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  • GM 'definitely' wants to re-sign Jack Doyle
    Colts GM Ryan Grigson said he "definitely" wants to re-sign impending free agent TE Jack Doyle.

    Advice: This, of course, assumes Grigson will still be the general manager, but it looks like he is safe at this point. Doyle had a breakout 2016, hauling in 59 passes for 584 yards and five touchdowns. All three numbers eclipsed his career totals entering the year. Doyle is not the type of dynamic receiving threat which commands big dollars on the open market, but he should be looking for more than the three-year, $13-million deal Brent Celek landed last January. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:01 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.01 (233rd)
     
  • 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
    6.89 (204th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Pats ink Housler to reserve/future contract
    Patriots signed TE Rob Housler to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: The ex-Cardinal has spent the past two years bouncing around the league, making zero appearances in 2016. Going on 29, Housler will be a long-shot to crack the Patriots' 53-man roster. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:15 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (503rd)
     
  • 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
    6.89 (204th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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
    6.89 (204th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Jaguars expected to cut FA bust Julius Thomas
    ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco expects Jacksonville to release Julius Thomas this offseason.

    Advice: Signed to a monster five-year, $46 million deal ahead of the 2015 season, Thomas has answered with 46-455-5 and 30-281-4 receiving lines in 2015 and 2016, respectively, while missing 11 games to injuries. He scored 24 touchdowns across his final two seasons in Denver, but the Jaguars failed to use him like the Broncos did as a field-stretcher down the seams. Thomas isn't going to make defenders miss on short passes; he's a run-straight athlete in the mold of Jared Cook who could benefit playing in an offense that better plays to his strengths. Releasing Thomas would save the Jaguars $4.7 million against the cap. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:01 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (522nd)
     
  • Ladarius Green not expected to play vs. Pats
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette doesn't expect Ladarius Green (concussion) to play Sunday against the Patriots.

    Advice: Bouchette is one of the most respected reporters of the last several decades and usually has a great read on all things involving the Steelers, which he sometimes divulges in a weekly fan Q & A. Asked about Green in this week's chat, Bouchette replied, "I don't think you will see him this Sunday. Not on the playing field anyway." Bouchette later said he doesn't expect Green to play at all this year. Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday that Green has yet to pass through concussion protocol. Look for Jesse James to start at tight end in Foxboro. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Tomlin: Ladarius Green still in protocol
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Ladarius Green remains in the concussion protocol.

    Advice: Green did not seem particularly close to playing in the Divisional Round, but Tomlin did say he has a chance. He will need to get in some practice reps early in the week to have any shot at returning. The Steelers could certainly use Green as they head to New England.Daily Slant: It's looking very much like we won't see Green again this postseason. His history with concussions was concerning before this season, and things haven't improved at all in his first year with the Steelers. Green was acting as the next-in-command to Antonio Brown among the receiving corps, and his presence would theoretically make it tougher for the Patriots to heavily attack Brown with double coverage. Jesse James would draw another start and while he's a good bet to play the large majority of the snaps, his volume is still concerning. You can do worse on a two-game slate if you're looking to punt the TE spot, however. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:17 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Jimmy Graham should be back in Seattle
    Coach Pete Carroll indicated Jimmy Graham will remain with the Seahawks next season.

    Advice: With Graham owed $10 million including a $2 million roster bonus due on March 11, there had been speculation the Seahawks would decide to move on, but that idea always seemed far fetched. It is more likely Seattle looks to extend the 30-year-old, who had a remarkable year coming off a torn patellar tendon and should only get better as he gets further removed from the injury. Graham will be back for what suddenly has the makings of a high-powered passing attack. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:00 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (166th)
     
  • Cowboys sign several to reserve/future deals
    Cowboys signed TE Connor Hamlett, CB Jeremiah McKinnon, CB Duke Thomas, LS Zach Wood, RB Rod Smith, DB Jameill Showers, CB Sammy Seamster, DE Lenny Jones, LB Jeremiah George, WR Shaq Evans, OG Kadeem Edwards, and OG Klay DeBord to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: They are mostly practice squad players. Hamlett is a former undrafted free agent out of Oregon State. He caught a 17-yard touchdown in Week 5 against the Patriots. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:47 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (481st)
     
  • Eric Ebron aiming for 1,000 yards in 2017
    Eric Ebron said his goal for 2017 is to stay healthy and reach 1,000 receiving yards.

    Advice: Ebron hasn't played all 16 games in a season since being drafted No. 10 overall in 2014. He missed three games this year with knee and ankle injuries and played hurt much of the first half of the season. Ebron still managed to set career-highs in catches (61) and yards (711) while cutting down on his drops. Only two tight ends managed 1,000 yards in 2016. Ebron can become a fantasy asset in 2017 if he stays healthy and gets more involved in the red zone. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:38 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.46 (120th)
     
  • Travis Kelce goes 5-77 in Divisional Round L
    Travis Kelce caught 5-of-7 targets for 77 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

    Advice: The Chiefs got Kelce the ball on a couple shovel passes, with one picking up a good chunk of yards but the other being stuffed for a minimal gain inside the 10-yard line. Kelce also had a horrible drop on deep ball down the middle in the third quarter and took out his frustration two plays later with a dumb personal foul penalty to make it 3rd-and-20. At the end of the day, Kelce's stat line was respectable and he had a great individual season, leading all tight ends with 1,125 yards and finishing one catch behind Dennis Pitta's 86 grabs for the position lead. Kelce scored just four touchdowns but clearly became the Chiefs' top pass-game option in his fourth pro season. Kelce is locked up through 2021 and just turned 27. He and Rob Gronkowski are fantasy's top two tight ends. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 9:14 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.58 (71st)
     
  • Jesse James piles up 83 yards in win over KC
    Jesse James caught 5-of-6 targets for 83 yards in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

    Advice: With Ladarius Green still out with a concussion, James was one of Ben Roethlisberger's favorite targets. A Chiefs defense that usually smothers tight ends bit on a few deceptive plays from the Steelers, leaving James wide open for a couple big gains down the middle of the field. The 83 yards were James' most in a game this season. Green could be back for next weekend. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 9:05 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.32 (301st)
     
  • Witten scores first postseason touchdown
    Jason Witten absorbed six-of-nine targets for 59 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers.

    Advice: Witten was the victim of an egregious missed call in the first half. Packers LB Joe Thomas clearly interfered with him on a throw to the end zone but the referees dismissed it as incidental contact. Witten made up for the missed opportunity by reeling in a six-yard touchdown strike from Dak Prescott early in the fourth quarter. It was Witten’s first touchdown in eight career postseason games. Witten, as many of you have no doubt discovered, isn’t the fleetest of foot. But he still has a great set of hands and should maintain his role as Prescott’s safety valve in 2017. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 7:01 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.27 (223rd)
     
  • 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
    5.66 (242nd)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Larry Donnell hoping to be back in New York
    Impending free agent Larry Donnell is hoping to be back with the Giants next season.

    Advice: "It would be an honor," said Donnell. "I started here. I'd love to finish here." Donnell played scarcely this year while falling behind Will Tye on the tight end depth chart. He didn't catch a pass after Week 7 and was only targeted once over his final eight games. The Giants seem likely to move on. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 7:26 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (738th)
     
  • 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
    6.89 (204th)
     
  • 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
    6.89 (204th)
     
  • Ryan Griffin goes catch-less against Pats
    Texans TE Ryan Griffin went catch-less on two targets in Saturday's Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: Despite an increased late-season role, Griffin was nowhere to be found in Saturday's loss as C.J. Fiedorowicz dominated the Texans’ tight end work against the Patriots. Griffin was overthrown on a late Brock Osweiler interception. An impending free agent, Griffin should draw significant interest after his 50-reception contract year. Griffin turned 27 this month and has emerged as a legitimate pass-catching threat. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 9:13 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.27 (281st)
     
  • Fiedorowicz manages 36 yards, scores TD
    C.J. Fiedorowicz caught 3-of-5 targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: Brock Osweiler targeted Fiedorowicz in the end zone late in the first quarter, but the pass was a bit too high and bounced off his fingertips. Fiedorowicz atoned with a second-quarter score on a backfield-misdirection play that froze the Patriots’ linebackers and sprung him wide open. Fiedorowicz dropped an easy third-quarter pass underneath, hearing the footsteps of Patriots LB Elandon Roberts. 25 years old, Fiedorowicz emerged as a valued possession target in the Texans' 2016 offense. He will stay on the late-round tight end radar in 2017 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 9:03 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.45 (186th)
     
  • Luke Willson catches 15 2016 passes
    Luke Willson wasn't target in the Seahawks' Divisional Round loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: Willson was evaluated for a concussion, but cleared. A decisive No. 2 behind Jimmy Graham this season, Willson caught 15 passes for 129 yards and two scores. Now 27, Willson is headed to free agency. He was an intriguing prospect in the 2013 Draft, but has given little reason to believe he'll ever develop into a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 6:05 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.13 (369th)
     
  • Jimmy Graham 18-of-18 on 2016-17 appearances
    Jimmy Graham caught 3-of-3 targets for 22 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' Divisional Round loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: Returning from a torn patellar tendon — arguably the worst lower-body injury a football player can suffer — Graham appeared in all 18 of the Seahawks' games, posting a 65/923/6 regular season line for his most yardage since 2013. Graham averaged a career-best 14.2 yards per catch, and was physically dominant on film. His stats trailed off after Tyler Lockett got cooking late in the year, but Graham had the looks of someone who will remain a potent weapon at age 31 in 2017. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 5:06 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.02 (166th)
     
  • Hooper (knee) all set for Divisional Round
    Austin Hooper (knee) is not listed on the Falcons' final injury report for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Seahawks.

    Advice: He's back after missing the previous three games with a sprained knee. Among rookie tight ends, only San Diego's Hunter Henry put up more receiving yards than Hooper this season. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 12:02 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (584th)
     
  • 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
    6.89 (204th)
     
  • Dolphins want TE Dion Sims back as starter?
    Impending free agent TE Dion Sims says he's been told by Dolphins coach Adam Gase that the team wants him back as a starter.

    Advice: "He told me he wants me back as a No. 1," Sims said. "I want to be back. I have obviously proven myself to be a starting tight end in the league and want to continue in that role. I’ve done some great things this year and improved a lot." We don't doubt what Sims was told, but Sims isn't suddenly going to be a big-time pass catcher. He has 74 grabs across 56 career games, and averaged a woeful 9.4 yards per catch. He's primarily a blocker. Tight end is a position of need for the Dolphins after Jordan Cameron busted in monumental fashion. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 3:23 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.48 (270th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Ladarius Green (concussion) not practicing
    Ladarius Green (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday.

    Advice: It's not a good sign after Green had a setback late last week. Green remains in the concussion protocol and will need to get cleared before Friday to have any chance of playing. Rotoworld.com Jan 11, 2:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Martellus Bennett removed from injury report
    Martellus Bennett (ankle) has been removed from the injury report.

    Advice: Bennett played through ankle/shoulder injuries for most of the second half. He's fully healthy coming off New England's first-round bye. Bennett is a solid DFS play against Houston. Rotoworld.com Jan 11, 1:39 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.89 (204th)
     
  • Austin Hooper back at practice Wednesday
    Austin Hooper (knee) is practicing on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hooper returned to practice last week from his MCL sprain, but the Falcons were on a bye and didn't need to submit an injury report. He's fully expected back for Saturday's game against the Seahawks after missing Weeks 15-17. Rotoworld.com Jan 11, 12:05 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (584th)
     
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