MONDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Arian Foster blows out Achilles’ in ugly loss
I’m not exactly sure why 29-year-old Arian Foster was in the game with five minutes to go and the Texans trailing 44-20. But he was and the Texans paid the price. Foster blew out his Achilles’ on a non-contact play and is almost certainly done for the season.
It leaves us with an interesting situation as Foster would have been an ideal play at home against the Titans in Week 8. Instead we have to sort through a muddy committee, as Chris Polk, Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes all figure to play a role. Blue was the main back earlier in the year when Foster was out, but Polk appeared to pass him on the depth chart lately. Right now, I hope we don’t need to take chances on this situation in Week 8 cash games. But if we need punts, note Blue is $3500 and Polk is the minimum $3000.
2. Stefon Diggs easily holds off Charles Johnson
One of the biggest stories of Week 7 was how the Vikings would handle the return of Charles Johnson (ribs). It turned out they did the right thing. Diggs kept the starting “X” job and led the team with 80.0 percent of the snaps via PFF. “Z” receiver Mike Wallace played 74.7 percent, slot man Jarius Wright played 34.7 percent, Adam Thielen was at 30.7 percent and Johnson was way down at 12.0 percent.
There won’t be any controversy going forward as Diggs starred again, hauling in six catches for 108 yards and one eye-popping touchdown. The fifth-round rookie has now appeared in three NFL games and seen at least nine targets in each, compiling a 19-324-1 line. He’s iced Johnson and is thoroughly outplaying Mike Wallace. Diggs will be very chalky at $4800 against the Bears in Week 8.
3. Chris Ivory tweaks hamstring ahead of Raiders game
The Patriots are famous for identifying the opponent’s most potent weapon and taking him away. For the Jets, that’s Chris Ivory. So the Patriots’ scheme probably had a lot to do with the 17-41-0 rushing line (Ivory flukily salvaged his day with a 9-yard TD reception), but a hamstring tweak on the first carry probably had something to do with it as well. It’s encouraging that Ivory was able to finish the game out, only ceding seven carries to backup Zac Stacy. Still, this is something I’ll be watching closely through the week. Ivory only costs $6000 for a matchup against the Raiders in Week 8.
4. Almost time for Big Ben to return
Ben Roethlisberger (knee) didn’t dress for yesterday’s game at Arrowhead. But he was listed questionable and appeared legitimately close to playing, so we can pencil him in as the starter for the Week 8 home game against the Bengals. It’s a massive boost to the entire offense, as they’ll play faster, with far more efficiency and get tons more red-zone opportunities.
Even with completely inept quarterback play over the last four weeks, Le’Veon Bell has averaged 125.5 total yards per day. Now that Roethlisberger is returning, it’s time for Bell to start realizing his massive ceiling. He costs $8300 in Week 8. Antonio Brown’s price has sunk to a $7800 after peaking at $9200 in Week 4. And Martavis Bryant is a steal at $5300.