Shark Bites

The 49ers got S Jaquiski Tartt and LB Reuben Foster back for Monday's light practice, according to Chris Biderman of the Sacramento Bee. Tartt (shoulder) and Foster (hamstring) each missed the past 2 games after going down in Week 8. If they stay on track for Sunday, each would be an immediate IDP option in a high-upside matchup with the Buccaneers.

Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky was listed as a non-participant on Monday with a right shoulder issue. This might just be a rest day, but the fact that it's Trubisky's throwing shoulder makes the situation worth monitoring. We'll get another update tomorrow.

Cowboys TE Geoff Swaim will undergo surgery after fracturing his wrist in Sunday's win over the Falcons, HC Jason Garrett announced Monday. The team isn't yet ruling Swaim out for the rest of the season, but he figures to miss multiple weeks. When Swaim was sidelined for Week 9, TEs Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and Rico Gathers all played between 31% and 46% of the offensive snaps. This is a situation to avoid in fantasy lineups for now.

Update: Jerry Jones expects Swaim to miss 3-4 weeks, meaning he'd return in Week 15 or 16. Swaim isn't worth stashing on fantasy benches.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is active for tonight's game against the Rams. It's a mild surprise after he didn't practice on Friday or Saturday. Watkins comes with elevated risk in fantasy lineups but packs plenty of upside in this likely shootout.

Raiders HC Jay Gruden talked up RB Jalen Richard on Monday, comparing him to Charlie Garner. "He could run for 1,000 yards and catch for 1,000 yards someday," Gruden said (very optimistically) of Richard. "He is tough, hard to tackle. And he can line up in the slot or outside." The comments are especially noteworthy after Richard carried a season-high 11 times for 61 yards in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. With RB Doug Martin dealing with an ankle injury, Richard might be the most productive Raiders RB the rest of the way.

Packers HC Mike McCarthy told reporters Monday that TE Jimmy Graham plans to play through the broken thumb he suffered in Thursday night's loss to the Seahawks. We'll watch his participation this week to see whether that'll work out. We'll hope to get word on whether Graham will play well before the Sunday night kickoff at Minnesota. If Graham can't go, then Lance Kendricks would be next up among Green Bay TEs -- if you're desperate.

Bucs HC Dirk Koetter refused to name his Week 12 starting QB at Monday's press conference, but the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reports that it'll be Jameis Winston. That's what we expected after Ryan Fitzpatrick was yanked from yesterday's game against the Giants and Winston played well in relief. Winston, of course, made it just 2 full games before getting benched earlier this season. That adds some risk to his fantasy profile, but there's also lots of upside here. Winston racked up 760 passing yards and 4 TDs -- plus 84 rushing yards and another score -- in those 2 full games this year.

Titans HC Mike Vrabel said Monday that QB Marcus Mariota suffered a stinger in the loss to the Colts, rather than an aggravation of his elbow injury. Mariota did experience some numbness after taking a hit to the head, though. Vrabel added that he's "hopeful" Mariota will be able to play against the Texans on Monday night. We'll monitor his progress throughout the week, but don't plan on using Mariota in Week 12 fantasy lineups.

Lions RB Kerryon Johnson is "week to week" with a sprained knee, ProFootballTalk.com reports. Hopefully we get more details, but this is what we have for now. Johnson is a long shot to be ready to face the Bears on Thanksgiving. We'll see if he's able to return for Week 13.

Bills HC Sean McDermott said Monday that QB Josh Allen (elbow) will be a full participant in practice this week and is on track to return for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. The rookie will end up missing 4 games. He's flashed at time this season -- mostly with his legs -- but can't be trusted in fantasy lineups down the stretch.

Dolphins WR Jakeem Grant will undergo season-ending lower-leg surgery today. The issue is believed to be with his Achilles, which HC Adam Gase says has bothered Grant for 4 years. According to the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley, Grant will "absolutely" be ready for the start of the 2019 campaign. With WR Albert Wilson already on IR, Miami is down to DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Danny Amendola. Parker is iffy for Week 12 with his shoulder injury.

Raiders WR Brandon LaFell has been diagnosed with a torn Achilles and will miss the rest of the season, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms. It's another hit to an injury-wrecked WR corps. Jordy Nelson missed the Cardinals game with a bone bruise on his knee, while Martavis Bryant will likely miss multiple weeks with his PCL injury. Marcell Ateman and Seth Roberts are left as Oakland's top 2 healthy WRs.

Raiders RB Doug Martin injured his ankle in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Cardinals and didn't touch the ball in the 2nd half. RBs Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington shared backfield duties over the final 30 minutes. We'll look for an update on Martin's status tomorrow.

Eagles MLB Jordan Hicks left Sunday's game at New Orleans with a calf injury and will not return. The game got out of hand before halftime, so ruling Hicks out might not necessarily indicate the severity of the injury. We'll check on Hicks' status heading into Week 12.

Raiders WR Brandon LaFell left in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Cardinals with what the team believes is a ruptured Achilles, according to insider Michael Gehlken. If that's confirmed, LaFell's season will be over. Oakland is already without WRs Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant, leaving Seth Roberts and rookie Marcell Ateman atop the depth chart.

ESPN's Josina Anderson hears that Bengals WR A.J. Green has a "good chance" to return for Week 12. He didn't practice this past week but wasn't ruled out of today's game in Baltimore until pregame warmups. We'll monitor his status throughout the coming week. Green will be right back to WR1 status if he plays against the Browns next Sunday.

The Lions believe RB Kerryon Johnson avoided an ACL tear and is dealing with a sprained knee, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The location and severity of the sprain will determine how long the rookie will be sidelined. He's schedule for an MRI, and we should learn more tomorrow.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard suffered an ankle injury in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Giants and is doubtful to return. We'll update his status when we learn more. TE Cameron Brate will get a big boost if Howard misses time.

Lions RB Kerryon Johnson is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Panthers with a knee injury. Stay tuned for updates. Johnson's absence leaves Detroit's backfield to LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick.

Panthers QB Cam Newton injured his left knee and/or ankle in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Lions. We'll update his status when we know more. QB Taylor Heinicke is in the game for Carolina.

Update: Newton returned on the next possession.

 
 
 

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