Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday morning updates -- Week 5

Good morning, Fools, from beautiful San Diego, where I am privileged to attend the 2014 Road to Recovery Conference & Tribute.

It's the largest annual gathering of combat-wounded veterans of the global War on Terror, and their families, and it's hosted by the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes. It's an extraordinary organization dedicated to rebuilding the lives of these brave men and women by providing an invaluable, immediate lifeline. The Coalition stops foreclosure proceedings on veterans’ homes and keeps their vehicles from being repossessed. They regularly provide gift checks to cover meals, medical and utility bills, clothing, car repairs and even baby diapers.

Here's a thought: For those of you that often thank me for helping you dominate your league, I'd be honored if you put your money where you mouth is by making a donation to the Coalition. Just click here and give $25, $100 -- heck, if you're loaded, why not $1,000? I assure you it will be put to excellent use, and it's all tax-deductible!

Now, here's what you need to know as you make your final lineup decisions for Week 5:

Both Arian Foster and Andre Johnson will start against the Cowboys. Neither is 100% and neither is likely to have a huge day, but I'm definitely starting Foster if I own him. AJ is a WR3 option.

Calvin Johnson will play, so you have to start him. Even as a decoy, his upside is higher than anyone else you'd consider starting.

Joique Bell is out. Good news for Reggie Bush's owners.

Carson Palmer won't play this week, and I'd be surprised to see him back any time soon.

Ben Tate is active and will start, but look for a shared load with his crowded backfield mates. I wouldn't want to rely on any of them, but Terrance West would be at the bottom of the list.

Both DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart are inactive. Hello Darrin Reaves. Oy.

Jake Locker is back under center, which is modestly good news for his receivers. And I do mean modest.

Cecil Shorts is out for the Jags. Again. As is Marqise Lee.

Both Josh McCown and Mike Evans are out today for the Bucs.

The Giants will finally get to see their prized rookie WR Odell Beckham on the field. Don't expect a lot in his debut.

In a mild surprise, the Patriots released Kenbrell Thompkins yesterday. If you own him, drop him.

Vernon Davis said there is a "small chance" he'll play this afternoon. Put him on your bench immediately.

Unfortunately, Jordan Reed doesn't look like he's ready to return just yet. Probably next week. Niles Paul (concussion) is expected to have the Redskins' tight end role to himself this week.

Same for Marvin Jones. Maybe Week 6.

Jason Witten's owners must know by now that the Hall of Fame-bound tight end has been reduced to a glorified blocker, which is great news for DeMarco Murray. With the Cowboys facing JJ Watt this week, I wouldn't be surprised if Witten is one of the guys asked to pitch in a lot to help keep Watt off Romo. I'm actually benching him for Eric Ebron today. Wow...

In case you missed it, the Broncos cut Matt Prater just as he was about to be reactivated from suspension. They'll roll with Brandon McManus the rest of the way. 

That's it for now. I'm off to Twitter for the inactive reports and other late-breaking news. Good luck and don't forget to chip in for the Coalition if you appreciate our troops!

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