Shark Bites

Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) is active for today's game against the Cowboys. So is WR Travis Benjamin (abdomen). Both entered the day questionable. Neither is a worthwhile fantasy option, though.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor will start Sunday's game against the Chiefs, HC Sean McDermott announced on Wednesday. It was McDermott's only move if he wanted his team to believe that he's trying to win this season. Taylor played well in relief of QB Nathan Peterman last week and finished as a top-12 fantasy QB in 3 of his last 4 starts.

Broncos TEs A.J. Derby (shoulder) and Jeff Heuerman (knee) are out for this weekend’s game against the Bengals. TE Virgil Green will soak up snaps but remains a desperation fantasy play.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said Monday that he expects MLB Denzel Perryman to play Sunday against the Jaguars, though he said he wasn't sure how much, according to multiple reports. Perryman missed the 1st half of the season after surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle. He suffered the injury in the team's 1st preseason game. Perryman figures to take snaps away from MLB Hayes Pullard., The uncertain status -- along with Jatavis Brown's iffy situation as he manages an ankle sprain -- leaves all Chargers LBs basically unusable for a solid tackle matchup coming out of their bye. We'll see if coaches give out more info as the week wears on to clear up the situation.

Chargers DT Corey Liuget (back) is inactive for today's game against the Broncos. He's not a terrific IDP option when healthy, so his status shouldn't affect fantasy lineups. S Adrian Phillips (neck) is active but hasn't seen consistent enough playing time yet to be an IDP option.

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Chargers WR Keenan Allen (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Broncos. He didn’t practice on Friday after hurting the shoulder in Thursday’s workout. We never heard a whole lot of concern about it, though. Allen’s matchup is a bigger issue than the shoulder. He’s just a WR3 for Week 7.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Chargers expect WR Keenan Allen to play today. The wideout hurt his shoulder in practice this week and turned up questionable but should be OK to use in a tough matchup with the Broncos.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (shoulder) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Broncos. He injured his shoulder in Thursday's practice and was sidelined on Friday. "He fell down yesterday in practice, and that's sore," HC Anthony Lynn said, adding that he's "very hopeful" Allen will be able to play. We'll be looking for an update on his status on Sunday morning because Chargers-Broncos doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) will make his NFL debut against the Raiders today. The rookie figures to be on a snap count and play a limited role. He's not a fantasy option this week but is worth stashing in deeper leagues as a potential 2nd-half asset.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) is expected to make his NFL debut next week against the Raiders, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 7th overall pick of this spring's draft missed almost all of the offseason but has been practicing since mid-September. He figures to open in a limited role but could see more action down the road -- especially with the Chargers already sitting at 0-4. Williams is worth a stash if you have a free roster spot.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) put in a limited practice on Friday -- his 1st official workout of the season. He's out for this weekend's game against the Dolphins, but he's at least making progress. Williams is worth monitoring and could become a waiver-wire target in October.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion) put in a full week of practice and isn’t on the final Week 1 injury report. He’ll start against the Jets on Sunday. Despite the plus matchup, we’d only trust Taylor in 2-QB leagues.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor has cleared the concussion protocol, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Barring a setback, he'll start against the Jets on Sunday. That's a tasty matchup, but we have Taylor ranked as a QB2 after a disastrous offseason for the Bills offense.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion) returned to practice on Monday. He was likely limited to individual drills but is making tangible progress through the protocol. Consider him a better than 50/50 bet to be cleared in time for Sunday's opener vs. the Jets.

Bills HC Sean McDermott admitted Monday that QB Tyrod Taylor's status for this weekend's opener against the Jets is "up in the air." He remains in the concussion protocol after sustaining the head injury 9 days ago. We'll track his progress, but Taylor shouldn't be in your Week 1 plans. QB Nathan Peterman would draw the start on Sunday if Taylor isn't cleared. The rookie completed just 54.4% of his passes and averaged only 5.7 yards per attempt this preseason.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Chargers will be activating rookie WR Mike Williams from the PUP and adding him to the 53-man roster. That's a surprising move after Williams spent the summer dealing with a back injury. He seemed a strong candidate to open the regular season on the PUP. This decision signals that Chargers coaches expect the 1st-round pick to be ready to contribute within the season's 1st quarter. We'd still be wary of expecting any fantasy value from Williams, but the added pass-catching talent can only help Philip Rivers.

Bills GM Brandon Beane said on the radio Friday that the team expects QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion) to be ready for Week 1. He added that rookie backup Nathan Peterman would be ready to fill in if Taylor can't go and that Peterman has been better than he expected. That's noteworthy, given Buffalo's lack of commitment to Taylor in the offseason and apparent rebuilding mode. Don't be surprised if Peterman starts some games this year.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor suffered a concussion in Saturday's game against Baltimore. In the 1st quarter, Taylor took a sack that caused his head to bounce hard off the turf. Rookie Nathan Peterman is now running with Buffalo's starters. Per Sports Injury Predictor, this is Taylor's first concussion. He now has roughly 2 weeks to clear the concussion protocol before the season opener. We'll track his progress closely.

In his 1st action since the big Sammy Watkins trade, Bills QB Tyrod Taylor looked out of sorts. He completed just 8 of 18 passes for 53 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles -- and was picked off twice. He had "as tough of a time as one could remember in his two-plus years in Buffalo," insider Joe Buscaglia wrote. In Taylor's defense, he played without Jordan Matthews and behind an offensive line that was regularly beat by the Eagles pass rush. But the QB has also reportedly been inconsistent in training camp. Remember that he's learning a new offense under OC Rick Dennison. One of our favorite late-round QB targets at the start of this month, Taylor is tough to like as more than a lower-end QB2 now.

Chargers MLB Denzel Perryman had surgery this week to repair a torn ankle ligament, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The team now expects him to be out 8-10 weeks, a 4-week extension on each end of the initial estimate. That could mean missing 4-6 games. Perryman should not be in anyone's IDP redraft plans. We'll see how he progresses in his return. His absence could mean more tackle opportunities for weak-side starter Jatavis Brown. Korey Toomer and Nick Dzubnar are competing for Perryman's vacated spot.

 
 
 

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