Shark Bites

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that the Eagles have reached a 1-year deal with WR Alshon Jeffery worth $14 million. The fact that he settled for a 1-year deal suggests that teams weren't keen on committing long-term money to the former Bear. The 1-year term can only help the motivation for a player's whose drive has been questioned since he was entering the league. Jeffery just turned 27 in February and should be in his prime. He has delivered quality fantasy numbers when healthy but lost 11 games to injury over the past 2 seasons. Carson Wentz looks like an upgrade over the QB collage that piloted a sluggish Bears pass offense through last season, and Philly ranked 6th in the league in pass attempts. The overall target picture looks nice, but Jeffery will need to compete with WR Jordan Matthews and TE Zach Ertz for top honors. Wentz, meanwhile, has seen significant upgrades to his pass-catching corps on the 1st day of the 2017 league year. He could challenge for fantasy's top 12 at the position this year.

The Eagles have agreed to a 3-year, $15 million deal with WR Torrey Smith. Philly trotted out 1 of the weaker WR corps in the league last year, with no field-stretching presence. Smith will change that. He owns a career 17.0 yards-per-catch average with 25 receptions of 40+ yards across 6 seasons. Smith struggled the past 2 years in San Francisco but remains just 28 and will get much better QB play in Philadelphia. We'll see exactly how the WR depth chart shakes out with Smith, Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham.

The 49ers have released WR Torrey Smith. A big free-agent signing back in 2015, Smith mustered just 930 yards and 7 TDs in 2 seasons in San Francisco. QB play was more to blame than the limitations in Smith's game. Still just 28, he's capable of bouncing back in a more favorable situation. The 'Niners, meanwhile, are left with Jeremy Kerley, Bruce Ellington and DeAndre Smelter atop their WR depth chart. They'll add to the position in free agency and/or the draft.

The Raiders are "not optimistic" about QB Matt McGloin's availability for next weekend's Wild Card game in Houston, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McGloin is dealing with an injury is to his trapezius, which is "acting like a pinched nerve," per Rapoport. If he can't go vs. the Texans, Oakland will be left with 4th-round rookie QB Connor Cook. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 150 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in relief of McGloin in Denver. Cook might not be a significant downgrade from McGloin, but it'd be a massive challenge if his 1st career start comes in a road playoff game.

Raiders QB Matt McGloin suffered a shoulder injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Broncos and is officially questionable to return. With Derek Carr out, Oakland is down to rookie QB Connor Cook.

Eagles MLB Jordan Hicks (ankle) is active for today's finale against the Cowboys. He's OK to use as normal if he was in your IDP plans. OLB Mychal Kendricks (quad) is inactive, removing any chance of coaches taking a look at the underperforming former 2nd-round pick heading into the offseason. Kendricks remains signed through 2019, but his $4.35 million salary for next year becomes guaranteed on the 3rd day of the 2017 league calendar (which begins in March). That makes him look like a strong candidate for release this winter. A good landing spot and healthy offseason could put Kendricks back into dynasty consideration.

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Cowboys. That leaves Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham as Philly’s top 2 WRs. Neither is a reliable fantasy option.

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, but ESPN's Adam Caplan reports that he's "more to the doubtful side to play." Matthews has been dealing with the ankle issue for a while and doesn't need to push it in the meaningless finale. His absence would leave Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham as Philly's top 2 WRs. TE Zach Ertz would be the best bet for targets, though.

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (ankle) is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Cowboys. He only put in a limited practice on Friday and could be held out of the meaningless finale. Check back Sunday at noon ET for his status.

Eagles RB Byron Marshall will have an expanded role in Sunday's finale vs. the Cowboys, HC Doug Pederson said. Marshall and Darren Sproles are the only healthy RBs on the roster right now. We could see something close to a 50/50 split between those guys. We still prefer Sproles in fantasy lineups, but Marshall is on the RB3/flex radar. The undrafted rookie goes 5'9, 201 pounds and played WR in his final season at Oregon.

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews has been diagnosed with a herniated disc and "will miss significant time," HC Doug Pederson said Friday. Mathews will finish the 2016 campaign with 661 yards and 8 TDs on 155 carries -- and another 3 games missed due to injury. We'll see if Philly brings him back at a $4 million salary next year. Darren Sproles and Byron Marshall will handle backfield duties for the Eagles in the season finale against the Cowboys.

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews suffered a stinger in the 4th quarter of Thursday night's win over the Giants. He mustered just 62 scoreless yards on 19 touches before exiting. We'll track Mathews' status this coming week. If he can't play in the finale vs. Dallas, Philly would be down to RBs Darren Sproles and Byron Marshall.

Eagles RB Darren Sproles (concussion) is active for tonight's game against the Giants. He shouldn't have any limitations but hasn't topped 7 carries in any of his last 5 games. Sproles is only a RB3 or flex option in PPR leagues.

Eagles RB Darren Sproles (concussion) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Giants. HC Doug Pederson said Monday that Sproles was on track to play, and he put in a full week of practice. He should be active tomorrow, but Sproles can't be trusted as more than a RB3 or flex in PPR leagues.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Monday that RB Darren Sproles (concussion) is on track to play against the Giants on Thursday night. He figures to return to a pass-catching role behind Ryan Mathews, although Philly's backfield has been unpredictable all year. Sproles' presence makes Mathews a bit riskier as a Week 16 fantasy starter.

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews posted his largest rushing-yardage total of the season Sunday against a Ravens defense that Football Outsiders had rated best in the league against the run. Mathews carried 20 times for 128 yards and 1 TD, adding 1 reception for 5 yards on 1 target. It was just Mathews' 2nd 100-yard game of the season, but his 3rd consecutive healthy game with 15+ carries. That makes him at least a fantasy RB2 for Thursday night's home clash with the Giants.

Eagles WR Dorial Green-Beckham (oblique) is active for today’s game against the Ravens. We’ll see whether Green-Beckham or Nelson Agholor serves as Philly’s #2 WR, but neither is a fantasy option.

49ers WR Torrey Smith (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. He’s been off the fantasy radar for a while.

Eagles WR Dorial Green-Beckham (oblique) is listed as questionable for Week 15. He put in a full week of practice and should play against the Ravens on Sunday. It’s unclear whether Green-Beckham or Nelson Agholor will serve as Philly’s #2 WR, but neither is a fantasy option.

Eagles RB Darren Sproles (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Ravens. RB Wendell Smallwood (knee) is also out, leaving Ryan Mathews as the likely feature back. The problem is a matchup with the league's top-ranked RB defense. Mathews is a volume-based, low-end RB2 for Week 15.

 
 
 

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