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  • D-Will logs 21 touches in loss to New England
    DeAngelo Williams contributed 34 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries while absorbing all seven of his targets for 51 yards Sunday in the Steelers' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: Williams took over as the lead back after Le’Veon Bell went down with a groin injury late in the first quarter. D-Will offered a handful of nice runs including a five-yard touchdown dash in the second quarter, but was mostly bottled up against a stout Patriots’ run defense. He fell flat in the second half, recording just 10 yards on six carries after halftime. Williams made up for his lack of rushing success by playing an important role in the passing game, though none of it was enough to top a New England team that came ready to play on Sunday. It’s unclear what the future holds for Williams. He’s the oldest back in the NFL at age 33, but showed he still has something left in the tank by rushing for 258 yards during Bell’s three-game suspension earlier this season. The impending free agent may have one year left in him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:18 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.07 (36th)
     
  • Groin injury limits Bell to 11 snaps in AFCCG
    Le'Veon Bell rushed six times for 20 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game Sunday in the Steelers' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: Bell exited with a left groin injury late in the first quarter. He returned later in the half before leaving again on the same drive. Bell remained in uniform for the duration of the game, though it was pretty obvious he wasn’t coming back in. He ended up playing just 11 snaps while ceding workhorse duties to DeAngelo Williams. It was a disappointing end to a marvelous year for the fourth-year back. Bell is headed for free agency but the Steelers have made it clear they plan to give him the franchise tag if the two sides are unable to reach a long-term deal. You could make an argument for taking Bell first overall in fantasy drafts next summer, though Arizona’s David Johnson is also in that conversation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:51 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (901st)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 7:46 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (954th)
     
  • Brown held to 77 yards in season-ending loss
    Antonio Brown pulled in seven-of-nine targets for 77 yards Sunday in the Steelers' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: As expected, Brown drew shadow coverage from Malcolm Butler whenever he was lined up outside. The Steelers were wise to shuffle Brown around the formation and he made a few nice plays out of the slot. Brown was a little sluggish in the first half but got going late with four catches for 51 yards after halftime. It wasn’t the ending he had hoped for, but the 2016 season proved once again that Brown is a rare talent and one of the most consistent receivers in all of football. He probably won’t go first overall like he did in most leagues last summer, but Brown remains a consensus top-five pick in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:44 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.31 (399th)
     
  • Dion Lewis a non-factor in win over Pittsburgh
    Dion Lewis tallied 11 yards on six carries while securing both of his targets for eight yards Sunday in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Steelers.

    Advice: Lewis emerged as New England’s clear lead back last week but played fewer snaps than both LeGarrette Blount and James White Sunday against Pittsburgh. New England’s run game was nonexistent until the second half and at that point the Patriots mostly leaned on Blount to kill clock. No team is more game-plan-dependent than the shape-shifter Patriots. We’ll see what they cook up against Atlanta in Super Bowl LI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:23 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.60 (84th)
     
  • Blount scores as Pats advance to Super Bowl
    LeGarrette Blount rushed 16 times for 47 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for eight yards Sunday in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Steelers.

    Advice: Blount has spent the past month playing second fiddle to Dion Lewis but that changed on Sunday as he led the backfield with 17 touches. He was mostly held in check but did break out for a big run in the second half. Blount carried a host of defenders on his back en route to a highlight-reel 18-yard scramble in the third quarter. He plunged ahead for a one-yard touchdown on the following play. New England’s running game comes and goes but when they’re committed to it, the 250-pound Blount is always tough to bring down. Blount and the Patriots are headed to Super Bowl LI, where they will take on the Falcons at NRG Stadium in Houston two weeks from today. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:56 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.42 (66th)
     
  • Christine Michael has lousy NFCCG
    Christine Michael rushed six times for 11 yards in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: He "added" a three-yard catch. Michael reminded of why he's been cut so many times, giving back yards he had already gained. Now 26, Michael has all the raw ability in the world, but little clue of how to actually play football. An impending free agent, Michael will be up against it to make someone's 53-man roster next summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:05 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.21 (249th)
     
  • Mohamed Sanu scores TD in NFCCG
    Mohamed Sanu caught 5-of-7 targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers.

    Advice: Sanu added a seven-yard rush out of the Wild Cat formation. The Falcons' No. 2 receiver on paper, Sanu is really just a role player in an offense that spreads the ball around like few in recent memory. A big game in Super Bowl 51 is highly unlikely. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:51 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.98 (127th)
     
  • Randall Cobb ends down 2016-17 with six grabs
    Randall Cobb caught 6-of-9 targets for 82 yards in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: Cobb was the Packers’ No. 3 receiver this season, watching his down 2015 become a trend. Frequently banged up, Cobb was soundly out-produced by Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, and struggled to differentiate himself from even Geronimo Allison down the stretch. The one-time electric playmaker has busted extremely few big plays over the past two years, averaging 10.4 yards per catch. Amazingly still only 26, Cobb’s career is far from forked, but it’s fair to declare his 2014 an outlier. Cobb should be regarded as a lower-end WR3 in Dynasty leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:39 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.27 (193rd)
     
  • Jared Cook puts exclamation point on 2016
    Jared Cook caught 7-of-12 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: Playing on a one-year, $2.75 million contract, 29-year-old Cook had something resembling a breakout, catching 30 passes for 377 yards in 10 games. His numbers would have been much better had he not missed a whopping six games with a high-ankle sprain. Praised as an essential element of the Pack’s offense by Aaron Rodgers, Cook consistently made plays up the seam. Headed back to free agency, Cook, of course, has never been consistent, and turns 30 in April. The Pack will undoubtedly try to re-sign him, but Cook’s ever-rumored "upside" could entice a team to overpay on the open market. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:37 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.37 (245th)
     
  • Hobbled Julio Jones scorches Pack for 9/180/2
    Julio Jones caught 9-of-12 targets for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers.

    Advice: Playing through what FOX's Jay Glazer described as three separate foot injuries, Jones dismantled the Packers' woeful secondary. The highlight was a 73-yard touchdown in the third quarter where Jones took ownership of Ladarius Gunter's soul. Jones is at far less than 100 percent health, but it hasn't been a problem on the field. With two weeks to heal up for Super Bowl LI, Jones is going to be a nightmare for either the Patriots or Steelers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:33 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • Davante Adams scores touchdown vs. Falcons
    Davante Adams caught 3-of-3 targets for 16 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: Labeled one of the worst "every-day," so to speak, players in football as he played through an ankle injury last season, Adams had a breakout 2016. His 12 touchdown receptions were tied for second in football, and tripled his previous career total of four. Adams spiked his yards per catch to 13.3 after entering 2016 with an ugly 10.5 mark. Per Pro Football Focus, 407 of Adams’ 997 yards came after first contact. If there was an issue, it was Adams’ hands, as he muffed nine passes. Still somehow only 24, Adams has earned Aaron Rodgers’ trust and will be a legitimate top-15 option for 2017 after finishing as the WR7 (seriously) this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:32 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • Michael Floyd mothballed for AFC title game
    Patriots WR Michael Floyd is a healthy scratch for the AFC Championship Game.

    Advice: Floyd was dreadful in last week's win over the Texans, and is paying the price with everything on the line for the Patriots this evening. Malcolm Mitchell is active, and should return to his pre-Floyd snaps/usage level. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:14 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.12 (159th)
     
  • Ladarius Green inactive for AFCCG vs. Pats
    Ladarius Green (concussion) is inactive for the AFC Championship Game.

    Advice: Green's concussion has lingered long enough that he should be considered no better than 50-50 for a potential Super Bowl appearance in two weeks. Also inactive for the Steelers are WR Demarcus Ayers, QB Zach Mettenberger, CB Al-Hajj Shabazz, LB L.J. Fort, DE Johnny Maxey and OT Brian Mihalik, Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:13 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Report: Julio playing through 3 foot injuries
    FOX's Jay Glazer reports Julio Jones is playing through three separate foot injuries in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

    Advice: Per Glazer, Jones has two ligament issues in his toe in addition to a "mid-foot" ailment. Glazer says Jones is playing though a "lot" of pain. Jones caught two passes on Atlanta's opening drive, so the injuries haven't been an issue on the field yet. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:18 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • Christine Michael (back) active for NFCCG
    Christine Michael (back) is active for the NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

    Advice: Michael was added to the injury report with a back issue on Saturday, but he finished off his pre-game warm-up with a backflip, indicating he is just fine. Michael played limited snaps and did not touch the ball last week, however, so betting on him in DFS is a risky proposition. Green Bay declared James Starks (concussion), QB Joe Callahan, WR Max McCaffrey, CB Herb Waters, FB Joe Kerridge, OT Kyle Murphy, and DT Christian Ringo inactive. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.21 (249th)
     
  • Davante Adams (ankle) is active for NFCCG
    Davante Adams (ankle) is active for the NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

    Advice: As are Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring). Adams did not practice at all this week and reportedly did not run any routes in the pre-game warm-up. With Nelson back, it is possible Adams is nothing more than an emergency option. He is a risky DFS bet, albeit one with a sky-high ceiling. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:37 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • Adams (ankle) expected to suit up Sunday
    Davante Adams (ankle, questionable) is expected to play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

    Advice: The Packers' receiving corps is pretty banged up but it looks like they'll have all their heavy hitters on hand for Sunday's NFC title game. That includes Adams, who went for 74 yards on 12 catches against Atlanta when he faced them in Week 8. It's fair to wonder how effective Adams will be after missing all three practices this week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:16 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • Amendola or Floyd likely to be a healthy scratch
    ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss expects either Danny Amendola or Michael Floyd to be a healthy scratch for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

    Advice: The Patriots listed Amendola as questionable with an ankle injury but he's healthy enough to play. The question is whether he'll be active with Chris Hogan (thigh) and Malcolm Mitchell (knee) both expected to suit up. There have been rumblings that Floyd has been practicing with the special teams unit following an abysmal performance in last week's win over Houston. Julian Edelman remains the safest bet for targets in New England's crowded receiving corps. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:15 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (647th)
     
  • Ladarius Green not expected to play in AFCCG
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ladarius Green (concussion, illness, questionable) is not expected to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.

    Advice: Green participated in two of the Steelers' three practices this week but hasn't passed the concussion protocol and appears to be headed for his fifth straight absence. James Harrison (shoulder, triceps), who is also listed as questionable, is expected to get the green light for Sunday's AFC title game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:56 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Christine Michael added to injury report
    Packers added Christine Michael to the injury report as questionable with a back injury.

    Advice: The timing suggests he suffered the injury late in the week. Michael did not touch the ball in limited snaps last week against Dallas, but his absence would still be a blow to an already banged-up offense. Ty Montgomery should dominate the backfield touches against the Falcons. Daily Slant: Montgomery had three total touches in the red zone and scored two touchdowns inside the 3-yard line against Dallas, which is an encouraging sign that he’ll continue to get the RB work in scoring position. TyMont has also become increasingly involved in the passing game - he caught six of seven targets for 34 yards last week - and Atlanta struggles to defend receiving RBs. They've allowed the most receptions (6.59), 2nd-most receiving yards (52.76), and 2nd-most receiving touchdowns (0.35) per game to the position. Montgomery is in a great spot, especially for full PPR scoring. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:33 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.21 (249th)
     
  • Amendola labeled questionable for Sunday
    Danny Amendola (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

    Advice: He was a limited participant at all three practices this week. Amendola played just 21-of-69 offensive snaps last week in his first game back from a high-ankle sprain. More might be asked of him this week with Chris Hogan nursing a thigh injury and Michael Floyd coming off an awful game in the Divisional Round. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:49 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (647th)
     
  • Davante Adams DNP all week, questionable
    Davante Adams (ankle) missed practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

    Advice: As expected, Adams was held out of practice all week. He is expected to participate in Saturday's walkthrough and play against Atlanta, but Adams is unlikely to be 100 percent. Green Bay's pass-catcher corps is in injury disarray. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:10 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • Julio 'limited' Friday, but will play vs Pack
    Updating a previous item, the Falcons listed Julio Jones (toe) as "limited" in Friday's practice.

    Advice: Julio was listed as DNP on Wednesday and Thursday. Early-Friday reports had him returning to a full practice, but Julio was officially limited. Either way, Julio is going to play against the Packers. While his health remains a lingering question mark, Julio's mere presence on the field -- even if for some reason he isn't heavily targeted -- is a massive boon to Atlanta's offense. Daily Slant: Jones is expected to be followed by Ladarius Gunter, who allowed Dez Bryant a 6/85/2 line in his coverage last weekend. However, his use as a scorer limits his ceiling. Atlanta has an arsenal of playmakers and as a result, Jones has scored seven touchdowns this year. That's a 17% share of his team’s receiving scores whereas Antonio Brown’s 14 is a 40% share. In addition to Jones’ injury, this could be a useful tiebreaker when deciding between the two, especially in cash games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:42 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • Julio Jones (toe) will be full go for Sunday
    Julio Jones (toe) returned to a full practice on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Dan Quinn said he looked good and won't have any limitations in Sunday's NFC Championship Game versus Green Bay. That's good to hear after Jones played just 58.3 percent of the team's offensive snaps in last week's win over Seattle. Jones had a tough time when he faced the Packers in Week 8, securing just 3-of-5 targets for 29 yards in the Falcons' one-point victory. Packers DC Dom Capers sold out to stop Jones, a tactic Capers may be uncomfortable repeating with the emergence of so many other weapons in Atlanta's offense. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:19 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • Ladarius back at practice, still in protocol
    Ladarius Green (concussion, illness) returned to practice on Friday.

    Advice: Green didn't work with the first team and remains in the league's concussion protocol. He'll make the trip to Foxboro, but it's anyone's guess if he'll be out there against the Patriots. Green hasn't seen the field since Week 15. Jesse James would draw another start at tight end if Green misses Sunday's AFC title game. No one covering the Steelers expects Green to play. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:12 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Davante Adams won't guarantee he will play
    Davante Adams (ankle) won't guarantee his status for the NFC Championship Game.

    Advice: Adams says the issue isn't as debilitating as his 2015 ankle injury, but that he won't know his status until the weekend. Adams is expected to test his ankle on Saturday. He's yet to practice, and will be held out on Friday, as well. If Adams suits up against the Falcons, he'll almost certainly be on a snap count. With Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) also banged up, the Packers are going to need contributions from Randall Cobb, Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:51 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • Ladarius Green downgraded to 'DNP' Thursday
    Ladarius Green (concussion, illness) was downgraded to "DNP" on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the worst possible news after Green got in a "limited" session on Wednesday, though the flu is apparently going through the Steelers' locker room. Either way, with his latest head injury continuing to linger, Green is unlikely to suit up for the AFC Championship Game, leaving Jesse James as the Steelers' No. 1 "seam stretcher." The Steelers' offense has been operating at an extremely high level, but lacks viable weapons behind Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.Daily Slant: If he's ultimately unable to suit up, Jesse James would start at tight end and be a viable option in GPPs given the lack of quality choices at the position. Still, our ownership projections don't display a large gap between James and Jared Cook - about 38% for Cook vs. 20% James - meaning there's not a huge advantage to be gained from a game theory perspective by pivoting to the lesser TE. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:55 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Pack: WRs only playing because it's playoffs
    Speaking Thursday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said injured receivers Davante Adams (ankle), Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) probably wouldn't play Sunday if it were the regular season.

    Advice: Neither Adams nor Allison practiced on Thursday, and aren't expected to do so until Saturday's walk-through. McCarthy's comments indicated all three players will play, but none of them are anywhere close to 100 percent. It could be a problem in a game where the Pack will have to score all afternoon to keep up. Randall Cobb is shaping up as a nice DFS play. Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis are going to have to play increased snaps. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:16 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • Julio not practicing, but insists he'll play
    Julio Jones (toe) remained sidelined Thursday, but insisted he'll be ready for Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

    Advice: Jones probably won't practice Friday, either, but there's no question he'll be out there against the Packers. The question is how effective he will be after aggravating his toe injury last Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:20 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • Report: Packers expect Davante Adams to play
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Packers expect Davante Adams (ankle) to play Sunday against the Falcons.

    Advice: RapSheet adds Geronimo Allison (leg) is also expected to suit up. It is a surprising report considering Adams has already been ruled out for the first three days of practice, but perhaps the Packers are just getting him as much rest as possible. His availability for Saturday's practice still needs to be monitored closely, but as of now he can be penciled into DFS lineups. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:25 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • Davante Adams injury said to be severe
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel describes Davante Adams' ankle injury as similar to the injury he tried playing through last year.

    Advice: A high ankle sprain was at least partially to blame for Adams' disappointing sophomore campaign, from which he rebounded to rank second in the NFL in touchdown catches (12) this season behind only teammate Jordy Nelson (14). Per the Journal-Sentinel, Adams "is going to have to prove he can be an effective player in order to be cleared" for the NFC Championship Game. The Packers have ruled out Adams from this week's practices. He needs to practice on Saturday and look competent doing it in order to get the Week 20 green light. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:06 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • Danny Amendola (ankle) limited Wednesday
    Danny Amendola (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: The Patriots are managing his reps coming off his first game back. Amendola should continue to play in four-wide sets in Sunday's AFC Championship. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:16 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (647th)
     
  • Ladarius Green upgraded to limited Wednesday
    Ladarius Green (concussion) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

    Advice: It's an upgrade for Green after he missed practice all last week following a setback the previous week. Green remains in the protocol, but this at least gives him a shot to play Sunday. Consider him no better than 50-50. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:58 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Davante Adams (ankle) also DNP on Wednesday
    Davante Adams (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: "I'm curious to see him move," coach Mike McCarthy said. "I don't think he'll practice until Saturday." Adams hurt his ankle late in the Divisional Round win over the Cowboys and had to be helped to the sideline before returning. With Jordy Nelson (ribs) also sidelined, losing Adams would be a huge blow to Green Bay. If both sit, Randall Cobb, Geronimo Allison, Jeff Janis, Jared Cook, and Richard Rodgers would make up Aaron Rodgers' pass-game arsenal. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:49 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • Julio Jones (toe) not practicing Wednesday
    Julio Jones (toe) is not practicing Wednesday.

    Advice: As expected. Jones did go through the walkthrough portion on Wednesday, but the Falcons aren't going to push him to practice after he aggravated his sprained toe against Seattle. Jones will play against the Packers on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:23 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • 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 Tuesday, 5:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • 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 Tuesday, 9:17 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Julio Jones will be 'ready to rock' for NFCCG
    Coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones (toe) will be "ready to rock" for the NFC Championship game against the Packers.

    Advice: Quinn did say Jones' reps will be managed this week. Jones re-injured his sprained toe in the Divisional Round win over the Seahawks, playing a season-low 58.3 percent of the snaps. But the Falcons have expressed zero concern about Jones' availability for next Sunday. Expect him to be limited in practice this week before playing next weekend. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:14 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • 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 (954th)
     
  • Antonio Brown goes 6-108 on 11 targets in win
    Antonio Brown caught 6-of-11 targets for 108 yards in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

    Advice: Brown went into the half with a 5-101 line on nine targets. His lone second-half catch came on the Steelers' final pass of the game, converting a third-and-short late in the fourth quarter that allowed the Steelers to drain the clock and take home the two-point win. Brown's longest catch was a total mismatch with OLB Justin Houston trying to cover him one-on-one deep down the left sideline. Brown easily won the matchup and turned it into a 52-yard gain. Brown later had a potential 17-yard touchdown ripped out of his grasps in the end zone when Marcus Peters made a great play to strip it. Brown and the Steelers head to Foxboro next weekend for the AFC Championship game. Brown went 7-106-0 against the Patriots in Week 7. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 8:48 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.31 (399th)
     
  • Bell runs for 170 yards in win over Chiefs
    Le'Veon Bell rushed 30 times for 170 yards in the Steelers' 18-16, Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

    Advice: Bell was the Steelers' main source of offense, though they weren't able to score a touchdown all night, settling instead for six Chris Boswell field goals to advance to the AFC Championship game. Bell showed his trademark patience in the backfield and had 101 rushing yards at halftime. He didn't do much in the fourth quarter with the Chiefs dominating time of possession on one of their two touchdown drives. Bell was also swallowed up on his two catches, totaling minus-four yards on five targets. Against New England in Week 7, Bell rushed 21 times for 81 yards and caught 10 balls for an additional 68 yards. He's a virtual lock to total 100 yards. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 8:43 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (901st)
     
  • Davante goes for 76 yards in win over Cowboys
    Davante Adams supplied five catches for 76 yard on 10 targets Sunday in the Packers' Divisional Round win over the Cowboys.

    Advice: Adams nearly scored a touchdown in the second quarter but was forced out at the one-yard line. He rolled his left ankle after a 16-yard catch in the fourth quarter but returned after getting taped up. Adams matched up with Brandon Carr and played him to a draw. The talented third-year wideout has been heavily involved with Jordy Nelson hurt the last two weeks, snagging 13-of-22 targets for 201 yards and one touchdown in that span. Adams will draw the Falcons in next week’s NFC Championship game. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 6:35 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • Cobb tacks on 62 yards in Divisional Round
    Randall Cobb pulled in seven-of-eight targets for 62 yards Sunday in the Packers' Divisional Round win over the Cowboys.

    Advice: Cobb was the hero in last week’s win over the Giants but took on more of a supporting role Sunday as the Packers survived a nail-biter in Dallas. He was still a big part of the Packers’ passing game but was out-targeted by both Jared Cook and Davante Adams. Cobb has a favorable matchup against the Falcons’ secondary next week but could take a backseat to Jordy Nelson, who is tentatively expected to return after missing Sunday’s game with broken ribs. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 6:33 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.27 (193rd)
     
  • 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 Jan 15, 5:35 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.37 (245th)
     
  • 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 Jan 15, 4:03 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Steelers could make Brown highest-paid WR
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Steelers could sign Antonio Brown to a deal this offseason that would make him the league's highest-paid wide receiver.

    Advice: Brown agreed to a contract restructure last year with the expectation that the Steelers would take care of him after the season. Brown is entering the last year of his contract. A.J. Green is currently the league's highest-paid wide receiver at $15 million a year, but Rapoport fully expects Brown to top that. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 9:52 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.31 (399th)
     
  • Blount held to 27 snaps in Divisional Round
    LeGarrette Blount played 27 of the Patriots' 69 offensive snaps in Saturday's Divisional Round win over the Texans.

    Advice: Dion Lewis led the backfield with 33 offensive snaps. Blount's workload is somewhat deceiving as a handful of his snaps came in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand. Already a non-factor on passing downs, Blount keeps falling further behind Lewis, even losing goal-line work on Saturday. We'd expect Lewis to operate as the lead back once again in next week's AFC Championship Game against Kansas City or Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 9:02 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.42 (66th)
     
  • Julio Jones played just 42 snaps on Saturday
    Julio Jones played just 42-of-72 offensive snaps in Saturday's Divisional Round win over the Seahawks.

    Advice: He was on the field for 58.3 percent of the team's snaps, his lowest percentage of the season. Jones re-injured his toe on Saturday but still managed six catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. It's a testament to Matt Ryan and the Falcons' explosive offense that they were still able to handily defeat an experienced Seattle team with their best receiver sidelined for nearly half the game. Julio won't be 100 percent, but he'll be ready to roll in next week's NFC Championship game against either the Cowboys or Packers. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 6:47 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • Amendola gains 15 yards vs. Texans
    Danny Amendola missed his two targets and rushed once for 15 yards in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Texans.

    Advice: Amendola played only in four-receiver sets and wasn’t visible on special teams as Dion Lewis returned kickoffs and Julian Edelman continued to handle punts. Amendola’s highlight play was a fourth-quarter double reverse that gained 15. Amendola will remain game-day insurance behind the Patriots' featured receivers in the Conference Championship round. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 8:56 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (647th)
     
  • Floyd held to 9 yards with 2 arguable drops
    Michael Floyd caught 1-of-3 targets for nine yards in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Texans.

    Advice: Floyd started in three-receiver sets with Malcolm Mitchell (knee) inactive, but we wouldn't be surprised to see Mitchell back in there next week. Floyd's first target bounced off his hands and to Texans CB A.J. Bouye, while a third-quarter Floyd drop nearly got Tom Brady intercepted again. Floyd was also flagged for offensive pass interference midway through the third quarter. Albeit long on talent, Floyd is nothing if not inconsistent. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 8:53 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.12 (159th)
     
  • Blount takes backseat to Lewis in Div. Round
    LeGarrette Blount managed 31 yards on eight carries in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Texans.

    Advice: After Blount missed two practices this week due to an illness, Dion Lewis got the start and stole the show with three touchdowns, operating as the Patriots' feature back on 15 touches to Blount's eight. Blount got a goal-line carry late in the first half, but he was stuffed and forced the Pats to settle for a field goal. Blount’s best run came in fourth-quarter clock-killing mode, stumbling into an 18-yard gain. Lewis looks poised to operate as the Patriots' lead back in the AFC Championship Game. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 8:40 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.42 (66th)
     
  • Dion Lewis breaks out for 3 TDs as Pats roll
    Dion Lewis rushed 13 times for 41 yards and a touchdown, caught 2-of-7 targets for 23 yards and a touchdown, and returned a kickoff 98 yards for a third score as the Patriots downed the Texans 34-16 in Saturday's Divisional Round game.

    Advice: The focal point of New England’s game plan, Lewis logged feature back usage while LeGarrette Blount was mostly limited to clock-killing work. Lewis capped the Patriots’ second drive with a 13-yard touchdown catch, easily beating Texans ILB Bernardrick McKinney in coverage. Lewis house called a 98-yard kick return on New England’s very next possession, and scored on a fourth-quarter goal-line carry, staying in over Blount because the Pats were in a hurry-up look. Lewis did fumble twice, once on a kick return that resulted in a Texans touchdown and again in the fourth quarter, though it was luckily recovered by the Pats. Still, this was the kind of dynamic performance we’ve long awaited from all-purpose playmaker Lewis. Expect Lewis to remain New England’s feature back in the AFC Championship Game. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 8:27 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.60 (84th)
     
  • Mohamed Sanu goes 4/44/1 versus 'Hawks
    Mohamed Sanu caught 4-of-5 targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Divisional Round win over the Seahawks.

    Advice: Sanu showed really strong hands in this one, making the most of his limited targets on an afternoon where Matt Ryan conducted the offense like a symphony. Sanu offers limited DFS upside, but is a key cog in the Falcons' spread-it-around passing attack. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 5:47 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.98 (127th)
     
  • Falcons say 'no concern' over Julio's injury
    Coach Dan Quinn said the Falcons have "no concern" about the foot injury Julio Jones suffered in the fourth quarter of Saturday's win.

    Advice: Quinn said Jones "could have come back if needed." The Falcons made quick work of the Seahawks and didn't need to push it with their fragile star receiver. Julio's feet and toes are constant sources of concern, but he should be in no danger of missing next week's NFC Championship Game. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 5:20 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • Julio Jones aggravates foot/toe ailment
    Julio Jones aggravated his foot/toe injury in the fourth quarter of Atlanta's Divisional Round win over the Seahawks.

    Advice: Jones pulled up gimpy earlier in the second half, but stayed in the game. He was then absent as Atlanta worked to kill the clock. He caught six passes for 67 yards and a touchdown before going down, winning matchups with Richard Sherman. FOX's Pam Oliver deemed Jones' departure precautionary, but it's a huge storyline to watch ahead of next Sunday's NFC Championship Game. The Falcons' offense is a well-oiled machine, but missing Jones could easily be the difference between making the Super Bowl or missing it. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 4:35 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • 'Count on' Dion Lewis leading the backfield?
    Ben Volin of the Boston Globe "would count on" Dion Lewis leading the Patriots' backfield Saturday against the Texans.

    Advice: The tweet was in response to another by MassLive's Kevin Duffy, who noted Lewis has just one fewer touch than LeGarrette Blount in the last three games. With the Patriots entering as big favorites, Saturday's game sets up for Blount to see a ton of touches in the second half, but it would not be surprising in the least if Lewis plays a key role in establishing a big lead early. Lewis is a great DFS value this week, especially at full-PPR sites. Daily Slant: There’s been plenty of speculation that New England’s plan has been to save Lewis for the playoffs. They’ve increased his touch count from 7.8 per game in his first four to 16.7 over the final three. He’s already cut into Blount’s carries and may finally take over receiving work from James White. He’s had nine red zone touches in the past two games and has a legitimate shot to score today. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 10:02 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.60 (84th)
     
  • LeGarrette Blount (illness) taken off injury report
    LeGarrette Blount (illness) is not listed on the Patriots' final injury report for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Texans.

    Advice: An illness prevented Blount from practicing on Wednesday and Thursday but he was never in danger of missing Saturday's Divisional Round game. Blount rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns when he faced the Texans in Week 3. He's been losing carries to Dion Lewis recently, though Blount still gets all of New England's goal-line work. Daily Slant: Houston has been great against the run over their past four games, holding opposing RBs to 68 RuYds/Gm (5th best) while allowing the 3rd fewest FPPG to the position over that span. Blount's missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday shouldn't hurt, but Dion Lewis' presence may. Lewis actually had 33 first half touches over the last three games compared to 20 for Blount, so there is merit in GPPs for swapping to Lewis as a lower-owned option. Blount still has multi-TD upside with NE instilled as a large favorite. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 1:20 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.42 (66th)
     
  • Roethlisberger not listed on final injury report
    Ben Roethlisberger (foot) is not listed on the Steelers' final injury report for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs.

    Advice: There was some concern about Roethlisberger's status after he was seen wearing a walking boot after Sunday's win over the Dolphins, but he's practiced fully the last two days and will be all systems go for the Divisional Round. Roethlisberger had an awesome game against the Chiefs in Week 4 (five touchdowns, 300 passing yards) but hasn't played nearly as well on the road this season.Daily Slant: In terms of QBR, Ben was remarkably consistent at home with a coefficient of variation of 12.3% and he never dropped below 71.6. He was the opposite away, dipping as low as 4.4 and had a CV of 69.7%. His touchdown rate dropped from 3.3 to 1.1 per game when traveling. Kansas City boasts the 7th-best pass defense in DVOA (per Football Outsiders) plus corners Marcus Peters and newcomer Terrance Mitchell have been excellent. It’s not a great spot. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 11:03 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (954th)
     
  • 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 Jan 13, 10:36 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • LeGarrette Blount (illness) returns Friday
    LeGarrette Blount (illness) took part in team meetings Friday.

    Advice: He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but Blount should be able to get up for Saturday night's Divisional Round game against the Texans. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 9:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.42 (66th)
     
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