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  • 49ers interview Scott Fitterer for GM job
    The 49ers are currently interviewing Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer for their GM vacancy.

    Advice: Fitterer spent the last 15 seasons with the Seahawks, arriving as an area scout and working his way up to a right-hand-man position behind GM John Schneider. The 49ers have also shown interest in Fitterer's co-personnel director Trent Kirchner, and Seahawks OL coach Tom Cable as a head-coaching candidate. Rotoworld.com Just now
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.10 (257th)
     
  • Texans sign several to reserve/future deals
    Texans signed RB Kenny Hilliard, DE Brandon Dunn, TE RaShaun Allen, OT Laurence Gibson, WR Tevin Jones, OLB Eric Lee, ILB Shakeel Rashad, and OG Chad Slade to reserve/future contracts.

    Advice: They all finished the season on Houston's practice squad. Hilliard often impresses in preseason games, but he's been unable to get past Alfred Blue for the past two seasons. Rotoworld.com 16 minutes ago
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1147th)
     
  • Tyler Lockett expected to be ready for Week 1
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tyler Lockett (fibula/tibia) should be ready for Week 1 of the 2017 season.

    Advice: Lockett's broken fibula and tibia ended his season and may have played role in Seattle's inability to hang offensively with Atlanta in Saturday's Divisional Round loss. For the second straight year, Lockett's offensive role began slowly before taking off down the stretch, prior to his injury. Lockett remains an intriguing Dynasty stash, although Paul Richardson made a big case for extended 2017 snaps. The Seahawks should consider moving on from Jermaine Kearse. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:36 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.18 (407th)
     
  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 9:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.13 (434th)
     
  • Julio Jones will be 'ready to rock' for NFCCG
    Coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones (toe) will be "ready to rock" for the NFC Championship game against the Packers.

    Advice: Quinn did say Jones' reps will be managed this week. Jones re-injured his sprained toe in the Divisional Round win over the Seahawks, playing a season-low 58.3 percent of the snaps. But the Falcons have expressed zero concern about Jones' availability for next Sunday. Expect him to be limited in practice this week before playing next weekend. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:14 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • 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 Today, 6:38 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.29 (152nd)
     
  • Albert Wilson catches 5-yard TD in defeat
    Albert Wilson caught 2-of-3 targets for three yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

    Advice: Wilson got the scoring started with a five-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter on a play-action rollout by Alex Smith. Wilson's other catch was a failed screen. The Chiefs' No. 4 receiver much of the year, Wilson finishes with 33 catches for 282 yards and three scores. He'll be a restricted free agent. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.83 (330th)
     
  • Chris Conley catches two passes in loss
    Chris Conley caught 2-of-3 targets for 19 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

    Advice: Conley's biggest grab was a 12-yard catch over the middle on 4th-and-8 in the fourth quarter. Later on the same drive, he took a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit from S Sean Davis to draw a 15-yard penalty and help set up Spencer Ware's short touchdown run to make it 18-16, which was the final score. Conley managed to improve on his rookie-year numbers, posting a 46-549 receiving line, but he was held out of the end zone all season. Conley has a mouthwatering blend of size and speed, but it's wasted in this offense that doesn't attack deep. He's still just 24 and remains a Dynasty hold. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:32 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.95 (264th)
     
  • Tyreek Hill totals 45 yards in loss to PIT
    Tyreek Hill caught 4-of-6 targets for 27 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

    Advice: He added three carries for 18 yards. The Chiefs tried to get Hill going and needed him to make at least one big play if they were going to win this game. It didn't happen. Hill had a fine rookie year, rushing for 285 yards and three touchdowns while posting a 65-620-6 receiving line. He also scored three touchdowns as a return man, being named a first-team All-Pro there. Hill is electrifying in the open field and can score from anywhere. Still, he might not have a position and is probably someone to sell high on in Dynasty leagues. It'll be hard to repeat this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:26 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.84 (75th)
     
  • Jeremy Maclin catches two passes in loss
    Jeremy Maclin caught 2-of-4 targets for 28 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

    Advice: His biggest catch was a 20-yard grab on the right sideline right at the first-down marker on a 3rd-and-20 play following a Travis Kelce personal foul penalty. It set up a Cairo Santos field goal. Maclin had a really rough second season in Kansas City. He missed four games with a groin injury and never caught more than six passes in a game. He answered a 92-1,140-8 season last year with a meager 46-564-2 campaign in 2016. He took a back seat to Travis Kelce, who became the Chiefs' No. 1 option. And rookie Tyreek Hill was schemed the ball multiple ways, which also played a role in Maclin's down numbers. Maclin turns 29 in May and has three years left on his deal. He's more of a WR3/4 as long as Alex Smith is the quarterback. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:20 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.09 (124th)
     
  • Sammie Coates not targeted in win over KC
    Sammie Coates wasn't targeted in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

    Advice: He played just one snap. Coates has fallen off the face of the Earth since October. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:19 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.52 (273rd)
     
  • Eli Rogers catches five balls for 27 yards
    Eli Rogers caught 5-of-7 targets for 27 yards in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

    Advice: Rogers' seven targets were the second-most on the team behind Antonio Brown's 11, but Jesse James out-gained him 83-27 on the same amount of grabs. As the slot man, Rogers does most of his work near the line of scrimmage. He was stopped for a one-yard gain inside the five-yard line on a 3rd-and-2 play in the first quarter, and the Steelers ultimately kicked a field goal on 4th-and-1. Rogers won't be an attractive fantasy play next week at the Patriots. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:11 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.23 (154th)
     
  • Charcandrick West totals 13 yards in defeat
    Charcandrick West rushed one time for -1 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

    Advice: He caught two balls for 14 yards, with one coming on a swing pass in the red zone to help set up Spencer Ware's fourth-quarter touchdown. West made a few spot starts this season in place of an injured Ware, but he didn't top 58 yards rushing in any of the four, finishing the year with 89 carries for 292 yards (3.3 YPC) and one touchdown. West is signed through 2018 but isn't a threat to play much of an increased role next season and could even lose some work. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:08 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.18 (89th)
     
  • Spencer Ware scores late touchdown in defeat
    Spencer Ware rushed eight times for 35 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

    Advice: He "added" two catches for one yard and lost a fumble on one of those just before halftime. It didn't end up mattering much. His touchdown run came from one yard out deep in the fourth quarter to pull the score to 18-16, but the Chiefs ultimately failed on the two-point conversion after a penalty. Ware really struggled much of the second half of the season after a Week 8 concussion. Fatigue was probably the biggest reason, as this was his first full season as the No. 1 back. The Chiefs will probably look for someone to compete with Ware next season, if they end up releasing Jamaal Charles, though Charles could later be brought back on a more team-friendly deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (916th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 8:53 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.04 (11th)
     
  • Julio Jones played just 42 snaps on Saturday
    Julio Jones played just 42-of-72 offensive snaps in Saturday's Divisional Round win over the Seahawks.

    Advice: He was on the field for 58.3 percent of the team's snaps, his lowest percentage of the season. Jones re-injured his toe on Saturday but still managed six catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. It's a testament to Matt Ryan and the Falcons' explosive offense that they were still able to handily defeat an experienced Seattle team with their best receiver sidelined for nearly half the game. Julio won't be 100 percent, but he'll be ready to roll in next week's NFC Championship game against either the Cowboys or Packers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:47 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Falcons say 'no concern' over Julio's injury
    Coach Dan Quinn said the Falcons have "no concern" about the foot injury Julio Jones suffered in the fourth quarter of Saturday's win.

    Advice: Quinn said Jones "could have come back if needed." The Falcons made quick work of the Seahawks and didn't need to push it with their fragile star receiver. Julio's feet and toes are constant sources of concern, but he should be in no danger of missing next week's NFC Championship Game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:20 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • Julio Jones aggravates foot/toe ailment
    Julio Jones aggravated his foot/toe injury in the fourth quarter of Atlanta's Divisional Round win over the Seahawks.

    Advice: Jones pulled up gimpy earlier in the second half, but stayed in the game. He was then absent as Atlanta worked to kill the clock. He caught six passes for 67 yards and a touchdown before going down, winning matchups with Richard Sherman. FOX's Pam Oliver deemed Jones' departure precautionary, but it's a huge storyline to watch ahead of next Sunday's NFC Championship Game. The Falcons' offense is a well-oiled machine, but missing Jones could easily be the difference between making the Super Bowl or missing it. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:35 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Ware practicing in full for Divisional Round
    Spencer Ware (ribs) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

    Advice: Ware sat out Week 17 as a maintenance maneuver with one eye on the Divisional Round. Ware faded in the second half this season, and the Steelers have stiffened against the run. Nevertheless, Ware will be as defensible as anyone else in a four-game DFS slate.Daily Slant: Ware should remain the feature back against a PIT run defense that was very strong in the second half of the year. Out of the six running backs who had at least 12 carries against them over the past eight games, only one averaged more than 2.7 yards per carry (Isaiah Crowell). The rest of the list, which includes LeSean McCoy (12 carries for 27 yards) and Jay Ajayi (16 carries for 33 yards), were all held to 57 total rushing yards or less. Of course, there isn't a ton of depth at the position in fantasy, but it's a really tough spot to target. Even though Ware is a safe bet for 15-20 touches, it may be worth paying up this week. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:14 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (916th)
     
  • Julio Jones (toe) practicing fully this week
    Julio Jones (toe) is practicing fully for the Divisional Round.

    Advice: Jones should be close to 100 percent coming off Atlanta's bye. He doesn't have a great matchup but is still a strong DFS play. Jones had a 7/139/1 line against Seattle back in Week 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:14 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.03 (23rd)
     
  • Spencer Ware (ribs) practicing on Wednesday
    Spencer Ware (ribs) is practicing on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Chiefs held Ware out of the Week 17 finale as a precaution, but he's good to go now after the first-round bye. Ware should reclaim early-down work, with Charcandrick West and Tyreek Hill mixing into the backfield. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:08 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (916th)
     
  • Eli Rogers has one-catch game in WC round
    Eli Rogers caught his lone target for 19 yards in the Steelers' Wild Card win over the Dolphins.

    Advice: Rogers wasn't a factor, rotating with no-names DeMarcus Ayers, Cobi Hamilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey. He'll be a bottom-dollar, but inadvisable, DFS option for the Divisional Round. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 1:32 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.23 (154th)
     
  • Ebron drops at least two in Wild Card loss
    Eric Ebron hauled in 2-of-6 targets for 23 yards in the Lions' Wild Card loss to the Seahawks.

    Advice: At least two of the missed connections were drops, and he did not record a catch in the second half. It is a fitting end for Ebron, who once again flashed big-time upside as a pass catcher but also missed three games due to injury and disappeared for big stretches when healthy. Ebron did post new career-highs in catches (61) and yards (711), but he found the end zone just twice, and one of those was on the ground. The Lions will have to decide by May 3 whether to pick up Ebron's fifth-year option for 2018, which will cost somewhere north of $8 million due to his top-10 status. Detroit will likely activate the option, but it is not a slam dunk. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 9:43 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.29 (152nd)
     
  • Osweiler accounts for 2 TDs, Texans advance
    Brock Osweiler completed 14-of-25 passes for 168 yards and one touchdown in the Texans' 27-14, Wild Card win over the Raiders.

    Advice: Osweiler added 15 yards rushing and another touchdown on the ground on a play-action bootleg to the right on a second-and-goal run from the one-yard line. He didn't make many great throws in this one and could have been picked off more than once, but the Raiders stood zero chance on offense with Connor Cook at quarterback. Osweiler didn't have to make many plays, and he made enough to get the easy win. His best throw was a sideline bomb to DeAndre Hopkins for 38 yards before the two hooked up for a two-yard touchdown a couple plays later. Osweiler and the Texans will either head to Kansas City or New England next weekend. Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed after the win that Osweiler will start the Divisional Round game. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 5:03 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.13 (434th)
     
  • Sammie Coates not listed on final injury report
    Sammie Coates (hamstring) wasn't listed on the Steelers' final injury report for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Dolphins.

    Advice: He's ready to go after putting in a full week of practice. Coates missed Weeks 16 and 17 with a hamstring injury. Coates has been a non-factor for months and won't be an appealing DFS option this week. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 12:12 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.52 (273rd)
     
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