Shark Bites

Broncos LB Josey Jewell is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He returned to a limited practice Friday after missing the 1st 2 days with a hamstring injury that knocked him out of Week 3 a little early. We'd try not to use Jewell even if he's active Sunday. Denver also deemed S Kareem Jackson questionable after he missed the entire practice week with a hamstring issue. DE Derek Wolfe, meanwhile, is questionable with an ankle injury.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said Friday that RB Melvin Gordon could play a "limited role" against the Dolphins on Sunday. Lynn had previously said that Gordon wouldn't play, so this seems to be a reaction to RB Justin Jackson's calf injury. Gordon just reported on Thursday, and it wouldn't make much sense to throw him out there in a game the Chargers can win without him. We'll continue to monitor the situation, but Gordon shouldn't be in Week 4 fantasy lineups. Austin Ekeler remains an elite fantasy play.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn confirmed Thursday that RB Melvin Gordon will "go back to #1" on the depth chart "as soon as he's ready." That's not a major surprise considering Gordon has been an effective workhorse for the Chargers the past 3 seasons. We're still curious to see exactly what kind of role he plays in Week 5 and beyond, though. Gordon averaged 17.4 carries and 5.0 targets per game across 2016 to 2018.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is ending his holdout and reporting to the team tomorrow, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gordon won't play against the Dolphins this weekend but could be ready for Week 5. We'll look for reports on what kind of shape he's in -- and then how the Chargers plan to divvy backfield work between Gordon and Austin Ekeler. Ekeler has been great through 3 weeks, but don't forget that Gordon has finished as a top 8 fantasy RB in each of the past 3 seasons.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's holdout "could soon be coming to an end." Gordon had been planning to re-join the team at some point in October but "could soon be moving up his reporting date." We'll continue to keep a close eye on this. Gordon obviously needs to be rostered in all fantasy leagues. And while Austin Ekeler will maintain a role when Gordon returns, it might not be a bad idea to explore sell-high trade opportunities.

The Seahawks have traded TE Nick Vannett to the Steelers. This would seem to hint at real concern over TE Vance McDonald's shoulder injury, although NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears McDonald "won't have an extended absence." We'll monitor the situation, but Vannett isn't worth adding to fantasy rosters right now. The bigger impact comes in Seattle, where TE Will Dissly should see a boost in playing time. Vannett had played 39% of Seattle's offensive snaps and run a route on 42% of Russell Wilson's drop backs through 3 weeks. Corresponding numbers for Dissly: 55% and 47%. Both numbers should climb significantly going forward. Dissly has worked his way into the TE1 discussion.

Broncos LB Todd Davis is active for today's game against the Packers. He missed the 1st 2 games with the calf injury that cost him nearly the whole summer. That makes Davis a risky IDP option for his 1st week back. We'll be quite curious to see his playing time, though, and whether Davis' return affects Josey Jewell's playing time.

Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (ribs) isn't listed on the final Week 3 injury report. He was sidelined on Thursday but returned to practice on Friday. The rib issue isn't a real concern, but a tough matchup with the Packers leaves Sutton as just a WR4.

Broncos WR Courtland Sutton was held out of Thursday's practice with "sore ribs," according to the Denver Post's Mike Klis. Sutton wasn't listed on the injury report Wednesday, so it's a new issue. We'll see if he's able to get back out there on Friday, but Sutton isn't a strong Week 3 fantasy play anyway vs. a much-improved Packers defense.

Broncos LB Todd Davis (calf) and CB Bryce Callahan (foot) are inactive for today's game against the Bears.

Broncos LB Todd Davis is questionable for Sunday's game agains the Bears. He put in limited practices all week after missing Week 1 with the calf injury that kept him out all summer. We'll see about Davis' status Sunday afternoon, but IDP owners shouldn't plan on using him in most cases.

Broncos LB Todd Davis is doubtful for Monday night's game against the Raiders. Davis missed nearly all of training camp and the preseason with a calf injury that continued to keep him out of practice over the past week. His absence hurts a thin Denver LB depth chart but boosts the IDP upside of fellow ILB starter Josey Jewell. Elsewhere on the defense, slot CB Bryce Callahan is questionable with a foot injury that limited his practice participation all week. That's good news for Raiders rookie slot WR Hunter Renfrow, who sports some deep PPR upside.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's "current plan is to report in the window that spans from Week 6 through Week 8." Gordon needs to report by Week 10 to make this season count toward his eligibility for free agency in the spring. That means at least starter duty for RB Austin Ekeler for at least a third of the season, and potentially half the year or more. We'll start seeing today how big a share RB Justin Jackson will get. He certainly belongs on rosters in nearly all fantasy football leagues as well.

Chargers GM Tom Telesco told reporters during a Sunday conference call that the team has suspended contract-extension talks with RB Melvin Gordon until after the season. That doesn't seem to help the chances of Gordon reporting to the team anytime soon. Of course, moving on to another team via trade would change that situation. Drafters should continue pushing Gordon down the board this week until/unless something changes. Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, meanwhile, have only gained draft value this week.

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Broncos RB Theo Riddick (shoulder) has been placed on IR. That knocks him out for at least the first 8 games. Riddick shouldn't be part of your redraft plans. Devontae Booker will hang around as Denver's #3 RB for at least the 1st half of the season.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Chargers have given permission to RB Melvin Gordon's representatives to seek a trade. That obviously doesn't bode well for Gordon and the team working something out to get him back for the season. We'll see whether it can get him onto someone else's field soon. If you're drafting this weekend, Gordon carries plenty of risk anywhere inside the 1st 5 rounds. This news certainly doesn't hurt the value of Austin Ekeler or Justin Jackson, though.

Broncos LB Todd Davis expects to be ready for the regular-season opener next Monday night, NFL Network's James Palmer reports. Davis has been out of practice since suffering a calf injury on the 1st day of training camp. We wouldn't plan to use him in IDP lineups for that 1st game against the Raiders. But Davis cracked the top 20 among fantasy LBs last season and is worth rostering in leagues of at least moderate depth.

"Expect [Melvin] Gordon to end his holdout in time to be on the Week 1 roster." That's from ESPN's Eric Williams' latest 53-man roster projection for the Chargers. It qualifies as the most optimistic report on Gordon we've heard in a while. He obviously remains a high-risk fantasy pick. But with an ADP now in the 4th round, Gordon could be a league-winner if he reports before the season opener.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's holdout is now expected to last into the regular season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Contract talks have not progressed as he hoped," Rapoport says. "The relationship between Gordon and the Chargers is fine. There's a mutual respect. There's just a disagreement over the value of Gordon." We're still 2-and-a-half week away from the start of the season, so we're not convinced that Gordon is a lock to miss games at this point. But with seemingly little progress being made on a new contract, the odds of him sitting out games is certainly growing. Gordon's ADP has sunk into the 4th round in recent fantasy drafts.

Broncos HC Vic Fangio expects TE Noah Fant to be ready for Week 1 after spraining his ankle in Monday night's preseason game. The rookie was targeted on 3 of QB Joe Flacco's 11 attempts in that one, catching 2 for 7 yards. If healthy, Fant looks set to open the season with a significant role in this passing game. He's on the TE2 radar.

 
 
 

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