Shark Bites

Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley (knee) and OLB Terrell Suggs (knee) are active for tonight's game against the Steelers. They're good to go if you were waiting for either as an IDP starter.

Rams CB Marcus Peters (calf strain) is active for tonight's game against the Vikings. Using him in IDP lineups remains risky, though. We wouldn't recommend it.

Reports this week have pointed to a 2-to-4-week recovery timeline for Rams CB Marcus Peters from the calf strain he suffered Sunday. He's officially questionable for Thursday night's game against the Vikings, though, suggesting he might not miss any more time. We still would try to plan on a different DB for IDP lineups. But if you're hoping to use Peters, we'll see about his status Thursday evening.

The Jaguars have added DL Calais Campbell to the injury report, listing him as questionable against the Patriots with a knee issue. We'll check on his status when the inactives come out later this morning. The matchup already has Campbell well down our DL rankings vs. his usual outlook.

Lions TE Luke Willson left Friday night's preseason game in Tamp after suffering a knee injury. We have yet to hear any further details on the issue but will keep an eye on it heading toward the regular season. Willson has remained the projected starter for Detroit but sits barely on the fantasy football draft radar. Michael Roberts sits behind Willson on the "unofficial" depth chart and would be worth watching if Willson misses extended time.

The NFL on Tuesday confirmed that it has suspended Ravens CB Jimmy Smith for the 1st 4 games under the personal-conduct policy. Per multiple reports, Smith has been suspended for "emotional abuse" of an ex-girlfriend. We'll see if further details emerge on the situation.

“One way or another, he’s going to be out there, taking snaps." That's Ravens HC John Harbaugh on rookie QB Lamar Jackson. Harbaugh made sure to reiterate that Joe Flacco is his starting QB. But his 1st-round rookie is going to see the field this year. "Lamar is also a weapon for us, who can play quarterback. And we’re going to play Lamar at quarterback," Harbaugh continued. "So we’re going to play all of our good players. I don’t see why we wouldn’t." There's been a buzz on Jackson since he was drafted. And we've already heard that the Ravens have been running plays with both Jackson and Flacco in the backfield early in camp. A situational role wouldn't be enough to make Jackson a fantasy factor, but any reps he steals from Flacco will dent the veteran's already minimal fantasy value.

The Ravens added Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews in the 3rd round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He joins 1st-rounder Hayden Hurst in Baltimore's TE room. Andrews isn't much of a blocker but turned into 1 of Baker Mayfield's top targets over the past 2 years. He posted a 31-489-7 line in 2016 and then exploded for 62 catches, 958 yards and 8 scores this past year. Andrews tested as a mediocre 44th percentile athlete and will never be a big-play threat at the next level. But there's some Jason Witten-esque craftiness to his game.

The Ravens traded back into the 1st round to select Louisville QB Lamar Jackson at #32. The 21-year-old was a stat-piling machine over the past 2 seasons, throwing for 7,203 yards and 57 TDs (vs. 19 INTs) and running for another 3,172 yards and 39 scores. He’s a bit slight of frame at 6’2 and 216 pounds. But he missed just 1 game at Louisville (a 2015 ankle injury), despite carrying 655 times. The biggest knock against Jackson is inconsistent accuracy. He left school with a 57.0% completion rate — although he posted a career-best 59.1% mark this past year. Between the accuracy problems and the supreme athleticism, there’s certainly some Michael Vick to Jackson. Vick ranked as a top 12 fantasy QB in all 4 seasons he made 15+ starts, including a pair of #4 finishes. Jackson could use some seasoning and will begin his career behind Joe Flacco. But when he gets on the field, Jackson’s rushing ability will give him big fantasy upside.

The Ravens have signed WR Willie Snead to a 2-year, $7 million deal that could climb to $10.4 million via incentives. The Saints had the option to match the offer but declined. Snead fell out of favor in New Orleans last year but tallied 141 catches for 1,879 yards across 2015 and 2016. He'll turn just 26 in October, putting him in the prime of his career. Snead joins a remade Ravens WR corps that also features Michael Crabtree and Brown. Snead and Brown figure to battle for the 2nd spot on the totem pole.

The Cowboys are expected to release WR Dez Bryant, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Todd Archer. We've heard whispers about this for a while now. Dallas reportedly wants Bryant to take a pay cut from the $12.5 million he's scheduled to earn this year and next -- and the mercurial WR evidently isn't willing to oblige. The 2 sides are meeting today, but a divorce is expected "barring an unexpected last-minute change of heart," Schefter tweets. Bryant's production has crated since 3-straight seasons of 1,200+ yards from 2012 to 2014. Over the past 3 years, he's totaled just 150 catches for 2,035 yards and 17 TDs across 38 appearances. He seemingly struggled to get on the same page as QB Dak Prescott, corralling just 52.2% of his targets over the last 2 seasons. Bryant is still just 29, so there's certainly a chance he bounces back in 2018. We'll see where he lands before assessing his fantasy value. The Cowboys, meanwhile, are left with Terrance Williams, Allen Hurns and Cole Beasley atop their WR depth chart. They figure to be in the market for a rookie WR or 2.

Update: They did.

The Lions have signed TE Luke Willson to a 1-year, $2.5 million deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Willson never topped 40 targets in 5 seasons in Seattle, but he posted a nice 12.7 yards per catch and 12.4% TD rate. He's a 6'5, 254-pounder who registered a 92nd percentile SPARQ (athleticism) score prior to the 2013 NFL Draft. Willson lands in an intriguing spot with the Lions, who've lost TEs Eric Ebron and Darren Fells this offseason. Willson and 2017 fourth-rounder Michael Roberts are set to compete for snaps and targets.

Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey was arrested Thursday in Alabama and charged with 3rd-degree robbery, according to AL.com. Under Alabama law, that's a felony charge indicating the use of force or the threat of force. TuscaloosaNews.com reports the charge stems from a Jan. 13 incident in which Humphrey allegedly stole a phone charger from an Uber driver, elbowing him in the process. The CB reportedly calls it a "misunderstanding." Humphrey enjoyed a solid finish to his rookie campaign after arriving as a 1st-round pick. We'll see whether this incident impacts his 2018 season.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) isn’t listed on the final Week 17 injury report. He was sidelined on Thursday but returned to a full practice on Friday. Bryant figures to play in Sunday’s meaningless finale against the Eagles, although Dallas could still limit his snaps. Bryant has been playing through knee tendonitis for the past couple of months.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) did not practice on Thursday. He wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report but told reporters that he's been dealing with knee tendonitis for the past 8 games, per ESPN's Todd Archer. Dallas could certainly opt to hold Bryant out of Sunday's meaningless finale. Check back tomorrow for another update.

3:11pm EST 11/12/17

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee, ankle) is active for today’s game against the Falcons. These injuries knocked him out of last week’s contest — and he only got in 1 limited practice this week. Bryant carries significant risk in this one but would be nearly impossible to bench in season-long leagues.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee, ankle) will play against the Falcons today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Bryant only got in a limited practice on Friday and carries more risk than usual. But he belongs in season-long fantasy lineups.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. Atlanta. He put in a limited practice on Friday after missing the first 2 workouts of the week. The Dallas media is expecting Bryant to play on Sunday. The game doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET, though, so hopefully we get another update that morning.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee, ankle) missed practice again on Thursday. He told reporters afterward that he plans on practicing Friday and playing this weekend. We'll see about that. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (ankle, knee) did not practice on Wednesday. His injuries aren't considered serious, but he's certainly not a lock to play against the Falcons this weekend. Check back tomorrow for another update.

 
 
 

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