Shark Bites

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.

Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) didn't practice on Wednesday. But HC Doug Marrone said he'll travel with the team to Oakland and refused to rule him out for Sunday's game against the Raiders. "I think we are going to take that all the way up. We are going to take him out there with us to see how he goes," Marrone said. "And I think as long as it doesn't put anyone in jeopardy, you know, of reinjuring, or it could be worse or anything of that nature, then I think you will see a lot of -- you know, he will be on the field." We'll see if Chark is able to practice on Thursday and/or Friday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is expected back for Sunday's game against the Chargers, "barring a setback in practice this week." Of course, Thielen has had a couple of setbacks with this hammy already, so don't consider him a lock for Week 15 just yet. We'll see how he fares in practice over the next few days.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to get full clearance ahead of this weekend's game against the Seahawks. We'll get another update tomorrow. Olsen's return would take TE Ian Thomas out of spot-start consideration.

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (concussion) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. So he's made some progress through the protocol and at least has a shot to play against the Giants this weekend. Check back tomorrow for another Parker update.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. It's confirmation that he'll return for Sunday night's game against the Bills. Consider Smith-Schuster just a WR3 vs. Buffalo's 5th-ranked WR defense.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) put in a full practice on Wednesday. That puts him on track to return for Sunday night's game against the Bills. Conner should slide back in as Pittsburgh's lead back -- although he'll come with elevated risk after lasting just 13 snaps the last time he tried to return from this shoulder injury.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Bucs WR Mike Evans (hamstring) will miss the final 3 weeks of the season. He can be dropped from redraft rosters. Tampa is down to WRs Breshad Perriman, Justin Watson and Scott Miller (hamstring) behind Chris Godwin. We could see TE O.J. Howard's volume get a boost with Evans out.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman missed Wednesday's practice with a knee issue. This could just be a veteran's day off early in the week, but Freeman's status will be worth checking on again tomorrow. Of course, he's a shaky fantasy play against the 49ers this week anyways.

Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch didn't practice Wednesday. HC Jason Garrett called him "day-to-day" afterward, according to the team website, adding that "it might be a little bit of time" before he can get back onto the field. Vander Esch is nursing a neck injury that seems to carry more long-term concern than immediate. Don't bet on him returning for your Week 15 IDP lineup. We'll see how things progress. Sean Lee becomes an IDP option whenever Vander Esch sits.

Broncos TE Noah Fant (foot) didn't practice on Wednesday. HC Vic Fangio said the rookie's status is "positive overall" but wouldn't guarantee that he'll play against the Chiefs this weekend. We'll get another update on Fant tomorrow.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston (thumb) was limited in Wednesday's practice. QB Rya Griffin took all the 1st-team reps, according to insider Rick Stroud. Winston played through this injury last week and is still expected to play against the Lions on Sunday. But his status is worth monitoring over the next few days.

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (illness) isn't listed on the final Week 15 injury report. RB Bilal Powell (ankle) has been ruled out, while RB Ty Montgomery (foot, hip) is questionable. Bell should dominate backfield touches against the Ravens on Thursday night.

Jets WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee) is listed as doubtful for Thursday night's game against the Ravens. He's averaged 5.3 targets per game this season, so his absence opens up a few extra looks for WRs Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder.

Jets TE Ryan Griffin (ankle) is out for Thursday night's game against the Ravens. Daniel Brown figures to serve as New York's lead TE but shouldn't be used as anything other than a flier in single-game DFS contests.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (quad) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Jets. He put in a full practice on Wednesday, though, and has confirmed that he'll play tomorrow. Jackson remains an elite QB1.

Ravens TE Mark Andrews (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Jets after putting in limited practices on Tuesday and Wednesday. We'll get his official status around 7 pm ET tomorrow. Andrews will be a risk/reward TE1 if active. If not, Hayden Hurst figures to step in as Baltimore's lead pass-catching TE.

Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) remained limited in Wednesday's practice. He put in 2 limited practices last week before missing Monday night's game against the Eagles. His status for Sunday's game against the Dolphins is up in the air.

 
 
 

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