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.
Knile Davis - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Cheifs RB Knile Davis rushed for a team-high 107 yards on 16 carries in Week 5 and added one catch for 12 yards.
Huddle Up: With KC dominating the Patriots there was no need to overwork Jamaal Charles coming back from injury, so Davis saw plenty of work. Doesn't feel like the Chiefs' MO going forward--they'll use a healthy Charles as much as necessary--but it does suggest that Davis will maintain at least some fantasy value even with Charles back in the lineup.
Brandon LaFell - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell had a team-high six receptions for a game-high 119 yards and a touchdown in the Week 4 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 29. It was LaFell's first TD with the Patriots.
Huddle Up: To this point Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski were the only members of New England's passing game worthy of fantasy attention. However, with Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins consistently healthy scratches and LaFell playing well, he may slip onto the fantasy radar.
Travis Kelce - TE - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce hit career highs with a team-high nine targets, eight catches and 93 receiving yards and a touchdown Monday, Sept. 29 in a 41-14 rout of the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Kelce's fantasy points have increased in each outing this season and he's now a bona fide TE1 in all leagues, especially given the relative dearth of reliable pass-catching options in K.C.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 14 of his 23 pass attempts for 159 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Week 4 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 29. One of the interceptions was returned for a touchdown.
Huddle Up: The abominable season continues for Brady, who simply doesn't have near the protection or the pass-catching supporting cast of seasons past. Brady came into Monday's contest as fantasy's 29th-ranked -- yes, you read that right -- QB, and there are few signs pointing back toward fantasy relevancy for the legendary QB.
Marvin Jones - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (foot) is expected to return in Week 5, and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said he 'can't wait' to use Jones in the offense.
Huddle Up: Mohamed Sanu has been productive as Cincy's No. 2 WR opposite A.J. Green, but definitely look for Jones to take over that role coming off his 51-712-10 season in 2013. He's definitely needs to be picked up if he's available on your league's waiver wire.
Jamaal Charles - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) rushed for 92 yards and a TD on 18 carries and added 16 yards and a pair of scores on 3 receptions Monday, Sept. 29 in a 41-14 win over the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: It was 2013 all over again Monday night for Charles, who had 46 total yards without a score in the four-plus quarters he played before injuring his ankle in Week 2 and sitting out Week 3. Knile Davis also was heavily involved Monday night with 17 touches and 119 total yards, including a team-high 107 rushing, and expect his continued involvement going forward given his productiveness and the need to keep Charles fresh. But have no doubt, Charles is K.C.'s every-down lead dog as long as he remains healthy.
Aaron Dobson - WR - New England Patriots
The New England Patriots have declared WR Aaron Dobson, CB Alfonzo Dennard, DL Casey Walker, OT Jordan Devey, OL Josh Kline, WR Kenbrell Thompkins, DE Zach Moore inactive for Week 4.
Huddle Up: The second-year wideouts have combined for 7 catches for 66 yards and no scores in 3 total games this season, but Brady will be relying on Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell tonight.
Eric Berry - S - Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs have declared QB Aaron Murray, WR Albert Wilson, DL Damion Square, RB De'Anthony Thomas, SS Eric Berry, RB Joe McKnight, OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif inactive for Week 4.
Huddle Up: Berry, injured early in the Week 2 loss to Denver, will essentially miss a third straight game tonight, taking away a key cog for the K.C. defense vs. Tom Brady & Co.
Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) did not participate in practice Monday, Sept. 29. QB Christian Ponder worked with the first-team offense during practice.
Huddle Up: It's short week with the Vikes playing Thursday night, so the rookie will have to get on the field over the next few days to have a decent shot at playing in Green Bay. See what develops.
Jarius Wright - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright said he created a solid chemistry with QB Teddy Bridgewater during the preseason, which is why he caught eight passes for 132 yards in Week 4. 'Teddy knew where to put the ball to me on a couple throws,' Wright said. 'I kind of knew where to expect the ball. Our reps paid off. A lot of trust.'
Huddle Up: Wright, who entered the contest with only 6 targets and 3 catches for 37 yards, was targeted on a full third of Bridgewater's 30 passes Sunday, but a key immediate question is what happens to the wideout's production if the rookie QB can't play Thursday night?
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer's (shoulder) status for Week 5 will depend on if he is able to participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1, and Thursday, Oct. 2, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Palmer probably will play if he is able to practice Wednesday.
Huddle Up: Something to keep an eye on if you've been holding on to Palmer through the Cards' bye week. If he can't go, Drew Stanton will get the call for a third straight game.
Zach Miller - TE - Seattle Seahawks
Updating previous reports, Seattle Seahawks TE Zach Miller (ankle) is only expected to miss two games after he underwent ankle surgery last week.
Huddle Up: Miller had 6 receptions for 76 yards on 7 targets in the Seahawks' first 3 games, and Luke Willson figures to start in his absence. Temper any fantasy expectations, though, as the TE is typically not a major part of the Seattle offense.
Da'Rick Rogers - WR - Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts have released WR Da'Rick Rogers and promoted FS Dewey McDonald to their 53-man roster Monday, Sept. 29, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. Rogers was arrested early Monday morning on DUI charges
Huddle Up: Rogers had 14 catches for 192 yards and a pair of scores last season but had not played an offensive snap this season at the bottom of a deep Indy WR depth chart.
Josh McCown - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not decided if QB Josh McCown (thumb) will regain the starting job when he returns from his injury or if Mike Glennon will keep the job, according to head coach Lovie Smith. Smith said the team will go with whichever quarterback gives them the best chance to win.
Huddle Up: Glennon was merely OK stat-wise Sunday, completing 21-of-42 passes for 302 yards, 2 TDs and a pick against the Steelers, but the most important number is the "1" now located under the W column for the Bucs after Glennon rallied the team to the last-second victory. In the least, that has earned the second-year QB another start or two.
Kyle Orton - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB Kyle Orton will start Week 5 in place of QB EJ Manuel, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Huddle Up: The ineffective E.J. Manuel has benched just four games into his second season after a miserable performance in Houston. Orton will be asked to lead an offense that relies heavily on the run and to not turn the ball over. At 32, Orton is a game manager who starts out as a low end QB2 for fantasy purposes.
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