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Injury updates from the late games in the NFL for Week Five:

  • Broncos WR Eddie Royal (groin) is inactive. Look for red-hot WR Eric Decker to start and he makes a No 2 fantasy receiver or low-end No. 1 in larger and PPR leagues.
  • Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (ankle) and WR Julian Edelman (ankle) are inactive. That means potential more touches for RB Stevan Ridley and more looks for Chad Ochocinco and Deion Branch.
  • Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez (knee) is active, has practiced this week and should be in all lineups. His presence lowers Rob Gronkowski's value but he's still a top-tier TE with Hernandez a fantasy starter as well.
  • 49ers WR Braylon Edwards (ankle) as expected is inactive. Look for Josh Morgan to start. However, this is a crucial game for Michael Crabtree, who looks to be close to 100 percent healed from his broken foot. They have a good matchup this week vs. the Bucs, so fantasy production should result.
  • Chargers WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring, abdomen) is active and makes a No. 1 fantasy receiver. QB Philip Rivers has complete trust in him. but has yet to show that with Malcom Floyd, Patrick Crayton and TE Randy McMichael. This could be a huge day for Jackson. Floyd makes a No. 2 in larger leagues but No. 3 or flex in typical leagues. Crayton's merely a bye week or injury fill-in and McMichael is a watch-list player this week.

Injury updates from the early games in the NFL for Week Five:

  • Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall (hamstring) is active but is the emergency RB; Isaac Redman will start. With Mewelde Moore (ankle) out, Redman will see most of the carries. He's facing a Titans defense allowing less than 50 yards rushing to RBs. He's a bye week or injury fill-in. Don't play Mendenhall.
  • Colts QB Kerry Collins (concussion) is inactive despite returning to practice this week. Curtis Painter will start this week and moving forward if he's able to perform well. Watch him to see if his play improves enough to give fantasy relevance to the other skill position players.
  • Giants RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) is inactive with a mild MCL sprain. Underperforming anyway, RB Ahmad Bradshaw will see most of the carries, making Bradshaw a No. 1 fantasy back this week.
  • Vikings WR Bernard Berrian is inactive in a little bit of a shocker. Look for Devin Aromashodu to see more looks with QB Donovan McNabb taking some shots against a bad Cardinals secondary. Neither player is worth rostering, but watch Aromashodu.
  • Chiefs WR Jonathan Baldwin (thumb), the team's first-round pick, was thought to possibly give it a go this week and dress for his first game of the season. He's inactive, so look for another week of Steve Breaston. Baldwin did practice in full this week so should return in following the Chiefs bye.
  • Cardinals TE Todd Heap (hamstring) is inactive after not practicing this week. Look for blocking back Jeff King and rookie Rob Housler to take over his role.
  • Texans WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) is officially inactive. Jacoby Jones (knee), who practiced this week, will pick up the slack and Kevin Walter will also see his share of looks. Jones has disappointed all season and but rates a flex play, while Walter's only TD this year was a fluke. He's a bye week or injury fill-in.
  • Texans RB Derrick Ward (ankle) is inactive, meaning Ben Tate will back up starter Arian Foster and No. 2 Chris Ogbonnaya. Ogbonnaya is the No. 2 based on how practice went down this week. Don't be shocked to see Tate with a few touches and more if Ogbonnaya isn't effective in a change of pace role.
  • Seahawks WR Mike Williams (concussion) is inactive, as expected. Look for Ben Obomanu to start but keep an eye on rookie WR Doug Baldwin to see if his role increases from the slot with Williams out and Sidney Rice taking pressure off the wideouts.
  • Cardinals RB Beanie Wells (hamstring) is active today and should be in all lineups after last week's performance.

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