Shark Bites

The Ravens have reached a 3-year deal with WR Michael Crabtree, NFL Network reports. It’s a $21 million contract with $11 million guaranteed and $15 million total in the 1st 2 years. Ian Rapoport reports incentives could push that to $20 million. Whatever the specifics, we certainly like Crabtree much more than Ryan Grant, whose deal voided after he failed a physical. Crabtree looks like the heavy favorite to lead Baltimore in targets this fall and could dominate that category. He’s an easy WR2 in current fantasy football drafts, with upside to the top of that range

The Raiders have released WR Michael Crabtree. It sounds like it's a precursor to Oakland adding WR Jordy Nelson. Crabtree is coming off a disappointing 58-catch, 618-yard campaign. But he still tallied 8 TDs in 14 games, giving him 8+ scores in 3 straight seasons. He also posted 85 and 89 catches, respectively, the previous 2 years and will be just 31 in September. Crabtree should draw plenty of interest on the open market. We'll assess his bounce-back chances when he finds a new home.

The Ravens have reached a 1-year, $5 million deal with former Cardinals WR John Brown, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. This looks like a solid shot for Baltimore to take. Brown's heading into just his age-28 season and enjoyed a promising start to his career before lower-body injuries and his sickle-cell trait derailed the past 2 seasons. A healthy Brown could take over for free-agent Mike Wallace, who excels at getting deep. Brown even arguably brings more upside on short-range stuff. We'll see what else Baltimore adds before laying out specific fantasy football expectations. At the moment, though, Brown's fine as a WR5 with upside in early best-ball drafting.

Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey was arrested Thursday in Alabama and charged with 3rd-degree robbery, according to Under Alabama law, that's a felony charge indicating the use of force or the threat of force. reports the charge stems from a Jan. 13 incident in which Humphrey allegedly stole a phone charger from an Uber driver, elbowing him in the process. The CB reportedly calls it a "misunderstanding." Humphrey enjoyed a solid finish to his rookie campaign after arriving as a 1st-round pick. We'll see whether this incident impacts his 2018 season.

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon is expected to be ready for OTAs, HC John Harbaugh said Thursday. A popular 2017 sleeper, Dixon missed the entire season after July surgery to repair a torn meniscus. It was his 3rd knee surgery since arriving in Baltimore in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. Dixon was also slapped with performance-enhancing-drug and substance-abuse suspensions this past year. So there are a ton of red flags here. Dixon isn't even a lock to be on Baltimore's 2018 roster. But there's also still upside for a 23-year-old who put up big college numbers on the ground and through the air.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree isn't listed on the Week 17 injury report. HC Jack Del Rio said Crabtree hurt his hamstring late in last week's loss to the Eagles, but it evidently won't be an issue today. Crabtree is just a WR3 vs. a tough Chargers secondary.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio said Wednesday that WR Michael Crabtree injured his hamstring in Monday night's loss to the Eagles. He posted a goose egg in that one and played just 45% of the offensive snaps. We'll keep an eye on Crabtree over the next few days, but he'll be a shaky fantasy option if he plays against the Chargers' tough secondary this weekend.

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Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley (neck) is active for tonight's game against the Steelers. He entered the day questionable but is OK to use as you normally would in IDP leagues.

Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Steelers with a neck injury. He returned to full practices Thursday and Friday, though, after sitting out Wednesday and appears likely to play. Mosley played through questionable tags in recent weeks while dealing with an ankle sprain. He belongs in IDP lineups, and we'll confirm his status at 7 p.m. ET Sunday. Teammate Paul Onwuasor can serve as insurance in case Mosley turns up inactive.

Cardinals WR John Brown (toe) is out for this weekend’s game against the Titans. Larry Fitzgerald remains the only Arizona WR that should be in fantasy lineups.

Ravens RB Alex Collins was dealing with a "significant" migraine that prevented him from doing post-game interviews, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. It's the 1st we've heard of a migraine problem for Collins, but it'll be worth monitoring going forward. We've seen the issue cost players games -- most recently with Giants WR Sterling Shepard.

Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley (ankle) is active for today's game against the Lions. Use him as you normally would in your IDP lineups.

11:12am EST 12/3/17

Ravens RB Alex Collins (calf) is active for today’s game against the Lions. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday, so the calf shouldn’t be an issue. Collins is safe to get into fantasy lineups.

Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions with the right ankle sprain that also had him questionable for last week's win over the Texans. Mosley put in limited practices all week -- an improvement over last week -- and appears likely to play.

Ravens RB Alex Collins (calf) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Lions. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday — and we’ve heard nothing to suggest that the calf is a concern. Go ahead and keep Collins penciled into fantasy lineups. Just check back Sunday to make sure he’s active.

Cardinals WR John Brown (toe) is out for Sunday’s game against the Rams. Jaron Brown served as Arizona’s #2 WR last week, with J.J. Nelson #3 and rookie Chad Williams #4. None of these guys are viable fantasy options vs. a tough Rams pass defense.

Ravens RB Alex Collins (calf) returned to practice on Thursday. It looks like his absence yesterday was just a day off after Monday night's win. Collins should be ready to go as Baltimore's lead back vs. the Lions this weekend.

Ravens RB Alex Collins sat out practice Wednesday with a calf injury. We didn't hear anything about the issue during Monday night's game, and Collins was on the field for the team's final drive. We're not worried about this situation but will certainly keep an eye on his participation throughout the week.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree and Broncos CB Aqib Talib have had their suspensions reduced to 1 game upon appeal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. So Crabtree will miss this weekend's game against the Giants but be back for Week 13 vs. the Chiefs.

The NFL has suspended Raiders WR Michael Crabtree and Broncos CB Aqib Talib 2 games without pay following their extended altercation in Sunday's game. That takes Crabtree out for next Sunday's home date with the Giants and the Week 13 visit to Kansas City. Both of those look like upside passing matchups, with the Giants likely losing lead CB Janoris Jenkins for the season to an ankle injury. The Chiefs, of course, allowed Derek Carr and the Raiders that huge game last month that included Amari Cooper's career-best line. Expect an appeal, especially after Bucs WR Mike Evans got a 1-game suspension and Bengals WR A.J. Green avoided discipline following similar on-field scrapes. We'll see if anything changes here. If not, though, Carr gets a downgrade over the next 2 weeks -- especially with Cooper nursing a concussion and an ankle sprain.


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