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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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1Andre Branch, JAC, DE3
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5Ndamukong Suh, DET, DT2
6Julius Peppers, GB, OLB2
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Lions worth an add this week
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:40 pm ET) With the Bills and newly minted starting quarterback Kyle Orton on the schedule, Jamey Eisenberg has the Lions as his top waiver-wire add among DST units for Week 5.

Opposing DST units have enjoyed solid success against the Bills in recent weeks, with the Chargers and Texans both scoring in double figures. A big part of that was the subpar play of quarterback EJ Manuel, who threw a pick-six to the Texans a week ago. Whether Orton, who has started just one game since 2011, will be an improvement is still to be seen, however the Lions' pass rush has been dominant at times this season, and could make life hard on Orton. 

The Lions should be worth starting in Week 5, given how well they are playing right now.  


Falcons add Cameron Bradfield in flurry of moves
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:35 pm ET) Beset by offensive line injuries, the Falcons signed former Jaguars tackle Cameron Bradfield, reports Pro Football Talk. Atlanta also promoted guard Harland Gunn and safety Sean Baker from the practice squad.

Taking a look at the tight end waiver wire
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:32 pm ET) With key players like Vernon Davis (back), Niles Paul (concussion), Jordan Reed (hamstring) and Tyler Eifert (elbow) dealing with injuries, finding help on the waiver wire might be the key to success at the tight end position. Here are some of Jamey Eisenberg's thoughts on the best pickups for this week.

Larry Donnell of the Giants and Travis Kelce are likely to be the most-added tight ends when waivers run Wednesday morning, and Jamey admits to being "torn" on which he prefers. Dwayne Allen of the Colts, Garrett Graham of the Texans and Reed round out the top-five, while Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Clay Harbor and Jace Amaro are sleeper adds for deep leagues.

Charles Clay of the Dolphins and Ladarius Green of the Chargers are considered drop-worthy, if you need a roster spot. 


Falcons put Joe Hawley, Lamar Holmes on IR
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:29 pm ET) The Falcons put center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Hawley tore his ACL in the Week 4 loss at Minnesota, and Holmes suffered a foot injury.

William Moore goes on short-term IR
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:25 pm ET) The Falcons put safety William Moore on injured reserve/designated for return with a shoulder injury. He's eligible to return Week 13 against the Cardinals.

Which receivers are worth adding this week?
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:16 pm ET) Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal has been targeted at least six times in every game so far this season, and his big performance in recent weeks is enough to convince Jamey Eisenberg to put him at the top of his waiver-wire priority list ahead of week five.

Additionally, Jamey tabs Brian Quick of the Rams, Rueben Randle of the Giants, Malcom Floyd of the Chargers and Andrew Hawkins of the Browns rounds out the top five at wide receiver, with Odell Beckham of the Giants, Davante Adams of the Packers and Brandon LaFell of the Patriots possible sleepers.

If you need to clear a spot on your roster for any moves this week, consider parting ways with Kendall Wright, Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and Riley Cooper


Prioritizing running backs on the waiver wire
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:09 pm ET) The running back position has been a tough one to pin down for Fantasy owners this season, with so many big names struggling -- if they aren't out of action entirely. With this in mind, it is more important than ever to hit on your waiver-wire pickups. Jamey Eisenberg's top waiver-wire targets at the running back position are as follows:

The Vikings' Jerick McKinnon, The Ravens' Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro, the Browns' Isaiah Crowell and the Texans' Alfred Blue. Additionally, Andre Williams of the Giants, Darrin Reaves of the Panthers and Denard Robinson of the Jaguars are mentioned as possible options worth targeting.

If you need a roster spot, consider dropping Adrian Peterson, DeAngelo Williams and Darren McFadden this week. 


Jarrett Boykin misses another practice
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:00 pm ET) Packers receiver Jarrett Boykin (knee, groin) did not practice Tuesday ahead of Thursday's home date with the Vikings, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He's likely to miss his second straight game.

Report: Joe Hawley likely done for the season
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:56 pm ET) Falcons starting center Joe Hawley likely is out for the rest of the season due to the knee injury he suffered Week 4 at Minnesota, reports NFL Network.

Which QB's should you target on waivers?
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:52 pm ET) With just two teams on bye and few teams dealing with serious injuries at the position, there aren't many needs to fill at quarterback this week. Still, Jamey Eisenberg's Week 5 Waiver-Wire column highlights a handful of names you might want to target before waivers run Wednesday morning.

Giants QB Eli Manning headlines the list of add-worthy quarterbacks, after he lit up Washington for five touchdowns last week. He was featured on the waiver-wire column last week as well. Carson Palmer (shoulder) of the Cardinals is also on the list, as is Joe Flacco of the Ravens, Alex Smith of the Chiefs, Blake Bortles of the Jaguars and Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) of the Vikings to round out the top-5.

Kirk Cousins, Jake Locker and Geno Smith are mentioned as potentially droppable options, if you need a roster spot. 


 
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