FRIDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Andrew Luck suddenly questionable for tasty matchup
This was going to be the week for Andrew Luck’s 2015 breakout. He was home on the fast turf against a Jags defense that gave up 359 yards to Ryan Tannehill in Week 2 and 358 yards to Tom Brady in Week 2. However, a right (throwing) shoulder puts all that in doubt now.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Luck is “legitimately questionable” and probably won’t even try to throw until Sunday morning. Luck will carry a lot of risk even if he does start, as the Colts may very well try to take a more run-heavy/grind-out approach to protect their franchise player. If Luck ends up sitting out completely – the Colts do have a Thursday game in Week 5 – it’ll be 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck, who has started a game in three years. I won’t be rostering any Colts in that scenario even though Donte Moncrief ($5000) remains grossly underpriced relative to his role in this offense.
2. Antonio Brown’s streak broken
I don’t want to rub salt in the wound. But if you used Antonio Brown last night, you need to reevaluate your process. We knew a Michael Vick offense would be far less fluid, far less effective and far more conservative. We knew Thursday players are always overowned. And we knew Le’Veon Bell would be a massive focal point again (he ended up with 29 touches). So Brown’s 5-42-0 game that broke his streak of 35 games with at last five catches and 50 yards shouldn’t have been that surprising. He’s not going to be in play on DraftKings unless his price drops a ton or Ben Roethlisberger (knee) returns.
3. DeSean Jackson reportedly not close to a return
Jackson’s hamstring pull is proving to be of the serious variety. According to a source of ESPN’s Britt McHenry, he won’t play against the Eagles Sunday and is “not even close.” If it wasn’t for the threat of Hurricane Joaquin, I’d be excited about playing Jordan Reed and Pierre Garcon in a home dog spot against an Eagles defense that funnels action toward the pass. Reed has seen 26 targets through three games and Garcon has seen 27 – 49.5 percent of Kirk Cousins’ targets. But even if the storm misses the Eastern seaboard, it sounds like winds will sustain over 25 MPH at least. If that’s the case, I can’t use any pass-catchers in cash games.
4. Joique Bell’s problems continue to mount
Joique averaged under 4.0 YPC in each of the previous two seasons, missed the entire offseason due to knee issues and has a pathetic 20-22-1 rushing line through three games. He’s a red flag draped in a red flag and everyone knows he needs his role removed from the offense for the 0-3 Lions right now. Hopefully, an ankle flare-up that caused Bell to miss Thursday’s practice will be final straw for the coaches, especially with Ameer Abdullah being woefully underutilized at 9.3 touches per game. Abdullah’s price has sunk to $4100 and although I won’t use him at Seattle, he’s going to be in play at some point very soon. Joique is done even if the Lions don’t realize it quite yet.