THURSDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Ladarius Green back in the concussion protocol again
This is Green’s second concussion in two weeks, a scary turn of events that almost certainly will keep the athletic freak out of Sunday’s game against the Vikings. With Antonio Gates suspended, that means the Chargers will be down to journeyman blockers John Phillips, David Johnson and Alex Bayer at tight end. Those three could conceivably combine for zero targets, opening up more looks for Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson. Johnson is the one I like more here as the one that will see less of Xavier Rhodes – and the one that is $2500 cheaper. Danny Woodhead also gets a little boost.
2. Vontae Davis (concussion) back at practice for Colts
Each week, we should be thinking about who Vontae, Darrelle Revis and Chris Harris will be matched up with. Davis suffered a concussion Monday night, but he was able to get a limited practice in Wednesday which suggests he’s on track to be cleared for Sunday’s game against the Titans. The good news is that we know Davis rarely follows receivers into the slot, which sets up Kendall Wright very nicely this week. With Darius Butler (hip) and Greg Toler (neck) in doubt again for the Colts, it’s possible Wright sees a ton of bottom-roster type Jalil Brown. We saw Eric Decker go nuts with this matchup in the first half Monday night. Then Davis left, Decker left and Brandon Marshall got hot.
3. Is Quincy Enunwa a thing?
The Jets are playing the Eagles this week, which means we need to closely examine all their pass-game options. It’s a bit of a mess right now with Eric Decker (knee) doubtful and Chris Owusu (knee) out. Note that Quincy Enunwa has played far ahead of both Jeremy Kerley and Devin Smith so far this season and is the favorite to see No. 2 WR snaps. Enunwa – minimum priced at $3000 — is also a favorite of the metrics crowd, standing at 6’2/225 with 4.45 speed. I’m likely going to have 100 percent Brandon Marshall in my cash-game lineup, so I won’t have Enunwa there (two Ryan Fitzpatrick pass-catchers in one lineup is too much no matter how good the spot is). But I do think Enunwa is worth a look in tournaments. He’s on my list of wideouts under $5000 likely to see at least five targets this week.
4. Jordan Reed not even on injury report ahead of Thursday night
In Week 2, I was regretfully scared off of Jordan Reed by his mid-week quad “tweak” and a relatively tough matchup with the Rams. There’s nothing to be scared of this week. Reed played on 84.7 percent of the snaps in Week 2 and isn’t even on the injury report ahead of tonight’s game against the Giants. He also has a very plus matchup as the G-Men sport very little talent at linebacker or safety. I like playing the Thursday slate and fading the game completely, but not using Odell Beckham or Reed tonight scares me.