Shark Bites

Saints RB Alvin Kamara and WR Michael Thomas are officially active for today's game against the Bears. Both were expected to be ready, but it's nice to get confirmation.

Ravens WR Willie Snead (ankle) is active for today's game against the Titans. Snead sat out Week 17 after leaving the Week 16 win early. But he returned for limited practices Thursday and Friday. In most cases, there's not enough upside to Snead to make him worth the re-injury/limited-use risk.

Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey (shoulder) and OLB Yannick Ngakoue (thigh) are active for today's game against the Titans. CB Jimmy Smith is also active for the 1st time since Week 14. Smith hasn't played more than half the snaps in a game since Week 9. A healthier Baltimore defense is obviously bad news for Tennessee's offense, though this game still carries plenty of shootout potential. The 54-point over/under comes in 3.5 points higher than any other game on the slate.

Seahawks S Jamal Adams played through a torn labrum in his left shoulder in Saturday night's win over the Rams and will now need offseason surgery, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Adams reportedly also might require surgery on his right shoulder and plans to have surgery on his left hand. We'll see whether any of these issues delay his start to 2021, but we'd bet on the star safety being ready.

Rams QB John Wolford returned to L.A. with the team after Saturday night's win over Seattle despite sustaining a neck injury that landed him a trip to the hospital. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Wolford and Jared Goff (thumb) both "should be OK" for next weekend's Divisional Round game.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo hears that Rams WR Cooper Kupp "should be fine" after exiting late in Saturday's Wild Card win over the Seahawks with a right knee injury. He's reportedly just dealing with a contusion. We'll look for further updates on his status and keep an eye on his practice participation this coming week.

Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones sustained a quad injury in pregame warm-ups before the Saturday night game against Washington, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jones is questionable to return to the game. Leonard Fournette and Ke'Shawn Vaughn each saw early snaps in Jones' absence.

Washington RB Antonio Gibson (toe) is active for tonight's game against the Buccaneers. That comes as no surprise after Gibson played through the injury last week. He remained limited in his 2 practice appearances this week, though, and gets a terrible matchup. The Bucs finished the season ranked 1st in Football Outsiders' run-defense DVOA.

Washington WR Terry McLaurin (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Buccaneers, as expected. He's reportedly playing on a high-ankle sprain, though, and will play without QB Alex Smith. As reported, Smith is inactive, leaving Taylor Heinicke to start. McLaurin missed the Week 16 game against Carolina that included Heinicke's only action so far this season.

Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis (groin) is active for tonight's game against Washington. He missed the season's final 2 games after suffering the injury in Week 15 at Atlanta. Davis closed out the practice week with a full Thursday workout, though. His return gives the Bucs back their #1 corner. The matchup limits his IDP upside, though Davis should see the most of Washington WR Terry McLaurin in coverage.

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (knee) is active for tonight's game against Washington. We know he'll be somewhere short of 100%, though. Just how far short remains to be seen during the game. Evans makes for a risky fantasy play.

Rams QB John Wolford left in the 1st quarter against the Seahawks after taking a shot to the head. He's officially questionable to return, which could mean a neck issue or an incomplete concussion check. That pushed Jared Goff and his repaired right thumb into the game.

Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports that the Saints have returned RB Alvin Kamara to the active roster. That indicates he's all set to face the Bears on Sunday. We'll watch for any reports to the contrary, but Kamara should be ready for fantasy use. We'll also see just how he splits work with Latavius Murray after being out the past week-and-a-half following a positive COVID test.

The Saints have added WR Michael Thomas to the active roster, according to Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football. That comes as no surprise after a practice week filled with positive reports. Thomas looks ready for Sunday's game against the Bears.

NFL.com reports that Washington QB Alex Smith (calf) will be inactive for tonight's game against the Buccaneers. That means Taylor Heinicke will start in his place. Heinicke fared well against Carolina in Week 16 in relief of Dwayne Haskins, completing 12 of 19 throws for 137 yards and a TD. But he has logged just 1 career NFL start. The matchup is terrific for Tampa Bay's defense, even without MLB Devin White. A healthy Heinicke, though, might be better for Washington's pass-catchers than the injured Smith we saw at Philly last week.

Bills RB Zack Moss left Saturday's win over the Colts with an ankle injury and is expected to miss some time, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. It remains to be seen just how long, as we await an official diagnosis. Obviously, it'll also depend some on how far the Bills advance. We'll watch for updates. In the meantime, Devin Singletary gains fantasy upside.

The Bears have downgraded LB Roquan Smith (elbow) to OUT for Sunday's game against the Saints. That leaves no clear full-time replacement behind him. It likely means full or near-full playing time for LB Danny Trevathan, though, making him a better IDP option.

The Bears have downgraded WR Darnell Mooney (ankle) to OUT for Sunday's game against the Saints. That boosts the fantasy football outlook for WR Anthony Miller.

FOX's Jay Glazer reports that QB John Wolford will start for the Rams today, with Jared Goff serving as his backup. Adjust your fantasy football lineups accordingly.

Rams LB Micah Kiser (knee) is active for today's game against the Seahawks. That should mean he's back in the starting lineup in place of Troy Reeder. It'll be Kiser's 1st action since Week 11.

 
 
 

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