WEDNESDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Yeldon, Hurns both expected to play Thursday night
The Jags are a bit banged up on a short week, but they got good news Tuesday. T.J. Yeldon (foot) ditched his walking boot and said he’ll be fine for Thursday against the Titans. There’s no reason to think he won’t push toward the 19.6 touches per game he’s been getting this season, meaning Denard Robinson is back off the radar. Still, Yeldon is not someone I’m interested in as part of a Jags offense that fails to generate red-zone opportunities – even against the Titans’ No. 26 DVOA run defense.
As for Hurns, reports have been everywhere this week. He saw a core specialist in Philadelphia on Monday to check on his sports hernia, suggesting his season was in jeopardy. But Hurns was back on the field Tuesday, practicing in full. He only costs $5800 and has scored a touchdown in seven straight games, but I won’t be on him (again) at less than 100 percent against the Titans’ top-8 DVOA pass defense.
2. Johnny Manziel named starter for rest of season
Josh McCown gives the Browns a better chance to win football games, but they made the right move in giving the starting job to Johnny Manziel the rest of the way. They might as well see what they have in a guy they spent a first-round pick on.
Manziel was certainly better against the Steelers on Sunday, but it’s telling that PIT D/ST still picked up 16 DraftKings points via six sacks, two fumble recoveries and one interception. The point is that the Browns are really bad regardless of how Manziel plays, so his mistake-prone game only enhances it. He’s played 241 snaps over the last two seasons (roughly four games), and been sacked 14 times, fumbled five times, completed just 59.4 percent of passes and thrown two interceptions. I’ll be looking hard at the D/STs of the Ravens, Bengals and 49ers when the Browns come out of their bye in Week 12.
3. Leonard Hankerson tentatively on track to return this week
Hankerson’s hamstring injury created an interesting situation in Atlanta, as they essentially made TE Jacob Tamme the No. 2 wide receiver. Roddy White has been toast for a full year, Nick Williams is meh and Justin Hardy isn’t ready. In games Hankerson has missed all or most of this year, Tamme has gone 8-94-0, 3-36-0, 10-103-1, 6-61-0, for an average of 6.7 cathces, 73.5 yards and 0.2 TDs. With Hankerson in the lineup, he’s averaged just 2.7 catches for 34.0 yards with zero TDs. It’s going to be hard to roster either one this week, even against the Colts – assuming Hankerson does make it back.
4. Marvin Jones set up with an interesting Week 11 matchup
As noted by ESPN’s Mike Clay, Marvin Jones has the most favorable matchup among Bengals pass-game options this week. Look for stud Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson to shadow A.J. Green and Tyrann Mathieu to shut down Mohamed Sanu in the slot. That leaves the playmaking Jones to do work against Jerraud Powers, PFF’s No. 75 corner in coverage. Marvin, averaging 8.0 targets per game across his last five, costs $4300 this week.