Shark Bites

11:12am EST 12/30/18

Packers WR Davante Adams (knee) is inactive for today’s finale against the Lions. WR Equanimeous St. Brown (concussion) is also inactive. That leaves Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Jake Kumerow as Green Bay’s outside receivers, with Randall Cobb in the slot.

Pro Football Talk hears that Steelers WR Antonio Brown (knee) is “feeling better today” and "has a chance" to play against the Bengals. A final decision won't be made until pregame warmups, but the vibe on Brown is trending in the right direction. We'll have his official status around 3 pm ET.

NFL Network's Jane Slater reports that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is not expected to play in today's meaningless finale against the Giants. RG Zack Martin won't play, either. And we're not expecting to see QB Dak Prescott or WR Amari Cooper. Per Slater, RBs Rod Smith and Darius Jackson will "split reps" in place of Zeke.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (stinger) is not expected to play against the Colts tonight, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports. Mariota is listed as questionable and is expected to work out pregame before a final decision is made. But an independent spine specialist has reportedly warned the Titans that further damage to Mariota's nerve could impact his ability to throw long term. So it looks like it'll be Blaine Gabbert under center for tonight's must-win game. Expect a whole bunch of RB Derrick Henry when Tennessee has the ball.

Chargers GM Tom Telesco "left the door open" for TE Hunter Henry (knee) to return for the playoffs, according to ESPN's Eric Williams. Henry has been sidelined all season after tearing his ACL in OTAs in May but returned to practice a couple of weeks ago. Even a limited Henry would be a boost to Los Angeles' passing game -- and a potential fantasy sleeper -- this postseason. We'll continue to keep an eye on him.

The Colts are "optimistic" about WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) and TE Eric Ebron's (concussion) status for tonight's game against the Titans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hilton is listed as questionable, but there's been no doubt that he'll play. We still don't have official word that Ebron passed through the concussion protocol, but he was trending that way on Friday. Despite the late kickoff, Ebron can be penciled into fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) is expected to return for today's game against the Bengals. "But the team wants to see how he is after he warms up to be sure," Rapoport adds. Conner got in 3 full practices this week, so it'd be a major surprise if he didn't play. We won't get Pittsburgh's inactives until 3 pm ET, but Conner can be penciled into fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Steelers WR Antonio Brown "has a chance" to play in Sunday's game against the Bengals but that his bothersome knee "will need to improve to have a shot" at Brown being active. The 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff obviously complicates the decision for fantasy owners. We'll watch for early Sunday updates, but you might have to sit the Steelers star if you don't have a later-game replacement option. Rookie WR James Washington would likely play in Brown's place if he sits and could serve as likely available insurance.

Steelers ILB Vince Williams (toe) is doubtful for Sunday's finale against the Bengals. That likely means more playing time for L.J. Fort, but no Pittsburgh ILB has given us consistent enough playing time to be worth trusting in IDP lineups this week.

Seahawks S Bradley McDougald (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. McDougald had an odd practice week, missing Wednesday and Thursday before putting in a full Friday workout. But he played through a "questionable" tag last week and didn't miss a snap. Week 17, of course, adds a wrinkle. Seattle hasn't locked in its seed yet but is merely playing for 5th or 6th in the NFC. So do the Seahawks get McDougald a little rest before a playoff opener that will be on the road either way? You'll find him in the Week 17 IDP rankings, but with some risk still baked into the projection.

The Rams have ruled S Lamarcus Joyner (ankle) out for Sunday's finale against the 49ers.

Eagles DE Michael Bennett (foot) and MLB Jordan Hicks (calf) are questionable for Sunday's game against Washington. Bennett has been playing through "questionable" tags for weeks and should be in for the finale as well. We'll certainly confirm his status Sunday. Hicks returned last week from 4 games down with the calf injury. He played just 66% of the snaps in that game. Then he missed Thursday's practice and spent Friday limited before the "questionable" designation. Hicks presents a lot of risk for IDP owners this week. But we'll update his status as well in case you're looking to take the plunge. We did move him down the Week 17 IDP rankings.

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. He put in a full week of practice and should play. Penny has been getting a handful of carries behind Chris Carson but could see more work in the finale with the Seahawks having little to play for.

Washington DL Matt Ioannidis is questionable for Sunday's finale against the Eagles. This time it's a hamstring injury, rather than the shin issue that had landed him on the injury report for multiple weeks. Ioannidis missed practice all week, though, and has fallen off since the shin injury arose. He shouldn't be in your Week 17 IDP plans.

Colts S Clayton Geathers (knee) and DE Jabaal Sheard (knee) are questionable for Sunday night's game against the Titans. Geathers missed practice all week after missing last week's game. The late kickoff means you can't wait for him in IDP lineups, if you were inclined to in the 1st place. Sheard sat out practice Friday and was listed with a "teeth" issue (whatever that means). He put in limited workouts the previous 2 days. Sheard matched his season high in playing time last week and seems like at least a solid bet to play. Of course, the late kickoff means you'll need to have an insurance option available if you plan to wait for him.

Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons. He has played through multiple questionable tags this season, and we'd bet on him playing in the finale. DE Carl Nassib, on the other hand, is doubtful for Sunday because of a shoulder injury.

The Giants have ruled ILB Alec Ogletree out for the 2nd straight week with his concussion. That should mean more playing time again for LB B.J. Goodson. He cracked 80% playing time last week for just the 2nd time all season but collected a mere 6 tackles (4 solo). Goodson certainly presents upside beyond that with Ogletree out but isn't a lock for big IDP production.

The Panthers have ruled DT Kawann Short (calf) out for Sunday's finale at New Orleans.

The Vikings have ruled LB Eric Kendricks (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Bears. Eric Wilson started in his place last week, played 72 of 75 snaps and supplied 6 tackles (5 solo). If that's enough to make him worthwhile in your scoring system, then consider Wilson.

Bears S Eddie Jackson (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Vikings. That would be his 2nd straight missed game. Without Jackson last week, the Chicago D still held the Niners to just 9 points and 279 total yards on the road.

 
 
 

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