MONDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Ben Roethlisberger goes down once again
The Steelers have the personnel and scheme to be the No. 2 offense in the entire NFL, behind only the Patriots. We saw a bit of that Sunday as they predictably shredded the Raiders, a box score that included Antonio Brown scoring 49.6 DraftKings points without even getting into the end zone. It also included DeAngelo Williams popping off for 27-170-2. This offense could survive without Le’Veon Bell and maybe even Brown, but it can’t live without Ben Roethlisberger.
So it’s a shame that Big Ben suffered a mid-foot sprain late in Sunday’s win and is expected to miss a few weeks. Landry Jones looked fine in relief (just as he did when Mike Vick went down against the Cardinals a month ago), but this is not a quarterback I trust. This is a guy that struggled so badly in the preseason that the Steelers thought they’d be better off with Vick as their No. 2. A realistic expectation for Jones is how he played when he drew the start against the Chiefs in Week 7, when he went 16-of-29 for 209 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Sadly, Big Ben’s injury takes Brown out of play as his price has risen to $8800. In games with Roethlisberger starting this year Brown is averaging 10.4 catches, 153.4 yards and 0.6 TDs. Without him, Brown is at 4.2 catches, 58.7 yards and 0 TDs. I’d also be leery of paying a hefty $6500 for Williams, even in a very plus matchup against the Browns.
2. Patriots holding their breath on Dion Lewis
Breakout stud passing back Dion Lewis went down with a left knee injury during the cakewalk over the Redskins Sunday. He’s ticketed for an MRI Monday. Lewis’ direct backup is Brandon Bolden, who rushed one time for 12 yards and caught three passes for 27 yards with a touchdown in relief. The volume was low because it had already turned into a LeGarrette Blount game (29-129-1). But assuming Lewis sits out the Week 10 game against the Giants and James White doesn’t come off the mat, Bolden will be in play stone minimum $3000.
3. Eddie Lacy put out of his misery
Anyone with two eyes knows the Packers should have made the switch from Eddie Lacy to James Starks long ago. Now they won’t have a choice. Lacy sustained a groin injury during the loss at Carolina Sunday and couldn’t finish the game. It almost certainly means a massive workload for Starks Sunday in a home game against the Lions. Starks holds a strong career YPC of 4.31 and has been in this system for six years. There’s a ton of trust here. Most importantly for our full-PPR purposes, Starks plays very well in the pass game. He already has 19 catches on just 264 snaps this season, about 0.07 per snap. Look for Starks to be around the 60 snap range against the Lions, giving him a very high floor at $4900.
4. Mark Ingram gets the usage, can’t convert at goal line
I had a ton of Ingram yesterday, playing him ahead of Todd Gurley and not using Drew Brees very much. It didn’t work out, as Ingram only had 13.6 DraftKings points while Gurley had 19.9 and Brees popped off again for 35.38. However, I’m still happy with the play. Ingram was somehow stopped just short of the goal-line five times. One of those times, Drew Brees went quick and dove over the goal-line for his own rushing score. But overall, Ingram recorded 26 touches compared to three for C.J. Spiller and zero for new third-stringer Marcus Murphy. It’s exactly what we expected with Khiry Robinson (leg) done. Sometimes, the results just aren’t what we expect.