Shark Bites

TE Ben Watson has agreed to a deal with the Ravens, according to insider Jeff Zrebiec.  It's a strange move from both sides.  Watson was a strong fit in New Orleans, where he just posted a career-best 74-825-6 line.  Baltimore, meanwhile, spent a 2nd-round pick on TE Maxx Williams a year ago and got a solid 2nd season from TE Crockett Gillmore.  Of course, Williams had a disappointing rookie campaign, and Gillmore underwent offseason surgeries on both shoulders.  Still, Watson figures to find himself in some sort of committee in 2016.  None of Baltimore's TEs project as weekly fantasy starters.  Meanwhile, Saints TE Josh Hill might get another chance to capture the starting job.

The Patriots and QB Tom Brady have agreed to a 2-year contract extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  He's now locked up in New England through the 2019 season.  He'll be 42 years old at that point.  Brady will very likely spend his entire Hall-of-Fame career with the Pats.

The Patriots will have DE Chandler Jones (abdomen, toe), LB Jamie Collins (back), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) and DE Rob Ninkovich (shin) active for today's AFC Championship game at Denver. All carried "questionable" tags, but Collins was the only iffy player after suffering his injury in the win over the Chiefs. That situation adds risk to him as an IDP play in fantasy football lineups this weekend. Jones also played a more limited role last week than usual and is more boom/bust than when at full health. The New England defense carries lots of turnover upside, however, against a Denver offense that threw the league's most INTs this year.

As expected, Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) is active for today's game at Denver. There was a mild scare after last week's win over the Chiefs when Edelman went to the X-ray room after the game but wouldn't elaborate on his status. But he put in the same level of practice participation this week as last and should be fine to use. Broncos CB Chris Harris (shoulder) -- who's likely to follow Edelman in coverage for much of the game -- is active after fully practicing all week. Expect the Patriots to test him early and stick with that approach for as long as it works. Harris admittedly struggled through last week's win over Pittsburgh.

The Patriots list LB Jamie Collins (back), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee), DE Chandler Jones (abdomen, toe) and DE Rob Ninkovich (shin) as questionable for Sunday's game in Denver. Ninkovich and Hightower played through their issues for regular snaps last week and should be just fine for the game. Collins suffered his injury against the Chiefs but is expected to play. Jones played through his issues last week as well but in a more limited role than usual. He's not a good IDP option. We'll check on the status for all before Sunday's game, but the Patriots defense carries plenty of upside against a Denver team that threw the league's most INTs during the regular season.

The Patriots listed WR Julian Edelman as questionable for Sunday's game in Denver, but it seems pretty clear that he'll play. “I’d expect him to get better this week than last week, the extra amount of time he had to work with our offense and the quarterback and so forth,” coach Bill Belichick told the Boston Herald. Edelman drew 16 targets in his 1st game back last week, most among any players in the Divisional Round. And he caught 10 for 100 yards. He's a strong fantasy bet for this weekend as well, especially with Broncos CB Chris Harris playing through a shoulder injury (and likely to primarily cover Edelman).

Browns WR Josh Gordon has applied for reinstatement, according to ESPN's Tony Grossi.  A decision from the league will come within the next 60 days, or by mid-March.  Gordon has been suspended 3 times over the past 3 years and hasn't played since December 2014.  But he turns just 25 in April and has averaged 79 receiving yards per game for his career -- 6th most among active WRs.  Big fantasy upside remains.

The Boston Herald reports that Patriots WR Julian Edelman was seen heading to the X-ray room after Saturday's win over the Chiefs. He later told reporters that he didn't need an X-ray but when pressed for further details said only that he wasn't allowed to talk about injuries, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. We'll have to keep an eye on Edelman's status heading into next Sunday's AFC championship game.

As expected, Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) is active for today's game against the Chiefs.  He remained limited in practice all week and probably won't be at 100%.  But New England needs him today with TE Rob Gronkowski banged up.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Chiefs.  He's fully expected to play but was limited in practice all week and won't be at 100%.  That makes Edelman a risk/reward fantasy option for the Divisional Round.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) remained limited on Thursday.  All signs point to him returning for Saturday's game against the Chiefs, but he might not be at 100%.  Foot injuries can be particularly tricky for skill-position players to return from. Edelman is a risk/reward fantasy option for the Divisional Round.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) stopped short of guaranteeing he'll play against the Chiefs this weekend or saying that he's back to 100%.  “I can’t put a percentage on it until [Saturday]," he said. "I’m feeling a day better than yesterday. It continues to get better, so that’s what I can say about that. I’m feeling good. We’ve been working hard every day. Doing everything I can to get myself ready for the next day."  The Boston Globe's Jim McBride thought Edelman looked "full speed" in Monday's practice.  And Edelman said afterward that he'll go "full throttle" if he's active this weekend.  We're fully expecting him to play but will continue to keep an eye on the practice reports.

Former NFL team doc David Chao said via Twitter Monday that "full 100% healing" usually takes 3-6 months for the type of foot fracture that Patriots WR Julian Edelman suffered. Chao added that he expects Edelman to be "90%" for the playoffs. Of course, we have to note that Chao has not examined the Pats wideout and is thus making educated guesses. But it seems fair to assume Edelman will remain at least a little short of 100% should he return for this weekend. That might not matter, though. Ninety percent of Edelman should easily be New England's best wideout at this point, giving him plenty of fantasy appeal and helping the outlook for QB Tom Brady.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) is expected to be ready for the team's playoff opener in 2 weeks.  An MRI on his injured ankle revealed a sprain but no fractures.  With the week off, Brady should be a full-go for the Divisional Round against the Bengals, Texans or Chiefs.

Patriots QB Tom Brady injured his ankle in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.  He never left the game but was spotted limping afterward.  With a week off to heal up, Brady should be fine for the Divisional Round.  We'll keep an eye on him.

Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich (shin), S Patrick Chung (foot) and S Devin McCourty (ankle) are active for today's finale against the Dolphins. Ninkovich carries big IDP upside, while the safeties don't look particularly attractive for your lineup. Getting them both back after missing McCourty and Chung last week can only help the pass defense and the team D outlook for fantasy, though.

The New England defense could be missing some key pieces at Miami on Sunday. The Patriots have ruled out DE Chandler Jones (toe) and LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) and deemed DE Rob Ninkovich (shin) questionable. Ninkovich only practiced Thursday this week. The moves make DE Jabaal Sheard the best IDP bet on the New England D-line and chip away at the defense's upside. The matchup with a reeling Dolphins offense keeps the Patriots among the most attractive fantasy targets for the week, though. Safeties Patrick Chung (foot) and Devin McCourty (ankle) are also questionable after missing last week's loss to the Jets.

The Patriots have ruled WR Julian Edelman (foot) out for Sunday's game against Miami. He practiced Wednesday and Thursday but sat out Friday. Edelman's recent participation level suggests he's on pace to return for the playoffs.

Saints TE Ben Watson (knee) is active for today’s game against the Jaguars. He’s caught 4+ balls in 8 of his last 9 games and is a solid TE1 in this plus matchup.

Patriots S Patrick Chung (foot) and S Devin McCourty (ankle) are inactive for today's game against the Jets. LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is active but a risky play who could well see his time limited. He has twice tweaked the same knee now.


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