Today’s Daily Fix updates you on injury notes regarding Seattle receivers, Zac Stacy and DeSean Jackson. It also tells you why you should start Eddie Lacy, Ryan Mathews, Alfred Morris and others in daily fantasy football at DraftKings for Week 9.
News and Notes
- Percy Harvin is “getting close but not close enough,” according to Seattle coach Pete Carroll. Harvin won’t play Sunday against Tampa Bay, but Seattle still has two weeks to activate him from the PUP list. Sidney Rice suffered a torn ACL Monday night, so he won’t play Sunday either. Jermaine Kearse will start in his place opposite Golden Tate. Tate can be started in deep 12-team leagues, while Kearse is only usable in 14-teamers or deeper if you need someone desperately.
- After the best game of his short career so far, Zac Stacy missed Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury suffered in Monday’s game. But he practiced fully Thursday and should be good to go Sunday against Tennessee. ESPN St. Louis reporter Nick Wagoner says Stacy “moved around just fine” during Thursday’s practice, so be sure to keep him in your lineup for Week 9 (See below as to why).
- DeSean Jackson injured his ankle Wednesday at practice and was limited during Thursday’s practice. ESPN Philadelphia reporter Phil Sheridan stated Jackson’s ankle appeared to be heavily taped and it’s not known how Jackson will be listed on the injury report after Friday’s practice. The injury doesn’t seem to be too severe so Jackson should probably play Sunday, but just keep an eye out for any news regarding his status.
DraftKings Running Back Recommendations
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- 10 Rushing Yards = +1PT (+0.1PT per yard is awarded)
- Rushing TD = +6PTs
- 100+ Yard Rushing Game = +3PTs
- 10 Receiving Yards = +1PT (+0.1PT per yard is awarded)
- Reception = +1PT
- Receiving TD = +6PTs
- 100+ Yard Receiving Game = +3PTs
- Punt/Kickoff Return for TD = +6PTs
- Fumble Lost = -1PT
- 2 Point Conversion (Pass, Run, or Catch) = +2PTs
Eddie Lacy – $6,600 – vs. Chicago – Lacy ranks ninth in fantasy points over the last four weeks, since coming back from an injury suffered in Week 3. He’s leading all running backs in rush yards per game, at 98.8, in those four games, too. He’s seen at least 22 carries and 82 yards in each of the last four games, and he’s caught nine passes in the last two games. Chicago’s a bottom-six defense against running backs, and has surrendered over 100 rushing yards in three of its last four games.
Alfred Morris – $6,100 – vs. San Diego – San Diego hasn’t allowed a running back to score a touchdown this year, but I predict that streak ends Sunday. Morris has been balling the entire season and has averaged over five yards a carry in each of his last three games. Even being limited by Roy Helu‘s presence Morris has at least 16 carries in each of the last four games and is able to produce on a medium-sized workload.
Le’Veon Bell – $6,000 – at New England – In four games Bell’s work hasn’t been pretty, but it’s been pretty effective. He’s scored in two games, and rushed for over 90 yards in another. He’s averaged 16 rushes and over three catches per game while gaining at least 20 receiving yards in three of four. New England’s allowed over 100 rush yards in six of eight games, including four straight over 120.
Ryan Mathews – $5,300 – at Washington – Mathews has rushed for over 100 yards in two straight games, and now he’s fresh off a bye and facing the league’s worst fantasy defense against running backs. Washington’s allowing over 107 rush yards a game to running backs and six total touchdowns in just the past three games.
Stevan Ridley – $5,200 – vs. Pittsburgh – Ridley’s scored four touchdowns in the past three games, rushing for five yards per carry. Pittsburgh’s allowed nine touchdowns to running backs in just seven games
Zac Stacy – $3,900 – vs. Tennessee – Stacy left Monday night’s game with an ankle injury, but he was a full participant in Thursday’s practice so he should be good to go Sunday. Since taking over as starter in Week 5, Stacy has averaged the seventh most rushing attempts, fourth most yards per game and the fifth most yards per carry among player with at least 10 carries a game. Stacy’s 134 yards last week against Seattle’s tough run defense were the most it allowed to any rusher this season.