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Kendrick Lewis lands on injured reserve 10-22-2016
Kendrick Lewis FS BAL
Ravens placed S Kendrick Lewis on injured reserve with a thigh injury.

Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter
Lorenzo Taliaferro was activated from the PUP to take Lewis' spot on the roster. Lewis suffered a thigh injury which was apparently significant in Thursday's practice. A reserve who has played just 17 defensive snaps this season, Lewis should stick on IR the rest of the season.
Ravens activate Lorenzo Taliaferro from PUP 10-22-2016
Lorenzo Taliaferro RB BAL
Ravens activated RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) from the PUP list.

Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter
Taliaferro is expected to play Sunday, which could relegate Buck Allen back to the inactive list. Either way, Terrance West has established himself as the clear starter in Baltimore. Taliaferro is not worth adding in any format.
Titans add rookie OLB Kevin Dodd to report 10-22-2016
Kevin Dodd OLB TEN
Titans second-round OLB Kevin Dodd was added to the injury report as questionable with a foot injury.

Jim Wyatt on Twitter
It is concerning after Dodd underwent "preventative" surgery on his right foot in May. It is unclear if this injury is to the same foot, but the timing of his addition to the injury report suggests he suffered a setback Friday. Dodd has one sack in 137 snaps this season.
Vernon Davis expected to start again 10-22-2016
Vernon Davis TE WAS
With Jordan Reed (concussion) out, Vernon Davis is expected to start.

CSN Mid-Atlantic
Davis started in a tough matchup against the Eagles last week, managing 50 yards and a touchdown on four targets while playing 97.3 percent of the snaps. He should have a much easier time this week with the Lions, who have given up a league-worst seven touchdowns to tight ends already this season. Davis is a great streaming option and DFS play.
Bryce Petty likely to see starts this season 10-22-2016
Bryce Petty QB NYJ
NJ Advance Media's Darryl Slater expects Jets sophomore QB Bryce Petty to make starts this season.

Newark Star-Ledger
Slater expects the Jets to roll with Geno Smith until they are officially eliminated from the playoffs, but then he believes Petty will get his shot. With both Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick headed to free agency, the Jets need to see what they have in Petty and perhaps second-round rookie Christian Hackenberg. Petty is not a bad stash in deep two-QB leagues.
Devin Smith (knee) returned to practice Wed 10-22-2016
Devin Smith WR NYJ
Jets WR Devin Smith (knee, PUP) returned to practice Wednesday.

Newark Star-Ledger
The practice starts the 21-day clock for his return, and it is likely he uses most of that time to get back in game shape after tearing his ACL last December. With Eric Decker out for the season and a bunch of UDFA rookies behind Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa, Smith should have a role when he returns, especially with the Jets likely to call more deep shots now that Geno Smith is starting. Still, he is not worth a stash in standard-sized leagues.
Patriots using two TEs on 73 percent of plays 10-22-2016
Martellus Bennett TE NE
The Patriots have used two tight ends on 73 percent of their offensive plays in the last two weeks.

New England has six touchdowns and zero turnovers from that formation with Tom Brady in the lineup. With Martellus Bennett finally giving the Patriots a viable option opposite Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots have returned to the offense which worked so well from 2010-12. Both Bennett and Gronk are viable TE1s moving forward.
Tom Brady has dominated the Steelers 10-22-2016
Tom Brady QB NE
Tom Brady has thrown 24 touchdowns against just three interceptions in 10 career games against the Steelers.

He has 17 scores and zero interceptions in his last five starts against Pittsburgh. The Steelers have been pretty good against quarterbacks this season, but their scheme seems to fit Brady's eye very well. He is a top-two option this week.
Bucs not sure V-Jax completely tore ACL 10-22-2016
Vincent Jackson WR TB
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said the team is not sure Vincent Jackson (IR) completely tore his ACL.

Alex Marvez on Twitter
Koetter said Jackson will have another MRI soon. Good news could mean Jackson would return this year, but Charles Sims is also a candidate for the return spot. The Bucs are very thin behind Mike Evans, with Cecil Shorts expected to start this week in Jackson's place. Russell Shepard, Donteea Dye, and Louis Murphy (knee, PUP) will likely see snaps as well in the coming weeks.
Koetter not sure when Doug Martin will return 10-22-2016
Doug Martin RB TB
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he is not sure when Doug Martin (hamstring) will return.

Alex Marvez on Twitter
Martin suffered a setback in his rehab over the weekend and is out indefinitely. It is a major blow to fantasy owners considering the matchup with the 49ers this week, but there are plenty more juicy opportunities remaining on the schedule if Martin can get back healthy. He could be out another game or two, but Martin can still be a fantasy factor this season.
Cecil Shorts will start for Vincent Jackson 10-22-2016
Cecil Shorts WR TB
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Cecil Shorts (hamstring, questionable) will start in place of Vincent Jackson (knee, IR).

Alex Marvez on Twitter
There was some talk slot-man Adam Humphries would slide outside with Jackson out, but the Bucs will turn to Shorts until he inevitably suffers another soft-tissue injury. Russell Shepard, Donteea Dye, and Louis Murphy (knee, PUP) will likely get their chances as well. In reality, it will be the Mike Evans show from here on out.
Ajayi 'unquestioned No. 1 option' in Miami? 10-22-2016
Jay Ajayi RB MIA
ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker said Jay Ajayi is the "unquestioned No. 1 option" in the backfield.

Ajayi has certainly earned a long look after exploding for 204 yards and two scores against the Steelers, but Arian Foster got in full practices all week and is clearly nearing full health. Even if Ajayi is the clear starter and early-down option, Foster should siphon away some touches, especially in the passing game. Ajayi is tough to trust as anything more than an RB3 in a tough matchup with the Bills this week.
Steelers expect Butler to shadow Brown 10-22-2016
Antonio Brown WR PIT
The Steelers "fully expect" Patriots CB Malcolm Butler to shadow Antonio Brown.

Butler did the same thing a year ago, and Brown got loose for 11 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. Brown was catching passes from Ben Roethlisberger (knee, out) on that day, however, and failed to find the end zone when Ben was out of the lineup last season. Still, he did manage 124 yards in the one game Landry Jones started and finished last year, and he should see plenty of targets with the rest of the receiving options either banged up or not very good. Even without Ben, Brown remains a solid WR1.
Brian Orakpo credits LeBeau for sack total 10-22-2016
Brian Orakpo OLB TEN
Titans OLB Brian Orakpo gives part of the credit for his seven sacks this season to DC Dick LeBeau.

Orakpo ranks third in the NFL with seven sacks, which is the same number he managed in 16 games last season. He credits LeBeau with scheming the pass rushers into good positions. "There are just a lot of different variations we have," Orakpo said. "That's him, as far as the way he's able to call and get guys advantages on different plays." The Titans rank fifth in the league with 18 sacks and have the sixth-best adjusted sack rate. The Colts always struggle to protect Andrew Luck and are now without LG Jack Mewhort (triceps). Orakpo and company should find plenty of success Sunday.
Dwayne Washington listed as questionable 10-22-2016
Dwayne Washington RB DET
Dwayne Washington (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 7. Despite the Q tag, Washington is expected to play against the Redskins. Beat writers believe Washington will share the load with Zach Zenner.