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The start of the season, off weekends and Darlington lead takeaways from the new schedule.

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  • DET Wide Receiver #14
    St. Brown ran every route for the Lions in Week 4, so he seemingly gutted it out through the end of the game despite getting banged up at some point. The hope will be that he can continue to play through the abdomen issue going forward, but that’s far from a given. If he can’t suit up in Week 5, the Lions could throw Jameson Williams, who is coming back from his gambling-related suspension this week, into a full-time role for the jump.
  • IND Running Back #28
    Well, if Taylor is not on the field on Sunday, it certainly won’t be because of his ankle. The full participant designation means that Taylor was not limited in any way, which would normally be a near guarantee that a player will play on Sunday. However, there have been multiple reports that the relationship between Taylor and the Colts “remains unsettled,” so his status for Sunday still remains up in the air.
  • NO Quarterback #4
    Carr played through a shoulder injury in Week 4, but he and the Saints offense struggled. Head coach Dennis Allen mentioned that Carr was able to throw more on Wednesday and “things look good in terms of where he’s at this week.” The team has to hope that Carr is able to do more this week because he was clearly not healthy on Sunday. He threw a high rate of screen passes, missed several downfield throws, and also fumbled in the fourth quarter. If he’s that limited again, the Patriots defense would make for a good fantasy play.
  • CAR Running Back #6
    Sanders was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday of last week because of a groin issue but then didn’t practice on Friday. However, he was still able to play in Week 4 and proved to be ineffective, rushing for just 19 yards on 13 carries. With the groin injury still lingering, it’s safe to assume that Sanders will suit up again on Sunday but be less than 100 percent, which should limit his effectiveness against a solid Lions defense. Panthers CB Donte Jackson (shoulder), LB Frankie Luvu (hip), DL DeShawn Williams (elbow) and OL Austin Corbett (knee) were also limited in practice.
  • CIN Quarterback #9
    Burrow injured his calf in training camp and then re-injured it at the end of Week 2. Anybody who has watched even one snap of Joe Burrow this year knows that he’s not healthy, but the quarterback himself is saying that he feels better coming out of Week 4 than he has all season. While that almost certainly doesn’t mean he’s at 100 percent, it’s good to see that he’s making progress and feels good about his own recovery. If you’ve started out your fantasy football season on a strong note, it might not be a bad idea to see if you can buy low on Burrow and hope he’s healthy for the second half of the season.
  • CHI Wide Receiver #10
    Claypool was a healthy scratch in Week 4 after telling reports he wasn’t being used to his full potential by the Bears coaching staff. He has already been listed as out for Week 5 as well. The Bears are reportedly seeking a late-round pick for Claypool on the trade market, but it’s hard to imagine there will be any takers. A team will take a flyer on him once he is cut, but it doesn’t look like Chicago will recoup anything in this fiasco of a maneuverer that cost them the 32nd-overall pick.
  • PIT Quarterback #8
    Pickett is dealing with a muscle strain and a bone bruise suffered in a Week 5 loss to the Texans. However, head coach Mike Tomlin would not rule him out for Sunday’s game against the Ravens, and Pickett being on the field on Wednesday is certainly a good indication that he will try and give it a go. Still, the Steelers have a bye in Week 6, so they likely won’t push Pickett if he doesn’t feel ready after the next couple of days of practice. Yet, Pickett himself said after practice, “I’ll be ready to go.”
  • BAL Wide Receiver #7
    Bateman missed Week 4 with the hamstring issue but appears on track to return in Week 5. Before going down with the hammy injury, Bateman was running as a distant third receiver in the Ravens’ rotation. Even if he is active for Week 5, fantasy managers can look elsewhere for a FLEX option.
  • BUF Linebacker #40
    Miller has been out since last season with a torn ACL and was put on the PUP list to start the year. He’s eligible to be activated, but the Bills will obviously want to see how he responds to practice before making a final decision. Miller himself has said that he wants to play this weekend in London, and the Bills would love to have him back. With cornerback Tre’Davious White lost for the season, the Bills will need to rely even more on their pass rush for the remainder of the season.
  • CIN Wide Receiver #5
    Per Bengals coach Zac Taylor, Higgins is considered day-to-day. Taylor’s comment gives Higgins a shot at suiting up on Sunday, but a fractured rib and a missed practice session to open the week suggest Higgins will be sidelined for at least one game. If the Bengals choose to sit Higgins for two games, they would also be able to rest him through their Week 7 bye. We will get a clearer picture of Higgins’ Week 5 outlook when the team releases their final injury report on Friday.


PFT Power Rankings: 49ers stay on top in Week 5
Mike Florio defense his power rankings to Myles Simmons, explaining why the Buccaneers rose 5 places to No. 10, how the Rams rose 12 spots to land No. 12, how the Jets improved to No. 27 and more.

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Premier League

Everything you need to know about the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League
Arsenal vs Man City is here! And it’s far from the only tricky pick on a 10-match Premier League weekend docket.
“Something like that as far as I can remember never happened,” Klopp said on Wednesday. “That’s why I think a replay would be the right thing.”
Check out the Premier League fixtures and results for the 2023-24 season


Prepare for fantasy hoops season and your drafts with Rotoworld’s 2023 Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide preview series!
On new squads, see where Damian Lillard and Jrue Holiday land in Rotoworld’s latest Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide PG Tiers.
Matthew Berry and the Happy Hour crew assess the latest Rotoworld player news, discussing how Cooper Kupp’s return impacts Puka Nacua’s outlook and Kenny Pickett’s knee injury.
Matthew Berry and the Happy Hour crew discuss Daniel Jones’ outlook against the Dolphins, as well as whether to start or sit Dameon Pierce, Khalil Herbert and Najee Harris in Week 5.
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Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge discuss the “tall task” that undefeated Maryland has in facing Ohio State in Week 6 and the reasons why the Terrapins have a fighting chance to defeat the Buckeyes.
Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge break down Iowa’s play in the team’s win over Michigan State in Week 5, including the strength of the defense and special teams and room for improvement on offense.
Vaughn Dalzell breaks down how he’s playing two Big Ten matchups between Michigan at Minnesota and Nebraska at Illinois.
Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge preview Rutgers’ Week 6 matchup against Wisconsin, the success of Phil Longo’s offense and more.
PFF previews the top players to watch when Ohio State takes on Maryland, including Taulia Tagovailoa and Corey Dyches for the Terrapins and receivers Marvin Harrison Jr. and Cade Stover for the Buckeyes.
Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge discuss how Minnesota can compete against a Michigan team that has “no weaknesses,” specifically by forcing turnovers and embracing their home-crowd atmosphere.
College Football Top 25: SEC Takes a Hit

Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide

Get an assist with your draft with the Rotoworld Basketball Draft Guide, which includes player rankings, positional tiers, projections, mock draft and much more!
Prepare for fantasy hoops season and your drafts with Rotoworld’s 2023 Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide preview series!
Zak Hanshew breaks down the latest trade as the Celtics look to keep pace with Milwaukee in Eastern Conference arms race.
Check out the first few rounds of a 16-team, 9-Cat industry mock draft, which is part of the new Rotoworld Basketball Draft Guide.


One chance remains for drivers to reach the next round of the Cup playoffs.
Track’s first Cup race will be June 16, 2024 on USA Network.
Matt Crafton punched Nick Sanchez after last weekend’s Truck playoff race at Talladega.


Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was hobbling around on the field in Sunday’s win over the Colts, but he’s not going to miss any practice time.
Patriots edge rusher Matthew Judon’s surgery went on as planned Wednesday.
The Falcons signed defensive lineman Eli Ankou to the 53-player roster Wednesday, the team announced.
During games, Patriots quarterback Mac Jones can be an F-bomb-dropping, alleged crotch-grabbing menace.

2023 Rugby World Cup on Peacock

The best of the best are in action in France through October 28th for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Relive the best moments from South Africa and Tonga’s matchup at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Relive the best moments from Australia and Portugal’s matchup at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Relive the best moments from Scotland and Romania’s matchup at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.


Matthew Pouliot doesn’t see things getting much better for the Rockies, but at least some of the players are interesting.
Royce Lewis homered twice and Pablo López
was effective for the Twins’ first postseason game win since 2004.
Montgomery fired seven shutout innings against the Rays, who committed four errors on defense.
Here is everything you need to know about betting the 2023 MLB Playoffs.


The reports out of practice were he looked good. No fireworks... yet.
Is this the final year of the Kahwi Leonard/Paul George era in Los Angeles?
Ball will miss the entire upcoming season following his third knee surgery.
Chris Paul says he’ll do “whatever I can do to help our team win.”

College Football

Notre Dame will struggle to make a strong closing statement this season, through no fault of its own, as Wake Forest and Stanford look worse and worse.
Wisconsin players Tanner Mordecai and Braelon Allen interview each other about the best class they’ve taken in college, favorite school traditions and their typical game day routines.
Iowa quarterback Cade McNamara will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament and Deacon Hill will be the starter against Purdue this week, coach Kirk Ferentz announced Tuesday.
Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge preview Saturday’s matchup between Purdue and Iowa. The two reflect on the Hawkeyes’ strength in defense and Tory Taylor, and the Boilermakers’ offensive power.


Vaughn Dalzell breaks down how he’s playing two Big Ten matchups between Michigan at Minnesota and Nebraska at Illinois.
Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick preview odds for the Eagles and Rams Week 5 clash and look ahead to a stretch of Philadelphia’s schedule that could determine its season.
Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick share how they’re approaching Giants vs. Dolphins in Week 5, explaining why they’re fading New York and counting on a Dolphins offensive outburst on Bet the Edge.


Hull also talked about the state of her physical health, following the Solheim Cup.
Thompson will be the first LPGA player to compete on the PGA Tour since 2018.
Davis Riley joins Golf Today and discusses his position in the FedExCup Fall race. He currently sits at 62nd in the standings, needing to jump into the top 60 to earn his spot in the initial 2024 Signature events.
Ludvig Aberg played in four matches last week in Rome as a Ryder Cup rookie and will have a quick turnaround ahead of this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship as he’s honoring his prior commitment to play in the event.
Golf Today breaks down the news that Lexi Thompson received a sponsor invite to play in next week’s Shriners Children’s Open on the PGA Tour.
Lexi Thompson will be the seventh different woman to compete in a PGA Tour event

Brother From Another

Charles McDonald joins Brother From Another to discuss the Buffalo Bills’ win over the Miami Dolphins and what the AFC North looks like with the Ravens’ 3-1 start and the Bengals’ struggles.
Charles McDonald joins Brother From Another to discuss the officiating in the Jets vs. Chiefs game and if Taylor Swift being in attendance had anything to do with the way the game was called.
Michael Holley, Reeta Hubbard and Natalie discuss the biggest storylines from NBA Media Day, including Jimmy Butler’s hair and the Milwaukee Bucks with the addition of Damian Lillard.
Michael Holley and Reeta Hubbard “The NFL Chick” break down the Giants’ blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4 and what Brian Daboll and Daniel Jones need to do to turn things around.

Local coverage

As 49ers Kyle Shanahan tries to balance Christian McCaffrey’s usage, the star running back recently made his opinion on the matter clear.
Harden was with the Sixers for Day 2 of training camp.
Tom Giles, Mike Giardi, and Trenni Casey discuss on “Early Edition.”
Where to cheer, how to track your runner and more questions answered on how to be the best Chicago Marathon spectator


Newcastle United host Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday in the first UEFA Champions League game in over 20 years at St James’ Park.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Jaguars pass rusher Josh Allen share more than just a name.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow doesn’t like being 1-3 and he didn’t downplay the significance of avoiding a 1-4 start on Wednesday.
Giants coach Brian Daboll said before Wednesday’s practice that running back Saquon Barkley would participate in team drills.
As the Jaguars play a couple of games in London, their current hometown is a little nervous about the possibility that the Jaguars soon will be playing more than a couple of games there.