Shark Bites

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Eagles QB Carson Wentz is expected to miss Sunday night's game against the Rams with his back injury. That would return Nick Foles to the starting lineup. An already shaky passing game would still carry some upside against L.A., but neither Foles nor any of his WRs look particularly attractive for season-long lineups. TE Zach Ertz should certainly remain plugged in, though.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz won't practice on Wednesday due to back spasms, HC Doug Pederson said. Pederson only said "we'll see" when asked if Wentz will be ready for Sunday night's game against the Rams. If he can't play, Philly would turn back to QB Nick Foles, who tossed just 1 TD while averaging 5.5 yards per attempt over the season's first 2 weeks.

8:12am EST 12/12/18

Eagles RB Corey Clement has been placed on IR with the knee sprain suffered in last week's loss to the Cowboys. Philly signed RB Boston Scott to take Clement's place on the roster, but Scott will be behind Josh Adams, Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood on the depth chart.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) returned to a limited practice on Tuesday. HC Anthony Lynn and the media have been pessimistic about Gordon's chances of playing against the Chiefs on Thursday night. But Gordon himself said he expects to be a game-time decision. And the Tuesday practice at least gives him a shot to play. We'll continue to monitor his progress.

The Raiders have released RB C.J. Anderson. OK then. Anderson lasted a week in Oakland and didn't play in a game. Doug Martin remains locked in as the Raiders' lead ball-carrier the rest of the way.

Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (foot) did not practice on Tuesday. He seems unlikely to play against the Texans on Saturday after aggravating that foot injury last week. Crowell's absence would leave Elijah McGuire as New York's lead back -- but just a RB3 in fantasy lineups vs. Houston's 7th-ranked RB defense.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (shoulder, hamstring) will not practice on Tuesday, HC Andy Reid said. Ware was able to finish out last weekend's OT win, so we're expecting him to play against the Chargers on Thursday night. But backup RB Damien Williams should be rostered everywhere in case Ware can't go.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said that WR Tyreek Hill (foot) will practice on Tuesday. He'll likely be listed as "limited," but Hill remains on track to play against the Chargers on Thursday night. He produced after suffering that foot injury last week and remains a high-upside fantasy play in Week 15.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (rib) said in a Tuesday radio appearance that he'll play against the Patriots this weekend. “I’m still pretty sore, but I am getting better everyday,” he said. “I will be on the field on Sunday and that’s all that matters.” Roethlisberger returned to last Sunday's game against the Raiders after a pain-killing shot kicked in. He's played well at less than 100% throughout his career and will be a strong Week 15 fantasy start.

12:12pm EST 12/11/18

The Vikings have fired OC John DeFilippo. He was a hot name this offseason but lasts just 13 games in Minnesota. DeFilippo's offense has underachieved, ranking just 17th in yards and 20th in points. We also heard whispers that he and HC Mike Zimmer weren't on the same page, with Zimmer preferring a run-heavy offense and DeFilippo favoring the pass. We'll see who the Vikings tab as their interim OC, but the change could mean more carries for RB Dalvin Cook going forward.

Update: The Vikings have promoted former QBs coach Kevin Stefanski to interim OC. Stefanski has been with the team since 2006 but has never called plays.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn is "not optimistic" about RBs Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (concussion, neck) being ready for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs, according to NFL.com's Steve Wyche. Their absences would leave the backfield to rookies Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome. Jackson has looked good over the past 3 weeks, averaging 6 yards per carry and catching all 3 of his targets for 42 yards. He'll be a good bet for 15+ touches on Thursday night, making him a RB2 with upside. Newsome has only 5 carries for 15 yards this season and figures to mix in for just a handful of touches behind Jackson.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler was placed in the concussion protocol after experiencing symptoms on Monday afternoon. He's also dealing with that neck injury and looks extremely unlikely to play against the Chiefs on Thursday night. The question now becomes whether RB Melvin Gordon can return from his knee injury for that one. If not, rookie Justin Jackson will operate as the Chargers' feature back.

Bills OLB Matt Milano had surgery Monday on the broken left fibula he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Jets. He'll miss the rest of the season. According to the Buffalo News, HC Sean McDermott said the team is still figuring out how to replace Milano and that it could use a "committee approach." This is a spot to ignore for IDP owners.

8:12pm EST 12/10/18

The 49ers have placed WR Pierre Garcon (knee) on IR. He's been sidelined since Week 9 and finishes with just 24 catches for 286 yards and 1 TD in 8 games. The 32-year-old's time as a fantasy asset is just about over.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett told reporters Monday that he expects LB Sean Lee to return to limited practice this week. The last time Lee did so this season (also off a hamstring injury), he returned to game action that weekend. Should Lee be ready to face the Colts this Sunday, Dallas coaches would need to decide how he fits back in. Rookie Leighton Vander Esch has filled in for Lee on the weak side, and the defense has played well. Jerry Jones said last week on 105.3 The Fan in Texas that Lee would "rotate" in with Smith and Vander Esch when he returned. Let's just hope we get a clear picture of the plan before the weekend so that we can set our IDP lineups accordingly.

As expected, Vikings MLB Eric Kendricks is active for tonight's game against the Seahawks. He missed most of the practice week with a rib injury, but HC Mike Zimmer said Kendricks would be "fine" for the game.

6:12pm EST 12/10/18

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Vikings. He figures to work in for a handful of touches behind lead back Chris Carson.

Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (hip) is inactive for tonight's game against the Vikings. That leaves Tyler Lockett and David Moore as Seattle's top 2 WRs. Lockett was already a fantasy starter. Moore jumps into WR3 range now and is an upside DFS play.

Redskins HC Jay Gruden said Monday that WR Josh Doctson is in the concussion protocol. There was no announcement from the team during or after yesterday's loss to the Giants. Regardless, Doctson is now iffy for this weekend's game against the Jaguars. Of course, he shouldn't be in your fantasy plans anyway.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill's foot injury is "nothing serious" and that's he's considered "day-to-day." Hill was obviously hobbled in yesterday's win over the Ravens. But he played through the injury -- and effectively. The short turnaround for Thursday night's game against the Chargers complicates the situation, but we'd bet on Hill being out there. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

 
 
 

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