Chris Johnson - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson will lose playing time with RB Andre Ellington (knee) on the mend. RB Chris Johnson figures to be the featured back with Ellington behind him. 'It's not hard, because the young guy (David Johnson) sits down,' head coach Bruce Arians said.
Huddle Up: David Johnson's playing time had been steadily on the rise during Ellington's absence, but Chris Johnson has played well also. Look for the rookie's touches to be reduced, at least until Ellington's next injury.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Huddle Up: Lynch is expected to be a game-time decision this week against the Bengals. Thomas Rawls will get his second straight start if Lynch can't play. Rawls will be nothing more than a Flex play versus a tough Bengals' defense.
DeSean Jackson - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring) said playing this week against the Atlanta Falcons is a possibility. Jackson said as long as he improves every day, it's possible that he'll play, although head coach Jay Gruden isn't pushing him to make a premature return. Jackson had a limited practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Huddle Up: There's a chance Jackson will play but more than likely he'll miss one week while he recovers from his hamstring injury. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for a receiver this week.
Alshon Jeffery - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Huddle Up: Jeffery is expected to play this week. He has a great matchup versus a Chiefs' defense that ranks last in the NFL at defending receivers. Jeffery will be a WR2 if he plays.
Latavius Murray - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Huddle Up: Murray is expected to play Sunday but he has a tough matchup against the Broncos. He'll be a mid-range RB2 this week.
Arian Foster - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7, but is probable for Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, Oct. 8.
Huddle Up: Expect Foster to get a much bigger workload than the eight carries he saw last week against Atlanta. He's a RB2 for Week 5.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion, knee, ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Huddle Up: Reed is doubtful to play this week. It's a shame because he's leading the Redskins in receptions this year. Derek Carrier will start if Reed is out against the Falcons.
Alshon Jeffery - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery was a limited participant in the team's practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Huddle Up: It was good to see Jeffery do something in the first practice of the week, and if he's able to up his participation over the coming days, look for him to play for the first time in four games Sunday in Kansas City.
Crockett Gillmore - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore (calf) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Huddle Up: Not a good sign that Crockett still wasn't able to practice with two weeks off, but see if he's able to get on the field over the next two days.
Steve Smith - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (back) is week-to-week with microfractures in his back, but he hasn't been ruled out for Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns yet, according to head coach John Harbaugh. Harbaugh also said Smith won't need surgery and that his injury is a matter of pain tolerance. Smith won't be back on the field until he proves he can 'really function, protect himself, play hard and fast.'
Huddle Up: The ultra-tough Triple-S has had extra days to recover with the Ravens playing on Thursday last week, but we are still talking about broken bones here so expect him to miss at least one game.
Dwayne Allen - TE - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 5 against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: All signs point toward Allen returning after a two-game absence and that likely means a split of the tight-end targets between him and Coby Fleener.
Ronnie Hillman - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson is still considered the starting running back by head coach Gary Kubiak, but RB Ronnie Hillman has 'earned the right' to see more chances. The running game should continue to improve as the offensive line adapts and improves, in the opinion of The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. Both Anderson and Hillman will continue to be used, and whichever has the hot hand in a particular game will likely end up with a few more carries. Both Anderson and Hillman had 11 carries each in Week 4 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: There's still some hope for Anderson's dejected fantasy owners, but Hillman's increased role is definitely something for added concern as he's shown more explosiveness than Anderson, most notably on his 72-yard scoring run in Week 4.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (calf) is not being ruled out for Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans despite missing practice Wednesday, Oct. 7, according to head coach Rex Ryan.
Huddle Up: Of course it's only the Bills' first practice of the week, and they're going to give Watkins another few days to see if he can get on the field, but his fantasy owners should be planning on him on missing another game until announced otherwise.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. was defended physically in Week 4 in a strategy employed by the Buffalo Bills. Beckham was involved in a couple of altercations on the field, which showed Beckham throwing a punch. 'He's different,' Bills CB Stephon Gilmore said. 'It's kind of like you're playing your little brother, and he gets mad at you for being too physical with him - throwing a tantrum. I'm like, 'Man, we're playing football. It's a physical game. He's a prima donna. He feels like he's on top of the world and nobody's supposed to do anything to him.'
Huddle Up: Just about everyone knew it wasn't going to be as easy as OBJ made it look over the second half of last season, and it's time for the second-year wideout and the Giants to adjust following his decent but not WR1-caliber 24-307-2 start.
Vontae Davis - CB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts CB Vontae Davis (foot) is listed as questionable for Week 5 against the Houston Texans and didn't practice all week.
Huddle Up: If the Colts' top CB can't go Thursday, that's more good news for DeAndre Hopkins' fantasy owners as they've received a top-five fantasy-WR performance so far from the Texans' wideout, who's caught 31 passes for 409 yards and three scores.
Julius Thomas - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars
Updating an earlier report, Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (hand) has not been cleared to play in Week 5, but he has been cleared to practice and begin catching passes Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Huddle Up: The team's prize off-season acquisition is getting closer, but his J'ville debut likely remains a week or two away. Now, though, is the time to get a jump if you need TE help and pick Thomas up if he's available.
Anthony Dixon - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon will likely be the main running back against the Tennessee Titans in Week 5, according to head coach Rex Ryan
Huddle Up: The Titans don't present the easiest matchup, allowing the 11th fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs this season, but with Dixon in line to get the majority of the work on a run-first team, he's a solid option for those fantasy GMs needing RB help in Week 5.
Keith Mumphery - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR Keith Mumphery's role is likely to expand with WR Cecil Shorts (shoulder) banged up. Mumphery had four catches for 56 yards in Week 4.
Huddle Up: It's surprising that the fifth-round rookie Mumphery is set to fill the No. 2 WR role instead of third-rounder Jaelen Strong, but it appears he's the Texans' WR you want if you need a deep-league wideout boost.
Todd Gurley - RB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) practiced without a knee brace Tuesday, Oct. 6. It was the first time he has done that since offseason knee surgery.
Huddle Up: Playing without the brace is another step towards full recovery for Gurley, both physically and mentally. He looked pretty good last week with a brace, so if Gurley is even better without it... look out.
Darren McFadden - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Despite the loss of Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) for the season, the team does not plan on bringing in another running back, a source said Tuesday, Oct. 6. RB Christine Michael was added and will serve as the No. 3 tailback behind RBs Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden.
Huddle Up: McFadden is the most capable of replacing Dunbar as the Cowboys' pass-catching back, but he wasn't placed in that role last week after Dunbar went down. Expect the Dallas backfield to remain a committee for the foreseeable future, with Michael likely getting some touches and McFadden's role increasing.
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