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Waiver Wire: Roll the dice on Roy?

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I just have one request for Washington coach Mike Shanahan: Keep Roy Helu as the starting running back for the rest of the season. Let's just see what he can do.

It's clear the Redskins are not going to make the playoffs, and Tim Hightower (knee) is already lost for the season. Ryan Torain is not the long-term answer at running back, and Tashard Choice should also be a reserve. Helu has the upside to be a key contributor in the backfield if he gets an opportunity, which he proved in Week 9 against San Francisco.

Helu, who is owned in 52 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com, started against the 49ers and had 10 carries for 41 yards and a franchise-record 14 catches for 105 yards. We hope he will remain the starter for Week 10 at Miami and the rest of the year, and he's worth adding in all leagues.

Since it's Shanahan, don't be surprised if he goes back to Torain at some point or decides to give Choice an extended look. But it's worth the gamble to add Helu, and you can definitely drop running backs like DeAngelo Williams, Ryan Grant and Joseph Addai at this point to add him to your roster.

In case you haven't noticed ... It's hard to trust Lance Moore, who is owned in 68 percent of leagues, because Drew Brees spreads the ball around so much to all of his weapons. But he's been productive the past two games, and maybe Brees will start to rely on him a little more. In his past two outings against St. Louis and Tampa Bay, Moore has 10 catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns. He also has 12 targets over that span, and as more teams start to pay attention to Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles and Marques Colston, Moore could benefit with all the single coverage. He is worth holding onto as a No. 3 or 4 Fantasy receiver to close the year.

Each Tuesday we will highlight players who might be available in your league and whether you should consider picking them up off waivers based on their recent performances. The players chosen are based on the percentage of ownership in CBSSports.com leagues.

Quarterback

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Carson Palmer, Raiders
Owned: 61 percent of leagues
Week 9: Completed 19 of 35 passes for 332 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions vs. Denver.
Analysis: There are no quarterbacks on a bye in Week 10, so you might not need to add a quarterback in the majority of leagues to start. But you might need a quarterback for Week 11, and the Raiders play at Minnesota. Palmer obviously used the bye in Week 9 to get used to his receivers, and he threw the ball well against the Broncos. The turnovers are a problem, but Palmer showed he can still be a quality Fantasy quarterback if needed if he continues to play like he did against Denver.

Avoid 'Em

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Matt Moore, Dolphins
Owned: 8 percent of leagues
Week 9: Completed 17 of 23 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns at Kansas City.
Analysis: Moore had a fantastic game against the Chiefs with 27 Fantasy points, but don't expect him to play like that on a regular basis. In his previous three starts combined against the Jets, Denver and Giants he had 27 total Fantasy points. He could have another quality start against the Redskins in Week 10, but he is still too risky to start even in two-quarterback leagues based on his inconsistent play.

Scout 'Em

Colt McCoy, Browns
Owned: 58 percent of leagues
Week 9: Completed 14 of 22 passes for 146 yards, one touchdowns and one interception at Houston.
Analysis: I want to see how McCoy does in Week 10 against St. Louis, and I would even consider him a starter in two-quarterback leagues this week. Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur was the offensive coordinator for the Rams last year, and he should know this defense well. We'll find out if McCoy can take advantage of a good matchup, and he could be in an audition for his job. McCoy has not played well of late with an average of 10 Fantasy points in his past three games, but this is a chance for him to play well against St. Louis at home.

Running back

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Chris Ogbonnaya, Browns
Owned: 64 percent of leagues
Week 9: Had 13 carries for 28 yards and one catch for 13 yards with a fumble at Houston.
Analysis: Ogbonnaya was terrible in his first start for the Browns in place of the injured Peyton Hillis (hamstring) and Montario Hardesty (calf) with one Fantasy point against the Texans. But he will start again in Week 10 against St. Louis, and this is a much better matchup. We can understand if you give up on Ogbonnaya after his dismal performance, but he remains worth using as a flex option based on the matchup with the Rams.

Marion Barber, Bears
Owned: 40 percent of leagues
Week 9: Had nine carries for 31 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 8 yards at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Barber has now scored a touchdown in three consecutive games, and he is consistent with nine Fantasy points in each outing over that span. Matt Forte is still the workhorse for the Bears, but Chicago is not afraid to lean on Barber, especially in short-yardage situations. With the way running backs have been injured this season you should add Barber and sit on him just in case something happens to Forte.

D.J. Ware, Giants
Owned: 25 percent of leagues
Week 9: Had seven carries for 23 yards at New England.
Analysis: We'll find out this week if Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is able to return at San Francisco, but Ware is worth stashing in case Bradshaw's injury is season-ending. Brandon Jacobs will remain the starter in place of Bradshaw, but the Giants will continue to give Ware some touches. And since Jacobs has already missed time with a knee injury this year, Ware could end up starting for the Giants if he goes down again.

Avoid 'Em

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Marcel Reece, Raiders
Owned: Not owned
Week 9: Had three catches for 51 yards and a touchdown vs. Denver.
Analysis: Reece has two touchdowns on the season, both coming against the Broncos. He is the fullback for the Raiders, and even though he is doing a good job catching the ball with Darren McFadden (foot) out, the only Oakland running back to use now is Michael Bush. Reece is only worth adding in the deepest of point-per-reception leagues.

Scout 'Em

Danny Woodhead, Patriots
Owned: 27 percent of leagues
Week 9: Had seven carries for 26 yards and three catches for 34 yards vs. the Giants.
Analysis: If Kevin Faulk (knee) remains out then Woodhead could start to play like the running back we saw in 2010. BenJarvus Green-Ellis continues to deal with a toe problem, and the Patriots need someone to step up in passing situations out of the backfield. It looked like Faulk would retain that role when he returned in Week 9 against the Steelers, but Faulk was out against the Giants. That allowed Woodhead to step up, and he could be factor for the Patriots to close the season.

Donald Brown, Colts
Owned: 17 percent of leagues
Week 9: Had 16 carries for 70 yards vs. Atlanta.
Analysis: Brown has been the most productive Fantasy running back for the Colts over the past four games with 30 Fantasy points over that span and two touchdowns. He would be worth adding in all leagues if Joseph Addai was out for an extended period of time, but he appears close to a return from his nagging hamstring injury. Until that happens you can consider Brown as a flex option in deeper leagues, but once Addai is back and Brown is sharing carries with Delone Carter also then his value will be minimal.

Wide receiver

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Torrey Smith, Ravens
Owned: 64 percent of leagues
Week 9: Had five catches for 71 yards and a touchdown at Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Forget about Smith's game-winning touchdown for a second against the Steelers. The important stat to look at with Smith is his targets, and he has 18 over his past two games. The Ravens are trying to get him involved, and that should continue to happen as the season goes on. He will be a boom or bust Fantasy option all year, but he is worth stashing on your roster and using when he has a favorable matchup.

Steve Breaston, Chiefs
Owned: 48 percent of leagues
Week 9: Had seven catches for 115 yards vs. Miami.
Analysis: Breaston had 11 targets against the Dolphins, and he is not going to disappear even though Jon Baldwin is starting to get more involved. He still has 24 targets over his past three games, and with more teams trying to take away Dwayne Bowe, Breaston should remain a reliable threat for Matt Cassel. Breaston should be owned in all PPR leagues, and he could be a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in standard formats as well since he has two games with double digits in Fantasy points in his past four outings.

Jerome Simpson, Bengals
Owned: 34 percent of leagues
Week 9: Had three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown at Tennessee.
Analysis: We continue to mention Simpson in this column as an add, and at some point his ownership will rise. He now has a touchdown or 100 yards receiving in each of his past three games, and his targets should start to increase as teams pay more attention to A.J. Green. He had 10 targets against the Titans, and Andy Dalton might be throwing a lot in the next two games against Pittsburgh and Baltimore, which will help Simpson stay involved.

Laurent Robinson, Cowboys
Owned: 15 percent of leagues
Week 9: Had five catches for 32 yards and a touchdown vs. Seattle.
Analysis: Robinson gets the chance to start with Miles Austin (hamstring) out for at least two weeks, and he should be added in all leagues. He has played well of late with 10 catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns in his past two outings, and he has 13 targets over that span. Dez Bryant and Jason Witten will benefit the most without Austin, but Robinson could be a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all formats with the increased playing time he's about to receive.

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Jacoby Ford, Raiders
Owned: 18 percent of leagues
Week 9: Had five catches for 105 yards and a touchdown vs. Denver.
Analysis: Ford obviously likes the addition of Palmer because in his first start against the Broncos, Ford had his best game of the year. We had high expectations for Ford coming into the season, but a broken hand hurt limited his production to start the year. We hope he can finish the season strong, and he's worth taking a flier on in all leagues. We don't expect Darrius Heyward-Bey to disappear, and Denarius Moore also showed signs of life against Denver, but Ford could be Oakland's best receiver from this point forward.

Josh Cribbs, Browns
Owned: 4 percent of leagues
Week 9: Had five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown at Houston.
Analysis: Fantasy owners are leery of using Cleveland receivers, and rightfully so. The Browns passing game isn't exactly flashy, but Cribbs has been productive the past two weeks with seven catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns against San Francisco and Houston. He has favorable matchups the next two games against St. Louis in Week 10 and Jacksonville in Week 11, and Fantasy owners in deeper leagues might be able to use him as a starting option if he continues to play at this level.

Earl Bennett, Bears
Owned: 5 percent of leagues
Week 9: Had five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Bennett returned in Week 9 after missing the past five games with a chest injury, and he showed an instant rapport with Jay Cutler once again. The two played with each other at Vanderbilt, and Cutler targeted Bennett five times. He might not score on a consistent basis with only five career touchdowns prior to this year, but he should be used in all PPR formats. He had 100 catches over his past two seasons and should finish the year as Chicago's best receiver as long as he can remain healthy.

Avoid 'Em

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Raiders
Owned: 15 percent of leagues
Week 9: Had one catch for 28 yards vs. Denver.
Analysis: Even though Houshmandzadeh is back with Palmer, don't expect him to be much of a factor going forward. He had just four targets against the Broncos, and the Raiders should rely on Ford, Moore and Heyward-Bey over Houshmandzadeh. His best days are behind him, and Fantasy owners should ignore him in all leagues.

Scout 'Em

Vincent Brown, Chargers
Owned: Not owned
Week 9: Had four catches for 79 yards vs. Green Bay.
Analysis: The Chargers could lean on Brown going forward as long as Malcom Floyd (hip) remains out. Floyd was out against the Packers, and Brown had six targets in the game. He is clearly behind Vincent Jackson, Antonio Gates and Mike Tolbert on the pecking order for passes, but Philip Rivers will spread the ball around. If Brown plays well against Oakland in Week 10 and Floyd is out for an extended period of time then you should consider adding him in deeper leagues.

Tight end

Add 'Em

Jake Ballard, Giants
Owned: 60 percent of leagues
Week 9: Had four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown at New England.
Analysis: Fantasy owners need to realize that Ballard is for real. He has three touchdowns in his past five games and continues to be a favorite target for Eli Manning with 14 targets in his past two games. At this point Ballard has become a better starting option than Vernon Davis, so if he's still available add him in all leagues.

Avoid 'Em

Anthony Fasano, Dolphins
Owned: 2 percent
Week 9: Had two catches for 38 yards and two touchdowns at Kansas City.
Analysis: Fasano had a great game in Week 9 with 15 Fantasy points, but he's just too inconsistent to trust. Prior to Week 9, Fasano had just 19 Fantasy points on the season. If he starts to become more of a red-zone target for the Dolphins then he might be worth adding in all leagues, but Fantasy owners can do much better than Fasano in most formats.

Scout 'Em

Jacob Tamme, Colts
Owned: Not owned
Week 9: Had two catches for 6 yards vs. Atlanta.
Analysis: Dallas Clark (leg) is out for Week 10 against Jacksonville and possibly longer, and Tamme showed in 2010 that he could be a capable replacement for Clark when he had 67 catches for 631 yards and four touchdowns. Granted, that was with Peyton Manning at quarterback, but if Tamme starts to play well with Clark out then he could be worth adding in deeper formats.

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Broncos kicker Brandon McManus kicks one field goal in win
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8:49 pm ET) Broncos kicker Brandon McManus converted one of his two field goal attempts to help the Broncos defeat the Dolphins 39-36 Week 12.

McManus converted a 38-yard field goal in the first quarter, but later missed a 33-yard field goal in the third quarter which was his third missed field goal of the season. He did convert all four of his extra point attempts. The Broncos will play at Kansas City Week 13.


Wacky day for Justin Hunter all around
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8:43 pm ET) To say Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter was just lucky Week 12 at Philadelphia wouldn't be entirely fair. He had 10 targets, most on the team and four more than in his previous two games combined. But then again, of his 64 yards, 40 of them came on his touchdown grab in the second quarter -- a pass that was intended for him, yes, but caught on a deflection.

Perhaps it wouldn't have made a difference -- the deflection didn't dramatically change the flight of the ball, and Hunter made an athletic play on it -- but because it wasn't a clean pitch and catch, I don't know that it's any kind of endorsement of he and rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger's rapport.

After all, he didn't do much with his other nine targets. And when he got 10 targets in Mettenberger's first start Week 8 against Houston, he caught just four of them for 31 yards.

Hunter certainly has big-play potential and may some day develop a good connection with Mettenberger, but this performance, even with all the targets and the touchdown, isn't enough to move the needle in Fantasy.


Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis does not attempt field goal Sunday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8:43 pm ET) The Dolphins had little user for kicker Caleb Sturgis during Week 12 loss to Denver.

Sturgis did not attempt a field goal, but connected on all four of his extra point attempts. The Dolphins next play Sunday at the Jets.


Cardinals QB Drew Stanton held in check vs. Seahawks
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:43 pm ET) Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton completed just 14 of his 26 pass attempts for 149 yards with no touchdowns and one interception while adding 23 rushing yards on four carries in his team's 19-3 loss to the Seahawks in Week 12.

Stanton had virtually no chance against a stout Seahawks secondary in Seattle while missing Larry Fitzgerald (knee). He was able to lead his second drive into Seahawks territory mainly on a pass-interference call but watched the Arizona kicker miss a 49-yard field goal. He didn't get the ball into Seattle territory again until his last drive of the first half, but the Cardinals had to settle for a short field goal with seconds left before halftime. The Cardinals were unable to penetrate further than the Seattle 40-yard line in the second half.

Stanton appeared to potentially suffer an ankle injury while failing on a third-down conversion in his final offensive drive but said after the game that it was nothing serious and that he would have come back into the game had the offense gotten the ball back. He may receive a little extra rest this week but should be good to go for his Week 13 matchup with the Falcons.


Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace contributes score in loss
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8:32 pm ET) Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace continued to be a red zone threat scoring on a 14-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill in a 39-36 loss to Denver Sunday.

The touchdown prevented Wallace from a truly dismal performance with Wallace catching four passes on five targets for 35 yards. It was Wallace’s seventh touchdown catch of the season. In 2013, Wallace accounted for five touchdown receptions. In Week 13, the Dolphins play at the New York Jets.


Jarvis Landry finds the end zone two more times
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8:29 pm ET) Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry played a huge role in Sunday's loss to the Broncos, as he continues to be a solid red-zone target.

Landry scored from 5 and 1 yards out, giving him four touchdowns in the red zone in the last four games. He was the team's most targeted player overall, with 11 of Ryan Tannehill's 36 passes going his way, and he hauled in seven of them  for 50 yards to lead the team.

Landry has yet to put together a big yardage game, but he has been consistently productive out of the slot recently, totaling between 46 and 53 yards in each of the last four games. Any Fantasy value he might have right now is tied to his ability to get into the end zone, which might not be sustainable, so continue to view him as a low-end Fantasy option overall. 


Colin Kaepernick's rushing game disappearing
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8:28 pm ET) 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's running game has disappeared and with it, much of his Fantasy value.

Kaepernick put together another pedestrian Fantasy performance in Week 12, as he finished with 15 points in the win over Washington. He has just 15 or fewer points in each of the team's last five games, and that has coincided, expectedly, with a dip hin his production as a rusher.

Through his first six games, Kaepernick was averaging 40.3 rushing yards and 21 Fantasy points per game, numbers that have tumbled to 18.8 and 14.2, respectively over the last five. He has a tough matchup on the way in Week 13, against a Seahawks defense that limited him to just 19 combined Fantasy points last season, so look for other options. 


LeSean McCoy looks as good as ever
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8:27 pm ET) After he averaged just 3.8 yards per carry Week 11 at Green Bay, questions about whether or not Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has lost a step resurfaced leading up to Week 12. He did his best to invalidate them against the Titans, though, rushing for 130 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

His defining play was a 53-yard run early in the fourth quarter in which he juked a defender and turned on the jets, breaking away from the secondary before getting run down deep in Titans territory. It was the kind of athletic move you'd expect from a 26-year-old coming off a rushing title but one we haven't seen much from McCoy this season.

Of course, whether or not McCoy has lost a step is kind of a moot point for his Fantasy owners. The window to trade him has most likely passed them by, and while he hasn't lived up to his average draft position, mostly because he hasn't been as involved in the passing game as in years past, he's been good enough to start every week, rushing for 80 or more yards in six of the Eagles' last seven games.

Perhaps the Titans defense, which entered the game ranked 31st against the run, contributed to this performance, but even if that's the case, you wouldn't consider sitting McCoy for Week 13 at Dallas.


Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders nets 125 receiving yards in win
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8:24 pm ET) Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was targeted a team-high 13 times and hauled in nine receptions for 125 yards during Week 12 win over the Dolphins.

Sanders was listed as probable going into the game after suffering a concussion Week 11 against St. Louis. Sanders appeared fully healthy notching his seventh game of the season with more than 100 receiving yards. Sanders could’ve had an even bigger day, but was overthrown on various attempts.

The Broncos will play at Kansas City Week 13.


Greg Zuerlein has field goal blocked Week 12
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8:20 pm ET) Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein nailed a 22-yard field goal Week 12 at San Diego, but his 46-yard try was blocked. He's 16 of 20 this season.

Zuerlein, who added three PATs for a six-point outing, plays the Raiders in Week 13.


 
 
 
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