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    • Heath Miller does little in Week 17
      Heath Miller had three catches for 41 yards in Week 17 against the Bengals.

      Advice: He was targeted seven times, behind only Antonio Brown. Miller was held out of the end-zone for the third straight week and couldn't come down with a red-zone look in the second quarter. He finishes the season with a 66/761/3 line. The Steelers play the Ravens in the first round of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:50 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.45 (92nd)
    • Jermaine Gresham manages TD vs. Steelers
      Jermaine Gresham caught three passes for 20 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Steelers.

      Advice: Gresham missed the majority of the first half with a back injury. He was a non-factor outside of a five-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Gresham finishes the season with 62 catches, 460 yards, and five touchdowns. He graded out as the best pass-blocking tight end in the league by Pro Football Focus. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:44 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      4.77 (133rd)
    • Markus Wheaton has three catches in win
      Markus Wheaton had three catches for 17 yards in Sunday night's Week 17 win over the Bengals.

      Advice: Wheaton played in the majority of two-wide sets over Martavis Bryant. He finished with only four targets and remains no higher than the No. 5 option. Wheaton will take a 53/644/2 line into Saturday's Wild Card game against Ravens. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:40 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      5.13 (198th)
    • Mohamed Sanu held to one catch
      Mohamed Sanu caught one pass for 16 yards in Sunday night's Week 17 loss to the Steelers.

      Advice: It was his only target of the game. Sanu has managed just seven catches over the last four games. With A.J. Green in the concussion protocol, he could be forced into an expanded role for next Sunday's matchup with the Colts. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:37 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.44 (139th)
    • Martavis Bryant finds end-zone in Week 17
      Martavis Bryant had one catch for 21 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Bengals.

      Advice: Bryant's touchdown came on a screen pass in the second quarter. He played behind Markus Wheaton in two-wide sets, finishing with just two targets. Bryant's rookie season ends with a 26/549/8 line over 10 games (two starts). The Steelers take on the Ravens in the Wild Card round. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:30 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.43 (111th)
    • Antonio Brown closes out year with 2 TDs
      Antonio Brown caught seven passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 17 win over the Bengals.

      Advice: He also returned a 71-yard punt for a touchdown. Brown was targeted a team-high 13 times. His 129 catches this season are the second-most in NFL history. He also led the league with 1,698 yards and 14 touchdowns. Brown will have a matchup with Ravens CB Lardarius Webb for the first round of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:22 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      14.42 (21st)
    • Jeremy Hill gets third-straight 100-yard game
      Jeremy Hill rushed 23 times for 100 yards in Sunday night's Week 17 loss to the Steelers.

      Advice: He added two catches for 10 yards. Hill started and played the majority of snaps, with Gio Bernard getting 10 touches in a change of pace role. He has at least 100 yards in three straight games since taking over for Bernard. Hill wraps up a highly productive rookie season with 222 carries, 1,339 total yards, and nine touchdowns. The Bengals play the Colts in the first round of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:12 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      11.47 (49th)
    • Giovani Bernard totals 64 yards, TD on SNF
      Giovani Bernard had three rushes for eight yards and seven catches for 56 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 17 loss to the Steelers.

      Advice: Bernard had a highlight 17-yard touchdown on a short pass from Andy Dalton in the first quarter. He got 10 touches behind Jeremy Hill, who continued to get the majority of carries. Bernard has been more productive since moving out of the feature back role and is averaging six catches over his last two games. Bernard will finish the season with 168 carries, 1,029 total yards, and six touchdowns. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:04 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.08 (126th)
    • Julius Thomas doesn't catch a pass in win
      Julius Thomas had zero catches in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Raiders.

      Advice: It was Thomas' third game since returning from an ankle sprain and it was more of the same. He was a rotational player, failing to be the first read on any pass plays and losing snaps to blocker Virgil Green. Julius has now totaled 3-63-0 in these three games. The only logical explanation is he's still hurt, something the bye should help with. Thomas's fourth NFL regular season ends with 43-489-12, with an incredible nine of those scores coming in the first five weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:41 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.10 (79th)
    • Jermaine Gresham exits with back injury
      Jermaine Gresham suffered a lower back injury in Sunday night's Week 17 game against the Steelers.

      Advice: The Bengals listed Gresham as questionable, but he was able to return. He only ended up missing the first quarter. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:21 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      4.77 (133rd)
    • Quizz Rodgers manages 63 yards in Week 17
      Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 44 yards on nine carries in the Falcons' Week 17 loss to the Panthers, adding three catches for 19 yards.

      Advice: Rodgers got the start in place of an injured Steven Jackson (quad) and split touches with Devonta Freeman. The diminutive Rodgers wraps up his fourth season with 58 carries for 217 yards (3.74 YPC) and one touchdown on the ground to go with a 31-241-1 receiving line. A free agent in March, Rodgers is unlikely to find much, if any, guaranteed money. He's an unproductive COP back but can at least catch the ball and pick up the blitz. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:00 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      10.23 (61st)
    • Mychal Rivera held to two catches in finale
      Mychal Rivera caught two passes for 26 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss at Denver.

      Advice: Rivera is not especially fast, strong or big. But he got a lot of volume from Derek Carr this season leading to a reasonable 58-534-4 line as an NFL sophomore. Of course, it took Rivera 93 targets to get there, a number that should be reduced if the Raiders can ever get some talent on their team. This is not a player we'd be chasing in 2015 fantasy circles. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:39 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.37 (93rd)
    • Brent Celek gets a TD in finale
      Brent Celek caught one pass for a one-yard touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 win

      Advice: It was Celek's first touchdown of the season. Relegated to a strict blocking role, he finishes his fifth NFL season with just 32-340-1. Celek will still likely be back at his $4.725 million salary because he's a valuable on-field piece outside the box score. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:39 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.71 (186th)
    • Clay Harbor doesn't catch pass in Week 17
      Clay Harbor was held without a catch in the Jaguars' Week 17 loss to the Texans.

      Advice: Harbor was an every-down player from Weeks 4-10 while Marcedes Lewis was on I.R./recall. Once Lewis was back healthy, Harbor returned to the bench and only played about 15 snaps per game down the stretch. He has good hands and is a plus athlete. If the Jaguars decide to cut Lewis, Harbor could return as the No. 1 tight end in 2015, the final year of his contract. Either way, look for the Jaguars to address the tight end position in the offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:36 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.53 (2569th)
    • Denarius Moore inactive again
      Denarius Moore (knee) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 game at Denver.

      Advice: Moore wraps his fourth NFL season with 12 catches for 115 yards and zero touchdowns in 10 games, tumbling down the depth chart. The one-time intriguing deep threat will have to settle for a non-guaranteed contract in free agency. The rest of the Raiders inactives: WR Vincent Brown, CB Chimdi Chekwa, CB TJ Carrie, G Tony Bergstrom, T Menelik Watson and DT Stacy McGee. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:11 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2058th)
    • Titans 'content with Mettenberger' at QB
      ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday Countdown that the Titans are "content with Zach Mettenberger" and do not feel urgency to use a high draft pick on a quarterback.

      Advice: Mettenberger played reasonably well in his 2014 opportunities, but it's still a surprise whenever a team would feel "content" with a sixth-round quarterback. It is incredibly, incredibly rare that sixth-round quarterbacks become franchise signal callers. Mettenberger does possess some of the traits teams look for: Ideal size and arm strength, and composure in the pocket. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:05 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2432nd)
    • Falcons expected to start Quizz Rodgers at RB
      Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to be the Falcons' starting running back in Week 17 against the Panthers.

      Advice: Devonta Freeman will rotate in. Rodgers is a superior pass protector and will likely play more snaps than Freeman, just as he did following Steven Jackson's Week 16 injury. Freeman possesses more upside, but "Quizz" may be a better bet for usage. The situation is a tricky one to navigate in Week 17 fantasy leagues. Rodgers is priced cheaper on daily sites than Freeman. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:01 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      10.23 (61st)
    • Julius Thomas (ankle) practicing in full
      Julius Thomas (ankle) is practicing in full for Week 17.

      Advice: Thomas is nearing 100 percent health as the playoffs approach. He'll be ready to rock for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Raiders. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:25 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.10 (79th)
    • Zach Mettenberger sitting out Week 17
      Charlie Whitehurst will be the Titans' Week 17 starter.

      Advice: The Titans never sent Zach Mettenberger (shoulder) to injured reserve, but he's not healthy enough to start Sunday's finale against the Colts. As it stands now, Mettenberger will enter 2015 as the favorite for starting duties. That's a problem, as though Mettenberger put a few good things on tape this season, he's a statue in the pocket with unproven accuracy. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:52 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2432nd)
    • Julius Thomas still doesn't look 100 percent
      Julius Thomas caught two passes for 33 yards in the Broncos' Week 16 loss to the Bengals.

      Advice: He was targeted six times. Thomas, once again, didn't start the game and looked to be at less than 100 percent on his bothersome ankle. He simply can't change direction. Owners were burned by Thomas in the playoffs after a torrid start to the season. The Broncos wrap up the regular season vs. Oakland. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 9:39 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.10 (79th)
    • Mohamed Sanu goes 1-16 on 2 targets
      Mohamed Sanu caught just one pass for 16 yards in the Bengals' Week 16 win over the Broncos.

      Advice: He was targeted just two times, even with A.J. Green playing only about 10 snaps due to an early-game arm injury. Sanu was draped by the Broncos' impressive cornerback trio, while Jermaine Gresham got loose for a 9-62-1 line on 11 targets in the middle of the field. The Bengals get the Steelers in Week 17. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 9:37 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.44 (139th)
    • Gresham leads Bengals with 9-62-1 on MNF
      Jermaine Gresham caught nine passes for 62 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals' Week 16 win over the Broncos.

      Advice: With A.J. Green hurting his arm on the fourth offensive play and missing much of the night, Gresham saw a team-high 11 targets and led the Bengals in receiving. His touchdown couldn't have been any easier. Andy Dalton rolled out on play-action and found a wide-open Gresham in the back of the end zone. Gresham has played surprisingly well this season. The Bengals get the Steelers in Week 17. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 9:26 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      4.77 (133rd)
    • Gio Bernard totals 81 yards, TD in MNF win
      Giovani Bernard rushed for 36 yards on eight carries in the Bengals' Week 16 win over the Broncos, adding five catches for 45 yards and one touchdown.

      Advice: The past two weeks, Bernard has been doing more with less. And that's how it was in 2013. The Bengals realized Bernard isn't a workhorse back, and he's taken a side seat next to 1A Jeremy Hill. Hill out-touched Bernard 22-13, but both did work with their looks. Bernard looked like his rookie self on his 22-yard touchdown, catching the ball at the line of scrimmage and shedding a tackle before making another defender miss on his way to the end zone. The past two weeks, he's managed 184 total yards on 31 touches. Bernard and Hill are going to have to carry the Bengals in the playoffs. They'll wrap up Week 17 against the Steelers. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 9:16 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.08 (126th)
    • Jeremy Hill, defense lead Bengals past Broncos
      Jeremy Hill rushed for 147 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries in the Bengals' 37-28, Week 16 win over the Broncos on Monday night.

      Advice: Hill was the star of the show on offense, while the Cincinnati defense carried the Bengals to victory by intercepting Peyton Manning four times. Hill got another start in the Bengals' backfield and took his third carry to the house for an 85-yard touchdown. It was one of the more impressive runs of the season. Hill showed amazing stop-start ability on the scamper, slowing down for blocks and immediately turning on the jets. Another great run was a simple two-yard pickup on 4th-and-1 where he was initially stopped behind the line but powered through to move the sticks. The Bengals could make a run if they lean on Hill and the defense plays like it did on Monday. They'll wrap up the regular season against Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 8:53 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      11.47 (49th)
    • Rivera goes 1-5 in Week 16 win
      Mychal Rivera caught one pass for five yards in the Raiders' Week 16 win over the Bills.

      Advice: He was targeted four times. On his lone catch, Rivera fought hard for a first down. He was later targeted in the end zone, but Derek Carr overthrew him on the play. Rivera has flashed at times this season. He and the Raiders head to Denver to close out the season in Week 17. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:18 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.37 (93rd)
    • Markus Wheaton goes for 27 yards vs. Chiefs
      Markus Wheaton caught 2-of-3 targets for 27 yards in the Steelers' Week 16 win over the Chiefs.

      Advice: Wheaton is now up to 50 grabs on the season. Still rotating snaps with Martavis Bryant behind all-world WR Antonio Brown, Wheaton won't be on the DFS radar in Week 17. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 2:42 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      5.13 (198th)
    • Heath Miller has seven-catch day vs. Chiefs
      Heath Miller caught 7-of-8 targets for 68 yards in the Steelers' Week 16 win over the Chiefs.

      Advice: The seven-catch effort was Miller's fourth of the season. Miller has been up and down this year, but enters Week 17 the owner of a Miller-esque 63/720/3 receiving line. Now 32, Miller is signed through 2016. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 2:20 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.45 (92nd)
    • Martavis Bryant posts 44 yards vs. Chiefs
      Martavis Bryant caught 1-of-2 targets for 44 yards in the Steelers' Week 16 win over the Chiefs.

      Advice: He added two rushes for nine yards. Both of Bryant's targets were deep sideline numbers, with his catch coming on Pittsburgh's third play from scrimmage. Boom or bust on a weekly basis, Bryant will be a poor bet to find the end zone against Cincinnati's stingy secondary in Week 17. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 2:08 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.43 (111th)
    • Antonio Brown goes 7/72/1 vs. Chiefs
      Antonio Brown caught 7-of-9 targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' Week 16 win over the Chiefs.

      Advice: One of Brown's missed connections was a drop in the end zone. Nevertheless, it was a good day against one of the league's better secondaries. Brown enters Pittsburgh's climatic Week 17 showdown with the Bengals the owner of an eye-popping 122/1,570/12 receiving line. He's one of the best players in football. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 2:06 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      14.42 (21st)
    • Jacquizz Rodgers gets an extended look
      Jacquizz Rodgers rushed 11 times for 29 yards Week 16 against the Saints.

      Advice: Rodgers got an extended run out with Steven Jackson sidelined by a quad injury late in the first half. Rodgers ran hard as he always does, but there is simply not enough talent in his legs to be a feature back. Devonta Freeman will be the Falcons' best bet to move the ball if Jackson is forced to miss Week 17 against Carolina, but Rodgers will likely lead the backfield in touches. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 1:17 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      10.23 (61st)
    • Raiders declare Week 16 inactives
      Raiders declared WR Denarius Moore, WR Vincent Brown, CM Chimdi Chekwa, OG Tony Bergstrom, OT Menelik Watson, TE Brian Leonhardt, and DT Stacy McGee inactive for Week 16 against the Bills.

      Advice: Moore hurt his ankle and knee a couple weeks ago at the team hotel. Brown has a groin injury. CB D.J. Hayden (back) is active despite being questionable. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 12:09 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2058th)
    • Jermaine Gresham (toe) listed probable
      Jermaine Gresham (toe) is listed as probable for Week 16.

      Advice: Gresham practiced in full after sitting out last week. He should be avoided as more than a low-end TE2 for Monday night against Denver. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 11:20 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      4.77 (133rd)
    • Julius Thomas practicing in full for Week 16
      Julius Thomas (ankle) is practicing in full for Week 16.

      Advice: It's an upgrade on Week 15, where Orange Julius began the week as "limited." The Broncos have hoodwinked fantasy owners in back-to-back games with Thomas' health, but he finally, truly appears ready to be full go. Thomas is a mid-range TE1 for the fantasy finals. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 1:14 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.10 (79th)
    • Jermaine Gresham back at practice
      Jermaine Gresham (toe) is practicing in full for Week 16.

      Advice: Gresham sat out Week 15 and then visited a specialist. Apparently, everything checked out fine. Gresham is averaging 3.8 catches for 29.0 yards with three touchdowns in 13 games this season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 10:02 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      4.77 (133rd)
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