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Texans receivers could succeed in a shootout
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:47 pm ET) Andre Johnson is still the top target in the Texans passing game, but DeAndre Hopkins has outproduced him so far. Still, Fantasy owners should feel comfortable relying on both in Week 5 against the Cowboys.

Dallas has done a better job than we expected on defense this season, with opposing wide receivers averaging just 16.0 Fantasy points per game. However, this receiving duo has been productive so far, and we expect that to continue; they are averaging 138.3 yards per game through four games.

The Cowboys defensive backfield has held up well, but this receiving duo is too productive at this point to consider benching, especially in what could end up being a shootout. Jamey Eisenberg has Johnson ranked as low as 35th among wide receivers, but Dave Richard's ranking has Johnson inside the top-30. Consider Hopkins a solid starter, with Johnson more of a flex or No. 3 option. 


Lions DT Ndamukong Suh angered by free agency speculation
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:44 pm ET) Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh has neither confirmed nor denied that he will bolting Detroit after this season. He declined to elaborate Wednesday on the subject.

"I don't know where that story came from," he told the Detroit News. "I want to talk about (Week 5 opponent) Buffalo."

According to several reports, Suh was angered enough by his interview that he slammed the door on the way out. He is eligible for free agency after this season.


Cecil Shorts says he's 'week-to-week' with hamstring injury
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:44 pm ET) Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts won't play Sunday against the Steelers, and he said he's "week-to-week" with his hamstring injury, reports the Florida Times-Union. Shorts caught seven passes for 60 yards and a touchdown over the past two games before suffering the injury against the Chargers.

Doug Martin still searching for breakout game
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:32 pm ET) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is looking for his first big game of the season, but it is not clear if that is coming in Week 5 against the Saints.

New Orleans' defense has struggled against running backs this season, allowing 21.5 Fantasy points per game through four contests. However, this might be a game where the Buccaneers have to abandon the run early, since the Saints' offense tends to be unstoppable at home. Opponents rushed for just 93.78 yards per game against the Saints in the Superdome last season, compared to 129 on the road.

Martin's role might just depend on how the game goes this Sunday. If the Buccaneers can keep it close, he could put together a solid performance, as he did in Week 3 a year ago, when he rushed for 144 yards against the Saints.

Consider him more of a No. 2 back this week, with both Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg ranking him toward the bottom of the top 20


Arians: QB Carson Palmer shoulder 'getting better'
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:25 pm ET) Bruce Arians would not commit either way to the possible availability of Cardinals starting quarterback Carson Palmer for the Sunday game in Denver. But he did speak with optimism about his recovery from a shoulder injury that has prevented him from playing since Week 1.

"He's still doing a lot of treatment with (his shoulder)," Arians told the Denver Post. "It's getting better."


Jaguars rule out Marqise Lee for Week 5
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:23 pm ET) The Jaguars announced that rookie receiver Marqise Lee won't play Sunday against the Steelers. He has not played since Week 2 due to a hamstring injury.

Report: Lions DT Nick Fairley limping Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:14 pm ET) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley walked with a noticeable limp in the locker room Wednesday and declined to answer questions from the media, per the Detroit News.

Fairley has played through a biceps ailment in recent week, but there has been nothing to indicate any problems with his legs. He did manage his first sack of the season Sunday against the Jets.


Mike Glennon could put up numbers vs. Saints
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:14 pm ET) Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon put together a solid performance in leading his team to a surprise win over the Steelers in Week 4, and now faces a solid matchup in his encore in Week 5 against the Saints.

Glennon had accuracy issues against the Steelers, but still put up 300-plus yards and two touchdowns. He might find some success this Sunday, against a Saints defense that has struggled to slow down opposing quarterbacks. Only four teams have allowed more Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks than the Saints, who have been tagged for 22.5 per game, including 30-plus twice.

Glennon is tough to rely on, given his lack of track record, but there is a chance for him to put up some numbers here. The Saints are likely to go up early Sunday, so Glennon could be forced to pass often. In a two-QB league, Glennon has some upside in Week 5. 


Brian Quick facing a great matchup
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:12 pm ET) Rams wide receiver Brian Quick has emerged as the team's top option in the passing game, and he has a good chance to put together another solid performance with the Eagles on the schedule in Week 5.

Quick leads the team in targets with 22 through three games, and could be set to turn in a big performance Sunday. The Eagles allow the fifth-most Fantasy points per game to opposing wide receiver, with six touchdowns and 173.5 yards per game allowed.

The quarterback situation in St. Louis is worrisome, but Quick has found success in spit of it so far. He is not a slam dunk by any means, but Quick has some upside for Fantasy purposes in Week 5, given the matchup. 


LB Desmond Bishop back with Cardinals
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:08 pm ET) Less than a month after waiving linebacker Desmond Bishop, the Cardinals have re-signed him. He had been let go on Sept. 6.

Bishop was a prolific contributor to the Green Bay defense in 2010 and 2011 with 218 total tackles in those seasons combined. But he had just four tackles and one assist with Minnesota a year ago.


 
 
 
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