Shark Bites

The Raiders have traded WR Amari Cooper to the Cowboys in exchange for a 1st-round pick. That's a massive price to pay for a guy who's been more disappointing than not since the start of the 2017 campaign. Of course, Cooper is still just 24, has a 1st-round resume and has certainly flashed upside. This isn't exactly a great landing spot, though. Cooper will be the clear #1 option in Dallas' passing game, but the Cowboys rank 31st in pass rate. Plus, it tends to be tough for WRs to settle into new offenses mid-season. Consider Cooper a WR3 for now. Oakland, meanwhile, is left with Jordy Nelson, Martavis Bryant and Seth Roberts atop the WR depth chart.

Cowboys TE Geoff Swaim injured his right knee in Sunday's loss to the Redskins. He hauled in all 3 of his targets for 25 yards before exiting. Rookie TE Dalton Schultz picked up some playing time in Swaim's absence. We'll look for more info on his injury today.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett told reporters Wednesday that he expects LB Sean Lee (hamstring) to return to a limited practice Wednesday. That points to Lee likely playing Sunday at Washington, obviously barring some setback in practice. Lee missed the past 3 games, giving way to 1st-round pick Leighton Vander Esch. A Lee return would likely mean a full-time role for the veteran and Vander Esch returning to a limited role. We'll keep an eye on the situation through the practice week.

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (shoulder) and CB Chidobe Awuzie (ankle) are active for today's game against the Jaguars. They're OK to use as planned in IDP lineups.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper sustained a concussion in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. It's the 2nd known concussion of his career, with the 1st coming last November. We'll track his progress through the protocol. The Raiders have a Week 7 bye.

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He missed Wednesday's practice before limited workouts the next 2 days. DT David Irving, on the other hand, put in full practices Thursday and Friday after missing last week's game while dealing with a family issue and spending the 1st 4 weeks on a league suspension. He's expected to play 10-15 snaps against Jacksonville, according to Cowboys Wire. That's not enough to make Irving usable in IDP leagues, but it's his 1st real step toward getting back to IDP relevance.

The Cowboys announced Saturday that DT David Irving will not travel with the team for Sunday night's game at Houston. Irving did get activated Saturday after missing the 1st 4 games on league suspension but has barely practiced since last November. Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Irving stayed behind to deal with an "ongoing personal family matter that is out of his control" and that the team is supporting him through it. Irving will be a high-upside IDP once he's ready to play, but we'll have to wait to see when that will be. DT Maliek Collins also isn't traveling because of a knee injury.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’s dealing with a sore ankle and bursitis in his knee but should be a full-go for Sunday night’s game against the Texans. Keep Zeke locked into fantasy lineups.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee, ankle) practiced on Wednesday and said he's "good" for this weekend's game against the Texans. “This is the freshest I felt after any Wednesday practice I’ve had,” Zeke added. He's reportedly dealing with a sore ankle and bursitis in his knee, but it doesn't sound like a major concern. Keep Elliott glued into fantasy lineups.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said Monday that RB Ezekiel Elliott is dealing with "an ankle injury and bursitis in his knee." It's unclear when the injuries occurred, but Zeke played 77% of the offensive snaps and ripped off 240 total yards in Sunday's win over the Lions. We'll monitor his practice participation this week, but he should be fine for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Cowboys OLB Sean Lee is expected to miss at least a few weeks after injuring his left hamstring in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. HC Jason Garrett revealed after the game that the injury occurred to the hamstring opposite the 1 that knocked Lee from Week 2 early. Rookie LB Leighton Vander Esch stepped in to play the rest of the snaps at Seattle. He and Lee tied for a team-high 11 tackles despite playing half the game each. IDP owners can look to Vander Esch as a potential replacement for Lee in the short term.

Cowboys LB Sean Lee is active for today's game against the Seahawks. He entered the day questionable with a hamstring injury, which adds risk. But he's an LB2-level IDP option if you waited on him.

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Seahawks. He’s just a desperation play in PPR leagues.

Cowboys LB Sean Lee (hamstring) is expected to play against the Seahawks today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Lee practiced in limited fashion Thursday and Friday but reportedly moved around well in the week's final workout. He'll carry some added risk against Seattle but is an option for IDP lineups.

Cowboys LB Sean Lee is questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Lee put in limited practices the past 2 days after missing Wednesday's workout with the hamstring injury that pulled him out of Week 2 early. Lee has said he doesn't expect to be limited against Seattle. We'll check his status Sunday, but expect to have him available for IDP lineups.

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Seahawks. He popped up on Thursday’s injury report but got in a limited practice on Friday. It seems like Beasley will play on Sunday, but you should continue to avoid Cowboys WRs in fantasy lineups.

Cowboys LB Sean Lee sat out Wednesday's practice after suffering a hamstring injury late in Sunday night's win over the Giants. Lee called it cramping earlier in the week and said he didn't expect it to be an issue for Week 3, but we'll see how this plays out.

Cowboys LB Sean Lee left Sunday night's win over the Giants late with an apparent hamstring injury. He said afterward that it was merely cramping, though, and not a strain, according to the Dallas Morning News. "I don't think it's anything serious," he said. "I don't think it will keep me out next week." We'll certainly keep an eye on that this week. Lee lost 5 games to a hamstring strain last season.

Police arrested Cowboys TE Rico Gathers late Friday night on marijuana possession charges, according to the Dallas Morning News. That's particularly unfortunate timing, given today's deadline for cutting rosters down to 53 for the regular season. We'll see if the situation impacts Gathers' status there, and then whether it draws any further league action.

Cowboys starting FS Xavier Woods suffered a hamstring strain in Saturday's exhibition game against the Bengals and might miss the regular-season opener. According to The Athletic, Woods is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. Dallas' opener sits 3 weeks and 1 day from the date of his injury. The Cowboys have gone through camp extremely thin at safety, listing Woods and fellow starter Jeff Heath as each other's backups. Fortunately for them, the free-agent market still holds plenty of former starters at the position -- including George Iloka, whom Cincinnati released Sunday. ESPN's Todd Archer says the Cowboys are considering Iloka, among others. Dallas, of course, has also been linked to disgruntled Seahawks FS Earl Thomas all offseason. We'll see where this goes and when Woods makes it back to the field.

 
 
 

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