Shark Bites

The Jaguars have released K Jason Myers. He missed 4 FGs and 2 XPs in 6 games this season. Myers will be replaced by K Josh Lambo, who was cut by the Chargers before the season. He's drilled 81.3% of his FGs over the past 2 seasons. Myers ranked 5th in FG attempts through 6 weeks, so Lambo could bring some spot-start value.

The Cardinals have released RB Chris Johnson. He stumbled his way to 2.5 yards per carry on 45 attempts over the past 4 weeks. The 32-year-old's NFL career is likely over. Johnson's departure paves the way for Adrian Peterson to take over as Arizona's lead early-down back. Andre Ellington will continue to dominate passing-down work.

The Chargers have cut K Younghoe Koo. He connected of just 3 of 6 FG attempts, although all 3 of his misses came in the first 2 weeks. Los Angeles has signed K Nick Novak to replace Koo. The 36-year-old made 85.4% of his FG attempts for Houston last year and will be a spot-start option in plus matchups.

The Vikings have signed RB Stevan Ridley. The 1-time, 1,200-yard rusher has carried just 39 times over the past 3 seasons, averaging an anemic 2.5 yards per attempt. He's a mere depth signing who's unlikely to make a fantasy impact.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Thursday that RB Chris Johnson's carries "will likely go up this week." Johnson led the backfield with 11 attempts and 44 rushing yards in the Week 2 win over the Colts -- although he wasn't targeted in the passing game. We'd still try to avoid this backfield in Week 3 fantasy lineups, but Johnson looks like the best bet if you need to dabble.

The Chargers are sticking with K Younghoe Koo, HC Anthony Lynn said Monday. The rookie missed the would-have-been game-winning 44-yard FG on Sunday. He missed a 43-yarder earlier in the game and had a 44-yarder blocked in the opener. Koo's leash can't be very long at this point. Find a safer option for your Week 3 fantasy lineups.

The Cardinals have signed RB Chris Johnson. The 31-year-old was released at final cuts after a rough preseason. He's now the most experienced back on Arizona's roster, but the fact that Kerwynn Williams was kept instead of Johnson a few weeks ago makes Williams the better fantasy bet. At least for now. With Andre Ellington and potentially Elijhaa Penny also involved, this is quickly becoming a backfield to stay away from.

The Bears on Sunday waived RB Jeremy Langford (along with TE Ben Braunecker). It's not a surprising move given Langford's huge fall from the starting role last season. He initially made the 53-man roster, but the team dumped him to make room for Baltimore castoff RB Taquan Mizzell. Langford's not worth clinging to even in most dynasty fantasy football leagues at this point. We'll see if he lands on another active roster.

After releasing kicker Josh Lambo, the Chargers are poised to role with Younghoe Koo atop the depth chart. A UDFA from Georgia Southern, Koo made just 1 FG this preseason (27 yards). He went 3 for 3 on XPs. We’d take a wait-and-see approach here, but the Chargers’ loaded offense certainly provides fantasy upside.

The Packers on Saturday dumped rookie 5th-round WR DeAngelo Yancey. Expect Green Bay to try to stash him on the practice squad, with a loaded WR corps already eating up spots on the active roster. Yancey makes for a decent down-the-roster dynasty stash but isn't a must-hold.

The Packers have waived 7th-round rookie WR Malachi Dupre, whom we didn't hear much from after he suffered a concussion in the 1st preseason game. Dupre could be a practice-squad candidate for a franchise loaded at WR. He's no more than an end-of-roster stash in dynasty fantasy football leagues.

Per multiple reports, Washington will be cutting rookie WR Robert Davis today. The team reportedly hopes to stash him on the practice squad, though the move frees him up to be signed by any team and added to the active roster. Davis is worth keeping at the bottom of deep dynasty rosters at this point but also isn't a must-hold. He brings terrific athleticism but produced just OK numbers at Georgia State.

Update: Davis has signed to the practice squad.

The 49ers have released RB Tim Hightower. The 31-year-old mustered just 1.8 yards per carry this preseason and was outplayed by undrafted free agent Matt Breida. Breida seems poised to open the year as San Francisco's #2 RB.

The Bears have released WR Victor Cruz. The writing was on the wall when the veteran suited up for Thursday night's preseason finale. Turning 31 in November and with a plethora of leg injuries behind him, Cruz has very little left in the tank. He remains off the redraft radar. Chicago's WR depth chart now reads: Kevin White, Kendall Wright, Deonte Thompson, Josh Bellamy. WR Markus Wheaton is expected to miss another week or 2 with his finger injury.

The Cardinals have released RB Chris Johnson. The 31-year-old signed in mid-July but struggled this preseason, averaging 3.2 yards per carry and fumbling twice. The former 2,000-yard rusher's NFL career is just about over. Johnson's release leaves Kerwynn Williams as the best handcuff to David Johnson, although he's only worth rostering in deep-bench fantasy leagues.

Rams HC Sean McVay expects RB Lance Dunbar (knee) to begin the season on the PUP list. That'd cost him the first 6 games. Dunbar has been sidelined all August with a knee injury and is well off the fantasy radar. His absence is good news for RB Todd Gurley's pass-catching role.

WR Anquan Boldin has informed the Bills that he's retiring, according to ESPN's Jim Trotter. "My life's purpose is bigger than football," Boldin said in a statement. Or, he simply decided against a season with a Bills team that's clearly in rebuilding mode. Boldin's departure leaves Jordan Matthews and Zay Jones as the team's clear-cut top 2 WRs. Both guys get a boost up the WR rankings -- although we're finding it tough to get excited about any member of this Buffalo passing game.

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews gained clearance from doctors Tuesday to return to the field, according to multiple reports. He had been out with a neck injury. General speculation is that the team will now release the veteran RB. Philly would have had to pay out an injury settlement if it wanted to dump Mathews before he gained medical clearance. We'll see if Mathews gets loose before projecting any further fantasy impact. Staying with the Eagles, meanwhile, would return him to a crowded backfield that lacks top-level performers.

Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Eagles have told Mathews he's been released.

The Bears have claimed K Roberto Aguayo. We'll see if the 2016 2nd-rounder can figure things out in Chicago, where he'll compete with K Connor Barth for a job. It's a situation to avoid in fantasy drafts right now.

The Bucs have released K Robert Aguayo -- just a little more than a year after spending a 2nd-round pick on him. Aguayo connected on just 71% of his FG attempts and missed a pair of XPs as a rookie. Then he missed a FG and an XP in Friday's preseason opener. Nick Folk is now in line to handle kicking duties in Tampa this season.

 
 
 

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