Rams coach Sean McVay reiterated today that he expects K Greg Zuerlein (foot) will be ready to go Sunday. He makes for a great option in you Showdown cash games for Super Bowl Sunday.
According to Ian Rapoport , the Steelers have not given Brown permission to facilitate a trade although Brown said he would like a fresh start somewhere else. This will be one of the most interesting story lines in the offseason. Brown is a dynamic fantasy wide receiver and could flip the DFS/Best Ball worlld upside down depending on where he lands.
CJ Anderson missed practice Thursday with an illness. He should be fine to suit up and play in the Super Bowl. He is an intriguing piece to the massive Super Bowl Showdown slate next Sunday. He has received the bulk of the work in this backfield for several games now.
One of the bigger decisions in the Super Bowl Showdown slates coming up is to determine if Todd Gurley is healthy or injured. Gurley said post game he was healthy and didn’t play much because he was playing poorly. While that cannot be disputed, he was also shown riding the stationary bike for much of the 2nd half, indicating there was a possible health issue. We should learn more closer to the big game, but this Showdown slate could hinge on Todd Gurley or CJ Anderson as your choice to lead the Rams backfield versus the Patriots
As expected Ben Watson is out today while recovering from having his appendix removed. On what is a very ugly slate for TE’s this is a big loss if you were looking to pivot off Travis Kelcie or Rob Gronkowski. Dan Arnold is active today and will start in place of Watson. We can expect the targets to continue to funnel through key offensive pieces Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.
Keith Kirkwood listed as out for Sunday. Michael Thomas will do most of the heavy lifting among the WRs, with Ted Ginn operating as a deep threat and Tre’Quan Smith/Austin Carr providing some depth. It’s possible we see some extra slot snaps out of Carr, but the Saints can move Michael Thomas around in formations so we’ll very likely see some sort of committee behind the top two WRs. As for Ben Watson, he’s listed as questionable but wasn’t able to practice this week and was reported as out earlier in the day, so it still seems likely he sits. Josh Hill has seen more playing time this year, but Dan Arnold has been utilized more as a pass-catcher when he’s been on the field. Both TEs have GPP appeal on a two-game slate, but I’d give Arnold the slight nod.
Watson was unable to participate in practice this week and has officially been ruled out of Sunday’s NFC Championship matchup against the Los Angeles Rams due to appendicitis. Watson was apart of a full-blown timeshare with Josh Hill at the tight end position in last week’s win, running 16 routes compared to the 20 routes that were assigned to Hill on passing plays. However, Dan Arnold was a healthy inactive for the Divisional round, but he’ll likely be active on Sunday and will have a legitimate shot to take over the role vacated by Watson in the offense. Given Arnold’s athletic measurables, he may be the preferred option over Hill in tournament formats on this weekend’s slates, and he’s already flashed upside once this season, posting a 4-45-1 line versus the Atlanta Falcons earlier in the year.
Ware upgraded to a full practice on Thursday after being limited the day prior. His game-day status could have a small affect on Damien Williams, although it appears as the latter is fully in charge of this backfield now.
This is a very interesting hire for fantasy purposes next season. Scangarello is from the Kyle Shanahan coaching tree. He was a QB Coach for a 49ers team that just kept chugging along at the position despite the injury to Jimmy Garoppolo. CJ Beathard had some nice moments and then Nick Mullens actually looked more than adequate. The Shanahan system has always found a way to feature versatile RB’s so Phillip Lindsay could be in the mix for breakout candidates next season.
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