TUESDAY DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Philly Brown appears doubtful for Thursday
When Philly Brown (shoulder) was announced inactive Sunday morning, some sharp owners got on Devin Funchess. The gifted second-round rookie had already been flashing signs of progress in Weeks 9 and 10, catching five passes for 112 yards with one touchdown on limited snaps. So with a boost to starter’s snaps and a dream home matchup against the Redskins, getting on Funchess made sense.
Funchess ended up playing on 81.0 percent of the snaps and tied for the team lead with eight targets. He turned that opportunity into 4-61-1 and was close to a couple more big plays. Coach Ron Rivera said Funchess made some “Kelvin-esque” kind of plays (referring to Kelvin Benjamin) and then added that Brown is looking doubtful for Thursday’s game against the Cowboys. It’s a tougher matchup against a Dallas team that is back to hogging the ball now that Romo/Dez are healthy, but Funchess will squarely be in play on a short slate at just $3900.
2. Dez set for trip to Norman Island
Speaking of Dez Bryant, he has the worst possible matchup on Thursday. Josh Norman has been the most dominant cornerback in the league this year, leading the NFL in passer rating when thrown at and topping PFF’s coverage grades. Norman hasn’t always shadowed this season, but Panthers coach Ron Rivera admitted Monday that Norman will “probably” follow Dez around the formation. Given the short slate, I suspect Bryant will be overowned at $7600.
3. Broncos confirm Brock Osweiler will get another start
Osweiler’s first career start came on the road, in freezing temps and without Emmanuel Sanders. He still posted a 127.1 passer rating by going 20-of-27 for 250 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Note that Peyton Manning only went over a 100.0 passer rating once in his last 12 games. So it’s a no-brainer for the Broncos to stick with Osweiler going forward and they’ll install him as their permanent starter if they want a real shot at winning the Super Bowl. Brock’s presence will keep Demaryius Thomas and Sanders (if healthy) firmly in play weekly, starting with Sunday’s home game against the Patriots.
4. Brian Hoyer clears concussion protocol ahead of dream matchup
The Saints are coming out of a bye and fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. They still have a defense devoid of talent and a bunch of their top players injured. So it’s good news for DeAndre Hopkins that his starting quarterback, Brian Hoyer, will start. It’s hard to believe, but Hoyer has been over 230 yards in all six games he’s finished this year. He’s also had at least two touchdowns throws in 5-of-6. Hopkins is going to be very highly owned, even at an elevated price tag of $9100.