Shark Bites

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen) won't practice on Wednesday, HC Doug Pederson said. D-Jax will reportedly do some running off to the side, but his status for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys remains uncertain. We'll get another update tomorrow.

Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will start this weekend's game against the Bills, HC Brian Flores announced Wednesday. Why? Couldn't tell ya. Fitzpatrick isn't an option in any fantasy league in an impossible spot in Buffalo vs. the league's 4th-ranked QB defense.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara is dealing with a "high ankle-type issue," according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Kamara originally hurt his ankle in practice last Thursday. He played against the Jaguars on Sunday but posted seasons lows in snap rate (59%) and carries (11). Per Pelissero, Kamara will be limited in practice this week but "still thinks he has a shot to play" against the Bears on Sunday. It might make more sense to just take a week off and get that ankle back to 100%. We'll obviously keep a close eye on this throughout the week, but RB Latavius Murray needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues.

The Titans announced Tuesday that QB Ryan Tannehill will start Sunday's game against the Chargers. The move doesn't come as a surprise after Marcus Mariota was benched in the Week 6 loss at Denver. But it's a significant shift away from the "franchise" QB. Mariota's in the final year (the option year) of his rookie contract and seems almost certainly done with Tennessee after this season. Tannehill is on just a 1-year deal and already 31. If the Titans can get competent QB play, they have enough pass-catching talent to deliver at least usable fantasy value around the offense -- including under center. We wouldn't consider Tannehill outside of DFS and 2-QB leagues in his first start.

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice. He's on track to play against the Chiefs on Thursday night after leaving last week's game early. Sanders will be a WR3 with upside in what should be a high-scoring game.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) was limited in Tuesday's practice. He reportedly has a shot to return for Thursday night's game against the Broncos -- but he'd be a much more comfortable fantasy start if he puts in a full practice tomorrow.

Redskins RB Chris Thompson has been diagnosed with turf toe, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Rapoport describes the injury as "minor" -- but we heard the same about Packers WR Davante Adams, who's already missed 2 weeks. Fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on Thompson in Week 7 fantasy lineups. His absence will leave Wendell Smallwood as the #2 RB behind Adrian Peterson.

The Bears on Tuesday placed DL Akiem Hicks on IR. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Hicks had been getting opinions on the elbow he injured in their Week 5 loss to the Raiders over Chicago's bye. Even if he's a candidate to be designated to return, that wouldn't come until the end of the regular season. So IDP owners should certainly drop Hicks from redraft rosters. His absence hurts the team D outlook as well, while leaving snaps available for players such as Nick Williams and Roy Robertson-Harris.

Patriots WR N'Keal Harry returned to practice on Tuesday. He was placed on IR prior to Week 1 after battling a variety of lower-body injuries this summer. The 1st-round rookie will be eligible to play starting in Week 9 and could find immediate opportunity if WRs Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett are still banged up. Harry is worth stashing in deep fantasy leagues.

Texans CB Johnathan Joseph missed Sunday's win over the Chiefs with a hamstring strain he suffered in practice. But the Houston Chronicle reports that he's optimistic about being ready for the Week 7 visit to Indianapolis. "That's the plan; that's the goal," Joseph said. We'll see about his practice participation this week.

Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick hyperextended his left knee in Sunday's loss to the Ravens and is expected to miss "about a month," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Packers WR Geronimo Allison left in the 3rd quarter of Monday night's game against the Lions after colliding helmet-to-helmet with Detroit S Tracy Walker. It'll be surprising if Allison doesn't enter the league concussion protocol off that play, but we'll see about the diagnosis.

Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling left in the 2nd quarter of Monday night's game against the Lions after apparently hurting his left knee. MVS was blocking and had a defensive player roll into the back of his leg. We'll keep an eye on his status.

Update: MVS returned to the field for the start of the 2nd half.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) is expected to be ready to practice after the Week 7 bye. Carolina has gone 4-0 under QB Kyle Allen, although his play has been uneven. We'll see if Newton is ready to return for Week 8 against the 49ers -- and then if the Panthers go back to him.

Lions S Quandre Diggs (hamstring) and DE Da'Shawn Hand (elbow) are inactive for tonight's game against the Packers. CB Darius Slay (hamstring) and DT A'Shawn Robinson (knee) are active after hitting the weekend questionable.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (concussion) is active for tonight's game against the Packers. The rookie has totaled just 10 targets, 5 catches, 35 yards and 1 TD over his last 3 games.

Saints HC Sean Payton revealed after Sunday's win over the Jaguars that RB Alvin Kamara "tweaked his knee" in addition to the "swollen ankle" that made him questionable for the game. Saints Wire reports that Payton "doesn't appear worried" about Kamara's status for Week 7, but the RB did play a season-low 59% of the snaps against Jacksonville. We'll watch his status leading up to Sunday's game at Chicago.

The Steelers fear that DE Stephon Tuitt tore a pectoral muscle in Sunday night's win over the Chargers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Tuitt will reportedly get an MRI to confirm and then figure out his next step. If the muscle is torn, it would almost certainly end his season.

Update: ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that tests confirmed the torn pec. Tuitt will have surgery and miss the rest of the season.

ESPN's Todd Archer hears that Cowboys WR Amari Cooper's availability for this Sunday night's game against the Eagles is "in serious question." Cooper is reportedly in significant pain with his quad bruise. Considering it's an aggravation of an injury originally suffered in Week 5 -- and that Dallas has a Week 8 bye -- it might make sense for the team to hold Cooper out this week. We'll keep an eye on him.

The Patriots are re-signing TE Ben Watson, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Watson was surprisingly never activated after serving his 4-game suspension to open the season, and it's unclear exactly what kind of role he'll play for the Pats going forward. There's certainly opportunity, though, on a TE depth chart topped by Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo.

 
 
 

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