Darrin Reaves - RB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers RB Darrin Reaves is expected to be the team's starting running back in Week 5 because of the injuries to RBs DeAngelo Williams (ankle) and Jonathan Stewart (knee).
Huddle Up: Williams is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bears leaving Reaves as the likely starter. There are much better fantasy options out there but Reaves is worth picking up if you're desperate at RB. He's a low end flex play this week.
Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) and head coach Mike Zimmer are 'hopeful' that the quarterback can play in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Oct. 2. Bridgewater sprained his left ankle early in the fourth quarter in Week 4, but Zimmer said an MRI exam came back negative. Bridgewater was feeling much better Monday, Sept. 29. He threw for 317 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in his first start.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater looked good feasting on a terrible Falcons defense. He has another good matchup this week against Green Bay but he's still a QB2 at this point until we saw a larger sample size from him.
Mike Evans - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (groin) will reportedly miss two or three weeks with a strained groin.
Huddle Up: Louis Murphy will start in Evans' absence. He had six receptions for 99 yards against the Steelers on Sunday. Murphy will be a WR4/5 over the next couple of weeks until Evans returns.
Marqise Lee - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (hamstring) is going through the team's return-to-play protocol and could return to practice this week.
Huddle Up: With Cecil Shorts nursing a hamstring issue of his own, it would be of great assistance to Blake Bortles to get Lee back in the Jacksonville receiver mix.
Brandon Browner - CB - New England Patriots
The New England Patriots reinstated CB Brandon Browner and WR Brian Tyms from the suspended list Tuesday, Sept. 30. They each have a roster exemption that expires Monday, Oct. 6.
Huddle Up: Browner would significantly help the New England secondary; we'll see how quickly the Patriots can get him onto the field.
Peyton Manning - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has struggled against current Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles in the past, throwing eight touchdowns and seven interceptions in five meetings with Bowles-coached defenses.
Huddle Up: Interesting angle, and the Cardinals are certainly no slouch defensively. Not that you'll want to bench Peyton, but you may need to dial back expectations a little bit.
Toby Gerhart - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson will continue to be involved in a rotation at running back with RB Toby Gerhart, and head coach Gus Bradley said the team strongly believes in Gerhart but will continue to search for the right mix at the position.
Huddle Up: Expect this to evolve into a committee approach, with Gerhart as the between the tackles guy and Robinson as the change of pace guy--at least until Robinson becomes more comfortable with a position he's only been playing for a couple seasons.
Larry Donnell - TE - New York Giants
New York Giants TE Larry Donnell is on pace to finish the year with 100 catches, 944 yards and 16 touchdowns. The single-season record for touchdowns by a tight end is currently 17.
Huddle Up: The third-year undrafted TE started strong with 5 receptions for 56 yards in the opener and hasn't let up, notching at least 6 targets and 5 receptions in each of his 4 games. His size (6-5, 269) presents big problems for defenses, particularly in the red zone, and expect Eli Manning to keep taking advantage.
James Starks - RB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks did not register a carry in the team's Week 4 game, and head coach Mike McCarthy said that will change going forward. 'James Starks should touch the football every single game,' McCarthy said Tuesday, Sept. 30. 'That will not happen again.'
Huddle Up: Eddie Lacy got all 18 RB touches in Week 4 but looks for Starks to resume his 6-8 touch pace Thursday night against the Vikings.
Mario Manningham - WR - New York Giants
The New York Giants released WR Mario Manningham (calf) from their Reserve/Injured list with an injury waiver Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Huddle Up: This may be the surest sign yet that first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. and his troublesome hammy are finally ready to go for the G-Men.
LaMichael James - RB - Free Agent
The Miami Dolphins signed free-agent RB LaMichael James (49ers) on Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Huddle Up: James, who was released by the 49ers following Week 1, joins a suddenly crowded Miami backfield -- particularly with Knowshon Moreno due back soon -- and his primary (and possibly only) role might be returning kicks.
Jarrett Boykin - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Jarrett Boykin (groin), LB Sam Barrington (hamstring) and DT Josh Boyd (knee) did not practice Tuesday, Sept. 30. LB Brad Jones (quadriceps) was limited, while LB Clay Matthews (groin) practiced in full.
Huddle Up: Boykin looks as if he'll miss a second straight game, which, of course, benefits rookie Devante Adams' fantasy owners.
Jerick McKinnon - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) was limited in practice again Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Huddle Up: McKinnon only totaled nine touches for 21 yards in the Vikes' first 3 games but broke out big time with a 19-touch, 152-yard effort Sunday. He's in a timeshare with Matt Asiata, but it's certainly a favorable matchup against the Packers' run D Thursday night. He should be able to play if you need him.
Donald Brown - RB - San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers ran just 20 times for 42 yards in Week 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars for a measly 2.1 yards per carry. After four games this year, they are the second-worst running team in the league, and they host the New York Jets, the stingiest run defense, in Week 5. 'The big thing is the running game. It's nowhere where it needs to be,' head coach Mike McCoy said. 'There's no excuses about it. We're not running it well enough. We're not blocking well enough. Whatever we're running isn't working. We've got to figure out as coaches and players how to get it done.' RB Ryan Mathews (knee) is out indefinitely and RB Danny Woodhead (leg) is out for the season.
Huddle Up: Lead back Donald Brown carried 10 times for only 19 yards last Sunday and now has an even 100 yards on 50 rushes while still looking for his first TD. With only 2 teams on bye this week, you hopefully have enough options to leave Brown on your bench this week and wait for a better matchup.
Jadeveon Clowney - LB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) began running Tuesday, Sept. 30, as part of his rehabilitation process. He said the rehab process is coming along well and that he hopes to return in a few weeks.
Huddle Up: Meanwhile, J.J. Watt and the 3-1 Texans are doing just fine but they could certainly use the top overall pick for tougher matchups ahead.
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.
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