Shark Bites

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Bengals have decided to return QB Andy Dalton to the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Jets. Amid a lost season, it probably made sense to take a look at what Ryan Finley had. The answer was not much. Dalton's return stabilizes the outlook for WR Tyler Boyd, who enjoyed an impressive outing in Week 12 even with Finley. Dalton could be a fantasy option for some against the Jets this weekend and at Miami in Week 16. If you're really hard up -- or in a 2-QB or superflex league -- his Week 14 trip to Cleveland also isn't a bad matchup. Dalton sits 14th in fantasy points per game among QBs for the season, tied with Drew Brees and ahead of Tom Brady.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Cowboys expect LB Leighton Vander Esch to miss practice Friday because of a back injury. "The team will continue to monitor it, but at this point, he's not slated to play Sunday," he reports. That would mean elevated playing time for LB Sean Lee, who delivered top-10 fantasy numbers when Vander Esch missed the Monday night game against the Giants. We'll watch this situation through the weekend.

Update: The Cowboys have officially ruled Vander Esch out.

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Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (knee, ankle) is active for tonight’s game against the Vikings. He’s been playing effectively through injuries all season, and we haven’t heard anything about him being limited tonight. Cooper remains a WR1 with upside.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (knee) is expected to play against the Vikings tonight. He's reportedly dealing with a knee bruise, but we never heard much concern that he'd miss this one. Cooper is safe to keep in fantasy lineups.

Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch remained limited in practice all week, but the team left him off the final injury report. That points to Vander Esch being ready for a full return Sunday night. We have him in LB3 territory for IDP lineups.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (knee, ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Vikings. He's reportedly dealing with a knee bruise and got in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday. Cooper is expected to play vs. Minnesota, but we'll look for further updates on his status.

The MRI on Cowboys WR Amari Cooper's knee revealed just a bruise, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Cooper is expected to practice Friday and played Sunday night against the Vikings. The knee adds some risk, but Cooper has been playing well through injuries most of the season.

David Helman of the team website reports that Cowboys WR Amari Cooper won't practice Thursday because of the knee injury he sustained Monday night. Helman says he thinks "that's more about the short week than anything" and that the Cowboys are "optimistic" that Cooper will be able to practice Friday and play Sunday night. We'll obviously be watching this situation closely. Let's hope Cooper doesn't enter Sunday as a question mark, given the late kick. If he's ready, Cooper has been a monster in home games since arriving in Dallas.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper is dealing with a knee injury that he originally suffered in practice last week and aggravated in Monday night's win over the Giants, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Cooper was able to play through it vs. the G-Men, scoring a late 45-yard TD. And Archer confirms that Cooper is expected to play against the Vikings on Sunday night. We'll keep an eye on him.

As expected, Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck) is inactive for tonight's game against the Giants. Vander Esch put in limited practices all week but turned up questionable, and it was reported early in the weekend that Dallas didn't expect him to play. We'll see where the injury goes from here. Sean Lee gets the start with LVE out, and Joe Thomas joins the lineup on the other side.

Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch is questionable for Monday night’s game against the Giants. ESPN reports, however, that he’s likely to miss the game with his neck injury. That should mean more playing time for LB Sean Lee, whom we’ve added to our Week 9 IDP rankings

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Bengals will have a new QB when they return from their Week 9 bye. Cincinnati plans to bench Andy Dalton in favor of rookie Ryan Finley for the Week 10 home date with Baltimore. The Bengals moved up in Round 4 to draft Finley this spring after a career that included 3 starting seasons for N.C. State. Finley averaged 7.7 yards per pass attempt for the Wolfpack, with a 4.4% TD rate and 64.5% completions. He also had a solid preseason for the Bengals, completing 73.4% of his passes at 6.5 yards per attempt, with 3 TDs and 1 INT. We're certainly not boosting our fantasy outlooks for any of Cincinnati's skill-position players for a 4th-round rookie at QB, but change probably can't hurt the sputtering offense. Football Outsiders rated the Bengals 30th in overall offensive DVOA heading into Week 8, including just 27th in passing offense.

Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch left in the 2nd quarter of Sunday night's game against the Eagles with a neck injury. He's questionable to return.

UPDATE: Dallas has ruled Vander Esch out for the game. We'll see about his return timeline.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (quad) is active for tonight’s game against the Eagles. He only got in a limited practice on Friday and won’t be at 100%. Cooper made it through just 3 snaps before aggravating the quad injury last week. Tonight’s matchup is awesome, but Cooper comes with plenty of risk in fantasy lineups. WR Randall Cobb (hip, back) is also active.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Cowboys WRs Amari Cooper (quad) and Randall Cobb (hip, back) are expected to play against the Eagles tonight. It's a surprising turnaround for Cooper, who seemed unlikely to play most of the week until returning to a limited practice on Friday. It's safe to assume that he won't be at 100% tonight, though, and we saw last week that he's at risk of aggravating the quad injury. Consider Cooper a risk/reward WR2 for Week 7. OTs Tyron Smith (ankle) and La'El Collins (knee) are also expected to play tonight, per Schefter, so QB Dak Prescott's stock is on the rise.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (quad) returned to practice on Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days and is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Eagles. Cooper told reporters after Friday’s workout that he expects to play. We’ll look for an update on his status on Sunday morning. If he ends up active, Cooper will be a risk/reward fantasy play in a plus matchup at less than 100%. He made it through just 3 snaps before aggravating that quad injury last week. WR Randall Cobb (hip, back) is also listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game.

Cowboys WRs Amari Cooper (quad) and Randall Cobb (back) remained sidelined on Thursday. Both guys are looking extremely iffy for Sunday night's game against the Eagles. Their absences would leave Michael Gallup, Devin Smith, Tavon Austin and Cedrick Wilson as Dallas' top 4 WRs.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (quad) didn't practice on Wednesday. ESPN's Todd Archer reported earlier this week that Cooper's availability for Sunday night's game against the Eagles is "in serious question." WR Randall Cobb (back) also missed Wednesday's practice after sitting out last week's loss to the Jets.

ESPN's Todd Archer hears that Cowboys WR Amari Cooper's availability for this Sunday night's game against the Eagles is "in serious question." Cooper is reportedly in significant pain with his quad bruise. Considering it's an aggravation of an injury originally suffered in Week 5 -- and that Dallas has a Week 8 bye -- it might make sense for the team to hold Cooper out this week. We'll keep an eye on him.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Cowboys WR Amari Cooper has been diagnosed with a thigh bruise. "There is no indication of long-term damage," Rapoport adds. It's relatively good news -- but the injury was still enough to keep Cooper from returning to Sunday's loss to the Jets. Consider him iffy for this weekend's game vs. the Eagles.

 
 
 

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