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QB: Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill, Colin Kaepernick, Nick Foles
RB: DeMarco Murray, Frank Gore, Melvin Gordon, Joseph Randle, Bishop Sankey
WR: Jordan Matthews, Vincent Jackson, Allen Robinson, Nelson Agholor, DeVante Parker
TE: Rob Gronkowski
PK: Steve Hauschka
TD: Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers


The quarterback position looks good, and we like your overall strength at the tradionally less important positions as well. Despite not being strong at running back and receiver, we think this team should be the league favorite or very close to it.

Nevertheless, we feel compelled to mention that the RB and WR positions make us a bit nervous and are likely to require some attention throughout the year. We'd feel much better if we knew you were committed to scooping up 2015's breakout players at RB and WR. Getting one or more of these would take this team to the next level.

Players we particularly like on this team include Colin Kaepernick and the Panthers defense. We have both these guys ranked ahead of where they are typically being drafted.

Bottom line:
  • With great inseason management, we think you have about a 90 percent chance of making the playoffs.
  • With good inseason management, we think you have about a 85 percent chance of making the playoffs.
  • With average inseason management, we think you have a 74 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 4 of 2014:

DeMarco Murray vs. NO: 155 combined yards, 2 TD
Frank Gore vs. PHI: 174 combined yards, 1 TD
Andrew Luck vs. TEN: 393 passing yards, 4 TD
Colin Kaepernick vs. PHI: 218 passing yards, 58 rushing yards, 2 TD
Ryan Tannehill vs. OAK: 278 passing yards, 2 TD

QB Summary:

Andrew Luck is clearly a great anchor in a start-two-QB league. We have him ranked first among quarterbacks and estimate him at about 3.8 points per game better than an average QB1 in this league. We see Ryan Tannehill, our #13 quarterback, as a decent option at QB2 but not one who excites us.

Colin Kaepernick is a fine third QB. Nick Foles is a good fourth QB.

A quick note about the same-team Luck/Frank Gore duo you've got here. Though the effect is probably negligible, this kind of pairing is likely to make your team more (not less) consistent than a comparable-scoring different-team pair. See this article (which was written before the 2008 season) for more discussion.

RB Summary:

We have DeMarco Murray ranked #7 at the position. So while he's passable as a first running back, he doesn't look particularly thrilling.

We see Frank Gore as an average second running back; he's a likely flex starter. Melvin Gordon is practically criminal at RB3. Joseph Randle should serve as a very solid fourth running back.

Because you're not particularly strong overall at the position, adding some depth here was a good idea. But we're not convinced Bishop Sankey is the right player for the job. Check the end of the report for some alternative suggestions.

Again, the same-team aspect of the Murray/Jordan Matthews duo does not concern us.

WR Summary:

We see both your starters at receiver as below average. Jordan Matthews is our 13th ranked WR, and we have Vincent Jackson at #19.

Allen Robinson is a little below average as a third receiver. Nelson Agholor is also a fair-to-middlin' fourth receiver.

Because you're not particularly strong overall at the position, adding some depth here was a good idea. But we're not convinced DeVante Parker is the right player for the job. Check the end of the report for some alternative suggestions.

TE Summary:

As you are well aware, Rob Gronkowski is an elite tight end. We have him ranked first overall at the position. He's about 3.6 points per game better than an average starting TE in this league. Given your league rules and the presence of Gronkowski, your decision to roll with just one tight end is a reasonable one.

Kicker Summary:

With Steve Hauschka, you should be above average at the position.

Defense Summary:

Between the Seahawks and the Panthers, you should get above average production 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.

Relative Strength101991011009910211191106101108999998100101

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 8 presents serious bye week issues for you: DeMarco Murray, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews, and Allen Robinson are off.
  • Week 5 presents moderate bye week issues: Ryan Tannehill, DeVante Parker, and Carolina Panthers are not playing.
  • Nick Foles, Joseph Randle, and Vincent Jackson are out in week 6, but your opponent will likely have comparable issues with byes.
  • In weeks 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 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: Joe Flacco (9), Carson Palmer (9), Alex Smith (9), Marcus Mariota (4), Blake Bortles (8), Derek Carr (6), Nick Foles (6), Kirk Cousins (8), Tyrod Taylor (8), Brian Hoyer (9).

RB: Rashad Jennings (11), Giovani Bernard (7), Isaiah Crowell (11), C.J. Spiller (11), Joique Bell (9), Duke Johnson (11), Shane Vereen (11), Todd Gurley (6), Danny Woodhead (10), Terrance West (4), Tevin Coleman (10), Ryan Mathews (8), Tre Mason (6). We have all these players rated ahead of Bishop Sankey.

WR: Anquan Boldin (10), Jeremy Maclin (9), Torrey Smith (10), Nelson Agholor (8), Larry Fitzgerald (9), John Brown (9), Kendall Wright (4), Jarvis Landry (5), Roddy White (10), Charles Johnson (5), Steve Smith (9), Michael Floyd (9), Pierre Garcon (8). We have all these players rated ahead of DeVante Parker.

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

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

TD: Houston Texans (9), Carolina Panthers (5), Green Bay Packers (7), Denver Broncos (7), Arizona Cardinals (9), New England Patriots (4), Baltimore Ravens (9), Dallas Cowboys (6), Miami Dolphins (5), Indianapolis Colts (10).

Projections and Player Summaries

Andrew Luck37059545997.73615582443473.41
Ryan Tannehill34356639687.02715442421375.613
Colin Kaepernick28645533087.32213885373356.117
Nick Foles29248534687.22213351441312.827

Nick Foles - After an eye-popping statistical line in his 2013 breakout, Nick Foles struggled as one of the least efficient quarterbacks in the NFL in 2014. Now, Foles leaves the friendly confines of Chip Kelly's Philadelphia offense for St.Louis. The Rams lack the weapons of the Eagles with Brian Quick returning from injury and Kenny Britt a question mark any given season. Foles will also have to excel beyond a Rams offensive line, one of the lowest-rated pass-blocking units in the NFL last season. Without a strong surrounding cast or system, 2015 will be a critical litmus test for Nick Foles.

Colin Kaepernick - After a dazzling 2012 debut that produced 1.71 touchdowns per game and ended in the Super Bowl, Kaepernick has clearly failed to progress as an NFL passer. In fact, he's regressed each year in yards per attempt, interception rate, sack rate, and QBR. All the while, the offense has aged, rebuilt, and restaffed around him, leaving him in a difficult position to project with confidence. Armed with a new face in Torrey Smith and aging, limited complements, it's hard to know what to expect in terms of efficiency. And efficiency is key, as volume simply isn't there. Among quarterbacks to start every game over the last two years, only Russell Wilson has thrown fewer passes, and the thoroughly run-based scheme doesn't expect to change under the new coaching staff. What we know about Kaepernick is that he's strong-armed and absurdly athletic, able to improvise dynamically in both the pass and run games. Where he has failed has been when asked to play within the pocket. Scattershot and inconsistent in working a defense, Kaepernick's value depends entirely upon elite rushing production and a dynamic deep ball that produces long, open touchdowns. Now, Kaepernick has historically ranked very highly in Pro Football Focus' deep ball accuracy measure before falling to 17th last year. Still, investing too heavily and praying for long touchdowns is a risky proposition. The real ace in Kaepernick's pocket is the prospect of more rushing production. Some progression is likely; the team greatly scaled back his called runs in 2014, and there are indications the new offense will reverse that. Also note that Kaepernick scored nine touchdowns on his first 157 rushes, but just one among last year's 104. Again, though, this level of progression is essential for Kaepernick's value, not merely a fun bonus. Most likely, Kaepernick will continue to yo-yo wildly, flirting with QB1 weeks and posting useless 150-yard outings. He's a far better best-ball option than redraft, but his upside projections make him one of the more attractive stabs among the QB2 crowd.

Andrew Luck - Andrew Luck began his highly anticipated career with two back to back seasons of 23 touchdown passes before exploding for 40 last year. Many expected him to take a sizable leap forward in 2014, so they weren't surprised when he finished the year as the top ranked quarterback in the league. Luck has risen to the top of the quarterback mountain in just his third year as a pro. The expectations for 2015 are high once again and they're backed by a prominent supporting cast of receivers that includes free agent signee and future Hall of Fame candidate Andre Johnson. The addition of Johnson, plus T.Y. Hilton combined with the youth of rookie Philip Dorsett, Duron Carter and Donte Moncrief, give the Colts an edge on offense. Expect Luck to be among the best fantasy quarterbacks in the game on a weekly basis. He should be one of the highest priced daily options and likely one of the first two quarterbacks off the board in your draft.

Ryan Tannehill - 2015 has the potential to be a big year for Ryan Tannehill - for good or ill. While he has improved statistically every year, there is still some refinement required for his game to really be as good as he seems to have the potential to make it. Tannehill has all the tools to create a huge season. The Dolphins went out and signed Greg Jennings and traded for Kenny Stills - two big-time veteran receivers who should open up the field for Tannehill. They also acquired Jordan Cameron at tight end, and if he stays healthy he could be another big weapon in the offense. Jarvis Landry looks like a great player one year in, and they added DeVante Parker in the 2015 NFL Draft. The receiver corps is loaded. The backfield is also very talented and should be able to keep defenses honest. Lamar Miller enters his contract year playing very well and rookie Jay Ajayi could be a great addition if he is healthy. As said above though, Tannehill still has two things which are an issue. First, his deep ball is shaky at best. The longer the throw, the less reliable the accuracy, and his timing can be less than spectacular. Tannehill also was sacked a ton last year, and while some of that was an offensive line racked with injury, some of it was due to Tannehill's propensity for holding the ball too long. He has to read and react quicker and get rid of the ball sooner. If he can do that, he will continue to work towards being one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. The Dolphins are committed - they just signed him to a 6-year, $96 million contract extension. Only $21.5 million is guaranteed and the contract is really a 2-3 year contract so he still needs to prove himself, but it takes some of the pressure off. Right now, Tannehill is a solid quarterback and someone worth a look as a backup or committee choice, and likely available in the late first half of drafts.

DeMarco Murray27012154.59322401205.57
Frank Gore2208914.17383192175.015
Melvin Gordon2359994.37211621164.116
Joseph Randle1707744.66211431133.728
Bishop Sankey1254753.8317122183.746

Melvin Gordon - The Chargers traded up a few spots to select Melvin Gord0n with the fifteenth pick in the first round. His strength is his ability to break big plays. In his final year at Wisconsin, he led the nation with the most runs of 10-plus yards (60), 20-plus yards (35), 30-plus yards (21), 40-plus yards (17), and 50-plus yards (10). He also rushed for 2,587 yards that season -- second most in FBS history behind only Barry Sanders. He broke LaDainian Tomlinson's single-game collegiate rushing record by running for 408 yards against Nebraska (in three quarters of play). Finally, he set the the career FBS record by averaging 7.79 yards per carry. His weaknesses are that he got stuffed at or behind the line of scrimmage on nearly 20% of his runs; he fumbled once every 54.4 touches; and he wasn't used much in the passing game, leading to concerns about his skill as a receiver and as a pass-blocker. Expect Gordon to replace Ryan Mathews as the Chargers' early-down back, likely giving way to Danny Woodhead on most passing downs.

Frank Gore - The Colts signed veteran running back Frank Gore in the offseason and all indications suggest he'll be the primary back in a potent Indianapolis offense. Gore will be 32 when he laces up his cleats for his 11th training camp as a pro and first with a different team other than the 49ers. The league has plenty of aging running backs whose skills diminish after age 30, but Gore bucks the trend. He has played in 148 of a possible 160 regular season games in his career and has totaled 1,000+ yards rushing in eight of the last nine years. The Colts are looking for him to be a veteran presence and be the base of a running game that Trent Richardson struggled to uphold. His strong work ethic and knowledge of the game and position gives the Colts an improvement at running back, compared to 2014 and years prior. Two hundred carries is within reach this year and some believe if the running game takes shape, that number could creep up to 250+ carries. Gore is a durable, safe fantasy running back selection with an RB2 outlook without a high round price tag.

DeMarco Murray - DeMarco Murray dominated the NFL landscape in 2014. After several promising seasons in Dallas that were somewhat limited by nagging injuries, Murray put together a dominant year. Running behind the NFL's best offensive line, Murray led the NFL in carries (392), rushing yards (1,845), rushing TDs (13), and yards from scrimmage (2,261). Murray parlayed his breakthrough season into free agent riches with division rival Philadelphia. Although the Eagles system is different from Dallas', it's worth noting that LeSean McCoy led the NFL in yards two seasons ago under Chip Kelly. There's no reason Murray can't thrive in Philadelphia, as the centerpiece of a unit that's finished Top 5 in points scored in consecutive seasons. Murray's workload will take a step back from last year's 450+ touches -- but that should help keep the powerhouse runner fresh for the stretch run. Murray projects as a top 10 fantasy back, but Kelly's propensity to use all three backs in different roles inhibits Murray from finishing as a top 3 option.

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.

Bishop Sankey - If you didn't know any better, you'd think that Bishop Sankey was a player the Tennessee Titans inherited from a previous regime last year. The Titans forced Sankey to earn every snap he played and once he got on the field it became clear why. Sankey was the Titans' best back, but he still failed to impress enough to suggest he should be guaranteed his starting spot in 2015. The addition of rookie David Cobb looms large.

Jordan Matthews00079105113.39159.113
Vincent Jackson00068100014.77142.019
Allen Robinson0007690411.97132.425
Nelson Agholor0006588413.66124.432
DeVante Parker21005368913.0599.949

Nelson Agholor - When Jeremy Maclin opted against re-signing with the Eagles and took free agent riches from Kansas City, it was a foregone conclusion the team would draft a receiver early. Nelson Agholor was taken in the 1st round out of USC, and appears to be a solid fit for Kelly's spread offense. In three seasons at USC, Agholor caught 179 receptions for 2,571 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was also a dynamic punt returner (37 returns for 548 yards and 4 touchdowns). Agholor has great hands, showed an ability to handle tight coverage at USC, and is a threat in the open field after the catch. Don't expect Agholor to match last year's stellar rookie class, but he can contribute immediately as a 3rd receiver or flex option.

Vincent Jackson - After peaking in 2012, Vincent Jackson has logged consecutive declining seasons. Mike Evans also emerged as a 2014 rookie to seize the lead receiver job in Tampa Bay. Jackson still surpassed 1,000 yards for the fourth straight season with Josh McCown struggling mightily under center. Jackson's two touchdowns in 2014 marked his lowest total since his sparse opportunities of 2005. With a 12% career touchdown rate prior to 2014, expect a rebound for the big-play Jackson in the end zone. Jameis Winston marks a substantial upgrade at quarterback for Jackson, whose large catching radius blends well with Winston's bold decision-making down the field. While no longer the best receiver on his own team, Vincent Jackson has a high weekly ceiling when volume intersects with big play conversions.

Jordan Matthews - Jordan Matthews had the unenviable position of debuting as part of the greatest rookie WR class in NFL history. Odell Beckham, Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins and Kelvin Benjamin made more headlines, but Matthews answered the call, as well. Playing primarily in the slot, Matthews caught 67 passes for 872 yards and 8 touchdowns. At 6'3", 212 lbs., Matthews is equipped to play outside, as well, but it's clear from training camp and the preseason that Matthews will stay inside for the bulk of snaps in 2015. Jeremy Maclin's departure vaults Matthews into a prominent role this year. Already a polished route runner, Mathews needs to refine his ability to high point balls in tight coverage. Given the consistency of Chip Kelly's offense (Top 5 in both seasons), Matthews is poised to deliver his first 1,000-yard campaign and Top 20 fantasy value.

DeVante Parker - The former Louisville receiver was selected with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, so you have to know the Dolphins love the kid. A long-armed, reliable receiver, Parker is a big guy who can stretch the field. He doesn't play quite as fast as he times, but when the ball is in the air, he will high-point the ball and come down with it. The speed does end up forcing him into situations where he cannot get away from a corner and has to fight for the ball, but he's good at winning those battles. Just after the 2015 NFL Draft, there has been talk in Miami newspapers that he could push Greg Jennings for one of the outside receiving positions. There's been a bit of a crimp put in that plan though as just underwent foot surgery on June 5. Apparently the surgery was performed a a precaution, but you have to be a bit leery for a rookie receiver who already had enough foot issues to warrant going under the knife. He'll miss the rest of OTAs and potentially all of camp. When he does return, he'll be behind on the offense and facing top NFL corners. So it seems as if a lot of targets will still go to Jennings, Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry and tight end Jordan Cameron. He might still be worth a first round rookie pick, or a late round redraft flier, but check your expectations for a guy who will be absent most of the summer.

Allen Robinson - Allen Robinson looks to be the future of the Jaguars WR core. It appears that the Jaguars are ready to move on from their suspended star receiver Justin Blackmon and Robinson is in line to benefit as the teams number one option in the passing game. In his rookie season, Robinson sported a 48/548/2 statline in just 10 games. If he can play a full 16 games in 2015 and build on the chemistry with Blake Bortles, he could be in line for a 70+ reception season and surely will find the endzone a few more times. Robinson as all the measurements at 6'2", 220 lbs to be a big target for Bortles moving forward into their second seasons in the league. Robinson missed the final 6 games last season but in the prior 10 games he was a big favorite of Bortles as he was targeted an average of 8 times per game.

Rob Gronkowski83112113.512184.11

Rob Gronkowski - Rob Gronkowski was (mostly) healthy last season and that, plus his production, got him Comeback Player of the Year honors and a Super Bowl ring. A top fantasy wide receiver in a tight end's body, Gronkowski should continue to be both healthy and productive, likely appearing in 15 or 16 games and putting up another 1,000-plus yard season with double-digit touchdowns. While there are plenty of receivers for quarterback Tom Brady to use, Gronkowski is still one of his favorite targets. The only receiver to have more last season was Julian Edelman, and that was only by three targets. With Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen gone, we don't know how much the Patriots will really run this year either, so we could actually see even more passes. Regardless, Gronkowski is one of the best players in fantasy and could be gone in the first round of many drafts.

Steve Hauschka30354749137.03

Steve Hauschka - Hauschka had another standout fantasy kicking season, finishing in a tie for fourth in total points on the strength of 37 field goal attempts for an offense that only middle of the road in touchdown scoring. While he only made 2 of 4 50+ yard attempts, the Seahawks defense and running game should keep Hauschka among the league leaders in scoring. Fantasy drafters seem to expect that, as Hauschka is going inside of the top 8 in most drafts.

Seattle Seahawks391117528818.1125.03
Carolina Panthers441115433122.1120.06

Carolina Panthers - The Panthers were a surprise elite fantasy D/ST in 2013, but they came back to earth for a long stretch of 2014 while they were mired in a six-game losing streak. Bookending that was a solid start and finish, and the team added a dynamic linebacker/safety tweener a la Thomas Davis in the first round of the draft when they took Shaq Thompson. The young secondary started to gel last year, and veteran pickup Charles Tillman should have a thing or two to teach them this offseason. While they won't return to 2013 form without Greg Hardy, if 2014 second-round pick Kony Ealy can show development this year, the defensive line should benefit from improvements in the back seven and make the Panthers a strong matchup play for DFS/streamer and a darkhorse to return to everyweek starter status in redraft leagues.

Seattle Seahawks - The Seahawks D/ST was the no brainer #1 pick in 2014 fantasy drafts, but if they go #1 in 2015 drafts, it's on reputation only. They started slow and finished in the middle of the pack on the strength of a consistent second half that still lacked the feeding frenzy games we had become accustomed to in 2013. The team did still finish #1 in points and yards allowed, and by a good margin in both categories, so in leagues that weight those categories, they are still elite. The personnel of the Legion of Boom is still mostly intact, so the Seahawks could actually be a bit of a bargain if you can land them outside of the top 6-8 D/STs drafted.

Player News (last 7 days)

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Colts | Andrew Luck has owned Texans - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck is 107-for-205 for 1,385 yards, 14 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 90.4 in six career games against the Houston Texans, who he faces in Week 5 Thursday, Oct. 8. Luck is 5-1 against the Texans, including five straight wins. Tue Oct 6, 06:52 PM

Colts | Frank Gore returns to practice field - Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore (foot) practiced in full Tuesday, Oct. 6, after sitting out Monday, Oct. 5. Tue Oct 6, 06:46 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Gore should be ready to go against the Texans on Thursday night. After four weeks of action, the Texans' rush defense ranks 22nd in the league averaging 115.25 rushing yards allowed per game. Consider Gore a RB2 or flex play in Week 5.

Jaguars | Allen Robinson leads in YPC - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson is tops in the NFL with 22.0 yards per catch through the first four weeks of the season. Tue Oct 6, 06:27 PM

Footballguys view: Robinson has done a fine job of taking the top off the defenses he's faced in 2015. Second-year QB Blake Bortles has clearly found a favorite target, and he has no fear when throwing to Robinson deep. His air yards per target average is 17.7 (3rd-highest in the league), so you can see the type of routes he's featured on each week.

Colts | Andrew Luck takes majority of snaps - Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) took the majority of snaps in practice Tuesday, Oct. 6, giving the indication that he will play in Week 5 against the Houston Texans Thursday, Oct. 8. Tue Oct 6, 05:30 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: He should be able to go on Thursday night against the Texans. However, we have him as a low-end QB1 as he deals with this injury. Luck was technically 'limited' Tuesday, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. It was the first time that Pagano admitted that Luck threw in practice, and Luck doesn't expect to be limited if he starts.

Colts | Andrew Luck improving, not 100% - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) said he's better, improved and making gains. He did admit that he's not where he wants to be, however. Tue Oct 6, 05:02 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: This progress report is to be expected. It looks like Luck will play in Week 5 on Thursday night against the Texans. He may not be 100 percent, but Luck should be healthy enough to be an effective passer. Due to this injury, try to find another quarterback this week. However, if you have to start Luck we still see him finishing the week as a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners.

Colts | Andrew Luck limited Tuesday - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) was limited in practice Tuesday, Oct. 6. Tue Oct 6, 03:53 PM     [Link to story]

Colts | No subluxation for Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) does not have a partial shoulder subluxation, as had been reported previously, according to a source. Head coach Chuck Pagano said he heard Luck is dealing with a sore shoulder. Tue Oct 6, 03:18 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: That's good news for the young quarterback. The Colts won in Week 4, but the team is obviously way better with him on the field. Luck missed the game against the Jaguars, but he's considered day-to-day and is expected to play Thursday, Oct. 8, against the Houston Texans.

Colts | Indy offense in a rut - The Indianapolis Colts and QB Andrew Luck are 27th in the league in offense after four games and are averaging just 18.0 points per game after averaging 28.6 points a game in 2014. 'What is our identity?' TE Dwayne Allen said. 'We have all these pieces, but what are we? Are we a running team? Are we a passing team? Who are the passing options?' Tue Oct 6, 02:09 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: The team needs to get back on track if they want to win the weak AFC South. They could still win the division with a poor (and perhaps under .500) record. However, the Colts had designs of making a push for the Super Bowl. That doesn't look likely now with a banged up Andrew Luck, the poor offensive line and shaky defense.

49ers | Colin Kaepernick still growing - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is still growing into the quarterback position as a pocket passer, according to former QB Kurt Warner, who mentored the Niners quarterback in the offseason. 'I think the unfortunate thing for Kap is he's continuing to try to learn how to play the quarterback position,' Warner said of Kaepernick. Kaepernick's total QBR is at a career-low 38.6 after four games with two passing touchdowns and a running TD, but all three of his scores have come with San Fran trailing by at least 25 points. He has five interceptions, no touchdowns and just six completions of passes more than five yards down the field in the last two games. Tue Oct 6, 12:10 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: If "growing" means "stinking up the joint" then yes, he's still "growing" as a passer. We should have seen more improvement from Kaepernick as a thrower. Instead, we see that he struggles to go through progressions quickly and will abandon plays too soon.

Colts | Good sign for Andrew Luck for TNF - Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) could be on target to play in the Week 5 game against the Houston Texans Thursday, Oct. 8, as the team released QB Josh Johnson. QB Matt Hasselbeck also said Monday, Oct. 5, that he does not expect to play Thursday, indicating Luck will be ready. Mon Oct 5, 09:15 PM     [Link to story]

Colts | Frank Gore held out Monday - Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore (foot) did not take part in practice Monday, Oct. 5. Mon Oct 5, 07:58 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: The Colts have a short week as they play the Texans on Thursday night in Week 5. This could just be Gore getting some veteran rest.

Colts | Andrew Luck takes part in walkthrough - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is 'trending in the right direction' to return against the Houston Texans in Week 5 Thursday, Oct. 8, after taking part in the team's walkthrough practice Monday, Oct. 5. He handed the ball off and then threw some screen passes to running backs in the portion of practice open to the media. Head coach Chuck Pagano said Luck had 'no setbacks.' An MRI exam showed that Luck was dealing with a bruised shoulder despite a report that he had a shoulder separation. Mon Oct 5, 06:21 PM     [Link to story]

Rams | Nick Foles impresses in Week 4 - St. Louis Rams QB Nick Foles threw three touchdowns to help defeat the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4. Mon Oct 5, 05:40 PM

Footballguys view: Foles was impressive against a tough opponent. The passing game was aided by the breakout performance of rookie RB Todd Gurley. Still not yet a year removed from the knee injury that ended his college career at Georgia, Gurley rushed for 146 yards against the Cardinals on Sunday.

Colts | Andrew Luck expected to play - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is expected to play in the Week 5 game against the Houston Texans Thursday, Oct. 8. Mon Oct 5, 05:11 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: That would be great news for the Colts. Luck has a slightly separated throwing shoulder but there is no structural damage in the shoulder, according to a source.

Eagles | Jordan Matthews quiet in Week 5 - Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews only caught three passes for 50 yards in a Week 4 loss to the Washington Redskins. Mon Oct 5, 05:08 PM

Footballguys view: It seems like the Eagles were wanting to take some deep shots in Week 4, and that limited the number of targets for Matthews. He played a season-low 49 snaps in Week 4 against Washington.

Colts | Andrew Luck may practice Monday - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) may be able to participate in practice Monday, Oct. 5. Mon Oct 5, 02:06 PM     [Link to story]

49ers | Colin Kaepernick struggles in Week 4 - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was 13-for-25 for just 160 yards and an interception in the Week 4 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He also ran for 57 yards on 10 carries. Mon Oct 5, 12:49 PM     [Link to story]

Colts | Indy plans to have Andrew Luck - Updating an earlier report, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is expected by the team to be under center Thursday, Oct. 8, against the Houston Texans. His shoulder injury isn't viewed as a long-term injury. Mon Oct 5, 10:04 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: The Colts were able to get the win (barely) against the Jaguars in Week 3. Getting Luck back would be a boost for the offense. Watch to see what his practice status is for a short week.

Colts | Andrew Luck has short week - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) has a short week to prepare for Week 5, but he's trending toward being ready Thursday, Oct. 8, against the Houston Texans. 'He made progress all week,' coach Chuck Pagano said. 'He made progress. So we're going to continue. He's getting treatment right now. He'll work out tomorrow and we'll just take it day-by-day and see where he's at.' Mon Oct 5, 08:38 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: The Colts played and won without Luck in Week 3. They might not be able to get the victory in Week 4 against a tougher opponent without their star quarterback.

Eagles | DeMarco Murray unhappy with touches - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray said he's not getting enough touches in the offense Sunday, Oct. 4. 'No, I'm not,' Murray said. 'I don't think I am. It's how the plays are being called. I love this offense. I love playing with these guys. It's just how it is.' Mon Oct 5, 08:38 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: It seems like plenty of people are upset in Philadelphia. Murray is just the latest player to complain about his role in the offense. We'll see if Chip Kelly starts using Murray more going forward. Right now, the Eagles offense is not instilling confidence in fantasy owners.

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]

Chargers | Tough sledding for Melvin Gordon - San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon had 12 catches for 38 yards and two catches for eight yards in a 30-27 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 4. Sun Oct 4, 10:26 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Gordon didn't really have a chance to get going as the Chargers were without more than half of their starting offensive line. He might start to get going in Week 5 against a Steelers defense that just let Justin Forsett get on track after a similar start.

Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill tosses two TDs - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill completed 19 of his 44 pass attempts for 198 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 4 game against the New York Jets. He also ran once for four yards. Sun Oct 4, 09:08 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Tannehill was a mess, just as the whole Dolphins offense was. Penalties against the Jets were the most effective way for Miami to move the ball. Perhaps if Joe Philbin and Bill Lazor get fired, Tannehill can get turned around this year, but he's getting closer to waiver material every week.

Eagles | DeMarco Murray not happy with role - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray had eight carries for 36 yards and two catches for 12 yards in a 23-20 loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 4, and after the game, Murray said he was not being given enough touches. Sun Oct 4, 08:55 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Murray is just one of a three-headed committee despite being paid like a #1. He had one 30 yard run but was otherwise held in check. He's only a flex play with the Saints coming to town.

Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson has big game - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson had 10 catches on 15 targets for 147 yards in a 37-23 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 4. Sun Oct 4, 08:07 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Jackson feasted in garbage time as Jameis Winston has alternated targeting Jackson and Mike Evans heavily over the last three weeks. Both are probably worth plays against the Jags next week.

Colts | Matt Hasselbeck strong in relief - Indianapolis Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck was solid in relief of QB Andrew Luck (shoulder), as he threw for 282 yards and one touchdown in a 16-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sun Oct 4, 06:06 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Hasselbeck kept Donte Moncrief and T.Y. Hilton viable as fantasy plays and seemed to really click with Coby Fleener. If Hasselbeck starts and Dwayne Allen is inactive against on Thursday, Fleener will be a good start.

Colts | Andrew Luck ruled out - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) has been declared inactive for the Week 4 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sun Oct 4, 11:47 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.

Eagles | DeMarco Murray will play in Week 4 - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) is active for the Week 4 game against the Washington Redskins. Sun Oct 4, 11:36 AM     [Link to story]

Eagles | DeMarco Murray should be on the field - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) is expected to play in the Week 4 game against the Washington Redskins even though he is listed as questionable for the game, according to a source. Sun Oct 4, 10:42 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Murray is likely going to give up more touches to Ryan Mathews than the team planned coming into the season after Mathews was a shot in the arm for a limp Eagles running game. No Eagles running back is a safe play today, and in PPR leagues, Darren Sproles might be the best of the trio.

Colts | Andrew Luck not expected to play - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is not expected to play Sunday, Oct. 4, against the Jacksonville Jaguars. QB Matt Hasselbeck will replace Luck in the starting lineup. Sun Oct 4, 09:17 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: All of your Colts options take a hit, although it's still really hard to bench Frank Gore or TY Hilton. Options like Coby Fleener and Donte Moncrief are tougher sells without Luck.

Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson in a slump - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson has three touchdowns and three 100-yard efforts in his last 19 games dating back to the start of last season. Fri Oct 2, 10:12 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: We'll see if the Bucs can jumpstart Jackson. In order to do that, they need to make rookie QB Jameis Winston more comfortable. This passing game could come around quickly because of the assets and because of Winston's gunslinger mentality. Consider Jackson when the Bucs have easier matchups.

Dolphins | Rough outing on tap for Ryan Tannehill? - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill faces the New York Jets in Week 4, and the Jets are allowing the fourth fewest passing yards this year and have allowed just three touchdown passes in three games. Fri Oct 2, 09:53 PM     [Link to story]

49ers | Colin Kaepernick could bounce back - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is at home against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5, and the Chiefs have allowed two or more touchdowns in three of their last four road games and have allowed a league-high 10 touchdowns in 2015. Fri Oct 2, 09:17 PM     [Link to story]

Eagles | DeMarco Murray expected to play - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring), who is questionable for Week 4 against the Washington Redskins, is expected to play, according to a source informed of the situation. Fri Oct 2, 07:50 PM     [Link to story]

Eagles | DeMarco Murray's status in question - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 2, and is listed as questionable for the Week 4 game against the Washington Redskins. Fri Oct 2, 03:48 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Murray should play, although he's in a three-back committee that is trending the wrong way for him. This could be another disappointing week for his owners.

Colts | Andrew Luck did practice Friday - Updating earlier reports, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) did practice Friday, Oct. 2, and wasn't wearing anything protecting his right arm. Fri Oct 2, 02:17 PM     [Link to story]

Colts | Andrew Luck questionable - Updating earlier reports, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) didn't practice Friday, Oct. 2, and is questionable for Week 4. Fri Oct 2, 02:05 PM     [Link to story]

Colts | Andrew Luck limited again Friday - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) was limited for the third straight day in practice Friday, Oct. 2, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. However, Luck wasn't on the field in the portion of practice open to the media. Luck is questionable for Week 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Colts will take into account the fact that they play on a short week against the Houston Texans next Thursday. QB Matt Hasselbeck would start in Luck's place if he doesn't play. Fri Oct 2, 01:24 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: It's time to start thinking about this game as if Hasselbeck will start. That means downgrades for TY Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Frank Gore, and Coby Fleener.

Colts | Pagano confident Andrew Luck plays - Updating earlier reports, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) exudes confidence in head coach Chuck Pagano that Luck will play in Week 4. Pagano didn't say what Luck has done in practice this week, but he said the plan didn't change for Luck and the other quarterbacks. Fri Oct 2, 12:48 PM     [Link to story]

Colts | Andrew Luck in doubt for Week 4? - Updating an earlier report, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck's (shoulder) status is in doubt for Week 4 after the team signed QB Josh Johnson, in the opinion of beat writer Phillip B. Wilson. Fri Oct 2, 10:54 AM     [Link to story]

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.

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.

Colts | Andrew Luck limited Thursday - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 1. Thu Oct 1, 05:45 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: During the media portion of practice, Luck was merely handing off the ball. This whole situation is mysterious, and one to watch for fantasy owners. We love the matchup against the Jaguars this week, and if Luck is playing then he needs to be in your lineup.

Eagles | DeMarco Murray to be game-time decision - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) will be a game-time decision in Week 4 against the Washington Redskins. Thu Oct 1, 05:34 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners take note here. Murray missed Week 3 and has only 11 yards on 21 carries in two weeks this year. If Murray doesn't play, we like Ryan Mathews as a low-end RB2 with upside in Week 4 against Washington.

Eagles | DeMarco Murray practices Thursday - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) said he felt better Thursday, Oct. 1, and will be a full participant in practice. Thu Oct 1, 02:15 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: We're curious to see Murray active again, as Ryan Mathews looked so much better than Murray against the Jets. Was it the offensive line? Or was it Mathews? Mathews looks like an RB3 this week while Murray, at present, is an RB4. Also keep in mind that the game may be impacted by Hurricane Joaquin.

Colts | Andrew Luck limited again - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) was limited to handoffs in the portion of practice open to the media Thursday, Oct. 1. Thu Oct 1, 02:13 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Luck has rarely looked right this year, though he started to look better last week against Tennessee. Even then, it's Tennessee and he should have looked better. He gets another 'get-right' game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and we like him as a QB1 this week. Keep it right here though, so you know the latest on that shoulder.

Colts | Andrew Luck could break out in Week 4 - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4. Last season he completed 52 of his 71 pass attempts for 623 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions against the Jaguars, although he was sacked seven times. Thu Oct 1, 12:03 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: It's the Jaguars, so of course Luck could have a huge day. We'll be monitoring his practice reports to gauge his health status.

Colts | Andrew Luck day-to-day - Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is listed as day-to-day after being limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 30, but head coach Chuck Pagano said he has 'supreme confidence' that Luck will play in Week 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Luck fully expects to play Sunday, Oct. 4. Wed Sep 30, 03:39 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Luck has been taking a beating as a pro. The Colts need to do a better job of protecting their no1 asset. He has never missed a snap in a game due to injury in his career but was sacked three times and hit four more times in Week 3. Luck has been sacked 105 times in his career.

Eagles | DeMarco Murray limited again - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 30. Wed Sep 30, 02:35 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: No word on Murray's status for Sunday against Washington. If he doesn't play, then Ryan Mathews will see a bump in his fantasy value. If Murray does play, then he could split time in a RBBC with Mathews.

Colts | Andrew Luck likely for Week 4 - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is likely to play in Week 4, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. Luck was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 30. Wed Sep 30, 01:38 PM     [Link to story]

Dolphins | DeVante Parker feels he's back - Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (foot) said he feels like himself and is gaining confidence with his foot again. Wed Sep 30, 11:59 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Parker was one of our favorite rookie receivers in this draft class. He's got the speed to get by defenders in the blink of an eye, plus he tracks passes well over his shoulder. If/when he emerges, it could cut into the time/targets/production for Rishard Matthews. Fantasy owners need to know that Matthews is hot right now (11th-most fantasy points by a WR in PPR leagues), but that could change if Parker plays up to his potential.

Eagles | DeMarco Murray limited Tuesday - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) was limited in practice Tuesday, Sept. 29, and may be limited again Wednesday, Sept. 30. Wed Sep 30, 10:41 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to dial in here. If Murray misses the game against Washington, then Ryan Mathews sees an increase to his fantasy value. If Murray plays, then both become questionable starters for fantasy...with perhaps Mathews still being the more valuable asset.