THURSDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. NFL upholds Odell Beckham’s one-game suspension
Beckham will not play in Sunday night’s game against the Vikings. Look for Rueben Randle, Myles White and Dwayne Harris to form the Giants’ three-wide set. With Harris battling a pesky shoulder injury and White having caught five balls all year, Randle is the one to watch. He hasn’t topped six targets in a game since Week 8, but this week he projects for a floor of six this week with Beckham’s 10.8 targets per game on the shelf. We can also expect a boost for tight end Will Tye, who has five catches and a TD in back-to-back games. Note that Roob costs $3500 and Tye is at $3500 as well.
2. Vikings could have nothing to play for by Sunday night
If the Seahawks or Panthers win in the early slate and then the Cardinals beat the Packers in the afternoon, the Vikings will have clinched a playoff berth and first-round home game. Coach Mike Zimmer is aware of the situation, telling reporters Wednesday that he would “be smart… with the guys that are hurt or something like that.”
It’s notable because Adrian Peterson rolled his ankle last week and appears to be at less than 100 percent. AP will certainly play if the Vikings need the game, but if they don’t he could be very limited or not get any carries. SPRAQ freak Jerick McKinnon ($3500) is Peterson’s backup.
3. Kendall Wright (ribs) back at practice for Titans
Wright appears on track to return after sitting out the last two weeks. It could slow the momentum of impressive rookie Dorial Green-Beckham, who has been playing on more than 80 percent of the snaps the last two weeks. He’s posted lines of 5-119-1, 3-53-0 and 6-113-0 over the last three weeks. DGB will also be dealing with Zach Mettenberger as his starter, a stout Texans pass defense and a game in which the Titans could actually be nursing a lead in the second half. Green-Beckham’s freak skill set keeps him in play at $4000, but it’s not as good a spot as it was the previous two weeks.
4. Calvin Johnson practices on limited basis Wednesday
Johnson’s dud on Monday night was really alarming. He was covered by Brandon Browner, one of the league’s worst corners, on 20-of-27 routes. Yet Megatron got one target an finished with a 1-19-0 line. It doesn’t look like the ankle was the main culprit, as he did get work in Wednesday. Note that Calvin has one 100-yard game all year and is averaging 7.4 targets per game over the last five weeks. Golden Tate is at 9.0 during that span.