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Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 5. ASJ was upgraded on Friday, but seems iffy to play. He’s a Sneaky Start if he’s a go, but he must have re-aggravated his foot injury if he’s listed as questionable.

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Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 5. Walker says that the injury will linger, but he should continue to be able to play through it.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Saints TE Ben Watson (groin, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 5.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Broncos K Brandon McManus (right groin, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 5. McManus got great news today when the Broncos decided to cut Matt Prater.

Broncos cut K Matt Prater, sticking with Brandon McManus

Friday, October 3, 2014, 3:01pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Matt Prater, who is serving the final days of his four-game suspension for violating the league's alcohol program, was notified around 11 a.m. Friday that he would be released.

"I'm a little surprised," Prater said from Florida. "The Broncos look like they're going to do some great things this year. It's too bad I won't be a part of it. I'm just going to concentrate on keeping myself in shape and hopefully I'll be kicking for someone this year."

The Broncos are sticking with Brandon McManus, who in his first three NFL games is 14-of-16 in kickoff touchbacks and three-of-three on field-goal attempts, although his longest is from 24 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

McManus has only kicked three field goals through three games, but he should be a quality start on an every week basis given the strength of the Denver offense.

Cowboys WR Terrance Williams shining as Dez Bryant's sidekick

Friday, October 3, 2014, 10:56am

Star-Telegram - [Full Article]

Now that teams are focusing on the run and doubling Dez Bryant, Dallas is showcasing another reliable big-play threat on the outside in Terrance Williams.

Against New Orleans last week, Williams caught six passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns against one one-on-one coverage because the defense was doubling Bryant.

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said teams that leave Williams open to focus on Bryant are playing right in their hands.

“I think it was certainly our plan. We knew it was going to happen and it’s happened throughout the course of NFL history,” Linehan said. “I’ve been around these great receivers and they command a lot of attention and I’ve told the second receiver, 'You’ve got the best job on the team; you’re going to get the one-on-ones.'"

Fantasy Impact:

Williams only saw 14 targets through the first three games, but was targeted seven times in Week 4 against the Saints. Tony Romo is feeling better, and that should allow him to spread the ball around to the open receiver. With the defense focused on stopping Bryant, Williams shined in Week 4.

Chiefs Beat: Team wants to use both Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis 'a lot'

Friday, October 3, 2014, 10:32am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chiefs beat writer Adam Teicher on how the team will split touches between Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis: I think the Chiefs will adjust to game conditions each week, maybe using one guy if he’s far more effective than the other. But the Chiefs like the potential they have in using both players a lot. They like the idea of keeping both players fresh well into the game. I’m not suggesting Charles won’t ever again play games in which he gets the ball more than 25 times. I’m sure he will. But the days of the Chiefs relying so heavily on Charles week in and week out are over. They have too many other good skill players like Davis and tight end Travis Kelce for that to happen.

Fantasy Impact:

It worked well against the Patriots, when Charles saw 21 touches to Davis' 17, but the game got out of hand pretty quickly, and the Chiefs won't have the luxury of giving 38 touches to their running back every week.

Cowboys Beat: Team will 'pick their spots' in limiting RB DeMarco Murray's touches

Friday, October 3, 2014, 10:08am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cowboys beat writer Todd Archer was asked if the team would limit RB DeMarco Murray's touches: I don't think you'll necessarily see them limit his work. I think they'll pick their spots when they can. They did it last week against the New Orleans Saints when they gave Joseph Randle a series of work in the second half. If they get big leads, I think you'll see them rest him. The same should happen if they're losing big. I realize Murray has an injury history, but I don't think the Cowboys can act scared about giving it to him. Just ride it for as long as you can, be smart. There are games in which he might carry it 17 times that are more difficult than games in which he carries it 25 times.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray has seen 108 touches through four games, for an average of 27.0 touches per game. That's going to be a difficult benchmark to reach for the rest of the season since he doesn't exactly have a history of being the most durable running back in the league. Still, fantasy owners have to be elated with what they are getting from Murray this season, especially his 5.4 YPC and five scores.

Lions TE Eric Ebron feels 'zombified' by mental aspect of NFL work

Friday, October 3, 2014, 10:02am - [Full Article]

Detroit Lions rookie tight end Eric Ebron said in August he'd already hit and broken through the rookie wall.

However, after four weeks of preparing and learning multiple roles as a move tight end, the rookie realized how easy it is for young players to get worn down by the mental aspect of NFL work.

"You start to get zombified sooner or later," Ebron said, per the Detroit Free Press. "I don't even know if zombified is a word, but you just turn into a zombie mentally. But you're there physically. Oh, your body's going to work, but your brain just stops."

Fantasy Impact:

This is not an encouraging description, but rookie tight ends generally have a tough time making an immediate impact. Ebron will continue to be a decent TE2/streaming option as long as Joseph Fauria is out. Ebron played more than half the snaps in Week 4 for the first time this season and caught a TD against the Jets.

Falcons WR Roddy White: "I will score this weekend."

Friday, October 3, 2014, 9:57am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Falcons WR Roddy White enters Sunday's game with 14 catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns. In five career games against the Giants, including one postseason contest, he has yet to score a touchdown.

Does that bother him?

"No," White said. "I will score this weekend."

Fantasy Impact:

The article also states that White is feeling better, which allowed him to begin practicing on Wednesday for the first time this season. White is currently our #20 WR in standard formats in a not-so-great matchup with the Giants, who are #8 in WR aFPA.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford insists that protection isn't a problem

Friday, October 3, 2014, 9:52am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Lions QB Matthew Stafford has been sacked 11 times this season, putting him on pace for a career-high 44 this year. And it’s even worse than the numbers look, because Stafford isn’t dropping back to pass as much as he has the last couple years. This year Stafford has been sacked on 6.9 percent of his dropbacks. Last year he was sacked on 3.5 percent of his dropbacks. And those numbers don’t include the times Stafford has ended up running when he wanted to pass; Stafford is on pace for a career-high 68 rushing attempts in part because he’s been forced to run at times.

Despite all that, Stafford says things are fine with his offensive line.

There is one big problem on the Lions’ line, however: Detroit has been down to its third-string right tackle since starter LaAdrian Waddle and backup Corey Hilliard both suffered injuries in Week One. Garrett Reynolds has struggled filling in, particularly last week against the Jets, when Stafford was sacked four times.

Fantasy Impact:

Stafford's protection is something for fantasy owners to monitor moving forward, especially when the Lions face a team that is good at pressuring the quarterback. The Bills are tied for 4th in sacks (11) heading into Week 5.

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson: "Hopefully, I get more touches."

Friday, October 3, 2014, 9:46am

Pioneer Press - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson injured his hip making the last of two paltry receptions early in the third quarter, joining Teddy Bridgewater on the sideline after the rookie quarterback was a late scratch because of a sprained ankle.

Patterson insisted he would have finished the game if it were not out of reach. Less certain is Minnesota's inability to re-integrate him into their scheme following his 102-yard rushing performance in Week 1.

"I wish I knew the answer," said Patterson, who finished with eight yards and was targeted just four times. "I want to be more involved. I don't know what's going on. We have a plan. I'm sticking to the plan. I trust coach (Norv) Turner and the whole staff with what they're doing. It's going to turn around. Hopefully I get more touches."

Patterson has only one carry since scoring on a spectacular 67-yard run against the Rams. What is more, he has averaged just 38 yards per game receiving.

"We've practiced getting carries," he said. "I guess we're just waiting on the right time. I'm not worried about it. When my number's called I'm ready for it. I'm just sitting back and being patient.

Fantasy Impact:

His owners also hope he gets more touches. He has averaged 15.8 YPC on 16 career carries and it's strange that Turner wouldn't hand him the ball 3-5 times per game with Adrian Peterson out of the picture. It's not that they've tried that and failed and have since moved on, he only has one carry since his 102-yard outing in Week 1. Also, we haven't seen very many bubble screens, which was Patterson's bread and butter as a rookie. He needs to be benched until Turner proves he can get him the ball.

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson forced from TNF with hip injury

Friday, October 3, 2014, 2:25am

Brian Murphy, Twitter - [Full Article]

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson said he finishes game if it wasn't a blowout and vowed his hip injury would not sideline him for Week 6.

Fantasy Impact:

The injury doesn't appear to be serious, though Patterson's lack of usage is. He has a 15.8 YPC on 16 career carries, including three carries for 102 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, yet OC Norv Turner has only given him one carry in the four subsequent games. He's not good enough (yet) as a receiver to be a major fantasy force in the passing game only; he needs those carries to boost his value. Until the Vikings show that they're going to find ways to get him the ball, he should take a seat on the fantasy bench.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:30pm

Packers Inactives
Sam Barrington LB
Josh Boyd DE
Jarrett Boykin WR
Carl Bradford OLB
Garth Gerhart C
Demetri Goodson CB
Scott Tolzien QB

Fantasy Impact:

Rookie Davante Adams will work as the Packers WR3.

Teddy Bridgewater OUT, Christian Ponder to start on TNF

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:38pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Vikings Inactives
Teddy Bridgewater QB
Scott Crichton DE
Chad Greenway OLB
Kyle Rudolph TE
Brandon Watts OLB
Austin Wentworth G
David Yankey G

Fantasy Impact:

With Teddy Bridgewater out, Christian Ponder will get the start. Rankings have been updated to reflect the downgrade to the passing game, although Greg Jennings has been decent with Ponder under center. RB Matt Asiata is not really affected by the change at QB. His workload should be there in a good matchup and should get dump offs if the Vikings fall behind the Packers. RB Jerick McKinnon will get change of pace work behind Asiata and is a boom or bust flex option.