Shark Bites

Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. He's likely looking at a multi-game absence with his sprained MCL. Atlanta will use some combination of Luke Stocker and Jaeden Graham to replace Hooper, but neither guy is a fantasy option. Hooper's absence just means more targets for WRs Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage.

Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. The swelling in that ankle has reportedly subsided, but Green didn’t practice at all this week. Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate will continue to serve as Cincinnati’s top 2 WRs vs. Oakland’s burnable secondary.

Eagles RB Darren Sproles will miss the rest of the season with a torn right hip flexor. He's averaged just 2.8 carries and 1.7 targets per game this season, so there's not much of a fantasy impact here. This might be the end of the road for the 36-year-old Sproles.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (back) is out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. He didn't practice all week, so consider him iffy for Week 12. QB Jeff Driskel wasn't a disaster in Chicago last week but remains a significant downgrade for this Detroit passing game.

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson left in the 3rd quarter of Thursday night's game against the Browns after taking a shot to the face mask. The hit drew a penalty and got Cleveland S Damarious Randall ejected. Johnson walked off the field with a lot of assistance and then reportedly went from the blue tent to the locker room on a cart. He likely suffered a concussion. We'll see what the team has to say about Johnson's outlook beyond Week 11.

Update: Johnson has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Browns S Damarious Randall got ejected in the 3rd quarter of Thursday night's game against the Steelers for a blow to the head of Pittsburgh WR Diontae Johnson. We'll see if Randall faces any further punishment from the league.

Browns S Morgan Burnett left in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night's game against the Steelers with an Achilles' tendon injury and was quickly ruled out. That doesn't seem to bode well for his outlook beyond Week 11. We'll see about the official diagnosis.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster left in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night's game against the Browns after taking 2 helmets to the head following a reception. Smith-Schuster reportedly went right back to the locker room, likely for concussion testing. We'll watch for his status.

Update: Smith-Schuster has been diagnosed with a concussion and is done for the night. It's his 3rd documented concussion. He at least has a few extra days to get cleared before next Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Steelers RB James Conner left Thursday night's game against the Browns with a shoulder injury. He's questionable to return. Conner, of course, missed the previous 2 games with a shoulder injury but returned to full practices this week. We'll see about his status.

Update: Conner has been ruled out. Pittsburgh is back down to RBs Jaylen Samuels, Trey Edmunds and Tony Brooks-James.

Browns TE Ricky Seals-Jones (knee) is active for tonight's game against the Steelers. He missed last week but figures to step back in as Cleveland's primary pass-catching TE ahead of Demetrius Harris. Seals-Jones is still only in play for single-game DFS contests.

Lions RB Ty Johnson (concussion) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. That gives him a shot to get cleared in time for this weekend's game against the Cowboys. We'll get another update on his progress tomorrow.

Bears RB David Montgomery was held out of Thursday's practice with an ankle injury. HC Matt Nagy said his rookie "lightly rolled" the ankle in Wednesday's practice. That doesn't sound like a serious injury, but we can't consider Montgomery a lock for Sunday night's game against the Rams. Check back tomorrow for another update on his status. Montgomery's absence would leave Chicago's backfield to Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall.

The Browns have released WR Antonio Callaway. He slipped to the the 4th round of the 2018 draft due to a plethora of off-field issues -- and that continued in Cleveland. We'll see if the 22-year-old gets another shot elsewhere. Rashard Higgins is back as the Browns' #3 WR but isn't a fantasy option unless we see this passing game get rolling.

Bills TE Dawson Knox missed Thursday's practice with what HC Sean McDermott labeled a "sore knee." McDermott expects the rookie back on Friday, but we'll keep an eye on him.

Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (ankle) missed practice again on Thursday. He's now in real danger of missing this weekend's game against the Patriots. That'd leave Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and newly signed Jordan Matthews as Philly's top 4 WRs. It'd also figure to push more targets to TEs Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.

Redskins interim HC Bill Callahan said that he'll deploy a committee backfield with RBs Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice. "We've got a pretty good rotational system for that," Callahan said. "We feel pretty confident [Guice will] see quite a bit of action this weekend." Try to take a wait-and-see approach with this situation and avoid both RBs against a surprisingly stout Jets run defense.

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday that TE George Kittle (knee) won't play against the Cardinals this weekend. He misses a golden matchup -- and the early rule-out suggests that Kittle might miss time beyond Week 11. With Kittle sidelined last week, TE Ross Dwelley ran a route on 84% of QB Jimmy Garoppolo's drop backs and garnered 7 targets. He's on the spot-start radar in this week's plus matchup.

49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) didn't practice on Wednesday. His injury reportedly isn't serious, but HC Kyle Shanahan labeled him a game-time decision for this weekend's tilt with the Cardinals. Sanders' absence would leave rookie Deebo Samuel as San Francisco's #1 WR.

49ers TE George Kittle (knee) remained sidelined on Wednesday. HC Kyle Shanahan has been non-committal on his availability for this weekend's game against the Cardinals. Check back tomorrow for another update -- but start lining up a backup plan for Week 11 fantasy lineups.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (back) didn't practice on Wednesday. While he's reportedly not facing a long-term absence, fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on him in Week 11 fantasy lineups. We'll get another update tomorrow.

 
 
 

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