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The heartbreak begins for Antone Smith
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:11 pm ET) After he delivered a touchdown of 35 yards or more in four straight games and five of six to begin the season, you really couldn't blame anyone for starting Falcons running back Antone Smith in Week 7, as happened in 26 percent of CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues. But those who started him had to know based on the limited number of opportunities he gets that whenever he had a week when he didn't break a long one, he'd leave them high and dry.

That's exactly what happened at Baltimore. He got his usual allotment of touches -- three carries and two catches -- and netted a total of 9 yards with them.

We may not have seen the last long touchdown from Smith this year, but he couldn't sustain the pace he was on. You're playing with fire every time you use him in Fantasy because for all the Falcons' big talk, they're not increasing his role. He played only 15 percent of their snaps in Week 7, less than any of their other three running backs. He has played the fewest snaps of the four in four of the team's seven games this season, and rookie Devonta Freeman was the only one with fewer in the other three.

Smith is and always has been a touchdown-or-bust player, and I predict a lot more bust in his future.


Buccaneers QB Josh McCown returns to practice Monday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:07 pm ET) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown returned to the practice field for the first time since suffering a right thumb injury. He on the field taking snaps and throwing the ball during the media availability portion of the session on Monday, according to the Tampa Tribune. McCown, who was wearing a wrap around his thumb, has not played since Week 3 because of the injury. 

The Buccaneers will face Minnesota in Week 8.


Lions announce several roster moves Monday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:00 pm ET) The Lions have announced several roster moves on Monday, ESPN reports. The team signed tight end Kellen Davis, and in order to free up a roster spot, Detroit has waived safety Jerome Couplin. Wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah was also signed to the practice squad.

Report: Lions sign TE Kellen Davis
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:56 pm ET) The Lions have signed tight end Kellen Davis, a league source told Pro Football Talk on Monday. The move will give the team more depth at tight end after Joseph Fauria (ankle) and rookie Eric Ebron (hamstring) all sat out Week 7. The only healthy tight end on the roster, Brandon Pettigrew, injured his ankle on Sunday against New Orleans.

Davis caught three passes in 15 appearances last season for the Seahawks. He has yet to play a game this season.


Bears K Robbie Gould downplays Brandon Marshall 's rant
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:49 pm ET) Bears kicker Robbie Gould has downplayed his teammate Brandon Marshall 's dramatic postgame rant in a radio appearance on WSCR 670-AM on Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"I wouldn't give this any more attention than it obviously needs," Gould said. "Everyone's trying to make this a story out of something that really wasn't that big of a deal. … Obviously everyone's frustrated. Everyone wants to win. Our fans want to win. Coaches want to win. The players want to win. And everyone's obviously frustrated."

After losing to his former team on Sunday, the star wideout was heard screaming at his teammates -- including Gould -- through the locker room doors before venting to the media. The Bears have lost their first three games at home this season, matching their home loss total from each of the previous five seasons.

They'll look to get back on track Week 8 at New England.


Demaryius Thomas clearly the top wide receiver
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:38 pm ET) Coming into the season, Demaryius Thomas wasn't the clear No. 1 wide receiver in Fantasy. Calvin Johnson was. And while Thomas was in the discussion for the No. 2 spot, so were A.J. Green and Julio Jones.

But with Johnson and Green battling injuries and Jones an indirect victim of the Falcons' offensive line woes, Thomas has emerged as the top dog at the position. Frankly, he'd probably be there even if those other three played exactly as they were supposed to. He's the most talented wide receiver the (soon to be) most prolific passer in league history has ever had to work with, and the two are beginning to click like never before. Over his last three games, Thomas has averaged 8.7 catches for 173.7 yards with five touchdowns.

Certainly, he won't maintain that pace for the rest of the season. If he did, he'd finish with about 2,400 yards. But if Peyton Manning continues to give him preferential treatment instead of reverting to the equal opportunity passer he was in his first two years with the Broncos, the two could challenge the record books.

Nothing against Jordy Nelson, who has actually been the best wide receiver in standard CBSSports.com leagues to date, but I think Thomas blows him and every other wide receiver out of the water going forward.


Dolphins attribute read option to Ryan Tannehill's recent success
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:37 pm ET) Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor credited quarterback Ryan Tannehill's ability to successfully run the read option as a reason for his team's success as of late. Tannehill completed his first 14 pass attempts and finished 25 for 32 with 277 yards and two scores in a 27-14 victory over the Bears in Week 7.

"Every day, practice and games, he gets better at it," Lazor said, per the Palm Beach Post. "He's confident in it. It helped us win the game."

In the past six quarters, Tannehill has completed 37 of 47 attempts for 437 yards, with four touchdown passes. He's also carried the ball seven times for 88 yards and a score.


Idzik: Percy Harvin could be 'a potential coup for the Jets'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:21 pm ET) Although wide receiver Percy Harvin arrives in New York amid rumors of multiple physical altercations with former Seattle teammates, Jets general manager John Idzik is excited to have Harvin on the roster.

"This can be a potential coup for the Jets," Idzik said Monday, per the New York Daily News.

Despite Harvin's past, Idzik said the team did "a ton" of background work on Harvin and doesn't believe Harvin will be disruptive.

"You never know how a player is going to behave, react, respond until you put him in your environment," Idzik said. "In Percy’s case, University of Florida, Minnesota, Seattle, they’re all different environments than here in New York. We have a very healthy environment for Percy Harvin. 

"It’s really immersing him in what it is to act like a Jet, be a Jet, play like a Jet."


No reason for concern over Emmanuel Sanders
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:17 pm ET) It was good news, bad news for Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders Week 7 against the 49ers. The good news is he scored his first touchdown of the season, catching a 3-yard pass from quarterback Peyton Manning in the first quarter. The bad news is it was one of just three catches he had all day ... for only 41 yards.

The performance was especially discouraging coming on the heels of a three-catch, 38-yard effort at the Jets in Week 6. Prior to then, he may not have had any touchdowns, but he delivered three straight 100-yard games.

I still say it's nothing to worry about in Fantasy. You can't expect every game to unfold the exact same way. You know the Broncos are going to throw the ball. Demaryius Thomas has been getting most of the looks lately, but if he maintained his pace from the last three weeks, averaging 173.7 yards per game, for the rest of the season, he'd have nearly 2,400 yards.

He won't have 2,400 yards, and on the days when he falls of pace, Manning's favorite target figures to be Sanders. He has too big of a role in too productive of an offense for you to lose faith in him.


Panthers' Bene Benwikere expected to get starting nickel job back
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:13 pm ET) Panthers cornerback Bene Benwikere is expected to get his starting job back at the nickel once he's fully recovered from an ankle injury, the Associated Press reports. Benwikere was inactive Sunday against the Packers and has not played since Week 5 against the Bears.

 
 
 
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