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Friday, January 16, 2015, 5:45pm

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 20. The probable tag means that LaFell is going to play against Indianapolis.

Friday, January 16, 2015, 5:45pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) missed practice Friday. Wayne isn't much of a fantasy option at this point, but he'll be out there against New England.

Friday, January 16, 2015, 5:45pm

Seahawks TE Tony Moeaki (calf, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 20. Moeaki will likely play behind Luke Willson this week.

Bears agree to terms with new head coach John Fox

Friday, January 16, 2015, 3:13pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

John Fox is the new head coach of the Chicago Bears, agreeing to a four-year deal on Friday, sources told ESPN.

Fox becomes Chicago's third head coach since 2012, taking over for Marc Trestman, who was fired on Dec. 29 along with general manager Phil Emery, after posting a 13-19 record over two seasons. The Bears have missed the postseason for four consecutive years.

Fantasy Impact:

Fox is experienced and should be able to change the culture in Chicago, but he's known to be very conservative in game situations and has had issues with clock management.

Giants bring Steve Spagnuolo back to run the defense

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The New York Giants have selected Steve Spagnuolo as their new defensive coordinator, reuniting him with the team he helped win Super Bowl XLII while serving in that role from 2007 to 2008.

Spagnuolo, 55, replaces Perry Fewell, who was the Giants' defensive coordinator for the past five years but was fired last week after a 6-10 season in which the team finished 29th in the NFL in total defense.

Fantasy Impact:

In two seasons with the Giants (2007-08), Spagnuolo led the defense to consecutive top 7 defenses. The Giants were 29th in yards allowed in 2014.

Vikings reiterate they want RB Adrian Peterson back

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 8:49am

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

Echoing earlier sentiments of his head coach, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said the team wants Adrian Peterson to return to Minnesota once the suspended running back is eligible to apply for reinstatement on April 15.

“I don’t know if there’s a team in the NFL that wouldn’t want Adrian Peterson on the football team,” Spielman said Wednesday at Winter Park. “If you can name me one … and I don’t want to speak for other teams. I’m being a little sarcastic with that. But I know that he’s a pretty good football player.”

“I’ll just stick by with what I’ve said,” Spielman said. “I know that Adrian is a good person, just being around him. I know he’s done a lot of good in this community. What he did — he just came out and said he made a mistake. As [coach Mike Zimmer] had stated earlier, he has to get all that in order and then we’ll proceed from there.”

Fantasy Impact:

This will be one of the more compelling situations to monitor this spring/summer from a personnel standpoint. Peterson is under contract and the team says it wants him to return, so in all likelihood, he will.

Schefter: 49ers to promote defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to HC

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 7:33pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers set to promote defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to head coach, per sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Tomsula has been with the team since 2007. He'll need to hire an effective offensive coordinator since he was brought up on the defensive side of the ball. So far, there is no reason to think that the 49ers will suddenly become more productive on offense.

Jets to hire Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 11:26am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

After two years out of coaching, Chan Gailey once again will have a job in the NFL.

According to Rich Cimini of, Gailey will join the New York Jets as the offensive coordinator under new head coach Todd Bowles.

Fantasy Impact:

The Jets were 22nd in yards and 28th in total points in 2014. Gailey had success early in his coaching career at Denver, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Miami, but in four total seasons with the Chiefs and the Bills, his offenses failed to crack the top 13 in either points or total offense.

Raiders expected to name Jack Del Rio as their next head coach

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 10:58am - [Full Article]

Jack Del Rio is expected to be the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning, citing two sources informed of the team's thinking, that signs point to the former Broncos defensive coordinator and Jaguars head coach being the next man tapped to lead the middling franchise out of a playoff drought that began in 2002. Rapoport adds that the Raiders decided Tuesday against sticking with interim coach Tony Sparano.

Fantasy Impact:

In nine seasons as the Jaguars head coach, Del Rio compiled a 68-71 record. He spent the last three years as the defensive coordinator for the Broncos, who were 3rd in total defense (and 16th in points allowed) in 2014.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams may be a cap casualty

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 10:45am

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

GM Dave Gettleman said he wanted to sit down with DeAngelo Williams before saying anything publicly about the status of the franchise’s all-time rushing leader. Last year, Gettleman was widely criticized for his noncommittal comments about Steve Smith’s future with the team before talking to the Panthers’ popular, all-time receiving leader.

“I need to talk to DeAngelo, I really do. He’s a pro’s pro, and he had a tough season,” Gettleman said. “The obvious loss of his mom was very, very difficult. He only played six (regular season) games this year, and it was tough for him. Before I say anything, just know he’s a pro’s pro. And the way he finished the season, he finished it like a man.”

Williams, who turns 32 in April, finished with career lows in every major rushing category after battling injuries most of the season. When Williams returned from a broken hand in December, he was reduced to part-time work behind Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker.

Fantasy Impact:

Jonathan Stewart was tremendous down the stretch, averaging 105 total yards (97.0 rushing) in the final seven games, including two playoff games. He averaged 5.30 YPC in that span, including 5.13 YPC versus Arizona and 5.38 YPC against Seattle in the playoffs. Over the final five games of the regular season, he was the #10 fantasy running back. He turns 28 in March, so there is definitely some tread left on his tires. Even though he has missed 20 percent of his team's games throughout the career, he'll be a high-upside pick if Williams is let go.

Jets hire Arizona DC Todd Bowles as new head coach

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 11:14pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The New York Jets have replaced one defensive guru with another, tapping former Arizona Cardinals coordinator Todd Bowles as Rex Ryan's successor.

Bowles told ESPN's Josina Anderson in a text message that he was taking the job.

The news came less than four hours after the Jets announced the hiring of Mike Maccagnan as their general manager. Bowles will receive a four-year contract, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Fantasy Impact:

It's yet another defensive-minded head coaching hire for the Jets. His first task will be to find an offensive coordinator who can get the Jets' offense rolling again.

Bills terminate contract of DC Jim Schwartz

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:26pm

Buffalo Bills - [Full Article]

Buffalo Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan today announced that the team has terminated the contract of Jim Schwartz which will allow the defense coordinator to pursue other opportunities.

Ryan said, “I have the utmost respect for Jim and what he has been able to accomplish throughout his career and I know he feels the same about me. Jim’s defenses are always tough and ranked near the top of the league standings. I wanted to give Jim the opportunity to pursue other opportunities and so we have terminated his contract. He did a terrific job with the Bills defense this past year and our plan is for our defense to continue to play well and be a dominating force.”

Fantasy Impact:

Schwartz did a great job with the Bills defense this season. The unit was 4th in both total points allowed and total yardage allowed. He'll be a hot name on the DC market.

Cowboys 'on the brink' of a five-year deal with HC Jason Garrett

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:13pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Dallas Cowboys are on the brink of a new five-year contract agreement with Jason Garrett to remain the team's head coach, sources tell ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

A team source told ESPN's Ed Werder of the deal: "It's not done, but close."

Fantasy Impact:

Garrett guided the Cowboys further than anyone outside of Irving thought they would go. Despite a tough loss to Green Bay in the Divisional Round, it was only a matter of time before owner Jerry Jones inked Garrett to a new deal.

Report: Cowboys will retain DC Rod Marinelli

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:09pm

Dallas News - [Full Article]

The Cowboys are close to a contract with Rod Marinelli that will ensure he remains as the team’s defensive coordinator, a source said.

The talks appear to have reached the stage where the contract could be finalized later today or tomorrow. Jason Garrett said earlier in the day that Marinelli had told him that he wanted to return.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cowboys were surprisingly competent on the defensive side of the ball despite a glaring lack of talent. The unit finished 15th in points allowed and was 19th in total yardage allowed.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 11:46am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Pittsburgh Steelers named Keith Butler as their new defensive coordinator Tuesday.

Butler was promoted to replace longtime defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, who resigned Saturday after being notified that he would not be given a new contract with the team.

The 58-year-old Butler had been Pittsburgh's linebackers coach since 2003.

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