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Topic: AFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 5
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 10/06/12 15:30
Buffalo: Both TE Scott Chandler and WR Donald Jones are Probable and both will start without issue. Both suffered head injuries week 4 but neither was serious. Neither Fred Jackson nor C.J. Spiller is on the injury report despite neither one being fully recovered from their knee (Jackson) and shoulder (Spiller) injuries. How the carries and playing time gets split up between them is a best guess, and my guess is that it will be pretty close to 50/50, unless one of them develops a hot hand early in a game.

Miami: RB Reggie Bush is Probable with a listed hip injury, but he will start without issue after practicing in full Thursday and Friday. QB Ryan Tannehill is Probable and will start despite having a thumb injury on his throwing hand.

New England: If Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller were on the Patriots, I'm sure they would be listed as Questionable this week as no one plays more games with his injury report than Bill Belichick. RB's Brandon Bolden (knee) and Shane Vereen (foot), along with TE's Rob Gronkowski (hip), Aaron Hernandez (ankle) and Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion) are listed as Questionable. Here's the skinny: Expect Bolden to play and be the top backup to Stevan Ridley. Expect Vereen to be active but not play much. Expect Gronkowski to start and be just fine. Expect Hernandez to either sit out and return week 6, or be active but play sparingly. Expect Hoomanawanui to be unimportant for fantasy purposes regardless of health. At least WR Julian Edelman is listed as OUT so we know for sure he won't play. Bolden looked great last week and could have played his way into a time share, but we'll see if this knee injury hinders that or not.

New York Jets: Santonio Holmes was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week with a foot injury. With Stephen Hill Doubtful with a hamstring injury, Chaz Schilens and Jeremy Kerley (Probable; finger) will start Monday night. TE Dustin Keller is also Doubtful with his hamstring injury. RB Joe McKnight is Questionable with an illness, but it's believed he'll be okay by Monday night. QB Mark Sanchez is on thin ice. It's believed that the switch to Tim Tebow is coming any time now. With precious few weapons to throw the ball to and a struggling rushing attack, Sanchez is set up to fail.

Baltimore: Torrey Smith is Probable and will start without issue despite a minor ankle injury. Expect good numbers from Joe Flacco, Smith, and know there's a good chance for Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta to have good games as well against a Chiefs defense that has allowed 10 passing TD's so far on the season.

Cincinnati: RB Bernard Scott is Probable and will be able to be active and backup BenJarvus Green-Ellis. BGE has been having a problem fumbling the past couple of games and unless he gets over it, we could start to see more of Scott in future games.

Cleveland: Both WR's Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin are Doubtful because of hamstring injuries. Neither will play. Josh Cribbs is Probable with a head injury and will be available for his usual special teams duties. Josh Gordon likely will start opposite Greg Little. Trent Richardson missed practice Friday to be with his girlfriend as she gave birth. While Richardson is listed as Probable, he is expected to start week 5 without issue.

Pittsburgh: Rashard Mendenhall is Probable and expected to be active and start for the first time this season. Mendenhall's still less than 10 months removed from having surgery to repair a torn ACL and while he likely won't be 100% back to his former self, his return should help a Steelers offense that has really struggled running the football so far without him. Isaac Redman slides into the #2 RB spot while Jonathan Dwyer slides to #3.

Houston: Although Arian Foster is listed as Probable with a hamstring issue, he practiced in full all week and will start without issue. Backup Ben Tate is Questionable and likely will be a game time decision because of a toe injury. Tate was able to practice in limited fashion Saturday, but it was his first practice the entire week. If he can't play Monday night Justin Forsett will be the backup to Foster and would get all of Tate's normal snaps and have fantasy potential against the Jets dead last ranked fantasy run defense. WR Andre Johnson is Probable with a minor groin injury. He was limited in practices earlier in the week but practiced in full today and will be fine. Same story with TE Owen Daniels only he has a minor thigh injury. He'll be fine. Backup WR Lestar Jean is OUT after having minor knee surgery.

Indianapolis: TE Coby Fleener is expected to start and be fine despite being listed as Questionable with a head injury. Fleener practiced in full Thursday and Friday. RB Mewelde Moore is Questionable with an ankle injury but expected to play. If the Colts don't start getting better production from RB's Donald Brown and Vick Ballard, expect Delone Carter to get a chance to start in the next couple of weeks.

Jacksonville: WR Laurent Robinson is OUT because of a concussion. Undrafted rookie Kevin Elliot is expected to start in his place opposite Justin Blackmon. But really, other than Maurice Jones-Drew, there's not a player on the Jaguars I'd want in a starting fantasy lineup.

Tennessee: QB Jake Locker will miss at least 3 weeks with a dislocated shoulder. He could miss the rest of the season if it doesn't heal up with rest and requires surgery. Matt Hasselbeck takes over until Locker returns. WR Kenny Britt is Questionable and while called a game time decision he is not expected to play because of an ankle injury. Expect Kendall Wright to start in his place. TE Jared Cook is Probable with his shoulder injury and will be fine. RB Chris Johnson finally had a good game week 4, but I need to see him have a second consecutive good game before I feel better about considering him for a starting fantasy lineup.

Denver: RB Knowshon Moreno has been inactive the last couple of games and Ronnie Hillman is climbing the depth chart. Before all is said and done, Hillman will be the handcuff for Willis McGahee. McGahee's ribs must be close to fully healed as he isn't on the injury report at all.

Kansas City: RB Peyton Hillis is OUT with his ankle injury. Shaun Draughn will be the backup to Jamaal Charles. Dexter McCluster isn't on the injury report at all so his elbow injury can't be as severe as was originally believed. WR Jon Baldwin is Probable and should continue to push Steve Breaston for the starting job opposite Dwayne Bowe. Baldwin is just more talented. Matt Cassel's leash is very short. If his play doesn't improve soon, the Chiefs will find out how much worse it could be with Brady Quinn.

Oakland: The Raiders are on bye this week and we'll revisit them next week.

San Diego: Kicker Nate Kaeding is OUT and probably is at least 3 weeks away from being able to return from his groin injury. Nick Novak will continue to kick in his place. The Chargers are being tight-lipped about their RB situation. Jackie Battle's stint as the starter was supposed to be just a one game message to Ryan Mathews about fumbling but now rumors are that Battle may start again this week and be used a lot more than we would expect for a guy who averaged less than 3 yards per carry last week (Mathews averaged over 4). Battle has the power to be a goal line RB, but isn't near creative enough a runner to be more than a power complement to Mathews. Expect Mathews to be the better RB for fantasy and Battle to get more than just short yardage chances when the Chargers want to run out the clock. But that may take another week. With a great matchup this week against the Saints 31st ranked fantasy run defense, consider Mathews a strong RB2 and Battle to be a RB3 or flex option. Also, don't be surprised if this is the week WR Robert Meachem finally has a strong game. Call it a gut feeling against his former team.
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