THURSDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Bucs look like they’ll be without two weapons again
It’s been the Mike Evans show for the last month and that’s not going to change. Vincent Jackson (knee) will reportedly miss Sunday’s game against the Eagles and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) still hasn’t been cleared for contact. Remember that Louis Murphy (knee) is done for the year.
Evans is averaging 13.2 targets per game across the last four and faces an Eagles secondary that’s exponentially improved but one that still gives up the 16th-most yards per game. That’s because Philly’s opponents run 69.1 plays per game, third-most in the league. Evans, who will likely see an even mix of Byron Maxwell and Nolan Carroll, still only costs $7300.
2. Eddie Lacy practicing in full this week
Last week, Lacy (groin) was a limited participant and then got scratched on Sunday morning. That left James Starks to handle 100 percent of the Packers’ RB touches and play on 83-of-88 snaps against the Lions. Lacy will almost certainly be active for Sunday’s road game at Minnesota.
Although coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Starks remains his starter, we can safely expect Lacy to mix in for 6-10 touches Sunday. Other factors working against Starks are a salary that has risen to $5300 and a tough matchup against a Vikings defense that has given up the 7th-fewest points to fantasy running backs. Now that Tony Romo is back, I think Darren McFadden (at MIA) makes for a better play in this price range.
3. Michael Floyd and John Brown miss practice
The nature of hamstring pulls always scares me for wide receivers. It’s an easily aggravated injury, especially when a player is trying to get to full speed very quickly. Floyd left last week’s win over the Seahawks early and did not practice Wednesday, putting him in doubt for a softer matchup against the Bengals this week. That’s a shame, as he costs just $3800 and John Brown remains at less than 100 percent. Brown, who has been battling dual hamstring pulls for about a month now, also didn’t practice Wednesday.
“He’s probably hesitant to let it go,” coach Bruce Arians said of Brown. “He’s let it go in practice a few times and was OK, but he’s afraid of tearing it.”
4. Chargers still banged up as they come out of bye
It’s never good when you have a couple weeks off and still aren’t ready to practice. That’s the case for two key Chargers this week, as Ladarius Green (ankle) and Malcom Floyd (shoulder) did not work on Wednesday. With Keenan Allen (kidney) already done, it means we can safely upgrade Stevie Johnson and Antonio Gates once again. Johnson remains criminally underpriced at $3900 while Gates is still in play at $4800. Just note that Gates is still on the injury report, listed as “limited” due to his ongoing knee issue.