Shark Bites

Falcons TE Hayden Hurst (ankle) is questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Raiders. He only got in a limited practice on Friday, so he obviously won't be at 100% if he suits up. We'll get Hurst's game status by noon ET on Sunday.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Raiders. He was limited on Wednesday and Thursday but didn't practice on Friday -- an ominous sign for his Week 12 status. Especially after Jones struggled through this hammy issue last week, we'd try to have him on fantasy benches right now. We'll continue to look for updates on his availability.

Falcons RB Todd Gurley (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Raiders. His status beyond Week 12 is uncertain after he missed practice all week. Gurley's absence on Sunday leaves the starting job to RB Brian Hill, who's averaged 4.4 yards per carry and caught 16 of 20 targets for 111 yards this season. He's a good bet for 15+ touches vs. Vegas' 27th-ranked RB defense.

Bears RB David Montgomery (concussion) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll return for Sunday night’s game against the Packers’ 31st-ranked RB defense. Montgomery has averaged 14.7 carries and 5.3 targets in 6 games since RB Tarik Cohen went down.

Bears QB Nick Foles (hip) is listed as doubtful for Sunday night’s game against the Packers. So it’ll be Mitchell Trubisky back under center for Chicago. He chucked for 432 yards, 5 TDs and 2 INTs in plus matchups vs. the Lions and Giants to open the season before getting benched in Week 3. Trubisky brings some rushing upside but is still just a lower-end QB2 for Week 12.

The Texans are releasing WR Kenny Stills, according to ESPN's Cameron Wolfe. Still has caught just 11 balls this season and missed Week 12 with a quad injury. We'll see where he latches on, but he's obviously a long shot to provide any fantasy value the rest of the year.

This week's Ravens-Steelers game is "tentatively" being moved to Tuesday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That's presumably if Baltimore doesn't have any more COVID positives. There still seems to be a decent chance that this game isn't played in Week 12. Even if they play on Tuesday, QB Lamar Jackson, RB J.K. Dobbins and RB Mark Ingram will remain out. Stay tuned.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard (concussion) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Giants. He put in a full practice on Friday, though, and HC Zac Taylor said he "feels good" about Bernard's chances of playing. We'll get his official status by noon ET on Sunday. Between a dwindling ball-carrying role (17 carries over the last 2 weeks) and the loss of QB Joe Burrow, Bernard looks like just a low-upside RB3 now.

Vikings TE Irv Smith (groin) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. Assuming he ends up inactive, TE Kyle Rudolph will be a viable Week 12 play. When Smith missed Week 10 vs. the Bears, Rudolph ran a pass route on 79% of QB Kirk Cousins’ drop backs and posted a 4-63 line on 5 targets.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Vikings. HC Matt Rhule said Friday, though, that he's "pessimistic" about McCaffrey's chances of playing. It'd certainly make sense for Carolina to hold him out with a Week 13 bye coming up. Look for Mike Davis to get another game as the Panthers' lead back.

Dolphins RB Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) is out for Sunday's game against the Jets. RB Myles Gaskin (knee) returned to practice this week, but HC Brian Flores wouldn't say Friday whether Gaskin will be able to play this weekend. We'll look for updates on his status. Matt Breida, Patrick Laird and DeAndre Washington are Miami's healthy RBs right now.

Jaguars WRs D.J. Chark (ribs) and Chris Conley (hip) are out for Sunday’s game against the Browns. WR Laviska Shenault is set to return from his hamstring injury and will join WR Keelan Cole atop the depth chart. Rookie Collin Johnson figures to operate as the #3 WR. It’s probably a situation to avoid with QB Mike Glennon making his 1st start with Jacksonville — but you can make an argument for Shenault and Cole as WR4s.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) will start against the Dolphins on Sunday, HC Adam Gase announced. Darnold has been out since Week 8 and has averaged just 174 yards and .5 TDs passing in 6 games this season. He's a low-end QB2 for Week 12, but Darnold's return should be good news for WR Jamison Crowder.

Bills WR John Brown (ankle) is out for Sunday's game against the Chargers. He'll be replaced by rookie WR Gabriel Davis, who becomes an intriguing DFS flier. But the real winner is WR Cole Beasley, who's posted 6-100, 6-53 and 11-112 lines on 25 total targets in the 3 games Brown has missed all or most of this season.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson has tested positive for COVID. He's 1 of 4 Baltimore players who returned a positive test on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "No way it can be played," a source told Schefter of Sunday's Ravens-Steelers game. That one is still on for now, but fantasy owners should start planning as if Ravens and Steelers players won't be available. Jackson is definitely out for Week 12. And Baltimore is scheduled to play the Cowboys next Thursday night, further complicating the situation. QB Robert Griffin will start for the Ravens if they play on Sunday.

Falcons TE Hayden Hurst has missed the first 2 practices of the week with an ankle issue. We don't have any other details, but his availability for Sunday's game against the Raiders appears to be in doubt. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Falcons RB Todd Gurley (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. We have no details on the injury, but Gurley has a long history of knee issues. If he's unable to play vs. the Raiders this weekend, Brian Hill would step in as Atlanta's lead back.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) remained limited on Thursday. His status for this weekend's game vs. the Raiders remains uncertain. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has tested positive for COVID and will miss at least Sunday's game against the Patriots. Fitz has played 80% of Arizona's offensive snaps and averaged 5.7 targets per game this season, so it's not an insignificant loss. His absence this weekend should mean more playing time for WR Andy Isabella, who becomes an intriguing season-long and DFS flier. When WR Christian Kirk missed Week 3, Isabella posted a 4-47-2 line on 4 targets.

Dolphins RB Salvon Ahmed has missed the first 2 practices of the week with a shoulder injury. We'll see what he's able to do tomorrow, but his status for Sunday's game against the Jets is in doubt. RB Myles Gaskin (knee) is eligible to return this week, although it's unclear if he's ready. Matt Breida, Patrick Laird and DeAndre Washington are Miami's healthy RBs right now.

 
 
 

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