The Oakland Raiders are allowing opposing offenses to convert on third down at a 45.6 percent clip.
The 45.6 percent mark is 29th among NFL teams and has contributed to the defensive struggles of the Raiders in 2015. DC Ken Norton spoke about the issue this week, saying, "First and second down play hasn’t been bad. Defending deep balls has been okay, but there are areas were need to improve on to be a really good defense, and it starts with getting off the field." While the offense in Oakland finally has some promise, the defense still has work to do. With the Denver Broncos visiting Oakland in Week 5, the Raiders D/ST won't be a viable fantasy option.
The Seahawks have ruled out Marshawn Lynch (calf, hamstring) for Week 5 against the Bengals.
With Fred Jackson (high ankle sprain) also out, UDFA Thomas Rawls projects as a legitimate every-down back against the Bengals, with FB Derrick Coleman mixing in for some tailback snaps. Potentially showing signs of late-career breakdown in his age-29 season, Lynch has managed to play just over 100 offensive snaps through five weeks. Fantasy owners still need to hang onto Lynch as an injured RB4.
Demaryius Thomas (neck) is probable for Week 5 against the Raiders.
A neck injury has limited Thomas' practice availability the past few days but he should be good to go for Sunday's game in Oakland. Thomas went for 108 yards on 11 catches the last time he visited the Black Hole.
Davante Adams (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 5.
Adams did little to no practice work this week, and looks to be on the doubtful end of his questionable tag. Once Adams is announced as inactive, Ty Montgomery will take his place in three-wide sets versus the Rams.
Eric Ebron (knee) has been ruled out for Week 5.
Ebron was seen running off to the side of Friday's practice, but he didn't take part. He should be considered questionable to return in Week 6.
Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Friday that Cecil Shorts (shoulder) has a better chance to return than Nate Washington (hamstring) in Week 6 against the Jaguars.
O'Brien only said Shorts "might" play against Jacksonville, however, indicating that it's possible the Texans could continue to be without their Nos. 2 and 3 receivers. If you're expecting DeAndre Hopkins' absurd target totals to "regress," you can go ahead and stop that now.
Texans coach Bill O'Brien said OLB Jadeveon Clowney (foot) should be fine for Week 6 against the Jaguars.
Clowney was seen wearing a walking boot on his right foot after Thursday's loss to Indianapolis but O'Brien insists the injury isn't serious. The former No. 1 overall pick has earned PFF's sixth-highest 3-4 outside linebacker grade out of 48 qualifiers this season.
Travis Kelce (groin) is probable for Week 5 against the Bears.
Kelce was added to the injury report Wednesday but hasn't missed any practice time. Among tight ends, only Rob Gronkowski has produced most yards this season. He's an every-week TE1.