THURSDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Cardinals not expecting Andre Ellington to play Sunday
We already knew that Chris Johnson is done with a broken leg. Wednesday brought news that Andre Ellington isn’t going to play at St. Louis this week due to turf toe. He’s going to see a foot specialist in Los Angeles and the Cards hope to have him back for Week 14.
In the meantime, however, David Johnson is going to be the “lead back,” as confirmed by Bruce Arians. His only backups will be Stepfan Taylor (37snaps all year) and practice-squad callup Kerywnn Williams. We can comfortably expect Johnson to slide right into the CJ?K that yielded 17.8 carries per game. The difference is Johnson actually plays well in the pass game and actually has juice in his legs. If David had the same number of touches as Chris on the season, I’m have full confidence his numbers would be significantly better.
2. Danny Amendola on track to return for Patriots
Amendola admitted that he couldn’t run the way he wanted to as recently as last week when he sat out against the Broncos. That’s a little bit concerning. Still, Amendola did practice on Wednesday and looks like he’ll play against the Eagles Sunday. If he’s anywhere near 100 percent, he’s going to meet value as a go-to guy for Tom Brady against a crumbling Eagles defense that just lost starting RCB Nolan Carroll. Amendola, who posted a 9-117-0 line on 12 targets before leaving early in the fourth quarter of Week 11, still only costs $4700.
3. Jaguars will likely be without Allen Hurns Sunday
Hurns has quietly been a consistent producer all year despite a bunch of injuries, scoring seven touchdowns and posting three 100-yard games. But the scary concussion he sustained against the Chargers has him still in the protocol and expected to sit. It’s a bad thing for Blake Bortles’ projection against the Titans, as likely replacement Marqise Lee has done little but disappoint in his career. Expect a few more looks for Allen Robinson and Julius Thomas, who already had lofty touchdown projections. The Jags, refusing to run in the red-zone, have scored a league-high 96 percent of their touchdowns through the air (h/t Mike Clay).
4. Charcandrick West a full participant in practice
West’s minor hamstring strain is apparently all better, as he was not even limited in the Chiefs’ first practice of the week. Barring a setback, he’ll be active for this week’s game against the Raiders. The question now is how he’ll be used, given how impressive Spencer Ware has been over the last two weeks. It’s a tough question to answer as this RB-friendly Chiefs scheme typically gives one running back massive usage in base, red-zone and the pass game. But it’s also hard to see Ware getting scaled back to nothing. For now, I’d estimate West in the 13-17 touch range and Ware around 5-9.