Alfred Morris - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 24, and is listed as probable for Week 4.
Huddle Up: After being spelled late in Week 3, Morris looks good to go Thursday night against a Giants' defense which is slightly better than average (13th) against opposing fantasy RBs.
Bernard Pierce - RB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (quadriceps) is participating in practice Wednesday, Sept. 24. Pierce missed the team's Week 3 game because of the injury.
Huddle Up: This makes Pierce almost certain to return to action Sunday, but be prepared for a fantasy-unfriendly three-headed RBBC monster following rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro's breakout performance last week.
Tyvon Branch - S - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders SS Tyvon Branch will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list after undergoing surgery for a fracture in his foot, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The winless Raiders just can't catch a break with one of their top defensive players apparently shelved for the remainder of the season.
Maurice Jones-Drew - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) said Wednesday, Sept. 24, on NFL Network's NFL AM, he will play in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: MJD has missed the past two games, and it's still unclear if he'll return to his starting role or spell Darren McFadden. Unless you don't have another option, MJD is probably best kept on your bench until the roles get sorted out in the Raiders' backfield.
Roddy White - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (hamstring) is working off to the side with trainers during practice Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Huddle Up: White was a game-time inactive and missed the Week 3 rout of the Bucs but is expected to return this Sunday against the Vikings given the extra rest he's received. He'll have to show more Thursday and Friday, however, so check his status.
Ryan Tannehill - QB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill said he will be the starting quarterback in Week 4 even though head coach Joe Philbin is still not ready to name the starter.
Huddle Up: Tannehill is almost sure to start in London, but the clear message here is that the QB is on a short leash and another lackluster performance will likely lead to a change under center during Miami's Week 5 bye.
DeAngelo Williams - RB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hamstring) is participating in practice Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Huddle Up: Strong sign that Williams will return Sunday after missing the last 2 games. The Panthers, meanwhile, certainly need him back with Mike Tolbert going on short-term IR this week and the oft-injured Jonathan Stewart week-to-week with a knee issue.
Matt Cassel - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list, Wednesday, Sept. 24, which ends his season.
Huddle Up: It was only a matter of time until Teddy Bridgewater took over, and Cassel's season-ending injury expedited the process.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) said the nerve in his shoulder feels better, and he expects to play in Week 5 after the bye week. He expects to throw this week.
Huddle Up: Palmer would be a sneaky add during the Cardinals' bye, as he'll be throwing to some elite receivers in a pass-heavy offense--all the reasons he was a solid sleeper fantasy QB heading into the season.
Bishop Sankey - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey was on the field for a season-high 27 snaps in Week 3, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Sankey's play will dictate his future snap totals. 'He's got good vision, and he looks to have good movement skills,' Whisenhunt said. 'What I didn't like is attention to detail with him. If he can get the attention to detail better, his reps will increase.'
Huddle Up: Sankey and starter Shonn Greene each got 10 carries in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, and it was the rookie who had the better numbers, finishing with 61 rushing yards to Greene's 33, even though the veteran got the short rushing TD. Definitely expect more from Sankey going forward as he picks up the nuances of the pro game.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) played a season-high 42 snaps in Week 3, and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said a further increase in playing time is coming. 'Rob has done the things we have asked him to do,' McDaniels said. 'He has been fine in terms of his assignments and his conditioning. But we just have to try to add to it as we go throughout the course of the year.'
Huddle Up: Although his targets dipped from 11 in Week 1 to 6 in each of the past 2 games, definitely expect more looks for the big TE going forward, especially given the struggles Tom Brady has had connecting with other pass-catchers not named Gronk or Julian Edelman.
Riley Cooper - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper leads all wide receivers in routes run, according to Cecil Lammey of ESPN Denver, but has totaled just nine catches for 71 yards.
Huddle Up: More alarming for Cooper owners is the Sunday performance of rookie Jordan Matthews who nearly matched Cooper's season totals in one game, catching 8 passes for 59 yards, including a pair of TDs. Cooper remains the starter in two-WR sets, but any more games like Matthews had on Sunday might result in a reversal of roles.
Geno Smith - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Geno Smith remains the team's starting quarterback, according to head coach Rex Ryan. 'Everybody is behind Geno. He's our quarterback and our football team believes in him,' Ryan said.
Huddle Up: More than any other stat, turnovers are the key with the second-year QB after giving the ball away 26 times last year. Smith already has lost 5 (4 picks & a fumble), and needs to clean things up or Michael Vick's name will start figuring prominently in Big Apple tabloid headlines.
Andrew Hawkins - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins is tied for fifth among wide receivers in targets (32) through three weeks.
Huddle Up: Hawkins has caught 21 of those 32 targets for 244 yards -- making him a definite starter in PPR leagues -- and all that's missing are the TD catches -- something that's eluded him since Week 14 of the 2012 season.
Chris Ivory - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Chris Ivory may get more playing time, according to head coach Rex Ryan. Ivory and Chris Johnson both had 10 carries against the Chicago Bears in Week 3, but Ivory saw more action in the passing game.
Huddle Up: Ivory has most definitely been the more productive back, rushing for 66 more yards (189-123) and 2 more TDs (2-0) than Johnson on 2 fewer carries and posting 32 more reception yards (55-23) despite one fewer catch. The concern, though -- especially with an increased workload -- is Ivory's health as he's played in only 42 out of a possible 67 games in his four-plus-year pro career.
Jake Locker - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker has a wrist strain, according to an MRI. The quarterback's status for Week 4 is still uncertain.
Huddle Up: Locker's star has faded fast since his 266-yard, 2-TD outing in Week 1 and now health is once again a question for the QB who's missed a combined 14 games over the previous 2 seasons. See what practice holds this week.
Vincent Jackson - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson wasn't limited in practice Monday, Sept. 22, after sustaining a slight wrist fracture in Week 3. He had his wrist wrapped Monday.
Huddle Up: Jackson, with 10 receptions on 25 targets for 102 yards and a TD, is off to a slow start like almost every other member of the Bucs. See if the wrist is a problem during practice later this week, but for now plan on starting him if you need him.
Vernon Davis - TE - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) said his ankle is doing much better and he is reportedly looking better with no sign of a limp.
Huddle Up: Davis missed the Niners' Week 3 debacle in the desert, but early signs are pointing toward a return Sunday vs. the Eagles. If so, Davis should be able to get in some practice reps this week.
Ryan Tannehill - QB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is scheduled to start this weekend in London against the Oakland Raiders, despite head coach Joe Philbin repeatedly not committing to Tannehill as the starter. 'At the end of the week, we're going to pick the 46 guys that give us the best chance to win the game in London,' Philbin said Tuesday, Sept. 23.
Huddle Up: With two interceptions, Tannehill isn't making killer mistakes. Rather it's the plays he isn't making --missing open receivers, converting in key situations -- that are frustrating the Dolphins and fantasy owners. It's netted only 624 passing yards, 18 rushing yards and 49 fantasy points, and continued struggles against the winless Raiders could certainly lead to a change in the team's QB thinking during the following bye week.
Dennis Pitta - TE - Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens placed TE Dennis Pitta (hip) on Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Sept. 23, officially ending the tight end's season.
Huddle Up: Rugged turn of events for Pitta, who went down on a non-contact play Sunday. Look for Owen Daniels, who was with offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak in Houston, to assume most of the TE workload. Daniels had a big Week 2 with a pair of TD grabs but has only 5 receptions for 42 yards in the Ravens' other 2 contests.
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