MONDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Injuries rule the day in Week 8
If you avoided the injury bug in Week 8, you likely profited. Le’Veon Bell, Steve Smith, Keenan Allen, Matt Forte, Ladarius Green, Reggie Bush, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Nate Washington were among the players that left with in-game injuries. It’s a reminder of how playing cash games (heads up, 50/50, double up) can save your week. Since there was a lot of overlap with guys like Bell, Smith and Allen, you still had a chance to cash. If you only played GPP tournaments and you rostered one of these guys that got hurt, your week was over.
2. DeAngelo Williams takes over as Steelers No. 1 RB
Le’Veon Bell will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury he sustained with 9:14 left in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Bengals. DeAngelo Williams took over after that, going 9-71-0 on the ground and 4-39-0 through the air. Remember that when Bell was suspended for the first two games of the season, Williams played on 87.7 percent of the snaps and went 21-127-0 (at NE) and 20-77-3 (vs. PIT). He’s a great bet for 18-22 touches weekly going forward, starting with a Week 9 home game against the Raiders where he costs $5500. Williams is at 1.07 DraftKings points per touch in the three games he’s seen extended action in this year.
3. Ravens lose Steve Smith for season
Steve Smith Sr.’s career likely ended in sad fashion Sunday as he blew out his Achilles’ tendon against the Chargers. It leaves the Ravens in dire straights at the wideout position. The top-three guys heading into the Week 9 bye are Kamar Aiken, Chris Givens and Marlon Brown. Aiken is the clear-cut No. 1 as he’s played on 78.7 percent of the snaps all year long. After Smith went down Sunday, Aiken was targeted on half of Joe Flacco’s 10 passes and caught all five of those targets for 59 yards. Depending on price, Aiken will be worth taking a look at for the Week 10 home game against the Jags.
4. Matt Forte hurts MCL in loss to Vikings
Considering Forte couldn’t return to a close game Sunday, he has to be considered extremely questionable for the Week 9 Monday Night game at San Diego. It thrusts fourth-round rookie Jeremy Langford into the spotlight, as he’ll likely start for $4000 against one of the league’s worst run defenses. Langford has gradually climbed the depth chart, moving ahead of Ka’Deem Carey keeping Antone Smith at bay. Jacquizz Rodgers landed on IR with a broken arm a few weeks ago. My initial thought is Langford will have a 12-15 touch floor on Monday night, certainly enough for him to be on the cash-game radar. In four preseason appearances (66 snaps), Langford went 28-153-1 on the ground and 3-30-0 through the air.