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Coaches deny trade rumor involving Titans WR Justin Hunter
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:21 pm ET) Ken Whisenhunt and Mike Pettine have denied trade rumors that have underperforming Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter heading to Cleveland.

"There's no basis for that," Whisenhunt told the Akron Beacon Journal.

Hunter has just nine catches for 138 yards and no touchdowns. He managed just one reception for 12 yards in Week 4. The Browns lost premier receiver Josh Gordon through Week 12 to a drug suspension, but have received strong production from Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin.


Bears WR Brandon Marshall full participant Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:12 pm ET) Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall seems back to full health after being limited last week with a nagging ankle problem. He practiced in full Wednesday.

Marshall has not been his usual prolific self on the field. He has just three receptions for 15 yards in his last two games combined, but does have one touchdown during that time and five for the season.


This is the week for Drew Brees
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:09 pm ET) Chris Towers said it last week. Now it's my turn to declare Week 5 the week Drew Brees gets back to being Drew Brees.

Which isn't to say he's been Drew Stanton or anything, but he's been a little too Drew Bledsoe for my liking through the first four weeks. Basically, I want to see less of the one- and two-touchdown games and more of the three- and four-touchdown variety.

This matchup against the Buccaneers presents him with his best chance yet to do just that. He has a favorable history against the division opponent, throwing for four touchdowns in three of his last four games against them, and the Buccaneers have been especially susceptible to the pass this year, ranking fourth-to-last in yards allowed (272.5) and giving up the highest passer rating (118.4).

The Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns against them in Week 4. The Falcons' Matt Ryan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns against them a week earlier and could have had more if the Falcons let him finish out the lopsided victory.

Most likely, no one was seriously considering sitting Brees this week, but Jamey Eisenberg ranks him No. 1 among all quarterbacks. I'm cool with that.


LB Chad Greenway, TE Kyle Rudolph set to sit Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:07 pm ET) The Vikings have ruled out linebacker Chad Greenway and tight end Kyle Rudolph for their Thursday night game against Green Bay.

The announcement comes as no surprise. Neither was expected to play. Greenway has been dealing with a broken hand and broken rib while Rudolph will likely miss about another month with abdomen and groin issues.


Lions DT Nick Fairley wearing wrap on knee Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:00 pm ET) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who was seen limping noticeably before practice, was involved in the media portion of the Wednesday session, according to the Detroit News. But he was wearing a wrap on his right knee and was clearly limited.

Fairley has started all four games this season and has contributed to nine tackles.


Report: Delanie Walker held out of practice
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:59 pm ET) Titans tight end Delanie Walker, who's nursing a shoulder injury, did not practice Wednesday, reports The Tennessean. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday he expected Walker to be limited this week ahead of Sunday's game against the Browns.

Vikes say Teddy Bridgewater will be gametime decision
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:54 pm ET) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told SiriusXM NFL Radio that rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) will be a gametime decision for Thursday's contest at Green Bay. "It's a long season, so we don't want to put him at risk," Zimmer said.

Minnesota listed Bridgewater as questionable. He did not practice Monday or Tuesday and was a limited participant in Wednesday's walkthrough, per NFL Network.


Ravens face red-hot Colts in Week 5
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:52 pm ET) The Ravens DST unit has struggled so far this season, and things aren't likely to get any easier in Week 5 against the Colts.

The Ravens have failed to reach double figures in Fantasy points in three of four games this season, and they will be going up against arguably the league's hottest offense. The Ravens have surrendered 260 passing yards per game heading into the matchup with the Andrew Luck-led Colts, who have laid waste to opposing defenses. The most Fantasy points a DST unit has managed against the Colts was the Broncos' 9-point effort in Week 1.

The Ravens have done a good job keeping quarterbacks out of the end zone so far, but their luck is likely to run out this week. Consider better options for DST units this week. 


Steve Smith rolls into tough matchup
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:42 pm ET) The Ravens might have to throw the ball a lot to keep up with the Colts in Week 5, which could be a good thing for Steve Smith's Fantasy owners.

Steve has been the more productive of the Smith duo for the Ravens, as he ranks third in the league in receiving yards. He should be able to add to that total against the Colts, though they have been surprisingly stingy against opposing wide receivers this season. Even with games against the Broncos and Eagles in their wake, the Colts have allowed the third-fewest Fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, at 15.5.

Still, Smith has been reinvigorated by his new surroundings, and has been too productive to consider sitting even against what looks like it could be a tough matchup. Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg are not quite in agreement about Smith's value for Week 5, with Jamey ranking him 14 spots lower than Dave's No. 7 ranking among wide receivers. Still, they agree that Smith is worth starting in Week 5. 


Calvin Johnson, Joique Bell sit out Wednesday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:41 pm ET) Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and running back Joique Bell (concussion) did not practice Wednesday as Detroit prepared to host the Bills in Week 5, the Lions announced.

 
 
 
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