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  • ATL beat: Matt Ryan 'most likely' won't be traded
    The Athletic's Jeff Schultz said Matt Ryan "most likely" won't be traded this offseason. 

    Advice: Ryan, 36, carries a whopping $48.66 million salary cap hit in 2022 -- an anchor around the neck of a franchise desperate to rebuild a depleted roster. If the Falcons ripped off the proverbial Band-aid and traded Ryan before June 1, they would absorb a $40 million dead-cap hit in 2022, an approach Schultz described as "the scorched-earth route." A post-June 1 trade would spread the dead money hit across two years ($24.9 million in 2022 and $15.6 million in 2023). Falcons owner Arthur Blank, Schultz said, probably wouldn't "bend" on dealing Ryan this offseason. With no splashy free agent QBs and no must-have signal callers in the NFL Draft, the Falcons will likely struggle through another season or two with Ryan under center.  NBCSportsEDGE.com 7 minutes ago
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    14.41 (1714th)
     
  • Franchise tag possibility for Mike Williams?
    The Athletic's Daniel Popper believes the Chargers will consider the franchise tag with impending free agent Mike Williams. 

    Advice: That would cost over $19 million, but Popper believes the Chargers will end up somewhere in the neighborhood of $70 million in cap space. Splurging on Williams is something they could afford with Justin Herbert still on his rookie deal. Kicking the can down the road on a player like Williams — 27, big-bodied and prone to minor injuries — certainly would not be the worst idea. Franchising Williams once then letting him walk could be the best course of action. Signing him to a 3-4 year deal would also make sense after what was the overall best year of Williams' career in 2021.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:00 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    14.31 (47th)
     
  • Cyril Grayson (hamstring) still not practicing
    Bucs WR Cyril Grayson (hamstring) remained sidelined Thursday.

    Advice: As did Breshad Perriman (abdomen, hip). Were both to sit, Mike Evans, Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller would populate Tampa's three-receiver sets vs. the Rams. That is better than some teams could trot out down this many players, but far from inspiring.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 3:49 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    9.05 (141st)
     
  • Ronald Jones (ankle) officially 'DNP' Thursday
    Updating an earlier item, Bucs RB Ronald Jones (ankle) was officially "DNP" for Thursday's practice. 

    Advice: The assembled Bucs media was optimistic RoJo would get a "limited" tag after shedding his walking boot, but he was apparently limited strictly to rehab. Although Leonard Fournette (hamstring) remains genuinely questionable to return, it doesn't appear Jones has done enough to get in the mix if Fournette misses another contest. In that case, it would be another week of Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Giovani Bernard splitting work.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 3:44 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2316th)
     
  • Elijah Mitchell (knee) left off injury report
    Elijah Mitchell (knee) was left off the 49ers' final injury report for the Divisional Round against Green Bay. 

    Advice: There was never any doubt Mitchell was going to play. Mitchell has handled 20-plus carries in each of his past six appearances going back to mid-November. He will be an offensive focal point against a Packers defense that is vulnerable on the ground.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 3:16 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    12.77 (50th)
     
  • Garoppolo (shoulder) left off final injury report
    Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb, shoulder) does not have an injury designation for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Packers. 

    Advice: "Threw the ball great," coach Kyle Shanahan said of Garoppolo's practice week. "He looked as good as he did the week before." Shanny said Garoppolo's thumb remains a bigger issue than his shoulder. Garoppolo's thumb has not been as big of an issue since he started taking pain-killing injections, though his typically shaky accuracy has not exactly gotten better. Shanahan's primary objective for his quarterback on Saturday will be ensuring he does not give the game away with bad turnovers.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 2:54 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    18.80 (89th)
     
  • Packers activate Randall Cobb from injured reserve
    Packers activated WR Randall Cobb from injured reserve.

    Advice: With Marquez Valdes-Scantling doubtful, Cobb will figure into the lower part of the target ladder with the running backs and Allen Lazard. Cobb is a wideout that Aaron Rodgers stumped to get in, so it wouldn't be surprising if he generated a decent amount of targets against the 49ers. But there's not a ton of upside here in DFS for the former Texans legend.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:43 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2100th)
     
  • Breshad Perriman (hip) misses Thursday practice
    Breshad Perriman (hip, abdomen) did not practice on Thursday for the second consecutive day.

    Advice: Definitely trending towards the pessimistic side of questionable here, Perriman wasn't targeted often against Philadelphia and the addition to the injury report explains some of the why here. Cyril Grayson (hamstring) also DNP'ed on Thursday, leaving Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller as the main beneficiaries to go with the heavy load for Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:38 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    8.34 (157th)
     
  • Gio Bernard (hip) limited for second straight day
    Giovani Bernard (hip, knee) was limited in practice on Thursday for the second consecutive day.

    Advice: This is what had him on IR initially, but with Bernard getting through the game against the Eagles unscathed last week, it's likely just maintenance for a player who could be heavily involved in the game plan if Leonard Fournette isn't active. Bernard's Friday status is one to keep an eye on.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:35 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2333rd)
     
  • Lawsuit against Dalvin Cook to be heard March 24th
    Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the lawsuit against Dalvin Cook will be heard March 24th.

    Advice: To catch you up if you'd forgotten, Cook was accused of battery, assault, and false imprisonment by an ex-girlfriend in November, and it briefly felt like the NFL would consider invoking the personal conduct policy, but ultimately they did nothing and Cook played out the remainder of the season. Cook has counter-sued with his own defamation case. It's hard to completely understand how this will play out and what could happen purely from the base details, but there will remain a lingering aura of uncertainty around Cook's 2022 fantasy status until the case is settled or judgment is delivered.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:17 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    22.84 (2nd)
     
  • Telesco: FA-to-be Justin Jackson gave us a spark
    Speaking Thursday, Chargers GM Tom Telesco praised impending FA RB Justin Jackson, saying he gives them a "spark," and has "always produced when he's had an opportunity."

    Advice: Jackson's proclivity to hit the injured list has been the main roadblock in his career, as he hasn't played more than 14 games in a season yet. These quotes make it sound like the Chargers might be interesting in retaining him, particularly in contrast to what Telesco had to say about Josh Kelley, who they're "still looking for development from." Running backs without workload typically don't have big markets, so it wouldn't be surprising if the Chargers were able to retain Jackson for a song if they wanted to.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 12:28 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    4.42 (2387th)
     
  • LAC GM Telesco hints at reducing Ekeler's workload
    Speaking Thursday, Chargers GM Tom Telesco noted that Austin Ekeler “had a tremendous year,” but hinted that the Bolts would like to reduce his 2022 workload.

    Advice: Telesco noted that the backup runners were inconsistent behind Ekeler, which forced them to lean on him. The direct quote was: " Austin can handle a heavy workload but he shouldn't have to ... we've got to be able to rotate other guys in." Ekeler should remain an easy first-round fantasy pick, especially as no one else in-house under contract has produced all that well. Just don't expect a huge leap in carries out of him in 2022. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 12:22 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    20.94 (4th)
     
  • LaFleur: MVS (back) doubtful for Saturday game
    Speaking Thursday, Packers coach Matt LaFleur said that WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back) will be doubtful for Saturday's Divisional Round game vs. the 49ers.

    Advice: Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb figure to be major beneficiaries of Valdes-Scantling's absence in DFS. He left in the first quarter of Week 18's game vs. the Lions with the injury and the back apparently did not respond well to the limited practice he got on Tuesday, as he did not practice for the rest of the week. if the Packers advance, Valdes-Scantling will likely be on the questionable line for the NFC Championship.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:54 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    7.97 (171st)
     
  • Darrel Williams (toe) DNPs again on Thursday
    Darrel Williams (toe) didn't practice on Thursday for the second consecutive day.

    Advice: Andy Reid said it was precautionary on Wednesday, but Williams wasn't on the field after his fumble, Jerick McKinnon played well in his absence, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire is trending up after getting back on the practice field. It wouldn't at all be surprising if Williams didn't suit up against the Bills. The Friday injury report will fill in the full picture for us, but Williams has got to be considered legitimately questionable at this point. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:38 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    14.43 (31st)
     
  • Vrabel: Derrick Henry decision coming on Friday
    Speaking Thursday, Titans coach Mike Vrabel said a final decision on Derrick Henry's (foot) status for the Divisional Round will be made on Friday. 

    Advice: Vrabel did add that the Titans have been adding more to Henry's plate each day, and that he has been "progressing well." Henry has definitely reached "barring a setback" territory for Saturday's showdown with the Bengals. We not only fully expect him to be out there, but to be out there for a full workload after initially returning to practice in Week 18. D'Onta Foreman and company will fight for scraps behind The Big Dog, with Foreman obviously the favorite for breather touches.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:25 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2314th)
     
  • Telesco: Mike Williams 'big part of this team'
    Speaking Thursday, Chargers GM Tom Telesco said that he was "happy and grateful that we drafted" impending free agent WR Mike Williams and said Williams "is a big part of this team."

    Advice: Williams has also expressed interest in returning earlier this offseason. The Chargers are currently projected with nearly $59 million in cap space per Over The Cap. There should be plenty of room for the two sides to find agreement on a new deal, and the public comments sure seem to be leaning in that direction.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:21 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    14.31 (47th)
     
  • Valdes-Scantling (back) sitting again Thursday
    Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back) remained sidelined from Packers practice on Thursday. 

    Advice: MVS' absence for Saturday's game against the 49ers would be a big deal for the Packers offense, as there isn't another down-field threat walking through that door. His loss would leave Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb to clean up the receiver targets behind Davante Adams, making game-planning much easier for San Francisco. This being the playoffs, MVS' status will probably be taken down to the wire. He would provide real-life value even as a decoy.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:15 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    7.97 (171st)
     
  • Ronald Jones (ankle) returns to practice Thursday
    Ronald Jones (ankle) returned to practice Thursday.

    Advice: The good news is Jones was available for the first time since he initially injured his ankle in Week 17. The bad news is that he reportedly still isn’t able to cut on it, going through the motions at practice as a straight-line runner. With Leonard Fournette (hamstring) available for Thursday's session, Jones likely won't have a role in Tampa's backfield even if he's cleared to play. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:25 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2316th)
     
  • Henry 'smiles' when asked if he'll play vs. Cincy
    Derrick Henry "smiled" Wednesday when asked if he'll be activated for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Bengals.

    Advice: "We'll see how this week goes," Henry said with a grin. It's a sign Henry's progressing as expected with his surgically-repaired foot, and he's fully expected to play Saturday. His workload, however, remains unclear, as the Titans could ease him back into action with D'Onta Foreman spelling him on some series. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 3:15 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2314th)
     
  • Ronald Jones (ankle) remains sidelined Wednesday
    Ronald Jones (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Jones doesn't seem particularly close to playing and should be considered doubtful for Sunday's Divisional Round tilt with the Rams. The good news is the Bucs are expected to get Leonard Fournette (hamstring, I.R.) back this week. Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Giovani Bernard, and Le'Veon Bell are also at the Bucs' disposal in the backfield. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 1:52 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2316th)
     
  • Perriman (hip, abdomen) misses practice Wednesday
    Breshad Perriman (hip, abdomen) did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: The hip issue isn't anything new, but the abdominal thing is for the veteran receiver after Perriman played 49% of the snaps last week against the Eagles. Cyril Grayson (hamstring) also remains sidelined for the Bucs. If neither plays against the Rams, look for Mike Evans, Scotty Miller, and Tyler Johnson to handle the bulk of the wideout snaps. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 1:50 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    8.34 (157th)
     
  • Bucs WRs Grayson, Perriman sidelined Wednesday
    Cyril Grayson (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Breshad Perriman (hip, abdomen) also missed practice. Grayson has been out since the regular season finale, and Perriman played 49% of the snaps last week against the Eagles. The abdominal issue is new for him. Tampa remains severely banged up headed into the Divisional Round against the Rams. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 1:49 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    9.05 (141st)
     
  • Giovani Bernard officially limited Wednesday
    Giovani Bernard (hip, knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: These are the same injuries Bernard spent four weeks on I.R. with, so we'd expect him to be out there Sunday against the Rams. With Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones out last week, Bernard played 49% of the snaps, handling 18 touches for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles. Fournette is expected back against the Rams. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 1:46 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2333rd)
     
  • Valdes-Scantling (back) downgraded to DNP on Wed.
    Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back) was downgraded to "DNP" at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: MVS was limited Tuesday, so his status for Saturday night's Divisional Round tilt against the 49ers is very much in jeopardy after the deep-threat wideout was injured in Week 18. If MVS sits, Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb are likely to round out three-wide sets behind Davante Adams. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 1:22 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    7.97 (171st)
     
  • Darrel Williams (toe) doesn't practice Wednesday
    Darrel Williams (toe) didn't practice Wednesday.

    Advice: According to coach Andy Reid, it was more of a precautionary thing for Williams, whose toe just isn't right after he was hurt in Week 18. Williams played eight snaps against the Steelers in the Wild Card Round, rushing one time for four yards and losing a fumble while Jerick McKinnon went wild as the lead back. Williams' fantasy value is nonexistent headed into the Divisional Round. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 11:33 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    14.43 (31st)
     
  • LaFleur 'anticipates' Cobb playing against 49ers
    Speaking Wednesday, Matt LaFleur told reporters that he "anticipates" Randall Cobb (core muscle surgery) playing in the Divisional round against the 49ers.

    Advice: Cobb suffered a core injury in Week 12 and underwent surgery. The Packers have yet to activate him from injured reserve but he's eligible to be activated prior to their game against the 49ers. Cobb would provide Aaron Rodgers with a reliable underneath option in the passing game. He shapes up as a TD-dependent fantasy dart throw in the Divisional round. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:56 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2100th)
     
  • Elijah Mitchell (knee) limited at practice Tuesday
    49ers RB Elijah Mitchell was limited at practice on Tuesday with a knee injury.

    Advice: It seems probable Mitchell will be available in the divisional round against the Packers, so this is likely more of a precaution than anything, which makes sense considering the rookie runner has been banged up over the second half of the year. Mitchell opened last week with a DNP but was removed from the injury report by Friday's practice. He'll likely follow a similar path this week, and San Francisco should have their workhorse running back against Green Bay. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 4:13 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    12.77 (50th)
     
  • Jimmy G (shoulder) limited at 49ers' practice
    49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) would be limited at practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Garoppolo's injury has been described as a "slight shoulder sprain" in his throwing arm. Still, the fact that he's practicing this early in the week bodes well for his chances of playing in the divisional round next weekend. The 30-year-old has been dealing with injuries all season long, but it seems more likely than not that he'll be able to play against the Packers. Garoppolo said he'll "feel it out" throughout the week, but he is "feeling good" about his chances of suiting up in Green Bay. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 4:09 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    18.80 (89th)
     
  • Henry participating in contact drills at practice
    Derrick Henry (foot) was cleared for contact ahead of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Henry was practicing ahead of Week 18 but was not activated for the regular-season finale. With practically three weeks of reps under his belt (including full contact drills) leading up to Saturday's Divisional Round, it's a question of how much Henry can handle rather than waiting out Tennessee's inactive list for his name. The Titans' offense notably averaged 5.5 yards per play with Henry available through Week 8. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 1:02 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2314th)
     
  • Valdes-Scantling (back) returns to practice
    Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back) was a limited participant for Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Valdes-Scantling was rested during the team's bye week after he injured his back in the first quarter of Week 18. His return to practice is a tremendous sign for his availability in the Divisional Round. He and Allen Lazard would share the team's No. 2 receiving role if MVS is in fact active. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 11:36 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    7.97 (171st)
     
  • Garoppolo dealing with a 'slight shoulder sprain'
    49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Jimmy Garoppolo is dealing with a "slight shoulder sprain" but is expected to practice Wednesday.

    Advice: The sprain is in his throwing shoulder. It shouldn't affect Garoppolo much if Shanahan expects him to practice at the start of the week but he is also just a few games removed from a significant thumb injury. The issue caused him to miss one contest and he was listed on the injury report with the issue until the end of last week. Scrapes and bruises are piling up for Garoppolo but they shouldn't stop him from playing in the Division Round versus Green Bay. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 1:54 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    18.80 (89th)
     
  • Darrel Williams (toe) gets benched in Wild Card
    Darrel Williams rushed one time for four yards in Kansas City's Wild Card win over the Steelers.

    Advice: Jerick McKinnon actually started in the backfield over Williams, though the latter was mixing in on third down until he fumbled a shotgun snap from Mecole Hardman in the second quarter. McKinnon was used exclusively over Williams from that point forward, out-snapping Derrick Gore and Williams by a combined 51-14. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) expected back for the Divisional Round, The Mentor's days of leading Kansas City's backfield have likely come to an end. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 10:37 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    14.43 (31st)
     
  • Mitchell carries 27 times in ball-control attack
    Elijah Mitchell rushed 27 times for 96 yards and one touchdown in the 49ers' Wild Card round win over the Cowboys.

    Advice: Mitchell didn't have the most efficient day, but together with Deebo Samuel, he allowed the 49ers to dictate the flow of the game against the Cowboys. Mitchell had two more rushing attempts than Jimmy Garoppolo had passing attempts, and it is clear that the 49ers prefer it that way. The 49ers have a history of running the ball heavily on the Packers, and they will attempt to do so once again in the Divisional round. Mitchell is set up as a high-volume running back with solid TD equity. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 10:18 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    12.77 (50th)
     
  • Garoppolo game-manages with 172 yards, gets win
    Jimmy Garoppolo completed 16-of-25 passes for 172 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception in the 49ers' 23-17, Wild Card round win over the Cowboys.

    Advice: Garoppolo wasn't asked to do much, attempting just 25 passes while the 49ers rushed 38 times. When Garoppolo did drop back, he didn't play particularly well. He badly overthrew Brandon Aiyuk who was wide open on a deep route on 3rd-and-11. His next bad overthrow was an interception that gave the Cowboys life down 23-10. He was able to connect with his receivers enough to keep the offense moving decently well throughout the game, though. Garoppolo will likely lead a similar run-heavy attack when taking on the Packers in Green Bay. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 8:06 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    18.80 (89th)
     
  • Darrel Williams (toe) officially active vs. PIT
    Darrel Williams (toe) is active for the Wild Card Round against the Steelers. 

    Advice: With Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) already ruled out, Williams will be in line for a massive workload as a multi-score home favorite against one of the league's worst run defenses. Derrick Gore is the next man up for the Chiefs. Gore should see plenty of change-of-pace work.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 4:23 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    14.43 (31st)
     
  • Perriman duds with three-target, one-catch outing
    Breshad Perriman caught 1-of-3 targets for five yards in Tampa's Wild Card win over Philadelphia.

    Advice: He was regarded as an interesting DFS target this week, but was targeted just once after the first two drives of the game and dropped one of his targets. He remains a starting outside receiver with Tom Brady in name, which sounds quite good, but it will be hard to rely on him until he clears three targets in a game that matters for the Bucs.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 2:47 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    8.34 (157th)
     
  • Gio Bernard resuscitates as hurry-up back, scores
    Giovani Bernard rushed 13 times for 44 yards and a touchdown in Tampa's Wild Card win over Philadelphia, adding five catches for 39 yards on seven targets.

    Advice: Bernard inserted immediately on the game's first drive as Tampa ran some hurry-up offense, and scored the game's first touchdown. Most of his rushing volume came with Tampa trying to end the game after they went up 31-0, as he had 13 touches on the final four drives of the game. It's hard to understand if Bernard will be a legitimate threat to Leonard Fournette if Fournette is cleared for the Divisional Round. But if Fournette sits, Bernard has some legitimate upside.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 2:18 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2333rd)
     
  • Bucs RB Giovani Bernard: Cleared to return from IR
    Bucs activated RB Giovani Bernard (MCL, hip) from injured reserve.

    Advice: Leonard Fournette wasn't cleared for Sunday's Wild Card game, but the Bucs will get back Bernard. Out since Week 14, Bernard will return to his pass-down role despite the extend absence. With Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell the only healthy running backs, Bernard could lead the Bucs' backfield in touches against the Eagles.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 1:29 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2333rd)
     
  • Elijah Mitchell (knee) removed from injury report
    Elijah Mitchell (knee) will play in Sunday's Wild Card matchup with the Cowboys. 

    Advice: Mitchell opened the week with a DNP, but he was elevated to a full practice Friday before being removed from the final injury report. Mitchell has logged at least 20 carries in each of his last five appearances and is averaging nearly 26 touches per game over that span. He will be a good bet for 20+ touches again against Dallas.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 7:37 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    12.77 (50th)
     
  • Breshad Perriman (hip) not on injury report
    Breshad Perriman (hip) will play in Sunday's Wild Card matchup against the Eagles. 

    Advice: Perriman was limited on Wednesday and Thursday, but he got in a full practice Friday and was left off the final report. With no established receivers behind Mike Evans on the depth chart, Perriman makes for an interesting DFS play this week.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 7:33 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    8.34 (157th)
     
  • Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) removed from injury report
    Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) was removed from San Francisco's final injury report.

    Advice: Nothing to see here. Garoppolo was a full participant on Thursday and Friday and will be under center in the Wild Card game against Dallas. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 2:59 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    18.80 (89th)
     
  • Darrel Williams (toe) expected to play vs Steelers
    Darrel Williams (toe) is expected to play in the Wild Card round against the Steelers.

    Advice: With Clyde Edwards-Helaire out, Williams is in line for a significant workload on Sunday. The combination of Williams' passing game work and goal line usage gives him a higher weekly ceiling than Edwards-Helaire when he has the backfield to himself. Williams looks like a high ceiling RB2. If Williams is at all limited it would mean an increased role for explosive third-year RB Derrick Gore, to the delight of Twitter's highlight scouts. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 11:27 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    14.43 (31st)
     
  • Cyril Grayson (hamstring) ruled out for Wild Card
    Buccaneers WR Cyril Grayson (hamstring) won't play in the Wild Card game against the Eagles.

    Advice: It's another man down for the Bucs, who will already be without Chris Godwin (torn ACL) and Antonio Brown (quit) on Sunday. Mike Evans, Tyler Johnson, and Breshad Perriman will likely stay on the field in 11 personnel without Grayson available. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 11:17 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    9.05 (141st)
     
  • Ronald Jones (ankle) ruled out for Wild Card
    Ronald Jones (ankle) won't play in the Wild Card round against the Eagles.

    Advice: Although this was expected, it's grimmacing news since Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is considered a true game-time decision. Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell would step in as co-starters if Fournette can't go. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 10:54 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2316th)
     
  • Jimmy Garoppolo upgraded to 'full' on Thursday
    Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) was upgraded to "full" for Thursday's practice. 

    Advice: Garoppolo avoided setbacks in his Week 18 return, and will be out there against the Cowboys on Sunday. Starting in the highest-totaled game of the Wild Card Round, Jimmy G is not a bad DFS play vs. an up-and-down Dallas defense.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:42 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    18.80 (89th)
     
  • Elijah Mitchell (knee) back at practice, limited
    Elijah Mitchell (knee) returned to 49ers practice Thursday, getting in a "limited" session. 

    Advice: The 49ers are on the record as expecting Mitchell to suit up against the Cowboys on Sunday. They are just managing his reps after his injury-plagued second half of the season. A workhorse any time he is part of the 46-man roster, Mitchell can be counted on for at least 15-20 touches in Dallas.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:32 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    12.77 (50th)
     
  • Ronald Jones (ankle) remains sidelined Thursday
    Ronald Jones (ankle) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. 

    Advice: Coach Bruce Arians has already dubbed Jones as doubtful for Sunday's Wild Card contest with the Bucs. With Leonard Fournette (hamstring) back in action, RoJo would only be in line for a handful of touches were he to be cleared.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 10:37 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2316th)
     
  • Darrel Williams (toe) practicing again on Thursday
    Darrel Williams (toe) is practicing again on Thursday. 

    Advice: Williams was "limited" on Wednesday, and will likely remain so for Thursday. His continued participation comes as Clyde Edwards-Helaire was downgraded from "limited" to "DNP" Thursday. Williams could be needed to carry the load against the Steelers on Sunday evening, but CEH's status is genuinely uncertain. It is possible the Chiefs are being careful with his reps after such a long layoff. We will hopefully know more by the time official game designations are issued on Friday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 10:17 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    14.43 (31st)
     
  • Breshad Perriman (hip) LP on Wednesday
    Breshad Perriman (hip) was limited in practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Injuries and a mid-game retirement have left the Bucs short-handed at receiver this year. Perriman signed with the team in November and has since moved into a starting role. He closed out the regular season with a 5/44 line on six targets. The limited status is likely nothing more than load management for one of the few remaining receivers with any experience in Tampa Bay. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 2:53 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    8.34 (157th)
     
  • Elijah Mitchell (knee) DNP but expected to play
    Elijah Mitchell (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Despite the DNP, Mitchell is expected to play in the 49ers' Wild Card game against the Cowboys. Mitchell missed a handful of games late in the year because of a knee issue but returned for the final two games of the regular season. He carried the ball 42 times in those games. Clearly not limited by the injury, Mitchell's absence on Wednesday is nothing more than maintenance.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 12:19 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    12.77 (50th)
     
  • Jimmy G (thumb) limited in practice Wednesday
    Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) was limited in practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Garoppolo played through a chipped bone in his thumb last week and got the job done with a win over the Rams. He had to engineer a two-touchdown comeback to secure an eventual win in overtime. Kyle Shanahan has committed to Garoppolo throughout the year and was rewarded for his faith with a Wild Card matchup with the Cowboys. Garoppolo will have his reps managed throughout the week and could be a sneaky DFS play against a volatile Dallas defense. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 11:51 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    18.80 (89th)
     
  • Darrel Williams (toe) practices Wednesday
    Darrel Williams (toe) practiced Wednesday.

    Advice: The Chiefs' offense should be at full strength for their first playoff game as Tyreek Hill, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Williams were all at practice Wednesday. Andy Reid noted that they all "looked good." Williams will split the backfield with CEH if both are active for the team's Wild Card game against the Steelers. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 11:36 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    14.43 (31st)
     
  • Cyril Grayson (hamstring) doubtful for WC round
    Bucs coach Bruce Arians said WR Cyril Grayson (hamstring) is considered doubtful for the team's Wild Card game against the Eagles.

    Advice: The Bucs starting receivers versus Philly will be Mike Evans, Breshad Perriman, and Tyler Johnson. Scotty Miller should also rotate in for some reps. With Tampa Bay forced to look deep into their receiver rotation, expect Evans and Rob Gronkowski to be peppered with targets in the team's playoff opener. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 10:13 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    9.05 (141st)
     
  • Arians: Rojo (ankle) is doubtful against Eagles
    Speaking Wednesday, Bruce Arians described Ronald Jones (ankle) as doubtful against the Eagles on Sunday.

    Advice: Jones is doubtful for Sunday but Leonard Fournette and Gio Bernard returned to practice on Wednesday. Jones could return in if the Buccaneers make a run, but Fournette is in line for a workhorse role against the Eagles, and likely beyond. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:51 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2316th)
     
  • Giovani Bernard (IR, MCL/hip) returns to practice
    Buccaneers designated RB Giovani Bernard (MCL/hip) for return from injured reserve.

    Advice: Bernard's return is good news for a Buccaneers backfield that resorted to Le'Veon Bell as its pass-catching specialist in Week 18. With Leonard Fournette also designated to return from his hamstring injury, Bernard is projected for a rotational receiving role, but he should have a role in the 2-minute offense. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 7:46 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2333rd)
     
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