Shark Bites

Raiders CB Sean Smith was arrested Thursday and charged with felony assault over a July 4 incident, according to TMZ. Oakland had previously benched the former starter in favor of T.J. Carrie, according to NFL Network. Don't be surprised if Smith is soon gone from the team entirely.

In his 1st action since the big Sammy Watkins trade, Bills QB Tyrod Taylor looked out of sorts. He completed just 8 of 18 passes for 53 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles -- and was picked off twice. He had "as tough of a time as one could remember in his two-plus years in Buffalo," insider Joe Buscaglia wrote. In Taylor's defense, he played without Jordan Matthews and behind an offensive line that was regularly beat by the Eagles pass rush. But the QB has also reportedly been inconsistent in training camp. Remember that he's learning a new offense under OC Rick Dennison. One of our favorite late-round QB targets at the start of this month, Taylor is tough to like as more than a lower-end QB2 now.

QB Jay Cutler made his debut with the Dolphins Thursday night against the Ravens and appeared to be developing a connection with WR DeVante Parker. Cutler targeted Parker 4 times among 7 total pass attempts, including a 31-yard connection negated by holding. The duo connected on just 1 of their other 3 looks, a 16-yard completion. Cutler also targeted RB Jay Ajayi, WR Jarvis Landry and RB Damien Williams once apiece. After the game, Cutler called Parker a "faster Alshon [Jeffery]," referring to the WR he played with in Chicago -- and peppered with targets in their most recent work together. It's early, but we'll be watching this duo in the "dress rehearsal" Week 3 of the preseason. Parker's current mid-Round 7 ADP makes him a potential upside play in fantasy football drafts.

Jaguars HC Doug Marrone said of his team's starting QB spot after Thursday night's preseason game, "It's right up there for grabs, and either person can take it." That would mean Chad Henne could take the job away from Blake Bortles with better performances the rest of this month. Whether that's true or Marrone was trying to light a fire under Bortles, it's a bad look for the former #3 overall pick heading into his 4th pro season. Bortles is already going very late in fantasy football drafts, though. So this proclamation doesn't change much. Consider it a tie-breaker between Bortles and whatever other backup QB you're considering near the end of your draft.

Bucs RB Doug Martin was busy and productive in the team's 2nd preseason game on Thursday night. He carried 5 times for 30 yards and score in 2 series, adding 2 catches for 11 more yards. Martin looked quick and elusive -- and was the focal point of Tampa's attack. He's suspended for the first 3 games of the regular season but should return to something at least close to a workhorse role.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette said he's been sidelined with a toe injury, rather than the previously reported foot. "Someone stepped on it in practice," he added. This doesn't seem like a big deal -- and we're glad it's not related to the ankle issue that hampered Fournette throughout his final season at LSU. We'll see when he's able to get back on the field, but we haven't moved him in our RB rankings.

Chargers MLB Denzel Perryman had surgery this week to repair a torn ankle ligament, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The team now expects him to be out 8-10 weeks, a 4-week extension on each end of the initial estimate. That could mean missing 4-6 games. Perryman should not be in anyone's IDP redraft plans. We'll see how he progresses in his return. His absence could mean more tackle opportunities for weak-side starter Jatavis Brown. Korey Toomer and Nick Dzubnar are competing for Perryman's vacated spot.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that a league source told him Rams DE Aaron Donald's contract holdout could last into the regular season. Donald is in the final year of his rookie contract but seeking new money after making the Pro Bowl in each of his 1st 3 campaigns. We'll see where this goes. The closer we get to the regular season without Donald getting back on the field, the further we have to drop him on IDP draft boards, though. Donald's absence from real games would chip away significantly at the upside of the Rams' team D as well.

Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) didn't practice on Thursday and won't play in the team's 2nd preseason game, according to insider Manish Mehta. Forte missed a week with the hammy early in training camp, and it sounds like he's been on and off the field since. It's not a good look for a 31-year-old back who's missed 5 games over the past 2 seasons. Bilal Powell is the Jets RBs to target in fantasy drafts.

Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls will miss the 2nd preseason game with what HC Pete Carroll labeled a "minor ankle issue." Remember that Rawls fractured his ankle back in 2015 -- although it's unclear if this is related, or even the same ankle. We'll keep an eye on him. Rawls' absence will give RB Eddie Lacy a shot to run with the starters against the Vikings on Friday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report to the team before the start of the regular season. "Though it remains unclear exactly when," Schefter adds. This has been our expectation all along. Missing training camp isn't ideal, but Bell is a 4-year veteran who's returning to the same offense. He remains our pick at #2 overall across fantasy formats.

Redskins WR Josh Doctson (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday, although he was limited to individual drills only. He'd been sidelined since August 6. "I'm good," he said after the workout. "It feels good." HC Jay Gruden wouldn't say whether Doctson will play in Washington's 2nd preseason game. He's still the favorite to open the season as the #3 WR but needs a healthy few weeks leading up to Week 1.

Packers RB Ty Montgomery has missed the past 2 days of practice with a lower leg injury. When asked for details on Tuesday, Montgomery offered, "just soft-tissue stuff." He added, "It was just something on and off. Something I’m dealing with. Nothing in particular that happened. Nothing major. Nothing to worry about." We'll keep an eye on this one.

Cowboys TE Rico Gathers sustained a concussion in Tuesday's practice, according to NFL Network's James Palmer. Gathers has been building momentum with a couple of strong preseason outings, but he was still a long shot to make a 2017 fantasy impact. This concussion obviously won't help. We'll see how long it takes him to pass through the protocol.

Browns HC Hue Jackson announced on Wednesday that QB Brock Osweiler will start the team's 2nd preseason game on Monday night against the Giants. The veteran struggled to 6-of-14 passing in the opener, while DeShone Kizer shined. But Cleveland isn't ready to hand the keys to the rookie just yet. Jackson did add that Kizer will be the 2nd QB in the game on Monday -- a promotion from last week, when he was QB #3. It sure seems like QB Cody Kessler is out of this competition. Kizer remains a strong bet to start the most games for the Browns this season and still has a shot to win the Week 1 job.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) was in pads for Wednesday's joint practice with the Titans, according to Max Henson of the team's official website. As far as we know, it's just the rookie's 2nd full practice since camp opened. Samuel has a ton of catching up to do and won't be a fantasy option early this season. We'll see if he emerges as a waiver-wire target at some point.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said WR John Brown (quad) would be a full-go in Tuesday's practice. Brown didn't feel up to it. "I’m just going to come back when I’m ready,” he said. “My body is different than others. They expect me to come back fast, but I can’t. I’m all right, but I’m not where I want to be at.” This sure sounds like Brown's sickle-cell trait is again making him slow to recover from these leg issues. That wrecked his 2016 season and is certainly a risk factor in 2017. Brown has the potential to be a weekly WR3 -- maybe even better -- but is tough to draft as more than an upside bench stash.

Seahawks WR Paul Richardson was a limited participant in practice on Tuesday, just 2 days after spraining his shoulder in the preseason opener. “Paul jumped right back on the practice field today, really surprised us, because he did bang his shoulder pretty good,” HC Pete Carroll said. “He had a good day’s work; I don’t know what that means for [the 2nd preseason game this] weekend, but in no pads today, he was able to get in a lot of work and was at top speed, so that’s terrific.” Carroll also confirmed that Richardson should be ready in plenty of time for Week 1. He'd been running with the starters but will need to fend off Tyler Lockett for the #2 WR spot behind Doug Baldwin.

Jets RB Bilal Powell participated in team drills Tuesday, a week and a half after suffering a neck injury, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. The relatively quick return tells us this isn't a significant issue. We haven't altered our fantasy outlook for Powell.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott officially appealed his 6-game suspension on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The appeal will be heard on August 29. That's just 12 days before Dallas kicks off its season against the Giants. It remains plenty possible that this situation isn't resolved by that point. For now, though, fantasy owners need to proceed as if Elliott will be suspended for the first 6 games of the season.

 
 
 

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