Shark Bites

The Browns have signed former Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt. It's surprising news in terms of both timing and landing spot. Hunt is still on the Commissioner's Exempt List after video was released of his February altercation with a woman inside a Cleveland hotel. It's unclear when he'll be reinstated and how long a suspension he'll garner to open the 2019 campaign. And the Browns, of course, already have RBs Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson on the roster. We'll see when Hunt is ruled eligible to return, but his addition makes Chubb a riskier pick in early fantasy drafts. We've seen him going in the late 1st and early 2nd round of FFPC best-ball drafts.

The Browns are hiring Freddie Kitchens as their HC. Kitchens took over as Cleveland's interim OC in Week 9 of this past season and immediately turned the unit around. After averaging 21.1 points and 342 total yards over the first 8 games, the Browns averaged 23.8 points and 395 yards across the last 8. QB Baker Mayfield was especially impressive under Kitchens, completing 68% of his passes, averaging 8.6 yards per attempt and tossing 19 TDs over those 8 games. This is a big step up in responsibility for Kitchens, who had never even called plays in the NFL prior to last year. But we at least like the move for the Browns offense.

Browns CB Denzel Ward left Sunday's win over the Bengals after suffering his 2nd concussion within a month. Ward had missed the previous 2 games with his 1st career concussion before returning Sunday. The rookie is likely done for the year after this latest setback.

Browns S Jabrill Peppers (neck) and DT Larry Ogunjobi (biceps) are active for today's game against the Bengals. Each entered the day questionable. Each is just a lower-level IDP option.

The Browns have ruled CB Denzel Ward (concussion) out for Saturday's game against the Broncos. That leaves Cleveland without its top cover man. It doesn't significantly boost the outlook for anyone in Denver's young WR corps, though.

Browns DT Larry Ogunjobi (biceps) is active for today's game against the Panthers. Ogunjobi is just a low-level IDP candidate.

The Browns have ruled CB Denzel Ward (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. DT Larry Ogunjobi (biceps) is questionable. He left last week's game early, opened the practice week on the sideline and then returned for a pair of limited workouts. The matchup's nothing special, though. Ogunjobi's not worth waiting for in most IDP leagues. We'll update his status Sunday morning anyway.

RB Kareem Hunt went unclaimed on waivers on Monday. He's now a free agent. "Several teams" considering claiming Hunt, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, but they all ultimately decided against it. It obviously would have brought a media backlash. And Hunt is facing a lengthy suspension anyway. We're guessing that he'll get another shot in the NFL -- he's an elite talent and just 23 -- but that's certainly not guaranteed. Hunt is worth stashing on dynasty rosters, though.

Browns S Damarious Randall (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Texans. He popped up on the injury report after a limited Friday practice, but HC Gregg Williams indicated the move was more precautionary than reason for worry. Play Randall as you normally would in IDP lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that former Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt faces a suspension of more than 6 games as the NFL investigates 2 separate incidents. We wouldn't expect Hunt to get another shot with any team until this is resolved. We'll see whether his career continues after that.

Browns S Damarious Randall is questionable for Sunday's game at Houston after a hamstring issue limited his practice Friday. Randall didn't appear on the injury report the previous 2 days, so it seems the injury arose Friday. HC Gregg Williams said he's not particularly worried and indicated the limitation was precautionary. We'll check Randall's status Sunday morning.

And now the Chiefs have announced they're releasing RB Kareem Hunt. It's a stunning fall overall but not a shocking development given today's video release. We'll see if Hunt gets claimed on waivers like Reuben Foster did recently. Either way, Spencer Ware is your starting RB in K.C. for the rest of 2018. Damien Williams sits behind him on the depth chart and is worth a look in many leagues. Don't overreach/overpay to add Williams.

The league has placed Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt on the Commissioner's Exempt List after today's revelation of the video in which he's pushing and kicking a woman. That will sideline Hunt indefinitely, thrusting RB Spencer Ware into the starting role for Sunday's game against the Raiders. He needs to be picked up in all leagues immediately. This might signal the end of Hunt's season.

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The Chiefs sent RB Kareem Hunt home after learning of the release of a video showing him abusing a woman back in February, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports. Both the team and the league are surely considering what action to take here. "Most likely short-term resolution is that Hunt would be placed on the commissioner's exempt list pending a final decision," Graziano adds. Hunt's status for this weekend's game against the Raiders is murky. If he doesn't play, Spencer Ware would step in as Kansas City's lead back and be a borderline RB1 in fantasy lineups.

Video has emerged of Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt assaulting a woman at a Cleveland hotel in February. We heard rumblings about this during the summer, but nothing has come of it since. There have been no charges filed against Hunt, and the league never issued a statement on the situation. That might change now that the video is out. It's eerily similar to the Ray Rice debacle. Rice, of course, was suspended indefinitely only after video of his incident emerged. We'll see what comes of this, but Chiefs #2 RB Spencer Ware needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues.

Browns CB Denzel Ward (hip), LB Joe Schobert (hamstring) and S Damarious Randall (groin) are active for today’s game against the Falcons. All are fine to use as planned in IDP lineups.

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Browns TE David Njoku (knee, ribs) is active for today’s game against the Falcons. The injuries add some risk to his outlook, but Njoku remains safely inside TE1 territory in the Week 10 Rankings.

The Browns expect CB Denzel Ward (hip) to play today against the Falcons, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He returned for limited practices Thursday and Friday after missing Wednesday. Ward should be set to see plenty of Falcons WR Julio Jones.

The Browns expect TE David Njoku to play against the Falcons today, despite knee and rib injuries that have him questionable. That's barring a setback to either issue in pregame, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We'll confirm Njoku's status when inactives come out later this morning.

Browns MLB Joe Schobert (hamstring), S Damarious Randall (groin) and CB Denzel Ward (hip) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Schobert put in limited practices all week after missing the past 3 games. Randall got a full practice in Friday after limited workouts the previous 2 days. Ward returned to limited practices the past 2 days after sitting out Wednesday. Randall looks like the safest bet to play. We'll see about all 3 Sunday morning.

 
 
 

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