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.
Eric Berry - S - Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs have declared QB Aaron Murray, WR Albert Wilson, DL Damion Square, RB De'Anthony Thomas, SS Eric Berry, RB Joe McKnight, OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif inactive for Week 4.
Huddle Up: Berry, injured early in the Week 2 loss to Denver, will essentially miss a third straight game tonight, taking away a key cog for the K.C. defense vs. Tom Brady & Co.
Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) did not participate in practice Monday, Sept. 29. QB Christian Ponder worked with the first-team offense during practice.
Huddle Up: It's short week with the Vikes playing Thursday night, so the rookie will have to get on the field over the next few days to have a decent shot at playing in Green Bay. See what develops.
Jarius Wright - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright said he created a solid chemistry with QB Teddy Bridgewater during the preseason, which is why he caught eight passes for 132 yards in Week 4. 'Teddy knew where to put the ball to me on a couple throws,' Wright said. 'I kind of knew where to expect the ball. Our reps paid off. A lot of trust.'
Huddle Up: Wright, who entered the contest with only 6 targets and 3 catches for 37 yards, was targeted on a full third of Bridgewater's 30 passes Sunday, but a key immediate question is what happens to the wideout's production if the rookie QB can't play Thursday night?
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer's (shoulder) status for Week 5 will depend on if he is able to participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1, and Thursday, Oct. 2, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Palmer probably will play if he is able to practice Wednesday.
Huddle Up: Something to keep an eye on if you've been holding on to Palmer through the Cards' bye week. If he can't go, Drew Stanton will get the call for a third straight game.
Zach Miller - TE - Seattle Seahawks
Updating previous reports, Seattle Seahawks TE Zach Miller (ankle) is only expected to miss two games after he underwent ankle surgery last week.
Huddle Up: Miller had 6 receptions for 76 yards on 7 targets in the Seahawks' first 3 games, and Luke Willson figures to start in his absence. Temper any fantasy expectations, though, as the TE is typically not a major part of the Seattle offense.
Da'Rick Rogers - WR - Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts have released WR Da'Rick Rogers and promoted FS Dewey McDonald to their 53-man roster Monday, Sept. 29, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. Rogers was arrested early Monday morning on DUI charges
Huddle Up: Rogers had 14 catches for 192 yards and a pair of scores last season but had not played an offensive snap this season at the bottom of a deep Indy WR depth chart.
Josh McCown - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not decided if QB Josh McCown (thumb) will regain the starting job when he returns from his injury or if Mike Glennon will keep the job, according to head coach Lovie Smith. Smith said the team will go with whichever quarterback gives them the best chance to win.
Huddle Up: Glennon was merely OK stat-wise Sunday, completing 21-of-42 passes for 302 yards, 2 TDs and a pick against the Steelers, but the most important number is the "1" now located under the W column for the Bucs after Glennon rallied the team to the last-second victory. In the least, that has earned the second-year QB another start or two.
Kyle Orton - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB Kyle Orton will start Week 5 in place of QB EJ Manuel, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Huddle Up: The ineffective E.J. Manuel has benched just four games into his second season after a miserable performance in Houston. Orton will be asked to lead an offense that relies heavily on the run and to not turn the ball over. At 32, Orton is a game manager who starts out as a low end QB2 for fantasy purposes.
Geno Smith - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Geno Smith will remain the team's starting quarterback despite another shaky performance in a Week 4 loss to the Detroit Lions. 'I'm confident in Geno. If Geno's healthy, then Geno Smith will start,' head coach Rex Ryan said after the game. 'I'm not gonna replace him. I feel good about Geno, and again, I think he's gonna get it turned. He's a tough, resilient young man, and I think we're gonna win.'
Huddle Up: Time is running out for Smith. The Jets' struggles on offense are not all of his fault but if the team loses to San Diego and falls to 1-4, Michael Vick could be under center soon. Smith isn't worth starting this week.
Arian Foster - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) said he was less than 100 percent during the team's Week 4 game but tried to help out the team. 'I just wasn't 100 percent healthy out there (Sunday),' Foster said. 'I didn't feel 100 percent myself, so I got some third downs in at the end of the game, just to try to help out. I'm glad I could make my play when my number was called.' Foster rushed for six yards on eight carries in Week 4 but did catch seven passes for 55 yards.
Huddle Up: Foster didn't look healthy Sunday and hamstring injuries can linger. He has a solid matchup Sunday against Dallas but it remains to be seen how healthy Foster will be for the game. The injury could hinder Foster all season unless he gets some rest. The Texans bye isn't until Week 10.
Toby Gerhart - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RBs Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson appeared to play in a rotation Sunday, Sept. 28. Gerhart rushed 10 times for 32 yards and Robinson had nine carries for 25 yards.
Huddle Up: Gerhart got the goal line shots, but aside from that this looks like a straight-up job share. And the 57 yards on 19 carries suggest that neither is particularly effective.
DeAngelo Williams - RB - Carolina Panthers
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is 'week to week', but his status for Week 5 against the Chicago Bears is in serious doubt.
Huddle Up: The Panthers may have to go to the scrap heap for running backs, unless Jonathan Stewart is able to shake off his knee injury and return. They activated Darrin Reaves from the practice squad a couple weeks ago and he saw a dozen carries in Week 4, though they only produced 26 yards.
Cecil Shorts - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Updating previous reports, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) aggravated his left hamstring injury Sunday, Sept. 28. He'll undergo testing Monday, Sept. 29, to determine the severity of the injury.
Huddle Up: Repeat after me: hamstring injuries linger. Shorts tried to come back too soon, aggravated the injury, and now he'll be out for at least a couple more weeks--and who knows how long it will be before he's effective. Jacksonville's rookie receiver corps will pick up the slack in Shorts' absence.
Chris Johnson - RB - New York Jets
Huddle Up: Johnson had the home run touchdown run, but he's definitely sliding into a complimentary role alongside Ivory. Bump his fantasy prospects down accordingly.
Vernon Davis - TE - San Francisco 49ers
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) had X-rays on his lower back, which were negative. He is suffering from back spasms and expects to play in Week 5.
Huddle Up: Davis has been all kinds of banged up this season, though the good news here is that he is expected to go next week. Still, you'll have to monitor his status leading up to game time to make sure he's active.
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