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  • Andre Ellington limited on Wednesday
    Andre Ellington (foot) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Ellington had been getting Wednesdays off, but was upgraded to limited coming off the Cardinals bye. He'll be an RB2 in Week 5 against the Broncos. Ellington is averaging 45 snaps and 18 touches per game through four weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:04 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.74 (52nd)
  • Jerick McKinnon (ankle) probable for Week 5
    Jerick McKinnon (ankle) is probable for Thursday night's game against the Packers.

    Advice: McKinnon was limited on Monday and Tuesday with the Vikings playing on a short week. He's an upside FLEX play for Week 5. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:44 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    6.64 (148th)
  • 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
    Today, 3:20 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.60 (77th)
  • 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
    Today, 2:38 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    2.36 (2520th)
  • De'Anthony Thomas set to make debut Sunday
    Chiefs RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring) is practicing in full for Week 5.

    Advice: Thomas should finally make his debut after missing the first month of the season. He'll be the Chiefs' primary return man. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:18 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    2.38 (2519th)
  • Jamaal Charles (ankle) limited Wednesday
    Jamaal Charles (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: The Chiefs are just managing his reps after giving him 21 touches in Monday night's win. Charles hasn't had any setbacks, and will be fine for Sunday's game against the 49ers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:16 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    12.47 (33rd)
  • Arian Foster (hamstring) sits out Wednesday
    Arian Foster (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Foster is likely going to miss plenty of practice reps this week before being a game-time decision against the Cowboys on Sunday. Foster said he wasn't 100 percent in Week 4, and coach Bill O'Brien later called his running back day-to-day. If Foster can't play, Alfred Blue would likely get the start for Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:38 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    11.91 (36th)
  • Theo Riddick (hamstring) unable to practice
    Theo Riddick (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Riddick suffered a setback with his hamstring in Sunday's win, leaving his status up in the air for Week 5. He could see carries behind Reggie Bush this week with Joique Bell (concussion) sidelined. Riddick will be updated again on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:19 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2316th)
  • 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
    Today, 1:01 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.56 (2602nd)
  • Ahmad Bradshaw held out of practice Wednesday
    Ahmad Bradshaw did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Bradshaw was in a walking boot after Sunday's game, but the Colts are holding him out for rest purposes. He should return to at least a limited practice Thursday. Bradshaw will be an RB2/FLEX option in Week 5 against the Ravens. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:09 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.09 (83rd)
  • Joique Bell (concussion) not practicing Wed.
    Joique Bell (concussion) is not practicing on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bell suffered a concussion in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Jets. Fantasy's No. 38 running back, Bell is averaging just 3.2 YPC on 48 totes through four games. He's averaging a meager 33 yards rushing per game the past three weeks. Bell is day-to-day. If he can't play, Reggie Bush will handle the majority of the work against the Bills. Bell has been a big-time disappointment. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:47 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.08 (84th)
  • Ryan Mathews (knee) not practicing Wed.
    Ryan Mathews (knee) is not practicing Wednesday.

    Advice: As expected. Mathews is still 2-3 weeks away from a return. Donald Brown will continue to handle the bulk of the backfield work in Mathews' absence. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:44 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2217th)
  • Moreno says he's about 4 weeks from return
    Knowshon Moreno (elbow) said he's four weeks away from returning.

    Advice: "I probably got like four more weeks," Moreno said. "About four more weeks and I'll be good." The Dolphins were hoping to have Moreno back in Week 6 when they come out of their bye. He's now targeting Week 8 against Jacksonville for his return. Lamar Miller will continue to be Miami's lead back for at least the next three games, with Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams backing him up. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:19 am
     
    Out
    Bye
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2290th)
  • 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
    Today, 9:56 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.60 (77th)
  • Jonathan Stewart (knee) practicing Wednesday
    Jonathan Stewart (knee) returned to practice Wednesday.

    Advice: The Panthers are desperate for running back help, and coach Ron Rivera said he's hopeful Stewart will be able to suit up this week against the Bears. Stewart hurt his knee in Week 3 and was initially slapped with a month-long timetable. He's not going to be 100 percent, but the Panthers may need him to play. Stewart would be a mere RB3 while handling around a dozen carries. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:43 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.62 (55th)
  • Whiz: Sankey's reps will increase vs. Browns
    Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Bishop Sankey will likely get more reps than he has all season against the Browns this week.

    Advice: "You will see (more reps for Sankey). That's coming," Whisenhunt said. "And I think you'll see more of that earlier in the game this week." Sankey has actually led the Titans' running backs in snaps the past two weeks with 22 and 29, respectively, but they've been coming in the second half when the Titans have been getting plastered on the scoreboard. Whisenhunt is finally realizing Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster aren't good. Sankey has managed 127 yards and one touchdown on 19 touches the past two weeks. Cleveland has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Sankey has RB2 upside. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:49 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.93 (111th)
  • Panthers hopeful Stewart can play this week
    Coach Ron Rivera is hopeful Jonathan Stewart (knee) can play Week 5 against the Bears.

    Advice: Stewart practiced on a limited basis last Friday before missing Sunday's loss to the Ravens. With DeAngelo Williams' ankle in a cast and out this week, the Panthers will hope Stewart can give it a go, even at less than 100 percent. If Stewart can play, it's a plus matchup, though we wouldn't expect him to carry a full load. Darrin Reaves, Fozzy Whittaker, and Chris Ogbonnaya round out the depth chart. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:08 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.62 (55th)
  • Texans release RB Ronnie Brown
    Texans released RB Ronnie Brown.

    Advice: Brown, 32, appeared in two games for the Texans, rushing six times for four yards and catching one pass for five yards. Houston will move forward with Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes behind Arian Foster. Former No. 2 overall pick Brown's career is very likely over. He's just a veteran presence at this stage. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:21 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2253rd)
  • DeAngelo Williams' ankle in a hard cast
    DeAngelo Williams' ankle is in a hard cast.

    Advice: This after he had the injured ankle in a walking boot earlier this week. It suggests Williams will certainly miss an extended period of time after he revealed to fans on Monday that he's dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Darrin Reaves, Fozzy Whittaker, and Chris Ogbonnaya are expected to handle backfield duties Week 5. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:17 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2355th)
  • Jerick McKinnon (ankle) limited on Tuesday
    Jerick McKinnon (ankle) remained limited on Tuesday.

    Advice: There's been zero concern surrounding McKinnon's status on a short week. The Vikings are just managing his reps after he touched the ball 19 times in Sunday's win over the Falcons. McKinnon is an upside FLEX play for Week 5. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:23 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    6.64 (148th)
  • Joe McKnight (Achilles') sent to injured res.
    Chiefs placed RB Joe McKnight on injured reserve with a ruptured Achilles', ending his season.

    Advice: McKnight suffered the injury in practice last week. McKnight is just 26, but has all of seven touches over the past two seasons. He's probably near the end of the NFL line. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:15 pm
     
    Injured Reserve
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2324th)
  • Lions send Montell Owens to injured reserve
    Lions placed RB/FB Montell Owens on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

    Advice: It's the second straight season Owens has landed on injured reserve. He had played just one snap through three games. An impending free agent, Owens, 30, will head into 2015 having appeared in just four games over the past two years. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:53 pm
     
    Injured Reserve
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2286th)
  • Dolphins sign ex-49er LaMichael James
    Dolphins signed RB LaMichael James to the practice squad.

    Advice: James offers depth as a change-of-pace option, but a promotion is unlikely to be in line any time soon with Knowshon Moreno (elbow) nearing a return. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:47 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2204th)
  • Jamaal Charles avoids setbacks vs. Patriots
    Jamaal Charles (ankle) escaped his Week 4 return with nothing more than normal soreness.

    Advice: Charles will likely be limited in practice on Wednesday with the Chiefs on a short week, but he'll be ready to rock for Sunday's showdown with the 49ers. If there was a concern from Monday's win, it was Knile Davis getting 17 touches, but it was largely game-flow related, while Charles missed some time with cramps. Even with Davis getting work, Charles will continue to monopolize red-zone touches. Charles is back to being a weekly top-three option at running back. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    12.47 (33rd)
  • George Winn coming off practice squad
    Lions signed RB George Winn off their practice squad.

    Advice: It's a sign that Joique Bell (concussion) is in serious danger of missing Week 5 against the Bills. Theo Riddick (hamstring) is also in doubt. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:23 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.52 (2605th)
  • Jets bring back veteran FB John Conner
    Jets signed FB John Conner.

    Advice: Conner will replace Tommy Bohanon, who suffered a broken clavicle in Sunday's loss. He spent part of the last two seasons with the Giants and was waived during final cuts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:57 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.25 (2624th)
  • 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
    Yesterday, 8:04 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.60 (77th)
  • Donald Brown admits he's playing poorly
    Donald Brown admitted that "I need to make more guys miss."

    Advice: Operating without center Nick Hardwick (IR, neck) and Ryan Mathews (week to week, knee), the Chargers run game has been anemic. Over the last two weeks, Brown has reverted to "Dammit Donald" status while rushing 41 times for 81 yards (1.97 YPC) and no touchdowns. "It's a collective effort. It starts with me," Brown said. "I need to make more guys miss. It doesn't matter who's blocked or unblocked, and just make more plays." Brown will be a poor bet to get going against the Jets' top-ranked run defense. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:30 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.54 (59th)
  • Tommy Bohanon breaks collarbone
    Jets FB Tommy Bohanon broke his collarbone in Sunday's Week 4 loss to the Lions.

    Advice: Bohanon somehow played through the injury for the entire second half before being diagnosed after the game. The 2013 seventh-rounder will be played on injured reserve. John "The Terminator" Conner has been signed as Bohanon's replacement. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:27 am
     
    Injured Reserve
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2235th)
  • Vereen totals 67 yards in Week 4 loss
    Shane Vereen rushed for 26 yards on eight carries in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs, adding 41 yards on five catches.

    Advice: Vereen saw the bulk of the work in the backfield with the Patriots getting blown out and in pass-first mode. Unfortunately, he didn't do much with his touches, turning in a long gain of nine yards. Through four games, Vereen is on pace for 860 total yards and eight touchdowns. Expectations were higher heading into the season. Vereen will be a touch-dependent RB3 next week vs. Cincinnati. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:12 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    8.37 (98th)
  • Chiefs smash Patriots; Charles scores 3 TDs
    Jamaal Charles rushed for 92 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries in the Chiefs' 41-14, Week 4 win over the Patriots on Monday night, adding three catches for 16 yards and two more touchdowns.

    Advice: Charles' ankle issue from Week 2 was a non-issue. He looked as quick as he has all season, especially around the edge. The Kansas City offensive line opened gaping holes and sealed the edges, allowing Charles and Knile Davis to combine for 199 total rushing yards. After a down first three weeks of the season, Charles is again staking his claim as the No. 1 overall fantasy running back. It won't be easy next week, however. The Chiefs will travel to San Francisco. The 49ers held LeSean McCoy to 17 rushing yards on ten carries this past Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:21 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    12.47 (33rd)
  • DeAngelo Williams says he'll miss a few weeks
    DeAngelo Williams told fans at a charity event on Monday that he has a high-ankle sprain and will miss a few weeks.

    Advice: A severe high-ankle sprain usually calls for a 4-6 week timetable. Williams is already doubtful for Week 5, but he's now staring at a multi-game absence if he indeed has a high-ankle sprain. The Panthers' bye doesn't come until Week 12. Fozzy Whittaker, Darrin Reaves, and Chris Ogbonnaya will form a committee against the Bears. Jonathan Stewart (knee) is likely out at least another week. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:58 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2355th)
  • Jamaal Charles (ankle) active for MNF vs. NE
    Jamaal Charles (ankle) is active for Monday night's Week 4 game against the Patriots.

    Advice: As expected. Charles was limited in practice this past week, but was listed as probable. He wasn't dealing with a true high-ankle sprain, and missed just one game. Charles will be dropped right back into his every-down role. Knile Davis will still likely handle a couple reps. Charles is locked in as an RB1 in his return. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:03 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    12.47 (33rd)
  • Jerick McKinnon limited at Monday's practice
    Jerick McKinnon (ankle) was limited in Monday's practice.

    Advice: It's not a serious issue. After running through the Falcons on Sunday, McKinnon should handle 10-15 touches as Matt Asiata's complement and change-of-pace. McKinnon needs to be owned across the board in all formats. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:00 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    6.64 (148th)
  • Texans say Arian Foster is 'day to day'
    Texans coach Bill O'Brien referred to Arian Foster (hamstring) on Monday as "day to day."

    Advice: Foster himself acknowledged he wasn't 100 percent in Sunday's win over the Bills, managing six yards on eight carries. He'll likely continue to be limited in practice all week, before being a game-time decision on Sunday morning. The Texans face the Cowboys in a 1PM ET game this week. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:20 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    11.91 (36th)
  • Whisenhunt: Sankey's footwork is improving
    Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday that rookie Bishop Sankey's "footwork is improving," which should lead to more opportunities.

    Advice: Sankey is averaging 5.94 YPC with a touchdown amid what Whisenhunt believes is shoddy "footwork" the past two weeks. So consider the possibilities once Sankey's "footwork" improves, we suppose. Sankey played only 29 snaps in Week 3 and 24 snaps in Week 4. The Titans have lost three straight games. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:02 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.93 (111th)
  • Zimmer: McKinnon still change-of-pace back
    Speaking at Monday's presser, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer called Jerick McKinnon a change-of-pace back.

    Advice: Zimmer alluded to 2015 when asked about McKinnon becoming an every-down back. We wouldn't expect Zimmer to say anything else after primary between-the-tackles option Matt Asiata rang up three touchdowns on Sunday, but McKinnon should finally be a fixture in the Vikings' offense. If he can get at least 10-15 weekly touches, it could be only a matter of weeks before he supplants Asiata. The talent differential between the two players is a canyon. McKinnon should be 100 percent owned in 10-12 team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:26 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    6.64 (148th)
  • Panthers confirm DeAngelo doubtful for Week 5
    The Panthers confirmed DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is doubtful for Week 5.

    Advice: Williams doesn't have any structural damage, but is very sore after spraining his ankle against the Ravens Sunday. He's week to week, leaving the Panthers to scour the free agent wire for running backs. Right now, their only healthy runners are UDFA Darrin Reaves and practice squad callup Tauren Poole. Fozzy Whittaker (quad) is expected to practice Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:45 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2355th)
  • Arian Foster admits he wasn't 100 percent
    Following Sunday's win over the Bills, Arian Foster (hamstring) admitted he "just wasn't 100 percent healthy out there."

    Advice: Foster rushed eight times for six yards while playing on just 54.1 percent of the snaps, but did salvage his box score a bit with seven catches for 55 yards. The good news is he appeared to avoid a setback with this hamstring issue that's been bothering him for two months. If Foster can get anywhere near 100 percent, he'll have a plus matchup against the Cowboys in Week 5. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:42 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    11.91 (36th)
  • DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is 'week to week'
    DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is listed as "week to week."

    Advice: Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Williams' status for Week 5 against the Bears is in "serious doubt." Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whittaker are also all sidelined, leaving just UDFA Darrin Reaves and practice squad callup Tauren Poole as healthy members of this backfield. Williams sustained his sprain during Sunday's loss at Baltimore. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:55 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2355th)
  • Ahmad Bradshaw leaves with walking boot
    Ahmad Bradshaw left the stadium Sunday with a walking boot on his left foot as a precaution.

    Advice: It's nothing to really worry about, but remember that Bradshaw's feet and ankles have been incredibly troublesome throughout his career. It's a big reason why Trent Richardson will continue to be involved plenty. Expect Bradshaw to be limited a bit in practice this week before suiting up against the Ravens. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:33 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.09 (83rd)
  • DeAngelo Williams diagnosed with ankle sprain
    DeAngelo Williams has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle and is headed for further testing Monday.

    Advice: Williams, who sustained the injury in the second quarter Sunday, left the stadium in a walking boot. At least he didn't aggravate the hamstring issue that kept him out of Weeks 2 and 3. With Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whittaker all sidelined, the Panthers are down to UDFA Darrin Reaves and practice squad callup Tauren Poole as healthy backs. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:53 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2355th)
  • 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
    Sunday, 5:29 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    2.36 (2520th)
  • Donald Brown continues struggles vs. JAX
    Donald Brown managed 19 yards on 10 carries and caught four passes for 35 yards in the Chargers' Week 4 win over the Jaguars.

    Advice: He also dropped a third-quarter pass. Morphing back into non-contract-year Donald Brown, the ex-Colt now has 42 carries for 81 yards (1.93 YPC) the past two weeks. The Chargers began giving UDFA Branden Oliver work at Brown's expense in the second half of Sunday's victory. Despite significant workloads, Brown has settled in as a flex option only entering a Week 5 matchup with the Jets' stout run defense. The Bolts need Ryan Mathews (knee) back if they're going to have a functional rushing attack. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:56 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.54 (59th)
  • McKinnon breaks out for 152 yards vs. ATL
    Jerick McKinnon rushed for 135 yards on 18 carries in the Vikings' Week 4, 41-28 win over the Falcons.

    Advice: He added one catch for 17 yards on three targets. After playing just 17 snaps last week, McKinnon was a major part of the offense against Atlanta's sieve-like defense. A big-time athlete, McKinnon's freakish ability showed on a number of plays. On his long run of 55 yards, McKinnon avoided four or five defenders. He later almost broke a 69-yard touchdown run, but tripped around the edge. McKinnon originally had a seven-yard touchdown on the field, but it was ruled he was down at the one-yard line. If the Vikings continue to use McKinnon, he could easily flirt with RB2 numbers. He's a must-own at this point, even though Matt Asiata will get the bulk of the goal-line reps. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:55 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    6.64 (148th)
  • Arian Foster totals 61 yards in Week 4 win
    Arian Foster totaled 61 yards on 15 touches in Sunday's Week 4 win over Buffalo.

    Advice: Foster was held to six yards on eight carries, but was targeted 10 times by checkdown artist Ryan Fitzpatrick. He was clearly running at half-speed and looked sluggish throughout the game. Alfred Blue was used in a committee and finished with more rushing attempts. Foster is on pace for 252 carries, 996 yards, and four touchdowns through four weeks. He should outperform those numbers provided he stays healthy. Foster has a plus matchup against the Cowboys in Week 5. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:07 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    11.91 (36th)
  • Joique Bell suffers concussion against Jets
    Joique Bell suffered a concussion in the Lions' Week 4 game against the Jets.

    Advice: Bell left the game in the third quarter, and did not return. Bell will now have to pass through the league's concussion protocol. Bell had 32 yards on eight carries before exiting the game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:43 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.08 (84th)
  • Bradshaw totals 52 yards, TD in Week 4 win
    Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 32 yards on nine carries and caught two passes for 20 yards and one touchdown in the Colts' Week 4 win over the Titans.

    Advice: Bradshaw was having a pedestrian day before cashing in a 15-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Colts' blowout victory. Neither he nor Trent Richardson could get anything going on the ground, but they both did work in the passing game. After four games, Bradshaw is on pace for 728 yards on 136 carries. As a receiver, he's on pace for 536 yards and 16 touchdowns on 56 catches. The touchdown pace is obviously not sustainable. Bradhsaw remains a strong RB2 option in a high-powered offense. The Colts face the Ravens in Week 5. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:38 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.09 (83rd)
  • 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
    Sunday, 1:37 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.56 (2602nd)
  • Sankey leads Titans with 34 yards rushing
    Bishop Sankey rushed for 34 yards and one touchdown on six carries in the Titans' Week 4 loss to the Colts.

    Advice: Sankey led all Titans' running backs in rushing yards, as Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster combined for 11 yards on five carries. Sankey didn't play at all in the first half before getting an entire series to himself in the third quarter, picking up easy chunk yards and cashing in a two-yard touchdown. But, ya know, footwork. It's clear Sankey is the Titans' best back, but look for Greene to keep leading this backfield until further notice. Sankey is closing in, though, and needs to be owned in 12- and 14-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:17 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.93 (111th)
  • 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
    Sunday, 1:01 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    2.36 (2520th)
  • Theo Riddick leaves with a hamstring injury
    Lions RB Theo Riddick was forced from the team's Week 4 game against the Jets.

    Advice: Riddick aggravated the hamstring injury he had been dealing with this week in practice. He is out for the rest of the game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:30 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2316th)
  • Joique Bell being evaluated for a concussion
    RB Joique Bell was forced from the Lions' Week 4 game against the Jets with a head injury.

    Advice: Bell was evaluated for a concussion, and never returned. He finished the game with 32 yards on eight carries and two catches for seven yards. He is on pace for 192 carries for 608 yards and 36 catches for 292 yards through four games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:28 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.08 (84th)
  • DeAngelo Williams out of game w/ ankle injury
    DeAngelo Williams left Sunday's game with a second-quarter ankle injury.

    Advice: Williams briefly returned, then went back out after coming up lame at the end of a run. Trainers tried to work on Williams' ankle on the sideline, but to no avail. He was ruled out for the game's remainder early in the third quarter. Before leaving, D-Will had 11 carries for 34 yards and no passing-game targets. Undrafted rookie Darrin Reaves is currently in at tailback. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:12 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2355th)
  • Report: Arian Foster moving with slight limp
    According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, Arian Foster (hamstring) is moving with a slight limp during warmups.

    Advice: Per Breer, the Texans will "monitor his hamstring early in the game, determine his workload from there." It's similar to what was reported by beat writer Tania Ganguli, who said Foster's carry count will depend on how his hamstring holds up. It's risky considering this is a chronic issue that's Foster has been battling for two months, but there's no way for owners to know if he'll aggravate. We still have him as a borderline RB1 play. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:40 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    11.91 (36th)
  • 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
    Sunday, 9:18 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    2.36 (2520th)
  • Jonathan Stewart (knee) inactive, as expected
    Panthers declared RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) inactive for Sunday's Week 4 game at Baltimore.

    Advice: Stewart surprisingly got back in a limited practice Friday and was listed as questionable, but he wasn't moving well and was never expected to play. The Panthers will roll with Darrin Reaves and Tauren Poole behind DeAngelo Williams in this difficult matchup. The rest of their inactives: QB Joe Webb, S Tre Boston, RB Fozzy Whittaker, LB Thomas Davis, OL Andrew Norwell and TE Brandon Williams. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:52 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.62 (55th)
  • Arian Foster officially active for Week 4
    Arian Foster (hamstring) is active for Week 4 against the Bills.

    Advice: Foster will be available for a full workload after sitting out last week. He's Rotoworld's No. 12 running back against the Bills' top-five run defense. Inactive for the Texans are QB Tom Savage, OLB Jadeveon Clowney, S Shiloh Keo, CB AJ Bouye, WR Devier Posey, S Eddie Pleasant, and OT Jeff Adams. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:33 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    11.91 (36th)
  • Arian Foster will 'definitely' play vs. Bills
    According to the Houston Chronicle, Arian Foster will "definitely" play in Sunday's game against the Bills.

    Advice: The chronic hamstring issue Foster has been battling for two months is good to go. "Foster would't be active if he wasn't 100 percent. That means he'll get a full workload," says veteran Texans reporter John McClain. Bill O'Brien has shown no hesitancy to saddle up Foster early in the season, giving him 55 carries in the first two weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:03 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    11.91 (36th)
  • RapSheet: Arian Foster to play against Bills
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Arian Foster (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday against the Bills.

    Advice: That's two positive reports on Foster within the past 12 hours. He's still likely to be a game-time decision, but all signs are pointing toward Foster starting after missing last week's game. Buffalo has been pretty stout against the run this season, allowing the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. Foster is a back-end RB1. We'll know his official status in a couple hours. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:45 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    11.91 (36th)
  • Arian Foster expected to play against Bills
    The Houston Chronicle expects Arian Foster (questionable, hamstring) to play in Week 4 against the Bills.

    Advice: Foster is still a game-time decision and will need to go through pre-game warmups before he's cleared. He was reportedly close to playing last week and ended up being held out. If Foster plays, he could see his workload scaled back, with Alfred Blue getting touches as a change-of-pace. Texans-Bills is a 1PM ET start, so we'll know Foster's status early on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:19 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    11.91 (36th)
  • De'Anthony Thomas questionable for Week 4
    Chiefs RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring) is questionable for Week 4.

    Advice: Thomas practiced every day this week, but will come down to a game-time decision. He'll be the Chiefs' primary return man if active. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:14 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    2.38 (2519th)
  • Chiefs list Jamaal Charles (ankle) probable
    Jamaal Charles (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 4.

    Advice: Charles practiced on a limited basis throughout the week and will return after missing just one game. He's locked in as an RB1 against New England, with Knile Davis unlikely to see more than a few touches. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:09 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    12.47 (33rd)
  • De'Anthony Thomas practicing Saturday
    Chiefs RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring) got in his third-straight practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Thomas will make his NFL debut against the Patriots Monday night. Thomas will likely be limited to special teams, but could find some success in the offensive role Joe McKnight filled against the Dolphins last week. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:15 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    2.38 (2519th)
  • Jamaal Charles practices for 3rd straight day
    Jamaal Charles (ankle) participated in Chiefs practice for the third-straight day on Saturday.

    Advice: All signs point to Charles suiting up against the Patriots Monday night. He may lose a few carries to Knile Davis, but Charles is a locked-in RB1 against New England. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:11 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    12.47 (33rd)
  • Chargers will 'keep calling' running plays
    Chargers OC Frank Reich said the team will "keep calling" running plays.

    Advice: "We have a lot of confidence in what we're doing. We have a lot of confidence in the players we have doing it," Reich said. "Even last week, as bad as the run game was in the sense of averaging 2 yards a carry, we're still getting runs called." The Chargers are averaging a league-worst 2.4 yards per carry, but are tied for fifth in the league with 97 attempts. Donald Brown will get his chances this week against a horrid Jaguars rush defense. He is a solid RB1. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:43 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.54 (59th)
  • 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
    Friday, 3:41 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    2.36 (2520th)
  • De'Anthony Thomas limited again Friday
    De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring) remained limited in Friday's practice.

    Advice: Thomas should make his debut on Monday night against the Patriots. With Jamaal Charles (ankle) on track to return, Thomas will be limited to special teams. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:22 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    2.38 (2519th)
  • Theo Riddick late addition to injury report
    Theo Riddick (hamstring) is listed as probable for Week 4.

    Advice: Riddick was added to the injury report Friday after practicing on a limited basis. The fact that he's listed as probable means he should play against the Jets. Riddick is unlikely to see touches behind Joique Bell and Reggie Bush. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:41 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2316th)
  • Joique Bell listed as probable
    Joique Bell (knee) is listed as probable for Week 4 against the Jets.

    Advice: He practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and will be all systems go. The matchup is brutal but Bell remains the goal-line back in a productive Lions offense. He's likely to get at least one scoring opportunity against the Jets. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:04 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.08 (84th)
  • Arian Foster a full-blown game-time decision
    Texans coach Bill O'Brien stated Friday that Arian Foster (questionable, hamstring) will "definitely" be a game-time decision in Week 4 against the Bills.

    Advice: Keep in mind O'Brien comes from the Belichick school, where coaches don't tip their hands when it comes to playing status for players. Foster was limited in practice every day this week. He'll be worked out before Sunday's game, and the medical staff will decide whether he can play at that point in time. Our guess is Foster will sit out one more week, but that is 100-percent speculation. If Foster can't play, Alfred Blue will get the start. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:55 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    11.91 (36th)
  • 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
    Friday, 11:51 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    2.36 (2520th)
  • Jamaal Charles participates in practice
    Jamaal Charles (ankle) participated in Chiefs practice Friday.

    Advice: Most signs continue to point to Charles playing Monday night against the Pats. The Chiefs will hold one more practice on Saturday, and announce whether he is questionable or probable then. If Charles does play versus New England, he'll be a locked-in RB1, probably only losing a few carries to Knile Davis. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:42 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    12.47 (33rd)
  • Jonathan Stewart won't be playing Week 4
    Panthers coach Ron Rivera hinted Friday that Jonathan Stewart (questionable, knee) remains a long shot to play in Week 4, despite practicing Friday.

    Advice: "(Linebacker) Thomas (Davis) looked pretty good today," Rivera said. "Jonathan, not as good as we had hoped." Although he is listed as questionable, it's unclear whether Stewart will even make the trip to Baltimore. The Panthers' only healthy running backs are DeAngelo Williams and Darrin Reaves. They may be forced to sign Tauren Poole from the practice squad on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:06 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.62 (55th)
  • DeAngelo Williams probable to face Ravens
    DeAngelo Williams (thigh) is probable for Week 4 against the Ravens.

    Advice: Williams practiced in full all week and will return to lead-back duties after missing Week 3. Jonathan Stewart (knee) is surprisingly listed as questionable, but is more likely to miss the game than play. Mike Tolbert (leg) is on short-term I.R. That leaves Williams to carry the mail. He's a mid-range RB2 option. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:03 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2355th)
  • Chiefs RB Joe McKnight tore Achilles' Thurs.
    Chiefs RB Joe McKnight ruptured his Achilles' tendon in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: What a tough blow for McKnight after he had a career-game last Sunday against the Dolphins. Taking over as the Chiefs' primary passing-down back with Jamaal Charles (ankle) sidelined, McKnight caught six passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Coach Andy Reid used him like Dexter McCluster. McKnight will head to injured reserve. He's not under contract for the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:55 am
     
    Injured Reserve
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2324th)
  • J-Stew (knee) surprisingly practices Friday
    Jonathan Stewart (knee) returned to practice Friday.

    Advice: It comes as a major surprise after Stewart sprained his knee last Sunday night and was slapped with a multi-week timetable. However, beat writers observed that Stewart didn't look spry in Friday's session. He's a long shot to suit up against the Ravens. DeAngelo Williams should carry the mail as an RB2. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:44 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.62 (55th)
  • DeAngelo Williams 'full' again on Thursday
    DeAngelo Williams (thigh) remained "full" in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: With Mike Tolbert and Jonathan Stewart sidelined, D-Will is ready to carry the mail in his return. Ticketed for a huge workload one week after the Panthers couldn't establish a running game, Williams is squarely on the RB2 radar. He'll be backed up by Darrin Reaves against the Ravens. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:24 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2355th)
  • Shane Vereen absent from injury report
    Shane Vereen is absent from the Week 4 injury report.

    Advice: Vereen was "limited" with a shoulder issue last week. Off to a slow start this season, Vereen is a boom-or-bust RB2 for Monday night's showdown with the Chiefs. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:45 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    8.37 (98th)
  • Jamaal Charles officially limited on Thursday
    Jamaal Charles (ankle) was officially limited in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Charles appeared to be moving well to the reporters in attendance. Coach Andy Reid has already said he expects Charles to suit up for Monday night's game against the Patriots, but his status will be worth monitoring closely over the next 48 hours before you officially re-insert Charles as your RB1. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:33 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    12.47 (33rd)
  • 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
    Thursday, 1:40 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    2.36 (2520th)
  • Joique Bell upgraded to 'full' Thursday
    Joique Bell (knee) was upgraded to "full" on Thursday.

    Advice: Bell will be ready for Sunday's game against the Jets, but could have trouble shaking his slow start against an elite run defense. Even with six teams on bye this week, Bell is on the RB2 borderline. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:28 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.08 (84th)
  • Reid expects Charles to return vs. Patriots
    Chiefs coach Andy Reid expects Jamaal Charles (ankle) to be active for Week 4.

    Advice: "Yeah, I think so," was Reid's response when asked point blank if Charles will play. "He's going to practice (Thursday). We'll see how he does." It's worth noting that Reid isn't always the most truthful coach with the media, but it makes sense after Charles apparently almost suited up for Week 3. Fantasy owners can tentatively pencil Charles back in as their RB1. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:47 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    12.47 (33rd)
  • De'Anthony Thomas will practice Thursday
    De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring) practiced Thursday.

    Advice: He was officially limited. Thomas has a real shot to return for Monday night's game against the Patriots. We hope no one added Joe McKnight after his fluky Week 3 outburst. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:56 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    2.38 (2519th)
  • Charles' role expanding at Thursday practice
    The Chiefs will expand Jamaal Charles' (ankle) role at practice Thursday.

    Advice: Charles' sprain is doing well enough for him to get some real work in with his teammates. In other words, he's not just off to the side rehabbing with guys like Eric Berry (ankle). It confirms that this really wasn't a "true" high-ankle sprain at all, and Charles is very much in play for Monday night's game against the Patriots. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:47 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    12.47 (33rd)
  • 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
    Thursday, 9:20 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.60 (77th)
  • 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
    Wednesday, 5:26 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.60 (77th)
  • Joique Bell (knee) limited on Wednesday
    Joique Bell (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Bell battled the knee "injury" last week before being listed as probable and getting 15 carries in the win over the Packers. Unfortunately, Bell has been pretty underwhelming through three games. He's averaging 3.0 YPC on 40 totes and has fumbled twice, losing one. Bell's a FLEX option this week against the Jets. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:22 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.08 (84th)
  • Jonathan Stewart says he's week-to-week
    Jonathan Stewart (knee) said he's week-to-week.

    Advice: Stewart sprained his knee in last week's loss to the Steelers. Reports have suggested he could miss about a month. Stewart can't stay healthy, and can be dropped across the fantasy landscape for higher upside stashes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:07 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.62 (55th)
  • 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
    Wednesday, 10:41 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    2.36 (2520th)
  • DeAngelo Williams (thigh) back at practice
    DeAngelo Williams (thigh) returned to practice Wednesday.

    Advice: As expected. Williams practiced on a limited basis last week, but was still held out of Week 3. With Jonathan Stewart (knee) and Mike Tolbert (leg, short-term I.R.) out, Williams should be a go this week against the Ravens. He'll be on the RB2 radar and could see upwards of 20 touches. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:54 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2355th)
  • Moreno (elbow) still targeting Week 6 return
    According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins believe Knowshon Moreno's (elbow) return "isn't too far off."

    Advice: Moreno is still targeting Week 6, which would be less than a month after he dislocated his elbow. Moreno was given a 4-8 timetable upon going down. The Dolphins take on the Raiders in London this week before going on bye. Moreno remains a must-hold in 12-14 team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:46 pm
     
    Out
    Bye
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2290th)
  • DeAngelo Williams to practice Wednesday
    The Panthers expect DeAngelo Williams (thigh) to practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Williams was able to practice last week and ended up being held out, but this puts him on track to return against Baltimore. The Panthers are down to Darrin Reaves as their only healthy running back after losing Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert to injuries. Coach Ron Rivera is confident that Williams will be back for Week 4. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:28 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2355th)
  • Whisenhunt: 'Footwork' holding back Sankey
    Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said Bishop Sankey's reps won't increase until he improves his footwork.

    Advice: Sankey dusted off 61 yards on ten carries and was the Titans' most dangerous player in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, but Whisenhunt is still obsessed with his footwork. "If he can get the attention to detail better, his reps will increase," stated Whisenhunt. As @StopTheVetoing suggested on Twitter, "Maybe they should have drafted Fred Astaire." The 54th overall pick in May's draft, Sankey has 89 yards on 18 carries (4.94 YPC) through three games. He's rotating with Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 22, 2:46 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.93 (111th)
  • Browns noncommittal on Ben Tate as starter
    Coach Mike Pettine was noncommittal Monday when asked if Ben Tate (knee) would return as a starter following the Browns' Week 4 bye.

    Advice: Pettine said the Browns are "eager" to get back Tate, but the performance of rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell has "made it tougher" to lean on Tate in the manner the team initially planned. They wanted to use Tate as an every-down back. Tate remains likely to retake the Browns' lead back role when healthy and should be owned in all leagues. West and Crowell's fantasy stock will both be very much touch and go when Tate returns. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 22, 1:54 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.60 (77th)
  • Panthers RB Stewart (knee) to miss a month?
    The Charlotte Observer suggests Jonathan Stewart's knee sprain could cost him a month.

    Advice: Specifically, beat writer Joe Person "wouldn't be surprised" if the injury cost Stewart four weeks after he missed five games last year with a sprained MCL. Person refers to Stewart's latest sprain as "severe." Stewart is on the verge of being droppable in 12- and 14-team leagues. With DeAngelo Williams (thigh) also hobbled and Mike Tolbert (hairline leg fracture) out indefinitely, UDFA Darrin Reaves is worth grabbing as an RB5 fantasy stash. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 22, 1:27 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.62 (55th)
  • Jon Stewart has 'severely' sprained knee
    Jonathan Stewart has a "severely" sprained knee, and will not be re-evaluated until Friday.

    Advice: He's been all but ruled out for Week 4. It's unclear if the Panthers have received Stewart's MRI results, but it appears they have. Going on what we know now, Stewart should be considered week to week. With Mike Tolbert (leg) out for Week 4, the Panthers are down to DeAngelo Williams (thigh), Fozzy Whittaker (quad) and practice-squad signee Darrin Reaves. Carolina could be in the market for a veteran runner this week. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 22, 10:33 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.62 (55th)
  • Stewart's injury not believed to be serious
    The right knee injury Jonathan Stewart sustained Sunday night is not believed to be serious.

    Advice: Stewart likely avoided any tears, but the fact that he was unable to return to the game means he's in doubt for Week 4. It's a shame, because the oft-injured former first-round pick was running well with eight touches for 51 yards before leaving. If DeAngelo Williams (thigh) can get right, he'll be a lock for double-digit touches at Baltimore next week. Mike Tolbert (leg) also left Sunday night's loss early. Both are headed for Monday MRIs. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 22, 5:17 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.62 (55th)
  • Jonathan Stewart exits SNF with knee injury
    Jonathan Stewart left Sunday night's Week 3 game against the Steelers with a right knee contusion.

    Advice: Stewart was forced from the game on a hit by Steelers FS Mike Mitchell in the third quarter. With DeAngelo Williams and Fozzy Whittaker already injured, it leaves the Panthers with just Darrin Reaves and Mike Tolbert at running back. Stewart had eight touches for 50 yards before exiting. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 7:43 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.62 (55th)
  • Bernard Pierce to remain Ravens starter?
    ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes that "in all likelihood" Bernard Pierce remains Baltimore's starting tailback when healthy.

    Advice: Pierce was inactive for Week 3 with a thigh injury. "We thought we'd get him into the game, but it didn't work out," coach John Harbaugh said. "We should have a good chance of getting him back next week." Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro piled up 91 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries (5.06 YPC) in Sunday's win over the Browns. Pierce may remain the starter in name, but he's likely on a short leash. Pierce is averaging 4.04 YPC with a lost fumble on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 6:28 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    2.36 (2520th)
  • Joe McKnight scores 2 TDs against Miami
    Chiefs RB Joe McKnight had one carry for three yards and caught six passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Dolphins.

    Advice: After playing zero snaps in Weeks 1-2, McKnight took over as the Chiefs' primary passing-game back in the absence of Jamaal Charles (ankle). While Knile Davis held down the run-game fort (32 carries), McKnight was utilized in obvious passing situations and scored twice on red-zone quick hitters delivered by Alex Smith. With Charles likely returning in Week 4 against New England, look for McKnight to go back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 4:45 pm
     
    Injured Reserve
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2324th)
  • Ellington touches ball 21 times versus 49ers
    Andre Ellington rushed 18 times for 62 yards in Arizona's Week 3 win over the 49ers, adding three catches for 13 yards.

    Advice: The 75 yards from scrimmage were Ellington's fewest of the young season, but the 21 touches were a new high. Ellington got bottled up by a tough run defense, but looked healthy, and clearly has the commitment of his coaching staff. Frustratingly, he remains without a score, but Ellington's extreme volume keeps him in the RB2 conversation. He's averaging 4.47 yards per carry through his first 46 totes. Now he gets a bye week to rest his foot before squaring off with the Broncos in Week 5. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 4:29 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.74 (52nd)
  • Jerick McKinnon held to eight total yards
    Jerick McKinnon rushed twice for -1 yards in Minnesota's Week 3 loss to the Saints, catching 2-of-5 targets for nine yards.

    Advice: McKinnon was expected to have a bigger role this afternoon, but got out-touched 15-4 by Matt Asiata, who out-gained his rookie teammate 71-8. If there was a positive, it's that McKinnon's five looks in the passing game were just one fewer than Asiata drew. The Vikings badly need McKinnon's play-making ability. Despite Asiata's grip on No. 1 duties, McKinnon's role should slowly grow. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 2:23 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    6.64 (148th)
  • Shane Vereen held to 37 total yards
    Shane Vereen had seven carries for 20 yards in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

    Advice: He added four catches for 17 yards. Vereen saw fewer touches than Stevan Ridley, and was a non-factor in the pass game. He split red-zone with Ridley, but failed to convert on his goal-line carry. Vereen has just 148 total yards through three weeks. He'll remain a game-flow dependent RB3 in Week 4. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 1:56 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    8.37 (98th)
  • Ahmad Bradshaw scores another touchdown
    Ahmad Bradshaw turned eight carries into 65 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for 18 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' Week 3 romp over the Jaguars.

    Advice: Bradshaw is consistently replacing Trent Richardson in red-zone situations at this point, allowing the former Giant to pile up three TDs over his last two games. Bradshaw's health remains the biggest obstacle for his 2014 fantasy outlook, but as long as he's upright he'll be a quality RB2 in PPR leagues, and an every-week flex in non-PPR. Keep him rolling against the Titans in Week 4. Tennessee's defense is getting gashed in the run game. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 1:44 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.09 (83rd)
  • Sankey totals 70 yards in Week 3 loss to CIN
    Bishop Sankey rushed for 61 yards on ten carries in the Titans' Week 3 loss to the Bengals.

    Advice: Sankey tied Shonn Greene for the team lead in carries, and added one catch for nine yards. Greene got the start, and the Titans were getting blown out, so Sankey got plenty of work in the second half. Greene is still the leader of this backfield, but Sankey is closing in on him. Sankey needs to remain on rosters in 12- and 14-team leagues. His role has been growing each week. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 1:42 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.93 (111th)
  • Joique Bell bottled up for 33 yards vs. Pack
    Joique Bell was held to 33 yards on 15 carries in Detroit's Week 3 win over the Packers.

    Advice: Bell wasn't targeted in the passing game. He had a surprisingly ineffective day against the Packers' soft front seven, with Reggie Bush, who was schemed into the open field, experiencing much more success. There's really not much explanation for it after the Pack got toasted by Marshawn Lynch and Chris Ivory in Weeks 1-2. Bell remains the Lions' primary chain mover and short-yardage back, but has a brutal Week 4 matchup in the Jets' elite run defense. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 1:37 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.08 (84th)
  • Donald Brown gains 89 total yards Week 3
    Donald Brown rushed 31 times for 62 yards and caught five passes for 27 yards against the Bills Week 3.

    Advice: The rushing performance was not as bad as the 2.0 YPC would indicate, as eight of the carries came in the fourth quarter with the Chargers in clock-killing mode. More important than the performance, Brown was the unquestioned lead-back after Danny Woodhead (ankle) exited the game. Woodhead's injury looked to be serious, and Ryan Mathews (knee) is not due back for at least another three weeks. The Chargers will likely bring in some help, but Brown should get a heavy workload against the Jaguars next week. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 1:20 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.54 (59th)
  • Dolphins declare Week 3 inactives
    Dolphins declared RB Knowshon Moreno, C Mike Pouncey, LB Jordan Tripp, OL Shelley Smith, OL Billy Turner, DE Terrence Fede, and LB Koa Misi inactive for Week 3 against the Chiefs.

    Advice: Lamar Miller gets the start at tailback, with Damien Williams expected to back him up. Misi was expected to play in this game, so his inactivity was a surprise. Misi's absence is good news for Knile Davis' matchup. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 11:58 am
     
    Out
    Bye
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2290th)
  • Andre Ellington (foot) ready to roll vs. SF
    Andre Ellington (foot) is active for Week 3 against the 49ers.

    Advice: Even at less than 100 percent, Ellington has been racking up touches and yards from scrimmage. He's good to go as an RB2. Inactive for the Cardinals are QB Carson Palmer, P Dave Zastudil, LB Victor Butler, LB Glenn Carson, LB Alex Okafor, DT Alameda Ta'amu and TE Rob Housler. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 11:31 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    10.74 (52nd)
  • Shane Vereen (shoulder) active for Week 3
    Shane Vereen (shoulder) is active for Week 3 against the Raiders.

    Advice: Vereen was limited throughout the week and listed as questionable on the injury report. He's an RB2 in a plus matchup against Oakland. Inactive for the Patriots are CB Alfonzo Dennard, RB James White, S Don Jones, OL Josh Kline, OL Ryan Wendell, and DL Zach Moore. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 9:01 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    8.37 (98th)
  • Ryan Mathews inactive as expected
    Chargers declared RB Ryan Mathews, WR Dontrelle Inman, CB Steve Williams, CB Chris Davis, NT Ricardo Mathews and NT Ryan Carrethers inactive for Week 3 against the Bills.

    Advice: Mathews is dealing with a sprained MCL that should keep him out for at least a month. Davis is dealing with an ankle injury. The rest are healthy scratches. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 8:40 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2217th)
  • Bernard Pierce out, Justin Forsett will start
    Bernard Pierce (thigh) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 game at Cleveland.

    Advice: Already a shaky bet due to ineffectiveness, Pierce now add durability questions to his resume. Scatback Justin Forsett will start, but we'd expect Lorenzo Taliaferro to mix in for 7-12 touches as a change-of-pace back. Both of them need to be owned. In good news for the Ravens, CB Ladarius Webb (back) will make his season debut. The rest of their inactives: WR Michael Campanaro, OLs Jah Reid and John Urschel, DT Timmy Jernigan, LB Arthur Brown and S Terrence Brooks. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 8:34 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    2.36 (2520th)
  • Report: Vereen (shoulder) likely to play Sun.
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Shane Vereen (shoulder) is expected to play Sunday against the Raiders.

    Advice: Vereen is listed as questionable, just like most other players on the New England injury report. The Raiders are banged up on defense, and we'd expect the Patriots to run through them with Vereen and Stevan Ridley. Vereen's status will be know within the next 45 minutes. He's one the RB2 radar. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 8:01 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    8.37 (98th)
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