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Playing the Waiver Wire for Week 11

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We went into Monday night's game between Miami and Tampa Bay talking more about the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito bullying saga and Greg Schiano's coaching future than the action on the field.

But when the game ended, we had some much needed waiver wire options.

No one wanted to see Buccaneers running back Mike James (ankle) get hurt, especially since he did well filling in for Doug Martin (shoulder), who is out for the season. But he's expected to miss a few weeks, and now Tampa Bay will turn to Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey.

The Drop List for Week 11
Below are 12 players who are owned in at least 30 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com that owners can consider dropping.
Player Own %
1. Eli Manning, QB, Giants 87
2. Charles Clay, TE, Dolphins 85
3. Jay Cutler, QB, Bears 82
4. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals 81
5. Eddie Royal, WR, Chargers 72
6. Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins 70
7. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans 68
8. Terrelle Pryor, QB, Raiders 68
9. Greg Jennings, WR, Vikings 67
10. Peyton Hillis, RB, Giants 63
11. Roy Helu, RB, Redskins 58
12. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Colts 53

Leonard, who is owned in 5 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com, had 20 carries for 57 yards and two catches for 16 yards against the Dolphins. Rainey, who is not owned, had eight carries for 45 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 11 yards.

Neither is expected to become a must-start Fantasy option, but Rainey will likely handle early-down rushing duties, with Leonard playing on passing downs and as a change-of-pace runner. Owners in standard leagues might want to put a claim in for Rainey first and then Leonard, and in PPR leagues you should go after Leonard first.

Rishard Matthews also emerged Monday night as a go-to weapon for Ryan Tannehill with 11 catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns on 14 targets. That is the most catches for a Dolphins receiver this season, and it was the third-most targets for a Miami receiver behind Mike Wallace's 16 in Week 5 or Brian Hartline's 15 in Week 1.

Matthews had done nothing to this point in the season, but we have him as a must add because the Dolphins have been missing a possession receiver since Brandon Gibson (knee) got hurt in Week 8. Matthews will fill that role, and owners in PPR leagues should gamble on him now.

It's not a great week for waiver wire additions. The top free agents currently being viewed on CBSSports.com along with Matthews, Leonard and Rainey include Houston quarterback Case Keenum (58 percent ownership), Indianapolis running back Donald Brown (50 percent), St. Louis receiver Tavon Austin (37 percent) and New Orleans running back Mark Ingram (18 percent).

I would prioritize that group of free agents in this order, regardless of position: Keenum, Brown, Rainey, Leonard, Matthews, Ingram and Austin. Keenum is the only one worth consideration as a must-start Fantasy option this week, and we'll get into detail on all of these players below.

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: Case Keenum, Texans (58 percent)
Maybe add: Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins (44 percent), Carson Palmer, Cardinals (39 percent), Geno Smith, Jets (27 percent), Mike Glennon, Buccaneers (21 percent), Josh McCown, Bears (21 percent), Jason Campbell, Browns (18 percent)
Desperation add: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Titans (2 percent), Scott Tolzien, Packers (0 percent)

The order for quarterbacks to add this week is Keenum, Glennon, Campbell, Palmer, Tannehill, Smith and McCown. ... Keenum has done a nice job since taking over for the injured Matt Schaub (ankle), especially in his past two starts against Indianapolis and Arizona with a combined 59 Fantasy points in a standard league. He has a favorable matchup this week against Oakland at home, and he's a great replacement option for the injured Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) or Tony Romo on a bye. ... Glennon struggled Monday night against the Dolphins, but it was a tough matchup for him. He should rebound against the Falcons, and he had 21 Fantasy points against Atlanta in Week 7. Every quarterback to face the Falcons this season has scored multiple touchdowns. ... Campbell looked great in his first two starts at Kansas City in Week 8 and against Baltimore in Week 9 before last week's bye with a combined 54 Fantasy points. He faces a Bengals defense that Brian Hoyer scored 22 points against in Week 4, and hopefully the off week won't slow Campbell down. ... Palmer only has one game this season with more than 20 Fantasy points, which was Week 1, but he does have a favorable matchup at Jacksonville this week. Maybe Palmer can reach the 20-point threshold again this week since six quarterbacks have scored more than 20 points against the Jaguars this year. ... Like Palmer, Tannehill has struggled to score 20 Fantasy points, but Tannehill hasn't even done it once. But he's facing a Chargers defense that has allowed six quarterbacks to hit that mark, and Tannehill can be a useful option in two-quarterback leagues. ... We hope good Smith shows up this week for the Jets, and it's a great matchup against the Bills. Smith had 28 Fantasy points against Buffalo in Week 3. ... McCown will start for the injured Jay Cutler (ankle), and he's done a nice job in relief when called upon this season. But he has a tough matchup this week against the Ravens, who have only allowed two quarterbacks to score more than 18 Fantasy points. ... I wouldn't bother with Fitzpatrick even though he's replacing Jake Locker (foot) for the rest of the season. The Titans will likely rely even more on their running game moving forward. ... You can also take a wait and see approach with Tolzien to see how he does in place of Rodgers and the injured Seneca Wallace (groin) this week at the Giants.

Running backs

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Must add: Donald Brown, Colts (50 percent), Brian Leonard, Buccaneers (5 percent), Bobby Rainey, Buccaneers (0 percent)
Maybe add: Jonathan Stewart, Panthers (49 percent), Shonn Greene, Titans (40 percent), Bernard Pierce, Ravens (36 percent), Dennis Johnson, Texans (27 percent), Mark Ingram, Saints (18 percent)
Desperation add: Jordan Todman, Jaguars (1 percent), Benny Cunningham, Rams (0 percent)

The order for running backs to add this week is Brown, Rainey, Leonard, Johnson, Greene, Stewart, Pierce and Ingram. ... Since Week 4, which was Indianapolis' first game without Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), Brown has had more Fantasy points than Trent Richardson in four of six games. The Colts plan to be more run heavy after getting beat up in Week 10 by St. Louis, and that could mean more Brown with Richardson continuing to struggle. He's worth gambling on as a flex option this week against the Titans, who have allowed a running back to reach double digits in Fantasy points in each of their past six games. ... Leonard might have more success than Rainey this week against Atlanta, but the Buccaneers will probably keep Leonard in the same role he had with James as a receiver and change of pace rusher and lean more on Rainey to replace James. Rainey has more value long-term in standard leagues, but Leonard will do more as a receiver for owners in PPR formats. ... Greene struggled against Jacksonville in Week 10 with just three Fantasy points after scoring 11 in Week 9 at St. Louis. We expect a rebound game this week against the Colts, and Greene is a good flex option in deeper standard leagues. ... Stewart has a long way to go before Fantasy owners can trust him since he plays in a three-headed backfield with DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert. But in two games back from a season-long ankle injury, he already has 25 touches compared to 23 for Williams and 15 for Tolbert over that span. The only difference is Williams and Tolbert each scored the past two weeks, but Stewart could continue to improve as he gets more work. ... Ingram was a star Sunday night against Dallas with 14 carries for 145 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 15 yards. Be careful chasing the box score here because it was the first 100-yard game of his career in a blowout victory, and Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles are both healthy. It's likely this will be Ingram's best game of the season by a lot based on what we've seen from him for two-plus years. ... Johnson is worth a flier in all leagues with the news that Arian Foster (back) could miss the rest of the season. Ben Tate is now elevated to the starter, and Johnson will be No. 2 on the depth chart. He's a good lottery ticket in case Tate, who is dealing with four broken ribs, gets hurt and has to miss any action. ... The Ravens might start using the hot hand between Ray Rice and Pierce, and we know Rice has been cold of late. It's not bad to speculate on Pierce if you have an open roster spot.

Wide receiver

Streamers for Week 11
Here are some DST and kickers to consider if you play the matchups with these positions each week.
Opponent Own %
Giants DST vs. GB 62
Saints DST vs. SF 59
Jets DST at BUF 19
Nick Folk, K, NYJ at BUF 41
Shaun Suisham, K, PIT vs. DET 21
Rian Lindell, K, Buccaneers vs. ATL 4

Must add: Jarrett Boykin, Packers (68 percent), Rishard Matthews, Dolphins (1 percent)
Maybe add: Michael Crabtree, 49ers (47 percent), Tavon Austin, Rams (37 percent), Jerricho Cotchery, Steelers (36 percent), Doug Baldwin, Seahawks (33 percent), Nate Burleson, Lions (16 percent), Santonio Holmes, Jets (12 percent)
Desperation add: Kris Durham, Lions (16 percent), Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings (12 percent), Jermaine Kearse, Seahawks (4 percent), Andre Roberts, Cardinals (4 percent)

The order for wide receivers to add this week is Boykin, Matthews, Holmes, Burleson, Crabtree, Austin, Baldwin and Cotchery. ... For all the owners who dropped Boykin following the loss of Rodgers and return of James Jones, he proved he can still be reliable with eight catches for 112 yards on 13 targets against the Eagles. We hope Tolzien will continue to get Boykin the ball moving forward. ... As we said with Matthews, he's not going to become a must-start Fantasy option right away, but he could be a significant contributor for the Dolphins down the stretch in place of Gibson, which is something of note for owners in PPR leagues. ... Burleson could return this week from his broken arm, and we hope he picks up where he left off in Week 3. He had at least seven Fantasy points in two of his first three games, and he should immediately resume his role as the No. 2 receiver opposite Calvin Johnson. He's a great stash candidate in deeper leagues, especially PPR formats, since he had 19 catches to start the season. ... Crabtree (Achilles) started practicing last week, and he could return to action any week now. Our guess is he'll be active for Week 13 against the Rams at home, but add him now if you want to stay ahead of the rest of your league. ... Austin was amazing in Week 10 at the Colts with two catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns, and he also added a 98-yard punt return for a score. But don't go chasing the box score here since he only had three targets in the game and played on just 15 offensive snaps. I have no problem speculating on him in deeper leagues, but it will be hard for him to duplicate this production unless he starts seeing more work. ... It will be interesting to see what the Seahawks do with Baldwin this week if Percy Harvin (hip) returns as expected against the Vikings. But it's not a bad idea to stash Baldwin in case A) Harvin remains out or B) he suffers a setback. Baldwin has 18 targets since Sidney Rice (ACL) went down, and he's responded with 11 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown the past two games. We hope the Seahawks keep him involved because he's been able to produce. ... The Steelers will eventually start to look at rookie Markus Wheaton more as the season goes on, which should come at Cotchery's expense, but he's been playing well the past two weeks with nine catches for 127 yards and four touchdowns against the Patriots and Bills. He's worth the gamble in deeper leagues if Ben Roethlisberger continues to rely on him as a red-zone threat. ... Holmes is expected to return from a five-game absence with a hamstring injury, and he could easily be the No. 1 receiver for the Jets with Jeremy Kerley (elbow) likely out. Holmes had 21 Fantasy points against Buffalo in Week 3.

Tight end

Must add: None
Maybe add: Brandon Pettigrew, Lions (27 percent), Delanie Walker, Titans (23 percent), Rob Housler, Cardinals (6 percent), Dennis Pitta, Ravens (4 percent), John Carlson, Vikings (1 percent)
Desperation add: Brandon Bostick, Packers (1 percent), Chris Gragg, Bills (0 percent), Levine Toilolo, Falcons (0 percent)


The order for tight ends to add this week is Walker, Carlson, Pitta, Pettigrew and Housler. ... Walker scored in Week 10 against Jacksonville and now has a touchdown in two of his past three games. He could be a good bye-week replacement for Jason Witten, and hopefully he can start to produce on a more consistent basis moving forward. ... Carlson was great in his first game for the injured Kyle Rudolph (foot) in Week 10 against Washington with seven catches for 98 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. Christian Ponder's favorite target is the tight end, so keep an eye on Carlson as long as Rudolph remains out. ... Pitta (hip) is getting close to a return, and he could emerge as a playoff option for owners in deeper leagues. If you want to plan ahead, add him now and hope he comes back at 100 percent soon. ... Pettigrew has at least five targets in his past three games with at least six Fantasy points in two of those outings. In a desperate situation in PPR leagues, he could be a fill-in option. ... Housler just caught his first NFL touchdown in Week 10 against Houston, and we hope he can build off this performance. He would benefit if Michael Floyd (shoulder) is out in Week 11 at Jacksonville, and that's a favorable matchup. He's worth a flier in deeper leagues as a potential Witten replacement.

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Player News
Bills move Corey Graham to safety
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:01 am ET) The Bills have moved cornerback Corey Graham to safety, the Buffalo News reports.

Graham said that he and the team have discussed the move all offseason and decided to give the position change a try on Tuesday when the team held its first workout of OTAs.

"He’s got that unique ability where he can do both things," coach Rex Ryan said. "So let’s see what we have out there. And this is no slam on Duke or on Rambo or on Meeks or any of those guys, but this is us doing what’s best for the team. And if that means we feel good about [Graham] playing safety, then that’s where he’ll be."

Graham is enthusiastic about playing the safety position full-time.

"I want to try to really learn it and see where it goes, see how much my grasp is, see how I’m playing at it, see where it can take me," he said. "I look forward to it. It’s a challenge for me, but I’m actually very excited about it."

Graham recorded 84 total tackles last season, his first in Buffalo, while intercepting two passes.


Vikings' Bridgewater 'extremely comfortable' with leadership role
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Vikings second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is embracing his role as leader of the offense, the Star Tribune reports.

"I’m a young guy still on the team, but guys are pushing me forward to say something in the huddle, or break the team down, or break the offense down," Bridgewater said. "That just gives you that confidence in yourself, confidence in your leadership and I’ve been extremely comfortable doing that so far."

Coach Mike Zimmer is satsfied with the work Bridgewater has done during the offseason.

"It’s hard to never not be pleased with Teddy because he’s such a hard worker," Zimmer said. "We wanted him to get bigger and stronger; he looks a little bit bigger to me. He’s always worked real hard. The leadership things are starting to come better. I think he’s been doing a good job the two days we’ve been out here against the defense."

Bridgewater made 12 starts in his rookie season and played 13 games in all, racking up 2,919 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 64.4 percent of his passes.


Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders hoping to reach 1,000 yards
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders believes the new offensive scheme in Denver will effect his numbers, accoridng to the team's website.

Sanders is working with new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and coach Gary Kubiak to install the team's new offense and noted it's very different from last year's spread attack.

"You talk about going from a no-huddle offense to an offense that's huddling up, to an offense that is predicated off running a football and then throwing it. It's different," Sanders said. 

"It's a totally different set up, but I tell you what, the more and more I'm in it," said Sanders. "Because we can get the run game going and just use my vertical speed on cross routes and all these different combinations of routes is based off the play action, then I think the offense will be successful with Peyton Manning at the helm."

Sanders, who totaled 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014, doesn't think he'll accomplish the same numbers.

"Of course obviously it's not going to be one of those offenses, well I'm praying that it is, but obviously it's not going to be one of those offenses where you catch it and you're going to have two receivers catching over 100 passes," said Sanders. "Hopefully, my goal is really to try to get a 1,000 yards to just help this team win ball games."


Cowboys rookie La'el Collins taking reps at RT in OTAs
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Cowboys rookie offensive lineman La'el Collins started offseason team activities on Wednesday taking reps at right tackle, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Collins, who was signed as an undrafted free agent, could also see time at left guard. But the rookie is taking his first reps with the team at right tackle with Darrion Weems while Doug Free recovers from ankle surgery.

"We think he has the physical ability to play a couple of different spots," coach Jason Garrett said. "He was a tackle for most of his career in college but did play guard. We see him as a guy who can maybe do both of those things as he goes.

"The big thing for him is to try to get him acclimated as quickly as we can. So right now he's going to play right tackle for us. He and Darrion Weems are competing at that spot in Doug Free's absence and we'll just see how that unfolds." 


Vikings' Adrian Peterson on absence from OTAs: 'It's business'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said in a statement on Wednesday that his absence from OTAs has "nothing to do with wanting to be traded," ESPN reports.

"The reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded. It's about securing my future with the Vikings. It's business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings."

It was reported earlier Wednesday that coach Mike Zimmer said that Peterson could "either play for us or not play." The running back has expressed frustration with team management for not showing him support during his legal case for child abuse.


Report: Falcons' Dezmen Southward undergoes knee surgery
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Falcons defensive backs Dezmen Southward underwent a minor-knee operation Wednesday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Southward did not attend Tuesday's OTA and it is not known how long he'll be sidelined.


Julius Thomas trying to fit into Jaguars' offense
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas said after Wednesday's organized team activity that he intends to make it work with quarterback Blake Bortles, reports The Florida Times-Union.

"There is no 'Here's me coming in, and Blake's going to get on my page.' I'm going to be on Blake's page," Thomas said. "Whatever he expects, that's what I am going to do. He's the quarterback. He's the one in control of that huddle, and I like catching passes so I will make sure I do exactly what he wants."

With Thomas entering his first season with the Jaguars, he said it will take time to develop a rapport with Bortles.

"I think that getting good chemistry with a quarterback probably takes a couple of thousand passes," Thomas said.


Cowboys RB Darren McFadden not concerned with playing time
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) With the Cowboys just beginning their organized team activities this week, running back Darren McFadden said he just wants to concentrate on becoming familiar with the team, reports the team's official website.

"For me, I'm just going out there grinding," he said. "However the coaches put me out there – whether it's first team or second team. When it comes time for them to make a decision, it's totally up to them. I'm just trying to get that playbook down and take advantage of this opportunity."

McFadden is competing with Joseph Randle to be the first-team running back, and he said he just wants to work hard and not worry about how many repetitions he's receiving with the first team.

"Once you've been in a place so long like Oakland, you can get set in your ways," McFadden said Wednesday, after his second OTA practice with the Cowboys. "Coming out here and being around guys that work so hard, it just brings out the best in you. It's something I look forward to."


Chiefs' Mike Catapano on his health: I feel better than ever
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) After missing the entire 2014 season with a gastrointestinal virus, Chiefs defensive end Mike Catapano was able to participate in the team's OTA on Wednesday, reports The Kansas City Star.

"Every time I step on the field now it's with purpose and with extra vigor that I never really had," Catapano said. "It feels great. I feel better than ever."

Catapano played in 15 games during his rookie season in 2013 and he totaled four tackles and one sack. He said he's ready to surpass that in 2015.

"I'm ready to show that I offer a lot to this team. I'm ready to step up in big situations and starting situations," Catapano said. "I just want to keep getting better every day… and play to the best of my abilities."


Broncos' Manning, Sanders keeping up with Thomas during holdout
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is holding out of offseason workouts while he continues to negotiate a long-term deal with the team, but teammates Emmanuel Sanders and Peyton Manning have been keeping up with the star receiver, the Denver Post reports.

"One thing a lot of people don’t realize is when you’re playing on a one-year deal, there’s a lot of things going through your head," Sanders said. "As much as you guys want to say, ‘Don’t think about it,' of course it’s going to cross your mind because you’re talking about a lot of money at stake. When you’re playing these one-year deals, it’s a lot of stress on you. No matter how much you don’t want it to be, it’s going to happen. We’re all human."

Manning would like to have Thomas in workouts but understands the business aspects of his decision.

"I keep up with Demaryius. He’s my buddy," Manning said. "They got that business side of it to work out, but he’s been a great teammate to me, been a great friend to me since I’ve been here in Denver, so I keep up with him. Obviously want him to get back here as soon as possible, but we want what’s best for him, and he certainly deserves what’s best for him."

Thomas has started 16 games for three straight season, topping 90 receptions, 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns in each.


 
 
 
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