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Each week, we will run down the top waiver wire pickups with a focus on the coming week and rest of the season. QUARTERBACKS Jason Campbell (vs Ravens)Last week: 22/37, 293 yards, 2TDsCampbell earned himself a second straight start for the Browns after a strong showing in a narrow loss to the undefeated Chiefs last week. The Browns have basically moved on from the Brandon Weeden era so barring injury Campbell will be the starter the rest of the way. Its a good thing too because Campbell has a much better arm, and also showed better movement and decision making than Weeden is capable of. Hes a good QB2 against the Ravens this week. Case Keenum (vs Colts)Last week: 15/25, 271 yards, 1 TD, 1 INTKeenum was impressive if unspectacular in making his first NFL start on the road against a very good Chiefs defence two weeks ago. He showed nice touch on his throws never looked flustered and hey, he didnt throw a pick-six as Texans QBs have been wont to do this year. Coming off the bye week, Keenum will have had plenty of time running the first team offence and practice and should be well prepared to face a Colts defence that, while still good, is nowhere near as dominant as the Chiefs. Terrelle Pryor (vs Eagles)Last week: 10/19, 87 yards, 2INTs; 106 rush yards, rush TDPryor turned in a complete dud in the passing game last week throwing for just 87 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. But if you had him in your fantasy lineup you probably werent all that upset about it thanks to his 93-yard rushing touchdown on the Raiders opening drive. His rushing numbers likely wont be that gaudy again this week, but his passing numbers should improve against the Eagles. Even mediocre passing games can produce nice fantasy results with Pryor thanks to his legs. Nick Foles (at Raiders)Last week: injuredFoles appears likely to return from his concussion this week and with Michael Vick out indefinitely with a hamstring injury, Foles would undoubtedly get the nod from Chip Kelly over Matt Barkley. Foles has done a decent job when called upon for the Eagles and can probably be considered a solid QB2 with potential against the Raiders this week. Others: Josh McCown (vs Packers), Ryan Tannehill (vs Bengals) RUNNING BACKS Daryl Richardson (vs Titans) Last week: 8 carries, 39 yards, 1 catch, 8 yardsZac Stacy went down with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of the Rams loss to the Seahawks on Monday night opening the door for Richardson in Week 9. If Stacys ankle turns out to be serious, which it appeared to be, then Richardson figures to see a heavy workload as the Rams lead-back. The Rams offence is a mess right now so I wouldnt expect a very efficient day carrying the ball, but given enough volume that might not matter for fantasy purposes. Ben Tate (vs Colts)Last week: ByeTate is still dealing with four broken ribs, but is progressing well in his recovery and figures to play against the Colts this week. With Arian Fosters status up in the air due to a hamstring injury Tate figures to see a pretty sizeable workload against Indianapolis if he plays. If Foster cant go then Tate becomes a must start in virtually all formats. Shane Vereen (vs Steelers - out)Last week: injured reserveVereen has been on IR designated to return with a broken wrist since his breakout effort in Week 1. He isnt due back until after the Patriots bye in Week 11 but now is the time to start thinking about stashing him if you have room on your bench. When he returns, Vereen figures to slide right back into his featured role on passing downs as a hybrid running back/receiver. In the Patriots offence that gives Vereen a lot of value, particularly in PPR formats. Andre Brown (Bye)Last week: injured reserveMuch like Vereen, Brown is soon to return from the IR. He has been practicing the last two weeks and is expected to return as soon as he is eligible in Week 10 following the Giants bye. As soon as he does, Brown figures to see a lot of carries given the state of the Giants backfield. Peyton Hillis has been mediocre, Brandon Jacobs has too and is dealing with a gimpy hamstring while David Wilson still has no timetable for his return from a neck injury. Others: Andre Ellington (Bye), Joseph Randle (vs Vikings) WIDE RECEIVERS Marvin Jones (at Dolphins)Last week: 8 catches, 122 yards, 4 TDLook, there is no way that Jones will repeat his four touchdown performance again this season, but thats three straight weeks now that he has found the endzone. Jones has established himself as a legitimate red zone target and is developing some nice chemistry with Andy Dalton. However, expectations should be tempred somewhat given the fact that Jones played on just 19 snaps in the Bengals win over the Jets. Kenny Stills (at Jets)Last week: 3 catches, 129 yards, 2 TDStills is not someone you can rely on for consistent week to week production given how evenly Drew Brees distributes the ball to his receivers not named Jimmy Graham. However, he is establishing himself as the Saints primary deep threat which means there is always the potential for a big game. Stills scored on passing plays of 69 and 42 yards on Sunday. Hes hit or miss, but theres big upside. Darrius Heyward-Bey (at Texans)Last Week: ByeWith Reggie Wayne lost for the year, Heyward-Bey figures to have an increased role in the Colts offence coming out of their bye. T.Y. Hilton is now the Colts No.1 receiver, but Heyward-Bey has a chance to establish himself as a solid second option. DHB played a significant role in the Colts win over the Broncos in Week 7 catching four balls for 44 yards and a touchdown and should see an even bigger workload against the Texans this week.. Dexter McCluster (at Bills)Last Week: 7 catches, 67 yards, 1 TD; McCluster would be a very speculative pickup in most formats at this point but might be worth a flyer as he is getting more and more looks in the passing game. He has led the Chiefs in receiving in each of the last two weeks hauling in 11 balls for 137 yards with one touchdown. If your league values return yardage then McCluster is definitely worth an add. Others: Aaron Dobson (vs Steelers), Lance Moore (at Jets), Kris Durham (Bye), Drew Davis (at Panthers) TIGHT ENDS Coby Fleener (at Texans)Last week: ByeMuch like Heyward-Bey, Fleener figures to see an increased workload with Reggie Wayne out. In fact, Fleener may end up reaping the rewards of Waynes absence even more than DHB will since he is better suited to a possession role than Heyward-Bey whose main asset is speed. Tim Wright (at Seahawks)Last week: 5 catches, 48 yards, 1 TDThe Bucs rookie tight end was targetd eight times by fellow rookie Mike Glennon last week and hauled in five catches for 48 yards and his first career touchdown. Wright has been targeted at least six times in three of the Bucs last four games and is clearly becoming a focal part of their passing offence. He is quickly climbing up the TE rankings. Others: Tyler Eifert (at Dolphins), Scott Chandler (vs Chiefs), Garret Graham (vs Colts) Ramik Wilson Rams Jersey . Two weeks after suffering a concussion, Foles will start in place of Michael Vick, who is out for the second time this season with a hamstring injury. Brandon Allen Jersey . The club says its first-choice centre back "underwent medical tests on Wednesday morning" which confirmed he has injured his right hamstring. The injury was caused in the second minute of Tuesdays 4-1 league win over Real Sociedad in the Camp Nou when teammate Sergio Busquets accidentally struck Mascherano just above the knee with an outstretched boot. - The Utah Jazz look to put an end to their five-game losing streak when the Denver Nuggets visit Salt Lake City Monday night. John Kelly Rams Jersey . Now he has a complete game. Scherzer tossed a three-hitter in his 179th career start for his first complete game and Victor Martinez hit his 16th homer to lead the Detroit Tigers a 4-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. Brandin Cooks Rams Jersey .C. - The Carolina Hurricanes hope they now have the leadership tandem in place to turn the franchise around.The Mike Kelly era, as short-lived as it was, kicked off a troubling five-year period for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Save for the season after their Swaggerville run to the Grey Cup – one that ultimately didnt pan out – Bombers fans have been subjected to the same hope-filled off-season rhetoric; what makes this the year they turn it around when the same pre-season confidence a year ago led to just more troubling results? And in a lot of ways this year could be similar. New general manager Kyle Walters was part of the old guard and new starting quarterback Drew Willy, he of just 147 career CFL passing attempts, cannot be considered the for-sure answer at quarterback. That isnt to say these things wont turn around this season, but old GM Joe Macks hiring got a lot of people excited in 2010, returning to the city where he won a Grey Cup before gaining extensive experience in NFL front offices; and Stefan LeFors, Buck Pierce, and Alex Brink all had failed tenures as quarterback of the future. But there is some tangible evidence the team could be breaking out of their five-year fog. Mike OShea leads the list of smart moves the team made in the off-season to quietly start a foundation that could lead to success. Its been a while since the Bombers landed a coveted candidate at head coach. OShea has been ticketed as someone to watch for years now after following up a very impressive playing career with a promising stint as special teams coordinator in Toronto. The Canadian football lifer oozes leadership and has the opportunity to set the standard for the Bombers roster as he helped to do with some strong Argonauts rosters the past couple years. Keeping Marcel Bellefeuille around as OSheas offensive coordinator gives the team a play caller with both head coaching and successful coordinator experience on his resume. And adding Danny McManus, by all accounts an up-and-comer in the player evaluation world, should be of benefit to Walters in the front office. And aside from losing out on the Zach Collaros sweepstakes – Willy was a decent consolation prize – the team added some important free agents to help in the culture change Winnipeg is undertaking. Nick Moore, who some had tabbed for the NFL after his breakout season, should be a fine replacement for Terrence Edwards as the go-to option in the receiving corps. And Korey Banks, who was added after a contract squabble with the BC Lions, stiill has a lot of game left to go along with his leadership and winning mentality.dddddddddddd Maybe this year wont be any different than ones previous, theres really no way of knowing if the new regime fits together to make a winner or not. And there likely wont be an easy team to pick off in the East Division. But aside from bringing with them a fresh air and new way of thinking, OShea and company have a winning attitude that could finally reverse the fortunes in Winnipeg. If youre apt to believe a change of culture is a noticeable step on the way to respectability, the Bombers could finally be making the first moves towards contending this season. Notes West Division The Blue Bombers are returning to where many CFL fans feel they belong, the West Division. With the Ottawa Redblacks joining the league and East Division, Winnipeg will jump back to the West, alongside the Lions, Stampeders, and Eskimos, and of course their longtime rivals in Saskatchewan. Terrence Edwards Retires Blue Bombers fans havent had a lot to cheer about the past couple years but one constant was Terrence Edwards tremendous play at receiver. Edwards spent seven of his nine CFL seasons in Winnipeg, five of which he surpassed 1,000 yards receiving, scoring a combined 46 touchdowns. Expansion Draft The Redblacks used the first two rounds of the expansion draft to nab from Winnipeg a promising young receiver in Wallace Miles, and a strong special teams player in FB James Green. The Bombers didnt suffer a loss in the third round however as the Redblacks selected impending free agent Rory Kohlert, a non-import receiver. Ottawa never signed Kohlert to a contract extension and he returned to Winnipeg just months later as a free agent. Free Agency Winnipeg should be relatively pleased with their off-season haul. They locked up some solid players on their own roster and landed a star receiver to replace Edwards in former BC Lion Nick Moore, and a quarterback they hope can lead the team now and in the future in former Saskatchewan Roughrider Drew Willy. CFL Draft With the second overall pick the Blue Bombers landed a solid offensive line prospect in Matthias Goossen, who they hope will be a mainstay for years to come. Winnipeg also selected McGill LB Jesse Briggs in the second round, Simon Fraser DB Derek Jones in the fourth round, Mount Allison DL Quinn Everett in the sixth round, and McMaster LB Aram Eisho in the seventh round. 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