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.
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.
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.
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