Martavis Bryant - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant appears unlikely to make his season debut in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers despite the fact his four-game suspension is complete. He has practiced just once this week, and the team does not have to activate him for the game if they do not choose, and since he isn't active they do not need to disclose what kind of injury he is dealing with.
Huddle Up: There are very few details right now about why Bryant won't play this week but fantasy owners will have to continue to wait on Bryant. It looks like he won't be activated this week.
Fred Jackson - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks RB Fred Jackson (ankle) will test his injury Sunday, Oct. 11, in the morning, and the team is optimistic he will be ready for the road game in Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: If Jackson is healthy, he'll share the running back duties with Thomas Rawls. Marshawn Lynch is out this week. Jackson isn't on the fantasy radar right now.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) will miss consecutive games for the first time since he joined the team in 2010. Head coach Pete Carroll said Lynch has a hamstring strain with some tissue damage.
Huddle Up: Lynch is out for this week's game against the Bengals. The Seahawks are being cautious with Lynch but hope he'll be back for Week 6. Thomas Rawls will start in his place.
Darren McFadden - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle will start the Week 5 game against the New England Patriots in Week 5, with RB Darren McFadden seeing action a couple of series later and then giving way to RB Christine Michael. According to vice president Stephen Jones, the team will go with the hot hand from there.
Huddle Up: In other words, it's a fantasy mess. Randle never grabbed the job and now it can change week-to-week. Meanwhile DeMarco Murray is in Philadelphia complaining about his carries.
Martavis Bryant - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has practiced only once this week, and QB Michael Vick said he is a little concerned about Bryant's availability for the Week 5 game against the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: Bryant didn't practice on Thursday or Friday and hasn't been added to the active roster yet. The reason for his absence isn't known but coming off his four-game suspension it looks like there's a chance Bryant won't be ready to play on Sunday. Owners will need to have other options ready.
Latavius Murray - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 9, and is listed as probable for the Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Murray was dealing with a minor shoulder injury but he was never really in danger of missing Sunday's game. He'll be an RB versus Denver's tough defense.
Owen Daniels - TE - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos TE Owen Daniels (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 9, and is listed as probable for the Week 5 game against the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: Daniels has a great matchup this week against a Raiders' defense that is by far the worst in the NFL at defending tight ends. He's a low-end TE1 this week.
Randall Cobb - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WRs Randall Cobb (shoulder) and James Jones (hamstring) were both limited in practice Friday, Oct. 9, but both are listed as probable for Week 5 against the St. Louis Rams.
Huddle Up: Cobb and Jones will play after a relatively quiet Week 4 in which they combined for 10 catches and 142 yards, but fellow wideout Davante Adams likely remains out despite his questionable designation.
Jeremy Hill - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 9, and is listed as probable for the Week 5 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: Hill upped his practice participation Friday after being limited Wednesday and Thursday but will face a Seahawks' defense which has surrendered the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs so far.
Brian Hoyer - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer will start against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6, head coach Bill O'Brien announced Friday, Oct. 9. Hoyer went 24-for-31 for 312 yards, two touchdowns and a late interception against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5 Thursday, Oct. 8, while replacing QB Ryan Mallett.
Huddle Up: It's now come full circle as Hoyer opened the season as the team's starter. Hoyer also has thrown for 10 more yards and two more TDs than Mallett despite 52 fewer pass attempts, but, most importantly, it matters little to WR DeAndre Hopkins, who is producing a top-10 fantasy season regardless of who's throwing him the ball.
Tevin Coleman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (ribs) will play in Week 5 against the Washington Redskins after missing the last two games.
Huddle Up: Lost in all the Devonta Freeman hoopla, it was Coleman, the third-round rookie, who opened the season as the Falcons' starter and performed solidly, rushing for 112 yards and a TD oin 29 carries in the first game-plus before injuring his ribs. That said, it's Freeman's gig until announced otherwise, and Coleman figures to be limited to 8-10 touches per game.
Crockett Gillmore - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore (calf) has been ruled out for the Week 5 game against the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: Gillmore will miss a second straight game, meaning more work for rookies Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle, who had four targets apiece but only netted 29 combined yards on five catches in Week 3.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, who leads the NFL with 38 catches and 478 yards through four games, has been moved around on the field more often this year, making it tough for opposing defenses to keep track of where he is. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's misdirection offense also helps Jones get open more often. Jones' ability to run different routes from different positions on the field also makes him tougher to defend.
Huddle Up: Jones had a stunningly quiet outing (4-38) in the Week 4 rout of the Texans, but that likely means he's due for an explosion Sunday against Washington which comes in allowing the 10th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) is doubtful for Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Huddle Up: ASJ, who was injured in Week 2, still hasn't practiced and likely remains a couple weeks away, leaving Brandon Myers as the team's top pass-catching tight end.
Julius Thomas - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (hand) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 9, and is questionable for Week 5 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Thomas took some definite strides this week, catching passes and getting in some practice time, but his return to game action likely remains a a week or two away. Double check his Sunday status, though, just to make sure.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (calf) is likely out for Week 5, but he said he could play in an emergency. Watkins took part in individual drills for the second straight day Friday, Oct. 9, and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: Keep an eye open for a late reversal of fantasy fortune Sunday morning but go ahead and set your lineup with the idea that Watkins will miss a second straight game.
Alshon Jeffery - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Unfortunately for Jeffery owners, the Bears' wideout definitely is on the iffy side of questionable having not practiced all week so prepare to go without him a fourth straight game.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) has been ruled out of the team's Week 5 game Sunday, Oct. 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: The disappointing fantasy season for the first-round pick continues as he'll miss a second straight game. Hopefully, Lynch owners also have rookie Thomas Rawls as he'll see the majority of the touches Sunday with Fred Jackson questionable with a high- ankle sprain.
Sean Lee - LB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (concussion) has been cleared to play in Week 5 against the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Good news for Lee's IDP-league owners and the Cowboys, who will need their leading tackler against the high-powered Patriots.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RBs LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (concussion) both missed practice again Friday, Oct. 9, and have been ruled out for Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans. Williams is still in the concussion protocol. RB Anthony Dixon is likely to start against the Titans, but RB Dan Herron also will share in the workload. McCoy, meanwhile, said he'll miss three to four weeks with a Grade 2 hamstring strain.
Huddle Up: As expected here, the Bills will be without their top-two RBs Sunday, leaving Dixon as low-end flex play with upside against the Titans' D.
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