Shark Bites

The Bills have named QB Josh Allen their starter for Week 2, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That's no shock after Nathan Peterman's indefensibly bad start against the Ravens in Week 1. If Buffalo's willing to insert its 1st-round pick into that environment, why not go ahead and kick off the Allen Era officially against the Chargers? This, of course, remains a hands-off fantasy situation. Allen, though, brings much more fantasy upside than Peterman with his combo of arm strength and rushing ability. The latter, in particular, makes the Bills rookie stash worthy in 2-QB leagues. Allen's skill set also looks like a better fit for WR Kelvin Benjamin, though we'd like to see Benjamin actually do something before using him in fantasy lineups. Benjamin managed 1 catch on 7 targets at Baltimore.

Bills QB Josh Allen will start the team's 3rd preseason game against the Bengals on Sunday. The rookie has been surprisingly competent through 3 exhibitions, completing 18 of 32 passes (56.2%) for 176 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs. None of that has come against 1st-team defenses, though. So Sunday will be Allen's biggest test yet. If he passes it, he'll likely be under center for Buffalo in Week 1 against the Ravens. In other Bills QB news, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that additional testing revealed QB A.J. McCarron did not break his collarbone in the 2nd preseason game and will return to practice "soon."

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley will miss the 2nd preseason game with his groin injury. He didn't play in the 1st exhibition and has missed a bunch of training camp time. Beasley is fighting for snaps in a wide-open Dallas WR corps, but this injury obviously isn't helping his cause. He's not worth a redraft roster spot right now.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh lauded WR John Brown on Monday. “He has been better than we expected,” Harbaugh said. “Obviously, we’ve had high hopes for him, but [he’s] better than advertised — probably even better than what the tape showed, I would say. He’s been a complete receiver for us.” Brown has been buzzing hard since training camp opened and appears locked in as Baltimore's #2 WR (behind Michael Crabtree). His sickle-cell has gotten in the way over the past couple of years and remains a risk in 2018. But he's enjoyed a healthy offseason so far. “I’m fully healthy, and they’re taking care of me,” Brown said. This guy went for 1,003 yards and 7 scores in a healthy 2015 with the Cardinals. Brown could return a huge profit on his current WR72 ADP.

The Dolphins released their 1st "unofficial" depth chart Sunday, which included listing Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake as co-starters at HB. It's not a surprising move but indicates how important Miami coaches want the veteran back to be. We're still betting on Drake leading the workload and backfield receiving, but it'll be interesting to see exactly how the Dolphins split touches between them.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said Tuesday that WR Cole Beasley will see increased snaps on the outside this season, according to Calvin Watkins of The Athletic. At 5'8, 180 pounds, Beasley carries a classic slot build. Garrett said, however, that Beasley has had "a lot of success at different times as an outside receiver." The key takeaway here is that Dallas coaches are finding snaps for Beasley. He's not going to morph into a killer boundary wideout, but he seems like a solid bet to reach (and exceed) 60% of season offensive snaps played for the 1st time in his career.

The Bills made their 2nd move up in the 1st round of the NFL Draft to take LB Tremaine Edmunds with the 16th pick. Edmunds will be just 20 when his rookie season begins, sporting elite speed and athleticism in a 6'5, 250-pound frame. He should slot in at MLB right away in a defense that let 2017 starter Preston Brown walk in free agency. That should mean quick IDP value even if Edmunds goes through some real-life growing pains.

The Bills traded up from #12 to #7 to select Wyoming QB Josh Allen. Allen looks the part. He’s 6’5, 237 pounds with a bazooka arm. He also has boasts plus athleticism, running for 727 yards and 12 scores over the past 2 seasons and registering an 86th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. The problem: Allen can’t hit the ocean when he’s standing on the beach. He completed 56.0% and 56.3% of his passes the last 2 years against subpar competition at Wyoming. And he mustered just a 49.0% completion rate at freakin’ Reedley Community College. Allen also comes with a worrisome history of throwing-arm problems, breaking his right clavicle in 2011 and 2015 and spraining his right A/C joint this past year. Allen now heads to Buffalo, where he’ll at least be familiar with the weather. He won’t have much to work with out of the gate, though. Buffalo currently boasts a WR corps of Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones, Jeremy Kerley, Andre Holmes and Rod Streater. Allen will duke it out with A.J. McCarron for the Week 1 starting job.

The Dolphins have signed RB Frank Gore to a 1-year deal, according to insider Armando Salguero. It's a homecoming for Gore, who played his college ball at The U. The soon-to-be 35-year-old is on his last legs now, averaging less than 4.0 yards per carry in 3 straight seasons. He figures to be more of a veteran presence in Miami than a threat to Kenyan Drake's lead role. Consider it good news for Drake's 2018 fantasy value if this is all the Fins add to the backfield.

The Ravens have reached a 1-year, $5 million deal with former Cardinals WR John Brown, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. This looks like a solid shot for Baltimore to take. Brown's heading into just his age-28 season and enjoyed a promising start to his career before lower-body injuries and his sickle-cell trait derailed the past 2 seasons. A healthy Brown could take over for free-agent Mike Wallace, who excels at getting deep. Brown even arguably brings more upside on short-range stuff. We'll see what else Baltimore adds before laying out specific fantasy football expectations. At the moment, though, Brown's fine as a WR5 with upside in early best-ball drafting.

Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon (illness) is inactive for today's playoff game against the Bills. Yeldon wouldn't have been much of a fantasy option anyway, but he accounted for 12 targets, 8 catches and 9 carries over his past 2 games with Leonard Fournette in the lineup. More available touches can only help Fournette in an already strong matchup.

Bills LB Matt Milano (hamstring) is out for today's game against the Jaguars. That should leave Ramon Humber returning to the OLB job he occupied to begin the season.

Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills. He missed practice Thursday and Friday with an illness. We'll see about his game status. Yeldon's obviously not a strong fantasy option but is in play for DFS because of the small slate.

Bills LB Matt Milano missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a hamstring injury and isn't expected to practice Friday, according to Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News. "Sounds like it will be tough for him to play" against the Jaguars on Sunday, Skurski tweeted. Add that to the Bills entering the game as 8- to 8.5-point underdogs, and we've removed Milano from the bottom of our playoff IDP rankings.

Panthers S Kurt Coleman has put in 2 full practices this week after sitting out Week 17 with an ankle injury. That should mean he's ready for full duty in Sunday's playoff game against the Saints. We've added him to the playoff IDP rankings -- though Coleman remains a weak option, given that we don't expect Carolina to make it past Round 1.

Panthers S Kurt Coleman (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Falcons

Panthers S Kurt Coleman (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons. He put in limited practices Thursday and Friday after sitting out Wednesday. The 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff makes it tougher to wait on Coleman, so you might need to go a different direction in your IDP lineup. We'll confirm his status around 3 p.m. ET when the late-game inactives come out.

Bills DT Kyle Williams (groin) is active for today's game against the Colts after entering the day questionable. He's an upside D-line option in IDP leagues in a nice matchup. Buffalo will also have top CB Tre'Davious White, who was able to clear the concussion protocol this week after last Sunday's vicious cheap shot from Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. Slot CB Leonard Johnson (knee), however, is inactive.

Bills DT Kyle Williams (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts. According to the AP, coaches expect Williams to play. He carries IDP upside against a struggling O-line that will be without C Ryan Kelly.

Cardinals WR John Brown (toe) is out for this weekend’s game against the Titans. Larry Fitzgerald remains the only Arizona WR that should be in fantasy lineups.

 
 
 

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