Shark Bites

Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander left late in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Browns after suffering a non-contact knee injury. He has been ruled out for the game. The situation looks potentially serious. We'll watch for updates after the game or tomorrow.

Washington CB Quinton Dunbar (shin) is inactive for today's game against the Cowboys. This change has no real fantasy impact beyond IDP owners who had been using him.

The Ravens will be without their top cover man when they face the Saints today. CB Marlon Humphrey (quad) is inactive. That can only be good news for New Orleans WRs Michael Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith, though the matchup remains tough.

Niners CB Richard Sherman (calf) is inactive for today's game against the Rams. That has no impact on IDP owners, and no one should have been considering using the San Francisco team D. The biggest effect here is that the Niners secondary now presents no real challenges for any L.A. wideouts. Josh Reynolds -- who joins the lineup with Cooper Kupp out -- gets an upside boost with Sherman's absence.

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49ers WR Pierre Garcon (shoulder, knee) is active for today’s game against the Rams. He hasn’t scored or topped 57 catches in a game all season, making him just a low-upside WR4.

Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Cowboys. He played through these injuries last week, carrying 17 times. Expect a similar workload today. Redskins RB Chris Thompson (rib, knee), meanwhile, is inactive. That leaves Kapri Bibbs as Washington’s #2 RB.

Redskins WR Paul Richardson (shoulder, knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Cowboys. WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) is also out, leaving Josh Doctson, Maurice Harris, Brian Quick and Michael Floyd as Washington’s WRs. TE Jordan Reed should be busy again after seeing 9 targets last week.

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles was benched in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Texans. He was 6-of-12 for 61 yards with 0 TDs and 2 lost fumbles in a little over 1 half of action. QB Cody Kessler is in for Jacksonville.

Jets RB Bilal Powell suffered a neck injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Vikings and has been ruled out. That should leave Isaiah Crowell in a 3-down role.

Dolphins WR Albert Wilson suffered a leg injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Lions. He's officially questionable to return. Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE: Wilson has been ruled out.

Patriots RB Sony Michel was carted to the locker room with a left leg injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Bears. His leg got twisted awkwardly in a pile. We'll update his status when we learn more. Michel's absence leaves New England with RBs James White and Kenjon Barner.

UPDATE: The Pats announced Michel with a knee injury and deemed him questionable to return.

Texans WR Keke Coutee injured his hamstring in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Jaguars. The rookie missed the first 3 games of the season with hamstring trouble, although it's unclear if this is related. He's officially questionable to return today.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy hurt his right ankle in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Colts. He needed the help of 2 trainers to get off the field. We'll pass along an update when we get one. RB Chris Ivory is next in line for Buffalo.

UPDATE: The Bills announced that McCoy left to be evaluated for a head injury.

UPDATE: McCoy is done for the day with a concussion.

Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (knee surgery), CB Bobby McCain (knee) and S T.J. McDonald (knee) are active for today's game against the Lions. Wake returns after having a knee scoped and could see his playing time limited. McCain returns after missing the past 2 games. He defensed passes in each of his 1st 4 appearances this season. McDonald has played through previous "questionable" designations with this ailment. We wouldn't chase after any of the 3 in IDP lineups, but their presences help a team defense with some upside this week -- especially at cheap DFS salaries.

Vikings DT Linval Joseph (ankle, knee, shoulder) is inactive for today's game against the Jets. His absence helps the Jets' rushing outlook. Pro Football Focus grades Joseph among the top one-third of interior defenders in run D. That doesn't propel Isaiah Crowell or Bilal Powell into attractive fantasy territory, but it makes each more palatable if you need 1 of them.

Jaguars DE Calais Campbell (ankle) is active for today's game against the Texans. Campbell managed limited practices Thursday and Friday and reportedly told NFL Network's James Palmer after warmups that he's "good to go." We'd go ahead and use him in IDP lineups in nearly all cases for a high-upside matchup.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack is active for today's game against the Patriots. His troublesome ankle might limit his effectiveness, but we'd go ahead and take the risk in most cases where Mack makes sense for IDP lineups.

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Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (foot) is active for today’s game against the Vikings. He only got in 1 limited practice this week. But he did the same last week before carrying 13 times and seeing 2 targets. He should see a similar workload today. But Minnesota’s 9th-ranked RB defense leaves Crowell as a weak fantasy play.

Bears WR Allen Robinson (groin) is active for today’s game against the Patriots. He only got in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday and was reportedly a game-time decision. It’s clear Robinson isn’t at 100% today, making him a risk/reward WR3.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) is officially inactive for today’s game against the Bears. His injury isn’t considered a long-term concern, and he’s tentatively expected back for Week 8. Dwayne Allen will serve as New England’s lead TE today but is just a fantasy flier.

 
 
 

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