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    • Calvin Johnson won't need offseason surgery
      Calvin Johnson will not need offseason surgery.

      Advice: It's good news for Megatron, who underwent finger and ankle surgery last offseason. Turning 30 next September, Johnson should have at least 1-2 year left of top-end wide receiver play. "Feeling good," Johnson said on Saturday. "Coming along. I'm not 100 (percent) yet, but that's what the offseason's for, to get right. So reload and get ready for next year." Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:24 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      12.68 (42nd)
    • Report: Seahawks offer Lynch 'huge' extension
      NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Seahawks have offered Marshawn Lynch "a huge contract extension that would keep him in a Seahawks uniform for years to come."

      Advice: It's believed the deal would make Lynch the highest-paid running back in terms of annual average not named Adrian Peterson. It's a big swing of events after it's been rumored for the better part of a calendar year now that 2014 could be Lynch's final season in Seattle due to age, inflated salary, and edginess. Per RapSheet, the new deal would pay Lynch around $10 million next season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:17 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.35 (16th)
    • Aaron Rodgers wins second NFL MVP award
      Associated Press named Aaron Rodgers its 2014 NFL Most Valuable Player.

      Advice: It's the second time in four years Rodgers has won the award. Rodgers posted a 38:5 TD/INT ratio this past season, leading the Packers to a first-round bye and the NFC's No. 2 seed. He received 31 votes, beating out J.J. Watt (13), DeMarco Murray (2), Tony Romo (2), Tom Brady (1), and Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner (1). Despite winning MVP, Rodgers lost to Murray for Offensive Player of the Year. Rodgers remains locked in as the NFL's premier quarterback going into 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:00 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      22.30 (2nd)
    • Rob Gronkowski wins Comeback Player of Year
      Associated Press named Rob Gronkowski its 2014 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

      Advice: Gronkowski was limited to seven games in 2013 due to knee and forearm injuries. He bounced back with an 82/1,124/12 line this season, where he finished as a unanimous All-Pro. Gronkowski received 27 first-place votes, followed by Jeremy Maclin (7), Rolando McClain (7), Chris Harris (3), Justin Forsett (2), and Arian Foster (2). Cardinals LB Larry Foote and Kyle Orton also received a vote. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:39 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.67 (2421st)
    • DeMarco Murray wins Offensive Player of Year
      Associated Press named DeMarco Murray its 2014 Offensive Player of the Year.

      Advice: Murray led the NFL in carries (392), rushing yards (1,845) and touchdowns (13), while his 2,261 yards from scrimmage were 13th most all time. His historic season helped take the Cowboys to their first playoff appearance since 2009. Murray earned 26 first-place votes, ahead of Aaron Rodgers (15), Antonio Brown (5), and Le'Veon Bell (2). Rob Gronkowski and Tony Romo also received votes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:33 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      14.94 (19th)
    • Odell Beckham earns 2014 NFL Offensive ROY
      Associated Press named Odell Beckham its 2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

      Advice: After missing the first month of the season to a hamstring injury, Beckham took the league by storm with a 91/1,305/12 line over the final 12 games. His famous one-handed catch was the play of the year, and one of the best catches in NFL history. Beckham had at least 90 receiving yards or a touchdown in all but one game. He finished with 42 first-place votes, beating out Zack Martin (7) and Mike Evans (1). Beckham will return with Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle to form one of the league's better receiver corps in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:19 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      16.94 (9th)
    • Marvin Jones 'progressing well' in rehab
      Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) is "progressing well."

      Advice: Jones was placed on I.R. in October and didn't appear in any games this past year. He's recovering from foot surgery and a major ankle issue. Jones emerged as a red-zone threat in 2013 and will need to stay healthy to reestablish his value. 24-year-old Jones is entering the final year of his contract. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:39 am
       
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      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2001st)
    • Geno still in the dark about his Jets' future
      Geno Smith has not received a definitive answer on his status with the Jets.

      Advice: Smith has spoken to new coach Todd Bowles by phone, but it is unsurprising Bowles is hesitant to commit to the 2013 second-round pick. Smith has shown few signs he can be a competent starter, and the Jets could be position to draft either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston with the No. 6 overall pick. There is still a chance Smith opens 2015 as the starter, but the new Jets' regime will likely do everything in its power to upgrade. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:08 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      12.29 (66th)
    • CEO Jed York wants Colin Kaepernick to run
      49ers CEO Jed York said the new coaching staff will put together a system that puts Colin Kaepernick "in the best position to make plays."

      Advice: "How many quarterbacks in this league can run 90 yards for a touchdown? I can’t think of many," York said. "But you’ve got to put Kap in a position where he can make those plays. And put Kap in a position where we can run the ball." Kaepernick rushed a career-high 104 times in 2014, but only 45 of those attempts were designed runs. York's comments suggest the new coaching staff will be more willing to send Kaepernick on designed runs, which would hopefully lead to more fantasy success in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:03 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.91 (33rd)
    • Foles expects to be Eagles' starter in 2015
      Nick Foles said he expects to be the Eagles' starting quarterback in 2015.

      Advice: "My expectation is to be out there and be the starting guy," he said. "I know there’s been a lot of things said, but the only thing I’m worried about is making myself the best player, the best person to help lead my team." Foles' status is still up in the air. He could conceivably be traded, benched or retained as starter. Foles is entering the final year of his rookie deal. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:27 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2439th)
    • Greg Olsen expected to get new deal
      ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton expects Carolina to extend TE Greg Olsen's contract before the 2015 season.

      Advice: With Olsen able to become a free agent after the 2015 season, Newton expects the Panthers will try to get something done this summer rather than letting the situation drag into the season. After Olsen put up a career year in 2014, Carolina runs the risk of "buying high" on a player that will be 30-years-old when the season begins. Olsen has been extremely consistent over the last three seasons, however, and the aging curve for tight ends is usually less steep than other positions. A three- or four-year deal could make sense for both sides. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:14 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.26 (76th)
    • Arians 'desperately' wants Fitzgerald to stay
      Cardinals coach Bruce Arians "desperately" wants Larry Fitzgerald to stay in Arizona.

      Advice: "We definitely, desperately want him to stay," Arians said. "He knows that. It’s really his decision." With a massive $23.6 million cap figure for 2015, Fitzgerald's decision will be whether to take a pay cut to stay in Arizona or force the Cardinals to cut him before his $8 million roster bonus comes due in March. There is some growing optimism the two sides will work out a deal, but it remains a distinct possibility Fitzgerald will not be a Cardinal next season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:51 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.88 (124th)
    • Ed Dickson wants to return to the Panthers
      Impending free-agent TE Ed Dickson said he would like to re-sign with the Panthers.

      Advice: "I want to be back with the team. I feel like we have some unfinished business," Dickson said. "Hopefully, we can work out a deal and get me back over there." On the back of a pitiful 10-115-1 campaign, Dickson will not find many suitors early in free agency. He will be cheap to retain, but the Panthers could do better. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:31 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.97 (2547th)
    • Maclin expects to be an Eagle next season
      Impending free agent Jeremy Maclin said he expects to be an Eagle next season.

      Advice: "Both sides have made it known what we want to do," Maclin said. "I think it will take care of itself." The two sides were reportedly close to a deal near the end of the season, but the negotiations hit a snag when Maclin switched agents. If a long-term deal cannot be reached before free agency opens in March, the Eagles would likely use the franchise tag to keep Maclin off the open market. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:23 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      9.12 (75th)
    • Jags owner Khan loves QB Blake Bortles
      Jaguars owner Shad Khan expressed support for first-year QB Blake Bortles.

      Advice: "I love Blake, and I think he’s a key building block moving forward," Khan said, adding he sees new OC Greg Olson as the person to "unlock" Bortles' potential. Bortles' poor play contributed to the firing of OC Jedd Fisch, and it seems Olson and new QBs coach Nathaniel Hackett were brought in for the express purpose of developing Bortles. That could be easier said than done, as Bortles struggled with decision-making and inaccuracy. Bortles does have a ton of natural talent, and the likely return of Justin Blackmon would bolster his receiver corps. The good news is Bortles can only get better than he was as a rookie. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:16 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      12.27 (67th)
    • DeMarco laughs off system-runner theory
      Speaking Thursday, free agent DeMarco Murray laughed off the idea that his monster 2014 was solely the product of the Cowboys' offensive line.

      Advice: "I would like to see how it goes," Murray said of the Cowboys letting him walk and simply plugging another back in. "I know what I bring to the table." Murray's line was indeed dominant, but he's averaged at least 4.7 yards per carry in three of his four NFL seasons. He's an elite runner, one who won't be easily replaced if he walks, no matter how dominant Dallas' line is. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:47 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      14.94 (19th)
    • DeMarco Murray realistic about contract talks
      Free agent DeMarco Murray says he hasn't started thinking about his contract yet, but left open the possibility that he won't be back with the Cowboys.

      Advice: "You never know what’s going to happen, we’ll see what happens," Murray said in a radio interview. "But all you can do is hope for the best." The early signs suggest Murray will be allowed to walk, but owner/GM Jerry Jones has always been extremely reluctant to part with home-grown talent. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:16 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      14.94 (19th)
    • Nick Foles: I plan on being in Philadelphia
      Asked if he expects to return as the Eagles' starter in 2015, Nick Foles responded "(I plan on) being in Philly."

      Advice: "I only listen to the people at the (Eagles') facility," Foles said. "(Coach/GM Chip Kelly is) the one that will make the decision." It's certainly notable that Foles wasn't unequivocal when asked if he'll be starting. Heading into the final year of his rookie contract, things are completely up in the air for Foles. He could be traded, benched or retain his starting job. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:32 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2439th)
    • Greg Olsen hasn't had extension talks yet
      Greg Olsen said he hasn't had any substantial contract extension talks with the Panthers yet.

      Advice: Olsen's deal is not a priority as he's signed through the 2015 season. It would also be silly for the Panthers to "buy high" right now as the tight end is coming off a career-best season at age 29. We wouldn't be surprised if the Panthers make Olsen play out 2015 as a contract-year player, ensuring he's highly motivated as the No. 2 pass-game weapon behind Kelvin Benjamin. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:14 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.26 (76th)
    • Report: Rams interested in trading for Foles
      A source tells NJ.com that the Rams have interest in Nick Foles if the Eagles decide to trade him this offseason.

      Advice: Foles is 14-4 as a starter over the last two seasons, but there's plenty of reason to believe he is not Chip Kelly's guy for the long haul. Kelly inherited Foles, he prefers a mobile quarterback, Foles regressed sharply as a thrower in Year 2 and the Eagles could be plotting a move up in the draft for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. According to NJ.com, the QB-desperate Titans and Texans would also have interest in Foles, who has one year remaining on his rookie contract. The Rams have already said Sam Bradford (ACL surgery) will face competition in training camp. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 26, 7:36 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2439th)
    • NFL to penalize Lynch if he does crotch grab
      The Seahawks will be penalized 15 yards if Marshawn Lynch makes an obscene gesture during Sunday's Super Bowl.

      Advice: Lynch has been fined a total of $31,050 for grabbing his crotch following touchdown runs this season. But he hasn't been penalized yet because the officials allegedly didn't see it. We can be certain that if he does it Sunday he'll get flagged as this story has gone national -- which is why coach Pete Carroll said he will speak to Beast Mode about the grab. According to offshore sportsbook Bovada, Lynch is an incredible -200 favorite to score a touchdown against the Patriots. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 26, 5:37 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.35 (16th)
    • Odell Beckham says his hammy never got right
      Odell Beckham said the hamstring injury that plagued him last summer never fully healed.

      Advice: Two tears in his right hamstring caused Beckham to miss all of the offseason program, all of training camp and the first four games of the season. Then he put on one of the best displays by a rookie wideout ever, going 91-1,305-12 in just 12 games. We find it very hard to believe that he did this at less than 100 percent, but that's what he's saying. "I should be good by training camp," Beckham said after catching five balls in the Pro Bowl. "The plan is to play at full strength next season, and I definitely hope to do it. I'm just looking forward to getting healthy." Rotoworld.com
      Jan 26, 5:17 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      16.94 (9th)
    • Eagles and Maclin hit snag in negotiations
      The Newark Star-Ledger reports the Eagles and impending free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin "have hit a bit of a wall in their contract negotiations."

      Advice: The two sides were very close to a deal at the end of the season, but talks hit a snag when Maclin switched agents and requested more money. After letting DeSean Jackson go last offseason, the Eagles cannot afford to let Maclin walk. The sides should get a deal done before Maclin hits the market on March 10. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 24, 7:19 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      9.12 (75th)
    • GM Schneider 'kind of' loves Lynch's act
      Speaking about Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks GM John Schneider said, "I kind of love his act."

      Advice: It seems the act has not yet worn thin, at least at the front-office level, but Lynch's antics are not why his Seahawks future is in question. Lynch is owed $7 million in salary and bonuses and carries a cap charge of $8.5 million in 2015. That is a lot to pay a soon-to-be 29-year-old running back with a history of back spasms and a punishing running style. That said, Lynch is still one of the best backs in the league, and has been the heart of another Super Bowl run. It would be surprising if Lynch is let go this offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 24, 6:29 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.35 (16th)
    • Seahawks CB: Rob Gronkowski isn't 'that good'
      Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane doesn't believe Rob Gronkowski is "that good."

      Advice: Oh. "He’s OK," Lane conceded. "But he does have a big body, and from what I’ve seen on tape, he don’t like your hands being put on him. So if we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won’t catch that many balls as he should." We doubt Gronk had ever heard of Lane before today, but he might have something special for him in Super Bowl XLIX. Few teams search for bulletin board material as voraciously as the Pats. Lane has offered up some of the dumbest in recent memory. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 22, 3:42 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.67 (2421st)
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