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Waiver Wire: Another must-add runner

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Rashad Jennings was drafted in Round 10 on average in CBSSports.com leagues this year. His ownership in Week 1 was 84 percent.

But after suffering a knee injury in the season opener at Minnesota and watching Maurice Jones-Drew look like a star following his offseason holdout, many Fantasy owners dropped Jennings. That could be a regrettable transaction.

Jones-Drew suffered a foot injury in Week 7 at Oakland and is already ruled out for Week 8 at Green Bay. There is a chance he could miss several weeks, if not the rest of the season, which should make Jennings a star. He will be the most added player in all leagues this week, and he is worth at least 30 percent of your remaining bid points.

We have another week with several prominent running backs on bye (Arian Foster, Ray Rice, Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller), so many owners may also be looking at LaRod Stephens-Howling or Jonathan Dwyer, especially if Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) remains out. We'll also address the future value of quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Brandon Weeden, receivers Jeremy Kerley and Santana Moss and tight end Dustin Keller.

Editor's note: Must add is for players worth adding in all leagues. Maybe add is for players worth adding in 14-team leagues or larger. Desperation add is for players worth adding only if you're, well, desperate. The ownership percentage listed is how many leagues that player was owned in the previous week for CBSSports.com.

Quarterbacks

Must add: Josh Freeman, Buccaneers (62 percent), Brandon Weeden, Browns (33 percent)
Maybe add: Sam Bradford, Rams (41 percent), Jake Locker, Titans (24 percent), Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins (20 percent), Matt Hasselbeck, Titans (16 percent)
Desperation add: Mark Sanchez, Jets (16 percent), John Skelton, Cardinals (7 percent), Brady Quinn, Chiefs (3 percent)
The breakdown: We told you last week in this space that Freeman had the chance to be helpful against the Saints, and he responded with 34 Fantasy points. He now has 63 Fantasy points in his past two games and should be considered a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback with upside going forward. As long as Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams continue to make outstanding plays for Freeman, his value will continue to rise. ... If I needed a replacement quarterback for this week, I would consider Weeden or Bradford over Freeman. Weeden is averaging 20 Fantasy points a game over the past three weeks and he gets San Diego at home. The Chargers have allowed 12 passing touchdowns and at least 250 passing yards in their past four games. Bradford also gets the Patriots this week, and New England has allowed five quarterbacks to score multiple touchdowns against them and four to reach at least 325 passing yards. ... If you need a Titans quarterback this week then Hasselbeck is the safer option since he should start against the Colts, who have allowed five quarterbacks to pass for multiple touchdowns this season. But if you're looking long-term then gamble on Locker, who still has plenty of upside once his left shoulder is healthy. He is expected to resume his starting job soon. ... In deeper leagues you might look at Tannehill as a bye-week replacement at the Jets, who have allowed three quarterbacks to throw multiple touchdowns this year. You can also consider Quinn against the Raiders with Matt Cassel (head) out, but that's more of a desperation play at best.

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Running backs

Must add: Andre Brown, Giants (72 percent), Daryl Richardson, Rams (70 percent), Montario Hardesty, Browns (43 percent), Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers (37 percent), LaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals (21 percent), Rashad Jennings, Jaguars (20 percent)
Maybe add: Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons (48 percent), Peyton Hillis, Chiefs (45 percent), Mike Goodson, Raiders (31 percent), Daniel Thomas, Dolphins (31 percent), Jamie Harper, Titans (1 percent)
Desperation add: Phillip Tanner, Cowboys (14 percent), Cedric Peerman, Bengals (8 percent), Chris Rainey, Steelers (2 percent)
The breakdown: Jennings could be the Jaguars starter for the rest of the season if Jones-Drew ends up with a serious foot injury, and Jennings did well in relief against the Raiders in Week 7 with 15 Fantasy points. He is capable of posting double digits on a weekly basis if he continues to see as much work as he got at Oakland with 21 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown and seven catches for 58 yards. Jones-Drew had at least 18 total touches in three of the first five games. Plan on starting Jennings in Week 8 at the Packers, who have allowed four running backs to reach double digits in Fantasy points. ... If you miss on Jennings and need help this week your next target should be Dwyer, who had 17 carries for 122 yards at the Bengals in Week 7. If Mendenhall and Isaac Redman (ankle) are out again in Week 8 then we would start Dwyer against the Redskins, who have allowed seven running backs to reach at least nine Fantasy points. ... Brown scored against Washington last week and is back as the handcuff to Ahmad Bradshaw, who is again battling foot problems. Every Bradshaw owner better have Brown on their roster. ... Owners looking to stash someone should add Stephens-Howling, who should remain the No. 1 running back for the Cardinals going forward. He had 20 Fantasy points at Minnesota in Week 7, but he won't be worth starting in Week 8 against San Francisco. Still, he could turn into a flex option, especially if you're stuck due to injuries, and it appears like William Powell will go back to a reserve role. ... You should also plan on stashing Richardson, who continues to get more work for the Rams and has 16 Fantasy points in his past two games. ... If you have the roster space, stash guys who have struggled like Rodgers and Hillis. If either gets a chance at increased playing time we could be looking at quality production. ... Harper has three touchdowns in his past two games, which is hurting Chris Johnson. Owners in standard formats could add him if you are in dire need, and he could score again this week against the Colts. ... Hardesty had a terrible game against the Colts in Week 7 with seven carries for 28 yards in relief of Trent Richardson (ribs), but there's a chance Richardson could be out in Week 8. If that happens then Hardesty could be a flex option against the Chargers, who have allowed four running backs to reach double digits in Fantasy points this year. ... Thomas (head) should return this week against the Jets. He scored against them in Week 3.

Wide receivers

Must add: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders (54 percent), Brandon Gibson, Rams (51 percent), Jeremy Kerley, Jets (45 percent), Brandon LaFell, Panthers (42 percent), Santana Moss, Redskins (40 percent), Chris Givens, Rams (16 percent)
Maybe add: Davone Bess, Dolphins (42 percent), Titus Young, Lions (35 percent), Greg Little, Browns (31 percent), Brandon Stokley, Broncos (20 percent), Ryan Broyles, Lions (1 percent)
Desperation add: Vincent Brown, Chargers (9 percent), Cecil Shorts, Jaguars (7 percent)
The breakdown: If you're looking for a one-week replacement option take a chance on Givens and Gibson (in that order) with their matchup against the Patriots, who have allowed five touchdowns to opposing receivers in their past three games. ... Kerley is also a good option this week and long-term as the No. 1 receiver for the Jets since Santonio Holmes (foot) went down. He has at least nine Fantasy points in two of his past three games. ... LaFell is going to be hit or miss all season, but he has three games with double digits in Fantasy points in six games and should remain on most rosters as a reserve option. ... I'd also hold onto Heyward-Bey, who had four catches for 85 yards on seven targets in Week 7 against Jacksonville. Like LaFell, he could remain a quality reserve option or spot starter. ... Moss is emerging as the No. 1 receiver for the Redskins with Pierre Garcon (toe) hurt, and Garcon could be out for the next two games. Moss has three touchdowns in his past three games, but he's doing it on limited catches (nine) and targets (13). Still, the production is hard to ignore, and he could help during the bye weeks. ... Don't be surprised if Bess has a good game this week against the Jets. He had five catches for 86 yards against them in Week 3 and Antonio Cromartie will likely line up against Brian Hartline this week. ... Little teased us again in Week 7 with six catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. If he could eliminate the drops he would be a good No. 3 receiver in deeper leagues, especially with the emergence of Josh Gordon drawing coverage. ... Stash Brown if you can. When he's healthy from his broken ankle he could emerge as a top target for the Chargers. ... Young and Broyles will vie to replace the injured Nate Burleson (broken leg), with Broyles potentially having more upside. ... Stokley has three touchdowns in his past four games.

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Tight ends

Must add: Dustin Keller, Jets (25 percent)
Maybe add: Brandon Myers, Raiders (30 percent), Joel Dreessen, Broncos (21 percent)
Desperation add: Dallas Clark, Buccaneers (9 percent), Rob Housler, Cardinals (1 percent), David Thomas, Saints (1 percent), Chris Cooley, Redskins (0 percent), Logan Paulsen, Redskins (0 percent)
The breakdown: Tight end isn't a position of priority this week with Owen Daniels the only standout option on a bye. Scott Chandler, Dennis Pitta and Jermaine Gresham are also off, but they haven't been starting every week in the majority of leagues. If you need a one-week replacement or want to gamble on a tight end then look at Keller. In the first game where he was likely healthy all year after battling a hamstring problem he had seven targets for seven catches, 93 yards and a touchdown at the Patriots. Even with the emergence of Kerley, Keller will likely be Sanchez's go-to option the rest of the season and could end up as a quality reserve or spot starter in most leagues. ... I'd also consider adding Dreessen, who has a touchdown in three of his past four games. He continues to outplay Jacob Tamme in terms of Fantasy production and could be a bye-week replacement against the Saints in Week 8. ... Myers is still looking for his first NFL touchdown, but he has been a good option in PPR leagues with at least five catches in four games this season. ... The Redskins need a tight end to replace the injured Fred Davis (Achilles), but Cooley and Paulsen are not recommended options in most formats. ... Thomas could have value in deeper formats if Jimmy Graham (ankle) is out, but we expect Graham to return soon. ... Clark has been a disappointment with the Bucs, but he did score his first touchdown in 2012 in Week 7 against the Saints, which could be something to build off.

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Still, the Browns have chosen to part ways with Hoyer after signing Josh McCown to a three-year, $14 million contract last week. However, it doesn't seem Hoyer holds any ill will toward the Browns.

"It's good for both sides to get a fresh start and go our separate ways," Hoyer said. "Being from here, I'll always root for the Browns. I know I'm going to be continuing my football career somewhere."

Hoyer could be one of the more sought after free-agent quarterbacks now that McCown is headed to Cleveland and the Bills acquired Matt Cassell. The Jets, Titans, Rams and Texans could all be looking to add a quarterback to the roster. 

"It's an exciting time, my first time as a free agent," Hoyer said. "You don't know where you'll be living in two months. The good thing is I'll have an opportunity to be on an NFL team, and hopefully, compete for a starting job. ... I have a lot to offer whatever team I go to. My best football is still ahead."


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Barring any offseason moves, the Lions could once again look to Bell as their feature back in 2015, especially since Bush is no longer on the roster following his release last week.

“I think we worked well together,” Bell told the team's official website of his relationship with Bush. “I think we proved our tandem our first season playing together when we made history. But I’m definitely ready to handle whatever the team needs me to do."

Bell, who has totaled 15 rushing touchdowns the last two seasons, had his best year as a pro in '14 and showed the football world he could handle a job as a feature back in the NFL.

“I think it was more so for the front office and for coaches to see that I could handle that,” he said. “It wasn’t for me as a player. I know what I can and can’t handle as a player. As far as me carrying the load, I know what I can and can’t do.

“I always knew I had the ability. It was just about getting the opportunity. I didn’t know when that opportunity would come. I just had to be patient and wait."


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Negotiations between Rolle and the Giants have not gone well, but Rolle did not rule out re-signing with the Giants. If no deal can be worked out, Rolle will become a free agent March 10.

"This is strictly a business move," Rolle said. "If there's 32 teams interested, I'm going to listen to all 32 teams."


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(3/5/2015) The Panthers announced they signed tight end Greg Olsen to a three-year contract extension on Thursday that will keep him in Carolina through the 2018 season, per the team's official website. The extension is worth $22.5 million, with a $12 million signing bonus, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

Olsen, 29, is fresh off a career year after setting franchise records for receptions (84) and receiving yards (1,008) by a tight end in a season. He cracked the 1,000-yard threshold for the first time in eight seasons in the NFL. He has 5,188 yards and 52 touchdowns in his career, and is the only tight end to catch at least five touchdown passes every year since 2008.


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The former undrafted free agent has been with the Broncos for three years.  Since being signed, he's played on every punt, field goal and extra point snap.


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(3/5/2015) The 49ers announced they've signed veteran receiver Jerome Simpson to a two-year deal on Thursday. 

Simpson, 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, was a former second-round draft selection by the Bengals in 2008. He was last with the Vikings and totaled a single-season best 726 receiving yards in 2013. 

He didn't play in 2014 after the Vikings cut him following a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. 


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The Colts also placed tenders on exclusive-rights free agents OLB Daniel Adongo, RB Dan Herron and OLB Cam Johnson.


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(3/5/2015) As expected, the Raiders have released defensive end LaMarr Woodley on Thursday, per the team's official website.

Woodley, 30, spent his first seven seasons in Pittsburgh before he signed a two-year contract with the Raiders last offseason. He had just five tackles last season with the Raiders, and 304 tackles (57 sacks) through eight seasons in the league. He was scheduled to make $3.85 million with a salary cap hit of $5.1875 million.  


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The move, according to the Kansas City Star, will save the club $2.7 million in cap space. He was slated to earn a base salary of $2.35 million, with a roster bonus of $300,000 and a workout bonus of $50,000. 

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"After much discussion with my family and business team during the offseason, I've decided to retire from the National Football League. The past nine years were absolutely amazing! I'll be forever grateful to the countless people who have assisted me throughout my NFL journey. To my fans, and NFL fans worldwide, you are the absolute greatest! But for you, our league would not exist. Football has been a central part of my life over the past 24 years. But, now I'm excited and looking forward to the next chapter of my life."

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