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Week 8 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em
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What will Shane Vereen do for an encore in Week 8 against the Bears? Our Jamey Eisenberg shares his outlook in his latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em. Full story
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Most Added Players
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1Bryce Brown, BUF, RB68
2Denard Robinson, JAC, RB59
3Doug Baldwin, SEA, WR52
4Tre Mason, STL, RB52
5Anthony Dixon, BUF, RB40
6Travaris Cadet, NO, RB34
7Everson Griffen, MIN, DE33
8Cody Parkey, PHI, K26
9Ryan Tannehill, MIA, QB24
10Curtis Lofton, NO, MLB17
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1C.J. Spiller, BUF, RB-43
2Kirk Cousins, WAS, QB-35
3Brandon Bolden, NE, RB-29
4Paul Posluszny, JAC, MLB-23
5Brian Cushing, HOU, ILB-19
6Kyle Fuller, CHI, CB-19
7Phil Dawson, SF, K-18
8Storm Johnson, JAC, RB-18
9Matt Asiata, MIN, RB-15
10Timothy Wright, NE, TE-15
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Packers' McCarthy: 'Concern' for Morgan Burnett is growing
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:49 pm ET) Packers safety Morgan Burnett was held out of practice again Thursday due to a calf injury, raising concerns about his availability for Week 8 at New Orleans.

"My concern for Morgan is higher than it was yesterday," coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday. "We'll see if he can do anything Saturday."


Eagles RB Darren Sproles limited in practice again Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:44 pm ET) Eagles running back Darren Sproles (knee) was limited in practice for a second straight day Thursday. The Eagles are preparing to face the Cardinals in Week 8.

Better to sit DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:38 pm ET) Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been hit or miss from week to week, but you can't get around the fact that in three of the last five weeks, he's gone for more than 100 yards and a touchdown.

The problem is Kirk Cousins was his quarterback for all three of those games. The Redskins are turning to Colt McCoy for Week 8 at Dallas.

That's bad news for all the Redskins wide receivers, but especially Jackson, whose production is mostly tied to his ability to beat the defense deep. McCoy isn't one for going deep. He averaged 5.9 yards per attempt in his last year as an NFL starter, and aside from that short pass that Pierre Garcon turned into 70-yard touchdown, McCoy had 10 completions for just 58 yards in Week 7.

That doesn't mean Garcon is safe. Apart from that score, he had four catches for 17 yards in Week 7 and averaged just 27.3 yards in his previous three games. He should fare better than Jackson with McCoy, but ultimately, an inferior quarterback isn't going to do him good.

You might want to sit both in Fantasy for the time being.


WR Greg Salas, LB Trevor Reilly nearing red light for Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:37 pm ET) Rex Ryan has all but ruled out Jets linebacker Trevor Reilly (knee) and wideout Greg Salas (wrist, ankle) for the Sunday game against Buffalo, per Newsday. Neither played in Week 7.

Pete Carroll confident Seahawks will improve pass rush
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:34 pm ET) The Seahawks have totaled just seven sacks through their first six games. Though, coach Pete Carroll remains confident in the defense, especially pass rushers Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, who have combined for no sacks in the last four games.

"These guys have rushed really hard and been very aggressive," Carroll said of his starting defensive ends, per ESPN. "I’ve looked at every one of their rushes and situations and I think we’re going to count on those guys to continue to do what they’re doing and try to help around them."

Carroll said the team will try to make changes to improve the pass rush.

"We’ve got to get Mike active inside and get him to be the disruptor that he can be," Carroll said, hinting they might use Bennett on more snaps as a defensive tackle. "We need to help him with some stuff there, some stuff scheme-wise we’ll tweak here and there. Those guys are bringing it. In my mind it’s going to happen and we’ll just keep working until it does because we know it’s there."


DT Alan Branch appears all but set to join Patriots
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:32 pm ET) Veteran defensive tackle Alan Branch has yet to officially sign with the Patriots, but he walked through the locker room during the media interview session Thursday and radio station NESN is already reporting that he will don uniform number 97. He did not practice, however.

Branch, who was released by Buffalo on Aug. 24, had started 79 of 80 games over the last five seasons.


Bears CB Kyle Fuller able to get some practice reps in Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:22 pm ET) Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller returned to practice in a limited capacity Thursday after sitting out Wednesday due to a hip pointer and broken hand. The Bears are preparing to face the Patriots in Week 8.

Not looking good for Alfred Morris
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:21 pm ET) With the news that Colt McCoy will start at quarterback for the Redskins Week 8 at Dallas, running back Alfred Morris' chances for a bounce-back performance go from bad to worse.

Not only is he facing a defense that has allowed the ninth-fewest Fantasy points per game, but he also won't have a quarterback who can help keep defenses honest. Dating back to his days with the Browns, McCoy hasn't shown the ability to stretch the field, and though his final line in relief of Kirk Cousins Sunday looked good, that was mostly because wide receiver Pierre Garcon turned what should have been a short catch into a 70-yard touchdown. Otherwise, McCoy completed 10 passes for just 58 yards.

With such a limited passing game, the Redskins are basically inviting the Cowboys to stack the box against them. Morris has had a hard enough time since starting quarterback Robert Griffin III went down in Week 2, averaging just 60.6 total yards in the five games started with Cousins. Now with McCoy under center, he might even be a sit in Fantasy. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank him just 29th among running backs for Week 8.


Bears TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring) practices Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:17 pm ET) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was back at practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday due to a hamstring injury. He was listed as limited in practice Thursday as the Bears prepare to play the Patriots in Week 8.

All-Pro Gerald McCoy says Buccaneers defense has been 'soft'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:05 pm ET) Buccaneers All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy did not hold back Thursday when talking about the team's defensive struggles. He said the defense has been "soft" through six games, per ESPN.

"Yeah. I mean if you look out there on tape and you see a bunch of guys sitting on blocks, are you not earning the title of being soft?'' McCoy said. "I mean, guys get so sensitive around the league, but we have to be men. This is a man's league. This is a man's league and we're professionals. Guys have issues with criticism. I've been getting criticized since I've been in the NFL, and I don't even feel it anymore. It is what it is.''

The Buccaneers rank last in total defense (422.8 yards per game) and last in scoring defense (34 points per game).

"I think we're making too many excuses,'' McCoy said. "There's always a reason why this is happening or why that's happening. It has to stop. We just have to say, 'OK, I did wrong, I didn't win that one, I have to win the next one and the one after that.' If you win 70 percent of your battles, you have a shot to win, simple as that."


 
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