Shark Bites

Lions QB Matt Stafford was knocked out of Saturday's game vs. the Bucs with an ankle injury. Now dealing with right thumb, rib and ankle injuries, Stafford should call it a season. QB Chase Daniel figures to start next weekend's finale vs. the Vikings.

Rams RB Cam Akers has a high-ankle sprain, HC Sean McVay said Monday. The rookie was surprisingly able to play through it in the loss to the Jets but will miss at least Week 16 vs. the Seahawks, McVay said. We wouldn't bet on him playing in Week 17, either, considering the injury. Akers' absence figures to put RB Darrell Henderson back in the lead ball-carrying role, with RB Malcolm Brown also taking on an expanded role.

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) has been designated to return from IR. He's eligible to return to practice this week and play against the Cowboys on Sunday, although it's unclear if he'll be ready. Jackson, sidelined since Week 7, couldn't be trusted in fantasy lineups this weekend. Maybe he'll be a DFS tournament flier in Week 17.

5:12pm EST 12/20/20

Rams RB Cam Akers suffered an ankle injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Jets and is officially questionable to return. Stay tuned for an update.

Update: Akers returned in the 2nd quarter.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford (rib, thumb) is active for today’s game vs. the Titans. He’ll be playing through the previous right thumb injury, plus a rib-cartilage injury suffered last week. It leaves him as just a QB2, despite the plus matchup.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (rib) is now expected to start Sunday's game against the Titans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a sweet matchup vs. the league's 31st-ranked QB defense. But Stafford will be playing through what's been described as a very painful rib-cartilage injury, adding risk to his Week 15 profile. We'd only consider him in 2-QB and superflex leagues. Stafford's availability is obviously good news for RB D'Andre Swift, WR Marvin Jones and TE T.J. Hockenson.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford (rib, thumb) got in a limited practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Titans. Interim HC Darrell Bevell said that Stafford will travel to Tennessee, so the team clearly believes he has a chance to play. If Stafford can't go, Detroit would turn to QB Chase Daniel. He's a capable backup but would still be a downgrade for the Lions skill guys.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that Lions QB Matthew Stafford as a rib-cartilage injury and that the team is "not overly optimistic" he'll play Sunday against the Titans. Detroit is reportedly still keeping open the "possibility" that Stafford toughs it out and plays, but you should plan as though he'll sit. We projected Chase Daniel as the starter in our Week 15 rankings.

Although he hasn't been ruled out for Week 15 yet, Lions QB Matthew Stafford is "in doubt" for Sunday's game at Tennessee, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Stafford was reportedly in an "unbelievable amount of pain" after the game. The QB had X-rays on his injured ribs, but the Lions have yet to announce an official diagnosis. We'll have to watch this situation as the week proceeds. Chase Daniel would start in Stafford's place if the QB can't go.

Lions QB Matt Stafford suffered a rib injury on a 4th-quarter scramble in Sunday's game against the Packers. QB Chase Daniel has replaced him. We'll update Stafford's status when we know more.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (thumb) is active for today’s game against the Bears. He was limited in practice all week and listed as questionable, so the right thumb still seems to be an issue. At less than 100% and in a tough matchup, Stafford is just a lower-end QB2 today.

2:11pm EST 11/29/20

Rams TE Tyler Higbee (elbow) is active for today’s game against the 49ers. He’ll continue splitting TE duties with Gerald Everett.

11:11pm EST 11/28/20

The Rams placed LB Micah Kiser on IR this week with a knee injury. That means he'll miss at least the next 3 games, starting with Sunday's 49ers matchup. When Kiser missed Week 5, Troy Reeder took the playing time lead among LBs and racked up 11 tackles and 3 sacks against Washington. He'll be an upside option for IDP lineups over the next 3 games.

Rams TE Tyler Higbee (elbow) did not practice all week. He’s listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the 49ers, and HC Sean McVay labeled him a game-time decision. But fantasy owners shouldn’t be counting on Higbee this week. His absence would turn TE Gerald Everett into a viable spot starter.

Rams TE Tyler Higbee is dealing with an elbow injury, HC Sean McVay said Wednesday. This doesn't sound like a serious issue, but Higbee's status will be worth monitoring over the next few days. His absence would make TE Gerald Everett a viable Week 12 streamer vs. the 49ers.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford (thumb) is active for today’s game against the Panthers. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said this morning that Stafford will have “no limitations” with the ligament injury to his throwing thumb — but we’re still considering him a riskier fantasy play than usual this week.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford is expected to start against the Panthers today and "has no limitations," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's despite a minor torn ligament in his throwing thumb. That injury still adds some level of risk to Stafford's Week 11 profile. And with WRs Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola out, Stafford looks like more of a QB2 this week.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford (thumb) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Panthers. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. Stafford seems to be trending toward playing. But between the injury to his throwing thumb and the absence of WR Kenny Golladay, he’s just a QB2 for Week 11.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford has been diagnosed with a partial tear in a ligament in his right (throwing) thumb, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. "They’ll take the week to see how he throws the ball. But Stafford is tough as they come and the expectation is he starts Sunday against the Panthers," Pelissero adds. We'll keep a close eye on Stafford, but the injury to his throwing thumb obviously adds risk to his fantasy profile.

There's "not much concern" about Lions QB Matt Stafford's thumb after tests came back, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Though he may be limited some this week, the initial belief is he won’t miss game time," Rapoport adds. We'll keep an eye on Stafford's status throughout the week, but it sounds like he'll be available for Sunday's game vs. the Panthers.


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