FRIDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Eddie Lacy (ankle) trending toward true game-time decision
Lacy, who was unable to return to last week’s win over the Seahawks, did not practice Thursday. He may not practice Friday or Saturday either. The problem is that won’t tell us very much. Coach Mike McCarthy said that he’s comfortable playing Lacy on Monday night even if the workhorse back doesn’t get any practice in at all this week. That means we can expect a true game-time decision, which leaves fantasy owners in a conundrum. Obviously, the lineups we build look pretty sweet with min-priced James Starks in there with a 20-touch (or more) projection. One option is to take advantage of DraftKings’ late swap feature and put Richard Rodgers in the flex. If Lacy is ruled out, we switch that to Starks. Another option is simply to ride with Starks, expecting he’ll get at least 8-10 touches even if a limited Lacy does play. That should be enough to pay off a $3000 salary anyway.
2. Chris Ivory also looking like a game-time call
Ivory is dealing with groin and quad tweaks right now. It doesn’t sound major, but he says his status is in real doubt. “If it’s not ready, it’s not ready. I just won’t play.” I certainly won’t be using Ivory this week at less than 100 percent and against an Eagles defense that is capable of playing far better run defense than they’ve shown so far. But if Ivory is ruled out, it’ll be easy to get behind Bilal Powell in a full-PPR format like DraftKings. Although I do think Ivory’s direct backup Zac Stacy will be more involved than most realize, Powell will see a snap increase and he’s already averaging 12.0 rushes and 3.0 catches per game. The plan against the Eagles could quickly turn pass heavy, rendering Stacy a spectator and Powell the main back. He’s also the stone minimum $3000 salary.
3. Salon-quality hair is back in our life
Dwayne Allen (ankle) is not expected to play in Sunday’s potential shootout with the Colts. When Allen missed three games last year, Coby Fleener’s statlines were 2-28-0, 4-127-2 and 5-56-2. Fleener has been a complete non-factor this year (1-5-0 on five targets despite 83 snaps), so I wouldn’t take the plunge in cash games. But there’s a lot of tournament merit here for another min-priced player whose strength is making plays in the pass game. That aforementioned 5-56-2 line came against the Titans in Week 17 last year.
4. DeAndre Hopkins on his way to being cleared
No one is talking about DeAndre Hopkins this week, in part because he’s coming off a Josh Norman induced 5-53-0 line and also because he’s in the concussion protocol. But the Texans said Thursday they’re very optimistic their star receiver will be cleared, setting Nuk up as a sneaky play. He’s seen 24 targets through two games, his price has stayed steady at $7400 and the Bucs remain very vulnerable to big plays in the pass game.