TUESDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. NFL slaps Odell Beckham with one-game suspension
It’s relatively rare that an NFL player is suspended for in-game actions. Domestic abuse, DUIs, performance-enhancing drugs? Sure. But letting the game’s best corner get under your skin and going after him in a dirty fashion? Weird.
Barring a surprise victory in an appeal, Odell Beckham won’t play against the Vikings on Sunday night. It’s a devastating blow to season-long owners who battled all year only to have their best player not available for the Super Bowl. Thankfully we play DFS, so all we have to worry about is how to react. Beckham’s suspension takes just about all of the Giants out of play in this matchup. Eli Manning will struggle against a capable defense with Rueben Randle, Hakeem Nicks and Dwayne Harris as his top-three receivers. Note that OBJ got 27.6 percent of Eli’s targets, gets 26.1 percent of the catches and scores 40.6 percent of the passing touchdowns.
2. Melvin Gordon done for year with knee injury
You could argue Melvin Gordon had the worst rookie season of any first-round RB in NFL history. He averaged a pathetic 3.48 YPC, scored zero touchdowns on 217 touches, fumbled six times and graded out as PFF’s No. 60 RB among 67 qualifiers. Gordon’s season ended with two minutes left in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.
After the injury, Danny Woodhead got 10 touches and Donald Brown got 14. That’s a little deceiving, however, as the Chargers were nursing a big league. It also doesn’t reflect the fact that Woodhead continues to soak up the red-zone and goal-line work despite his diminutive stature. He’s firmly in play at $4400 Thursday night.
3. Buck Allen expected back in starting role for Week 16
Coach John Harbaugh chose to send a message Sunday when Buck Allen fumbled. Although it was only his second fumble of the year, Buck was banished to the bench. However, Harbaugh did make it clear Monday that the punishment “probably won’t carry over.” He went on to say he’ll play the best players, which could be a concern if Allen’s backups weren’t Terrance West and Terrence Magee. An ideal DraftKings player because he is legit threat for 5-8 catches weekly and handles feature back duties, Allen’s price has sunk $4200 ahead of a home game against the Steelers. Buck won’t get much going on the ground in that matchup, but he should see a ton of dump-offs as the Ravens play from behind.
4. LeSean McCoy tore MCL in loss to Redskins
The Bills are only calling McCoy “week to week,” but they can’t make the playoffs and this is a multi-week injury. We can safely prepare as if Shady won’t play against the Cowboys Sunday. This would be a really great spot for Karlos Williams if we knew he was 100 percent. But that needs monitoring, as he was limited against the Redskins due to a shoulder injury. Note that Karlos was limited Sunday, getting just four touches on 11 snaps while third-stringer Mike Gillislee got six touches on 20 snaps. Williams is the one the Bills want to feature, but we have to be sure his shoulder is right.