Shark Bites

The Cowboys have released K Brett Maher. It's a move about 2 months overdue. Maher has missed 10 of his 30 FG attempts this season, including 6 from under 50 yards. Dallas will now turn to K Kai Forbath, who made his lone FG attempt but just 1 of 2 XPs in his Week 13 cameo with New England.

The Eagles have released WR Jordan Matthews. This comes just a day after he played 96% of the offensive snaps in the loss to Seattle. The move suggests that the Eagles expect at least 1 of Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor back for Week 13.

The Dolphins have released RB Mark Walton after another off-field issue. “We were made aware of a police matter earlier this morning regarding Mark Walton," GM Chris Grier said. "We hold our players to a high standard and take these matters very seriously." We'll see exactly what Walton did this time, but he might not be good enough to get another shot elsewhere with all his baggage. Miami seems committed to Kalen Ballage as their lead back, although it'd certainly make sense to starting giving RBs Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin more work.

The Browns have released WR Antonio Callaway. He slipped to the the 4th round of the 2018 draft due to a plethora of off-field issues -- and that continued in Cleveland. We'll see if the 22-year-old gets another shot elsewhere. Rashard Higgins is back as the Browns' #3 WR but isn't a fantasy option unless we see this passing game get rolling.

The Bengals have waived MLB Preston Brown. It's an overdue move on a guy who has never been particularly good. Pro Football Focus grades Brown 81st this season among 90 off-ball LBs who have played at least 140 snaps. Rookie Germaine Pratt should see more playing time going forward. We'll have to see him get enough to be IDP relevant before we can use Pratt in fantasy lineups, though. The 3rd-round pick played a season-high 49% of Cincinnati's defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.

Browns WR Antonio Callaway is a healthy scratch for today's game against the Bills. He's been serving as Cleveland's #3 WR -- a role that now figures to go back to Rashard Higgins. Higgins isn't a viable Week 10 fantasy play, but he's worth keeping an eye on today.

The Eagles have signed WR Jordan Matthews. He opened his career in Philly from 2014 to 2016 and also spent 2018 there, so he has some familiarity with QB Carson Wentz and HC Doug Pederson. Matthews has struggled with injuries in recent seasons, but if healthy could push WR Mack Hollins for snaps down the stretch. We wouldn't bother adding Matthews to fantasy rosters right now, though.

Dolphins RB Mark Walton has been suspended 4 games for violating the league's conduct and substance abuse policy. He'll be eligible to return in Week 14 but can be dropped in fantasy leagues with short and medium-sized benches. Walton's absence leaves RB Kalen Ballage and his current 2.0 yards-per-carry average atop Miami's depth chart. He'll have volume on his side but is tough to like as anything more than a desperation RB3 or flex. Rookie Myles Gaskin figures to serve as the Dolphins' #2 RB.

The Patriots are releasing K Mike Nugent, according to insider Albert Breer. Nugent made just 5 of 8 FG attempts and missed an XP in 4 games with New England. We'll see who the Pats bring in as his replacement.

The Falcons have released K Matt Bryant. The 44-year-old missed 5 of 14 FG attempts -- plus an XP -- in 7 games. He'll be replaced by K Younghoe Koo, who made just 3 of 6 FGs in his only NFL action with the Chargers back in 2017.

The Lions have activated RB Paul Perkins from the practice squad. He was signed in mid-September and waived a month later before landing on Detroit's practice squad. Perkins sports a career 3.6 yards-per-carry average and figures to slot in as the #3 RB behind Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic. It's excellent news for Johnson if this is the only move the Lions make at RB.

The Cardinals have signed RB Alfred Morris. The 30-year-old averaged 3.9 yards on 111 carries for the 49ers last year. In Arizona, he'll slot in as veteran insurance behind Chase Edmonds for however long David Johnson is out with his ankle injury.

The Giants have released RB Jon Hilliman and signed RB Buck Allen. Hilliman operated as the team's lead back in Thursday night's game against the Patriots but mustered just 38 yards on 11 carries. Allen has averaged just 3.7 yards per carry across 4 NFL seasons but does own 169 career catches. Of course, this move will only matter if both Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Wayne Gallman (concussion) aren't ready for Week 7.

The Titans have released K Cairo Santos. The move isn't surprising after Santos missed 4 FG tries in Sunday's loss to the Bills. That included misses from 33 and 36 yards out. We'll see who gets the next shot to fill in for Ryan Succop, who is on IR.

The Patriots have signed K Mike Nugent to replace K Stephen Gostkowski, who is out for the year with a hip injury. Nugent sports a career 81.4% FG conversion rate across 14 seasons, including nailing all 6 FG tries in 3 games with the Raiders last year. He's a viable fantasy option kicking for the high-scoring Patriots.

The Cardinals have released WR Michael Crabtree, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Crabtree was a healthy scratch for Week 1 and played just 31 snaps over the past 2 games. Rookie KeeSean Johnson operated as Arizona's #4 WR in Week 3, behind Christian Kirk, Larry Fitzgerald and Damiere Byrd.

Steelers WR Donte Moncrief will be a healthy scratch for this afternoon's game against the 49ers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Moncrief has been abysmal through 2 weeks, and Pittsburgh is moving forward with James Washington and Diontae Johnson as the #2 and #3 WRs behind JuJu Smith-Schuster.

WR Antonio Brown tweeted Sunday morning that he "will not be playing in the NFL anymore," citing the owners' ability to renege on contract guarantees. Brown and the Patriots are about to have it out over how much the team owes him. We imagine Brown would consider continuing his NFL career if another team offers him a big chunk of money. But we're also not betting on that happening this season.

The Patriots have released WR Antonio Brown. Enough was finally enough for New England. Frankly, we'd be surprised if another team took a shot on Brown -- but a lot has surprised us with this guy over the past month. He's worth hanging on to in fantasy leagues for now. The Patriots, meanwhile, are back to Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon as their top 2 WRs. Both guys get a nice fantasy boost with Brown out of the picture.

The NFL has made no ruling on Patriots WR Antonio Brown as of Wednesday morning. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport notes that the league tends to have a player's status decided by Wednesday, so it looks like Brown will be eligible for this weekend's game against the Jets. He played just 33% of New England's offensive snaps in his debut last week but posted a 4-56-1 line on 8 targets.

 
 
 

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