Shark Bites

The Bills have added Cole Beasley to their WR corps on a 4-year, $29 million deal. He's quietly averaged 57 catches on a 70.6% catch rate over the past 4 seasons. But Beasley has averaged just 10.3 yards per catch during that span with 17 total TDs. He's a pure slot receiver who will run most of his routes near the line of scrimmage. That makes him an awkward fit with QB Josh Allen. Beasley's addition spells trouble for WR Zay Jones, who's posted an abysmal 47.2% catch rate over his first 2 NFL seasons. Jones ran 48% of his routes from the slot last year.

The Bills will be signing WR John Brown for 3 years at $27 million, according to multiple reports. Brown will join Robert Foster and Zay Jones in the top 3. He and Foster look best suited on the outside, with Jones' skills seeming to fit nicely in the slot. Of course, all will deal with the limited accuracy of QB Josh Allen. The move doesn't bode well for Brown's fantasy football consistency. There is upside, however. Allen led all qualifying QBs last year with 19.7% of his pass attempts traveling 20+ yards downfield (according to Pro Football Focus) -- an area in which Brown excels. Allen also ranked just 20th out of 24, however, in deep-ball accuracy (36.5%).

The Bills have signed C Mitch Morse. He'll get over $11 million per year, according to NFL Network's Mike Garofolo, making Morse the league's highest-paid C. The former Chief missed 14 games over the last 2 seasons with a foot injury and concussion but ranked 13th among 38 Cs in Pro Football Focus' 2019 grades.

The Bills have signed TE Tyler Kroft to a 3-year, $18.75 million deal. It (laughably) makes Kroft the league's 15th highest-paid TE in average annual salary. The 2015 3rd-rounder caught 42 balls and scored 7 TDs back in 2017 but has totaled just 25 grabs and 1 score in his other 37 career games. He tested as a 37th percentile athlete at the 2015 Combine. We were hoping the Bills would give WR-turned-TE Jason Croom a shot to win the lead job, but Kroft's contract makes him the heavy favorite. He remains an unexciting fantasy option.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Bills have reached a 1-year, $2 million deal with RB Frank Gore. The 35-year-old (until May) lost the final 2 games of last season to a foot injury but posted 4.6 yards per cary before that -- his best mark since 2012 with the Niners. Gore joins a backfield that looks like it'll still be led by LeSean McCoy, but McCoy managed the 2nd-fewest carries of his career in 2018, tallying the fewest rushing yards (514) and yards per carry (3.2) of his career. It's an upside spot for Gore as a fantasy handcuff. Buffalo also still has veteran RB Chris Ivory around, though he sports a cuttable contract. We'll see what else the Bills do with their backfield this offseason.

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (ankle) and TE Blake Jarwin (ankle) are active for tonight's game against the Rams. Both guys figure to be at far less than 100% after missing practice all week.

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (ankle) missed practice all week and is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Rams. If he suits up, he'll be at far less than 100%. If not, Dallas will be down to WRs Tavon Austin and Noah Brown behind Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup.

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Ravens WR John Brown (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Browns. He’s totaled just 7 catches in 6 games since QB Lamar Jackson took over.

Ravens WR John Brown (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Browns. He got in a full practice on Friday and should play. Brown, of course, has fallen off the fantasy radar since QB Lamar Jackson took over.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy wasn't on the field when his team began its 1st possession of Sunday's loss to the Patriots. Although he entered on the 2nd play, McCoy wound up trailing undrafted rookie "starter" Keith Ford by 1 carry (7-6) and 1 target (4-3). The veteran finished with just 19 total yards. Afterward, he said a "situation" with HC Sean McDermott led to the discipline. "Coach, we had a situation, and he was totally right," McCoy said, per ESPN.com. "It was a private situation. I'm a captain and I gotta be more accountable. Simple as that. He checked me, put me in place. That was it." The 30-year-old seems likely to be just 1 game away from at least his Buffalo career ending. McCoy remains under contract through 2019, but the final year includes a cuttable $2.625 million in dead money if he's released.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) isn’t listed on the final injury report after practicing all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. He’ll return for this weekend’s game against the Patriots but is just a RB3 with Buffalo huge underdogs in that one. RB Chris Ivory (shoulder) is listed as questionable.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) said he'll play against the Patriots this weekend after practicing on Thursday for the 2nd straight day. He'll step back in as Buffalo's lead back but is just a RB3 with his team a 13-point road underdog.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. He was limited last Thursday and Friday before sitting out the Lions game, so we can't yet say he's on track to play against the Patriots this weekend. Check back tomorrow for another update.

6:12pm EST 12/17/18

Bills RB Marcus Murphy has been placed on IR with his dislocated elbow. RBs LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (shoulder) both seemed reasonably close to playing last week. If neither is ready for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Keith Ford would serve as Buffalo's lead back. He carried 14 times for 46 yards and caught his long target for 7 yards in yesterday's win over the Lions.

Dolphins RB Frank Gore is expected to miss the final 2 games of the season with his sprained foot, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. They'll be Gore's 1st missed games since 2010. With Gore sidelined for most of yesterday's loss to the Vikings, Kenyan Drake out-snapped Kalen Ballage 28 to 26. But Ballage carried 12 times and saw 1 target, while Drake finished with 1 carry and 3 targets. This will be a backfield to try to avoid in Week 16 against the Jaguars.

Dolphins RB Frank Gore suffered a sprained foot in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He’ll undergo an MRI tomorrow to determine the extent of the damage. Check back then for an update.

Bills RB Marcus Murphy suffered an arm in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Lions and is doubtful to return. He'd been operating as Buffalo's lead back, carrying 11 times for 35 yards. With LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory inactive, the Bills are down to Keith Ford.

Dolphins RB Frank Gore suffered a left leg injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game in Minnesota. He didn't put any weight on the leg as he was helped off the field and was then carted back to the locker room. We'll update Gore's status when we learn more.

Bills K Stephen Hauschka (hip) is active for today’s game against the Lions. He sits outside the top 20 Ks in fantasy points and isn’t a recommended Week 15 play.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) won't play against the Lions today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We'll see if RB Chris Ivory is able to play through his shoulder injury. If not, Marcus Murphy would be left as Buffalo's lead back. We'll get the official inactives at 11:30 am ET.

 
 
 

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