| Steve Smith not expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2015, 12:45 pm
|Despite practicing, Steve Smith doesn’t expect to play this week. “To be honest, my expectation of playing is very low,” Smith said, via the team’s official Twitter account. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Smith has been limited in practice this week. If he does sit, Kamar Aiken will likely be the most targeted receiver for Flacco, holding WR3 value.
| LeSean McCoy probable, Taylor questionable|
Workload for McCoy unclear
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2015, 12:01 pm
|LeSean McCoy: "I just want to go out there and see what I can do. ... I look forward to playing." Says they'll talk tomorrow about workload. (Mike Rodak on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: McCoy was able to practice on a limited basis this week. With the team missing Karlos Williams (concussion) and Anthony Dixon being a less than desirable option, McCoy is going to give it a go. It's going to be hard for fantasy owners to trust him as a RB2 and his risk for re-injury is high. Tyrod Taylor will likely be inactive this week. Expect EJ Manuel to start at quarterback.
| OBJ misses practice Friday, gametime decision|
Giants vs. Eagles Monday night
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2015, 11:45 am
|If Odell Beckham Jr. is unable to practice at all, does that preclude him from playing Monday night? Said Coughlin: "Does it preclude? No." (Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Beckham tweaked his hamstring in Week 5 and has yet to practice this week. With the Giants playing Monday night, fantasy owners that have to make a call on Sunday morning should play it safe and the star WR out of linueps. Rueben Randle (hamstring) was able to practice Friday. Dwayne Harris would likely see increased opportunities if OBJ sits.
|Ahmad Bradshaw could see snaps in Week 6|
Colts OC hints that if RB is active, he'll play
By: Doug Orth | Oct 15 2015, 6:00 pm
|Colts OC Pep Hamilton: If Ahmad Bradshaw gets the green light for Sunday, he'll be tossed into offensive mix. (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Whatever snaps Bradshaw sees on Sunday versus New England - if any - figure to be extremely limited. However, Hamilton's endorsement only serves to support the notion that Bradshaw will start seeing fairly significant playing time no later than Week 7 with Frank Gore taking most of the work on early downs. Bradshaw is unlikely to repeat last year's six receiving touchdowns, but his contributions in the passing game figure to make him a very strong flex option moving forward.
|Christine Michael likely to see more work|
Ex-Seahawk RB has seen two carries through five weeks
By: Doug Orth | Oct 15 2015, 5:50 pm
|To hear it from the Cowboys coaching staff, Christine Michael may begin seeing a veteran’s snap count.
“I think we’re going to give him an opportunity to go out and do some more snaps. I think he’s earned it,” said RB coach Gary Brown on Thursday. “He’s worked hard, he’s been everything we’ve expected off the field, and he’s a student of the game. We’re looking forward to seeing him play. ... I think it will - not to say that the other guys don’t have power, but I think he probably has a little bit more power. We’ve got to take advantage of that." (DallasCowboys.com)|
FFToday's Take: DallasCowboys.com staff writer David Helman tweeted that Brown also stated "we want to take the reins off him and let him rock", suggesting Joseph Randle's playing time is about to take a hit in a major way. Dallas returns from its Week 6 bye to face two stout rush defenses (Giants and Seahawks), so expectations need to be kept in check. Expect a full-blown committee for now with Darren McFadden serving as the third-down back.
| DeSean Jackson has setback with hamstring|
Team hopeful he will play in Week 6
By: Doug Orth | Oct 15 2015, 5:40 pm
|Things were moving in the right direction for WR DeSean Jackson to return to action against the Jets this week, but Thursday’s practice may have thrown a wrench in the works.
Redskins HC Jay Gruden said, via Liz Clarke of the Washington Post, that Jackson was pulled out of Thursday’s session after feeling a “twinge” in his injured hamstring while trying to run down a deep pass. Jackson hurt the hamstring in the season opener in a similar fashion and has missed the last four weeks while recovering. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Gruden is hopeful about Jackson being available to face the Jets, but Thursday’s setback suggests he'll probably limited even if he suits up. In the likely event he sits, Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder can be viewed as low-end WR3s based solely on the amount of targets they are likely to see, even in a difficult matchup.
|DeVante Parker getting closer to starting lineup?|
OC: "I don't see anything he can't do"
By: Doug Orth | Oct 15 2015, 5:30 pm
|With the struggles of starter Greg Jennings — who has just seven receptions for 54 yards, no touchdowns on three drops in four games — it seems like there’d be an opportunity for DeVante Parker to start now. When asked if Parker is ready to compete for the starting job, OC Lazor was non-committal.
“He is further along than probably at any time that we’ve talked about him,” Lazor said. “You’re talking about a young player who’s missed an unbelievable amount of time but who is very, very talented. ... I don’t see anything he can’t do. There’s certain things he has to get better at. I couldn’t say there’s a thing he can’t do or he isn’t going to be able to do.” (Palm Beach Post)|
FFToday's Take: It's understandable why Miami has been hesitant to push Parker since he is a rookie who missed a lot of offseason and training camp work and had to regain confidence in his foot. However, at 1-3 and with a new coach in charge, the Dolphins could use the game-breaking talent that Parker has to reinvigorate the offense. Look for Parker to start seeing regular snaps in the next week or two and become an every-week WR3 (or better) over the second half of the season.
| Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush miss practice|
49ers runners dealing with lower body injuries
By: Doug Orth | Oct 14 2015, 8:45 pm
|Running back Carlos Hyde, the NFL’s seventh-leading rusher, did not participate in 49ers practice Wednesday due to a foot injury. Reggie Bush (calf) also did not practice, leaving rookies Jarryd Hayne and Mike Davis as the only running backs on the 49ers’ 53-man roster who were available. Bush did not play in the second half of the 49ers’ game Sunday against the New York Giants due to the tightness in his calf. (csnbayarea.com)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers may wind up testing the depth of their backfield if Carlos Hyde's foot proves problematic. Reggie Bush's constant injury concern leaves the door open for Mike Davis or Jarryd Hayne to assume a larger role in the offense. Hayne was given reps with the first team on Wednesday and seems to be the leading candidate to start if called upon this weekend.
| T.J. Yeldon not practicing|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 14 2015, 6:30 pm
|Toby Gerhart was the first team running back at Jaguars practice Wednesday because rookie T.J. Yeldon missed practice with a groin injury.
Coach Gus Bradley didn’t seem sure if Yeldon would be ready to play Sunday against Houston.
“T.J. was out there for the walk through, but he didn’t go through any practice this afternoon,’’ Bradley said. (Jacksonville.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's looking iffy for T.J. Yeldon this week. Toby Gerhart ran with the first team Wednesday and he would step into more playing time should Yeldon be held out. Gerhart is healthier and is running better than he was last year, but Denard Robinson's return to practice adds more uncertainty to this backfield. On the season, Jacksonville is averaging less than 100 rushing yards per game and has yet to notch a rushing touchdown. Only the adventurous deep league owner should wade into these waters.
| Big Ben returns to the practice field|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 14 2015, 6:00 pm
|Ben Roethlisberger wants to play against Bruce Arians, his former play caller, and the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday.
Whether Pittsburgh Steelers doctors and coach Mike Tomlin will allow the quarterback to play remains to be seen, but he took a positive step on Wednesday.
Big Ben participated in 7-on-7 work in Wednesday's practice
The veteran quarterback said his throwing is fine, but he needs to display lateral ability before he can hit the field for game action. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ben Roethlisberger took the first important step in returning to the field today. A few more practices could be enough to get him back onto the field this week but that decision won't be made until game day. Michael Vick continues to work with the first team in practice and would be asked to challenge a quality Cardinals defense if the medical staff prevents Big Ben from suiting up.
| Giants hold wide receiver tryout|
Terrelle Pryor among those attending
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 14 2015, 1:43 pm
|With Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle struggling with hamstring injuries and Victor Cruz still sidelined with a calf problem, the Giants are on the lookout for wide receivers.
Among the players they worked out Wednesday during their weekly tryout were former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, former Jet T.J. Graham and A.J. Jenkins, three individuals with knowledge of the workout told NJ Advance Media.
FFToday's Take: New York's receiving corps is facing plenty of uncertainty heading into their Week 6 matchup against the Eagles on MNF. Odell Beckham Jr. seems to be slightly more likely to play than Rueben Randle yet the status of each player remains uncertain. Victor Cruz has struggled to return from a calf injury and would likely be limited if able to play. By Monday night Eli Manning may be throwing passes to one of six receivers who attended today's tryout.
| Colts sign RB Ahmad Bradshaw|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 14 2015, 1:25 pm
|Colts and RB Ahmad Bradshaw have agreed to a 1-year deal, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bradshaw broke his leg in Week 11 last season and was suspended for one-game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. With uninspiring options behind Frank Gore, Bradshaw can quickly rise to the No.2 spot on the depth chart and is worth a roster spot in deeper leagues.
| Davante Adams returns to practice|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 14 2015, 11:45 am
|Packers WR Davante Adams (ankle) was back on the field Wednesday. (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Adams has missed the last 2 and half games with a nagging ankle injury. Barring a setback in practice, it appears he will return to action in some capacity this weekend.
| OBJ hopes to play with hamstring injury|
Likely won't practice much this week
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 14 2015, 11:30 am
|Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has swelling in his hamstring area but still hopes to play on Monday night when the Giants face the Eagles in an important Monday Night Football contest, a person with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media. Beckham had an MRI on Monday that did not show any serious tears. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Tom Coughlin said he hopes that Beckham can get some work end towards the end of the week. It sounds like the star wide receiver will be limited in practice and likely be listed as Questionable. OBJ plays Monday night, making lineup decisions tricky for fantasy owners.
| Tyrod Taylor could miss Wk 6 with knee injury|
EJ Manuel likely to start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 13 2015, 1:15 pm
|Tyrod Taylor could miss multiple games with an MCL sprain suffered on a horse-collar tackle Sun. Bills will prepare EJ Manuel to start Sun. (Jason LaCanfora on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Taylor has been a nice surprise ranking No.5 among all QBs in FPts per game. Manuel will be a downgrade for fantasy owners as he lacks the play-making ability Taylor has shown early in the season.
| Julio Jones "not sure" for Thursday night game|
Passing game getting cloudy for Falcons
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 13 2015, 11:05 am
|Ed Werder reported that Atlanta Falcons HC Dan Quinn seems encouraged about Julio Jones hamstring, but the short prep week means he's no sure thing for Thursday night. (Ed Werder on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Quinn told Werder it's "Gonna be close. Not sure he can go," which clouds the fantasy picture for the Falcons and even Matt Ryan in what should have been a prime matchup facing the hapless New Orleans Saints. Leonard Hankerson (ribs) is also hurting. This may be a good time for the Falcons to lean even more heavily on newfound scoring maven Devonta Freeman and rookie Tevin Coleman, who saw some snaps in Week 5 after sitting out a couple games with a rib injury.
|Bengals OC: Jeremy Hill still the starter|
Giovani Bernard finding success as runner/receiver on passing downs
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 13 2015, 10:58 am
|Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is sticking by Jeremy Hill and will not abandon the I-form, but acknowledges that Giovani Bernard in passing game sets has given the offense more versatility. (Cincinnati Enquirer)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson's game plans have produced five straight games with at least 389 net offensive yards, with most of the impact coming
with key receivers involved. Whereas pounding the football downhill with Hill means taking Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones or maybe Tyler Eifert off the field. Hill still has RB2/flex value, but with the Bengals finding so much success with their myriad passing game weapons, it's hard to imagine too many games where Hill reaches RB1 status.
| Marshawn Lynch expected to return Sunday|
Seahawks RB rotation will still include Thomas Rawls
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 13 2015, 10:01 am
|Coach Pete Carroll said RB Marshawn Lynch will likely practice on Thursday and should play on Sunday versus the Panthers. He added that the coaches also will find ways to get snaps for rookie Thomas Rawls, who rushed for 169 yards in Sunday’s 27-24 loss at Cincinnati. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: This is good news for Lynch owners who've yet to get much of anything from the normally solid fantasy RB1. Rawls has earned work, but he doesn't have the same level of talent that Lynch does. Stay tuned as Lynch finally gets back to work during the end of the week.
| Colts: Andrew Luck practiced "without limitations"|
Backup Matt Hasselbeck still fighting bacterial infection
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 13 2015, 9:55 am
|Colts QB Andrew Luck participated on an unrestricted basis in Monday’s practice, according to team officials. Practice was not open to reporters, so everyone will have to take the Colts at their word. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: The Colts need to hope for the best, as the plight of backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck continues. Hasselbeck practiced Monday but is still being treated for the bacterial infection that weakened him last week and nearly kept from playing last Thursday night.
This is a situation to monitor heading into the weekend, as Luck's shoulder and Hasselbeck's health are both items of concern with the Patriots on the docket.
| Charles officially out for the season|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 12 2015, 6:00 pm
|MRI confirmed Jamaal Charles tore his ACL, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Absolutely devastating news for the Chiefs and all of Charles' fantasy owners. Kansas City will likely move on with some form of committee of Charcandrick West and Knile Davis, although both seem to have plenty of support within the Chiefs' front office. West's slashing style resembles Charles' while Davis is more of a pounder that has already shown he has the ability to carry the load. The team also plans on working out Pierre Thomas and Ben Tate.
| Ravens hopeful Steve Smith can play in Week 6|
Sat out Week 5 with four microfractures in his back
By: Doug Orth | Oct 12 2015, 5:25 pm
|There's a shot that injured Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith will play Sunday at San Francisco and miss only one game with four micro fractures in his back.
Coach John Harbaugh doesn't know whether Smith will practice this week, but he indicated that the Ravens' leading receiver has been training hard.
"I'm hopeful," Harbaugh said Monday. "Very hopeful. There's always a chance with Steve Smith. Always. Never rule Steve Smith out." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Smith is as tough as they come, so it is entirely possible he can go against the 49ers in Week 6. Harbaugh also told ESPN RB Justin Forsett doesn't have a high ankle sprain, giving him "a chance" to suit up in the same game. Expect both to be game-time decisions, with Forsett the more likely of the two to play versus San Francisco.
| Beckham, Randle sustain Week 5 hamstring injuries|
Join Cruz as ailing Giants WRs
By: Doug Orth | Oct 12 2015, 5:20 pm
|The Giants saw their top two receivers - Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle - suffer hamstring injuries during Sunday night's win over the 49ers. Beckham returned to the game, while Randle did not, and both told reporters in the locker room they did not think their respective injuries were serious.
Victor Cruz was expected to be re-evaluated Monday, 10 days after his PRP injection into his injured calf, and the one-year anniversary of his torn patellar tendon. But Coughlin said he did not have any update, nor did he know Cruz was supposed to meet with doctors. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: At the moment, the Giants are down to rookie Geremy Davis, Dwayne Harris and Myles White in terms of healthy receivers. Although Beckham returned to the game, he looked extremely tentative while New York was completing its game-winning drive. If Beckham and Randle are both held out of next Monday night's game against the Eagles, it is entirely possible that Harris and TE Larry Donnell end up as Eli Manning's top targets in that contest.
| Colston suffered "significant" shoulder injury|
Could have structural damage
By: Doug Orth | Oct 12 2015, 5:05 pm
|New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston suffered a significant injury in Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, who cited a league source, said Colston suffered a separated shoulder and may have structural damage. (WDSU New Orleans)|
FFToday's Take: The Saints have been floundering on offense most of this season, although it is hard to say whether an extended absence actually hurts New Orleans' passing game or not. Brandon Coleman is the most likely candidate to fill in for Colston. Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks may also receive more targets as a result as well.
| ACL injury likely for Charles, MRI Monday|
Chiefs lose star running back
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 11 2015, 4:45 pm
|Coach Andy Reid said the preliminary report he received was that Jamaal Charles had a torn ACL. He was scheduled for an MRI on Monday. He was injured without contact, while making a cut with Kansas City facing a first-and-goal from the Chicago 9. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Charles is likely done for the season. Charcandrick West has jumped ahead of Knile Davis on the depth chart and will be a hot waiver wire pickup this week.
| Hamstring injury a concern for Julio Jones|
Questionable but expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 11 2015, 7:15 am
|Falcons WR Julio Jones, listed as questionable due to hamstring, is expected to play; but his hamstring issues are a concern to Falcons. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is a concern for Julio owners but not enough to leave him out of lineups unless he's made inactive after pregame warmups. He has a plus matchup with the Redskins without both cornerbacks Chris Culliver (knee) and DeAngelo Hall (toe).
| TE Julius Thomas expected to play|
Won't be limited
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 11 2015, 7:05 am
|After missing first four games with thumb injury, Jacksonville TE Julius Thomas will make Jaguars' debut today; not expected to be limited. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas was expected to sit today so this news is somewhat of a surprise. Thomas is a reasonable low TE1 option even though the Buccaneers have given up the fifth fewest fantasy points to tight ends.
| Stevie Johnson out for Monday night|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 10 2015, 8:00 pm
|The Chargers will be without Stevie Johnson on Monday night. The slot receiver was one of four players the team listed Saturday as out against the Steelers. Johnson injured his hamstring last Sunday against the Browns.
(Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson will be out, but TE Antonio Gates returns. WR Malcom Floyd (concussion) is questionable but expected to play. Keenan Allen remains a top WR play in Week 5. The Steelers have given up 100-yd games to Torrey Smith and Kenny Britt.
| Martavis Bryant's status for Week 5 in doubt|
Teaked knee may keep Steelers WR on sidelines
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 10 2015, 7:00 am
|Steelers WR Martavis Bryant tweaked knee in practice Monday, per source. Contrary to other reports, this is why he'll likely be inactive. (Ross Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bryant's four-game suspension is over but it sounds like the Steelers may keep inactive for Monday's game against the Chargers. If Bryant sits, Markus Wheaton would maintain his role as the No.2 wide receiver.
| Vernon Davis ruled out Sunday|
49ers' TE to miss second straight game
By: John Canario | Oct 9 2015, 7:30 pm
|San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, despite practicing in a limited fashion all week long with a knee injury, has been ruled out of Sunday night's game at the New York Giants. Davis, in his 10th NFL season, sat out last week's game against the Green Bay Packers after suffering the injury the previous week at the Arizona Cardinals. He missed two games last season and one in 2013 but before then he had not missed a game since 2007. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Davis, like virtually every player on the 49ers' anemic offense, hasn't been a fantasy factor this year. With QB Colin Kaepernick struggling mightily of late, Davis is not even worth a bench spot at this point.
|Brian Hoyer gets starting gig back for Texans|
Ryan Mallett will fall back into backup role
By: John Canario | Oct 9 2015, 7:20 pm
|Brian Hoyer has his job back as Houston's starting quarterback. Hoyer won the job out of camp but was pulled in the fourth quarter of a season-opening loss to the Chiefs after committing two turnovers. Ryan Mallett has started since then, but he has struggled and Hoyer took over in both of the last two games as the Texans fell to 1-4. Hoyer replaced Mallett in the second quarter on Thursday night and threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted by Mike Adams with less than 2 minutes left to help seal the Colts' 27-20 victory. (ABC News)|
FFToday's Take: Aside from a late interception that sealed a Colts' victory, Hoyer looked sharp on Thursday night. The veteran slinger completed 77.1 percent of his passes en route to posting a 116.6 QB rating, and even added a 14-yard run for good measure. Unfortunately, though Hoyer has shown flashes of brilliance over parts of the past few seasons, these sorts of performances have been too few and too far between. He's nothing more than a bye week replacement in two-quarterback leagues.
| Cowboys' Sean Lee cleared to play Sunday|
LB suffered a concussion last week against the Saints
By: John Canario | Oct 9 2015, 7:05 pm
|The Dallas Cowboys received good news regarding their defense Friday. Linebacker Sean Lee, who suffered a concussion in last week’s loss to the New Orleans Saints, will return Sunday when the Cowboys host the New England Patriots. Lee cleared the concussion protocol and had no limitations during practice Friday, according to the six-year veteran. The Cowboys’ defense will have its hands full in Week 5, as the Patriots’ offense has been rolling amid New England’s 3-0 start to the season. Lee’s return certainly will help, especially when it comes to slowing Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has been an absolute beast. Lee, a second-round draft pick in 2010, has played in just 50 games in his five-plus NFL seasons, but the 29-year-old has 12 career interceptions, second-most among active linebackers. (NESN.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys' are a stronger team with Lee in the lineup, but you'd be better off starting another defense this week with Tom Brady and the high-scoring Patriots' offense coming to town. Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount could all conceivably feast on the Cowboys this Sunday.
| Julio Jones listed as questionable|
WR battling nagging toe and hamstring injuries
By: John Canario | Oct 9 2015, 7:00 pm
|Will Julio Jones be ready for Sunday? The Falcons listed their star receiver as questionable for Atlanta's tilt with the Redskins because of the toe and hamstring injuries that limited Jones during Friday's practice. The team's official website noted that Jones saw reduced reps during the session in order to give the league's most dangerous pass-catcher more rest.
FFToday's Take: Perhaps bothered by the toe injury last week, Jones wasn't his usual prolific fantasy self, managing just 38 yards on four catches. Toe injury or not, as long as Jones is in the Falcons lineup, he should be in yours.
| Karlos Williams and LeSean McCoy both out|
Anthony "Boobie" Dixon likely to see the bulk of the rushing work
By: John Canario | Oct 9 2015, 6:40 pm
|The Buffalo Bills' backfield remains haggard as we approach the weekend. Both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (concussion) missed practice again Friday, per Chris Brown of the team's official website. Both McCoy and Williams are officially out for Sunday's clash with the Titans. Williams remains in concussion protocol. With the injuries mounting, Boobie Dixon likely will get the start, with newly signed Dan "Boom" Herron a candidate to see a heavy workload out of the Bills' backfield. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Anthony Dixon's a bruising back who was serviceable but unspectacular for the Bills' last season. Don't expect much from the 28-year-old this week, even in a favorable matchup with the Titans.
| Marshawn Lynch out for Week 5|
Thomas Rawls expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 9 2015, 3:00 pm
|Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is OUT for Week 5 vs. the Bengals. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch has been dealing with various ailments including calf and hamstring injuries. Thomas Rawls is expected to start in Lynch's place and will be in the RB2 conversation against the Bengals. Rawls averaged 6.5 yards per carry against the Bears but just 2.8 ypc against the Lions.
| Steve Smith ruled out for Week 5|
Sustained four small fractures in his back in win vs. Steelers
By: Doug Orth | Oct 8 2015, 6:00 pm
|As if there was any thought that Steve Smith would play, Ravens OC Marc Trestman confirms that Smith is out Sunday. (Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: As expected. Kamar Aiken will serve as the de facto top receiver for the Ravens and probably line up opposite Marlon Brown. The Ravens also figure to get ex-Ram Chris Givens, who they acquired last weekend, a healthy amount of snaps. Aiken is shaping up to be a low-end WR3 this week while Givens may ultimately serve in the role the team expected the injured Breshad Perriman to play.
| Karlos Williams, McCoy miss practice Thu.|
Anthony Dixon likely to start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 8 2015, 12:15 pm
|All signs continue to point to Boobie Dixon being the Buffalo Bills' starting running back Sunday in Tennessee. Granted, Cierre Wood or Dan "Boom" Herron could also be mixed in. But rookie Karlos Williams (concussion) and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) were not at Thursday's practice. (The Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: If Williams can't get cleared by this weekend, Anthony Dixon would get the start with Cierre Wood filling a backup role. Dixon is more of a RB/FB hybrid and lacks big play ability but can be in the RB2 discussion this week against the Titans based on volume.
| DeSean Jackson limited on Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 8 2015, 12:05 pm
|The Redskins could receive some key reinforcements on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson and cornerback DeAngelo Hall were both out on the field during Thursday’s practice. Jackson and Hall both participated during individual drills. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson is was limited on Wednesday as well as and is still very questionable to play this week. Jamison Crowder (7-65) was used over Andre Roberts last week against the Eagles and could see increased snaps this week if Jackson is out.
| Hasselbeck expected to start, Luck Questionable|
Luck to test arm in pregame warmup
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 8 2015, 10:17 am
|Matt Hasselbeck flew to Houston planning to start for Colts, source says. Andrew Luck will throw pregame, but Hasselbeck expected to start (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Luck sat out last week's game with a shoulder injury and it appears the Colts are leaning towards resting him this week as well. T.Y. Hilton posted a 7-67 line while Donte Moncrief went 6-75 with Hasselbeck at the controls last week.
| RB Ellington set to return|
Role may be reduced in wake of sprained knee injury
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 7 2015, 8:00 pm
|Running back Andre Ellington primes for his return from a sprained knee on Sunday against the Lions, giving coach Bruce Arians his full complement of backs for the first time since the season-opening win over the Saints. Bruce Arians likes to spread the ball around, which is why 25 touches for any one player are unlikely at this point. (AZCardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Cardinals will move forward under a RBBC that should be led by Andre Ellington with Chris Johnson and David Johnson splitting the rest of the workload. Ellington and Chris Johnson have the most fantasy value and remain worthy of starting in what has been a very productive scoring offense to open the year.
| Jordan Reed sits out of practice Wednesday|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 7 2015, 5:30 pm
|Tight end Jordan Reed also did not practice because of a concussion and his availability for Sunday remains uncertain. (Redskins.com)|
FFToday's Take: Jordan Reed's status for Week 5 remains in limbo. Reed is in concussion protocol and his owners will need to have another option ready to go if he is declared out for Sunday. Derek Carrier caught a couple of passes while filling in for Reed last week and would be in line for similar production if asked to do so again.