TUESDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. T.Y. Hilton down, Donte Moncrief up
T.Y. Hilton suffered a left knee bruise during Sunday’s unsurprising loss at Buffalo. He had seven catches for 88 yards on a whopping 14 targets when he went down in the third quarter. Here’s what Hilton said Monday about the injury:
“Touched my knee (Sunday) and it was really numb. I felt a lot of swelling. It blew up on me real fast. Just hurting, sore to the touch.”
Hilton is listed as day to day and considered questionable for Monday night against the Jets. If he can’t go, it’s expected to be Donte Moncrief in two-wide sets opposite washed up Andre Johnson. Against the Bills, Moncrief played 74 percent of the snaps and saw 11 targets. Phillip Dorsett played 22 percent of the snaps and saw three targets. Moncrief costs $4600 in Week 2 and is certainly on my radar as we see how the week progresses. Darrelle Revis’ role and the health of both Hilton and Antonio Cromartie (knee) are worth monitoring closely.
2. Joique Bell fading fast
I had a decent amount of Ameer Abdullah on Sunday, but not enough. I let Joique Bell being active scare me when I shouldn’t have. Let’s zoom out and think about Bell as a player coming off serious surgery, one that missed the entire offseason program plus most of training camp. Let’s add that he was under 4.0 YPC in each of the last two seasons and that Abdullah is a truly special talent.
When the dust settled in San Diego, the Lions had only run 47 plays – way below the norm. But Abdullah out-snapped Bell 21-17 and out-touched him 11-8. As expected, Abdullah also out-produced the “starter” with 8.54 yards per touch (with a TD) compared to 5.12. I’m going to err on the side of heavy Ameer going forward.
3. Chris Johnson is not CJ2K anymore
Andre Ellington, one of the players most likely to get injured this year based on role/history/size, sprained his PCL Sunday and is expected to miss 1-3 weeks. Coach Bruce Arians named the artist formerly known as CJ2K, Chris Johnson, the starter for Sunday’s game at Chicago.
At just $3800, Johnson has to be considered. Even though I think David Johnson is the far, far better player, the Cardinals apparently don’t agree. After Ellington went down with 11:42 left in the fourth quarter Sunday, CJ?K got seven carries and David got zero (five snaps). DJ did make an eye-opening play on the 55-yard touchdown catch, so practice reports will need to be monitored. But Arians is on the record saying “it’s not healthy to put them (rookies) in the situation too much” when asked about David Johnson.
4. Eagles secondary is the Eagles secondary
The Eagles gave Byron Maxwell a six-year, $63 million contract in free agency. His size was supposed to help this dumpster fire of a secondary match up with the bigger wideouts and DC Billy Davis said he would use Maxwell to shadow at times. Thankfully, I had big questions about whether Maxwell was a product of Seattle’s system or if he was actually good – so I wasn’t afraid to use Julio Jones 100 percent in cash.
Well, it didn’t even matter as the Eagles didn’t use Maxwell as a shadow corner. This is a reminder about “funneling” on defenses. The Eagles are very good against the run but have a poor secondary, so we know where the ball will be funneled. We can say the exact same thing about the defenses of the Lions and even the Patriots to a certain degree.