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Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. Kearse’s return puts a dent in Paul Richardson’s upside.

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Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. LaFell was a nice surprise this season. He finished as the #22 WR in both standard and PPR formats, and he has a nice matchup against a shaky Baltimore secondary.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle, finger, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. Thomas was the #2 WR this season, and that was after he was the #41 receiver through the first three weeks. Vontae Davis is a concern, but he typically plays on one side of the field, so the Broncos can avoid him if they choose to.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) missed practice Friday. Wayne is expected to play, though his production has fallen off of a cliff this season. He has broken the 40-yard mark once in his last seven games.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Packers TE Brandon Bostick (illness) was removed from the injury report Friday after taking full practice reps Thursday.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 19. Daniels should be fine to face New England. He has scored one touchdown in his last nine games.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Cowboys TE James Hanna (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Seahawks TE Cooper Helfet (ribs, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Seahawks TE Tony Moeaki (calf, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 19. Moeaki is considered to be a game-time decision for Saturday. If he’s out, Luke Willson would be more attractive as a Sneaky Start, though he has seen five or more targets just three times this season.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. Thomas is going to play but he has just five catches for 66 yards in his last four games after posting the #1 TE numbers through the first 10 weeks.

Giants fire DC Perry Fewell

Friday, January 9, 2015, 11:44am - [Full Article]

The Giants today initiated a restructuring of their defensive coaching staff when they announced the departure of coordinator Perry Fewell and secondary/cornerbacks coach Peter Giunta.

Fewell had been the team’s defensive coordinator since 2010, while Giunta joined the staff in 2006. Giunta was on the staff for both of the Giants’ Super Bowl victories under Tom Coughlin, while Fewell coordinated the defense when the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI.

“These are two outstanding men and outstanding football coaches,” head coach Tom Coughlin said. “It is very hard in this business to find people that are not only good football coaches but outstanding human beings who are trustworthy, loyal and honest. Perry and Peter are all that.”

Despite his strong personal feelings for Fewell and Giunta, Coughlin said the changes were necessary in the wake of the Giants’ 6-10 season in 2014, their third in row without a postseason berth.

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants were 29th in total defense and 22nd in points allowed.

Brian Schottenheimer leaves the Rams to become Georgia's offensive coordinator

Friday, January 9, 2015, 11:36am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Georgia head coach Mark Richt announced on Wednesday that St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer would replace Mike Bobo, who accepted the head job at Colorado State last month, as the Bulldogs' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Schottenheimer spent his past three seasons leading a Rams offense that ranked as one of the NFL's lowest-scoring units (25th in scoring and 28th in total offense over that stretch) while struggling with personnel issues, most notably quarterback Sam Bradford.

Fantasy Impact:

Schottenheimer didn't have much to work with while in St. Louis, specifically at quarterback. The offense showed some signs of life when Sam Bradford was under center, but he was limited to just seven games over the past two seasons.

Browns, OC Kyle Shanahan part ways

Friday, January 9, 2015, 11:30am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Cleveland Browns' tradition of change continues, as a team source told Thursday that offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains will not return next season.

Shanahan resigned and Loggains was fired, according to a league source.

Sources familiar with the situation said the split was caused because the pair did not see eye to eye with the front office about quarterback Johnny Manziel. The front office wants Manziel to be the starter, and the source said the coaches do not believe they can win with him.

Shanahan felt the decision to start Manziel was forced on the coaching staff, and that the yearlong insistence to play him when he wasn't ready wore on Shanahan, the team source said.

Fantasy Impact:

It's interesting to hear that Manziel's future was the reason for the divorce. Despite the Browns' offensive struggles down the stretch, Shanahan is a hot name around the league and won't have a problem finding employment for next season.

Buccaneers hire Dirk Koetter as offensive coordinator

Friday, January 9, 2015, 10:44am

Tampa Bay Times - [Full Article]

Dirk Koetter, 55, agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Buccaneers with an option in 2017. He interviewed for the job last week and brings familiarity with the NFC South. Before coming to Atlanta, he spent five seasons as the Jaguars' offensive coordinator, following stints as head coach at Boise State and Arizona State.

During his three seasons in Atlanta, the Falcons ranked eighth, 14th and eighth in total offense. The Falcons' Matt Ryan posted the three highest passing yardage seasons in franchise history under Koetter, as well as three of the four highest completion percentage seasons.

That's important because the Bucs have the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft and are in position to select either Florida State's Jameis Winston or Oregon junior Marcus Mariota, who has yet to declare.

Koetter runs a pro-style offense that is heavy on the passing side, which could be a fit for Winston. But he also has a strong connection on the Mariota side — Oregon coach Mark Helfrich was Koetter's quarterbacks coach for eight years, at Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-05).

Fantasy Impact:

This looks like a good hire for whomever the Bucs tap to be quarterback in 2015.

Seahawks will force Cam Newton to throw the ball

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:52pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Seattle has held Cam Newton to one touchdown in three games since 2012. What has been the key to that?

Seahawks beat writer Terry Blount: Newton shouldn't feel too bad. The Seahawks have made a lot of very good QBs look bad the past couple of years -- Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl and Aaron Rodgers this year in the season opener, to name two. But the biggest thing is they've done what I'm sure the Panthers want to do to Russell Wilson -- cut off his running lanes and force Newton to beat them throwing. Newton had 12 carries for only 24 yards in the game at Charlotte earlier this season. Forcing any QB to beat them just by passing is a chore against the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL, which has three Pro Bowlers in Chancellor, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.

Fantasy Impact:

Newton has averaged 146 passing yards and 35 rushing yards in his last three games against Seattle. He has thrown one touchdown pass and one interception (total) in those three games. Daily fantasy players should look elsewhere for a strong quarterback play.