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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.

Darren Sproles becoming impossible to gauge
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:39 pm ET) Neither Jamey Eisenberg nor Dave Richard likes Darren Sproles for Week 5, ranking him outside their top 30 at running back, and I'm right there with them.

It's not that I don't think he could be as productive against the Rams as he was against the Jaguars and Colts in Weeks 1 and 2. On the contrary, St. Louis ranks 30th against the run, allowing 155.0 yards per game. It's just that his role is too unpredictable to assume it. Last week in a lopsided loss at San Francisco, you can kind of understand him disappearing, but why did it happen Week 3 against Washington, especially with starting back LeSean McCoy struggling so badly?

Granted, Sproles doesn't need as many touches as most running backs to make an impact in Fantasy. He's a threat to go all the way every time he touches the ball. But with inconsistent touches, his boom-or-bust tendencies become even more pronounced.

In what should be a winnable game, the Eagles' first priority will probably be to resuscitate LeSean McCoy, so Sproles could play an even smaller role than usual. Or he could play a bigger one if the Eagles jump out to an early lead. My thinking is why take the chance in a week when so many of the best running backs are available with so few teams on bye?


Jake Locker says he did everything at practice
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:38 pm ET) Titans quarterback Jake Locker, who missed Week 4 with a wrist injury, said he did everything at Wednesday's practice and feels good, reports The Tennessean. Locker said he expects to start Sunday against the Browns.

Report: David Nelson unable to practice
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:34 pm ET) Jets receiver David Nelson, who left Sunday's loss to the Lions with an ankle injury, did not practice Wednesday, reports the New York Post. He has six catches for 45 yards this season.

Look at the Ravens backfield for Week 5
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:27 pm ET) Making sense of the Ravens backfield is going to be a chore for the next few weeks, especially since we assume Bernard Pierce will return to the field at some point in Week 5 against the Colts. How should Fantasy owners view Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro heading into this weekend's matchup?

Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg are in agreement that Justin Forsett is the guy to own and start this weekend, with both ranking him among the top-21 for running backs in Week 5. Dave is higher on Taliaferro than Jamey, ranking him 24th, just behind Forsett; Jamey has him at 31.

Neither has Pierce ranked this week, as his role is a total mystery. Pierce was active but didn't see the field in Week 4, and we aren't sure how much he is expected to play Sunday. Even if you are desperate, there have to be better options on your roster with just two teams on bye. 


 
 
 
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