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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Tavon Austin (knee) returned to practice Wednesday.

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

Dez Bryant (shoulder) is practicing in full for Week 5.

Bryant was limited the last two weeks with his shoulder injury, but it was never a major concern. He'll be a high-end WR1 against the Texans.
Oct 1 - 4:37 PM

ESPN Cleveland calls second-year OLB Barkevious Mingo a "coverage specialist."

Coach Mike Pettine says Mingo is the Browns' best cover linebacker, and "that's just the way we decided to proceed with that rotation." That's certainly not what the Browns had in mind when they selected Mingo with the No. 6 overall pick last year, but Pettine wasn't in Cleveland for that decision. Mingo has played 104 defensive snaps in two games this season, rushing the passer on just 28 of those. He's a top-five run-stopping 3-4 OLB at Pro Football Focus.
Oct 1 - 4:29 PM

Theo Riddick (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

Riddick suffered a setback with his hamstring in Sunday's win, leaving his status up in the air for Week 5. He could see carries behind Reggie Bush this week with Joique Bell (concussion) sidelined. Riddick will be updated again on Thursday.
Oct 1 - 4:19 PM

Marvin Jones tweaked his ankle on Wednesday and was listed as "DNP."

Jones can't catch a break. After missing all of the offseason program with an ankle injury, Jones returned to training camp for all of one practice before breaking his foot. In his first official practice back from the broken foot on Wednesday, Jones hurts his ankle. He was initially expected to make his season debut this week against New England, but now Jones' status is up in the air.
Oct 1 - 4:13 PM

Julio Jones (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

The Falcons are just managing his reps. Jones is a top-five receiver option despite a difficult matchup with the Giants in Week 5.
Oct 1 - 4:04 PM
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