THURSDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Marshawn Lynch practicing in full
The health of Lynch has been a key story all week as the Seahawks have exuded extreme optimism. That turned into reality Wednesday as Lynch was listed as a full participant in practice. OC Darrell Bevell was asked if Beast Mode can handle 20-25 carries after being out since Week 10.
“If he’s going, that’s what I would expect. I expect him to be a full go, full speed and just do like we normally do.”
2. Weather in Minnesota will be a factor
Cold temperatures typically don’t have a significant correlation with fantasy points. But we have an extreme situation in Minnesota Sunday.
The forecast for kickoff calls for temperatures around zero degrees with wind chills as low as negative-20. Those are the kind of conditions that could affect playcalling, especially for a team that’s not as accustomed to the cold like Seattle. Ben Roethlisberger remains my top quarterback play of the weekend.
3. James Jones has been piling up targets over last month
Packers head coach and offensive specialist Mike McCarthy took back playcalling duties four games ago. During that span, James Jones has led the team with 40 targets. After that it goes Randall Cobb 30, Davante Adams 23 and Richard Rodgers 17. Jones hasn’t been particularly efficient with that volume, only averaging 4.7 catches for 69.7 yards and scoring one touchdown. But given this four-game slate, a $4100 tag and a matchup with a Redskins defense that ranked 25th against the pass and the T-22nd most passing TDs, Jones has to be strongly considered.
4. Matt Jones could be odd-man out for Redskins
Jones has been unable to play for two weeks due to a hip injury. That apparently didn’t sit well with coach Jay Gruden even though the rookie back returned to practice Wednesday. Gruden said that one of his backs will the odd-man out and if Jones doesn’t get healthier it will be him. That would leave Alfred Morris, Pierre Thomas and Chris Thompson as the active runners against the Packers. Alf would be the most appealing as the goal-line and feature back, but there’s a low floor because he’s a zero in the pass game. If the Skins find themselves trailing or in any two-minute situation, he’ll be on the sideline.