Fantasy Football Week 1: Thursday's Daily Fantasy Market Report
With the first game of the NFL season happening Thursday night, we have finally reached the start of not only the real football season but also the fantasy football season.
Around this time, practice and injury reports are of paramount interest because we've reached midweek and this type of information is directly correlated with whether a player is set to play.
This slideshow has several news items, whether it be injury updates or players talking themselves up.
All of this news has a place in the landscape that is fantasy football and should help you prepare to lock in your first DFS lineups for the 2016 season.
Falcons WR Julio Jones Limited in Practice Wednesday
While Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn fully expects wide receiver Julio Jones ($9400 DK; $9000 FD) to practice in full Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN is reporting that Jones was limited in the team's practice on Wednesday.
I'll be blunt here—who cares?
Seriously, though, you shouldn't worry about this.
In the words of Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, expect Jones to "be full bore" in Week 1 against the team's NFC South rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
And, oh yeah, roster him. He's really good at football.
Dolphins WR DeVante Parker Misses Practice Wednesday
According to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, Miami Dolphins sophomore wide receiver DeVante Parker has missed practice yet again—this time on Wednesday.
Dealing with hamstring issues, Parker seems like a long shot to play on Sunday, and if he were to suit up, it could be limited.
We'll keep you updated as the week goes on, but it's looking like Parker is definitely not a player you roster in Week 1.
Traveling to Seattle to take on the Seahawks, the Dolphins are in for a heck of a time, and the Seahawks' Vegas line of -10 illustrates that.
Redskins RB Matt Jones Taking Hits in Practice
When someone "feels awesome," I guess that means they're ready to take some hits.
This applies to Washington Redskins running back Matt Jones ($4700 DK; $6000 FD), who sprained the AC joint in his shoulder earlier this preseason but has removed his yellow, non-contact jersey, according to Rich Tandler of CSN Mid-Atlantic.
Even with his highly probable Week 1 return, the Redskins figure to get undrafted rookie running back Rob Kelley ($4300 DK; $4500 FD) involved in some way during the game, thus taking touches away from Jones.
Jones and Kelley are avoidable Week 1—let's see how this irons out.
Packers WR Jordy Nelson Admits to Snap-Count Talk
Coming off a torn ACL, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson ($7700 DK; $8400 FD) has admitted that he and the Packers have engaged in snap-count discussions, according to Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Of course, anytime we hear the phrase "snap count," we usually follow it with something like, "you've gotta be kidding me!"
Snap counts are not fun; we don't know if Nelson will play 15 snaps or 50. With that said, even if Nelson plays in 50-70 percent of the team's snaps, he's worth rostering in DFS Week 1.
This game figures to be a shootout, and Nelson should be among the beneficiaries.
Lions WR Anquan Boldin to Be Used Often Week 1?
Though this isn't coming directly from the Detroit Lions themselves or head coach Jim Caldwell, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press thinks that five catches and a touchdown "isn't out of the realm of possibility" for wide receiver Anquan Boldin ($4500 DK; $5800 FD) this week.
This could very well happen. Boldin represents a weapon that the Lions haven't really had in probably forever—a veteran in the slot who is a yards-after-catch monster, who is also a solid red-zone target.
We witnessed the rebirth of quarterback Matthew Stafford last season after the team brought in new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.
Going up against the Colts with tight end Eric Ebron a question mark and the game tied for the highest Vegas total Week 1, Boldin is an under-the-radar tournament option who could pay huge dividends.
He sounds like a Millionaire-Maker-like player to me.
49ers RB Carlos Hyde Cleared from Concussion Protocol
This is fantastic news.
According to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde ($5600 DK; $6200 FD) has been cleared for contact and activity after suffering a concussion earlier this preseason.
Unfortunately for Hyde, the 49ers are dealt a tall task hosting the (this is going to take some getting used to) Los Angeles Rams.
Minus all the la-di-da that comes with this game in particular, the Rams possess a defense that has its strengths but was 20th against the run in rushing yards allowed in 2015.
With fellow running back Shaun Draughn ($3700 DK; $4800 FD) taking away pass-catching snaps, Hyde isn't an awful play Week 1, but I'll likely look elsewhere.
Ravens RB Justin Forsett Claims He's the Starter
After being cut by the team this past weekend and re-signed just a few days later, Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett ($4600 DK; $6500 FD) is claiming he is still the starting running back, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.
While this could be this case, it's obvious Forsett would say something along these lines.
As mentioned in previous daily updates, this Ravens backfield is a big, fat question mark that you should stay away from Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills.
Titans WR Kendall Wright Out Week 1
According to Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright will miss the team's Week 1 game against the Minnesota Vikings due to a hamstring injury.
As a result, this boosts the values of tight end Delanie Walker ($4500 DK; $6500 FD) and wide receivers Rishard Matthews ($3300 DK; $5200 FD) and Tajae Sharpe ($3000 DK; $4800 FD).
Fortunately for those three, they'll be opposed by a Vikings defense that was tied for 11th in the NFL in receiving touchdowns surrendered in 2015 with 24. With that said, they allowed just 235 passing yards per game to opposing quarterbacks.
Walker, Sharpe and Matthews are all rosterable this weekend, with Walker as my focal point—he should catch a ton of balls.
With it being rather difficult to peg "the guy" on the wide receiver depth chart right now, Matthews and Sharpe could be owned less than you would think, thus making them intriguing plays if they were to find their way in the end zone.
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles Limited in Wednesday Practice
After reports have already managed to circulate in regard to the availability to Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles ($7100 DK; $8000 FD) for Week 1, we now have a little bit more of a clear picture.
According to Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star, Charles was limited in Wednesday's practice.
The good sign here is that he didn't outright miss practice.
Charles is definitely a player to monitor as the week goes on, as he makes for a great option in DFS going up against the San Diego Chargers and their porous defense.
If Charles is unable to go, fellow running back Spencer Ware ($4400 DK; $5400 FD) will make for a very popular play with his low price tag.
All statistics courtesy of ESPN.
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