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New Orleans at Minnesota

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    Are the Bengals for real? We'll find out in Week 5 when Seattle -- and its nasty defense -- shows up in Cincy. St. Louis at Green Bay also looks good.
    The Colts secured their 16th consecutive victory against a divisional opponent.
    Strong's sweet grab brought Houston within three points at the half.
    Ryan Mallett briefly exited Thursday night's game with an injury. When he wanted to return, the Texans wouldn't let him.
    Andre Johnson scored against his former team.
  • Offensive Matchup


    Defensive Matchup

  • New Orleans Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    10/08/15SJairus ByrdKneeQUESTIONABLESaints safety Jairus Byrd (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

    Byrd will likely hop right in as a starter alongside Kenny Vaccaro, but the Saints may monitor the three-time Pro Bowler's snaps. Although his track record from Buffalo is superb, Byrd has played just 15 games since the start of 2013 and four games since the beginning of 2014. He needs to re-prove that he's a useful IDP outside of very deep leagues.

    (Updated 10/04/2015)
    10/08/15WRMarques ColstonNot injury relatedPROBABLESaints wide receiver Marques Colston caught four passes on five targets for 19 yards in Sunday night's win against the Cowboys. Colston was not much of a factor in Week 4, with Drew Brees seemingly limited to short throws due to his injured shoulder.

    Further, he once again lost playing time to second-year pro Willie Snead, who led the Saints with six catches for 89 yards, as Colston was on the field for only 41 of the Saints' 73 offensive plays (56 percent), according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

    Brees still looks to Colston when he wants to move the sticks on third down, but with Colston essentially becoming a part-time player in New Orleans, his upside is limited. The Saints will face the Eagles in Week 5.

    (Updated 10/05/2015)
    10/08/15WRBrandin CooksAnklePROBABLESaints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (ankle) practiced fully Thursday, the Saints' official site reports.

    Cooks turned in a limited practice showing for a second consecutive Wednesday, but his ability to take part in all drills Thursday implies that he'll play Sunday at Philadelphia. Provided an exploitable matchup -- the Eagles have conceded 801 receiving yards and six touchdowns to wideouts in four games this season -- he'll strive for his first score of 2015 in Week 5.

    (Updated 10/08/2015)
    10/08/15CBKeenan LewisHipQUESTIONABLESaints cornerback Keenan Lewis (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

    Coming off a minor hip procedure at the beginning of September, Lewis is returning toward the front end of his timetable. He'll likely get the start, but it's not entirely clear whether he'll replace Brandon Browner or Delvin Breaux.

    (Updated 10/04/2015)
    10/08/15DTKevin WilliamsNot injury relatedPROBABLEThe Saints were busy making personnel changes on Friday. The team signed defensive tackle Kevin Williams and waived rookie tight end Harold Spears, per The Times-Picayune.
    Minnesota Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    10/04/15WRCharles JohnsonRibOUTVikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (ribs) hopes to return to the field following the Vikings' Week 5 bye, Ben Goessling of ESPN NFL Nation reports.

    Johnson was unable to play in Week 4 due to his rib injury, but he is hoping an extra week of rest and recovery will prevent him from missing any further action. His participation, or lack thereof, in practice next week figures to ultimately determine whether or not he will be able to suit up for the Vikings' Week 6 matchup with the Chiefs.

    (Updated 10/06/2015)
    10/04/15DBJabari PriceShoulderOUTThe Vikings have activated cornerback Jabari Price from the suspended list after he lost the first two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
    10/04/15DBAndrew SendejoKneeOUTVikings safety Robert Blanton is likely to start at strong safety this week against Denver with Andrew Sendejo out with a knee injury, ESPN reports.

    Blanton had lost out on the starting job and had a limited role off the bench as he didn't even play a snap on defense in Week 2. He should get a full workload Sunday with Sendejo out.

    (Updated 10/02/2015)
    10/04/15DLJustin TrattouFootOUTVikings defensive end Justin Trattou is inactive Sunday against the Vikings.

    Trattou backs up Everson Griffin at right defensive end and the Vikings will be without needed depth. Depth is more of an issue than usual with the game being played at high altitude.

    (Updated 10/04/2015)
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