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January 18
01:27 PM
L Green (PIT)

Ladarius Green unlikely to play in AFC Championship
Green remains in the league's concussion protocol stemming from a head injury suffered Week 15 of the regular season. He has yet to be cleared by an independent neurologist or practice since the Thursday before Wild Card weekend. Jesse James is in line to start his third straight playoff game in Green's presumable absence.

Fantasy Spin:
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green (concussion) is still in the league's concussion protocol.
12:40 PM

Sam Shields expected to be released by Packers
Not only did Shields miss most of the season, but he was recently charged with drug and paraphernalia possession stemming from an arrest in October. Shields has a cap hit of $12,125,000 next season, and the Packers can save $9,000,000 of that by releasing him. Shields has given no indication that he is considering retirement after a serious concussion, though that is certainly a possibility at this point.

Fantasy Spin:
Sam Shields is expected to be released by the Green Bay Packers, according to ESPN NFL Nation Packers reporter Rob Demovsky. Shields missed most of the season after a Week 1 concussion landed him on injured reserve, and while cornerback is one of Green Bay's bigger needs heading into the offseason, they seem interested in moving on from Shields and his contract.
January 17
11:02 PM
D Woodhead (SDC)

Danny Woodhead 'ahead of schedule' in his rehab
Woodhead suffered a torn ACL in Week 2 of the 2016 regular season and was placed on IR shortly after. Because of the severity of the injury and the recovery time that comes along with it, Woodhead is still months away from being fully ready for offseason workouts. He will likely be on the shelf until training camp and could begin the mid-summer sessions on the PUP list. The 31-year-old running back is an impending free agent this offseason.

Fantasy Spin:
Los Angeles Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken reports running back Danny Woodhead (knee) is "six weeks ahead of schedule" in his recovery from an ACL tear.
10:42 PM
P Rivers (SDC)

Philip Rivers squashes trade rumors
Jim Schultz of the Schultz Report later reported that Rivers is "disappointed in the LA move and wants to have say in GM/coach hiring process," suggesting that the trade rumors are, in fact, valid. However, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune heavily disagrees with the rumors being factual -- as his quotes are from the quarterback's mouth. This is a developing story that could linger on throughout the offseason unless further clarity is provided. If Rivers was actually on the trading block, he could garner a similar return that Sam Bradford had back in the summer when he was traded from Philadelphia to Minnesota -- the Vikings gave up a first round pick in 2017 and a conditional fourth round pick in 2018 in return for Bradford's services.

Fantasy Spin:
According to Chargers beat writer Kevin Acee, quarterback Philip Rivers "is not pushing" for a trade out of Los Angeles to the San Francisco 49ers. Acee added that Rivers has a no-trade clause in his contract and that the signal caller is "fine" with the move from San Diego to Los Angeles.
10:27 PM
C Hogan (NEP)

Chris Hogan has minor setback with thigh injury
It sounds like Hogan should be a go for the game on Sunday. But keep posted with the Patriots injury updates. If Hogan misses the game it will increase the value of Michael Floyd.

Fantasy Spin:
Chris Hogan said Tuesday that he sustained a "minor setback" with his thigh during Saturday's win against the Texans, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. However, Hogan added he "maybe could have returned."
10:04 PM

Adrian Clayborn officially placed on IR
Losing Clayborn is a big blow to a Falcons defensive front that was finally starting to perform well. Green Bay already has excellent pass protection and Atlanta will be down one good DE.

Fantasy Spin:
Adrian Clayborn was rumored to miss the remainder of the playoffs, but now the Falcons have officially placed him on Injured Reserve.
09:59 PM

Bene Benwikere signed to Packers practice squad
Benwikere's signing won't have any effect until he is promoted from the practice squad, but this could be good practice for Packers WRs who are preparing for the NFC title game against Atlanta.

Fantasy Spin:
Bene Benwikere has been signed to the Green Bay Packers practice squad.
07:12 PM
M Bryant (PIT)

Martavis Bryant files for reinstatement
Bryant is currently serving his one-year suspension for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy -- reportedly for the use of marijuana. Although he filed his reinstatement papers Tuesday, he will not be eligible to return this postseason. However, he hopes to be available to return for the beginning of 2017. The Steelers have had a revolving door at the No. 2 receiver spot opposite Antonio Brown in Bryant's absence with players that include Darrius Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates, and Markus Wheaton. Bryant's eventual return will make Pittsburgh's offense even more lethal if and when the league's grants him his reinstatement.

Fantasy Spin:
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has filed for his reinstatement into the league with the hopes of a return for the start of the 2017 season.
06:51 PM
J Nelson (GBP)

Jordy Nelson a 'longshot' for NFC Championship Game
ESPN's Rob Demovsky said Nelson "has a chance to play against the Atlanta Falcons, but it's only a small chance." The ailing wideout is nursing a pair of fractured ribs suffered in the team's Wild Card win over the Giants. Aside from rehab work, Nelson hasn't practiced since sustaining the injury and will attempt to give it a go Wednesday. Still, barring an unforeseen turnaround in his recovery, Nelson will likely be sidelined for Sunday's win or go home matchup against the Falcons.

Fantasy Spin:
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (ribs) is a "longshot" to play in the NFC Championship Game Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
02:45 PM
J Graham (SEA)

Jimmy Graham to remain with Seattle in 2017
Graham, who is entering his contract year in 2017, finally had his breakout campaign as a member of the Seahawks in 2016. After an injury-plagued 2015, his first year with the club in which he struggled mightily, Graham bounced back this season finishing the year with a 65-923-6 stat line while playing in all 16 games. Although the Seahawks could opt to release Graham without taking a dead cap hit this offseason -- he's due no guaranteed money of his $10 million salary for 2017 -- Seattle's best option is likely to let him play out the final year of his deal before making a decision on his future. His recent injury history and age will play a role in whether or not he will be re-signed in 2018. Graham and quarterback Russell Wilson showcased a tremendous rapport that continued to develop throughout the year. If Seattle elects to part ways with the tight end this offseason, they would have to fill a gaping hole at a position that was the Achilles heel of their offense in the years prior to acquiring Graham.

Fantasy Spin:
ESPN's Sheil Kapadia reports Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll "gave a strong indication" that tight end Jimmy Graham would be retained for the 2017 season. "I thought Jimmy had a terrific year," Carroll said of the 30-year-old tight end. "He was explosive. He was dynamic. He blocked like he's never blocked before. He became a factor on the perimeter blocking stuff, and he's a highlight film. He's got so many big plays that he made during the year."
12:02 AM
S Gostkowski (NEP)

Stephen Gostkowski with a double-digit point effort in Divisional Playoffs
While Gostkowski is a part of one of the best offenses in football, he has only made two field goals over 50 yards this season. He has made a field goal of 40 yards or further in three of his last four games and double-digit points in each of those games. The Steelers are the Patriots' AFC Championship Game opponents and Gostkowski only had 3 points against the Steelers' 8th-ranked defense against kickers.

Fantasy Spin:
Stephen Gostkowski was 2-for-2 on field goals, including a 43-yard field goal, and made all four of his extra points in a 34-16 win for the Patriots over the Texans. Gostkowski has made multiple field goals in four consecutive games and has 137 points this season. He is 29-for-34 on field goals this season.
January 16
11:31 PM
M Bryant (ATL)

Matt Bryant scores 10 points in Divisional win
Bryant is consistently one of the most expensive kickers in DFS and has nine double-digit point games this season. While he has been a reliable kicker this season, his five field goals of over 40 yards over his last three games have made him a top option. The Packers, the NFC Championship opponent for the Falcons, ranked 22nd against fantasy kickers and Bryant had 10 points against Green Bay on October 31.

Fantasy Spin:
Matt Bryant was 2-for-2 on field goals and 4-for-4 on extra points in a 36-20 win for the Falcons over the Seahawks. Bryant has now made multiple field goals in three consecutive games and 10 points in each of his last two games. He is 36-for-39 on field goals this season.
11:18 PM

J.J. Watt 'ahead of schedule' in his recovery
Reports indicate that Watt has been working out at the Texans' training facility throughout the season and that he has been medically cleared to begin weight training. The team hopes that Watt will be available to participate in OTAs in some capacity, but they are uncertain if he will be fully cleared by that time -- OTAs will likely begin in May. Despite playing without Watt for all but three games this season, Houston's defense still managed to finish the 2016 campaign ranked No. 1 in total defense.

Fantasy Spin:
Houston Texans beat writer Aaron Wilson believes pass rusher J.J. Watt (back) is "considered ahead of schedule" in his recovery from back surgery.
11:01 PM
J Nelson (GBP)

Jordy Nelson's status for NFC Championship game uncertain
Nelson's status for Wednesday's practice is up in the air as he is dealing with a pair of fractured ribs sustained in the Wild Card Round. He was inactive for Sunday's Divisional Round Playoff win over the Cowboys and will make another attempt to play this week at Atlanta. Nelson will need a miraculous turnaround in his recovery to make himself available to play in the NFC Championship game. If he is ruled out, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison will handle the primary wide receiver duties in his absence.

Fantasy Spin:
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy told the media wide receiver Jordy Nelson (ribs) completed a "regeneration workout" in its entirety Monday. However, the head coach was non-committal on Nelson's practice status for Wednesday.
10:48 PM
J Jones (ATL)

Julio Jones 'ready' for NFC Championship game
In Saturday's win over the Seahawks, Jones aggravated the same toe injury he suffered back in Week 13 of the regular season that forced him to miss two games. The Falcons are electing to take the cautious approach with Jones' toe which explains why he will be a limited participant in practice this week. Barring any further setbacks, Jones will be a full-go for the NFC Championship game Sunday against Green Bay. Facing an extremely suspect Packers secondary, Jones is an elite DFS option for this week's slate of games.

Fantasy Spin:
Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn told the media wide receiver Julio Jones (toe) will be limited in practice this week with a toe injury that he aggravated in Saturday's Divisional Round Playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks. However, despite the setback, Quinn reiterated that Jones is "ready to rock" for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers.

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