Shark Bites

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Chiefs new RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to split carries with Clyde Edwards-Helaire against the Broncos today after impressing in practice this week. We'll see, of course, exactly how that split works out. We'd certainly keep CEH in season-long fantasy lineups in nearly all cases and consider Bell an option. The situation looks like one to avoid for DFS lineups, though.

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew could be benched as early as today's game against the Chargers if he continues to struggle, NFL Network reports. Minshew has completed 67.5% of his passes and tossed 11 TDs through 6 games. But he's also been picked off 5 times in his last 5 -- and the Jags have lost all 5 of those games. We'll see if Minshew can save his job today, but he's obviously a risky fantasy play. QB Mike Glennon is Jacksonville's backup.

49ers RB Jeff Wilson (calf) is expected to play against the Patriots today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. He'll join Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty in San Francisco's backfield. Wilson isn't a bankable fantasy play but could handle goal-line work for the 'Niners today.

Chargers RB Justin Jackson (knee) is expected to play against the Jaguars today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Jackson is listed as questionable but practiced all 3 days this week, including a full workout on Friday. The knee adds some risk, but we still like him as a RB2 vs. Jacksonville's 28th-ranked RB defense. Jackson's knee issue adds some upside to RB Joshua Kelley's Week 7 outlook.

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) is expected to play against the Seahawks tonight, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Hopkins only got in a limited practice on Friday. The only other time he was listed as questionable with this ankle issue this season was Week 4, when he ended up posting a 7-41 receiving line vs. the Panthers. Hopkins comes with elevated risk in Week 7 fantasy lineups but is virtually impossible to bench vs. Seattle's league-worst WR defense.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) will start today's game against the Bills, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Consider him an upgrade over QB Joe Flacco for the Jets offense, but Darnold isn't a fantasy option.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (knee) is expected to play against the Saints today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Samuel missed Week 6 and averaged just 49 scoreless yards over the first 5 games. He's not a great fantasy bet.

Packers TE Robert Tonyan (ankle) is expected to play against the Texans today, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Tonyan only got in a limited practice on Friday but was able to play through this injury last week. Assuming he ends up active, he’ll be a risk/reward TE1 at less than 100% in a plus matchup.

Packers RB Aaron Jones (calf) remains a game-time decision for today's tilt with the Texans, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Jones made the trip to Houston and is pushing to play. But "if Jones isn't 100%, he won't go," Pelissero adds. We're still betting on Jones being inactive but will find out for sure around 11:30 am ET.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack is questionable for Monday night's game against the Rams. He wasn't on the injury report to open the week but then missed Friday's workout with a back issue. Mack returned for limited participation Saturday. We'll update his status Monday, but most IDP owners will probably be better off leaning toward a safer option. Mack played through questionable tags the first 4 weeks, but that was for a knee issue.

The Jaguars placed RB Chris Thompson on the COVID list. He'll miss Sunday's game against the Chargers -- and potentially more action beyond that. In a corresponding move, RB Devine Ozigbo (hamstring) was activated from IR. Ozigbo looked set to play a big role for the Jags this season before a September hamstring injury sidelined him. James Robinson has taken over Jacksonville's backfield since, but we'll see what kind of role Ozigbo can carve out.

Rams WR Robert Woods was added to the injury report and sidelined on Friday with a groin issue. He returned to a limited practice on Saturday and isn't listed on the final injury report. That means the Rams fully expect him to play against the Bears on Monday night. Woods can stay in fantasy lineups for now, but this is something to keep an eye on.

Rams TE Tyler Higbee (hand) is questionable for Monday night's game against the Bears. He only got in a limited practice on Saturday. HC Sean McVay said he's "hopeful" Higbee will be able to play after he got hit in the hand in last week's loss to the 49ers. Higbee was already a shaky fantasy play, averaging just 3.5 targets per game. He should be on fantasy benches with his late kickoff this week. Higbee's absence would turn TE Gerald Everett into a nice DFS play.

Packers beat writer Ryan Woods tweets," The plan is for [Aaron] Jones to not play v Texans." Jones reportedly believes he can play, but the team is expected to play it safe. Jones' absence would leave Green Bay's backfield to Jamaal Williams, A.J. Dillon and practice-squad call-up Dexter Williams. Jamaal is a virtual lock to handle the pass-catching work and is the odds-on favorite to lead the backfield in carries. Check out our updated projections for the Packers backfield.

The Jets downgraded WR Jamison Crowder (groin) to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bills. He should obviously be on fantasy benches now. Braxton Berrios will replace Crowder as New York's primary slot receiver but would be a desperation fantasy play. The Jets are at least expected to get rookie WR Denzel Mims back for this one. He'll join Breshad Perriman as the starting outside WRs.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that Eagles WR DeSean Jackson suffered a non-displaced fracture to his right ankle in Thursday night's loss to the Giants -- a "similar injury" to that suffered by teammate Dallas Goedert. Jackson's expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Garafolo reports that he's "highly motivated to get back this year and next." With just 9 weeks remaining in the fantasy football regular season for most leagues, though, you can drop Jackson. The injury extends the window for WR Travis Fulgham to maintain his role. We'll see about the upcoming returns of other Eagles pass-catchers.

Panthers K Joey Slye has been activated from the COVID list and will kick against the Saints on Sunday. He's not a recommended fantasy play with Carolina 7.5-point underdogs in that one.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield (ribs) practiced all week and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll start Sunday’s game against the Bengals but is just a low-end QB2 in fantasy lineups.

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Seahawks S Jamal Adams (groin) will miss his 3rd straight game Sunday night against the Cardinals. Ryan Neal will start again in his place and looks like an IDP starter. He has defensed 4 passes including 2 INTs over 3 games: 2 starts and 35% of the snaps in the game Adams left early. Neal has also been a good bet for tackles, though he hasn't matched Adams' pass-rushing opportunities.

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The Jaguars have ruled OLB Myles Jack (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Dakota Allen will start in his place. Allen tallied 7 tackles (5 solo) and a QB hit at Houston in Week 5 the last time he filled in for Jack. Jacksonville has also ruled out S Jarrod Wilson. Second-year S Brandon Watson will get his 1st career start in Wilson's place.

 
 
 

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