Shark Bites

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) did not practice on Wednesday. “Just taking it day to day,” he said in a radio appearance prior to practice. “I am doing my best, (trying) to get back. That’s all I can do. I’ll do everything in my power to see if I can go. Again, it is just taking it one day at a time.” We'll track Mariota's progress over the next few days, but there's a good chance it's Blaine Gabbert under center for Sunday night's must-win game against the Colts.

Washington on Monday released S D.J. Swearinger. The move followed Swearinger criticizing DC Greg Manusky's playcalling after Saturday's loss to Tennessee. "We should have blowed them out," Swearinger said, per ESPN's John Keim. "If I'm the D-coordinator, I'm calling zone every time on third down because you got a backup quarterback. Make him beat us. We're playing a backup quarterback. Why would you put us in man-to-man? We are our best on defense when we look at the quarterback." That doesn't seem like enough on its own to get a Pro Bowl safety booted. Whatever the full case, Swearinger now hits the open market ahead of Week 17 and the playoffs. We'd be surprised if he makes it to the weekend without a new team.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion) is inactive for today's game against the Browns. He shouldn't have been in IDP consideration anyway.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota suffered what the team is calling a stinger late in the 1st half of Saturday's game against the Redskins and did not return. QB Blaine Gabbert played the 2nd half, completing 7 of 11 passes for 101 yards and a score in Tennessee's comeback win. Mariota has been dealing with elbow problems all season and seems iffy for Week 17. We'll keep an eye on his status next week.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens after missing the past 2 games. He put in limited practices all week, and we'd bet on the veteran playing. He's still a risky fantasy option even if active, though. Burfict played just 53%, 84% and 63% of Cincinnati's defensive snaps in his 3 appearances so far this season. Burfict has also averaged just 6.6 total tackles per game since the start of last season. Cincinnati will remain without LB Nick Vigil (knee), and MLB Preston Brown (knee) has also been ruled out.

Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict put in a limited practice Wednesday for the 1st time since suffering a hip injury back in Week 7. He missed the past 2 games but could be on track to return Sunday against the Ravens. We'll watch his status through the week. Teammate Nick Vigil remained out Wednesday with his knee injury.

The Bills have released QB Nathan Peterman. The 2017 5th-rounder finishes his Buffalo career with a 52.3% completion rate, 3 TDs and 12 INTs in 8 appearances. His 9.2% INT rate is the 8th worst among 444 QBs who have attempted 100+ passes since the 1970 merger. For his sake, we hope Peterman never plays another down in the NFL.

The Bills are expected to be forced to turn back to QB Nathan Peterman for Sunday's game against the Bears. QB Josh Allen has been ruled out with his elbow injury, while QB Derek Anderson is expected to miss Week 9 after sustaining a concussion in Monday night's loss to the Patriots. Peterman has thrown 4 INTs on just 32 attempts this season. He turns the Bears defense from a great fantasy play to an elite one.

The Bengals have ruled LB Vontaze Burfict (hip) out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. It's not clear exactly how the snaps will be aligned at the OLB spots. MLB Preston Brown looks like the best bet for playing time among Bengals LBs this week. He hasn't been a strong tackle producer, though, and the matchup is nothing special for LB scoring. You should look elsewhere for IDP value this week.

Raiders QB Derek Carr is practicing in full and isn't listed on the Week 8 injury report. He injured his left arm prior to the bye week but is ready for Sunday's game against the Colts. Carr hasn't been great this season and is now without WR Amari Cooper. But he's a low-end spot-start option in this weekend's plus matchup.

The Raiders have released K Matthew McCrane and signed K Daniel Carlson. Carlson was a 5th-round pick by the Vikings this spring but got cut after missing 3 FGs in a Week 2 loss to the Packers. He can't be trusted in fantasy lineups.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict left Sunday night's game against the Chiefs with a hip injury and did not return. We'll check on his status heading into a Week 8 meeting with the Bucs.

The Raiders have released LB Derrick Johnson. The veteran's playing time had dwindled to just about a quarter of the defensive snaps over the past 3 games, so his departure shouldn't mean much for the Oakland defense. It could, however, mean a further playing-time boost for Marquel Lee, the 2nd-year LB who had supplanted Johnson as the middle starter. Though their snap counts didn't correlate directly over the past 4 games, they came pretty close. Lee will be interesting to watch for IDP purposes. He's only an add in deep/dynasty formats right now.

Raiders QB Derek Carr injured his left (non-throwing) arm in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. We'll look for more info. QB A.J. McCarron is Oakland's backup.

Titans HC Mike Vrabel confirmed on Wednesday that QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) will start this weekend's game against the Eagles. Mariota was serviceable in relief of QB Blaine Gabbert this past Sunday, completing 12 of 18 passes. But he totaled just 100 passing yards and clearly wasn't at 100%. Vrabel did add that Mariota is "getting better every day" and that he doesn't expect to have any playbook limitations this weekend. But util we see that arm back to full strength, Mariota shouldn't be in fantasy lineups.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) is active for today’s game against the Jaguars but is expected to back up QB Blaine Gabbert. Avoid this situation in fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) is not expected to play against the Jaguars today. He "has not experienced enough improvement" in that throwing elbow, according to Rapoport. So QB Blaine Gabbert gets another start in a brutal matchup. Your best bet is to avoid Tennessee's passing game today.

The Falcons have ruled DE Takk McKinley out for Sunday's game against the Saints because of a groin injury. We'll see about his status for Week 4. McKinley didn't make for a strong IDP option in this matchup anyway.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Jaguars. He was limited in practice all week and reportedly still wasn't throwing with his normal velocity. HC Mike Vrabel said Friday that he’d make a decision on Mariota’s status by Saturday night. At less than 100% and in a brutal matchup, Mariota shouldn’t be in your Week 3 fantasy plans. QB Blaine Gabbert will get another start if Mariota can’t go.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) remained limited on Thursday but is "moving in the right direction," HC Mike Vrabel said. OC Matt LaFleur said Mariota threw “the best he’s thrown the ball since all this occurred against Miami." He remains iffy for this weekend's game against the Jaguars (fantasy owners should be hoping the Titans sit Mariota), but there at least appears to be a light at the end of this tunnel.

 
 
 

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