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The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 5: Last-minute moves

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The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 5: Last-minute moves

UPDATE: 8:13 a.m. Sunday

Even though we stayed up way late last night watching the best boxing match of the past two decades (Fury-Wilder III via the miracle of free Twitter streaming), we’re up early because of the morning start of Jets-Falcons in London in a few minutes.

The main news for the clash of these two titans is the depletion of Atlanta’s receiving corps with Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage both out. Could be a big day again for former Viking Cordarrelle Patterson. As well as Jets QB Zach Wilson, going against that supple Falcons defense.

A few other moves have already been made for today’s noon games. Detroit running back D’Andre Swift has been cleared to start against the Vikings. But still no word on the big kahuna in that game, the Vikings’ Dalvin Cook.

Also cleared to start today are Cincinnati RB Joe MIxon, Arizona RB Chase Edmonds, and two from Washington, RB Antonio Gibson and WR Curtis Samuel.

We’ll be back later with word on Cook, along with the rest of the early Week 5 roster decisions.

UPDATE: 12:34 a.m. Saturday
It’s another week, and another must-win game for the Vikings. And another questionable designation for star running back Dalvin Cook.

The consensus No. 2 fantasy running back was limited again at Friday’s practice, and it’s very likely he will not be a 100 percent participant when the Vikings play host to the winless Lions on Sunday.

Cook managed only 34 yards in limited duty last week against Cleveland. Will he see much more action in a game the Vikings should win handily in spite of his limitations?

There’s a fighting chance this will be a Kirk Cousins crazy-go-nuts game. And you might want to leave Cook on your bench if you have stronger options.

Even more doubtful is the consensus No. 1, Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey. He returned to practice this week, but he is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against Philadelphia.

San Francisco will have to go without quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and tight end George Kittle in its must-win game vs. Arizona. Is Trey Lance worth a gamble? He might prove better as a fantasy QB than a real-life QB on Sunday.

Lots of big names ruled out in the past couple of days: Tennessee wideout Julio Jones, Tampa Bay tight end Rob Gronkowski, Atlanta WR Russell Gage and two Giants receivers, Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard.

Players listed as questionable on Saturday morning include Cincinnati RB Joe Mixon, Arizona running back Chase Edmonds, Washington RB Antonio Gibson, Detroit RB D’Andre Swift, Denver WR Courtland Sutton and Miami wideout Devante Parker.

On the positive side, Denver will have Teddy Bridgewater on Sunday in Pittsburgh, as the former Viking passed the concussion protocols.

Meanwhile, big news Friday came out of Seattle, where QB Russell Wilson underwent surgery on his significantly dislocated middle finger. He’ll be out at least the next month, which will prompt an extended middle finger from many fantasy mavens counting on DangerRuss. It should also prompt them to try and find a replacement immediately, instead of waiting for next week’s waiver period.

ORIGINAL POST: 10:03 a.m. Wednesday

The moment came late Sunday afternoon when San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo injured his calf, sending former North Dakota State Bison legend Trey Lance into the fray.

That meant that all five first-round quarterbacks of the Class of 2021 had moved into the No. 1 role with their teams.

Four of the five are expected to start this week, and Lance could make it an uneven five if Jimmy G is unable to go and the 49ers’ torch is passed for at least one week.

What are the fantasy prospects for the five frosh? Depends on whether you’re talking short-term, or the long haul:

Trey Lance (49ers) — Sure, his first two NFL completions went for touchdowns, but Lance hasn’t exactly lit up the stat sheet. He’s 10 for 19 for 162 yards and 3 TDs, and he ran seven times for 41 yards in his relief appearance against Seattle. The Niners desperately need to win at unbeaten Arizona this week, so they will go with Garoppolo if at all possible. Stay tuned.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, right, talks with quarterback Trey Lance (5) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Trevor Lawrence (Jaguars) — The Clemson dude who never lost a regular season game in high school or college is now 0 for ever as a pro. He’s 29th in passer rating and has seven interceptions and five TD passes in his first four games. But at least he wasn’t caught getting a lap dance in a Columbus bar like his coach.

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) scrambles from pressure during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger)

Mac Jones (Patriots) — Jones was the last first-rounder back in May, but he has clearly been the No. 1 rookie QB of the fall. While he has only four TD passes, he has completed 70 percent of his passes. And he wasn’t embarrassed in his high-profile matchup in last Sunday night’s Brady Bowl.

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New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) signals from the line during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Zach Wilson (Jets) — What a difference a week makes. After struggling badly in his previous
two games, the former Brigham Young wiz led the Jets to an upset win over Tennessee, with 297 passing yards and two TDs. In fact, it’s not completely crazy to consider picking Wilson up on waivers this week and starting him vs. Atlanta.

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New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson looks to hand off the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Justin Fields (Bears) — The former Buckeye also had a Week 4 revival, albeit vs. the lowly Lions. Fields completed only 11 passes but tallied 209 yards. And that was enough to likely secure another start this week in Las Vegas, unless Andy Dalton becomes suddenly healthy. The world awaits coach Matt Nagy’s next move with bated breath.

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Detroit Lions linebacker Charles Harris, left, strips Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields, right, of the ball during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

SITTING STARS
Cincinnati QB Joe Burrow has been hot, but he will cool off without a sufficient running threat vs. Green Bay. … Philadelphia has pretty much given up on Miles Sanders, and you should too against Carolina. … Same goes for the putrid Miami offense and RB Myles Gaskin vs. the mighty Buccaneers. … Pittsburgh’s Najee Harris will be kept in check by the Broncos. … Chargers RB Austin Ekeler, who starred Monday night, will be less prolific vs. Cleveland on Sunday. … San Francisco tight end George Kittle will continue to struggle vs. the unbeaten Cardinals. … And while you should still start all your Chiefs stars, they will have less-than-glorious stats in their matchup against Buffalo’s No. 1 defense.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) escapes pressure in the pocket during an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger)

MATCHUP GAME
The Kirk Cousins MVP Express, which was derailed last week by Cleveland, gets back on track thanks to Detroit. … Rams QB Matthew Stafford will rebound this week against Seattle’s league-worst defense, and that’s also good for receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. … New Orleans QB Jameis Winston will also look better vs. Washington … It’s OK to put Giants RB Saquon Barkley back in your starting lineup. He’ll continue his revival vs. Dallas … Jacksonville RB James Robinson will run so well against Tennessee that people will forget, for a second or two, the embarrassment that is Urban Meyer. … New England RB Damien Harris, against lowly Houston, will atone for his -4-yard performance against Tampa Bay. … And the Colts should be able to throw well vs. Baltimore, so you can count on WR Michael Pittman.

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) scrambles with the ball during an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 in Minneapolis. Cleveland won 14-7. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

INJURY WATCH
Just as Chicago RB David Montgomery was looking like a star, he injures his knee. He’ll be out 4-5 weeks, so former Chief Damien Williams has a great opportunity to shine. …. Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon is said to be week to week with an ankle injury, so fellow Oklahoma alum Samaje Perine moves up to No. 1 there. … Miami WR Will Fuller has a broken finger, but that offense is too broken to use him anyway. … Carolina RB Christian McCaffrey is stiil out, and players sidelined for a while last week include Jaguars WR D.J. Chark and Saints backup RB Tony Jones Jr,, while Tampa Bay TE Rob Gronkowski remains doubtful, … Players listed as questionable include Rams RB Darrell Henderson, Seattle RB Chris Carson. San Fran running back Elijah Mitchell and tight end George Kittle, Tennessee receivers A.J. Brown and Julio Jones, Steelers WR Chase Claypool, Giants wideout Sterling Shepard, Washington TE Logan Thomas and Rams tight end Tyler Higbee,

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Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery grimaces in pain after being injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

THE DEEPEST SLEEPERS
While high-ranked tight ends have proved disappointing, from George Kittle to Kyle Pitts to Logan Thomas, two appear to be having breakout seasons. Dallas’ Dalton Schultz has effectively emerged as the Cowboys’ No. 3 receiving threat, with 20 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns. In Buffalo, Dawson Knox has become a TD machine, reaching paydirt on 20 percent of his targets. His four TDs have him tied for second in the league, trailing only Kupp.

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Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz (86) is tackled by Carolina Panthers cornerback Rashaan Melvin (29) after a catch during the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

THE THURSDAY PICK
Rams at Seahawks (+2½):
Pick: Rams by 4

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford rolls out during the second half in an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

BREAKING NEWS
We’ll be updating our column, based on the latest injuries and innuendo, right up until Sunday’s kickoff. Go to TwinCities.com/theloop.

You can hear Kevin Cusick on Wednesdays on Bob Sansevere’s “BS Show” podcast on iTunes. You can follow Kevin on Twitter — @theloopnow. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Avalanche was 7-1 in Nathan MacKinnon’s absence. “Excited to try and help keep this thing rolling,” he said pregame from Toronto.

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TORONTO — After the morning skate at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar confirmed top-line center Nathan MacKinnon will return to the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight to begin a five-game trip.

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Sheriff: Boy’s parents called to Oxford High before violence

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Oxford High School shooting: Fourth student dies

By COREY WILLIAMS and ED WHITE

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy was charged Wednesday with murder, terrorism and other crimes for a shooting that killed four fellow students and injured others at a Michigan high school.

Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald did not reveal a possible motive for Tuesday’s violence at Oxford High School and declined to comment when pressed about whether she believed the victims were specifically targeted. But she said the shooting was premediated, based in part on a “mountain of digital evidence” collected by police.

Sheriff Mike Bouchard later told reporters that the boy’s parents had been summoned to the school before the violence. Bouchard wouldn’t discuss details of the behavior school officials were concerned about.

“There is nothing that he could have faced that would warrant senseless, absolutely brutal violence on other kids,” he said.

Ethan Crumbley is accused of firing a semi-automatic handgun in a school hallway, roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit. At least seven other people were injured.

Crumbley was charged as an adult with murder, attempted murder and terrorism causing death. It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney who could comment.

“This was not just an impulsive act,” McDonald said.

The shooting should be a wakeup call for new gun laws in a country that has become “desensitized to school shootings,” McDonald told reporters.

“We have to do better,” McDonald said without offering specific changes. “How many times does this have to happen? How many times?”

The charges were announced a few hours after investigators reported that a fourth student had died.

“What about all the children who ran, screaming, hiding under desks? … Those are victims, too, and so are their families and so is the community. The charge of terrorism reflects that,” the prosecutor said.

Deputies rushed to the school around lunchtime Tuesday and arrested Crumbley in a hallway within minutes of the shooting. His father bought the 9 mm Sig Sauer gun last week, according to the Oakland County sheriff.

McDonald strongly suggested that more charges will be filed.

“We are considering charges against both parents and we will be making a decision swiftly,” she said.

“Owning a gun means securing it properly and locking it and keeping the ammunition separate,” she said.

The four students who were killed were identified as 16-year-old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin and 17-year-old Justin Shilling.

After the attack, authorities learned of social media posts about threats of a shooting at the roughly 1,700-student school. The sheriff stressed how crucial it is for such tips to be sent to authorities, while also cautioning against spreading social media rumors before a full investigation.

Undersheriff Mike McCabe downplayed the significance of a situation in early November when a deer’s head was thrown off the school roof, which he said was “absolutely unrelated” to the shooting. The incident prompted school administrators to post two letters to parents on the school’s website, saying they were responding to rumors of a threat against the school but had found none.

Isabel Flores, a 15-year-old ninth grader, told Detroit television station WJBK that she and other students heard gunshots and saw another student bleeding from the face. They then ran from the area through the rear of the school, she said.

A concerned parent, Robin Redding, said her son, 12th-grader Treshan Bryant, stayed home Tuesday after hearing threats of a possible shooting.

“This couldn’t be just random,” she said.

Bryant said he had heard vague threats “for a long time now” about plans for a shooting.

At a vigil Tuesday night at LakePoint Community Church, Leeann Dersa choked back tears as she hugged friends and neighbors. Dersa has lived nearly all of her 73 years in Oxford. Her grandchildren attended the high school.

“Scared us all something terrible. It’s awful,” Dersa said of the shooting.

Pastor Jesse Holt said news of the shooting flooded in to him and his wife, including texts from some of the 20 to 25 students who are among the 400-member congregation.

“Some were very scared, hiding under their desks and texting us, ‘We’re safe, we’re OK. We heard gunshots, but we’re OK.’ They were trying to calm us, at least that’s how it felt,” he said.

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Associated Press journalists Ryan Kryska, Mike Householder and David Aguilar in Oxford Township, Michigan; Kathleen Foody in Chicago; and Josh Boak in Rosemount, Minnesota, contributed to this report. AP researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York also contributed.

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Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. underwent lumbar spine surgery, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

He is out indefinitely, the release said. The surgery was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett at the Carrell Clinic.

Porter, 23, has had three back surgeries, including two since the Nuggets drafted him in 2018. Porter had been playing hurt all season before tweaking his back against Houston on Nov. 6. He was dealing with a nerve issue in his back, as The Denver Post first reported.

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