Shark Bites

Lions RB Theo Riddick (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. That’ll again mean an expanded passing-game role for RB Kerryon Johnson, who played a season-high 59% of the snaps last week.

Broncos RB Royce Freeman (ankle) is out for this weekend's game against the Chiefs. He's averaged 10.1 carries per game this season, so it's a significant loss. Look for RB Phillip Lindsay to soak up most of that action, making him a borderline RB1 in a plus matchup vs. a Kansas City defense allowing 5.1 yards per carry. RB Devontae Booker should also see more work but is just a low-end option in PPR leagues.

Broncos RB Royce Freeman (ankle) remained sidelined on Thursday. He's looking like a long shot to play against the Chiefs this weekend. That'd mean an increased role for Phillip Lindsay, who would be a borderline RB1 in the plus matchup.

Lions RB Theo Riddick (knee) remained sidelined on Thursday. He seems unlikely to play against the Seahawks this weekend. With Riddick out last week, RB Kerryon Johnson set season highs in snap rate (59%), carries (19) and total touches (21).

Broncos RB Royce Freeman (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. He's reportedly dealing with a high-ankle sprain. HC Vance Joseph has labeled Freeman "day-to-day," but consider him a poor bet to play against the Chiefs this weekend. That'd leave the backfield to Phillip Lindsay and Devontae Booker.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hamstring) is inactive for this morning's game in London against the Titans. He reportedly injured that hammy in Friday's practice. He'll get a Week 8 bye to heal up. Gordon's absence today leaves the Chargers with RBs Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome, who was just promoted from the practice squad on Saturday. Ekeler obviously gets a huge bump here -- although it's worth noting that the 5'10, 200-pounder hasn't topped 11 carries in an NFL game. He, of course, will play a big role in the passing game, so we'd expect 15-18 total touches today.

The Chargers have downgraded RB Melvin Gordon to questionable with a hamstring injury. The 9:30 a.m. ET start means we’ll have to check Gordon’s status at 8 a.m. If he’s out, Austin Ekeler would obviously get a big fantasy boost.

Lions RB Theo Riddick (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins after missing practice all week. We don’t have any details on the injury or when we can expect him back. Tim Twentyman of the Lions’ official website suggests that RB Ameer Abdullah will soak up most of Riddick’s role, but RB Kerryon Johnson might also pick up some extra snaps.

Broncos RB Royce Freeman sprained his ankle in Thursday night's win against the Cardinals and "could miss time," ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Freeman has 10 days to get ready for Denver's next game, but we'll track his status next week. He's averaging 10.1 carries per game, so his absence would give RB Phillip Lindsay a significant boost.

UPDATE: Broncos insider Mike Klis calls Freeman's injury a high-ankle sprain. Expect him to miss multiple games.

Lions RB Theo Riddick was sidelined Wednesday with a knee injury. It's the 1st we've heard of it. Check back tomorrow for another update on his status.

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Seahawks TE Nick Vannett (back) is inactive for today’s game against the Raiders. With TE Will Dissly also sidelined, Seattle is down to Darrell Daniels at TE.

Seahawks TE Nick Vannett (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. He only got in a limited practice on Thursday. We'd look elsewhere for a Week 6 spot starter.

Broncos LB Todd Davis (shoulder) is active for today's game against the Jets. He's a decent flex option for IDP leagues that allow 4+ LBs into weekly lineups.

Broncos LB Todd Davis (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets. He returned to a limited practice Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days. We'll check on his status Sunday morning.

Broncos TE Jake Butt tore his left ACL during Thursday's walkthrough, according to insider Mike Klis. He'll miss the rest of the season. This is Butt's 3rd ACL tear, although the first 2 were to his right knee. His absence leaves Jeff Heuerman as Denver's top TE. He remains off the fantasy radar.

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay was ejected in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game at Baltimore for throwing a punch. That carries the potential to also get him suspended for Week 4. We'll see what the league has to say this week.

Broncos RB Royce Freeman will be listed atop the depth chart for Week 1, according to the Denver Post's Ryan O'Halloran. Freeman had been behind RB Devontae Booker all August. But the rookie was clearly the better back this preseason, averaging 5.6 yards per carry to Booker's 3.7 Both guys will be involved against the Seahawks on Sunday, but Freeman is the better fantasy play.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn told ESPN's Dan Graziano that he'd like to get RB Melvin Gordon more work in the passing game this year. That's following a year that saw Gordon rack up 57 catches for 470 yards and 4 scores -- all top-9 marks among RBs. Lynn's comments are particularly noteworthy considering Gordon's target volume took a hit when RB Austin Ekeler emerged last season. He averaged 3.7 targets during Ekeler's busiest 7-game stretch vs. 6.3 in the other outings. It's tough to expect Gordon's receiving production to grow significantly from last year's 57-470-4 line. But even if he can match that, he'll safely finish inside fantasy's top 12 RBs.

The Broncos' initial -- "unofficial" -- depth chart lists RB Devontae Booker as the starter, with rookie Royce Freeman 2nd, followed by De'Angelo Henderson, Dave Williams and Phillip Lindsay. That's not a surprising development but at least a reminder that Freeman hasn't taken over the gig yet. Playing time will be interesting to watch as Denver gets into preseason action. We're still betting Freeman will wind up leading the team in carries, but there's certainly value potential on Booker at his RB49 ADP -- as well as the chance he remains the Broncos' lead back.

The Denver Post's Kyle Fredrickson considers Jake Butt the Broncos' "likely starter" at TE. Last year's 5th-rounder missed his entire rookie season with a torn ACL but is back to 100% now. He won the 2016 Mackey Award as the nation's top TE after posting a 46-546-4 line. Butt's biggest competition will come from Jeff Heuerman, who has just 18 career catches. There isn't a whole lot of upside here with WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders hogging targets in Denver. But ... Butt is at least worth a look at the end of TE-premium drafts like the FFPC.


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