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Saints re-sign TE Tom Crabtree, waive LB Todd Davis
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:39 pm ET) The Saints re-signed tight end Tom Crabtree, according to The Times-Picayune. To clear a roster spot, linebacker Todd Davis was waived.

Lions TE Joseph Fauria runs on injured ankle for first time
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:37 pm ET) Lions tight end Joseph Fauria, who's missed four straight games, ran Monday on his injured ankle for the first time and said he felt fine, reports the Detroit News.

Tony Romo re-entering must-start territory
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:30 pm ET) Early in the season, Tony Romo looked like he might be destined for a game manager role with the Cowboys' rededication to the running game, but he and running back DeMarco Murray have managed to share the spotlight in recent weeks.

Romo's three-touchdown effort Week 7 against the Giants gave him five straight games with multiple touchdown passes. Murray's production, as you probably know, hasn't let up during that stretch. He became the first running back in NFL history to begin a season with seven straight 100-yard games.

Romo's resurgence may have been inevitable considering the weapons he has on offense. Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten you already know about, but he may have added another in rookie tight end Gavin Escobar, who caught two touchdown passes in Week 7.

Though the 300-yard games may not be as regular for Romo this season, the touchdowns are reason enough to stick with him in Fantasy. You have to like his chances of delivering another strong performance Week 8 against Washington.


Report: Martavis Bryant to debut on MNF
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:26 pm ET) Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant will make his NFL debut on Monday Night Football against the Texans, reports ESPN. The fourth-round pick has been slow to develop and thus hasn't seen the field yet. But at 6-foot-4, he could prove useful in the red zone.

Owen Daniels' targets on the rise
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:16 pm ET) Owen Daniels' touchdown Week 7 against Atlanta was his first since his two-touchdown performance against Pittsburgh in Week 2. Of course, back then, he was still playing second fiddle to Dennis Pitta. Now, he's the Ravens' top option at tight end.

So where have the touchdowns been? Well, quarterback Joe Flacco hasn't been especially consistent about getting Daniels the ball, but hopefully that's beginning to change. In addition to the touchdown in Week 7, Daniels also led the Ravens in targets with nine only two weeks after having seven at Indianapolis. He went for a season-high 70 yards in that game.

With what Pitta has done over the last few years, the Ravens clearly know how to make use of a tight end, and Daniels showed he could make an impact in the passing game during his time with Houston. If you find yourself lacking at tight end, a position that can thin out quickly in leagues of 12 teams or more, Daniels might be an undervalued option.


Teammate says Eagles C Jason Kelce could return Nov. 2
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:15 pm ET) Eagles center Jason Kelce is ahead of schedule in his rehab from sports hernia surgery and could return Nov. 2 at Houston, guard Evan Mathis told CSNPhilly.com. Kelce was injured Week 3 against the Redskins.

Kelce has not been cleared to return to practice.


Marcus Martin gets first chance at replacing injured 49ers center
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:14 pm ET) 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday rookie Marcus Martin will get the "first shot" at replacing center Daniel Kilgore, who is out for the rest of the season after suffering an ankle injury Sunday at Denver. Martin has yet to appear in a game for San Francisco.

49ers center Daniel Kilgore to be placed on IR
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:07 pm ET) 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday center Daniel Kilgore will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday after suffering a broken ankle Sunday against the Broncos. He will be placed on injured reserve.

Resurgence all too short for Larry Fitzgerald
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:02 pm ET) Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald looked like he'd get back to being a Fantasy mainstay with the return of quarterback Carson Palmer to the starting lineup Week 6 against Washington, catching six passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. But he followed up that performance Week 7 at Oakland with one that looked an awful lot like what he did all those weeks without Palmer.

In fact, in terms of yardage, it was his worst performance of the season. He caught four passes for 21 yards.

Apart from that Week 6 showing, he has averaged just 37.0 yards in five games, and though the return of Palmer was widely credited for the outlier performance, Palmer was also healthy for Fitzgerald's second-worst showing Week 1 against San Diego, when he caught one pass for 22 yards.

In the long run, Fitzgerald figures to be better off with Palmer than Drew Stanton, but as was the case in 2013, the lows for him figure to be extremely low. In points-per-reception leagues, you can roll the dice on him a little easier than standard formats, but clearly, the return of Palmer isn't the key to his success.


Eagles G Evan Mathis cleared to practice this week
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4:55 pm ET) Eagles guard Evan Mathis has been cleared to return to practice on Wednesday, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia reports. Mathis was placed on short-term injured reserve list with a knee injury. He won't be allowed to play until Week 10 against Carolina.

"I won't jump back into it full speed, Mathis said. "There's no rushing into it. I have three weeks of practice before I have to play."


 
 
 
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