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Bucs bring back K Connor Barth

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 10:54am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed kicker Connor Barth one day after releasing rookie Kyle Brindza.

The Buccaneers announced the move Tuesday morning on their official Twitter account.

Barth, 29, had a previous stint with the Bucs, making 91 of 108 field-goal attempts and all 110 extra points from 2009 to 2012. He began his career with the Chiefs in 2008, and he also played for the Broncos last season.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bucs signed Barth on Aug. 27 to a two-year deal to compete for the kicking job late in the preseason after he was released by the Broncos. But Brindza won the job after being acquired by Tampa Bay in a trade with the Lions, prompting the Bucs to release Barth on Sept. 5.

Fred Jackson has sprained ankle

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 10:51am

Yahoo - [Full Article]

Running back Fred Jackson and cornerback Marcus Burley were both forced from Monday's game against the Detroit Lions due to injury.

Jackson suffered a sprained ankle when a Detroit defender landed on the back of his right leg. X-rays were negative, but Jackson will undergo an MRI exam on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact:

The Seahawks are hopeful to get Marshawn Lynch back for Week 5, saying he was close in Week 4. Thomas Rawls should also be available if Jackson can't go but isn't much of a pass-catching option.

Seattle hopeful to have Marshawn Lynch Week 5

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 10:49am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Seahawks played without running back Marshawn Lynch on Monday night because of a hamstring injury that the team hopes will not linger into Week Five.

Lynch was ruled out of the game on Sunday after initially being listed as questionable to play against the Lions, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that Lynch still went through a pregame workout on Monday night. Carroll said that workout went well and left the team hopeful they’ll have Lynch back for their game against the 4-0 Bengals.

“He wasn’t quite right,” Carroll said, via the team’s website. “His best day was today. He ran pretty well in pregame, but they did not think he could sustain through the game and come out healthy again the next week. So we’re hoping that by using patience here, that he’ll be ready to go this next week.”

Fantasy Impact:

If Lynch can’t play, the Seahawks may need to make a roster move before facing Cincinnati. Fred Jackson sprained his ankle during Monday’s 13-10 win, leaving Thomas Rawls as the only healthy running back on the active roster. Seattle has Rod Smith on the practice squad if they do need to bolster the group this week.

Jets look to keep Chris Ivory healthy

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 9:17am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chris Ivory will have plenty of time to recover after punishing the Miami Dolphins for a career-high 166 yards and a touchdown on Sunday in London.

However, Ivory better soak up this bye week of rest. After this break, the New York Jets will need their workhorse for the remaining 12 games and perhaps postseason if they can get there.

Head coach Todd Bowles knows he will have to walk a fine line this season. He wants and needs Ivory to set the physical tone for the Jets. But he also has to find a way to keep the 6-foot, 222-pound bruiser fresh and healthy somehow as well.

"It is a long haul," Bowles said. "After this we got 12 straight. We are going to monitor to make sure that he is getting his work in but we are still giving some breaks in between here and there. We know he is a bell cow and everything else but we still got two other guys that can run the ball."

Fantasy Impact:

The Jets' backfield, though, is banged up, the story said. Backup Bilal Powell suffered a groin injury against the Dolphins. Ivory was already coming back after being an active scratch in Week 2 against the Eagles with a quad injury. And the Jets have Stevan Ridley (knee) on the PUP list.

Raiders still trust Latavius Murray

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 9:05am

ESPN - [Full Article]

With the game on the line in the fourth quarter at Chicago on Sunday, Oakland Raiders starting tailback Latavius Murray -- a week after gaining 139 yards rushing -- was on the sideline.

The Raiders instead went with third-down back Roy Helu as the lead back on the final dive. Helu, who had scored a touchdown and made a few other plays, was stopped on a third-and-2 that forced Oakland to kick a field goal instead of going for a touchdown late in the game. The Raiders ended up losing, 22-20.

The absence of Murray was glaring in the key moment. The Raiders took him out after a rough day. Murray had 49 yards on 16 carries, he lost a fumble in the fourth quarter and he bobbled a pass that was intercepted in Oakland territory.

Still, Oakland coach Jack Del Rio was adamant Monday in saying Murray wasn’t benched. He said the team thought Helu was the best option for that situation.

“I would characterize it us as using the members of our football team in a fashion to give ourselves an opportunity to win the game,” Del Rio said. “We have different plays that we run with different players at different times of the game. So it wasn’t a benching. So that’s not accurate.”

Fantasy Impact:

The 6-foot-3, 228-pound Murray remains in Oakland’s mix and Del Rio said he believes he will back bounce back nicely. This may be a teaching tool for the young back as the Raiders also can't afford to give up on him. It could also mean Helu gets a few more snaps and touches going forward and may be a worthwhile own for Murray owners if his mistakes continue.

Karlos Williams has concussion

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 8:59am - [Full Article]

It wasn’t fully recognized by even Karlos Williams himself, but late Monday night the Bills running back wasn’t feeling well. After an examination it was discovered that Williams sustained a concussion in the Bills loss to the Giants Sunday. GM Doug Whaley announced the news Tuesday morning in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550.

Whaley said that Williams is going through the league’s concussion protocol. Williams status for playing on Sunday is certainly up in the air and with starting RB LeSean McCoy also a major question mark for the Titans game, the Bills have just Boobie Dixon and Cierre Wood as healthy running backs.

“We have confidence in the guys that we have in Boobie Dixon and Cierre Wood, who have been here,” said Whaley.

Fantasy Impact:

Whaley admitted they will take a look to see what is out there to find replenish the depth at the position. Former Bills RB Bryce Brown is an available free agent and Whaley admitted that he would be a possibility. The team did not rule out Williams playing this week so it's a situation for owners to keep an eye on.

Monday, October 5, 2015, 7:14pm

Lions Inactives
Joique Bell RB
Jermelle Cudjo DT
Phillip Hunt DE
DeAndre Levy LB
Brandon Pettigrew TE
Corey Robinson OT
Larry Warford G

Fantasy Impact:

With Bell out, Ameer Adbullah should see a big workload in this tough matchup. Theo Riddick should be more involved in the passing game and Zach Zenner could get used as a change of pace option, but are both risky plays.

As expected, Marshawn Lynch OUT for MNF

Monday, October 5, 2015, 7:10pm

Seahawks Inactives
Demarcus Dobbs DE
Marshawn Lynch RB
Brandon Mebane DT
Kevin Pierre-Louis LB
Tharold Simon CB
Kristjan Sokoli G
Steven Terrell FS

Fantasy Impact:

This was actually reported on Sunday, which means Thomas Rawls should see another big workload. Expect Fred Jackson to be involved too as long as the game stays close.

Arian Foster came out of Week 4 'fine'

Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:30pm - [Full Article]

Arian Foster returned from a groin injury and caught a 15-yard pass on the Texans' first offensive play. He then carried for two yards and three yards before Ryan Mallett was picked off. On the day, Foster gained 10 yards on eight carries, and three passes for 25 yards. Physically, both Foster and O'Brien were positive about the Pro Bowler's health.

"I came out fine," Foster said.

The head coach reiterated that on Monday, saying Foster "should be ready" for the Thursday-nighter against Indianapolis.

Fantasy Impact:

Foster was a risky start and unfortunately for owners the game dictated how much Foster played. When it got out of hand, there was no point in keeping him out there. The Texans hope this week is a different story and perhaps now that Foster got his feet wet, he'll take on more of a workload in Week 5's Thursday night game.

Steve Smith not 'officially' ruled out

Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:26pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens coach John Harbaugh clarified that he didn’t officially rule wide receiver Steve L Smith out with his the microfractures in his back suffered on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In a sideline interview while supporting his brother, Jim, and his Michigan team against the University of Maryland on Saturday, Harbaugh told CSN Mid-Atlantic that “they’ve ruled him out for the Cleveland game."

Harbaugh said Monday “nothing’s really changed since then.

“He’s week-to-week,” Harbaugh said. “There’s no official ruling. I saw a place that said I officially ruled him out. I don’t think I’m able to do that, to be honest with you. That has to be on the injury report. But he had a tough injury. Steve’s a tough guy, so he’ll be back as soon as he can.”

When asked a follow-up question about that prognosis he gave Saturday, Harbaugh clarified:

“The injury report rules people out,” he said. “That’s how it works. There’s a process to that. We’ll just follow the process on that. I’ve got my own thoughts on it, as I stated, but I’m just telling you there’s a process to it, as far as the official process.”

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds like Smith is out, but Harbaugh probably wasn't supposed to make such an announcement without using the injury report. We'll continue to monitor but all signs points to Smith not being able to play in Week 5

Bucs cut K Kyle Brindza

Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:21pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut Kyle Brindza on Monday after the kicker missed two field goal attempts and an extra point attempt during Sunday's loss to Carolina.

Brindza, a rookie out of Notre Dame, made 6 of 12 field goal attempts -- including just 2 of his last 7 -- and was 6-of-8 on extra points this season.

The Bucs gained Brindza in a trade that sent tight end Tim Wright to the Detroit Lions on Aug. 31.

Charcandrick West seems to be Jamaal Charles backup

Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:20pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Knile Davis no longer looks like the eventual replacement for Jamaal Charles as the featured back for the Kansas City Chiefs. Judging by Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Davis is no longer the top backup.

That role, at least for now, seems to have gone to Charcandrick West. West played 17 snaps as a backup to Charles against the Bengals. Davis didn’t play on offense at all, though he was healthy. He served as the main kickoff returner throughout the game.

“We like what Charcandrick has been doing,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “We also like Knile. On certain situations, we like to use them all. In those situations, we chose to go with Charcandrick. We haven’t lost any confidence in Knile. You saw some of the things we were doing with him, and we think Charcandrick does a pretty good job with those things.”

West wasn’t particularly productive against Cincinnati. He had five carries for 17 yards and one reception for four yards.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said West is more of a threat as a pass receiver. He is reliable catching the ball, something Davis isn’t. The Chiefs seem comfortable with him as a pass blocker, more than they do with Davis. As a runner, West isn’t nearly as big, fast or powerful as Davis. But he’s more effective. Anything that isn’t straight ahead but requires more than one cut gives Davis trouble. This is something owners of Charles and Davis may way to take a hard look at if you feel the need to handcuff Charles.

Falcons expect to have Tevin Coleman Week 5

Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:15pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Falcons are third in the NFL in points per game through the first four weeks of the season and their offense could get another piece back as they try to improve to 5-0 this week.

Coach Dan Quinn said Monday that the team expects to have running back Tevin Coleman on the field for Wednesday’s practice. Coleman has not played since breaking a rib in the second week of the regular season and Quinn hopes that changes this week.

“We’re hopeful,” Quinn said, via “We’ll probably be able to get him, for sure, some work starting on Wednesday. So, we’re hopeful that he’ll be back with us.”

Fantasy Impact:

Of course, this isn't good news for Devonta Freeman owners. Coleman’s return will give the Falcons another weapon, but it will also force them to figure out the right balance between Coleman, who started before his injury, and Freeman. Freeman has run for 209 yards, gained 133 more on 10 catches and scored six touchdowns over the last two weeks.

Jordan Reed dealing with concussion, ankle injury

Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:09pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed suffered a sprained knee and ankle, but the big concern likely will be the concussion he also suffered in Sunday's win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Reed has endured at least five concussions since he started playing college football, including one in 2013 that sidelined him for the final four games of the season. Reed injured his knee and ankle earlier in the game, but did return until getting the concussion on the game-winning drive. He'll be in the concussion protocol this week to determine if he'll be able to play vs. Atlanta.

“It’s a concern," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "The level, these things are all different. Each player and the magnitude of the concussions, you just don't know until they go through the protocol and get tested and all of the necessary steps. I don’t know the severity of it at all.”

Fantasy Impact:

If Reed has to miss any time, it takes a valuable weapon away from the offense. He's tied with Pierre Garcon with 24 receptions, but has a team-high 278 yards. With DeSean Jackson still sidelined, the coaches consider Reed one of two players who creates the best separation (along with rookie slot receiver Jamison Crowder). The Redskins have Je'Ron Hamm on the practice squad in case they need to replace Reed. They also have Derek Carrier and Anthony Mason already on the roster. Carrier has caught four passes; Mason has only been used as a blocker.

Kubiak: C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman to split carries

Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:07pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Denver Broncos will not live the fantasy life at running back.

In other words, those eye-balling the Broncos’ situation at running back may not like what they see if it’s all about fantasy football. Because Broncos’ coach Gary Kubiak has other things on his mind and fully intends to keep dividing the carries evenly between C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman.

Why? Because when the games have been played over the season’s first four weeks, Hillman has earned a bigger slice of the workload.

“We’ll keep going the way we’re going, I think of them both as starters to be honest with you,’’ Kubiak said. “I know somebody has to walk out there on play No. 1, but they’ll both play, probably right down the middle.’’

Fantasy Impact:

In Sunday’s 23-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings, it was exactly down the middle as Anderson and Hillman each got 11 carries in the game. Hillman turned his into 103 rushing yards, including a 72-yard touchdown run, while Anderson finished with 43 yards. That's been the trend so far this season and Hillman is making the most of his touches. Just based on how the season has gone so far, Hillman has much more upside if the two have equal work. As the story said, Hillman seems more comfortable in the Broncos offense and that's really been the case since preseason.

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