This week's DraftKings DFS podcast runs through the obvious targets at the top of each position, but we've also got mid-range guys that you shouldn't ignore and more cheap favorites than even we realized.
Seahawks S Earl Thomas left Sunday night's game against the Panthers in the 2nd quarter after breaking a bone in his left leg, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That would certainly cost Thomas the rest of this season -- a bigger blow to the Seattle team D than to IDP owners. Shortly after leaving the game, Thomas tweeted that a lot of things were going through his mind, "including retirement." We'll see what comes of this situation. S Steven Terrell started in Thomas' place against the Bucs last Sunday and played the full game, as Thomas dealt with a hamstring injury. That marked the 1st missed game of Thomas' 7-year career.
Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls left Sunday night's game to get checked for a concussion. We'll keep an eye out for updates. He had gotten off to a torrid start, with 103 yards and 2 TDs on 11 carries. Seattle doesn't have much to lean on in the backfield if Rawls misses any time.
Update: Rawls returned for the start of the 2nd half. (Phew.)
49ers HC Chip Kelly said after Sunday's game against the Bears that QB Colin Kaepernick's benching is "not anything permanent." Kaep took 5 sacks in the loss and completed just 1 of 5 passes for 4 yards. QB Blaine Gabbert wasn't much better, going 4-of-10 for 35 yards with 1 sack. Kaepernick, of course, was a fantasy stud over the previous 6 games. He'll be tough to trust in Week 14, but there remains QB1 upside here.
The Bucs believe that WR Cecil Shorts dislocated and tore multiple ligaments in his knee in Sunday's game against the Chargers. The injury looked serious when it happened. Shorts is done for the season. Turning 29 in a few weeks, he's still never made it through a full 16-game season.
Redskins WR Jamison Crowder is dealing with a hip pointer, according to CSN Mid-Atlantic's JP Finlay. It's unclear when he suffered the injury, but he was able to finish out Sunday's game against the Cardinals. We'll keep an eye on Crowder this coming week.
Seahawks DE Michael Bennett (knee) is active for tonight's game against the Panthers. The team has expected him to return all week, though Bennett entered Sunday questionable after limited practices Thursday and Friday. He's risky to use after 5 games off following knee surgery but is also a high-upside pass rusher when healthy.
Saints TE Josh Hill injured his ankle on a 2nd-quarter catch against the Lions and did not return. He was in a walking boot and on crutches afterward. TE Coby Fleener benefitted from Hill’s absence, finishing with 5 catches on 7 targets for 86 yards. We should get an update on Hill tomorrow.
Patriots WR Danny Amendola suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's win over the Rams. He left the stadium on crutches and in a walking boot. We'll see how much we learn about the injury over the next few days. The only fantasy impact of an Amendola absence would be more snaps and targets for WRs Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan.
Bears WR Marquess Wilson suffered a groin injury in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the 49ers. He spent the rest of the afternoon on the sidelines, finishing catch-less on 1 target. We'll look for an update on Wilson's status tomorrow.