Shark Bites

The Packers have reached a new 1-year deal with exclusive-rights free agent WR Geronimo Allison. The contract will reportedly pay him more than the ERFA tender, but it's interesting to see the team not commit to the 25-year-old beyond that. Green Bay, of course, added WRs Marquez Valdes-Scantling, J'Mon Moore and Equanimeous St. Brown in last year's draft. We'll see where Allison settles on this year's depth chart after losing 11 games to multiple injuries in 2018.

The Raiders have agreed to a deal with former Chargers WR Tyrell Williams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Williams' playing time dipped by a few percentage points each of the past 2 years. And he went from 119 targets with Keenan Allen out in 2016 to just 69 and 65 the past 2 years. Oakland gives him the chance to settle in as the 2nd target behind WR Antonio Brown, though Williams will need to fend off WR Jordy Nelson for that role. TE Jared Cook led the 2018 Raiders in targets but will hit unrestricted free agency this afternoon. Williams adds upside to Raiders QB Derek Carr, giving Carr a pass-catcher with the ability to win deep and create yards after the catch.

Update: Schefter reports it's a 4-year, $44 million deal with $22 million guaranteed and a max value of $47 million. That certainly points to Williams serving as the team's #2 target.

The Browns initially agreed to a 1-year deal with WR Breshad Perriman but let him out after they traded for WR Odell Beckham. The Tampa Tribune reports that Perriman has instead reached a 1-year, $4 million deal with the Bucs. That sends Perriman to an offense that has shed WR DeSean Jackson and WR Adam Humphries over the past few days. There's room for Perriman to gain the WR3 role, but we'll see how things sort out.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that former Patriots DE Trey Flowers will be signing with the Lions when free agency opens Wednesday. Flowers tallied 7, 6.5 and 7.5 sacks over the past 3 seasons but carries further upside in the form of hidden pressures. Pro Football Focus graded Flowers 8th among all 4-3 DEs and counted the 11th most pressures for the position in 2018. Flowers rated in a similar range each of the previous 2 seasons as well. In Detroit, he'll rejoin former New England DC Matt Patricia (now the Lions HC). Expect to find Flowers in DL2 territory in our 2019 IDP projections.

The Browns announced Wednesday that they've released LB Jamie Collins. The move provides $9.25 million in cap space ahead of free agency. Collins arrived via trade midway through the 2016 season and then signed a 4-year extension the following January. He made it through just 2 years of that contract. Collins rebounded from losing 10 games to injury in 2017 and played every contest last season. He finished in high-LB3 territory for fantasy purposes. Collins should garner at least 1 more starting opportunity. He'll turn 30 in mid-October.

The Lions have named Darrell Bevell their OC. The run-heavy play-caller fits exactly what HC Matt Patricia wants his offense to do. Bevell has spent 12 seasons as an NFL OC -- 5 in Minnesota, 7 in Seattle -- and had 7 teams finish top 10 in rushing attempts and 7 finish top 10 in rushing yards. Only 3 of Bevell's units ranked inside the top half of the league in passing attempts or yards. His arrival is good news for Kerryon Johnson and troublesome for Matt Stafford, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones.

Lions DT Damon Harrison (ankle) and DB Quandre Diggs (back) are active for today's game against the Packers. They're OK for normal IDP usage.

Lions DT Damon Harrison (ankle) and DB Quandre Diggs (back) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers. Both began the week sidelined before returning for limited workouts the final 2 days. Harrison played through a "questionable" tag for the issue last week despite putting in 1 fewer practice. We'd bet on him playing again but will confirm his status Sunday morning. Diggs is just a low-level IDP option. Play him at your own risk.

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Jets DB Darryl Roberts is active for today's game against the Packers. He arrived questionable and is only a bottom-shelf IDP candidate.

Lions DT Damon Harrison (ankle) is active for today's game against the Vikings. He has been dealing with the issue for multiple weeks and should be OK for normal IDP usage.

Lions DT Damon Harrison is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings with an ankle injury. Harrison missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before returning for a limited Friday workout. We'll check his status Sunday morning.

Lions RB Kerryon Johnson has been placed on IR with the knee injury he suffered back in Week 11. It ends promising rookie season that saw him average 5.4 yards per carry and haul in 32 balls. We still don't have any details on Johnson's injury, but he should be fine for the offseason program. Zach Zenner, LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick will close out the year in Detroit's backfield. Zenner led the way with a 46% snap rate, 10 carries and 4 targets in last week's loss in Buffalo.

Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bills. The rookie has yet to practice since going down and has no timetable for return. Detroit’s backfield devolved into a 3-man committee last week with LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner. It’s a situation best avoided in Week 15 fantasy lineups.

Lions CB Darius Slay (ankle) is active for today's game against the Cardinals. LB Devon Kennard (hip) is inactive. Neither is much of an IDP factor.

Lions LB Devon Kennard (hip) and CB Darius Slay (ankle) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Kennard put in limited practices Thursday and Friday after sitting out Wednesday. Slay popped up on the injury report Thursday and was limited Thursday and Friday. We'll update their statuses Sunday afternoon. Neither is much of an IDP option.

Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. He remained sidelined all week and still has no timetable for return. LeGarrette Blount will continue operating as Detroit’s lead ball-carrier, with Theo Riddick handling pass-catching duties.

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.

Washington on Tuesday placed CB Quinton Dunbar on IR with the shin injury that has dogged him since Week 6. The nerve issue messed with Dunbar's participation during the week and gameday availability since. He reappeared for playing time in Week 9 and Week 12 but never took the field for consecutive games after the initial injury. When healthy, Dunbar did play well in his 1st shot at starting. If he can get the shin issue healed up ahead of next season, Dunbar could enter 2019 as an IDP sleeper.

Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (groin) is active for tonight’s game against the Steelers. He played just 9 snaps with his injury last week, so Williams can’t be trusted in fantasy lineups.

Washington CB Quinton Dunbar is questionable once again for Monday night's visit to Philadelphia. He continues to deal with the nerve issue in his right shin, which allowed him to play on Thanksgiving. But Dunbar missed practice all this week. The team website reports that the team is "hopeful that with enough rest he might be able to go." HC Jay Gruden was similarly non-committal: "Yeah, I don’t know. This is a unique deal. When you're talking about the nerve and you're talking about that area for a guy who utilizes his speed, it's tough. It's only something that Quinton can help us along with. It's all about what he feels comfortable with. Last week, he felt comfortable enough to play, but you could see he was struggling with it as the game went on.” The Monday night kick makes Dunbar not worth waiting for unless you're looking well down the list for a starting DB. We've knocked him down our Week 13 DB rankings.

 
 
 

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