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Waiver Wire: Key additions to be had

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Week 10 was bad for quarterbacks. And no, this has nothing to do with Eli Manning's poor performance (again). Four quarterbacks suffered injuries, which could lead to four new starters in Week 11.

Michael Vick, Jay Cutler and Alex Smith all suffered concussions, and Ben Roethlisberger injured his right shoulder. The good news is Manning is the only starting Fantasy option on a bye, but now every Vick and Roethlisberger owner is also looking for a replacement.

Of these injured quarterbacks, the only one with a backup worth using this week is Vick because Nick Foles has a tremendous matchup against the Redskins. We would consider adding him and using him as a starter if needed.

The other backup options -- Jason Campbell (Bears), Colin Kaepernick (49ers) and Byron Leftwich (Steelers) -- should not be started in most formats in Week 11 either because of a bad matchup or they just aren't trustworthy as Fantasy options.

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: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills (72 percent), Nick Foles, Eagles (10 percent)
Maybe add: Russell Wilson, Seahawks (42 percent), Sam Bradford, Rams (35 percent), Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins (29 percent), Jake Locker, Titans (20 percent), Colin Kaepernick, 49ers (2 percent)
Desperation add: Tim Tebow, Jets (8 percent), Jason Campbell, Bears (1 percent), Byron Leftwich, Steelers (0 percent)
The breakdown: If you're stuck at quarterback this week with Manning on a bye (it feels like he's been on a bye for three weeks) or need to replace Vick or Roethlisberger, then your best bet of this group is likely Foles with his matchup with the Redskins. Josh Freeman in Week 4 is the only quarterback to face Washington this year without throwing for either 300 yards or multiple touchdowns. It's obviously risky to trust Foles in his first NFL start, but in a desperation situation he could come through after he had 219 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception in replacing Vick against the Cowboys. ... Fitzpatrick can be a spot starter as well with his matchup against the Dolphins, who have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in two of the past three games. He struggled against Miami in two games last year with 525 passing yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions against the Dolphins, but he's coming off a productive game with 22 Fantasy points at the Patriots, which is great momentum. ... The reason Wilson isn't a must add is his remaining schedule. He's been great at home (at least 20 Fantasy points in his past three games in Seattle) compared to on the road (only one game with more than 11 Fantasy points in five outings). His remaining schedule the next five weeks after a Week 11 bye has one home game in Week 14 against Arizona compared to road games at Miami, Chicago and Buffalo. ... Bradford could be used in two-quarterback leagues against the Jets, but he's risky in standard formats. The same goes for Tannehill at the Bills. They aren't the toughest matchups, but neither quarterback has been consistent all season. Look at Bradford over Tannehill because the return of Danny Amendola makes Bradford a different quarterback. ... Kaepernick could be a solid Fantasy quarterback, but his lone start could be Week 11 against the Bears, which won't be a good matchup. ... Locker has plenty of potential for the rest of the season, especially in two–quarterback leagues. He has favorable matchups ahead against Jacksonville in Week 12 and Indianapolis in Week 14. ... Keep Tebow on your radar in deeper formats, just in case the Jets realize that this team is going nowhere with Mark Sanchez. ... Roethlisberger was hurt Monday night against Kansas City, which could open the door for Leftwich to start in Week 12 against the Ravens. We'd stay away. The same goes for Campbell with his matchup at the 49ers.

Running backs

Must add: Daniel Thomas, Dolphins (65 percent), Marcel Reece, Raiders (48 percent), Mark Ingram, Saints (41 percent), Beanie Wells, Cardinals (38 percent), James Starks, Packers (26 percent), Chris Ivory, Saints (2 percent)
Maybe add: Danny Woodhead, Patriots (54 percent), Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons (53 percent), Cedric Benson, Packers (35 percent), Ronnie Hillman, Broncos (29 percent)
Desperation add: Bernard Pierce, Ravens (9 percent), Justin Forsett, Texans (2 percent), Lance Dunbar, Cowboys (1 percent)
The breakdown: There are a lot of familiar names on this list because not much has changed from last week. I even left off the guys you know about already that you can add if needed like Joique Bell, Ronnie Brown, Kendall Hunter, Daryl Richardson and Shane Vereen since they didn't do much in Week 10 but can still be valuable reserves. ... For this week, Reece remains the best running back to add as long as Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are out with high ankle sprains. Reece had 104 total yards against the Ravens in Week 10 and he has a great matchup against the Saints this week. ... In that same game, look for Ingram and Ivory to help carry the load with Darren Sproles (hand) out. Ivory scored for the second game in a row, and he had just seven carries for 72 yards. Ingram had more work with 16 carries for 67 yards, but add Ivory over Ingram because he's the more explosive runner. ... Add Starks if you need a bye-week replacement for Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Chris Johnson or Ahmad Bradshaw. He should remain the starter for the Packers even in tandem with Alex Green, but he could be a flex option in deeper leagues. ... Wells, as we've been saying for weeks, should return in Week 12 from his toe injury. The same goes for Benson in Week 14 from his foot injury. Add Wells now to stash in case you need running back help starting next week, and Benson is worth adding if you want a potential option for the Fantasy playoffs. ... Fumble issues continue to plague Reggie Bush and Willis McGahee. While each will remain the starter, Thomas and Hillman could continue to see more action for the Dolphins and Broncos, respectively. Thomas has already taken playing time away from Bush for the past few weeks but has failed to do much with it. Still, he can be a flex option in Week 11 at Buffalo. ... Woodhead had a great game against the Bills with two touchdowns but aside from Stevan Ridley, the Patriots running backs are too inconsistent to trust as starting options. We would only consider Woodhead a flex in PPR leagues. ... Memo to the Falcons: Please give Rodgers more touches. You don't have to bench Michael Turner, but Rodgers might make the offense more explosive if he had more than just seven touches like he did against the Saints in Week 10 (he finished with 62 total yards).

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Wide receivers

Must add: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders (63 percent), Cecil Shorts, Jaguars (61 percent), Golden Tate, Seahawks (40 percent), Donald Jones, Bills (13 percent)
Maybe add: Donnie Avery, Colts (39 percent), Andrew Hawkins, Bengals (37 percent), Brandon Stokley, Broncos (24 percent), Laurent Robinson, Jaguars (9 percent), Michael Floyd, Cardinals (8 percent), Danario Alexander, Chargers (3 percent)
Desperation add: Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers (29 percent), Alshon Jeffery, Bears (18 percent), Brian Quick, Rams (3 percent), Mohamed Sanu, Bengals (2 percent), Jarius Wright, Vikings (0 percent), Riley Cooper, Eagles (0 percent)
The breakdown: Heyward-Bey should be added in all leagues. He has at least seven Fantasy points in each of his past four games with two touchdowns over that span. He gets the Saints this week at home and is worth starting in all formats. ... Shorts has a difficult matchup in Week 11 at Houston, but he has double digits in Fantasy points in three of his past four games. He should be on every roster going forward, especially with matchups against Tennessee in Week 12, Buffalo in Week 13 and Miami in Week 15. Robinson has 24 targets the past two games, although he has just nine Fantasy points to show for it. He's worth keeping an eye on, especially with those favorable matchups ahead. ... Tate, like Wilson, is better at home than on the road, but he's also worth owning in all leagues since he has six touchdowns on the season, including one at Carolina in Week 5. ... Jones has at least six Fantasy points in his past three games with 24 targets over that span and faces a suspect Miami secondary on Thursday. ... Avery, like Jones, has the chance for a big Week 12 with his matchup at New England. Jones just had six catches for 74 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots, which bodes well for Avery. ... Alexander has given Philip Rivers a quality weapon with eight catches for 195 yards and a touchdown the past two games and he has proven to be a decent receiver when healthy. In deeper leagues, add him now. ... Floyd has 18 targets the past two games and has come away with 10 catches for 116 yards over that span. Owners in dynasty leagues should take notice. ... Hawkins scored in Week 10, which was his first touchdown since Week 3. Maybe he can build off this performance, but he's someone to monitor. ... Every now and then Stokley finds the end zone, as he has four touchdowns on the season and three in his past five games. In deeper formats, he could be worth adding with the hope he scores on a more regular basis. ... Jeffery is someone to monitor for when he returns from his broken hand, which should be soon.

Tight ends

Must add: Dustin Keller, Jets (61 percent), Scott Chandler, Bills (64 percent), Dwayne Allen, Colts (25 percent)
Maybe add: Jared Cook, Titans (61 percent), Dennis Pitta, Ravens (41 percent), Logan Paulsen, Redskins (8 percent)
Desperation add: Dallas Clark, Buccaneers (12 percent), Tony Moeaki, Chiefs (2 percent)
The breakdown: Despite his poor game at Seattle with just three catches for 47 yards, I still have faith in Keller. Don't give up on him just yet. ... Chandler scored in Week 10 against the Patriots, which was his first touchdown since Week 4. He faces the Dolphins in Week 11 and he had five catches for 71 yards in one meeting with Miami last year. ... Allen has a favorable matchup against the Patriots in Week 11. New England has allowed either 60 receiving yards or a touchdown to seven of nine tight ends this season. ... Cook scored against the Dolphins in Week 10, which was his first touchdown since Week 5. He is a matchup-based tight end going forward. ... Pitta scored in Week 10 against Oakland, which was his first touchdown since Week 3. Hopefully he can build on this performance, but he has a tough matchup in Week 11 at Pittsburgh. ... Paulsen is someone to monitor because he has 13 catches for 178 yards on 20 targets the past three games. He has done well with Fred Davis (Achilles) out.

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Eagles' Walter Thurmond moves to safety
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5:20 pm ET) The Eagles have made a lot of moves to improve their defense this offseason, one of which was to bring Walter Thurmond aboard.

Most thought he would play cornerback, but Chip Kelly announced Thursday that Thurmond has moved to safety, per nj.com.

Thurmond said the coaching staff approached him about the idea some time ago, giving him the option to compete at either position. 

"It was a couple weeks ago, just after the draft, they asked me how I would feel about moving to safety,'' Thurmond said. "They said I could stay and compete at corner, or I could move to safety and compete there. After drafting three corners, even though some of them might be safeties, they thought it would be better for me at safety. I'm good with it. I just want to play."

The move is intriguing given that Thurmond has never played a game at the safety position, but he isn't concerned too much about that.

"I've played it in practice, but never in a game,'' Thurmond said. "In this defense, though, it's not much different than playing in the nickel.''


Buccaneers DE Jacquies Smith opens OTAs on first team
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:16 pm ET) Buccaneers defensive end Jacquies Smith was part of the first-team defense in Thursday's open OTA practice, the first of the offseason, per the team's website.

Smith and George Johnson were the bookends on the defensive line, surrounding Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald. Lavonte David and Danny Lansanah were the two linebackers in the nickel set, with Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks at corner and Chris Conte and Major Wright at safety. Sterling Moore and Isaiah Frey each played nickel.

Smith was a castoff by Buffalo early last season but developed into a rotational end with the Buccaneers, racking up 6 1/2 sacks.


Cowboys sign fourth-rounder Damien Wilson
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:11 pm ET) The Cowboys have announced the signing of rookie linebacker Damien Wilson. Bringing the fourth-round pick in the fold leaves only first-rounder Byron Jones unsigned.

Wilson was a tackling machine last year at the University of Minnesota, racking up 119, including 10.5 for losses and four sacks. He has worked in the first-team nickel package in practice both in the middle and on the weakside.


Packers WR Jordy Nelson post-surgery: 'Everything is going well'
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:55 pm ET) Packers standout wideout Jordy Nelson admitted Thursday to having hip surgery in the offseason, but downplayed its significance.

Nelson attended the OTA session, but did not participate aside from throwing the ball around a bit.

"Everything is going well," he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "...We're just going to continue to progress ... I don't have any worries about anything that's of importance down the road."

Nelson did state that if the hip wasn't bothering him last year, he wouldn't have opted for surgery. "Just an opportunity to get some things cleaned up," he added.

The veteran is coming off his most productive season. He established career-highs in receptions (98) and yards (1,519).


Eagles RB Murray to Randle: 'Hopefully he can taste some of that meat'
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(4:48 pm ET) Eagles running back DeMarco Murray and his former teammate Joseph Randle have an interesting back-and-forth going on, per csnphilly.com.

Randle, who backed up Murray as he lead the NFL in rushing, has recently said Murray "left a lot of meat on the bone" last year. 

Murray rushed for 1,845 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, helping the Cowboys become one of the most potent offenses in the league.

"Hopefully he can taste some of that meat this year," Murray said of his former teammate.“They’re a good team. Hopefully he can get a chance to run behind that line and do some good things. But I’m not worried about it. I didn’t hear about it until now. It’s not a big deal.”

The Cowboys will use a multi-running back system with Randle leading the way. He rushed for 343 yards and three touchdowns as Murray's backup last year.


Michael Oher wants to bounce back with Panthers
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(4:29 pm ET) Panthers left tackle Michael Oher thinks he's in the perfect place for his career to bounce back, per the Charlotte Observer.

Oher, who is coming off his worst season as a pro, signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Panthers this offseason. Now on his third team in three years, Oher doesn't want to let any of his new teammates down.

“It seemed like they wanted me,” Oher said. “I got the (same) feeling going into my rookie year of not wanting to let guys down and guys with a winning culture. For me, it’s about getting back to the basics and fundamentals of doing everything right. Looking myself in the mirror knowing what I have to do and getting better from within.”

Oher started his career with four solid seasons as a Raven before nagging injuries began to hamper him in 2013. He signed a four-year deal with the Titans last offseason but injuries continued to plaque him while there. The Panthers gave Oher another chance to prove himself this offseason, and currently list him as their starting left tackle.
“I’m doing everything in my power to make that happen,” Oher said. “I know that I have the abilities and I’m going to put in the correct amount of work to get the job done. It’s just being around more guys who are willing to do the same.

“It’s definitely about culture in the NFL. That wins you football games alone.”


Report: Broncos will sign offensive tackle Ryan Harris
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4:22 pm ET) The Broncos have agreed to terms on a contract with offensive tackle Ryan Harris, according to a report from ESPN. 

This move is a necessity now that left tackle Ryan Clady is likely lost for the season due to a torn ACL that he sustained in practice on Wednesday.

This move brings Harris back to the organization he started his NFL career with as he played with the Broncos, which drafted him in the third round, from 2007-2010. 

Harris was with the Chiefs a year ago and started 15 of the 16 games he appeared in. 


Standout snags Thursday give hope to Panthers WR Stephen Hill
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:15 pm ET) Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill flashed some of the potential Thursday that he never reached with the Jets. He caught three deep balls, beating starting cornerback Josh Norman on one of them.

But such achievements are quickly forgotten in May. If Hill doesn't produce when training camp and the preseason games roll around, he will be in the same predicament he has been in since August.

That's when he was waived by the Jets and landed on the Carolina practice squad. And that is not where a player with his talent belongs. But Hill, a second-round selection in 2012, only caught 45 passes for the Jets in his first two seasons combined, so he must prove his worthiness all over again.

Quarterback Cam Newton ran downfield to congratulate Hill on his catch against Norman, which pleased the wideout. He was encouraged by his performance.

"Today was pretty good," he told the Charlotte Observer. "I made a couple big plays, but still need to work on some things when it came to individuals."


Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin: 'Right now, it's about getting healthy'
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(4:09 pm ET) Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is taking his time while rehabbing his injured hamstring. 

Benjamin, who was turning heads at OTA's this time last year, is concerned with getting back to the field 100 percent healthy.

"I'm getting a lot of mental reps right now," Benjamin said. "Right now, it's about getting healthy and getting back on the field.

"It's up to the trainers. Right now they're just taking their time with it."

The Panthers want to be careful with their second-year player.

"Kelvin tweaked it a couple of weeks ago. Coming out of a break, he slipped a little bit on the wet turf and strained it," coach Ron Rivera said. "We're being a little bit cautious, but the unintended consequence that's been a plus has been getting [Devin Funchess]snaps."

Benjamin set a rookie record with 1,008 yards receiving last season.


Jets announce release of quarterback Matt Simms
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(4:01 pm ET) The Jets released quarterback Matt Simms, the team announced on Thursday.

Simms, who was buried in the depth chart with the Jets, has played in four career games, completing 19 of 39 passes for 195 yards a touchdown and an interception.


 
 
 
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