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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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Cardinals' Larry Foote '50-50' on playing in 2015
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2:17 pm ET) Though Larry Foote is on the Cardinals' coaching staff at the moment, he hasn't ruled out a potential return to the team

Speaking to the team's website, Foote said he's "50-50" about playing in 2015. He talked about the factors that could play into whether or not he returns to playing. 

“Draft, what happens with (suspended linebacker) Darryl Washington, stuff like that, how my knee feels (after offseason surgery),” Foote said. “I’ll sit down with (Bruce Arians) and the next couple of months are really going to be the deciding factor.”

If Foote doesn't play, he'll be the linebackers coach for Arizona's upcoming season. He's been adjusting to the role of being a coach this offseason. 

“I am starting to like coaching,” Foote said. “It’s a little tough in the office, eating M&Ms, snacking all day, drinking coffee. I started my diet a couple days ago.”


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(4/25/2015) What was promised by general manager Dave Gettleman is now official - the Panthers have picked up the fifth-year option on the rookie contract of standout linebacker Luke Kuechly, per the team website.

The two-time Pro Bowler has led the NFL in tackles in two of his three seasons and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. He has racked up 473 tackles since 2012, the most in the NFL.


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(4/25/2015) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta hopes to take the field in time for the 2015 season, but admits it's too early to determine if that goal can become a reality.

Pitta has undergone surgeries to repair a fractured and dislocated hip in each of the last two years.

"We still have some time to be able to assess where I'm at," Pitta told the Baltimore Sun. "I sure hope that I'll be on the field next year. That's my hope; that's my goal. We'll just see if I can get there."

Pitta has played in just seven games in the last two seasons combined.


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by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez said he wasn't concerned that the team signed Tim Tebow, because the Eagles told him Tebow was just there to throw in camp.

"We needed another guy to throw while Sam's (Bradford) still recovering. So that's the reason (for the signing), at least as explained to me," Sanchez said, per CSN Philadelphia

The Eagles signed Tebow on Monday. He hasn't played in the NFL since getting cut by the Patriots at the end of training camp prior to the 2013 season. He spent last year as a television analyst for the SEC Network. 

Tebow and Sanchez were teammates on the Jets in 2012. Tebow's presence as a back-up created a quarterback controversy among fans and media that last ed throughout the season. 


Vikings CB Terence Newman has familiarity with Mike Zimmer
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Vikings cornerback Terence Newman won't have a steep learning curve now that he's with his new team. 

Newman played under Vikings coach Mike Zimmer when he was the defensive coordinator with the Cowboys. Drafted in 2003, Newman learned Zimmer's defense from his rookie season through 2006, before Zimmer left to take the same position with the Falcons. 

“I just know exactly what to expect from him as a coach, as well as everybody else in this locker room,” Newman told the Vikings' website. “You play your best football under him.”

In his career, Newman has recorded 741 tackles and 37 interceptions. Entering his 13th NFL year, Newman has already impressed his teammates with voluntary workouts underway. 

“I met with him and he seemed like a great guy,” cornerback Xavier Rhodes said. “Like he’s going to come in and teach us what we need to know about the technique of the game and about the defense because he’s been in it before, so he’s going to help us out a lot. He’s a big asset to this team and the defense.”


Chiefs pick up option on NT Dontari Poe
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The Chiefs have exercised their fifth-year option on two-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Dontari Poe, per NFL.com. He is set in Kansas City through 2016, when he will earn $6.146 million.

The 350-pound Poe has earned the money. He racked up six sacks and contributed to 46 tackles in 2014.


Lions GM Mayhew OK with James Ihedigbo skipping workouts
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(4/24/2015) Safety James Ihedigbo was the lone absence from voluntary workouts this week for the Lions. But general manager Martin Mayhew understands. After all, Ihedigbo's agent has stated that he would not work without a new contract.

"I look forward to talking with James," Mayhew told ESPN. "I understand what he's going through. I've been through that myself as a player, when I felt that a time in my career that I was underpaid and I had to deal with that.

"So I have empathy for him. I understand what he's going through and I look forward to sitting down and talking with him. I have great respect for him as a player, as a man. I've gotten to know him a little bit away from football and I understand how he feels."

Mayhew declined to discuss whether the Liins will rework Ihedigbo's contract.

The 31-year-old Ihedigbo contributed 71 tackles and two sacks with a career-high four interceptions in 2014 despite missing three games at the start of the year with a nerve injury. He earned Pro Bowl alternate status.


Eagles withdraw qualifying offer to RB Chris Polk
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(4/24/2015) Running back Chris Polk is now a free agent. 

According to the NFL transaction wire, the Eagles rescinded their $1.6 million tender they offered this past March. The Eagles placed the tender on Polk, previously a restricted free agent, before signing both DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews in free agency. 

With Darren Sproles on the roster, it didn't make much sense for Polk to stay with the Eagles. 

In 2014, Polk ran for 172 yards and four touchdowns. 


RB Bobby Rainey signs qualifying offer with Buccaneers
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The Buccaneers have announced that running back Bobby Rainey has signed a one-year qualifying offer the team extended to him before the free agency period. He was a restricted free agent and was given an opportunity to negotiate with other teams.

Rainey will compete for playing time with Tampa Bay. He rushed for 406 yards in 2014, but faded at the end of the season with just two carries in the last six games combined.


Jaguars planning to play 2015 season without Justin Blackmon
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(4/24/2015) As far as the Jaguars are concerned, Justin Blackmon will not be lining up at receiver for them this season. 

At least that's the approach Jacksonville is taking. Blackmon has been indefinitely suspended since Nov. 1 2013 for three violations of the substance-abuse policy under the old CBA.

"Our process hasn't changed," Caldwell said, via ESPN.com. "[We] plan to go without him, but if he emerges, he emerges, and he's going to go in with those top guys and compete with those other guys. Hopefully we're able to get some news, but if not we weren't planning on [having Blackmon]. We're just going to go [without him]."

Before he can re-join the Jaguars, he'll need to file an application for reinstatement, with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell making a decision within a 60-day window. The application letter would include details of the treatment he's received. 

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