Jennings to fill RB job: The Giants made a pair of moves designed to fill their chaotic running back rotation. First the team re-signed Peyton Hillis. Later Tuesday, Big Blue signed former Raiders running back Rashad Jennings. It won’t come as a surprise that Jennings is expected to become Tom Coughlin’s primary rushing option this season. Last season was Jennings’ best as a pro — he set career-highs in rushing yards (733) and touchdowns scored (6). Fantasy owners can expect Hillis and David Wilson, if healthy, to see some work in the backfield. But there’s little preventing Jennings from having 200 touches in a season for the first time in his career.
McCluster to fill various roles: Fantasy owners have been waiting for Dexter McCluster to break out for his entire career. His move to Tennessee isn’t likely to make him a fantasy star, but working with Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt could pay dividends for the multi-talented player. There’s an expectation that McCluster could fill a role similar to Danny Woodhead in San Diego — namely a pass-catcher who works out of the slot or the backfield. But there’s a catch, namely how McCluster will be listed. If he’s listed a running back, there’s nice PPR potential as a reserve option. If McCluster remains a receiver (as he was in Kansas City), there’s not much value there at all.
Bengals to match Hawkins offer sheet: It looks like Andrew Hawkins won’t live in Cleveland, he’ll live in Cincinnati. After the Browns signed the slot receiver to an offer sheet, the Bengals have said they will match it in order to hold on to the wideout. Injuries limited Hawkins to eight games and prevented him from approaching his breakout 2012 season, when he caught 51 passes and tallied four touchdowns. Even if he is able to stay healthy this season, Hawkins will likely find himself behind Marvin Jones, Gio Bernard and the twin tight ends — Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert — in the battle for targets. It will be a surprise to see Hawkins drafted in plenty of leagues.
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