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Most Added Players
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1Kelvin Benjamin, CAR, WR12
2Jeremy Hill, CIN, RB12
3Nate Freese, DET, K12
4Jeremy Maclin, PHI, WR11
5Brandin Cooks, NO, WR11
6Reggie Wayne, IND, WR10
7Zach Ertz, PHI, TE10
8Sammy Watkins, BUF, WR10
9Bishop Sankey, TEN, RB10
10Mike Evans, TB, WR10
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1Josh Gordon, CLE, WR-13
2Alex Henery, PHI, K-11
3Tony Gonzalez, ATL, TE-10
4Andre Brown, HOU, RB-10
5NaVorro Bowman, SF, ILB-9
6Matt Prater, DEN, K-9
7Kiko Alonso, BUF, MLB-9
8Sean Lee, DAL, MLB-9
9DeAndre Levy, DET, OLB-8
10Ryan Succop, TEN, K-8
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'Slim' chance Mike Pouncey plays Week 1
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3:11 pm ET) Dolphins center Mike Pouncey continued his rehab work at Tuesday's practice, while Samson Satele took reps as the starter, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The odds of Pouncey making a quick return from hip surgery and playing Sunday against the Patriots are "slim," the paper said.

It could be two to three weeks before Pouncey makes his debut.


Colts DST facing long odds in Week 1
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:59 pm ET) The Colts DST finished a surprising ninth in Fantasy points last year, and the unit will be playable in certain matchups this season. Week 1 is not one of them.

Indy travels to Denver to face a Broncos offense that set NFL records with 606 points and 76 touchdowns. Denver tied an NFL record by scoring 50-plus points three times. Keep the Colts DST reserved in all formats Sunday night.


Roddy White looks to pick up where he left off
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:52 pm ET) Falcons wide receiver Roddy White didn't do much in his two games against the Saints last year, catching a combined four passes for 43 yards. But he was still slowed by a high ankle sprain in those games -- an injury that dated back to the preseason.

He eventually overcame the injury to average 8.6 catches for 100.4 yards in his final five games, but of course, Julio Jones was sidelined for those games, giving White less competition for looks. Still, his recovery shows he still has plenty left in the tank at age 32, which bodes well for him entering a new season, this time at full health.

The Saints did rank second against the pass last year, allowing 194.1 yards per game, but quarterback Matt Ryan averaged 298.0 yards through the air in his two starts against them last year. White also has a history of success against the Saints, including a seven-catch, 114-yard performance against them in 2012 and an 11-catch, 127-yard performance against them in 2011.

He may lose some looks with Jones back on the lineup, but based on the way White finished last season, Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both consider him a top-15 wide receiver for this week.


Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener cancel each other out
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:42 pm ET) Dwayne Allen's return from hip surgery means the Colts basically have two starting ends. That's good for Indy and problematic for Fantasy players.

A Colts tight end is a strong bet to catch a touchdown any given week -- good luck trying to predict which one. Until this situation clarifies itself, or until one gets hurt, keep Allen and Coby Fleener reserved in all but the deepest leagues.

If you have to start one Week 1 at Denver, Allen gets the nod as the better all-around talent. Jamey Eisenberg ranks Allen 14th, while Dave Richard pegs him 18th among tight ends.


Hakeem Nicks not a starting option yet
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:28 pm ET) Colts wideout Hakeem Nicks started slowly this preseason but came on to catch eight of nine targets for 86 yards. The team plans to use their free-agent acquisition in all three-receiver sets and some two-receiver sets as well, according to Stampede Blue.

That said, Nicks isn't worth starting until his role crystallizes. Consider him a WR4 for Week 1 at Denver.

Jaguars list Denard Robinson as No. 2 RB
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:24 pm ET) The Jaguars released their unofficial depth chart for the season opener against the Eagles, and one of the bigger surprises was listing Denard Robinson as the backup running back to starter Toby Gerhart. Robinson is listed ahead of Jordan Todman and Storm Johnson on the depth chart.

Johnathan Joseph set to play Week 1
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:21 pm ET) Texans starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph did not play a single preseason snap as the team managed his comeback from January foot surgery, reports ESPN.com. Joseph said he'll play Sunday against Washington "without a doubt."

Joseph hedged when asked if he's 100 percent, saying "somewhere along the lines."


Larry Fitzgerald sits out
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:15 pm ET) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald missed Tuesday's practice with a knee issue, reports the Arizona Republic. Arizona plays Monday night and won't release its first injury report until Thursday.

Matt Tobin out with high ankle sprain
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:09 pm ET) Eagles tackle Matt Tobin expects to be sidelined at least 2-3 weeks due to a high ankle sprain, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Chris Polk expecting to be ready for Week 1
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:06 pm ET) Eagles running back Chris Polk (hamstring) said Tuesday "the plan is" for him to be active Week 1 against the Jaguars, according to CSNPhilly.com.

 
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