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Waiver Wire: Receivers suddenly wide open

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Even though it's just Week 2, several Fantasy owners in every league are headed to the waiver wire in a panic. That's because there were plenty of prominent injuries in Week 1 at wide receiver.

Marques Colston (collarbone) and Danny Amendola (elbow) suffered the most serious injuries to open the season. Colston could be out for at least four weeks, and Amendola could be out at least eight weeks. Hakeem Nicks (knee), Dez Bryant (quad) and Brandon Lloyd (groin) were also injured in Week 1, and their status has yet to be determined. And Sidney Rice (shoulder) and Lance Moore (groin) sat out the first game of the year and might be out again.

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The first place to look to replace Colston is on his team in New Orleans, especially with Moore still limited. Drew Brees still has to get the ball to his receivers, and Robert Meachem (62 percent ownership on CBSSports.com) and Devery Henderson (5 percent) will benefit the most. Meachem had five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 at Green Bay on eight targets, and Henderson had six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown on nine targets.

Replacing Amendola won't be as easy based on his skill set, but look for Brandon Gibson (16 percent) to see an increase in targets. He is worth adding in leagues where receptions count, and he had three catches for 50 yards in Week 1 against the Eagles on five targets.

Another receiver to target is Jordy Nelson (57 percent) for the Packers. He was a popular sleeper pick after last year's Super Bowl performance when he had nine catches for 140 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers, but when Green Bay brought back James Jones as a free agent, Nelson's value dropped slightly. But in Week 1 against the Saints, Nelson was dominant with six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown on eight targets.

Deion Branch (68 percent) is worth adding based on his play Monday night at Miami. He was easily more involved than Chad Ochocinco. Branch had seven catches for 93 yards on nine targets, and Ochocinco was held to one catch for 14 yards on three targets. From that same game, you can also look to add Miami's Davone Bess (67 percent) since he had five catches for 92 yards on seven targets.

If you miss on these guys or are looking for help in deeper leagues, there are other receivers out there who played well in Week 1, but they are more of a gamble. You can consider Jabar Gaffney (9 percent), Nate Washington (20 percent) and Mohammed Massaquoi (11 percent), who each had at least six Fantasy points in a standard league and all had seven targets.

Some receivers to avoid for this week would be Early Doucet (3 percent), Randall Cobb (4 percent), Michael Jenkins (2 percent) and Emmanuel Sanders (14 percent). They all scored touchdowns, but they each had only three targets or less. And you should also stay away from Doug Baldwin (not owned) and Golden Tate (3 percent) because it's hard to trust Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback for the Seahawks.

Some receivers to scout this week would be Anthony Armstrong (6 percent), Brandon LaFell (2 percent), Donald Jones (1 percent), David Nelson (not owned), Eric Decker (8 percent) and Dexter McCluster (10 percent). The passing games in Washington and Buffalo will surprise you this year, which is why Armstrong for the Redskins and Jones and Nelson for the Bills might have positive moments as the year goes on. LaFell also could emerge as the No. 2 wide receiver in Carolina, and Decker could see an increase in targets if Lloyd misses any time.

In Kansas City, McCluster is being used more as a running back than a wide receiver, but he is listed at receiver in Fantasy leagues based on how the Chiefs designated him this offseason. He had four carries for 42 yards and five catches for 25 yards and a fumble on five targets against Buffalo, and will be heavily involved on offense this year.

In case you haven't noticed ... Ben Tate will continue to do a good job as a replacement for Arian Foster (hamstring). In Week 1 against Indianapolis, Tate had 24 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown with a lost fumble. Derrick Ward, who started the game, also suffered an ankle injury, although he should be fine for Week 2 at Miami. Still, Tate showed he clearly has more upside and should be added in all leagues where still available, especially if Foster is out again in Week 2. Tate is owned in 72 percent of leagues. In deeper leagues, Ward (29 percent) should also be added because he can also be useful as long as he's 100 percent healthy.

Quarterback

Add 'Em

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills
Owned: 53 percent of leagues
Week 1: Completed 17 of 25 passes for 208 yards and four touchdowns at Kansas City.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick might have taken advantage of an overrated Kansas City defense, but he showed he can still post quality stats when given a chance to throw. He has a favorable matchup again in Week 2 and can be a useful Fantasy quarterback for owners who are without Peyton Manning (neck) and possibly Sam Bradford (finger).

Rex Grossman, Redskins
Owned: 11 percent of leagues
Week 1: Completed 21 of 34 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns and had a lost fumble vs. the Giants.
Analysis: Grossman played well to close the season in 2010 when he replaced Donovan McNabb, and he picked up where he left off with a solid performance against the Giants. He has a great matchup in Week 2 against the Cardinals and should be added as a one-week replacement.

Colt McCoy, Browns
Owned: 69 percent of leagues
Week 1: Completed 19 of 40 passes for 213 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and had three carries for 11 yards vs. Cincinnati.
Analysis: McCoy doesn't have the best receiving corps in the NFL, but he completed two touchdowns to his tight ends and showed his playmaking ability against the Bengals. McCoy should do plenty of handing off to Peyton Hillis in Week 2 at the Colts, but look for him to be a factor for Fantasy owners as the year goes on.

Chad Henne, Dolphins
Owned: 30 percent of leagues
Week 1: Completed 30 of 49 passes for 416 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and had seven carries for 59 yards and a touchdown vs. New England.
Analysis: Henne was throwing a lot even before this game got out of hand, and he looks to be in full control of the new offense in Miami. He is not someone to consider starting most weeks, but he will make a great bye-week replacement during the season and will continue to surprise you as the year goes on, especially if he continues to run like this.

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Avoid 'Em

Matt Hasselbeck, Titans
Owned: 33 percent of leagues
Week 1: Completed 21 of 34 passes for 263 yards, two touchdowns and one interception at Jacksonville.
Analysis: Hasselbeck might be useful at some point this season, but don't plan on using him for Week 2 against Baltimore. He did what he was supposed to do in Week 1 against a bad Jaguars defense, which was getting the ball to Kenny Britt. Now if only he can work on his handoffs and help Chris Johnson become more of a factor.

Kerry Collins, Colts
Owned: 34 percent of leagues
Week 1: Completed 16 of 31 passes for 197 yards and one touchdown and had two lost fumbles at Houston.
Analysis: Like Hasselbeck, there could be times this year where Collins will be a factor, but he looked terrible in place of Manning against the Texans. The Colts need Manning back in a hurry because Collins is not going to help them accomplish much this year besides a lot of losses. The same goes for Fantasy owners if they decide to rely on him.

Scout 'Em

Cam Newton, Panthers
Owned: 50 percent of leagues
Week 1: Completed 24 of 37 passes for 422 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and had eight carries for 18 yards and a touchdown at Arizona.
Analysis: Newton was the biggest surprise of Week 1 with his record-breaking performance against the Cardinals. But there's one thing to keep in mind here: Arizona's defense is terrible. If you want to take a flier on Newton now with the hope he keeps up this kind of production then do so. But I want to see him post half those stats in Week 2 against Green Bay, which will be much more of a reality check.

Running back

Add 'Em

Cadillac Williams, Rams
Owned: 36 percent of leagues
Week 1: Had 19 carries for 91 yards and five catches for 49 against Philadelphia.
Analysis: Steven Jackson (quad) might not play in Week 2 at the Giants, which would open the door for Williams to start. He ran well against the Eagles and he could find success against the Giants based on all their injuries on defense. He is a must-add running back for all Jackson owners and could be a useful flex option in deeper formats.

Darren Sproles, Saints
Owned: 61 percent of leagues
Week 1: Had two carries for 7 yards and seven catches for 75 at Green Bay.
Analysis: Sproles could benefit the most with Colston and Moore injured as he showed in the first game at Green Bay. If he's not owned in point per reception leagues then add him immediately. He might be looking at five-plus receptions each week, especially while Colston and Moore are out. And he could end up being the most productive Fantasy running back for the Saints in Week 2 against the Bears.

Avoid 'Em

C.J. Spiller, Bills
Owned: 79 percent of leagues
Week 1: Had five carries for 16 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 5 yards at Kansas City.
Analysis: Don't buy into Spiller as a quality Fantasy option since Fred Jackson is still the starter, and the Bills will also give carries to rookie Johnny White. Spiller will have his moments, but he's not someone Fantasy owners should own in the majority of standard leagues as long as Jackson is healthy.

Scout 'Em

Deji Karim, Jaguars
Owned: 33 percent of leagues
Week 1: Had 14 carries for 33 yards and three catches for 39 yards vs. Tennessee.
Analysis: Every Maurice Jones-Drew owner should have Karim already, but he could be worth adding in all leagues as a reserve. The Jaguars need playmakers, and he is going to be used as a receiver out of the backfield. Jones-Drew went without a catch against the Titans, and look for Jacksonville to rely on Karim in Week 2 at the Jets since it will be hard to get the ball to their receivers.

Tight end

Add 'Em

Dustin Keller, Jets
Owned: 62 percent of leagues
Week 1: Had five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown vs. Dallas.
Analysis: Keller had eight targets against the Cowboys, and Sanchez will continue to rely on him again this year. But this time, don't expect Keller to disappear like he did after Week 4 in 2010. With Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery gone, Keller will be even more of a security blanket for Sanchez. He should be considered a breakout candidate and is worth adding in all leagues.

Jermaine Gresham, Bengals
Owned: 25 percent of leagues
Week 1: Had six catches for 58 yards and a touchdown at Cleveland.
Analysis: Gresham has the chance to be the best receiving threat for the Bengals when you look at their receiving corps. He had eight targets against the Browns, and if he can continue to find the end zone, he could become a tremendous Fantasy option. His value is slightly higher in PPR leagues, but Fantasy owners looking for help at tight end should consider him in all formats.

Avoid 'Em

Jeff King, Cardinals
Owned: Not owned
Week 1: Had two catches for 61 yards and a touchdown vs. Carolina.
Analysis: Even though King scored against the Panthers he still has minimal Fantasy value. He only had three targets in the game, and the Cardinals will definitely use Todd Heap more than King. Don't expect him to score a lot this season since he is not a main target for Kevin Kolb.

Tony Scheffler, Lions
Owned: 1 percent of leagues
Week 1: Had one catch for 11 yards and a touchdown at Tampa Bay.
Analysis: The touchdown catch was Scheffler's lone target in this matchup, and Brandon Pettigrew remains the better Fantasy option at tight end for the Lions. There are a lot of mouths to feed in Detroit, and Scheffler will get lost in the shuffle. Scheffler would only be worth using if Pettigrew gets hurt.

Scout 'Em

Scott Chandler, Bills
Owned: Not owned
Week 1: Had five catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns at Kansas City.
Analysis: Chandler has plenty of potential since the Bills need playmakers, but temper your expectations on him. Let's see him be as involved again in Week 2 against Oakland before making him a priority on the waiver wire. He had five targets against the Chiefs, and if Fitzpatrick uses him again in that regard he could be worth picking up.

Ed Dickson, Ravens
Owned: 6 percent of leagues
Week 1: Had five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown vs. Pittsburgh.
Analysis: The Ravens are using Dickson as their De facto No. 3 receiver behind Anquan Boldin and Lee Evans, and he had five targets against the Steelers. He has tremendous upside as the replacement for Heap, and Joe Flacco likes using the tight end. You can add him now in deeper leagues, but wait to see how productive he is in Week 2 at Tennessee before adding him in all standard formats.

Fred Davis, Redskins
Owned: 3 percent of leagues
Week 1: Had five catches for 105 yards vs. the New York Giants.
Analysis: The Redskins have said they are going to use two tight ends with Davis and Chris Cooley, and Davis was clearly better against the Giants. He had six targets, while Cooley finished with two catches for 21 yards on three targets. Cooley is still dealing with a knee injury and might not be at 100 percent, but Davis can easily pick up the slack. But as we said with Chandler and Dickson, let's see him do it again in Week 2 against Arizona before adding him in all leagues.

Evan Moore, Browns
Owned: 7 percent of leagues
Week 1: Had three catches for 35 yards and a touchdown vs. Cincinnati.
Analysis: The Browns have two capable tight ends in Moore and Benjamin Watson, but Moore has the higher ceiling. He played well in the preseason and that carried over to his performance against the Bengals. Moore had six targets in the game, and he is worth adding in deeper leagues. If he continues to play well and be a focal point on offense then add him in all formats.

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Report: Buccaneers bringing in Dan Connolly for a visit
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(9:11 pm ET) Former Patriots offensive guard Dan Connolly will visit the Buccaneers on Tuesday, per a report by Fox's Ross Jones, citing a source. 

Connolly has played in 87 games for the Patriots in the last seven years and hasn't played in fewer than 13 games in a season since 2008. 


Steelers RB DeAngelo WIlliams says signing was easy decision
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(9:03 pm ET) After playing his first nine seasons with the Panthers, running back DeAngelo Williams signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Steelers this offseason. Among his many thoughts on the signing, he called it an easy decision, according to the Sporting News.

“I didn’t know they wanted me. I had never been on a visit before,” Williams said. “I was with the same organization for nine years. When I got the call and they said, 'hey we want to bring you in for a visit' I took it as that. Had they said we wanted to bring you in for a signing I would have had a different mindset. I had no idea what was going to transpire when I got here.”

Williams added that he is willing to do whatever it takes to get the team to the next level.

“It’s the opportunity to take maybe one or two reps or whatever it takes to make this team better,” Williams said. “That is what I will do. I want to make it to a Super Bowl and win it. I know this team has that potential and they can do it.

“Coming here was an easy decision. This is a Super Bowl contending team. Every veteran out there, veteran or rookie, they want to go to the Super Bowl and win it and get the best opportunity. I think the best opportunity is here in Pittsburgh.”

Williams has rushed for 6,846 yards on 1,432 carries with 46 rushing touchdowns in his career.


Lions WR Golden Tate doesn't feel pressure due to loss of Suh
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(8:49 pm ET) Although Lions wide receiver Golden Tate feels the loss of Ndamukong Suh is a blow to the team, he doesn't believe it puts more pressure on the offense, reports ESPN. 

When asked specifically about the subject, Tate was clear about his thoughts.

"No, I don't think it adds any pressure," Tate said by phone Monday. "We just need to be who we are. We know that we have a lot of weapons all over the field. We just need to reach our potential each and every week.

"We just need to go out there and play fundamentally sound football and I have no doubt our defense is going to be really good again this year and we just got to do our jobs. There's no pressure on anyone but to be ourselves and to play good football."

Additionally, Tate recognizes that Suh was a game-changing player for the Lions, but he likes the addition of Haloti Ngata.

"Obviously, losing Suh is a big hit," Tate said. "I don't care what team you are, he's the guy that can change the game. Change an opposing offense's game plan. He affects the game so much. But with that being said, I'm thankful to have [had] the opportunity to play with him for a year and be a part of something special. But the show must go on.

"The guy we got, [Haloti] Ngata, is a heck of a player. I think it's a good pickup for us. I know he has a past with coach Caldwell so he knows the ins and outs of the system, probably. But we're ready to move forward. We can't live in the past and football season must still go on. We're preparing to have a great year and build from last year."

The 26-year-old stated that he plans on focusing on the intricacies of the offensive playbook heading into this season.

"One thing I really want to focus on is learning the playbook a little bit better," Tate said. "I felt like I knew it for the most part, but details, running the plays exactly how Joe Lombardi draws them up, could help us win more games and create more opportunities for myself and our team."

Tate finished his first season with the Lions catching 99 passes for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns.


Report: LB Rolando McClain ends Patriots' visit without contract
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(7:52 pm ET) After visiting the Patriots on Monday, linebacker Rolando McClain and the team did not agree to terms on a contract, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The same report states that the visit was a positive one.

McClain played in 13 games last season for the Cowboys, collecting 81 total tackles and one sack. Over his four-year career, the 25-year-old has accumulated 327 total tackles, 7.5 sacks, 23 passes defensed, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.


Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu looks forward to being healthy
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(6:56 pm ET) Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu believes that he is regaining his health and he's ready to make an impact this season, according to the team's website.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been healthy,” Mathieu said Monday. “Last year I felt like I took a back seat. I played well my rookie year and then last year it was kind of, eh, I was there but I wasn’t there. This (year) is more important for me because I really want to let everyone know I’m back and I can still make some plays.”

Mathieu tore his ACL and LCL toward the end of the 2013 season. He recently said that the comeback was "way harder than I thought."

Head coach Bruce Arians talked about how Mathieu was not himself last season.

“You saw him fight through it last year,” Arians said. “He was not the player he was used to (being) and it was very frustrating for him.”

Mathieu was aware of the chatter from the outside world and he is using that as motivation going forward.

“You hear people talk and I had time to listen to them talk, so it’s like … I hear it,” Mathieu said. “Like I said, I didn’t feel like I made enough plays last year to help our team. I am looking forward to this year because I know I can do it.”

The 22-year-old has registered 106 total tackles, one sack, three interceptions and one forced fumble in 26 games played during his two-year career.


Saints plan to rework Jahri Evans, Cameron Jordan contracts
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:27 pm ET) Saints coach Sean Payton said that the team has a plan in place to rework guard Jahri Evans' contract to help create salary cap space, per ESPN's Mike Triplett

Evans is scheduled to make $6.8 million salary in 2015 and cost $11 million against the cap. 

The team might also extend defensive end Cameron Jordan's contract. Jordan is entering the last year of his contract and is scheduled to make $6.969 million this year.


Rams have agreed to terms with OL Tim Barnes
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(6:16 pm ET) The Rams have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Tim Barnes, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The one-year deal has a maximum value of $1 million. 

Barnes recently visited had a visit with the Chiefs before signing with the Rams. The 26-year-old spent all three of his previous seasons with the Rams, starting four of the 45 games he appeared in.


Report: Brandon Tate visits Chiefs
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:14 pm ET) Free agent wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Tate visited the Chiefs on Monday, according to a report from the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, citing a source.

Tate had 17 catches for 193 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals last year. He also had a combined 571 yards in kick and punt returns. 


Lions' Riley Reiff open to playing right tackle
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:10 pm ET) Lions coach Jim Caldwell said that Riley Reiff might start at right tackle next season. 

Reiff has started 32 games at left tackle over the last two seasons. The Lions aren't sure that last year's right tackle LaAdrian Waddle will be fully recovered from knee surgery, and backup tackle Cornelius Lucas is better on the left side. 

Reiff told the Daily Republic he doesn't care where he plays. 

 "I like playing, and wherever they want to put me, that's fine. I'll play," he said.


Broncos OL Michael Schofield looking to compete for starting job
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(6:05 pm ET) Broncos offensive lineman Michael Schofield is ready to come in and compete for a starting job this season, reports the Denver Post.

After not dressing for a single game as a rookie, Schofield added weight and he looks forward to fighting for a starting job.

"I am going in there with that mentality. In the NFL everybody is competing," Schofield said during a road trip to see family in Illinois. "They are looking for someone to step up and take over. I want to make that jump."

The third-round draft pick of the Broncos in 2014 struggled with weight issues, but he is now up to 305 pounds. He also recognized that his pass protection needs improvement.

"Personally, I felt there were reasons I wasn't out there (for games). I wasn't consistent enough in pass pro (protection). And my weight was really fluctuating," Schofield said.

Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak believes that the team's zone-blocking scheme can help Schofield elevate his game, and Schofield agrees.

"We like the Schofield kid, so we'll see. We think he's got some flexibility (in where he can play)," Kubiak said. "It will be very competitive."

"I feel like I am better suited for this," Schofield said. "You have to be able to reach block, and I feel the steps required fit me better."


 
 
 
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