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  • Negotiations 'trudging along' with Hooper
    Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said contract negotiations with Austin Hooper are "trudging along."

    Advice: "The reality of right now is we are trudging along," Dimitroff said. "After the Super Bowl week, we'll continue to see how we're moving forward. At this point, there's no updates on Austin." The 25-year-old broke out for career-highs in catches (75), receiving yards (787), and touchdowns (6) last season despite being available in only 13 games. His pending contract is expected to average $8-$10 million annually, trumping all others at his position among a class that includes Hunter Henry, Eric Ebron, and Tyler Eifert. Yesterday, 12:50 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.60 (77th)
  • Jace Sternberger goes 2/13/1 in NFCCG
    Jace Sternberger caught 2-of-2 targets for 13 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the 49ers.

    Advice: Activated from injured reserve in Week 9, Sternberger caught zero regular season passes but emerged for three postseason grabs. His snaps increased down the stretch. Going on 24, Sternberger remains an intriguing catch-first tight end who will be a candidate for a much bigger role in 2020. Jimmy Graham is a possible, if not likely, cap casualty. Sunday, 8:12 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.90 (382nd)
  • MyCole Pruitt catches 9-yard pass in loss
    MyCole Pruitt recorded a nine-yard catch in Tennessee's AFC Championship loss to the Chiefs.

    Advice: Primarily a run-blocking tight end, Pruitt totaled 6/90/1 receiving over 16 games in his fifth year in the league. Both he and Anthony Firkser enter the new league year as free agents, but either/both could be brought back behind Jonnu Smith pending Delanie Walker's status. Pruitt turns 28 in March. Sunday, 7:52 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.48 (409th)
  • Reduced to blocking, Kittle catches one pass
    George Kittle posted a 19-yard reception on his lone target in the 49ers' NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers.

    Advice: Reduced to run blocking for the 49ers' dominant ground game this postseason, Kittle will head into Super Bowl LIV with just four catches for 35 yards across two playoff appearances. He should be needed for more against a Chiefs defense that coughed up the 11th most tight end fantasy points this season, though perhaps the 49ers' running game is simply too locked in. The Chiefs are far more vulnerable on the ground than through the air. Sunday, 7:14 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.31 (43rd)
  • Jimmy Graham posts 59 yards in NFCCG loss
    Jimmy Graham caught 4-of-5 targets for 59 yards in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the 49ers.

    Advice: Graham appeared to score a 43-yard touchdown in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter but was ruled down at the one-yard line. He heads into the offseason with 109 yards over his past two games, his second best two-game stretch of 2019-20. That tells you all you need to know about where 33-year-old Graham's game is at this point. Still under contract for one more season, Graham has never established on-field chemistry with Aaron Rodgers and has little explosion left in his legs. Third-round rookie Jace Sternberger saw his playing time increase down the stretch. Cutting Graham would clear $8 million in cap space while leaving behind just $3.36 million in dead money. Sunday, 7:08 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.88 (216th)
  • Anthony Firsker closes year with 22-yard TD
    Anthony Firkser caught a 22-yard touchdown in Tennessee's AFC Championship loss to the Chiefs.

    Advice: Firkser wasn't afforded an opportunity in 12 personnel until Delanie Walker suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 6. The former Harvard grad then finished the year with 13/179/1 in his last 10 games with Ryan Tannehill under center, sprinkling in two postseason touchdowns as one of the team's go-to red zone threats. 25 in February, Firsker will command very little in free agency despite being a clear receiving threat. It wouldn't be shocking to see him land back with the Titans if Walker walks away altogether. Sunday, 7:07 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.42 (284th)
  • Jonnu Smith spikes career-highs in third year
    Jonnu Smith caught 3-of-4 targets for 38 yards in Tennessee's AFC Championship loss to the Chiefs.

    Advice: Smith’s third year in the league began much like his last two as he stayed glued behind Delanie Walker on Tennessee’s depth chart through their first six games. The 35-year-old’s season-ending ankle injury (only one year after initially suffering a gruesome broken ankle) inevitably opened the door for Smith to finish as fantasy’s overall TE17 with career-highs in targets (44), catches (35), and receiving yards (439), including 29/342/3 from Ryan Tannehill from Week 7 on. With MyCole Pruitt and Anthony Firsker both expected to hit the open market in March, it’s plausible Smith returns in 2020 as the Titans' de facto No. 1 tight end. He should be viewed as a tremendous late-round flier pending Walker’s status. Sunday, 6:14 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.63 (158th)
  • Travis Kelce totals 3/30 receiving in CC win
    Travis Kelce caught 3-of-4 targets for 30 yards in Kansas City's AFC Championship win over the Titans.

    Advice: A one-on-one matchup with Kevin Byard proved to be a much tougher task than dealing with Jahleel Addae and Justin Reid. Kelce sprinkled in a couple of his catches in the first half but was ultimately shutdown for the final two quarters once the Titans shifted to more zone and double-coverage to contain him and Tyreek Hill (5/67/2) in the slot and along the perimeter. Kelce still made his impact felt with two massive seal-blocks that sprung both Damien Williams and Hill open for their scores that began from behind the line of scrimmage. One would imagine Kelce is looked to often in Super Bowl 54 in Miami. Sunday, 4:08 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    12.96 (46th)
  • Report: Witten could join Garrett with Giants
    ESPN's Chris Mortenson reports Jason Witten could continue playing under OC Jason Garrett with the Giants.

    Advice: Witten reportedly hasn't ruled out playing next year, which could lead to a reunion with Garrett in New York. The Giants apparently view the 37-year-old veteran as grizzled support in their young locker room and as someone who's obviously familiar with Garrett's offense. Having said that, Witten's future is still undecided and could trickle into offseason workouts before being officially resolved. Sunday, 10:44 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.66 (200th)
  • Kittle (ankle) not listed on final report
    49ers TE George Kittle wasn't listed on the team's final injury report.

    Advice: Kittle practiced in full on Thursday and Friday. He's good to go for the 49ers' NFC Championship matchup against the Packers. Kittle is already redefining what the modern TE is capable of achieving, as he set PFF's 10-year record for most yards per route run in 2019 with 3.1. The Packers ranked just 23rd in explosive pass-play rate allowed this season, while the 49ers created big plays in the passing game at the league's single-highest rate. Friday, 1:38 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.31 (43rd)
  • Travis Kelce (knee) good to go for Sunday
    Coach Andy Reid confirmed TE Travis Kelce (knee) will play Sunday against the Titans.

    Advice: There wasn't much doubt that Kelce would suit up this week, but Reid did note that the Chiefs' stud TE is feeling better than he did before their Divisional Round win over the Texans. The main focus of the Titans could be slowing down Kelce. Only the Cardinals (16) and Browns (10) allowed more touchdowns to opposing TEs than the Titans (9) this season. Ball-hawking FS Kevin Byard will be needed more than ever to help slow down this passing game. Byard has 17 interceptions over the past three seasons; nobody else has reached even 14. Friday, 11:21 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    12.96 (46th)
  • Jason Witten remains undecided on future
    37-year-old Jason Witten remains undecided on his playing future.

    Advice: Asked about Witten's situation on Thursday, new coach Mike McCarthy said the veteran "has a lot going on." Coming off a 2019 where he posted a modest 63/529/4 line while averaging a dreadful 8.4 yards per catch, Witten turns 38 in May. He is also technically a free agent, though the Cowboys are assuredly the only team he would play for. Witten made $3.5 million in 2019. He would likely have to take a pay cut. Thursday, 3:06 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.66 (200th)
  • Kelce (knee) remains 'limited' Thursday
    Travis Kelce (knee) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: The Chiefs are just monitoring Kelce's reps following his monster Divisional Round performance. He will be worth paying up for in DFS contests this weekend. Thursday, 2:21 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    12.96 (46th)
  • George Kittle practicing in full Thursday
    George Kittle (ankle) will practice in full on Thursday.

    Advice: Per coach Kyle Shanahan, Kittle was just dealing with "some" soreness when he sat out Wednesday's practice. He's expected to be close to full strength for Sunday's NFC Championship Game. Kittle caught just three balls for 16 yards in the Niners' Divisional Round beatdown of the Vikings. Thursday, 11:09 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.31 (43rd)
  • Kittle (ankle) doesn't practice on Wednesday
    George Kittle (ankle) was sidelined for Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Coach Kyle Shanahan didn't mention any injury to Kittle when talking with the media. Although he was spotted in sweatpants and sneakers at Wednesday's practice, Kittle also reportedly didn't have a limp while battling ankle soreness stemming from Saturday's Divisional Round win over Minnesota. His status will obviously be worth monitoring as the week progresses. Wednesday, 3:04 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.31 (43rd)
  • Travis Kelce (knee) limited for Wednesday
    Travis Kelce (knee) was a limited participant for Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Kelce was also limited for every session last week before exploding for 10/134/3 and a 34 percent target share (!!!) on 12 looks from Patrick Mahomes in negative game script against the Texans. It's unlikely the Chiefs will be forced to come from behind by 20-plus points again, but Kelce is still fully expected to be heavily involved in Sunday's Conference Championship game barring a shocking mid-week downgrade. Wednesday, 2:11 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    12.96 (46th)
  • Antonio Gates retires after 16 NFL seasons
    Former Chargers TE Antonio Gates announced his retirement from the NFL after 16 seasons.

    Advice: The 39-year-old Gates last played in 2018. The Chargers lifer and former Kent State power forward retires with 116 career touchdown catches, tops among NFL tight ends and good for seventh-most all-time. An eight-time Pro Bowler, Gates was arguably the most feared tight end in football throughout his prime, operating as the chief red-zone weapon for both Drew Brees and Philip Rivers during his 16-year run in San Diego/Los Angeles. He contributed two 1,000-yard receiving seasons while also reaching double-digit touchdowns on four occasions. Gates never won a Super Bowl—or even played in one—but there's no doubt he'll go down as one of the greatest tight ends to ever lace them up. A Hall of Fame shoe-in, Gates won't have to wait long for his enshrinement in Canton. Tuesday, 11:11 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (769th)
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