WEDNESDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Andrew Luck to miss at least a month for Colts
Luck has looked like a bottom-tier quarterback all year, ranking 30th in completion percentage (55.3), 30th in yards per attempt (6.42) and 31st in passer rating (74.9). He’s reportedly been battling both shoulder and rib injuries. So perhaps it’s a good thing that Luck will reportedly miss at least a month after sustaining a kidney laceration and a partial abdominal tear against the Broncos in Week 9. He needs to heal up.
The Colts will move forward with 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck as their starter following the Week 10 bye. Hasselbeck started two games earlier this year, averaging 247.5 passing yards and 1.5 touchdowns in two narrow wins over the Jags and Texans. He’ll get some more soft spots as the Colts face the Falcons, Bucs, Steelers and Jaguars after the bye. But this is going to be a pared down offense that plays slower and focuses more on short/quick passes. We’ll see how the salaries shake out in Week 11, but I suspect only Coby Fleener will be in play for me. T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief will likely be overpriced relative to Hasselbeck’s limitations.
2. Malcom Floyd diagnosed with torn labrum
Football players often try to play through torn labrums, delaying surgery until the offseason. That’s what Malcom Floyd will reportedly try to do, as he’ll rehab during the bye and see how it feels. Since the 34-year-old Floyd has already said this will be his last season, there’s no reason to rush surgery. However, it’s extremely difficult for a receiver to play through this kind of injury. Not only does he have to reach up for the ball as a main function of his job, but he’ll also take plenty of direct hits on the shoulder. I still have my eye on Dontrelle Inman as the No. 1 outside receiver when the Chargers host the leaky pass-defense of the Chiefs in Week 11. Stevie Johnson, Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead will dominate inside looks.
3. Bills injury update heading into Thursday night
It’s a tough time for the Bills to be on a short week and facing the league’s No. 4 yards per game defense and No. 9 points allowed per game defense. But it appears they’ll be a little healthier than anticipated. LeSean McCoy, who left last week’s win over the Dolphins with a shoulder injury, practiced on a limited basis Tuesday. Coach Rex Ryan has suggested that Shady could have his role reduced if he plays, which is easy to do with Karlos Williams playing so well. Meanwhile, Sammy Watkins (ankle) was also limited Tuesday and appears on track to play on a majority of passing downs again this week. However, he will be shadowed by Darrelle Revis. This game looks like a strong fade if you’re playing the Thursday slate.
4. Josh McCown will start if healthy
It’s obvious that McCown gives the Browns the best chance to win football games. But there’s a school of thought that says they should still start Johnny Manziel just so they can make a decision on the guy once and for all. It’s not like the 2-7 Browns are going anywhere anyway. But coach Mike Pettine doesn’t see it that way, which is great news for us. McCown (questionable, ribs) has quietly been moving the chains all year, completing 65.0 percent of his passes at 7.47 YPA and five multi-TD games. Gary Barnidge at $4800 against the Steelers this week will be a solid play if McCown gets the green light.