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  • Joe Flacco happy Marty Mornhinweg is back
    Joe Flacco said he is happy the Ravens retained OC Marty Mornhinweg.

    Advice: Flacco said the offense was too "conservative" in November, but it does not sound like he puts all of the blame at Mornhinweg's feet. "I think the other thing you have to realize is that a lot of what we’ve been doing isn’t necessarily his offense," Flacco said. "I think this offseason will be a big point for him to get a lot of the stuff that he’s comfortable running. He and I can work through that stuff together. I think that’s the biggest thing." The Ravens need to improve the running game and find playmakers which allow them to be more aggressive in the passing game, but Flacco also needs to play better for the offense to take a step forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:44 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.63 (20th)
     
  • Andrew Luck looking at six-month timetable
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Andrew Luck (shoulder surgery) should be ready for "a full return" in six months.

    Advice: Luck underwent surgery on a lingering shoulder injury after the season. RapSheet reports he should be able to resume throwing in three months and return to full practice by mid-July. It looks like Luck will miss most if not all of the offseason program, but he should be ready for training camp. His Week 1 availability is not in doubt. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:18 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.65 (6th)
     
  • Marcus Mariota 'on track' and 'doing great'
    Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Marcus Mariota (broken leg) is "on track" and "doing great."

    Advice: "He should be back when we get this thing rolling," Mularkey added. It is not clear if things get "rolling" in OTAs or training camp, but there is no doubt Mariota will be ready for Week 1. Coming off a breakout season, Mariota should be able to take another step forward in 2017 if the Titans can surround him with one or two more weapons. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:11 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1102nd)
     
  • Andrew Luck recovering from shoulder surgery
    Andrew Luck underwent surgery on his troublesome right (throwing) shoulder following the season.

    Advice: The news comes from owner Jim Irsay, who had previously said Luck would not need surgery to fix the issue which has "lingered since 2015." Luck did not miss any games, but he was consistently limited in practice. Getting it fixed properly seems like the right call, although it likely will force Luck to miss most of the offseason program and perhaps some of training camp. Irsay did say Luck "will be ready" for Week 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.65 (6th)
     
  • Browns likely to pursue Tyrod Taylor if cut
    ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon expects Cleveland to target Tyrod Taylor if he's released by the Bills.

    Advice: Taylor is fully expected to be released by Buffalo, and ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak reiterated it on Tuesday. The Bills brought in new coach Sean McDermott and are overhauling the coaching staff, while GM Doug Whaley has never seemed to be a big fan of Taylor after ex-coach Rex Ryan handpicked him and started him over Whaley's bust, E.J. Manuel. Taylor will have no shortage of suitors once he's free. He'd be a fine match in Cleveland with Hue Jackson. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:24 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (537th)
     
  • Beat writer predicts Dallas will release Romo
    ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer ultimately expects Dallas to release Tony Romo this offseason.

    Advice: While trading Romo is the Cowboys' "No. 1 priority," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it could be difficult for Dallas to find the compensation it desires when teams already know the Cowboys don't want him. Archer expects there to be "too many hoops to jump through" to pull off a trade, and the biggest one in particular will be how to swallow the massive $24.7 million cap hit. By designating Romo as a post-June 1 cut, the Cowboys could spread the cap hit out over the next two years and clear $14 million in 2017, allowing them resources to upgrade the defense. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:06 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (942nd)
     
  • Panthers working out Aaron Murray Tuesday
    Free agent QB Aaron Murray is working out for the Panthers on Tuesday.

    Advice: A fifth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2014, Murray was the only member of the Eagles' practice squad not signed to a reserve/future contract after the season. That is obviously not a great sign for his future, but he should latch on with someone as an offseason arm. Backups Derek Anderson and Joe Webb are both under contract with the Panthers for 2017. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:48 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (994th)
     
  • Jerry: 'No decision made' on Romo's future
    Jerry Jones said he has yet to decide what to do with Tony Romo this offseason.

    Advice: "There's only one that can make that decision, and there's been no decision made," Jones said. "Don't think for one minute if you see something written or something said about what and where Romo is going to be, relative to our team, that there's any credibility to it." While he may be technically telling the truth that a final decision has yet to be made, there is almost zero chance Romo is back with the Cowboys next year. How he leaves and where he goes are the only real questions remaining. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:18 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (942nd)
     
  • RapSheet: Trading Romo Dallas' No. 1 priority
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports trading Tony Romo is the Cowboys' "No 1. priority this offseason."

    Advice: "We know he's not going to be on the Cowboys in 2017," Rapoport said confidently about Romo. He again said Romo would like to land with the Broncos, but added Denver does not "seem inclined to make that move." With it all but decided Romo will be playing elsewhere next season, the only questions remaining are where he ends up and how he gets there. Those questions should dominate the discussion this offseason. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:29 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (942nd)
     
  • Andy Reid commits to Alex Smith for 2017
    Speaking at Monday's season-ending presser, Chiefs coach Andy Reid committed to Alex Smith as his 2017 quarterback.

    Advice: "Do I still think we can win with Alex?," Reid asked rhetorically. "Yeah, we were right there." It's not exactly the most ringing endorsement, but due $13.3 million between salary and bonuses, Smith will almost certainly be back under center for a fifth season in Kansas City. Smith has made no progress as a Chief, stubbornly minding the store while trying to avoid mistakes at all costs. With Smith going on 33, the Chiefs at the very least need a plan-of-succession in mind. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:34 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.04 (11th)
     
  • O'Brien not committing to Osweiler for 2017
    Coach Bill O'Brien said it's "too early to know" if Brock Osweiler will be the Texans' starting quarterback in 2017.

    Advice: The Texans handed Osweiler $37 million guaranteed last offseason, and he proceeded to be a total disaster and the main reason the Texans were held back from bigger and better things. His $16 million salary for 2017 is guaranteed, and Osweiler carries a $19 million cap hit. He would count $25 million against the cap if the Texans release or trade him. There just don't seem to be many other avenues for the Texans to travel unless they make a run at Tony Romo. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.13 (434th)
     
  • Big Ben goes TD-less in win over Chiefs
    Ben Roethlisberger completed 20-of-31 passes for 224 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

    Advice: The Steelers didn't score a single touchdown, but still managed to win on the back of Chris Boswell's six field goals. Big Ben had a 17-yard touchdown to Antonio Brown knocked away by CB Marcus Peters just as Brown was coming to the ground with the ball, and Roethlisberger's pick was a tipped ball at the line that fell into Eric Berry's arms in the end zone. Big Ben's road woes are well documented, and he'll now head to Foxboro for the AFC Championship. He missed the Steelers' Week 7 game against the Patriots with a torn meniscus. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:58 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (954th)
     
  • Smith throws for 172 yds as Chiefs eliminated
    Alex Smith completed 20-of-34 passes for 172 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Chiefs' 18-16, Divisional Round loss to the Steelers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Chiefs scored the only two touchdowns of this game, but it still wasn't enough to overcome Steelers K Chris Boswell's six field goals. Smith and the Chiefs got the scoring started with a five-yard touchdown pass to Albert Wilson out of the wishbone formation on a play-action boot to the left. Predictably, Kansas City's offense went into a shell after the score and couldn't do much of anything before laboring for a fourth-quarter touchdown to bring the score to 18-16. On the ensuing two-point conversion, Smith hit Demetrius Harris to tie the game, but it was called back on a hold by LT Eric Fisher. They failed on the next attempt from the 12-yard line. Smith threw for a career-high 3,502 yards in 2016, but only threw 15 touchdowns to eight picks. He's not -- and never will be -- a fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:53 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.04 (11th)
     
  • Dak shows poise in first career playoff game
    Dak Prescott completed 24-of-38 passes for 302 yards with three touchdowns and one interception while adding 13 yards on two carries Sunday in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers.

    Advice: Prescott made one rookie mistake on Sunday—Micah Hyde intercepted his errant screen pass to Cole Beasley in the third quarter. But aside from the pick, Prescott was as poised as any rookie quarterback we’ve seen in the postseason. He put Dallas on his back in the second half, chipping away at the Packers’ 18-point lead and eventually tying the game on a gutsy two-point conversion. Dak had his most success throwing to Dez Bryant, who snared nine-of-12 targets for two touchdowns and a season-high 132 yards. Both of Prescott's carries resulted in third-down conversions. The Cowboys’ decision to spike the ball on first down with under a minute remaining will be hotly debated, but ultimately that wasn’t Dak’s call. Prescott had an impossibly good rookie season, ousting mainstay Tony Romo from his pedestal as the team’s franchise quarterback. There’s no reason to think he’ll slow down anytime soon. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:57 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.00 (229th)
     
  • 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 Sunday, 5:17 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.09 (4th)
     
  • Rapoport: Romo would prefer to play in Denver
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Broncos are Tony Romo's "No. 1 spot."

    Advice: With Dak Prescott staking his claim to the starting job in Dallas, the Cowboys will certainly look to shop Romo this offseason. Denver would be his preferred destination, though according to Rapoport, the Broncos aren't "inclined" to trade for him. Other potential fits include the Cardinals, Jets and Texans. Rapoport is hearing from league executives that the Cowboys could hold onto Romo until a major injury arises and shop him to the quarterback-desperate team. Either way, the Cowboys should be able to fetch a first- or second-round pick for Romo. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:19 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (942nd)
     
  • Carson Wentz could work with QB specialist
    Carson Wentz said he'll consider bringing in a coach to work on his mechanics this offseason.

    Advice: "It's definitely in consideration," said Wentz. "Again, I don't have a lot of answers for my offseason yet because I haven't had a ton of time to think about it, but I could see that happening." Wentz showed promise in his first year as the Eagles' signal-caller but fell into some bad habits. Ex-NFL backup Ryan Lindley mentored Wentz leading up to the draft, and Wentz could also seek help from noted QB guru Tom House. Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan are among the many big-name quarterbacks who have worked under House's tutelage. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:17 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    14.79 (25th)
     
  • Zimmer still unsure of Bridgewater's status
    Vikings coach Mike Zimmer admitted he isn't sure when Teddy Bridgewater will return from his knee injury.

    Advice: "I don't know when Teddy will be back," he said bluntly. Bridgewater suffered a gruesome injury last summer, tearing his ACL and dislocating his knee. The Vikings have indicated that Sam Bradford will remain the starter even if Bridgewater is healthy for the start of next season. Despite his injury, the Vikings are expected to exercise Bridgewater's fifth-year option for 2018. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:00 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (972nd)
     
  • Tom Brady picked off twice as Pats advance
    Tom Brady completed 18-of-38 passes for 287 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Texans.

    Advice: He took only two sacks, but got hit eight times by a talented Texans pass rush. The Patriots played up-tempo offense and attacked the Texans’ linebackers, safeties, and slot CB Kareem Jackson in pass coverage. Brady hit Dion Lewis and James White for scores, both on route concepts targeting Texans ILB Bernadrick McKinney. Between the twenties, Julian Edelman ate Jackson for lunch. Both of Brady's interceptions came off deflected passes in a fairly ugly performance despite the lopsided score (34-16). If the Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl this season, their AFC Championship Game performance will need to be quite a bit better. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:22 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.62 (7th)
     
  • Brock's latest meltdown: 3 INTs against Pats
    Brock Osweiler completed 23-of-40 passes for 198 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the Texans' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: Lacking confidence in an arch-conservative game plan, Osweiler played predictably tentatively and mostly stuck to checkdowns. His lone threatening downfield throw was dropped in the end zone by Will Fuller. After mostly avoiding mistakes in the first two quarters, Osweiler melted down in the second half with three interceptions, first on a play where Patriots FS Devin McCourty read Osweiler's eyes the whole way and the last two on errant overthrows intended for DeAndre Hopkins and Ryan Griffin. The $72 million Osweiler Experiment was an abject 2016 disaster. The contract will go down as one of the worst in NFL history. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:32 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.13 (434th)
     
  • Texans have quiet list of inactives
    Texans declared QB Brandon Weeden, S Quintin Demps, OLB John Simon, ILB Max Bullough, OG Walker, WR Wendall Williams and DE Ufomba Kamalu inactive for the Divisional Round against the Patriots.

    Advice: The Texans are healthy as they look to spring one of the biggest upsets of all time in New England. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:50 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (749th)
     
  • Start time of KC/PIT moved back to 8:20 PM ET
    Due to inclement weather in Kansas City, the start time of Sunday's Divisional Round game between the Steelers and Chiefs has been moved back from 1:05 PM ET to 8:20 PM ET.

    Advice: The forecast in Kansas City calls for some nasty weather this weekend with an ice storm expected on Sunday morning/afternoon. Chiefs/Steelers already had the lowest game total of the week at 44.5 and that was before weather concerns. Hopefully conditions will clear up with the new start time, though It's something for DFS players to keep in mind as they fill out their weekly lineups. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:08 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.04 (11th)
     
  • McDermott noncommittal on Tyrod's future
    Bills coach Sean McDermott was noncommittal about Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo during his introductory press conference.

    Advice: Taylor was reportedly a favorite of Anthony Lynn, who was expected to land the head job in Buffalo this offseason. But instead the Bills hired McDermott (Lynn is now coaching the Chargers), leaving Taylor in a cloud of uncertainty. McDermott met Taylor for the first time on Friday and said he will evaluate the Bills' quarterback situation "methodically" in the coming weeks. The Bills could address quarterback in the draft if they choose to move on from Taylor this offseason. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:24 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (537th)
     
  • Roethlisberger not listed on final injury report
    Ben Roethlisberger (foot) is not listed on the Steelers' final injury report for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs.

    Advice: There was some concern about Roethlisberger's status after he was seen wearing a walking boot after Sunday's win over the Dolphins, but he's practiced fully the last two days and will be all systems go for the Divisional Round. Roethlisberger had an awesome game against the Chiefs in Week 4 (five touchdowns, 300 passing yards) but hasn't played nearly as well on the road this season.Daily Slant: In terms of QBR, Ben was remarkably consistent at home with a coefficient of variation of 12.3% and he never dropped below 71.6. He was the opposite away, dipping as low as 4.4 and had a CV of 69.7%. His touchdown rate dropped from 3.3 to 1.1 per game when traveling. Kansas City boasts the 7th-best pass defense in DVOA (per Football Outsiders) plus corners Marcus Peters and newcomer Terrance Mitchell have been excellent. It’s not a great spot. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:03 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (954th)
     
  • Ben Roethlisberger (foot) returns to full practice
    Ben Roethlisberger (foot) returned to a full practice on Thursday.

    Advice: #AsExpected. Roethlisberger got the day off on Wednesday, but returned to his usual reps on Thursday. He'll be under center Sunday for the Divisional Round against Kansas City. Big Ben had a monster game against the Chiefs in Week 4, shredding them for 300 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. Of course, that was a home game for Roethlisberger, whose home/away splits remained stark in 2016. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:54 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (954th)
     
  • Ravens owner: We need Joe Flacco to be better
    Speaking about Joe Flacco on Tuesday, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said "we need more out of Joe."

    Advice: "I think Joe would agree with that," Bisciotti helpfully added. Coming back from a torn ACL, Flacco actually threw for a career-high 4,317 yards in 2016, but only because he was forced to dial up an absurd 672 attempts. That's not Ravens football. Flacco struggled mightily to make big plays, and averaged a woeful 6.42 yards per attempt. The first year back from a torn ACL can be tough for a quarterback — even Tom Brady wasn't quite himself in 2009 — but days shy of his 32nd birthday, Flacco will be on the spot to be better next season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:48 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.63 (20th)
     
  • Tomlin: Ben's foot 'shouldn't be an issue'
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Ben Roethlisberger's foot "shouldn't be an issue."

    Advice: Roethlisberger was in a walking boot after Sunday's win over the Dolphins, but he had shed the boot by Monday and said he will be "good to go." Ben will likely take a maintenance day during Wednesday's practice, but there is no doubt about his availability for this week. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:26 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (954th)
     
  • 'Seems likely' Vikes use Bridgewater's option
    ESPN's Ben Goessling said it "seems likely" the Vikings will exercise Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year option.

    Advice: Minnesota has until May to make their decision. Bridgewater is rehabbing a severe knee injury which involved a torn ACL, a dislocated knee, and other structural damage. It is unlikely he is ready for Week 1, it is possible he is never the same player, and the Vikings have already tabbed Sam Bradford as their starter for next season. Still, the option is guaranteed for new injury only, so there is not much risk to locking up Bridgewater for an extra year to see how the knee progresses. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:28 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (972nd)
     
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