Shark Bites

Panthers K Graham Gano (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Browns. K Chandler Catanzaro will kick in his place. Gano is sitting just 22nd among Ks in fantasy points, so Catanzaro isn’t a recommended Week 14 play.

The Chiefs have signed WR Kelvin Benjamin. It's an intriguing landing spot on paper, but Benjamin has simply been bad in Buffalo these past 2 seasons. And it's far too late in the season to expect him to make a fantasy impact. He can be left on your waiver wire.

Titans TE Jonnu Smith injured his knee on RB Derrick Henry's 2nd-quarter, 99-yard TD run on Thursday night and did not return. He finished with a goose egg. Anthony Firkser stepped in as Tennessee's lead pass-catching TE, hauling in all 3 of his targets for 27 yards. We'll look for an update on Smith's status.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) missed practice again on Thursday. HC Dan Quinn described Jones' foot as "sore" but didn't express much concern about his status for this weekend's game against the Packers. Jones, meanwhile, told reporters that he fully expects to play. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) returned to a full practice on Thursday. His absence on Wednesday was precautionary. Thomas is safe to keep in fantasy lineups for a mouth-watering Week 14 matchup vs. the Bucs.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) and TE Eric Ebron (back, illness) remained sidelined on Thursday. Both guys missed practice last Wednesday but returned on Thursday. The Athletic's Stephen Holder believes that it was the illness that kept Ebron out today. Holder also expects Hilton to play against the Texans this weekend. We'll get another update on both guys tomorrow.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) remained limited in Thursday's practice. We've heard nothing to suggest that he's in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Chargers, but he won't be at 100%. Mixon is more of a RB2 for Week 14.

Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (toe) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. It looks like he's in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Bills. Crowell's absence would leave Elijah McGuire as New York's lead back, with Trenton Cannon as the #2.

Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. It confirms that he's on track to return for Sunday night's game against the Rams. That's a good matchup vs. the #21 QB defense, but Trubisky is a risky fantasy play in his 1st game back from a throwing-shoulder injury.

The Broncos have placed WR Emmanuel Sanders on IR after an MRI confirmed a torn left Achilles. It's a massive loss for a team with playoff aspirations. Sanders leads Denver in all major receiving categories, accounting for 23.7% of the team's targets, 27.5% of the catches, 29.0% of the receiving yards and 26.7% of the receiving TDs. Sanders' target share rose to 28.6% without Demaryius Thomas over the past 4 games. So there's a lot of meat on the bone for WRs Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick to pick. Sutton is easily the best target bet going forward and looks like a weekly WR3 with upside the rest of the way. Hamilton is worth adding in deeper leagues -- although it's getting late in the season to be rolling the dice on a guy like him.

Saints WR Michael Thomas missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury. We haven't seen anything specific on the issue, which appears to be new but didn't keep him from playing 51 of 52 offensive snaps against the Cowboys last Thursday night. We'll certainly watch Thomas' participation the rest of the week.

Buccaneers S Justin Evans left Sunday's game against the Panthers early after aggravating the injury to his right big toe. Evans missed Wednesday's practice and was seen in a walking boot. That bodes ill for Evans' Sunday availability -- and durability even if he plays. Evans practiced every day last week, including a full workout Friday. We've removed him from the Week 14 DB rankings (for now, at least).

Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson didn't practice Wednesday because of the left thumb injury that kept him out of Week 13. Chris Godwin owners certainly wouldn't mind if Jackson continues to miss game time. The 2nd-year wideout has reached 98 receiving yards in all 3 games he has played without Jackson active to date.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that it was "possible" for Gordon to return for this weekend's game against the Bengals, but a Week 15 return vs. the Chiefs looks much more likely.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) and TE Eric Ebron (back) did not practice on Wednesday. Neither guy practiced last Wednesday before playing their usual roles against the Jaguars. Both should be fine for this Sunday's game vs. the Texans, but check back tomorrow for another update.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Dan Quinn made no mention of Jones' status in his pre-practice press conference. This is likely just a veteran's day off, but we'll update Jones' status again tomorrow.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. It's progress after he was sidelined all last week, but Watkins' status for Sunday's game against the Ravens remains uncertain. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. Don't expect him back for this weekend's game against the Cardinals. With Johnson out the past 2 weeks, LeGarrette Blount has carried 35 times and seen 2 targets. Theo Riddick has tallied 10 carries and 11 targets.

Giants TE Evan Engram (hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to play against the Redskins this weekend, but we'll continue to track his status over the next few days. Engram will be a low-end TE1 if he suits up on Sunday.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon was limited in Wednesday's practice and listed with a foot issue. It's possible this is just a rest day, but it's worth noting that Mixon played a season-low 57% of the offensive snaps last week. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

 
 
 

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