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    • NFL to penalize Lynch if he does crotch grab
      The Seahawks will be penalized 15 yards if Marshawn Lynch makes an obscene gesture during Sunday's Super Bowl.

      Advice: Lynch has been fined a total of $31,050 for grabbing his crotch following touchdown runs this season. But he hasn't been penalized yet because the officials allegedly didn't see it. We can be certain that if he does it Sunday he'll get flagged as this story has gone national -- which is why coach Pete Carroll said he will speak to Beast Mode about the grab. According to offshore sportsbook Bovada, Lynch is an incredible -200 favorite to score a touchdown against the Patriots. Rotoworld.com
      50 minutes ago
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.35 (16th)
    • John Kuhn says he'll test free agency
      Packers FB John Kuhn plans to test free agency.

      Advice: Kuhn made his second Pro Bowl this year despite playing just 249 snaps. He had to settle for a one-year deal with the Packers last offseason and could struggle to attract interest on the open market. Kuhn will most likely end up back in Green Bay on a team-friendly contract. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:04 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.69 (2630th)
    • Ravens express interest in re-signing Forsett
      Impending free-agent RB Justin Forsett said the Ravens have expressed interest in re-signing him.

      Advice: "They expressed that they want me back. I want to be back, so we'll see what happens," Forsett said. After bouncing around the league the first six years of his career, Forsett was finally given an opportunity to lead a backfield in Baltimore this season. He did not disappoint. Forsett racked up 1266 yards and eight touchdowns on 235 carries for the Ravens, earning his first Pro Bowl bid in the process. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:44 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.42 (14th)
    • GM Schneider 'kind of' loves Lynch's act
      Speaking about Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks GM John Schneider said, "I kind of love his act."

      Advice: It seems the act has not yet worn thin, at least at the front-office level, but Lynch's antics are not why his Seahawks future is in question. Lynch is owed $7 million in salary and bonuses and carries a cap charge of $8.5 million in 2015. That is a lot to pay a soon-to-be 29-year-old running back with a history of back spasms and a punishing running style. That said, Lynch is still one of the best backs in the league, and has been the heart of another Super Bowl run. It would be surprising if Lynch is let go this offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:29 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.35 (16th)
    • T-Rich suspended for Week 1 of 2015
      Trent Richardson's suspension will extend to Week 1 of the 2015 season if he remains with the Colts.

      Advice: The suspension was purportedly for both the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl, but the Colts didn't make it to the Super Bowl. So T-Rich is technically suspended one more game. It's conceivable the Colts could use Richardson's suspension to free themselves from his 2015 guaranteed salary. The guarantees may void if Richardson's conduct was detrimental to the team. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:51 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.30 (164th)
    • Colts GM doesn't commit to T-Rich for 2015
      Colts GM Ryan Grigson declined to commit to Trent Richardson being back with the team in 2015.

      Advice: This comes as a surprise to no one. Grigson also confirmed the Colts suspended Richardson for two games prior to the AFC Championship game loss to the Patriots because of "personal reasons." He wasn't going to play even if the Colts made it to the Super Bowl. Richardson is in real danger of losing his roster spot despite a fully-guaranteed $3.184 million salary. The Colts would be paying him just to make him disappear. Richardson needs to hit the gym this offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:19 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.30 (164th)
    • Mutual interest between Saints, Mark Ingram
      Impending free agent Mark Ingram said the Saints have informed him they'd like to re-sign him.

      Advice: "They want me back, for sure," Ingram said. "I definitely want to stay with the Saints." The Saints may want Ingram back, but they're a poor bet to give him what he wants money-wise. With Khiry Robinson already in the fold at the minimum along with the Saints' poor cap situation, Ingram is a good bet to be playing in a different uniform. He'll likely seek $3-5 million per year. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:00 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      13.11 (39th)
    • Le'Veon Bell's marijuana case unresolved
      Owner Art Rooney II said he doesn't know whether Le'Veon Bell will be suspended for his August arrest.

      Advice: Bell was arrested on charges of driving while under the influence of marijuana ahead of a preseason trip. The new substance-abuse policy states that a player found legally responsible for DUI faces a two-game suspension. Of course, the NFL's murky personal-conduct policy means no one really knows what will happen with Bell once his case is resolved. As PFT notes, there could be a "make it up as you go along" exception lurking somewhere. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:30 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      20.49 (1st)
    • Musgrave plans to tailor scheme for Latavius
      New Raiders OC Bill Musgrave said he's going to "tailor" the run game so it's "right up [Latavius Murray's] alley."

      Advice: The previous Raiders regime oddly stunted Murray, criminally giving Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden unproductive carries. Once Murray was finally freed, the size/speed freak excelled. He averaged 5.17 YPC on his 72 attempts with two touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 143 yards. Musgrave, who has worked with Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy in his last two stops, appears ready to lock in Murray as his 2015 starter. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:03 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      8.77 (86th)
    • Update: Joique had Achilles', knee clean-up
      Updating a previous item, Joique Bell underwent minor clean-up surgeries on his knee and Achilles' following the season.

      Advice: The nature of Bell's surgery was previously unknown after he announced the operation last week. He's expected to be ready for the full offseason program. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:56 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      10.13 (62nd)
    • Report: T-Rich was suspended for AFC CG
      Trent Richardson was reportedly suspended for Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

      Advice: In other words, he wasn't just a healthy scratch. There's not much difference, of course, but it casts doubt on his claim that he missed Saturday's walk-through because of a family emergency. Coach Chuck Pagano declined to elaborate on the situation Monday, saying only T-Rich was out because of "personal reasons." It's looking awful likely that Richardson has played his final snap as a Colt. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:11 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.30 (164th)
    • Adrian Peterson no lock to return to Vikings
      The Minneapolis Star-Tribune concedes the Adrian Peterson era in Minnesota "may be over."

      Advice: The potential breakup here is more about Peterson's contract than his legal issues. He turns 30 in March, carries a league-high for RBs $15.4M cap hit and has said he has no intention of taking a pay cut. The off-field complications only muddle the situation further. It's possible both sides are looking for a fresh start, which would make Jerick McKinnon the favorite to start Week 1 of 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:52 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2360th)
    • Panthers to dump DeAngelo, feature Stewart?
      ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton says there's a "strong possibility" DeAngelo Williams will be released this offseason.

      Advice: It should be a no-brainer for the Panthers to move on from the ineffective Williams and save $2M against the cap by making him a post-June 1 cut. Especially considering they've dedicated $8.3M of their cap on Jonathan Stewart, who found his elite early-career-form in 2014 and needs to push for 20 touches per game next season. Stewart averaged a gaudy 4.62 YPC in 2014, ranked 11th among running backs in yards after contact per attempt and graded out 2nd in PFF's Elusive Rating (behind only Marshawn Lynch). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:40 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      9.63 (69th)
    • C.J. Anderson: Kubiak offense fits me
      C.J. Anderson said the Gary Kubiak offense fits him well.

      Advice: We'd agree. Kubiak executes a Shanahanian scheme, which means zone-blocking concepts and one-cut running. It's been incredibly successful on the ground, producing big Kubiak-led seasons out of Clinton Portis, Reuben Droughns, Mike Anderson, Steve Slaton, Arian Foster and Justin Forsett. Anderson's downhill style meshes well and he showed true foundation-back ability once given a chance in 2014. There's first-round fantasy upside here. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:01 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      18.94 (4th)
    • Ahmad Bradshaw still in a walking boot
      Free agent Ahmad Bradshaw (fractured fibula) is still in a walking boot.

      Advice: Bradshaw broke his leg in Week 11, an injury that crippled the Colts' running game. He hopes to ditch the boot and resume working out soon as he gets set for free agency in March. Bradshaw proved he has plenty left in the tank in 2014, racking up a 4.72 YPC average, 38 catches and eight total touchdowns in 10 games. But now he's entering his age-29 season with even more injury issues than before. Teams know about Bradshaw's seemingly chronic foot/ankle woes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:17 am
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      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2386th)
    • Dan Herron more of a backup than starter?
      ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells considers Dan Herron "more of a backup than starter" in the NFL.

      Advice: Herron handled himself very well as a feature back in the playoffs, touching the ball 65 times in three games. But he averaged just 3.77 YPC and was squeezing the most out of his natural talent. Coach Chuck Pagano admitted Monday that improving the run game is a priority for him this offseason. Herron will face plenty of competition for carries in 2015, possibly in the form of injury-risks Ahmad Bradshaw (free agent coming off broken leg) and Vick Ballard (coming off Achilles' tear). This is also a strong class for running backs in the draft. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:06 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      10.86 (56th)
    • Colts sign Jeff Demps to reserve/future deal
      Colts signed RB/KR Jeff Demps to a reserve/future contract.

      Advice: Demps, who won a silver medal on the American 4×100-meter relay team in the 2012 Olympics, will compete for a spot on the Colts' special teams unit next season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:57 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2337th)
    • Pagano: 'Personal reasons' sidelined T-Rich
      Colts coach Chuck Pagano says Trent Richardson was inactive for the AFC Championship Game because of "personal reasons."

      Advice: It appears Pagano is either buying into or going along with T-Rich's story that he missed Saturday's walk-through because of a family emergency. Either way, Sunday was Richardson's second straight healthy scratch. His time in Indy is likely at an end. Richardson's first order of business as he seeks a second chance will be shedding some weight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:52 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.30 (164th)
    • Report: Beast Mode could consider retirement
      NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Marshawn Lynch could again consider retirement after the Super Bowl.

      Advice: It's the same thing Rapsheet reported in November and June. Beast Mode has more than a little Favre in him, but we'd consider any retirement threat completely empty. The real question is if Lynch will be back in Seattle next season. His 2014 running has made him extremely difficult to phase out of the Seahawks' plans. He remains one of the best players in the NFL. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:06 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.35 (16th)
    • Seahawks now open to bringing Lynch back
      According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Seahawks are now more than open to bringing Marshawn Lynch back next season.

      Advice: Not too long ago, it was considered a foregone conclusion that the Seahawks would part ways with Lynch following this season. He'll be 29 in April, is owed $7M in salary and bonuses, has increasingly become an off-field nuisance and Christine Michael is ready to pop. But Lynch has been the identity of a Super Bowl run once again, dominating other workhorse runners in yards after contact per attempt and consistently sparking his offense by punishing defenders. Beast Mode has the leverage now. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 5:45 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.35 (16th)
    • T-Rich says he's dealing with family issue
      Trent Richardson insists he missed Saturday's walk-through because of a family situation.

      Advice: Richardson, the Colts' No. 3 back throughout the playoffs, was not allowed to travel with the team after missing the walk-through. "I'm dealing with a very serious family emergency. I'm still at the hospital," he said Sunday. "I wouldn't purposely just miss walk-through." Richardson was a healthy scratch in the Divisional Round win at Denver. He's likely done in Indy even though his $3.2M contract for 2015 is guaranteed. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 9:07 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.30 (164th)
    • Shane Vereen catches three balls in win
      Shane Vereen rushed one time for two yards and caught three passes for 41 yards in Sunday's AFC Championship Game win over the Colts.

      Advice: The Patriots predictably took a power approach against the Colts, just as they had in the last two meetings. That meant a heavy dose of LeGarrette Blount, who finished with 30-148-3 on the ground. Vereen's lone big play came on a nice 30-yard vertical grab in which he held on even though he was getting clotheslined by Jerrell Freeman. In theory, Vereen should have a big role in the Super Bowl as a space player against Seattle's fierce defense. But he hasn't had more than seven touches in a game since Week 12. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 8:38 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.73 (2556th)
    • Jonas Gray limited to garbage time work
      Jonas Gray rushed four times for four yards in Sunday's AFC Championship Game win over the Colts.

      Advice: When the Patriots faced the Colts in Week 11, Gray ripped off 37-201-4. But now he's firmly behind LeGarrette Blount, who went for 30-148-3 Sunday. Gray does not figure to get much work at all in the Super Bowl against Seattle's stout defense. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 8:36 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2363rd)
    • Zurlon Tipton backs up Herron again
      Zurlon Tipton rushed five times for 14 yards with one touchdown and caught one pass for four yards in Sunday's AFC Championship Game loss at New England.

      Advice: Tipton was again unimpressive as he backed up Dan Herron. In nine games as a UDFA out of Central Michigan (including playoffs), Tipton rushed 28 times for 86 yards (3.07 YPC) with no touchdowns. Trent Richardson will likely be gone this offseason, but Tipton will face heavy competition for a role as the Colts add talent to the position. He'd be a weak Dynasty hold. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 7:46 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      1.95 (2589th)
    • Dan Herron's early drops hurt Colts
      Dan Herron rushed 10 times for 51 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards in Sunday's AFC Championship Game loss at New England.

      Advice: Herron's two brutal drops early on really hurt the Colts, but they had no prayer of winning this game anyway. And they likely wouldn't have even been in this spot if it wasn't for Boom. He took over as the feature back when the playoffs hit, racking up 45-170-2 on the ground and 20-128-0 through the air in three games. This is a back that squeezes the most out of his talent, making him the anti-Trent Richardson. Herron will almost certainly face competition for the starting job this offseason, but he showed more than enough to get a long look from the coaches. It's a depth chart situation to monitor closely throughout the spring and summer. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 7:40 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      10.86 (56th)
    • Patriots ride LeGarrette Blount to Super Bowl
      LeGarrette Blount rushed 30 times for 148 yards with three touchdowns in Sunday's 45-7 AFC Championship Game win over the Colts.

      Advice: The Colts got smashed in the mouth, run over and spit out by a team that's now going to the Super Bowl for the sixth time in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era. The key villain was Blount, a player that essentially quit on the Steelers and was subsequently cut following Week 11. In his seven games as a Patriot since then, he's rushed 93 times for 430 yards (4.62 YPC) with six touchdowns. Sunday's performance was particularly impressive, as the 250-pounder showed light feet in the open field while also bringing the hammer. It was eerily reminiscent of the 2013 season's Divisional Round game when Blount put 24-166-4 on the Colts and Week 11 of this season when Jonas Gray ran through Indy for 37-201-4. Blount will be the Patriots' power back when they face Seattle in the Feb. 1 Super Bowl. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 7:02 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.46 (2531st)
    • John Kuhn rushes twice in NFC title game
      John Kuhn rushed twice for three yards in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Seahawks.

      Advice: Kuhn added a three-yard reception. Kuhn's second rush was initially ruled a one-yard touchdown, but was reversed on review. Kuhn "vultured" only one score from Eddie Lacy this season, and offers as little fantasy value as ever. The 32-year-old fullback is headed to the open market. He'll most likely end up back in Green Bay. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 4:48 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.69 (2630th)
    • James Starks totals 44 yards vs. Seahawks
      James Starks rushed five times for 44 yards in the Packers' NFC Championship Game defeat.

      Advice: Starks was targeted three times in the passing game, nearly hauling in a deep reception. His five carries were largely the result of Eddie Lacy battling some sort of second-half leg ailment. The owner of a career 4.3 YPC, Starks has proven to be an able "breather back," but has never suggested he's ready to be more. He's due a slightly-steep $1.175 million for 2015, but should be back in Green Bay. Starks turns 29 in February. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 4:44 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.74 (2415th)
    • Lynch puts SEA on his back in NFC title game
      Marshawn Lynch rushed 25 times for 157 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' NFC Championship Game victory, adding a 26-yard reception.

      Advice: With Russell Wilson staggered and struggling, Beast Mode put the team on his back, grinding out the kind of tough yards he's made his name on. Lynch's otherworldly leg drive was on display the entire second half as the 'Hawks worked their way back from a 16-0 halftime deficit. He should again be the focal point of the offense in Super Bowl XLIX. Every passing game makes it appear more and more dubious that Seattle will actually part ways with Lynch this offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 3:58 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.35 (16th)
    • Eddie Lacy rushes for 73 yards in Seattle
      Eddie Lacy rushed 21 times for 73 yards in the Packers' NFC title game loss.

      Advice: Lacy was running angry early, spinning off defenders and showing truly excellent feet. He ultimately had little room to run, however, and was slowed late by an apparent leg injury. James Starks played big chunks of the second half, but Lacy re-emerged with the game on the line. It was a disappointing end to a stellar sophomore campaign, one in which Lacy averaged 4.6 yards per carry and made major strides as a pass catcher. Lacy's leg drive is amongst the best in the league, while he has quicks that belie his 230-pound frame. He'll be a first-round pick in all formats of fantasy next season. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 3:52 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      13.85 (31st)
    • Packers declare Week 20 inactives
      Eddie Lacy (knee) and Aaron Rodgers (calf) are active for Week 20 against the Seahawks.

      Advice: Both players were listed probable, so they were never in danger of missing the NFC title game. Inactive for the Packers are WR Jeff Janis, RB DuJuan Harris, CB Demetri Goodson, LB Carl Bradford, OL Garth Gerhart, TE Justin Perillo, and DT Bruce Gaston. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 10:38 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      13.85 (31st)
    • Colts leave T-Rich home after missed practice
      Updating a previous item, Trent Richardson missed the Colts' Saturday morning walkthrough and wasn't allowed to travel with the team to New England.

      Advice: The Colts left him at home in Indianapolis instead of bringing him to New England for the AFC title game. He'll be inactive for the second consecutive game. It's not a good combination to suck at football and miss team meetings ahead of the biggest game of the season. T-Rich will get to watch the game from his couch like the rest of us. Zurlon Tipton will back up workhorse Boom Herron. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 6:24 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.30 (164th)
    • Trent Richardson doesn't make trip with Colts
      Trent Richardson did not travel with the team to New England due to "personal reasons."

      Advice: Richardson will miss Sunday's AFC Championship Game after being a healthy scratch last week. He's fallen behind Dan Herron and Zurlon Tipton on the depth chart, and likely wouldn't have been active for special teams. Despite a fully guaranteed $3.2 million salary, Richardson is a candidate for offseason release. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 12:03 pm
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.30 (164th)
    • 'Hard to imagine' DeAngelo coming back
      ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton said it is "hard to imagine" DeAngelo Williams returning to Carolina next season.

      Advice: This echoes the sentiments of Panthers GM Dave Gettleman, who hinted Williams likely will not be back with the team earlier in the week. Williams was only available for six games in 2014, gaining just 3.5 yards per carry and failing to find the end zone. With Jonathan Stewart healthy and showing his class down the stretch, there is little reason for the Panthers to hang onto Williams. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 8:31 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.48 (2570th)
    • DeMarco Murray's days in Dallas numbered?
      The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota believes Joseph Randle will be the Cowboys' starting running back in 2015.

      Advice: The obvious implication is Machota believes free agent DeMarco Murray will not be back. Owner Jerry Jones said it would be a "challenge" to re-sign both Murray and Dez Bryant, and given the choice Dallas will almost certainly pick Bryant. An aging running back with a long list of injuries, Murray should be after as much guaranteed money as possible this offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 7:12 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      14.94 (19th)
    • Eddie Lacy (knee) probable for NFC title game
      Eddie Lacy (knee) is probable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Seahawks.

      Advice: Lacy was added to the injury report on Thursday with a minor knee issue, but will be all systems go for his normal allotment of carries against Seattle. Jonathan Stewart averaged 5.4 YPC against the Seahawks in the Divisional Round. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:28 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      13.85 (31st)
    • Spiller says he, Jets would be 'perfect match'
      Impending free agent C.J. Spiller said he and the Jets "would be a perfect match."

      Advice: "I’d be foolish not to have those guys on my list," said Spiller. "I had my best years in the league with [new Jets OC Chan Gailey]. So it’d be dumb not to give it serious thought." We agree with Spiller's assessment. The Jets should have an easy call to release Chris Johnson, and if they want to re-invest that money into another speed complement to Chris Ivory, then Spiller would be the perfect fit. Under Gailey in 2012, Spiller totaled 1,703 yards and eight touchdowns on 250 touches. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 6:24 am
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      4.65 (1755th)
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