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  • Aaron Ripkowski has NFCCG to forget
    Packers FB Aaron Ripkowski rushed three times for 11 yards in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons, also losing a fumble.

    Advice: Ripkowski's giveaway was devastating, costing the Packers a potential touchdown and giving the Falcons a touchback. A 2015 sixth-rounder forced into far too big of a role this season, Ripkowski doesn't have a fantasy future. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:07 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.51 (337th)
     
  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 3:33 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • Davante Adams scores touchdown vs. Falcons
    Davante Adams caught 3-of-3 targets for 16 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: Labeled one of the worst "every-day," so to speak, players in football as he played through an ankle injury last season, Adams had a breakout 2016. His 12 touchdown receptions were tied for second in football, and tripled his previous career total of four. Adams spiked his yards per catch to 13.3 after entering 2016 with an ugly 10.5 mark. Per Pro Football Focus, 407 of Adams’ 997 yards came after first contact. If there was an issue, it was Adams’ hands, as he muffed nine passes. Still somehow only 24, Adams has earned Aaron Rodgers’ trust and will be a legitimate top-15 option for 2017 after finishing as the WR7 (seriously) this year. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:32 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • 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 Today, 3:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.22 (34th)
     
  • 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 Today, 3:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.09 (4th)
     
  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 2:13 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Report: Julio playing through 3 foot injuries
    FOX's Jay Glazer reports Julio Jones is playing through three separate foot injuries in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

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

    Advice: Michael was added to the injury report with a back issue on Saturday, but he finished off his pre-game warm-up with a backflip, indicating he is just fine. Michael played limited snaps and did not touch the ball last week, however, so betting on him in DFS is a risky proposition. Green Bay declared James Starks (concussion), QB Joe Callahan, WR Max McCaffrey, CB Herb Waters, FB Joe Kerridge, OT Kyle Murphy, and DT Christian Ringo inactive. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:44 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.21 (249th)
     
  • 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 Today, 10:44 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.22 (34th)
     
  • 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 Today, 10:37 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.22 (34th)
     
  • Davante Adams (ankle) is active for NFCCG
    Davante Adams (ankle) is active for the NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

    Advice: As are Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring). Adams did not practice at all this week and reportedly did not run any routes in the pre-game warm-up. With Nelson back, it is possible Adams is nothing more than an emergency option. He is a risky DFS bet, albeit one with a sky-high ceiling. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:37 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 7:40 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.50 (2nd)
     
  • Adams (ankle) expected to suit up Sunday
    Davante Adams (ankle, questionable) is expected to play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

    Advice: The Packers' receiving corps is pretty banged up but it looks like they'll have all their heavy hitters on hand for Sunday's NFC title game. That includes Adams, who went for 74 yards on 12 catches against Atlanta when he faced them in Week 8. It's fair to wonder how effective Adams will be after missing all three practices this week. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:16 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Yesterday, 10:33 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.21 (249th)
     
  • Amendola labeled questionable for Sunday
    Danny Amendola (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

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

    Advice: As expected, Adams was held out of practice all week. He is expected to participate in Saturday's walkthrough and play against Atlanta, but Adams is unlikely to be 100 percent. Green Bay's pass-catcher corps is in injury disarray. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:10 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Davante Adams won't guarantee he will play
    Davante Adams (ankle) won't guarantee his status for the NFC Championship Game.

    Advice: Adams says the issue isn't as debilitating as his 2015 ankle injury, but that he won't know his status until the weekend. Adams is expected to test his ankle on Saturday. He's yet to practice, and will be held out on Friday, as well. If Adams suits up against the Falcons, he'll almost certainly be on a snap count. With Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) also banged up, the Packers are going to need contributions from Randall Cobb, Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:51 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Pack: WRs only playing because it's playoffs
    Speaking Thursday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said injured receivers Davante Adams (ankle), Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) probably wouldn't play Sunday if it were the regular season.

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

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

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

    Advice: A high ankle sprain was at least partially to blame for Adams' disappointing sophomore campaign, from which he rebounded to rank second in the NFL in touchdown catches (12) this season behind only teammate Jordy Nelson (14). Per the Journal-Sentinel, Adams "is going to have to prove he can be an effective player in order to be cleared" for the NFC Championship Game. The Packers have ruled out Adams from this week's practices. He needs to practice on Saturday and look competent doing it in order to get the Week 20 green light. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:06 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Davante Adams (ankle) also DNP on Wednesday
    Davante Adams (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: "I'm curious to see him move," coach Mike McCarthy said. "I don't think he'll practice until Saturday." Adams hurt his ankle late in the Divisional Round win over the Cowboys and had to be helped to the sideline before returning. With Jordy Nelson (ribs) also sidelined, losing Adams would be a huge blow to Green Bay. If both sit, Randall Cobb, Geronimo Allison, Jeff Janis, Jared Cook, and Richard Rodgers would make up Aaron Rodgers' pass-game arsenal. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:49 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (108th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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 Jan 16, 9:14 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • Davante goes for 76 yards in win over Cowboys
    Davante Adams supplied five catches for 76 yard on 10 targets Sunday in the Packers' Divisional Round win over the Cowboys.

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

    Advice: Cobb was the hero in last week’s win over the Giants but took on more of a supporting role Sunday as the Packers survived a nail-biter in Dallas. He was still a big part of the Packers’ passing game but was out-targeted by both Jared Cook and Davante Adams. Cobb has a favorable matchup against the Falcons’ secondary next week but could take a backseat to Jordy Nelson, who is tentatively expected to return after missing Sunday’s game with broken ribs. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 6:33 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.27 (193rd)
     
  • Cook cruises to 104 yards in win over Dallas
    Jared Cook corralled six-of-11 targets for 104 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Packers' Divisional Round win over the Cowboys.

    Advice: Cook struggled in the first half, grabbing just two catches for 20 yards and failing to reel in his lone end-zone target. But Aaron Rodgers never lost faith in his tight end and Cook rewarded him with a second half for the ages. The Cowboys bit on play-action, leaving Cook all alone on his three-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. But Cook’s biggest contribution to this game was a magnificent 36-yard catch with three seconds left in the fourth quarter. Rodgers was falling backwards as he threw a missile down the left sideline that Cook caught to set up Mason Crosby's game-winning field goal. Thanks to Cook’s heroics, the Packers are headed to the NFC Championship for the second time in the last three seasons. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 5:35 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.37 (245th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Ladarius (concussion) doubtful for Sunday
    Ladarius Green (concussion) is doubtful for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs.

    Advice: Green is headed for his fourth straight absence. Jesse James played 44-of-57 offensive snaps in last week's Wild Card win over Miami. We'd expect him to see a similar workload Sunday at KC. Green remains week to week. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 10:36 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Dolphins will be lukewarm on Bennett as FA?
    The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins won't be "inclined to make a big offer" to Martellus Bennett in free agency.

    Advice: Wrapping up his first season with the Pats, Bennett is headed to free agency. He turns 30 in March. Bennett is looking like the top tight end available in a market also expected to include Vernon Davis, Jermaine Gresham and Jared Cook. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 3:28 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.25 (220th)
     
  • Ladarius (concussion) a long shot for Sunday
    Ladarius Green (concussion) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

    Advice: He's still in the league's protocol. Per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, it would be "shocking" were Green to play Sunday. He's going to miss his fourth straight game. Jesse James and Xavier Grimble will continue to pick up the scraps. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 12:38 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
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