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Russell Westbrook fell a rebound shy of a double-double as he finished with 25 points, nine boards, five assists, and three steals in the Game 6 win on Thursday to tie the series at 3-3.

Westbrook played within himself on Thursday, which lead the Thunder to avoiding elimination and forcing a Game 7 on Saturday in Oklahoma. Westbrook should be one of your top DFS targets on Saturday as Grizzlies starting point guard Mike Conley is questionable with a hamstring injury. ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Victor Cruz (calf) is not practicing Wednesday.

This calf injury is really what is ruining Cruz' season right now. He received a platelet-rich injection last week to help the healing process along, but he still doesn't seem to be making enough progress. The Giants had hoped to have him back for Week 4, but now even Week 5 is looking questionable. Monitor his practice schedule this week and if he doesn't take part, consider him unusable in fantasy . Analysis: Howard Bender

Roddy White says he's fine with his role on the Falcons.

White is a professional and he's not going to be one of those guys who whines about his targets while his team is sitting at 4-0 and dominating the competition. He's being a stand-up guy which is great in real life but fantasy owners can probably get rid of him in leagues of 12 teams or fewer. Analysis: Howard Bender

Coach Rex Ryan says Anthony Dixon is the No. 1 running back if LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams cannot play.

Uncle Rex is throwing on his Captain Obvious cape with this announcement as few people believed that Cierre Wood or recently signed Daniel Herron would handle the workload. The match-up against the Titans would be a favorable one as they give up an average of 113.7 rushing yards per game. However, Dixon has never handled a full workload by himself or even been the lead back in a committee, so you probably shouldn't have high expectations. Analysis: Howard Bender

Coach Rex Ryan believes Aaron Williams will play Week 5.

Williams is still dealing with a neck injury but he did make it back to some limited practice last week before being ruled out for Week 4. With another week of practices, barring any setbacks, Williams should be able to play in the Bills upcoming match-up against the Titans. Analysis: Howard Bender

Sammy Watkins will not practice Tuesday.

Watkins continues to miss time with a strained calf and while Bills GM Doug Whaley expressed optimism about his start wide receiver returning to action in Week 5, it's going to come down to when he can get back onto the practice field. If he doesn't put in a full practice at least by Friday, then fantasy owners should probably plan to be without him. Analysis: Howard Bender

Odell Beckham Jr. was fined $9,000 for actions in Sunday's game in Buffalo.

Beckham was accused of throwing punches that the refs did not see against the Bills and the league gave the wide receiver a slap on the wrist with only a $9,000 fine. Beckham is lucky the fine wasn’t more and the league won’t be this kind the next time around.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Justin Tucker named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Tucker hit a 52 yard field goal in overtime against the Steelers to lead the Ravens to victory in Week 4. The kicker also connected from 40 yards and 42 yards and has now converted 10 of his 11 chances in 2015.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Robbie Gould has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Gould’s 49 yard field goal with less than 10 seconds left gave the Bears a victory over the Raiders in Week 4. Gould also connected from 54 yards and 19 yards against the Raiders and has made all nine of his field goals this season.  Analysis: Phil Backert

T.J. Ward has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Ward was the hero in the Broncos Week 4 victory against the Vikings as his strip sack of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with under a minute left allowed the Broncos to remain undefeated. Ward finished the game with six tackles and two sacks and the safety now has 19 tackles on the season.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Josh Norman has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Norman had a huge Week 4 for the Panthers against the Buccaneers as he finished with four tackles and two interceptions which included taking one of the interceptions back for a touchdown. On the season, the cornerback has 19 combined tackles, one forced fumble and four interceptions.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Reshad Jones (hamstring) is not practicing Tuesday.

The Dolphins have their bye this week so this is the perfect time for players who have been dealing with injuries to rest. The hamstring injury has lingered for Jones, but it hasn’t impacted his play as the safety has 43 combined tackles for the Dolphins which is ranked second in the NFL and continues to be a strong option in IDP leagues.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) said he's still in pain, but he's ready to go for the ALDS against the Rangers.

Tulowitzki won’t be completely healthy until next spring, but the All-Star shortstop will attempt to help the Blue Jays advance in the playoffs. Despite living up to his reputation as a fielder with the Blue Jays, Tulowitzki struggled with the bat as he finished with a slash line of .239/.317/.380 with five homeruns and 17 RBIs in 41 games. Between the Rockies and Blue Jays, the shortstop ended the season with a slash line of .280/.337/.440 with 17 homeruns and 70 RBIs and will once again enter next year as one of the top shortstops in fantasy baseball.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Eric Ebron has a bruised knee and can take up to three weeks to heal.

This injury certainly looked a lot worse, so the fact that Ebron won’t miss the rest of the season is great news. The second-year tight end was in the midst of a breakout season and easily was a TE 1 as he has hauled in 15 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns through the first four games. Quarterback Matt Stafford and the Lions passing game as a whole has been a disappointment and the loss of Ebron won’t help matters.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Arian Foster is expected to have an increased role Week 5 against the Colts.

Foster was only able to gain 10 yards on eight carries in his first game back of the season for the Texans which also included losing a fumble. The running back did chip in three catches for 25 yards and more importantly, made it through the game healthy. Game flow also played a major role in Foster not getting more touches as the Texans weren’t able to stay competitive with the Falcons. Foster should return to his normal workload and is easily an RB 1 this week against the Colts.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Julius Thomas (hand) will remain limited in practice on Wednesday.

Thomas has been a limited participant the last couple weeks, but has been unable to suit up as he continues to recover from surgery on his broken hand. The team was hopeful the tight end could return by Week 4 and since he is still a limited participant entering Week 5, there’s a strong chance he could miss another game for the Jaguars.  Analysis: Phil Backert


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