TUESDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Johnny Football busted for partying yet again
Johnny Manziel is a 23-year-old guy who gets nights off from work. There’s nothing legally stopping him from getting drunk, dancing, rapping, dabbing or doing whatever else he’d like. The problem is he works for the Cleveland Browns and they are allowed to tell him how he should conduct himself off the field. They have an agreement regarding this.
All this wouldn’t be an issue if Manziel had been prepared for his starts last year. But he simply wasn’t, as he didn’t even know the plays. Then came rehab, intense scrutiny and questions about whether his style will work in the NFL – drunk or sober. Regardless, the Browns are now reportedly thinking about suspending JFF for Week 17 in light of the latest video. Austin Davis is Manziel’s backup ahead of a plus matchup against a funneling Steelers defense.
2. Cecil Shorts (groin) already ruled out for Week 17
Shorts’ status is notable as the Texans get to face the Jaguars’ inept secondary this week. There are some moving parts here as Brian Hoyer (concussion) is in doubt, but Nate Washington needs to be on the radar. Note that his three lines when he’s played and Shorts hasn’t this year are 9-127-2, 4-74-1 and 3-42-1. Washington is priced at $3600 this week, $4800 less than DeAndre Hopkins.
3. Redskins are a candidate to rest starters in Week 17
The Skins are locked into the NFC’s No. 4 seed no matter what happens Sunday. That makes them a serious candidate to rest players with some minor injuries (DeSean Jackson, Matt Jones) and perhaps some healthy ones as well (Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed). Although the matchup at a slow-paced Dallas team isn’t ideal, there’s a good chance some quality value will open up here.
One guy to watch is Colt McCoy, who was spectacular in the preseason. He went 41-of-57 (71.9 percent) for 416 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, showing real chemistry with Rashad Ross (still on the roster). Je’Ronn Hamm is a talented pass-catching tight end and normal passing back Chris Thompson has some juice. We’ll get more clarity here as the week moves along.
4. David Johnson’s monster usage continues
Johnson has been the best running back in football over the last month. The scary part is that his stats could be even bigger. He’s been limited by minor injuries and blowout a couple times. That included Sunday against the Packers, when Johnson was in for 30 of the first 35 snaps before the Cardinals began to rest their stars.
This week’s game against the Seahawks figures to be close and the Cardinals need it as they still have a shot at the NFC’s No. 1 seed. Of course, Seattle ranks third in rush yards against per game and fourth in YPC allowed. DJ’s price has also come up to $6000. He’s still a great play (again), but there’s at least reason for some level of pause this week.