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Friday, January 6, 2017, 5:00pm

Raiders WR Andre Holmes (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 18.

Friday, January 6, 2017, 5:00pm

Lions WR Andre Roberts (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 18.

Friday, January 6, 2017, 5:00pm

Giants TE Jerell Adams (shoulder) took limited practice reps all week.

Friday, January 6, 2017, 5:00pm

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (not injury related) took full practice reps again Friday. No worries here.

Friday, January 6, 2017, 5:00pm

Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking full reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 18. He’s still in the concussion protocol, so it doesn’t look like Green will make his return this week. Eli Rogers has been one of the beneficiaries of Green’s absence; he has averaged 4.1 catches for 49 yards and 0.22 TD (on 5.8 targets) in the nine games in which Green was either sidelined or played less than 20% of the snaps. In the other four games, Rogers has averaged 2.8 catches for 37 yards and 0.25 TD (on 3.5 T/G). Jesse James has averaged a modest 2.9 catches for 25 yards and 0.25 (on 4.3 T/G) with Green out or very limited. The Dolphins have been poor against both receivers (#28 in WR aFPA) and tight ends (#32 in TE aFPA).

Friday, January 6, 2017, 5:00pm

Texans TE Ryan Griffin (quadricep) took full practice reps all week.

Friday, January 6, 2017, 5:00pm

Steelers TE Xavier Grimble (ribs) took full practice reps all week.

Friday, January 6, 2017, 5:00pm

Texans K Nick Novak (shoulder) took full practice reps all week.

Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr. has officially retired

Friday, January 6, 2017, 10:05am

Steve Smith - [Full Article]

Steve L Smith has retired from the NFL in true Steve Smith fashion:

"This is to notify you that as of today, I, Steve Smith Sr., will no longer be antagonizing defensive backs. I am retiring from the National Football League."

Fantasy Impact:

In his illustrious 16-year career, Smith made five Pro Bowls and was named First Team All-Pro twice. He is 12th in career receptions (1,031), 7th in receiving yards (14,731) and 26th in touchdowns (81). He will be missed.

Giants OC: Paul Perkins & Rashad Jennings 'complement each other well'

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 4:50pm

Jordan Raanan - [Full Article]

Giants OC Mike Sullivan says Paul Perkins and Rashad Jennings complement each other well. I'd still expect Giants to use both good amount.

Fantasy Impact:

On Wednesday, Raanan said there was a "good chance" that Perkins would start against the Packers. He has out-carried Jennings 36-to-27 in the last two games, and has out-gained Jennings 170-to-96 in the same span. But it's unlikely that the Giants completely hand the RB1 job to a rookie in an elimination game against the Packers. Perkins is the better play this week, but Jennings is likely to stay involved.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor 'elected' to have surgery on injured groin

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 11:17am

Buffalo Bills - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills confirmed in a team statement Thursday that quarterback Tyrod Taylor chose to have surgery after seeking a second opinion this week. The statement read as follows.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor had a consultation visit yesterday with Dr. William Meyers and elected to have surgery this morning. The Bills were informed late yesterday of this morning’s procedure.

No other details on the procedure were provided.

Fantasy Impact:

There's some drama regarding Taylor's contract. If he can't pass a physical on March 11, the Bills are "stuck" with Taylor and a contract number of $27.5 M. Pro Football Talk: "The Buffalo predicament is the direct result of a convoluted contract extension aimed at giving Taylor a bump for 2016 along with the promise of a big payday in 2017, while protecting the Bills against a Kirk Cousins-style franchise tag dilemma after what would have been the last year of Taylor’s contract. If that device blows up on the Bills, with Taylor getting the $27.5 million at a time when the Bills would have liked to pull the plug and move on, the blame will fall on the two men who have managed to work their relationships with ownership into a high degree of job security: G.M. Doug Whaley and team president Russ Brandon." We're very interested to see where Taylor lands. From a fantasy standpoint, he should get out of Buffalo and start fresh elsewhere.

Raiders to start QB Connor Cook vs. Texans

Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 2:50pm

Aaron Wilson - [Full Article]

Jack Del Rio on starting Connor Cook 'we trust him to go out and lead us'.

Fantasy Impact:

Cook was 14-of-21 for 150 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his debut against the Broncos in Week 17. His YPA of 7.1 was significantly higher than what the Broncos allowed in 2016 (5.8 YPA). The Texans are similarly stingy against the pass, so this isn't shaping up to be an advantageous matchup.

Raiders QB Derek Carr feels positive about rehab

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 8:27pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Injured Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said in a radio interview Tuesday with 95.7 The Game in San Francisco that it “ripped [his] heart out” to watch the Raiders play on television last Sunday at Denver.

Carr suffered a broken leg on Christmas Eve and had surgery a few days later. That surgery revealed no ligament damage, which bodes well for Carr being back on the field this spring.

Browns want to take 'aggressive shots' to add talent

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 8:24pm

Browns.com - [Full Article]

You build through the draft.

Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said as much Monday afternoon in an end-of-year news conference.

But Brown, who reflected on a trying 1-15 season alongside head coach Hue Jackson and chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta, said they’ll work in “lockstep” this offseason to build up the team’s roster by any means necessary.

“We want to take aggressive shots at adding talent to the roster, whether that’s at the trade deadline, free agency or in the draft,” Brown said. “The draft is going to be our primary pipeline of talent to the roster but it’s not going to be an exclusive pipeline. I think we’re going to go out and look at all the opportunities available to us come March.”

Fantasy Impact:

Brown’s comments echo a plan outlined by owner Jimmy Haslam, who spoke Sunday after an overtime loss to the Steelers. Haslam broke down Cleveland’s path forward in three parts. Cleveland wants to re-sign our key players, be appropriately aggressive in free agency and have a great draft.

Texans will start Brock Osweiler at QB even if Tom Savage cleared

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 5:44pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Yes, the Texans are preparing for Saturday’s playoff game against the Raiders with Brock Osweiler as the staring quarterback. No, it won’t matter if Tom Savage clears the concussion protocol by then.

Coach Bill O’Brien made it clear on Tuesday that Osweiler is the starter for Saturday, period.

“I’m not going to speculate on when [Savage] might clear but yes he is in the concussion protocol,” O’Brien told reporters. “If he were to clear, then he would be the backup quarterback. If not, it’ll be Brandon Weeden.”

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