TUESDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Marshawn Lynch appears on track for return
Lynch was back at the Seahawks facility Monday working out. The general feeling around the team is that he’ll be able to return for Sunday’s game at Minnesota. Coach Pete Carroll was asked if Lynch is ready to handle a 20-carry after not playing since Week 10.
“I think so, yeah,” Carroll said. “This is similar to the first game of the year, really.”
I find 20 carries hard to believe given how much time Lynch has missed and how well Christine Michael has looked the last couple weeks, but we have to at least consider Beast Mode in all formats at $6500. There aren’t very many backs that have legit three-TD upside in any given game.
2. Texans say Cecil Shorts has a chance to play Saturday
Shorts didn’t suit up in Week 16 or 17 due to his latest hamstring issue. He says he’s going to play against the Chiefs, but the team doesn’t seem so sure. All coach Bill O’Brien would say is that the oft-injured Shorts “has a chance.”
It’s a situation worth monitoring as Nate Washington (hip) is also questionable after leaving Week 17 early. If both are out of limited, it’s a big chance for rookie Jaelen Strong, who has come on a bit lately. Strong costs the minimum $3000.
3. Tyler Eifert was eased back in off concussion in Week 17
If you just look at the box score from Sunday’s win over the Ravens, you’d think Tyler Eifert had a simple day at the office. He caught four passes for 51 yards and scored his 13th touchdown of the season. However, we have to realize Eifert only played on 58.5 percent of the snaps in that game as he came back off his multi-week absence. With everything on the line in Saturday night’s playoff game against the Steelers, expect Eifert to be back in his typical 90-100 percent range. He’ll be a contrarian pivot off Jordan Reed.
4. Chiefs backfield is back to committee status
We had some brief clarity in the Chiefs backfield as Charcandrick West played far ahead of Spencer Ware in Week 16. But we were back to a timeshare in Week 17, as Ware out-touched West 16-14. That included the goal-line work for Ware. It looks like Andy Reid – normally a one-back kind of coach – feels like he can’t live with keeping Ware on the sideline. Or he can’t live with West as his sole back. Either way, expect both to get significant work against the Texans Sunday. Ware is $1700 cheaper at $4000.