MONDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Patriots split up backfield evenly
A big story coming into Week 15 was how the Patriots would respond to LeGarrette Blount’s season-ending injury. The answer wasn’t what Brandon Bolden owners wanted to see. Bolden did lead Patriots running backs in snaps, but he only played on 28-of-67 and got 12 touches. Practice squad callup Joey Iosefa played 20 snaps and got 14 touches while passing back James White payed 23 snaps and caught seven passes with one carry.
This kind of usage certainly takes both Bolden and Iosefa out of play in Week 16 as they’ll be facing a Jets run defense that ranks second in rush yards allowed, fifth in YPC allowed and first in rush TDs allowed. It’s a “spread ‘em out” game, which means a lot of White. Filling the Dion Lewis role as best he can, has 21 catches over the last three weeks. He also had a 70-yard reception Sunday called back by a bad offensive pass interference call.
2. Christine Michael moves to front of Seahawks’ backfield
With Thomas Rawls done and Marshawn Lynch not yet ready, the Seahawks were forced to scrape the dumpster at running back. Christine Michael, who was traded to the Cowboys for dust just before Week 1, ended up leading the way. The gifted yet knuckle-headed C-Mike played on 25-of-73 snaps, more than Bryce Brown (23), Fred Jackson (13) and fullback-type Derrick Coleman (7). But Michael really separated in terms of touches, as he got 16 compared to Brown’s nine and Jackson’s
When the Seahawks host the Rams next week, I’d expect a similar kind of mix. Michael’s solid one-game performance isn’t going to completely erase the months of inconsistency and poor mental preparation that led to Seattle going south on him in the first place. DraftKings has bumped C-Mike’s price to $4400.
3. Alshon Jeffery’s soft-tissue issues pop up again
Alshon missed just about all of the preseason with a nasty calf pull. Then he labored through the first couple months of the season with hamstring and groin injuries. Ahead of yesterday’s game against the Vikings, Alshon was on the injury report again with a calf injury. That was a big enough flag for me to get off him thankfully, as he left early due to another hamstring issue. It’s a reminder that fresh legs at this point in the season are worth a ton. If Jeffery can’t go against the Bucs in Week 16, the Bears will have to use some combo of Eddie Royal, Marc Mariani and Josh Bellamy at wideout. Expect plenty of pass-game work for Zach Miller and Matt Forte.
4. LeSean McCoy injures knee against Redskins
I’d be a little surprised if we saw LeSean McCoy again this season. He injured his MCL against the Redskins and the Bills are officially eliminated from the playoffs. It’s a situation that needs close monitoring because backup Karlos Williams is a very talented player. Of course, Williams was only able to handle four carries yesterday as he came off a shoulder injury. Mike Gillislee also got four. So we have a lot to watch as the Bills get set for a home game against the Cowboys in Week 16.