THURSDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Ted Ginn will be a full-go against Seahawks
Ginn sustained a minor knee injury in Week 16 and rested in Week 17. Then he rested some more as the Panthers had a bye. So with the Panthers set to host the Seahawks in the Divisional Round, it’s not a surprise Ginn is back fully healthy. Coach Ron Rivera confirmed his big-play wideout will resume his punt return role, giving him some double-dip appeal if paired with Panthers D/ST. As for receiving, the Seahawks are among the best in the league against wideouts but have been more leaky against small/fast wideouts than big/strong ones. Richard Sherman does not project to shadow Ginn, meaning the Panthers can get him on Jeremy Lane whenever they want.
2. Jared Abbrederis penned in as No. 3 wideout
With Davante Adams (knee) out, Abbrederis will be the third WR in an offense that runs more three-wide sets than any team. He’ll also be playing with arguably the best quarterback in the league at a minimum price of $3000. That’s the good news. The bad news is he’s a 2014 fifth-round pick that played just 100 snaps all year even though the Packers lost Jordy Nelson and Ty Montgomery, and had Davante Adams playing at a pitiful level. Although Aaron Rodgers seems high on Abbrederis, I don’t think there’s a very big ceiling here in a difficult matchup.
3. Marshawn Lynch practicing in full (again)
Lynch practiced in full all three days last week and then told the team he wasn’t ready. We’ll see what he has in store this week. Lynch was back with the team practicing in full Wednesday and the coaches again seem optimistic on his status. This is obviously something to track until the Seahawks get on the plane for Carolina. He’d be a GPP-only kind of play for me as a two-down back on the road against a stout defense.
4. Demaryius Thomas actually better with Peyton Manning
It shouldn’t be too big of a surprise that DT averaged 3.3 more DK points per game with Peyton vs. Brock Osweiler this season. Although Brock’s big arm opened up more vertical stuff, Demaryius’ best work comes on bubble screens. That fits Manning perfectly because he can’t push the ball down the field at all and can use the WR screen as an extension of the run game. If Antonio Brown (concussion) is forced to sit, Thomas will be the no-brainer No. 2 WR play on the slate.