TUESDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Broncos pull trade for Vernon Davis
First of all, do not roster Vernon Davis on DraftKings this week. Since the contests were posted and salaries were set before Monday’s trade, anyone rostering Davis will get a zero. I repeat, even if you roster Davis and he catches passes from Peyton Manning Sunday, you will get zero points on DraftKings.
As for Davis’ impact in Denver, I expect it to be significant. Gary Kubiak offenses ideally lean heavily on the tight end in two-TE, two-WR base formations. That was tough with side-parted Owen Daniels a liability on the field. Davis is a different kind of threat, arguably still the fastest tight end in the league yet one that suffered badly through poor quarterback play in San Francisco. I’d expect Davis to be somewhere in the $3300-$3500 range when we have a chance to use him in Week 10 against the Chiefs. I’ll be keeping an eye on exactly how the Broncos use him against the Colts this week.
2. Colin Kaepernick benched for Blaine Gabbert
It’s the lowest of the low for Kaepernick right now. He got benched for a guy with the following career stats: 53.2 completion percentage, 5.61 YPA, 23:24 TD-to-INT ratio, 66.8 passer rating. To put that in perspective, Kirk Cousins’ career numbers: 62.8 completion percentage, 7.06 YPA, 27:27 TD-to-INT, 80.5 passer rating.
To make matters worse, Gabbert will be surrounded by nothing. Carlos Hyde (foot) is out, Mike Davis (hand) Reggie Bush (knee) is done, Vernon Davis was traded, Anquan Boldin (hamstring) is iffy and the defense ranks 28th in the league. I hate using mediocre defenses on the road, but we have to at least consider the Falcons even at $3400 Sunday. The 49ers could very well be starting QB Gabbert, RB Kendall Gaskins, WR Torrey Smith, WR Quinton Patton and TE Vance McDonald.
3. Keenan Allen out indefinitely for Chargers
The Chargers, losers of four straight games, are reeling badly right now. They had 12 players leave Sunday’s game in Baltimore due to injury, including Keenan Allen. And it turns out Allen is going to be out indefinitely as he remained hospitalized Monday with a kidney issue. Meanwhile, both Antonio Gates (knee) and Ladarius Green (ankle) are iffy. This leaves Philip Rivers with Stevie Johnson, Malcom Floyd, Dontrelle Inman, Danny Woodhead and John Phillips as healthy pass-catchers. His price has also gone up to $6900. I still think he’ll put up numbers against the Bears Monday night, but we’re at a point where he’s not a stone-cold lock. Drew Brees (home vs. TEN) is $7100, Ben Roethlisberger (home vs. OAK) is $6600 and Tygod Taylor (home vs. MIA) is back in our lives at just $5300.
4. Khiry Robinson done for year, boosting Ingram
Khiry Robinson is a very underrated talent. The Saints knew it, giving the Chris Ivory lite 9.1 touches per game and letting him vulture Mark Ingram plenty (four touchdowns). Well, that’s over now as Robinson broke his leg against the Giants. So now we have a Saints depth chart that reads Ingram, C.J. Spiller and Marcus Murphy. The latter two are more passing back types, meaning Ingram is going to get all the power work. We saw this for a bit last year when Pierre Thomas was hurt between Weeks 4-7. During that month-long span, Ingram averaged a whopping 29.0 touches per game. He’s a strong play against the Titans for $6500 Sunday.