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Unsigned Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (Lisfranc) returned to practice on Thursday. It's his 1st official workout since last December's foot injury. Jeffery still figures to be at least a couple of weeks away from his 2020 debut, but he's trending in the right direction. His status has taken on increased importance with WR Jalen Reagor (thumb) out indefinitely.

The Giants have agreed to a deal RB Devonta Freeman. The move comes as no surprise after RB Saquon Barkley went down with a torn ACL in Week 2, leaving the G-Men with only RBs Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman. Freeman should emerge as the lead back here -- although that probably won't happen in Week 3. He's certainly worth owning in all fantasy leagues, but don't expect him to be a real difference-maker. The 28-year-old looked like a guy running on empty in Atlanta last season, mustering just 3.6 yards per carry and 6.9 yards per catch. He'll be running behind a subpar offensive line in New York.

Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that it's a 1-year deal for Freeman worth "up to" $3 million.

Texans RB Duke Johnson (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Ravens. That leaves Buddy Howell and C.J. Prosise behind David Johnson in the pecking order. DJ will dominate backfield touches today.

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Giants WR Golden Tate (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Bears. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said this morning that Tate “should be at full strength” — although the fact that he remained limited in practice all week has us shying away from using Tate in fantasy lineups today.

Texans RB Duke Johnson (ankle) is not expected to play against the Ravens today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. So David Johnson is a good bet to handle 100% of Houston's RB touches. He's a fine RB2, despite the tough matchup.

The Patriots list WRs Julian Edelman (knee) and N'Keal Harry (shoulder) as questionable for tonight's game in Seattle, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that "both should play." Plan to use them as you normally would in fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Giants WR Golden Tate (hamstring) is expected to play against the Bears today. He was limited in practice all week but "should be at full strength," Rapoport adds. That has us feeling a bit better about Tate's Week 2 prospects, although you should still treat him as just a WR4.

Colts DE Justin Houston is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings. He missed practice Thursday and Friday with a calf injury and doesn't look like a good bet for IDP lineups this weekend. We'll update his status Sunday morning.

Texans RB Duke Johnson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens. He's not a Week 2 fantasy option, but his absence would mean a few extra touches for RB David Johnson.

Giants WR Golden Tate (hamstring) remained limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bears. It sounds like he has a good chance to be active for that one, but try to avoid him in fantasy lineups until he’s back to 100%.

Giants WR Golden Tate (hamstring) remained limited at Thursday's practice. We'll see if he gets back to full participation Friday. Tate spent all last week limited and then missed the Pittsburgh loss, so he'd be tough to trust coming off another week of just limited workouts.

The Giants held just a walkthrough practice Wednesday, 2 days after losing to the Steelers at home to open their season. They still listed WR Golden Tate as a limited participant with his hamstring injury. Tate put in limited practices all last week as well before missing the opener. We'll see about his status for Sunday's trip to Chicago.

Adrian Peterson easily led the Detroit backfield in the opening loss to Chicago, doubling up #2 Kerryon Johnson in carries, rushing for 71 more yards than the combined total for Johnson and D'Andre Swift and even leading the trio in receiving yards (21 on 3 catches). But that doesn't necessarily mean he's the lead back going forward. “Obviously you start getting the guy with the hot hand, and Adrian was running really well in that last game, so he got a few more carries in there as well," OC Darrell Bevell told the Detroit Free Press. "So we’ll kind of continue to go in that area. We really like all three of those guys, but we’re going to try to — I always say, we’re going to try to put them in the best spots to help them be successful. They all bring a little bit different pieces to the puzzle. There was some situational football in there that elevated some guys’ snaps — so just the way we’re using them. I think we can continue to see that rotation a little bit.” This could be a frustrating fantasy situation as we continue to see which situations favor which of the 3 Detroit backs -- as well as who might be the "hot hand" on a given day. For Week 2, we have to treat Peterson as the likeliest carry/touch leader.

The Jets have placed RB Le'Veon Bell on IR with his hamstring injury. That means he'll miss at least 3 games, but it doesn't sound like they expect Bell to be out beyond that span. The Jets also added RB Kalen Ballage to the active roster Tuesday. Ballage's wretched 2019 -- 1.8 yards per carry and 4.5 yards per catch -- showed us he doesn't have much to offer. And he should sit behind Frank Gore and Josh Adams on the depth chart. La'Mical Perine is also in the mix but is coming off a late-August ankle sprain. This is a situation to avoid in a lackluster offense.

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Giants WR Golden Tate (hamstring) is inactive for tonight's game against the Steelers. He was limited in practice all week, so he seemingly has a good chance to play Week 2. His absence tonight leaves more targets for Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley.

Jets HC Adam Gase said Monday that RB Le'Veon Bell could miss "a couple of weeks" with his hamstring injury. It sounded like Gase was still waiting for more information on the severity of the injury. But fantasy owners should be making other plans for Week 2. Bell's absence would leave the Jets' backfield to Frank Gore and Josh Adams. Gross.

Texans RB Duke Johnson (ankle) is "a long shot" to play against the Ravens on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "However, playing in Week 3 is possible, an indication it’s not a serious injury," Rapoport adds. David Johnson will dominate backfield work for Houston in Week 2, which helps offset the tough matchup.

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell left Sunday's game at Buffalo in the 3rd quarter with a left hamstring injury. He is doubtful to return. Josh Adams opened the ensuing drive in the backfield.

Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook is a healthy scratch for today's opener vs. the Colts. That leaves D.J. Chark, Laviska Shenault and Chris Conley as Jacksonville's top 3 WRs. Chark is a strong fantasy play, while Westbrook's absence makes Shenault a more intriguing DFS tournament play.

Giants WR Golden Tate (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Steelers. Between the hamstring, the late kickoff and the tough matchup, Tate belongs on fantasy benches this week.

 
 
 

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