Week 5: Game Time Decisions
(Hamstring): Foster played last week with his injured hamstring at less than 100 percent, and it showed as he ran for just 6 yards on eight carries. He saved his fantasy day with seven receptions on 10 targets for 55 yards, but it's unknown if his health has improved this week. On Thursday, he said he was unsure if he would suit up against Dallas, but a couple limited practices seem to have convinced his coaches; Foster is officially probable for Week 5. His owners should still stash Alfred Blue (13 carries for 78 yards in Week 3). The Cowboys' defense has been decent against ground games, but it has allowed 5 yards per carry. Foster is a high-risk RB2.
(Knee):Tate was sidelined for the Browns' last two games because of a sprained knee. He returned to practice this week and is listed as probable. However, Tate said Friday that he said he considers himself questionable. Cleveland boasts a solid offensive line, and Tate should be in fantasy lineups if he is active based on a favorable matchup against Tennessee's run defense. The Titans have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs and an average of 120 rushing yards per game. If Tate needs to miss yet another week, the rookie tandem of Isaiah Crowelland, to a lesser extent, Terrance Westwould each be worth flex consideration because Tennessee is so poor against the run.
(Hamstring): Although Decker gutted it out and put up a serviceable fantasy line with his balky hamstring last week, he missed Friday's practice, leaving his status for a late-afternoon kickoff at San Diego in doubt. Head coach Rex Ryan once again expects Decker to suit up, but the Chargers have permitted the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.
(Ankle): The 33-year-old missed Friday's practice because of his bum ankle and is listed as questionable for the 1 p.m. Eastern kickoff in Dallas. Johnson suffered the injury last week and said after the game that he was "fine." However, he didn't practice much this week. Johnson has just 11 touchdowns since the start of the 2011 season but remains a solid WR2 in PPR leagues since he's caught at least six passes for 70 yards in three of his four games this season. DeAndre Hopkins ranks second on the team with 25 targets and would be a solid WR3 if Johnson is unable face a Cowboys defense that has surprised this season. It has given up just two touchdowns to wideouts in its first four games.
(Ankle): Megatron's playing status will come down to a game-time decision yet again. Johnson was used mostly as a decoy in the Lions' Week 4 win over the Jets, recording two catches for just 12 yards. Just like last week, he practiced on Friday only and was limited. If active against the Bills, he should be in your lineup considering that in his last 15 home games, Johnson has 108 catches for 1,919 yards and 10 scores. If Johnson is unable to go, expect an uptick in targets for Golden Tate, who produced eight catches and 116 yards with Johnson ailing last week. Buffalo's pass defense has allowed the 12th-most fantasy points per game to WRs, including five touchdowns. First-round rookie tight end Eric Ebron could also gain some fantasy relevance if Johnson remains hobbled. He scored his first NFL touchdown against the Jets.