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  • Report: Browns 'very likely' to tag Pryor
    Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Browns are "very likely" to place the franchise tag on Terrelle Pryor.

    Advice: After locking up Jamie Collins to a long-term contract, Pryor is the next order of business for Cleveland. La Canfora believes it "would be crazy" for Pryor to sign a contract right now, suggesting he thinks the receiver will cash in as a free agent, but Pryor has already told his agents he wants to stay in Cleveland. It is not out of the question the two sides work out a deal. The tag should be worth north of $15 million for receivers in 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:11 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.00 (165th)
     
  • Steelers sign Karlos Williams to future deal
    Steelers signed Karlos Williams to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: Williams still has four games left on a 10-game suspension for substance abuse he picked up in late November, but he will get a shot to earn a roster spot during the offseason program. That shot will depend on his ability to stay in shape, which is one of many factors which derailed his career in the last year. Pittsburgh also signed RB Dreamius Smith, RB Gus Johnson, RB Brandon Brown-Dukes, DB Brandon Dixon, OT Matt Feiler, DB Jacob Hagen, DB Mike Hilton, OT Keavon Milton, WR Dez Stewart, and WR Marcus Tucker to reserve/future deals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:58 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1130th)
     
  • Beat writer believes D-Jax a fit for Los Angeles
    ESPN's Alden Gonzalez considers impending free agent DeSean Jackson a "natural fit" for the Rams.

    Advice: Jackson grew up in Los Angeles and the Rams just hired his former offensive coordinator Sean McVay as head coach. Meanwhile the Rams are looking for a top wideout to replace Kenny Britt, who is expected to sign elsewhere in free agency. Alshon Jeffery, Terrelle Pryor, Pierre Garcon and Kenny Stills are a few of the other big-name wideouts slated to hit the open market this offseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:45 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.56 (85th)
     
  • Ladarius Green not considering retirement
    Ladarius Green said he isn't considering retirement.

    Advice: "Frustrating season but everybody has one," said Green after Pittsburgh's season-ending loss to New England in the AFC Championship Game. "I'm going to go train as soon as I get home, and hopefully next season works out a lot better." Green is probably understating it by calling his first year in Pittsburgh a disappointment. He sat out the season's first nine games while recovering from offseason ankle surgery and later missed five more games after suffering a concussion in Week 15. The Steelers could certainly use another receiving threat to pair with Antonio Brown, but trusting Green to stay healthy is a fool's errand at this point. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:14 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Jets sign WR Hammond to reserve/future deal
    Jets signed WR Frankie Hammond to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: Hammond was out of the league last season after being part of the Chiefs' final cuts. He appeared in 25 games for Kansas City from 2014-15, catching four passes for 45 yards while mainly pitching in on special teams. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:58 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (947th)
     
  • Chiefs do new deal with LS James Winchester
    Chiefs re-signed LS James Winchester.

    Advice: Winchester, 27, has been the Chiefs' long snapper for the past two seasons. He had a trying 2016 season that saw his father senselessly murdered in an Oklahoma City airport shooting back in November. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:21 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.16 (412th)
     
  • Carroll says concern over Prosise durability
    Coach Pete Carroll admitted there are concerns about C.J. Prosise's durability.

    Advice: "I can’t tell you that I'm not concerned about C.J.," Carroll said. "He had trouble through the offseason. He was unavailable to us throughout, and there was a groin and a hammy and a wrist and the scapula thing he had. He has to show it." Durability concerns are probably the one thing that could hold Prosise back from being an every-down player, limiting him to 12-15 touches. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:03 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (587th)
     
  • 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 7:23 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.60 (84th)
     
  • Mitchell ineffective in return from knee injury
    Malcolm Mitchell nabbed just one-of-four targets for five yards Sunday in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Steelers.

    Advice: Mitchell’s only catch came on the Patriots’ opening drive. On that same possession, Mitchell dropped a pass on third down, forcing New England to settle for a field goal. He was only targeted twice more after that. Mitchell was understandably rusty coming off a month-long absence. The fourth-round rookie will look to redeem himself against the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:18 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (593rd)
     
  • Unicorn nabs five catches in AFC title game
    Martellus Bennett secured all five of his targets for 32 yards Sunday in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Steelers.

    Advice: Bennett did well to catch all of his targets but took a backseat to Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman as those two combined for 298 of New England’s 384 passing yards. It was reported Sunday that Bennett has been playing with a cracked bone and bone spurs in his ankle and will likely need surgery after the season. He’ll get one more game in before he goes under the knife. That will come two weeks from now when the Patriots square off against the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:16 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.25 (220th)
     
  • Edelman erupts as Pats advance to Super Bowl
    Julian Edelman snagged eight-of-10 targets for 118 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Steelers.

    Advice: Edelman has been rolling since Rob Gronkowski went out with a season-ending back injury and that trend continued in Sunday’s AFC title game. He ate up 41 yards on a catch-and-run on the Patriots’ opening drive and never took his foot off the gas. Edelman scored his fifth career playoff touchdown on a 10-yard strike from Tom Brady late in the third quarter. He’s now the Patriots all-time leader in postseason receiving yards with 937 and also set an NFL record with Chris Hogan for the most receiving yards by two teammates in a postseason game. This marks Edelman’s third trip to the Super Bowl. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:59 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.41 (67th)
     
  • 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 Sunday, 6:56 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.42 (66th)
     
  • Hogan pulls out all the stops in win over PIT
    Chris Hogan corralled nine-of-12 targets for 180 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Steelers.

    Advice: If they ever make a 30-for-30 about Hogan’s career, this game might be a good place to start. There was legitimate concern about how effective Hogan would be this week after sporting a noticeable limp in the locker room after Friday’s practice. Hogan erased any doubts about his health by having the game of his life, setting career-highs in yards, catches and touchdowns. He ran circles around the Steelers’ overmatched secondary while breaking Deion Branch’s team record for the most receiving yards in a postseason game. Hogan was left wide open on his first touchdown of the night and later scored a 34-yarder on a perfectly executed flea-flicker by Tom Brady. Next up for Hogan and the Pats is a Super Bowl LI matchup against the NFC Champion Falcons. That game will be held in Houston two weeks from today. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:53 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.34 (149th)
     
  • 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
    18.62 (7th)
     
  • 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 3:33 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • 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
    21.09 (4th)
     
  • Jordy guts through rib injury for 6/67/1
    Jordy Nelson caught 6-of-9 targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: Nelson probably shouldn’t have been playing after suffering a gruesome ribs injury in the Wild Card round, but looked no worse for the wear as he gutted out tough catches. Returning from a torn ACL, Nelson looked a step or two slower during his age-31 campaign — his 13.0 yards per catch was his lowest since 2010 — but he made up for it with his toughness and savvy. Nelson caught a league-high 14 touchdowns, and tallied the second-most receptions of his career (97). He remains one of the best players in football. Even at age 32, Nelson should be a WR1 in 2017. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.22 (34th)
     
  • 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
    21.50 (2nd)
     
  • Martellus Bennett active versus Patriots
    Martellus Bennett (knee) is active for the AFC Championship Game.

    Advice: Bennett has been banged up for nearly all of 2016-17, but his status was not in doubt. Bennett is a red zone threat who hasn't done much compiling since his health went south. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:15 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.25 (220th)
     
  • 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 2:13 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Malcolm Mitchell active for AFC title tilt
    Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is active for the AFC Championship Game.

    Advice: With Michael Floyd a healthy scratch, Mitchell should see a ton of snaps against the Steelers. In addition to Floyd, inactive for the Patriots are QB Jacoby Brissett, RB D.J. Foster, OT LaAdrian Waddle, CB Cyrus Jones, CB Justin Coleman and S Jordan Richards. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:12 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (593rd)
     
  • 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 Sunday, 12:18 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • Jordy Nelson (ribs) officially active for NFCCG
    Jordy Nelson (ribs, illness) is active for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

    Advice: So are Davante Adams (ankle), Geronimo Allison (hamstring), Morgan Burnett (thigh) and Quinten Rollins (neck, concussion). Nelson missed Friday's practice with the flu but was limited at the Packers' other two sessions this week. He plans to play with a Kevlar vest to protect his broken ribs. QB Joe Callahan, FB Joe Kerridge, WR Max McCaffrey, T Kyle Murphy, DT Christian Ringo, RB James Starks and CB Herb Waters round out the Packers' inactives for Sunday's NFC Championship. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:44 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.22 (34th)
     
  • 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 Sunday, 10:44 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.21 (249th)
     
  • Nelson, Adams, Allison all active for NFCCG
    Jordy Nelson (ribs) is active for the NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

    Advice: As are Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring). Despite being active, Nelson's ability to play a full complement of snaps is in serious question despite a Kevlar vest which he hopes will protect his broken ribs. Nelson is a dart throw at best in DFS, but he is a high-upside one. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:37 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.22 (34th)
     
  • Martellus likely to undergo offseason surgery
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Martellus Bennett will likely undergo offseason ankle surgery.

    Advice: Rapoport revealed that Bennett has a cracked bone in his ankle and also has bone chips that will need to be cleaned out. It's pretty evident that Bennett has been playing at well less than 100 percent this season, but he still has yet to miss a game. Bennett was listed as questionable this week after briefly exiting with a knee issue during the Divisional Round, but should play his usual snaps in Sunday's AFC title game versus Pittsburgh. Daily Slant: Hobbled up over the past four games, Bennett averaged 2.0 receptions and 22.75 yards. Now that New England has a fully healthy arsenal of receivers, there may not be enough passes to go around for him to be productive, especially in his condition. His ability to score could potentially save his fantasy day, he scored three times in the final four games of the season, and it seems like he’ll need one to be valuable. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:27 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.25 (220th)
     
  • 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
    21.50 (2nd)
     
  • Jordy (ribs) expected to play with Kevlar vest
    Jordy Nelson (ribs, illness, questionable) is expected to play with a Kevlar vest in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

    Advice: Nelson practiced twice this week but wasn't cleared for any contact. Under normal circumstances Nelson would likely have been ruled out, but instead he'll wear a protective vest made from Kevlar. Tony Romo wore a similar vest when he played through broken ribs a few years ago. Nelson is putting it all on the line for Sunday's NFC Championship tilt but it's unclear how effective he'll be or if the Packers plan on using him as a decoy. Davante Adams (ankle, questionable) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring, questionable) will also suit up on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:27 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.22 (34th)
     
  • 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 5:56 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Nelson, Adams, Allison will be available Sunday
    According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Jordy Nelson (ribs, illness, questionable), Davante Adams (ankle, questionable) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) will all be available for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

    Advice: Morgan Burnett is also expected to play after exiting last week's game with a thigh injury. Out of those four, only Burnett and Nelson were able to practice this week. Coach Mike McCarthy has acknowledged that if this were a regular season game, the receiving trio of Adams, Allison and Nelson would all be out this week. Jordy and company deserve credit for gutting it out at much less than 100 percent, but it's anyone's guess how long each player will last or how effective they'll be. Look for Randall Cobb and Jared Cook to be target hogs Sunday in what should be a high-scoring affair at the Georgia Dome. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:22 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.22 (34th)
     
  • Hogan, Bennett, Mitchell all expected to play
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chris Hogan (thigh, questionable), Martellus Bennett (knee, questionable) and Malcolm Mitchell (knee, questionable) are all expected to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

    Advice: Danny Amendola (ankle) wasn't mentioned, but he should be out there as well. With the exception of Rob Gronkowski (back surgery, I.R.) it looks like Tom Brady will have his full complement of weapons on Sunday. With Mitchell returning from a two-game absence, Michael Floyd could end up being a healthy scratch for the AFC title game. Daily Slant: Hogan and Mitchell are solid tournament options. Both have big play ability and we’re projecting low ownership for each receiver. Prior to injuring his thigh last week, Hogan had four catches for 95 yards. Mitchell earned Brady’s trust during a four-week span this season when he had at least four receptions and 40 yards in each game and added four total touchdowns. Our model gives a slight edge to Mitchell. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:11 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.34 (149th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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
    18.62 (7th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Martellus (knee) questionable for AFC title game
    Martellus Bennett (knee) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

    Advice: He was limited at practice, just as he is most weeks. Bennett tweaked his knee late in Saturday's win over Houston but should play his usual snaps in Sunday's AFC Championship. He had a very quiet game against Pittsburgh earlier this year, hauling in just one-of-two targets for five yards in Week 7. Of course, that was before the Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski to a season-ending back injury. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:36 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.25 (220th)
     
  • Jordy Nelson listed as questionable
    Jordy Nelson (ribs, illness) is listed as questionable for the NFC Championship Game.

    Advice: He was a "limited" participant in Wednesday and Thursday's practices, then sat out Friday due to the flu. Nelson's availability will be determined on Saturday, or Sunday just before the Packers face the Falcons. We don't know if he'll play, and we don't know if Nelson will be effective if he does. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:13 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.22 (34th)
     
  • 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
    21.09 (4th)
     
  • Malcolm Mitchell may return against Steelers
    Per ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss, Malcolm Mitchell's (knee, questionable) availability is "trending in the right direction" for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

    Advice: Reiss calls Mitchell's situation "unlike" last week, when "it was clear" Mitchell would not play. Michael Floyd struggled with timing and dropped passes in New England's playoff win over Houston and could conceivably lose playing time to a health Mitchell. Mitchell has not appeared in a game since Week 16. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:44 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (593rd)
     
  • Chris Hogan (thigh) walking with 'solid limp'
    SI's Greg Bedard said he noticed Chris Hogan (thigh, questionable) had a "solid limp" in the locker room on Friday.

    Advice: Hogan is fully expected to suit up for Sunday's AFC title game against Pittsburgh, but it's fair to wonder how effective he'll be playing at less than 100 percent. With Hogan banged up and Malcolm Mitchell (knee) coming off a long layoff, the Patriots may need to lean even more than usual on Julian Edelman this week. They could also use more production from Martellus Bennett. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:43 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.34 (149th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Nelson, Adams, and Allison could all be GTDs
    Coach Mike McCarthy said all three of Jordy Nelson (ribs), Davante Adams (ankle), and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) could be game-time decisions for the NFC Championship game.

    Advice: Nelson sat out practice on Friday due to an illness, but McCarthy said he did more than expected at practice on Thursday and has a chance to play. Adams twisted his ankle in the Divisional Round, while Allison came down with a pulled hammy. At least one or two of them will have to play Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:55 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.22 (34th)
     
  • Martellus Bennett still limited on Thursday
    Martellus Bennett (knee) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Bennett didn't bother will full practices this season. He will be good to go for the AFC Championship Game. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:56 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.25 (220th)
     
  • Chris Hogan practices again on Thursday
    Chris Hogan (thigh) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Hogan seems fully on track to suit up against the Steelers. He'll be a risk/reward WR3 in DFS leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:54 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.34 (149th)
     
  • Malcolm Mitchell 'limited' on Thursday
    Malcolm Mitchell (knee) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Mitchell was "limited" all last week before sitting out against the Texans. Even if Mitchell suits up against the Steelers, he will be hard to trust in daily fantasy. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:54 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (593rd)
     
  • Jordy Nelson (ribs) practices without pads
    Jordy Nelson (ribs) participated without pads in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: It means he hasn't been cleared for contact. He remained "limited" on the injury report, which has him ahead of Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring). Coach Mike McCarthy indicated Thursday that both Adams and Allison will likely suit up against the Falcons. Nelson's status isn't clear, but he's certainly giving himself a shot to be active for the biggest game of the season. If Nelson does play, he obviously won't be in for his usual complement of snaps. The Pack could have to lean on Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:03 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.22 (34th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Jordy worked 'slowly' into Packers practice
    Jordy Nelson (broken ribs) admitted he worked "slowly" back into Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Officially, he was listed as "limited." Either way, it was a step in the right direction. "I just caught some balls, tried to slowly work back in to it and feel things out," Nelson described. Nelson admitted he is entering unknown territory in his "hopeful" quest to play against the Falcons. "I've never played receiver with broken ribs," said Jordy. "We'll find out, hopefully. ... It's one of those things that you'll figure out when you get there. If it happens, we'll see how it goes." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:58 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.22 (34th)
     
  • Jordy Nelson listed as limited Wednesday
    Jordy Nelson (ribs) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: It's a step in the right direction after Nelson worked with the rehab group all last week. Nelson is still looking on the doubtful side for the NFC Championship. Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison are also up in the air. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:32 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.22 (34th)
     
  • Martellus Bennett (knee) limited in practice
    Martellus Bennett (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Bennett went down late in the Patriots' Divisional Round win but was able to return. He likely won't get in much practice this week. Bennett has already said he'll be for Sunday's game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:22 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.25 (220th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Malcolm Mitchell practicing Wednesday
    Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is practicing on Wednesday.

    Advice: Mitchell practiced on a limited basis last week before being inactive against the Texans. There's a chance Mitchell could play over Michael Floyd this week. There's just as good a chance Mitchell won't play at all, of course. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:48 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (593rd)
     
  • Chris Hogan practicing on Wednesday
    Chris Hogan (thigh) is practicing on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hogan departed the Divisional Round win over the Texans early but said earlier this week that he is "feeling good" heading into championship week. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:47 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.34 (149th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Chris Hogan (thigh) says he's 'feeling good'
    Speaking Tuesday, Chris Hogan (thigh) said he was "feeling good."

    Advice: Hogan departed Saturday's Divisional Round smackdown of the Texans. "Feeling good, just had a little minor setback in the game," Hogan said. "But I’m working back every single day and feeling better every day." Hogan will undoubtedly have his practice reps rationed, but he should be out there for the AFC Championship Game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:43 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.34 (149th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Carroll: Prosise needs to be more durable
    Speaking at Monday's season-ending presser, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said C.J. Prosise will have to prove he can stay healthy as a sophomore.

    Advice: "He has to show it," Carroll said. The Seahawks' thin backfield badly needed Prosise's pass-catching ability as a rookie, but he was injured all season. He had a hamstring issue in camp, hand injury early in the year and shoulder ailment late. Prosise played 147 snaps across six appearances. The Notre Dame product turns 23 in May. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:19 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (587th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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
    21.09 (4th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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 Jan 15, 5:56 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.25 (220th)
     
  • 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
    18.62 (7th)
     
  • 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 Jan 14, 9:15 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.25 (220th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Edelman dices Texans for 8 grabs, 137 yards
    Julian Edelman caught 8-of-13 targets for 137 yards in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Texans.

    Advice: Edelman was sitting on one catch for six yards deep into the first half before improvising downfield with Tom Brady and adjusting for a 48-yard bomb, beating Texans CB Kareem Jackson. Edelman got white hot in the third quarter, torching Jackson incessantly in the short, intermediate, and deep passing games. As the Patriots' running game struggled against a stout Texans run defense, Edelman was leaned on to move the chains. He can expect another double-digit-target workload in the Conference Championship Round. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 8:46 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.41 (67th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Pats WR Hogan leaves game with thigh injury
    Chris Hogan left Saturday night's Divisional Round game with a thigh injury.

    Advice: He went to the locker room and was called questionable to return. Before exiting, Hogan lit up the Texans' secondary for 95 yards on four targets, whipping Texans S Corey Moore incessantly downfield. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 7:29 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.34 (149th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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
    21.50 (2nd)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Malcolm Mitchell (knee) inactive vs. Texans
    Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is inactive for the Divisional Round against the Texans.

    Advice: With Mitchell scratched, it will be Michael Floyd's time to shine against the Texans. Floyd is an excellent low-dollar dart throw in DFS leagues. Also inactive for the Patriots are CB Cyrus Jones, CB Justin Coleman, RB D.J. Foster, QB Jacoby Brissett, OT LaAdrian Waddle and S Jordan Richards. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 3:51 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (593rd)
     
  • C.J. Prosise (shoulder) officially inactive
    C.J. Prosise (shoulder) is inactive for Saturday's Divisional Round game.

    Advice: It confirms earlier reports. Prosise is expected to be ready for the NFC Championship if the Seahawks advance. The rest of Seattle's inactives are RB Terrence Magee, WR Kasen Williams, TE Nick Vannett, OT Bradley Sowell, DT John Jenkins, and LB Ronald Powell. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 12:14 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (587th)
     
  • C.J. Prosise (shoulder) ruled out vs Falcons
    C.J. Prosise (shoulder) won't play in Saturday's game against the Falcons.

    Advice: Prosise got in two full practices this week but isn't ready to return. Seattle expects to have him for the NFC Championship if they advance. Thomas Rawls will continue to dominate touches after getting 27 carries last week. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 11:07 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (587th)
     
  • '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)
     
  • Report: Malcolm Mitchell won't play Saturday
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Malcolm Mitchell (knee) will not play in Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Texans.

    Advice: Despite being listed as questionable, Mitchell has been trending toward inactive the last couple days. With Danny Amendola back healthy and Michael Floyd emerging, the Patriots do not need to push Mitchell to get back on the field. Projecting targets for anyone not named Julian Edelman is difficult, but someone in the Patriots' pass-catching corps is likely to have a big day against Houston. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 6:13 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (593rd)
     
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