Shark Bites

The Cowboys have signed K Mike Nugent. He'll replace K Dan Bailey for however long he's out with his groin injury. Nugent was axed by the Giants at final cuts this September but sports a career 81% conversion rate on FG attempts. He's a viable fantasy option on a Dallas offense that ranks 6th in yards per game and 7th in points.

Colts OLB John Simon left Sunday's loss to the Jaguars early with a shoulder stinger, and it sounds significant. HC Chuck Pagano told reporters Monday that Simon will "miss some time." That at least puts a key pass rusher and edge run defender out for this weekend's trip to Cincinnati.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett is active for today's game against the Giants. He's dealing with a plantar fascia injury that's sure to be painful, but Bennett played nearly his usual full snap allotment even in the Week 5 game in which he got hurt. Use him as normal in IDP leagues.

Browns CB Jason McCourty (ankle) is inactive for today's game against the Titans. That helps the fantasy outlook for Tennessee WR Rishard Matthews. McCourty has graded out as 1 of the league's top cover corners this season, according to Pro Football Focus. S Jabrill Peppers (toe) is also inactive for the game.

Browns CB Jason McCourty is questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans. He suffered an ankle injury in Thursday's practice and then sat out Friday's workout completely. If he misses the game, it'll help the fantasy outlook for Titans WR Rishard Matthews. Even if McCourty plays, he's not likely to be at full effectiveness.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants because of the plantar fascia injury he suffered in Week 5, before the bye. But HC Pete Carroll expects Bennett to play, according to ESPN.com's Brady Henderson. He's fine to use as you normally would in IDP lineups. Bennett played a full share of snaps in the game in which he got hurt.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) practiced all week and was removed from the final injury report. He should be active for Sunday night’s game against the Falcons. Burkhead’s role is completely unclear after missing the past 4 weeks. He’s worth monitoring but can’t be trusted in Week 7 fantasy lineups.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game vs. the Jets. It'll be his 4th straight missed game. Mike Gillislee, James White and Dion Lewis will continue to handle backfield duties for New England.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jets after a limited week of practice. He’s expected to play but can’t be trusted in fantasy lineups. We’ll be keeping a close eye on his role, though.

Patriots QB Tom Brady (shoulder) is not listed on the final Week 6 injury report. He didn’t practice Wednesday, was limited Thursday but then put in a full workout Friday. The injury is to his non-throwing shoulder, and there’s been nothing to suggest that it’ll be an issue on Sunday vs. the Jets. Brady remains an elite QB1.

Patriots QB Tom Brady (shoulder) will "definitely" play against the Jets on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Brady officially didn't practice on Wednesday but was spotted on the field in the early portion of the workout open to the media. Per Rapoport, Brady is dealing with a sprained AC joint to the non-throwing shoulder. It adds some risk to his Week 6 outlook, but he remains a must-start in season-long leagues.

Patriots QB Tom Brady was on the practice field on Wednesday. He's dealing with a minor injury to his non-throwing shoulder but doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing this weekend's game against the Jets. Brady is our #1 ranked QB for Week 6.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett suffered an injury to the plantar fascia in his right foot in Sunday's win over the Rams, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Bennett left in the game in the 2nd quarter but returned in the 2nd half and played through the issue. HC Pete Carroll said Monday that Bennett is "really sore" and that he's "going to need these couple of weeks here," referring to the team's Week 6 bye. We'll see about Bennett's status on the other side, but players often play through even painful plantar fascia issues.

Patriots QB Tom Brady is dealing with an injury to his left shoulder. (That's his non-throwing side.) According to NBC Sports' Mike Giardi, Brady originally suffered the injury in Week 4 against Carolina and aggravated it last Thursday night vs. Tampa Bay. An MRI on the shoulder came back clean. Brady didn't practice on Tuesday but is fully expected to play this weekend against the Jets. We'll keep an eye on his status throughout the week. Brady has already taken 16 sacks this year -- 1 more than all last season.

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As expected, Browns OLB Jamie Collins (concussion) is inactive for today's game against the Jets. He did reportedly clear the league concussion protocol this week, though, so a Week 6 return seems likely.

Browns OLB Jamie Collins is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Jets, despite clearing the league's concussion protocol Friday. It's obviously good that he has progressed to that point, but worrisome that Collins is about to miss his 3rd straight game because of a concussion. We'll see where this situation goes.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) is out for Thursday night's game against the Bucs. That's a downgrade from last week, when he was listed as doubtful before being declared inactive. We'll see if Burkhead can get ready for Week 6 against the Jets.

Ravens TE Ben Watson was checked for a concussion in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Steelers but was cleared. He's back for the 2nd half.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is active for today's game against the Panthers, his 1st action since the 1st half of the Week 1 loss to the Chiefs. It's tough to project Hightower's playing time in his return game, especially with his team favored by 9.5 points today. He makes for a risky IDP option at best. Hightower's return means that IDP owners shouldn't trust Elandon Roberts' playing time either. Kyle Van Noy was the only 100% playing-time LB in Week 1 (with Hightower active).

Ravens TE Ben Watson (calf) is active for today’s game against the Steelers. He was reportedly dealing with swelling in that calf earlier this week. Watson is a risky Week 4 fantasy play.

 
 
 

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