FRIDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Chargers CB Jason Verrett on injury report
Verrett’s status is quietly a key to Week 9. One of the better rising shutdown corners in the league, Verrett was scheduled to shadow Alshon Jeffery all over the field on Monday night. It’s a matchup Jeffery certainly could’ve won, but it was not a pristine setup. Via PFF’s Mike Clay, Verrett has previously shadowed A.J. Green, Antonio Brown, Randall Cobb, Amari Cooper and Steve Smith – and fared very well.
So Thursday’s news that Verrett suffered a groin injury in Week 8 and didn’t practice on Thursday is big. Jeffery is already grossly underpriced at $6700, he’s ticketed for double-digit targets, the Bears won’t have Matt Forte (knee) and Brandon Flowers has no shot. Jeffery might be the most owned WR on DraftKings this week, but it’s hard not to be on him.
2. Ryan Mathews downgraded to DNP on Thursday
Mathews (groin) was limited on Wednesday as the Eagles came out of their bye. That’s not a good sign. Then Mathews missed practice altogether on Thursday, which is a downright bad sign. If he can’t go Sunday in Dallas, the Eagles will have to saddle up DeMarco Murray for a serious workload for his revenge Part 2 game. Note that Mathews has been averaging 10.0 touches per game the last three weeks. Murray is a great bet for 22-25 touches which gives him a considerable ceiling, but I’d still consider him a mere tournament play at $6400. It’s just too expensive to pay for a scuffling run game in cash.
3. T.Y. Hilton in doubt for Colts’ nightmare matchup
Hilton sustained a foot sprain against the Panthers on Monday night and hasn’t practiced this week. He was in a walking boot as of Thursday, a sure sign he’s doubtful for Sunday. We weren’t going to use him anyway this week as he’s facing one of the best defenses we’ve seen in recent memory, the Broncos. But Hilton’s likely absence takes away a big-play threat from Andrew Luck in a game he’s going to need big plays. The Colts have no chance of stringing drives together in this matchup. The Broncos D/ST at $3000 is a strong play against the sack-taking, turnover-laded Luck.
4. Marcus Mariota won’t have Kendall Wright on Sunday
Wright has already been ruled out due to a sprained left knee. It’s a blow to the projection of Marcus Mariota, who I actually really liked as a sneaky play. No one will be him as he comes off injury, even in a spot against a broken defense. Now Mariota will have to ride with Harry Douglas, Justin Hunter and Dorial Green-Beckham as his top-3 wideouts. Delanie Walker is the guy I’d pair Mariota with if going that route, as Hunter/Douglas can’t play and the Titans don’t trust DGB yet.