Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (knee) is expected to play in the Week 5 game against the Detroit Lions, head coach Bruce Arians said in a satellite radio interview Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Huddle Up: Ellington was close to returning in Week 4 and should get over the hump and play for the first time since getting injured in the season opener. That's not good news for those who have been starting Chris Johnson, who's averaged 20.6 touches per game during Ellington's absence. In Week 1, Ellington had 13 touches, Johnson 10 and rookie David Johnson only one.
Cecil Shorts - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts (shoulder) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Huddle Up: Definitely don't be counting on having Shorts available -- especially on a short week -- as he suffered a dislocated left shoulder on the final play of the Texans' loss Sunday in Atlanta and was wearing a sling the next day. With fellow wideout Nate Washington dealing with a hamstring injury, Houston could be down to rookies Jaelen Strong, Keith Mumphrey and Chandler Worthy surrounding top target DeAndre Hopkins.
Tyler Eifert - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is on pace for the most touchdowns by a Bengals tight end in a single season. He's also on pace for the most receiving yards and the most receptions by a Bengals tight end since 1981. So far on the year, Eifert has 16 catches for 222 yards and three scores.
Huddle Up: While Eifert's overall numbers are strong, he's been inconsistent, catching only three passes for 69 yards (all this past Sunday) after snaring 13 passes for 153 yards and three TDs over the first two weeks.
Devin Smith - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Devin Smith played 83 percent of the offensive snaps in his Week 3 debut and played more snaps than WR Eric Decker (52 to 46) in Week 4 in London against the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: Keep in mind that the Jets jumped out to a big lead in London, affording Decker some rest after his recent health issues, and while the Jets like the progress of their second-round pick, it's going to be hard for him to find consistent fantasy relevance if Decker and Brandon Marshall and Decker stay healthy in the Jets' run-centric attack.
Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was under plenty of duress in the win over the Detroit Lions in Week 4 Monday, Oct. 5, and he was sacked six times in the game for the second time this season. Wilson has already been sacked 18 times this year, which is tied for the most in the NFL. He also lost two fumbles as a result Monday, and Wilson has turned the ball over nine times in his last six games. Head coach Pete Carroll said the offensive line is a 'work in progress.'
Huddle Up: Thanks to his mobility -- he ranks third among quarterbacks with 177 rushing yards -- Wilson is better equipped than most QBs to deal with the pressure, and he remains a solid low-end QB1 for the time being.
Dwayne Allen - TE - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) practiced in full for the second straight day Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Huddle Up: Allen has missed the last two games, but it's looking like he'll return Thursday night against the Texans and knock down the value of fellow TE Coby Fleener.
Owen Daniels - TE - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos TE Owen Daniels is tied with Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten for the NFL's longest active streak of games with a catch by a tight end at 107.
Huddle Up: Daniels has caught at least two passes in every game this season but hasn't topped 28 yards in any contest. And although much more was expected out of the top tight end in a Gary Kubiak offense, Daniels has scored in each of the last two games to at least provide some points for those who have been using him.
Latavius Murray - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray still has the confidence of head coach Jack Del Rio, despite a rough outing in Week 4 against the Chicago Bears. Murray accounted for two turnovers for Oakland, but Del Rio still believes in his young running back. 'I remain confident. We have some good young players. None of us are perfect. We all are capable of making mistakes,' Del Rio said. 'I think the sooner you own up to mistakes, the quicker you can put them behind you and move forward.'
Huddle Up: With 61 yards and a lost fumble on 19 touches, Week 4 definitely was a struggle for Murray, not to mention his worst outing of the season, but only three players -- Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson and Devonta Freeman have more touches than Murray's 82 so trust the volume and better games are sure to come.
Andre Johnson - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Andre Johnson had just two targets and was held without a catch again in Week 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and has disappeared in the offense often this year. WR T.Y. Hilton had 11 more targets than Johnson this past week and TE Coby Fleener was targeted 10 more times. Johnson has struggled to create separation from opposing secondaries and is often the third, fourth or fifth option in the receiving game. He has mostly played out wide his entire career but has often found himself lining up in the slot this year, too. Even more perplexing is that Johnson was dominant in training camp and developed a strong rapport with QB Andrew Luck.
Huddle Up: Johnson has been un-startable -- and even un-ownable in smaller leagues -- but try to give him a few more weeks if you can spare the bench spot as the opportunity and upside still remain.
Charles Johnson - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson (ribs) left practice after the team stretch Tuesday, Oct. 6. Johnson did not play in Week 4 against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Between his rib injury, the Vikings' run-first shift with the return this season of Adrian Peterson and the productiveness of newcomers Mike Wallace and fifth-round rookie Stefon Diggs, Johnson hasn't been close to living up to his mid-round draft stock. Keep him around if you can spare the roster space in 12- and 14-team leagues to see if something might rekindle, but definitely move on if you need immediate WR help.
Roddy White - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White is frustrated but said there's nothing to get mad about in regards to his slow start this season. White said all he can do is run the routes he's supposed to run and do his job. He added that he knows he'll get his chances because of how defenses will play against their offense. White's streak of 130 games with a catch ended in Week 4.
Huddle Up: The soon-to-be-34-year-old wideout only has been targeted 13 times and has six catches for 92 yards -- with only two grabs for eight yards coming in the last three games -- as newcomer Leonard Hankerson has overtaken him for the No. 2 role behind Julio Jones. Don't be surprised if White has a big game or two coming up, but he's likely not going to be productive enough on a week-to-week basis to be of fantasy use.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley said WR Sammy Watkins (calf) will play in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans 'fingers crossed.'
Huddle Up: Outside of his six catches for 60 yards and a TD in Week 2, Watkins has caught one pass for 39 yards and could be a buy-low candidate if his fantasy owner is frustrated.
Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has now gone seven straight games without throwing for 300 yards, which is the longest streak of his career since his first seven starts.
Huddle Up: Whether it's his poor offensive line, the decline of top target Calvin Johnson or just plain poor play on his part, Stafford clearly no longer can be counted on as a reliable starting option in 10-14-team leagues.
Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) does not have a partial shoulder subluxation, as had been reported previously, according to a source. Head coach Chuck Pagano said he heard Luck is dealing with a sore shoulder. Luck missed the Colts' Week 4 contest, but is considered day-to-day and is expected to play Thursday, Oct. 8, against the Houston Texans. He was limited in practice Tuesday.
Huddle Up: Things remain trending in the right direction for Luck following his first missed start as a pro, but his fantasy owners are going to have to remain on top of his status for the next couple days with the early game this week.
Joe Haden - CB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden was inactive in Week 4 against the San Diego Chargers with a broken right ring finger after he was initially listed as probable on the injury report. He decided not to play after testing his hand in pregame warmups. CB Pierre Desir started in Haden's place. Haden's status for Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens is unknown. 'Hopefully Joe will get more comfortable with the finger injury so we can get him back out there,' head coach Mike Pettine said.
Huddle Up: Philip Rivers was able to take advantage of Haden's absence last Sunday, throwing for a season-high three TD passes and 358 yards in leading the Bolts to a 30-27 win. See what Haden is able to do in practice this week.
Markus Wheaton - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton looks dramatically improved from his ankle injury and has a good chance to play in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: Wheaton was limited to one catch for 18 yards in Week 4 and has been a disappointment overall with only eight receptions for 156 yards on the season, but has had ample time to recover with the Steelers having 11 days between games and should be out there this coming Monday night if you need him.
Dan Herron - RB - Buffalo Bils
Free-agent RB Dan Herron (Colts) was signed by the Buffalo Bills Tuesday, Oct. 6. TE MarQueis Gray (forearm) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.
Huddle Up: With their top two RBs -- LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (concussion) -- iffy this week with health issues, the Bills needed some depth behind Anthony Dixon and Cierre Wood and they have settled on the former-Colt Herron who totaled 524 yards last season in Indy.
Fred Jackson - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Fred Jackson is dealing with a high ankle sprain, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
Huddle Up: There originally were fears that the 34-year-old had sustained a fracture, but it's still a high-ankle sprain that could keep him out a few weeks. Starter Marshawn Lynch is expected back in Week 5 after sitting out Monday night, and if so, he and undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls will handle the RB chores Sunday in Cincinnati.
Eric Ebron - TE - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee) had an MRI and X-rays reveal no structural damage in his left knee. His status is still to be determined for Week 5.
Huddle Up: Don't be surprised if Ebron sits out Sunday coming off a short week, but it's definitely great news overall for the tight end, who has 15 catches for 179 yards and a team-high two TDs so far this season.
Steve Smith - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (back) is day to day and hasn't been ruled out for Week 5, according to WR Kamar Aiken.
Huddle Up: Broken bones in his back? Ice up, son! You can't really surprised Smith might still go this week. Whether he can be effective, however, remains to be seen.
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