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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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Player News
Report: Titans S Bernard Pollard wants to be released
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:52 am ET) Titans safety Bernard Pollard has requested a release from his contract, The Tennessean reports. He is scheduled to make $3.1 million in the final season of his two-year deal in 2015.

Pollard submitted his request to general manager Ruston Webster at the end of the regular season, per the report. He is recovering from a ruptured Achilles and wants to play in 2015, but said on The Tennessean's Bernard Pollard Show earlier this month that he was unsure of his future with the Titans.

"I am not getting any younger, so I want to win, I really do. I want to win,'' Pollard said. "Looking at how things took place this year, looking at where (the Titans) need to be for next year, that is a tough, tough question, and I don't even know if they can give me the answer. I have one year on my deal, but it is going to take some time."

Pollard has been out of his walking boot for a month and is making progress in rehab. He suffered his Achilles injury in Week 5 and was placed on injured reserve.


Patriots fairly healthy heading into Super Bowl Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) The Patriots will be at nearly full strength for Sunday’s Super Bowl as the following players have been listed as probable: Tom Brady (ankle), Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), Chris Jones (elbow), Akeem Ayers (knee), Darrelle Revis (non-injury-related) and Sealver Siliga (foot).

All except Brady were limited participants in practice Friday. The only question mark is center Bryan Stork, who is questionable with a knee injury and was limited in practice Friday.

The Patriots are currently 1-point favorites against Seattle.


Seahawks unveil final injury report in preparation for Super Bowl
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) The Seahawks have listed the following players as probable for the Super Bowl on Sunday: J.R. Sweezy (ankle), Justin Britt (knee), Marshawn Lynch (back), Earl Thomas (shoulder), Richard Sherman (elbow) and Kam Chancellor (knee).

Chancellor was a late addition to the injury report, when he fell on the next-to-last play of practice and missed the last play. He was not limping on his way off. All other players were full participants in practice Friday.

The Seahawks are currently 1-point underdogs against New England.


Saints tight end Jimmy Graham to avoid surgery on shoulder
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Friday he will avoid surgery on his shoulder after testing it at the Pro Bowl. 

"I’ve been doing rehab and I’m going to start back on my rehab Monday and really there’s going to be no surgery," Graham told SiriusXM radio. "I’m just going to do rehab, strengthen the area. That’s what’s best — not having to take six months off and try to heal up with a surgery, but now have those six months to work on all things I need to to try and hopefully get to a place like (the Super Bowl) next year."

Graham, who had 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014, fought off the injury for most of the season. He was still unsure about having surgery before the Pro Bowl last week.

"It was something that really needed some rest and unfortunately it wasn’t able to get that during the season," he said. "It happened early and then you have about 10 straight weeks of trying to make it to the game. Now after having about three or four weeks and last week kind of testing it at the Pro Bowl, it feels great."


Vikings' Greg Jennings: We all want Adrian Peterson back
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Vikings veteran wideout Greg Jennings said during a SiriusXM NFL Radio interview on Friday that embattled running back Adrian Peterson is wanted back by everyone in the organization, per ESPN.

"I don't know if he'll be back. I can't answer that question," Jennings said. "But what I do know is that if he does come back, he'd be accepted with open arms. As an organization from the Wilfs on down, we all want him back. So, I mean, it's a touchy subject and he's been the franchise player -- face of that team -- for eight years. So it will be a loss, a huge loss, if we can't get him back, and that's the nature of this business."

In November, Peterson was suspended by the league without pay for the rest of the season, making him ineligible for reinstatement until at least April 15. The move came after Peterson pleaded no contest to recklessly injuring his 4-year-old son last May. He is under contract with the Vikings for next season, and is set to earn $12.75 million.

It's unclear at this point if Jennings has talked to Zygi and Mark Wilf about the Peterson situation. What is clear is that the team is not allowed to communicate with Peterson during his suspension.


Eagles' Maclin believes contract will take care of itself
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin believes he will be back in Philadelphia in next season. His representatives and the Eagles are in the process of negotiating a new contract for the 27-year-old, who will become a free agent in March unless he is re-signed.

"I'm excited about what the future holds," Maclin said on Friday. "Once again, both sides have made it known what we want to do. I think it will take care of itself."

He could be franchise tagged if a deal is not signed. The tag number for wide receivers is yet to be determined.

Maclin had 85 catches in 2014 for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns in Philadelphia.


Bears sign LB DeDe Lattimore to two-year contract extension
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) The Bears have signed linebacker DeDe Lattimore to a two-year contract extension. He appeared in 10 games as a rookie in 2014, recording five special teams tackles.

Jaguars' Khan 'very optimistic' about WR Blackmon being reinstated
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Jaguars owner Shahid Khan said Friday he is "very optimistic" about wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who missed the 2014 season after being suspended indefinitely for a third violation of the league's substance abuse policy, being reinstated to the NFL.

"I think he's paid his dues and I think he's got his life together," Khan said, per The Florida Times-Union.


NFLPA president Eric Winston: New conduct policy 'violates CBA'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) After the union field a grievance last week against the NFL over changes to the NFL personal conduct policy, Players Association president Eric Winston said Thursday the new policy "violates the CBA in several ways and we're going to be grieving this as far as we can."

NFL owners unanimously approved the changes in December.

"We have an agreement with the league and they have an agreement with us," Winston said, per the Associated Press. "We're going to hold them to that agreement. Many aspects of this policy fall outside of the CBA and we're going to continue fighting it going forward."

Following former Ravens running back Ray Rice's domestic violence case and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's child abuse case, a more extensive list of prohibited conduct was included in the policy, as well as criteria for paid leave for anyone charged with a violent crime. A suspension of six games without pay for violations involving assault, sexual assault, battery, domestic violence, child abuse and other forms of family violence will be in effect.

"The league's revised conduct policy was the product of a tremendous amount of analysis and work and is based on input from a broad and diverse group of experts within and outside of football, including current players, former players, and the NFL Players Association," the league said in a statement last week.

"We and the public firmly believe that all NFL personnel should be held accountable to a stronger, more effective conduct policy. Clearly, the union does not share that belief."


Eric Decker 'pushing' for Demaryius Thomas to sign with Jets
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is set to become a free agent in March, unless he agrees to a contract extension or Denver uses the franchise tag on him. If he does become a free agent, former teammate Eric Decker hopes Thomas would consider joining him on the Jets roster.

Decker spent a few days in Arizona this week with Thomas filming a commercial.

“I’ve been pushing for the entire year now,” Decker said in a telephone interview with The New York Post. “It was just another opportunity to talk to him about it. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens. I think it would be tough for Denver to let him go. So whether they franchise-tag him here in the next month or give him a long-term deal, he’s just one of those premier players in this league.

"If he happens to make it to free agency, I would love to sign him because playing alongside him for four years and especially the last two years made it a lot of fun and made it a lot easier. He’s just one of the great players in this league.”

Thomas recorded a career-best 1,619 receiving yards in 2014. It was his third straight season of 1,000-plus receiving yards. He also had at least 10 touchdowns for a third straight season.


 
 
 
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