Jaguars HC Doug Marrone announced Tuesday that QB Nick Foles will be the starter coming out of the Week 10 bye. Rookie QB Gardner Minshew exceeded all expectations filling in for Foles, completing 61.2% of his passes, averaging 7.4 yards per attempt and tossing 13 TDs vs. 4 INTs. Money is winning out here, though, after Jacksonville gave Foles $50 million guaranteed this offseason. He's worth adding in all 2-QB leagues and deeper 1-QB leagues. The Jags have the easiest remaining QB schedule, including games against the Bucs (Week 13), Raiders (Week 15) and Falcons (Week 16).
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Bengals will have a new QB when they return from their Week 9 bye. Cincinnati plans to bench Andy Dalton in favor of rookie Ryan Finley for the Week 10 home date with Baltimore. The Bengals moved up in Round 4 to draft Finley this spring after a career that included 3 starting seasons for N.C. State. Finley averaged 7.7 yards per pass attempt for the Wolfpack, with a 4.4% TD rate and 64.5% completions. He also had a solid preseason for the Bengals, completing 73.4% of his passes at 6.5 yards per attempt, with 3 TDs and 1 INT. We're certainly not boosting our fantasy outlooks for any of Cincinnati's skill-position players for a 4th-round rookie at QB, but change probably can't hurt the sputtering offense. Football Outsiders rated the Bengals 30th in overall offensive DVOA heading into Week 8, including just 27th in passing offense.
Bears RB David Montgomery is expected to get "a lot of carries" against the Chargers today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie got the rock just twice in last week's loss to the Saints, and it sounds like HC Matt Nagy wants to rectify that. Montgomery averaged 15.8 carries over the previous 4 games, so it's not like we haven't seen Chicago feature him. There's upside here vs. the Chargers' 21st-ranked RB defense.
Cowboys DE Robert Quinn suffered a rib injury at the end of the 1st half of Sunday night's game against the Eagles and has been ruled out. Fortunately for him, Dallas gets a Week 8 bye. We'll see about the official diagnosis and return timeline here.
49ers WR Marquise Goodwin exited in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Redskins to get checked for a concussion. We'll update his status when we learn more. Goodwin has 6 documented concussions already.
Packers TE Jimmy Graham (ankle) only got in a limited practice on Friday but isn’t listed on the final Week 7 injury report. This looks like a case of Green Bay getting the veteran TE some rest during the week. Graham should theoretically play a big role against the Raiders on Sunday with all of the Packers’ WR injuries — although he managed just 2 catches on 5 targets last week.
Packers TE Jimmy Graham (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. The team has been managing his practice reps all season, but this is the 1st time he's sat out 2 straight practices since Week 3. He ended up playing a season-low 41% of the offensive snaps and posting a goose egg that Sunday. We'll get another update on Graham tomorrow, but he's shaping up as a shaky Week 7 play.
The Bears on Tuesday placed DL Akiem Hicks on IR. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Hicks had been getting opinions on the elbow he injured in their Week 5 loss to the Raiders over Chicago's bye. Even if he's a candidate to be designated to return, that wouldn't come until the end of the regular season. So IDP owners should certainly drop Hicks from redraft rosters. His absence hurts the team D outlook as well, while leaving snaps available for players such as Nick Williams and Roy Robertson-Harris.
The Titans have released K Cairo Santos. The move isn't surprising after Santos missed 4 FG tries in Sunday's loss to the Bills. That included misses from 33 and 36 yards out. We'll see who gets the next shot to fill in for Ryan Succop, who is on IR.
Bears DL Akiem Hicks left Sunday's loss to the Raiders early with "what appeared to be a dislocated left elbow," according to ESPN's Jeff Dickerson. Hicks did not return to the game. He'll get a Week 6 bye to try to get it ready to play. Hicks, of course, entered the game questionable with a knee injury that cost him Week 4.
Chiefs RB Damien Williams (knee) is active for tonight’s game against the Colts. He was listed as questionable but put in a full week of practice, so we’re expecting him to return to a significant role alongside LeSean McCoy.
Bears DE Akiem Hicks is active for today's game against the Raiders. He missed last week with a knee injury that kept him out of practice Wednesday and Thursday. Hicks returned to a limited Friday workout. He'll be a risky IDP option but is available for deeper leagues.
Bears DE Akiem Hicks is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. He returned to a limited practice Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday. Hicks sat out Week 4 with a knee injury and clearly isn't back to full strength. We'll see if he's active or the game, but he'll carry risk even if he is.
Chiefs RB Damien Williams (knee) put in a full week of practice but is listed as questionable on the final injury report. HC Andy Reid said Friday that “the plan” is for Williams to play against the Colts on Sunday night. We’ll look for an update on his status on Sunday morning. Williams will be a risk/reward RB2 if he’s active vs. the Colts’ leaky run defense.
Bears ILB Roquan Smith put in a full practice Wednesday and told reports that he will play Sunday against the Raiders. We still don't know anything more than that it was a "personal issue," but Smith said it's "behind us now." IDP owners should go ahead back to usual treatment of the young LB, who we've added to the Week 5 LB rankings.
Chiefs RB Damien Williams (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. That puts him on track to return for Sunday night's game against the Colts. In his 2 games this season, Williams played 59% of the Chiefs' offensive snaps and tallied 22 carries and 11 targets. We're expecting him to re-join a committee backfield with LeSean McCoy. RB Darrel Williams figures to drop back to 3rd on the depth chart.
ESPN.com reports that Bears LB Roquan Smith "will be out indefinitely while the team gives him the time he needs to deal with a personal issue." According to Bears writer Jeff Dickerson, "Smith had not been acting like himself around the team facilities for the past week or so." HC Matt Nagy has refused this week to go into any further detail on Smith's situation. IDP owners obviously need to treat the LB as out for at least Week 5. With a Week 6 bye following, Smith becomes droppable in shallower IDP leagues. Where you can afford the bench spot, we'd try to hold him a little longer to see if we can get more insight into the situation. Nick Kwiatkoski started in Smith's place against the Vikings last Sunday but played only 55% of the snaps. Kevin Pierre-Louis also jumped in for 40%. If you need a Smith replacement, search elsewhere.
Bears HC Matt Nagy refused to give any details either after Sunday's game or on Monday about why LB Roquan Smith missed the win over the Vikings. He would only call it "personal reasons," according to multiple reports. CB Prince Amukamara told the Chicago Tribune later Monday that even Smith's teammates don't know what's up with him. We'll have to keep an eye on Smith this week. Traveling to London for Sunday's game against the Raiders could further complicate his status if there's a particular issue -- or several -- that Smith needs to sort out.
Bears DL Akiem Hicks (knee) and LB Roquan Smith are inactive for today's game against the Vikings. Hicks' deactivation is no surprise. He missed practice all week after suffering a knee injury in Week 3. Smith had no injury designation throughout the week. It's not yet clear what's going on with him, though it's been reported as a "personal issue." Expect Nick Kwiatkoski to start in Smith's place.