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  • Mike Gillislee

    New England Patriots

    Mike Gillislee, Kenny Britt, Alan Branch inactive for NE; Dannell Ellerbe active for PHI

    No real surprises here. For those playing Super Bowl contests, Gillislee won't factor into the Patriots backfield mix and Kenny Britt isn't going to steal any snaps from Cooks, Hogan, Amendola or Dorsett.

    By: SBK
    Stephen Keech

    • nfl
    • injury
    • breaking-news
    • roster
  • Tom Brady

    New England Patriots

    Tom Brady (hand) active and will start Sunday, as expected

    Brady is active and will start, as expected, in today's AFC Championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars after previously being listed as questionable on the New England Patriots' injury report with a laceration on his right hand that required several stitches. Reports have surfaced that Brady will "probably" wear a glove on his throwing hand to protect the injury, but the team is not expecting it to affect his performance this afternoon. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the Patriots have made any alterations to the offensive gameplan and Brady will be able to take snaps under center, something that was in doubt earlier in the week. Additionally, Rex Burkhead is active, but he hasn't been able to participate fully in any practices since sustaining his knee injury, a major concern for his effectiveness and potential workload in Sunday's contest. It's obviously impossible to predict what the Patriots or head coach Bill Belichick will do on a game-to-game basis, but it seems awfully difficult to imagine Dion Lewis losing his lead-back role with Burkhead returning from such an extended absence and appearing to be less than fully healthy. The problem now arises that Lewis is priced appropriately across the industry, and if Burkhead eats into his volume from the last three games, even marginally, it may end up being enough to prevent him from reaching salary-based expectations in daily fantasy formats this afternoon.

    As reported by the New England Patriots via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nfl
    • injury
    • breaking-news
    • 18.46 proj
    • 2.05 pt/$
    • $9,000
    • 18.54 proj
    • 2.41 pt/$
    • $7,700
  • Adam Thielen

    Minnesota Vikings

    Adam Thielen (back) will play Sunday

    Thielen will play and is expected to be active for tonight's NFC Championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles after previously being listed as questionable on the Minnesota Vikings injury report with a back issue. Thielen was able to fully participate in two practices this week, so he should likely be ready to go for Sunday's contest. The Vikings did shake up the wide receiver corps a bit for the Divisional Round, as Jarius Wright worked as the team's primary slot receiver, a role that had previously been occupied by Thielen. who logged a season-low 16 snaps from the slot last week. The reason for the drastic change in slot routes for Thielen was that Wright seemingly surpassed Laquon Treadwell on the depth chart, so it seems likely that he, Thielen, and Stefon Diggs will be the primary wide receivers utilized in three-wide sets for Minnesota this evening. More reps on the outside will actually be a bump to Thielen's projected fantasy value in this matchup with the Eagles defense, and he makes for a logical pivot off of the highly-owned Diggs at the wide receiver position.

    As reported by Andrew Krammer via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nfl
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Rex Burkhead

    New England Patriots

    Rex Burkhead (knee) will play Sunday; Mike Gillislee (knee) will be inactive

    Burkhead will play, as expected, in today's AFC Championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars after previously being listed as questionable on the New England Patriots' injury report with a knee injury that had kept him sidelined since Week 15, a total of four weeks, while Mike Gillislee will be inactive due to a knee injury. Burkhead hasn't been able to participate fully in any practices since sustaining the injury, a major concern for his effectiveness and potential workload in Sunday's contest. It's obviously impossible to predict what the Patriots or head coach Bill Belichick will do on a game-to-game basis, but it seems awfully difficult to imagine Dion Lewis losing his lead-back role with Burkhead returning from such an extended absence and appearing to be less than fully healthy. The problem now arises that Lewis is priced appropriately across the industry, and if Burkhead eats into his volume from the last three games, even marginally, it may end up being enough to prevent him from reaching salary-based expectations in daily fantasy formats this afternoon.

    As reported by Ian Rapoport via Twitter Other tagged players: Mike Gillislee

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nfl
    • injury
    • breaking-news
    • 4.61 proj
    • 0.77 pt/$
    • $6,000
    • 4.89 proj
    • 0.91 pt/$
    • $5,400
  • Chris Ivory

    Buffalo Bills

    Chris Ivory (healthy scratch) inactive Sunday

    Ivory is inactive and won't play in today's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, despite not being listed on the Jacksonville Jaguars' injury report, meaning he is being classified as a healthy scratch this afternoon. His absence will enable T.J. Yeldon work as the primary backup to Leonard Fournette and will possibly siphon away some of the third-down and passing game work away from Fournette, potentially limiting Fournette's upside in daily fantasy formats should Pittsburgh get out to an early lead. That said, he'll still be the team's clear feature back and has averaged just over four targets per game since Week 10, on top of his typical 20-25 carries on the ground, making him slightly less game flow dependent than it may appear on the surface.

    As reported by Adam Schefter via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nfl
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Antonio Brown

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    Antonio Brown (calf) officially active Sunday

    Brown is officially active and will play in today’s Divisional round game against the Jacksonville Jaguars after previously being listed as questionable on the Pittsburgh Steelers' injury report with a calf injury. However, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he’ll “give it a go” despite still not being 100% healthy. Brown did not practice Friday and there are lingering concerns about how well his partially torn calf muscle will hold up in the frigid weather expected in Pittsburgh this afternoon. Given the difficult matchup with the Jaguars top-ranked defense and the growing suspicion that Brown could be utilized as a decoy when on the field, he’ll be a tournament option only, and a decreasingly viable one at that.

    As reported by Adam Schefter via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nfl
    • injury
  • Antonio Brown

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    Antonio Brown (calf) likely to “give it a go” Sunday, but still not close to 100%

    Brown officially remains listed as questionable on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ injury report for today’s Divisional round game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he’ll likely be active and “give it a go”, despite still not being 100% healthy. Brown did not practice Friday and there are lingering concerns on how well his partially torn calf muscle will hold up in the frigid weather expected in Pittsburgh this afternoon. Given the difficult matchup with the Jaguars top-ranked defense and the growing suspicion that Brown could be utilized as a decoy when on the field, he’ll be a tournament option only, and a decreasingly viable one at that.

    As reported by Adam Schefter via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nfl
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Rex Burkhead

    New England Patriots

    Rex Burkhead (knee) and Mike Gillislee (knee) inactive Saturday; James White (ankle) active, as expected

    Burkhead and Gillislee are officially inactive and won't play in tonight's Divisional Round game against the Tennessee Titans after previously being listed as questionable on the New England Patriots' injury report and not expected to suit up with their respective knee injuries. Meanwhile, James White is active, as expected, in wake of his earlier questionable designation, meaning that the Patriots backfield will now consist of White, Dion Lewis, and special-teamer Brandon Bolden this evening. Even with White likely reclaiming his usual third-down role, Lewis should continue to see close to the massive usage he absorbed the last few weeks of the regular season, equating to 25 carries and five receptions per game over that span. Lewis may experience a small dip targets with White active, but the Patriots are still huge 13.5-point home favorites and should lead to a substantial workload in the running game and ample goal-line opportunities as well.

    As reported by Nora Princiotti via Twitter Other tagged players: Mike Gillislee, James White

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nfl
    • injury
    • breaking-news
    • 4.61 proj
    • 0.77 pt/$
    • $6,000
    • 4.89 proj
    • 0.91 pt/$
    • $5,400
  • Antonio Brown

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    Antonio Brown set to be a game-time decision Sunday

    Brown's calf is reportedly still an issue, and it's sounding more and more like his status is going to be determined close to kickoff. It still seems more likely that Brown suits up - even if he's acting as a decoy - but we'll continue to update this one as the weekend unfolds. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant would both see upticks in targets, but they'd also end up seeing seeing far more of Jalen Ramsey.

    By: SBK
    Stephen Keech

    • nfl
    • injury
    • breaking-news
    • roster
  • Malcolm Mitchell

    New England Patriots

    Malcolm Mitchell ruled out for Saturday night

    As expected Malcolm Mitchell has been ruled out for Saturday night. Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, and Danny Amendola will continue to work as the team's three main wide receivers. Still waiting for official Hogan news, but all signs are pointing to him playing vs the Titans.

    Other tagged players: Chris Hogan

    By: hondizzle
    hondizzle

    • nfl
    • injury
  • Brandon Coleman

    New Orleans Saints

    Brandon Colmen ruled out for Sunday

    The Saints slot receiver Brandon Coleman has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs the Vikings. Coleman was not a primary option on this team, but his absence will now open the door for Willie Snead. Snead should have a great chance to dominate 39-year old Terence Newman this weekend, and his minimum price of $3,000 should have plenty of appeal as a salary relief tournament play. Snead is the forgotten man in this offense but has the ability to pay off his salary in one big play.

    Other tagged players: Willie Snead

    By: hondizzle
    hondizzle

    • nfl
    • injury
  • Antonio Brown

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    Antonio Brown sent home with an illness, but expect to play

    According to coach, Mike Tomlin Antonio Brown was sent home on Friday due to a "flu bug" but said that he looked "really good" this week. Brown should play this weekend and he was the only player who managed to gain 90 yards on Jalen Ramsey and the tough Jaguars defense this season. In week five Brown converted his 19 targets into a 10/157/0 line.

    As reported by Aditi Kinkabwala on Twitter

    By: hondizzle
    hondizzle

    • nfl
    • injury
  • Rex Burkhead

    New England Patriots

    Rex Burkhead officially questionable but making progress

    According to Jeff Howe, a beat writer for The Boston Herald, Patriots running back Rex Burkhead made progress today and it appears there's a "very real possibility" he is back after missing Weeks 16 and 17. Both Mike Gillislee and James White are listed as questionable for Saturday night, but the team expects White to suit up. Gillislee is trending on the wrong side of questionable, but with Burkhead back he would have very little chance to play even if he was healthy. There is still a better than average chance that Dion Lewis carries the workload for the Patriots this week, as he has been an absolute tear over the final few weeks of the season.

    As reported by Jeff Howe Twitter Other tagged players: Mike Gillislee, James White

    By: hondizzle
    hondizzle

    • nfl
    • injury
    • 4.61 proj
    • 0.77 pt/$
    • $6,000
    • 4.89 proj
    • 0.91 pt/$
    • $5,400
  • Chris Hogan

    New England Patriots

    Chris Hogan not on the final injury report

    Chris Hogan has been removed from the injury report an will play Saturday night.The return of Hogan could be just what Tom Brady needs as he was on fire in the first part of the season. Through the first five games of the season, Hogan converted 23 receptions into 5 touchdowns. Injuries would force him to miss almost three months this season, but Hogan could provide a boost to this offense if he is, in fact, healthy this week. Hogan's return could hurt the value of Brandin Cooks, as Brady has been known to spread the ball around throughout his career.

    By: hondizzle
    hondizzle

    • nfl
    • injury
    • 9.36 proj
    • 1.53 pt/$
    • $6,100
    • 11.63 proj
    • 2.33 pt/$
    • $5,000
  • Julio Jones

    Atlanta Falcons

    Falcons confirm that they will be at full strength on Saturday

    Just as expected the Falcons announced today that key players Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman and Mohmed Sanu would all play on Saturday. The team won a hard fought game this last weekend, so it's not a surprise to see some key players end up resting early in the week. While Devonta Freeman and Mohamed Sanu both practiced in a limited fashion on Tuesday and Wednesday, Julio Jones took both days off to rest his ankle. All three players returned to practice on Thursday and appear ready to go in the divisional round vs the Eagles.

    As reported by Kelsey Conway Twitter Other tagged players: Devonta Freeman, Mohamed Sanu

    By: hondizzle
    hondizzle

    • nfl
    • injury

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