THURSDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Joseph Randle goes AWOL from Cowboys
According to the Star-Telegram, Joseph Randle “bolted” from the Cowboys’ facility Wednesday instead of attending a training session on his strained oblique. Remember, this is a guy who got busted for stealing underwear and cologne from the mall a year ago – something is a bit off. He also has marijuana possession and domestic violence arrests on his record.
Randle was already questionable for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks due to his injury, but now he could be facing team discipline. Regardless, we know Darren McFadden is going to start the game and play the feature role. If Randle is inactive, we can bump McFadden’s touch floor all the way up to the 15-18 range. The Cowboys clearly don’t trust Christine Michael. Note that McFadden costs $3800.
2. Vincent Jackson expected to sit against Falcons
Both Jackson and No. 3 WR Louis Murphy suffered knee injuries in the loss to the Redskins. Murphy is done for the year. As for V-Jax, all we know now is that hell reportedly miss a few weeks. These injuries leave the Bucs dreadfully thin at wideout, as UDFA Donteea Dye is the next man up.
Expect Mike Evans to see a ton of work Sunday, especially if the Falcons choose not to use Desmond Trufant as a shadow (Trufant has just played his side this season). Another guy to keep an eye on is Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who hasn’t played since his Week 2 shoulder injury. Remember that in Week 1, the mountainous and talented ASJ went for 5-110-2 against the Titans. He returned to practice Wednesday and is considered questionable.
3. Dion Lewis listed as game-time call for Thursday
Coach Bill Belichick said he doesn’t know Dion Lewis’ (abdomen) status for tonight’s game against the Dolphins because the Patriots haven’t really practiced this week. So all we know is he’s a game-time call. We also know that Lewis was limited by the injury when he played two weeks ago and sat out completely last week. At $6400, there’s a lot of risk here – especially when the touch floor is low against the Dolphins’ 30th-ranked run defense. When Belichick sees a front he thinks he can run against (see every Colts game the last three years), he’s a threat to turn it into a “Big Back” game. Lewis is a better play against elite run defenses – note that the Patriots called just five non-QB runs against the Jets last week even with Lewis out.
4. PFF expects Delvin Breaux to shadow Odell Beckham
If you haven’t seen former CFLer Breaux play yet, you’re missing out. He’s a physical 6-foot-1 stud who only had to go north of the border because of a neck injury. Now Breaux is clearly healthy and popping off the screen on a weekly basis – he’s currently PFF’s No. 11 overall corner. He’s already shadowed John Brown, Terrance Williams and Julio Jones last season. Via Mike Clay, Breaux was on T.Y. Hilton for 37-of-47 routes. Yet, Hilton finished with 4-150-2 – but he needed 15 targets to get there. DeAndre Hopkins and Julio Jones are both better plays than OBJ this week.