Shark Bites

Colts QB Andrew Luck will remain out through the next week of practice as he rehabs his strained left calf, according to Mike Chappell of CBS-4 in Indianapolis. We’re not altering our projections for Luck yet, but this situation is getting worrisome. Consider it another reason to wait on drafting your QB

Patriots insider Evan Lazar notes that RB Sony Michel has been seeing more work in the passing game in camp over the past few days. "The second-year running back ran routes out of the backfield and motioned out wide a few times as well," Lazar adds. Michel caught just 8 of 14 targets in 16 games (including playoffs) last year. But he turned in 22- and 26-catch seasons at Georgia. If he can even get up to 20 to 25 catches this season, it'd help his weekly reliability in fantasy lineups -- and obviously boost his PPR value.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown is visiting a specialist on Saturday for the foot issue that's had him sidelined in training camp the past few days. We've heard that Brown is just dealing with blisters, but this news suggests that it might be more than that. We'll continue to keep a close eye on the situation.

Update: A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that it's "not considered any type of long-term injury" for Brown.

Chiefs RB Damien Williams remains sidelined with the hamstring injury he suffered on July 28. "He’s missed quite a bit," HC Andy Reid said Saturday. “He’s missed a lot of plays. It’s been great for these other guys. (Carlos Hyde) has done a nice job. He’s got a lot of reps and he’s taking advantage of them." We've heard nothing to suggest that Williams is in danger of missing the start of the season. But the missed practice time is worrisome for a guy who's never spent an NFL season as a lead back. We were already off Williams at his 2nd-round ADP. The hamstring issue has done nothing to change that.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon has applied for reinstatement, according to SiriusXM's Howard Balzer. Gordon was suspended indefinitely in December for again violating the league's substance abuse policy. Since then, New England re-signed him as a restricted free agent, and Gordon was reportedly working out with QB Tom Brady. We'll see where this goes, but you could do worse than Gordon as a late-round flier. He posted a 40-720-3 line in 11 games with the Patriots last year, ranking 28th among WRs in PPR points over that span.

The Colts have placed RB Spencer Ware on the reserve PUP with his undisclosed injury. That knocks him out for at least the first 6 games of the season, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweets that Ware's season is over. His absence leaves Jordan Wilkins as the Colts' #3 RB behind Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines.

The Athletic's Zak Keefer raved about WR Parris Campbell, calling him a "draft-day steal" and saying he's "dripping with talent." Virtually everyone covering the Colts deemed Campbell a standout early in training camp. He's been sidelined with a hamstring issue the past few days, so we'll keep an eye on that situation. But it sure sounds like the rookie is set to play a significant role this year. "Campbell feels bigger than he’s listed, and he’s more polished than you’d assume," Keefer wrote. "[HC Frank] Reich has already indicated he plans to use him all over the field." Campbell is a nice upside pick at his 12th-round ADP.

Cardinals WR Andy Isabella is dealing with a "minor knee issue," HC Kliff Kingsbury said Friday. The coach is "hopeful" his rookie will be ready for the team's 1st preseason game. This doesn't sound like anything serious, but Isabella needs all the reps he can get if he wants to win a significant early-season role. KeeSean Johnson has reportedly been the most impressive of Arizona's rookie WRs in camp so far.

Jaguars TE Josh Oliver has what HC Doug Marrone called a "serious" hamstring injury. "I don't know how he heals. I don't know how he'll react to it," Marrone admitted. "I'd like to be able to get him back but we'll prepare and get everyone else reps." We'll see when Oliver is able to get back on the field, but he wasn't much of a redraft option anyway. The rookie's absence leaves Geoff Swaim as Jacksonville's top TE.

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill was in pads and with the team for the start of Friday's practice, according to BJ Kissel of the team website. Hill hadn't practiced since sustaining a bruised quad in Tuesday's workout. He's good to go now, though, and never moved in our rankings.

The Broncos have signed RB Theo Riddick, who was cut by the Lions 5 days ago. Riddick offers very little as a runner but leads all RBs with 247 catches over the past 4 seasons. In Denver, he figures to battle RB Devontae Booker for a pass-catching role. Riddick has received a better pass-catching grade from Pro Football Focus in each of the past 3 seasons. Consider him the early favorite for the gig -- but Riddick isn't worth drafting in fantasy leagues right now.

Steelers WR Donte Moncrief has built a "strong rapport" with QB Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ray Fittipaldo writes. “As you can tell from camp and OTAs, the connection is there,” Moncrief said Wednesday. “It’s crazy how fast [Roethlisberger] connected with me, how fast he learned the way I ran my routes and the spots I would be in. As you can tell, we continue to get better and better. We just want to keep going from that and keep getting better. It’s going to be a fun year. It’s going to be exciting.” The Athletic's Mark Kaboly called Moncrief the Steelers' "slam-dunk" #2 WR back in June, and it doesn't sound like anything has changed since. Moncrief has been consistently running with Roethlisberger and the 1st-team offense, while James Washington and rookie Dionta Johnson are seemingly battling for the #3 spot. Moncrief is a nice value at his current 11th-round ADP.

ESPN's Cameron Wolfe predicts a 45/40 touch split between Dolphins RBs Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage (with the last 15% going to whoever wins the #3 RB job). We don't put much stock into beat-writer projections, but this seems fair considering Ballage has been running ahead of Drake early in training camp. With Miami likely to run more plays this season, according to Wolfe, the split would mean around 200 touches for Drake and 175 for Ballage. Drake tallied 173 touches last year and finished 14th among RBs in PPR points and 21st in non-PPR. His fantasy stock has taken a hit over the past week, but he's still in the RB2 mix. Ballage has become a RB3 consideration.

The Draft Sharks crew attended Bills training camp on Thursday morning and came away encouraged by RB Devin Singletary's usage. RB LeSean McCoy was 1st up with the starters, but Singletary mixed in early and ended up with about the same number of 1st-team reps as McCoy. RB T.J. Yeldon worked exclusively with the 2nd and 3rd teams, while RB Frank Gore got the day off. It's also worth noting that Singletary was split out wide on a bunch of his reps. The rookie appears set to play a significant role right out of the gate. He's a nice pick at his current 13th-round ADP.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Panthers have agreed with S Tre Boston to a 1-year deal worth $3 million. Boston took a while to find a new home after solid play in Arizona last year. But he lands in a Carolina defense that's replacing S Mike Adams in the starting lineup. The early front-runner has been Rashaan Gaulden, a 3rd-round pick last year who played CB in college and spent just 143 snaps on the field as a rookie. Boston likely arrives as at least insurance and a potential rotational player. The Panthers have reportedly worked Gaulden at nickel corner some, in addition to safety. This will be a situation to watch for IDP upside -- especially after Carolina let longtime LB Thomas Davis walk in free agency.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette has been busy in the passing game early in training camp. New OC John DeFilippo says that's a significant part of his offense. "We’re trying to find different, unique ways to get him the football – not just handing it to him," DeFilippo said. Fournette has been productive as a receiver through 2 NFL seasons, averaging 2.8 catches and 23.2 yards per game. It sounds like he could top those numbers in 2019.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said WR Curtis Samuel's jump from year 2 to 3 "has been amazing." Samuel struggled with injuries for the first year-and-a-half of his NFL career. But over the final 6 weeks of last season, he tallied 22 catches, 315 yards and 2 scores, adding another 41 yards on 4 carries. Samuel ranked 31st among WRs in PPR points during that span. The former 2nd-rounder is capable of finishing at least that high in 2019.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott remains away from the team and in Cabo. But at least he's training. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Elliott has been working out at the Diamante Resort with his trainers and doctors. That's the same place Zeke trained when he was serving his 6-game suspension in 2017. He returned from that time off to rack up 259 total yards over the season's final 2 games.

For the first time in 3 years, Redskins TE Jordan Reed spent this offseason training rather than rehabbing toe injuries. He's seeing the impact early in training camp. "My feet are definitely getting stronger, way stronger than last year," he said. "I feel more explosive, and I feel a lot better." Reed turned just 29 in early July. And while he's missed 17 games over the past 3 seasons, he's ranked 1st, 9th and 13th among TEs in PPR points per game. We like him to produce as a top-12 TE when he's on the field this year. And his 15th-round ADP negates the injury risk.

The Saints and WR Michael Thomas have agreed to a 5-year, $100 million extension that makes him the league's highest-paid WR. He gets $61 million guaranteed, which is the most in NFL history for a non-QB. Thomas will end his brief holdout and is safe to target in the late 1st or early 2nd round of fantasy drafts. He's finished 7th, 6th and 6th among WRs in PPR points through 3 NFL seasons.

 
 
 

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