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News: Broncos offensive coordinator Justin Outten told reporters that Melvin Gordon III “will obviously carry the load” with Javonte Williams out for the season.

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What does fantasy mean? Gordon seemed destined to fall out of favor after the Raiders turned his fumble into a game-tying touchdown in Sunday’s loss. In 2022, Gordon missed four times, the most among non-QBs. As a result of Javonte Williams’ knee injury at the end of the season, Gordon can now play a significant role. On Tuesday, he was restricted from training due to a neck injury. Coach Nathaniel Hackett said he would have the opportunity to prove himself without Williams. In addition, Mike Boone’s role is expected to expand significantly in the future.


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News: Colts RB Jonathan Taylor did not train on Tuesday and was wearing boots.

What does fantasy mean? Taylor wants to play Thursday night against the Broncos, but his status is unclear due to an ankle injury. Coach Frank Reich said Taylor was not in danger of further injury if he played on Thursday. Taylor may be able to play, but it’s unlikely he’ll get a full load. If he can’t go or is limited, Nyheim Hines will get an extra job. The Colts could also lift former Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay from the practice squad.

Let’s go deeper: Hines, primarily known in fantasy circles as a pass catcher, is certainly capable of playing all three downs. He had over 10 touches in 20 career games and averaged 14.5 fantasy points.


News: Ravens RB Gus Edwards is set to return very soon.

What does fantasy mean? Edwards started the 2022 season on the pup list. Coach John Harbaugh revealed that Edwards would be training this week after being asked about his future availability. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament before the start of the season last year and will have three weeks to prove he’s healthy. Most likely, the Ravens will take Edwards with them, as they did with J.K. Dobbins. Once Edwards picks up speed, expect a bewildering and frustrating committee. Now is the time to trade Dobbins.


News: Chargers WR Keenan Allen is still seen as an “everyday” with a hamstring injury.

What does fantasy mean? The Chargers faced some of the worst injuries in the league. It makes sense that Los Angeles is being wary of a veteran receiver. Going into Week 4, the hope was that Allen would return and it looked like he was on track for it. However, during practice, his hamstring injury worsened and he was ruled out of Sunday’s game. Allen could play against the Browns with a “limited” day on Wednesday, but would be wise to keep an eye on the situation. If Allen stays idle, Mike Williams, DeAndre Carter and Joshua Palmer will see additional targets.

Let’s go deeper: In last week’s game against the Texans, Carter played 49 snaps and ran 32 runs, while Palmer played 39 snaps and ran 24 runs. Palmer had one goal compared to Carter’s three. This is something to consider if you are looking for a potential Palmer streamer in Week 5.


News: Cowboys QB Dak Prescott can’t hold the ball well enough to play yet.

What does fantasy mean? Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones confirmed this on Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan. Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday afternoon that the Cowboys want him to train for a full week before returning to the field. Cooper Rush will stand in for him until Prescott retires for the first team and is fully involved in training. Rush threw for 637 yards with a 61.8% completion percentage, four touchdowns, no turnovers, and a 100.1 quarterback rating over three starts. Cowboys don’t need to rush (no pun intended) Prescott. When Russell Wilson was with the Seahawks last season, he suffered a similar injury and struggled after a quick comeback.


News: The Cardinals abandoned Andy Isabella’s WR.

What does fantasy mean? Isabella’s place was taken by former Raiders offensive lineman Billy Price. Isabella was drafted in the second round in 2019, two picks ahead of DK Metcalfe and four picks ahead of Dionte Johnson, but she has never made much of a difference to the team. In his first two seasons, Isabella caught 30 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns. Last season, he caught just one pass for 13 yards in eight games. He’s had two catches for 21 yards this season. Probably Isabella will attract some attention. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bears or Giants pick him up.


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