Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) has seen improvement with his foot injury, although he is still not at 100 percent. However, he is able to practice more, and he was a limited participant Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Huddle Up: Ellington had the bye week to rest his foot, so he should start seeing an increase in touches starting this week against Denver. He's a strong RB2.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) isn't being ruled out for Week 5 against the Denver Broncos by head coach Bruce Arians. Arians said Palmer is doubtful to return to practice Thursday, Oct. 2, but if he can return Friday, Oct. 3, there's a chance he can start against the Broncos. If Palmer doesn't practice Friday, QB Drew Stanton would receive his third straight start. After throwing for two days last week, Palmer's shoulder regressed. The team is treating his injury week-to-week, and the team isn't close to considering putting him on the short-term Reserve/Injured list.
Huddle Up: If Palmer plays it would give a fantasy boost to Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. Drew Stanton has played well in Palmer's absence but he doesn't get the ball down the field as much. Expect Stanton to be under center against Denver.
Brandon Marshall - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) practiced without restrictions Wednesday, Oct. 1, for the first time in a while. 'It was good to get him (Marshall) back out there at full speed,' head coach Marc Trestman said.
Huddle Up: Marshall will start against Carolina's struggling secondary. He's a WR1 this week.
Marvin Jones - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1, because of a possible ankle injury. The injury does not appear to be related to his broken foot.
Huddle Up: Possible worrisome news for those fantasy GMs banking on the WR's return this week. See if he's able to get on the field and do something over the next few days.
Harry Douglas - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Huddle Up: Douglas, one of many banged-up Falcons, has been sidelined since getting injured Sept. 18. The key, of course, will be getting on the field over the next two days.
Arian Foster - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Huddle Up: Foster played in Week 4 but clearly wasn't 100 percent, rushing for only 6 yards on 8 carries. Fantasy owners may be looking at the same scenario this Sunday so weigh your fantasy options carefully.
Joique Bell - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Huddle Up: No surprise here as Bell is in the recovery protocol. See if there are any signs of progress over the next few days but also getting your other options lined up.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) was excused from practice Wednesday, Oct. 1, in order to see another specialist regarding the nerve issue in his shoulder, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'He threw a bunch last Thursday and Friday and then regressed,' Arians said.
Huddle Up: Despite the Cards' Week 4 bye, it's starting to look and sound as if Drew Stanton will get a third straight start Sunday in Denver.
Austin Davis - QB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams QB Austin Davis has been named the team's starting quarterback moving forward.
Huddle Up: Davis fared better against the Cowboys than Drew Brees did, throwing for 327 yards and three TDs in Week 3, and could be a sneaky fantasy play going forward based on the week-to-week matchup.
Jeremy Maclin - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin (hamstring) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Huddle Up: Hammy issues are always worth monitoring, but no worries for now for the WR who ranks second in targets (47) and sixth in total fantasy points (54) heading into Week 5.
Jerick McKinnon - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1, and is probable for Week 5.
Huddle Up: The rookie has been a hot waiver-wire commodity since his 19-touch, 152-total-yard outburst last Sunday and now has a n extremely favorable Week 5 matchup against the Pack who are allowing the fourth most fantasy points to opposing RBs. Definitely don't hesitate to start him.
Knowshon Moreno - RB - Miami Dolphins
Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (dislocated elbow) said he is about 4 weeks away from returning.
Huddle Up: There have been overly optimistic reports that Moreno could return as soon as Week 6 following the Dolphins' bye, but it looks like Lamar Miller will have the starting job to himself for at least the next 2-3 games.
Calvin Johnson - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he's feeling much better this week than he did at the same point last week.
Huddle Up: Megatron's fantasy owners certainly are hoping so after they were dealt a 2-12-0 dud on 2 targets this past Sunday against the Jets. Johnson has another favorable matchup this week against the Bills, who allow the 11th most points to opposing fantasy WRs.
Bishop Sankey - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey is likely to see more work in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns than he has in his first four games, head coach Ken Whisenhunt said on his radio show Tuesday on 104.5 FM The Zone. In the last two weeks, Sankey has been on the field for 22 and 29 snaps, the highest totals of any Titans running back. Whisenhunt again noted that Sankey's footwork has improved.
Huddle Up: Sankey's fantasy-point production has increased each of the last 3 games, while Shoon Greene has seen his rushing yards decease steadily since his 15-71 outing in the season opener. Based on the matchup, the rookie may not consistently put up strong fantasy numbers on a week-to-week basis, but he at least figures to be given the touches and opportunity to do so going forward.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Huddle Up: The first-round pick is hoping to make his Big Blue debut this Sunday against the Falcons but will need to show more in the coming days' practices than he did Wednesday.
Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) could be a game-time decision in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Oct. 2. Head coach Mike Zimmer said the team doesn't want to put him at risk for the rest of the season.
Huddle Up: Going by Zimmer's comment, it certainly doesn't sound promising for Bridgewater and his fantasy owners, who are going to have be on top of the situation during tomorrow's pre-game to see if the rookie or Christian Ponder gets the starting call at Lambeau.
DeAngelo Williams - RB - Carolina Panthers
Updating an earlier report, Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is out for Week 5, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Well, Williams was back for 11 carries and 34 yards last week after missing the previous two games, but the Panthers are now down to undrafted rookie Darrin Reaves, who will get the start Sunday against the Bears.
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.
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