Apollo M.O.V.E. League (ID# 23617)
  • Big Ben throws for 314 yds as Steelers fall short
    Ben Roethlisberger completed 31-of-47 passes for 314 yards with one touchdown and one interception Sunday in the Steelers' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: Roethlisberger matched Tom Brady punch for punch in the first half, completing 16-of-22 passes for 136 yards before the break. New England pulled away in the second half, however, and Roethlisberger couldn’t do much to stop the bleeding. Roethlisberger didn’t have much success throwing deep, often settling for check-downs to Jesse James and slants over the middle to Eli Rogers. His fourth-quarter interception was nowhere close to his intended target. Roethlisberger redeemed himself by throwing a 30-yard touchdown pass to Cobi Hamilton on the following drive, but it was too little too late. It didn’t end the way he would have liked, but Roethlisberger was still pretty darn good this year, even with a relatively thin receiving corps. It would be a huge boost to Roethlisberger and the entire passing game if suspended wideout Martavis Bryant returns to start opposite Antonio Brown next season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:46 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1539th)
     
  • Brady dominates, heads to seventh Super Bowl
    Tom Brady completed 32-of-42 passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns and rushed four times for a loss of one yard Sunday in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Steelers.

    Advice: Coming off a sluggish game against Houston in the Divisional Round, Brady was near-perfect Sunday in a convincing win over the Steelers. New England came out gunning, peppering the Pittsburgh secondary with short passes. That opened up things downfield for Chris Hogan, who led the way with a career-high 180 yards on nine catches. Brady delivered a spot-on flea-flicker to Hogan, who took it 34 yards for the score. He also dished out a 10-yard touchdown strike to Julian Edelman late in the third quarter, which essentially put the game out of reach. Brady is throwing the deep ball as well as he ever has and simply doesn’t make mistakes when he has time to throw. A win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI would cement Brady’s status as the greatest quarterback of all-time. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:51 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    25.33 (8th)
     
  • Matt Ryan slays Pack, Falcons headed to SB51
    Matt Ryan completed 27-of-38 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns in the Falcons' 44-21, NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers.

    Advice: Ryan was scary good, surgically guiding the Falcons’ offense to score after score. He was doing so against a comically undermanned defense, but Ryan has been shredding all comers for all of 2016-17. He looked genuinely unstoppable this afternoon, spreading the ball around to every Falcons skill player and always locating the open man. He entered halftime with 271 yards. Ryan is the leader of a well-oiled machine, one that will have a great chance of bringing home the Falcons’ first Lombardi regardless of their Super Bowl LI opponent. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    38.71 (2nd)
     
  • Rodgers' amazing run ends in NFCCG blowout
    Aaron Rodgers completed 27-of-45 passes for 287 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the Packers' 44-21 loss to the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game.

    Advice: After it initially looked like Rodgers’ 2015 funk was carrying over to another campaign, the best overall player in the league was transcendent the final two-thirds of the season. Rodgers posted a 30:3 TD:INT total over his final 11 starts, and tore up the Giants and Cowboys in the postseason before the Packers ran into the Falcons’ buzzsaw. Rodgers totaled 40 passing scores during the regular season, good for the second 40-TD season of his career, and 12th in league history. Now 33, Rodgers picked up a few soft-tissue injuries, but appeared in all 16 games for the third-consecutive year. If the Pack could ever get Rodgers a consistent running game or defense, they will win another Super Bowl. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    26.30 (3rd)
     
  • Falcons expected to explore extension for Ryan
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Falcons are expected to "explore" a contract extension with Matt Ryan this offseason.

    Advice: After this season, Ryan will have two years remaining on his five-year, $103.75 million contract. Rapoport expects Ryan's agent Tom Condon to capitalize on his career-best season with the goal of making Ryan the league's highest-paid quarterback, a title currently held by Andrew Luck. Ryan's current annual salary is 11th-highest among NFL signal-callers. Ryan carries a $23.75 million cap hit for next season and an extension could help to reduce that number. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:40 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    38.71 (2nd)
     
  • Arians hopeful Palmer will return next season
    Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is hopeful Carson Palmer will return in 2017.

    Advice: "The way he played down the stretch makes you believe he’s coming back, but he got beat up pretty good last year," said Arians. "So you never know." Palmer's last words to Arians before the offseason were "I'll let you know soon." Larry Fitzgerald has also been noncommittal about returning and it's possible that if one goes, the other will too. Palmer looked sluggish at times in 2016 but played well late in the year to finish with 26 touchdown passes and 4,233 passing yards. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:52 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    25.15 (11th)
     
  • Report: 49ers may go 'hard' after Cousins
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers would go "hard" after Kirk Cousins if he is available.

    Advice: Even if the Redskins hit Cousins with another franchise tag, Schefter reports the 49ers may be willing to part with a trade package that includes the No. 2 overall pick to land the quarterback. With former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan almost certain to take over as head coach, Cousins would likely be open to a move to San Francisco. There is little doubt Washington will place the exclusive franchise tag on Cousins if the two sides cannot work out a long-term deal, but even that might not be the end of the saga. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:22 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    24.27 (10th)
     
  • Tom Brady has thrown 19 TDs, 0 INTs vs Tomlin
    Tom Brady has thrown 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions in six games against the Steelers with Mike Tomlin as the head coach.

    Advice: Brady has also averaged 314.8 yards per game and owns a passer rating of 127.5 in those contests. This Steelers defense is better than some of the units Brady has faced in the past, but that kind of success is at least worth noting. With both Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan likely to be higher-owned, Brady could be a somewhat sneaky option in DFS this weekend. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:37 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    25.33 (8th)
     
  • Bucs add QB Sean Renfree on futures deal
    Bucs signed QB Sean Renfree to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: Renfree has been out of the league since getting cut in the preseason. He was a backup for two years in Atlanta. Renfree could open training camp as the No. 3 quarterback behind Jameis Winston and Ryan Griffin. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:02 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1512th)
     
  • Aaron Rodgers says he's 'under the weather'
    Aaron Rodgers admitted to reporters that he felt under the weather on Friday.

    Advice: "Rest fluids, all that stuff," Rodgers replied when asked what measures he's taken to deal with the illness. "We'll be okay. Jordy (Nelson) had it. Mason (Crosby) had it. I got it. We'll deal with it." Rodgers confirmed a flu or cold has been going around the team. It prevented Nelson from practicing on Friday. Rodgers did practice fully Friday and is not listed on the injury report. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:47 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    26.30 (3rd)
     
  • Retirement a possibility for Tony Romo?
    Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website believes retirement is a serious possibility for Tony Romo this offseason.

    Advice: Romo has already said he plans to keep playing, but that could always change as he closes in on his 37th birthday, is coming off multiple back injuries, and is being squeezed out of Dallas. Jerry Jones' main goal is to send Romo to a place he wants to play, so we ultimately expect him to play at least another year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1527th)
     
  • Joe Flacco happy Marty Mornhinweg is back
    Joe Flacco said he is happy the Ravens retained OC Marty Mornhinweg.

    Advice: Flacco said the offense was too "conservative" in November, but it does not sound like he puts all of the blame at Mornhinweg's feet. "I think the other thing you have to realize is that a lot of what we’ve been doing isn’t necessarily his offense," Flacco said. "I think this offseason will be a big point for him to get a lot of the stuff that he’s comfortable running. He and I can work through that stuff together. I think that’s the biggest thing." The Ravens need to improve the running game and find playmakers which allow them to be more aggressive in the passing game, but Flacco also needs to play better for the offense to take a step forward. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:44 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    16.54 (52nd)
     
  • Andrew Luck looking at six-month timetable
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Andrew Luck (shoulder surgery) should be ready for "a full return" in six months.

    Advice: Luck underwent surgery on a lingering shoulder injury after the season. RapSheet reports he should be able to resume throwing in three months and return to full practice by mid-July. It looks like Luck will miss most if not all of the offseason program, but he should be ready for training camp. His Week 1 availability is not in doubt. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:18 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.86 (40th)
     
  • Marcus Mariota 'on track' and 'doing great'
    Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Marcus Mariota (broken leg) is "on track" and "doing great."

    Advice: "He should be back when we get this thing rolling," Mularkey added. It is not clear if things get "rolling" in OTAs or training camp, but there is no doubt Mariota will be ready for Week 1. Coming off a breakout season, Mariota should be able to take another step forward in 2017 if the Titans can surround him with one or two more weapons. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:11 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1687th)
     
  • Andrew Luck recovering from shoulder surgery
    Andrew Luck underwent surgery on his troublesome right (throwing) shoulder following the season.

    Advice: The news comes from owner Jim Irsay, who had previously said Luck would not need surgery to fix the issue which has "lingered since 2015." Luck did not miss any games, but he was consistently limited in practice. Getting it fixed properly seems like the right call, although it likely will force Luck to miss most of the offseason program and perhaps some of training camp. Irsay did say Luck "will be ready" for Week 1. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.86 (40th)
     
  • Browns likely to pursue Tyrod Taylor if cut
    ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon expects Cleveland to target Tyrod Taylor if he's released by the Bills.

    Advice: Taylor is fully expected to be released by Buffalo, and ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak reiterated it on Tuesday. The Bills brought in new coach Sean McDermott and are overhauling the coaching staff, while GM Doug Whaley has never seemed to be a big fan of Taylor after ex-coach Rex Ryan handpicked him and started him over Whaley's bust, E.J. Manuel. Taylor will have no shortage of suitors once he's free. He'd be a fine match in Cleveland with Hue Jackson. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:24 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1123rd)
     
  • Beat writer predicts Dallas will release Romo
    ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer ultimately expects Dallas to release Tony Romo this offseason.

    Advice: While trading Romo is the Cowboys' "No. 1 priority," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it could be difficult for Dallas to find the compensation it desires when teams already know the Cowboys don't want him. Archer expects there to be "too many hoops to jump through" to pull off a trade, and the biggest one in particular will be how to swallow the massive $24.7 million cap hit. By designating Romo as a post-June 1 cut, the Cowboys could spread the cap hit out over the next two years and clear $14 million in 2017, allowing them resources to upgrade the defense. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:06 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1527th)
     
  • Panthers working out Aaron Murray Tuesday
    Free agent QB Aaron Murray is working out for the Panthers on Tuesday.

    Advice: A fifth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2014, Murray was the only member of the Eagles' practice squad not signed to a reserve/future contract after the season. That is obviously not a great sign for his future, but he should latch on with someone as an offseason arm. Backups Derek Anderson and Joe Webb are both under contract with the Panthers for 2017. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:48 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1579th)
     
  • Jerry: 'No decision made' on Romo's future
    Jerry Jones said he has yet to decide what to do with Tony Romo this offseason.

    Advice: "There's only one that can make that decision, and there's been no decision made," Jones said. "Don't think for one minute if you see something written or something said about what and where Romo is going to be, relative to our team, that there's any credibility to it." While he may be technically telling the truth that a final decision has yet to be made, there is almost zero chance Romo is back with the Cowboys next year. How he leaves and where he goes are the only real questions remaining. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:18 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1527th)
     
  • RapSheet: Trading Romo Dallas' No. 1 priority
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports trading Tony Romo is the Cowboys' "No 1. priority this offseason."

    Advice: "We know he's not going to be on the Cowboys in 2017," Rapoport said confidently about Romo. He again said Romo would like to land with the Broncos, but added Denver does not "seem inclined to make that move." With it all but decided Romo will be playing elsewhere next season, the only questions remaining are where he ends up and how he gets there. Those questions should dominate the discussion this offseason. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:29 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1527th)
     
  • Andy Reid commits to Alex Smith for 2017
    Speaking at Monday's season-ending presser, Chiefs coach Andy Reid committed to Alex Smith as his 2017 quarterback.

    Advice: "Do I still think we can win with Alex?," Reid asked rhetorically. "Yeah, we were right there." It's not exactly the most ringing endorsement, but due $13.3 million between salary and bonuses, Smith will almost certainly be back under center for a fifth season in Kansas City. Smith has made no progress as a Chief, stubbornly minding the store while trying to avoid mistakes at all costs. With Smith going on 33, the Chiefs at the very least need a plan-of-succession in mind. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:34 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    17.88 (43rd)
     
  • O'Brien not committing to Osweiler for 2017
    Coach Bill O'Brien said it's "too early to know" if Brock Osweiler will be the Texans' starting quarterback in 2017.

    Advice: The Texans handed Osweiler $37 million guaranteed last offseason, and he proceeded to be a total disaster and the main reason the Texans were held back from bigger and better things. His $16 million salary for 2017 is guaranteed, and Osweiler carries a $19 million cap hit. He would count $25 million against the cap if the Texans release or trade him. There just don't seem to be many other avenues for the Texans to travel unless they make a run at Tony Romo. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.05 (1016th)
     
  • Big Ben goes TD-less in win over Chiefs
    Ben Roethlisberger completed 20-of-31 passes for 224 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

    Advice: The Steelers didn't score a single touchdown, but still managed to win on the back of Chris Boswell's six field goals. Big Ben had a 17-yard touchdown to Antonio Brown knocked away by CB Marcus Peters just as Brown was coming to the ground with the ball, and Roethlisberger's pick was a tipped ball at the line that fell into Eric Berry's arms in the end zone. Big Ben's road woes are well documented, and he'll now head to Foxboro for the AFC Championship. He missed the Steelers' Week 7 game against the Patriots with a torn meniscus. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 8:58 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1539th)
     
  • Smith throws for 172 yds as Chiefs eliminated
    Alex Smith completed 20-of-34 passes for 172 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Chiefs' 18-16, Divisional Round loss to the Steelers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Chiefs scored the only two touchdowns of this game, but it still wasn't enough to overcome Steelers K Chris Boswell's six field goals. Smith and the Chiefs got the scoring started with a five-yard touchdown pass to Albert Wilson out of the wishbone formation on a play-action boot to the left. Predictably, Kansas City's offense went into a shell after the score and couldn't do much of anything before laboring for a fourth-quarter touchdown to bring the score to 18-16. On the ensuing two-point conversion, Smith hit Demetrius Harris to tie the game, but it was called back on a hold by LT Eric Fisher. They failed on the next attempt from the 12-yard line. Smith threw for a career-high 3,502 yards in 2016, but only threw 15 touchdowns to eight picks. He's not -- and never will be -- a fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 8:53 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    17.88 (43rd)
     
  • Packers stun Cowboys in thriller at Jerry's World
    Aaron Rodgers completed 28-of-43 passes for 356 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while adding two carries for 16 yards Sunday in the Packers' Divisional Round win over the Cowboys.

    Advice: What. A. Game. After a first round full of clunkers and an equally snooze-inducing first two games of the Divisional Round, Dallas and Green Bay finally brought the thunder on Sunday afternoon. Rodgers has been scorching hot for two months and he didn’t let up in Sunday’s stunning upset at Jerry World. He scored the game’s first touchdown on a picture-perfect 34-yard throw to Richard Rodgers and added to his tally with a three-yarder to Jared Cook off play-action early in the second half. Rodgers threw an uncharacteristic interception on a pass intended for Davante Adams, ending a streak of 318 consecutive passes without a pick. But Rodgers saved the best for last, threading the needle to Cook for a 36-yard completion in the closing seconds to set up the game-winning field goal. The Packers will put their eight-game winning streak on the line next week in Atlanta. The winner is headed to Super Bowl XLI. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 5:17 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    26.30 (3rd)
     
  • Rapoport: Romo would prefer to play in Denver
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Broncos are Tony Romo's "No. 1 spot."

    Advice: With Dak Prescott staking his claim to the starting job in Dallas, the Cowboys will certainly look to shop Romo this offseason. Denver would be his preferred destination, though according to Rapoport, the Broncos aren't "inclined" to trade for him. Other potential fits include the Cardinals, Jets and Texans. Rapoport is hearing from league executives that the Cowboys could hold onto Romo until a major injury arises and shop him to the quarterback-desperate team. Either way, the Cowboys should be able to fetch a first- or second-round pick for Romo. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 11:19 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1527th)
     
  • Tom Brady picked off twice as Pats advance
    Tom Brady completed 18-of-38 passes for 287 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Texans.

    Advice: He took only two sacks, but got hit eight times by a talented Texans pass rush. The Patriots played up-tempo offense and attacked the Texans’ linebackers, safeties, and slot CB Kareem Jackson in pass coverage. Brady hit Dion Lewis and James White for scores, both on route concepts targeting Texans ILB Bernadrick McKinney. Between the twenties, Julian Edelman ate Jackson for lunch. Both of Brady's interceptions came off deflected passes in a fairly ugly performance despite the lopsided score (34-16). If the Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl this season, their AFC Championship Game performance will need to be quite a bit better. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 9:22 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    25.33 (8th)
     
  • Brock's latest meltdown: 3 INTs against Pats
    Brock Osweiler completed 23-of-40 passes for 198 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the Texans' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: Lacking confidence in an arch-conservative game plan, Osweiler played predictably tentatively and mostly stuck to checkdowns. His lone threatening downfield throw was dropped in the end zone by Will Fuller. After mostly avoiding mistakes in the first two quarters, Osweiler melted down in the second half with three interceptions, first on a play where Patriots FS Devin McCourty read Osweiler's eyes the whole way and the last two on errant overthrows intended for DeAndre Hopkins and Ryan Griffin. The $72 million Osweiler Experiment was an abject 2016 disaster. The contract will go down as one of the worst in NFL history. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 8:32 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.05 (1016th)
     
  • Ryan plays at MVP level as Falcons advance
    Matt Ryan completed 26-of-37 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons' 36-20, Divisional Round win over the Seahawks.

    Advice: Ryan simply shredded the Seahawks, playing at an MVP level from the Falcons' methodical opening drive. Ryan completed passes to eight difference receivers, making Atlanta's passing attack essentially indefensible behind a rock-solid offensive line. Ryan will have a solid matchup in either the Cowboys or Packers in the NFC Championship Game. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 4:52 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    38.71 (2nd)
     
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