MONDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. DeAngelo Williams hurts ankle in Steelers win
Last year, Le’Veon Bell hurt his knee in Week 17 and was forced to sit out the Steelers’ Wild Card loss to the Ravens. In that game, backup running backs Ben Tate and Josh Harris rushed 14 times for 44 yards with zero touchdowns and a long of eight yards.
This is now a recurring nightmare as impressive Le’Veon replacement DeAngelo Williams hurt his ankle during yesterday’s win at Cleveland and was in a walking boot after the game. He’s very questionable for Saturday’s Wild Card game at Cincy, leaving only Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman as healthy running backs. Todman has played just 15 snaps all year, hasn’t seen an offensive snap since Week 12 and was a healthy scratch yesterday. Expect Toussaint to get the start if Williams can’t go.
“We’re leaps and bounds ahead of where we were last year,” Ben Roethlisberger said about the RB situation. “That’s no knock on Tate. He hadn’t been here. Fitz has been here. He knows what he’s doing.”
Toussaint costs $3900 and Todman is at $4100.
2. Martavis Bryant leaves early with neck strain
Martavis’ late-season disappearing act continued Sunday. This time, he only last 14 snaps before leaving with a neck strain. He’s not expected to miss this week’s playoff game at Cincinnati, but he’s going to be hard to click. Bryant hasn’t caught a pass longer than 18 yards in any of the last four games and Ben Roethlisberger is absolutely locked onto Antonio Brown at all costs. After a brief stint as a cash-game wideout, Martavis is back to GPP-only status.
3. Broncos make move back to Peyton Manning
I think Brock Osweiler gives the Broncos the best chance to win the Super Bowl. He didn’t even play poorly yesterday before getting yanked, suffering from a couple bad drops and a costly Emmanuel Sanders fumble deep down the field. Peyton went 5-of-9 for 69 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions after coming on in the third quarter. The Broncos are going to try to “game manage” their way to a win.
With Peyton under center, everyone in the Broncos’ offense takes a hit. Definitely Sanders, who averaged 18.2 yards per reception on his last 19 catches. And also the run game, which actually had lanes to run through as defenses were threatened by Osweiler’s arm. The Broncos, the AFC’s No. 1 seed, will host the lowest remaining seed in two weeks.
4. Nate Washington suffers hip injury against Jaguars
Concerns crept in Sunday morning that the Texans didn’t have much to play for (it would have taken an almost impossible combination of events for them not to win the AFC South) and would therefore take a longer look at rookie Jaelen Strong than Nate Washington. That left Nate as a GPP-only play for me. Those shares went down in flames anyway however, as Washington left with a hip strain after one catch and 30 snaps (of a possible 83). Cecil Shorts (groin) says he’ll be back for the Wild Card game against the Chiefs anyway, so this situation is getting muddled.