Shark Bites

Bengals WR John Ross (clavicle) is expected to return for Sunday's game against the Browns, HC Zac Taylor said. Ross exploded for 7-158-2 and 4-112-1 lines in the first 2 weeks of the season but totaled just 58 scoreless yards over the next 2. He can't be trusted in Week 14 fantasy lineups -- but his return does upgrade QB Andy Dalton's weaponry.

The forecast for today's Packers-Giants game calls for a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain. Winds are expected to come in at 10-20 mph. Aaron Rodgers and Co. are used to this type of weather. But Daniel Jones told ESPN's Jordan Raanan that he's never played in snow. Keep that in mind when making lineup decisions.

Giants TEs Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) are out for Sunday's game against the Packers. That again leaves Kaden Smith as New York's lead TE. In that role last week, he ran a pass route on 100% of QB Daniel Jones' drop backs, garnered a 17% target share and posted a 5-17-1 line. Smith is a viable Week 13 spot starter if you're hurting at TE.

Giants TEs Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) remained sidelined on Wednesday. With both guys out last week, TE Kaden Smith ran a pass route on 100% of QB Daniel Jones' drop backs and garnered a 17% target share. He'll be a deep-league flier for Week 13 if Engram and Ellison are out again.

The Giants announced Monday that S Jabrill Peppers has a transverse process fracture. That likely means he'll miss at least Sunday's game against the Packers. This is the same injury that has cost Lions QB Matthew Stafford the past 3 games. But it's also an injury that cost Raiders QB Derek Carr just 1 game back in 2017. We'll see about the severity of Peppers' injury. You'll at least need a Week 13 replacement.

Giants S Jabrill Peppers left Sunday's loss to the Bears early with a hip injury. He'll have an MRI Monday to determine the severity, according to ESPN.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) isn't listed on the final Week 12 injury report. He'll return for Sunday's game against the Bears. Consider Shepard a WR3 in what's a tough spot for the Giants offense.

Giants TEs Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) are out for Sunday’s game against the Bears. That leaves Kaden Smith and Scott Simonson as New York’s healthy TEs. Neither is a viable fantasy option.

Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. He's looking like a long shot to play against the Bears this weekend. TE Rhett Ellison (concussion) isn't expected to play, either, leaving Kaden Smith as New York's lead TE. He's not a fantasy option. The TE injuries should push more targets to the WRs and RB Saquon Barkley.

Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) didn't practice on Wednesday. He's shed his walking boot but is looking unlikely to play against the Bears this weekend. TE Rhett Ellison also missed Wednesday's practice with his concussion. The Giants might be down to TE Kaden Smith in Chicago.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) put in a full practice on Wednesday. HC Pat Shurmur said that Shepard is still in the protocol but is expected to be cleared by the end of the week. Shepard averaged 8.5 targets per game across the season's first 4 weeks, but consider him a lower-end WR3 in Chicago on Sunday.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) was on the field for Monday's post-bye-week practice. That means he's made progress through the protocol, although we'd still consider him iffy for this weekend's game against the Bears. We'll get another update on Shepard's status on Wednesday.

Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) remained sidelined for the team's post-bye-week practice on Monday. At this point, fantasy owners should assume Engram won't be available for this weekend's game against the Bears. We'll get another update on his status on Wednesday. Remember that TE Rhett Ellison is working his way back from a concussion, so New York might be down to TE Kaden Smith.

Bengals WR John Ross (collarbone) has been designated to return from IR and will practice on Wednesday. He's still not eligible to play until Week 14, so we wouldn't bother adding Ross to fantasy rosters outside of the deepest of leagues. He opened the season with big 7-158-2 and 4-112-1 lines but totaled just 5 catches for 58 scoreless yards the next 2 weeks.

Giants TE Rhett Ellison has been placed in the concussion protocol. A Week 11 bye helps his chances of not missing a game. His status for Week 12 will only matter if TE Evan Engram remains out with his foot injury.

Giants HC Pat Shurmur said RB Saquon Barkley was "banged up" during the loss to the Jets. Barkley gave no comment when asked by reporters, but ESPN's Jordan Raanan notes that he appeared to go for an x-ray after the game. We'll see if we learn tomorrow, but Barkley gets a well-timed Week 11 bye.

Panthers CB James Bradberry is inactive for today's game against the Packers with a groin injury. That improves the matchup for Green Bay WR Davante Adams. DT Vernon Butler (back) is active after arriving questionable. Butler's not much of an IDP option, though.

Panthers LB James Bradberry (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers. Bradberry missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before putting in a limited workout Friday. We'll see about his status Sunday morning. Bradberry sitting would help the outlook for Green Bay WR Davante Adams.

Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) is out for Sunday's game against the Jets. We'll see if he can get back on the field after New York's Week 11 bye. Engram's absence leaves Rhett Ellison as the Giants' lead TE this weekend. He's averaged 5.4 targets in 5 games without Engram over the last 2 seasons, including a 7-target outing vs. the Patriots back in Week 6. Ellison is squarely on the Week 10 spot-start radar.

As expected, WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets. He visited a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh this week and is reportedly a candidate for IR. Shepard's absence again leaves Golden Tate and rookie Darius Slayton as New York's top 2 WRs this weekend.

 
 
 

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