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Steelers QB Kenny Pickett (knee) intends to play vs. Ravens

Wed Oct 4 3:33pm ET
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett said Wednesday that he will play in Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens despite his injured left knee.

"I'll be ready to go by Sunday," said Pickett, who wore a brace on the knee during Wednesday's practice.

Pickett sustained a bone bruise in the knee while being sacked in the third quarter of the Week 4 loss to the Houston Texans. He underwent an MRI exam that ruled out major damage.

Pickett said he was initially concerned about the knee.

"A little bit," he said. "From what the doctors were saying, they were worried about it but I got lucky that it was what it was. I'm pushing to go Sunday."

Pickett said he expects to have no limitations when he takes the field against the Ravens.

His on-field play has been shaky this season. He has completed 60.6 percent of his passes for 803 yards and four touchdowns.

The second-year pro has been intercepted four times and has thrown more interceptions (13) than touchdown passes (11) in his 17 NFL appearances (16 starts).

Also, the Steelers are 29th in total offenses (263.0 yards per game) and in a five-way tied for 25th in scoring offense at 15.5 points per game. Two of their six touchdowns were scored by linebackers -- one each by Alex Highsmith (interception) and T.J. Watt (fumble return).

"Consistency. That's what I'm pushing, to be consistently good and be a great player," Pickett said of his struggles. "I want to continue to be the guy that these guys can rely on. It works as a team game, the ultimate team game."

The Steelers plan to give backup Mitchell Trubisky an increased practice load this week in case Pickett can't play.

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Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell could be in line for another solid outing in Week 5. After a strong day in Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles, the second-year quarterback has the privilege of taking on the Chicago Bears' bottom-five pass defense. So far this season, Chicago has allowed a top-10 fantasy performance to opposing quarterbacks in three out of their first four weeks. In addition, the Bears will be without two of their top defenders in the secondary. That being safety Eddie Jackson (foot) and cornerback Jaylon Johnson (hamstring). All things considered, the circumstances couldn't be much better for Howell to continue his success. He's a strong streaming option for quarterback-needy rosters in Week 5.

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Sterling Shepard Oct 4 3:50pm ET
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New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll said he expects wide receiver Sterling Shepard to play more in Week 5 against the Miami Dolphins. Daboll indicated the team had more personnel packages with Shepard in them for the Monday night game against the Seattle Seahawks, but they didn't use them. The Giants' receiver room is crowded, but apparently they want to get the 30-year-old more involved after he hasn't played more than 20 percent of the offensive snaps through the first four weeks. He has only two receptions on three targets for 10 yards. Even if Shepard sees the field more this Sunday, none of New York's pass-catchers can really be trusted right now in an offense that has been putrid early on.

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Chase Claypool Oct 4 3:50pm ET
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Several NFL teams think that the Chicago Bears will end up releasing wide receiver Chase Claypool. "I think that's where it's trending," one NFL executive said. The Bears would prefer to get a late-round pick for Claypool, but his locker-room presence will be a strong consideration for any prospective team after he outstayed his welcome in both Pittsburgh and Chicago in the last two years. In 10 games in Chicago, he went over 30 yards receiving just twice. The 25-year-old has size and speed, though, so he might attract some interest from a few contending teams. Claypool's fantasy value has now hit rock bottom, and he shouldn't be rostered in the majority of single-year leagues. However, a trade to a contender could make him slightly more attractive the rest of the year.

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Logan Thomas Oct 4 3:50pm ET
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Washington Commanders tight end Logan Thomas could be a decent option in Week 5. Against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4, the veteran was an okay streamer with three receptions for 41 yards. Now in Week 5, the Commanders are taking on the Chicago Bears, owners of a bottom-five pass defense. With that in mind, Thomas could have another week of decent streaming value ahead. With the tight end position being a complete wasteland for fantasy scoring, the 32-year-old should be in consideration for needy teams.

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Jeff Wilson Oct 4 3:40pm ET
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Miami Dolphins running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (abdomen), who missed the first four games of the season while on Injured Reserve, is not yet ready to practice and the Dolphins will not yet open the 21-day window for him to return from IR. It was previously reported that Wilson would be ready for the Week 5 contest against the New York Giants, but that doesn't look to be the case as of Wednesday. Miami doesn't have any reason to rush the 27-year-old back at this point, with both Raheem Mostert and rookie De'Von Achane looking great in tandem through the first four weeks of the season. Wilson is worth stashing in an IR spot in fantasy leagues if you have the room, but don't expect him to have a big role upon his return as long as both Mostert and Achane remain healthy.

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Miles Sanders Oct 4 3:40pm ET
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Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders (groin) remains on the injury report and was listed as a limited practice participant on Wednesday. Sanders has been banged up this year, but he hasn't managed to miss a game so far in his first year with the organization. Aside from a two-touchdown performance in Week 3, Sanders has been a disappointment to fantasy managers so far in 2023. He played less than 50 percent of the offensive snaps in the Week 4 loss to the Minnesota Vikings and had just 13 carries for 19 yards. The 26-year-old is averaging a weak 2.93 yards per carry on 54 rushing attempts through four games. If his efficiency doesn't approve, he could start losing more work to backfield mate Chuba Hubbard.

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Joe Burrow Oct 4 3:30pm ET
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Terry McLaurin Oct 4 3:30pm ET
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Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin had a strong outing in Week 4, and he could have another in Week 5. Washington is facing the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football, a team that ranks bottom-five against the pass. While he's been splitting more targets with his teammates than what was expected, McLaurin is still the target and reception leader in this offense. If quarterback Sam Howell can keep targeting the veteran receiver at a decent clip, he should be a solid contributor for fantasy rosters. He's a high-end WR2 during this advantageous matchup.

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Jonathan Taylor Oct 4 3:20pm ET
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Chicago Bears running back Khalil Herbert should continue to lead Chicago's backfield in carries Thursday night against the Commanders. Herbert was fantastic in Week 14, racking up 103 rushing yards on the ground and chipping in 19 yards from the air with a receiving touchdown. He showed off his speed, elusiveness and ran tough between the tackles. He will go up against a Commanders defense that has allowed three rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs through four games. Washington's defensive front is loaded with talent and could make for a tough night for Herbert coming up. The Bears lead running back will carry RB3/4 value into Week 5.

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C.J. Stroud Oct 4 3:10pm ET
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Keaton Mitchell Oct 4 3:00pm ET
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Rashod Bateman Oct 4 2:40pm ET
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Baltimore Ravens wide receivers Rashod Bateman (hamstring) and Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) returned to practice on Wednesday after missing the Week 4 win over the Cleveland Browns. It's unclear to what extent they participated in practice until the official Wednesday injury report comes out later today, but it's a good sign for their return. That said, neither are safe fantasy options until proven otherwise. Beckham has totaled just 66 yards in two games, and Bateman has posted 59 yards in three games. Against an overmatched Pittsburgh Steelers team in Week 5, Baltimore will likely have its way in this matchup and fail to pass with enough volume to support Beckham or Bateman in fantasy football. Mark Andrews and Zay Flowers seem to be ahead of both receivers in the target pecking order.

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Jahan Dotson Oct 4 2:40pm ET
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Washington Commanders wide receivers Jahan Dotson (ankle) and Curtis Samuel (quad) will be active against the Chicago Bears in the Week 5 Thursday Night Football contest against the Chicago Bears. Both players either missed practice or were limited this week, but they are good to go. The Bears have allowed the 12th-most fantasy points to wideouts this season and are without safety Eddie Jackson (foot) and cornerback Jaylon Johnson (hamstring), so Dotson and Samuel are intriguing DFS options or low-end PPR league flex considerations. However, neither has a safe floor based on what we've seen thus far this season.

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Marlon Humphrey Oct 4 2:30pm ET
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Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (foot) has not appeared in a game this season after undergoing foot surgery in August. The 27-year-old took the practice field for the first time since his operation on Wednesday so he could make his season debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5. The three-time Pro Bowler could provide a nice boost to the Baltimore defense that has been decimated by injuries so far this season. However, there's a chance it could take him a few weeks to get back to game action and 100% ready for contact.

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