Eagles OC Frank Reich confirmed on Tuesday that Wendell Smallwood will take over as the 3rd-down RB with Darren Sproles (arm, knee) done for the year. Smallwood has just 9 catches through his first 16 NFL games, but he did tally 57 grabs over his final 2 college seasons. We'll have to see about his rushing volume after he tied for the team lead with 12 carries in Week 3. But Smallwood certainly has a shot to lead all Eagles RBs in fantasy points the rest of the way. He should be owned in most leagues.
Cowboys OLB Sean Lee left Monday night's win over the Cardinals in the 4th quarter with a left hamstring injury. We have yet to see any further update on the severity. We'll keep an eye out for news and his participation level in practice this week before an upside fantasy-scoring matchup with the Rams.
The Chiefs have placed K Cairo Santos on IR after he aggravated a groin injury in Sunday's win over the Chargers. He'll be replaced by K Harrison Butker, who Kansas City just signed off Carolina's practice squad. The rookie could become a spot-start option down the line, but we'd avoid him in his NFL debut on Monday night.
Chargers HC Anthony Lynn didn't express much concern about RB Melvin Gordon and his knee issue on Monday. “He’s sore,” Lynn said. “He was sore last week. We’ll monitor him this week, but I’m sure he’ll be fine.” Gordon is reportedly dealing with a bone bruise in his left knee. That's the same knee he had microfracture surgery on in early 2016 and sprained in late 2016. Expect him to be limited in practice this week, but it sounds like he's on track to play against the Eagles on Sunday.
Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (groin) is "day-to-day" and "could even play this week," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Baldwin clearly avoided a serious injury here. We'll need to keep an eye on his practice participation this week. Baldwin and the Seahawks have a tasty matchup at home for the Colts on Sunday night.
Bears S Quintin Demps fractured his left forearm in Sunday's win over the Steelers, the team announced Monday. HC John Fox said he doesn't know yet whether Demps will hit IR. For now, the veteran is out "indefinitely." Chicago is expected to start Adrian Amos in Demps' spot Thursday night against the Packers, according to ESPN's Jeff Dickerson.
Buccaneers OLB Lavonte David sprained his left ankle in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, but Mondy reports varied on the severity. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that a high ankle sprain was expected to keep David out at least a month. But ESPN's Jenna Laine later reported that David suffered only a medial sprain and is "week-to-week." According to Scott Smith of the team website, HC Dirk Koetter said "the injury is not as bad as it looked or as bad as initially reported." David will reportedly spend a few days in a walking boot. He looks unlikely to play against the Giants in Week 4, but we'll see beyond that. The Tampa Bay defense was already missing MLB Kwon Alexander (hamstring).
Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle) is inactive for tonight's game against the Cowboys. There had been hope he'd be ready to make his 2017 debut vs. Dallas, but Bucannon clearly needs more time. We'll need to see him in at least 1 game before putting him into any IDP lineups. Don't be surprised if he returns to a limited role early on.
Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (ribs) is active for tonight's game against the Cowboys. He's not much of a fantasy option, but his availability is good news for QB Carson Palmer and the rest of the offense.
Cardinals WR J.J. Nelson (hamstring) is active for tonight's game against the Cowboys. He was limited in practice all week, but we never heard any concern about his availability. If you waited on him, fire Nelson up as a WR3 with upside.