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    • 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 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
      Today, 7:00 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      29.10 (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, finishing as an 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
      Today, 6:39 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.29 (2421st)
    • J.J. Watt takes home Defensive Player of Year
      Associated Press named J.J. Watt its 2014 Defensive Player of the Year.

      Advice: It was an easy choice. A three-time Pro Bowler, Watt was unanimously voted by the Associated Press. It's second time in three years he's won the award. Watt posted 20.5 sacks, 78 tackles, and recovered five fumbles in 2014. He also had three receiving touchdowns as a tight end in the Houston's goal-line package. Pro Football Focus has graded Watt as its No. 1 overall 3-4 end in three straight years. Watt is under contract through 2021 after the Texans rewarded him with an eight-year, $108 million contract prior to the season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:22 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      35.40 (868th)
    • 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
      Today, 5:19 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      25.94 (9th)
    • Jets plan to discuss Wilkerson extension soon
      Jets owner Woody Johnson said the team will discuss Muhammad Wilkerson's contract situation next week.

      Advice: Wilkerson is scheduled to make $6.97 million after the Jets exercised his 2015 option. He graded out as a top-five 3-4 end by PFF despite missing three games and is a prime extension candidate. Wilkerson, 25, could command a deal in the range of $12M annually. The Jets have a projected $48.9 million in cap space. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:06 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      16.86 (875th)
    • Bills open to re-signing ILB Brandon Spikes
      The Bills' website believes free agent ILB Brandon Spikes could return on a one-year deal.

      Advice: Spikes played limited snaps last year, but had a major role in upgrading Buffalo's run defense. With WLB Kiko Alonso (knee) set to return, he would only have a starting job if the Bills move to a 3-4 scheme. Buffalo could potentially replace Spikes with free agent David Harris, who is a Rex Ryan favorite. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:17 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      10.09 (648th)
    • Kam Chancellor participates in walkthrough
      Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (probable, knee) participated in Saturday's walkthrough.

      Advice: Coach Pete Carroll said Chancellor "looked great." Chancellor is reportedly dealing with a bruised knee after leaving late in Friday's practice. He hasn't had any setbacks and remains on track for the Super Bowl. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:34 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      14.78 (1470th)
    • Dolphins high on 2nd-year RB Damien Williams
      Speaking at last week's Senior Bowl, Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey stated he believes rising second-year RB Damien Williams has an "ability to play on all three downs."

      Advice: Hickey also praised Williams' special teams play and noted he likes young players help in that area before pushing for significant playing time. A 2014 UDFA, Williams is a plus pass blocker and caught 21 passes in limited action as a rookie. Williams has starting-caliber athleticism and size. He is a player to target in Dynasty trades with Lamar Miller entering a contract year. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:52 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.53 (2596th)
    • 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
      Today, 11:39 am
       
      Injured Reserve
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2001st)
    • Report: Kam Chancellor's injury just a bruise
      Bleacher Report's Will Carroll reports the injury that forced Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (probable) from Friday's practice was just a bruise.

      Advice: Chancellor fell directly on the knee late in practice, but he was able to walk off the field without a limp. His status for the Super Bowl is not in doubt. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:26 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      14.78 (1470th)
    • 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
      Today, 10:08 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      11.61 (66th)
    • Giants will 'make an effort' to sign JPP
      ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano believes the Giants "will definitely make an effort" to sign impending free-agent DE Jason Pierre-Paul to a long-term deal.

      Advice: Graziano also believes the franchise tag is an option, but that would cost the Giants roughly $15 million in 2015. New York will certainly try to retain JPP, but he has been too inconsistent throughout his career to devote a large chunk of guaranteed money. Pierre-Paul registered 12.5 sacks in 2014, but nine of those came in the final five games of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:42 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.69 (502nd)
    • 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
      Today, 9:03 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      16.96 (33rd)
    • 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
      Today, 8:14 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      10.01 (76th)
    • 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
      Today, 7:31 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.30 (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
      Today, 7:23 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      12.95 (75th)
    • Kam Chancellor exits with wrap on knee
      Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor exited Friday's practice with a wrap on his left knee.

      Advice: This is why he was added to the injury report and listed as probable. Per Super Bowl pool reporter Peter King, Chancellor missed the final rep of practice after falling near the goal line on the second to last play. The probable listing indicates the Seahawks aren't worried about Chancellor's availability for Sunday's matchup with Rob Gronkowski. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:56 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      14.78 (1470th)
    • Kam Chancellor (knee) added to injury report
      Kam Chancellor (knee) is listed as probable for Super Bowl XLIX.

      Advice: Chancellor was added to the injury report Friday after getting in a limited practice. He's fully expected to play through his knee issue. Seattle also listed Richard Sherman (elbow) and Earl Thomas (shoulder) as probable. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:14 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      14.78 (1470th)
    • 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
      10.01 (76th)
    • Watt & Stafford earn Pro Bowl MVP accolades
      J.J. Watt was named Defensive MVP as Team Michael Irvin defeated Team Cris Carter in Sunday's Pro Bowl, 32-28.

      Advice: We meant to blurb this last night, but our on-duty blurber literally fell asleep during the game. Watt racked up one tackle, a leaping interception, a fumble recovery, and four pass breakups for Team Carter. Quarterbacking Team Irvin for seven possessions, Matthew Stafford was named the game's Offensive MVP, throwing for 316 yards and two touchdowns. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:35 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      35.40 (868th)
    • 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
      Monday, 5:17 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      25.94 (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
      Saturday, 7:19 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      12.95 (75th)
    • 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
      Thursday, 3:42 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.29 (2421st)
    • Todd Bowles calls Geno 'a great college QB'
      Neither coach Todd Bowles nor GM Mike Maccagnan would commit to Geno Smith as the Jets' starting quarterback.

      Advice: With good reason, obviously. Maccagnan avoided commenting on Smith altogether in his introductory press conference Wednesday, while Bowles simply called Geno a "great college quarterback" without offering any opinions on his NFL ability. With the No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 draft, the Jets will be in decent position to grab or trade up for Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:50 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      11.61 (66th)
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