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Mike Pouncey 'doing more each and every day'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3:22 pm ET) Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, who has not played this season following hip surgery, is "doing more each and every day and he looked good today," coach Joe Philbin told the Palm Beach Post. "He seems to be moving around well. I think the bye comes at a good time for a variety of reasons."

Miami is off this week. Pouncey has a chance to play Week 6 against the Packers.


Packers a worthwhile play for Week 5
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:02 pm ET) The Packers have more than held their own in tough matchups against the Lions and Bears over the last two weeks, racking up 21 combined Fantasy points. Things should get a lot easier in Week 5, with the Vikings on the schedule.

The Vikings might be down to their third quarterback this week, if Teddy Bridgewater's ankle keeps him out. Even if Bridgewater does play, however, he will be making his second NFL start just four days after suffering an ankle injury. If Bridgewater is limited, the Packers could feast on a one-dimensional offense that has struggled to run the ball before last Sunday.

The Packers' defense has improved in each game this season, and they will look to keep the trend going in Week 5. Consider them a solid starting option, worth picking up on waivers for this week.


Mike McCarthy blames himself for overlooking James Starks
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:56 pm ET) Packers coach Mike McCarthy was upset with himself for not getting running back James Starks a single carry in the Week 4 win at Chicago. "That shouldn't have happened," McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "James Starks should touch the football every single game."

Starks is averaging 5.0 yards on his 15 carries this season.


Vikes hold out Teddy Bridgewater
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:51 pm ET) Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater missed practice for the second straight day with his sprained ankle. Minnesota will hold a walkthrough Wednesday, a day before it visits the Packers on Thursday Night Football.

If Bridgewater can't play, Christian Ponder would get the start.

Browns DST facing solid matchup in Week 5
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:50 pm ET) The Browns DST unit has not had an impressive start to the season, scoring double figures in just one of their first three games before the bye. However, they could be worth a look for Fantasy purposes in Week 5, with the Titans on the schedule.

The Colts notched just their second double-digit scoring effort of the season last week against the Titans, with an assist to backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. Whitehurst started in Jake Locker's place last week, and though Locker is expected back this Sunday, the Browns might still find some success on defense against him.

Opposing DST units have racked up at least 12 points in three of four games against the Titans, including each of Locker's two starts. The Titans have had trouble protecting the quarterback, so the Browns will look to feast in Week 5. Consider them a solid weekly fill-in.  


Ben Tate expected to start Week 5
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:48 pm ET) Browns running back Ben Tate is expected to start Sunday at Tennessee, assuming his knee responds well to practice this week, reports ESPNCleveland.com. Tate sprained his knee in the season opener and hasn't played since.

He rushed six times for 41 yards against the Steelers, suffering the injury on a 25-yard run. Tate said he might play with a brace on his knee Sunday.


Lions worth an add this week
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:40 pm ET) With the Bills and newly minted starting quarterback Kyle Orton on the schedule, Jamey Eisenberg has the Lions as his top waiver-wire add among DST units for Week 5.

Opposing DST units have enjoyed solid success against the Bills in recent weeks, with the Chargers and Texans both scoring in double figures. A big part of that was the subpar play of quarterback EJ Manuel, who threw a pick-six to the Texans a week ago. Whether Orton, who has started just one game since 2011, will be an improvement is still to be seen, however the Lions' pass rush has been dominant at times this season, and could make life hard on Orton. 

The Lions should be worth starting in Week 5, given how well they are playing right now.  


Falcons add Cameron Bradfield in flurry of moves
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:35 pm ET) Beset by offensive line injuries, the Falcons signed former Jaguars tackle Cameron Bradfield, reports Pro Football Talk. Atlanta also promoted guard Harland Gunn and safety Sean Baker from the practice squad.

Taking a look at the tight end waiver wire
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:32 pm ET) With key players like Vernon Davis (back), Niles Paul (concussion), Jordan Reed (hamstring) and Tyler Eifert (elbow) dealing with injuries, finding help on the waiver wire might be the key to success at the tight end position. Here are some of Jamey Eisenberg's thoughts on the best pickups for this week.

Larry Donnell of the Giants and Travis Kelce are likely to be the most-added tight ends when waivers run Wednesday morning, and Jamey admits to being "torn" on which he prefers. Dwayne Allen of the Colts, Garrett Graham of the Texans and Reed round out the top-five, while Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Clay Harbor and Jace Amaro are sleeper adds for deep leagues.

Charles Clay of the Dolphins and Ladarius Green of the Chargers are considered drop-worthy, if you need a roster spot. 


Falcons put Joe Hawley, Lamar Holmes on IR
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:29 pm ET) The Falcons put center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Hawley tore his ACL in the Week 4 loss at Minnesota, and Holmes suffered a foot injury.

 
 
 
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