Shark Bites

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster aggravated his knee injury in Thursday's practice and is now expected to miss Sunday night's game against the Bills, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That would keep James Washington and Diontae Johnson as the top 2 WRs for what shapes up as the week's worst situation for offensive fantasy production.

ESPN's Michael DiRocco reported Wednesday that the Jaguars are considering a switch at MLB against the Raiders. He says Jacksonville might start Joe Giles-Harris instead of Donald Payne in the middle. Payne racked up 13 and 15 tackles in place of Myles Jack the past 2 weeks and would be a strong IDP starter in the same role. The LB changes should also include Austin Calitro starting on the weak side, where Quincy Williams landed on IR this week. If we hit the weekend not sure about roles and playing time between Payne and Giles-Harris, then Calitro becomes the upside play among Jaguars LBs. We'll keep an eye out for updates on the situation as we head into the weekend. Consider adding Calitro now in deeper IDP leagues, though -- especially if you were planning to start Payne.

Panthers EDGE Mario Addison missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a chest injury. We'll see about his Friday participation and game status. Brian Burns would likely see starter-level playing time if Addison can't play in the upside matchup with the Seahawks.

Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) put in his 2nd straight limited practice on Thursday. "I'm feeling good," he told reporters afterward. Fuller seems to be on track to play in Sunday's showdown against the Titans, but we'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder) put in his 2nd straight limited practice on Thursday. OC Greg Olson said Jacobs "looked great." Although HC Jon Gruden won't commit to the rookie playing against the Jaguars this weekend, it seems to be trending in that direction. We'll get another update tomorrow.

Broncos TE Noah Fant (foot) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. That gives him a shot to play against the Chiefs this weekend. We'll see what Fant does on Friday and then how Denver lists him on the final injury report.

Jets RB Ty Montgomery (foot) is active for tonight's game against the Ravens. He should be the #2 RB with Bilal Powell inactive, but that's not likely to mean much playing time.

Ravens TE Mark Andrews (knee) is active for tonight's game against the Jets. He entered questionable and is fine for planned fantasy football use.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (quad) is active for tonight's game against the Jets. This comes as no surprise. Use him as you were planning to in your fantasy football lineups.

Saints TE Jared Cook (concussion) got in a limited practice on Thursday. He has an extra day to get cleared for Monday night's game against the Colts, but consider Cook no better than 50/50 for that one. Josh Hill will serve as New Orleans' lead pass-catching TE if Cook is out.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) was limited again on Thursday and remains in the concussion protocol, HC Ron Rivera said. We'll see how much progress he's able to make over the next 48 hours. Ian Thomas will be in the TE1 mix if Olsen misses Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

The Jets have placed TE Ryan Griffin (ankle) on IR. He signed a 3-year, $10.8 million extension in November, so he'll be back with the Jets next season. But it'll likely be as the #2 TE behind Chris Herndon. The Jets are down to Daniel Brown as their 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.

Bucs WR Scott Miller (hamstring) was a full-go in Thursday's practice. That puts him on track to return for this weekend's game against the Lions. The rookie had basically worked himself into an even timeshare with Breshad Perriman for #3 WR duties before going down in Week 12. It's unclear what kind of role Miller will return to after Mike Evans hurt his hamstring and Justin Watson posted a 5-59-1 line last week. Miller and Watson are DFS-only options for Week 15. Perriman remains the best bet to play the 2nd most snaps among Bucs WRs (behind Chris Godwin).

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice after being a full-go on Wednesday. NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports that Smith-Schuster left practice early on Thursday -- although it's unclear if he suffered a setback or if Pittsburgh is just playing it safe. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton will return to practice on Thursday. How his calf holds up to the workout figures to go a long way toward determining whether he'll play against the Saints on Monday night. We'll keep an eye on him, but fantasy owners still shouldn't be banking on Hilton in Week 15 lineups.

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The Eagles have placed WR Alshon Jeffery on IR, officially ending his 2019 campaign. Jeffery suffered a Lisfranc injury in Monday night's game against the Giants, according to NBC Philadelphia's John Clark. The Eagles promoted WR Robert Davis from the practice squad to take Jeffery's place on the roster. Davis joins J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward as the team's healthy WRs.

Ravens TE Mark Andrews (knee) is "expected to give it a go" against the Jets tonight, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Andrews was knocked out of Sunday's game with what was reported as a contusion between his knee and thigh. He put in limited practices on Tuesday and Wednesday. It's possible that Andrews is limited tonight, especially in a game Baltimore should win easily. Consider him a risk/reward TE1 for Week 15.

Raiders HC Jon Gruden refused to guarantee that RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder) will play against the Jaguars this weekend. "We’ll see what happens in the next couple days," Gruden said after Jacobs put in a limited practice on Wednesday. "It doesn’t mean he’s going to play, but I’m glad the reports are positive ... We’ll see what happens in the next 48 hours." RB DeAndre Washington, who handled 14 carries and 7 targets last week, needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues. He'll be a RB2 in a plus matchup vs. Jacksonville if Jacobs is out.

Rams TE Gerald Everett (knee) remained sidelined on Wednesday. HC Sean McVay labeled Everett "day-to-day," adding, "His knee is making progress, but not ready to get out there and practice with us yet." Don't bank on Everett playing against the Cowboys this weekend. That'll again make Tyler Higbee a TE1.

 
 
 

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