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Chargers hire Anthony Lynn as head coach

Friday, January 13, 2017, 12:38am

ESPN - [Full Article]

In need of a jump-start after just nine wins in two seasons, the Chargers believe Anthony Lynn can breathe some fresh air into this franchise in a new city.

Fantasy Impact:

Lynn took over as offensive coordinator in Week 3, and the team averaged 25.8 points in the final 14 games, an average that would have been good enough to score the 8th-most points in the league.

Rams hire Sean McVay as head coach

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 5:33pm

PFT - [Full Article]

One day after giving Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay a second interview, the Rams will be making him the youngest head coach in NFL history. The Rams have announced that the 30-year-old McVay will be the next coach of the team.

Related players: Todd Gurley

Fantasy Impact:

McVay has been Washington's offensive coordinator for the last three seasons. In 2016 the unit posted the 3rd-most yards and the 12th-most points after scoring the 10th-most points in 2015. His rushing games have never finished higher than 19th in yards or 14th in attempts, so the hire doesn't necessarily mean that Todd Gurley is out of the woods.

Broncos tab Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 11:49pm

UPI - [Full Article]

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Mike McCoy, and former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave were set to interview for the Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator vacancy this week. CSN's John Middlekauff reported Wednesday night that the Broncos' new coach, Vance Joseph, chose to hire McCoy.

Fantasy Impact:

McCoy wasn't playing with a full deck this year in San Diego with both Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead injured, but his offense still managed to post the 9th most points in the league. In fact, his offenses have finished in the top 10 in total yards in three of the last five seasons. This is a good hire for Denver, who are a quarterback (Tyrod Taylor?) away from a great offense.

Bills hire Sean McDermott as head coach

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 4:16pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Bills ended their latest head-coaching search Wednesday, agreeing to hire Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott to succeed the fired Rex Ryan, a source told ESPN's Dan Graziano.

McDermott is expected to bring a 4-3 defensive scheme back to the Bills, who finished fourth in yards allowed in 2014 while using former defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's 4-3 system.

Fantasy Impact:

The hire is a good sign for the Bills' defense, but more importantly, who will McDermott hire as offensive coordinator? And will the franchise keep Tyrod Taylor?

Broncos tab Vance Joseph as head coach

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 2:50pm

CBS - [Full Article]

The Broncos are expected to offer Vance Joseph their head coaching job, according to's Mike Klis. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported earlier in the week that Joseph was the front-runner for the job heading into the interview process. Joesph, who served as the Dolphins' defensive coordinator during the 2016 season, would replace Gary Kubiak, who retired a year after leading Denver to a title in Super Bowl 50.

Fantasy Impact:

The Dolphins' defense gave up the 4th-most yards and were in the middle of the pack in points allowed. It will be interesting to see who the Broncos pick to run the offense now that Gary Kubiak is gone.

Raiders don't renew contract of OC Bill Musgrave

Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 5:38pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Raiders former OC Bill Musgrave had a contract that was expiring. OAK lets it expire. May have an in-house candidate in QB Todd Downing.

Fantasy Impact:

Musgrave's offense improved to 6th in yards gained and 7th in points scored, so the move is somewhat surprising.

Packers WR Jordy Nelson fractured 'at least two' ribs, status uncertain

Monday, January 9, 2017, 6:38pm - [Full Article]

Jordy Nelson's status Sunday's game against the Cowboys does not look good.

The wide out suffered at least two fractured ribs in their wild-card win over the Giants, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Rapoport adds it will take a tremendous effort for Nelson to play.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters earlier Monday that his star wide receiver has a shot to suit up for this Sunday's NFC divisional-round tilt with the Cowboys.

Fantasy Impact:

If Nelson can't play, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison will pick up the slack. If Nelson does play, we wouldn't expect a full complement of snaps.

Jaguars hire Doug Marrone as head coach

Monday, January 9, 2017, 6:35pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Jacksonville planning to hire Doug Marrone as HC, league sources tell ESPN.

Tom Coughlin is joining the franchise as VP of Football Operations.

Fantasy Impact:

Marrone went 15-17 in Buffalo before joining the Jaguars as assistant head coach. He filled in as the interim coach for the last two games and the franchise apparently feels good enough about him to give him the job on a permanent basis.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) will 'be out there next week'

Monday, January 9, 2017, 10:36am - [Full Article]

The Steelers quarterback arrived to his postgame news conference Sunday with a boot on his right foot following Pittsburgh's 30-12 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Wild Card Weekend. He said that he hurt his ankle on his second-to-last play of the win.

"We don't know anything yet, but well find out soon enough," Roethlisberger said about his prognosis. "You're always worried about being hurt, but I'll be out there next week."

After the game, Roethlisberger underwent tests on his ankle, which confirmed the injury is not serious, sources informed of the injury told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Monday.

Fantasy Impact:

When it comes to injuries, Roethlisberger the league's preeminent drama queen, regularly overstating or drawing attention to his injuries so that he can develop a "tough guy" reputation for playing through them. He'll be out there against the Chiefs.

Packers have 'concern' for Jordy Nelson (ribs)

Monday, January 9, 2017, 10:32am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson was knocked out of Sunday's wild-card win against the New York Giants with a rib injury in the second quarter.

While Packers coach Mike McCarthy did not say whether Nelson broke any ribs, there was concern after the game that the injury might keep Nelson out of next Sunday's divisional playoff game against the Cowboys.

"I obviously have concern for Jordy," McCarthy said. "I don't have the information yet."

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said "it would be a huge loss for us" if Nelson were unable to play.

"But [Geronimo Allison] has been playing a lot for us and he's been playing effectively," Rodgers said. "Randall [Cobb] being back healthy -- you know I said this week in my press conference we're better with 18 [Cobb's jersey number] on the field. And he showed it tonight, made a ton of plays for us. He was excellent. And having him out there is going to help. But you know Geronimo is going to have to step up and play extended time if Jordy is going to be out."

Fantasy Impact:

If Nelson is out versus Dallas (which looks likely), Allison will pick up most of his snaps. The Jeff Janis truthers will have to hope for another injury or two.

Sunday, January 8, 2017, 3:31pm

Packers Inactives

Joe Callahan QB
Trevor Davis WR
Jay Elliott LB
Kyle Murphy OT
Christian Ringo DE
Quinten Rollins CB
James Starks RB

Sunday, January 8, 2017, 3:30pm

Giants Inactives

Jerell Adams TE
Will Beatty OT
Nat Berhe FS
Owa Odighizuwa DE
Jason Pierre-Paul DE
Ishaq Williams DE
George Winn RB

Steelers TE Ladarius Green out vs. Dolphins

Sunday, January 8, 2017, 11:54am

Steelers Inactives

Anthony Chickillo OLB
Justin Gilbert DB
Robert Golden SS
Ladarius Green TE
Ricardo Mathews DE
Zach Mettenberger QB
Brian Mihalik OT

Fantasy Impact:

Jesse James will see starter's snaps, but Eli Rogers tends to see a bump in work with Green out. 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). 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).

Sunday, January 8, 2017, 11:51am

Dolphins Inactives

Leonte Carroo WR
Thomas Duarte TE
A.J. Hendy DB
Byron Maxwell CB
Ryan Tannehill QB
Sam Young T

Saturday, January 7, 2017, 6:54pm

Seahawks Inactives

Terrence Magee RB
Tony McDaniel DT
Rees Odhiambo OG
Ronald Powell LB
C.J. Prosise RB
Nick Vannett TE
Kasen Williams WR

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