Shark Bites

Chiefs S Daniel Sorensen suffered a knee injury this week that will require surgery and sideline him into the early part of the regular season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Sorensen had been working as a starter next to Eric Berry. His absence presents opportunity for rookie Armani Watts to step up, though. We'll see if Sorensen's spot is waiting for him -- or taken -- when he returns.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (knee) is ready for the start of training camp, HC Andy Reid said. Ware missed the entire 2017 campaign with a torn PCL and LCL in his right knee. He was set to open last season in a committee with Kareem Hunt but obviously returns as a pure backup. We're curious to see just how much action Ware steals from Hunt this year, though. Note that Hunt's 67.2% carry share last season was the 2nd highest mark in Reid's 19 seasons as a HC.

The Chiefs have reached a 5-year deal with LB Anthony Hitchens worth about $9 million a year, according to multiple reports. Hitchens played well across 4 seasons with the Cowboys, playing all 16 games in each of the 1st 3. The deal with K.C. obviously indicates he'll line up as the team's new top ILB. Hitchens should be in for much bigger stats and more IDP value with the Chiefs than he's posted to this point. We'll see whether Dallas seeks a replacement or believes Jaylon Smith is ready to step in as a full-timer.

WR Sammy Watkins is set to sign with the Chiefs when free agency opens on Wednesday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that it's a 3-year, $48 million deal with a whopping $30 million guaranteed. Watkins never seemed to fully settle into the Rams offense after being dealt to Los Angeles last August. But he averaged a strong 15.2 yards per catch and scored 8 times. Most importantly, he didn't miss a game due to injury for the 1st time since his rookie campaign back in 2014. Watkins turns just 25 in June and remains a big-time talent. He has target competition on his hands, though, joining a Chiefs offense featuring TE Travis Kelce, WR Tyreek Hill and RB Kareem Hunt. It's a loaded group, making 2nd-year QB Patrick Mahomes a major breakout candidate in 2018.

The Chiefs have ruled TE Travis Kelce out for the rest of the Wild Card round game against the Titans with a concussion. It's his 2nd concussion of the season, following an October head injury that didn't cost Kelce any games. Demetrius Harris will see more activity in the 2nd half.

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Chiefs TE Travis Kelce is a healthy scratch for today's finale against the Broncos. Demetrius Harris will serve as K.C.'s lead TE. RB Kareem Hunt is active, but we'd be surprised if he played much.

Dolphins RB Damien Williams (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game against the Bills. Kenyan Drake will again operate as Miami’s feature back in a pristine matchup.

Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (illness) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Broncos. With RB Kareem Hunt unlikely to play much, if at all, RB Akeem Hunt is in line to handle the majority of backfield duties. The 3rd-year pro has just 41 NFL carries under his belt, although he's averaged 5.0 yards per. Hunt has also averaged 7.9 yards on 12 catches. He caught 86 balls over his final 2 years at Purdue and tested as an above-average athlete in the pre-draft process (63rd percentile SPARQ). It'd be tough to trust Hunt in season-long lineups, but he's an intriguing DFS value.

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Broncos for non-injury reasons. He's being rested in the meaningless finale. HC Andy Reid has already said QB Alex Smith won't play this weekend, and we're not expecting to see RB Kareem Hunt or Travis Kelce either.

Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (illness) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Broncos. Players almost always play through illnesses, but his status will be worth checking on Sunday. Chiefs-Broncos doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET, so we'll look for an update in the morning. With RB Kareem Hunt not expected to play much, if at all, West's absence would leave Akeem Hunt as Kansas City's lead back.

Dolphins RB Damien Williams (shoulder) is doubtful for Week 17. Kenyan Drake will again operate as Miami’s feature back in a plus matchup against Buffalo’s 32nd-ranked RB defense.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid announced Wednesday that QB Patrick Mahomes will start this weekend's finale against the Broncos. Kansas City is locked into the AFC's #4 seed and has nothing to gain on Sunday. We doubt that RB Kareem Hunt, WR Tyreek Hill or TE Travis Kelce play much, if at all. That makes Mahomes tougher to like -- especially in a tough spot in Denver.

Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams (quad, ribs) is active for today’s game against the Giants. He only got in a limited practice on Friday this week and might cede more work to RB Elijhaa Penny. Williams is a risky RB3 or flex for Week 16.

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston is active for today's game against the Dolphins. He came in questionable with an illness but is fine for normal use in your IDP lineups.

Dolphins RB Damien Williams (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game against the Chiefs. Kenyan Drake will be super busy again after racking up 64 carries and 14 catches over the past 3 games.

Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams (quad, ribs) is expected to play against the Giants today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Williams was knocked out of last week's game with that quad injury and only got in a limited practice on Friday. He's a risky Week 16 fantasy play, despite the plus matchup.

Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams (quad) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Giants. He only got in a limited practice on Friday. We’ll look for an update on his availability on Sunday morning, but we might not find out his official status until 3 pm ET. If Williams can’t go, Arizona will be down to RBs Elijhaa Penny and D.J. Foster.

Dolphins RB Damien Williams (shoulder) is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. Kenyan Drake will remain in a feature-back role. He’s racked up 64 carries and 14 catches over the past 3 games.

Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams (quad) didn't practice on Wednesday. He's in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Giants. His absence would leave Arizona down to RBs Elijhaa Penny and D.J Foster.

Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams came away from Sunday's loss to Washington with a quad injury, according to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss. It's not clear when Williams got hurt, but that might explain the reversal in backfield work in the 2nd half. After he logged 14 first-half rushing attempts vs. Elijhaa Penny's 3, Williams ran just 3 more times vs. Penny's 7 over the final 2 quarters. We'll track Williams' participation and status heading into a positive Week 16 home matchup with the Giants.

 
 
 

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