THURSDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Packers move James Starks ahead of Eddie Lacy
In a move that’s long overdue, the Packers officially moved James Starks ahead of Eddie Lacy on the depth chart Wednesday. It’s not because of Lacy’s groin issue – he practiced and is fully expected to play Sunday against the Lions. It’s because Starks has outplayed Lacy, whose conditioning (eating?) woes and Week 2 ankle injury have turned him into a liability on the field. However, coach Mike McCarthy did say that he wants to stick with a committee approach.
“He’s played very well, he’s earned that opportunity,” McCarthy said of Starks. “I’m not a big believer in just riding one running back the whole season. We’ll stay with the one-two punch.”
Given that Lacy will still be involved Sunday, it’s difficult to project Starks for much more than 12-16 touches. Expect Fat Eddie to get around 8-12 in a game the Packers should comfortably hold a lead in. I’d be more than fine with that Starks usage if he were $3000, but we have to think about it at $4900.
2. Watkins, McCoy, Decker, Marshall all ready for Thursday night
Injuries shouldn’t be a real concern in tonight’s Bills at Jets game. That doesn’t mean I’m excited about using any of the players. Sammy Watkins (ankle) will play on the majority if passing downs but will be shadowed by Darrelle Revis. LeSean McCoy (shoulder) will start but the Bills aren’t certain how much he can give them – look for plenty of impressive Karlos Williams. Eric Decker (knee) and Brandon Marshall (ankle) have both been playing at a high level through injuries for a while now – if forced that is where I would look. In reality, this is a good spot to play the Thursday slate and not use anyone from the game.
3. Titans bring David Cobb off IR/return
Antonio Andrews has seized control of the Titans’ backfield, recording 19.5 touches per game over the last two weeks. But he finally has some real competition now that Cobb is healthy and active. The fifth-round rookie was by far the Titans’ best back in the preseason and was also a favorite of the draftnik community. He’ll push Bishop Sankey to healthy scratch status and start taking reps from Andrews sooner rather than later. With that in mind and a difficult matchup against the Panthers this week, Andrews is not someone I’m interested in – even at a bargain price of $3700.
4. Teddy Bridgewater already back practicing
If you saw Teddy get knocked out cold against the Rams last week, you’re shocked that the Vikings say he’s fine. You’re more shocked that he was cleared to practice Wednesday and is fully expected to play against the Raiders Sunday. But given the NFL’s history with concussions, perhaps we shouldn’t be that surprised.
Regardless, Teddy and the Vikings’ pass game enters a nice spot against a Raiders defense that funnels action toward the pass game. A week after struggling to move the ball on the Rams’ stout defense, Stefon Diggs will get to pick on the inept likes of David Amerson and D.J. Hayden. I’ll have more on this matchup in Leverage on Friday.
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