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    Jamey Eisenberg looks at his lineup for the FanDuel-CBSSports Championship for Week 5.
    Some big-name players are returning from their four-game suspensions this week, and it's not soon enough for the Cowboys. Six teams are still undefeated and extra points are starting to mess with kickers' heads.
    Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard disagree on some big-name wide receivers this week, Calvin Johnson among them. Scott White does his best to pick a side.
    Matthew Stafford got fined over $5,000 for wearing shoes that Reggie Bush wore almost all of last season.
    Chris Towers doubles down on five previous predictions, and looks for five other players he is avoiding at their current draft position.
  • Offensive Matchup


    Defensive Matchup

  • Detroit Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    10/11/15DEEzekiel AnsahSHOULDERPROBABLELions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) has been designated as probable for the Week 5 game against Arizona.

    A regular on the injury report this season, Ansah has yet to miss a game and already has four sacks. He should be fine for Sunday, but his matchup with Cardinals left tackle Jared Veldheer is a tough one.

    (Updated 10/09/2015)
    10/11/15RBJoique BellANKLEOUTAn ankle injury has Lions running back Joique Bell sidelined for the Sunday game against the Cardinals.

    According to MLive.com, Bell had a procedure on his ankle in March, in addition to the reported surgeries on his Achilles and knee. The third surgery explains his slow recovery leading up to the season, and he's reportedly been bothered by the ankle all along.

    Bell's early-season struggles now come with more context, but he seems to be in danger of missing games beyond Week 5. With the Detroit offensive line struggling and the backfield still crowded, Bell offers very little upside.

    (Updated 10/09/2015)
    10/11/15TEEric EbronKNEEOUTLions tight end Eric Ebron (knee) has been deemed a no-go for the Week 5 battle against Arizona.

    With Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) probable, the impact of Ebron's absence is at least somewhat mitigated. Though it has been reported that he could miss up to three games, Ebron ran on the side with trainers Friday, suggesting he has some shot to return for the following game against the Bears.

    (Updated 10/09/2015)
    10/11/15SJames IhedigboQUADRICEPSQUESTIONABLELions strong safety James Ihedigbo has reported to OTAs and will likely attend minicamp despite his stated desire for a new contract, the Detroit News is reporting.
    10/11/15LBDeAndre LevyHIPPROBABLELions linebacker DeAndre Levy (hip) will make his season debut Sunday against the Cardinals, the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Levy is ready to go after missing the first four games with the hip injury. He should give the unit a boost, and was one of the top Individual Defensive Player linebackers the last two seasons, so it's worth checking to see if he is available if you play in a Fantasy league that uses them.

    (Updated 10/09/2015)
    10/11/15LBTravis LewisANKLEPROBABLEThe Lions placed linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) on injured reserve Saturday. The team replaced Lewis on the active roster with tight end Jordan Thompson, who was signed from the practice squad.
    10/11/15PSam MartinLEFT KNEEPROBABLE
    10/11/15CBRashean MathisCALFPROBABLELions cornerback Rashean Mathis is planning to retire after the two-year contract he signed in March expires, per the Detroit Free Press.
    10/11/15WRLance MooreANKLEPROBABLELions veteran wide receiver Lance Moore will not play Thursday night against Washington in the team's second preseason game, ESPN has reported. He will return home after becoming a father.
    10/11/15DTHaloti NgataCALFOUTLions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was limited in practice Friday with a shoulder problem and is considered questionable for the Sunday game against Minnesota.
    10/11/15TEBrandon PettigrewHAMSTRINGPROBABLELions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) is listed as probable for the Sunday game against the Cardinals.

    Pettigrew would normally be restricted to a blocking role, but with Eric Ebron (knee) out for at least one week, Pettigrew could see some extra targets in his return from a three-game absence. He still offers minimal upside in the passing game.

    (Updated 10/09/2015)
    10/11/15TCorey RobinsonANKLEPROBABLE
    10/11/15GLarry WarfordANKLEQUESTIONABLE
    Cincinnati Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    10/11/15DEWallace GilberryCALFQUESTIONABLEBengals wide receiver A.J. Green (biceps) is active for Sunday's regular-season finale agains the Steelers after being listed as probable on the final injury report for Week 17.
    10/11/15RBJeremy HillKNEEPROBABLEBengals running back Jeremy Hill (knee) has been designated as probable for the Sunday game against the Seahawks after practicing fully Friday.

    Hill scored three touchdowns in Week 4, but he's been sharing carries with Giovani Bernard, which makes his Fantasy upside in Week 5 against a Seattle defense that has hit its stride of late largely dependent on his ability to find the end zone.

    (Updated 10/09/2015)
    10/11/15SGeorge IlokaANKLEQUESTIONABLETwo ailing Bengals defensive backs appear quite likely to be in action Sunday for the home opener against San Diego, per Bengals.com.
    10/11/15CBAdam JonesGROINPROBABLEJones (groin) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks after practicing fully Friday.

    Jones will be out there if you need him this week, and after opening the season with 25 tackles over his first three games, he's on the IDP radar despite recording just one tackle in Week 4 before exiting this past Sunday's contest.

    (Updated 10/09/2015)
    10/11/15SReggie NelsonHAMSTRINGPROBABLEBengals wide receiver A.J. Green (biceps) is active for Sunday's regular-season finale agains the Steelers after being listed as probable on the final injury report for Week 17.
    10/08/15CBLeon HallNot injury relatedPROBABLEThe ruled out statuses of running back Giovani Bernard (hip/clavicle) and linebacker Vontaze Burfict (knee) headline the injury report submitted Friday by the Bengals for their Sunday game. But other Bengals are banged up as well.
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