FRIDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Redskins say Kirk Cousins will start against Cowboys
The Redskins, locked into the NFC’s No. 4 seed, are expected to play this game like a preseason outing. Starting quarterback Kirk Cousins will be out there for an undetermined number of snaps – I’m guessing one or two series. Then he’ll turn it over to competent backup Colt McCoy. As for the rest of the Redskins, we can expect similar handling. Injury-prone Jordan Reed will likely get 1-2 series, DeSean Jackson may not play at all and Pierre Garcon is unlikely to play a ton either. One way to get access to a a bunch of the high-priced WRs is to take a shot with backup WRs Rashad Ross or Ryan Grant.
2. Alshon Jeffery won’t play in finale
Jeffery’s injury-plagued season ends with excellent per-game numbers but just a 54-807-4 line overall. The Bears, also without Marquess Wilson, will again have to lean on the ugly trio of Eddie Royal, Marc Mariani and Josh Bellamy against the Lions Sunday. Expect the most targets to go to Zach Miller, who has gone 5-85-1, 6-57-0 and 7-69-0 since Martellus Bennett went down. Note that the Lions give up the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
3. T.J. Yeldon won’t play, but timeshare coming in Jacksonville
Denard Robinson has disappointed in the absence of Yeldon, averaging just 3.05 YPC with a long run of nine yards in his two starts. It’s been so bad, in fact, that the Jags want to get a look at someone else. So Jonas Gray, of 4-TD Patriots fame, will be sharing the work with Shoelace in a difficult spot at Houston in the finale. The Texans have been dominant against the pass lately, but I’d much rather take a shot on the volume of Blake Bortles and his elite weaponry than mess with the backfifeld.
4. Todd Gurley dealing with foot issue
Gurley was spotted limping late in the Week 16 win over the Seahawks and now he’s missed two straight days of practice. In a meaningless Week 17 game at San Francisco, the Rams may want to ease back on the face of their franchise even if he is active. Gurley is going to have very small ownership, as his price is sandwiched between DeAngelo Williams/Adrian Peterson and Devonta Freeman. But we can’t make a pivot play unless we know Gurley is healthy.