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    • Harbaugh expects Pierce to be available
      Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Friday he expects Bernard Pierce (thigh) to be available for Week 5 at Indianapolis.

      Advice: "I expect him to be fully read to go," said Harbaugh. Pierce was active for Week 4, but did not play. His depth chart standing is entirely unclear at the moment, but Pierce is a threat to Lorenzo Taliaferro's usage against the Colts. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 10:20 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.05 (2378th)
    • Ben Tate listed as probable
      Ben Tate (knee) is listed as probable for Week 5.

      Advice: Tate is tentatively expected to lead the Browns in carries at Tennessee. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 10:16 am
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.47 (160th)
    • Marvin Jones misses practice again
      Marvin Jones (ankle) missed Bengals practice again Friday.

      Advice: Look for Mohamed Sanu in the No. 2 wideout role against New England. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 10:03 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.37 (131st)
    • Panthers will use 'hot-hand' approach at RB
      Coach Ron Rivera said Friday the Panthers will use a "hot hand" approach at running back in Week 5 against the Bears.

      Advice: Rivera promised Darrin Reaves, Fozzy Whittaker, and Chris Ogbonnaya will all get early-game carries against Chicago. The Panthers will ride whichever back shows he's running the best. Explosive UDFA Reaves remains the best bet for carries, but there are no guarantees on his workload, snaps, or production. He's a high-risk flex option with some upside against Chicago's leaky run defense. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 10:00 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.27 (2628th)
    • David Nelson (ankle) questionable for Week 5
      David Nelson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 5 against the Chargers.

      Advice: Nelson was expected to miss the game, but coach Rex Ryan has been impressed with his improvement throughout a week of limited practices. Even if Nelson plays, he has zero fantasy value. He'd play in three-wide sets. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 9:52 am
       
      Questionable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.77 (2543rd)
    • Belichick: Dobson's never been disrespectful
      Coach Bill Belichick strongly denied a report that Aaron Dobson "mouthed off" to OC Josh McDaniels, leading to Dobson being inactive the past two weeks.

      Advice: "In my year and a half with Aaron Dobson, he has always been respectful to me and to the rest of the coaching staff," Belichick said. "He has never once been argumentative or confrontational. The suggestion and reporting that his playing time was in any way the result of a `loud disagreement' with a coach is completely false." Belichick says Dobson has been a healthy scratch because of "football" reasons. The Patriots desperately need his field-stretching ability on the outside. But it remains to be seen if he'll play Sunday against the Bengals. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 9:48 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.02 (2564th)
    • Santana Moss the 'odd man out' for Redskins
      Coach Jay Gruden admits Santana Moss is the "odd man out" for the Redskins at receiver at the moment.

      Advice: Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Aldrick Robinson, and rookie Ryan Grant are all ahead of 35-year-old Moss, who doesn't play special teams. He's a mere veteran presence at this point, and is unlikely to get an opportunity on offense unless there's an injury. Moss has been inactive all four games. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 8:17 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2001st)
    • Amendola underwent offseason groin surgery
      Danny Amendola revealed Thursday that he underwent offseason groin surgery.

      Advice: Amendola tore the adductor muscle in his groin last year in Week 1 and ultimately ended up playing through the issue. He was never the same player and has been a man on the side of a milk carton the first month of 2014. Amendola has just three catches for 16 yards and is playing under 50 percent of the snaps. He's obviously well off the fantasy radar and will likely be cut in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 6:42 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.91 (2540th)
    • Bill: Dobson inactive for 'football' reasons
      Coach Bill Belichick says Aaron Dobson has been a healthy inactive the past two weeks because of "football" reasons.

      Advice: This situation has become weird. Earlier in the week, it was reported that Dobson "mouthed off" to OC Josh McDaniels, and that was the reason he's been scratched the past two games. Asked if there was a confrontation, Belichick responded, "No, and I'll have a comment on that later." Expect another update on Dobson at some point this weekend. He's merely a stash in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 6:27 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.02 (2564th)
    • Cordarrelle's hip 'fine'; wants more touches
      Cordarrelle Patterson said the hip injury that forced him to leave Thursday night's loss early is "fine," and that he wants to be "more involved" on offense.

      Advice: "I don't know what's going on," Patterson continued. "We have a plan. I'm sticking to the plan. I trust coach (Norv) Turner and the whole staff with what they're doing. Hopefully I get more touches." Since totaling 128 yards and a touchdown in the opener, Patterson is averaging 3 catches for 40.75 yards per game with no scores and just one total rushing attempt over the past four games. He'll be a boom-or-bust WR4 when the Vikings host the Lions in Week 6. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 6:12 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.83 (115th)
    • Jarius Wright gets team-high eight targets
      Jarius Wright caught three passes for 27 yards in Thursday night's Week 5 loss to the Packers.

      Advice: Wright was targeted a team-high eight times by Christian Ponder. He's been more involved the last two weeks with Kyle Rudolph sidelined, and has shown good chemistry with both Ponder and Teddy Bridgewater. Cordarrelle Patterson exited in the second half with a hip injury, leaving Wright to play opposite Greg Jennings in two-wide sets. Wright could see an expanded role in Week 6 if Patterson misses time. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 9:37 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.84 (1781st)
    • Cordarrelle Patterson exits with hip injury
      Cordarrelle Patterson left Thursday night's game against the Packers with a hip injury.

      Advice: Patterson went down after six-yard screen in the third quarter. He briefly returned for one play, but will likely be held out for the rest of the game. With Christian Ponder at quarterback, Patterson had two catches for eight yards on four targets. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 7:50 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.83 (115th)
    • Cordarrelle Patterson exits with hip injury
      Cordarrelle Patterson left Sunday night's Week 4 game against the Packers with a hip injury.

      Advice: Patteson went down after a six-yard bubble screen in the third quarter. The Vikings are calling his return questionable. He had just two catches for eight yards on four targets before exiting. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 7:31 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.83 (115th)
    • Tavon Austin (knee) limited in practice again
      Tavon Austin (knee) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

      Advice: Austin is expected to play against the Eagles coming off the Rams' Week 4 bye. He'll rotate with Austin Pettis in three-wide sets. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 4:42 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      5.03 (215th)
    • Jarrett Boykin leads Packers' inactives
      Packers declared WR Jarrett Boykin, QB Scott Tolzien, CB Demetri Goodson, LB Carl Bradford, LB Sam Barrington, C Garth Gerhart and DT Josh Boyd inactive for Week 5 against the Vikings.

      Advice: Boykin is week to week, giving Davante Adams another opportunity to run away with No. 3 duties behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. LB Brad Jones is active after missing the Packers' past three games. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 4:04 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.46 (2501st)
    • Raiders place Rod Streater on I.R./return
      Raiders placed WR Rod Streater (foot surgery) on injured reserve/designated to return.

      Advice: Streater can resume practicing in six weeks, but won't be eligible to return until the Raiders visit the Rams in Week 13. Before landing on I.R./return, Streater wasn't expected back until Week 10 at the earliest. He had screws inserted in his foot last week. Streater is safely droppable in all re-draft leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 2:12 pm
       
      Injured Reserve
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      8.23 (104th)
    • Marvin Jones (ankle) not practicing Thursday
      Marvin Jones (ankle) was held out of Bengals practice Thursday.

      Advice: Just like that, Jones appears poised to miss another game after returning from his broken foot. If Jones indeed ends up sitting, Mohamed Sanu will remain the Bengals' No. 2 receiver opposite A.J. Green against the Patriots' stout pass defense. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 12:56 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.37 (131st)
    • Cecil Shorts (hamstring) still not practicing
      Cecil Shorts (hamstring) remained out of Jaguars practice Thursday.

      Advice: Shorts is fully expected to miss Sunday's game against the Steelers. "Week to week," at best, Shorts can be dropped in 12-14 team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 12:54 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.13 (137th)
    • Panthers to use three-man rotation at RB?
      Panthers coach Ron Rivera expects a three-man rotation at running back between Darrin Reaves, Fozzy Whittaker and Chris Ogbonnaya against the Bears.

      Advice: We'd expect all three players to get touches as Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert sit out, but Reaves should lead the committee. The only player not to be a member of the Browns' historically bad 2013 running back corps, Reaves is also the only one of the trio to notch a touch for the Panthers this season. Reaves comes with obvious risk, but he's not a bad dart throw at FLEX. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 12:38 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.27 (2628th)
    • Fozzy Whittaker expects to return vs. Bears
      Fozzy Whittaker (quad) confirms he'll return for Sunday's game against the Bears.

      Advice: Whittaker sat out Wednesday's practice, but was "limited" in Thursday's session. The ex-Brown will back up default Panthers starter Darrin Reaves. Whittaker is not on the Week 5 fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 11:53 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2238th)
    • Ben Tate remains on course to start Sunday
      Coach Mike Pettine confirmed that Ben Tate (knee) remains on course to play and start Sunday's game against the Titans.

      Advice: Tate remained limited in Thursday's practice, but he's likely to see 12-17 touches against an undersized and soft Titans front. Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West will be competing for the rest of the work. When asked about dividing reps between three running backs, Pettine said, "It's not an easy problem. It is an issue. You have to have a plan for it, be willing to adjust." Tate is the best bet here as the starter, but he's going to have to play well in this hot-hand backfield. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 9:56 am
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.47 (160th)
    • Streater won't be back until Week 10 at best
      Rod Streater (foot surgery) will not be back until Week 10 at the earliest.

      Advice: Streater now has screws in his fractured foot. The Week 10 target is a best-case scenario, with missing the entire season still a possibility. Denarius Moore is also in the doghouse due to poor play, leaving James Jones, Andre Holmes, Vincent Brown and Brice Butler as the top-four wideouts. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 7:46 am
       
      Injured Reserve
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      8.23 (104th)
    • Report: Aaron Dobson 'mouthed off' to Pats OC
      A source told the Boston Globe that Aaron Dobson was deactivated in Weeks 3 and 4 because he "mouthed off" to Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.

      Advice: "Mouthing off" to Belichick wannabe McDaniels apparently costs you two full games, despite the Patriots' glaring needs at perimeter wide receiver. 23 years old, big, and fast, Dobson would give New England an offensive element it sorely lacks, but it sounds like McDaniels is putting his ego before the team. Dobson's status going forward is unclear. He's just a WR5 stash in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 1, 5:46 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.02 (2564th)
    • David Nelson will miss Week 5
      David Nelson is expected to miss Week 5 with a "severe low ankle sprain."

      Advice: The Jets will turn to a three-receiver set of Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, and Greg Salas. Nelson never had fantasy football value in the first place. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 1, 5:09 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.77 (2543rd)
    • Browns to go with hot-hand at running back?
      The Browns' website expects OC Kyle Shanahan to use a "hot-hand" approach at running back.

      Advice: Ben Tate will be the starter, but Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell are going to continue to get touches. Both are capable of outplaying Tate, and will remain involved going forward. Tate is the favorite to lead the Browns in carries if he returns this week, but comes with injury and workload concerns. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 1, 3:20 pm
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.47 (160th)
    • Bernard Pierce (thigh) practices Wednesday
      Bernard Pierce (thigh) is practicing in full for Week 5.

      Advice: Pierce also practiced in full last week, but was held out of Sunday's blowout win as a precautionary measure. He's currently behind Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro for carries, and isn't a must-hold in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 1, 2:38 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.05 (2378th)
    • Tavon Austin (knee) practice Wednesday
      Tavon Austin (knee) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

      Advice: He was officially limited. It puts him on track to return for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Austin will play the slot in three-wide sets, with Austin Pettis also mixing in. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 1, 1:46 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      5.03 (215th)
    • Marvin Jones tweaks ankle, doesn't practice
      Marvin Jones tweaked his ankle on Wednesday and was listed as "DNP."

      Advice: Jones can't catch a break. After missing all of the offseason program with an ankle injury, Jones returned to training camp for all of one practice before breaking his foot. In his first official practice back from the broken foot on Wednesday, Jones hurts his ankle. He was initially expected to make his season debut this week against New England, but now Jones' status is up in the air. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 1, 1:13 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.37 (131st)
    • Rivera: Darrin Reaves is Panthers starting RB
      Coach Ron Rivera said Darrin Reaves is currently the Panthers' starting running back.

      Advice: With DeAngelo Williams (ankle) and Mike Tolbert (leg) out and Jonathan Stewart (knee) still working his way back, Reaves is next up on the depth chart, followed by Chris Ogbonnaya and Fozzy Whittaker. Reaves (5-foot-7, 209) is an undrafted rookie out of UAB, but was a favorite by some in the draft community. For owners in a bye-week or injury crunch, Reaves is worth a grab for Week 5 against the Bears. He won't be the full-time ball carrier, but should lead a committee attack. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 1, 1:01 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.27 (2628th)
    • Jarrett Boykin (groin) ruled out for Thursday
      Jarrett Boykin (groin, knee) has been ruled out for Thursday night's Week 5 game against the Vikings.

      Advice: Davante Adams will again handle No. 3 duties himself. It's not a great matchup, as the Vikings have been playing solid pass defense with their CB trio of Xavier Rhoders, Captain Munnerlyn, and Josh Robinson. Boykin is droppable. Coach Mike McCarthy is already saying Boykin may miss Week 6 vs. Miami. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 1, 10:57 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.46 (2501st)
    • Ben Tate (knee) limited on Wednesday
      Ben Tate (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

      Advice: It's part of the plan of easing Tate back into practice. Coach Mike Pettine said he expects Tate to progress to "full" participation by the end of the week. ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes Tate will "for sure" lead the Browns in carries this week against the Titans. He'll be a quality RB2 option. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 1, 9:56 am
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.47 (160th)
    • Cecil Shorts (hamstring) week-to-week
      Cecil Shorts (hamstring) says he's week-to-week.

      Advice: He won't play this week against the Steelers. With Marqise Lee (hamstring) also out, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns will play every snap at receiver in a favorable matchup. Shorts has become far too injury-prone to hold in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 1, 9:33 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.13 (137th)
    • Jarrett Boykin sits out Tuesday's practice
      Jarrett Boykin (knee, groin) sat out Tuesday's practice.

      Advice: It appears Boykin will miss his second straight game on Thursday, again leaving Davante Adams as the Packers' No. 3 receiver against the Vikings. Boykin is droppable in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 30, 10:51 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.46 (2501st)
    • Ben Tate practicing, will start if cleared
      Ben Tate (knee) is practicing Tuesday and coach Mike Pettine said Tate will start if he's ready for Week 5.

      Advice: It's Tate's first practice since suffering a right knee sprain in Week 1. He was reportedly moving well, putting him on track to return as the lead back for Sunday's tasty matchup with the Titans. Previous speculation had Tate handling about 60 percent of the running back carries, with impressive riser Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West getting the rest. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 30, 8:04 am
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.47 (160th)
    • Marvin Jones (foot) expected to return Sunday
      Marvin Jones (foot) is expected to make his 2014 debut in Sunday night's game at New England.

      Advice: We'd keep expectations in check initially as Jones practiced a grand total of one time during the offseason program and training camp. But based on talent alone, he'll pass up Mohamed Sanu quickly for outside receiving duties and become a major red-zone threat. Jones posted a 51-712-10 line last year despite playing on just 50.0 percent of the snaps. "Oh yes, I can't wait," OC Hue Jackson said when asked about Jones' return. "He can run and catch. Not only does he take the top off, he scores a lot of touchdowns, too." Rotoworld.com
      Sep 30, 5:52 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.37 (131st)
    • Amendola posts airball in Week 4 loss to KC
      Danny Amendola was held without a catch in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs.

      Advice: Even as one of the three receivers active, Amendola didn't draw a single target. He has just three catches for 16 yards this season, and clearly doesn't have Tom Brady's trust. Amendola is now falling behind Brandon LaFell. He's obviously not worth owning in any format. Amendola may find himself inactive soon. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 9:38 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.91 (2540th)
    • Dobson, Thompkins both scratches for MNF
      Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins are both healthy inactives for Monday night's Week 4 game against the Chiefs.

      Advice: That's back-to-back weeks for Dobson being a scratch. The Patriots will roll with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Brandon LaFell as their top three receivers. Also inactive for Week 4 are OL Josh Kline, OL Jordan Devey, DL Zach Moore, DL Casey Walker, and CB Alfonzo Dennard. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 4:08 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.02 (2564th)
    • David Nelson may have serious ankle injury
      Jets coach Rex Ryan hinted Monday that WR David Nelson's ankle injury could be "significant."

      Advice: The Jets' Monday signing of Chris Owusu would seem to support that belief. Nelson has managed six receptions for 45 yards through four games, fumbling twice. His loss would not be a major blow to New York's sputtering offense. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 2:35 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.77 (2543rd)
    • Cecil Shorts expected to miss Week 5
      Cecil Shorts (hamstring) is expected to miss Week 5.

      Advice: This is getting ridiculous. At some point, the Jaguars are going to have to consider either a multi-week absence or injured reserve as they try to sort out their young and muddled receiver corps for rookie QB Blake Bortles. Shorts isn't a must-hold in 12-team re-draft leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 12:06 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.13 (137th)
    • Fozzy Whittaker likely back for Week 5
      Coach Ron Rivera is pretty confident Fozzy Whittaker (quad) will return for Week 5.

      Advice: This qualifies as big news for the Panthers, as DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert are all sidelined. Whittaker projects as support behind Darrin Reaves. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 9:55 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2238th)
    • Jarius Wright plays on 40 snaps Sunday
      Jarius Wright played on 42-of-79 snaps (53.1 percent) in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

      Advice: Wright was the clear No. 3 receiver as Greg Jennings got 76 snaps and Cordarrelle Patterson got 70. But Wright was the apple of Teddy Bridgewater's eye as the Vikings used more three-wide sets than they did all season, in part thanks to Kyle Rudolph's injury. The result was a team-high 10 targets that yielded eight catches and 132 yards. Wright and Teddy clearly have chemistry after spending so much time together on the second unit, putting him on the WR4/5 radar for Thursday's game against the Packers. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 7:28 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.84 (1781st)
    • Snaps are there for Cordarrelle Patterson
      Cordarrelle Patterson has played on 121-of-136 offensive snaps (88.9 percent) over the last two weeks.

      Advice: The snaps are there for Patterson, but the usage is not. During these two weeks, he has a total of six catches on nine targets and just one rushing attempt. On Sunday, the Vikings chose to force-feed Jarius Wright -- who has spent a ton of time with Teddy Bridgewater as part of the second-stringers over the past few months. Patterson has a nice matchup at Green Bay on Thursday night, but will be boom-or-bust. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 7:06 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.83 (115th)
    • Shorts' latest hammy pull is an aggravation
      Cecil Shorts latest hamstring pull is an aggravation of the one that caused him to miss the first two games of the regular season.

      Advice: Shorts pulled his troublesome left hamstring against the Chargers and is headed for an MRI Monday. Expect an extended absence, leaving Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson as the Jags' primary wideouts. Note that Shorts also battled a calf injury and a right hamstring pull since June, giving him Miles Austin status when it comes to soft-tissue injuries. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 6:03 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.13 (137th)
    • C-Pat once again mostly a non-factor in win
      Cordarrelle Patterson caught 2-of-4 targets for 38 yards in the Vikings' Week 4 win over the Falcons.

      Advice: Patterson hasn't done much of anything since shredding the Rams in the opener. We're not sure what the reason is, but the Vikings aren't featuring Patterson, instead opting to work the ball to Jarius Wright in this one. Wright was targeted 10 times mostly on screens and short passes, turning them into 132 yards. Patterson would have likely done that and more if given the same workload. After four games, Patterson is on pace for a 52-724-0 receiving line. He also isn't getting many carries. For now, Patterson is a boom-or-bust WR3. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 28, 5:29 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.83 (115th)
    • Bernard Pierce was held out 'as a precaution'
      According to the Baltimore Sun, Bernard Pierce was held out of Sunday's Week 4 win as a "precautionary measure."

      Advice: The Sun clarifies that Pierce's "thigh" injury is a strained quad. The Ravens aren't going to say publicly that Pierce has fallen down the depth chart, but it looked that way against the Panthers. Justin Forsett was the lead back, and Lorenzo Taliaferro was the clock-killing finisher. Fantasy owners who've been hanging into Pierce in 10- and 12-team leagues can consider dropping him. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 28, 5:29 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.05 (2378th)
    • Jarius Wright goes off for 8-132 in victory
      Jarius Wright caught eight passes for 132 yards in the Vikings' Week 4 win over the Falcons.

      Advice: Wright led the team with 10 targets, six more than the next Viking on the list. Teddy Bridgewater was consistently hitting Wright on screens and quick passes. Wright broke one for 52 yards before getting caught from behind in the red zone. He was also overthrown by Bridgewater on a deep bomb that would have been a 75-yard touchdown. We'd like to chalk this up as a bit of a fluke. Wright would ideally be the third or fourth option in the passing game. But Wright is certainly worth monitoring into a Week 5 date with the Packers. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 28, 5:16 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.84 (1781st)
    • Cecil Shorts leaves with injured hamstring
      Cecil Shorts exited Sunday's Week 4 game with a left hamstring injury and is done for the day.

      Advice: Shorts has been battling hamstring problems for as long as we can remember. He had two catches for 25 yards on four targets before departing. One of Shorts' targets resulted in an interception for rookie QB Blake Bortles. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 28, 3:09 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.13 (137th)
    • Darrin Reaves goes 12-26 against Ravens
      Panthers RB Darrin Reaves managed 26 yards on 12 carries and caught 3-of-5 targets for 11 yards in Carolina's Week 4 loss to Baltimore.

      Advice: An undrafted rookie out of UAB, Reaves took over as Carolina's primary back after DeAngelo Williams' second-quarter ankle injury. Williams never returned, joining Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert on the shelf in a depleted Panthers backfield. Although he ran tentatively in his first extended game experience, Reaves is worth a look in 12- and 14-team leagues based strictly on opportunity. He ran a 4.54 forty with an explosive 10-foot-3 broad jump at 5-foot-7, 209 at Alabama-Birmingham's March Pro Day. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 28, 1:37 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.27 (2628th)
    • Bernard Pierce doesn't play in win
      Bernard Pierce did not touch the ball in the Ravens' Week 4 blowout win over the Panthers.

      Advice: Pierce, who was inactive for Week 3 with a thigh injury, spent this game standing beside coach John Harbaugh on the sideline. He practiced fully all week and was listed as probable on the injury report, but may have fallen behind Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro permanently. Fantasy owners can seriously consider dropping Pierce due to ineffectiveness and playing-time concerns. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 28, 1:01 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.05 (2378th)
    • David Nelson leaves with ankle injury
      David Nelson was forced from the Jets' Week 4 game against the Lions with an ankle injury.

      Advice: Nelson stayed on the ground for several minutes after twisting his ankle. He was able to limp off the field. Nelson is out for the rest of the game. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 28, 11:05 am
       
      Questionable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.77 (2543rd)
    • Mort: Pierce 'will be eased' back into action
      ESPN's Chris Mortensen said Bernard Pierce (thigh) "will be eased" backed into action against the Panthers.

      Advice: After Lorenzo Taliaferro put on a show with Pierce inactive last week, the Ravens can afford to let Pierce feel his way into the game. Between Taliaferro, Pierce and Justin Forsett, it is almost impossible to predict who will lead the Ravens' backfield in touches against the Panthers. This is a situation to avoid if possible. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 28, 9:18 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.05 (2378th)
    • Jarrett Boykin out, Davante Adams No. 3 WR
      Packers declared Jarrett Boykin (knee, groin) inactive for Sunday's Week 4 game at Chicago.

      Advice: Already trending down due to a poor start to the season, Boykin is now really in the dumps. It's a monster opportunity for talented rookie Davante Adams, who projects to play at least 70 percent of the snaps as Aaron Rodgers' No. 3 wideout. He's a WR3 with upside. Jeff Janis is also active for the first time in his career. The rest of the Packers' inactives: QB Scott Tolzien, CB Demetri Goodson, LB Carl Bradford, LB Brad Jones and C Garth Gerhart. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 28, 8:34 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.46 (2501st)
    • Fozzy Whittaker (quad) doubtful for Week 3
      Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (quad) is doubtful for Week 4.

      Advice: With Jonathan Stewart (knee) also sidelined, Darrin Reaves and Tauren Poole will back up DeAngelo Williams. Whittaker remains week to week. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 27, 4:46 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2238th)
    • David Nelson (illness) listed probable
      David Nelson (illness) is probable for Week 4.

      Advice: Nelson returned to practice Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday. He had an expanded role last week in place of Eric Decker, but remains off the fantasy radar. Nelson has nine targets through three games. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 27, 1:03 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.77 (2543rd)
    • Kubiak on his RBs: They're all going to play
      When asked about his running backs, Ravens OC Gary Kubiak said "they're all going to play."

      Advice: Bernard Pierce is back healthy, Lorenzo Taliaferro starred last week and Justin Forsett has at least 12 touches in all three games so far. "We're going to keep a fresh guy on the field -- that's what we're going to do -- and if we feel like one guy has the hot hand, so to speak, then obviously he's going to go back out," Kubiak said. We're expecting Pierce to start, but he hasn't had a hot hand since 2012 and is therefore a weak flex play against a tough Panthers front seven. Taliaferro is a better bet to get the hot hand if he can get some volume. Forsett projects as the change-of-pace option. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 26, 3:41 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.05 (2378th)
    • Bernard Pierce listed as probable
      Bernard Pierce (thigh) is listed as probable for Week 4.

      Advice: Pierce is expected to play against the Panthers, although his role is entirely unclear. He's been outplayed by both change-of-pace back Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro. Pierce is a desperate flex option versus Carolina. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 26, 11:51 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.05 (2378th)
    • Jarrett Boykin questionable for Week 4 at CHI
      Jarrett Boykin (knee, groin) is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Bears.

      Advice: Coach Mike McCarthy says Boykin hurt his groin in Thursday's practice, and will be a game-time decision for Sunday. If Boykin, who has already been seeing his snaps reduced thanks to drops, can't play, Davante Adams will likely handle No. 3 duties himself, with fellow rookie Jeff Janis mixing in as the No. 4. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 26, 9:40 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.46 (2501st)
    • Raiders unsure if Rod Streater will return
      Raiders coach Dennis Allen isn't sure if Rod Streater (foot surgery) will return this season.

      Advice: It was reported Wednesday that Streater's "minor" surgery would only sideline him 4-5 weeks, but it's clear it could be longer. Streater could become a candidate for injured reserve in the near future. He can be safely dropped in re-draft leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 25, 3:12 pm
       
      Injured Reserve
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      8.23 (104th)
    • Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker sidelined
      Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (quad) remains sidelined.

      Advice: Whittaker is expected to miss Week 4, leaving only recent practice-squad signee Darrin Reaves behind DeAngelo Williams. Whittaker has likely blown his only chance at coming into re-draft value this season. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 25, 1:58 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2238th)
    • Bernard Pierce practicing in full for Week 4
      Bernard Pierce (thigh) is practicing in full for Week 4.

      Advice: Pierce is expected to get the start against the Panthers' solid run defense, but could be on a short leash after rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro showed well against the Browns in Week 3. Justin Forsett will remain the change-of-pace back. Pierce is a touchdown-dependent RB3. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 25, 1:40 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.05 (2378th)
    • Jarrett Boykin upgraded to 'full' Thursday
      Jarrett Boykin (knee) was upgraded to "full" on Thursday.

      Advice: Rotating snaps with Davante Adams at No. 3 receiver, Boykin is back on track for Week 4. He remains off the WR4 radar, however. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 25, 12:19 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.46 (2501st)
    • Vikes OC: We need to get Patterson the ball
      Vikings OC Norv Turner admits he's "got to continue to work ways" to get Cordarrelle Patterson the ball.

      Advice: "Cordarrelle is a different situation he was a year ago," Turner said. "He's growing and teams are matching with him and they're concentrating on him." It's easy to say the Vikes have to get C-Patt the ball in Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph's absence, but he has to continue to progress as a receiver who can create his own looks. That being said, Patterson is so dangerous with the ball in his hands that he remains locked in as a WR2. We trust Turner to scheme the ball to his biggest weapon. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 25, 11:25 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.83 (115th)
    • WR Nelson (illness) misses another practice
      David Nelson (illness) remained out of Jets practice Thursday.

      Advice: The odds are high that Nelson returns on Friday and earns a "probable" tag for Week 4, but the WR5's status will have to be double-checked if you're using him in a bye-week crunch. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 25, 10:24 am
       
      Questionable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.77 (2543rd)
    • Ben Tate expected to be Browns lead back
      ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi guesses that Ben Tate will handle roughly 15 carries per game when he returns from his knee injury, with rookies Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West sharing the other 10.

      Advice: Grossi has been campaigning for Crowell to get more work, but even he admits Tate is likely to return as Cleveland's lead back. The real value in Crowell is derived from Tate's injury history, which was reemphasized when Tate left Week 1 after six carries and missed Weeks 2 and 3. Crowell has major upside and needs to be stashed everywhere, but Tate should return as a quality RB2. The Browns' next four games are against the Titans, Steelers, Jaguars, and Raiders. Not one of those four teams is defending the run well. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 25, 9:20 am
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.47 (160th)
    • Patriots have no real explanationon Dobson
      Bill Belichick declined to specifically reveal why Aaron Dobson was a healthy scratch in Week 3.

      Advice: The blatantly ineffective duo of Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell both dressed against the Raiders. Belichick can claim gameplan and special teams considerations all he wants, but it's clear that Dobson isn't progressing as the team would like this season. There's no way to know if he'll be active against the Chiefs on Monday night. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 25, 5:52 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.02 (2564th)
    • Browns plan to re-install Ben Tate as starter
      Browns RBs coach Wilbert Montgomery expects Ben Tate (knee) to regain his starting job when healthy.

      Advice: Tate is tentatively due back after Cleveland's Week 4 bye and should be owned in all fantasy leagues. The Akron Beacon Journal does agree with ESPN Cleveland that UDFA Isaiah Crowell has earned a bigger role, but Montgomery is planning on Tate returning as the lead back. "That's what we brought Tate here for, to be the starter," Montgomery said. "He's the No. 1 running back in this offense. Right now, you can say we miss him. We miss his experience. We miss his leadership with the group. Speaking from that standpoint, we'll be open arms and welcome to have Ben back into the fold." Rotoworld.com
      Sep 24, 5:26 pm
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.47 (160th)
    • Boykin on injury report with knee issue
      Jarrett Boykin (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

      Advice: It's a new injury for Boykin. He's been losing snaps to rookie Davante Adams the past two games and continues to battle drop issues. Adams will likely take hold of the No. 3 receiver job in Green Bay shortly, making Boykin irrelevant. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 24, 12:13 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.46 (2501st)
    • Pierce (thigh) back at Ravens practice Weds.
      Bernard Pierce (thigh) returned to Ravens practice on Wednesday.

      Advice: Pierce technically practiced last week, but was unable to suit up for the Week 3 win over the Browns. He's tentatively expected to play against the Panthers. And ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes Pierce will resume the starter's role. In a tough matchup at less than 100 percent with rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro breathing down his neck, we're shying away from Pierce in fantasy lineups. His leash will be short. Taliaferro looked like a keeper last Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 24, 10:41 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.05 (2378th)
    • Report: Rod Streater (foot) to miss 4-5 weeks
      According to ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson, Rod Streater (foot) needs "minor" surgery and will miss 4-5 weeks.

      Advice: It suggests Streater has avoided the dreaded Lisfranc injury, so that's a glimmer of good news. On the other side of the coin, foot injuries have proven troublesome time and again for receivers. Streater caught 9-of-13 targets for 84 yards and one touchdown in 2.5 games before getting hurt. James Jones, Denarius Moore, and Andre Holmes will make up Oakland's three-wide set. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 24, 9:08 am
       
      Injured Reserve
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      8.23 (104th)
    • David Nelson catches three passes in loss
      David Nelson caught three passes for 15 yards in the Jets' Week 3 loss to the Bears.

      Advice: Nelson was targeted seven times, but had a rough night with two fumbles, though they were both recovered by the Jets. He belongs on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 22, 9:32 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.77 (2543rd)
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