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Patriots Beat: Gronk gets 'little to no' playing time Week 17

Saturday, December 27, 2014, 10:53am

Ben Volin on Twitter - [Full Article]

Pats beat writer Ben Volin tweeted he thinks Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski gets little-to-no playing time in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact:

This is just Volin's opinion but there's probably something to it. There's no need to risk your best offensive weapon with nothing to play for this week. With a bye next week to open the playoffs, perhaps Gronk gets a series or two but he's probably not a safe fantasy option to start.

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Falcons Beat: Jacquizz Rodgers will 'likely get the bulk of the carries' vs. Panthers

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:54pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons RBs Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers took over against the New Orleans Saints after Steven Jackson left the game with a quadriceps injury. Freeman, a fourth-round pick from Florida State, provided some big plays, including a 31-yard touchdown run.

Rodgers will likely get the bulk of the carries because he’s still considered a better pass protector.

Fantasy Impact:

Freeman has been significantly better but admits that he's not good enough in pass protection. Rodgers may start, but we expect that Freeman will get enough touches to make him a worthwhile play in daily formats.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (foot, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Bortles should be fine to face a tough Houston defense.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Brady’s ankle won’t be the limiting factor this week. He may only play a few series against the Bills, though we’re expecting 2-3 quarters from most of the Patriot starters.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Raiders QB Derek Carr (illness) was removed from the injury report Friday after taking full practice reps Thursday.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Bears QB Jimmy Clausen (concussion, out) has been ruled out for Week 17. Jay Cutler will get the start in what should be an awkward (and likely final) game with HC Marc Trestman.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Bengals QB Andy Dalton (illness) was removed from the injury report Friday after taking full practice reps Thursday. Dalton will be fine for a big game against Pittsburgh.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone, out) has been ruled out for Week 17. Mark Sanchez will get another start.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (right shoulder, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17. Griffin is expected to start despite the shoulder injury.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Browns QB Brian Hoyer (right shoulder, right biceps, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 17. Hoyer is out, so Connor Shaw is expected to get the start against Baltimore. It’s unlikely to be pretty.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Manning is fully expected to play since Denver needs a win to secure a first round bye.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Browns QB Johnny Manziel (hamstring, out) has been ruled out for Week 17.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Titans QB Zach Mettenberger (right shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17. Charlie Whitehurst is expected to start against Indianapolis this week.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Rivers will be fine to face Kansas City in what amounts to a must-win game.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Rodgers may be somewhat limited by the calf injury, but he’s not going to miss a showdown with Detroit for the division title. For what it’s worth, QB coach Alex Van Pelt said that he’s expecting a “healthy guy” and says the team is going in “fully loaded” for Sunday’s game.

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