Player Notes

  • No change in Dennis Pitta's (hip) status
    Ravens coach John Harbaugh had no update on TE Dennis Pitta's (hip) status.

    Advice: Pitta is eligible to start practicing on October 19, but whether he will be healthy enough to participate remains a mystery. "He's been working really hard to get himself ready to play," Harbaugh said. "What form that takes when the time comes will be up to him and his family and the medical people involved. Those conversations are taking place and I'm looking forward to seeing what the decisions are just like everybody else." Pitta has played just seven games since 2012 because of two surgeries on his right hip. It would be surprising if Pitta plays a snap this season. 28 minutes ago
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  • Cowboys officially place Lance Dunbar on I.R.
    Cowboys placed Lance Dunbar on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL.

    Advice: This is just a formality after Dunbar underwent surgery on Friday. WR Vince Mayle was added off the practice squad in a corresponding move. Mayle could play snaps with Dez Bryant (foot) and Brice Butler (hamstring) out, but he is not worth a look in any fantasy league. 34 minutes ago
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  • Devonta Freeman expected to keep starting job
    ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects Devonta Freeman to remain the starting running back even with Tevin Coleman (ribs) set to return.

    Advice: "My gut feeling is moving forward, Freeman, with his powerful running style, will remain in the starting role unless his production really tails off," McClure said. "Then Coleman can be brought in as the change-of-pace guy with his speed burst." Freeman is unlikely to see the 27 touches he averaged over the last two games with Coleman back, but he is still a good bet for 20 looks each week. That should keep him in the RB1 mix. 54 minutes ago
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  • Antonio Gates will have big role immediately
    ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams expects TE Antonio Gates to have a big offensive role in his first game back from suspension.

    Advice: "Don't expect limited touches for Gates," Williams said. "He returned to Chargers Park from his four-game suspension in shape and ready to resume a leading role in San Diego's offense." Gates had 98 targets including 19 red-zone opportunities last season. He should be an immediate touchdown threat and is low-end TE1 against a Steelers' defense which gave up four touchdowns to tight ends Week 1 against the Patriots. 59 minutes ago
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  • Stevan Ridley (knee) not close to returning
    The Newark Star-Ledger's Darryl Slater said Jets RB Stevan Ridley (PUP, knee) "does not appear on the verge of being game-ready."

    Advice: Ridley is eligible to start practicing in two weeks, but it does not sound like he will be ready. The Jets will have 21 days to activate Ridley once he begins practicing, but they have to activate him before Week 12 or he will spend the entire season on the PUP. Slater's comments make it sound like Ridley could be sidelined the entire year. Today, 7:55 am
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  • Seahawks add RB Rod Smith off practice squad
    Seahawks signed RB Rod Smith off their practice squad.

    Advice: The Seahawks hope Fred Jackson will be able to play through a high-ankle sprain, but Smith will provide insurance behind presumptive starter Thomas Rawls. Marshawn Lynch will miss his second game in a row with a hamstring injury. Today, 7:47 am
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  • Chip: 'Not enough data' to say Mathews better
    Eagles coach Chip Kelly said "there is not enough data" to say Ryan Mathews is a better fit in the offense than DeMarco Murray.

    Advice: Murray has 47 yards on 29 attempts this season including a 30-yard gain last week while Mathews has 132 yards on 33 carries. The Eagles' best running performance of the season, a 38-123-1 effort against the Jets, came with Murray on the sidelines. Kelly is right the sample size is not big enough to make definite statements, but early returns suggest Mathews should at least be given a bigger role. Today, 7:11 am
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  • Justin Hunter showing 'signs of progress'
    Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said WR Justin Hunter is "showing some signs of progress."

    Advice: "I have been very impressed with Justin in his progression," Whisenhunt said. Hunter has played 52 percent of the offensive snaps this season, but he has just four receptions on six targets. With rookie Dorial Green-Beckham coming on strong, Hunter could start to lose snaps, though both young receivers should be playing ahead of Harry Douglas. Hunters does not need to be owned in redraft leagues. Today, 7:01 am
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  • 'Good chance' Boom Herron invovled Week 5
    Bills OC Greg Roman said there is a "good chance" RB Boom Herron is involved in the offense Week 5 against the Titans.

    Advice: Herron just signed with the team on Tuesday, but he has some familiarity with the offense because of his time with Colts OC Pep Hamilton, who coached with Roman at Stanford. "I really like what I see out of him," Roman said, "like what I hear out of him and he’s picking things up pretty quickly." There is a chance Herron out-carries plodder Boobie Dixon against the Titans. Today, 6:37 am
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  • Report: Martavis Bryant 'tweaked' his knee
    FOX Sports' Ross Jones reports Martavis Bryant was absent from Thursday and Friday's practices because he "tweaked" his knee in last Monday's session.

    Advice: The extent of the injury is unknown, but there are no indications Bryant will miss an extended period of time. This is better news than swirling rumors Martavis had fallen out of shape or was dealing with something off the field following his four-game ban. Barring a last-minute recovery, Bryant will spend Week 5 on the reserve/suspended list, and not play Monday night in San Diego. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
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  • Fred Jackson expected to play vs. Bengals
    Coach Pete Carroll said Fred Jackson (questionable, ankle) is likely to play in Sunday's game against the Bengals.

    Advice: Jackson was upgraded to limited Friday, and is expected to play through his high-ankle sprain. Seattle is confident enough in Jackson's status that he'll make the trip to Cincinnati. With Marshawn Lynch out, Jackson should have a pass-protection role behind Thomas Rawls. This news removes some of the shine from Rawls' viability as a daily fantasy play in Week 5. Yesterday, 2:35 pm
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  • Titans expect 'more & more' of Green-Beckham
    Titans GM Ruston Webster expects rookie Dorial Green-Beckham to play "more and more" as the season moves along.

    Advice: The Titans are coming off a Week 4 bye, which should have served as an opportunity for Ken Whisenhunt to upgrade Green-Beckham's involvement, and reduce the perennially ineffective Harry Douglas'. On Friday, Webster called Green-Beckham "clearly a difficult matchup for people." With Marcus Mariota showing very well, Green-Beckham has WR2 upside for the fantasy stretch run. Yesterday, 12:45 pm
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  • Texans name Hoyer 'new' starting quarterback
    Coach Bill O'Brien announced Friday that the Texans will move forward with Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback.

    Advice: A week too late, of course. Ryan Mallett was so bad that he isn't even worth discussing in this space. Hoyer has at least shown signs of being able to generate offense, compiling a 5:2 TD-to-INT ratio through three appearances (one start) while completing over 62 percent of his throws. He gives the Texans their best chance to get the ball consistently to DeAndre Hopkins, which at this stage is Houston's lone means of passing offense. Hoyer should be scooped up in two-quarterback leagues with Jacksonville, Miami, and Tennessee's weak defenses next up on the schedule before a Week 9 bye. Yesterday, 12:40 pm
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  • Turbin (ankle) won't be available Sunday
    Robert Turbin (ankle) said he will not be active for Sunday's game against the Ravens.

    Advice: Turbin is coming off a high-ankle sprain and will need at least one more week of practice before he's game-ready. Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell will split carries again Sunday at Baltimore. Yesterday, 11:38 am
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  • Stevie Johnson misses another practice
    Stevie Johnson (hamstring) sat out Friday's practice.

    Advice: He wasn't able to practice this week after tweaking his hamstring against the Browns in Week 4. We wouldn't expect to see him Monday night against Pittsburgh. Keenan Allen, Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates should all see more targets. Yesterday, 11:20 am
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  • Karlos Williams officially ruled out for Week 5
    Karlos Williams (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 5 against the Titans.

    Advice: As has LeSean McCoy (hamstring), leaving Anthony Dixon and newly-signed Dan Herron atop the depth chart, with Cierre Wood brining up the rear. Dixon will likely get the start, but he and Herron are expected to split carries against Tennessee. Williams should be held onto in all fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:56 am
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  • Daniel Fells battling serious case of MRSA
    Giants TE Daniel Fells (foot, I.R.) remains hospitalized with MRSA and will undergo a fifth surgery this weekend.

    Advice: Fells felt ill last weekend and was admitted to the hospital when it was revealed he had a case of staph infection. As MRSA is difficult to treat because it resists common antibiotics, it has a tendency to spread. The Giants scrubbed their entire facility this week. Fells' career and long-term health are in jeopardy. Yesterday, 6:56 am
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  • Browns to focus on stopping Forsett?
    ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley expects the Browns to stack the box against Justin Forsett.

    Advice: With Steve Smith Sr. (back) and Crockett Gillmore (calf) out this week, the Ravens are left with Kamar Aiken as the No. 1 receiver and rookie Maxx Williams at tight end. Forsett is going to be the focal point coming off his 150-yard rushing game in Week 4. Still, it's hard not to like Forsett this week. The Browns are allowing over 5.1 YPC and the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs. Yesterday, 6:08 am
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  • Chris Polk manages three touches vs. IND
    Chris Polk caught 2-of-3 targets for 17 yards in Houston's Week 5 loss to the Colts, adding a five-yard rush.

    Advice: With Arian Foster gobbling up 28 touches, Polk was a distant third on the depth chart behind Foster and Alfred Blue. Polk's brief fantasy moment in the sun has come and gone, at least until Foster's next injury. Thursday, 9:38 pm
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  • T.Y. Hilton goes 5/88 in Houston
    T.Y. Hilton caught 5-of-9 targets for 88 yards in Indy's Week 5 win over the Texans.

    Advice: Hilton was sitting on 45 yards before Matt Hasselbeck found him for a game-sealing 43-yard completion with 1:37 remaining. Hilton had his normal spring — he wasn't having trouble finding space — the Colts are just far less vertical without Andrew Luck at the sticks. That should change in Week 6, where Luck is expected to return against the Patriots. Hilton will be back in the WR1 conversation against New England's burnable secondary. Thursday, 9:00 pm
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