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    • Robert Griffin III still limited on Thursday
      Robert Griffin III (throwing shoulder) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

      Advice: There's been no indication RGIII's Week 17 availability is in doubt. His status will be updated on Friday, but he should be fully expected to go against the Cowboys. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:34 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.72 (17th)
    • Fox: Broncos want Manning back for 2015
      Speaking Thursday, coach John Fox said the Broncos want Peyton Manning back for 2015.

      Advice: Consider it the most obvious statement of the century, but it comes in response to Manning's Wednesday words that he's planning to play in 2015 as long as the Broncos want him. Manning's final decision will likely rest on his offseason physical, but most signs point toward him returning for an 18th year in the NFL. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:20 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      22.16 (2nd)
    • Report: Logan Thomas already benched
      The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals have decided to bench Logan Thomas, and will go with Ryan Lindley for Sunday's finale against the 49ers.

      Advice: Thomas' tenure under center is over before it even began. Per AZCardinals.com's Darren Urban, the decision comes after the fourth-round rookie was "seriously shaky" in practice. It's a bit of a surprise after Lindley was an utter nightmare in last week's loss, but coach Bruce Arians must have been confident Thomas would be even worse. It's still possible Thomas could see action off the bench. The Cardinals will be in major trouble if Drew Stanton (knee) isn't ready for the postseason. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:31 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.16 (2657th)
    • Report: Cardinals going back to Ryan Lindley
      The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals have decided to go back to Ryan Lindley for Sunday's finale against the 49ers.

      Advice: According to AZCardinals.com's Darren Urban, the decision comes after Logan Thomas got off to a "seriously shaky start at practice." It must have been as shaky as you can get, as Lindley appeared completely overwhelmed in Arizona's Week 16 loss to the Seahawks. Things won't be much easier against a 49ers team that will likely be going to bat for coach Jim Harbaugh in what is expected to be his final game at the helm. The news has little effect on the rest of Arizona's skill players, as the offense was going to be a disaster either way. Lindley can be completely ignored in DFS leagues for Week 17. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:25 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      8.64 (172nd)
    • No plans on how long Logan Thomas will play
      Speaking Wednesday, coach Bruce Arians said there are "no plans on how long" starting QB Logan Thomas plays at San Francisco Sunday.

      Advice: On Tuesday night, Arians said Thomas will at least play the first half. Now he's not even guaranteeing that. The bottom line is that the very raw Thomas will be on an extremely short leash and his range of production is vast. Even at minimum price on some DFS sites, it's very hard to trust Thomas in this spot. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:19 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.16 (2657th)
    • Patriots may not play starters whole game?
      ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss suggests the Patriots may not play their starters the whole game during Sunday's regular season finale against the Bills.

      Advice: The Patriots clinched the AFC's No. 1 seed when the Broncos lost to the Bengals on Monday night. Reiss suspects the Patriots could view this game "similar to a fourth preseason contest when the third preseason game doesn't go as well as planned." That could mean trying to "develop some momentum" on offense and if that happens, pulling guys like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski for the second half. Of course, Bill Belichick has been known to keep his foot on the gas in tons of low-priority situations, so no one knows for sure what will happen. But there's certainly risk in using any Patriots this week. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:09 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      5.48 (2550th)
    • Kelly to evaluate Foles this offseason
      Speaking Wednesday, coach Chip Kelly declined to give Nick Foles a full endorsement.

      Advice: Kelly said he'll go through a long evaluation process on all his players, including Foles. He's not going to name him his starter even though Foles is 14-4 over his last 18 starts under Kelly. That's because he was shaky this season, turning the ball over 13 times in just over seven games and completing 59.8 percent of his passes. The problem for the Eagles is that they're unlikely to find serious competition for Foles unless they mortgage their future to move up in the draft for Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston. Foles, heading into the final year of his rookie contract, is the heavy favorite to open 2015 as the Eagles' starting quarterback. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:45 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2436th)
    • Pettine: Manziel to have 'chance to compete'
      Coach Mike Pettine said Johnny Manziel (IR, hamstring) will "have the chance to compete" for the starting job in 2015.

      Advice: The Browns clearly aren't going to hand the starting gig to Manziel on a silver platter. How could they after he lost a camp battle to journeyman Brian Hoyer, appeared completely unprepared in his two starts and posted a 42.0 passer rating. Manziel knows he needs to grow up in a hurry if he's going to make an NFL impact. "It's a job for me now. I have to take it a lot more seriously than maybe I did at first," he admitted. With Hoyer currently an impending free agent, JFF's 2015 competition may come from outside the organization. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:27 am
       
      Injured Reserve
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2493rd)
    • Peyton Manning practicing in full
      Peyton Manning (thigh) is practicing in full this week.

      Advice: Manning missed a day of practice last week and was limited in others. So it's safe to say he's far healthier this week as the Broncos prepare for a home game against the Raiders. They need to win the game to lock up the AFC's No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. The Broncos' run-first mentality over the last month caps Manning's upside, but he's still a top-shelf QB1 in this matchup. Peyton also added Wednesday that he plans to be back in 2015, brushing off silly retirement notions. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:12 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      22.16 (2nd)
    • Aaron Rodgers (calf) limited Wednesday
      Aaron Rodgers (calf) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

      Advice: Rodgers played through his calf injury last week, but his mobility was limited throughout the game. His status isn't in doubt for Sunday's NFC North championship. With the Packers playing for a first-round bye, Rodgers is safe to use in DFS leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:43 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.78 (3rd)
    • Drew Stanton (knee) not practicing Wednesday
      Drew Stanton (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

      Advice: The Cardinals are hoping Stanton can get in some limited work later in the week. Coach Bruce Arians said there's an 85 percent chance he'll be back for the playoffs. Logan Thomas will start in the regular-season finale. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:01 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2432nd)
    • Robert Griffin III limited in practice Wed.
      Robert Griffin III (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

      Advice: Griffin banged his right (throwing) shoulder Saturday while taking a sack from Eagles DT Fletcher Cox. It doesn't sound like anything too major, as RG3 was able to make some throws Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:46 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.72 (17th)
    • Johnny Manziel placed on IR
      Browns placed QB Johnny Manziel (hamstring) on injured reserve, ending his season.

      Advice: It's merely a procedural move as Manziel was already ruled out of Sunday's finale at Baltimore. JFF finishes his rookie season 18-of-35 for 175 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions. He posted a 5.1 QBR and 42.0 passer rating, admitting that he didn't take the job seriously enough. Manziel will have a lot of ground to make up if he's going to start for the Browns in Week 1 of 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:37 am
       
      Injured Reserve
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2493rd)
    • Philip Rivers says he's feeling better
      Philip Rivers (back) practiced Tuesday.

      Advice: Rivers didn't practice on Tuesday or Wednesday last week, so he's ahead of pace. He said he'll be a full participant all week long. "I definitely feel better than last week," said Rivers, who fought through the injury to throw for 356 yards and four touchdowns in the Week 16 win at San Francisco. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:21 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.05 (46th)
    • Arians: 85% Stanton is back for playoffs
      Coach Bruce Arians said there's a 85 percent chance Drew Stanton (knee) is back for the playoffs.

      Advice: It's gotten so bad in Arizona that they're on Stanton Watch, desperate for the sub-average backup to heal up. Logan Thomas will start in Week 17 at San Francisco, with Ryan Lindley ready to come in if things go awry. Even if the Cardinals beat the Niners, they'll be playing in a Wild Card game the following week unless the Seahawks lose to the Rams at home. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:18 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2432nd)
    • Broncos lead way with 9 Pro Bowl selections
      The Broncos have placed the most players on the initial Pro Bowl roster, with nine players tabbed to go to Hawaii.

      Advice: Although he's in the midst of a season-ending slump, Peyton Manning leads the way. It's Manning's 14th selection, extending a record he already held. Perhaps the most notable Pro Bowl "snub" is rookie sensation Odell Beckham, though as a first alternate, he'll undoubtedly find his way to the all-star game. The Pro Bowl is again going with a "captains" format, with Cris Carter and Michael Irvin choosing teams. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:07 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      22.16 (2nd)
    • Derek Carr misses practice with illness
      Derek Carr missed Tuesday's practice with illness.

      Advice: It's not a concern for Carr's Week 17 status. He won't be a recommended DFS play against the Broncos. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:58 pm
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      16.10 (33rd)
    • Johnny Manziel: I need to be a better pro
      Johnny Manziel admits he has to take being a pro "a lot more seriously than maybe I did at (first)."

      Advice: In expansive comments Tuesday, Manziel was both contrite and somewhat defiant. "This is a job for me now," Manziel said. "I haven't painted the greatest picture of me of being in here and staying on top of myself." Manziel also implored the Browns to stick with him, saying "I don't think it would be fair to give up on somebody after seven quarters of football." The Browns' commitment to Manziel for 2015 is very much an open question. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:32 pm
       
      Injured Reserve
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2493rd)
    • Derek Carr doesn't practice on Tuesday
      Derek Carr was held out of Tuesday's practice.

      Advice: It's unclear what the issue is, though Carr missed time last week with thumb and ankle issues. Although the Raiders' Tuesday practice is supplanting Thursday's typical session, they aren't required to issue an injury report. Carr played every snap in Sunday's win over the Bills, and should be fine for Week 17. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:04 pm
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      16.10 (33rd)
    • Kyle Orton starting Week 17 versus Patriots
      Kyle Orton will remain the Bills' starter for Sunday's finale against the Patriots.

      Advice: There was a school of thought that the Bills might give E.J. Manuel a looksee after they were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 16, but that won't be the case. Coach Doug Marrone believes Orton still gives Buffalo its best chance to win. Orton has regressed sharply as the year has worn on, and isn't a viable option for 2015. The Bills have an up-and-coming roster, but quarterback is a massive issue heading into the offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:23 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      12.48 (61st)
    • Vick: I have 'good, solid two years' left
      Impending free agent Michael Vick believes he has a "good, solid two years" left in his career.

      Advice: Neither the film nor the numbers support that, as Vick was an ineffective mess when called on in 2014. Going on 35, Vick was a transformational athlete in his prime, but just doesn't have the juice he did even 2-3 years ago. Vick will undoubtedly crack someone's offseason roster, but won't be guaranteed to remain there come Week 1. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:16 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.05 (2681st)
    • 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 (2429th)
    • Practice-squader Shaw likely to start Week 17
      Browns QB Connor Shaw took "all" the first-team reps in Tuesday's practice.

      Advice: Shaw has yet to even be formally promoted to the 53-man roster, but is looking highly likely to start Sunday's finale against the Ravens. Johnny Manziel (hamstring) has already been ruled out, while Brian Hoyer (shoulder, biceps) isn't close to full health. Shaw had some preseason success, but would be a disaster waiting to happen against a Ravens team that must win to keep its playoff hopes alive. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:51 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      11.34 (81st)
    • Hoyer trending in wrong direction for Sunday
      Brian Hoyer (biceps, shoulder) is sitting out Tuesday's practice, and highly uncertain for Sunday's finale.

      Advice: "I don't know if (Hoyer) can get to 100 percent," were the words of coach Mike Pettine on Tuesday. "We don't know where we are at the quarterback position." Johnny Manziel (hamstring) has already been ruled out, leaving all of Tuesday's first-team reps to Connor Shaw. The undrafted rookie out of South Carolina will almost certainly start Sunday's game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:48 am
       
      Questionable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2475th)
    • Aaron Rodgers (calf) practicing on Tuesday
      Aaron Rodgers (calf) participated in Tuesday's practice.

      Advice: According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein, Rodgers wasn't going "full speed," but he's very much on track to suit up for Sunday's NFC North championship game against the Lions. With the Pack playing for a first-round bye, Rodgers can be trusted in DFS leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:29 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.78 (3rd)
    • Hoyer also dealing with 'badly bruised' bicep
      Brian Hoyer suffered a biceps injury in addition to his shoulder issue.

      Advice: Hoyer is day to day and hasn't been ruled out for Week 17, but should be considered highly questionable. The Browns signed Tyler Thigpen on Tuesday and are expected to give starter's reps to UDFA Connor Shaw this week Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:13 am
       
      Questionable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2475th)
    • Tyler Thigpen signs with Browns
      Browns signed QB Tyler Thigpen.

      Advice: Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is out, Brian Hoyer (shoulder, bicep) is very questionable and Rex Grossman didn't want to sign on. So the Browns settle on Thigpen, who will likely back up Connor Shaw in Sunday's finale against the Ravens. Thigpen was with the team for a few months of the offseason program before getting cut early in camp. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:57 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.05 (2683rd)
    • Pack aren't too worried about Rodgers' calf
      Coach Mike McCarthy said Aaron Rodgers was "very upbeat and positive about" his strained calf Monday.

      Advice: Rodgers' calf pull isn't overly serious, but it was bad enough that McCarthy had to scrap some bootlegs and movement plays during Sunday's win at Tampa. Although the MVP candidate remains sore, Rodgers should be closer to 100 percent once Sunday's showdown with the Lions rolls around. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:32 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.78 (3rd)
    • Philip Rivers will play in Week 17
      Coach Mike McCoy confirmed Philip Rivers (back) will play in Sunday's Week 17 game at Kansas City.

      Advice: Per ESPN, Rivers is fighting a bulging disk in his lower back that doctors fear is on the brink of being herniated. He still managed to pop off for 356 yards and four touchdowns in last week's wild win at San Francisco. With a playoff berth on the line this week, there's no way Rivers is going to sit. "Everyone has had some form of injury that they deal with at some point of time during the year," McCoy said. "Philip will play on Sunday." Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:12 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.05 (46th)
    • Andy Dalton throws 2 TDs in Week 16 win
      Andy Dalton completed 17-of-26 passes for 146 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Bengals' Week 16 win over the Broncos.

      Advice: Dalton's primetime nightmares took a night off on Monday. By no means did Dalton fill up the box score, but he managed to limit turnovers after tossing a pick-six to Aqib Talib on his second pass of the game. All OC Hue Jackson had to do was dial up handoffs from Dalton to Jeremy Hill. Dalton finished off the possessions by tossing two east touchdowns. The first went to a wide-open Jermaine Gresham from two yards out, while the second was a simple dumpoff to Gio Bernard who made two defenders miss on the way to the end zone. The Bengals face the Steelers in Week 17. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:06 pm
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.96 (34th)
    • Peyton Manning tosses 4 INTs in MNF defeat
      Peyton Manning completed 28-of-44 passes for 311 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions in the Broncos' 37-28, Week 16 loss to the Bengals on Monday night.

      Advice: Manning and the Broncos started really slow, failing to score any offensive points in the first half. His first interception was a poorly thrown ball behind Julius Thomas in the flat at his own 22-yard line, setting up an easy Bengals touchdown. Manning's third pick was returned 30 yards for a touchdown by Dre Kirkpatrick to give the Bengals their nine-point cushion with four minutes to play. It was one of the worst passes you'd ever see, as it was thrown by weak-armed Peyton off his back foot and into the rain. On the following drive, Kirkpatrick picked off Manning again. It was Peyton's fifth career four-pick game. Before the meltdown, Manning had the offense clicking coming out of halftime with 21 points in the third quarter. We hate to say it, but it looks like another playoff disappointment may be on the horizon in Denver. They'll close out Week 17 with the Raiders. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:58 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      22.16 (2nd)
    • Rex Grossman turns down offer from Browns
      Free agent QB Rex Grossman has rejected an offer to sign with the Browns for Week 17.

      Advice: Grossman is choosing instead to spend the holiday with his family. We can't blame him. The Browns have nothing to play for, and Grossman isn't in need of a one-week paycheck at the league minimum at the expense of missing Christmas. The Browns will turn to undrafted rookie Connor Shaw vs. Baltimore. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:22 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2421st)
    • Manning, Sanders active for MNF vs. Bengals
      Peyton Manning (thigh) and Emmanuel Sanders (illness) are both active for Monday night's Week 16 game against the Bengals.

      Advice: As expected. Despite being listed as questionable, both players were never in any real doubt for the Monday night finale. Inactive for the Broncos are RB Ronnie Hillman, LB Brandon Marshall, OT Paul Cornick, CB Tony Carter, OT Michael Schofield, TE Dominique Jones, and DE Quanterus Smith. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:07 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      22.16 (2nd)
    • Browns expected to sign Rex Grossman
      ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi expects the Browns to sign free agent QB Rex Grossman for Week 17.

      Advice: We'd much rather see Terrelle Pryor or even Tim Tebow, but Grossman is probably the most sensible choice. He spent nearly three weeks with the Browns in training camp, and is known to be tight with OC Kyle Shanahan, with whom Grossman spent time in both Houston and Washington. It's not out of the question that Grossman ends up starting in Week 17 against Baltimore, though Connor Shaw is the favorite, assuming Brian Hoyer (shoulder) can't go. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:09 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2421st)
    • Playoff-bound Colts to play starters in Wk 17
      Coach Chuck Pagano stated Monday that the Colts will play their starters in Week 17 against the Titans, despite the fact that they can't improve or hinder their playoff seeding much.

      Advice: Pagano, understandably, believes the Colts "need to build some steam" entering the postseason after Sunday's 42-7 loss to Dallas. Indianapolis is locked into either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed in the AFC. They've obviously locked up the AFC South, but can't get a first-round bye. Andrew Luck & Co. will be in play for fantasy leagues still going on in Week 17, and in DFS formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:24 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      11.45 (79th)
    • Browns will give Connor Shaw 1st-team reps
      The Browns will give starter's reps this week to UDFA Connor Shaw.

      Advice: Shaw hasn't even been formally promoted off the practice squad yet, but likely will be on Tuesday. Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is done for the year, and Brian Hoyer is nursing a bum shoulder. The Browns may have to sign a free agent off the scrap heap to "compete" with Shaw in practice. Get ready to fire up the Ravens' fantasy defense if you're playing DFS in Week 17. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:09 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      11.34 (81st)
    • Manziel (hamstring) will miss season finale
      Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is done for the season, Browns coach Mike Pettine announced Monday.

      Advice: It ends a highly disappointing first NFL season for Manziel, who failed to beat out career journeyman backup Brian Hoyer in training camp and fell flat on his face when given late-season opportunities to play. Manziel's arm is average, and he loses all semblance of zip when he doesn't deliver passes with proper technique. He is also not close to being an even passable pocket quarterback. Barring dramatic offseason improvement, we don't see Manziel as particularly likely to open 2015 as the Browns' starter. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:04 pm
       
      Injured Reserve
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2493rd)
    • Drew Stanton expected to get in some reps
      Drew Stanton (knee) is expected to practice "some" in Week 17, but won't start against the 49ers.

      Advice: The Cardinals have already announced they'll be going with rookie Logan Thomas for the regular-season finale. Their aim with Stanton is getting him ready for the Wild Card round. The early signs suggest he will be able to go. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:23 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2432nd)
    • Jay Cutler starting for Bears in Week 17
      With Jimmy Clausen (concussion) sidelined, Jay Cutler will be back under center for the Bears in Week 17.

      Advice: Smokin' Jay comes crawling back. He'll be backed up by sixth-round rookie David Fales. Cutler will be facing the Vikings, a team he shredded for 330 yards and three touchdowns in a Week 11 victory. We obviously aren't expecting a repeat performance, but Cutler will be on the DFS radar. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:44 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.23 (22nd)
    • Jimmy Clausen out for Week 17 with concussion
      Jimmy Clausen has been diagnosed with a concussion, and will be sidelined for Sunday's finale against the Vikings.

      Advice: Clausen took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Lions RE Ziggy Ansah in Sunday's loss, and apparently suffered "delayed" symptoms. He didn't miss a snap, but ended up going to the hospital on Sunday evening. The league still has a long way to go with concussions. Clausen's injury means Jay Cutler will be back under center for Week 17, and backed up by sixth-round rookie David Fales. The timing couldn't be worse for Clausen, who didn't put anything persuasive on film Sunday. There's no guarantee he'll get a No. 2 job for 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:33 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2490th)
    • Report: Hoyer day to day with shoulder issue
      CBS' Jason La Canfora reports Brian Hoyer suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday's loss to the Panthers, and is day to day.

      Advice: The team has yet to confirm, but it would up the chances Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is back under center for Week 17. That, of course, would depend on Johnny Football's health. The Browns don't have a third quarterback, so it's uncertain what they'd do if neither Hoyer nor Manziel could go. The most likely option would be promoting Connor Shaw from the practice squad. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:30 am
       
      Questionable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2475th)
    • Cardinals 'leaning' toward starting QB Thomas
      Speaking Monday, coach Bruce Arians confirmed the Cardinals are "leaning" towards starting Logan Thomas against the 49ers.

      Advice: Drew Stanton (knee) isn't ready and Ryan Lindley has looked completely overwhelmed, so Arians doesn't have much of a choice as the Cards jockey for playoff seeding. Arians did say Thomas would have to practice well to earn the nod, and that he'd be on a short leash on Sunday. Stanton is hardly a capable NFL quarterback, but the Cards will be one-and-done in the playoffs if he isn't ready to go. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:12 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.16 (2657th)
    • Nick Foles officially ruled out for Week 17
      Nick Foles (collarbone) has been ruled out for Week 17.

      Advice: Coach Chip Kelly has already said that Mark Sanchez will remain under center against the Giants, and that the team won't be turning to Matt Barkley. It means Foles closes the book on 2014 having played zero snaps after November 2, and the owner of a 13:10 TD:INT ratio and 81.4 QB rating through eight starts. Foles will enter the offseason as the favorite for 2015 duties, but the Eagles will undoubtedly search for alternatives. It's just a matter of if they can find a better option. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:07 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2436th)
    • Cam Newton emerges from return healthy
      Coach Ron Rivera confirmed Cam Newton (back) emerged from Sunday's win healthy.

      Advice: Newton didn't show any ill effects from his car crash against the Browns, running 12 times for 63 yards with a touchdown. He'll be all systems go for a dream Week 17 matchup against the Falcons. When these teams played in Atlanta Week 11, Newton threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 30 yards. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:38 am
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      18.11 (15th)
    • Mark Sanchez, not Barkley, will start finale
      Coach Chip Kelly said Mark Sanchez, not Matt Barkley, will start Week 17's meaningless finale against the Giants.

      Advice: With Sanchez's one-year contract set to expire, there's been a lot of talk in Philadelphia that Barkley should start Sunday so the Eagles can see what they have. Kelly doesn't want to hear it. It's both an indictment of Barkley and affirmation that Kelly is going to play this game to win -- not evaluate. The Eagles have lost three straight games under Sanchez, getting eliminated from the playoffs while Week 1 starter Nick Foles (collarbone) continues to rehab. Foles' rookie deal is up after the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:23 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      16.48 (29th)
    • Lindley struggles to move offense in loss
      Ryan Lindley completed 18-of-44 passes for 216 yards and an interception in Sunday night's Week 16 loss to Seattle.

      Advice: Lindley predictably struggled to move the offense, missing open receivers throughout the game. His interception came on a bad overthrow directly to Richard Sherman. Lindley completed only 41 percent of his passes and averaged an anemic 4.9 yards per attempt. With the loss, Arizona drops to second place in the NFC West. The Cardinals are hoping Drew Stanton can return in Week 17. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:18 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      8.64 (172nd)
    • Wilson totals 3 TDs in NFC West showdown
      Russell Wilson completed 20-of-31 passes for 339 yards and three total touchdowns in Sunday night's 35-6 Week 16 win over the Cardinals.

      Advice: The pass yards were Wilson's most this season. He was able to beat the Cardinals for big plays downfield, including an 80-yard touchdown to TE Luke Willson in the first quarter. Both of his touchdowns went to Willson, who he also connected with from 20 yards out. Wilson added 83 yards on five carries and had a five-yard rushing score. It was a solid rebound coming off last week's 195 total yard effort. With the win, Seattle is in the driver seat for the NFC West. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:04 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      16.77 (28th)
    • Aaron Rodgers tweaked calf in win over Bucs
      Aaron Rodgers strained a calf muscle during Sunday's Week 16 win at Tampa.

      Advice: Rodgers suffered the pull during the second series, limiting him a bit throughout the game. He still finished 31-of-40 for 318 yards with a touchdown even though Mike McCarthy admitted he had to change his play-calling a bit to keep Rodgers in the pocket. "It got really tight about halftime," Rodgers said. "Came in and got a little treatment and it loosened up a tad but it was still pretty tight, and I had hard time running." Rodgers will be fine for Week 17's NFC North showdown with the Lions, the question will just be how close he is to 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:18 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.78 (3rd)
    • Derek Carr throws for 2 TDs in Week 16 win
      Derek Carr completed 17-of-34 passes for 214 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Raiders' 26-24, Week 16 win over the Bills.

      Advice: Nearly half of Carr's yards came on two passes, a 50-yard shot to Kenbrell Thompkins down the middle and a 51-yard heave down the sideline to Andre Holmes on a 3rd-and-22. Carr has shown flashes of potential, but he's also put some bad things on tape. He really needs to work on his accuracy, as he's averaging under 6.0 YPA on the year. Still, he's viewed by most as a building block. Carr's two touchdowns went to James Jones and Jamize Olawale from two and three yards away, respectively. The Raiders will wrap up 2014 on the road in Denver. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:48 pm
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      16.10 (33rd)
    • Orton tosses 2 INTs, Bills eliminated by OAK
      Kyle Orton completed 32-of-49 passes for 329 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Bills' 26-24, Week 16 loss to the Raiders.

      Advice: The loss eliminates the Bills from the playoffs. Orton's stats don't look bad on paper, but his interceptions were killers. His first one went to Charles Woodson over the middle trying to get it to Scott Chandler, while the second one came late in the fourth quarter again down the middle of the field on an overthrow. Orton breathed life into the Buffalo offense when he first got the nod to start, but he's since been exposed. The Bills will wrap up their season in New England. E.J. Manuel may get the call under center. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:43 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      12.48 (61st)
    • Drew Stanton officially inactive for SNF
      Drew Stanton (knee) is inactive for Sunday night's Week 16 game against Seattle.

      Advice: Ryan Lindley will start, with Logan Thomas backing him up. The rest of the Cardinals inactives are WR Brittan Golden, S Chris Clemons, OG Jonathan Cooper, NT Alameda Ta'amu, OL Anthony Steen, and DE Kareem Martin. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:03 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2432nd)
    • Luck pulled in third quarter of blowout loss
      Andrew Luck was pulled in the third quarter of the Colts' blowout loss to the Cowboys.

      Advice: Luck finishes the game completing 15-of-22 passes for 109 yards and two interceptions. The stat line is terrible, but Luck was not as bad as the numbers indicate. The Colts' banged up offensive line struggled to protect Luck, and his pass catchers did not help the situation by dropping several passes. OC Pep Hamilton has to shoulder some of the blame as well as he failed to get Donte Moncrief involved and instead decided to run three screen passes to Hakeem Nicks. Luck has not played well lately, but he is a decent bet to get back on track against the Titans Week 17. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:24 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      11.45 (79th)
    • Browns unsure of severity on Manziel's hammy
      Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is considered questionable for the Week 17 finale against Baltimore.

      Advice: Manziel first hurt his hamstring midway through the first half and then left for good after taking a hit from Colin Jones. "As I kept walking more and more, it just felt like something I hadn't experienced before," he said. "I figured I needed to get checked out. Pretty frustrating." Through two NFL starts, Manziel is 13-of-26 for 112 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:33 pm
       
      Injured Reserve
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2493rd)
    • Brian Hoyer struggles off bench in Week 16
      Brian Hoyer completed 7-of-13 passes for 134 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Browns' Week 16 loss to the Panthers.

      Advice: He added two scrambles for 19 yards. Hoyer entered Sunday's game in the second quarter after Johnny Manziel suffered a hamstring injury. He took three sacks among 16 dropbacks, but did lead two scoring drives, one ending in a field goal and the other a Jordan Cameron 81-yard touchdown. Manziel seems unlikely to play in the Browns' regular season finale, which would give Hoyer the start against Baltimore. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:40 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2475th)
    • Brady, Pats survive feisty Jets in New York
      Tom Brady completed 23-of-35 passes for 182 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the Patriots' 17-16, Week 16 win over the Jets.

      Advice: Missing security blanket Julian Edelman, Brady was under siege from the opening whistle. Looking to get coach Rex Ryan one more upset of arch-nemesis Bill Belichick, the Jets treated the game like the Super Bowl, getting in Brady's face to the tune of four sacks, and countless other pressures. Brady's pick was an ill-advised pass in the face of the rush. New England was lucky to escape with a victory. The Pats have now clinched at least a first-round bye, and will earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a Broncos loss to the Bengals on Monday Night Football. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:34 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      5.48 (2550th)
    • Aaron Rodgers throws for 318 yards, TD
      Aaron Rodgers completed 31-of-40 passes for 318 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 16 win over the Bucs.

      Advice: Rodgers mostly had to settle for check downs, targeting Randall Cobb 14 times. His touchdown didn't come until late in the fourth quarter on a one-yard pass to Jordy Nelson. Rodgers suffered an ankle injury on a sack, but didn't miss any time. It was another disappointing start after he was held without a touchdown last week. With the win, the Packers have officially clinched a playoff spot. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:21 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.78 (3rd)
    • Jimmy Clausen tosses 2 TDs in place of Cutler
      Jimmy Clausen completed 23-of-39 passes for 181 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 20-14 Week 16 loss to the Lions.

      Advice: Facing the league's No. 2 defense, Clausen played far better than his numbers looked. Bears receivers dropped an absurd seven passes, many of them easy catches on third downs that would have kept drives alive. Clausen's lone turnover was a fourth-down Hail Mary with under two minutes left in the game. He was very confident and calm both in pre-snap reads and in the pocket, executing Marc Trestman's offense far better than benched Jay Cutler has in the last month. It reaffirms our belief that Cutler was the issue for the Bears' offense, not Trestman. Cutler just won't listen to the whispers. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:13 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2490th)
    • Cam accounts for 264 yards, 2 TDs in victory
      Cam Newton completed 18-of-31 passes for 201 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Panthers' Week 16 win over Cleveland, adding 12 carries for 63 yards and an additional score.

      Advice: The Panthers' passing game struggled, but Newton plunged in for a two-yard touchdown on a second-quarter bootleg to give Carolina a 10-3 lead. OC Mike Shula was surprisingly aggressive utilizing Cam as a runner under two weeks removed from his scary car accident. Cam dominated on bootleg runs in this game, finishing with his third highest rushing total of the season. Newton threw his lone TD pass to Jonathan Stewart from nine yards out in the fourth quarter, which proved the game winner. At 6-8-1, the Panthers will face the Falcons in Week 17 for the NFC South title. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:10 pm
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      18.11 (15th)
    • Manziel leaves game with injured hamstring
      Johnny Manziel exited Sunday's game after taking a hit from Panthers S Colin Jones in the second quarter.

      Advice: On a designed run in the second quarter, Johnny Football took a blow to the head from Jones. Brian Hoyer entered the game. Manziel ultimately went to the locker room with a towel on his head and surrounded by trainers. Officially, the Browns are saying Manziel suffered a hamstring injury. Before leaving, Manziel was 3-of-8 passing for 32 yards and three rushing yards. We don't expect Manziel to reenter Sunday's game. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:17 am
       
      Injured Reserve
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2493rd)
    • Cam Newton active, starting against Browns
      Cam Newton is active for Week 16 against the Browns.

      Advice: He's officially starting and gets a matchup boost with Joe Haden (shoulder) on the Browns' inactive list. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:28 am
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      18.11 (15th)
    • Peyton Manning looked good Saturday
      Coach John Fox said Peyton Manning (thigh) "looked good" in Saturday's practice.

      Advice: Manning's participation in practice this week was "fairly normal," according to Fox. He should be far closer to 100 percent this week than last, when he only attempted 20 passes in a win at San Diego. Denver's shift toward a run-heavy, ball-control team is a concern, but Manning is still a no-brainer top-6 fantasy quarterback this week. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:09 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      22.16 (2nd)
    • Mort: Rivers may need offseason back surgery
      ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Philip Rivers has a bulging disk in his back, and offseason back surgery "may be (an) option."

      Advice: Rivers has been playing through significant pain for more than a month. It's been borne out in his on-field play, although Rivers was still able to rally back for a Saturday night win over San Francisco in a gutty and highly impressive performance. Rivers is not in danger of missing the Chargers' Week 17 game at Kansas City. San Diego remains squarely in the playoff hunt. For as long as he's been in the league, Rivers has been one of the toughest players in football. He's even played through a torn ACL before. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:47 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.05 (46th)
    • Titans a Cutler trade partner for Bears?
      NFL Network's Ian Rapoport passes along the Titans as a potential trade partner for Jay Cutler.

      Advice: It seems like RapSheet is spitballing here -- he didn't cite any sources -- but the Titans are quarterback needy, and Cutler played college ball at nearby Vanderbilt. Attempting to develop Zach Mettenberger remains high on coach Ken Whisenhunt's priority list. That said, Cutler shouldn't cost more than a mid- to late-round draft pick based on the overwhelming salary he is due. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:46 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.23 (22nd)
    • Report: RGIII will be back with Skins in 2015
      The Washington Post's Jason Reid writes Robert Griffin III is "expected to return" to the Redskins in 2015.

      Advice: Profootballtalk reports RGIII's job status for 2015 was never in danger despite all of the reports stating otherwise in recent weeks. RGIII looked like his vintage self in a Saturday afternoon win over the Eagles, and suddenly things are peachy in D.C. RGIII has an opportunity to finish the season on a high note against the Cowboys in Week 17. Whether Jay Gruden returns as head coach remains unclear, but he's reportedly been told he'll be back. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:01 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.72 (17th)
    • Philip Rivers leads comeback win on Saturday
      Philip Rivers completed 33-of-54 passes for 356 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions Week 16 against the 49ers.

      Advice: It was a tale of two halfs for Rivers. He started the game painfully slow, throwing two horrific interceptions and appearing to struggle with the various injuries that have hampered him the last several weeks. Rivers turned it on after the break, though, erasing a 21-point halftime deficit with three second-half touchdown passes. The performance was Rivers' best in months, but it is unlikely to repeat itself Week 17 against Kansas City. He will be no more than a QB2 for the season finale. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:41 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.05 (46th)
    • Sanchez's late interception dooms Eagles
      Mark Sanchez completed 37-of-50 passes for 374 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Saturday's Week 16 loss to the Redskins.

      Advice: Sanchez also fumbled on the opening series and took three sacks. Despite the stat line, Sanchez checked down to Zach Ertz and Riley Cooper for most of the game, targeting them 25 times. Sanchez's late fourth-quarter interception set up a game-winning field for Washington and all but ends the Eagles postseason chances. The Eagles now need a Dallas loss to stay alive in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:10 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      16.48 (29th)
    • RGIII leads Washington to upset win
      Robert Griffin III completed 16-of-23 passes for 220 yards and an interception in Saturday's Week 16 win over the Eagles.

      Advice: Griffin looked more decisive from the pocket, and was able to go through his progressions when given time. His highlights were two 50-plus yard throws to DeSean Jackson. Grifin's interception came trying to force a pass to Jackson in double coverage, but he bounced back and led Washington to a game-winning drive. Griffin has a matchup against Dallas in Week 17. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:05 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.72 (17th)
    • Cam Newton cleared for Week 16
      Cam Newton (probable, back) will start Week 16 against the Browns.

      Advice: He was officially cleared by the Panthers on Saturday. Newton's role in the run game will be limited, but he has QB1 upside despite a tough matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:58 am
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      18.11 (15th)
    • Peyton Manning (thigh) listed a questionable
      Peyton Manning (thigh) is listed a questionable for Monday night's matchup with the Bengals.

      Advice: Manning was limited on Friday and Saturday, but is fully expected to start on Monday night. Manning is Rotoworld's No. 6 quarterback for Week 16. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:59 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      22.16 (2nd)
    • Bears may have to give up pick to move Cutler
      ESPN's Adam Schefter reports several unnamed NFL executives believe the Bears may have to give up a draft pick in order to trade Jay Cutler.

      Advice: Still owed a guaranteed $25.5 million on the seven-year deal signed last offseason, Cutler's contract appears to be trade prohibitive. Schefter's sources believe the Bears could offset the big guarantees by offering Cutler AND a draft pick to prospective trade partners. NFL rules dictate the Bears would have to receive some compensation in return, but Chicago could get around the rule by accepted a late-round pick in exchange for Cutler and a better pick. It would be a high price to pay to offload a talented quarterback, but with coach Marc Trestman likely finished after the season, Chicago may simply press the reset button. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:21 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.23 (22nd)
    • Rivera 'very confident' Cam Newton will start
      Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he is "very confident" Cam Newton (back, probable) will start Week 16 against the Browns.

      Advice: In coach speak that is a veritable guarantee. Newton practiced all week and is a lock to start against Cleveland. Newton played his best game of the season Week 14 before injuring his back, and has QB1 upside even in a tough matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:28 am
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      18.11 (15th)
    • Philip Rivers listed as probable
      Philip Rivers (chest, back) is listed as probable for Week 16.

      Advice: Rivers will start Saturday night's game at San Francisco. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:28 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.05 (46th)
    • Stanton might back up Lindley vs. Seahawks
      Cardinals coach Bruce Arians suggested Friday that Drew Stanton (knee, doubtful) could be active for Sunday's game versus Seattle to serve as Ryan Lindley's backup.

      Advice: Arians confirmed Lindley will start. Stanton is dealing with ACL and MCL sprains in his knee, but the Cardinals obviously have very little confidence in rookie Logan Thomas. We still don't see any scenario where Stanton plays. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:39 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2432nd)
    • Ryan Lindley will be Seahawks Week 16 starter
      Despite Drew Stanton's (knee) "limited" return to practice, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirmed Friday that Ryan Lindley will start at quarterback in Week 16 against the Seahawks.

      Advice: Lindley has been beyond horrendous any time he's taken the field in his three-year career. Seattle's fantasy defense should be fired up with excitement. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:37 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      8.64 (172nd)
    • Drew Stanton 'does nothing' in practice
      Drew Stanton (sprained ACL, MCL) "did nothing" during the portion of practice that is open to the media Friday.

      Advice: The Cardinals listed Stanton as "limited" in Thursday's practice, but there's no way he's playing on Sunday Night Football. Perhaps the Cards were trying to create the illusion he might start ahead of a division game versus Seattle. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:32 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2432nd)
    • Peyton returns to Broncos practice
      Peyton Manning (thigh) returned to Broncos practice on Friday, getting in a limited session.

      Advice: You can see where Rotoworld ranks Peyton for this week at the link below. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:12 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      22.16 (2nd)
    • Cam Newton probable for Week 16 vs. Browns
      Cam Newton (back) is listed as probable for Week 16 against the Browns.

      Advice: He'll make the start and be a high-end QB2 with unlimited upside. Derek Anderson heads back to holding the clipboard with a 2-0 record across two spot starts. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:45 am
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      18.11 (15th)
    • Cam Newton fully expected to start vs. Browns
      Coach Ron Rivera said Cam Newton (back) is on target to start Week 16 against the Browns.

      Advice: Rivera will formally announce a decision this morning. Newton took the majority of the first-team reps in Thursday's practice as a full participant. He'll be a high-end QB2 with obvious upside against the Browns' stout pass defense. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:07 am
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      18.11 (15th)
    • Drew Stanton surprisingly back at practice
      Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (sprained ACL, MCL) returned to practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

      Advice: It's an eye-brow raiser, but there's still little reason to believe Stanton will be ready to return just 10 days after spraining his knee. The Cardinals are likely just trying to confuse the situation for the Seahawks. It is a sign, however, that Week 17 could be a realistic possibility. Stanton's status will be updated on Friday, but we fully expect Ryan Lindley to be under center for Week 16. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:19 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2432nd)
    • Derek Carr upgraded to 'full' on Thursday
      Derek Carr (thumb, ankle) was upgraded to "full" on Thursday.

      Advice: Carr's health is not a concern, but his play remains one. Carr is a bottom-five option for the fantasy finals. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:13 pm
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      16.10 (33rd)
    • Jay Cutler realistic about Bears future
      Speaking Thursday, Jay Cutler said he hopes to remain with the Bears beyond 2014, but admitted that it's "definitely" crossed his mind that he may have played his final game in Chicago.

      Advice: Admitting he was disappointed by the first benching of his football-playing career, Cutler was realistic about his future in the Windy City. Cutler's seven-year, $126.7 million deal will get labeled as impossible to trade, but that's not necessarily true in a league so starved for quarterback talent. It will only take one team to believe it has what it takes to jump-start Cutler's career. Releasing Cutler isn't a realistic option for the Bears, as they'd absorb $19 million in dead money. Cutler is due a fully guaranteed $15.5 million in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:29 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.23 (22nd)
    • Trestman: Clausen is one-week experiment
      Speaking Thursday, Bears coach Marc Trestman left the door open for benched QB Jay Cutler to start in Week 17.

      Advice: "This is for this week," Trestman said. "We're not going any farther than our preparation for Detroit." Trestman is clearly trying to keep Cutler's spirits up, but barring a total face-plant from Jimmy Clausen, we'd expect Cutler to remain on the pine for Week 17. Trestman went on to say he believed Cutler could be "revived" from the benching, hinting he's expected to remain the team's quarterback in 2015. That's probably an honest belief, but it's unlikely to be Trestman's decision to make. Clausen doesn't give the Bears a better chance to win than Cutler, but leading the league in turnovers and regressing on a weekly basis, Cutler has little room to complain about being benched. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:05 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.23 (22nd)
    • Cam Newton 'on target' to start versus Browns
      Cam Newton (back) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, and is "on target" to start Sunday's game against the Browns.

      Advice: Barring a setback, coach Ron Rivera expects Newton to "probably" start over Derek Anderson. It's a huge boost for the Panthers as they try to stay alive in the NFC South. Newton had his best game of the season in Week 14 before his car accident, but will be a borderline QB1 if he suits up for the fantasy finals. His health is obviously a question mark, and the Browns sport a stouter defense than New Orleans. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:32 am
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      18.11 (15th)
    • Cam Newton (back) mum on Week 16 status
      Speaking after Thursday's practice, Cam Newton (back) declined to say if he expected to start Sunday's game against the Browns.

      Advice: "I'm fine either way it goes," Newton said. "I don't want to be a distraction." Newton also added that he's felt "no pain" on the practice field, and has "no fear" of further injury. Barring a setback, he sounds like a quarterback who's going to take the football field on Sunday. Newton's status will be updated no later than Friday afternoon. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:59 am
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      18.11 (15th)
    • Philip Rivers back at Bolts practice Thursday
      Philip Rivers (back, chest) returned to Chargers practice Thursday, getting in a "full" session.

      Advice: Rivers took a rare rest day on Wednesday, but will be ready to go for Saturday's game against the 49ers. Playing at well less than 100 percent without No. 1 receiver Keenan Allen, Rivers isn't a realistic QB1 for the fantasy finals. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:45 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.05 (46th)
    • Peyton Manning given day of rest Thursday
      Peyton Manning (thigh) was given a day of rest on Thursday.

      Advice: Manning was officially "limited" even though he spent the day getting treatment. Twitter panic is already ensuing, but Manning's Week 16 status is in zero doubt. Today is the Broncos' first practice of the week since they're playing on Monday Night Football. Manning will be back for Friday's session, and can confidently be fired up as a QB1 for the fantasy finals. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:34 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      22.16 (2nd)
    • Cam Newton getting most of first-team reps
      Cam Newton (back) took the majority of first-team reps at practice Thursday.

      Advice: Newton appears on track to return after missing just one game. He'd slide in as a back-end QB1 against the Browns, although he'd come with risk. When Newton is hesitant to use his legs, his fantasy projection is severely capped. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:21 am
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      18.11 (15th)
    • Report: Rivers battling back injury
      A league source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Philip Rivers is "battling a back injury that is bigger than people realize."

      Advice: Rivers has been playing banged up for a while now. A few weeks ago, Antonio Gates revealed that his quarterback has a "very severe rib injury" and now Schefter is exposing a back issue. Rivers (chest) did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday, but will almost certainly be fine for Saturday's game at San Francisco. We wouldn't adjust any projections. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:31 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.05 (46th)
    • Peyton Manning to play through 2016?
      The Denver Post's Mike Klis believes Peyton Manning will play out his contract with the Broncos.

      Advice: This would be welcome news for Dynasty owners of Peyton, Demaryius Thomas, and Emmanuel Sanders. Manning is under contract through 2016 with base salaries of $19 million the next two seasons. Although his play has begun to tail off toward the end of the past two years, Peyton has remained an "elite" quarterback in favorable weather. Manning is currently on pace for 42 touchdowns and 4,735 yards, both big drop-offs from last year's stats (55, 5,477) but still top-shelf fantasy QB1 numbers. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:45 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      22.16 (2nd)
    • Derek Carr (thumb) limited Wednesday
      Derek Carr (thumb, ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

      Advice: Coach Tony Sparano said Carr made all throws in practice and isn't worried about his status for Sunday's game. Carr has a matchup with Buffalo's top-five pass defense in Week 16. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:31 pm
       
      Probable
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      16.10 (33rd)
    • Jimmy Clausen to start in Week 16
      Jimmy Clausen will start in Week 16 against the Lions.

      Advice: The Bears benched Jay Cutler, leaving Clausen to make his first start since 2010. Per NFL Network's Mike Silver, Bears players believe Clausen will "light it up" in Marc Trestman's quarterback-friendly scheme "simply because he'll run the offense as prescribed." Clausen has potential for plug-and-play value in the Bears' pass-based attack, but gets a difficult first matchup against the Lions. He'll be no more than a QB2 option and daily-league dart throw in Week 16. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:09 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2490th)
    • Bears bench Cutler, Clausen to start Week 16
      ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears will start Jimmy Clausen over Jay Cutler in Week 16 against the Lions.

      Advice: The Bears are benching Cutler just 14 starts into his seven-year, $127 million extension. Per NFL Network's Mike Silver, coach Marc Trestman felt he could no longer start Cutler "simply to justify a contract" when his on-field play was so poor. Cutler regressed in his second season in Trestman's offense, leading the NFL in turnovers (24). Owed a fully guaranteed $15.5 million next year, the Bears' only option is to trade Cutler this offseason if they want to move on from him. Chicago would absorb $19 million in dead money by releasing Cutler before 2016. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:41 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.23 (22nd)
    • Philip Rivers held out again Wednesday
      Philip Rivers (chest) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

      Advice: Rivers hasn't practiced the last two days, but isn't in danger of missing Saturday's game against the 49ers. He'll be a low-end QB1 for Week 16. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:33 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.05 (46th)
    • Philip Rivers gets a day of rest on Tuesday
      Philip Rivers (chest) sat out of Tuesday's practice.

      Advice: The Union-Tribune San Diego has already reported there's "no chance" Rivers misses Saturday's game against the 49ers. Rivers is just getting a day of rest on a short week. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:46 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.05 (46th)
    • Gruden's RGIII comments softer in context
      Redskins coach Jay Gruden's Tuesday comments about Robert Griffin III come across much softer in context.

      Advice: "(It's) important for us to try to have some success on first and second down so we don’t have to drop back and throw it 30 times a game," Gruden said. "(When) you get behind, you get in third down, you get behind the chains, those have to be accomplished — the drop-back reads and progressions have to be accomplished, and that’s something we’re fighting through right now." Gruden's comments are non-controversial when taken in their full form, but came across as inflammatory in a series of tweets from the conference call. It took hours for the comments to be presented in their proper context. Regardless of today's brouhaha, Gruden is clearly not RGIII's No. 1 fan. It's hard to see the two coexisting for 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:37 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.72 (17th)
    • Jay Gruden again slams Robert Griffin III
      Speaking Tuesday, coach Jay Gruden said it's important for the Redskins to get an early lead in Saturday's game against the Eagles so they can limit Robert Griffin III's dropbacks and reading of the defense.

      Advice: Gruden might as well have just come out and said he thinks RGIII stinks. Gruden also said Griffin needs to "get up quicker," and "avoid awkward hits and falls." He wants RGIII to be "more savvy." Gruden hates the way RGIII plays quarterback, and he's making sure he gets it on the public record before the offseason. Grudes has supposedly been told he'll be back for 2015, so it's seeming safer and safer to assume Griffin is a goner in Washington. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:44 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.72 (17th)
    • Report: Foles still not close to 100 percent
      FOX Philadelphia's Howard Eskin reports Nick Foles' collarbone is just 70 percent healed.

      Advice: Eskin's report has been seconded by FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo. It means there's no way Foles will return before the end of the regular season, and that he'll likely be questionable for a potential Wild Card appearance. The Eagles' hopes of a division championship are pinned to the scattershot arm and decision-making of Mark Sanchez. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:39 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2436th)
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