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Waiver Wire: Last-minute Fantasy shopping

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For the past several weeks we've been telling you to add three players, names you'll see listed here again in Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Dennis Pitta. All three were huge scorers in Week 15 and might have been difference makers for you in the Fantasy playoffs.

Wilson and Kaepernick were Top 5 Fantasy quarterbacks, and either one could have been a great replacement for the injured Robert Griffin III (knee). Pitta was the No. 1 tight end, and I started him in two semifinal victories.

Now, the waiver wire wasn't all rosy in Week 15. David Wilson was added in the majority of leagues with Ahmad Bradshaw (knee) out, but he was a huge disappointment with six Fantasy points as the Giants got blown out by the Falcons. Still, he had a great opportunity, which is what Fantasy owners are looking for at this time of year.

What will this week bring off the waiver wire? We still like Wilson, Kaepernick and Pitta, and the Chargers are now looking for a starting running back with Ryan Mathews (clavicle) out for the season. Fantasy owners also might need a receiver with Torrey Smith (concussion) injured.

As for the DST options in Week 16, we'd look at the Chargers (57 percent) at the Jets, the Dolphins (52 percent) vs. Buffalo, the Redskins (28 percent) vs. Philadelphia, the Panthers (22 percent) vs. the Raiders and the Colts (9 percent) at the Chiefs.

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: Colin Kaepernick, 49ers (72 percent), Russell Wilson, Seahawks (62 percent)
Maybe add: Sam Bradford, Rams (44 percent), Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins (20 percent)
Desperation add: Kirk Cousins, Redskins (5 percent)
The breakdown: The hope is that your quarterback situation is settled for the Fantasy playoffs, but some owners without Griffin or in two-quarterback leagues might still need help. As we've been saying for weeks now, Kaepernick and Wilson are worth owning in all leagues. And if you had the guts to start either one in Week 15 you were definitely happy. Wilson was the No. 1 Fantasy quarterback with 41 points and Kaepernick was No. 4 with 32 points. They square off in Week 16 in Seattle, which makes both risky starting options in standard leagues, but if you play in Week 17 you can start Kaepernick against Arizona or Wilson against St. Louis. ... Cousins would be considered a must-add quarterback if Griffin is out again. He played well in Week 15 at Cleveland with 25 Fantasy points, and this would be a favorable matchup in Week 16 at Philadelphia. If you own Griffin and he's out again then plan on adding Cousins and starting him. ... Bradford could also be a good replacement option at Tampa Bay in Week 16. He just had 33 Fantasy points against the Vikings, and the Bucs defense is clearly vulnerable to the pass. He's a nice sleeper in this matchup. ... Tannehill might also be worth consideration in Week 16 in deeper formats. He just had 25 Fantasy points against the Jaguars in Week 15 and faces a Bills defense that was just beaten up by Wilson.

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Running Backs

Must add: DeAngelo Williams, Panthers (76 percent), Beanie Wells, Cardinals (72 percent), Danny Woodhead, Patriots (55 percent), Mark Ingram, Saints (49 percent)
Maybe add: Ben Tate, Texans (58 percent), Ronnie Brown, Chargers (23 percent), Jackie Battle, Chargers (18 percent), LaMichael James, 49ers (7 percent), Curtis Brinkley, Chargers (0 percent)
Desperation add: Alex Green, Packers (60 percent), Montell Owens, Jaguars (34 percent), Mike Goodson, Raiders (12 percent), Mike Tolbert, Panthers (6 percent)
The breakdown: It's hard to overlook the production from Williams the past two weeks with Jonathan Stewart (ankle) out. He has 34 Fantasy points over that span against Atlanta and San Diego, and he should close the season on a high note with matchups against Oakland and New Orleans. As long as Stewart remains out then consider Williams as at least a flex option given his remaining schedule. ... Wells just had a three-touchdown game against the Lions and faces the Bears at home in Week 16. In his past two home games, Wells has five touchdowns against the Rams and Lions. And the Bears have allowed a running back to score in each of their past three road games. ... Woodhead might be in a featured role in Week 16 in a great matchup at Jacksonville if Bill Belichick decides to punish Stevan Ridley and/or Shane Vereen for their fumbles in Week 15 against the 49ers. We doubt that's the case, but you never know with Belichick. In any case, it might be worth adding Woodhead because if he gets the majority of carries against the Jaguars he'll be a No. 2 Fantasy running back. Against the 49ers, Woodhead had 20 Fantasy points with two touchdowns and 84 total yards. ... Ingram just scored for the third time in the past five games in Week 15 against Tampa Bay. He faces the Cowboys in Week 16, and Dallas has allowed four rushing touchdowns in the past five games. Just keep in mind that if Ingram doesn't score his Fantasy production will be minimal. ... Tate and James are worth adding in case the Texans and 49ers, respectively, decide to rest their starters in Week 17. Tate could start for Arian Foster in a great matchup at Indianapolis, and James would also have a favorable matchup against Arizona. Also, if Jacquizz Rodgers (73 percent) is available, consider him as well in Week 17 against Tampa Bay if the Falcons rest Michael Turner. ... Ryan Mathews miserable season ended in Week 15 with a broken clavicle, but the Chargers might be replacing him with three guys in Brown, Battle and Brinkley. Brown would be the No. 1 choice if healthy, but he missed Week 15 with a hamstring injury. If he's out then the Chargers would likely split carries with Brinkley and Battle, with Battle having slightly more upside.

Wide Receivers

Must add: Danny Amendola, Rams (86 percent), T.Y. Hilton, Colts (84 percent), Justin Blackmon, Jaguars (82 percent)
Maybe add: Brandon Gibson, Rams (24 percent), Rod Streater, Raiders (7 percent), Riley Cooper, Eagles (3 percent), Joe Morgan, Saints (1 percent)
Desperation add: Randy Moss, 49ers (20 percent), Leonard Hankerson, Redskins (6 percent), Brian Quick, Rams (3 percent), Travis Benjamin, Browns (0 percent)
The breakdown: There aren't great options at receiver this week for owners in 12-team leagues or larger, so we'll look at some receivers in 10-team formats or less. Amendola returned from his two-game absence from a foot injury in Week 15 against Minnesota and had six catches for 58 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets. As long as he's active he should be owned and started in most formats. ... Hilton had his third game with double digits in Fantasy points in his past five outings in Week 15 at Houston. He faces two mediocre pass defenses to close the season at Kansas City in Week 16 and a rematch vs. Houston at home in Week 17. ... Blackmon had six catches for 93 yards on 11 targets at Miami in Week 15. He now has 12 catches for 150 yards the past two weeks on 23 targets, but we like it that Blackmon now has a healthy Cecil Shorts (concussion) back on the field. In the two games before Shorts got hurt in Week 13, Blackmon had 42 Fantasy points, so he does well when he's not the No. 1 option. ... Gibson is someone to add in PPR leagues with his performance the past two weeks with 12 catches for 176 yards and a touchdown on 17 targets. He has a great matchup in Week 16 at Tampa Bay. ... Streater is closing the season as the best receiver for the Raiders. He has 12 catches for 258 yards and one touchdown over the past three weeks with 17 targets over that span. He has outperformed Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Streater should do well in Week 16 at Carolina. ... Cooper has a touchdown in two of his past three games and has taken advantage of DeSean Jackson (ribs) being out along with Nick Foles looking in his direction. He has 21 targets in his past three outings. ... Morgan isn't getting many catches or even targets, but he is producing for Drew Brees at a time when Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston have struggled. Now, we're not suggesting playing Morgan over those guys, but it's hard to ignore the production. Morgan has four catches for 167 yards and a touchdown the past two games at the Giants and against Tampa Bay on just five targets. He's a boom or bust receiver, but if you're looking for a home run this week he could be worth a flier.

Tight Ends

Must add: Dennis Pitta, Ravens (63 percent)
Maybe add: Tony Scheffler, Lions (17 percent)
Desperation add: Dwayne Allen, Colts (20 percent), Anthony Fasano, Dolphins (12 percent), Lance Kendricks, Rams (3 percent), Jeff Cumberland, Jets (0 percent)
The breakdown: We've been telling you for a while to add Pitta for his matchups the past two weeks, and he rewarded all the owners who added him with 34 Fantasy points combined against the Redskins and Broncos. He doesn't have the best matchup this week against the Giants, but we're still backing him as a must-start option. ... Scheffler failed to take advantage of Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) being out in Week 15 at the Cardinals with just three catches for 36 yards, but he had seven targets and should rebound in Week 16 against Atlanta as long as Pettigrew remains out. ... Allen, Fasano, Kendricks and Cumberland all scored in Week 15. Ho hum. You'd have to be in a dire situation to start any of these guys in the Fantasy playoffs.

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Texans waive DT Brandon Ivory
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) The Texans waived rookie defensive tackle Brandon Ivory on Thursday, according to ESPN.com

Ivory was arrested on first degree burglary charges in Tuscaloosa, Ala. just one day ago. Ivory's agent Jeff Guerriero said Ivory is not guilty of the charge. 

"I spoke to Brandon he is not guilty and his name will be cleared of all charges," Guerriero said. 


Chargers TE Antonio Gates suspended 4 games for PED use
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, the team announced. 

It's unknown at this time what drug Gates tested positive for. Gates, in a statement, said he was unaware that he took a banned substance

"In my 12 years in the NFL, I have taken tremendous pride in upholding the integrity of the NFL shield and all that it entails," Gates said. "I have taken extreme care of my body with a holistic approach and I have never knowingly ingested a substance that was banned by the NFL. In an effort to recover from this past season, I used supplements and holistic medicines, and unfortunately, I have now learned that those substances always present a risk because they may contain banned substances even if the ingredient list doesn’t reflect them.

"As an NFL veteran and team leader, I should have done my due diligence to ensure that what I was taking for recovery was within the NFL guidelines. I understand that I am responsible for what is in my body and I have always believed that ignorance is no excuse when it comes to these issues. I take full responsibility for my actions. I’d like to express my sincere apologies to the Chargers, my teammates, coaches, fans and the league who have always supported me and expected and gotten nothing but the highest level of integrity from me."

With Gates out for four games, the Chargers will turn to Ladarius Green as the team's top tight end, though it was expected for Green to continue getting more looks in the passing game. Green is entering the final season of his rookie contract. 

The Chargers expressed disappointment in Gates for his suspension but plans to stick with the longtime veteran through the suspension. 

"We are tremendously disappointed for our team and our fans as well as Antonio, but no more disappointed than Antonio is with himself," the Chargers stated. "Antonio is a member of the Chargers' family and we will continue to support him 100-percent. We have the utmost confidence he will stay in excellent shape for the season and be ready to go when he returns in Week 5. While it's unfortunate to not have him to start the season, we have complete confidence our tight end group will continue to play at a high level."  


Packers' Datone Jones out 1 game for substance-abuse violation
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Packers defensive lineman Datone Jones will be suspended for one game for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to NFL.com. 

Jones will miss Green Bay's season-opener against the Bears. In 2014, Jones totaled 22 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in 13 games played. 


Cowboys LB Rolando McClain suspended four games for 2015
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) The Cowboys announced that linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season due to violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. 

McClain hasn't been able to participate much in offseason workouts due to going under offseason knee surgery. McClain will be eligible to practice in training camp and is expected to be healthy by then. 

"I apologize to my family, the Cowboys organization, my teammates and Cowboys fans for my mistake. I will not break the rules of my profession in the future, and I regret my error," McClain said in a statement, via CSN Bay Area. "I look forward to returning to the field on week 5, when I hope to help my team beat the Patriots.

In 2014, McClain, who had previously retired twice before being traded from the Ravens to the Cowboys, totaled 81 tackles and a sack in 13 games played.


Jets DL Sheldon Richardson suspended four games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was suspended four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, the NFL announced Thursday.

“I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans," Richardson said in a statement via the Jets, per Fox Sports. "However, words aren't enough. This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on. I don't want this to take away from what the team is trying to accomplish. While I won't be there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I can to support my teammates until I'm able to return to the field.”

Richardson, who was a 2013 first-round pick, is entering his third season in the NFL. He was the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014.

He has totaled 84 tackles and 11 1/2 sacks in 32 career games. He also has one safety.


Texans DT Brandon Ivory arrested on burglary charge
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Texans defensive tackle Brandon Ivory was arrested Wednesday morning in Alabama and charged with first-degree burglary, according to a Tuscaloosa Police Department report obtained by SportingNews.com.

Ivory and another man were allegedly involved in a home burglary when the two entered the residence by kicking open the back door and then demanding money from the residents. The two stole money and two Ipads from the residence. Ivory and the other suspect were arrested at their apartment shortly after the incident with the stolen money and property.


Embattled Brandon Spikes pleads guilty to leaving scene of crash
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Former Patriots and Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a recent car crash and has received a fine and year of probation, per WBZ, which is further reporting that he has lost his license and will be forced to attend a driver's safety class.

Spikes has lost far more than his license. He has lost his livelihood, having been cut by New England for hitting another car and abandoning his vehicle on the highway. He later told the police that he had hit a deer.

No other teams have been rumored to be targeting Spikes for the coming season.


Terrelle Pryor ready to embrace new role with Browns
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Terrelle Pryor once declared that he could not play football if he could not play quarterback.

Reality has since set in.

Pryor has been cut twice and is now playing on a Cleveland Browns team desperate for a quarterback, but apparently not desperate enough to give him a shot. He is instead embracing what he is calling a "slash-player" role.

"I'm going to give (it) a chance," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space. This should definitely open up some opportunities."

Pryor has already taken the first step by contacting Steelers receiving stud Antonio Brown and making plans to work out with him and Randy Moss so they can teach him the nuances of the position.

He also figures there's another reason he's ahead of the game.

"The thing that helps me is that I played quarterback, and I know what the quarterback wants," Pryor said.


Lions new DT Haloti Ngata too busy to think about new contract
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata had his contract in mind in his last days with the Ravens, but he's too busy to think about it now that he's been traded to the Lions.

Ngata admitted that he suspected a deal could take place.

"The closer we got to free agency, I thought it could be a possibility," he told Monday Morning Quarterback. "It didn't surprise me ... since we weren't getting closer to any kind of contract stuff, I just figured there were a lot of things that could happen. I definitely started to have a trade in my mind as a possibility."

Ngata added that he's not thinking about a contract extension with Detroit.

"I'm just trying to get to know my teammates, get my playbook down, and my technique and terminology," he said.


Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon claims he'd pick himself in Fantasy
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon doesn't have a Fantasy football team, but if he did...

"If ... I could take myself, I would," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Never mind that Adrian Peterson has returned to the backfield. Never mind that Peterson has traditionally not yielded many carries to teammates. In 2012, for instance, he totaled 348 of his team's 401 rushing attempts.

The Vikings, however, are expected to use a more balanced approach in 2015. And McKinnon, who flashed as a starter with Peterson sidelined last season, is feeling dandy after undergoing lower back surgery in December.

"Two hundred percent," he declared in regard to his health. "If there is a 300, I feel 300. It's all good."

McKinnon averaged 4.8 yards per carry a year ago, which buoyed his confidence.


 
 
 
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