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Most Added Players
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1Kelvin Benjamin, CAR, WR11
2Jeremy Hill, CIN, RB11
3Nate Freese, DET, K11
4Jeremy Maclin, PHI, WR10
5Zach Ertz, PHI, TE10
6Brandin Cooks, NO, WR10
7Sammy Watkins, BUF, WR10
8Bishop Sankey, TEN, RB10
9Reggie Wayne, IND, WR9
10Mike Evans, TB, WR9
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1Josh Gordon, CLE, WR-12
2Alex Henery, PHI, K-10
3Tony Gonzalez, ATL, TE-10
4NaVorro Bowman, SF, ILB-9
5Matt Prater, DEN, K-9
6Kiko Alonso, BUF, MLB-9
7Andre Brown, HOU, RB-9
8Sean Lee, DAL, MLB-9
9DeAndre Levy, DET, OLB-8
10Bobby Rainey, TB, RB-8
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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.

Arian Foster eager for season opener
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:02 pm ET) Texans running back Arian Foster told reporters Tuesday he felt, "Wonderful, physically," after being held out of preseason action for precautionary reasons. Foster underwent season-ending back surgery in 2013.

"I’m excited about that (Sunday’s regular-season opener against Washington). I can’t wait to play football," he said, per the Houston Chronicle.


Vikings adjust practice squad
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:44 pm ET) The Vikings signed guard Austin Wentworth to their practice squad and waived cornerback Kendall James from the squad.

T.Y. Hilton a divisive figure Week 1
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:40 pm ET) T.Y. Hilton is the Colts' most explosive receiver and he opens the season with a projected shootout in Denver. Indy will throw plenty to keep up with Peyton Manning, making Hilton an easy start, right?

Senior Fantasy Writer Dave Richard thinks so, ranking Hilton 13th among wideouts. Colleague Jamey Eisenberg isn't on board.

Eisenberg buries Hilton at 41st in his rankings, noting Hilton's struggles when playing outdoors. Hilton averages 79.9 receiving yards in indoor games, 48.6 yards outside. Hilton averages 7.3 yards after the catch indoors, 4.5 yards outdoors. But he's scored the same number of touchdowns, six, in each setting.

Hilton ranked 16th in the NFL last year with 138 targets; that will be tough to duplicate this season with a healthy Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen and Hakeem Nicks' arrival.

But in this game, with Andrew Luck expected to throw 40 times, consider Hilton a high-end WR3 with the potential to go off.


Steven Jackson ready to go for Week 1
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:38 pm ET) Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who missed most of training camp nursing a hamstring problem, says he's amped up to face the Saints on Sunday.

"I'm extremely excited for Week 1," he told the team's website. "It's been a training camp that I missed the majority of the time, but I've been working hard physically and mentally to prepare for this coming Sunday. I feel good about it."


Julio Jones looking to make up for lost touchdowns
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:26 pm ET) Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who missed the final 11 weeks last year with a fractured foot, will be taking on the division rival Saints for the first time in nearly a full calendar year when they come to town in Week 1. He scored a touchdown in that last meeting, catching seven passes for 76 yards, and seems eager to do so again.

"That's a big emphasis this year," wide receiver Julio Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We have to score in the red zone. We have too many weapons to get [stopped] in the red zone."

Jones was referring to last year's season opener -- a game the Falcons lost 23-17 after stalling twice inside the 10-yard line. Given the Jones' size and physicality, the Falcons will obviously look to him in those situations, especially with tight Tony Gonzalez now out of the picture.

Jones has expressed concern recently that he's not quite ready for a full workload yet, but even if the Falcons rest him a little more than usual, you can bet they'll take advantage of his time on the field. Even though the Saints technically ranked second against the pass last year, allowing 194.1 yards per game, you shouldn't hesitate to start Jones in Fantasy. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank him fifth among wide receivers for the week.


Bill Belichick: No decision on Gronk's status yet
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:15 pm ET) While Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he'll definitely play Sunday at Miami, coach Bill Belichick said no final decision has been made, reports CSNNE.com.

"I'm glad that Rob's optimistic about this situation," Belichick said. "We'll go through the week of practice and take a look at everything, everybody, and see where everybody's at and try to do what we like is best for the team. With all due respect to Rob -- I'm glad he feels the way he does -- but in the end, we'll have to make the decision we feel like is best for the team and we'll do that as we go through the week."


 
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