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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. 


Report: Ravens LT Eugene Monroe expected to miss a month
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:27 pm ET) Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe, who had arthroscopic knee surgery last week, is expected to miss roughly a month, reports the Baltimore Sun. Undrafted rookie James Hurst filled in well Week 4 and should continue to start in Monroe's absence, according to the team's website.

The Ravens visit the Colts on Sunday.


Packers release injury report for Thursday night game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:19 pm ET) Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin (groin) has been ruled out for the Thursday night game against Minnesota while linebacker Sam Barrington (hamstring) and defensive tackle Josh Boyd (knee) are doubtful. None of the three has practiced this week.

Listed as probable are linebackers Brad Jones (quad) and Clay Matthews (groin). Both have practiced on a limited basis.


Odell Beckham says he ran full speed at practice
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:18 pm ET) Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham, who has not played this season due to a hamstring injury, said he practiced fully and ran full speed at practice Wednesday, even catching a long touchdown, reports the New York Daily News. "It was a great feeling," Beckham told the paper.

The No. 12 overall pick added he "definitely" believes he'll play Sunday against Atlanta.


Good opportunity for LeSean McCoy
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:18 pm ET) As all of the football-watching world, including the player himself, struggles to figure out what's wrong with LeSean McCoy, let's not lose sight of two facts:

One, the second of his two clunkers came against a 49ers defense known for stopping the run, and two, he'll be facing a Rams defense in Week 5 that ranks third-to-last in stopping the run, allowing 155.0 yards per game. The Rams allowed 100 yards to the Cowboys' DeMarco Murray in Week 3 and 144 yards to the Buccaneers' Bobby Rainey in Week 2.

McCoy's performance against the Redskins in Week 3 remains an enigma, but I'm giving him a pass against the 49ers. In other words, it hasn't become a trend yet from my perspective. I don't particularly care to join in the guessing game as to what's wrong with him because a guessing game is all it is, but I'm optimistic he bounces back against the Rams and wouldn't even dream of sitting him in Fantasy.

Judging by where Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard rank him this week, they feel the same way.


 
 
 
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