Week 14 DFS Injury Impact
Injuries and players missing time for other reasons are always a big deal in fantasy football but even more so in DFS where one player’s issues can completely alter an entire game and the next man up mantra becomes vital due to the salary cap nature of DFS. Thus, it’s important to stay on top of all the injury and suspension news before locking in your DFS lineups.
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Here are the most relevant players on the main slate (If you’re looking for injury news for the primetime slate, check out the primetime slate article) in danger of missing time or returning to action in Week 14:
New York Giants @ Washington Redskins – 1:00pm ET
OUT for the Giants: Odell Beckham
IN for the Giants: Evan Engram
Upgrade: Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and Bennie Fowler
OBJ is an extremely surprise inactive. This news happened so late, many DFS players won’t adjust since their lineups were already finalized before this news occurred. That can provide leverage, especially in tournaments. After Saquon, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram rank third and fourth on the team in targets and they will move up the target hierarchy today with Beckham out. Engram is a particularly sneaky play since he’s missed a few weeks and everyone has forgotten about him. Bennie Fowler is an intriguing punt play as well as he has played on 44% and 46% of the offensive snaps over the past two weeks.
OUT for the Redskins: Alex Smith and Colt McCoy
Upgrade: Giants D/ST
Washington’s offense just can’t catch a break. They’re down to their third-string QB and it’s a washed Mark Sanchez. Fire up the Giants defense with confidence.
New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 1:00pm ET
OUT for the Buccaneers: DeSean Jackson
Upgrade: Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, and Adam Humphries
DeSean Jackson‘s absence continues to be a big deal for what it means for the rest of this Buccaneers pass-catching corps. Without Jackson last week here were the snap percentages: Mike Evans 88%, Chris Godwin 80%, and Adam Humphries 63%. All three are solid plays at home in a favorable fantasy game against a Saints defense that ranks 30th in passing yards allowed per game and 22nd in Pass DVOA. Godwin and Humphries continue to offer value from a salary savings standpoint. If deciding between the two, I prefer Godwin who projects to continue benefiting the most as Jackson’s direct replacement on the outside.