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  • 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
    44 minutes ago
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    12.92 (31st)
  • Teddy's status for Thursday remains unclear
    Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) remains questionable for Thursday's game against the Packers.

    Advice: Bridegwater "may" get some reps in Tuesday's practice. He says he's doing much better than he was Sunday, but is likely headed for a game-time call. If Bridgewater can't go, Christian Ponder would start and the Packers D/ST would be in play as a strong streamer. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:33 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    14.92 (43rd)
  • 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
    Today, 9:23 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2213th)
  • Brian Tyms is off suspension
    Patriots WR Brian Tyms has been reinstated from suspension.

    Advice: Tyms is a name for deep-leaguers to monitor. He was spectacular in the preseason, grading out as PFF's No. 1 WR while posting a 11-188-2 line. Given that Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins both appear in the doghouse, we wouldn't rule out Tyms making an impact at some point. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:00 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1949th)
  • 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
    Today, 8:57 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2218th)
  • Jordan Reed (hamstring) doing individual work
    Jordan Reed (hamstring) was participating in individual work during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Reed had been doing work on the side the last two weeks and likely needs to practice at least one day to play in Monday night's game against Seattle. Niles Paul (concussion) was also held out of Tuesday's practice, leaving Logan Paulsen to get reps with the first-team offense. Regardless, Reed needs to be owned in just about all formats as a true difference-making talent in the seam for Jay Gruden. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:28 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1882nd)
  • 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
    Today, 8:04 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.87 (65th)
  • Carson Palmer's nerve not progressing quickly
    Carson Palmer said the nerve in his shoulder hasn't progressed as much as he had hoped.

    Advice: Palmer still thinks he can prove to coaches he's capable of starting Sunday's game at Denver. But nerve issues in throwing shoulders sap arm strength, a major concern for a player who needs the deep ball to be effective. Given how well Drew Stanton performed in the Week 3 upset of the 49ers, it's possible the Cardinals will err on the side of caution with Palmer. Consider him questionable for now. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:52 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    16.87 (22nd)
  • Blake Bortles attempted 3 downfield passes
    Blake Bortles attempted just three passes of more than 15 yards in Sunday's loss at San Diego.

    Advice: Bortles was in a tough spot for his first NFL start, so OC Jeff Fisch kept it simple. The No. 3 overall pick was asked to execute a ton of screens, hitches and short passes off bootlegs, which led to a strong 29-of-37 completion rate. But that's not really Bortles' game, as he's an aggressive downfield thrower and playmaker. Expect the chains to be taken off a bit in Week 5, when the Jags have a plus home matchup against a bad and banged up Steelers defense. Bortles will be a fine QB2 with a high floor thanks to his running ability. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:21 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    15.56 (33rd)
  • Panthers still holding back Cam Newton
    Coach Ron Rivera admitted that "you don't want to unleash" Cam Newton unless he's "ready to be unleashed."

    Advice: Newton's ankle and rib injuries have sapped what makes him so electric for both the Panthers and fantasy owners -- running ability. Newton is averaging 2.6 rushing attempts per game this season after averaging 7.5 through his first three seasons. "I wish I could say, 'Hey! We're going to cut him loose this week!'" OC Mike Shula said. "I don't want to lie to you.' That's something we're going to talk about this week. It's something we have to monitor every week for sure. But he's getting healthier and ... we'll see." Until Newton starts running again, he'll only be a borderline QB1. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:42 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    18.00 (11th)
  • Eric Decker ahead of where he was last week
    Coach Rex Ryan said Eric Decker (hamstring) feels better now than he did at this time last week.

    Advice: Decker was expected to be limited in Sunday's loss to the Lions, but ended up playing on 77.9 percent of the snaps and emerged with a 4-48-1 line on 10 targets. Most importantly, he made it through without setbacks and should be closer to 100 percent for the Week 5 game at San Diego. Despite the tough matchup, Decker's red-zone ability makes him a weekly WR2 candidate. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:29 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.63 (118th)
  • Gronkowski scores again in MNF loss to KC
    Rob Gronkowski caught two passes for 31 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night.

    Advice: Gronkowski was targeted just three times, and was sitting on one catch for 18 yards for much of the night before reeling in a 13-yard touchdown from Jimmy Garoppolo late in the fourth quarter of this 41-14 blowout. While it was a bad night all around for the Patriots, it was at least encouraging to see Gronkowski playing a large chunk of the snaps. His usage rate continues to rise as he works his way back from knee surgery. But it remains clear that Gronk isn't 100 percent or back to his normal self. He's staying afloat fantasy-wise by scoring touchdowns. After four games, Gronk is on pace for a 52-588-12 receiving line. Look for him to easily top those catch and yards totals by season's end. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:27 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.65 (46th)
  • Bowe catches 5-of-6 targets in Week 4 win
    Dwayne Bowe caught 5-of-6 targets for 81 yards in the Chiefs' Week 4 win over the Patriots on Monday night.

    Advice: It was easily Bowe's best game of the young season. He caught a couple passes in Darrelle Revis' coverage and was stopped at the one-yard line on one of the grabs just before halftime. Bowe is averaging 5-6 targets per week through three games, and is the No. 3 option in the passing game behind Jamaal Charles and Travis Kelce. He also doesn't make many big plays, leaving him as a WR4. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:23 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.59 (119th)
  • LaFell posts 6-119-1 line in losing effort
    Brandon LaFell caught six passes for 119 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs.

    Advice: LaFell was targeted a team-high ten times as one of only three receivers active. With Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola unable to win against Kansas City's bigger corners, LaFell was the go-to guy. His big play was a 44-yard catch-and-run touchdown on a slant where LaFell broke a tackle on his way to the end zone. Don't expect many more of these outings from LaFell. Through four games, he's on pace for a 40-660-4 line. Continue to ignore him in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:20 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    4.90 (222nd)
  • 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
    Yesterday, 9:12 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    8.66 (95th)
  • 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
    Yesterday, 8:21 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    12.92 (31st)
  • 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
    Yesterday, 4:03 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    12.92 (31st)
  • Bridgewater (ankle) not practicing Monday
    Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) did not practice Monday.

    Advice: Not surprising. Bridgewater just sprained his ankle yesterday, so the Vikings are going to give him some time. Coach Mike Zimmer remains hopeful and optimistic Bridgewater will play Thursday against the Packers at Lambeau. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:05 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    14.92 (43rd)
  • Arians: Wednesday is big for Carson Palmer
    Speaking Monday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirmed Wednesday is a big day for Carson Palmer's (shoulder) Week 5 status.

    Advice: Arians also admitted he would have "liked to see Palmer make more progress to this point." Palmer has said he'll "definitely" suit up against the Giants, but Arians' tone is an indication that a third week of Drew Stanton is a distinct possibility. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:48 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    16.87 (22nd)
  • Bridgewater 'fine,' expected to play Thursday
    Teddy Bridgewater's (ankle) MRI came back "fine," and he's expected to start Thursday's game against the Packers.

    Advice: According to coach Mike Zimmer, Bridgewater was "doing a lot better" Monday morning. It's obviously encouraging news, but Bridgewater's status can't be taken for granted with the Vikings on a short week. His uncertain health coupled with the short turnaround makes Bridgewater a risky streaming option for Week 5, even though Thursday could be a high-scoring game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:17 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    14.92 (43rd)
  • Carson Palmer doesn't throw on Monday
    Carson Palmer (shoulder) didn't throw in Monday's practice.

    Advice: Other reports said Palmer did "some" throwing in Monday's informal session coming off Arizona's bye, but either way, he clearly wasn't dialing it up. Wednesday is considered the critical day for Palmer's Week 5 status. Speaking late last week, Palmer said he'd "definitely" be back against the Broncos, but that should be considered far from a given. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:12 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    16.87 (22nd)
  • Eric Decker wasn't limited after all
    Eric Decker (hamstring) played on 53-of-68 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Lions.

    Advice: Multiple reports prior to the game said Decker would be a situational player. But his hamstring didn't appear to give him any real problems, allowing a 4-48-1 line on 10 targets. Decker should be more efficient against the Chargers in Week 5. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:34 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.63 (118th)
  • Teddy Bridgewater sprains ankle late in 4Q
    Teddy Bridgewater was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of Minnesota's Week 4 game against the Falcons with a left ankle injury.

    Advice: Enter Christian Ponder. Making his first NFL start, Bridgewater took advantage of a terrible Atlanta defense, completing 19-of-30 passes for 317 yards and adding another 27 yards and one touchdown on the ground. He led the Vikings to 520 yards of total offense through three-plus quarters of play, displaying precise accuracy in the intermediate parts of the field. Bridgewater got rid of the ball quickly, and led the Vikings to four touchdown drives and 35 points. He certainly looked the part, but we want to see him against a real defense. Bridgewater was taken for X-rays, but they came back negative. He's likely just dealing with a sprain. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:23 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    14.92 (43rd)
  • Bortles goes 29-of-37 in first career start
    Blake Bortles completed 29-of-37 passes for 253 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Jaguars' Week 4 loss to San Diego.

    Advice: He added 24 yards on five scrambles. Although Bortles' playmaking ability was evident throughout Sunday's game, he dealt with too much pressure allowed by Jacksonville's offensive line and did not have the benefit of a consistent running game. The Jaguars are asking Bortles to shoulder the load for their offense, which is obviously a lot for a 22-year-old rookie. It is worth noting that OC Jedd Fisch is dialing up a lot of designed runs for Bortles. Consider Bortles an upside two-quarterback-league option when the Jags take on a weak Steelers defense next. Through six quarters, Bortles is 43-of-61 passing (70.5 percent) for 476 yards (7.80 YPA), and a 3:4 TD-to-INT ratio with four sacks taken. He's added 54 rushing yards. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:17 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    15.56 (33rd)
  • Eric Decker posts 4-48-1 line against Lions
    Eric Decker caught four passes for 48 yards and a score against the Lions Week 4.

    Advice: Despite reports before the game he would be limited, Decker led the Jets in targets, and did not appear to be hampered by his balky hamstring. He is likely to be limited again in practice this week, but should be good to go against the Chargers Week 5. Decker is on pace for 56 catches for 816 yards and eight scores his first season in New York. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:09 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.63 (118th)
  • Cam Newton gets beat up by Baltimore D
    Cam Newton completed 14-of-25 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 4 loss to Baltimore.

    Advice: He left early for the second straight week because Carolina was getting blown out. Although the box score only reads two sacks taken, Newton was pulverized by Baltimore's defense, and repeatedly got shaken up in the game. He appeared to be battling a hand injury in addition to his now frequently-injured ankle. Newton only rushed twice for seven yards. Newton will be a borderline QB1 option when the Panthers host the Bears in Week 5. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:51 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    18.00 (11th)
  • Eric Decker officially active against Lions
    Eric Decker (hamstring) is officially active Week 4 against the Lions.

    Advice: Decker will play, but he will reportedly be a "situational player" against the Lions. Even in a bye week, Decker is not a recommended play. Jeremy Kerley should see double-digit targets for the second week in a row. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:54 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.63 (118th)
  • Decker to be situational player against Lions
    ESPN New York's Rich Cimini expects Eric Decker (hamstring) to be a "situational player" against the Lions.

    Advice: Decker is fully expected to be active for Week 4 after managing to play just 12 snaps last Monday night. Cimini says to look for Decker on third downs and in three-wide packages on Sunday. He's too much of a risk. If owners have any other reasonable receiver options, we'd advise playing them over Decker. Decker's floor is zero fantasy points, as he could be used as more of a decoy. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:25 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.63 (118th)
  • Rob Gronkowski (knee) officially probable
    Rob Gronkowski (knee) is probable for Week 4.

    Advice: Gronkowski is on track for his biggest workload of the season on Monday night against the Chiefs. He's Rotoworld's No. 2 tight end this week. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:17 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.65 (46th)
  • 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
    12.92 (31st)
  • 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
    12.92 (31st)
  • Jaguars will use read-option with Bortles?
    Jaguars.com's John Oehser expects the Jaguars to use "more read-option" now that Blake Bortles is the starting quarterback.

    Advice: Bortles ran for 561 yards and 15 touchdowns in college, and had two rushes for 30 yards on read-option keeps in his NFL debut last week. Bortles' rushing ability mixed with his willingness to push the ball downfield gives him significant upside. He is own-able in most leagues, and could be on the QB1 streamer map this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:23 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    15.56 (33rd)
  • Jets admit Decker will 'probably' be limited
    Coach Rex Ryan admitted that Eric Decker (hamstring) will "probably be limited a little bit" in Sunday's game against the Lions.

    Advice: Decker practiced on Friday for the first time since pulling his hammy in Week 2. The concern is that a Jets team desperate for pass-game playmakers is putting him out there at far less than 100 percent and just praying. Decker was active last week, but pulled himself out after 12 snaps. He's shaping up as a very risky fantasy play Sunday because his floor is zero points. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:49 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.63 (118th)
  • Gronkowski (knee) limited again on Friday
    Rob Gronkowski (knee) remained limited in Friday's practice.

    Advice: Gronkowski should see his biggest workload of the season on Monday night after playing on 57.5 percent of snaps in Week 3. Rotoworld ranks Gronk as the No. 2 overall tight end against the Chiefs. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:48 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.65 (46th)
  • Jordan Reed's hamstring injury 'bad'
    Redskins coach Jay Gruden acknowledged Friday that Jordan Reed's Week 1 hamstring injury was "bad."

    Advice: He hasn't played since, of course. Per Gruden, Reed is "still rehabbing" with a "chance" to play in Week 5 against Seattle. We wouldn't bet on it. As Niles Paul was concussed in Thursday night's loss to the Giants, the Redskins might have to turn to Logan Paulsen as their primary tight end next week. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:33 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1882nd)
  • 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
    12.92 (31st)
  • Jets confident Decker (hamstring) will play
    Jets coach Rex Ryan expressed confidence Friday that Eric Decker (hamstring, questionable) will play Sunday versus Detroit.

    Advice: Rex "feels like (Decker) will play" against the Lions. It's fair to wonder if the Jets are pushing Decker too hard, as his hamstring injury has lingered since August. He tried to play last Monday night against the Bears, but only lasted a dozen snaps. The Jets are now playing the Lions on a short week. Decker simply can't be trusted in fantasy leagues until he shows he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:29 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.63 (118th)
  • Eric Decker 'planning' on playing vs. Lions
    Eric Decker (hamstring) said he's "planning" on playing Week 4 against the Lions.

    Advice: "I'm planning on getting out there," Decker said. "I can't promise anything. Obviously, I'm leaning on the positive side that I'm definitely going to be out there." Decker has yet to practice this week and played just 12 snaps in Monday night's loss to the Bears. We're likely looking at another game-time decision. Decker can't be trusted as anything more than a shaky WR3/4 play. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:21 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.63 (118th)
  • Rob Gronkowski (knee) limited on Thursday
    Rob Gronkowski (knee) was "limited" in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: As he's been every week this season. Speaking Wednesday, Gronk said he "doesn't feel limited at all," and is ready for a bigger role on offense. Gronk played a season-high 57.5 percent of the Pats' snaps in Week 3, and should see that number go up on Monday Night Football against the Chiefs. He's Rotoworld's No. 2 tight end for Week 4. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:51 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.65 (46th)
  • 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
    8.66 (95th)
  • 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
    12.92 (31st)
  • 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
    12.92 (31st)
  • Update: Eric Decker doesn't practice Thursday
    Updating an earlier item, Eric Decker (hamstring) remained out of Jets practice Thursday.

    Advice: Decker participated in positional drills, but was apparently held out of team exercises. Speaking afterward, coach Rex Ryan said he was "hopeful" Decker will suit up against the Lions. At best a game-time decision, Decker is a shaky WR3 after pulling himself out of Monday night's loss to the Bears. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:43 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.63 (118th)
  • Eric Decker back at Jets practice Thursday
    Eric Decker (hamstring) returned to Jets practice Thursday.

    Advice: He'll undoubtedly be listed as "limited," but it's a step in the right direction after Decker pulled himself out of Monday night's loss. Decker will likely end up a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Lions, and be at risk of an in-game aggravation. He's a boom-or-bust WR3 for Week 4. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:22 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.63 (118th)
  • 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
    12.92 (31st)
  • 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
    9.87 (65th)
  • Carson says he'll 'definitely' be back Week 5
    Carson Palmer said he will "definitely" be back following the Cardinals' Week 4 bye.

    Advice: It sounds like Palmer is making serious progress with the damaged nerve in his shoulder. He's been tossing the ball a little and anticipates getting some real throws in during the bye week. However, quarterbacks that battle nerve issues in their throwing shoulder often return with sapped arm strength. It's a scary situation for the Cardinals and fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:43 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    16.87 (22nd)
  • Rob Gronkowski says he's ready for more work
    Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he doesn't "feel limited at all" and is ready for more responsibility.

    Advice: Gronkowski played a season-high 57.5 percent of the snaps in Week 3, but hasn't topped four catches or 44 yards yet this season. The good news is that his rebuilt knee feels good and he's sustained no other complications. "It's just progressing every week but it's getting to the point where we can start rolling more and more," he said. With the Patriots offense scuffling, it about time to unleash the Gronk. Owners should be holding on tight. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:08 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.65 (46th)
  • 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
    9.87 (65th)
  • Palmer says shoulder is close to 100 percent
    Carson Palmer says his shoulder is feeling "much, much better" and is close to being back to 100 percent.

    Advice: Palmer has been dealing with a nerve situation in his neck that has forced him to miss the past two starts. He's undergone "tons of treatment" and even tossed the ball off to the side at Tuesday's practice. The Cardinals are on their bye week, but it's looking promising for Palmer to start Week 5 against the Broncos. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:34 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    16.87 (22nd)
  • Carson Palmer 'tossed' ball on Tuesday
    Carson Palmer (shoulder) "tossed" the ball off to the side at Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Palmer will throw again on Wednesday, and coach Bruce Arians hopes he'll be back for next Wednesday's practice. The Cardinals are on their bye week. They take on the Broncos in Week 5. Palmer is battling a nerve that won't "wake up." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:41 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    16.87 (22nd)
  • Jordan Reed out Week 4, in doubt for Week 5
    Jordan Reed (hamstring) admitted he is out for Thursday's game against the Giants and sounded sketchy on his Week 5 status as well.

    Advice: The oft-injured Reed sustained a pretty severe pull in Week 1 when he tried to hurdle a defender. So the door remains wide open for former wideout Niles Paul, who has been the real deal with an 18-253-1 line through three games. We'd still try to hold Reed where possible because of his unique athletic upside, but he doesn't sound anywhere near 100 percent yet. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:49 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1882nd)
  • Cam Newton still not running
    The Panthers did not call a single zone-read run in Sunday night's loss to the Steelers.

    Advice: The Panthers are still coddling Cam Newton's ribs and it's killing his fantasy upside. He had a career-low two carries Sunday night one week after running just four times against the Lions. OC Mike Shula says he's going to gradually ease Newton back into the run game, but we'll believe it when we see it. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:24 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    18.00 (11th)
  • Jordan Reed (hamstring) remains sidelined
    Jordan Reed (hamstring) did not practice Monday.

    Advice: On a short week ahead of Thursday night's tilt with the Giants, we're not expecting Reed to play Week 4. Niles Paul will get another start as a TE2. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:20 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1882nd)
  • 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
    Monday, 1:54 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.87 (65th)
  • Carson Palmer (shoulder) 'improving'
    Carson Palmer (shoulder) is "improving," and could throw "this week or next."

    Advice: That's all good and well, but Palmer's outlook remains rather vague. The Cardinals are on bye this week, giving Palmer seven extra days to heal up for Week 5's showdown with the Broncos. He should be considered week to week, and a tenuous hold in 12-team leagues as byes start creeping in. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:33 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    16.87 (22nd)
  • Jamaal Charles will practice for Week 4
    Jamaal Charles (ankle) will practice this week.

    Advice: It's not exactly a surprise since Charles practiced last week, but he should be worked out with an eye toward starting against the Patriots. The game is on Monday night, so Charles will have an extra day to get ready after he couldn't convince the Chiefs' coaching staff to suit him up for Week 3. We tentatively expect Charles to start and serve in his normal role, sending handcuff Knile Davis back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 22, 10:47 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    12.92 (31st)
  • Newton throws for 250 yards, TD in loss
    Cam Newton completed 24-of-35 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

    Advice: Newton was sacked three times and had to be removed late in the fourth quarter after getting shaken up on multiple hits. He was under a heavy pass rush all game behind the Panthers' shaky offensive line. Newton lost a fumble on the opening drive of the second half. His touchdown came on a 37-yard pass to Greg Olsen. Newton appeared to re-aggravate his ankle injury and could be limited in practice this week. He'll remain on the QB1 borderline for an upcoming matchup with Baltimore. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 9:23 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    18.00 (11th)
  • Rob Gronkowski up to 42 snaps in Week 3
    Rob Gronkowski (knee) played on 42-of-73 snaps in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Raiders.

    Advice: It's 57.5 percent, up from the 43.1 percent Gronkowski had played through the first two weeks. Remember that Gronk wasn't a full-time player last season until five games after coming back from forearm surgery. If anyone is selling, we're buying Gronk as he rounds into form. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 6:46 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.65 (46th)
  • Dwayne Bowe goes 3-32 against Dolphins
    Dwayne Bowe caught 3-of-5 targets for 32 yards in the Chiefs' Week 3 win over the Dolphins.

    Advice: Since returning from his Week 1 suspension, Bowe has turned in stat lines of 3-40 and 3-32 without a touchdown. He's a mere WR4 in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 4:48 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    7.59 (119th)
  • Brandon LaFell has four catches in win
    Brandon LaFell had four catches for 46 yards in Week 3.

    Advice: He was the Patriots leading receiver behind Julian Edelman. It was LaFell's first game with a catch. He can continue to be ignored in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 2:33 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    4.90 (222nd)
  • Gronkowski posts 3/44/1 line on Raiders
    Rob Gronkowski had three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Raiders.

    Advice: Gronkowski wasn't a major part of the offense, but was more involved than the previous two weeks. His touchdown came on a six-yard pass from Tom Brady. Gronkowski should have had another score, but dropped a pass in the end zone. He should continue to play more snaps as he works himself back from knee surgery. Gronkowski is locked in as a high-end TE1. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 2:11 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.65 (46th)
  • 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
    8.66 (95th)
  • Jags name Bortles starter for rest of season
    Jaguars coach Gus Bradley named Blake Bortles the team's starter for the rest of the season in his post-game press conference Sunday.

    Advice: Although Bortles threw two interceptions in the second half of Sunday's loss to Indianapolis, including a pick six, he did lead two touchdown drives and breathed life into Jacksonville's previously inept offense. Bortles finished 14-of-24 passing for 223 yards, two scores, and the two picks after taking over to start the third quarter. He added 30 yards on two scrambles. The Jags head to San Diego next. If Bortles plays well, he could appear on the QB1 streamer radar as soon as Week 5, when Jacksonville faces the Steelers' swiss cheese defense. He's worth grabbing in all two-quarterback leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 1:25 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    15.56 (33rd)
  • Bridgewater holds own in regular-season debut
    Taking over for an injured Matt Cassel (broken foot), Teddy Bridgewater completed 12-of-20 passes for 150 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Vikings' 20-9, Week 3 loss to the Saints.

    Advice: He added six rushes for 27 yards. With Cassel dealing with "several fractured bones," it will be Bridgewater under center for the foreseeable future in Minnesota. Operating behind an ineffective offensive line, Bridgewater extended plays with elusiveness, and was more effective than Cassel has been the past two weeks. He showed good awareness, and had nice touch on his passes. We like his odds of getting the Vikings' Adrian Peterson-less offense moving more than Cassel. Bridgewater's first start will come at home against the Falcons next Sunday. It's a winnable game, but Bridgewater isn't yet on the QB2 radar. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 1:17 pm
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    14.92 (43rd)
  • 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
    8.66 (95th)
  • 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
    8.66 (95th)
  • LaFell 'frustrated as hell' w/ offensive role
    Brandon LaFell said he's "frustrated as hell" with his role in the Patriots' offense.

    Advice: "I'm frustrated as hell, man," LaFell said. "I want to catch passes like every other guy in here, like every receiver around the league. But the game plan is not for me to catch, it's to block. So that's what I've got to do." LaFell didn't reel in any of his six targets in Week 1, and wasn't targeted at all last week. He's been called on to block on 37-of-77 snaps. There's obviously zero fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 6:09 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    4.90 (222nd)
  • Gronk 'probably' will remain on snap count
    The Boston Globe's Erik Frenz says Rob Gronkowski (probable, knee) "probably" isn't ready to be a full-time player yet.

    Advice: Gronk has only played 66-of-153 offensive snaps for the Patriots this season. He is nowhere year a 100-percent player right now, and likely will remain a part timer for at least the next several weeks. Despite the limited snaps, Gronk's scoring prowess makes him a high-end tight end every week. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 20, 6:33 am
     
    Week 5 Projected Points & Rank
    9.65 (46th)
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