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  • Steelers sign Karlos Williams to future deal
    Steelers signed Karlos Williams to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: Williams still has four games left on a 10-game suspension for substance abuse he picked up in late November, but he will get a shot to earn a roster spot during the offseason program. That shot will depend on his ability to stay in shape, which is one of many factors which derailed his career in the last year. Pittsburgh also signed RB Dreamius Smith, RB Gus Johnson, RB Brandon Brown-Dukes, DB Brandon Dixon, OT Matt Feiler, DB Jacob Hagen, DB Mike Hilton, OT Keavon Milton, WR Dez Stewart, and WR Marcus Tucker to reserve/future deals. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:58 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1130th)
     
  • Carroll says concern over Prosise durability
    Coach Pete Carroll admitted there are concerns about C.J. Prosise's durability.

    Advice: "I can’t tell you that I'm not concerned about C.J.," Carroll said. "He had trouble through the offseason. He was unavailable to us throughout, and there was a groin and a hammy and a wrist and the scapula thing he had. He has to show it." Durability concerns are probably the one thing that could hold Prosise back from being an every-down player, limiting him to 12-15 touches. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:03 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (587th)
     
  • D-Will logs 21 touches in loss to New England
    DeAngelo Williams contributed 34 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries while absorbing all seven of his targets for 51 yards Sunday in the Steelers' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: Williams took over as the lead back after Le’Veon Bell went down with a groin injury late in the first quarter. D-Will offered a handful of nice runs including a five-yard touchdown dash in the second quarter, but was mostly bottled up against a stout Patriots’ run defense. He fell flat in the second half, recording just 10 yards on six carries after halftime. Williams made up for his lack of rushing success by playing an important role in the passing game, though none of it was enough to top a New England team that came ready to play on Sunday. It’s unclear what the future holds for Williams. He’s the oldest back in the NFL at age 33, but showed he still has something left in the tank by rushing for 258 yards during Bell’s three-game suspension earlier this season. The impending free agent may have one year left in him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:18 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    14.45 (38th)
     
  • Groin injury limits Bell to 11 snaps in AFCCG
    Le'Veon Bell rushed six times for 20 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game Sunday in the Steelers' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

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

    Advice: Lewis emerged as New England’s clear lead back last week but played fewer snaps than both LeGarrette Blount and James White Sunday against Pittsburgh. New England’s run game was nonexistent until the second half and at that point the Patriots mostly leaned on Blount to kill clock. No team is more game-plan-dependent than the shape-shifter Patriots. We’ll see what they cook up against Atlanta in Super Bowl LI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:23 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.17 (82nd)
     
  • James White held to four touches in AFCCG
    James White carried the ball once for no gain while catching three-of-four targets for eight yards Sunday in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Steelers.

    Advice: During the regular season, White finished third among running backs in both catches (60) and receiving yards (551). However, he’s had a hard time carving a role for himself since Dion Lewis returned from knee surgery. He only played two fewer snaps than LeGarrette Blount on Sunday but was out-touched 17-4. At the very least, White will mix in on passing downs when he suits up against the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:20 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.56 (219th)
     
  • Blount scores as Pats advance to Super Bowl
    LeGarrette Blount rushed 16 times for 47 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for eight yards Sunday in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Steelers.

    Advice: Blount has spent the past month playing second fiddle to Dion Lewis but that changed on Sunday as he led the backfield with 17 touches. He was mostly held in check but did break out for a big run in the second half. Blount carried a host of defenders on his back en route to a highlight-reel 18-yard scramble in the third quarter. He plunged ahead for a one-yard touchdown on the following play. New England’s running game comes and goes but when they’re committed to it, the 250-pound Blount is always tough to bring down. Blount and the Patriots are headed to Super Bowl LI, where they will take on the Falcons at NRG Stadium in Houston two weeks from today. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:56 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.58 (95th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 4:07 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.68 (348th)
     
  • Christine Michael has lousy NFCCG
    Christine Michael rushed six times for 11 yards in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: He "added" a three-yard catch. Michael reminded of why he's been cut so many times, giving back yards he had already gained. Now 26, Michael has all the raw ability in the world, but little clue of how to actually play football. An impending free agent, Michael will be up against it to make someone's 53-man roster next summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:05 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.48 (271st)
     
  • Tevin Coleman totals 64 yards in NFCCG
    Tevin Coleman rushed 11 times for 29 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers, adding three catches for 35 additional yards.

    Advice: It was business as usual in the Falcons' backfield, with Coleman operating as the 1B to Devonta Freeman's 1A. Coleman's big-play ability will be a potential X-factor in a Super Bowl 51 matchup with either New England or Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:48 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.85 (207th)
     
  • Devonta Freeman totals 84 yards, TD vs. Pack
    Devonta Freeman rushed 14 times for 42 yards in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game win over the Packers, adding four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

    Advice: It was a typical day at the office for Freeman, who split work with Tevin Coleman and looked better than his relatively modest stats. Freeman slashes and burns like few backs in the NFL. He will be a Super Bowl 51 handful for either the Patriots or Steelers, who won't have the luxury of keying in on Freeman and Coleman thanks to the Falcons' electric passing attack. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:42 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    14.23 (39th)
     
  • Ty Montgomery suffers rib injury in NFCCG
    Packers RB Ty Montgomery rushed three times for 17 yards in the Pack's NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons before departing with a rib injury.

    Advice: One of 2016’s most interesting stories, Montgomery had a few huge games, but also struggled mightily for consistency. The Pack did not trust the converted wideout to handle big workloads, a decision he justified by frequently suffering in-game nicks and bruises. Montgomery also dealt with complications stemming from his sickle-cell trait. Montgomery proved he can be a unique weapon out of the backfield, but the Pack will probably view him as a committee member heading into the offseason. Montgomery’s 2017 fantasy value will take a huge hit if he loses his wide receiver eligibility. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:38 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    12.68 (53rd)
     
  • No big names in Falcons' NFCCG inactives
    Falcons declared RB Terron Ward, WR Nick Williams, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, S Dashon Goldson, LB Josh Keyes, OL Wes Schweitzer, and TE DJ Tialavea inactive for the NFC Championship Game against the Packers.

    Advice: There are no big names here for the relatively healthy Falcons. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.42 (397th)
     
  • Christine Michael (back) active for NFCCG
    Christine Michael (back) is active for the NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

    Advice: Michael was added to the injury report with a back issue on Saturday, but he finished off his pre-game warm-up with a backflip, indicating he is just fine. Michael played limited snaps and did not touch the ball last week, however, so betting on him in DFS is a risky proposition. Green Bay declared James Starks (concussion), QB Joe Callahan, WR Max McCaffrey, CB Herb Waters, FB Joe Kerridge, OT Kyle Murphy, and DT Christian Ringo inactive. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.48 (271st)
     
  • Christine Michael added to injury report
    Packers added Christine Michael to the injury report as questionable with a back injury.

    Advice: The timing suggests he suffered the injury late in the week. Michael did not touch the ball in limited snaps last week against Dallas, but his absence would still be a blow to an already banged-up offense. Ty Montgomery should dominate the backfield touches against the Falcons. Daily Slant: Montgomery had three total touches in the red zone and scored two touchdowns inside the 3-yard line against Dallas, which is an encouraging sign that he’ll continue to get the RB work in scoring position. TyMont has also become increasingly involved in the passing game - he caught six of seven targets for 34 yards last week - and Atlanta struggles to defend receiving RBs. They've allowed the most receptions (6.59), 2nd-most receiving yards (52.76), and 2nd-most receiving touchdowns (0.35) per game to the position. Montgomery is in a great spot, especially for full PPR scoring. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:33 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.48 (271st)
     
  • Report: Rob Kelley underwent knee surgery
    Scout.com's Ben Standig reports Rob Kelley underwent surgery on his right knee following Washington's season-ending loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Kelley suffered the injury in Week 16, played with a brace against the Giants, and had the knee operated on shortly after the loss. A source told Standig the surgery was "relatively minor" and "dealt with the meniscus." Kelley averaged just 3.33 yards per carry over the Redskins' final six games and showed next to no passing-game ability. He'll face competition for his starting job in 2017. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:51 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.50 (72nd)
     
  • Dwayne Washington 'still learning how to play'
    Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter said Dwayne Washington is "still learning how to play NFL football."

    Advice: It comes on the heels of an up-and-down rookie year for the seventh-round pick. "I think he would maybe like some of his runs back," said Cooter. Washington saw more snaps than expected with Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick on the shelf, but he was phased out down the stretch as the Lions went with Zach Zenner. Washington isn't a lock to keep his roster spot this summer. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:24 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.94 (264th)
     
  • Carroll: Prosise needs to be more durable
    Speaking at Monday's season-ending presser, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said C.J. Prosise will have to prove he can stay healthy as a sophomore.

    Advice: "He has to show it," Carroll said. The Seahawks' thin backfield badly needed Prosise's pass-catching ability as a rookie, but he was injured all season. He had a hamstring issue in camp, hand injury early in the year and shoulder ailment late. Prosise played 147 snaps across six appearances. The Notre Dame product turns 23 in May. Rotoworld.com Jan 16, 12:19 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (587th)
     
  • Bell runs for 170 yards in win over Chiefs
    Le'Veon Bell rushed 30 times for 170 yards in the Steelers' 18-16, Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

    Advice: Bell was the Steelers' main source of offense, though they weren't able to score a touchdown all night, settling instead for six Chris Boswell field goals to advance to the AFC Championship game. Bell showed his trademark patience in the backfield and had 101 rushing yards at halftime. He didn't do much in the fourth quarter with the Chiefs dominating time of possession on one of their two touchdown drives. Bell was also swallowed up on his two catches, totaling minus-four yards on five targets. Against New England in Week 7, Bell rushed 21 times for 81 yards and caught 10 balls for an additional 68 yards. He's a virtual lock to total 100 yards. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 8:43 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (901st)
     
  • Montgomery paces GB with 2 TDs in upset win
    Ty Montgomery rushed 11 times for 47 yards and two touchdowns while hauling in six-of-seven targets for 34 yards Sunday in the Packers' Divisional Round win over the Cowboys.

    Advice: Montgomery didn’t rush for a ton of yards but he made good on both of his goal-line opportunities and kept the chains moving by snagging everything Aaron Rodgers threw at him. He came up huge on the Packers’ final drive with a 17-yard gain off a screen from Rodgers, astutely stepping out of bounds to stop the clock with 30 seconds remaining. Montgomery is never going to be a workhorse in the mold of a Zeke Elliott or Adrian Peterson but his all-purpose role serves the Packers well. He’ll be asked to lead the backfield again in next week’s NFC title game in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 5:32 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    12.68 (53rd)
     
  • Blount held to 27 snaps in Divisional Round
    LeGarrette Blount played 27 of the Patriots' 69 offensive snaps in Saturday's Divisional Round win over the Texans.

    Advice: Dion Lewis led the backfield with 33 offensive snaps. Blount's workload is somewhat deceiving as a handful of his snaps came in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand. Already a non-factor on passing downs, Blount keeps falling further behind Lewis, even losing goal-line work on Saturday. We'd expect Lewis to operate as the lead back once again in next week's AFC Championship Game against Kansas City or Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 9:02 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.58 (95th)
     
  • James White catches 19-yard TD pass
    James White caught his lone target for a 19-yard touchdown in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Texans.

    Advice: Working as the Patriots’ clear No. 3 back in this game, White logged only three first-half snaps and zero touches behind Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount. White’s only touch occurred on a third-quarter wheel route, beating Texans ILB Bernardrick McKinney for a 19-yard score. The odd man out in New England's backfield, White now looks to be buried behind Lewis (15 touches) and Blount (8). Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 9:17 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.56 (219th)
     
  • Blount takes backseat to Lewis in Div. Round
    LeGarrette Blount managed 31 yards on eight carries in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Texans.

    Advice: After Blount missed two practices this week due to an illness, Dion Lewis got the start and stole the show with three touchdowns, operating as the Patriots' feature back on 15 touches to Blount's eight. Blount got a goal-line carry late in the first half, but he was stuffed and forced the Pats to settle for a field goal. Blount’s best run came in fourth-quarter clock-killing mode, stumbling into an 18-yard gain. Lewis looks poised to operate as the Patriots' lead back in the AFC Championship Game. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 8:40 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.58 (95th)
     
  • Dion Lewis breaks out for 3 TDs as Pats roll
    Dion Lewis rushed 13 times for 41 yards and a touchdown, caught 2-of-7 targets for 23 yards and a touchdown, and returned a kickoff 98 yards for a third score as the Patriots downed the Texans 34-16 in Saturday's Divisional Round game.

    Advice: The focal point of New England’s game plan, Lewis logged feature back usage while LeGarrette Blount was mostly limited to clock-killing work. Lewis capped the Patriots’ second drive with a 13-yard touchdown catch, easily beating Texans ILB Bernardrick McKinney in coverage. Lewis house called a 98-yard kick return on New England’s very next possession, and scored on a fourth-quarter goal-line carry, staying in over Blount because the Pats were in a hurry-up look. Lewis did fumble twice, once on a kick return that resulted in a Texans touchdown and again in the fourth quarter, though it was luckily recovered by the Pats. Still, this was the kind of dynamic performance we’ve long awaited from all-purpose playmaker Lewis. Expect Lewis to remain New England’s feature back in the AFC Championship Game. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 8:27 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.17 (82nd)
     
  • Tevin Coleman totals 79 yards, TD vs. 'Hawks
    Tevin Coleman rushed 11 times for 57 yards in the Falcons' Divisional Round win over the Seahawks, adding three catches for 22 yards and a touchdown.

    Advice: Coleman did his thing against the 'Hawks, averaging 5.2 yards per carry as Atlanta advanced to the NFC Championship Game. The huge-play threat will enter next Sunday's title tilt with 12 touchdowns in 14 games this season. The owner of a surprisingly high floor in DFS, Coleman offers plenty of ceiling. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 5:39 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.85 (207th)
     
  • Devonta Freeman totals 125 yards vs. 'Hawks
    Devonta Freeman rushed 14 times for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Divisional Round win over the Seahawks, adding four receptions for 80 additional yards.

    Advice: Freeman got out-rushed by Tevin Coleman, but was an integral part of the Falcons advancing to the NFC Championship Game. Freeman shakes and bakes like few players in the NFL, and is tough as nails for a back standing in at 5-foot-8. He'll be heavily involved as the Falcons seek their first Super Bowl appearance since the '90s. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 5:35 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    14.23 (39th)
     
  • C.J. Prosise (shoulder) officially inactive
    C.J. Prosise (shoulder) is inactive for Saturday's Divisional Round game.

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

    Advice: Prosise got in two full practices this week but isn't ready to return. Seattle expects to have him for the NFC Championship if they advance. Thomas Rawls will continue to dominate touches after getting 27 carries last week. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 11:07 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (587th)
     
  • 'Count on' Dion Lewis leading the backfield?
    Ben Volin of the Boston Globe "would count on" Dion Lewis leading the Patriots' backfield Saturday against the Texans.

    Advice: The tweet was in response to another by MassLive's Kevin Duffy, who noted Lewis has just one fewer touch than LeGarrette Blount in the last three games. With the Patriots entering as big favorites, Saturday's game sets up for Blount to see a ton of touches in the second half, but it would not be surprising in the least if Lewis plays a key role in establishing a big lead early. Lewis is a great DFS value this week, especially at full-PPR sites. Daily Slant: There’s been plenty of speculation that New England’s plan has been to save Lewis for the playoffs. They’ve increased his touch count from 7.8 per game in his first four to 16.7 over the final three. He’s already cut into Blount’s carries and may finally take over receiving work from James White. He’s had nine red zone touches in the past two games and has a legitimate shot to score today. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 10:02 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.17 (82nd)
     
  • LeGarrette Blount (illness) taken off injury report
    LeGarrette Blount (illness) is not listed on the Patriots' final injury report for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Texans.

    Advice: An illness prevented Blount from practicing on Wednesday and Thursday but he was never in danger of missing Saturday's Divisional Round game. Blount rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns when he faced the Texans in Week 3. He's been losing carries to Dion Lewis recently, though Blount still gets all of New England's goal-line work. Daily Slant: Houston has been great against the run over their past four games, holding opposing RBs to 68 RuYds/Gm (5th best) while allowing the 3rd fewest FPPG to the position over that span. Blount's missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday shouldn't hurt, but Dion Lewis' presence may. Lewis actually had 33 first half touches over the last three games compared to 20 for Blount, so there is merit in GPPs for swapping to Lewis as a lower-owned option. Blount still has multi-TD upside with NE instilled as a large favorite. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 1:20 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.58 (95th)
     
  • LeGarrette Blount (illness) returns Friday
    LeGarrette Blount (illness) took part in team meetings Friday.

    Advice: He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but Blount should be able to get up for Saturday night's Divisional Round game against the Texans. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 9:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.58 (95th)
     
  • C.J. Prosise listed questionable for Saturday
    C.J. Prosise (shoulder) is questionable for Week 19 against the Falcons.

    Advice: Coach Pete Carroll said on Thursday that he expects Prosise to be a game-time call Saturday afternoon after he got in a full practice. We'll see. Even if Prosise is active, Thomas Rawls should dominate the touches. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 9:11 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (587th)
     
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