FRIDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. T.Y. Hilton’s status remains murky
The biggest injury of the week is T.Y. Hilton’s knee because it has so many rippling effects. If Hilton plays, he’ll likely see a lot of Darrelle Revis, thus freeing up Andre Johnson and Donte Moncrief (note that Anotnio Cromartie also remains questionable). If Hilton doesn’t play, then we really don’t know what the Jets will do. My guess is he’ll stick with Andre Johnson and if that’s the case, Moncrief becomes very appealing at $4600.
Complicating matters even further is that this is the Monday night game. The Colts are currently referring to Hilton as a true game-time decision. If we don’t get any definitive words on all these issues by Sunday morning, I’ll likely just throw Moncrief in some tournament lineups and leave it at that.
2. C.J. Spiller (hamstring) nearing a return
Spiller underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure about a month ago. He returned to limited practices on both Wednesday and Thursday this week, and is considered questionable for Sunday’s home game against the Bucs. It’s interesting timing, as Mark Ingram is one of the top plays on the board at $5900 in a game the Saints are favored by 10 points. Even if Spiller is active, I will not be shying away from Ingram. Spiller is an extension of the pass game and will threaten Khiry Robinson far more than Ingram. He’s also barely practiced in a month, meaning he’ll likely be eased in very slowly even if he does dress.
3. Jordan Reed tweaks quad in practice
Injuries have been the story of Jordan Reed’s career. That’s why he was such a strong play last week, because we knew he was actually 100 percent healthy. Well, Reed tweaked a quad muscle during Thursday’s practice and was limited the rest of the way. It wouldn’t be a real concern for most players as it seems very minor, but Reed has had troubling soft-tissue issues repeatedly in his career. He also has a difficult matchup against a Rams team that defends the tight end at a very strong level. Although I think the Redskins will play well in this game, their team total is way down at 18.75.
4. Big trouble for C.J. Anderson in Denver
Perhaps a toe issue has been slowing him down, but we can’t deny that C.J. Anderson has been outplayed by Ronnie Hillman badly through two weeks. This comes on the heels of Hillman standing out as arguably the league’s most impressive running back in the preseason. Given Denver’s offensive line issues, a likely committee approach going forward and another tough Week 3 spot (at Detroit), Anderson can be removed from our lists for the foreseeable future.