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Heath Miller should feast in Week 5
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:28 pm ET) The Jaguars have proven nearly incapable of slowing down tight ends this season, a good sign for any Heath Miller owners heading into the Steelers' Week 5 matchup.  

Miller is coming off his best performance of the season, and should be able to keep rolling this Sunday. The Jaguars gave up 52 Fantasy points to tight ends through the first three games, though they did hold Antonio Gates to just three receptions for 30 yards in Week 4.

The Steelers should be able to light the Jaguars up through the air, and Miller should be a big part of that. With this kind of matchup on the way, Miller should be active in all Fantasy formats for Week 5. 


IR might be destination for Cardinals QB Carson Palmer
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:27 pm ET) Despite claiming that the shoulder of Carson Palmer is improving, Bruce Arians has indicated that the Cardinals quarterback could be placed on the injured reserve with plans to return list.

He added, however, that such a decision will not be made in the near future, according to Fox Sports.

Palmer has not played since the season opener.


Ben Roethlisberger looking to keep rolling in Week 5
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:27 pm ET) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is off to the most productive start of his career, and he will look to keep rolling in Week 5 against the Jaguars.

The only concern Fantasy owners should have about Roethlisberger's value in Week 5 is whether he will throw enough or rack up the kind of numbers you are hoping for. Roethlisberger is attempting 35.3 passes per game, and passing for 273 yards as a result. If the Steelers don't open up a lead early and shut the passing game down, he should easily reach his season averages against a defense that is allowing opposing quarterbacks to average 28.0 Fantasy points per game.

The good news is, opposing quarterbacks are attempting 40-plus throws per game against the Jaguars, mostly because it is just too easy to pass against them not to. Roethlisberger should put together another solid game, and should be considered a strong starting option for Week 5. 


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.


 
 
 
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