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  • Mahomes diagnosed with turf toe in his left foot
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is dealing with turf toe in his left foot but is not expected to need surgery after the season.

    Advice: Rapsheet added that Mahomes will meet with a specialist after the season to ensure that surgery isn't needed. Mahomes will not be perfectly healthy for the Chiefs' AFC Championship game versus the Bills but even a less than 100 percent Mahomes is still capable of greatness. He did miss a few throws late in last week's game but still played well. The biggest difference will be his lack of running ability. Mahomes hit another level as a runner in the playoffs last year but this injury makes it unlikely that he'll repeat the same performances this postseason. Mahomes ceiling takes a small hit but he remains the top QB for DFS purposes this week. Rotoworld.com 56 minutes ago
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (722nd)
     
  • Rapoport: Bucs want Antonio Brown back for 2021
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Buccaneers want WR Antonio Brown back for the 2021 season.

    Advice: Brown is out for the Bucs' NFC Championship game against the Packers so he could miss their final game of the year if Tampa Bay doesn't come out on top. Regardless, Brown has played well after missing over a year of football. He closed out the regular season with 483 yards and four scores on 45 receptions while playing in just eight games. Browns and Chris Godwin are free agents this year so it's possible that the Bucs wanting to bring Brown back is a sign that the team is willing to let Godwin walk. However, the market for Brown could be tepid given his recent history of off-field issues and he is beloved by Tom Brady so his status could also have little effect on Godwin. If Godwin does walk and Brown stays, the ADP spike for Brown would reach critical mass. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:20 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.84 (125th)
     
  • Chiefs not optimistic Sammy Watkins (calf) plays
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Chiefs "don't sound optimistic" WR Sammy Watkins (calf, questionable) will play in the Conference Championship game against the Bills.

    Advice: Watkins got in a handful of limited practices this week and the team was initially optimistic that he would be able to play against Buffalo. It's possible that his calf issue got worse over the weekend. Watkins will still test out his calf in pre-game warmups but that rarely results in a player who isn't expected to play becoming active. Mecole Hardman finished third on the Chiefs in routes last week and drew four targets plus a rush attempt. He gets the biggest bump with Watkins presumed out while Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle both enter the tournament conversation for DFS purposes. Both receivers saw three targets last week. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:11 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (895th)
     
  • Le'Veon Bell (knee) not expected to play vs Bills
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chiefs RB Le'Veon Bell (knee, questionable) is not expected to play in the Conference Championship game against the Bills.

    Advice: Even with Clyde Edwards-Helaire out, Bell was relegated to backup duties last week. He saw just two carries on 11 snaps and was unable to convert on any of his three targets. Darrel Williams logged 13 carries and four targets. With Bell out, there should be enough touches in the Kansas City backfield for both Williams and CEH to have fantasy-relevant roles. The split between the two will be indecipherable until kickoff but both are viable DFS plays in tournaments. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:06 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.10 (221st)
     
  • CEH (hip, questionable) expected to play vs. Bills
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip, questionable) is expected to play in the Conference Championship game against the Bills.

    Advice: CEH has been out since Week 15 while dealing with hip and ankle injuries. Darrel Williams has played well as the starter with him out and has notably gotten more work than Le'Veon Bell, who is not expected to play today. After logging nearly two weeks of limited practices, CEH is likely as close to healthy as he's going to get at this time of year. The split between him and Williams will be murky until kickoff but both are viable tournament options in DFS. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:00 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1116th)
     
  • 49ers will 'monitor' Stafford trade situation
    The 49ers will monitor the Lions' potential trade of Matthew Stafford. 

    Advice: It's not quite a shock that the Niners could enter the fray for Stafford's services. Jimmy Garoppolo, who has two years left on his deal and is slated to make a whopping $25.5 million next season, has been inconsistent -- and sometimes downright bad -- in four injury-riddled seasons with the Niners. With play makers like George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk, and Deebo Samuel, Stafford could make Kyle Shanahan's offense a dangerous unit. The team could restructure Stafford's contract to reduce the cap hit if they're able to acquire him. Stafford, 32, is sure to have a handful of serious suitors in the coming weeks and months. He's due a $10 million roster bonus from the Lions on the fifth day of the 2021 league year in March.  Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:26 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.62 (17th)
     
  • Report: Lions will trade Stafford this offseason
    NFL Network's Tom Pelissero said the Lions and Matthew Stafford have agreed to part ways this offseason. 

    Advice: It appears the team won't fight to keep Stafford aboard for a full rebuild. Pelissero reports Stafford and the team made a mutual decision that the Lions would trade away their franchise QB this offseason after 12 seasons. QB-needy teams like the 49ers, Washington, Panthers, Colts, Jets, and Broncos will probably show interest in acquiring Stafford, though the Lions' price isn't known. Stafford has two years and $43 million left on his contract, "a bargain price for a quarterback who is still playing at a high level," Pelissero said. Stafford will be a marked upgrade for the pass catchers on whichever team he lands on this offseason. Detroit is (very) likely to use their No. 7 NFL draft pick to select Stafford's successor, and perhaps move up even further to secure one of the draft's top signal callers. The trade would likely happen before the fifth day of the 2021 league year in March, when Stafford is due a $10 million roster bonus. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:10 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.62 (17th)
     
  • Bills elevate Kenny Stills to active roster
    Bills WR Kenny Stills was elevated to the team's 53-man roster for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. 

    Advice: Stills will be active for the first time since Buffalo signed him to the team's practice squad on January 4. The Bills are struggling with wideout injuries, with Cole Beasley playing through a lingering knee injury and Gabriel Davis suffering an ankle injury in last week's win over Baltimore. Bringing Stills off the practice squad indicates one or both receivers will be out Sunday. Davis, who missed practice all week before practicing in a limited capacity on Friday, is considered questionable to face KC in the AFC Championship Game. Isaiah McKenzie and Stills would be in the mix Sunday if Davis or Beasley are inactive. Stills is an intriguing option in large-field single game DFS contests.  Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:02 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (801st)
     
  • Report: Jets emerge as Watson's No. 1 choice
    The Jets are Deshaun Watson's preferred trade partner. 

    Advice: The rightfully disgruntled franchise QB prefers the Jets "because they hired Robert Saleh to be their coach and Watson values Saleh so much he wanted the Texans to interview him for their vacant head coach job," according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. The Dolphins, per Salguero, rank second on Watson's trade wish list. Recent reports out of Houston indicate it's a matter of when -- not if -- Watson is dealt away after the team's string of management mishaps that alienated the cornerstone of the franchise. Saleh has been complimentary of Sam Darnold, lauding the QB's "unbelievable arm talent," but has stopped short of naming him the Jets' 2021 starter. Darnold's shot at the starting gig would vanish the minute Watson is dealt to New York. Watson -- who has yet to officially request a trade -- would be a giant upgrade for all Jets pass catchers, including Jamison Crowder, Chris Herndon, and Denzel Mims,  Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:17 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    24.12 (2nd)
     
  • Julian Edelman expected to play in 2021
    Julian Edelman (knee) is expected to play in 2021.

    Advice: Edelman is signed through next year, but there's been talk he could retire after back-to-back injury-riddled seasons. At a $2.8 million base salary, the Patriots should be open to keeping him, even if Edelman can't be counted on as more than a No. 3 receiver. 34-year-old Edelman missed the final 10 games on IR with a knee injury but should be ready for the start of OTAs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:15 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (711th)
     
  • Patrick Mahomes' toe is 'feeling a lot better'
    Patrick Mahomes said his toe is "feeling a lot better."

    Advice: Mahomes was clearly struggling to move on what likely was a turf toe injury last week, but he said the injury has improved a lot in recent days. He even went as far as saying "it wasn't as bad as it looked." Mahomes will start against the Bills on Sunday after clearing the concussion protocol, but the toe injury will be a storyline. During his playoff career, Mahomes has been more lethal on the ground. With Mahomes' injury status clearing up, the betting market has settled on Chiefs as -3 or -3.5 favorites. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:00 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (722nd)
     
  • What about this, Deshaun: Texans interview McCown
    Texans interviewed QB Josh McCown for its head-coaching vacancy.

    Advice: It's the first interview for McCown, who was on the team's active roster at the end of the year and, oddly enough, remains under contract with the team through 2021. The Texans clearly don't have an internal direction for its coaching search, but interviewing a current player is unique even for Houston's standards. Jim Caldwell also reportedly had extended talks with the team's front office on Friday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:21 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (774th)
     
  • RoJo practices in full, avoids final injury report
    Ronald Jones (quad) was a full participant in Friday's practice.

    Advice: It's an upgrade for Jones, who had been limited in every practice prior. There's a terrific chance Leonard Fournette again leads this backfield in touches after out-snapping Jones 48-21 in the Divisional Round, but the latter's presumed health is a wrench in any perceived gameplan. He remains a better DFS tournament play given the volatility of his outlook, whereas Fournette is the safer of the two in any postseason contests. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:06 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.95 (48th)
     
  • A.J. Dillon (quad) removed from injury report
    AJ Dillon (quad) will play in the Conference Championship game against the Buccaneers.

    Advice: Dillon was injured in the second half of Green Bay's Divisional Round win over the Rams but will be available yet again against Tampa Bay. Involved for six carries prior to injury, the rookie is expected to handle a small share of the team's backfield touches behind both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. With Bucs DT Vita Vea surprisingly back in the fold, Dillon (as the clear-cut third option) can be ignored in any two-game DFS slates. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:49 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.20 (281st)
     
  • Watkins (calf) questionable after limited week
    Sammy Watkins (calf) is questionable for the Conference Championship game against the Bills.

    Advice: Watkins is expected to play given that he participated in every practice throughout the week. Although he failed to eclipse 65 receiving yards in any game following his two-touchdown performance in Week 1, Watkins was leaned on as the preferred option in last year's Super Bowl run for 14/288/1 over Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson. It could be all for naught if the Bills invite the Chiefs to run the ball with another heavy dose of two-high safeties, but this news at least ensures Watkins is active as the team's No. 2 wide receiver on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:37 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (895th)
     
  • CEH (hip) questionable after another limited day
    Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip) is questionable for the Conference Championship game against Buffalo.

    Advice: Edwards-Helaire is fully expected to play after being limited for every practice throughout the week. Le'Veon Bell (knee) has been a non-factor but will still likely be sidelined since the veteran was unable to get in any amount of work ahead of Sunday. With Patrick Mahomes officially cleared from the league's protocol and under center, it's entirely possible Edwards-Helaire at least gets reps on passing downs over Darrel Williams. The latter is still expected to lead this backfield in touches Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:33 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1116th)
     
  • Le'Veon (knee) DNP again Friday, questionable
    Le'Veon Bell (knee) is questionable for the Conference Championship game against Buffalo.

    Advice: Bell isn't expected to play after being unable to practice throughout the week. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip, questionable) likely back, both Darrel Williams and the rookie will split touches in some manner against Tampa Bay. Williams is our pick to lead this backfield in touches, though Edwards-Helaire could primarily cannibalize The Mentor's workload on passing downs. Even if active, Bell won't make an impact. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:30 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.10 (221st)
     
  • Gabriel Davis (ankle) questionable for Sunday
    Bills WR Gabriel Davis (ankle) is questionable for the Conference Championship game against Kansas City.

    Advice: Davis fortunately got in a limited session to close the week but was unable to practice until that point. He'll head into Sunday as a true question mark given his limited availability. Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley meanwhile both practiced in full on Friday and were cleared to play. If Davis can't go, gadget wideout Isaiah McKenzie will take his spot in four-wide sets. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:49 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.73 (164th)
     
  • Beasley (knee) good to go against Kansas City
    Cole Beasley (knee) was removed from Buffalo's injury report.

    Advice: Gabriel Davis (ankle) meanwhile was limited for Friday's practice and remains questionable. Beasley was downgraded on Thursday but encouragingly practiced in full to close the week and will ultimately suit up against the Chiefs. Even if his full motion is limited, Beasley's availability is tremendous news. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:25 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (726th)
     
  • Mahomes cleared from protocol, will play Sunday
    Patrick Mahomes was cleared from the league's concussion protocol.

    Advice: As expected. Mahomes himself even said he'll "be able to go out there and be myself" on Sunday. Mahomes was never expected to miss the Conference Championship round, but the fact he's been cleared over 48 hours leading up to kick-off is terrific news. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:50 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (722nd)
     
  • Antonio Brown (knee) out for NFC Championship
    Antonio Brown (knee) has been ruled out for the NFC Championship against the Packers.

    Advice: Brown's knee injury kept him out of practice all week and will sideline him for the NFC title game. Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson will pick up Brown's targets, though neither projects for a high-volume role behind Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski. Brown should have a chance to return for the Super Bowl if the Bucs advance. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:25 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.84 (125th)
     
  • Steelers TE Vance McDonald retires from NFL
    Steelers TE Vance McDonald retired from the NFL after eight seasons.

    Advice: A 2013 second-round pick of the 49ers, McDonald spent the last four years with the Steelers, starting 47-of-53 games. The 30-year-old finishes with a career 181/2,036/15 line over 101 appearances. McDonald's retirement saves the Steelers $5.2 million in 2021 cap space. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:16 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.08 (283rd)
     
  • AJ Dillon (quad) limited at Thursday practice
    AJ Dillon (quad) was limited during Thursday's practice. 

    Advice: That makes two straight limited sessions for Dillon after he was forced from the Packers' Divisional Round victory over the Rams with the quad injury. He rushed six times for 27 yards before suffering the quad issue last week. Barring a Friday setback, the rookie should be in line to play this week against Tampa's league-best rush defense.  Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:22 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.20 (281st)
     
  • Gabriel Davis (ankle) misses another practice
    Gabriel Davis (ankle) did not practice Thursday. 

    Advice: Davis was seen hobbling during last week's game against the Ravens after suffering an ankle injury in the first quarter. A missed Thursday practice is hardly a good sign that Davis will be available for the AFC title game against the Chiefs this Sunday. Buffalo would likely use fewer four-receiver sets and Dawson Knox could see more run against KC if Davis is inactive.  Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:36 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.73 (164th)
     
  • Cole Beasley added back to injury report Thursday
    Cole Beasley was added to the Bills' injury report on Thursday, getting in a "limited" session with a knee issue.

    Advice: We would guess this is just maintenance after Beasley was absent from Wednesday's report, though it will be worth monitoring on Friday. Beasley has nowhere to go but up for Sunday's title tilt after being held to 0/0/0 in the Divisional Round. With Gabriel Davis (ankle) not practicing, Beasley's floor inches up a tad.  Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:36 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (726th)
     
  • Le'Veon added to injury report with swollen knee
    Le'Veon Bell was held out of Thursday's practice after experiencing swelling in his knee. 

    Advice: Bell was absent from Wednesday's injury report, but that is when the swelling began. He is now on the wrong side of questionable for Sunday's AFC title tilt with the Bills, but even if Bell was healthy, he was going to have a small role. That is even if Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip) remains sidelined. Regardless of what happens going forward this week, Bell cannot be trusted in DFS.  Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:43 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.10 (221st)
     
  • Patrick Mahomes (concussion) limited at practice
    Patrick Mahomes (concussion) was limited during Thursday's practice. 

    Advice: Mahomes, who remains in the league's concussion protocol after suffering a brain injury last week against the Browns, "took all the reps" in Wednesday's practice, per head coach Andy Reid. Mahomes took the majority of the practice snaps on Thursday. Mahomes is on track to suit up in the AFC Championship Game against the Bills this Sunday. "The Chiefs wouldn't be using all of this practice time on a QB who they didn't think was going to play," said ESPN's Adam Teicher, who covers the Chiefs.  Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:42 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (722nd)
     
  • Arians: Antonio Brown (knee) a game-time call
    Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said Antonio Brown (knee) will be a game-time decision against the Packers. 

    Advice: Arians said Brown -- who has not practiced this week after suffering the knee injury in the Divisional Round -- won't have to practice to suit up Sunday against Green Bay. "He's a veteran," Arians said. "He knows what he's doing." It's uncertain whether Brown would be limited against the Packers if he's able to play through the knee issue, making him a dicey DFS option at best. His absence would open up snaps and targets for Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson.  Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:21 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.84 (125th)
     
  • Antonio Brown (knee) DNP again on Thursday
    Antonio Brown (knee) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Brown wasn't available for the portion open to media — his second consecutive 'DNP' to start the week. His knee injury is reportedly "not serious," but even one limited session would be an encouraging development before Tampa Bay kicks off against the Packers Sunday. Friday's practice will be telling. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:30 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.84 (125th)
     
  • AJ Dillon (quad) limited at practice on Wednesday
    AJ Dillon (quad) was limited on Wednesday.

    Advice: Dillon was injured in the fourth quarter of the Divisional Round against the Rams, but he appears to be on track to play with Wednesday's limited session. The Packers used Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams relatively equally last week, while Dillon handled six carries as a distant third option. If the Bucs game is close, Dillon may only play a few offensive snaps. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:42 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.20 (281st)
     
  • Ronald Jones (quad) 'feeling better' this week
    Ronald Jones said he's "feeling better than last week."

    Advice: Jones played through a quad injury against the Saints but managed to dodge any setbacks. He was limited in practice on Wednesday and could threaten Leonard Fournette's role as the lead back on Sunday now that he's feeling better. Jones has primarily been limited to early downs this season, but coach Bruce Arians has been willing to ride the hot hand at times, too. Projecting this backfield is a challenge week-to-week. The injuries have only added to that. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:36 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.95 (48th)
     
  • Antonio Brown (knee) did not practice on Wednesday
    Antonio Brown (knee) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Brown needed an MRI on Monday but reportedly dodged a major injury. Obviously it's possible that the injury can be both non-serious and enough to sideline him for the NFC Championship Game. His practice reports on Thursday and Friday will tell the story. At this point, Brown's availability is up in the air. Scotty Miller would enter into three-receiver sets if Brown is ruled out. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:29 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.84 (125th)
     
  • Patrick Mahomes officially limited on Wednesday
    Patrick Mahomes (concussion) was limited in practice Wednesday.

    Advice: The Chiefs initially called him a full participant and coach Andy Reid even said Mahomes "took all the reps", but a player can't be listed as a full participant while in this stage of the NFL concussion protocol and this was more of a walkthrough than actual practice. It's all semantics really. Ultimately, Mahomes is on track to start the AFC Championship but could need until Friday or Saturday to be officially cleared. In addition to his concussion (or neck injury), Mahomes is dealing with a toe injury that limited his dual-threat abilities last weekend.  Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:13 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (722nd)
     
  • Cole Beasley (knee) absent from injury report
    Cole Beasley is absent from the Bills' injury report for the AFC Championship Game.

    Advice: Beasley had a doughnut against the Ravens, but it wasn't because he suffered a setback with his knee. For Sunday's title bout, Beasley will be rematching with a Chiefs defense that held him to 4/45/1 in a windswept Week 6 loss. With Gabriel Davis (ankle) not practicing, another Beasley zero isn't going to be an option for a Bills team trying to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in almost 30 years.   Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:06 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (726th)
     
  • Sammy Watkins (calf) practices Wednesday
    Sammy Watkins (calf) practiced Wednesday.

    Advice: Watkins missed the Divisional Round win against the Browns, but this is an upgrade from his practice round of DNPs last week. Watkins appears to be headed in the right direction, but Thursday is the key day for him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:31 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (895th)
     
  • Edwards-Helaire practices Wednesday
    Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip) practiced Wednesday.

    Advice: Wednesday was a light day for the Chiefs, as coach Andy Reid noted Thursday is the big day for practice. Edwards-Helaire is trending in the right direction after initially getting hurt in Week 15. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:29 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1116th)
     
  • Mahomes still in protocol, took all the reps Wed.
    Coach Andy Reid said Patrick Mahomes (concussion) remains in the league's protocol but "took all the reps" at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Mahomes is going to play in the AFC Championship game. Look for the Chiefs to ramp him up as the week proceeds. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:27 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (722nd)
     
  • Patrick Mahomes gets in 'light practice' Wednesday
    Patrick Mahomes (concussion) will have a "light practice" Wednesday.

    Advice: Mahomes has "no symptoms" but remains in the concussion protocol. He'll likely be listed as limited or DNP. The Chiefs plan to ramp up Mahomes's reps later in the week. Mahomes is also dealing with a foot injury, but this puts him on track to start in the AFC Championship against the Bills. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (722nd)
     
  • Gabriel Davis (ankle) misses practice Wednesday
    Gabriel Davis (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Davis injured his ankle in the first quarter of Saturday's win over the Ravens. The missed practice puts his status for the AFC Championship game in question. The Bills would be forced to cut back on their four-wide sets if Davis can't get cleared. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:36 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.73 (164th)
     
  • Report: Too early to say Mahomes will start AFCCG
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports it is "too early to say that (Patrick Mahomes) will definitely will play" in the AFC Championship Game. 

    Advice: Schefter also confirms that Mahomes is dealing with a foot injury after he was limping around in the Divisional Round. The Chiefs have sent mixed messages on if they believe Mahomes was actually concussed against the Browns, but Schefter reports that is indeed the case. Per Schefter, Mahomes has already cleared some "big steps," but there are many more to go between now and Sunday. We know concussions are fickle, but it is a bit hard to believe Mahomes will not be out there against the Bills. Our first official update will come with Wednesday's injury report. Schefter reports Mahomes is expected to go tomorrow.  Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:13 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (722nd)
     
  • Antonio Brown's knee injury not serious
    Antonio Brown's knee injury is not considered serious and he'll prepare to play in the NFC Championship Game against the Packers. 

    Advice: Brown's Monday MRI on the injured knee -- which kept him sidelined for the second half last week against the Saints -- revealed no serious damage. While Brown's practice status will prove critical in the coming days, it appears he's likely to suit up for the NFC title game against Green Bay. Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller would have some fantasy relevance if Brown is sidelined.  Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:17 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.84 (125th)
     
  • Patrick Mahomes in NFL concussion protocol
    Patrick Mahomes is in the NFL's concussion protocol. 

    Advice: Mahomes left Sunday's Divisional Round victory in the second half and did not return after suffering the brain injury. "We'll follow that and see how he does the next couple of days," Andy Reid said Monday, a day after he said Mahomes was "doing great" in a generally optimistic statement on his star QB. If Mahomes can't clear the league's protocol this week, Chad Henne would start for KC in the AFC title game against Buffalo. Mahomes' practice participation will be worth watching throughout the week.  Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:00 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (722nd)
     
  • Antonio Brown undergoing MRI on injured knee
    Antonio Brown is undergoing an MRI on his injured knee. 

    Advice: Brown, who had one catch for 10 yards Sunday, was seen on the sideline in the second half of Tampa's Divisional Round win over the Saints after suffering the injury. His absence opened up playing time for Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller alongside Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. Brown's practice participation will be key in knowing whether the veteran will be available this week against the Packers.  Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:15 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.84 (125th)
     
  • Antonio Brown has 1-10 day, gets hurt in win
    Antonio Brown caught 1-of-3 targets for 10 yards in the Bucs' Divisional Round win over the Saints.

    Advice: Brown wasn't targeted in the second half as he stood on the sideline with what appeared to be an injury. It was Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson soaking up snaps behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Brown will have the week to get ready for next Sunday's NFC title game against the Packers. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:49 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.84 (125th)
     
  • Ronald Jones gets 13 carries in Bucs' win over NO
    Ronald Jones rushed 13 times for 62 yards in the Bucs' Divisional Round win over the Saints.

    Advice: He failed to catch his lone target in the passing game and was out-touched 22-13 by Leonard Fournette, who piled up 107 yards and one touchdown. Jones played through a quad issue that was noticeably bothering him on a long run that was eventually called back on a penalty. He'll get another week to rest his leg ahead of the NFC title date with the Packers at Lambeau. The cold weather won't be friendly to Jones' quad. Look for Fournette to again pace the Bucs backfield in that one. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:34 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.95 (48th)
     
  • Le'Veon handles only two touches in CEH's absence
    Le'Veon Bell rushed two times for six yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round win over the Browns. 

    Advice: Bell was held without a catch in the passing game. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip) inactive, but Bell still got out-touched 17-2 by Darrel Williams, who has lapped him on the depth chart. Even if CEH remains sidelined for the AFC Championship Game against the Bills, Bell will be a doughnut waiting to happen in DFS.  Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:02 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.10 (221st)
     
  • Reid projects optimistic tone on Mahomes' status
    Speaking following the Chiefs' Divisional Round win over the Browns, coach Andy Reid projected optimism on Patrick Mahomes' (concussion) status for the AFC Championship Game. 

    Advice: “He got hit in the back of the head. He’s doing great right now," Reid said. "So that’s a positive. He passed all of the deals he had to pass.” That's not how a doctor would put it, but Mahomes was already tweeting following the Chiefs' nail-biting hold on their home field. Mahomes does not have a history of concussions, at least at the professional level. It sounds like he will be out there against the Bills next Sunday, but he has a number of non-negotiable hurdles he must clear first.  Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:38 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (722nd)
     
  • Report: Easterby firing wouldn't placate Watson
    ESPN reports not even firing executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby would change Deshaun Watson's mind about wanting out of Houston. 

    Advice: "(Owner) Cal McNair would have to fire Cal McNair," were the words of a source close to Watson. ESPN also reports the Texans have "had internal conversations about possible trade partners and what their quarterback position would look like in the future without Watson." It is looking more and more like this train has left the station. The Texans hold nearly all the leverage — NFL teams always do with their players — but unless the Texans are willing to play hardball to a degree probably not seen since Carson Palmer's situation in Cincinnati, this is going to end with Watson playing somewhere else in 2021. Sporting a no-trade clause, Watson will hold most of the cards if and when the sides decide to officially pursue a trade.  Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:22 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    24.12 (2nd)
     
  • Ronald Jones (quad) officially active vs. Saints
    Ronald Jones (quad) is active for the Divisional Round against the Saints. 

    Advice: Jones is also dealing with a finger injury. Even with Jones active, Leonard Fournette will at least begin the afternoon as the lead back after turning in one of his best performances in a Bucs uniform in the Wild Card Round. Jones offers unknown upside in DFS, but zero-point downside. Inactive for the Bucs are TE Antony Auclair, QB Ryan Griffin, S Javon Hagan, DL Jeremiah Ledbetter, RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn, OG Earl Watford and WR Justin Watson.  Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:14 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.95 (48th)
     
  • 'Growing sentiment' that Watson is done in Houston
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there is a "growing sentiment" that Texans QB "Deshaun Watson has played his last snap for the team."

    Advice: This comes off the heels of previous reports that Watson is furious with his team's handling of their GM and HC vacancies. Watson was rumored to be displeased with the trading WR DeAndre Hopkins and now an offseason of organizational moves without consulting their star passer has Watson at a 10. A trade to a team with significant draft capital is firmly in play. Both the Jets and Dolphins have a top-five selection this year plus a second pick in the first round. Miami sticks out as a front-runner for now. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:46 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    24.12 (2nd)
     
  • CEH and Watkins out for KC
    Chiefs declared WR Sammy Watkins, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, CB Rashad Fenton, LB Willie Gay, OT Martinas, Rankin DE, Tim Ward, and DT Khalen Saunders inactive for the Divisional Round against the Browns.

    Advice: The Chiefs listed OL Mike Remmers (illness) as questionable for this game just a few hours before kickoff but he appears to be active. With Sammy Watkins and CEH out, expect the Chiefs' skill position depth to be tested. Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson will split the No. 2 receiver role. Darrel Williams and Le'Veon Bell should both get work in the backfield with CEH out. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:38 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1116th)
     
  • CEH (hip/ankle) will not play in Divisional Round
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip, ankle) will not play in the Divisional Round against the Browns.

    Advice: That leaves Le'Veon Bell and Darrel Williams to split Edwards-Helaire's role. Bell would be the assumed starter but Darrel Williams out-carried him 10-7 and out-targeted him 6-3 in the Chiefs' final meaningful regular season game. Both players are risky DFS options for the Divisional Round. Schefter added that Edwards-Helaire "very close to returning and if KC wins today, should be back for AFC Championship Game." Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:23 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1116th)
     
  • CEH (ankle/hip) facing an "uphill battle" to play
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip) "has an uphill battle" to play in the Divisional Round against the Browns.

    Advice: One would assume that Le'Veon Bell would be in line to take the bulk of CEH's workload on but Week 16 muddies the waters a bit. Darrel Williams out-carried Bell 10-7 and out-targeted him 6-3 in the Chiefs' final meaningful regular season game. Whoever gets the majority of the backfield touches for an offense as potent as Kansas City's is going to be valuable. Knowing which back that will be before kickoff may be impossible.  Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:32 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1116th)
     
  • Gabriel Davis catches 0-of-4 targets vs. Ravens
    Gabriel Davis failed to catch any of his four targets in the Bills' Divisional Round win over the Ravens.

    Advice: Davis had a drop in a contested-catch situation in the red zone. On that play, Davis' leg was landed on and he ended up limping away. He seemed to be affected by the minor injury for the rest of the contest, which partially explains his goose egg stat line. The Bills are likely to use four-receiver sets again in the AFC Conference game against the Chiefs or Browns. Davis will be big-play dependent then. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:32 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.73 (164th)
     
  • Cole Beasley takes a backseat (0 catches) vs. BAL
    Cole Beasley didn't catch either of his two targets in the Bills' Divisional Round win over the Ravens.

    Advice: Beasley was matched up with Marlon Humphrey for a chunk of the night and didn't look as shifty as normal. He was limited in practice all week and appears to be at less than full health. Another week away from his late-season injury should improve his odds of producing in the AFC Championship. The Bills will face the Chiefs or Browns next week. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (726th)
     
  • Dillon gets six carries, fumbles in Divisional win
    A.J. Dillon rushed six times for 27 yards in the Packers' Divisional Round win against the Rams.

    Advice: Dillon was surprisingly involved for 6-of-33 backfield touches after handling just one carry in Green Bay's must-win Week 17 game against the Bears. He also suffered a potential injury in the final quarter, coming up limp after fumbling the ball (which Aaron Rodgers promptly recovered) before Rodgers iced the game with a 58-yard touchdown to Allen Lazard. Given that near-catastrophic event, Dillon could potentially remain glued to the bench in the Conference Championship round. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:41 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.20 (281st)
     
  • Report: Deshaun Watson 'wants out' of Houston
    A source close to Deshaun Watson told SI.com that Watson "just wants out” of the Texans. 

    Advice: This comes after Watson tweeted his frustrations with the Texans' front office. Watson has a fractured relationship with EVP Jack Easterby and reportedly considers owner Cal McNair’s remarks regarding their relationship "patronizing." The Texans didn't consult Watson before hiring GM Nick Caserio and failed to interview Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy, who Watson recommended, during the Wild Card round. The Texans may have to pick between keeping Watson and firing Easterby this offseason. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:46 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    24.12 (2nd)
     
  • Deshaun Watson: 'I was on 2 then I took it to 10'
    Breaking his Twitter silence Friday, Deshaun Watson tweeted, "I was on 2 then I took it to 10."

    Advice: It was Watson's first tweet of the new year, and one would have to assume it's referring to his frustration level in Houston. Watson was reportedly extremely irked at the Texans' process that led the team to hire Patriots exec Nick Caserio as its new GM. Watson was kept out of the loop in that hiring, and the Texans have been trying to perform damage control ever since, with CEO Cal McNair stating he wants Watson's input on the new head coach. It may be too little, too late in Watson's eyes. He's also said to be frustrated with the team's insensitivity to social justice. Former owner Bob McNair, who has since passed, was in hot water with racist comments a few years back. Watson could look to force his way out of town this offseason, but we would think there's long way to go until we get to that point. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:51 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    24.12 (2nd)
     
  • Edwards-Helaire (hip) to be game-time call vs. CLE
    Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip) is questionable for the Divisional Round against the Browns.

    Advice: CEH got in some practice reps this week, and coach Andy Reid said the Chiefs will take this thing up to game time to decide if the rookie back is ready to return after getting hurt in Week 15. He's had three weeks of rest, but the injury looked significant at the time, so it's no surprise Edwards-Helaire is still fighting it. If he sits, Le'Veon Bell and Darrel Williams will split duties. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:36 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1116th)
     
  • Sammy Watkins (calf) out for Divisional Round game
    Sammy Watkins (calf) is out for the Divisional Round against the Browns.

    Advice: Watkins was injured in the Week 16 win, and the two weeks off still wasn't enough to get him ready. He didn't practice at all this week. It'll be Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, and Byron Pringle soaking up snaps behind Tyreek Hill. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:35 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (895th)
     
  • Ronald Jones game-day decision, Fournette to start
    Bucs coach Bruce Arians said Ronald Jones (quad) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's Divisional Round matchup with the Saints.

    Advice: Jones looked better at Friday's practice, but his status for Sunday's game is still up in the air. Even if he gets cleared, Leonard Fournette will start after rushing for 93 yards and a touchdown last week. Fournette's hot hand makes him the touch-favorite if both are active. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:37 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.95 (48th)
     
  • Cole Beasley (knee) removed from injury report.
    Cole Beasley (knee) was removed from Buffalo's injury report. 

    Advice: Beasley was limited at Thursday's practice, and will play this weekend against Baltimore. Beasley played a full complement of snaps last week after being limited in practice leading up to Buffalo's Wild Card victory over the Colts, catching seven balls for 57 yards. Slot receivers have had some success against the Ravens' secondary this season, making Beasley an intriguing DFS option.  Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:17 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (726th)
     
  • Sammy Watkins (calf) doesn't practice Thursday
    Sammy Watkins (calf) did not practice Thursday. 

    Advice: Watkins' status for the Chiefs' Divisional Round clash with the Browns is looking bleaker every day. He suffered the calf injury and was rested -- along with most KC starters -- in Week 17. Without a limited practice on Friday, Watkins will be hard pressed to suit up against Cleveland. That would open up snaps and targets for Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman. Robinson averaged five targets in games where Watkins was sidelined while Hardman averaged 3.17 targets.  Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:58 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (895th)
     
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire downgraded to 'DNP' Thursday
    Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip) was downgraded to "DNP" on Thursday. 

    Advice: CEH was limited on Wednesday coming off the Chiefs' bye week. It's possible this is part of a pre-planned routine to manage CEH's reps, but it's still a bad sign for a player who went down in Week 15. Edwards-Helaire should now be considered on the wrong side of questionable for Sunday's Divisional Round showdown with the Browns. His absence would leave Le'Veon Bell and Darrel Williams to sort out touches in the Chiefs' backfield. The last time things mattered for the Chiefs in Week 16, coach Andy Reid featured Williams over Bell.  Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:52 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1116th)
     
  • Ronald Jones (quad) returns to practice Thursday
    Ronald Jones (quad) returned to practice Thursday.

    Advice: It's unclear early in the session if Jones was limited or practiced in full, but Tampa Bay's official injury report will clear that up Thursday afternoon. Jones also still had a brace on his thumb while carrying the ball. If available for the team's upcoming game against the Saints, Jones would likely return to his primary role ahead of Leonard Fournette. The latter would continue handling the lion's share of touches if Jones is ruled out. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:32 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.95 (48th)
     
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