William Moore - S - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons SS William Moore (shoulder) was placed on the short-term Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Huddle Up: Yet another blow to already reeling Atlanta D as they'll now be without their veteran secondary leader for at least the next 6 weeks.
Jordan Cameron - TE - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron said he expects to deal with the sprained AC joint in his shoulder for the rest of the season. However, he said, 'I feel good. I feel healthy.'
Huddle Up: Cameron, who has only 3 receptions for 70 yards so far, had the extra week with the bye to add to his recovery time and definitely is deserves another shot in your fantasy lineup given his high upside and the lack of dependable pass-catchers in the Browns' passing game.
Matt Asiata - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon ran for 135 yards on 18 carries in the team's Week 4 win over the Atlanta Falcons, but head coach Mike Zimmer is hesitant to call him an every-down back, with RB Matt Asiata also in the mix. Zimmer prefers a committee approach at running back, because it poses more problems for defenses. Asiata is more of a between-the-tackles runner, while McKinnon presents a change of pace with his speed and quickness on the edges. McKinnon also isn't very polished in pass protection.
Huddle Up: Asiata had 23 touches to McKinnon's 19 last week, and it's reasonable to expect roughly the same ratio going forward here with the 2 backs. Asiata, though, deserves the fantasy edge, as the short-yardage back who's displayed a nose for the end zone (4 total TDs) so far.
Ben Tate - RB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, Sept. 30, for the first time since spraining his right knee in the season opener Sept. 7. Tate was wearing a brace on his knee while doing individual drills. It means that Tate is likely to return to action in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans. He's expected to return to the starting lineup, too, despite the solid play of RBs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell in his absence. "That's what we brought Tate here for, to be the starter," running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery said last week. "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."
Huddle Up: There's always the injury risk hanging over Tate's head, but if he plays, he'll projects as the team's top fantasy RB option with the 2 rookies splitting the leftover carries.
Jeremy Maclin - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin did not participate in practice Tuesday, Sept. 30. Maclin said he is fine.
Huddle Up: There are lingering durability concerns with Maclin, but it doesn't sound like anything to worry about with the WR who ranks second among all wideouts with 47 targets and sixth with 54 fantasy points.
Bruce Carter - LB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys LB Bruce Carter (quadriceps) isn't expected to miss a significant amount of time, but he's not expected to play in Week 5 against the Houston Texans. The team is calling Carter's injury week-to-week.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys' D has fared better than advertised, but it will be a definite downgrade playing without their top tackler Sunday against the run-heavy Texans.
Niles Paul - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Niles Paul did not practice Tuesday, Sept. 30, and remains in the league's concussion protocol. However, head coach Jay Gruden said Paul is 'making very good progress.'
Huddle Up: Paul has an extra day to work with this week with Washington not playing until Monday night, so check in later in the week and see if he's still progressing.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) did individual drills in practice Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Huddle Up: Reed hasn't played since the opening game, and this might be the week he returns with Washington having 10 days between games. See if can get on this practice field later this week.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) said the nerve in his shoulder hasn't progressed as much as he'd hoped, but he thinks he could prove capable of starting.
Huddle Up: Better hit the brakes on any plans to return Palmer to your fantasy lineup this week, as the Cards have been just fine with Drew Stanton at the helm and would have no problems going back to him this week. And Stanton has proven capable of keeping all the Arizona wideouts--John Brown as well as Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald--fantasy relevant.
Nick Foles - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles has completed 25.6 percent of his throws over 20 yards this season. He is on pace to make 156 attempts of 20 or more yards. He had 55 attempts and completed 45 percent of them last season.
Huddle Up: At least some of Foles' struggles with the deep ball can be traced back to the offensive line, which has been ravaged by injury and suspension thus far this year. Foles' deep-ball issues are just one of the issues Philly's offense is facing, but Foles' numbers were successfully hiding the problem until the loss to San Francisco last week.
Tony Romo - QB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo is using more play-fakes in the offense, and they are working because the running game has been so efficient. Romo has yet to throw for 300 yards in a game this season after doing it four times last season.
Huddle Up: Romo's lack of 300-yard games is disturbing, and the run-heavy offense is impacting the stat lines of Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, and Jason Witten. However, it's winning games and helping Romo make fewer of those critical pick-six mistakes he's known for so don't expect things to change any time soon.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray has 108 touches through four games. The team may try to taper his usage back in the coming weeks.
Huddle Up: That's a 432-touch pace for the season, a bit on the high side for a guy with an injury history like Murray's. Expect Dallas to find ways to lower that number, hopefully without limiting the effectiveness of the NFL's leading rusher.
Eric Decker - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) feels better than he did this time last week, according to head coach Rex Ryan.
Huddle Up: It's a good sign that Decker made it through last week's game without aggravating the injury, and that he seems to be ahead of schedule compared to previous weeks. Seems like it's safe to plug him into fantasy lineups without concern of him exiting the game prematurely due to the injury.
Knile Davis - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Cheifs RB Knile Davis rushed for a team-high 107 yards on 16 carries in Week 5 and added one catch for 12 yards.
Huddle Up: With KC dominating the Patriots there was no need to overwork Jamaal Charles coming back from injury, so Davis saw plenty of work. Doesn't feel like the Chiefs' MO going forward--they'll use a healthy Charles as much as necessary--but it does suggest that Davis will maintain at least some fantasy value even with Charles back in the lineup.
Brandon LaFell - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell had a team-high six receptions for a game-high 119 yards and a touchdown in the Week 4 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 29. It was LaFell's first TD with the Patriots.
Huddle Up: To this point Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski were the only members of New England's passing game worthy of fantasy attention. However, with Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins consistently healthy scratches and LaFell playing well, he may slip onto the fantasy radar.
Travis Kelce - TE - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce hit career highs with a team-high nine targets, eight catches and 93 receiving yards and a touchdown Monday, Sept. 29 in a 41-14 rout of the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Kelce's fantasy points have increased in each outing this season and he's now a bona fide TE1 in all leagues, especially given the relative dearth of reliable pass-catching options in K.C.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 14 of his 23 pass attempts for 159 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Week 4 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 29. One of the interceptions was returned for a touchdown.
Huddle Up: The abominable season continues for Brady, who simply doesn't have near the protection or the pass-catching supporting cast of seasons past. Brady came into Monday's contest as fantasy's 29th-ranked -- yes, you read that right -- QB, and there are few signs pointing back toward fantasy relevancy for the legendary QB.
Marvin Jones - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (foot) is expected to return in Week 5, and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said he 'can't wait' to use Jones in the offense.
Huddle Up: Mohamed Sanu has been productive as Cincy's No. 2 WR opposite A.J. Green, but definitely look for Jones to take over that role coming off his 51-712-10 season in 2013. He's definitely needs to be picked up if he's available on your league's waiver wire.
Jamaal Charles - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) rushed for 92 yards and a TD on 18 carries and added 16 yards and a pair of scores on 3 receptions Monday, Sept. 29 in a 41-14 win over the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: It was 2013 all over again Monday night for Charles, who had 46 total yards without a score in the four-plus quarters he played before injuring his ankle in Week 2 and sitting out Week 3. Knile Davis also was heavily involved Monday night with 17 touches and 119 total yards, including a team-high 107 rushing, and expect his continued involvement going forward given his productiveness and the need to keep Charles fresh. But have no doubt, Charles is K.C.'s every-down lead dog as long as he remains healthy.
Aaron Dobson - WR - New England Patriots
The New England Patriots have declared WR Aaron Dobson, CB Alfonzo Dennard, DL Casey Walker, OT Jordan Devey, OL Josh Kline, WR Kenbrell Thompkins, DE Zach Moore inactive for Week 4.
Huddle Up: The second-year wideouts have combined for 7 catches for 66 yards and no scores in 3 total games this season, but Brady will be relying on Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell tonight.
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