• Derek Carr wants Gruden 'to be tough' on him
    Derek Carr said he wants new coach Jon Gruden "to be tough" on him.

    Advice: Gruden has said he will "demand more" from his quarterback moving forward, and it sounds like Carr is fine with that. "I hope that he demands of me. I hope he’s hard on me," Carr said. "Let’s go fix problems that I have and let’s do what I need to do to win championships." Carr has plenty of problems to fix coming off a down season, but he has shown in the past he can be a quality quarterback. His willingness to accept criticism and work with Gruden is a good sign he will get back to that level again. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:32 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.84 (18th)
     
  • Stephen Jones says Dez 'can be a distraction'
    Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said Dez Bryant's behavior on the sidelines "can be a distraction."

    Advice: In addition to his behavior, Jones questioned Bryant's fit with Dak Prescott and his place on the team. "The chemistry between Dak and Dez is different between Tony (Romo) and Dez. ... It hasn’t hit on all cylinders on how the connection works. It’s a work in progress," Jones said. "And we just have to really get our hands around, when you put all the full body of work together, where that's headed." Owed $12.5 million and coming off one of his least productive seasons, Dez was by no means a lock to return, but these comments make it seem like Dallas is seriously considering a divorce. Of course, Jones also might be trying to soften up Bryant before asking him to take a pay cut, an idea Dez shot down in December. Cutting Bryant would save the Cowboys $8.5 million against the cap but leave them with nothing resembling a No. 1 receiver. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:53 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.00 (99th)
     
  • Peter King: Watch for Raiders on Le'Veon Bell
    MMQB's Peter King expects impending free agent Le'Veon Bell to "go to the highest bidder" and names the Raiders as a team to "watch" for Bell.

    Advice: King doesn't do much reporting in terms of breaking news anymore, but he still has many connections throughout the league. The new staff in Oakland has been mum when it comes to Marshawn Lynch's future with the team, so Beast Mode could very well be one-and-done for his hometown Raiders. Oakland could use that money to go after a younger stallion like Bell, but he'll have no shortage of suitors should he reach the open market. It's going to be tough for the Steelers to use the franchise tag on Bell again this year since they have very little cap room at the moment. However, creating cap space is a relatively simple task. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:59 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (904th)
     
  • Blake Bortles prefers to stay in Jacksonville
    Blake Bortles said he'd be "thrilled" to return to the Jaguars next season.

    Advice: "I would be thrilled to be able to stay here and play here," said Bortles following Sunday's loss to New England in the AFC Championship Game. "Hopefully that can happen." Bortles was a serviceable game manager for Jacksonville this season but remains the weak link on a team with legitimate championship aspirations. Bortles' fifth-year option is only guaranteed for injury, so Jacksonville could conceivably move on from him without any cap consequences. Kirk Cousins and Alex Smith would be obvious replacements if the Jags decide to throw in the towel on Bortles this offseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:25 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.70 (28th)
     
  • Jaguars sign 10 players to future contracts
    Jaguars signed RB Brandon Wilds, WR Lamar Atkins, FB/DE Hunter Dimick, LB Brooks Ellis, OT Avery Gennesy, TE David Grinnage, S Charlie Miller, CB Sammy Seamster, WR Tevaun Smith and OT Brandon Thomas to reserve/future contracts.

    Advice: Most of those players were already on the Jags' practice quad. Wilds logged 10 carries for the Jets as a rookie in 2016 but didn't see the field this past season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:52 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (593rd)
     
  • Keenum unsure if he'll be back with Vikings
    Impending free agent Case Keenum said the Vikings have given no indication whether they'd be interested in re-signing him.

    Advice: Keenum thrived filling in for an injured Sam Bradford this year, even winning a playoff game in the process. While it's hard to envision the Vikings using the franchise tag on Keenum, it wouldn't be a surprise if they brought him back as a one or two-year stopgap before handing the reigns to a future franchise quarterback. Wherever he ends up, the 29-year-old (he turns 30 next month) should be in for a big raise after being one of the league's biggest bargains at $2 million in 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:55 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    23.43 (12th)
     
  • Jerick McKinnon wants to be a featured back
    Impending free agent Jerick McKinnon said he'd prefer to be a featured back.

    Advice: That makes a return to Minnesota unlikely as McKinnon would probably have to settle for a change-of-pace/passing-down role behind lead ball-carrier Dalvin Cook. McKinnon had his best year yet in 2017, setting career-highs in most categories including touchdowns (five) and yards from scrimmage (991). The Buccaneers, Giants, Jets, Lions and Raiders are all teams that could use help in the running game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:19 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.32 (139th)
     
  • Dalvin Cook (ACL) has resumed jogging
    Dalvin Cook (ACL) said he has resumed jogging.

    Advice: Cook does not have a timeline to resume football activities, but this update suggests he is right on schedule in his recovery. It is unlikely he gets in any work during OTAs, but he has a shot to be ready for training camp. Cook had 444 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in four games as a rookie. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (711th)
     
  • Bridgewater sees himself as a starter in 2018
    Teddy Bridgewater said he "definitely" sees himself as a starter in 2018.

    Advice: The Vikings have big decisions to make at quarterback with all three of Bridgewater, Case Keenum, and Sam Bradford headed to free agency. The best-case scenario for the Vikings would be to re-sign Bridgewater as a backup for either Keenum or Bradford, but it sounds like he wants a real shot at a No. 1 job. Of course, that opportunity may prove difficult to find considering he has attempted two passes since 2015 because of a serious knee injury. Bridgewater's market will be one of the more interesting to monitor this spring. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:15 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1031st)
     
  • Patriots 'optimistic' Gronk will be cleared
    The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reports the Patriots are "optimistic" Rob Gronkowski (concussion) will be cleared for the Super Bowl.

    Advice: Gronkowski suffered the concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Jaguars S Barry Church late in the first half of the AFC Championship Game win. With two weeks to gain clearance, it would be a surprise if he is not available for the Super Bowl, but clearing the protocol can be tricky. Gronkowski's health will be one of the major storylines over the next two weeks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.82 (75th)
     
  • Jamaal Williams looking to be more explosive
    Jamaal Williams said he will work on his explosiveness this offseason.

    Advice: Williams led the Packers with 556 rushing yards, but he averaged 3.6 yards per carry and had just six runs of 10 yards or more. "I’ve got to get my feet quicker and just get a little more speed happening and make sure that my knees are up," Williams said. "I’m just going to be working on my lateral movements, speed, make sure I get my knees up, make sure my lower body’s a lot stronger." With Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones returning from injury, Williams will have to improve to stay atop the depth chart. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:41 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.38 (84th)
     
  • Tom Brady will get stitches removed this week
    Tom Brady said he will get the stitches in his hand removed this week.

    Advice: The gash did not end up affecting his play in the AFC Championship Game, but it sounds like he narrowly missed suffering a serious injury. "I was fortunate not to tear any ligaments or anything like that," Brady said on the "Kirk and Callahan" radio show. "It turned out to be a lot good luck it wasn't more serious than it was." Brady should be 100 percent for the Super Bowl. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:02 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    29.23 (1st)
     
  • McKinnon totals 126 yards; up for free agency
    Jerick McKinnon rushed 10 times for 40 yards and caught 11-of-12 targets for 86 yards in the Vikings' NFC Championship game loss to the Eagles.

    Advice: As the Vikings fell out of this game early, McKinnon wound up with more volume than usual in catch-up mode, severely out-snapping interior grinder Latavius Murray. McKinnon’s 2017 emergence as a playmaking RBBC member helped keep Minnesota’s running game afloat following Dalvin Cook’s ACL tear, as McKinnon set career highs in rushing yards (570) and all receiving categories (51/421/8.3/2) in a timeshare with Murray. Now up for free agency, McKinnon should be a relatively hot commodity due to his all-purpose skill set. He turns 26 in May. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:09 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.32 (139th)
     
  • Keenum heads to FA after 3-turnover NFCCG
    Case Keenum completed 28-of-48 passes for 271 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Vikings' NFC title game loss to Philadelphia.

    Advice: Keenum opened the scoring with a first-drive 25-yard touchdown strike to Kyle Rudolph, which was of course followed by 38 unanswered Eagles points. When the game was still in doubt, Keenum’s biggest mistakes came on a first-quarter 50-yard pick six caused by DE Chris Long’s pass rush and a second-quarter lost fumble to set up Alshon Jeffery’s first TD. Keenum was still a steady hand this season, logging a 22:7 TD-to-INT ratio and completing 67.6% of his throws, assisted by elite receiver play and a high-percentage Pat Shurmur-coordinated offense. Shurmur is expected to be the next coach of the Giants, and 30-year-old Keenum is up for free agency. Despite his strong 2017, we’re not buying reports Keenum will get the franchise tag. With Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater’s deals also up, GM Rick Spielman has many tough decisions ahead. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:03 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    23.43 (12th)
     
  • T.J. Yeldon posts 31 yards vs. Patriots
    T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 25 yards in the Jaguars' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots, adding two receptions for six additional yards.

    Advice: The 2015 second-rounder established himself as Leonard Fournette's primary backup this season, handling the ball 79 times in 10 games. That included 30 receptions. Yeldon averaged 5.2 yards on his 49 carries, making him an effective change-of-pace and fill-in. Yeldon will try to show similarly well in the final year of his rookie contract before heading to free agency in 2019. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:37 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.98 (221st)
     
  • James White scores touchdowns vs. Jaguars
    James White rushed three times for four yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Jaguars, adding three receptions for 22 additional yards.

    Advice: Although he touched the ball only six times, White was a big part of the game plan with Rex Burkhead (knee) evidently still not quite right. Now White is returning to the Super Bowl, where he was last seen catching 14 passes. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:29 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1052nd)
     
  • Brandin Cooks has 100-yard day vs. Jags
    Brandin Cooks caught 6-of-8 targets for 100 yards in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game victory over the Jaguars.

    Advice: Cooks also drew 68 yards on pass interference penalties. The 100-yard game was just his third as a Pat. With Rob Gronkowski going down in the first half with a concussion, Cooks stepped up as the downfield threat the Pats desperately needed. Cooks will have a tough assignment whomever wins the NFC Championship Game, though Minnesota is a degree more daunting on the back end than Philadelphia. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:36 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    12.73 (67th)
     
  • Bortles, Jags narrowly miss AFCCG upset in NE
    Blake Bortles completed 23-of-36 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' 24-20, AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: Correctly viewed as the weak link of the Jags' roster, Bortles played one of his best games of the season when it mattered most. Managed and manipulated to near perfection by OC Nathaniel Hackett, Bortles stayed composed and aggressive for 60 minutes. Two of his best throws were lofted incompletions that narrowly missed. The loss was the Jags' first all season where Bortles didn't commit a turnover. Bortles was not the reason the Jags fell short in New England. Going on 26, Bortles is headed into the fifth and final "club option" year of his rookie contract. It's guaranteed for injury only. The Jags could move on without penalty. Improved quarterback play would have Jacksonville among the 2018-19 Super Bowl favorites. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:18 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.70 (28th)
     
  • Pats rally to reach eighth SB of Brady era
    Tom Brady completed 26-of-38 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 24-20, AFC Championship Game win over the Jaguars.

    Advice: Beset by a throwing hand injury, ongoing palace intrigue in New England, and the first half loss of Rob Gronkowski to a concussion, Brady and the Pats survived an early onslaught from the Jags' elite defense to rally from a 14-3 deficit and reach the eighth Super Bowl of the Bill Belichick era. Although occasionally skittish in the pocket, Brady mostly stood tall after the break, finding Danny Amendola for the game-winning touchdown with a beautiful throw to the back of the end zone with 2:48 remaining. Neither his hand nor age were an issue. Whoever New England faces in Super Bowl LII will present a defensive challenge just one step down from the Jags' league-best unit. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:08 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    29.23 (1st)
     
  • Rob Gronkowski (concussion) done for day
    Rob Gronkowski (concussion) has been ruled out for the remainder of the AFC Championship Game.

    Advice: The second documented concussion of Gronk's pro career could not have come at a worse time for the Patriots. Gronk had just one catch for 21 yards before going down late in the first half. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:18 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.82 (75th)
     
  • Gronkowski not back for start of second half
    Rob Gronkowski (head) was absent for the Patriots' opening drive of the second half in Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

    Advice: Woozy after taking a helmet-to-helmet from S Barry Church late in the first half, Gronk was labeled "questionable" at halftime. The fact he was absent for the Pats' first drive of the third quarter obviously bodes poorly. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:53 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.82 (75th)
     
  • Tom Brady (hand) officially active for AFCCG
    Tom Brady (hand) is active for the AFC Championship Game.

    Advice: There was never much doubt he would play, but it is now official. Brady reportedly threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice, and he was not wearing a glove on his throwing hand during pre-game warmups. Ultimately, Jacksonville's ability to get pressure, especially up the middle, will play a much larger role in Brady's success than this injury. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:36 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    29.23 (1st)
     
  • Rapoport: Vikings could franchise tag Keenum
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, there is a "possibility" the Vikings will use the franchise tag on Case Keenum.

    Advice: Minnesota has not negotiated "at all" with Keenum, which has surprisingly worked to his benefit as the quarterback's stock continues to rise. The Vikings haven't assigned the franchise tag since 2011, but if they decide to break that trend by using it on Keenum, the 29-year-old would earn a salary in the range of $23.6 million for 2018. That would be an enormous raise from Keenum's current $2 million salary. Even if it's not via the franchise tag, Rapoport expects Keenum to be back with the Vikings next season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    23.43 (12th)
     
  • Brady expected to wear glove on throwing hand
    According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Tom Brady will "probably" wear a glove on his injured right hand in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Jaguars.

    Advice: Multiple sources including ESPN's Dianna Russini have confirmed that Brady will start Sunday's AFC title game despite missing practice time with a cut that required four stitches. Some quarterbacks use gloves for a better grip—Teddy Bridgewater, Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner are notable examples—though Brady has never worn one on his throwing hand. Athletes are creatures of habit and any change to their routine is significant, though most reports suggest Brady looked like his normal self at practice on Friday and shouldn't be limited at all against Jacksonville. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:06 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    29.23 (1st)
     
  • Tom Brady's hand expected to be 'just fine'
    The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reports Tom Brady's injured right hand is expected to be "just fine" for Sunday's AFC Championship game.

    Advice: Various other reporters have echoed the same sentiment. It's believed Brady suffered a cut on his hand in Wednesday's practice significant enough that he required stitches, but Howe says TB12 underwent "thorough" treatment the rest of the week, allowing the hand to heal properly. Brady is still expected to sport a glove on the hand in an attempt to prevent any further injury, but he should be near 100 percent versus Jacksonville. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:32 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    29.23 (1st)
     
  • Le'Veon Bell was tardy before Div. Round loss
    Impending free agent Le'Veon Bell reportedly missed almost all of the Steelers' final walkthrough the day before last week's Divisional Round loss to the Jaguars.

    Advice: Additionally, coach Mike Tomlin has told players and coaches to arrive two hours before kickoff for games. Bell (and reportedly one coach) arrived to last Sunday's playoff loss "much later than that," even after skipping all but the final five minutes of Saturday's walkthrough. Bell is headed for intense contract negotiations, of course, and the Steelers have leaked negative info about players in similar situations before, most notably Antonio Brown. Whether it be from the Steelers or another team, Bell is going to get paid this offseason. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:53 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (904th)
     
  • Brady threw ball 'incredibly well' Friday
    Ian Rapoport reports Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice.

    Advice: After getting four stitches to his knuckle early in the week due to a collision with Rex Burkhead, Brady should be good to play against the Jaguars. Without any structural damage, his injury shouldn't impact his passing. Brady is a top-tier play despite the tough matchup against the Jaguars. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:09 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    29.23 (1st)
     
  • Brady listed questionable for AFC title game
    Tom Brady (hand) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville.

    Advice: Brady returned to a limited practice Friday. He needed four stitches to his knuckle after hitting a teammate's helmet on Wednesday but isn't dealing with any structural damage. Brady is fully expected to play through his questionable tag and his hand injury shouldn't impact his passing. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:53 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    29.23 (1st)
     
  • Report: Tom Brady's hand 'should be okay'
    A source told ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss that Tom Brady's injured hand "should be okay" for Sunday's AFC title game versus Jacksonville.

    Advice: It's believed Brady jammed his throwing hand when a teammate accidentally ran into him on the practice field. Reports indicate it was a minor injury, although Brady may sit out Thursday's practice as a precaution. Particularly after they traded Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, the Patriots badly need Brady under center. Their fallback option would be journeyman Brian Hoyer. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:36 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    29.23 (1st)
     
  • Brady injured during Wednesday's practice
    Updating an earlier report, Tom Brady hurt his right hand during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Brady jammed his hand after a teammate accidentally ran into him. Brady went for X-rays but was cleared of any structural damage. It's never good when a quarterback hurts his throwing hand, but we'd still expect Brady to be under center for Sunday's AFC Championship tilt versus Jacksonville. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:09 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    29.23 (1st)
     
  • Brady (hand) limited at Wednesday's practice
    Tom Brady (hand) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: The injury is to Brady's throwing hand. His presence at practice, albeit in a limited capacity, would suggest it's nothing serious. Brady was brilliant in the Divisional Round (337 yards, three touchdowns) but will face a much stiffer challenge against Jacksonville's league-best defense in Sunday's AFC title game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:30 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    29.23 (1st)
     
  • Bell 'definitely' wants to stay in Pittsburgh
    Le'Veon Bell said he "definitely" wants to re-sign with the Steelers.

    Advice: "I never want to leave this city, but obviously, circumstances and things like that," Bell cautioned. The running back has threatened to sit out or retire if the Steelers hit him with the franchise tag again -- he waited until September 4 to sign his tender last season -- but that appears to be where this situation is headed. The tag will be worth around $14.5 million for Bell. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 6:17 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (904th)
     
  • Jerick McKinnon scores in win over Saints
    Jerick McKinnon rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown on eight carries while adding three catches for six yards on four targets Sunday in the Vikings’ Divisional Round win over the Saints.

    Advice: McKinnon got the scoring started by punching in a 14-yard touchdown on the Vikings' opening drive. Riley Reiff absolutely leveled Marshon Lattimore on the play, allowing McKinnon to waltz into the end zone untouched. McKinnon was relatively quiet in the second half, gaining just nine yards on four carries after halftime. For the game, Latavius Murray out-touched him by a convincing 21-11 margin. A trip to the Super Bowl will be on the line next week when the Vikings travel to Philadelphia to face the top-seeded Eagles in the NFC title game. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 6:18 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.32 (139th)
     
  • Keenum hurls walk-off TD as Vikings advance
    Case Keenum completed 25-of-40 passes for 318 yards with one touchdown and one interception while rushing once for four yards Sunday in the Vikings’ Divisional Round win over the Saints.

    Advice: He was sacked twice for a loss of 10 yards. Sunday marked Keenum's first postseason start and it was a game he'll never forget. Keenum was held in check for much of the game and committed a costly interception in the third quarter on a pass that never should have been thrown. Facing pressure from Cam Jordan, Keenum lobbed up an awkward pass that was easily intercepted by Marcus Williams. Keenum redeemed himself in heroic fashion by uncorking a 61-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs on the final play of regulation as the Vikings walked off with a thrilling 29-24 victory. The Vikings are one win away from Super Bowl LII, which will be played on their home turf at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. To get there, they'll have to knock off the top-seeded Eagles in next week's NFC title game. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 5:17 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    23.43 (12th)
     
  • Yeldon excels as role player in win over PIT
    T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 57 yards in the Jaguars' Divisional Round win over the Steelers.

    Advice: The Jaguars gave Leonard Fournette a second-quarter breather and Yeldon handled back-to-back carries in scoring position, hitting pay dirt on the second from four yards out. With Chris Ivory inactive, Yeldon took over as the Jags’ feature back for most of the second quarter after Fournette aggravated his longstanding ankle injury. Fournette returned to begin the second half, pushing Yeldon back into change-of-pace work. Yeldon contributed one of Jacksonville’s longest completions on a 40-yard swing pass in the fourth quarter. A serviceable role player, Yeldon has settled in as the Jaguars' best option at No. 2 running back behind Fournette. If Fournette's ankle acts up at all during the forthcoming practice week, Yeldon could see increased usage in Week 20 against the Patriots. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 2:15 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.98 (221st)
     
  • Blake Bortles avoids mistakes in Jags upset
    Blake Bortles completed 14-of-26 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown and rushed five times for 35 yards in the Jaguars' Divisional Round upset win over the Steelers.

    Advice: He committed zero turnovers and took zero sacks. The Jaguars focused on the running game and high-percentage completions for Bortles, who handed off three times to Leonard Fournette for touchdowns and got his own on a 14-yard scoring pass to FB Tommy Bohanon. Bortles’ best throw came on a 45-yard bomb to Keelan Cole deep down the middle in the second half. After an abysmal showing in the Wild Card Round, Bortles rebounded for a much more composed performance supplemented by productive scrambles that kept the chains moving. The Jaguars now visit Foxboro for the AFC Championship. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 2:12 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.70 (28th)
     
  • Le'Veon Bell totals 155 yards, 2 TD in defeat
    Le'Veon Bell rushed 16 times for 67 yards and a touchdown and caught 9-of-13 targets for 88 yards and an additional touchdown in the Steelers' Divisional Round loss to the Jaguars.

    Advice: The Steelers oddly did not feature Le'Veon from the outset, opening the game in empty-spread formations and trying to throw the ball around the yard. It wasn't until Bell emerged as Pittsburgh's offensive focal point that they began scoring points. Bell ripped repeated chunk-yardage gains on the ground and in the air, and beat Jags WLB Telvin Smith for a 19-yard receiving score in the third quarter. Bell hit pay dirt a second time on a lateral from Ben Roethlisberger, which went in the books as a rushing TD. In 2017, Bell set career highs in carries (321) and rushing scores (9). An impending free agent, Bell is expected to receive another franchise tag in February. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 1:47 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (904th)
     
  • Teddy inactive; Bradford to back up Keenum
    Vikings declared QB Teddy Bridgewater, QB Kyle Sloter, WR Stacy Coley, RB Mack Brown, OG Danny Isidora, DL Tashawn Bower, and C Cornelius Edison inactive for the Divisional Round against the Saints.

    Advice: With Sam Bradford healthy following knee surgery, he is getting the nod to back up Case Keenum over Bridgewater, who is an impending free agent and may have played his final snap as a Viking. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 12:18 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1031st)
     
  • Steelers expected to franchise Bell again
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Steelers are expected to assign the franchise tag to Le'Veon Bell this offseason.

    Advice: This comes days after Bell threatened to retire if franchise-tagged for the second straight year. "I know what I do and what I bring to the table," said Bell, who waited until September 4 to sign his $12.1 million franchise tender this past season. "I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at." The 25-year-old previously turned down a two-year deal worth $30 million. Despite his resistance, Rapoport notes the Steelers rarely budge on contract demands, making it unlikely Bell would win a stare-down with Pittsburgh's front office. The franchise tag for running backs in 2018 carries a $14.5 million salary. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 5:21 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (904th)
     
  • James White scores twice in Patriots blowout
    James White rushed four times for 11 yards and a touchdown and caught 4-of-7 targets for 29 yards and an additional score in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Titans.

    Advice: After Dion Lewis put the Patriots in second-quarter scoring position, White put the Pats into the end zone on a shovel-pass touchdown from five yards out. Less than three minutes later, White scored his second TD on a six-yard carry. White could have had a much bigger yardage day, but he dropped two passes that would have gone for significant gains. Although it was still a productive effort from New England’s main passing-down back, White’s role in the AFC Championship game will be affected by Rex Burkhead’s (knee) health. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 9:01 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1052nd)
     
  • Gronk scores TD in 6th straight playoff game
    Rob Gronkowski caught 6-of-9 targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Divisional Round blowout win over the Titans.

    Advice: The mystery all week was how Tennessee would guard Gronk. They came out with FS Kevin Byard shadowing him in man coverage and Gronk promptly beat the All-Pro for a 14-yard gain on the opening drive. Gronk was somewhat quiet until he ripped a 27-yard pickup in the third quarter. Gronkowski’s night went from quiet to loud when he out-muscled Byard for a fourth-quarter touchdown to extend New England’s lead to 35-7. Gronkowski has now scored a TD in six straight playoff games. The Pats will face the winner of Sunday’s Jaguars-Steelers game in next week’s AFC Championship round. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 9:00 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.82 (75th)
     
  • Cooks quiet in matchup with Adoree Jackson
    Brandin Cooks caught 3-of-9 targets for 32 yards in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Titans.

    Advice: The Titans felt confident enough in rookie Adoree Jackson to assign him to Cooks in shadow coverage. Cooks ran by Jackson on a second-quarter bomb, but Tom Brady’s throw was just beyond Cooks’ fingertips, and Jackson arguably got away with a push that could have been flagged for defensive pass interference. Ultimately, this wasn’t a great matchup for Cooks against a Titans defense that did well all season to limit big plays. He’ll get a better draw in the AFC Championship game if the Steelers beat the Jaguars on Sunday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 8:58 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    12.73 (67th)
     
  • James White expected to return vs Titans
    James White (ankle) is expected to play in the Divisional Round against the Titans.

    Advice: White looks to be returning after missing Weeks 16 and 17. With RBs Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead likely to sit, White should play on most passing downs. In a game where the Patriots are likely to go pass-heavy against the Titans' stout run defense, White is a sneaky play in daily fantasy and playoff leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 6:39 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
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