TUESDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Tony Romo will reportedly return for Week 11
The Cowboys are 2-7 overall and 0-7 since Tony Romo fractured his collarbone, but in the lowly NFC East their playoff hopes are theoretically alive. So here comes Romo to the rescue as he’ll reportedly start at Miami Sunday. It’s a massive boost to everyone in this offense, especially Dez Bryant and Darren McFadden.
Note that when Dez last played with Romo (Week 1), he was $8700. Now he’s $7700 for a plus matchup against Miami’s undersized corner group. If Bryant’s foot is truly 100 percent – and that’s a real question – he’ll be a very interesting play. As for McFadden, the workload continues to be massive. He’s averaging 24.6 touches per game over his last three, but has faced tough matchups in NYG, SEA and TB. Matt Cassel has allowed defenses to stack the box. So not only dos McFadden finally have a good matchup this week, but he’ll also see far more running lanes thanks to Romo’s presence. The Cowboys still sport the league’s premier offensive line.
2. Peyton put out of misery, Brock Osweiler to start Sunday
The Broncos say Peyton Manning has a foot injury, but that doesn’t explain why he’s been playing at a bottom-three QB level for a full calendar year now. The truth is Brock Osweiler gives them better chance to win, so it’s a no-brainer to let Peyton “heal” in Sunday’s game at Chicago.
Osweiler has zero career NFL starts, but he shouldn’t be a raw mess. This is a 2012 second-round pick who has simply never had an opportunity, but one that’s been learning from Peyton and taking backup reps for four years. A former basketball prospect who stands 6’8/240, Osweiler will execute the Gary Kubiak offense the way it’s intended. That means under-center snaps and rollouts. Osweiler, who threw for 146 yards and one TD in less than two quarters of relief action last week, will put Demaryius Thomas firmly in play at $7300.
3. Rams bench Nick Foles, will ride with Case Keenum
Chip Kelly made Nick Foles look like a real NFL quarterback and fooled the Rams into thinking the same thing. The truth remains Foles is a career backup type. He was averaging just 186.4 passing yards and 6.55 YPA with seven touchdowns in nine games, insanely pathetic numbers for a quarterback in today’s pass-game friendly NFL.
I wouldn’t expect Keenum to fare much better than he did when he started 10 games for the Texans across the previous two seasons. In those, he averaged just 219.5 passing yards and threw 11 touchdowns. The only guy on the Rams I’ll consider rostering is Todd Gurley, although his $7600 pricetag for a tougher matchup at Baltimore Sunday is steep.
4. Saints finally pull the plug on Rob Ryan
When the Saints gave up six touchdowns and 350 yards to Eli Manning it was bad. When they let Marcus Mariota hit them for four touchdowns and 371 yards it was humiliating. But when Kirk Cousins went for 324 yards and four more scores, it was the last straw. Ryan was finally fired Monday and was replaced by Dennis Allen, former Broncos defensive coordinator turned failed Raiders coach. Allen will at least get this unit more organized during the bye, but the fact remains that injuries and talent deficiencies have prevented this unit from stopping anything. Perhaps we’ll see an initial spark against the Texans in Week 12, but I wouldn’t expect long-term results.