Getting Defensive: Week 5

Getting Defensive: Week 5
Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down the matchups for all 30 fantasy defenses in action and gives his top kicker plays for Week 5.
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Jerick McKinnon (ankle) is probable for Thursday night's Week 5 game against the Packers.

McKinnon was limited on Monday and Tuesday with the Vikings playing on a short week. He's an upside FLEX play for Week 5.
Oct 1 - 6:44 PM

Markus Wheaton (groin) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

It's a new injury for Wheaton, but not one that should hold him out of Sunday's game. Wheaton has 19 catches for 227 yards through four weeks.
Oct 1 - 6:31 PM

The Browns' website expects OC Kyle Shanahan to use a "hot-hand" approach at running back.

Ben Tate will be the starter, but Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell are going to continue to get touches. Both are capable of outplaying Tate, and will remain involved going forward. Tate is the favorite to lead the Browns in carries if he returns this week, but comes with injury and workload risks.
Source: browns.com
Oct 1 - 6:20 PM

Raiders QB Matt Schaub has rejoined the team.

Schaub missed the last two weeks due to a family matter. With Derek Carr dealing with multiple injuries, there's a chance he could start in Week 6 against the Chargers.
Oct 1 - 6:03 PM

Derek Carr (ankle, knee) said he expects to play after the Raiders' Week 5 bye.

Carr suffered a sprained MCL and high-ankle sprain against the Dolphins, so it would take an impressive recovery from him to return in two weeks. The Raiders would be forced to start Matt Schaub or Matt McGloin if Carr misses time.
Oct 1 - 5:54 PM

Bernard Pierce (thigh) is practicing in full for Week 5.

Pierce also practiced in full last week, but was held out of Sunday's blowout win as a precautionary measure. He's currently behind Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro for carries, and isn't a must-hold in fantasy leagues.
Oct 1 - 5:38 PM

Michael Crabtree (foot) is practicing Wednesday.

Owners got a scare when Crabtree exited last Sunday's win over the Eagles early with an issue to his previously troublesome left foot. He eventually returned to catch five passes for 43 yards. Crabtree will be a WR2/3 vs. the Chiefs.
Oct 1 - 5:32 PM

Chiefs RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring) is practicing in full for Week 5.

Thomas should finally make his debut after missing the first month of the season. He'll be the Chiefs' primary return man.
Oct 1 - 5:18 PM
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