TUESDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Jeremy Langford shows up big on Monday Night
A lot of sharp people were on Matt Forte fill-in Jeremy Langford this week (25.9 percent owned in the Milly Maker). It made plenty of sense, as Langford was $4000 and projected as the no-doubt feature back against one of the league’s worst run defenses. Owners got a brief scare just before kickoff as Ka’Deem Carey was announced as the “starter,” but no one should have bought that. If you followed usage over the last few weeks, you knew Phil Emery holdover Carey was well behind Ryan Pace selection Langford.
When the dust settled, Langford was one of the most impressive players on the field. He played on 54 of 73 snaps while Carey was in for 17 and Antone Smith got three. Langford turned 21 touches into 142 yards with one touchdown and one 2-point conversion. Carey got just seven touches and Smith one. Perhaps most importantly, Langford showed a lot of pass-game ability and proved he had the trust of the coaches around the goal-line. The Week 10 spot at St. Louis is far, far tougher. But Langford will be in play at $4800.
2. Malcom Floyd goes down early with shoulder injury
I didn’t think Malcom Floyd’s role would change very much even with Keenan Allen (kidney) and Ladarius Green (ankle) inactive. We didn’t get to find out, as Floyd went down with what looked like a severe shoulder injury just 17 offensive snaps into the game. The Chargers were forced to roll with Dontrelle Inman and Javontee Herndon as outside receivers the rest of the way. Inman was wildly disappointing, dropping one pass and losing a fumble. Still, he’s a reasonably talented guy who has produced with Philip Rivers before, most notably in the final two games of last season. Inman will also face the Chiefs No. 22 pass defense following a Week 10 bye.
3. Patriots lose Dion Lewis for the season
Lewis was “only” averaging 7.0 carries and 5.1 catches per game. But if you watched the Patriots play, you know how important he was to the team and what kind of level he was playing at. It’s going to be impossible to replace him, especially when the candidates are underwhelming James White and special teamer Brandon Bolden.
White started in Week 8 when both Lewis (abdomen) and Bolden (hamstring) were inactive. He played on 43 of 67 snaps, but rushed just two times for four yards and caught three passes for 26 yards. Bolden, meanwhile, has a bit more juice but the Patriots have rarely wanted to feature him on offense. Even at minimum price, I’m not very interested in either of these replacements. The more interesting name is LeGarrette Blount, who won’t see a big jump in usage but we can safely add 2-4 more carries to his projection. Lewis was doing some underrated running inside.
4. Allen Hurns spotted in walking boot Monday
Hurns has quietly put together a big season, checking in as fantasy’s No. 9 receiver with 635 yards and a touchdown in six straight games. But he sustained a left foot sprain on the final play of Jacksonville’s loss at the Jets Sunday and is questionable for Week 10 against the Ravens’ woeful secondary. If Hurns can’t go, it’ll force Bryan Walters into more of an outside role – especially if Marqise Lee (hamstring) can’t go again. Walters, an undersized slot type, does have 18 catches across the last four games and costs $3300.