Monday’s DFS News Nuggets
1. Could’ve, would’ve on Tevin Coleman
Tevin Coleman went down with a rib injury midway through the second quarter of Sunday’s game. Before that, he had nine carries while Devonta Freeman had two. Coleman produced 32 yards and a TD on those chances and was set up for a big-time box score (Freeman finished with 12-25-1 on the ground and 4-34-0 through the air). It’s frustrating because we were on a player that was very low owned, very cheap and on his way to a big game. But that’s the way it goes sometimes, which is why proper bankroll management is so important.
2. The 1-yard line was a tough place to be
While we’re on the subject of bankroll management, let’s remember how narrow the difference is between winning and losing sometimes. I had Martellus Bennett and Mark Ingram in my lone cash-game lineup. Bennett was stopped at the half-yard line early in the second-quarter on a 21-yard grab that should have gone for a touchdown. Jeremy Langford got the easy plunge on the next play. Meanwhile, Ingram got the call from the 3-yard line early in the fourth quarter and came up a couple inches short. Fullback Austin Johnson dove in on the next play. Had these two guys gotten in, I’d be winning in my head-to-heads instead of taking a 20% loss heading into Monday Night (where I have no one). In a wide-outcome game like NFL – instead of NBA – it’s extra important to not overextend yourself no matter how strong you think your lineup is.
3. Ideal GPP play gone wrong in Mike Evans
With Mike Evans (hamstring) practicing each day last week after nearly being ready to go in Week 1, I thought he was safe medically. I also thought it was an ideal GPP spot because his price was depressed ($7400), no one would be on him (2.2% in the Milly Maker) and he was facing a Saints defense that was without Keenan Lewis and Jairus Byrd. The Bucs were also in a plus spot game-flow wise, as a 10-point dog in a dome with a quarterback that likes to push the ball down the field. Well, what I didn’t know is that Evans was on a pitch count, and played just 62.2 percent of the snaps while running a meager 21 routes. Lesson learned on not having enough information.
4. Jeremy Hill coughs up ball, job security loosens
Jeremy Hill was not impressive in Week 1, rushing 19 times for 63 yards with two cheapie touchdowns at Oakland. He was equally unimpressive against the Chargers Sunday, picking up just 39 yards and losing two fumbles on 10 carries. After his second lost fumble, Hue Jackson made the easy decision to yank him. That’s an easy call because although Hill is very talented, there is a ton of other offensive talent in Cincy. Gio Bernard did work Sunday, rushing 20 times for 123 yards. Hill’s price ($7300 this week) isn’t going to sink enough to the point where I’d want to use him in cash or GPP for the foreseeable future – especially with this upcoming schedule: at BAL, vs. KC, vs. SEA, at BUF. Note that Hill fumbled four times last season.