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Jeff Janis held without catch in NFCCG 01-22-2017
Jeff Janis WR GB
Jeff Janis was held without a catch on one target in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons. Even with the Packers banged up at receiver down the stretch, Janis could not carve out a role on offense. The Packers view him as a special teams only player. Janis has theoretical big-play ability, but going on 26, he's probably never going to rise above folk hero status in fantasy football.
Aaron Ripkowski has NFCCG to forget 01-22-2017
Aaron Ripkowski FB GB
Packers FB Aaron Ripkowski rushed three times for 11 yards in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons, also losing a fumble. Ripkowski's giveaway was devastating, costing the Packers a potential touchdown and giving the Falcons a touchback. A 2015 sixth-rounder forced into far too big of a role this season, Ripkowski doesn't have a fantasy future.
Christine Michael has lousy NFCCG 01-22-2017
Christine Michael RB GB
Christine Michael rushed six times for 11 yards in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons. He "added" a three-yard catch. Michael reminded of why he's been cut so many times, giving back yards he had already gained. Now 26, Michael has all the raw ability in the world, but little clue of how to actually play football. An impending free agent, Michael will be up against it to make someone's 53-man roster next summer.
Taylor Gabriel held to two catches in NFCCG 01-22-2017
Taylor Gabriel WR ATL
Taylor Gabriel caught 2-of-3 targets for 24 yards in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game win over the Packers. Gabriel's missed connection was a rare drop. The Falcons will need Gabriel to bust a big play or two to bring home the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl 51.
Mohamed Sanu scores TD in NFCCG 01-22-2017
Mohamed Sanu WR ATL
Mohamed Sanu caught 5-of-7 targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers. Sanu added a seven-yard rush out of the Wild Cat formation. The Falcons' No. 2 receiver on paper, Sanu is really just a role player in an offense that spreads the ball around like few in recent memory. A big game in Super Bowl 51 is highly unlikely.
Tevin Coleman totals 64 yards in NFCCG 01-22-2017
Tevin Coleman RB ATL
Tevin Coleman rushed 11 times for 29 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers, adding three catches for 35 additional yards. It was business as usual in the Falcons' backfield, with Coleman operating as the 1B to Devonta Freeman's 1A. Coleman's big-play ability will be a potential X-factor in a Super Bowl 51 matchup with either New England or Pittsburgh.
Devonta Freeman totals 84 yards, TD vs. Pack 01-22-2017
Devonta Freeman RB ATL
Devonta Freeman rushed 14 times for 42 yards in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game win over the Packers, adding four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Geronimo Allison held to one catch in finale 01-22-2017
Geronimo Allison WR GB
Geronimo Allison caught 1-of-1 targets for 11 yards in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons. An UDFA, Allison came on surprisingly strong down the stretch for the Packers' banged-up receiver corps. The Illinois product caught 12 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns, with most of the production coming in must-win Week 16 and 17 games. Allison was quieter in the playoffs, but the 6-foot-3, 202-pound wideout went a long way towards securing a 2017 53-man roster spot. Allison's long-term fantasy upside is limited by 4.67 wheels.
Randall Cobb ends down 2016-17 with six grabs 01-22-2017
Randall Cobb WR GB
Randall Cobb caught 6-of-9 targets for 82 yards in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons. Cobb was the Packers' No. 3 receiver this season, watching his down 2015 become a trend. Frequently banged up, Cobb was soundly out-produced by Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, and struggled to differentiate himself from even Geronimo Allison down the stretch. The one-time electric playmaker has busted extremely few big plays over the past two years, averaging 10.4 yards per catch. Amazingly still only 26, Cobb's career is far from forked, but it's fair to declare his 2014 an outlier. Cobb should be regarded as a lower-end WR3 in Dynasty leagues.
Ty Montgomery suffers rib injury in NFCCG 01-22-2017
Ty Montgomery RB GB
Packers RB Ty Montgomery rushed three times for 17 yards in the Pack's NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons before departing with a rib injury. One of 2016's most interesting stories, Montgomery had a few huge games, but also struggled mightily for consistency. The Pack did not trust the converted wideout to handle big workloads, a decision he justified by frequently suffering in-game nicks and bruises. Montgomery also dealt with complications stemming from his sickle-cell trait. Montgomery proved he can be a unique weapon out of the backfield, but the Pack will probably view him as a committee member heading into the offseason. Montgomery's 2017 fantasy value will take a huge hit if he loses his wide receiver eligibility.
Jared Cook puts exclamation point on 2016 01-22-2017
Jared Cook TE GB
Jared Cook caught 7-of-12 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons. Playing on a one-year, $2.75 million contract, 29-year-old Cook had something resembling a breakout, catching 30 passes for 377 yards in 10 games. His numbers would have been much better had he not missed a whopping six games with a high-ankle sprain. Praised as an essential element of the Pack's offense by Aaron Rodgers, Cook consistently made plays up the seam. Headed back to free agency, Cook, of course, has never been consistent, and turns 30 in April. The Pack will undoubtedly try to re-sign him, but Cook's ever-rumored "upside" could entice a team to overpay on the open market.
Hobbled Julio Jones scorches Pack for 9/180/2 01-22-2017
Julio Jones WR ATL
Julio Jones caught 9-of-12 targets for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers. Playing through what FOX's Jay Glazer described as three separate foot injuries, Jones dismantled the Packers' woeful secondary. The highlight was a 73-yard touchdown in the third quarter where Jones took ownership of Ladarius Gunter's soul. Jones is at far less than 100 percent health, but it hasn't been a problem on the field. With two weeks to heal up for Super Bowl LI, Jones is going to be a nightmare for either the Patriots or Steelers.
Davante Adams scores touchdown vs. Falcons 01-22-2017
Davante Adams WR GB
Davante Adams caught 3-of-3 targets for 16 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons. Labeled one of the worst "every-day," so to speak, players in football as he played through an ankle injury last season, Adams had a breakout 2016. His 12 touchdown receptions were tied for second in football, and tripled his previous career total of four. Adams spiked his yards per catch to 13.3 after entering 2016 with an ugly 10.5 mark. Per Pro Football Focus, 407 of Adams' 997 yards came after first contact. If there was an issue, it was Adams' hands, as he muffed nine passes. Still somehow only 24, Adams has earned Aaron Rodgers' trust and will be a legitimate top-15 option for 2017 after finishing as the WR7 (seriously) this year.
Jordy guts through rib injury for 6/67/1 01-22-2017
Jordy Nelson WR GB
Jordy Nelson caught 6-of-9 targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons. Nelson probably shouldn't have been playing after suffering a gruesome ribs injury in the Wild Card round, but looked no worse for the wear as he gutted out tough catches. Returning from a torn ACL, Nelson looked a step or two slower during his age-31 campaign - his 13.0 yards per catch was his lowest since 2010 - but he made up for it with his toughness and savvy. Nelson caught a league-high 14 touchdowns, and tallied the second-most receptions of his career (97). He remains one of the best players in football. Even at age 32, Nelson should be a WR1 in 2017.
Rodgers' amazing run ends in NFCCG blowout 01-22-2017
Aaron Rodgers QB GB
Aaron Rodgers completed 27-of-45 passes for 287 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the Packers' 44-21 loss to the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. After it initially looked like Rodgers' 2015 funk was carrying over to another campaign, the best overall player in the league was transcendent the final two-thirds of the season. Rodgers posted a 30:3 TD:INT total over his final 11 starts, and tore up the Giants and Cowboys in the postseason before the Packers ran into the Falcons' buzzsaw. Rodgers totaled 40 scores during the regular season, good for the second 40-TD season of his career, and 12th in league history. Now 33, Rodgers picked up a few soft-tissue injuries, but appeared in all 16 games for the third-consecutive year. If the Pack could ever get Rodgers a consistent running game or defense, they will win another Super Bowl.
Matt Ryan slays Pack, Falcons headed to SB51 01-22-2017
Matt Ryan QB ATL
Matt Ryan completed 27-of-38 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers. Ryan was scary good, surgically guiding the Falcons' offense to score after score. He was doing so against a comically undermanned defense, but Ryan has been shredding all comers for all of 2016-17. He looked genuinely unstoppable this afternoon, spreading the ball around to every Falcons skill player and always locating the open man. He entered halftime with 271 yards. Ryan is the leader of a well-oiled machine, one that will have a great chance of bringing home the Falcons' first Lombardi regardless of their Super Bowl LI opponent.
Martellus Bennett active versus Patriots 01-22-2017
Martellus Bennett TE NE
Martellus Bennett (knee) is active for the AFC Championship Game. Bennett has been banged up for nearly all of 2016-17, but his status was not in doubt. Bennett is a red zone threat who hasn't done much compiling since his health went south.
Michael Floyd mothballed for AFC title game 01-22-2017
Michael Floyd WR NE
Patriots WR Michael Floyd is a healthy scratch for the AFC Championship Game. Floyd was dreadful in last week's win over the Texans, and is paying the price with everything on the line for the Patriots this evening. Malcolm Mitchell is active, and should return to his pre-Floyd snaps/usage level.
Ladarius Green inactive for AFCCG vs. Pats 01-22-2017
Ladarius Green TE PIT
Ladarius Green (concussion) is inactive for the AFC Championship Game. Green's concussion has lingered long enough that he should be considered no better than 50-50 for a potential Super Bowl appearance in two weeks. Also inactive for the Steelers are WR Demarcus Ayers, QB Zach Mettenberger, CB Al-Hajj Shabazz, LB L.J. Fort, DE Johnny Maxey and OT Brian Mihalik,
Malcolm Mitchell active for AFC title tilt 01-22-2017
Malcolm Mitchell WR NE
Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is active for the AFC Championship Game.

Doug Kyed on Twitter
With Michael Floyd a healthy scratch, Mitchell should see a ton of snaps against the Steelers. In addition to Floyd, inactive for the Patriots are QB Jacoby Brissett, RB D.J. Foster, OT LaAdrian Waddle, CB Cyrus Jones, CB Justin Coleman and S Jordan Richards.
Report: Julio playing through 3 foot injuries 01-22-2017
Julio Jones WR ATL
FOX's Jay Glazer reports Julio Jones is playing through three separate foot injuries in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Jay Glazer on Twitter
Per Glazer, Jones has two ligament issues in his toe in addition to a "mid-foot" ailment. Glazer says Jones is playing though a "lot" of pain. Jones caught two passes on Atlanta's opening drive, so the injuries haven't been an issue on the field yet.
Morgan Burnett (thigh) active for NFCCG 01-22-2017
Morgan Burnett SS GB
Packers SS Morgan Burnett (thigh) is active for the NFC Championship Game against the Falcons. Burnett was unsure if he would be able to play early in the week, but he is going to give it a go. Kentrell Brice filled in last week and will take over if Burnett cannot finish the game.
No big names in Falcons' NFCCG inactives 01-22-2017
Terron Ward RB ATL
Falcons declared RB Terron Ward, WR Nick Williams, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, S Dashon Goldson, LB Josh Keyes, OL Wes Schweitzer, and TE DJ Tialavea inactive for the NFC Championship Game against the Packers. There are no big names here for the relatively healthy Falcons.
Jordy Nelson (ribs) officially active for NFCCG 01-22-2017
Jordy Nelson WR GB
Jordy Nelson (ribs, illness) is active for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons. So are Davante Adams (ankle), Geronimo Allison (hamstring), Morgan Burnett (thigh) and Quinten Rollins (neck, concussion). Nelson missed Friday's practice with the flu but was limited at the Packers' other two sessions this week. He plans to play with a Kevlar vest to protect his broken ribs. QB Joe Callahan, FB Joe Kerridge, WR Max McCaffrey, T Kyle Murphy, DT Christian Ringo, RB James Starks and CB Herb Waters round out the Packers' inactives for Sunday's NFC Championship.
Christine Michael (back) active for NFCCG 01-22-2017
Christine Michael RB GB
Christine Michael (back) is active for the NFC Championship Game against the Falcons. Michael was added to the injury report with a back issue on Saturday, but he finished off his pre-game warm-up with a backflip, indicating he is just fine. Michael played limited snaps and did not touch the ball last week, however, so betting on him in DFS is a risky proposition. Green Bay declared QB Joe Callahan, WR Max McCaffrey, CB Herb Waters, FB Joe Kerridge, James Starks, OT Kyle Murphy, and DT Christian Ringo inactive.
Geronimo Allison (hamstring) active for NFCCG 01-22-2017
Geronimo Allison WR GB
Geronimo Allison (hamstring) is active for the NFC Championship Game against the Falcons. Allison will suit up despite sitting out the entire week of practice. With both Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Davante Adams (ankle) also active, Allison's role is unclear, but it would not be surprising if either Nelson or Adams (or both) were not able to finish the game. Allison is as good a low-priced flier as any in DFS.
Davante Adams (ankle) active for NFCCG 01-22-2017
Davante Adams WR GB
Davante Adams (ankle) is active for the NFC Championship Game against the Falcons. As are Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring). Adams did not practice at all this week and reportedly did not run any routes in the pre-game warm-up. With Nelson back, it is possible Adams is nothing more than an emergency option. He is a risky DFS bet, albeit one with a sky-high ceiling.
Nelson, Adams, Allison all active for NFCCG 01-22-2017
Jordy Nelson WR GB
Jordy Nelson (ribs) is active for the NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

Packers.com
As are Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring). Despite being active, Nelson's ability to play a full complement of snaps is in serious question despite a Kevlar vest which he hopes will protect his broken ribs. Nelson is a dart throw at best in DFS, but he is a high-upside one.
Redskins close to promoting Cavanaugh to OC 01-22-2017
Dave Barr QB SF
Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports the Redskins are in negotiations to promote QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator.

Mike Jones on Twitter
This has been the expected outcome since OC Sean McVay left to take a head-coaching job with the Rams last week. With Cavanaugh ascending to offensive coordinator, Kevin O'Connell is expected to take over as the Redskins' QBs coach. O'Connell spent last year as an offensive assistant for the 49ers. Head coach Jay Gruden is expected to handle play-calling duties on offense next season.
Martellus likely to undergo offseason surgery 01-22-2017
Martellus Bennett TE NE
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Martellus Bennett will likely undergo offseason ankle surgery.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Rapoport revealed that Bennett has a cracked bone in his ankle and also has bone chips that will need to be cleaned out. It's pretty evident that Bennett has been playing at well less than 100 percent this season, but he still has yet to miss a game. Bennett was listed as questionable this week after briefly exiting with a knee issue during the Divisional Round, but should play his usual snaps in Sunday's AFC title game versus Pittsburgh.
James Harrison to suit up in AFC Championship 01-22-2017
James Harrison OLB PIT
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports confirms Steelers OLB James Harrison (shoulder, triceps, questionable) is expected to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.

Jason La Canfora on Twitter
Harrison sat out Thursday's practice but was back for a full session on Friday. Despite the questionable tag, there was never much doubt about his status for Sunday's AFC title game in Foxboro. Look for Harrison to put plenty of heat on Tom Brady.
Report: Manusky taking over as Redskins' DC 01-22-2017
Greg Manusky LB KC
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the Redskins are promoting OLBs coach Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.

Mike Garafolo on Twitter
Gus Bradley, Mike Pettine and Rob Ryan also interviewed for the position. Manusky has nine years of coordinating experience including a four-year stint as the Colts' DC from 2012-15. None of those defenses in Indianapolis were anything special and the Redskins will likely stay with the 3-4 scheme they used under Joe Barry. It represents a bland hire for a Redskins' coaching staff that lost both of its top coordinators from 2016.
Falcons expected to explore extension for Ryan 01-22-2017
Matt Ryan QB ATL
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Falcons are expected to "explore" a contract extension with Matt Ryan this offseason.

NFL.com
After this season, Ryan will have two years remaining on his five-year, $103.75 million contract. Rapoport expects Ryan's agent Tom Condon to capitalize on his career-best season with the goal of making Ryan the league's highest-paid quarterback, a title currently held by Andrew Luck. Ryan's current annual salary is 11th-highest among NFL signal-callers. Ryan carries a $23.75 million cap hit for next season and an extension could help to reduce that number.
Geronimo expected to get the green light 01-22-2017
Geronimo Allison WR GB
Packers WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring, questionable) is expected to play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
He was a DNP at practice this week but will give it a go in Sunday's do-or-die game at the Georgia Dome. Allison played the Falcons in his NFL debut, catching two-of-four targets for 21 yards and a touchdown back in Week 8. Playing at much less than 100 percent, Allison will be a tough sell as a DFS dart throw this week.
Adams (ankle) expected to suit up Sunday 01-22-2017
Davante Adams WR GB
Davante Adams (ankle, questionable) is expected to play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
The Packers' receiving corps is pretty banged up but it looks like they'll have all their heavy hitters on hand for Sunday's NFC title game. That includes Adams, who went for 74 yards on 12 catches against Atlanta when he faced them in Week 8. It's fair to wonder how effective Adams will be after missing all three practices this week.
Arians hopeful Palmer will return next season 01-22-2017
Carson Palmer QB ARZ
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is hopeful Carson Palmer will return in 2017.

Arizona Republic
"The way he played down the stretch makes you believe he's coming back, but he got beat up pretty good last year," said Arians. "So you never know." Palmer's last words to Arians before the offseason were "I'll let you know soon." Larry Fitzgerald has also been noncommittal about returning and it's possible that if one goes, the other will too. Palmer looked sluggish at times in 2016 but played well late in the year to finish with 26 touchdown passes and 4,233 passing yards.
Jordy (ribs) expected to play with Kevlar vest 01-22-2017
Jordy Nelson WR GB
Jordy Nelson (ribs, illness, questionable) is expected to play with a Kevlar vest in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

Rob Demovsky on Twitter
Nelson practiced twice this week but wasn't cleared for any contact. Under normal circumstances Nelson would likely have been ruled out, but instead he'll wear a protective vest made from Kevlar. Tony Romo wore a similar vest when he played through broken ribs a few years ago. Nelson is putting it all on the line for Sunday's NFC Championship tilt but it's unclear how effective he'll be or if the Packers plan on using him as a decoy. Davante Adams (ankle, questionable) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring, questionable) will also suit up on Sunday.
Amendola or Floyd likely to be a healthy scratch 01-22-2017
Danny Amendola WR NE
ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss expects either Danny Amendola or Michael Floyd to be a healthy scratch for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

Mike Reiss on Twitter
The Patriots listed Amendola as questionable with an ankle injury but he's healthy enough to play. The question is whether he'll be active with Chris Hogan (thigh) and Malcolm Mitchell (knee) both expected to suit up. There have been rumblings that Floyd has been practicing with the special teams unit following an abysmal performance in last week's win over Houston. Julian Edelman remains the safest bet for targets in New England's crowded receiving corps.
Ladarius Green not expected to play in AFCCG 01-22-2017
Ladarius Green TE PIT
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ladarius Green (concussion, illness, questionable) is not expected to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Green participated in two of the Steelers' three practices this week but hasn't passed the concussion protocol and appears to be headed for his fifth straight absence. James Harrison (shoulder, triceps), who is also listed as questionable, is expected to get the green light for Sunday's AFC title game.
Colts not considering Manning for GM vacancy 01-22-2017
Peyton Manning QB DEN
Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed Saturday that Peyton Manning is not a candidate to replace Ryan Grigson at GM.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
He also insisted that coach Chuck Pagano's job is safe, at least for 2017. Multiple sources have reported that Irsay was aggressively pursuing Manning before he fired Grigson, but it doesn't seem like the interest was mutual. Jimmy Raye III has taken over as the Colts' interim GM and has a good chance of retaining the full-time gig.
Nelson, Adams, Allison will be available Sunday 01-22-2017
Jordy Nelson WR GB
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Jordy Nelson (ribs, illness, questionable), Davante Adams (ankle, questionable) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) will all be available for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Hogan, Bennett, Mitchell all expected to play 01-22-2017
Chris Hogan WR NE
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chris Hogan (thigh, questionable), Martellus Bennett (knee, questionable) and Malcolm Mitchell (knee, questionable) are all expected to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Danny Amendola (ankle) wasn't mentioned, but he should be out there as well. With the exception of Rob Gronkowski (back surgery, I.R.) it looks like Tom Brady will have his full complement of weapons on Sunday. With Mitchell returning from a two-game absence, Michael Floyd could end up being a healthy scratch for the AFC title game.