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Playing the Waiver Wire
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Owners will be looking at some interesting names on their waiver wires in advance of Week 5. Our Jamey Eisenberg shares some of his favorite targets. Full story
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1Eddie Royal, SD, WR32
2Jerick McKinnon, MIN, RB27
3Carlos Dunlap, CIN, DE14
4Malcolm Jenkins, PHI, FS14
5Eli Manning, NYG, QB11
6Kam Chancellor, SEA, SS10
7Steven Hauschka, SEA, K10
8Ryan Mundy, CHI, SS10
9Larry Donnell, NYG, TE9
10Calais Campbell, ARI, DE8
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2Dashon Goldson, TB, FS-18
3Niles Paul, WAS, TE-13
4Kyle Fuller, CHI, CB-11
5Bruce Carter, DAL, OLB-11
6Antoine Cason, CAR, CB-10
7Kirk Cousins, WAS, QB-10
8Donald Brown, SD, RB-9
9Bobby Rainey, TB, RB-9
10Olivier Vernon, MIA, DE-9
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Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin back in action Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:06 am ET) Chip Kelly has announced that Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who was sidelined from practice Tuesday with no explanation, is back on the field Wednesday.

Maclin has been on a roll all season with 20 catches for 353 yards and three touchdowns in just four games. He's on pace for career-highs of 1,412 yards and 12 scores.


Bishop Sankey to get more playing time
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:01 am ET) Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said rookie running back Bishop Sankey will get more playing time, starting Sunday against the Browns, reports The Tennessean. Sankey was on the field for 29 snaps Week 4, compared to 22 in Week 3.

In those two games he ran for 95 yards on 16 carries and caught three passes for 32 yards.

"You will see [more reps for Sankey]," Whisenhunt told the paper. "That's coming. And I think you'll see more of that earlier in the game this week.

"I think one of the things that does get lost is that he had more snaps in the game last week than any of our running backs. That game got a little one-sided quickly, so maybe it wasn't as evident, but he was in there earlier."


Eagles FS Malcolm Jenkins earns kudos from coach
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:01 am ET) Eagles free safety Malcolm Jenkins, whose thievery has resulted in one interception in each of the last three games, has earned the praise of Chip Kelly.

"We've said since day one, (he) can play anywhere," Kelly told Eagles Insider. "He's been unbelievable since he arrived here."

Jenkins has shown off his range this season. Each of his picks have been snagged on a different part of the field. The veteran has more interceptions in four games this year than he has in any of his five previous full seasons.


So you added Eli Manning. Now what?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:59 am ET) Understandably, Giants quarterback Eli Manning was a popular pickup on the waiver wire this week after throwing four touchdown passes at Washington. He has multiple touchdown passes in three of four games and was considered a Fantasy mainstay just a couple short years ago.

But I'm not sure I buy him as more than a backup in Fantasy. The inconsistency, both from week to week and year to year, is too well established. Honestly, apart from the 2011 season, when he threw for a career-high 4,933 yards and 29 touchdowns, I never thought he was hot stuff anyway. His bad games tend to be really bad and not always so predictable.

Of course, I'd put his chances of having a bad game this week at pretty close to nil. He's home against the Falcons, who just allowed 558 yards of offense to the Vikings, of all teams, and rank 30th against the pass, allowing 276.3 yards per game. If I was a betting man, I'd bet on Manning keeping his multi-touchdown streak alive.

But I'd bet even more on Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford, etc. I don't see how you start Eli Manning over any of that group, so I think Jamey Eisenberg's and Dave Richard's ranking of him, even with the favorable matchup, is more or less appropriate.


Bears face solid matchup for Week 5
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:57 am ET) The Bears DST unit has had an up-and-down season so far, with the lowlight coming with a miserable 1-point effort against the Packers in Week 4. They are looking to bounce back in Week 5 with the Panthers on the schedule.

The Panthers have lacked a big-play element to their offense, and opposing defenses have taken advantage of that recently. Over the last two weeks, the Steelers and Ravens have combined for 27 Fantasy points against the Panthers, who will likely be without their top two running backs this Sunday as well. That should work out well for a Bears defense that has struggled against the run.

The Bears aren't a great team to rely on defensively, though their greatest weakness might not be exploited this week. They have some appeal as a low-end Fantasy sleeper for Week 5. 


Jay Cutler has a chance to bounce back
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:55 am ET) Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will look to bounce back from his worst game of the season when he takes on the Panthers in Week 5.

Cutler tossed six touchdowns without an interception in Weeks 2 and 3, before his two-pick performance against the Packers last Sunday. Still, he came out of the game with 18 Fantasy points, and has tossed at least two touchdowns in each game so far, so it isn't all bad.

He gets to take on a Panthers defense that was badly victimized by the pass last week, as Joe Flacco tossed three touchdowns and racked up 31 Fantasy points against them. The Panthers have yet to hold a quarterback below 15 Fantasy points this season, while allowing multiple touchdowns in three of four games.

As hard as it can be to trust Cutler at times, this is not the time to turn away from him. Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard consider him a top-12 quarterback for Week 5, so consider him a solid No. 1 option.

 


Titans add Lache Seastrunk
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:48 am ET) The Titans signed rookie running back Lache Seastrunk to their practice squad. The sixth-round pick out of Baylor was cut by the Redskins, then the Panthers.

Eagles QB Nick Foles: Bruises no big deal
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:45 am ET) Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has denied that a bruised left (non-throwing) shoulder has affected his mechanics or weakened his performance recently.

"Just a couple bruises, it's as simple as that," he told Delaware Online. "You get hit a couple times, there's definitely some soreness in the body. ... That's football. You're going to get hit. You're going to have bruises. You're going to have soreness. But I feel good."

Foles performed well the first three games before a clunker Sunday in San Francisco in which he completed just 21 of 43 for 195 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.


No elixir for Tom Brady's woes
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:38 am ET) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady realizes there's no quick fix to the team's offensive problems. New England's offensive line is in disarray, the team lacks explosive receivers, and Brady is making a surprising number of poor decisions.

"There’s no magic play, there’s no magic scheme," he told WEEI. "It’s us as players playing a lot better than we’re playing. This hasn’t been an isolated incident. I don’t think offensively we’ve played well all year. I don’t think we’ve played well for a long time. We’ve got to figure out the reasons why we’re not playing as well as we’re capable and try to improve them."

Brady is averaging under 200 passing yards per game and has accounted for more turnovers (5) than touchdowns (4).


LB Jon Beason a no-go for Giants on Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:37 am ET) A nagging foot/toe injury has Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason on the pre-practice injury report for Wednesday, the New York Daily News has reported.

Beason has been inactive for the last two games. He was scratched after being deemed doubtful for the Week 4 game at Washington.


 
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