Today, we feature Mid-week News, Notes and valuable tidbits of information picked up from Twitter, various online newspapers and other internet sources. The injury had a setback in his rehab of a nerve issue in his shoulder related news is certainly worth keeping filed away but make sure you check out Doc Sop’s Injury Report on Saturday morning for the very latest updates and analysis. Friday’s Xpert Eye will feature Matchups to Xploit or Avoid and there will be additional news there as well.
Carson Palmer was given the day off from practice Wednesday to see another specialist. He hasn’t been ruled out for Week 5 yet but it’s not looking good. If he can practice on Friday, there is a chance he’ll play Sunday afternoon against Denver. Otherwise, Drew Stanton will likely make his third consecutive start.
Teddy Bridgewater was a partial participant in Wednesday’s practice as he tries to come back from an ankle sprain suffered in his first NFL start in Week 4. Bridgewater is going to be a game time decision for Thursday’s matchup with the Packers.
Lots of folks are down on Tom Brady and rightfully so; he isn’t producing anywhere near what we’ve come to expect. He’s being dropped like a bad habit in many leagues, which is exactly why you should be claiming him off the waiver wire or making a trade to obtain him. Brady’s value is at an all-time low and has likely bottomed out, so this is the time to pounce and stash him away. The Patriots troubles are not irreparable, and if there is one man who can turn a sagging team around, it’s Bill Belichick. Yes, the offensive line is in trouble; but despite Brady’s poorly played game against Kansas City in Week 4, the o-line actually took a step forward. Once the offensive line gets straightened out, the rest will fall into place and Brady will look more like the QB who’s been mentioned as among the Top 5 of all time.
Sticking with the Patriots for moment – one man who’s been missing from the last two Patriots games is WR Aaron Dobson, who’s been a healthy scratch. On Wednesday, it was reported that Dobson was benched for mouthing off to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Dobson has just one catch so far this season. In his rookie season last year, Dobson caught 37 passes for 519 yards and four TDs, and he was expected to have a prominent role in the offense this season. His return to action is one more reason to expect improvement by the Patriots offense. Kenbrelle Thompkins is another. He was also a healthy scratch this past week, though, we have not heard a reason for his absence.
The St. Louis Rams are ending the Shaun Hill experiment and have opted to go with Austin Davis as their starting quarterback going forward. This is good news for Brian Quick’s Fantasy owners, although, Kenny Britt saw seven targets in Week 3, more than the first two games combined, so he could be in for a boost as well. It will also be interesting to see how the tight end situation shakes out. In Week 3, Jared Cook received nine targets and Lance Kendricks was targeted seven times, and both have seen significant increases in targets with Davis at QB. One or the other could emerge as the top dog at TE, but it probably won’t happen in Week 5 because the Eagles have allowed an average of just 5.3 Fantasy points to TEs.
Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt told local media that we’re going to be seeing more of rookie running back Bishop Sankey in this week’s game against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have allowed the second most Fantasy points to running backs this season, giving up an average of 29.8 Fantasy points. Running backs have scored four rushing touchdowns and one reception TD in the three games the Browns have played to date. So, not only will Sankey see more reps, but it’s very likely he will put up something close to RB1 numbers.
On the other side of that matchup, Ben Tate is slated to return to the Cleveland Browns lineup after missing the last two games. Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell have both performed well in Tate’s absence, so it’s very likely that we’re going to see a three way committee in this first game after Cleveland’s bye week. It’s also worth noting that Tate is still limited in practice and we’ve heard that the Browns are considering a “hot hand” approach. All of this puts Fantasy owners of all three RBs in an awkward position when it comes to using any of them in a lineup. This is a juicy matchup against a weak Titans rush defense, but it’s difficult to recommend any of this trio of backs because they could all put up weak numbers if they’re all used in the game.
Joique Bell has not practiced with the team this week and has yet to be cleared following a concussion suffered in last week’s game. Bell will have to go through the league’s concussion protocol before he can play and with each passing day it becomes less likely to happen in time for the Week 5 game. If Bell doesn’t play, Reggie Bush will have to carry a full workload. However, he could be in for a tough day against the Bills, who have yet to allow a touchdown to a running back either on the ground or through the air.