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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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

Jamaal Charles (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

The Chiefs are just managing his reps after giving him 21 touches in Monday night's win. Charles hasn't had any setbacks, and will be fine for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Oct 1 - 5:16 PM

Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is practicing in full for Week 5.

Cameron is as healthy as he's been this season coming off the Browns' bye. He's a TE1 against a Titans defense that's allowing the tenth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
Oct 1 - 4:53 PM

NFL suspended Panthers DE Frank Alexander 10 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Alexander just returned Monday from a four-game suspension for violating the same policy. He's now out for the next 10 games, and can't return until Week 16. What a boneheaded mistake. Carolina will continue to move forward with Charles Johnson, Kony Ealy, Mario Addison, and Wes Horton as its four-man rotation at end. Alexander's rookie deal ends following the 2015 season.
Oct 1 - 4:47 PM

Tavon Austin (knee) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

He was officially limited. It puts him on track to return for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Austin will play the slot in three-wide sets, with Austin Pettis also mixing in.
Oct 1 - 4:46 PM

Andre Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Johnson briefly exited Sunday's game against the Bills in the fourth quarter. He said after the game that he was "fine," but felt a "pop" in the ankle. The Texans very well could be giving the 33-year-old some rest. We'll have to keep an eye on Johnson the remainder of the week. He'll be updated again Thursday.
Oct 1 - 4:41 PM

Arian Foster (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

Foster is likely going to miss plenty of practice reps this week before being a game-time decision against the Cowboys on Sunday. Foster said he wasn't 100 percent in Week 4, and coach Bill O'Brien later called his running back day-to-day. If Foster can't play, Alfred Blue would likely get the start for Houston.
Oct 1 - 4:38 PM
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