FRIDAY DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Shadow Candidate No. 1
Vontae Davis has been one of the league’s best corners for the last two years. However, he has stayed on his right side, almost never shadowing a receiver. It looks like that’s going to change this year, and specifically this week as Greg Toler (neck) is out. DC Greg Manusky said “it’s possible” Vontae will chase Sammy Watkins all over the formation on Sunday in Buffalo, which would severely limit Watkins’ projection. I have a lot of Tyrod Taylor lineups for tournaments, but they are almost all naked Tyrod.
2. Shadow Candidate No. 2
The Eagles paid Byron Maxwell $63 million in free agency to fix their broken secondary. They’re not going to just sit back and watch as Julio Jones runs to the other side of the field so he can destroy Nolan Carroll. Maxwell is fully expected to Jones all over Monday night, but that doesn’t bother me at all. Maxwell will have to prove to me he’s not just a “system” corner that excelled in Seattle but will struggle elsewhere. And even if he is legit, it’s still a matchup Julio can dominate. He remains my No. 1 WR on the week.
3. Another weapon down for San Diego
Ladarius Green was supposed to be freed now with Antonio Gates suspended the first four games. Nope. Green has been diagnosed with a concussion sustained during Wednesday’s practice. It means the Chargers are down to David Johnson, Kyle Miller and John Phillips at tight end – three guys that could combine for zero targets. Assuming Ladarius misses Sunday’s game against the Lions, I’m giving a slight projection boost to Stevie Johnson. We already knew the Chargers were going to have to throw a lot given a matchup with a very stout Detroit run defense. I like Stevie to get at least five catches.
4. How much Abdullah in Week 1?
Joique Bell missed about eight months of practice with serious knee and/or ankle injuries. It appears he’s healed just in time, as the Detroit Free Press says he’s expected to start Sunday and will share time with Ameer Abdullah. Preseason legend Zach Zenner may not even dress and Theo Riddick will be in his customary bit passing back role. Given Bell’s status, I think 10-12 touches is a fair projection for Abdullah. He’s certainly worth a look at $4000 in GPPs even on that limited workload, but I don’t think it’s enough volume for cash lineups.