Shark Bites

The Rams have released K Sam Ficken, who made just 1 of 3 FGs over the past 2 weeks. K Greg Zuerlein isn't ready to return from his groin injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, so we'll see who the Rams sign.

UPDATE: The Rams have signed K Cairo Santos. With a career 84.1% FG conversion rate, he'll be a viable spot starter for however long Zuerlein remains out.

According to multiple reports, Titans WR Rishard Matthews has asked the team to release him because of a lack of targets. That comes just weeks after the veteran receiver signed an extension with the team following his return from a knee injury. We'll see how quickly his wish is granted and where Matthews winds up. His departure could eventually help Taywan Taylor's outlook, though Tennessee doesn't look ready to support the fantasy value of any WR besides Corey Davis right now.

UPDATE: Matthews has been released.

The Vikings have released K Daniel Carlson. The 5th-round rookie missed 3 FGs in Sunday's tie against the Packers. Carlson will be replaced by longtime Cowboys K Dan Bailey, who is 2nd in NFL history with an 88.2% career FG conversion rate. Bailey immediately becomes a fantasy option this week against the Bills.

11:09am EDT 9/17/18

The Rams have signed K Sam Ficken after K Greg Zuerlein injured his groin in pregame warmups yesterday. The Rams aren't expected to place Zuerlein on IR, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, but it looks like he'll miss time. Zuerlein owners need to add a replacement off the waiver wire this week.

UPDATE: Rams HC Sean McVay said Monday that Zuerline will be out “at least a few weeks.”

The Patriots have signed WR Corey Coleman to a 1-year deal. It's an intriguing landing spot considering New England's shallow WR corps and the presence of one Tom Brady. But Coleman has already flamed out with 2 teams this offseason, including a Bills squad with the worst WR corps in the league. We'll keep an eye on him, but Coleman isn't worth a roster spot in redraft leagues right now.

Patriots RB Jeremy Hill tore his right ACL in Sunday's win over the Texans and will miss the rest of the season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hill's injury leaves even more immediate work available for Rex Burkhead, who handed 18 of 27 Patriots RB rushing attempts vs. Houston. It also removes competition for rookie Sony Michel (knee) whenever he's ready to be active on gameday. Should Michel continue to miss games, James White could also see more ground work. White carried 5 times against the Texans. Hill signed just a 1-year deal with New England. He turns 26 in October.

Patriots RB Jeremy Hill injured his right knee in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's opener against the Texans. He took a shot right to the knee trying to make a tackle after a Rob Gronkowski fumble. Hill was in obvious pain but was able to walk off the field with the help of trainers. We'll pass along an update when we get one.

UPDATE: Hill has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

The Saints on Saturday promoted RB Jonathan Williams from the practice squad. It continues a weird circuit that started with him looking like Mark Ingram's main fill-in, then found him cut and signed to the practice squad. We'll see exactly how Saints RB touches get allotted in the opener. Don't trust any New Orleans RB beyond Alvin Kamara in fantasy lineups.

Titans WR Rishard Matthews (knee) suggested that he expects to be limited in Sunday's opener against the Dolphins. "I think I am as good as I am going to be right now," he said. "I’m ready to go in there and contribute wherever they need me to." Matthews had early-August surgery to repair his meniscus and was just activated off the PUP list on August 26. So it's no surprise that he won't be a full-go this weekend. Matthews shouldn't be in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Titans WR Rishard Matthews (knee) isn't listed on the team's Week 1 injury report. It's a bit surprising that he's already a full-go after early-August surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Matthews was just activated from the PUP list 10 days ago. We'd shy away from using him in Week 1 fantasy lineups, but he could quickly emerge as a WR3 option.

The Saints have released RB Boston Scott. The rookie looked like the #2 RB a few days ago but was deemed expendable after New Orleans added RB Mike Gillislee. It's now just Gillislee and Alvin Kamara in the backfield for Sunday's opener against the Bucs. We're expecting a hefty workload for Kamara and a pass-heavy game plan from the Saints. Gillislee figures to mix in for a handful of carries.

The Chargers cut rookie RB Justin Jackson to make room for TE Antonio Gates. That only further solidifies Austin Ekeler as the #2 and handcuff to Melvin Gordon

The Saints have signed former Patriots RB Mike Gillislee to a 1-year deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gillislee steps into the spot vacated by Jonathan Williams' Saturday release and could see meaningful touches during Mark Ingram's 4-game suspension. We'll, of course, need to wait at least a week to see before trying to use Gillislee in fantasy lineups. His arrival keeps Trey Edmunds -- and perhaps Boston Scott -- buried on the depth chart for now. Alvin Kamara is the only Saints RB who should be in Week 1 fantasy football plans.

The Broncos informed QB Paxton Lynch on Sunday that they're releasing him, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The only surprise here is that it came a day after the deadline to submit a 53-man roster. The delay points to Denver seeking a trade before quitting on the former 1st-round pick. Lynch might get another shot somewhere, but he shouldn't be on rosters in any fantasy football format at this point.

The Patriots have claimed WRs Chad Hansen and Amara Darboh off waivers, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Hansen went to the Jets in Round 4 of the 2017 draft and enjoyed a buzzy spring this year but fell short of the final roster. Darboh arrived as a 3rd-round pick in Seattle in the same draft. He caught 115 passes over his final 2 seasons at Michigan, leading both team's in receptions. Each young player is worth a dynasty look in an exceedingly shallow Patriots WR corps. Don't go out of your way to take a redraft shot on either, though. Hansen is 11 months younger (23 until January; Darboh 24 until February).

The Giants are waiving 2017 third-round pick QB Davis Webb, according to ESPN's Jordan Ranaan. Webb had been listed 2nd on the depth chart, but this pretty clearly indicates the team likes Kyle Lauletta better long term. There's also a pretty good chance that Eli Manning's successor still isn't on the roster yet.

The Saints have cut RB Jonathan Williams, who seemed on track to pick up early carries in Mark Ingram's absence. Williams' departure leaves Trey Edmunds and rookie Boston Scott as potential early touch collectors during Ingram's 4-game suspension. Don't go out of your way to draft any non-starting Saints RB over the next week, though.

The Steelers have released QB Landry Jones after 5 years with the team. The team is keeping QBs Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs on the 53-man roster. Jones appeared in games each of the past 3 years, but Dobbs now sits next on the team's most recent depth chart. He'd likely be the next guy in if Ben Roethlisberger went down early in the season, but Rudolph -- a 3rd-round pick in April -- is the better long-term bet for dynasty owners.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Cowboys have cut RB Bo Scarbrough. It's not a shocking development for a 7th-round pick, but it's noteworthy for the 228-pound former Alabama back with a 109.2 speed score. Scarbrough figures to at least land on a practice squad somewhere but doesn't merit any special dynasty consideration.

The Dolphins have cut WR Leonte Carroo. A 3rd-round pick in 2016, Carroo caught just 10 total passes over 2 seasons with Miami. We'll see if he gets a meaningful shot anywhere else.

 
 
 

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