FRIDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. DeAngelo Williams returns to full practice
There was some concern surrounding Williams due to the mid-foot swelling that kept him out of practice on Wednesday. It appears that was just the normal wear and tear that comes with touching the ball 29 times in an NFL game, as Williams did against the Raiders. He practiced in full Thursday, putting him on track to pile up another massive workload against a Browns run defense that ranks 29th in YPC allowed and 32nd in rush yards per game allowed. I would feel much better about paying $6500 for Williams if Ben Roethlisberger (foot) were active thanks to softer boxes and more red-zone opportunities. But even with Landry Jones, Williams’ 24-touch floor makes him a soid play in this matchup.
2. Prince Amukamura not expected to play against Patriots
Amukamura, the Giants’ starter opposite stellar Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, is fighting a pectoral injury. His absence would be a big boost to Patriots outside WR Brandon LaFell, who comes in as one of the best value plays on the board already. LaFell ($4100) has seen at least seven targets in three straight games and has played on at least 71 percent of the snaps in all three. With Amukamura out, LaFell will get to see plenty of woeful Jayron Hosley. I prefer LaFell to Davante Adams and Kamar Aiken in the $4k range of wide receivers.
3. Chris Givens earns promotion in Baltimore
At one point in his career, Givens was an exciting prospect as a productive deep threat. That’s interesting, as Joe Flacco is one of the better deep-ball throwers in the league. Things got even more interesting on Wednesday as the Ravens moved Givens ahead of Marlon Brown on their depth chart, making him the No. 2 receiver opposite Kamar Aiken. I’m certainly not going overboard on Givens as he definitely has a floor of zero fantasy points. But if you’re making a lot of GPP lineups, Flacco/Givens is a high-ceiling play that no one will have, even against a really bad Jaguars secondary.
4. Cecil Shorts back in action for Texans
Shorts used the bye week to get his hamstring right and he has resumed practicing in full. His return spells bad news for Nate Washington, who popped off in the two games before the bye that Shorts missed. Now the better flier play is Shorts, who is stone minimum $3000 and projects for 5-7 targets. The Texans, 10.5-point dogs at Cincy on Monday night, are going to be trailing for much of the game.