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Jerick McKinnon, RB, MINHot9/30/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon was limited in practice on Tuesday due to an ankle injury.
Insight: McKinnon is not in danger of missing Week 5 even on a short week. The Vikings are just resting him after he had 19 touches in Sunday's victory over the Falcons.
Joe McKnight, RB, KAN9/30/2014 9:04:00 PM
Description: Kansas City placed running back Joe McKnight on injured reserve with a ruptured Achillies', ending his season.
Insight: McKnight ruptured his Achilles' tendon last week in practice. McKnight scored this season, but has just seven touches in the past two seasons.
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL9/30/2014 3:41:00 PM
Description: It will take a brave fantasy owner to start Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan in Week 5 as all the indicators point downward.
Insight: Ryan has thrown five interceptions in two road games this year after throwing 14 on the road (versus three at home) last season. And on Tuesday 40 percent of his starting offensive line was placed on injured reserve (RT Lamar Holmes and C Joe Hawley). That's going to be a lot to overcome.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN9/30/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) did not practice Tuesday.
Insight: Bridgewater hopes to at least be part of tomorrow's walk-through on this short work week. He did everything fantasy owners could have hoped for in his debut start, throwing for 317 yards and rushing for a touchdown in leading Minnesota to a win. The Vikings play Thursday at Green Bay.
Jarrett Boykin, WR, GBPCold9/30/2014 2:19:00 PM
Description: Packers receiver Jarrett Boykin was inactive on Sunday against the Bears and missed Tuesday's practice.
Insight: Boykin has not had a very good start to the season due to a knee and groin injury. Rookie Davante Adams has comfortably moved into the No. 3 receiver role.
Donnie Avery, WR, KAN9/30/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: Wide receiver Donnie Avery suffered an abductor strain, according to beat reporter Terez A. Paylor.
Insight: Avery is doubtful on a short work week. He hasn't caught more than three balls since opening day and doesn't carry much fantasy value.
George Winn, RB, DET9/30/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: The Detroit Lions have activated George Winn from their practice squad.
Insight: This is bad news for owners of Joique Bell (concussion) and Theo Riddick (hamstring) as it means one or both may not be ready to go Sunday.
Brian Tyms, WR, NEP9/30/2014 2:11:00 PM
Description: Third-year receiver Brian Tyms has been reinstated from suspension and could see playing time.
Insight: Tyms played very well in the preseason and should move in front of Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkin and into the fourth receiver role.
Ben Tate, RB, CLE9/30/2014 2:04:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate is practicing Tuesday.
Insight: Head coach Mike Pettine has said he'll start if he's healthy. Still with the performances of Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, we don't know how big a share of the workload he'll get. Sounds more and more like an RBBC.
Carson Palmer, QB, ARI9/30/2014 2:00:00 PM
Description: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is probable for Sunday's game against Denver, though he also said "the nerve in his shoulder hasn't progressed as much as he had hoped," to Ed Werder.
Insight: It sounds like Palmer is certainly not 100 percent, and given that, management might not start him. Drew Stanton is still an option until we hear further on Palmer's condition.
Marvin Jones, WR, CIN9/30/2014 1:58:00 PM
Description: Bengals receiver Marvin Jones could be activated for Sunday night's game against New England.
Insight: Jones took part in two practices last week and should be in every practice this week. In fact, the Cincinnati Enquirer says he's expected to return, so get ready. He posted 712 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns last season.
John Conner, FB, NYJ9/30/2014 1:48:00 PM
Description: The Jets have signed fullback John Conner to replace injured Tommy Bohanon (collarbone).
Insight: Conner has been with the team and should be able to step right in and block for Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. He has no fantasy value.
Tommy Bohanon, FB, NYJ9/30/2014 1:47:00 PM
Description: Jets fullback Tommy Bohanon broke his collarbone in last Sunday's game against the Lions.
Insight: The Jets signed John Conner to replace him on the roster.
Travis Kelce, TE, KANHot9/30/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce continues to progress and is quickly becoming a viable fantasy option.
Insight: Monday night he caught eight of nine targets for 93 yards and a touchdown. He's caught touchdowns in back-to-back games and may be the Chiefs' No. 1 receiver surpassing Dwayne Bowe.
Alex Smith, QB, KAN9/30/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith at his best Monday night, throwing for 248 yards and three scores.
Insight: Smith was 20-of-26 on the evening. That's about as good as you are going to get from him because of the Chiefs' weak receiving corps.
Knile Davis, RB, KAN9/30/2014 9:19:00 AM
Description: Even with Jamaal Charles returning to the starting lineup, Chiefs running back Knile Davis produced for fantasy owners.
Insight: Davis rushed 16 times for 107 yards and caught one pass for 12 yards. It's not last weekend's total, but still double-digit fantasy points.
Jamaal Charles, RB, KANHot9/30/2014 9:18:00 AM
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles looked healthy and posted numbers to back it Monday night.
Insight: Charles did leave for a time with cramps, but returned to play some more. He rushed for 92 yards and a score and caught three balls for 16 yards and two more scores. Welcome back Jamaal.
Stevan Ridley, RB, NEPCold9/30/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley wasn't part of the offense Monday night seeing just six touches and totalling 28 yards.
Insight: With the Patriots falling way behind and Ridley not part of the passing game, he was sitting most of the night.
Shane Vereen, RB, NEP9/30/2014 9:13:00 AM
Description: New England running back Shane Vereen saw more action than Stevan Ridley against Kansas City 13 touches to six.
Insight: When the Patriots fell behind, they went to their passing mode which includes Vereen. Still, he only totaled 67 yards from scrimmage on a totally ugly New England performance.
Tom Brady, QB, NEPCold9/30/2014 9:05:00 AM
Description: Another ugly outing from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Insight: Brady and Patriots were never in this one and he finished a short night of work going 14-of-23 for 159 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. At this point there are better options out there.
Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN9/29/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles left Monday night's game against the Patriots. UPDATE: It was just cramps. Charles is back on the sideline.
Insight: It looked like Charles was limping and grabbing his knee after scoring a third touchdown against the Patriots on Monday. There is no official report yet, but the running back went to the locker room. Charles rushed 14 times for 73 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards in addition to his three touchdowns before he exited.
Vernon Davis, TE, SFX9/29/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke told the Bay Area News Group that the extent of Vernon Davis' back injury is "not fully known."
Insight: Davis left Sunday's game against the Eagles with back spasms after he took a hit from inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans. Davis will likely be limited in practice this week.
Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN9/29/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (ankle) is officially actice Monday versus New England.
Insight: He was battling a high-ankle sprain, but got in limited practices throughout the week. Charles should not have any limitations. Fire him up as an RB1.
Aaron Dobson, WR, NEP9/29/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson and fellow wide out Kenbrell Thompkins are inactive for Monday night's game against the Chiefs.
Insight: This is the second straight week Dobson is a healthy scratch. Tom Brady will have Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Brandon LaFell as his wide receiver targets in addition to a healthy Rob Gonkowski.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NEP9/29/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is active for Monday night's game against the Chiefs.
Insight: Gronkowski has seen his snaps increase every week, and they should again go up in Week 4. Start him with confidence.
Josh McCown, QB, TAM9/29/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith failed to endorse Josh McCown as his starting quarterback according to PewterReport.com.
Insight: Who can blame him? McCown quarterbacked Tampa Bay to a 56-14 loss in Atlanta while second-year man Mike Glennon led the team to an upset victory in Pittsburgh. Smith may finally realize that Glennon gives his team the best chance to win. Owners can drop McCown in all leagues.
LaRon Landry, SS, IND9/29/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Colts SS LaRon Landry has been suspended for violating the league's policy against performance enhancing drugs.
Insight: Landry will miss the next four games. Sergio Brown figures to slide into the starting role.
E.J. Manuel, QB, BUFCold9/29/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Buffalo QB E.J. Manuel has been demoted for Week 5 against Atlanta. Kyle Orton will get the start.
Insight: Although the Bills started 2-0, it was mainly on the strength of the defense and this is a move designed to win now. Manuel still has long-term value, though it may take time to rebuild his confidence.
Kyle Orton, QB, BUF9/29/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Bills quarterback Kyle Orton has been named the starter over E.J. Manuel for Week 5 against Atlanta.
Insight: Orton is a solid backup, but not a fantasy starter anymore. In four games this season Manuel never threw for more than 238 yards and the change could perk up fantasy values across the board as the offense won't be limited with a veteran under center.
Da'Rick Rogers, WR, IND9/29/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver Da'Rick Rogers was apparently arrested Sunday night for DUI, according to reporter Charly Arnolt.
Insight: Won't these players ever learn? Rogers has million-dollar talent and a ten-cent head. Defensive back Lolucheiz Purifoy was in the car
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MINHot9/29/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: The latest word from coach Mike Zimmer is Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's MRI came back fine and he is expected to start Thursday against the Packers.
Insight: Bridgewater did everything fantasy owners could have hoped for, throwing for 317 yards and rushing for a touchdown in leading Minnesota to a win. He injured the ankle in the fourth quarter. He'll only have a short time to heal and prepare for Thursday night's game.
Luke Willson, TE, SEA9/29/2014 1:37:00 PM
Description: Seattle backup tight end Luke Willson should jump up to the starting role with word that Zach Miller will be out an extended period of time due to an ankle issue.
Insight: Willson has one career catch for one yard. Fantasy owners should wait and see how Russell Wilson uses him before adding him to a roster.
Zach Miller, TE, SEA9/29/2014 1:34:00 PM
Description: Seattle tight end Zach Miller had a procedure on his ankle during the bye week and will miss an "extended period of time, " according to the FOX Sports report.
Insight: Miller wasn't a fantasy option, so this shouldn't change any lineups.
Louis Murphy, WR, TAM9/29/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: Bucs wide receiver Louis Murphy should see a lot more playing time over the next few games with Mike Evans sidelined by a groin injury.
Insight: Murphy caught six balls for 99 yards in the Bucs comeback victory Sunday and should start across from Vincent Jackson next weekend.
Mike Evans, WR, TAM9/29/2014 12:31:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay rookie receiver Mike Evans is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1.
Insight: The No. 6 pick of the 2014 NFL Draft had scored the first touchdown of the game out-muscling the Steelers defenders and caught four balls for 65 yards and a TD. Louis Murphy figures to see more playing time in the interim.
Ace Sanders, WR, JAC9/29/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders has served his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse program and should be back on the field.
Insight: Sanders will complete with Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson and Cecil Shorts for playing time, though both Lee and Shorts are injured.
Cecil Shorts III, WR, JACCold9/29/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Jaguars top receiver Cecil Shorts (hamstring) produced disappointing numbers in Week 4 against the Chargers.
Insight: At least last weekend he was targeted 10 times and just didn't produce. Against San Diego he saw just four targets and caught two balls for 25 yards. Three receivers were targeted more. It the trend continues it makes Shorts a questionable value from here on out.
Lane Johnson, OT, PHI9/29/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: The Eagles will get some needed help for their injured offensive line with the return of Lane Johnson from his four-game suspension.
Insight: LeSean McCoy owners hope this is the start of his getting back to running the ball.
Dez Bryant, WR, DAL9/29/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Dallas wideout Dez Bryant was relatively quiet Sunday night, but still managed to post double-digits for his fantasy owners.
Insight: Bryant has scored in three straight games after missing out opening day. He's only cracked the 100-yard mark once, but the team has been balanced on offense with DeMarco Murray leading the way.
Terrance Williams, WR, DAL9/29/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams scored twice Sunday night among his six catches for 77 yards.
Insight: Williams now has four touchdowns catches this season and has scored in three of four games making him a consistent fantasy option.
Tony Romo, QB, DAL9/29/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo played in a beautifully balanced offense and produced solid fantasy totals.
Insight: Romo only passed the ball 29 times, but completed 22, for 262 yards and three scores.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DALHot9/29/2014 11:03:00 AM
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray continued to be the focal point of the Dallas offense in Week 4 with 149 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns.
Insight: Murray leads the NFL in rushing attempts (99), rushing yardfs (534) and rushing TDs (5). let's just hope he can hold up under the workload.
Drew Brees, QB, NOS9/29/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees was missing in action for the first three quarters but filled up the box score in the fourth quarter enough to satisfy fantasy owners.
Insight: He was 32-of-44 for 340 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston were his two primary targets.
Jimmy Graham, TE, NOS9/29/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had quiet game, but woke up in the fourth quarter to produce double-digits for fantasy owners.
Insight: By then the game was already over, but Graham did catch eight of 11 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Khiry Robinson, RB, NOS9/29/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Khiry Robinson (87 yards) was held in check for most of the night, but did explode for a 62-yard run.
Insight: He received the bulk of the rushes, as Pierre Thomas was given only two carries.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SFX9/29/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick threw for 218 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the 49ers edged the Eagles.
Insight: Kaepernick also rushed for 58 yards, but San Francisco got back to basics - which means running the ball more than passing it. Expect that to continue as that's been their formula for success.
Stevie Johnson, WR, SFX9/29/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: San Francisco wide receiver Stevie Johnson came up big Sunday against the Eagles with a great touchdown grab in the front corner of the end zone.
Insight: That's the good news. The bad news is that with Vernon Davis back Johnson was on the field for just 13 of 83 plays.
Frank Gore, RB, SFX9/29/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: San Francisco running back Frank Gore complained about lack of opportunities last weekend and the "squeaky wheel got the grease."
Insight: Gore rushed 24 times for 119 yards and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass. That's more like it.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHICold9/29/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin caught just five of 16 targets for 68 yards and no touchdowns.
Insight: Maclin was again Foles' favorite target, but we don't like his reception percentage. He's caught 21 of 47 targets (44.6 percent) this season.
LeSean McCoy, RB, PHICold9/29/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy rushed for just 17 yards on 10 carries against San Francisco.
Insight: Seventeen rushing yards and no receiving yards, this is becoming an ugly trend. He's yet to rush for 80 yards in a game and has one touchdown. That's not what fantasy owners paid high dollar for on draft day. Hopefully the Eagles injured offensive line will get healthier and open some holes.
Nick Foles, QB, PHI9/29/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles completed 21-of-43 passes for just 195 yards and two interceptions.
Insight: OK, everyone is allowed a bad day now and then ... except Peyton Manning. Foles couldn't do anything on offense and still had a chance to win the game on the final drive, but came up short. Credit the 49ers defense and move on.
Roddy White, WR, ATL9/29/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White was active as promised and led the team with 14 targets in Week 4 against Minnesota.
Insight: His hamstring injury was never a real concern. He turned those targets into 73 yards and one touchdown. We think Ryan forced the ball to White too often and down the road will utilize Julio Jones more, but we're happy to see White was healthy.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL9/29/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones had a very pedestrian six catch, 82-yard day.
Insight: Ryan targeted Roddy White 14 times and Jones eight times and Devin Hester seven times.
Antone Smith, RB, ATL9/29/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: The most explosive back in Atlanta isn't Steven Jackson or Jacquizz Rodgers it's Antone Smith.
Insight: Too bad he doesn't get enough work to be fantasy worthy. Sunday he rushed four times for 62 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown. He's run the ball 10 times this season for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Isn't it about time to stop using plodding Steven Jackson?
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL9/29/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan continues to struggle on the road, though he did throw for 298 yards and three touchdowns.
Insight: He also threw two interceptions and that's five in two road games this year after throwing 14 on the road (versus three at home) last season. He's become an "only start at home guy."
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MINCold9/29/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was a non-factor in Sunday's win over Atlanta.
Insight: Minnesota needs to utilize him more, as he only saw four targets all day and no rushing attempts. The only thing he contributed was two kickoff returns, one for 49 yards. He's got too much talent to be used this way.
Jarius Wright, WR, MINHot9/29/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Vikings backup receiver Jarius Wright led the team in targets (10), receptions (8) and yards (132) against Atlanta.
Insight: The targets total was more than double any other receiver. It will be interesting to see whether this continues or was a one-time thing. He's really only the team's third-best receiver behind Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MINHot9/29/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: If you started Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater because of the bye week situation pat yourself, and your quarterback, on the back.
Insight: Bridgewater did everything fantasy owners could have hoped for, throwing for 317 yards and rushing for a touchdown in leading Minnesota to a win. He did leave in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, but X-rays were negative and hopefully he'll be ready for Thursday versus Green Bay.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, MINHot9/29/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Backup RB Jerick McKinnon showed big-time talent Sunday against Atlanta and may force the Vikings to use a shared situation in the backfield.
Insight: McKinnon rushed 18 times for 135 yards and showed the explosiveness that starter Matt Asiata doesn't have.
Matt Asiata, RB, MINHot9/29/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata scored three times from in close to make fantasy owners who stuck by him extremely happy.
Insight: Besides the three touchdowns, Asiata also ran for 78 yards and caught three for 22 yards. That's the good news. The bad news is that rookie running back Jerick McKinnon played so well the Vikings backfield is destined to be a shared situation.
Antonio Gates, TE, SDC9/29/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had a quiet day against Jacksonville, catching just three balls for 30 yards.
Insight: Philip Rivers looked to Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal for most of the day. Gates is still getting over a hamstring issue so this wasn't the worst thing that could happen ... well except to fantasy owners who never want a guy to take it easy when he's in the lineup.
Keenan Allen, WR, SDCHot9/29/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Chargers receiver Keenan Allen finally appeared healthy and put up the fantasy numbers we saw all last season.
Insight: Allen caught 10 of 11 targets for 135 yards after totaling just 109 yards in the first three games.
Eddie Royal, WR, SDCHot9/29/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: San Diego receiver Eddie Royal has become a big part of the Chargers offense and fantasy owners should take note.
Insight: Royal caught five balls for 105 yards and two scores against Jacksonville. That's on top of last weekend's two touchdown receptions. He's getting consistent targets (29 through four games) and starting to produce. Time to put him on your roster.
Philip Rivers, QB, SDCHot9/29/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: It's nice when things go according to plan and Chargers QB Philip Rivers lit up the Jaguars pass defenses as expected.
Insight: Rivers threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. That's without much production in the fourth quarter (16 passing yards) after building a big lead.
Donald Brown, RB, SDC9/29/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Chargers running back Donald Brown did very little against Jacksonville.
Insight: Brown rushed 10 times for 19 yards and caught four of six targets for 35 yards. We're just going to chalk this up to the Chargers ripping apart the Jaguars through the air and not using their ground game.
Clay Harbor, TE, JACHot9/29/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Jaguars tight end Clay Harbor could see a lot action with rookie Blake Bortles under center and become a low-end fantasy value.
Insight: With starter Marcedes Lewis out for 6-8 weeks, Harbor started and saw a team-high eight targets Sunday against San Diego. He caught all eight for 69 yards.
Blake Bortles, QB, JAC9/29/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles started 15-of-17 for 149 yards and the Jaguars scored 14 early points, but that's all they could muster.
Insight: He finished 14-of-20 for 104 yards and two interceptions. Different quarterback - same results.
Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC9/29/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Jacksonville running back Toby Gerhart finally put the ball into the end zone, his first rushing touchdown in four games.
Insight: Actually, it was Jacksonvill'e first rushing touchdowns since Nov. 24, 2013 (217 rushing attempts). We expected a lot from Gerhart when he came over from Minnesota and we're still waiting. He's averaging just 28.5 ypg on the ground
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN9/28/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater left the game in the fourth quarter with a left ankle injury.
Insight: Bridgewater played well, throwing for 317 yards and left with a 35-28 lead.
Lamar Miller, RB, MIA9/28/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Dolphins running back Lamar Miller scores twice Sunday.
Insight: He had 12 carries for 64 yards. Miller will be a RB2 until Knowshon Moreno retuns to action.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA9/28/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill plays well admist fued with coach.
Insight: He was 23-of-31 for 278 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Joe Philbin will have no choice but to move forward with Tannehill at the helm.
Derek Carr, QB, OAK9/28/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is unable to finish game.
Insight: He left the game with a sprained MCL and a high-anke sprain, and could very well miss some time. Carr finished the day with 146 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Matt McGloin took over and went 12-of-29 for 129 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
Heath Miller, TE, PIT9/28/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller caught a team-high 10 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Insight: Miller tied Antonio Brown for most receiver targets with 11. It was nice to see Miller heavily involved in the game plan, but that cannot be counted on going forward.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT9/28/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 29-of-40 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Insight: He was, however, sacked five times and did not seem to convert key plays at the end of the game to put Tampa Bay away. This was the most pass attempts Roethlisberger has had this year.
Vincent Jackson, WR, TAM9/28/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson scores game-winning touchdown.
Insight: Jackson caught only three passes for 32 yards, but had the big touchdown with seven seconds left in the game. For now Jackson is a WR3, with WR2 upside.
Antonio Brown, WR, PITHot9/28/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown is one of the best fantasy wide receivers through four weeks.
Insight: Brown caught two more touchdown passes and went for 131 yards on seven receptions. It was the 20th straight game Brown caught at least five passes. He has five touchdowns in four games.
Michael Crabtree, WR, SFX9/28/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree left the field in the second quarter with a foot injury, but has returned.
Insight: Crabtree's left foot has caused him trouble over the years. It's probably the reason the team picked up Stevie Johnson in the offseason.
Doug Martin, RB, TAM9/28/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin scores touchdown in return to action.
Insight: He had 14 carries for only 40 yards and two catches for 16 yards, but did find the end zone. Martin is a RB2 moving forward.
Golden Tate, WR, DET9/28/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate caught eight passes for 116 yards.
Insight: With the Jets dedicated to stopping Calvin Johnson, Tate stepped up with a big day. He led the team with 10 targets. Although it was discouraging to see Johnson only get two targets, Tate's play on Sunday will help draw defenders away from Megatron.
Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ9/28/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Jets running back Chris Ivory rushed 17 times for 84 yards and caught two passes for 16 yards in Week 4 against Detroit.
Insight: He touched the ball 11 times more than Chris Johnson, but unfortunately Johnson stole the touchdown. It remains a pretty evenly distributed backfield, at least, fantasy wise.
Mike Glennon, QB, TAM9/28/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay QB Mike Glennon leads team to win in final seconds.
Insight: He was good from a fantasy perspective as well, throwing for 302 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Glennon should be the starting quarterback for the duration of the season.
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET9/28/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford went 24-for-34 with 293 yards and two touchdowns against a tough Jets pass defense in Week 4.
Insight: The Jets completely blanketed Megatron, but Stafford connected with Golden Tate eight times for 116 yards and to Jeremy Ross and Eric Ebron for touchdowns. Stafford has thrown for more than 290 yards in three of the four games to start 2014.
Delanie Walker, TE, TEN9/28/2014 5:27:00 PM
Description: Titans tight end Delanie Walker leads team in receiving, yet again.
Insight: He had five catches for 85 yards and a score. Walker is clearly the Titans best receiving threat through the first four weeks of the season.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR9/28/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton finished 14-of-25 for 197 yards and one touchdown in the loss against the Ravens.
Insight: It is clear that Newton is still not one-hundred percent healthy. The Ravens made things worse with constant pressure all day. With Newton unable to move around effectively in the pocket and no healthy running backs, Newton is not a wise fantasy start.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND9/28/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton breaks loose against the Titans.
Insight: Hilton had six catches on 10 targets, for 105 yards. He has yet to score a touchdown, but that should start coming soon.
Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, BAL9/28/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Ravens tailback Lorenzo Taliaferro carried the ball 15 times for 58 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers on Sunday.
Insight: Bernard Pierce was supposed to start, but he did not touch the ball. Justin Forsett carried the load in the first half and then when the game was out of reach, the Ravens turmed to Taliaferro. It is hard to say because the Ravens backfield is very crowded, but Taliaferro looks to be the best Ravens back to own in fantasy going forward.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND9/28/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne scires first touchdown of season.
Insight: He had a nice day with seven catches for 119 yards and the score. It was Wayne's first touchdown since tearing his ACL in 2013.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CARHot9/28/2014 5:18:00 PM
Description: Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin led the team with nine targets and caught five balls for 76 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Benjamin had another touchdown, but it was called back due to offensive pass interference. Quarterback Cam Newton even targeted Benjamin more than his security blanket, Greg Olsen. Benjamin should be owed in all leagues.
Steve Smith Sr, WR, BAL9/28/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. caught seven passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
Insight: Smith was clearly pumped to play his old team and led the Ravens with 10 targets. He is probably the biggest sleeper of the draft so far. Continue to plug him into your starting lineup and if you haven't done that already, then what are you waiting for?
Trent Richardson, RB, IND9/28/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson finds end zone in Week 4.
Insight: He still is not producing on the ground (20 carries, 47 yards), but did get his first score of the season. Ahmad Brashaw was not much better today (nine carries, 32 yards). Neither guy holds great upside in fantasy.
Andrew Luck, QB, IND9/28/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: Colts QB Andrew Luck continues his hot play in win over Tennessee.
Insight: He had four more touchdowns, and now has eight over the past two games. Luck also had 393 passing yards and one interception. He is arguably the MVP through the first four weeks of the season.
Jordy Nelson, WR, GBPHot9/28/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson caught a team-high 10 passes on 12 targets, also a team-high, for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
Insight: Nelson is racking up the fantasy points through four weeks of the season. He and Rodgers have a clear connection and with fewer weapons to throw to for Rodgers, Nelson is going to be involved every week.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU9/28/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson produces solid game.
Insight: He just keeps doing what he does. Johnson had six catches for 71 yards, on seven targets. He has yet to find the end zone in 2014, but that should come soon. Consider Johnson a WR2.
Matt Forte, RB, CHI9/28/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte rushed 23 times for 122 yards and caught four passes for 34 yards in Sunday's loss to the Packers.
Insight: It was clear Chicago was trying to establish something on the ground as 19 of their first 33 plays were runs. Forte did fail to find the end zone again, so a quarter of the way through the year, Forte is still scoreless.
Michael Crabtree, WR, SFX9/28/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree has left the field in the second quarter with a foot injury.
Insight: Crabtree's left foot has caused him trouble over the years. he has just one catch for two yards. His return is questionable.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU9/28/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins hauls in third touchdown of season.
Insight: He finished with five receptions for 64 yards, on six targets. Hopkins is a fine WR3 option, with WR2 upside.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP9/28/2014 5:06:00 PM
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers rebounded in a big way on Sunday against the Bears.
Insight: Rodgers completed 22-of-his-28 pass attempts for 302 yards and four touchdowns. Rodgers targeted his two big guns, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, and they were open all day. Not that we can expect four touchdown passes per week, but this is closer to the production Rodgers will have the rest of the year. In his first three games, he played three tough pass defenses in Seattle, New York Jets and Detroit.
Arian Foster, RB, HOU9/28/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster played, but was rather ineffective.
Insight: He did nothing on the ground, carrying the ball eight times for only six yards. Foster did add seven receptions for 55 yards though. If he is able to stay on the field, Foster should still be considered a RB1 moving forward.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, HOU9/28/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Houston QB Ryan Fitzpatrick throws for one touchdown in win.
Insight: He was not great for fantasy owners today, going 25-for-37 for 268 yards and two interceptions. He did however lead the Texans in rushing yards, with 14.
Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI9/28/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett led the team with 11 targets, nine catches and 134 receiving yards against the Packers in Week 4.
Insight: Bennett nearly scored as well, but the Packers tackled him near the goal line as time expired in the first half. Bennett has definitely become a TE1 and is close to stud status. He must be in the lineup every single week.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GBPCold9/28/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy had 18 touches for 59 yards and scored.
Insight: It was not a very effecient day for Lacy, who averaged just 2.8 yards per play, but the touchdown allowed him to post a decent fantasy day. The 18 touches is also encouraging.
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF9/28/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller has decent day on Sunday.
Insight: He had 15 carries for 60 yards and three receptions for 24 yards, but continues to be handcuffed by Fred Jackson. Jackson finished the day with 33 rushing yards and six catches for 52 yards. If both players are in the lineup, they are both RB3/flex options at best.
E.J. Manuel, QB, BUF9/28/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: Buffalo QB E.J. Manuel has up and down day against Houston.
Insight: He was 21-of-44 for 225, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He continues to be plagued by inconsistent play. Owners need to have better options at the quarterback position.
Calvin Pryor, FS, NYJ9/28/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Jets strong safety Calvin Pryor left Sunday's game against the Jets with a thigh injury.
Insight: Jaiquawn Jarrett moves into the safety spot. Lions QB Matthews Stafford has been solid despie the absence of Calvin Johnson and this will help.
Dashon Goldson, S, TAM9/28/2014 3:50:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson injured an ankle and will not return.
Insight: The Bucs secondary is already extremely thin and vulnerable to Antonio Brown & Co.
Theo Riddick, RB, DET9/28/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Lions running back Theo Riddick suffered a hamstring injury and will not return to the game.
Insight: Riddick joins Joique Bell on the sidelines, leaving just Reggie Bush and fullback Jed Collins behind Matthew Stafford.
Joique Bell, RB, DET9/28/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell left Sunday's game with a possible concussion.
Insight: Bell had already been questionable for the game with a knee issue. It leaves on Reggie Bush as a running back as Theo Riddick is also watching from the sidelines.
Roddy White, WR, ATL9/28/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White is indeed active for Week 4 against Minnesota as he said he would be.
Insight: His hamstring injury was never a real concern as he practiced all week. He is practicing this week. He's the No. 2 target behind Julio Jones.
Harry Douglas, WR, ATL9/28/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: Falcons No. 3 wideout Harry Douglas is out of Sunday afternnoon's game against Minnesota.
Insight: The Falcons get starter Roddy White back this week, just in time.
Keenan Allen, WR, SDC9/28/2014 3:34:00 PM
Description: Chargers receiver Keenan Allen had practiced all week and is active for Week 4 against Jacksonville.
Insight: Everyone wants to play against this Jaguars passing defense, ranked 32nd (last), yielding 306 ypg and 2.67 touchdowns through the air.
Vernon Davis, TE, SFX9/28/2014 3:32:00 PM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (ankle) is officially active for the Week 4 game against Philadelphia.
Insight: Davis was limited in practice this week, but has a very good matchup against a mediocre Eagles defense.
Mike Evans, WR, TAM9/28/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay rookie receiver Mike Evans pulled up on a deep ball down the right sidelines with a groin injury.
Insight: The No. 6 pick of the 2014 NFL Draft had scored the first touchdown of the game out-muscling the Steelers defenders.
Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI9/28/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews had a breakout game against the Redskins in Week 3 and is active in Week 4 after dealing with an oblique injury.
Insight: Matthews caught eight passes for 59 yards and two touchdowns. It's obvious he's going to take over for Riley Cooper very soon. His fantasy value will still be up and down as is the case with most rookies, but we like where its headed.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR9/28/2014 2:10:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams left Sunday's game against the Ravens with a new injury.
Insight: Williams was questionable this week due to a thigh injury, but it appears that Williams injured his ankle on a running play in the second quarter. There is no official word yet on the injury, but Williams removed his shoe on the sideline and looked to be working his ankle. Stay tuned for more.
Jeremy Ross, WR, DET9/28/2014 1:59:00 PM
Description: Detroit backup wideout Jeremy Ross caught a 59-yard touchdown pass in the first half.
Insight: Normally a special teams guy, Ross was only seeing action because Calvin Johnson's ankle was acting up and he wasn't on the field for a third and long.
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET9/28/2014 1:58:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) has been in and out of the lineup in the first half against the Jets.
Insight: This is bad news. He's been in on 12 of the first 18 plays including three third-down plays, so he's obviously nowhere near 100 percent.
Mark Barron, S, TAM9/28/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron left the field with an abdomen injury. His return is questionable.
Insight: The Steelers went right at his replacement, Bradley McDougald, for their first touchdown of the afternoon.
Kaluka Maiava, LB, KAN9/28/2014 1:46:00 PM
Description: Oakland LB Kaluka Maiava injured a hamstring and is questionable to return.
Insight: The Raiders are already short-handed at linebacker with Sio Moore and Nick Roach inactive so this won't help contain Miami's offense.
Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL9/28/2014 12:55:00 PM
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (thigh) "will be eased" back into action in Week 4 according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Insight: Rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro displayed a lot of skill in Week 3, so the Ravens look to have the luxury to slowly move Pierce back into the lineup. Then throw in the fact that Justin Forsett will get carries as well. Pierce is starting but if possible, avoid this whole situation.
Mike Wallace, WR, MIA9/28/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace is active for Week 4.
Insight: Wallace was dealing with a hamstring injury which is a concern for a speed receiver, but will be active.
Lardarius Webb, CB/RS, BAL9/28/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb is inactive against the Panthers on Sunday.
Insight: That means Jimmy Smith will likely shadow the Panthers rookie wide out Kelvin Benjamin. Although that is not the best matchup for Benjamin owners, if Cam Newton can find other holes in the Ravens secondary without Webb playing, perhaps the coverage on Benjamin will loosen up a bit.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK9/28/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hand surgery) is active for Week 4.
Insight: Neither Jones-Drew or Darren McFadden have proven that they can help a fantasy lineup, but McFadden will be the starter and has a better chance to produced than MJD.
Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL9/28/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce is active against the Panthers on Sunday.
Insight: Pierce is starting, but it will be a three-headed monster in the Baltimore backfield. Scat-back Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro will cut into Pierce's touches. We believe Taliaferro is the best long-term player to own here, but none of them are exactly good starts in Week 4.
Doug Martin, RB, TAM9/28/2014 12:04:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (knee) is active for Week 4,
Insight: Its the first time since opening day. With Mike Glennon under center, Martin and backup Bobby Rainey should see plenty of work.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT9/28/2014 12:02:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger missed some practice time this week, due to a non-injury issue, but is ready to go Sunday.
Insight: Big Ben threw for his fewest yards of the season (196), but should have a better time of in against Tampa Bay and Jacksonville over the next two weeks and should be in fantasy lineups.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR9/28/2014 12:02:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (thigh) will play against the Ravens in Week 4.
Insight: Williams is a worthy RB2 start on Sunday. Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker are out with injuries, so Williams will get the bulk of the carries.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR9/28/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart is inactive against the Ravens in Week 4.
Insight: Stewart is out with a knee injury. Running back Fozzy Whittaker is also out, so DeAngelo Williams will likely be the bell cow.
Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI9/28/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall is active for Sunday's game against the Packers.
Insight: Marshall is still a bit risky as he did not practice all week. If you have a better option, it's ok to go with another receiver over Marshall, but if the Bears wide out is your only choice, there are certainly worse options.
Jared Allen, DE, CHI9/28/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: Bears defensive end Jared Allen is inactive for Week 4 against the Packers.
Insight: Chicago has just been killed by injuries early this season. Joining Allen, outside linebacker Shea McClellin, corner back Sherrick McManis, defensive tackle Jay Ratliff and offensive linemen Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson are also inactive on Sunday.
Jarrett Boykin, WR, GBPCold9/28/2014 11:51:00 AM
Description: Packers receiver Jarrett Boykin is inactive on Sunday against the Bears due to a knee and groin injury.
Insight: Boykin has not had a very good start to the season and is now not playing at all. He is likely a drop candidate next week.
Josh McCown, QB, TAM9/28/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown is on the inactive list for Week 4 due to his thumb injury
Insight: Mike Glennon gets the start with Mike Kafka as the backup. There is no guarantee McCown gets his job back if Glennon plays well.
Arian Foster, RB, HOU9/28/2014 11:17:00 AM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster (hamstring) is offically active against the Titans.
Insight: His workload is in question, so Foster will be more of a RB2 today, with upside. Alfred Blue should still get some touches today as well.
Jake Locker, QB, TEN9/28/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Titans quarterback Jake Locker (wrist) is officially inactive Sunday versus Indianapolis.
Insight: Charlie Whitehurst gets the start, but hopefully owners have better options on their rosters.
Arian Foster, RB, HOU9/28/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster (hamstring) will play, according to nfl.com's Ian Rapoprt.
Insight: The good news is Houston plays at 1 pm ET, so we will know his status for sure by noon on Sunday at the latest. Alfred Blue would be the fantasy option if Foster cannot go.
Eric Decker, WR, NYJ9/28/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Jets receiver Eric Decker will play in three-receiver packages and third downs, according to Rich Cimini.
Insight: Decker is fully expected to be active for Week 4, but if true this puts a limit on his upside if he's not an every down player. Start him at your own risk.
Jake Locker, QB, TEN9/28/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Titans quarterback Jake Locker (wrist) will not play on Sunday, according to Adam Schefter,
Insight: He looked unlikely to play all week, after suffering the wrist injury late in Week 3. "Checkdown" Charlie Whitehurst gets the start against Indianapolis. Expect Tennessee to use a lot of Shonn Greene and Bishop Sankey.
Keenan Allen, WR, SDC9/27/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Chargers receiver Keenan Allen has practiced all week and is probable for Week 4 against Jacksonville..
Insight: Everyone wants to play against this Jaguars passing defense, ranked 32nd (last), yielding 306 ypg and 2.67 touchdowns through the air.
Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN9/27/2014 1:34:00 PM
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was at practice again Saturday.
Insight: It's looking more and more like he'll be available for Monday night against New England. Start Charles and adjust Knile Davis down accordingly.
Darren McFadden, RB, OAK9/26/2014 8:35:00 PM
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden is expected to start in Week 4 against the Dolphins according to ESPN.
Insight: Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is ready to go, but McFadden apparently keeps the starting role because he received more practice time. Both running backs should see time along with Latavius Murray, so none of Raiders running backs should be used.
Eric Decker, WR, NYJ9/26/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Jets coach Rex Ryan admitted that receiver Eric Decker will "probably be limited bit" in Sunday's game against the Lions due to a hamstring injury according to ESPN New York.
Insight: Decker was active last week but only played 12 snaps. At this point, fantasy owners would like Decker to not play at all rather than reaagravate the injury and miss more time. Do not start Decker this week.
Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL9/26/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce is expected to start on Sunday against the Panthers.
Insight: Gary Kubiak specifically said that all of his running backs, Pierce, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Forsett, will play. This sounds like a true running back by committee as Pierce will start, rookie Taliaferro shined last week and Forsett has at least 12 touches per game through three weeks. For this week, we actually think Taliaferro is still the better play than Pierce as long as owners believe Kubiak that all three backs will play. Forsett will be the change-of-pace back.
Vernon Davis, TE, SFX9/26/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (ankle) will be a game-time decision on Sunday against the Eagles according to CSNBayArea.com.
Insight: Davis was limited in practice again Friday, so he is officially listed as questionable. Coach Jim Harbaugh is hopeful Davis can play, but owners must have a backup plan, which will be difficult because the 49ers start at 4:25 PM EST.
Jake Locker, QB, TEN9/26/2014 4:14:00 PM
Description: Titans quarterback Jake Locker (wrist) is officially listed as questionable, but is not expected to play Sunday.
Insight: Figure Charlie "Checkdown" Whitehurst to get the start which means shorts passes and could be good for tight end Delanie Walker and the running backs.
Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI9/26/2014 2:59:00 PM
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall missed practice again on Friday and is listed as questionable.
Insight: Marshall will likely be a true game-time decision on Sunday. He's played before without practicing, so fantasy owners will just have to wait ... and have a backup plan in place,
Jeremiah Ratliff, DT, CHI9/26/2014 2:58:00 PM
Description: Jeremiah "Jay" Ratliff will miss a second consecutive game due to a concussion.
Insight: Ratliff suffered the concussion in Week 2 and will miss Sunday versus division rival Green Bay.
Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN9/26/2014 2:53:00 PM
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was at practice against Friday.
Insight: Charles will get in one more practice Saturday and it's looking more and more like he'll be available for Monday night against New England. Adjust Knile Davis down accordingly.
Joe McKnight, RB, KAN9/26/2014 2:21:00 PM
Description: Kansas City running back Joe McKnight ruptured his Achilles' tendon in Thursday's practice.
Insight: McKnight caught six balls for 64 yards and a pair of touchdowns. This injury should send him to the injured reserve.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR9/26/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart was expected to miss multiple games due to a knee sprain, but was on the practice field Friday.
Insight: Last season, Stewart missed five games last year with a sprained MCL, so he's likely to miss at least a couple of weeks. His return to the field, in a very limited fashion, probably doesn't change that.
Trent Williams, OT, WAS9/26/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: Washington left tackle Trent Williams injured his knee in Thursday's game and will have an MRI Friday to determine a timetable for his return.
Insight: He's a top tackle and the Redskins can ill-afford to lose him, particularly with the less mobile Kirk Cousins under center.
Henry Melton, DL, DAL9/26/2014 2:08:00 PM
Description: Defensive tackle Henry Melton is not expected to play against Drew brees and the Saints in Week 4, according to beat reporter Bryan Broaddus.
Insight: Melton has played well the past two games, but this just makes life easier for Brees & Co. Brees was already The Sports Network's top ranked QB in Week 4.
Roddy White, WR, ATL9/26/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Coach Mike Smith said Falcons receiver Roddy White will absolutely start in Week 4 against Minnesota.
Insight: His hamstring injury was never a real concern. He is practicing this week and in the past, White plays when he practices.
Niles Paul, TE, WAS9/25/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Redskins tight end Niles Paul leaves Thursday's game with possible concussion.
Insight: He was leveled over the middle by Quintin Demps, which resulted in an illegal hit. Paul was on the ground for awhile before being helped to the Redskins' locker room by trainers. He is being evaluated now, but has already been declared out.
DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS9/25/2014 7:13:00 PM
Description: Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson is officially active tonight against the Giants.
Insight: He is battling a sprained shoulder, but did not suffer any setbacks this week. Jackson is a WR2 heading into tonight's divisional game.
Jake Locker, QB, TEN9/25/2014 3:49:00 PM
Description: Titans quarterback Jake Locker (wrist) did not practice on Thursday according to The Tennessean.
Insight: It was also reported that Locker did do a "bit more" at practice, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt did say he is concerned about Locker suffering a setback if he plays against the Colts. Whisenhunt said he will likely determine Locker's status on Sunday, but with everything Whisenhunt has said this week, we do not expect Locker to play. Whisenhunt likely wants to give another quarterback a shot after Locker's poor first three weeks.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND9/25/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton practiced fully on Thursday.
Insight: It looks like Hilton's exit against the Jaguars in Week 3 was strictly precautionary. He is a WR2 with all the byes this weekend.
Delanie Walker, TE, TEN9/25/2014 3:41:00 PM
Description: Titans tight end Delanie Walker returned to practice Thursday in a limited fashion according to Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com.
Insight: This puts Walker on pace to play on Sunday against the Colts. Even with the question mark at quarterback, Walker is a TE1. He leads the Titans in receiving with 233 yards on 17 catches.
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET9/25/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson did not practice on Thursday due to an ankle injury according to Lions Insider.
Insight: We still expect Johnson to play, but owners were burned last season when the Lions announced Johnson inactive at the last minute. Check back on Friday and have a backup plan just in case.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA9/25/2014 2:52:00 PM
Description: The Miami Herald reports Joe Philbin has apologized to the team for denying to commit publicly to Ryan Tannehill as the team's quarterback.
Insight: As bad as Tannehill has played, it was a poor choice to refuse to defend his quarterback to the media and continue to give Tannehill all the first team reps. Apparently, the players were making jokes in the locker room about the situation, and Tannehill has said it was a distraction. It seems Philbin is dangerously close to being shown the door in Miami. At least, fantasy owners now know that Tannehill is indeed the starter for Week 4.
Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI9/25/2014 2:47:00 PM
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall is still not practicing on Thursday due to his ankle injury according to ESPN Chicago.
Insight: Marshall will likely be questionable and a true game-time decision on Sunday. The good news is the Bears play at 1 pm EST this Sunday rather than in prime time on Sunday or Monday. We would check back to see if Marshall practices on Friday, but we would not be surprised if Chicago decides to protect Marshall from further aggravating the injury and not let him play.
Carson Palmer, QB, ARI9/25/2014 2:20:00 PM
Description: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said he will "definitely" be back following the team's Week 4 bye according to ESPN.
Insight: It sounds like Palmer is past the worst of the damaged nerve in his shoulder. He has tossed the ball around a little bit, and he hopes to finally throw for real later this week. However, do not expect Palmer's arm strength to return over night, which makes not only Palmer owners nervous but also Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and even Andre Ellington owners nervous as well.
Doug Martin, RB, TAM9/25/2014 2:10:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (knee) calls himself 100 percent according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: To say Martin has struggled this season is a huge understatement, but it sounds like he is at least motivated to prove his doubters wrong. It looks like Mike Glennon will get the start at quarterback, which means Martin should be heavily involved. He also has a good matchup against a weak Steelers run defense.
Eric Decker, WR, NYJ9/25/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Jets receiver Eric Decker returned to practice on Thursday according to ESPN New York.
Insight: This is a good sign, but Decker will likely still be a game-time decision for Week 4. With again the chance of reaggravation, fantasy owners wouldn't mind seeing Decker sit out this week to recover for Week 5.
Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN9/25/2014 1:15:00 PM
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will have his role at practice expanded on Thursday.
Insight: This confirms for sure that Charles does not actually have a high-ankle sprain. His sprain is doing well enough for him to practice with his teammates, and it is definitely possible Charles plays on Monday.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NEP9/25/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) told the Boston Herald that he doesn't "feel limited" and is ready for more responsibility.
Insight: Gronkowski saw his snaps increase again in Week 3 up to 57.5 percent of the team's snaps, but he has not caught more than four passes in a game through three weeks. The good news is the knee feels good, and he has not suffered a setback. Keep rolling with Gronkowski, and it will eventually pay off.
Arian Foster, RB, HOUHot9/25/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster will likely be a game-time decision for Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills according to CSN Houston.
Insight: The good news is Houston plays at 1 pm ET, so we will know his status by noon on Sunday. Personally, we don't expect him to play and The Sports Network running back rankings for Week 4 reflect that. Alfred Blue will be the starter if Foster cannot go.
Roddy White, WR, ATL9/25/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White said he feels good to go for Sunday's game against the Vikings according to atlantafalcons.com.
Insight: White sat out last Thursday's game due to a short week. His hamstring injury was never a real concern. He is practicing this week and in the past, White plays when he practices.
DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS9/25/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson is expected to play on Thursday against the Giants according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Jackson played with a sprained shoulder on Sunday against his former team and caught five passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. He did not suffer any setbacks and is ready to go even in a short week. We like him as a WR2 with all the byes, and he is a strong FLEX play against the Giants' 22nd ranked pass defense.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG9/24/2014 1:41:00 PM
Description: Giants receiver Odell Beckham (hamstring) is not expected to make his NFL debut this Thursday, but is aiming for Atlanta in Week 5.
Insight: Beckham has begun to practice, but needs more time to be ready. Beckham could eventually see extensive time in three wide receiver sets, but he still only has fantasy value in dynasty leagues.
Mike Glennon, QB, TAM9/24/2014 1:34:00 PM
Description: Expect Bucs QB Mike Glennon to start in Week 4 and Josh McCown's thumb injury was always expected to take more than one week to heal.
Insight: Glennon (19 TD, 9 INT in 2013) did an admirable job last season, but wasn't very good in the debacle against Atlanta. He'll face a Steelers defense that lost three starters to injury last week.
Josh McCown, QB, TAM9/24/2014 1:30:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown is expected to miss Week 4 due to his thumb injury, according to Greg Auman, Bucs beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: McCown hasn't been completely ruled out , but he called it "very unlikely." Assume Mike Glennon gets the start and prepare accordingly.
Rod Streater, WR, OAK9/24/2014 1:27:00 PM
Description: Oakland wideout Rod Streater suffered a foot injury and has left Sunday's game against the Patriots and latest rumors have him sidelined for 4-6 weeks.
Insight: The 26-year-old led the Raiders with 60 grabs and 888 yards last season, but is going to miss a big portion of the season with this injury. James Jones, Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes will divide up his targets.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR9/24/2014 1:23:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (thigh) was inactive for Week 3, but was back at practice Wednesday.
Insight: The Panthers are desperate for running backs after both Mike Tolbert and Jonathan Stewart went down last weekend. Williams and Darrin Reaves figure to get the work in Week 4 with Williams getting the bulk if he's healthy.
Jake Locker, QB, TEN9/23/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Titans quarterback Jake Locker has no structural damage to his wrist, but is still officially questionable for Week 4 according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
Insight: Doctors have diagnosed Locker with a wrist strain. Based on how he has played the last two weeks against the Cowboys and Bengals, hopefully Locker is not a quarterback owners are relying on starting in Week 4.
Mike Tolbert, FB, CAR9/23/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back Mike Tolbert was placed on injured reserve/designated to return.
Insight: Tolbert joins Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whitaker on the sidelines leaving only a gimpy DeAngelo Williams (thigh) and Darrin Reaves as running back options in Week 4.
Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL9/23/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (thigh) missed Week 3, but its a good sign that the team waived running back Fitzgerald Toussaint.
Insight: Pierce should still be the No. 1 guy, but Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro are right on his heels and could eat into his playing time.
James Harrison, LB, PIT9/23/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Retired linebacker James Harrison was brought back to Pittsburgh and signed to a contract.
Insight: Harrison is a move out of desperation as the Steelers lost both Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones in Week 3. Harrison knows the team and the defense, but we're not sure he has anything left to give.
Eric Decker, WR, NYJ9/22/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Jets receiver Eric Decker left Monday night's game against the Bears after aggravating his hamstring injury and is questionable to return.
Insight: He caught one lone pass for 19 yards. Even playing sparingly in the first half, Decker hurt his hamstring again. Don't expect him to return on Monday.
Shea McClellin, LB, CHI9/22/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: Outside linebacker Shea McClellin is inactive for the Monday night game against the Jets.
Insight: Chicago has also deactivated cornerback Sherrick McManis, defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff and offensive lineman Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson. Defensive end Jared Allen and free safety Chris Conte are active.
Eric Decker, WR, NYJ9/22/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: Jets receiver Eric Decker (hamstring) told ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters that he will play in Monday night's game against the Bears. UPDATE: Decker is active for Monday night football
Insight: He plans to play on Monday, but it is still unclear how involved he will be. Being how much the Bears have struggled against the run the past year, the Jets will likely run the ball a lot, which keeps Decker's ceiling low.
Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN9/22/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Bishop Sankey's carries won't increase until he improves his footwork.
Insight: Sankey rushed for 61 yards on ten carries and was really the only quality fantasy player from Tennessee on Sunday. Whisenhunt, however, still wants him to improve his footwork before he sees the field for longer periods of time. The 54th overall pick from May's draft has 89 yards on 18 carries in three games as he is rotating with Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster in the backfield.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR9/22/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart may miss as much as a month with his knee sprain according to the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Last season, Stewart missed five games last year with a sprained MCL, so beat writer Joe Person is estimating the same amount of games this time around as well. Injury has decimated the Panthers backfield as DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert are both indefinitely out.
Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL9/22/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta underwent surgery on his dislocated right hip on Monday and is done for the season.
Insight: The Ravens will turn to Owen Daniels as their primary tight end. Pitta has now missed back-to-back years with right hip dislocations. Daniels has 10 catches for 70 yards in three games and caught two touchdowns against the Steelers in Week 2.
Doug Martin, RB, TAM9/22/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (knee) practiced on Monday according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Martin "looked like he was practicing without limitations." This is good news for the Buccaneers as backup running back Bobby Rainey has lost three fumbles through three games. Tampa Bay faces Pittsburgh in Week 4.
Jake Locker, QB, TEN9/22/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Titans quarterback Jake Locker suffered an injury to his throwing wrist in Week 3, and the Titans are unsure if he will play in Week 4 according to ESPN.
Insight: Perhaps that's why Locker was so bad against the Bengals on Sunday. Locker's wrist was apparently bent awkwardly in Sunday's loss to the Bengals. There is already speculation that head coach Ken Whisenhunt will use this injury as an excuse to start another quarterback next week. Charlie Whitehurst and rookie Zach Mettenberger are Locker's backups.
Ben Tate, RB, CLE9/22/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Browns head coach Mike Pettine would not confirm that running back Ben Tate would return as the starter when he gets back on the field according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Cleveland has a bye in Week 4, so there is a good chance Tate returns for the Browns' next game in Week 5. Pettine did say the Browns are "eager" to get Tate back, but with the emergence of rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell, Pettine says it has "made it tougher" to rely solely on Tate. At this point, owners of all three backs have to expect a running back by committee.
Danny Woodhead, RB, SDC9/22/2014 5:04:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Danny Woodhead is out for the rest of the season according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Chargers news.
Insight: Woodhead needs surgery on his fractured fibula and ankle, an injury he suffered in the first quarter against the Bills in Week 3. With Ryan Mathews (knee) out three or four more weeks, San Diego will likely use Donald Brown as their workhouse back.
Antonio Cromartie, CB, ARI9/22/2014 1:45:00 PM
Description: Cardinals ornerback Antonio Cromartie suffered a hyperentended knee and bone bruise in Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Insight: Cromartie will likely miss a few games, but at least he avoided any tears. Jerraud Powers will likely play across from All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson and that's where defenses will attack.
Jason Kelce, C, PHI9/22/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Eagles starting center Jason Kelce left Sunday's game against the Redskins in the third quarter due to a sports hernia and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, according to beat reporter Howard Eskin.
Insight: This is not good for the already beat up Eagles offensive line which is missin Lane Jonson, Allen Barbie and Evan Mathis. It's no wonder LeSean McCoy is struggling.
Dan Bailey, K, DALHot9/22/2014 1:38:00 PM
Description: Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey has extended his field goal streak to 28.
Insight: Bailey hasn't missed a kick since Week 4 of last season and owns a 91.4 percent career success rate. He's also 7-for-8 at 50 yards or more the past two season. It's hard to be any better than that and he's a top fantasy option.
Jarvis Jones, LB, PIT9/22/2014 1:33:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh linebacker Jarvis Jones will need wrist surgery, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: He's out indefinitely. Jones joins Ryan Shazier and Ike Taylor on the sidelines and it leaves the Steelers defense vulnerable.
Ryan Shazier, LB, PIT9/22/2014 1:31:00 PM
Description: Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday night's game against Carolina.
Insight: AN MRI on Monday will determine a timetable for his return. The Pittsburgh defense took a hit in Week 3 with Shazier, Ike Taylor and Jarvis Jones all injured.
Ike Taylor, CB, PIT9/22/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor suffered a broken forearm in Sunday night's game against Carolina.
Insight: Taylor is out indefinitely and is a candidate for the short-term injured reserve.
Nate Freese, K, DETCold9/22/2014 1:26:00 PM
Description: The Lions have released place-kicker Nate Freese.
Insight: We warned you last week that this might happen. The 24-year-old was just 3-of-7 this season. He has been replaced by former Eagles kicker Alex Henery.
Alex Henery, K, DET9/22/2014 1:24:00 PM
Description: The Lions have signed former Eagles kicker Alex Henery.
Insight: Detroit was not happy with the performance of Nate Freese who went 3-of-7 in the Lions' first three games.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CARHot9/22/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin showed off his considerable skills Sunday night against the Steelers defense.
Insight: Benjamin, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound stud receiver, made a tremendous catch in the front corner of the end zone after the game had already been decided, but it gave fantasy owners the numbers they needed - 8-115-1.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT9/22/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger was facing a tough pass rush in Carolina, but did manage a couple of TD passes to Antonio Brown.
Insight: Big Ben threw for his fewest yards of the season (196), but should have a better time of in against Tampa Bay and Jacksonville over the next two weeks.
Antonio Brown, WR, PITHot9/22/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown was a fantasy stud with two touchdowns and 90 yards receiving.
Insight: Brown is quicking become the top-five fantasy receiver we all expected him to become. The key is his ability to get into the end zone because he could always produce big yardage totals. He's scored three times in three games.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT9/22/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Steelers starting tailback Le'Veon Bell struggled to reach 50 yards of offense in the first half, but an 81-yard run in the second half made him a fantasy star.
Insight: Too bad he didn't score on the long run. Bell totaled 157 yards from scrimmage even with backup LeGarrette Bliunt rushing for 118 yards. It's quite a 1-2 punch.
Percy Harvin, WR, SEA9/22/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin is a pain for defensive coordinators, but hasn't been as big a factor for fantasy owners as hoped for.
Insight: Harvin caught 7-of-9 targets for 42 yards but didn't catch anything and returned one kick for 13 yards. So far his numbers for the season are disappointing, but at least his presence is allowing others to get open.
Russell Wilson, QB, SEA9/22/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson put together an excellent first half going 11-for-13 for 145 yards and a pair of scores.
Insight: he looked more like Peyton Manning than Manning did in the first half, but Wilson did little in the second half and finished with 223 yards, two TDs and 1 INT.