Lions WR Marvin Jones (ankle) is active for tonight’s game against the Patriots. He was added to the injury report on Friday and listed as questionable, so he comes with added risk. But if you were waiting on Jones, get him into fantasy lineups.
There's "optimism" that Lions WR Marvin Jones (ankle) will be able to play against the Patriots tonight, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Jones was added to the injury report on Friday and is listed as questionable. "He’ll be monitored throughout the day," Rapoport adds. Jones can be penciled into fantasy lineups for now, but make sure you have a late-game replacement rostered in case he ends up inactive.
Lions WR Marvin Jones was added to Friday’s injury report as limited with an ankle injury. It looks like he got hurt in Friday’s practice. He’s listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Patriots. We’ll be on the lookout for updates on Jones’ status. The late start might put owners in a tough spot.
The Jaguars on Sunday announced team suspensions for CB Jalen Ramsey and DE Dante Fowler. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the moves come as a result of "violating team rules and conduct unbecoming of a Jaguars football player." Fowler reportedly got into multiple scuffles with teammate DE Yannick Ngakoue in practice, while Ramsey's misstep appears to have been his actions toward the media following the practice fights. The 2 have reportedly been suspended for a week, which could include the 2nd preseason game. The situations likely won't affect either's standing for the regular season or the team's defense on whole. It is just the latest issue for Fowler, though, who has already been suspended for Week 1 by the league and only came off the PUP list Saturday. The former early 1st-round pick already saw the team refuse the 5th-year option (for 2019) on his rookie contract.
According to 247Sports, Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell has been running with the 1st team during OTAs and exhibiting more confidence than he did through his 1st 2 seasons. The former 1st-round pick has totaled just 21 pro receptions to date and stands a long way from fantasy relevance. But he could secure the #3 WR gig behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Opting for Treadwell in that spot ahead of newly signed veteran Kendall Wright would allow Minnesota to run Thielen more from the slot, where he has performed well over the past 2 years. Wright, on the other hand, is almost exclusively a slot receiver.
The Jaguars added LSU WR D.J. Chark with the 61st overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Chark’s stock got a big boost when he ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at the Combine. He also posted 90th+ percentile marks in the broad and vertical jumps, earning a SPARQ score in the 96th percentile. Chark didn’t post huge numbers at LSU. He went without a single catch in his first 2 seasons before a 26-466-3 line in 2016. This past year brought a quasi-breakout, with Chark hauling in 40 balls for 874 yards and 3 scores. His 21.9 yards per catch led the entire country among players with 40+ receptions. It’s certainly worth noting that Chark played on a bad LSU passing game. He accounted for 22.3% of the catches, 33.0% of the yards and 17.6% of the TDs last year. And his 2.92 yards per route run ranked 12th among draft-eligible receivers, per Pro Football Focus. Chark at least looks like a guy who can bring big-play ability to Jacksonville. But he’ll need to refine the other parts of his game — notably his route running and hands — if he wants to turn into more than a boom-or-bust fantasy option. Chark joins a crowded Jaguars WR group that also includes Marqise Lee, Dede Westbrook, Donte Moncrief and Keelan Cole.
The Jaguars selected Florida DT Taven Bryan 29th in the 1st round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night. Afterward, executive VP Tom Coughlin called Bryan a "3-technique penetrator" and "outstanding athlete," according to the team website. Bryan totaled just 5.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss across 3 college seasons, but there could be statistical upside well beyond that as a lead interior rusher on a strong D-line. Bryan crushed the athletic testing at the Scouting Combine, delivering 79th percentile or better results in the 40, vertical, broad jump, 3-cone and short shuttle -- plus a 71st-percentile performance on the bench.
New Browns RB Carlos Hyde revealed that he played last season around 228 pounds — down 7 pounds from his listed weight. “That’s the lightest I’ve been," Hyde said. “I went into the season feeling the best I’ve ever felt.” Following a new diet, the 27-year-old managed to play 16 games for the 1st time. That produced a career-high 240 carries. HC Hue Jackson has already said that he'll give the former 49er “every opportunity to run the ball.”
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Cleveland has agreed to a 3-year deal with RB Carlos Hyde. The contract is reportedly worth “more than” $15 million total, with $6 million in the 1st year. Hyde is an upgrade over Isaiah Crowell in the “early-down” role, and his signing indicates Cleveland doesn’t plan to significantly increase Duke Johnson’s role. There’s room for both RBs to contribute worthwhile fantasy numbers in what should be a much-improved offense, though Hyde’s easily the more attractive draft target. His arrival makes it significantly less likely that the Browns draft Penn State RB Saquon Barkley next month.
Jaguars OLB Telvin Smith has cleared the league concussion protocol, making him eligible to return for Sunday's game against the Texans. Smith should go right back into IDP lineups, assuming he's active.
Jaguars OLB Telvin Smith (concussion) is not expected to play against the Seahawks today. The team hasn't appeared to update his status since deeming the LB questionable Friday afternoon. That's odd, because teams generally rule players out when they don't clear the concussion protocol by Saturday. Smith practiced Wednesday and Thursday but then sat out Friday. Paul Posluszny becomes a high-upside IDP starter with Smith out.
Jaguars OLB Telvin Smith (concussion) is questionable for Sunday's game against Seattle, but there's been no report of him clearing the league protocol as of Saturday morning. The status suggests the team hopes he can clear it Saturday and play, but IDP owners need to secure insurance. LB Paul Posluszny would be a fantasy starter if Smith sits again. CB Jalen Ramsey is also questionable with the same ankle injury that landed him on the Week 13 injury report. He put in just a limited practice Friday after missing the previous 2 days, a lower participation level than last week. We'll check Ramsey's status Sunday morning.
Jaguars LB Telvin Smith put in a full practice Wednesday, signaling a likely return from the concussion that cost him last week's game against the Colts. He'll still need to complete the protocol but should be ready for IDP lineups in Week 14.
The Jaguars have ruled OLB Telvin Smith out for Sunday's game against the Colts because of a concussion. LB Paul Posluszny played a season-high 72.6% of the snaps last week, when Smith left early. Poz should be in for a full-time role against Indy and makes sense as an IDP fill-in for the high-upside matchup.
49ers QB C.J. Beathard has a knee contusion and a hip strain, HC Kyle Shanahan said Monday. Neither injury is considered serious. Shanny plans to announce his Week 13 starting QB on Wednesday. Neither Beathard nor Jimmy Garoppolo will be more than a lower-end QB2 in Chicago.
49ers QB C.J. Beathard suffered a lower-leg injury late in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, HC Kyle Shanahan said afterward. QB Jimmy Garoppolo came on for a brief cameo, completing both of his passes for 18 yards and a score. We should learn more about Beathard's injury tomorrow.
Jaguars LB Telvin Smith suffered a concussion in Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Smith initially passed a concussion test and returned to the field, but he left again shortly thereafter and was diagnosed. We'll see how long the injury keeps him out.
49ers HC Kyle Shanahan named QB C.J. Beathard his starter for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. He turned in his best performance of the season last time out, completing 76% of his passes for 288 yards and 2 TDs in a win over the Giants. That said, Beathard will hit the bench as soon as Shanahan thinks QB Jimmy Garoppolo is ready.
It doesn't come as a surprise, but 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan confirmed that QB C.J. Beathard will start Sunday's game against the Giants, with Jimmy Garoppolo as his backup. Beathard's a streaming option in a game that looks ugly from all sides. The situation might add a little risk that severe struggles lead the rookie to be pulled for Garoppolo mid game. We already saw Shanahan replace Brian Hoyer with Beathard in such a manor. We expect Garoppolo to step in as the starter at some point before this season's over.