Shark Bites

Packers RB Jamaal Williams limped off the field during Thursday night's preseason game agains the Steelers with an ankle injury. We'll look for an update on the severity. Williams has been in the driver's seat for Green Bay's starting job for at least the first 2 weeks of the season with RB Aaron Jones suspended. If this ankle injury gets in the way, the Packers would be left with Ty Montgomery atop the depth chart.

Eagles QB Nick Foles injured his right (throwing) shoulder in Thursday night's preseason game against the Patriots. The team is calling it a "shoulder strain." Foles played poorly before exiting, completing just 3 of 9 passes for 44 yards. The injury is a major concern considering QB Carson Wentz isn't a lock to be ready for Week 1. Nate Sudfeld is Philly's #3 QB.

Redskins RB Samaje Perine injured his left ankle on his 1st carry of Thursday night's preseason game against the Jets. That came after RB Rob Kelley ran with QB Alex Smith and the 1st-team offense. So Perine remains behind Kelley on the depth chart and is now hurt. We'll see how long he's sidelined, but he can't afford to miss much time if he wants to pass Kelley by Week 1.

Patriots QB Tom Brady played the entire 1st half of Thursday night's preseason game against the Eagles. He finished 19 of 26 for 172 yards and 2 TDs -- 1 to WR Chris Hogan and 1 to RB James White. Brady had been limited in training camp with a back issue but looked no worse for wear in this one. He remains 1 of the top QBs in fantasy football -- and worth a look if he gets into the 7th round of fantasy drafts.

Ks Caleb Sturgis and Roberto Aguayo remain in a battle for the starting job with the Chargers. Sturgis made a 45-yarder but missed from 41 yards out in the preseason opener, while Aguayo hit both his XPs. “I’d love to make the decision sooner than later,” HC Anthony Lynn said. “I really would. But it’s so close right now.” Avoid this situation in fantasy drafts until we get a winner.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is out of the concussion protocol, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac reports. It's still unclear whether Big Ben actually sustained a concussion in practice earlier this week, but it's a non-issue now. With an ADP sitting in the 10th round, Roethlisberger is 1 of a handful of solid QBs values late in drafts.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Roethlisberger did not sustain a concussion.

Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin was sprinting on a side field during Thursday's practice, according to The Athletic's Michael-Shawn Dugar. That's a step in the right direction.. We haven't heard much on Baldwin's progress since he arrived to training camp with a sore knee. Both the Seahawks and ESPN's Adam Schefter expect him to be ready for Week 1, though, and it appears he's on track. Baldwin's recent 12-team ADP is sitting at 3.09.

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta believes it'd be an "upset" if QB Sam Darnold isn't the Jets' Week 1 starter. "Darnold flashed some of the skills in the preseason opener that have the Jets privately giddy about him," Mehta writes. "The brain trust is happier with this kid with each passing day." Darnold completed 13 of 18 passes for 96 yards and a TD in last week's exhibition and is expected to start tonight's preseason game against the Redskins. This could change if he bombs tonight or in the 3rd preseason game. But, for now, he's the favorite to be under center against the Lions on Monday Night Football Week 1. We just moved Darnold up the rankings -- although he's still only an option in 2-QB leagues.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott highlighted Tavon Austin when asked which of the team's new WRs have impressed him most this offseason. "I didn’t know he was as good of a receiver as he was and could run routes as well as he does, and catch the ball every single time,” Prescott said of Austin. “For me, from that standpoint, he’s not just a gadget, gadget guy. You don’t have to run him on speed sweeps and all that steps opens up the offense and you can use him there as well. He’s a guy you can put out there, inside, outside and trust he’s going to get open.” Austin has flashed throughout training camp, but it's worth noting that he was on the field for just 3 of 10 snaps with Prescott in the preseason opener -- fewer than Michael Gallup, Allen Hurns and Terrance Williams. We'll continue to monitor this WR corps, but Austin's playing time will need to grow if he has any chance to be a fantasy factor.

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley will miss the 2nd preseason game with his groin injury. He didn't play in the 1st exhibition and has missed a bunch of training camp time. Beasley is fighting for snaps in a wide-open Dallas WR corps, but this injury obviously isn't helping his cause. He's not worth a redraft roster spot right now.

Texans K Ka'imi Fairbairn is sidelined with a "minor injury," according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson. Houston has signed K Nick Rose as insurance. Avoid this situation in fantasy drafts right now.

Broncos WR Carlos Henderson has been suspended 1 game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. After a 0-catch rookie season, Henderson saw Denver add 2 WRs in this year's draft and hasn't even reported to the team since camp opened. He's unlikely to survive final cuts and is far off the redraft radar.

Saints WR Cameron Meredith has missed several straight days of practice -- along with the 1st preseason game -- while dealing with an undisclosed injury. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the issue is not Meredith's surgically repaired left knee, but that's all we know. Meredith on Tuesday tweeted, "So many obstacles on my path, trying to test my perseverance." We'll see if any further info on his situation comes out and/or when Meredith returns to the field. Until then, it might be a good idea to back off him in best-ball drafts a bit. Rookie Tre'Quan Smith, on the other hand, gains late-round intrigue as long as Meredith remains sidelined.

Update: Meredith returned to practice Tuesday, according to Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate.

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing surgery Wednesday morning to repair a broken finger, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Penny injured the finger in practice on Monday. Seattle's season kicks off in 3-and-a-half weeks, and Rapoport confirms that there's a chance Penny won't be ready for that one. The injury kills any chance he had to pass RB Chris Carson on the depth chart before Week 1. We're still projecting the rookie to lead the Seahawks backfield in touches this season, but he won't be an early-season fantasy option. Carson, meanwhile, will open the year as the lead back. Seattle's first 3 games come against Denver, Chicago and Dallas -- 3 defenses we project to be neutral matchups for RBs.

ESPN reports that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger entered the concussion protocol after taking a shot in Tuesday's practice. We have yet to see confirmation that he actually suffered a concussion, but that seems likely at this point. Of course, we've still got plenty of time before the regular season for that to be a non-issue. We'll see how the Pittsburgh QB progresses.

We passed along a late-July report from ESPN's Michael DiRocco that Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook was looking like the team's #5 WR. It sounds like that's changed -- and drastically -- over the past couple of weeks. John Oehser of the team's official website believes Westbrook "may be playing his way into a spot among the top three receivers." He ran with the starters in the preseason opener (although WR Keelan Cole was out with an injury) and hauled in 3 balls for 32 yards. "A day rarely has gone by in camp that Westbrook hasn’t stood out, and starting quarterback Blake Bortles appears to be going his way more quickly as camp continues," Oehser writes. "He appears to be putting together the entire approach necessary to be a consistent, productive NFL receiver – and that could be earning him a far bigger role this season than some observers expected." We'll continue to monitor Jacksonville's WR depth chart. Westbrook is worth a look near the end of drafts, but Marqise Lee is probably the only guy in the group we'll be able to trust in early-season fantasy lineups.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Tuesday that WR Nelson Agholor is dealing with a "lower-body injury." He's been sidelined for about a week now. Pederson wouldn't provide any other details but said the plan is to get Agholor ready for Week 1. We'll keep an eye on him over the next few weeks. Between QB Carson Wentz's knee, WR Alshon Jeffery's shoulder and now Agholor, Philly's passing game is on shaky ground.

Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage is in the concussion protocol, insider Armando Salguero reports. It's the 1st known concussion of the rookie's football career. We'll see how long Ballage is sidelined, but this obviously won't help his chances of earning an early-season role. He's not worth a roster spot in standard-sized redraft leagues.

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker is out "indefinitely" with a broken right middle finger, according to The Miami Herald. It's the latest hit for a young wideout who has struggled to even generate any positive practice reviews as he heads into his 4th season. HC Adam Gase deemed Parker "week to week" but is reportedly optimistic that the WR will be ready for Week 1. In the meantime, Albert Wilson should get more 1st-team opportunities, while WRs Danny Amendola and Kenny Stills could also find more available targets.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) admitted that "it's going to be close" for him being ready for the season opener. We've heard HC Doug Pederson and the Philly media stop short of guaranteeing that Wentz will be out there for Week 1, but this is the first time we've heard it from Wentz himself. "I obviously would love to be out there. That’s been my goal all offseason ever since the injury," he said in a Tuesday radio appearance. "It’s going to be close. It’s going to be close. I’m still eyeing that date. At the end of the day, it’s not just my decision. There’s coaches and doctors that really have the final say. I really like where I’m at and time will tell here." Wentz has been held out of full-team work since late July as he continues to work back from his torn ACL and LCL. We'll continue to monitor his progress but are staying away from him at his 7th-round ADP.

 
 
 

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