Apollo M.O.V.E. League (ID# 23617)
  • Jaguars expected to cut FA bust Julius Thomas
    ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco expects Jacksonville to release Julius Thomas this offseason.

    Advice: Signed to a monster five-year, $46 million deal ahead of the 2015 season, Thomas has answered with 46-455-5 and 30-281-4 receiving lines in 2015 and 2016, respectively, while missing 11 games to injuries. He scored 24 touchdowns across his final two seasons in Denver, but the Jaguars failed to use him like the Broncos did as a field-stretcher down the seams. Thomas isn't going to make defenders miss on short passes; he's a run-straight athlete in the mold of Jared Cook who could benefit playing in an offense that better plays to his strengths. Releasing Thomas would save the Jaguars $4.7 million against the cap. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:01 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1108th)
     
  • Ladarius Green not expected to play vs. Pats
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette doesn't expect Ladarius Green (concussion) to play Sunday against the Patriots.

    Advice: Bouchette is one of the most respected reporters of the last several decades and usually has a great read on all things involving the Steelers, which he sometimes divulges in a weekly fan Q & A. Asked about Green in this week's chat, Bouchette replied, "I don't think you will see him this Sunday. Not on the playing field anyway." Bouchette later said he doesn't expect Green to play at all this year. Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday that Green has yet to pass through concussion protocol. Look for Jesse James to start at tight end in Foxboro. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1370th)
     
  • Tomlin: Ladarius Green still in protocol
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Ladarius Green remains in the concussion protocol.

    Advice: Green did not seem particularly close to playing in the Divisional Round, but Tomlin did say he has a chance. He will need to get in some practice reps early in the week to have any shot at returning. The Steelers could certainly use Green as they head to New England.Daily Slant: It's looking very much like we won't see Green again this postseason. His history with concussions was concerning before this season, and things haven't improved at all in his first year with the Steelers. Green was acting as the next-in-command to Antonio Brown among the receiving corps, and his presence would theoretically make it tougher for the Patriots to heavily attack Brown with double coverage. Jesse James would draw another start and while he's a good bet to play the large majority of the snaps, his volume is still concerning. You can do worse on a two-game slate if you're looking to punt the TE spot, however. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:17 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1370th)
     
  • Jimmy Graham should be back in Seattle
    Coach Pete Carroll indicated Jimmy Graham will remain with the Seahawks next season.

    Advice: With Graham owed $10 million including a $2 million roster bonus due on March 11, there had been speculation the Seahawks would decide to move on, but that idea always seemed far fetched. It is more likely Seattle looks to extend the 30-year-old, who had a remarkable year coming off a torn patellar tendon and should only get better as he gets further removed from the injury. Graham will be back for what suddenly has the makings of a high-powered passing attack. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:00 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.80 (526th)
     
  • Cowboys sign several to reserve/future deals
    Cowboys signed TE Connor Hamlett, CB Jeremiah McKinnon, CB Duke Thomas, LS Zach Wood, RB Rod Smith, DB Jameill Showers, CB Sammy Seamster, DE Lenny Jones, LB Jeremiah George, WR Shaq Evans, OG Kadeem Edwards, and OG Klay DeBord to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: They are mostly practice squad players. Hamlett is a former undrafted free agent out of Oregon State. He caught a 17-yard touchdown in Week 5 against the Patriots. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:47 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1067th)
     
  • Eric Ebron aiming for 1,000 yards in 2017
    Eric Ebron said his goal for 2017 is to stay healthy and reach 1,000 receiving yards.

    Advice: Ebron hasn't played all 16 games in a season since being drafted No. 10 overall in 2014. He missed three games this year with knee and ankle injuries and played hurt much of the first half of the season. Ebron still managed to set career-highs in catches (61) and yards (711) while cutting down on his drops. Only two tight ends managed 1,000 yards in 2016. Ebron can become a fantasy asset in 2017 if he stays healthy and gets more involved in the red zone. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:38 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.92 (467th)
     
  • Travis Kelce goes 5-77 in Divisional Round L
    Travis Kelce caught 5-of-7 targets for 77 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

    Advice: The Chiefs got Kelce the ball on a couple shovel passes, with one picking up a good chunk of yards but the other being stuffed for a minimal gain inside the 10-yard line. Kelce also had a horrible drop on deep ball down the middle in the third quarter and took out his frustration two plays later with a dumb personal foul penalty to make it 3rd-and-20. At the end of the day, Kelce's stat line was respectable and he had a great individual season, leading all tight ends with 1,125 yards and finishing one catch behind Dennis Pitta's 86 grabs for the position lead. Kelce scored just four touchdowns but clearly became the Chiefs' top pass-game option in his fourth pro season. Kelce is locked up through 2021 and just turned 27. He and Rob Gronkowski are fantasy's top two tight ends. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:14 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.35 (367th)
     
  • Jesse James piles up 83 yards in win over KC
    Jesse James caught 5-of-6 targets for 83 yards in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

    Advice: With Ladarius Green still out with a concussion, James was one of Ben Roethlisberger's favorite targets. A Chiefs defense that usually smothers tight ends bit on a few deceptive plays from the Steelers, leaving James wide open for a couple big gains down the middle of the field. The 83 yards were James' most in a game this season. Green could be back for next weekend. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:05 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.71 (794th)
     
  • Witten scores first postseason touchdown
    Jason Witten absorbed six-of-nine targets for 59 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers.

    Advice: Witten was the victim of an egregious missed call in the first half. Packers LB Joe Thomas clearly interfered with him on a throw to the end zone but the referees dismissed it as incidental contact. Witten made up for the missed opportunity by reeling in a six-yard touchdown strike from Dak Prescott early in the fourth quarter. It was Witten’s first touchdown in eight career postseason games. Witten, as many of you have no doubt discovered, isn’t the fleetest of foot. But he still has a great set of hands and should maintain his role as Prescott’s safety valve in 2017. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:01 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.21 (633rd)
     
  • Cook cruises to 104 yards in win over Dallas
    Jared Cook corralled six-of-11 targets for 104 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Packers' Divisional Round win over the Cowboys.

    Advice: Cook struggled in the first half, grabbing just two catches for 20 yards and failing to reel in his lone end-zone target. But Aaron Rodgers never lost faith in his tight end and Cook rewarded him with a second half for the ages. The Cowboys bit on play-action, leaving Cook all alone on his three-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. But Cook’s biggest contribution to this game was a magnificent 36-yard catch with three seconds left in the fourth quarter. Rodgers was falling backwards as he threw a missile down the left sideline that Cook caught to set up Mason Crosby's game-winning field goal. Thanks to Cook’s heroics, the Packers are headed to the NFC Championship for the second time in the last three seasons. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:35 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.17 (655th)
     
  • Ladarius Green leads Steelers' inactives
    Steelers declared TE Ladarius Green, LB Anthony Chickillo, DE Ricardo Mathews, Zach Mettenberger, T Brian Mihalik, CB Al-Hajj Shabazz and RB Fitzgerald Toussaint inactive for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs.

    Advice: Green and Toussaint are both out with concussions while Mathews is nursing a foot injury. Mettenberger, Mihalik and Shabazz are all healthy scratches. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:03 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1370th)
     
  • Larry Donnell hoping to be back in New York
    Impending free agent Larry Donnell is hoping to be back with the Giants next season.

    Advice: "It would be an honor," said Donnell. "I started here. I'd love to finish here." Donnell played scarcely this year while falling behind Will Tye on the tight end depth chart. He didn't catch a pass after Week 7 and was only targeted once over his final eight games. The Giants seem likely to move on. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:26 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1323rd)
     
  • Martellus Bennett not worried about leg injury
    Martellus Bennett (leg) said he'll be fine for next week's AFC Championship Game.

    Advice: Bennett suffered a leg injury late in Saturday's Divisional Round win over Houston but only missed a handful of snaps. "I've been fighting through [expletive] the whole year. I'm not going to stop now," said Bennett. "I'm getting too close to what my goal is in life." Bennett has been hampered by ankle and shoulder issues throughout the year but has yet to miss a game. He tied for third among tight ends with seven touchdowns during the regular season and will continue to be one of Tom Brady's top weapons inside the red zone. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:56 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.38 (586th)
     
  • Martellus Bennett held to 4 yards Saturday
    Martellus Bennett caught 1-of-4 targets for four yards in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Texans.

    Advice: Bennett suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter, but jogged off and eventually came back in. Bennett just looks slow on the field at this stage of the season and hasn’t given the Patriots much in the passing game lately beyond a few red-zone scores. Bennett appeared to beat Texans ILB Bernardrick McKinney for a deep third-quarter reception, but the pass bounced out of Bennett’s hands on the way down. He should see two to five targets in the AFC Championship Game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:15 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.38 (586th)
     
  • Ryan Griffin goes catch-less against Pats
    Texans TE Ryan Griffin went catch-less on two targets in Saturday's Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: Despite an increased late-season role, Griffin was nowhere to be found in Saturday's loss as C.J. Fiedorowicz dominated the Texans’ tight end work against the Patriots. Griffin was overthrown on a late Brock Osweiler interception. An impending free agent, Griffin should draw significant interest after his 50-reception contract year. Griffin turned 27 this month and has emerged as a legitimate pass-catching threat. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:13 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.81 (741st)
     
  • Fiedorowicz manages 36 yards, scores TD
    C.J. Fiedorowicz caught 3-of-5 targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: Brock Osweiler targeted Fiedorowicz in the end zone late in the first quarter, but the pass was a bit too high and bounced off his fingertips. Fiedorowicz atoned with a second-quarter score on a backfield-misdirection play that froze the Patriots’ linebackers and sprung him wide open. Fiedorowicz dropped an easy third-quarter pass underneath, hearing the footsteps of Patriots LB Elandon Roberts. 25 years old, Fiedorowicz emerged as a valued possession target in the Texans' 2016 offense. He will stay on the late-round tight end radar in 2017 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:03 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.42 (575th)
     
  • Luke Willson catches 15 2016 passes
    Luke Willson wasn't target in the Seahawks' Divisional Round loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: Willson was evaluated for a concussion, but cleared. A decisive No. 2 behind Jimmy Graham this season, Willson caught 15 passes for 129 yards and two scores. Now 27, Willson is headed to free agency. He was an intriguing prospect in the 2013 Draft, but has given little reason to believe he'll ever develop into a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:05 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.25 (945th)
     
  • Jimmy Graham 18-of-18 on 2016-17 appearances
    Jimmy Graham caught 3-of-3 targets for 22 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' Divisional Round loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: Returning from a torn patellar tendon — arguably the worst lower-body injury a football player can suffer — Graham appeared in all 18 of the Seahawks' games, posting a 65/923/6 regular season line for his most yardage since 2013. Graham averaged a career-best 14.2 yards per catch, and was physically dominant on film. His stats trailed off after Tyler Lockett got cooking late in the year, but Graham had the looks of someone who will remain a potent weapon at age 31 in 2017. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:06 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.80 (526th)
     
  • Hooper (knee) all set for Divisional Round
    Austin Hooper (knee) is not listed on the Falcons' final injury report for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Seahawks.

    Advice: He's back after missing the previous three games with a sprained knee. Among rookie tight ends, only San Diego's Hunter Henry put up more receiving yards than Hooper this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:02 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1169th)
     
  • Ladarius (concussion) doubtful for Sunday
    Ladarius Green (concussion) is doubtful for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs.

    Advice: Green is headed for his fourth straight absence. Jesse James played 44-of-57 offensive snaps in last week's Wild Card win over Miami. We'd expect him to see a similar workload Sunday at KC. Green remains week to week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:36 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1370th)
     
  • Dolphins will be lukewarm on Bennett as FA?
    The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins won't be "inclined to make a big offer" to Martellus Bennett in free agency.

    Advice: Wrapping up his first season with the Pats, Bennett is headed to free agency. He turns 30 in March. Bennett is looking like the top tight end available in a market also expected to include Vernon Davis, Jermaine Gresham and Jared Cook. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:28 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.38 (586th)
     
  • Dolphins want TE Dion Sims back as starter?
    Impending free agent TE Dion Sims says he's been told by Dolphins coach Adam Gase that the team wants him back as a starter.

    Advice: "He told me he wants me back as a No. 1," Sims said. "I want to be back. I have obviously proven myself to be a starting tight end in the league and want to continue in that role. I’ve done some great things this year and improved a lot." We don't doubt what Sims was told, but Sims isn't suddenly going to be a big-time pass catcher. He has 74 grabs across 56 career games, and averaged a woeful 9.4 yards per catch. He's primarily a blocker. Tight end is a position of need for the Dolphins after Jordan Cameron busted in monumental fashion. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:23 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.89 (725th)
     
  • Ladarius (concussion) a long shot for Sunday
    Ladarius Green (concussion) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

    Advice: He's still in the league's protocol. Per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, it would be "shocking" were Green to play Sunday. He's going to miss his fourth straight game. Jesse James and Xavier Grimble will continue to pick up the scraps. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:38 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1370th)
     
  • Ladarius Green (concussion) not practicing
    Ladarius Green (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday.

    Advice: It's not a good sign after Green had a setback late last week. Green remains in the concussion protocol and will need to get cleared before Friday to have any chance of playing. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1370th)
     
  • Martellus Bennett removed from injury report
    Martellus Bennett (ankle) has been removed from the injury report.

    Advice: Bennett played through ankle/shoulder injuries for most of the second half. He's fully healthy coming off New England's first-round bye. Bennett is a solid DFS play against Houston. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:39 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.38 (586th)
     
  • Austin Hooper back at practice Wednesday
    Austin Hooper (knee) is practicing on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hooper returned to practice last week from his MCL sprain, but the Falcons were on a bye and didn't need to submit an injury report. He's fully expected back for Saturday's game against the Seahawks after missing Weeks 15-17. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:05 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1169th)
     
  • Austin Hooper 'trending in right direction'
    ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) is "trending in [the] right direction" to play Saturday.

    Advice: Hooper sat out the final two weeks of the regular season, but Caplan said he "moved around well" in his return to practice last week. It would be a surprise if he is not on the field against the Seahawks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:49 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1169th)
     
  • Ladarius Green still in concussion protocol
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Ladarius Green is still in the concussion protocol.

    Advice: Green got in two full practices last week but was held out on Friday after Tomlin said they did not get the results they wanted from a post-practice test. With Green likely to follow a similar routine this week, his status probably will not be clear until Friday at the earliest. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:15 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1370th)
     
  • Raiders sign 9 to reserve/future deals
    Raiders signed TE Cooper Helfet, CB Kenneth Durden, DE Jimmy Bean, WR K.J. Brent, DE Demetrius Cherry, WR Jaydon Mickens, TE Ryan O'Malley, and OGs Ian Silberman and Oni Omoile to reserve/future contracts.

    Advice: Helfet is a former Seahawks player. Bean went undrafted out of Oklahoma State last year despite prolific college pass-rush stats. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:18 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1477th)
     
  • Will Tye rips off 55-yard gain against Pack
    Will Tye caught 4-of-7 targets for 66 yards in the Giants' Wild Card loss to the Packers.

    Advice: Tye made the Giants’ longest offensive play of the game on a 51-yard seam ball, getting past Packers rookie ILB Blake Martinez and piling up yards after the catch. Otherwise, Tye was bottled up near the line of scrimmage. Tye beat out Larry Donnell for the Giants' starting tight end job, but the results were underwhelming with only one touchdown and one 50-yard game in the regular season. Tye is also an atrocious blocker. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 5:46 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.18 (664th)
     
  • Jared Cook productive in win over the Giants
    Jared Cook caught 5-of-9 targets for 48 yards in the Packers' Wild Card win over the Giants.

    Advice: Cook was a noticeably bigger part of Green Bay's early-game plan and stayed heavily involved following Jordy Nelson's second-quarter injury. It was still a tale of missed opportunities. The Packers went to Cook twice on their first drive, but a deep shot down the left sideline was covered well by SS Landon Collins. Cook got wide open for a big gain on Green Bay’s final drive of the first half, but he dropped the pass on contact. Cook has now drawn at least eight targets in three of the Packers' last four games. Particularly if Jordy can't go, Cook will continue to be a featured part of Aaron Rodgers' passing game next week in Dallas. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 5:10 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.17 (655th)
     
  • Dion Sims catches five passes in WC defeat
    Dion Sims caught 5-of-5 targets for 34 yards in the Dolphins' Wild Card loss to the Steelers.

    Advice: Sims closed out the regular season catching 4-5 weekly passes and offering 50-50 touchdown odds. He stepped up for a team in a pinch, but did nothing to suggest he was deserving of a bigger role in 2017. An impending free agent, Sims remains best suited to blocking. He turns 26 next month. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 1:33 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.89 (725th)
     
  • Ladarius Green leads Steelers' inactives
    Steelers declared TE Ladarius Green, LB Anthony Chickillo, CB Justin Gilbert, S Robert Golden, QB Zach Mettenberger, T Brian Mihalik and DE Ricardo Mathews inactive for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Dolphins.

    Advice: It will be Green's third straight absence. He's week to week with a concussion. Expect Jesse James and Xavier Grimble to play bigger roles with Green sidelined. Gilbert didn't show up on the team's final injury report this week and appears to be a healthy scratch. Vince Williams (shoulder) had been listed as questionable but will be available for Sunday's Wild Card matchup. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 8:49 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1370th)
     
  • Ladarius ruled out for Sunday's Wild Card game
    Ladarius Green (concussion) is out for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Dolphins.

    Advice: As expected. Green missed practice on Friday and remains in the league's concussion protocol. The ex-Charger has sky-high potential but continues to be hampered by injuries. He suited up for just six games during the regular season. Jesse James will draw the start at tight end and makes for an interesting punt play in DFS. Daily Slant: While James is not normally a great tight end to target, with only two games on Sunday, he’s one of the better plays left at the position. During the regular season, he topped 50 yards once and didn’t score after Week 5. However, without Green in the lineup the past two weeks, James picked up three red zone targets and eight overall. Among the tight ends yet to kickoff, he has the highest touchdown expectation and Miami ranks 21st in TE DVOA (per Football Outsiders). Given the selection, he’s a top tight end option in all formats on the Sunday only slate. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 6:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1370th)
     
  • Ebron drops at least two in Wild Card loss
    Eric Ebron hauled in 2-of-6 targets for 23 yards in the Lions' Wild Card loss to the Seahawks.

    Advice: At least two of the missed connections were drops, and he did not record a catch in the second half. It is a fitting end for Ebron, who once again flashed big-time upside as a pass catcher but also missed three games due to injury and disappeared for big stretches when healthy. Ebron did post new career-highs in catches (61) and yards (711), but he found the end zone just twice, and one of those was on the ground. The Lions will have to decide by May 3 whether to pick up Ebron's fifth-year option for 2018, which will cost somewhere north of $8 million due to his top-10 status. Detroit will likely activate the option, but it is not a slam dunk. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 9:43 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.92 (467th)
     
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