My goodness, the Rams stink.
On to the news:
- Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was limited in Thursday's practice, and sounds very iffy for Sunday night's game. Unless we hear something certain or close to it on Sunday morning, you won't be able to risk a Gronk fantasy start without owning another late-game tight end (like Charles Clay) that allows you to delay the decision.
- In other Patriots' news, here's an article about their apparent running back committee. I still think Stevan Ridley is worth starting, but as a lower-end RB2.
- And in even more Patriots' news, don't look for WR Danny Amendola (groin) to return this week.
- Ravens RB Ray Rice (hip) practiced again on Thursday, and should be ready to go on Sunday. WR Marlon Brown (neck) appears to be OK as well.
- Reminder: The Packers and Panthers have byes this week.
- Bucs rookie QB Mike Glennon might not have anyone to throw to in his first NFL start, as WRs Vincent Jackson (ribs) and Mike Williams (hamstring) haven't practiced this week. Have backup plans ready for both players, and make sure they're not the real-life backups the Bucs plan to use if things don't improve.
- Texans WR Andre Johnson (shin) was limited in Thursday's practice. Johnson seems to think he'll play on Sunday, but head coach Gary Kubiak said he'll be a gametime decision.
- Cowboys WR Miles Austin (hamstring) hasn't practiced this week. Don't count on him.
- Bills WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) is "getting as much treatment as possible hoping it will be enough to get him on the field on Sunday," according to the team's website. Teammate C.J. Spiller's thigh doesn't seem to be an issue anymore.
- Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor was limited at Thursday's practice, but still hasn't cleared the NFL's complete concussion protocol. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said "we'll see" when asked if Pryor will start Sunday as long as he practices today.
- Redskins TE Jordan Reed (quad) hasn't practiced this week. Too bad - I kind of like him.
- Jets RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) didn't practice again on Thursday. Fortunately, I just bought my one-way ticket on the Bilal Powell Express. He's my RB20 this week.
- The Seahawks might play against the Texans without either of their starting offensive tackles.
- Still no Mark Ingram (toe) at Saints' practice.
- Vikings QB Christian Ponder (ribs) might not play Sunday. That news will upset at least two or three fantasy owners. Matt Cassel would replace Ponder.
- The Giants' offensive line is pretty banged up, It's a good thing the Chiefs' defense isn't very good. Wait, that's not right ...
- It sounds like all systems are go for Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell to make his NFL debut on Sunday. I've got Bell at RB29.
- Look for Lions WR Ryan Broyles to get a bigger role with Nate Burleson injured. I'd like to see Broyles have a good game before starting him on a fantasy squad, but I can see playing him in PPR leagues.
- Tony Gonzalez's subpar Week 3 performance might have been the result of him getting his "bell rung." Teammate Roddy White (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday, following the same schedule as last week. Try to avoid White until you know his effectiveness has returned.
- Remember that we'll have our usual three-hour pregame chat from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Adam Meyer leads off, Joel Beall gets the middle slot, and I'll close things out.
- Our Week 4 rankings are available if you need them. We'll push out an update today.
Good luck in Week 4!