Shark Bites

WR Antonio Brown has been suspended 8 games for multiple violations of the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy. Brown, of course, remains a free agent. And this suspension won't help his chances of finding a job. He's not worth considering in fantasy drafts right now.

The Panthers have released K Graham Gano. That leaves the starting job for now to K Joey Slye, who connected on 78% of FG attempts and 87% of XPs last year. Carolina might still bring in competition if Slye struggles in August.

NFL Network reports the Giants will cut K Aldrick Rosas “soon.” Rosas followed being a lackluster FG kicker with an off-season arrest for an alleged hit-and-run. Make sure you avoid him in best-ball drafts. Keep an eye on free-agent K Stephen Gostkowski, with the Giants now employing former Patriots coach Joe Judge as HC.

The Seahawks will try to re-sign WR Josh Gordon if he's reinstated by the league, according to ESPN's John Clayton. Gordon spent 5 games with Seattle last year, totaling 7 catches for 139 yards. He'd have a good shot to slide in as the #3 WR behind Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf this season -- but would likely struggle for reliable fantasy value in the Seahawks' run-leaning offense. Still, there are worse late-round fliers in best-ball drafts. Gordon filed for reinstatement a month ago and is hoping to get a decision from the league soon.

The Seahawks and Ravens have discussed signing WR Antonio Brown, NFL Network's Mike Silver reports. Brown has had numerous off-field issues since being released by the Raiders and Patriots over a 2-week span this past September. Silver believes Brown "may be facing a suspension of about half a season." Of course, he posted a 105-1,2297-15 line in his last full season back in 2018 and went for 56 yards and a score in his only game last year. There are worse late-round fliers in best-ball drafts right now.

Giants K Aldrick Rosas was arrested on Tuesday and charged with a hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license. He reportedly T-boned another vehicle when he ran a red light at about 100 mph -- and then fled the scene. Authorities believe alcohol was involved. Rosas figures to draw a suspension from the league for this, and the Giants might just opt to release him. Avoid him in upcoming fantasy drafts.

The Patriots have released K Stephen Gostkowski, saving $3.5 million against the 2020 cap. The 36-year-old Gostkowski missed 12 games last season with a hip injury. He leaves New England as the team's all-time leading scorer. A healthy Gostkowski should land a starting job elsewhere. We'll see who the Patriots bring in to kick.

The Falcons have released RB Devonta Freeman, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The move saves Atlanta more than $3 million against the 2020 cap. Freeman just turned 28 but looked like a guy running on empty last season. He averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per carry and ranked dead last in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades among 45 RBs with 100+ attempts. We'll see what kind of interest Freeman garners on the open market. His departure leaves the Falcons with Ito Smith and Brian Hill atop the RB depth chart, making Atlanta 1 of the top destinations for a free-agent or rookie RB.

The Titans have released TE Delanie Walker. Walker racked up 381 catches across 7 seasons with Tennessee but played in just 8 total games over the past 2 seasons because of injuries. He has said he plans to play again in 2020 but will turn 36 in August. Jonnu Smith stands as the lead TE with Walker gone and will carry upside from his TE2 ADP if he remains in that spot. Tennessee also released K Ryan Succop.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Dolphins will be releasing S Reshad Jones when the 2020 league year begins on March 18. The move will reportedly free up $5.3 million in salary-cap space. It also comes as no surprise, if you paid any attention to Jones' up-and-down usage in 2019. Jones remains a solid player heading into his age-32 season and should be able to catch on elsewhere (assuming he wants to continue playing).

The Giants have cut LB Alec Ogletree. The unsurprising move clears a bunch of cap space, as Ogletree was due to count more than $10 million against the cap this year and next. It's unsurprising because Ogletree isn't a special player, consistently delivering better fantasy numbers than he does real-life performance. The 28-year-old figures to catch on with another team, though, and we wouldn't be surprised to see him back in a starting lineup by September. The Giants, meanwhile, look thin at ILB and figure to address the position this offseason. The top returning member of the group looks like 2019 fifth-rounder Ryan Connelly, who had worked his way into the starting lineup before tearing an ACL in Week 4. As long as he's ready in time, Connelly should be a 2020 IDP factor.

The Bears have released WR Taylor Gabriel. The 29-year-old missed 7 games this past season with 2 separate concussion. He's maxed out as a situational big-play receiver and isn't a good bet to find real fantasy value in 2020.

Giants QB Eli Manning is set to announce his retirement on Friday, ESPN reports. The 39-year-old will finish his 16-season NFL career with a (perhaps fitting) 117-117 record. Among 85 QBs with 3,000+ career pass attempts since the 1970 merger, Manning ranks 32nd in completion rate, 44th in yards per attempt and 33rd in QB Rating. But his 2 Super Bowl rings will almost certainly land him in the Hall of Fame.

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The Chiefs have placed RB Spencer Ware on IR with a shoulder injury. That leaves Kansas City with RBs Damien Williams, LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson. Williams led the way with a 53% snap rate, 16 carries and 3 targets last week.

The Seahawks have signed RBs Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Both guys have experience in Seattle: Lynch from 2010 to 2015 and Turbin from 2012 to 2014. Neither guy has registered a touch this season, though, so it's unclear how big a role they're ready to play. Lynch has at least spent the past 2 weeks training hard in preparation for a return. It'll be Lynch, Turbin and rookie Travis Homer in Seattle's backfield against the 49ers on Sunday night. Homer is still the best fantasy bet of the trio, but it's a situation to try to avoid.

The Seahawks and RB Marshawn Lynch are meeting today about a possible reunion. “Both sides are optimistic he is back wearing 24”, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. Seattle is desperate at RB after losing Chris Carson (hip) and C.J. Prosise (arm) in the Week 16 loss to the Cardinals. Lynch, of course, spent 2011- 2015 with the Seahawks. But he hasn't played since October of 2018, and it's entirely unclear what kind of shape the 33-year-old is in. He wouldn't be a realistic Week 17 fantasy option, but he'd make RB Travis Homer tougher to trust.

Jets WR Demaryius Thomas (knee, hamstring) missed practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Steelers. His absence should mean a few extra targets for WRs Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder, but those guys remain low-upside fantasy plays in this difficult matchup.

Bears WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion) is out again for Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs. That keeps Anthony Miller locked in as the #2 option in Chicago’s passing game. Consider him an upside WR3 vs. a Kansas City defense susceptible to slot receivers.

Seahawks WR Josh Gordon has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league's policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse. It's his 5th suspension. This could and probably should be the end of Gordon's NFL career. Seattle will go back to WRs David Moore and Malik Turner behind Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) isn’t listed on the final Week 15 injury report. He practiced on Thursday and Friday after sitting out on Wednesday, which looks like was just a rest day. Freeman has racked up 42 touches in 2 games since returning from his foot injury but has a brutal matchup on Sunday vs. San Francisco’s 2nd-ranked RB defense.

 
 
 

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