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Eagles to continue with RBBC in Week 6
Clement-Smallwood-Adams trifecta
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 11 2018, 8:00 am

Philadelphia Eagles
Darren Sproles will be out for at least one more week -- he's missed the last four games with a hamstring injury -- but is expected to return soon, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. For now, it'll be the Clement-Smallwood-Adams trifecta. "We're very comfortable and confident with those three," Pederson said. "We've made it work so far this part of the season and we're going to continue to make it work." (NJ Media)

FFToday's Take: With Ajayi on the shelf it appears that Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood will get the bulk of the work against the Giants in Week 6 with Clement given the opportunity to be the lead back. Both are viable flex options that will exceed value if they find the endzone.
InjuryFournette out for Week 6
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 10 2018, 10:42 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
Running back Leonard Fournette will miss his fourth game because of a right hamstring injury and the Jacksonville Jaguars will be starting their third-string left tackle when the team plays at Dallas on Sunday. Left tackle Josh Wells (groin), who was starting after Cam Robinson's season-ending knee injury, nickelback D.J. Hayden (toe) and Fournette won't play Sunday, coach Doug Marrone announced Wednesday. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Jags are thin at running back with Corey Grant being placed in IR with a Lisfranc injury. Diving deep into the free agent waters, they signed Jamaal Charles yesterday. T.J. Yeldon will remain the starter for Week 6 against the Cowboys. The Cowboys represent a negative matchup for running backs.
InjuryJags sign Jamaal Charles; ASJ, Grant on IR
RB Brandon Wilds released
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 9 2018, 6:00 pm

Jacksonville Jaguars
*Sign RB Jamaal Charles, RB Dave Williams and TE David Grinnage... * Release RB Brandon Wilds ... *Place TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, RB Corey Grant on injured reserve... (John Oehser on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Jaguars have shuffled their running back room with Grant (Lisfranc injury) being placed on IR, Wilds being released and David Williams called up from the practice squad. Yeldon will remain the running back to own with Leonard Fournette out with a hamstring injury. Niles Paul will move into the starting lineup with ASJ out with a core muscle injury.
InjuryWashington RBs injured on bad throws
Alex Smith's "hospitals balls" claim Chris Thompson, Adrian Peter
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 9 2018, 8:09 am

Washington Redskins
Two Washington running backs left Monday night’s 43-19 loss to the New Orleans Saints -- Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson. Both injuries were the result of poor throws buy Alex Smith, who left the pass catchers vulnerable to big hits from defenders. Peterson suffered a dislocated shoulder in the first half and did not have a second half carry, finishing with six yards on four rushing attempts. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday. Chris Thompson was also shaken up, suffering a rib injury on an attempted two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. He finished with a team-high six receptions for 45 yards and added eight rushes for 17 yards. (Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: Kapri Bibbs filled in down the stretch and would assume a bugger workload were either back miss Week 6. Samaje Perine could also be activated.
InjuryTre'Quan Smith explodes for 3-111-2 on MNF
Saints rookie WR catches record-setting pass, fills in for Ted Ginn
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 9 2018, 8:00 am

New Orleans
Tre'Quan Smith caught all three of his targets for 3-111-2 in the Saints' Week 5 win over the Redskins on Monday night. With Ted Ginn (knee) out, Smith saw an increased role, scoring on the 62-yard touchdown that made Drew Brees the all-time leader in passing yardage. Smith added another TD on a great pass from Brees for a 35-yard score in the third quarter. (

FFToday's Take: Smith is going to be a boom-or-bust fantasy option with Ginn out, and could see increased red zone looks regardless. He's a must-own in dynasty leagues and makes a decent stash for keeper leagues.
Packers remaining committed to RBBC
Aaron Jones unlikely to see much increase in role
By: Doug Orth | Oct 8 2018, 7:50 pm

Green Bay Packers
Mike McCarthy on Aaron Jones: Way the game goes and strength of the players on the football. He's dynamic with the ball in his hands. But there's more to the position than just running the football. We have diversity in our attack with three guys. All have excellent attributes. (Tom Silverstein on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: As smitten as the fantasy community is with Jones, this should not be a surprise. Most believe Jamaal Williams is a bit of a coach's pet, but he's really not the problem. McCarthy's biggest mistake at the moment is believing he can find roles for three backs (Jones, Williams or Ty Montgomery) when he's not committing to getting the ball in their hands. Jones should not be considered anything more than a high-upside flex until further notice.
InjuryMatt Breida has mid-ankle sprain
Left in first quarter of Week 5 and did not return
By: Doug Orth | Oct 8 2018, 7:35 pm

San Francisco
The MRI on #49ers RB Matt Breida came back negative, according to a source. It’s considered more of a mid-ankle sprain, which is good news. He’s been battling a variety of injuries the past few weeks and has proven to be a quick healer. (Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: While owners should be happy to hear he didn't suffer the dreaded high-ankle sprain, Breida seems unlikely to serve a major role in Week 6 against the Packers. Making matters worse for owners is that San Francisco doesn't play until next Monday, so they could run the risk of getting nothing from him should he be considered a game-time decision and fail to play. Alfred Morris will likely draw the start and can be treated as a low-end RB2 in most leagues if Breida gets ruled out.
Steelers might eye committee upon Bell's return
Beat writer floats potential RBBC if/when Le'Veon Bell returns
By: Doug Orth | Oct 8 2018, 7:30 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
If Le'Veon Bell indeed returns to the team next Monday, as ESPN reported, he will be able to practice Tuesday and Wednesday of the off week. The Steelers will have off Thursday through Sunday. He would then have a full week of practice before their Oct. 28 game against Cleveland at Heinz Field. Unlike last season when Bell did not report until six days before the opener, they won’t have to throw him right into the thick of things this time, thanks to James Conner. Bell got off to a slow start last season after missing all of the preseason, so why would the Steelers expect him to get off to a faster start after missing all of the preseason plus the first six regular-season games this season? (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

FFToday's Take: This really should have been the expectation once it became clear wasn't reporting in time for Week 1. Bell has missed too much time for owners to believe he is simply going to fall right back into 25-plus touches, plus Conner has done enough to prove himself at the very least. Owners really need to consider selling Bell to the highest bidder if they haven't already done so, because the odds of him returning RB1 value in the second half of the season seem minimal at this point.
InjuryJay Ajayi out for the year, torn ACL
Placed in IR
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 8 2018, 5:00 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles placed lead running back Jay Ajayi on injured reserve Monday, a major blow to an offense that has struggled to score points over the first five games of the season. Ajayi tore his ACL Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Eagles are thin at running back with Ajayi (IR), Darren Sproles (hamstring) and Corey Clement (quad) all battling injuries. Wendall Smallwood and Josh Adams are the only true healthy running backs on the roster. Unless a free agent is signed, Smallwood should see a spike in usage moving forward.
InjuryBigger role for Mark Walton?
Mixon could see reduced snaps
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2018, 9:55 am

Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Mixon back in the lineup today for the #Bengals, but with him being out the last couple weeks don’t expect him to be used in an every down manner. With Gio Bernard out today, expect Mark Walton to get some carries. #bengals #dolphins (Dianna Russini on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: We've had multiple reports over the last couple days that Mixon could be limited as he returns from his knee injury. Expect to start and lead the team in running back touches but he might not be cast in a workhorse role. He's a solid RB2 with RB1 upside if touchdowns work in his favor.
InjuryAllison misses practice Saturday
Concussion, hamstring
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2018, 8:00 am

Green Bay Packers
Packers WR Geronimo Allison did not practice Saturday, per source. That means he hasn’t practiced at all this week. Not only has he been working through concussion protocol, a hamstring injury was added late in the week. His status for today remains Questionable. #GBvsDET (Stacy Dales on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Packers are one of the few teams that practice Saturday. It sounds like Allison will end up on the inactive list today leaving Davante Adams and rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling as the starting wide receivers. The Packers could choose to focus on Adams, tight end Jimmy Graham and running back Ty Montgomery in the passing game.
InjuryLamar Miller looking iffy for Sunday night
Alfred Blue could get the start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2018, 1:45 am

Houston Texans
Texans are pessimistic about the chances of RB Lamar Miller playing Sunday night through his questionable tag and his chest injury, per source. He did little in practice this week. If Miller can’t play, Alfred Blue would start. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Texans have struggled to get their running game this season but Alfred Blue could be a viable play for fantasy owners looking for running back volume. The Cowboys play at a slow pace so Blue would be best categorized as a Flex option.
InjuryDavante Adams expected to play
Late-week addition to injury report
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2018, 1:30 am

Green Bay Packers
Packers’ WR Davante Adams, listed as questionable for Sunday with a calf injury, is expected to play vs. the Lions, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Adams was added to the injury report on Friday but it sounds like he's going to suit up on Sunday. With Randall Cobb out and Geronimo Allison still waiting to clear concussion protocol, Adams should be a focal point for Aaron Rodgers against the Lions.
InjuryDalvin Cook not expected to play
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2018, 1:00 am

Minnesota Vikings
The #Vikings are not expecting RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) to play Sunday vs. the #Eagles, sources say. It would take an impressive turnaround for him to be on the field. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Expect Latavius Murray to see the bulk of carries for the Vikings in Week 5. Unfortunately, the matchup is brutal as the Eagles have given up next to nothing to running backs thus far in 2018. Murray is a flex play at best in what should be a pass-heavy gameplan from the Vikings.
InjuryChris Carson expected to play
Hip injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 5 2018, 1:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Pete Carroll confirmed on his weekly radio show that the Seahawks will have running back Chris Carson (hip) and defensive end Dion Jordan (hip) back for Sunday's game against the Rams. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Carson was a surprise inactive last week which propelled Mike Davis into a starting role. Davis racked up 25 touches against the Cardinals along with 101 rushing yards and 2 TDs. With Carson back, it will be difficult for fantasy owners to trust either running back given Carroll's verbal shenanigans.
InjuryCobb out, Adams will practice Saturday
Hope for Allison
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 5 2018, 12:45 pm

Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday, coach Mike McCarthy said. Davante Adams (calf) will practice on Saturday, and there's hope for Geronimo Allison (concussion). (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: We'll need to follow Adams' status throughout the weekend but we should know if he's going to play or not well before the early games kickoff on Sunday. If Adams does sit, rookie wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling will see an increased role.
InjuryGiovani Bernard, John Ross out for Bengals
Bernard out 2-4 weeks with MCL sprain
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 5 2018, 11:45 am

Cincinnati Bengals
John Ross, Giovani Bernard, Billy Price all out. Expect a roster move later today moving Eifert to IR and promoting Burfict off roster exemption. (Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With Bernard expected to miss a couple weeks, Joe Mixon will resume his starting role in the offense. Head coach Marvin Lewis hinted Mixon might get his usual workload due to lack of conditioning during rehab. Expect to see Mark Walton get some carries against the Dolphins as well.
InjuryDalvin Cook to be listed as questionable
Hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Oct 4 2018, 7:30 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Mike Zimmer called Dalvin Cook questionable for Sunday. (Chris Tomasson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Cook did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, so his Week 5 prospects are not looking good. Latavius Murray would be in line for another start, but he has yet to post a quality fantasy performance. Poor performance on the offensive line has been to blame for most of that, but it seems unlikely Murray or any other Minnesota running back is going to get it going against the Eagles' stout run defense. If Cook doesn't play, most owners should be able to find a better start than Murray.
InjuryWill Fuller optimistic about playing Week 5
Hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Oct 4 2018, 7:15 pm

Houston Texans
Will Fuller V (hamstring): "I feel good, just taking it day by day." (Texans on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: If Fuller is active against Dallas this weekend, he needs to be in most lineups. The problem with hamstring injuries - as we have seen with multiple players already this season - is that he is definitely at risk for another early exit. The other problem is Houston plays Sunday night, so owners will have limited options if he doesn't go. Keke Coutee stands to benefit regardless and should be owned in most leagues.
InjuryGronk, Edelman active for Week 5
TE working through ankle injury, WR coming off suspension
By: Doug Orth | Oct 4 2018, 7:10 pm

New England Patriots
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) and WE Julian Edelman (suspension) officially active tonight. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)

FFToday's Take: There was some doubt earlier in the week about Gronkowski, but he's going to go against a shorthanded Colts defense that gave up a combined seven catches on nine targets to Washington in Week 2 and 12 receptions for 146 yards and a score in Week 3 against Philadelphia. He should be starting everywhere. Edelman is a bit of a different story in that he could be rusty, but he's usually good for about 10 targets every time he plays, so owners should find a spot for him in their lineups as well.
InjuryPackers having issues at WR
Adams, Cobb, Allison miss practice Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 4 2018, 12:45 pm

Green Bay Packers
Packers’ HC Mike McCarthy said Davante Adams won’t practice today due to a calf injury and neither will Randall Cobb (hamstring) and Geronimo Allison (concussion). So Packers down their top three WRs today and maybe beyond. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Adams was injured Wednesday in practice meaning the Packers could be without their top 3 receivers in Week 5. We'll have to see who is able to go in practice Friday but WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling and RB Ty Montgomery could be more involved in the offense depending on who's able to suit up against the Lions on Sunday.
InjuryGronk expected to be active
Ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 4 2018, 8:00 am

New England Patriots
Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski is expected to be active tonight vs. the Colts despite the questionable status that limited his practice time this week as well as his availability Sunday, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: There's a difference between "active" and "play". It remains to be seen how much Gronk (ankle) will play in this game but if he's active, Gronk owners are likely compelled to roll the dice unless you're lucky enough to have a competent backup (Vance McDonald?).
InjuryHilton, Doyle, Mack all out for Week 5
Colts missing three starters on offense
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2018, 3:30 pm

Indianapolis Colts
Colts Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the New England Patriots because of a hamstring injury. Others who will not play Thursday also include running back Marlon Mack (hamstring), tight end Jack Doyle (hip), offensive lineman Denzelle Good (personal -- brother killed Tuesday), cornerback Quincy Wilson (concussion), defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway (calf) and cornerback Kenny Moore II (concussion). (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Colts have one of the weakest skill position player groups in the league. On Thursday night, they'll be rolling out Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers as their starting wide receivers. Tight end Eric Ebron and running back Nyheim Hines should see quit a bit of work in the passing game.
InjuryMixon practicing, Giovani Bernard sits
Bengals running back
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2018, 12:45 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard not practicing today. Got hurt at end of Atlanta game. (Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Bernard got banged around in Week 4 and missed the final few plays of the game. Joe Mixon is practicing today and appears on track to play this week. Hopefully we'll get a clearer picture of the Bengals backfield later in the week.
InjuryLeonard Fournette ruled out for Week 5
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2018, 11:00 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette won’t play Sunday, HC Doug Marrone says... (John Oehser on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Jaguars aren't messing around this week, ruling out their star running back on Wednesday suggesting Fournette isn't close to playing with his injured hamstring. T.J. Yeldon should see the majority of snaps this week with Corey Grant filling a backup role. Yeldon gets a decent matchup against the leaky Chiefs defense, making him a solid RB2.
InjuryDevonta Freeman expected to play
Hasn't played since Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2018, 7:30 am

Atlanta Falcons
#Falcons coach Dan Quinn says on 92.9 The Game that RB Devonta Freeman (knee) is expected to play Sunday vs. the #Steelers, but DT Grady Jarrett (ankle) will be out. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Freeman hasn't played since Week 1 after spraining the MCL and PCL in his knee. He'll step into a great matchup against the Steelers which should be a high-scoring affair. Expect Freeman and Tevin Coleman to share the workload in Week 5.
Lions fine with Kerryon Johnson's puny workload
Patricia thinks rookie RB getting 20 of 55 snaps is a "good amount"
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 2 2018, 10:47 am

Detroit Lions
Kerryon Johnson played just 20 of 55 offensive snaps in the Lions' 26-24 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, five fewer than third-down back Theo Riddick and six more than veteran LeGarrette Blount, but the Lions HC isn't bothered. "I think we have a lot of really good running backs and I think we try to use them appropriately," Patricia said at his Monday news conference. "I think Kerryon played a significant amount of the game. He played 20 snaps of 55, that’s a good amount. Plus, we have two other running backs, plus we have two-minute drives and other two-minute personnel packages and things like that. There was quite a bit of reps in there for Kerryon." (Detroit Free Press)

FFToday's Take: Kerryon Johnson probably won't be a bell cow anytime soon, and based on Patricia's super "Belichick-ey" statement here it appears his upside will be limited to RB3/flex the remainder of the season. It's a shame, because he's been the team's most effective back through four games.
InjuryGronk injury not considered serious
Pats TE is questionable (ankle) for Thursday night game
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 2 2018, 10:45 am

New England Patriots
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s ankle injury is not considered serious, according to multiple reports. He is day-to-day, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Gronkowski is expected to be questionable for the Patriots’ Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. (Patriots News)

FFToday's Take: It may not be serious, but Gronk owners cannot be pleased with his production this season given his ADP. for now, you'll need a backup plan at TE in case Gronk can't go.
InjurySammy Watkins injures hamstring in MNF win
Chiefs WR may not play on short Week 5
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 2 2018, 8:25 am

Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs were without one of their go-to receivers for much of Week 4, as Sammy Watkins suffered a hamstring injury against the Denver Broncos on Monday and did not return. After the Chiefs' 27-23 win, head coach Andy Reid told reporters Watkins' hamstring tightened up during the game. (Bleacher Report)

FFToday's Take: Watkins failed to make a catch in the game and doesn't look like a great option even if he suits up against Jacksonville in Week 5. Chris Conley saw most of the snaps in his stead on Monday night.
Le'Veon Bell to return Week 7, Steelers bye week
Still wants to play football in 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 1 2018, 7:00 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell told ESPN he is playing football in 2018 and does not expect to be traded. In fact, he's still holding out hope the team will re-sign him to a long-term contract once his franchise tag is up. Bell is staying away from the team to preserve his body, but a source said Bell is expected to report Week 7, the Steelers' bye week. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Steelers have a bye in Week 7 and then face the Browns at home in Week 8. Assuming Bell returns directly to the starting lineup, James Conner will get two more starts in good matchups against the Falcons and Bengals. Bell got off to a slow start in his first couple games of 2017 after missing all of training camp.
InjuryWill Fuller injures hamstring again
Missed time in preseason and opener with similar injury
By: Doug Orth | Oct 1 2018, 5:55 pm

Houston Texans
Bill O'Brien on Will Fuller, said it wasn't precautionary sitting him. Says he'll see how it goes this week with a hamstring issue. (Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson)

FFToday's Take: Fuller simply cannot seem to stay healthy, as he has struggled to remain on the field in any of his first three seasons. Although if Week 4 was any indication, the Texans may have a viable alternative in rookie Keke Coutee. Owners should expect Fuller to miss Week 5 at the very least. Regardless of how long the speedster misses, Coutee should be a serviceable WR3. And even after Fuller returns, Coutee should be rostered in most leagues.
Jameis Winston regains starting job
Replaces Ryan Fitzpatrick
By: Doug Orth | Oct 1 2018, 5:40 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter just said that yes, Jameis Winston will be the starting quarterback against the Atlanta Falcons. (ESPN - Jenna Laine)

FFToday's Take: The Bucs will have the bye week to get reacclimated to Winston, who will see his first action in Week 6 against an injury-ravaged Falcons defense. Winston did his best to mimic a usual workweek during his three-game absence, although only time will tell if he's ready to go from mistake-prone gunslinger to a solid NFL starter. He has the supporting cast to be a fantasy QB1, but owners would be wise to treat him as nothing more than a matchup-based starter going forward.
InjuryLeonard Fournette out indefinitely
Aggravates hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Oct 1 2018, 5:30 pm

Jacksonville Jaguars
Jaguars' HC Doug Marrone said he doesn't know how much time Leonard Fournette will miss with his latest hamstring injury. Was two full games before, and it figures to be at least that this time. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)

FFToday's Take: This may be the least surprising news of the day. It appears now the Jaguars were working on their timeline (i.e. as long as it took for them to lose a game, as they did in Week 3) rather than what was best for Fournette. Owners are completely justified in benching him until he proves he can make it through a full game, although one would think Jacksonville has learned its lesson. Expect T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant to form a committee again in his absence.
InjuryRandall Cobb "not close" to playing Week 4
Hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Oct 1 2018, 5:20 pm

Green Bay Packers
It wasn't a close call for Randall Cobb and his hamstring last week. "As much as I would've wanted to, I couldn't be out there running at full speed," Cobb said Monday. "So it's no reason to take that risk." As for Sunday at Detroit, Cobb said: "It's feeling better. I made strides the past couple days and hopefully I can continue to make those strides." (ESPN - Rob Demovsky)

FFToday's Take: Geronimo Allison suffered a concussion in Week 4 as well, leaving the Packers with Davante Adams and rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling as Aaron Rodgers' top two receivers. Cobb hasn't done much since his 75-yard touchdown late in Week 1 and needs to be on the bench in fantasy leagues until further notice.
InjuryGronkowski expected to be listed as Questionable
Ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 1 2018, 12:45 pm

New England Patriots
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's ankle injury, which prevented him from finishing Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins, is not considered serious, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. Gronkowski is expected to be listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts, the source said. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Gronk left in the third quarter of Week 4 with an ankle injury. After a 100-yard game in Week 1, Gronk cooled off failing to catch more than 4 balls in Weeks 2-4. The Pats may choose to rest their start tight end in Week 5 given the short week.
InjuryO.J. Howard out 2-4 weeks
Sprained MCL
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 1 2018, 11:45 am

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard sprained his MCL and is expected to miss two to four weeks, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Howard injured his left knee late in the first half of Sunday's 48-10 loss to the Bears. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Howard has been a low-end TE1 option with 222 yards and 1 TD through four games. His absence will allow Jameis Winston favorite, Cameron Brate, to see increased opportunities. The Bucs have a bye in Week 5.
InjuryBreida, Morris expected to play
Both listed as questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 30 2018, 11:45 pm

San Francisco
49ers’ running backs Matt Breida and Alfred Morris, both listed as questionable for Sunday with knee injuries, are expected to play vs. Chargers barring any setbacks, per source. Breida was further along physically at end of week than Morris, but both expected to go. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Breida appeared to suffer a serious knee injury against the Chiefs last week but later returned to the game. He was limited Friday. With both backs active, it's hard to trust either on in this matchup against the Chargers especially with Beathard at quarterback. Breida would be the preferred option in PPR leagues but only as a flex consideration.
InjuryGolden Tate expected to play
Hip injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 30 2018, 10:10 am

Detroit Lions
#Lions WR Golden Tate, who showed up on the injury report this week with a hip and was listed as questionable, will play today, source said. That helps. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Tate was added to the injury report on Friday but it appears he is good to ago in a decent matchup against the Cowboys. The only concern will be pace as the Cowboys typically are slow to the line of scrimmage, decreasing the number of plays in a game.
InjuryAlshon Jeffery a gametime decision
Shoulder appears healthy
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 30 2018, 2:00 am

Philadelphia Eagles
#Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery would be making his season debut today based solely on the health of his shoulder, sources say. However, as sick as he was over the past 3 days, his status is best described as a game-time decision, I’m told. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This is good news for Jeffery's availability for Week 5 but you have to wonder how effective he will be even if he is active in Week 4. The Eagles / Titans play early so we'll know Jeffery's status roughly 90 minutes before kickoff.
Ryan Fitzpatrick expected to start Week 4
Winston returns from suspension
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 29 2018, 11:22 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to start Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback against the Chicago Bears on Sunday despite quarterback Jameis Winston returning from his three-game suspension, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Saturday. The Buccaneers will reassess their quarterback situation during next week's bye, before determining whether Fitzpatrick or Winston will start Oct. 14 at Atlanta, the sources said. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Fitzpatrick has thrown for over 400 yards in each of Tampa's first three games. However, it seems inevitable that he'll come crashing down to earth and Winston will be the starter at some point. For the time being, Fitzpatrick gets a difficult matchup on the road against Kahlil Mack and the Bears.