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  • Andre Johnson - WR - Indianapolis Colts
    Posted 10/6/15 7:55pm ET

    Indianapolis Colts WR Andre Johnson had just two targets and was held without a catch again in Week 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and has disappeared in the offense often this year. WR T.Y. Hilton had 11 more targets than Johnson this past week and TE Coby Fleener was targeted 10 more times. Johnson has struggled to create separation from opposing secondaries and is often the third, fourth or fifth option in the receiving game. He has mostly played out wide his entire career but has often found himself lining up in the slot this year, too. Even more perplexing is that Johnson was dominant in training camp and developed a strong rapport with QB Andrew Luck.

    Huddle Up: Johnson has been un-startable -- and even un-ownable in smaller leagues -- but try to give him a few more weeks if you can spare the bench spot as the opportunity and upside still remain.

  • Charles Johnson - WR - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 10/6/15 5:46pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson (ribs) left practice after the team stretch Tuesday, Oct. 6. Johnson did not play in Week 4 against the Denver Broncos.

    Huddle Up: Between his rib injury, the Vikings' run-first shift with the return this season of Adrian Peterson and the productiveness of newcomers Mike Wallace and fifth-round rookie Stefon Diggs, Johnson hasn't been close to living up to his mid-round draft stock. Keep him around if you can spare the roster space in 12- and 14-team leagues to see if something might rekindle, but definitely move on if you need immediate WR help.

  • Roddy White - WR - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 10/6/15 5:41pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White is frustrated but said there's nothing to get mad about in regards to his slow start this season. White said all he can do is run the routes he's supposed to run and do his job. He added that he knows he'll get his chances because of how defenses will play against their offense. White's streak of 130 games with a catch ended in Week 4.

    Huddle Up: The soon-to-be-34-year-old wideout only has been targeted 13 times and has six catches for 92 yards -- with only two grabs for eight yards coming in the last three games -- as newcomer Leonard Hankerson has overtaken him for the No. 2 role behind Julio Jones. Don't be surprised if White has a big game or two coming up, but he's likely not going to be productive enough on a week-to-week basis to be of fantasy use.

  • Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 10/6/15 5:41pm ET

    Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley said WR Sammy Watkins (calf) will play in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans 'fingers crossed.'

    Huddle Up: Outside of his six catches for 60 yards and a TD in Week 2, Watkins has caught one pass for 39 yards and could be a buy-low candidate if his fantasy owner is frustrated.

  • Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
    Posted 10/6/15 5:41pm ET

    Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has now gone seven straight games without throwing for 300 yards, which is the longest streak of his career since his first seven starts.

    Huddle Up: Whether it's his poor offensive line, the decline of top target Calvin Johnson or just plain poor play on his part, Stafford clearly no longer can be counted on as a reliable starting option in 10-14-team leagues.

  • Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
    Posted 10/6/15 4:57pm ET

    Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) does not have a partial shoulder subluxation, as had been reported previously, according to a source. Head coach Chuck Pagano said he heard Luck is dealing with a sore shoulder. Luck missed the Colts' Week 4 contest, but is considered day-to-day and is expected to play Thursday, Oct. 8, against the Houston Texans. He was limited in practice Tuesday.

    Huddle Up: Things remain trending in the right direction for Luck following his first missed start as a pro, but his fantasy owners are going to have to remain on top of his status for the next couple days with the early game this week.

  • Joe Haden - CB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 10/6/15 4:57pm ET

    Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden was inactive in Week 4 against the San Diego Chargers with a broken right ring finger after he was initially listed as probable on the injury report. He decided not to play after testing his hand in pregame warmups. CB Pierre Desir started in Haden's place. Haden's status for Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens is unknown. 'Hopefully Joe will get more comfortable with the finger injury so we can get him back out there,' head coach Mike Pettine said.

    Huddle Up: Philip Rivers was able to take advantage of Haden's absence last Sunday, throwing for a season-high three TD passes and 358 yards in leading the Bolts to a 30-27 win. See what Haden is able to do in practice this week.

  • Markus Wheaton - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 10/6/15 4:57pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton looks dramatically improved from his ankle injury and has a good chance to play in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers.

    Huddle Up: Wheaton was limited to one catch for 18 yards in Week 4 and has been a disappointment overall with only eight receptions for 156 yards on the season, but has had ample time to recover with the Steelers having 11 days between games and should be out there this coming Monday night if you need him.

  • Dan Herron - RB - Buffalo Bils
    Posted 10/6/15 4:24pm ET

    Free-agent RB Dan Herron (Colts) was signed by the Buffalo Bills Tuesday, Oct. 6. TE MarQueis Gray (forearm) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

    Huddle Up: With their top two RBs -- LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (concussion) -- iffy this week with health issues, the Bills needed some depth behind Anthony Dixon and Cierre Wood and they have settled on the former-Colt Herron who totaled 524 yards last season in Indy.

  • Fred Jackson - RB - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 10/6/15 4:24pm ET

    Seattle Seahawks RB Fred Jackson is dealing with a high ankle sprain, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

    Huddle Up: There originally were fears that the 34-year-old had sustained a fracture, but it's still a high-ankle sprain that could keep him out a few weeks. Starter Marshawn Lynch is expected back in Week 5 after sitting out Monday night, and if so, he and undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls will handle the RB chores Sunday in Cincinnati.

  • Eric Ebron - TE - Detroit Lions
    Posted 10/6/15 4:24pm ET

    Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee) had an MRI and X-rays reveal no structural damage in his left knee. His status is still to be determined for Week 5.

    Huddle Up: Don't be surprised if Ebron sits out Sunday coming off a short week, but it's definitely great news overall for the tight end, who has 15 catches for 179 yards and a team-high two TDs so far this season.

  • Steve Smith - WR - Baltimore Ravens
    Posted 10/6/15 10:02am ET

    Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (back) is day to day and hasn't been ruled out for Week 5, according to WR Kamar Aiken.

    Huddle Up: Broken bones in his back? Ice up, son! You can't really surprised Smith might still go this week. Whether he can be effective, however, remains to be seen.

  • Karlos Williams - RB - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 10/6/15 10:01am ET

    Buffalo Bills RB Karlos Williams (concussion) sustained a concussion in Week 4, and his status is uncertain against the Tennessee Titans in Week 5.

    Huddle Up: The status of LeSean McCoy's hamstring becomes more important if his caddy Williams can't go. Boobie Dixon would be in line for the heaviest portion of the workload, with Cierre Wood chipping in as well.

  • Zach Hocker - PK - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 10/6/15 10:01am ET

    New Orleans Saints PK Zach Hocker could be in danger of losing his job as the Saints are trying out kickers Tuesday, Oct. 6.

    Huddle Up: Hocker nearly cost the Saints a win Sunday night by banging a short field goal attempt off the upright. That New Orleans is openly auditioning replacements doesn't bode well for him kicking for the Saints this week, so if he's your fantasy kicker plan accordingly.

  • Thomas Rawls - RB - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 10/6/15 10:01am ET

    Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls saw a lion's share of the carries against the Detroit Lions in Week 4 Monday, Oct. 5, running for 48 yards on 17 carries with RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) inactive.

    Huddle Up: Rawls was ineffective in place of Lynch, but the entire Seattle offense looked out of sync. Perhaps the near miss against Detroit will encourage Lynch to get back on the field this week and help the Seahawks right their offensive ship.

  • Theo Riddick - RB - Detroit Lions
    Posted 10/6/15 10:01am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick ran once for five yards in the Week 4 game against the Seattle Seahawks Monday, Oct. 5, and he added five receptions for 31 yards.

    Huddle Up: Seattle's swarming defense limited what the Lions could do offensively, but Riddick again carved out PPR value with five receptions. It's a role he seems locked into, even with Ameer Abdullah on the roster, so if you're scraping for a PPR RB replacement for Lance Dunbar Riddick might be your low-cost alternative.

  • Ricardo Lockette - WR - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 10/6/15 10:01am ET

    Seattle Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette (illness) will not return to the Week 4 game against the Detroit Lions after checking out of the game due to a shortness of breath.

    Huddle Up: Not that the Seahawks throw much anyway, or that you've dug deep enough into the Seattle receiver rotation to use Lockette for your fantasy squad.

  • Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 10/6/15 12:20am ET

    Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 20-of-26 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown and also added 40 yards on 10 rushes Monday, Nov. 5 in a 13-10 win over the Detroit Lions.

    Huddle Up: Despite being sacked six times and losing two fumbles, Wilson scrambled out of much more trouble, completing more than a few passes on the run and hitting a season high in passing yardage. He certainly could use a lot better protection up front, but his mobility keeps him firmly in the QB1 discussion for now.

  • Fred Jackson - RB - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 10/5/15 10:22pm ET

    Seattle Seahawks RB Fred Jackson (ankle) was forced out of the Week 4 game against the Detroit Lions after having his leg rolled into blocking on a run by QB Russell Wilson.

    Huddle Up: The 34-year-old Jackson had rushed three times for 21 yards and added 33 more on a pair of receptions helping fill in for the injured Marshawn Lynch, but it looks like undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls might to finish up.

  • Eric Ebron - TE - Detroit Lions
    Posted 10/5/15 10:00pm ET

    Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron left the Week 4 game against the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter after going down and clutching his knee. He is questionable to return.

    Huddle Up: Ebron had caught two passes for 22 yards before a teammate rolled into the side of his knee at the end of the play, and Ebron limped off the field in pain and disgust. It certainly didn't look good, but we'll wait and see what the official word is from the Lions.

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