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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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 looses 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
      Today, 1:04 pm
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    • 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
      Today, 12:23 pm
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    • Cowboys plan to play starters in Week 17
      The Cowboys plan to play their starters in Sunday's game against the Redskins.

      Advice: In theory, the Cowboys are still in the mix for a first-round bye, but they would need a series of inexplicable events to unfold. That means that, for all intents and purposes, they're locked into the No. 3 seed and don't have a ton to play for against Washington. We wouldn't be surprised if Tony Romo played only 2-3 quarters, and if DeMarco Murray (hand) was limited even further. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:19 pm
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    • 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
      Today, 11:44 am
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    • 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
      Today, 11:33 am
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    • 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
      Today, 11:30 am
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    • 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
      Today, 11:12 am
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    • 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
      Today, 10:07 am
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    • 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
      Today, 9:38 am
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    • 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
      Today, 5:23 am
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    • Steelers vs. Bengals flexed to Sunday night
      The Week 17 Bengals at Steelers game has been flexed to Sunday Night Football on NBC.

      Advice: The game will decide the AFC North. However, a lot of intrigue could be lost if the Bengals beat the Broncos tonight as that would clinch a playoff berth for Marvin Lewis' bunch. The Steelers already clinched a playoff spot by beating the Chiefs yesterday. Other options for NBC included the Lions at Packers in a game for the NFC North and the Panthers at Falcons for the NFC South crown (along with a playoff spot). Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:17 am
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    • 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
      Yesterday, 9:18 pm
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    • 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
      Yesterday, 9:04 pm
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    • Tannehill throws 4 TDs as Dolphins beat Vikes
      Ryan Tannehill completed 35-of-47 passes for 396 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception in the Dolphins' Week 16 win over the Vikings.

      Advice: Tannehill was lucky to have an early would-be pick dropped by Vikings FS Harrison Smith. Smith did pick Tannehill early in the second quarter. Tannehill bounced back to toss a 14-yard touchdown pass to Dion Sims later in the frame. The Dolphins emphasized a quick-hitting passing attack featuring tight ends Charles Clay and Sims, and running back Lamar Miller on screens. Tannehill's second TD was good to Mike Wallace from 16 yards out, and he threw Nos. 3 and 4 to Wallace (7 yards) and RB Damien Williams (3 yards), respectively. It was an excellent rebound from Tannehill after an ugly three-game stretch following Miami's loss to Denver. The Dolphins will close out their season against the Jets in Week 17. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:07 pm
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    • Flacco-led Ravens lay massive egg in Houston
      Joe Flacco completed just 21-of-50 passes for 195 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions in the Ravens' 25-13, Week 16 loss to the Texans.

      Advice: Flacco was brutal all afternoon, and now the 9-6 Ravens are behind the eight ball in the AFC playoff picture. They're currently the first team out behind the No. 6-seed Chargers. All three of Flacco's interceptions came in Ravens territory, setting the Texans up for easy points. He was picked off on back-to-back passes in the first half and missed open receivers ad nauseam. It didn't help that Flacco couldn't step into his passes because of the havoc J.J. Watt and Jared Crick were wreaking on Baltimore's offensive line. It led to arguably Flacco's worst game of his career. The Ravens have to beat the Browns at home in Week 17. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:35 pm
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    • McCown woeful in loss to Packers
      Josh McCown completed 12-of-26 passes for 147 yards and an interception in the Bucs' Week 16 loss to the Packers.

      Advice: McCown led the Bucs to four three-and-outs and negative yards on the first six possessions. He was sacked seven times, with his interception coming on an attempted shovel pass to Charles Sims to end the game. The Bucs will close out the season against Saints. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:33 pm
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    • Matt Ryan throws for 322, eliminates Saints
      Matt Ryan completed 30-of-40 passes for 322 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 16 win over the Saints.

      Advice: The story of the game was pressure. The Saints defense rarely put Ryan under pressure, recording zero sacks and only hitting the quarterback twice all game. With nothing but time, Ryan was able to surgically pick apart the Saints' secondary, spreading the ball between 10 different pass catchers. Ryan has now thrown for 300 yards four straight weeks. He can lead the Falcons to the playoffs with a win against Carolina Week 17. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:04 pm
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    • 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
      Yesterday, 6:01 am
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