FRIDAY DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Dion Lewis puts injury scare into owners
The Patriots often play games with the injury report, listing players as “questionable” when they aren’t really questionable at all. But anytime a player is added to the injury report in the middle of the week, it’s a concern – even when it’s a Patriot. That’s what happened to Dion Lewis Thursday as he was downgraded to limited practice with an abdomen issue. It’s the first time he’s been on the injury report all season. Beat writers expect Lewis to play in Sunday night’s Deglategate Bowl, but it’s incredibly difficult to get information out of the Patriots. We need to have our ear to the ground as Lewis is still underpriced on DraftKings at $5800.
2. Can Buck Allen give us some value this week?
We are really scraping for safe/quality plays under $5000 this week. Perhaps one will emerge after Friday’s practices, with most eyes on the Ravens running back situation. Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) was placed on IR this week and Justin Forsett has missed two practices after spraining his ankle late in Week 5. The next man up would be Buck Allen, the fourth-round rookie out of USC who had 8-58-0 in a relief role of Forsett last week. I don’t love the spot for the Ravens at San Francisco Sunday, but Allen will have a 16-20 touch projection if Forsett sits.
3. Giants lose one of their starting corners
The Giants defense has been one of the leagues surprises, especially from a run-stuffing perspective. One of the ways they’ve been able to do that is by trusting their talented corner duo of Prince Amukamura and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to hold up. Well, that’s an issue now as Prince is going to be out 2-4 weeks with a pectoral issue, forcing Jayron Hosley into a starting role. On paper, Monday night’s home game against these G-Men is a nice spot for Sam Bradford to pop off at $6000. He shouldn’t see much pressure, the Eagles figure to struggle to run the ball and the secondary is weakened.
4. Devonta Freeman goes ham yet again
A lot of Freeman’s production came in garbage time this week, but the bottom line is the man did it again. He rushed 13 times for 100 yards with a touchdown and added eight catches for 56 yards with another score. Meanwhile, Tevin Coleman only touched the ball four times. It’s rare that we find volume backs who are elite around the goal-line and elite in the pass game. Freeman, who is averaging 173.7 total yards and 2.2 touchdowns over the last four games, should be priced around $8300-$8600 on DraftKings.