Week 5: Fantasy Football Weekly
The Bills have decided to go with Kyle Orton as their starting QB. Last year's first-round pick, E.J. Manuel, has been sent to the bench after a lackluster start to the season. The Bills currently rank 31st in the league in passing offense … The Rams' Week 1 starter, Shaun Hill, is finally healthy, however, St. Louis has decided to stick with Austin Davis moving forward … Carson Palmer will once again be forced to sit out due to the nerve issue in his throwing shoulder. Drew Stanton will get another start. Palmer's injury is not considered season- or career-threatening … Teddy Bridgewater was inactive for Thursday night's blowout loss to Green Bay because of an injured ankle. Christian Ponder started in his place and was god-awful. Bridgewater is expected to be back for Week 6 … After sitting out last week with a wrist injury, Jake Locker is officially listed as probable for Week 5 … Josh McCown has not yet ruled out surgery on his injured thumb but hopes to avoid it. There is no timetable for his return, and Mike Glennonwill start in the meantime. McCown may not get his starting job back once he is healthy enough to play … Derek Carr expects to play after the Raiders' Week 5 bye despite suffering knee and ankle sprains in Week 4. Matt Schaub has returned to the team after dealing with a family matter so, at the very least, it appears the Matt McGloin era is over in Oakland … Rex Ryan has confirmed that Geno Smith will remain the Jets' starter for at least one more week. The fans are beginning to become restless and call for Michael Vick. Smith was forced to apologize for yelling expletives at fans after the Jets' Week 4 loss … Brian Hoyer will also be remaining as the Browns' starting QB. No one has exactly been clamoring for Johnny Manziel in Cleveland.
Joique Bell was not able to complete the league's concussion protocol and has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Buffalo. Reggie Bush is expected to see the bulk of his touches. Theo Riddick will likely also see an increased workload if he can play through a hamstring injury … Ben Tate was considered probable all week. Then he expressed some concern Friday and considers himself more questionable than probable after missing the past two games due to a knee injury. Saturday will be the real test for Tate. Monitor his status up until kickoff … Arian Foster is expected to play this week after questions surrounded his injured hamstring all week. He is officially listed as probable … Bernard Pierce should return from a thigh injury for the Ravens. This comes as no surprise as his absence last week was considered precautionary … The Panthers' backfield is in shambles. DeAngelo Williams has been ruled out, and Jonathan Stewart is doubtful. It leaves the trio of Darrin Reaves, Fozzy Whittaker and Chris Ogbonnaya to carry the load. Reaves will start against the Bears … Cowboys play-caller Scott Linehan said he isn't thinking about reducing DeMarco Murray's workload. Murray is on pace for 396 carries this season … Eddie Lacy finally had the breakout game his owners have been waiting for. On Thursday night, Lacy ran for 105 yards and two TDs on 13 carries … Jamaal Charles returned in a big way on Monday night. He totaled more than 100 yards from scrimmage and three TDs. He is probable this week and believed to be at full strength … Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has no set rotation at running back. For some ungodly reason, he still believes Trent Richardson isn't awful. The Colts' better RB, Ahmad Bradshaw, left the stadium last week in a walking boot. It was just precautionary, and he is expected to be fine for Sunday's game … Knowshon Moreno, who has been out since Week 2 because of a dislocated elbow, said that he believes he is still about four weeks away from playing again. Until then, Lamar Miller will handle the bulk of the carries for the Dolphins … Rookie Bishop Sankey is expected to get more carries this week and going forward for the Titans.
Buccaneers rookie Mike Evans is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a groin injury. Louis Murphy is likely to see an increased workload while Evans is out … Lions head coach Jim Caldwell left open the possibility of Calvin Johnson sitting against the Bills on Sunday. He will be a game-time decision because of an ankle injury. Golden Tate also popped up on Detroit's injury report because of a hamstring injury Thursday, but he is officially listed as probable … Brandon Marshall expressed full confidence in his previously injured ankle. He practiced in full this week … Eric Decker is very iffy for Week 5. He is once again a game-time decision with a bad hammy and didn't practice Thursday or Friday … Despite being listed as questionable, Andre Johnson is expected to play. He suffered an ankle injury in Week 4. His status is still worth monitoring Sunday morning … Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he would like to get Cordarrelle Patterson"more involved" in the offense but also said he "needs to get open." Patterson left Thursday night's game with a hip injury. He returned briefly and said afterwards that he is "fine" … Giants first-rounder Odell Beckham is listed as questionable, but it looks like he is ready to make his NFL debut Sunday. A hamstring injury has basically kept him off the field since late July … Marvin Jones returned, and he's gone. Jones injured his ankle in his first practice back from a broken foot. The good news is it's not related to the previous injury. The bad news is his season debut will likely be pushed back at least one more week … Falcons No. 3 WR Harry Douglas has once again been ruled out due to a foot injury. On the other hand,Roddy Whiteis not only feeling healthy, he guaranteed a touchdown against the Giants on Sunday … Danny Amendola revealed Thursday that he underwent offseason groin surgery. The Patriots also stated that Aaron Dobson was not inactive the past two games for "mouthing off" to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Instead, head coach Bill Belichick said he was inactive for "football reasons" … Jarrett Boykin missed his second consecutive game Thursday because of various injuries. Rookie Davante Adams filled in as the Packers' No. 3 WR and scored his first NFL touchdown against the Vikings … Donnie Avery needs sports hernia surgery and is expected to miss 2-8 weeks. A.J. Jenkins will start in his absence … The Raiders placed Rod Streater on short-term injured reserve due to a fractured foot. He won't be eligible to play until the final few weeks of the regular season … Cecil Shortsis once again week to week because of yet another hamstring injury. Odds are he will miss Sunday's game. Marqise Lee has also been ruled out with a bad hammy. Embattled Jaguars wideout Justin Blackmon has enrolled in a voluntary 90-day treatment facility. He is currently under indefinite suspension for repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy and eligible to apply for reinstatement November 1. His teammate Ace Sanders is expected to play for the first time this season Sunday. He is returning from his own ban for a substance abuse violation … In Bridgewater's first start last Sunday, he and Jarius Wright connected eight times for 132 yards. That may be worth taking note of moving forward.
Vernon Davisis listed as questionable for Sunday's game but appears unlikely to play. He was held out of practice all week because of a back injury. If he does play, he is expected to be limited … Jordan Reed hopes to play Monday night, however, he is considered 50-50 at best. He came away with a hamstring injury in Week 1. Reed's teammate Niles Paul is expected to play against the Seahawks following his concussion last week … Austin Seferian-Jenkins is questionable for Sunday's game due to a foot injury. He is more likely to play than not. His status is still worth monitoring up until game time… Luke Willson will start for the Seahawks while Zach Miller is out. Miller underwent arthroscopic surgery on his ankle and is expected to miss at least two weeks … The Vikings expect Kyle Rudolph to be back before his eight-week timetable. He had sports hernia surgery in late September … Lions first-rounder Eric Ebron claims he has been "zombified" at times by the mental part of the game. That accounts for his limited role and slow start. Joseph Fauria will miss his second straight game due to a bad ankle.