Shark Bites

12:10pm EDT 10/15/20

The Titans have placed RB Darrynton Evans on IR with a hamstring injury. That leaves Jeremy McNichols as Tennessee's #2 RB. He'd need a Derrick Henry injury to have fantasy value.

The Falcons are shutting down their facility after getting back 4 positive COVID tests on Thursday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Atlanta's game against the Vikings this weekend is now in question. Stay tuned.

Update: A source tells Schefter that the Falcons had just 1 positive test, and it wasn't a player. That has us a bit more optimistic that this game will happen this week.

Niners HC Kyle Shanahan said this week that LB Kwon Alexander suffered what the team believes to be a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. "They're not sure of the severity of it," he said. "It could be a minor one for whatever that means." Alexander didn't miss any of the game, but he did miss Wednesday's 1st practice of Week 6. We'd have to bet on him at least missing this Sunday night's game against the Rams, which should mean near-full playing time for LB Dre Greenlaw. We'll keep an eye on the situation this week.

Broncos TE Noah Fant (ankle) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. His status for this weekend's game vs. the Patriots remains uncertain. We'll get another update on Thursday afternoon.

Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones will miss the rest of the season after surgery to repair his right biceps. Jones suffered the injury in Sunday's win over the Jets. Kylie Fitts replaced him and figures to start going forward. Fitts is a 3rd-year player the Bears drafted in Round 6 in 2018. He brings a 78th-percentile speed score but posted just 1 good season of college production. We'll see how he fares, but Fitts isn't on the IDP radar right now.

Bucs RBs Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy were limited in Wednesday's practice with their ankle injuries. Both guys missed last Thursday night's loss to the Bears but have a chance to return for this weekend's game vs. the Packers. Check back tomorrow for another update on the Bucs backfield.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin (hamstring) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. That's an upgrade over last week, when Godwin didn't practice at all. He seemingly has a shot to return for Sunday's showdown with the Packers. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said WR Keenan Allen "will be fine" after he was knocked out of Monday night's game against the Saints with back spasms. Allen gets a Week 6 bye but should be back out there for Week 7's meeting with the Jaguars.

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring) remained limited in Wednesday's practice. He was limited all 3 days last week before missing the Steelers game. D-Jax is seemingly trending in the right direction -- but we'd wait until he makes it through a full game before tossing him back in fantasy lineups.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) remained sidelined on Wednesday. At this point, fantasy owners shouldn't be banking on him in Week 6 fantasy lineups. We'll see if his outlook improves over the next few days.

Packers WR Davante Adams (hamstring) was a full go in Wednesday's practice. He's on track to return for this weekend's game against the Bucs. Adams exploded for a 14-156-2 line in his only full outing this season. He's right back to high-end WR1 status.

Broncos HC Vic Fangio said he's "undecided" if RB Melvin Gordon will play against the Patriots this weekend after getting charged with DUI on Tuesday. "He’s one of us, we’re gonna love him but there will be some consequences to what happened last night," Fangio said. We'll see exactly what those "consequences" are. If Gordon is suspended for the New England game, Phillip Lindsay would likely be Denver's lead back with Royce Freeman as the #2.

Broncos QB Drew Lock (shoulder) put in a full practice on Wednesday. That presumably puts him on track to return for Sunday's game against the Patriots. Lock will be just a low-end QB2 for that one, but his return is excellent news for Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and Noah Fant.

Patriots QB Cam Newton has been activated from the COVID list. He'll return for Sunday's game against the Broncos. Newton was reportedly asymptomatic, but we're still curious to see if he shows any ill-effects from the virus. It adds some risk to Newton's Week 6 outlook, but he sits safely inside QB1 territory in our rankings. Newton's return is a significant upgrade for WRs Julian Edelman and N'Keal Harry.

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (back) did not practice on Wednesday. He's been sitting out Wednesdays this year -- but this is a new injury that knocked him out of last week's game. HC Mike Tomlin said after that game that he expects Johnson to be able to play against the Browns on Sunday, but his status shouldn't be taken for granted. We'll get another update on him tomorrow.

Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault missed Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury. The rookie's status has taken on increased importance with WR D.J. Chark iffy for Week 6 with his ankle injury. We'll get another update on both wideouts tomorrow.

Broncos RB Melvin Gordon was charged with DUI late Tuesday evening, insider Mike Klis reports. Klis expects the transgression to earn Gordon a 2-3 game suspension from the league. It's unclear when that suspension will come, but backup RB Phillip Lindsay should now be rostered in all fantasy leagues. We're assuming Gordon will play against the Patriots this weekend but will continue to monitor the situation.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. The tanking Jets have no reason to rush Darnold back. QB Joe Flacco gets another start after completing 55% of his 33 passes for 195 yards and 1 TD in last week's loss to Arizona.

Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) won't practice on Wednesday. At this point, fantasy owners shouldn't be planning on having him in Week 6 lineups. Chark's absence would be an upgrade for WR Laviska Shenault but a downgrade for QB Gardner Minshew.

After reportedly failing to trade RB Le'Veon Bell, the Jets have released the disgruntled veteran. The move leaves $15 million in dead cap space this season plus another $4 million under the 2021 cap, so it's pretty clear the team is just ready to end this toxic relationship. The RB depth chart now reads: Frank Gore -- La'Mical Perine -- Ty Johnson. Josh Adams also sits on the practice squad. We'll see if the Jets make any other backfield moves. Gore handled 72% of Jets RB carries during the 3 games Bell missed earlier this season, though just 29% of the RB targets. The most targeted Jets RB during that span, Kalen Ballage, has since been released. We'll see about the target split. Expect Perine to factor in more this time around. We'll also see which team decides to take a shot on Bell. We'd certainly bet he'll find another suitor.


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