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

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

Coach Ron Rivera said Darrin Reaves is currently the Panthers' starting running back.

With DeAngelo Williams (ankle) and Mike Tolbert (leg) out and Jonathan Stewart (knee) still working his way back, Reaves is next up on the depth chart, followed by Chris Ogbonnaya and Fozzy Whittaker. Reaves (5-foot-7, 209) is an undrafted rookie out of UAB, but was a favorite by some in the draft community. For owners in a bye-week or injury crunch, Reaves is worth a grab for Week 5 against the Bears. He won't be the full-time ball carrier, but should lead a committee attack.
Oct 1 - 4:01 PM

Vernon Davis (back) will not practice Wednesday.

Davis says his back is still experiencing spasms and remains day to day. He should be considered questionable for Week 5. At less than full health, Davis will be a touchdown-dependent TE1 if active.
Oct 1 - 4:00 PM

Marquise Goodwin (concussion) is practicing in full for Week 5.

Barring any setbacks, he should be cleared for Sunday's game against the Lions. A situational deep threat, Goodwin has zero targets through three games.
Oct 1 - 3:57 PM

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley expects WR Ace Sanders to play in Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Sanders hasn't been able to practice the first four weeks due to his suspension, but will be asked to step in right away with Marqise Lee and Cecil Shorts both sidelined by hamstring injuries. He should see the majority of snaps in three-wide sets over Mike Brown.
Oct 1 - 3:51 PM
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