Shark Bites

The Giants announced Tuesday that QB Daniel Jones will start this weekend's game against the Bucs. This figures to be the end of the Eli Manning Era in New York -- it just came about 2 years too late. Jones isn't in a great spot behind a shaky offensive line and with a weak WR group. But he was excellent this preseason, posting a sparkling 85.3% completion rate and 12.2 yards per attempt. Jones also brings some rushing upside after tallying 1,323 yards and 17 TDs on the ground over 3 seasons as Duke's starter. The rookie should be owned in all 2-QB leagues and even deeper 1-QB leagues.

49ers WR Dante Pettis told reporters Friday that his "body's back to normal" after battling a groin injury. He added that he expects to play more than the 2 snaps he did in the opener. We'll need to see Pettis' role grow -- and grow significantly -- before considering him for fantasy lineups.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills. We'll see if he can get cleared in time for Week 3. WR Darius Slayton (hamstring) is also out for Week 2, and WR Cody Latimer (calf) is questionable. That leaves Bennie Fowler and Russell Shepard as New York’s only 2 healthy WRs. TE Evan Engram and RB Saquon Barkley will dominate targets for the G-Men this weekend.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) remained sidelined on Thursday. He's not looking like a good bet to be cleared in time for this weekend's game against the Bills. WR Cody Latimer, meanwhile, was added to Thursday's injury report with a calf. He didn't practice. The Giants could be down to WRs Bennie Fowler and Russell Shepard.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard is in the protocol after sustaining a concussion in Sunday's opener against the Cowboys. It's his 4th documented concussion, making it less likely that he's cleared in time for this weekend's game against the Bills. We'll track Shepard's progress over the next few days.

Giants HC Pat Shurmur said Monday that WR Sterling Shepard "might" be in the concussion protocol. He either is or he isn't, Pat. We'll keep an eye on this one throughout the week, but a concussion would make Shepard iffy to be cleared for Sunday's game against the Bills. His absence would leave Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler as New York's top 2 WRs. TE Evan Engram would easily be the best target bet.

49ers WR Dante Pettis played just 2 snaps in Sunday's win over the Bucs. HC Kyle Shanahan said afterward that Pettis' groin injury was at least partly to blame. "He had health issues," Shanahan said. "That's why he missed a week of practice. He just got cleared to come back on Monday, so he was a little behind the 8 ball on that. But he didn't start the game, and we didn't have a ton of long drives where we got into the substitution flow." Pettis, of course, had a rough August and put in full practices last Thursday and Friday. So we're not ready to say the groin was the only reason for the limited playing time. Pettis is still worth stashing in most fantasy leagues but can't be trusted in Week 2 lineups.

49ers WR Dante Pettis (groin) is not listed on the final injury report after putting in full practices on Thursday and Friday. WRs Trent Taylor (foot) and Jalen Hurd (back) are both out for this weekend’s opener against the Bucs. Marquise Goodwin is expected to serve as the #2 WR, with Kendrick Bourne, Deebo Samuel and Richie James filling spots 3 through 5.

49ers WR Dante Pettis (groin) was upgraded to full participation in Thursday's practice. He's good to go for this weekend's plus matchup against the Bucs.

49ers WR Dante Pettis (groin) was limited in Wednesday's practice. Despite an uneven August, he's listed as a starter on San Francisco's latest depth chart and remains the best fantasy bet in the WR corps. He has a plus Week 1 draw against the Bucs but should be considered a risk/reward WR3, especially with the groin issue.

Panthers K Graham Gano (knee) has been placed on IR. Since the team made the move before final cuts, Gano isn't eligible to return for the 2nd half of the season. That leaves undrafted rookie K Joey Slye atop the depth chart. He connected on 7 of 8 FG attempts this preseason, with his only miss getting blocked. Slye could be a spot-start option this season, but we'd go with a more proven K in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Panthers K Graham Gano will miss the team's preseason finale with a sore knee, according to The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue. It's uncertain if Gano is in danger of missing the start of the regular season, but avoid him in fantasy drafts until the situation clears up.

Update: The Panthers might put Gano on IR, according to NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon, which would cost him at least 8 games.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (thumb) is "good to go" for Week 1, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. Shepard broke his thumb on July 25 but has been running routes for most of August. QB play is a concern here, but Shepard should see a bunch of targets in New York's OBJ-less WR corps -- especially with Golden Tate suspended for the season's first 4 games. Consider Shepard a safe-if-unexciting WR3.

Bengals HC Zac Taylor expects WR John Ross (hamstring) to be ready for Week 1. The oft-injured wideout has been sidelined since early July with his latest ailment. If healthy, he figures to serve as Cincinnati's #2 WR until A.J. Green is ready to return from his ankle injury. It'll still be tough to consider Ross more than a DFS flier, though. He's been completely unreliable through his first 2 NFL seasons.

49ers WR Dante Pettis is "having a rough camp," according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Grant Cohn. Pettis was replaced in the starting lineup in Tuesday's practice by WR Kendrick Bourne. We're guessing that's not a permanent move, but it also sounds like San Francisco's WR pecking order remains extremely fluid at this point. It'll be a situation to monitor closely in preseason action.

Colts DE Jabaal Sheard recently had knee surgery to address an unspecified injury that has kept him out for nearly all of training camp, Mike Chappell of Fox59 reports. Sheard took part in the team's 1st camp practice back on July 25 but has been sidelined since then. Indy has offered no timeline yet for his return. We'll watch for more details on Sheard's situation. Kemoko Turay and Al-Quadin Muhammad are the 2nd-team DEs, according to the team's initial "unofficial" depth chart.

Bengals WR John Ross could "possibly" miss 2 weeks with his hamstring injury, according to Geoff Hobson of the team's official website. So Ross isn't currently in danger of missing the start of the season, but hamstrings can linger and be aggravated. Plus, it's a missed opportunity with A.J. Green on the shelf. We'll see when Ross is able to get back on the field. His absence has left Cody Core, Alex Erickson, Josh Malone and Auden Tate behind Tyler Boyd on the depth chart.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard suffered a broken thumb in Thursday’s practice. The injury makes him questionable for Week 1 at Dallas. If he sits, it’ll provide a short-term boost to Golden Tate and Evan Engram. Shepard's current Round 8 ADP is sure to drop, but we can't say we're excited about jumping on this "buy low" opportunity.

The Giants selected Auburn WR Darius Slayton in the 5th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Slayton totaled just 79 grabs over the past 3 seasons but averaged a big 20.3 yards per catch. He confirmed that big-play ability at the Combine by running a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at 6'1 and 190 pounds. We'll see if Slayton can develop into more than just a deep-ball receiver, but that speed will translate to the NFL level. There's opportunity in New York behind WRs Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard.

The Giants used the 6th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft on Duke QB Daniel Jones. Jones made 36 college starts but leaves school with underwhelming numbers. He completed just 59.9% of his career passes, averaged 6.4 yards per attempt and tossed 52 TDs vs. 29 INTs. He ranked just 11th in this draft class in adjusted completion rate, according to Pro Football Focus. It’s worth noting, though, that Jones played behind a shaky offensive line and saw his receivers drop 9.2% of his passes last year. He has prototypical size (6’5, 231 lbs.), is lauded for his football IQ and boasts nice athleticism. Jones ran for 1,323 yards across the past 3 seasons and registered a 79th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. That makes him a more exciting prospect in fantasy football than real life. Jones figures to open his NFL career behind Eli Manning. But with Manning running on fumes, Jones stands a good shot to see the field at some point this year.

Check out Daniel Jones' scouting report.

 
 
 

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