MONDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Chalk RBs Freeman and Charcandrick go down early
Devonta Freeman was 48.8 percent owned in the $10 Double Up and 26.9 percent owned in the Milly Maker. He was off to a nice start with three carries for 43 yards just five minutes into the game when he took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Colts S Clayton Geathers and sustained a concussion. Freeman’s day was over with 4.3 DK points and we had to watch Tevin Coleman pick up 17 carries. Devonta should be considered questionable for Week 12 against the Vikings. Coleman’s salary is $4300.
It was a similar situation for Charcandrick West, who was even chalkier at 80.4 percent in the Double Up and 57.2 percent in the Milly Maker. He left early in the third quarter with a hamstring injury, allowing Spencer Ware to pile up 101 total yards on 12 touches. Those yards would have belonged to West. These injuries are a reminder of how valuable fading the chalk can be – in a sudden event game like the NFL, we never know what can happen. Ware is priced at just $3800 for Week 12 against the Bills, but I’d expect Knile Davis ($3700) to be active and get some work as well if West can’t go.
2. Ravens lose Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett
The Ravens’ season was already in the toilet bowl heading into yesterday’s game against the Rams. Now it’s been flushed. Joe Flacco tore his ACL on the game-winning drive and Justin Forsett broke his arm, joining the likes of Steve Smith, Breshad Perriman and Terrell Suggs on IR. The Ravens will have to move forward with Matt Schaub as their starting quarterback and Buck Allen as their starting running back. It’s a disaster situation, as Schaub is beyond inept at age 34. Schaub has thrown 16 interceptions in his past 368 attempts and fumbled three times in that span. Expect the Browns D/ST to rack up some points in Week 12 at just $2000.
3. Marshawn Lynch a surprise scratch, Rawls steps up
Lynch was listed as questionable due to his abdomen injury, but all reports said he would play. So it was a shock when he was among the Seahawks’ announced inactives and sent owners scrambling around 230pm ET. Given how low-scoring the week was, anyone that got on Thomas Rawls and his 43.5- point demolition of the 49ers likely had a very good day.
As for Lynch, he’s scheduled for a meeting with Dr. Gary Myers – the noted sports hernia specialist in Philadelphia. If he has to go under the knife, it’s possible Beast Mode has played his last snap as a Seahawk. That’s not the end of the world for the team, as UDFA rookie Thomas Rawls can really play. A favorite of the draftnik community, Rawls earned a roster spot in camp and then watched as Christine Michael and Robert Turbin were jettisoned. In the four games Lynch has missed significant time in, Rawls has gone 16-104-0, 17-48-0, 23-169-1 and 30-209-1. Rawls costs $4500 for Week 12 home game against the Steelers.
4. Jordan Reed suffers MCL sprain late in blowout
Reed might be the player I’ve rostered most on DraftKings this year. He averaged 8.2 targets per game, separates like a wide receiver and is a featured player at the goal line. We were essentially getting Rob Gronkowski but for $3000 less every week. So it is with much dismay that I tell you Reed suffered a sprained left MCL against the Panthers Sunday (why was he still in the game so late?). Consider Reed questionable for a dream Week 12 matchup against the Giants’ slow/inept linebacking corps.