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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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Most Added Players
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1Eddie Royal, SD, WR4
2Larry Donnell, NYG, TE2
3Eli Manning, NYG, QB2
4Andre Branch, JAC, DE2
5Julius Peppers, GB, OLB2
6Dontari Poe, KC, NT2
7Danny Trevathan, DEN, OLB2
8Bennie Logan, PHI, NT2
9Jerick McKinnon, MIN, RB2
10Morgan Burnett, GB, SS1
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1Alfred Blue, HOU, RB-3
2Donald Brown, SD, RB-2
3Kirk Cousins, WAS, QB-2
4Niles Paul, WAS, TE-2
5Bobby Rainey, TB, RB-2
6Ladarius Green, SD, TE-2
7Thomas Davis, CAR, OLB-2
8Jelani Jenkins, MIA, OLB-1
9Zach Ertz, PHI, TE-1
10Stevan Ridley, NE, RB-1
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Luke Willson gets starting opportunity
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:11 pm ET) With Seahawks tight end Zach Miller recovering from ankle surgery, Luke Willson will start Monday's game in Washington, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The second-year pro caught 20 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown as a rookie.

"When you're the backup guy, you're kind of always prepared for it," Willson said. "I don't really feel like I'm really entering any new territory."

A fifth-round pick out of Rice, Willson started two games last year when Miller hurt his hamstring.


Jerick McKinnon limited in practice
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:57 pm ET) Vikings rookie running back Jerick McKinnon was limited in Tuesday's practice with an ankle injury ahead of Thursday's game at Green Bay. McKinnon ran 18 times for 135 yards in Sunday's win over Atlanta.

Nick Foles confident he can make adjustments
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:47 pm ET) Eagles quarterback Nick Foles completed less than 50 percent of his throws in the Week 4 loss at San Francisco. He hadn't done that since October 20, 2013.

"I just let it fly a little too far," Foles told the team's website. "It's just that. I've got to be a little more accurate, and I know how to do that. I've thrown a football for a long time, and you've just got to keep your body in the right spot to throw. I was letting it fly a little too far, so I know how to fix it and I'll fix it."

Philly hosts the Rams in Week 5.


No point in hoping for a Kirk Cousins bounce back in Week 5
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:39 pm ET) If Kirk Cousins was hoping for a soft landing after his disastrous performance last Thursday, he won't find one in Week 5, with the Seahawks on the schedule for the Redskins.

Cousins' Fantasy outlook took a big hit last week, and things likely won't get much better against the Seahawks defense. The Seahawks have struggled against the pass in recent weeks, allowing 54 combined points in Weeks 2 and 3, however those games came against Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning. We are still trying to figure out just how good Cousins might be, but it seems fair to say there is a pretty massive step down from that duo to him.

Cousins is going to face a Seahawks defense fresh off a bye and looking to make up for their recent struggles. The Seahawks have five sacks through three games, and should add to that total Monday, with Redskins left tackle Trent Williams dealing with a knee injury. Tight ends Jordan Reed and Niles Paul also enter the game with injury questions, which could make Cousins' life even more difficult.

Cousins could go a long way toward silencing some doubters if he can hold his own against Seattle, but we aren't betting on that happening. Look for better options in Week 5; with only Derek Carr and Ryan Tannehill on bye, it shouldn't be hard to find them. 


Allen Robinson becoming heavily involved
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:36 pm ET) Jaguars rookie receiver Allen Robinson has been targeted 23 times over his past three games, notes ESPN.com. He has 17 catches for 192 yards but has yet to score. Robinson figures to play a big role Sunday against Pittsburgh with Cecil Shorts (hamstring) likely to miss the game and Marqise Lee (hamstring) not guaranteed to play.

Robinson has drawn the fourth-most targets among rookie wideouts.


Jadeveon Clowney has resumed jogging
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:30 pm ET) Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, who hasn't played since hurting his knee in the opener, has begun jogging as part of his rehab and expects to return "in a few weeks," reports the Houston Chronicle. Clowney would not provide a more exact timetable.

Bears elevate Chris Williams, waive Rashad Ross
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:24 pm ET) The Bears promoted wideout Chris Williams from the practice squad and waived receiver Rashad Ross.

Mario Manningham released by Giants
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:11 pm ET) The Giants released wideout Mario Manningham, who was on injured reserve with a calf injury, reports Yahoo Sports.

Steer clear of Vikings WR's Thursday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:09 pm ET) The Vikings' receiving corps has had to deal with two different quarterbacks over the last two weeks, and they may see a third if Teddy Bridgewater's ankle injury forces him to sit out Thursday's game against the Packers in Week 5.

Though Bridgewater threw the ball well in his first start, it was little-used third receiver Jarius Wright who saw the bulk of the bump. Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson, the team's more well established duo, combined for just five receptions. Even if Bridgewater does play Thursday, we just don't have enough information on how he likes to use his receivers to know whether Sunday's game is the start of a pattern or not.

We really need to see more from Bridgewater before we can determine how he and the coaching staff wants to use his receivers. With nothing in the way of must-start players among this trio, you probably want to avoid using them in Week 5. 


Eric Fisher showing marked improvement
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:03 pm ET) Chiefs coach Andy Reid singled out left tackle Eric Fisher following Monday's whipping of the Patriots. Reid said Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, has gotten better each week this season.

"We feel very good about him and how he handles things," Reid told the team's website. "He's a good football player and he's young. You get picked number one and it comes with a little scrutiny. You're going to have a few eyes on you, but he's done a nice job this year."


 
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