Shark Bites

The Seahawks released K Jason Myers. It means they'll go into the regular season with former Raider Sebastian Janikowski as their guy. It's no surprise, as the team guaranteed him $600K. The 40-year-old is more of a wait-and-see fantasy option.

The Redskins have signed RB Adrian Peterson. AP is a future Hall-of-Famer, but his name is much bigger than his game at this point. He averaged just 3.4 yards per carry on 156 attempts between the Saints and Cardinals last year. His 2.3 yards after contact per attempt ranked 49th among 78 qualifying RBs, per Pro Football Focus. He finished 46th among 47 RBs in Football Outsiders' DVOA. The good news for Peterson is that his competition for early-down work in Washington is Rob Kelley and his career 3.9 yards per carry and Samaje Perine, who's sidelined with a sprained ankle. We'd still consider Kelley the favorite for the job right now, but Peterson will be worth monitoring closely over the next few weeks.

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (wrist) returned to practice on Monday. He missed last weekend's preseason game, but the wrist is nothing to worry about. Thomas remains a nice value at his 4th-round ADP.

Saints TE Ben Watson "still looks like he's in the prime of his career," according to insider Joel Erickson. He's "made eye-popping, contested catches a normal occurrence in his return to the Saints," Erickson writes. Watson is 37 now but racked up 61 catches in Baltimore last season. And he has 3 years of experience in the Saints offense, including a 74-825-6 line back in 2015. There hasn't been much buzz on Watson, but he appears locked in as New Orleans' lead TE. And he's remained dirt cheap, with an ADP sitting in the 16th round.

The Vikings released veteran K Kai Forbath. They’ll go with rookie Daniel Carlson, who drilled a 57-yarder in Week 1 of the preseason. He should emerge as an in-season streaming option.

Bears TE Adam Shaheen has been diagnosed with a low-ankle sprain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's relatively good news considering the injury looked much worse when it happened in Saturday night's preseason game. Per Rapoport, Shaheen has a chance to be ready for Week 1. The 2nd-year TE was having an impressive preseason before going down. He's behind Trey Burton in the pecking order and isn't a great bet for consistent fantasy production this season. But Shaheen's return will be good news for QB Mitchell Trubisky.

The 49ers' backfield took another hit over the weekend. RB Joe Williams suffered a rib fracture and a "deep" hip bruise in Saturday's game against the Texans, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. He's expected to miss "at least the opening of the regular season." Williams faced opportunity in the wake of injuries to Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida. His injuries now give way to Alfred Morris, Jeremy McNichols and Raheem Mostert. We'll see if Williams can make his way to 2018 relevance.

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.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) returned to practice on Sunday. He ended up missing a couple of weeks -- plus the first 2 preseason games -- with what insider Jeff Howe reported is a "slight tear" in his knee. We'll be keeping a close eye on Burkhead over the next few weeks. If healthy, he should open the season as New England's lead ball-carrier. RB Sony Michel remains sidelined with his knee issue.

Browns HC Hue Jackson said there's "a chance" WR Josh Gordon plays in the opener against the Steelers. "Obviously, we're just going to take it one step at a time," Jackson added. "His focus is going to be on meetings and conditioning, and then we'll just kind of go from there. Hopefully, we can get him up and running by the first game." Gordon rejoined the team on Saturday but isn't yet allowed to practice -- and there's "no timetable" for when that will chance, according to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy. Throw in a new QB and a new offense, and there are still at least a few hurdles to clear before Gordon is a fantasy factor again.

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas missed Saturday's preseason game with a wrist injury. HC Vance Joseph called it a "sore wrist" and didn't seem overly concerned. We'll keep an eye on Thomas, but we're not moving him in the WR rankings right now.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Bengals are cutting S George Iloka. The veteran has started 76 games over 6 seasons with the team. He even started next to Shawn Williams in Saturday night's 2nd preseason game. Rookie Jessie Bates sits behind Iloka on the "unofficial" depth chart. We'll see what the succession plan is over the week ahead.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton suffered a shoulder sprain in Saturday's practice, according to multiple reports. The team doesn't believe the issue to be serious, though. Expect Hilton to sit out Monday night's 2nd preseason game, but this doesn't look like a situation that should affect your treatment of Hilton in fantasy football drafts.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) has been cleared for 11-on-11 work, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Wentz was participating in full-team stuff very early in training camp but had been limited to individual and 7-on-7 drills over the past couple of weeks. How that knee responds over the next week or so will go a long way toward determining whether Wentz will be under center for the season opener against Atlanta. He remains overvalued in fantasy drafts at his 7th-round ADP.

Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (concussion) participated in individual drills during Saturday's practice, according to insider Andy Vasquez. We'll see if Crowell can receive full medical clearance ahead of the 3rd preseason game. He ran behind RB Bilal Powell in the 1st and missed the 2nd.

Bears OLB Leonard Floyd left Saturday night's game against the Broncos with a left hand injury. According to the Chicago Tribune, Floyd was in a hard cast after the game and headed for further testing on Sunday. HC Matt Nagy, however, said "I don't think so" when asked whether Floyd (or TE Adam Shaheen) had suffered a fracture. We'll see where this goes. A healthy Floyd would be the team's lead pass-rusher.

Bears TE Adam Shaheen left the field on a cart Saturday night after hurting his right ankle against the Broncos. The fear is a potential fracture, though HC Matt Nagy said "I don't think so" when asked whether Shaheen had broken a bone. The 2nd-year TE is headed for more testing Sunday morning, according to the Chicago Tribune. Shaheen won't be much of a fantasy factor even if he emerges OK, but he could siphon some red-zone looks from TE Trey Burton in 2-TE alignments. We'll keep an eye on this situation.

Bucs RB Charles Sims suffered a left knee injury on the opening kickoff of Saturday’s preseason game against Tennessee. He was ruled out immediately. Sims isn't a major fantasy factor, but an extended absence would at least be noteworthy. We currently project him for 32 catches.

Browns WR Josh Gordon tweeted Saturday just after noon that he's ready to "humbly return to being a member" of the Browns. The announcement comes a day after Cleveland's 2nd preseason game against the Bills. We have to assume he'll rejoin the team for practice in the coming week. We'll see if Gordon's ready to play in the "dress rehearsal" 3rd exhibition Thursday against Philadelphia. We'll also have to see what his extended absence means for his depth-chart standing. Of course, Gordon's return is obviously good news for both the Browns offense and the fantasy outlook for 1 of the league's most physically gifted receivers. His ADP has remained a bit high for our tastes, but Gordon's draft-day evaluation comes down more to where (if at any point) you feel comfy taking the risk.

Update: According to NFL PR guy Brian McCarthy, Gordon is allowed to attend practices and meetings but cannot yet participate in practice. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Gordon is still in the league's "jointly negotiated substance abuse program." Gordon remains a risky pick in fantasy football drafts.

WR Cameron Meredith made his Saints debut in the team's 2nd preseason game on Friday night -- his 1st live action since tearing his ACL and MCL last August. He said afterward that it "felt great" to be back out there but also admitted that he still has work to do. "I still need to kind of get my wheels together, get up to the speed of the game a little bit," Meredith said. No surprise there. We'll be keeping a close eye on Meredith's usage in New Orleans' 3rd preseason game, when QB Drew Brees is expected to play. (He hasn't played in the first 2 exhibitions.) Meredith still has a good shot to emerge as the #2 WR and is an upside pick in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts.

 
 
 

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