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    • Tom Brady has a cold
      Tom Brady has dealt with a cold for the last few days but never missed practice.

      Advice: Tommy has a case of the sniffles and will also have to use a fully inflated football against the Seahawks Sunday. We're not sure how he'll survive these dual obstacles. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:18 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      5.28 (2554th)
    • Report: Rams interested in trading for Foles
      A source tells NJ.com that the Rams have interest in Nick Foles if the Eagles decide to trade him this offseason.

      Advice: Foles is 14-4 as a starter over the last two seasons, but there's plenty of reason to believe he is not Chip Kelly's guy for the long haul. Kelly inherited Foles, he prefers a mobile quarterback, Foles regressed sharply as a thrower in Year 2 and the Eagles could be plotting a move up in the draft for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. According to NJ.com, the QB-desperate Titans and Texans would also have interest in Foles, who has one year remaining on his rookie contract. The Rams have already said Sam Bradford (ACL surgery) will face competition in training camp. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:36 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2439th)
    • Jay Cutler tight with new QBs coach Loggains
      Jay Cutler has a "strong, personal relationship" with new QBs coach Dowell Loggains, and Cutler lobbied for the Bears to hire Loggains when Lovie Smith was still head coach.

      Advice: The Bears' hire of Loggains under new coach John Fox suggests the team intends to keep Cutler for 2015, despite speculation Cutler could be traded. It's believed Loggains won't be "afraid to challenge Cutler, which the quarterback welcomes." A former Titans assistant, Loggains reportedly "pushed hard" for Tennessee to draft Cutler over Vince Young in 2006. Almost all signs point to Cutler remaining the Bears' quarterback in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:11 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.11 (25th)
    • Report: Nothing imminent between Colts, Luck
      The Indianapolis Star reports there's "nothing imminent" on a contract extension for Andrew Luck.

      Advice: ESPN reported this week the Colts were working on a new deal for Luck. Entering the final year of his contract, Luck is expected to be extended at some point during the offseason. Luck led the NFL in touchdowns (40) and finished behind only Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger in passing yards (4,761). He's expected to command a deal that will make him the highest-paid player in the league, likely in the range of $25 million per season. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:16 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.17 (6th)
    • 'Improved probability' Hoyer returns to CLE
      ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes there is an "improved probability" free-agent QB Brian Hoyer returns to Cleveland.

      Advice: Hoyer may want to test the market before returning to the hot mess that is the Browns, but in the end Cleveland will likely be Hoyer's best opportunity. It is unlikely Hoyer gets anything better than backup offers on the open market, and in Cleveland he would at least have the possibility of winning a starting job. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:01 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2478th)
    • J. Manziel 'committed to nightlife' as rookie
      Citing nearly 20 Browns sources, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and Pat McManamon report Johnny Manziel exhibited a "year-long pattern" of lacking commitment and preparation to football and a "continued commitment to nightlife" during his rookie year.

      Advice: One player called Manziel a "100 percent joke." Team security reportedly found Manziel "drunk off his a--" the morning before the Browns' season finale. He was fined for missing a treatment for his injured hamstring and spent the Week 17 loss to Baltimore in Cleveland's locker room. During his first NFL start, "Several sources said Manziel either didn't know the plays in the huddle or didn't call them correctly." Sources also told Fowler and McManamon that since-departed OC Kyle Shanahan preferred Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Savage to Manziel as a 2014 draft prospect. Fowler and McManamon claim Manziel still has some "support in the (Browns') building," though it's mostly "on the business side." Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:15 pm
       
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      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2496th)
    • NFL issues Friday statement on 'DeflateGate'
      The NFL issued a statement Friday on "DeflateGate," saying it's been determined that footballs used by the Patriots in the second half of Sunday's AFC Championship Game were properly inflated, but footballs used by the Patriots in the first half were "under-inflated."

      Advice: The investigation is being led by Ted Wells and Jeff Pash. Wells and Pash have interviewed 40 people, and their investigation remains "ongoing" with no timetable for a resolution. Per the initial statement, "The goals of the investigation will be to determine the explanation for why footballs used in the game were not in compliance with the playing rules and specifically whether any noncompliance was the result of deliberate action." The Patriots have publicly denied altering footballs at any point before or during last Sunday's game. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:04 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      5.28 (2554th)
    • Haslam: We don't know who will be quarterback
      Speaking Thursday, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam admitted the team has no idea whom its 2015 starting quarterback will be.

      Advice: "We're going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team," Haslam said. Haslam said the team is leaving open the possibility of using its first-round pick on a signal caller, as well as re-signing Brian Hoyer. Asked specifically about Johnny Manziel, Haslam didn't mince words. "Johnny has to show on and off the field that he can be a professional. He knows that." It's rare to see teams throw in the towel on a first-round quarterback after only one year, but Manziel could be a special case. A question mark based on ability alone, Manziel showed staggering immaturity as a rookie. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:03 pm
       
      Injured Reserve
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2496th)
    • Browns approach Hoyer about extension
      ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler reports the team has reached out to free agent Brian Hoyer about a contract extension.

      Advice: Fowler believes talks could heat up closer to February's Combine, where everyone in the NFL meets. The Browns are expected to offer "backup quarterback money," which is what Hoyer's on-field play warrants. Hoyer and risk-taking agent Joe Linta may first want to see what the open market has in store. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:32 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2478th)
    • Brady: 'I have no knowledge of wrongdoing'
      Tom Brady denied any wrongdoing stemming from allegations of football deflation by the Patriots at his Thursday press conference.

      Advice: "I have no knowledge of wrongdoing," said a shaken Brady, who conceded he's disappointed the ball-deflation allegations have taken away from New England's on-field success. Brady said he saw 24 footballs before Sunday's AFC title game, and all of them "felt perfect." Brady's presser comes one day after Patriots coach Bill Belichick flatly denied altering footballs in the playoffs. The NFL's investigation remains ongoing. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:32 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      5.28 (2554th)
    • DeFilippo: Manziel gets 'clean slate'
      New Browns OC John DeFilippo stated Thursday Johnny Manziel will have a "clean slate," and DeFilippo is "looking forward" to working with him.

      Advice: DeFilippo noted that he worked with Terrelle Pryor in Oakland, giving him some experience with a dual-threat signal caller. The Raiders also got more than expected out of Matt McGloin and Derek Carr during their rookie years, with DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach. DeFilippo also hinted that he plans to keep ex-OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme in place. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:42 am
       
      Injured Reserve
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2496th)
    • Gettleman: Cam Newton is our franchise QB
      Panthers GM Dave Gettleman reiterated that he sees Cam Newton as his franchise quarterback.

      Advice: The Panthers will exercise their fifth-year option on Newton, which will pay him $14.667 million in 2015. After that, they have the franchise tag available. But ideally, Gettleman wants to lock up his quarterback with a long-term deal that will obviously eclipse draft-class mates Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick. "[Newton] is a franchise quarterback and the contract will get done when it gets done," Gettleman said. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:38 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.91 (15th)
    • Steelers want to extend Big Ben soon
      Owner Art Rooney II said the team wants to get Ben Roethlisberger's contract extension done as soon as possible.

      Advice: Ideally, the Steelers will strike a deal with Roethlisberger before March 10 so they don't carry his current $18.4M cap hit into free agency. Coming off a career-best statistical season and still just 32 years old, Big Ben is expected to net a deal worth more than $20M per year in annual base salary. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:27 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      19.39 (10th)
    • Dolphins are sticking with Ryan Tannehill
      The Dolphins are fully expected to pick up the $15 million fifth-year option on Ryan Tannehill for 2016.

      Advice: That's only if the sides can't hammer out an extension before Tannehill is forced to play out 2015 at just $2 million. It's confirmation Dolphins brass remains high on its 26-year-old franchise quarterback, who ranked fifth in completions (392), fifth in completion percentage (66.4), 11th in yards (4,045), T-12th in touchdowns (27) and 14th in passer rating (92.8) this past season. The athletic Tannehill added 311 rushing yards and one score on the ground, boosting his fantasy value. If he can add deep-ball accuracy to his resume, he'll take the next step. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:42 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.20 (22nd)
    • Ravens tipped off Colts about deflated balls
      FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports the Ravens tipped off the Colts about the Patriots' alleged practice of deflating footballs.

      Advice: The NFL reportedly planned to test the Patriots' footballs at halftime, entering the AFC Championship game. There is still debate about whether a team would truly benefit from deflated footballs among players and NFL types. Either way, it's clear opponents have noticed a difference in the air inflating balls the Patriots have played with. The NFL's investigation is "ongoing." Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:34 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      5.28 (2554th)
    • Lewis: Bengals 'have no problem with Dalton'
      Coach Marvin Lewis insisted Wednesday that the Bengals are comfortable with Andy Dalton as their 2015 starter.

      Advice: Though he did put it in a curious way. "We have no problem with Andy Dalton as our quarterback," were Lewis' words at the Senior Bowl. "We don’t have time to waste time with another QB. To not continue to press forward and get Andy better and to get whoever the backup quarterbacks are better. The quarterback competition. Where has it worked? It doesn't get you wins." Lewis essentially stated the Bengals will keep Dalton at quarterback simply because it's hard to get another one. Fair enough. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:58 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.77 (36th)
    • Broncos sign QB Dysert to reserve/future deal
      Broncos signed QB Zac Dysert to a reserve/future contract.

      Advice: Dysert, 24, spent the entire season on Denver's practice squad. He'll enter the offseason as the No. 3 quarterback behind Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:13 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2454th)
    • Cosell on Bortles: Needs to re-learn basics
      NFL Films guru Greg Cosell believes Blake Bortles "got into some bad habits" as a rookie, and the Jaguars "probably need to start over with him with the basics."

      Advice: This was the fear when Bortles was coming out of UCF. He was extremely raw, drawing comparisons from as low as Jake Locker to as high as Andrew Luck. He looked like a Locker clone as a rookie, showing plus athleticism with long bouts of inconsistent accuracy. New Jaguars OC Greg Olson has a strong background in developing quarterbacks, and he gets yet another project in Bortles. The 23-year-old should benefit from a full offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:43 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      12.27 (67th)
    • Todd Bowles calls Geno 'a great college QB'
      Neither coach Todd Bowles nor GM Mike Maccagnan would commit to Geno Smith as the Jets' starting quarterback.

      Advice: With good reason, obviously. Maccagnan avoided commenting on Smith altogether in his introductory press conference Wednesday, while Bowles simply called Geno a "great college quarterback" without offering any opinions on his NFL ability. With the No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 draft, the Jets will be in decent position to grab or trade up for Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:50 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      12.29 (66th)
    • Report: Peyton Manning to return to Broncos
      The Denver Post's Woody Paige reports Peyton Manning plans to return to the Broncos in 2015.

      Advice: Paige isn't a Broncos beat writer, but has a long history in the Denver area and cites "three trustworthy sources." As long as Manning passes his annual spring physical and informs the team prior to March 9, he should be back for another run at the Super Bowl in 2015 under new coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak and GM John Elway have both publicly voiced their support for Manning's return. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:06 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.22 (5th)
    • Arians: Palmer (ACL) 'ahead of schedule'
      Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer (ACL, meniscus) is "ahead of schedule," and should be ready for June's mandatory minicamp.

      Advice: Arians even said he "wouldn't put it past" Palmer to be ready for OTAs, but that's pure fantasy for a 35-year-old quarterback who just tore up his knee in November. Teams and players are often wildly optimistic about injury timelines in January before getting a more realistic picture in the spring. For now, we'll consider Palmer likely to be ready for training camp. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:17 pm
       
      Injured Reserve
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2453rd)
    • Tyler Bray has torn left ACL
      Reserve Chiefs QB Tyler Bray has been diagnosed with a torn left ACL.

      Advice: That might just about do it for Bray's Chiefs career. The 2013 UDFA spent all of 2014 on injured reserve with a high-ankle sprain, and has never attempted an NFL pass. The Chiefs have Alex Smith, Chase Daniel and Aaron Murray ahead of Bray on the depth chart, and recently signed Terrelle Pryor. It's unclear when or how Bray tore up his knee, but he's unlikely to be healthy enough to compete for a roster spot next summer. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:02 pm
       
      Injured Reserve
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2445th)
    • Aaron Rodgers 6 weeks away from full health
      Aaron Rodgers (calf) expects to be back to full health in six weeks.

      Advice: Rodgers was going to be hobbled in a potential Super Bowl appearance, but confirmed Tuesday that he would have suited up. Rodgers also admitted to being haunted by the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss. Despite Sunday's crushing defeat, Rodgers is the odds-on favorite for this year's MVP award. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:48 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      22.30 (2nd)
    • Kubiak: I won't force my offense on Peyton
      Speaking at his introductory press conference, new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak hinted he'd give Peyton Manning wide latitude with the offense.

      Advice: "We're going to run the Denver Broncos' offense, not Gary Kubiak's offense," were Kubiak's exact words. It's Kubiak's way of making it publicly clear to Manning that he'll still be able to run the show as he sees fit. Kubiak has more of an established identity that Manning's previous Denver play-callers, but the sides shouldn't have an issue bridging differences. A fading Manning should appreciate Kubiak's commitment to the running game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:43 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.22 (5th)
    • New coach Fox noncommittal on Cutler
      New coach John Fox declined to comment on whether he believes Jay Cutler will be a Bear in 2015.

      Advice: Speaking at his introductory press conference, Fox could have come out and said Cutler is his guy. Instead, he waffled. Cutler melted down badly in 2015, even with passing-game guru Marc Trestman at the controls. It culminated in him getting benched in favor of Jimmy Clausen. Cutler's $15.5M guaranteed salary makes him both difficult to cut and difficult to trade, but arm talent like his is unique. "I'm looking forward to getting to know Jay," Fox said. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:21 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.11 (25th)
    • Plummer: Kubiak and Manning can work
      Former Broncos QB Jake Plummer believes Peyton Manning and new coach Gary Kubiak can work together.

      Advice: Kubiak runs a Shanahan West Coast offense, one that typically features a lot of bootlegs, roll-outs and throwing on the run. That obviously doesn't fit Manning's skill set. However, Kubiak had plenty of success with similarly immobile Matt Schaub in Houston and even a declining Manning is a better option than Brock Osweiler. Peyton is reportedly still undecided on his future, but we'd be surprised if he didn't suit up for $19 million next season. In Kubiak's lone year with the Ravens, Joe Flacco set career-highs in passing yards (3,986), touchdowns (27) and QBR (67.3). Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:56 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.22 (5th)
    • Colts have been working on new deal for Luck
      Sources tell ESPN that the Colts have been working on the parameters of a new contract for Andrew Luck.

      Advice: Luck's rookie contract is up following the 2015 season. The 25-year-old is expected to land a deal that will make him the highest-paid player in the game, likely around $25M per season. During Luck's first three seasons as a pro, he's gone 33-15 as a starter, been to the playoffs three times, won three playoff games and thrown for 12,957 yards with 86 touchdowns against 43 interceptions. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:38 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.17 (6th)
    • Tom Brady headed to Super Bowl for 6th time
      Tom Brady completed 23-of-35 passes for 226 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 45-7 AFC Championship Game romp over the Colts.

      Advice: Left for dead by many following an ugly Week 4 Monday night loss at Kansas City that dropped the Patriots to 2-2, Brady erased all doubts over the last four months. He ended up tearing through the league again (at age 37), ending the regular season with a top-5 passer rating and a top-8 fantasy finish. Now he goes back to the Super Bowl for the sixth time in a remarkable 15-year career where he'll match up with Seattle's Legion of Boom. The game is a stone pick 'em in most Las Vegas sportsbooks as of Sunday night. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 8:28 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      5.28 (2554th)
    • Andrew Luck falls on face in Foxboro
      Andrew Luck completed 12-of-33 passes for 126 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's AFC Championship Game loss at New England.

      Advice: Facing an elite Patriots defense in driving rain, Luck and his teammates melted down. It puts a damper on an otherwise highly encouraging third NFL season. With OC Pep Hamilton taking the chains off, Luck ranked third in the league in pass attempts (616) and predictably turned that volume into a No. 2 fantasy finish at the QB position -- behind only Aaron Rodgers. Luck will sign a massive contract extension this season and then be back as a top-2 fantasy quarterback option once again, this time with explosive Donte Moncrief hopefully bookending T.Y. Hilton. At just 25 years old, we've seen plenty of evidence already that Luck is a rare breed at the game's most important position. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 7:32 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.17 (6th)
    • Rodgers, Packers go down in crushing fashion
      Aaron Rodgers completed 19-of-34 passes for 178 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Green Bay's 28-22, overtime loss to the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game.

      Advice: It will be a loss they remember for generations in Green Bay. The Pack entered the second half with a 16-0 lead, but let the Seahawks chip away as coach Mike McCarthy insisted on going into a shell. Bad luck played a part — Seattle recovered an onside kick, and converted a miracle two-point conversion — but arch conservatism will be the takeaway for Green Bay. As for Rodgers, his calf was still a glaring issue, as he refused to leave the pocket, and could barely hop on a late scramble. It was a crushing end to what was an MVP-caliber year for the 31-year-old signal caller. Simply without peer at the quarterback position, Rodgers will enter the 2015 season with considerable distance between himself and the QB2, but in real life and fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 3:43 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      22.30 (2nd)
    • Miracle comeback sends Seahawks to SB XLIX
      Russell Wilson completed 14-of-29 passes for 209 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions as the Seahawks defeated Green Bay 28-22 in overtime to advance to Super Bowl XLIX.

      Advice: Wilson also added a rushing score in a contest the Seahawks trailed 16-0 at halftime. It was arguably the worst game of Wilson's career until late in regulation. Wilson entered the 56-minute mark with eight completions, and couldn't stop tossing picks. His four interceptions were just three fewer than he threw all year. Wilson did work with his legs late in the fourth quarter, however, and pinpointed two deep bombs in overtime to send Seattle to its second-straight Super Bowl. Wilson will have to be much better in two weeks in Arizona, but almost certainly will be as the Seahawks look to get a dynasty going. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 3:37 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.53 (17th)
    • Report: Peyton Manning still undecided on '15
      NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Peyton Manning is still undecided on his future.

      Advice: Both Manning and the Broncos have another month or so before Peyton has to take his annual physical to lock in his $19 million salary. It appears the Broncos have landed on Gary Kubiak as their next head coach. Manning wanted to sign with Kubiak's Texans ahead of the 2012 season, but Houston was content with Matt Schaub at the time. So, the Kubiak hire would likely be viewed as a positive for Manning. However, Kubiak's West Coast offense doesn't look like a great fit for a 39-year-old quarterback that can't move and escape pressure. Most Broncos writers expect Manning to return for an 18th season. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 7:55 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.22 (5th)
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