Shark Bites

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (hip) was limited in Wednesday's practice. We're expecting him to play against the Bears this weekend, but the rookie might have a smaller role than expected after missing of chunk of training camp.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper is listed on the Week 1 injury report with a hamstring but was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. So, barring a setback, he'll be ready for Sunday night's opener against the Rams. Cooper figures to see plenty of CB Jalen Ramsey in that one.

Texans WR Brandin Cooks (quad) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's opener against the Chiefs. He returned to a limited practice on Wednesday after missing Tuesday's workout. We'll get Cooks' game status by 7 pm ET tomorrow, but fantasy owners should try to keep him out of Week 1 lineups. Cooks' absence would boost the target projections for WRs Will Fuller, Randall Cobb and Kenny Stills.

NFL Network reports that Vikings DE Danielle Hunter's "status for Sunday is very much in doubt." Hunter hasn't practiced since Aug. 14 and remained off the field Wednesday, according to ESPN's Courtney Cronin. The team has been calling Hunter's issue minor all along and haven't revealed details, but this continued absence in the week leading up to the opener should obviously ramp up the worry. If he can't go, Minnesota would likely start Ifeadi Odenigbo at DE opposite Yannick Ngakoue.

The 49ers on Wednesday activated LB Fred Warner from the COVID list. That makes him available to play the opener against the Cardinals, a matchup that allowed him 9 and 12 tackles in last year's 2 meetings. A top-10 LB in our preseason rankings, Warner belongs in your Week 1 IDP lineup. Dre Greenlaw, meanwhile, takes a tumble in our Week 1 LB rankings.

Dolphins WRs DeVante Parker (hamstring) and Preston Williams (knee) were limited in Wednesday's practice. Both guys are expected to play in this weekend's opener vs. the Patriots, but HC Brian Flores hinted this morning that they could have their snaps limited. Williams isn't a recommended Week 1 starter, while Parker should be considered a WR3 against Stephon Gilmore and a tough New England pass defense.

Bucs WR Mike Evans did not practice on Wednesday with a still-undisclosed injury. HC Bruce Arians labeled him "day to day" and said "we'll see how it goes" when asked about Evans' status for this weekend's opener against the Saints. We'll see what he's listed with on the injury report and whether he's able to get back on the field on Thursday.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson admitted on Wednesday that he might need to manage RB Miles Sanders' workload early this season after Sanders missed the last couple of weeks of camp with a hamstring injury. “I think it goes back to last year when he missed some time and we managed him to get him ready to play,” Pederson said. “I think that is a possibility. We’ll get him through this week, see how he does and see where he’s at on Sunday." We'll see what Sanders is able to do in practice over the next few days and how he's listed on the final injury report. An active Sanders will still belong in Week 1 fantasy lineups, but scale back expectations a bit. Any work Sanders loses will be picked up by RBs Boston Scott and Corey Clement.

Texans WR Brandin Cooks was held out of Tuesday's practice with a quad issue. That follows a limited practice on Monday -- after reportedly being limited throughout training camp. Cooks' availability for Thursday night's opener vs. the Chiefs is now murky. We'll get another update on his status on Wednesday afternoon, but fantasy owners should start making different plans for Week 1 lineups.

Broncos OLB Von Miller injured an ankle tendon near the end of practice Thursday and will require surgery. He'll miss the entire 2020 season, according to multiple reports. That leaves Denver without its top pass rusher. NFL Network's James Palmer adds that OLB Bradley Chubb "is going to continue to take some time to get to 100%" coming off last year's ACL tear. The Broncos don't look like a worrisome matchup for any of your offensive players in fantasy right now. And don't chase after the team defense.

The Browns and RB Kareem Hunt have agreed to a 2-year, $13.25 million extension, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Hunt is now locked up in Cleveland for the next 3 seasons. That, unfortunately, puts a cap on his fantasy ceiling playing alongside Nick Chubb, who's signed through 2021.

The Cardinals and WR DeAndre Hopkins have agreed to a 2-year extension with $54.5 million in new money, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It makes Hopkins the highest-paid non-QB in NFL history. Hopkins is now signed with Arizona for the next 5 seasons. And the new deal reportedly includes a no-trade clause.

NBC Philly's John Clark hears that Eagles WR Jalen Reagor is doing "very well" in his shoulder rehab. "I’m hearing it’s looking good for second game," Clark adds. That'd put Reagor about a week ahead of the 4-week timeline that was originally reported. We'll continue to keep an eye on his progress. Reagor is a nice stash in the double-digit rounds of remaining fantasy drafts.

Bengals HC Zac Taylor suggested that WR A.J. Green's snaps could be limited in Sunday's opener against the Chargers. "Fifty-five is a lot of snaps. You always monitor that," Taylor said. "We're fortunate because we're deep at receiver and we feel like there are a lot of guys that can step in there and be a primary receiver." Green missed about a week of camp this summer with a hamstring injury after an ankle injury cost him the entire 2019 campaign. We'll see exactly how big a role he's ready for on Sunday, but we'd try to not use him in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

ESPN's Mike Reiss expects the Patriots to "easy [Sony] Michel" back into the mix in Sunday's opener against the Dolphins. That's not a surprise considering Michel returned to practice just a couple of weeks ago after May foot surgery. RB Damien Harris' absence might make Michel a slightly better bet for carries vs. Miami, but James White, Rex Burkhead and potentially rookie J.J. Taylor will also be involved. Consider Michel a risk/reward RB3 for Week 1.

The Jaguars' initial -- "unofficial" -- depth chart lists rookie RB James Robinson as the starter, with Devine Ozigbo and Chris Thompson following him on the depth chart. There are varying levels of truth to these things by team, so we wouldn't go trusting this completely. Let's treat it as a reminder, though, that Jacksonville sports a muddled backfield on what figures to be 1 of the league's worst teams. As long as you're not over-invested in any Jaguars RB, you're doing it right. Robinson, Ozigbo and Thompson should all be rostered in most leagues of 12+ teams with 2+ slots where RBs can start. Thompson's past receiving production and history with OC Jay Gruden makes him the best initial bet for role/touches.

The Raiders are placing QB Marcus Mariota on IR with a pectoral strain. Because of this year's COVID-altered rules, that could knock Mariota out for just 3 weeks. Of course, his availability won't matter that much unless starting QB Derek Carr goes down. Nathan Peterman will back up Car until Mariota returns.

Colts TE Trey Burton (calf) has been placed on IR. So he'll miss at least the first 3 games of the season. Burton was having a good camp before going down and might emerge as a spot-start option later on this season. But he's not worth stashing on fantasy benches outside of deep or TE-premium leagues.

The Patriots have placed RB Damien Harris (pinky) on IR. That knocks him out for at least the first 3 games of the season. Harris should be ready to go after that, but we'll see what kind of role he returns to. The 2nd-year back had a strong camp, but Sony Michel now has an opportunity to reclaim his spot atop the depth chart.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn says that WR Mike Williams will likely be a game-time decision for Sunday's opener at Cincinnati, according to Joe Reedy of The Associated Press. That shouldn't be a big issue to fantasy owners, who have been taking Williams mostly in the double-digit rounds. We'll certainly track the status of his shoulder injury right up to game time Sunday, but you should probably plan on not using Williams. He missed a fair amount of camp time in an offense with a new QB and an OC with a half-season of experience. We like Williams' upside for the season, but you can probably find safer bets for Week 1 without sacrificing upside.

 
 
 

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