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NY Giants bring back veteran safety Landon Collins

Fri Oct 7 8:18am ET

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Washington Football Team safety Landon Collins (26) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL football game Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Philadelphia. Veteran safety Landon Collins rejoined the New York Giants on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, signing to the practice squad ahead of the team's game against he Green Bay Packers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz, File)

WARE, England (AP) Veteran safety Landon Collins rejoined the New York Giants on Friday, signing to the practice squad ahead of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Collins played his first four seasons with the Giants before signing with the Washington Commanders.

The three-time Pro Bowler is not expected to play Sunday. He has ''a long way to go,'' coach Brian Daboll said.

''He just got here today, he's on our practice squad, so that's where he'll be,'' Daboll said Friday at the team hotel north of London. ''He's got a lot to learn in terms of how we do things, not just playbook, but how we do them as an organization.''

The Giants have needs defensively: linebacker Azeez Ojulari (calf) didn't make trip, and safety Julian Love (concussion) practiced Thursday on a limited basis.

Collins can play both safety and linebacker. He worked out for the Giants on Monday.

When the Giants played in London in 2016, Collins intercepted Case Keenum twice and took one for a pick-6 in New York's 17-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

The Giants drafted Collins out of Alabama with the first pick of the second round in 2015.

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Chase McLaughlin Oct 7 9:20am ET
Chase McLaughlin

Indianapolis Colts kicker Chase McLaughlin went 4-for-4 in field goal attempts in Thursday's 12-9 overtime win over the Denver Broncos. He was perfect from the field, including drilling two 50-yard-plus field goals on Thursday night. The 26-year-old tallied 12 points and nailed the game-winning field goal from 48 yards in overtime. McLaughlin is now 7-for-8 in field goal attempts and 4-for-4 in extra point tries. McLaughlin is a solid streaming option in Week 6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Saquon Barkley Oct 7 9:20am ET
Saquon Barkley

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is primed for an RB1 finish in Week 5 versus the Green Bay Packers. The superstar running back for the Giants is coming off of a performance in Week 4 against the Chicago Bears where he contributed 162 total yards to help New York secure a surprising 3-1 record. The Giants will travel overseas to face the Packers on Sunday and Daniel Jones is trending toward suiting up under center. Green Bay has the No. 28 ranked rush DVOA defense, so Barkley could have success on the ground in Week 5. And with the Giants lacking wide receiver options, the dynamic running back should have another RB1 workload against the Packers.

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Deon Jackson Oct 7 9:10am ET
Deon Jackson

Indianapolis Colts running back Deon Jackson rushed 13 times for 62 yards and caught all four targets for 29 yards in Thursday's overtime win over the Denver Broncos. He led the Colts in rushing yards and took on a more prominent role once Nyheim Hines (concussion) suffered a concussion in the first quarter and was ruled out for the rest of the game. Jackson split carries with Phillip Lindsay but out produced him by 22 rushing yards on Thursday. The 23-year-old could have an expanded role in Week 6 against the Jaguars if Jonathan Taylor (ankle) and Hines are ruled out. Jackson is a speculative add in deep-league formats.

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Phillip Lindsay Oct 7 9:00am ET
Phillip Lindsay

Indianapolis Colts running back Phillip Lindsay rushed 11 times for 40 yards and secured three of four targets for 14 yards in Thursday's 12-9 overtime win over the Denver Broncos. The 28-year-old was promoted from the practice squad when star running back Jonathan Taylor (ankle) was ruled out for Week 5. He was efficient in Thursday's win and could have a role in the Colts' backfield while Taylor and Nyheim Hines (concussion) is sidelined. Lindsay is a speculative add in deep-league formats and can be used as a flex play if Taylor and Hines remain out for Week 6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Rashaad Penny Oct 7 8:50am ET
Rashaad Penny

Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday. He was dealing with a shoulder issue and held out of Wednesday's practice. The 26-year-old returned Thursday and is expected to play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 5. Penny had a season-high 18 touches and shredded the Lions' defense by racking up 157 yards from scrimmage in the Week 4 win over the Seahawks. Penny will be the Seahawks' lead back and is a borderline RB2 against a Saints defense that ranks 13th in rush DVOA this season.

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Darrell Henderson Oct 7 8:20am ET
Darrell Henderson

Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson Jr. faces a tough Dallas Cowboys defense, which limits his prospects as a fantasy starter in Week 5. Henderson has carried the ball less than ten times in each of the past two games. He has had two games with four or more targets, but he also has two games with one or fewer targets, and the Cowboys boast one of the best pass defenses in the league. The Cowboys rush defense is weaker than their pass defense. Overall, it is a tough matchup against a Dallas defense that allows the third-fewest points. Henderson does not warrant starting in the flex except in the deepest of leagues.

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Cooper Kupp Oct 7 8:20am ET
Cooper Kupp

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp has a tough matchup against the elite Dallas Cowboys pass defense in Week 5, but he still should be started and expected to finish as a WR1 in all leagues. The Cowboys rank second in fewest passing yards allowed per attempt, sixth in passing yards per game, and eleventh in completion percentage. Rams QB Matthew Stafford can expect to be under relentless pressure from Cowboys edge rushers Micah Parsons and DeMarcus Lawrence. But Stafford typically looks to Kupp early and often when he is under duress. Kupp has shown he can get open against anyone and produce WR1 finishes in any matchup. As usual, start Cooper Kupp.

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Allen Robinson Oct 7 8:20am ET
Allen Robinson

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Allen Robinson II has been having a poor season and doesn't rate as a starter with his tough matchup against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5. The Cowboys defense ranks second in fewest passing yards allowed per attempt and sixth in passing yards per game, while racking up the second-most sacks in the league. Robinson has been held under three catches in three of his four games this season and under 15 yards in two games. The Cowboys shut down Washington WR Terry McLaurin and limited Jahan Dotson and Curtis Samuel last week, all receivers who have been playing much better than Robinson. Robinson should not be started in Week 5 and probably should not be rostered in most leagues.

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Tyler Higbee Oct 7 8:20am ET
Tyler Higbee

Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee has been targeted more than any other player on the Rams except Cooper Kupp. He might be targeted a lot in Week 5 against the Cowboys. The Cowboys have a tough pass defense, which ranks in the top ten in limiting opponent's yards per game and yards per pass, but they rank in the middle of the pack in receptions and yards allowed to tight ends. With Matthew Stafford likely to face pressure from Micah Parsons and the stifling Cowboys defense, he'll look to Higbee underneath. Higbee is a capable start this week.

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Matt Gay Oct 7 8:20am ET
Matt Gay

Los Angeles Rams kicker Matt is seven-for-seven on field goals this season. In Week 5, he faces a Cowboys team is allowing the third-fewest points per game in 2022. That means he probably won't get many chances to kick extra points this week, and his prospects for kicking field goals are unpredictable. He did kick three field goals last week in a game against the equally tough 49ers defense in which the Rams scored no touchdowns, but it's just as likely that the Rams struggle to even move the ball into field goal range. Gay is a risky streaming option in Week 5.

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Brandon Aiyuk Oct 7 8:10am ET
Brandon Aiyuk

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk faces an average Carolina Panthers defense in Week 5. The Panthers are ranked No. 16 in total defense grade by PFF, and they are giving up the 12th fewest passing yards per game. The 49ers offense has been leaning on the run and throwing the ball less often than 27 other teams, and Aiyuk is the clear No. 2 WR. He is averaging 6.7 targets and 4.0 receptions per game for 46.3 yards per game and just one touchdown. He is being targeted slightly more often than he was last season, but his catch rate is down by six points, and his drop percentage has doubled to 8.7%. If he can haul in more of his targets and get lucky with a touchdown, he could be able to finish as a low-end second flex.

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George Kittle Oct 7 8:10am ET
George Kittle

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle has not been the dynamic TE1 many expected him to be in his first two games back from injury. He has caught six passes for 52 yards. The problem has not been that he is not running routes. He is running routes on 86.7% of the Niners' passing snaps, his highest rate of his career. He just isn't being targeted. Niners QB Jimmy Garoppolo is throwing Kittle the ball on 15.3% of his routes, far lower than the 25% target rate Kittle has been subject to in his career. He could have some good weeks ahead of him if his target share regresses upward. The Panthers allow the 18th-most fantasy points per game to tight ends.

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Robbie Gould Oct 7 8:10am ET
Robbie Gould

San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould faces the Carolina Panthers, the team allowing the sixth-most points to kickers, in Week 5. Despite the favorable statistics, there is so much random variability with kickers that it is hard to glean much about this matchup. Gould has made five field goals in four games this season and ranks as the K21 thus far. Overall, the Panthers defense is pretty average, ranking in the middle of the NFL in most categories, and the 49ers have scored the sixth-fewest points per game. The game doesn't rate as an upgrade or a downgrade for Gould, and he hasn't been a productive fantasy kicker in average games, so he is best left on the free agent board this week.

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Baker Mayfield Oct 7 8:10am ET
Baker Mayfield

The San Francisco 49ers defense, which leads the league in sacks, is facing the Carolina Panthers offense, which has allowed the tenth-most sacks. Defensive end Nick Bosa (Ohio State), who has had a sack or more in each game, faces his old college rival Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma). The last time the two of them squared off was in Bosa's rookie season, two years removed from Mayfield's infamous flag-planting incident, and Bosa came up with two sacks. Bosa refrained from trash talking this time but was quoted by Kyle Terada of KNBR as saying, "I do have a lot of pretty valuable experiences so far, and there are some young guys in the D-line room that I like to share that with." The 49ers are an elite defense that can limit any offense, and the Panthers are a subpar offense, so the 49ers are a clear start Week 5.

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Matthew Stafford Oct 7 8:10am ET
Matthew Stafford

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford faces a stingy Dallas Cowboys defense in Week 5 and should not be trusted as a starting QB in fantasy football. Stafford has been having a disappointing season, averaging 253.8 yards per game to go with just four touchdowns in four games and a league-leading six interceptions. The Rams rank No. 20 in passing yards per game and have allowed the fourth-most sacks. The Cowboys rank No. 6 in pass defense and have the second-most sacks per game. The Rams offense is mismatched against Micah Parsons and DeMarcus Lawrence, both of whom has three or more sacks. Stafford should not be started this week.

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Cam Akers Oct 7 8:10am ET
Cam Akers

Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers lacks both the volume and efficiency to be trusted as an RB1 or RB2 as he faces a quality Dallas Cowboys defense in Week 5. Akers has averaged 9.5 carries for 29.5 yards per game rushing and has only added two receptions all season. The Cowboys defense has allowed the third-fewest points per game. Dallas does excel defending the pass but has actually allowed the sixth-most rushing yards per game and ninth-most rushing yards per attempt. But Akers struggled, too, against Atlanta, which allows similar results on the ground as Dallas. Even if Akers produces with his carries, the Rams offense, which relies heavily on the pass, likely won't move the ball much, and Akers will have a low chance of scoring a touchdown. Something like 30-60 yards and no touchdown is a likely result.

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Jimmy Garoppolo Oct 7 7:50am ET
Jimmy Garoppolo

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who is averaging 225 yards per game in his two starts, faces a middle-of-the-pack Carolina Panthers defense in Week 5. The Panthers rank No. 12 in limiting opposing teams' passing yards and No. 13 in completion percentage, but they are only No. 30 in sacks. Garoppolo has completed just 61% of his passes this season, his lowest completion percentage in four years. While his play against the Rams last week left much to be desired, he did look better than he did in his first start against the Broncos. In Week 5, Garoppolo projects as a low-end QB2 in superflex leagues.

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Jeff Wilson Oct 7 7:50am ET
Jeff Wilson

San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr., who is having the best season of his career, goes to Carolina to take on the Panthers in Week 5. Wilson is averaging 77.7 yards per game in his three starts. The 49ers as a team rank ninth in the league in rushing yards per game and No. 17 in yards per attempt. The 49ers offensive line is banged up, with tackles Trent Williams and Colton McKivitz both going down in the past two weeks, but that didn't hurt Wilson against the Rams. Wilson projects as a top 24 RB in Week 5.

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Najee Harris Oct 7 6:20am ET
Najee Harris

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris will head on the road to take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 4. Harris is off to a slow start in 2022, averaging just 3.48 yards per carry through the first four games. The Bills have been tough on opposing running backs this season, allowing the 10th-fewest fantasy points per game to the position thus far. The installation of Kenny Pickett at quarterback should help open up the offense in Pittsburgh, which helps Harris, but this is a tough matchup for him. Treat Harris as a low-end RB2 in fantasy for Week 5.

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Kenny Pickett Oct 7 6:10am ET
Kenny Pickett

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett took over for the benched Mitch Trubisky at halftime of a Week 4 loss to the New York Jets and wound up completing 10 of his 13 passes for 120 yards and three interceptions while rushing for two touchdowns. Now installed as the Pittsburgh starting quarterback moving forward, the rookie faces a tough Week 5 road matchup against the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo's defense has been tough on quarterbacks, allowing the eighth-fewest fantasy points per game to the position through four games. Pickett showed that he has some rushing upside but the matchup makes this a tough week to trust him outside of deeper, two-quarterback formats. Treat him as a high-end QB3 for Week 5.

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