Shark Bites

5:12pm EST 12/17/19

The Giants have placed TE Evan Engram (foot) on IR, ending his 2019 campaign. He's averaged an impressive 4.5 catches and 52 yards per game over his first 3 NFL seasons but has now missed 14 of a possible 48 games. Engram will be a risk/reward pick in 2020 fantasy football drafts. Rookie Kaden Smith will close out this season as New York's lead TE.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) isn’t listed on the final Week 15 injury report. He practiced on Thursday and Friday after sitting out on Wednesday, which looks like was just a rest day. Freeman has racked up 42 touches in 2 games since returning from his foot injury but has a brutal matchup on Sunday vs. San Francisco’s 2nd-ranked RB defense.

Giants QB Daniel Jones (ankle) is out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. QB Eli Manning gets another start and is a low-end spot-start option vs. Miami's 29th-ranked QB defense.

Giants TEs Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) are out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. That again leaves lead TE duties to Kaden Smith, who's averaged 6.3 targets over the past 3 weeks. He's a low-end spot-start option.

Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) isn't expected to play against the Dolphins this weekend, according to insider Art Stapleton. "Sprained foot is just not coming along fast enough to return yet. Zero sense to rush + risk further injury," Stapleton tweeted. We'll see if TE Rhett Ellison (concussion) makes it back for Sunday's game. If not, Kaden Smith will again serve as New York's lead TE.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. We'll see what he does on Friday and then how Atlanta lists him on the final injury report. Hopefully you can avoid Freeman in this weekend's brutal matchup against the 49ers.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman missed Wednesday's practice with a knee issue. This could just be a veteran's day off early in the week, but Freeman's status will be worth checking on again tomorrow. Of course, he's a shaky fantasy play against the 49ers this week anyways.

Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) remained limited in Wednesday's practice. He put in 2 limited practices last week before missing Monday night's game against the Eagles. His status for Sunday's game against the Dolphins is up in the air.

Giants QB Daniel Jones (ankle) was back on the practice field on Wednesday. ESPN's Jordan Raanan notes that the rookie was working with the 2nd-team offense, though -- an indication that the Giants are still planning to start QB Eli Manning vs. Miami this weekend. We'll continue to monitor the situation.

Giants QB Daniel Jones' high-ankle sprain is expected to cost him 2-4 weeks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie will miss tonight's game against the Eagles and Week 15 against the Dolphins. We'll see if he makes it back for the final 2 games vs. the Redskins and Eagles. If QB Eli Manning shows reasonably well tonight, he could be a deeper-league option in that Miami matchup.

The Giants have placed S Jabrill Peppers (back) on IR, ending his season. That likely locks in Julian Love as the starter in Peppers’ place the rest of the way. He played nearly every snap in the first game following Peppers’ injury

Giants WR Golden Tate (concussion) put in a full week of practice and will play against the Eagles on Monday night. He's averaged 8.1 targets, 5.1 catches and 64 yards per game this season -- although that's all come with QB Daniel Jones.

Giants QB Daniel Jones (ankle) is out for Monday night's game against the Eagles. He didn't practice all week and should be considered iffy for Week 15 vs. Miami. QB Eli Manning will be back under center on Monday but is just a lower-end QB2 in fantasy lineups.

Giants TEs Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) are out for Monday night's game against the Eagles. That means another game as lead TE for Kaden Smith, who's totaled 14 targets, 11 catches, 87 yards and a score over the last 2 weeks.

Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) put in a limited practice on Thursday. It's his 1st practice of any kind since going down back in Week 9. Engram expects to play against the Eagles on Monday night, but we'd feel better about getting him back in fantasy lineups if he gets in a full practice on Friday and/or Saturday.

Giants WR Golden Tate (concussion) put in a full practice on Thursday. He's on track to return for Monday night's game against the Eagles. Tate has averaged 8.1 targets, 5.1 catches and 64 yards per game this season -- although that's all come with QB Daniel Jones.

Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) told reporters that he expects to return for Monday night's game against the Eagles. We'll track his practice participation over the next few days. The foot issue will add some risk to Engram's Week 14 fantasy outlook, but note that he racked up 22 targets, 17 catches and 164 yards in 2 games with QB Eli Manning to open the season.

Giants HC Pat Shurmur announced on Wednesday that QB Daniel Jones has a "mild" high-ankle sprain and that QB Eli Manning will "very likely" start Monday night's game against the Eagles. Manning posted 306-1-0 and 250-1-2 passing lines over the first 2 weeks of the season before getting benched for the rookie. He's just a low-end QB2 against an improved Philly pass defense. We'll see who's under center for the G-Men in a plus Week 15 matchup vs. the Dolphins.

The forecast for today's Packers-Giants game calls for a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain. Winds are expected to come in at 10-20 mph. Aaron Rodgers and Co. are used to this type of weather. But Daniel Jones told ESPN's Jordan Raanan that he's never played in snow. Keep that in mind when making lineup decisions.

Giants WR Golden Tate (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Packers. He leaves behind 8.1 targets per game. With TEs Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) also out, there's a lot of volume to go around for WR Sterling Shepard, WR, Darius Slayton, RB Saquon Barkley and TE Kaden Smith.

 
 
 

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