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Arian Foster was taken out just before halftime for a possible concussion. He has passed through the NFL's concussion protocol and has returned to action against the Colts.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners can breath a sigh of relief. Foster only missed a handful of plays as the concussion occurred just before half-time.

Category: Injury Updates

Andre Ellington was a full participant in Thursday's practice. (Source: Kent Somers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is the first time since the injury that Ellington has been able to practice in full. He is on track to suit up for Sunday's match up with the Detroit Lions. Ellington is expected to take on a 3rd-down back role while Chris Johnson remains the starter.

Evans will face the Jaguars and their 14th worst pass defense vs. WRs- allowing 37 points a game to opposing WRs. The Jaguars, are even worse vs. QBs- ranking 6th worst in the league.

Fantasy Impact: The good news with Evans is he healthy and facing a good matchup at home. Evans has seen 25 targets over the past 2 weeks and he should see another 10+ targets this week. After 4 weeks of play, Evans is ranked 65th in PPR, which is far beneath his projections to start the season.

Latavius Murray back practicing

Thu, Oct 8th 5:26pm EDT
By Stan Son


Latavius Murray was back practicing Thursday, following a limited Wednesday session. (Source: Scott Bair on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Great news for Murray owners. Unfortunately, he goes up against a Denver Broncos defense that allows 4.0 yards per carry and 90.2 yards per game. Because of a porous secondary, the game script could have the Raiders chasing points. Murray is still the bell cow and is effective in the passing game, but Helu has been showing his explosiveness and could be a factor.

After sustaining a concussion last week against the Browns, Malcom Floyd appears on track to suit up for this week's Monday Night Football game versus the Steelers. He has now practiced on consecutive days. (Source: Michael Gehlken on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Stevie Johnson nursing a hamstring injury, it's plausible to think Floyd could see extra targets. However, the return of target hog Antonio Gates should negate a majority of his upside. He is currently not a fantasy option due to target volume.

Category: Injury Updates

After suffering an apparent hamstring injury last week versus Cleveland, Stevie Johnson has yet to resume practicing. He missed practice on Thursday and appears doubtful for action on Monday Night Football. (Source: Michael Gehlken on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Antonio Gates returning to action, the Chargers could take a conservative approach in getting Johnson back into the starting lineup. Hamstring injuries have a tendency to linger and it would be in the best interest of both Johnson and the team to wait until he is back to 100% before deploying him.

Category: Injury Updates

For the second time this season and the fifth time in the last 20 weeks, Philip Rivers won Fedex Air Player of the Week honors. He passed for 358 yards and three touchdowns in Week 4 against Cleveland. (Source: Michael Gehlken on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rivers will lead the Chargers high powered offense on Monday Night Football versus Pittsburgh in Week 5. He is currently the sixth overall QB in this week's consensus rankings. Start him with confidence, especially with his favorite target Antonio Gates returning to action.

Category: Rumors

The Dolphins have fired Kevin Coyle. The move was expected after the team fired head coach Joe Philbin. Former defensive backs coach, Lou Anarumo, is the new defensive coordinator. Going into the game Sunday against the Jets, the Dolphins had the fewest knock-downs and hurries in the NFL. The team has only three interceptions on the year as well. They are last in run defense giving up 160.5 yards per game (Chris Ivory gained 166 yards on Sunday), and 30th in the NFL in total defense giving up 399.5 yards per game. (Source: Sun Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: In four weeks Miami has only mustered one sack. Neither Ndamukong Suh nor Cameron Wake were responsible it. The defense only offers IDP options at this point: Reshad Jones being the top of a short list. Jelani Jenkins and Koa Misi are linebacker candidates. D/ST owners should have abandoned this unit already.

According to Bears reporter Chris Boden, Eddie Royal remains sidelined in practice due to an ankle injury. (Source: Chris Boden on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Royal missing two consecutive days of practice, if he does not practice on Friday, his status for Sunday's game does not look good. If Royal practices and plays on Sunday, consider him a WR3/flex option as the Kansas City Chiefs have been very generous to opposing receivers recently.

According to the Chicago Bears on Twitter, receiver Alshon Jeffery was limited again in practice on Thursday. (Source: Chicago Bears via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jeffery has not had full participation in practice for a few weeks now and his status for Sunday looks to be questionable. If Jeffery happens to play on Sunday, he should be considered a WR2 option for fantasy purposes as the Kansas City Chiefs have been thrashed by receivers in recent weeks.

Jacob Tamme was unable to play in Week 4 due to the NFL concussion protocol. He returned to practice on Wednesday in preparation vs. the Redskins. (Source: Vaughn McClure on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It looks like Jacob Tamme will return this week vs. the Redskins. The Falcons have plenty of weapons on offense, leaving Tamme with a meager ten targets through three games. Tamme is minimum salary on DraftKings and could provide value if the Falcons keep the ball in the air.

Category: Injury Updates

Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Thursday that there's a "good chance" that newly signed running back Daniel "Boom" Herron will be involved in the game plan against Tennessee. (Source: Joe Buscaglia)

Fantasy Impact: Herron was signed partly because of his fit in Roman's running scheme. While the slow Anthony Dixon may technically "start" the game, the more talented Herron has as good a chance, if not better, for fantasy production, especially in the passing game: Herron caught 21 passes last year, while Dixon has just 19 catches over six years. Herron's career yards per carry (4.5) is more than a full yard better than Dixon's (3.4).

Bills coach Rex Ryan said Thursday that it's "probably a reach" for Karlos Williams (concussion) to play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. (Source: Joe Buscaglia)

Fantasy Impact: Williams owners shouldn't hold out hope. With LeSean McCoy also not practicing, Anthony Dixon is set to lead a committee including Boom Herron and Cierre Wood.

Category: Injury Updates

Dion Lewis has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2017 season. He is set to make up to $4.8 million in new money over the two new years. The deal also includes a $600,000 signing bonus. His base salary will be $800,000 in 2016 and $1.2 million the following year. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: After a strong start to the season, Lewis has earned a raise and has made the backfield in New England appear more stable for once. The signing should give owners more confidence in starting him on a week-to-week basis, although LeGarrette Blount will still be there to take away some goal line carries.

In 169 career games with the Texans, Johnson went catchless in a game just once; it's already happened twice with the Colts. (Source: IndyStar)

Fantasy Impact: Right now Andre is not the same Andre he was in Houston. He has 7 catches for 51 yards on the SEASON. Owners are tired of waiting on him to come around and right now if you have him he should be on your bench. This week he is the 54th ranked wide receiver according to FantasyPros experts. For now the future looks bleak for the first ballot hall of famer.

Investors have not enjoyed their stay at the Hilton this season, as he's just 41st in fantasy points per game at the position.

Fantasy Impact: T.Y. Hilton has not had a great year but he has had a great career against the Houston Texans. In the two games that they played last year he compiled 273 yards and one touchdown. Matt Hasselbeck will be starting in place of Andrew Luck again for the Colts tonight in Houston which puts Hilton as a WR2 ranking for this week.

Matt Hasselbeck has traveled to Houston with the expectation that he'll be the Colts' QB Week 5 against the Texans. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rapoport adds that Andrew Luck will throw prior to the game, but at this point Hasselbeck will once again start. Luck's absence would provide some value for Hasselbeck, who was solid as a fill-in Week 4, but it will likely hurt the Colts WRs and potentially RB Frank Gore.

Category: Injury Updates

Matt Hasselbeck flew to Houston with the expectation that he'll be the Colts' starting QB for their Week 5 matchup against the Texans, according to Ian Rapoport of Andrew Luck will throw pregame to test the shoulder, but Hasselbeck will start, per Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is bad news for the Colts and Luck fantasy owners. It seemed like something wasn't right through the week, and now appears that the star QB could miss another week due to his shoulder injury.

Category: Injury Updates

Sammy Watkins did not practice Wednesday due to his calf injury, but the Bills will not rule him out for their Week 5 matchup. (Source: Chris Brown on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bills, and QB Tyrod Taylor specifically, are not the same with Watkins on the sidelines. If you're considering anyone on the team's offense for this weekend you'll want to monitor Watkins' status.

Category: Injury Updates

Joique Bell was sidelined for Wednesday's practice session due to his ankle injury. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The ailment kept Bell out of Week 4's contest, and he's now fallen behind the rookie Ameer Abdullah and pass-catching back Theo Riddick in terms of fantasy relevance.

Category: Injury Updates