FRIDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Doug Baldwin train halted by hamstring concerns
Baldwin was able to play on his usual 74.0 percent of the snaps last week and did his weekly damage by scoring two touchdowns. However, his hamstring issue is more concerning than initially feared. Baldwin missed practice again Thursday and appears headed for a game-time decision. The Seahawks host the Rams at 4pm ET Sunday.
“We think (he’s OK),” said coach Pete Carroll. “He’s going to do a little more work tomorrow. He’ll go all the way to game time, but he feels very good. But we’re still going to be slow to bring him back.”
If Baldwin can’t go, Tyler Lockett and Jermaine Kearse would get a nice bump against a Rams defense that is strong at home but middling on the road.
2. Drew Brees insists he will start against Jaguars Sunday
Even though the Saints’ season has been dead for a while now, Drew Brees isn’t going to take it easy. He gutted through a torn plantar fascia in his right (plant) foot on Monday night and says he’ll do so again this week. It’s a Grade 2 tear near his heel.
“I’m gonna play,” said, who hasn’t practiced yet this week. “It hurts to walk. It has its challenges. But we’ve come up with a good plan for this week, how to support it and how to make it as manageable as possible.”
Brees’ optimism is good news for everyone involved in this likely shootout. Even a limited Brees has a better shot to move the offense than Garrett Grayson or Matt Flynn, meaning Blake Bortles will have to keep his foot on the gas against a Saints defense that is worst in the league against fantasy quarterbacks. Bortles is a very safe play at $6500 in all formats.
3. Dez Bryant hurt and dealing with Kellen Moore
It’s a real eye-opener to see Dez Bryant at $5500 on DraftKings. And perhaps he would have been intriguing at that price given how bad the Bills have struggled in the secondary and the rapport Dez has shown with new starter Kellen Moore. But Bryant is nursing foot and ankle injuries, leaving his status in doubt for Sunday as the Cowboys have nothing to play for. If Dez is active we can likely get him around 2 percent ownership because he hasn’t topped four catches in a game since November 15 and has gone over 62 yards once all season.
4. Panthers rule out Jonathan Stewart
Stewart will miss his second consecutive game due to a sprained foot. Last week, fifth-round rookie Cameron Artis-Payne led the way with 16 touches while Mike Tolbert got five and Fozzy Whittaker got two. Artis-Payne only costs $4300 against the Falcons, but there are problems here. The Panthers can always turn to Cam Newton or Tolbert as their goal-line runner, and CAP’s role isn’t exactly secure. If he’s not playing well or puts the ball on the ground, there are guys ready to pick up the slack. I prefer Karlos Williams and James White in the $4K RB range.