Shark Bites

The Lions have released RB C.J. Anderson and signed RB Paul Perkins. Anderson played 29% of Detroit's offensive snaps and handled 11 carries in Week 1. But he dipped to a 20% snap rate and 5 carries in Week 2. He averaged an ugly 2.7 yards on his 16 attempts. Perkins hasn't tallied a regular-season touch since 2017 and sports a career 3.6 yards-per-attempt average. He shouldn't be a big factor in this backfield. We'd consider this move good news for RB Kerryon Johnson, although it looks like Detroit wants to get RB Ty Johnson involved, too.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that the timetable for Eagles WR DeSean Jackson returning from his groin injury “remains TBD” but that “my understanding is” Jackson won’t play against the Lions on Sunday. He adds that Jackson might not make it back for Week 4 either, because of Philly’s Thursday night kick against the Packers. Along with removing a high-ceiling fantasy WR, Jackson’s absence would ding the upside of QB Carson Wentz. We’ll, of course, watch to confirm Jackson’s status. But plan to not have him available. Nelson Agholor is a strong waiver target this week.

Update: ESPN’s Tim McManus reports it is an abdominal strain that will cost Jackson 2 weeks. Let’s hope Jackson isn’t headed for sports hernia surgery, which would likely extend his absence.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said Tuesday that there's "no timeline" for QB Cam Newton's return from his latest foot injury. That doesn't sound like a guy with a good shot of playing this weekend. Newton was reportedly in a walking boot at the Panthers' facility on Tuesday. We'll track his status over the next few days, but fantasy owners should plan on being without Newton for Week 3 -- any maybe longer.

Jets HC Adam Gase labeled WR Demaryius Thomas "week to week" after he aggravated his hamstring injury in Monday night's loss to the Browns. Between the hammy and the Jets' mess at QB, there's no reason to roster DT right now.

Jets HC Adam Gase announced that QB Trevor Siemian needs surgery on the ankle he hurt in Monday night's loss to the Browns and will miss the rest of the season. So the Jets will turn to QB #3, Luke Falk, for as long as Sam Darnold remains out with his mono. Falk completed 20 of 25 passes for 198 yards in relief of Siemian on Monday -- but most of that came with Cleveland playing soft defense with a big lead late in the game. Falk isn't a fantasy option, and you should try to avoid the Jets passing game until Darnold returns.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Panthers QB Cam Newton aggravated his foot injury in Thursday night's loss to the Bucs and that his status for Week 3 is "up in the air." We'll keep tabs on Newton throughout the week, but he shouldn't be in your Week 3 fantasy plans. On top of struggling as a passer, Newton isn't running. He has 5 carries for negative 2 yards through 2 games -- and the foot injury is likely to blame. QB Kyle Allen will start for Carolina against the Cardinals on Sunday if Newton can't.

The Giants announced Tuesday that QB Daniel Jones will start this weekend's game against the Bucs. This figures to be the end of the Eli Manning Era in New York -- it just came about 2 years too late. Jones isn't in a great spot behind a shaky offensive line and with a weak WR group. But he was excellent this preseason, posting a sparkling 85.3% completion rate and 12.2 yards per attempt. Jones also brings some rushing upside after tallying 1,323 yards and 17 TDs on the ground over 3 seasons as Duke's starter. The rookie should be owned in all 2-QB leagues and even deeper 1-QB leagues.

Cowboys FS Xavier Woods will miss the next 4-6 weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain in Sunday's win over Washington, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Former Giant Darian Thompson looks like the next man up for that slot, which hasn't tended to deliver much IDP value in recent seasons.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson labeled WR DeSean Jackson (groin) -- along with WR Alshon Jeffery (calf) and TE Dallas Goedert (calf) -- "day to day" in a Tuesday morning radio interview. "It's day to day with these guys and we're going to continue to rehab these guys this week and see where they're at," Pederson added. "I'm not going to commit right now to that (them playing in Week 3) because I want to make sure they put in a full week of practice before we make that determination." We'll keep a close eye on the Eagles' practice reports all week.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the MRI on the injured ankle of Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy showed no significant damage and that "he has a shot to play" Sunday against the Ravens. That's a lot different than "expected to play." We'll see about the outlook for Damien Williams' knee, but RB Darwin Thompson makes for an attractive waiver target this week.

The Dolphins traded DB Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers on Monday for a 2020 first-round pick, according to multiple reports. Fitzpatrick complained openly about the new Miami coaching staff playing him out of position at SS. He'll join a Pittsburgh secondary with a 2018 first-round pick, Terrell Edmunds, starting at that spot. We'll see exactly what the Steelers have planned for Fitzpatrick, who boasts uncommon versatility. Perhaps Fitzpatrick's departure will get veteran S Reshad Jones back to full playing time. Jones missed Week 2 with an ankle injury.

Jets QB Trevor Siemian suffered a gruesome-looking leg injury in the 2nd quarter of Monday night's game against the Browns. He was surprisingly able to walk off the field but quickly headed back to the locker room with trainers. QB Luke Falk, a 2018 6th-rounder out of Washington State, is next up for the Jets.

Browns TE David Njoku left in the 1st quarter of the game against the Jets after being upended while going up for a pass and landing on the side of his head and neck. Njoku is reportedly being evaluated or a concussion and is questionable to return. We'll confirm his status once they're done testing him.

Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery is dealing with a calf strain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "It’s not major, but with two games in 10 days, the timing is bad," Rapoport adds. "His status for those is in some doubt." It sounds like Jeffery is unlikely to play against the Lions this weekend and could also miss the following Thursday night's game against the Packers. His absence would mean more snaps for WRs J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins.

Browns WR Rashard Higgins is inactive for tonight's game against the Jets. He's dealing with a knee injury that limited his practice participation all week.

Jets WR Demaryius Thomas is active for tonight's game against the Browns. Thomas was questionable with a hamstring injury after not practicing all week. That makes his active status a bit surprising. We wouldn't expect much fantasy impact but will certainly be watching his role. The Jets recently placed WR Quincy Enunwa on IR.

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell is active for tonight's game against the Browns. He got a shoulder MRI during the week and was officially questionable, but there don't seem to be any limitations.

Bills HC Sean McDermott called RB Devin Singletary "day to day" with his hamstring injury, adding that the team is "still gathering information." That's not much of an update, although it does sound like the rookie avoided a serious injury. We'll see if Singletary is able to get on the practice field on Wednesday.

Colts HC Frank Reich told reporters Monday that LB Darius Leonard developed concussion symptoms after Sunday's game against the Titans. Leonard is now in the league protocol and will need to pass through before he can play the Falcons on Sunday.

Raiders WR Tyrell Williams has a hip pointer, HC Jon Gruden said Monday. Williams played 94% of the offensive snaps in the loss to the Chiefs, so it wasn't enough to knock him out of that game. He should be fine moving forward, but we'll keep an eye on his practice participation this week.

 
 
 

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