Shark Bites

The Raiders have placed RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) on IR. That knocks him out for at least 8 weeks, meaning Week 16 would be the earliest he could return. Lynch is obviously droppable in all fantasy leagues. The tanking Raiders will move forward with a Doug Martin and Jalen Richard backfield. Neither is more than a RB3, with Martin the better bet in non-PPR and Richard in PPR.

Colts HC Frank Reich said Monday that K Adam Vinatieri is dealing with a groin injury. That explains why the usually reliable veteran missed a pair of XPs in yesterday's win over the Bills. The Colts will work out Ks this week, so Vinatieri isn't a lock to play against the Raiders on Sunday. Look elsewhere for your Week 8 K.

Dolphins HC Adam Gase confirmed on Monday that QB Brock Osweiler will start Thursday night's game against the Texans. QB Ryan Tannehill remains without a timetable for return from his shoulder injury. Osweiler has been surprisingly solid over the past 2 weeks, completing 67% of his passes, averaging 8.3 yards per attempt and tossing 5 TDs vs. 2 INTs. Still, he's no better than a low-end QB2 for Week 8.

Dolphins WR Kenny Stills (groin) is out for Thursday night's game against the Texans. "And we'll see after that," HC Adam Gase said at his Monday presser. With WR Albert Wilson (hip) also out, Miami is down to Danny Amendola, Jakeem Grant and DeVante Parker.

Jaguars HC Doug Marrone announced Monday that QB Blake Bortles will start this weekend's game against the Eagles in London. Bortles was yanked in the 3rd quarter of yesterday's game against the Texans after losing a pair of fumbles. That (surprisingly) was the 1st time he'd ever been benched in-game. He figures to be on a short leash again on Sunday and can't be trusted in Week 8 fantasy lineups.

An MRI on Patriots RB Sony Michel's injured knee revealed no structural damage, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The rookie is considered "week-to-week." It's about the best possible news Michel owners could have hoped for. We'll keep you updated on his rehab. It's worth noting that New England has a Week 11 bye, so a Week 12 return might be most likely. We'd try to hang on to Michel as a potential RB1 down the stretch.

The Raiders have traded WR Amari Cooper to the Cowboys in exchange for a 1st-round pick. That's a massive price to pay for a guy who's been more disappointing than not since the start of the 2017 campaign. Of course, Cooper is still just 24, has a 1st-round resume and has certainly flashed upside. This isn't exactly a great landing spot, though. Cooper will be the clear #1 option in Dallas' passing game, but the Cowboys rank 31st in pass rate. Plus, it tends to be tough for WRs to settle into new offenses mid-season. Consider Cooper a WR3 for now. Oakland, meanwhile, is left with Jordy Nelson, Martavis Bryant and Seth Roberts atop the WR depth chart.

Texans WR Keke Coutee's latest hamstring injury isn't considered serious, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie isn't expected to play against the Dolphins on Thursday night, "but may not be out much more than that," Rapoport adds. Coutee is worth hanging on to in most fantasy leagues.

An MRI has confirmed that Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander tore his left ACL in Sunday's win over the Browns, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That will end the LB's season after just 6 games. It marks the 3rd time in his 4 pro seasons that Alexander has played 12 games or fewer (the 1st of those because of a PED suspension). LB Adarius Taylor played a season-high 62% of the defensive snaps against Cleveland. That marked the 4th straight week in which his playing time increased. Taylor certainly looks like the biggest beneficiary of the Alexander injury. We'd like to wait and see just how much the strong-side starter plays against the Bengals in Week 8 before using him in IDP lineups.

Dolphins WR Kenny Stills suffered a groin strain late in Sunday's loss to the Lions, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. No word yet on how long Stills will be out, but he seems unlikely to be ready for Thursday night's game against the Texans. With WR Albert Wilson also sidelined, Miami is down to Danny Amendola, Jakeem Grant and DeVante Parker.

Dolphins WR Albert Wilson's hip injury could cost him the rest of the season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The injury is reportedly to Wilson's labrum. “The best case scenario is that he would miss a few weeks," agent Drew Rosenhaus said in a radio appearance. We should learn more later today. Jakeem Grant stepped in as Miami's #3 WR after Wilson exited yesterday's game.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has yet to report to the team as of Monday morning, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He was expected to show up during last week's bye. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday morning that it's now "more likely" Bell doesn't report until Week 9. For now, proceed as if James Conner will get at least 1 more game as Pittsburgh's feature back.

A Patriots source told ESPN's Adam Schefter this regarding RB Sony Michel's knee injury: “Expect it will be a little bit but not overly serious. Won’t know til they look at it Monday.” It sounds like Michel avoided a season-ending injury but figures to miss some time. We should learn more later today. James White and Kenjon Barner are left as the Patriots' healthy RBs right now. They figure to add someone this week. Free agent and former Patriot Mike Gillislee's name has been tossed around.

Cowboys TE Geoff Swaim injured his right knee in Sunday's loss to the Redskins. He hauled in all 3 of his targets for 25 yards before exiting. Rookie TE Dalton Schultz picked up some playing time in Swaim's absence. We'll look for more info on his injury today.

Bengals WR John Ross exited Sunday night's game in Kansas City with a groin injury. He had missed the previous 2 games with a groin issue. We'll see how much time this costs him, but Ross isn't worth rostering in redraft leagues.

Panthers DE Mario Addison saw his playing time limited by a back injury in Sunday's win over the Eagles. He managed to play just 27% of the snaps, compared with a 68% share over the 1st 5 games. Addison eventually left for good in the 4th quarter. We'll keep an eye on his status heading into a Week 8 meeting with the Ravens.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict left Sunday night's game against the Chiefs with a hip injury and did not return. We'll check on his status heading into a Week 8 meeting with the Bucs.

Bengals S Shawn Williams (concussion) is active for tonight's game against the Chiefs. He's not a strong IDP candidate and doesn't move the needle for the team D in 1 of the league's worst matchups for team-D scoring.

Texans WR Keke Coutee confirmed that the hamstring he injured in today's game against the Jaguars is the same one that cost him the first 3 games of the season. He said afterward that the injury “isn’t as bad as previous one” but conceded that he’s unlikely to play against the Dolphins on Thursday night.

49ers RB Matt Breida hurt his ankle on his 1st carry of Sunday's game against the Rams. He's officially questionable to return -- although trainers were taping up that ankle on the sidelines. We'll update Breida's status as we learn more.

UPDATE: Breida returned late in the 1st quarter.

 
 
 

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