Shark Bites

3:10pm EDT 10/27/20

The Rams have released K Sam Sloman. He missed his 3rd FG of the season in Monday night's win over the Bears. Sloman will be replaced by K Kai Forbath, who's connected on 87% of his career FG attempts across 8 seasons.

The Jaguars have released K Stephen Hauschka after he missed a pair of FGs in Sunday's loss to the Texans. K Jon Brown has been promoted from the practice squad and becomes Jacksonville's 5th different K this season.

Recently signed K Stephen Hauschka (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Bengals. Aldrick Rosas was promoted from the practice squad to kick for Jacksonville today.

The Jaguars are signing K Stephen Hauschka, according to multiple reports. He will replace rookie Brandon Wright, who filled in Thursday night for injured K Josh Lambo. With Lambo on IR (left hip injury), the job should be Hauschka's for at least the next 2 games.

The Vikings are expected to sign free-agent LB Todd Davis on Wednesday, according to Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver. Davis got cut by the Broncos as they got down to their 53-man regular season roster. We don't expect Davis to threated the playing time of LB Eric Wilson, who's in for full-time duty with Anthony Barr (pectoral tear) out for the year. We'll see about Davis' role.

The Broncos have signed QB Blake Bortles. QB Jeff Driskel will get the 1st crack at replacing the injured Drew Lock -- but Bortles could hit the field if Driskel struggles. Both Bortles and Driskel bring enough rushing upside to be QB2 considerations in fantasy.

The 49ers on Tuesday reached a deal with WR Mohamed Sanu. The former Falcon spent 2016 with Niners HC Kyle Shanahan as his OC in Atlanta. Sanu failed to make the Patriots' regular-season roster this year, though, just months after New England traded a 2nd-round pick to acquire him. That suggests we shouldn't expect a whole lot from the veteran wideout. His signing follows WR Deebo Samuel landing on IR. Shanahan has said, however, that he'll "be surprised" if rookie WR Brandon Aiyuk isn't ready to play in Week 2.

The Browns released K Austin Seibert, who missed a FG and an XP in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. K Cody Parkey has been promoted from the practice squad and will get the 1st crack at replacing Seibert. We'd avoid the situation in Week 2 fantasy lineups.

The Patriots have waived K Justin Rohrwasser and released K Nick Folk. That leaves the team with no kicker for the moment. We'll watch for tryouts over the coming week. For now, though, don't draft a Patriots kicker.

The Seahawks have released WR Paul Richardson, less than a week after re-signing him. That timeline makes it surprising. But since bringing Richardson back, Seattle has also re-signed WR Josh Gordon and re-worked WR David Moore's contract. So it's not ultimately a shock to see Richardson left out. Phillip Dorsett also remains in the WR3 picture. And, of course, we're talking about 1 of the league's most run-leaning offenses. So none of these wideouts is likely to make a significant fantasy impact.

The Colts have released K Chase McLaughlin. That's a bit surprising. He filled in for an injured Adam Vinatieri last year, making 5 of 6 FGs and all 11 extra-point attempts over the final 4 games. The release appears to leave rookie Rodrigo Blankenship as the winner of the kicker competition. All the reports we'd seen out of Colts camp had Blankenship not performing particularly well. This doesn't look like a kicker situation to target in your fantasy football drafts. But if you take a Colts kicker, make sure it's not McLaughlin.

The Chiefs are releasing RB DeAndre Washington, according to ESPN's Field Yates. That seems to solidify Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire on the depth chart. Each makes for a solid stash late in fantasy football drafts, with Williams the #2.

The Raiders on Friday released S Damarious Randall. Vegas signed the former Brown this offseason to a 1-year deal, but he apparently failed to work his way into the 2020 plan. Instead, Erik Harris and Johnathan Abram look poised to start at safety. Abram arrived in the 1st round of last year's NFL Draft and was a lock to start after returning from his rookie-season shoulder injury. Harris spent nearly all of last season starting for the Raiders after Abram's injury, and he cracked the top 20 DBs in most IDP formats.

The Broncos on Friday released ILB Todd Davis. It's a surprising move, especially because he's reportedly recovered from the calf injury that cost Davis most of training camp. The move leaves Alexander (A.J.) Johnson as a clear starter and Josey Jewell as the presumed other starter. Johnson has been a strong value in our IDP rankings all offseason. Jewell can be a late option in deep leagues, but he played his way out of a starting job last year.

The Rams released Ks Austin MacGinnis and Lirim Hajrullahu. That leaves Sam Sloman as the starter heading into Week 1. We'd avoid him in fantasy lineups for now -- but he might emerge as a spot-start option.

8:09am EDT 9/4/20

The Buccaneers are releasing K Matt Gay, a 5th-round pick from 2019. Gay ranked 4th among kickers in scoring last season but made just 77.1% of his FGs and even missed 5 extra-point attempts. He reportedly hadn't been any better this summer. Veteran K Ryan Succop takes over the job and should be a solid option for Week 1 fantasy lineups.

The Cowboys on Thursday released S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. It's an unfortunate turn for a veteran free agent Dallas signed this offseason to take over for Jeff Heath at SS. But it's not surprising. Multiple reporters mentioned Clinton-Dix trending toward losing the starting gig to Darian Thompson. Clinton-Dix's release makes Thompson a deep IDP sleeper in a role that has seen productive turns under DC Mike Nolan through multiple coaching stops. A 3rd-round pick by the Giants back in 2016, Thompson spent 2 injury-affected years there before spending the past 2 as a reserve with the Cowboys. Thompson will turn just 27 in September, though, and delivered big plays in coverage back at Boise State (19 INTs in 4 seasons, including 12 over his final 2).

The Patriots are releasing WR Mohamed Sanu, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It seems like a surprise, but ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss had projected less than a day earlier that Sanu would miss the 53-man roster. It officially makes New England's trade for the wideout last year an awful move. We'll see if Sanu lands elsewhere, but he's certainly not worth clinging to in any format. Sanu's departure leaves more room for WRs such as Damiere Byrd and Gunner Olszewski.

The Seahawks have signed WR Paul Richardson. He spent his first 4 NFL seasons from 2014 to 2017 in Seattle, posting a career-best 44-703-6 line in that final year. Richardson figures to duke it out with Phillip Dorsett for the #3 WR job. He'd need an injury to Tyler Lockett or D.K. Metcalf to have a shot at real fantasy value.

The Ravens on Sunday "terminated" the contract of S Earl Thomas for "personal conduct that has adversely affected" the team. Thomas got sent home this week after an in-practice fight with S Chuck Clark. There had also been recent reports of teammates being unhappy with Thomas effort, such as showing up late to meetings. Thomas remained a productive player in his 1st Baltimore season and isn't done physically at 31. Expect him to get another shot with a different team. We'll see about Baltimore's replacement plan.


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