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QB: Ben Roethlisberger
RB: Ameer Abdullah, Devonta Freeman, Arian Foster, Duke Johnson, Joseph Randle
WR: Antonio Brown, T.Y. Hilton, Alshon Jeffery, Steve Johnson, Danny Amendola, Cole Beasley
TE: Dwayne Allen, Antonio Gates
PK: Connor Barth
TD: St. Louis Rams


Your receivers are the strongest part of this team. It's rare for us to endorse a team with weaknesses at quarterback and running back, but we're doing it right here! You should have a contender here. But your margin for error in terms of inseason management could be a bit thinner than some of your competitors'. You must remain committed to finding 2015's emergent players at RB and QB.

Players we particularly like on this team include Ben Roethlisberger, Duke Johnson, T.Y. Hilton, and the Rams defense. We have all these guys ranked ahead of where they are typically being drafted.

Bottom line:
  • With great inseason management, we think you have about a 80 percent chance of making the playoffs.
  • With good inseason management, we think you have about a 70 percent chance of making the playoffs.
  • With average inseason management, we think you have a 57 percent chance of making the playoffs.

In any event, we wish you the best of luck. Here's hoping all your weeks are like week 8 of 2014:

Arian Foster vs. TEN: 173 combined yards, 3 TD
Ben Roethlisberger vs. IND: 522 passing yards, 6 TD
Antonio Brown vs. IND: 133 receiving yards, 2 TD
T.Y. Hilton vs. PIT: 155 receiving yards, 1 TD
Antonio Gates vs. DEN: 54 receiving yards, 2 TD

QB Summary:

We expect Ben Roethlisberger to be a solid starter. According to our projections, he's the #4 QB, so you should be better off than most teams in the starting quarterback slot.

Despite your strong starting quarterback, we recommend taking a backup. See the end of this report for some specific suggestions.

A quick note about the Roethlisberger/Antonio Brown hookup you've got here: while we think the effect of the quarterback/receiver hookup has largely been exaggerated in fantasy football circles, it does have a tendency to make your team somewhat more inconsistent than comparable scoring duos from different NFL teams. But if you like the players at both ends of the connection, we do not see any need to make a change because of it.

RB Summary:

We see both your starters at running back as below average. Our projections have Ameer Abdullah ranked 17th and Devonta Freeman ranked 19th.

Your bench looks good and should help offset the unexciting starting unit. Arian Foster should serve as a very solid third running back. Duke Johnson is also a very nice RB4.

Joseph Randle is an excellent depth pick, though you may not end up using him much.

WR Summary:

Nice work here. We like both your starting receivers, as our projections indicate that they give you a combined 5.1 point-per-game advantage over an average opponent in this league. Antonio Brown is our #1 ranked receiver, and we have T.Y. Hilton at #8.

Your bench also looks good. Alshon Jeffery looks great as a third receiver; he's a likely flex starter. Steve Johnson, on the other hand, is an average-at-best fourth WR. Danny Amendola is a very weak fifth receiver.

We're not sure that Cole Beasley adds much, as you're already strong at the position and we aren't convinced he's roster-worthy in this league anyway.

As we mentioned earlier, the QB/receiver hookup tends to make your team a little more inconsistent. But that's not the case with the Hilton/Dwayne Allen pair you've got here. Though the effect is probably negligible, this kind of pairing is likely to make your team more consistent if anything. See this article (which was written before the 2008 season) for more discussion.

TE Summary:

Dwayne Allen is viable but below average as a starting tight end (we have him ranked #12). We're also not too fired up about Antonio Gates as a backup.

Kicker Summary:

We don't think Connor Barth is starter quality in this league. Keep a sharp eye on the waiver wire.

Defense Summary:

The Rams are our #3 ranked defense, so you're in good shape here.

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Schedule Analysis

Green means GO (good matchup), red means STOP (bad matchup). Main starters highlighted

At the bottom of the table, the Relative Strength row shows you how strong we project your team to be, relative to your usual strength, in that week. This accounts for byes and matchups.

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Schedule and Matchup Notes:

  • Please note that the Relative strength numbers above account for both byes and matchups.
  • Remember that you might have starters on bye in a given week, but still have a high relative strength. This could occur because of favorable matchups, or it might be because you are projected to be missing less production than an average opponent will (your opponents have to deal with byes too).
  • Week 11 presents serious bye week issues for you: Ben Roethlisberger, Duke Johnson, and Antonio Brown are off.
  • Ameer Abdullah and Arian Foster are out in week 9, but your opponent will likely have comparable issues with byes.
  • In weeks 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, and 12 you'll probably be better off than your opponent, as far as byes are concerned.

Potential Free Agents

Listed in order of preference. We don't know exactly who is available in your league, but here is a list of players who might be available and could be upgrades over some of your depth players, listed in order of preference. Your players are listed in red for comparison. Players who might not mesh well with the bye weeks of your key players are grayed out.

QB: Jay Cutler (7), Alex Smith (9), Joe Flacco (9), Carson Palmer (9), Marcus Mariota (4), Blake Bortles (8), Derek Carr (6), Nick Foles (6), Kirk Cousins (8), Tyrod Taylor (8), Brian Hoyer (9), Ryan Fitzpatrick (5), Josh McCown (11), Geno Smith (5), Johnny Manziel (11), EJ Manuel (8), Ryan Mallett (9), Mark Sanchez (8), Colt McCoy (8).

RB: we don't necessarily recommend any roster moves here.

WR: Allen Hurns (8), Malcom Floyd (10), Percy Harvin (8), Dwayne Bowe (11), Brandon Coleman (11), Cody Latimer (7), Harry Douglas (4), Kenny Britt (6), Martavis Bryant (11), Brandon LaFell (4), Corey Brown (5), Robert Woods (8), Greg Jennings (5), Brian Hartline (11), Kamar Aiken (9), Tyler Lockett (9), Andrew Hawkins (11), Dorial Green-Beckham (4), Phillip Dorsett (10). We have all these players rated ahead of Danny Amendola and Cole Beasley.

TE: Kyle Rudolph (5), Jordan Cameron (5), Tyler Eifert (7), Heath Miller (11), Dwayne Allen (10), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6), Zach Ertz (8), Owen Daniels (7), Charles Clay (8), Josh Hill (11), Coby Fleener (10), Antonio Gates (10).

PK: Brandon McManus (7), Josh Scobee (), Matt Bryant (10), Matt Prater (9), Josh Brown (11), Josh Lambo (10), Chandler Catanzaro (9), Mike Nugent (7), Phil Dawson (10), Andrew Franks (5), Graham Gano (5), Blair Walsh (5), Zach Hocker (11), Greg Zuerlein (6), Randy Bullock (), Cairo Santos (9), Dan Carpenter (8), Robbie Gould (7), Kyle Brindza (). We have all these players rated ahead of Connor Barth.

TD: we don't necessarily recommend any roster moves here.

Projections and Player Summaries

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Ben Roethlisberger - With top-5 upside and a proven track record, there's a lot to like about Ben Roethlisberger this year. In 2014, Roethlisberger posted a career-high with 4,952 passing yards. He also tied his career-best with 32 passing touchdowns. Roethliberger posted these numbers while only throwing nine interceptions. It's not out of the question to think that Roethlisberger will put up even better numbers in 2015. Roethlisberger has emerging weapons around him in the passing game like wide receivers Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton. Add in superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown and steady tight end Heath Miller--and the best receiving back in the game Le'Veon Bell--and it's easy to see why Roethlisberger is capable of producing that much in 2015. He's got the size to sluff off smaller defenders, and Roethlisberger is the master of keeping plays alive while under duress. With chaos swirling around him in the pocket, Roethlisberger stays calm and tries to find the open receiver. He has no problem challenging the edges of the defense, and he's known as an aggressive passer. With Bell suspended for the first three games of the season, the Steelers could lean on Roethlisberger and the passing game more than ever to kick this year off. All fantasy owners--especially DFS owners--should be able to benefit from this spike in Roethlisberger's opportunity.

Ameer Abdullah1656854.25453692190.417
Devonta Freeman1907223.85423192186.119
Arian Foster1808104.56242021163.229
Duke Johnson1355203.94402882154.832
Joseph Randle1707744.66211431148.734

Ameer Abdullah - Ameer Abdullah arrives in Detroit as a 2nd round pick out of Nebraska and will earn immediate playing time as the 3rd down back and as a change of pace to power back Joique Bell. Abdullah could potentially carve out an even bigger role due to his impressive training camp performance and Bell's nagging injury issues. The biggest knock on Abdullah is his size at only 5'9 and 205 pounds. He does not have the ideal build for a true 3-down RB. Abdullah does run hard though and generates some power with his leg drive and low pad level. A smaller knock on Abdullah is his lack of blazing long speed as he only ran a 4.60 40-yd. dash at the combine. Where he really excels however is with his quickness and ability to hit top speed quickly. He is also an excellent receiver out of the backfield and should step right into the role vacated by Reggie Bush as the primary pass catching back in Detroit as he is more talented than Theo Riddick. Abdullah should be viewed as a RB2 with upside, particularly in PPR leagues. Abdullah could emerge as the RB1 in Detroit by the middle of the season.

Arian Foster - An injury plagued 2013 season left people wondering how Arian Foster would rebound in 2014. The Texans offense had question marks, including Foster's own health. With his legacy in the balance, Foster quieted critics and rose to the occasion with a strong season that saw him finish in the Top 5 among fantasy running backs. The offseason came and the Texans were strong candidates to use a high draft pick on a talented, young running back, but it never happened. Outside of Foster, the 2015 Texans running game will include last year's surprising rookie, Alfred Blue, the newly signed Chris Polk and veteran Jonathan Grimes. The Texans coaching staff has indicated that Foster's role will be diminished this year, which would undoubtedly have a least some negative effect on his fantasy value. Foster has a history of leg, hamstring and calf injuries which can pop up without notice, especially on a player with as much wear and tear as him. In the last five years, Foster has amassed over 1,500 touches. He has the talent, drive and experience to be a weekly fantasy standout, but can he make it last the entire year? He is expected to be a key piece of the offense, but there is definitely risk involved in making him your top back in 2015. Update - Foster suffered a groin/hernia injury in training camp and has since had sports hernia surgery that will keep him out of action for the first 4-5 weeks of the season, possibly longer. He was not placed on the IR with eligibility to return list, which indicates the Texans are still planning on him returning to action possibly in early October. When healthy, Foster is one of the best backs in the league and therefore is still worthy of being selected in redraft leagues.

Devonta Freeman - DeVonta Freeman was selected at 4.03 of the 2014 draft (Florida State). After the 2014 draft, Footballguy Matt Waldman expected Freeman to compete for touches on the football during 2014 (Freeman handled 65/248/1 rushing and saw 37 targets for 30/225/1 receiving during 2014 in a part-time role) and then potentially supplant Jacquizz Rodgers as the #2 in Atlanta for 2015, which is indeed how the scenario has worked out, with Rodgers moving on to Chicago during free agency this past spring. However, the Falcons drafted Tevin Coleman with the 73rd pick of the 2015 draft, likely signalling that Freeman will stay in his backup role during 2015, though he may be the junior partner in a potential running-back-by-committee. The work-sharing arrangement between the two backs will be hashed out during training camp/preseason. An important note from early in training camp - both Coleman and Freeman are recovering from hamstring injuries as of Thursday, August 6 - the team has yet to give a timetable for their return to action.

Duke Johnson - Second-round selection Duke Johnson gives Cleveland a more versatile back than Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West. At Miami (FL), Johnson caught 69 passes in two-plus seasons (he played in just eight games in 2013 after breaking his right ankle). He averaged 10.4 yards per reception. He also showed an electric playmaking ability rushing the ball, averaging 6.7 yards per carry in his career and totaling 30 touchdowns. Johnson is likely to reduce West's role to purely a committee player only if Crowell is injured. He can be a passing-down player or carry the load if called upon. Johnson was flashing in practices until he injured his hamstring. The team has said they will ease him back as they have plans to use him heavily this season and don't want to risk a recurrence.

Joseph Randle - Joseph Randle is a difficult player to forecast. After DeMarco Murray departed Dallas in free agency, many expected the Cowboys to draft a new starter or trade for someone like Adrian Peterson. Neither happened. Neither Darren McFadden nor Randle impressed enough in the preseason to confidently say they're going to be fantasy assets. But the quality of the offensive line and Randle's apparent "first man up" status still makes him a worthwhile investment after the first four or five rounds.

Antonio Brown3120110144113.111321.31
T.Y. Hilton321079120115.29255.28
Alshon Jeffery422076104913.810241.111
Steve Johnson0005468612.75150.651
Danny Amendola0004245410.83105.475
Cole Beasley2903846412.23103.378

Danny Amendola - Danny Amendola was once thought to be the replacement for Wes Welker. Instead, he's ended up injured almost as frequently as Welker did in Denver. Julian Edelman has emerged as the short-route guy and Amendola has had trouble finding a role when he's made it on to the field. While the fact that the Patriots reworked his contract is good (after all, they didn't cut him outright), it's also a sign they don't trust him to perform. Amendola is a dangerous player to go after in fantasy realms, as even when he's healthy he can underperform. As it stands, he seems to be no more than a late-round flier.

Cole Beasley - Beasley is secure in his role as the team's slot receiver, and there's a belief that Scott Linehan plans on using more 3-WR sets this season. Beasley probably doesn't warrant anything more than a late round pick in standard leagues, but is a viable option in deeper PPR leagues.

Antonio Brown - Over the last two seasons, Antonio Brown has been one of the best receivers in the league. After his amazing performance in 2014, Brown shows no signs of slowing down. Last year, Brown ran a league-high 631 routes, was targeted 180 times (2nd-most), caught 129 passes (1st) for 1,698 receiving yards (1st), 85 first downs (1st) and 13 receiving touchdowns (2nd). Brown has amazing chemistry with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and he can attack a defense on short or long routes. He has no problem working the sidelines or running routes over the middle. Brown is the guy Roethlisberger looks for first in his progressions--and he's the guy Roethlisberger looks for when the play breaks down. His speed and quickness help Brown get open against the tightest coverage. His quick feet also help him beat jam coverage at the line of scrimmage. Brown is a "set it and forget it" starter for fantasy owners, and he's the model of consistency. For the second year in a row, Brown did not record a game with fewer than five receptions. He's consistent, he can make big plays and he can take over games. All these attributes make Brown a favorite for fantasy owners.

T.Y. Hilton - One of the best stats that encapsulates T.Y. Hilton's fantasy success in his brief three year career is that he has exceeded his average draft position (ADP) each year he has been in the league. Just when you think Hilton has reached his maximum potential, he adds another level to his game and increases his standing at seasons end. Very few players have raised their game every year like Hilton. The Colts offense is one of the best in the league, much in part to Hilton's abilities, but also thanks to the stellar quarterback play of Andrew Luck. Hilton has scored 19 touchdowns in three seasons and he has 82 receptions in back to back years with six games of 100+ yards receiving in 2014. Consider Hilton a strong WR2 option this year with the ability to put up WR1 numbers any given week.

Alshon Jeffery - Alshon Jeffery missed the Bears' first preseason game due to a calf injury suffered earlier in the week. Following the game, Jeffery was seen in a walking boot. Head coach John Fox is calling Jeffery's injury a day-to-day thing, but who really knows. The Bears played coy when it came to Kevin White's shin injury, one of which has kept him out all of training camp thus far. So it's really hard to gauge if there's something more to what Jeffery currently is going through. Jeffery had been looking great in camp before the injury, and the Bears will need him if they plan to surprise the masses and finish the season with a winning record. Stay tuned.

Steve Johnson - Steve Johnson had three 1,000-yard seasons with the Bills before taking on a role as a part-time player with the 49ers last season. Although Johnson's 35 catches for 435 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2014 don't add up to impressive fantasy totals, his production was rather efficient on a per-route basis. The Chargers will give him a chance to compete for a starting role opposite Keenan Allen. He'll battle Malcom Floyd for that honor, but however the pecking order ends up, he'll get plenty of playing time in the Chargers' 3-WR base offense. Johnson is a smooth route-runner who can play from the slot or on the perimeter, and has some upside potential as a late-round fantasy sleeper.

Dwayne Allen4455412.67141.412
Antonio Gates4552211.65125.219

Dwayne Allen - Andrew Luck and the Colts loved to involve the tight end in the offense, especially in the red zone. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen combined to receive 16 of Luck's 40 touchdown passes in 2014. Throw in another two to Jack Doyle and that's nearly half of Luck's touchdown passes to the tight end. There is definitely fantasy value to be had from the tight end spot on the Colts. The only down side is that both players take away value from the other. An injury to one would elevate the other into a must start fantasy option. Rostering one or the other as a TE2 is a wise move, as you're betting on at least one not completing a full season. Injury wise, Dwayne Allen is the greater risk. He has played in only 14 games in the last two seasons, whereas Fleener hasn't missed a game in the same time span. The Colts scored 28.6 points per game last year and their offense is expected to be just as good, if not better in 2015. Consider Fleener and Allen as excellent later round tight end selections.

Antonio Gates - Antonio Gates joined the league as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He came off the bench as a rookie, but in his 11 years as a starter, he's been a top-three fantasy tight end seven times, including last season when he finished #2 in non-PPR leagues. Gates was never a great blocker, and he's gotten worse in recent years, so he's come off the field more often on early downs. But that hasn't hurt his receiving production: if anything, it's kept him fresher over the course of the season. The main concern heading into 2015 is that Gates has been suspended for the first four games, which will give Ladarius Green a chance to show his stuff and possibly claim a permanent role as a starter. Gates will still have a role from Week Five on since he is still one of the top five receivers on the team; but the role could be significantly smaller than it was last season.

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Connor Barth - The Broncos endured some instability at kicker in 2014 due to Matt Prater's suspension and Brandon McManus's inconsistency, but the veteran Barth came on for the last five games and made 15 of 16 field goal attempts. That number of attempts per game over a whole season would give Barth a chance to be the top scoring kicker in the league by a good margin, but it was also inflated by Peyton Manning's December struggles, especially in the red zone. Barth is being drafted as a top 10 kicker, and whether Manning bounces back and gives Barth a ton of extra point attempts, or continues to decline and stalls out for more field goal attempts, the kicker position in Denver's thin air should be a good one for fantasy.

St. Louis Rams441215533420.5137.13

St. Louis Rams - Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald form the core of an excellent defensive line rotation that can create feeding frenzy games that overwhelm even the best of opponents at times. Like the Rams team, the D/ST can fluctuate wildly in results, but their ability to have the #1 week at just about any given time, especially when they are at home, makes them one of the D/ST's that will get drafted in every league once again this year. If Nick Foles is even an incremental improvement of the cast that has replaced Sam Bradford and Todd Gurley is as advertised this year, the Rams could be more competitive and post more top end D/ST weeks this year.

Player News (last 7 days)

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Texans | Arian Foster limited Tuesday - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) was limited in practice Tuesday, Oct. 6. Tue Oct 6, 07:43 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Foster played last week, but he didn't do much against the Falcons in Week 4. Now that he's back, fantasy owners should at least trust him as a RB2/flex play in Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts.

Falcons | Devonta Freeman's numbers eye-popping - Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman has seven rushing touchdowns in the last three weeks. No Falcons running back had scored more than six touchdowns in a season since 2012. Tue Oct 6, 07:34 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Eye-popping numbers like Toecutter in Mad Max. Freeman has been sensational over the last two games as the starting back. Earlier this year he was coming back from a hamstring injury and splitting time with rookie Tevin Coleman. When Coleman went down with a rib injury, Freeman took over and has not looked back. He's a set-it-and-forget-it RB1 for fantasy owners.

Colts | Dwayne Allen a full participant - Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) practiced in full for the second straight day Tuesday, Oct. 6. Tue Oct 6, 06:39 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: This is a good sign for Allen's availability on Thursday night against the Texans. Fantasy owners should consider him a low-end TE2 with upside if he plays.

Buccaneers | Connor Barth returns to Tampa - Free-agent PK Connor Barth (Buccaneers) has re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, Oct. 6, as he beat out other kickers to replace PK Kyle Brindza. Brindza was released. Tue Oct 6, 10:39 AM     [Link to story]

Lions | Ameer Abdullah has rough night - Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah carried 13 times for just 33 yards in the Week 4 game against the Seattle Seahawks Monday, Oct. 5, and he added two receptions for 11 yards on five targets. Tue Oct 6, 12:41 AM     [Link to story]

Colts | Dwayne Allen a full participant - Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) was a full participant in practice Monday, Oct. 5. Mon Oct 5, 07:53 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: That's a good sign for his availability. The Colts are playing on Thursday night against the Texans, and it would be a boost for the offense to get Allen back.

Texans | Arian Foster limited Monday - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) was limited during the team's walkthrough Monday, Oct. 5. Mon Oct 5, 07:46 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: It's a short week for Foster and the Texans, so expect him to be limited up until Thursday. All indications point to Foster playing in Week 5 after making his season debut against the Falcons in Week 4.

Colts | Dwayne Allen could sit Week 5 - Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) is considered questionable for the Week 5 game against the Houston Texans Thursday, Oct. 8, because of his ankle injury. Mon Oct 5, 06:18 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: It's a short week for the Colts due to Thursday Night Football. Allen could get one more week of rest to see if he can be ready for their Week 6 game against the Patriots at home on Sunday Night Football.

Chargers | Antonio Gates will play in Week 5 - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates is in great shape and will be play in the Week 5 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to head coach Mike McCoy. Mon Oct 5, 04:17 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: He'll play, but his role is unclear at this moment. We'll have to see how the playing time and targets shake out between Gates and Ladarius Green going forward.

Chargers | Antonio Gates eligible to return - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates is eligible to return in Week 5 from his four-game suspension. Mon Oct 5, 10:05 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: It will be interesting to see how much Gates is used now that he's back. Ladarius Green has been their lead tight end, but now there will be some sort of time share. Earlier this year, Gates did indicate that his role would be smaller in 2015. Stay tuned.

Cowboys | Cole Beasley makes presence felt - Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley had six receptions for 62 yards in the Week 4 game against the New Orleans Saints. Mon Oct 5, 01:08 AM     [Link to story]

Cowboys | Joseph Randle disappears late - Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle carried 11 times for just 26 yards in the Week 4 game against the New Orleans Saints. He was able to score a touchdown, but he did not have any receptions. Mon Oct 5, 01:05 AM     [Link to story]

Browns | Duke Johnson busy through the air - Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson had eight carries for 31 yards and nine catches for 85 yards and a touchdown in 30-27 loss to the San Diego Chargers in Week 4. Sun Oct 4, 10:31 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Johnson was finally used as a featured receiver. He'll keep RB2 value in PPR leagues if this continues, but know that he had no catches through two games - although most of those games were played by Johnny Manziel. Against Baltimore next week, Johnson should be a very good play in PPR.

Texans | Quiet return for Arian Foster - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) had eight carries for 10 yards and three catches for 25 yards and lost a fumble in a 48-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4. Sun Oct 4, 07:18 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Foster looked like a player who was testing out his surgically repaired injury before really opening it up in upcoming weeks. He was flexible and able to burst laterally, but the edge and confidence we're used to never had a chance to surface in the blowout. Unless we hear bad news about how his condition coming out of this game, play Foster Thursday night.

Falcons | Devonta Freeman runs wild again - Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman had 14 carries for 68 yards and three touchdowns and five catches for 81 yards in a 48-21 win over the Houston Texans in Week 4. Sun Oct 4, 07:11 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Freeman has relegated Tevin Coleman to a backup when he returns from his rib injury. Freeman's work finishing drives the last two weeks has been decisive, and he is also outstanding as a receiver. He's an RB1 going into a home game against Washington next week.

Chargers | Left hammy injury for Stevie Johnson - Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) suffered a left hamstring injury in the Week 3 game against the Cleveland Browns. He is having the leg wrapped on the sidelined. Sun Oct 4, 06:14 PM     [Link to story]

Chargers | Stevie Johnson limps off - San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) limped off the field in the third quarter of the Week 4 game against the Cleveland Browns due to an apparent right hamstring injury. As he walked to the sidelines he appeared to be grabbing the back of his right leg. Sun Oct 4, 06:06 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Johnson's injury leaves the Chargers with two healthy wide receivers, Keenan Allen and Dontrelle Inman. Danny Woodhead and Ladarius Green should get a lot of targets from here on out.

Colts | Dwanye Allen to miss game - Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) has been declared inactive for the Week 4 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sun Oct 4, 11:52 AM     [Link to story]

Colts | Week 4 Inactives - The Indianapolis Colts have declared QB Andrew Luck, OT Denzelle Good, TE Dwayne Allen, CB Greg Toler, DL T.Y. McGill, OG Todd Herremans, RB Tyler Varga inactive for Week 4. Sun Oct 4, 11:40 AM

Footballguys view: Matt Hasselbeck gets the start and the Colts offensive outlook gets much dimmer this week.

Bears | Alshon Jeffery leads Bears inactives - The Chicago Bears have declared WR Alshon Jeffery, QB David Fales, C Hroniss Grasu, DL Jeremiah Ratliff, OT Jermon Bushrod, RB Ka'Deem Carey, P Patrick O'Donnell inactive for Week 4. Sun Oct 4, 11:37 AM

Footballguys view: Jeffery should be back next week and if Jay Cutler emerges intact, he'll have his quarterback against the Chiefs.

Texans | Arian Foster will see limited time - Updating a previous report, Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) will be active for the Week 4 game against the Atlanta Falcons but will see limited snaps during the game, according to a source. Foster is expected to receive a normal workload in Week 5. Sun Oct 4, 11:06 AM     [Link to story]

Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger making progress - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) made good progress in his recovery this week and appears to have a good chance to return in four weeks. Roethlisberger is off crutches and is moving around well. Sun Oct 4, 10:59 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: The Steelers obviously need him. This is a good buy low window for Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant with the timeline coming in on the optimistic side of things.

Texans | Arian Foster expected to play - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) is expected to play in the Week 4 game against the Atlanta Falcons unless he suffers a setback, according to a source. Sun Oct 4, 10:37 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Foster is still going to see a limited workload, with some possibility for more work than expected if he looks and feels good. Err on the side of benching him and consider it a win if he scores well on your bench.

Colts | Dwayne Allen expects to play - Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) expects to play in Week 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Sat Oct 3, 03:55 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: We're not going to Allen as a TE1 this week. Have other options even though it looks like he's going to play.

Bears | Alshon Jeffery listed as questionable - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 2, and is listed as questionable for the Week 4 game against the Oakland Raiders. Fri Oct 2, 06:46 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: The word earlier today was that Jeffery is unlikely to play. Set your lineups without him this week.

Texans | Arian Foster is questionable - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons but will have to see how he feels Sunday, Oct. 4, before playing. Head coach Bill O'Brien said the team isn't worried that they will play again on a short week next Thursday against the Indianapolis Colts. Foster has yet to play with QB Ryan Mallett since he was injured for the quarterback's two starts in 2014. Foster likes the way his body is feeling. Fri Oct 2, 05:09 PM     [Link to story]

Colts | T.Y. Hilton listed as probable - Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 2, but is listed as probable for the Week 4 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fri Oct 2, 05:08 PM     [Link to story]

Colts | Dwayne Allen questionable - Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 2, and is listed as questionable for the Week 4 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fri Oct 2, 05:05 PM     [Link to story]

Falcons | Devonta Freeman should play in Week 4 - Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (toe) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 2, and is listed as probable for the Week 4 game against the Houston Texans. Fri Oct 2, 03:41 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Freeman is a strong RB2 start while Tevin Coleman is out.

Texans | Arian Foster sheds positive light - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) said his surgeon told him the best rehab for his groin injury is getting out there and playing. Foster said he'll see how he feels Sunday, Oct. 4. Fri Oct 2, 02:12 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: It seems slightly more likely than not that Foster will play this weekend, but the extent he'll play is unknown, and could even be determined in game. He's a risky start if he's active and Alfred Blue is a risky start, rendering the Houston backfield not very useful unless Foster is ruled out.

Steelers | Antonio Brown sees streak end - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown's streak of 35 straight regular season games with at least five catches and at least 50 yarrds ended in the loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4 Thursday, Oct. 1. He finished with five catches for 42 yards. The timing of Brown and QB Michael Vick looked off several times in the contest. Fri Oct 2, 01:03 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Brown was a dropped long touchdown away from a good game nonetheless. You can't bench him next week at San Diego on Monday night.

Bears | Alshon Jeffery could return next week - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is hopeful to return in Week 5. Fri Oct 2, 12:44 PM     [Link to story]

Colts | Dwayne Allen practices - Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) was at practice Friday, Oct. 2, and he has a chance to play in Week 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fri Oct 2, 12:09 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Allen isn't advisable to start until we see how he plays. He wasn't himself coming back from an ankle injury in the second half of last season. If Andrew Luck isn't playing, it doesn't really matter anyway. Allen is borderline droppable.

Bears | Alshon Jeffery out Week 4 - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) will miss his third straight game in Week 4. Fri Oct 2, 11:52 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Jeffery is one of many cautionary tales about teams rushing back a player from a soft tissue injury too early and inducing another injury. The Bears are going to be a sad state even when Jeffery does return, and it's hard to imagine him returning the draft capital spent even once he's back.

Cowboys | Joseph Randle ready for repeat? - Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle faces the New Orleans Saints in Week 4, and the Saints are allowing the seventh-most rushing yards to running backs this season. Thu Oct 1, 10:20 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: On the flip side, buzz is building around Christine Michael, and he could steal Randle's thunder. Randle started red hot last week, but he was ineffective for the rest of the game, and he's not a strong inside runner. Stay tuned.

Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger to be on sidelines - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) will be on the sidelines without crutches during the Week 4 game against the Baltimore Ravens. Thu Oct 1, 07:23 PM     [Link to story]

Cowboys | Christine Michael to see some action? - Dallas Cowboys RB Christine Michael took repetitions with the first-team offense in practice this week and is being prepared for game-day duty in Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints. The Cowboys are trying to find a way to carry four running backs on their active roster including RBs Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar. Michael spend the first few weeks in Dallas learning the offense while on the scout team. Michael brings size and a physical style to the run game that the other backs on the team do not. He could serve as the hammer with the Saints expected to use plenty of eight- and nine-man fronts with QB Brandon Weeden at the helm. Thu Oct 1, 07:21 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Michael has a lot to prove after some lackluster chances in Seattle. The pecking order in Dallas' backfield is cloudy, so we wouldn't drop him in the lineup unless you're desperate until we see what he has to offer.

Steelers | Week 4 inactives for Steelers - The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared LB Anthony Chickillo, QB Ben Roethlisberger, CB Cortez Allen, DL Daniel McCullers, TE Jesse James, TE Matt Spaeth, LB Ryan Shazier inactive for Week 4. Thu Oct 1, 07:04 PM

Texans | Arian Foster limited - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 1. Thu Oct 1, 06:36 PM

Footballguys view: We want to see Foster fully practice before trusting him in the lineup. If he doesn't play against the Falcons this week, then Alfred Blue becomes a RB2/flex option for your fantasy team.

Bears | Alshon Jeffery has limited practice - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 1. Thu Oct 1, 06:31 PM

Footballguys view: Check back on Friday to see if Jeffery can practice fully. Most are expecting him back against the Raiders in Week 4, but we'll know more after Friday.

Colts | Dwayne Allen takes part in some drills - Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 1. Thu Oct 1, 05:46 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: If Allen doesn't play against the Jaguars, make sure to have Coby Fleener at the ready.

Lions | Joique Bell misses practice - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) missed practice with an ankle injury Thursday, Oct. 1, and's Tim Twentyman hinted that that could mean more usage of RB Ameer Abdullah in Week 4 against the Seattle Seahawks. Thu Oct 1, 05:46 PM     [Link to story]

Falcons | Devonta Freeman limited again - Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (toe) was limited in practice for a second consecutive day Thursday, Oct. 1. Thu Oct 1, 04:21 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Freeman is a little banged up but we think he's still going to be a great RB1 play this week against Houston.

Texans | Arian Foster looking good - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) looked good again in practice Thursday, Oct. 1, but head coach Bill O'Brien still is unsure if Foster will make his season debut in Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons. Thu Oct 1, 02:40 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: The danger here is Foster is likely to be a game time decision. That makes him risky to play, though at least the Houston game is at 1pm, when you have the most choices if he sits out. If he plays, we like him as a borderline RB1/RB2 play against Atlanta.

Steelers | Antonio Brown could suffer with new QB - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown's production could suffer with QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) out four to six weeks. Brown credits astounding chemistry he has with Roethlisberger on and off the field to their success. Roethlisberger throws to Brown about 30% of the time on broken plays, and QB Michael Vick has had accuracy issues. Thu Oct 1, 01:12 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: This makes sense, though Antonio Brown has the skills to bail out Vick on occasion as well. We still see him as a WR1, but not as productive as he was with Roethlisberger.

Colts | T.Y. Hilton faces favorable matchup - Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton will meet the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4. In his past three meetings with the Jags he has 20 reception for 357 yards and a touchdown, while also running once for 15 yards. Thu Oct 1, 12:02 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Hilton can get on top of the defense in a hurry. He can really get by the Jaguars defense deep, so make sure Hilton is in your lineup.

Texans | Arian Foster has limited practice - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 30. Wed Sep 30, 07:00 PM

Footballguys view: Foster is close to returning, but reports indicate that he'll need to practice fully before getting back on the field. Stay tuned.

Colts | Dwayne Allen not practicing - Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 30. Wed Sep 30, 06:27 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: We may see Allen shut down this week. That would lead to more opportunity for Coby Fleener on Sunday against the Jaguars.

Texans | Arian Foster must practice fully - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) must go through a full practice before he is cleared to play in a game, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. Wed Sep 30, 06:07 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: He's getting close people. Foster practiced again Wednesday, Sept. 30, but it's unclear if it was in full or a limited session.

Falcons | Devonta Freeman limited - Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (toe) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 30. Wed Sep 30, 06:04 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Freeman has scored the 2nd-most fantasy points of any running back in PPR leagues this year. So long as he's healthy and starting, expect him to maintain his RB1 level.

Bears | Alshon Jeffery works on the side - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 30, and worked on a side field with a member of the training staff. Wed Sep 30, 03:30 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Watch his practice status later in the week. Jeffery has missed two straight games but is likely to return in Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders.

Steelers | Three Steelers out for Week 4 - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee), TE Matt Spaeth (hand) and LB Ryan Shazier (shoulder) are out for Week 4. Shazier returned to practice in limited fashion Wednesday, Sept. 30. Wed Sep 30, 02:23 PM     [Link to story]

Texans | Arian Foster a game-time call - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) is expected to be a game-time decision when Foster tells head coach Bill O'Brien how he feels in pre-game warmups. Wed Sep 30, 08:58 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to have Foster ready to go in the lineup. He knows his body quite well, and if he plays we'd expect him to look close to the back we all expect. Foster and the Texans travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in Week 4.