percent in Week 5. The third-round rookie has piled up 21 catches over the last three weeks, an eye-opening number for anyone playing on a full-PPR site like DraftKings. This week, no one is going to want to use Johnson because the elite Broncos defense is in town. But one way to be contrarian is to use “passing” backs in difficult matchups. Not only will the Browns find it impossible to run between the tackles or push the ball to their undersized wideouts, but they’ll likely be trailing for a large portion of the game.