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3 years agoFree-agent closer Kenley Jansen is considering a five-year offer in the $80 million range from the Miami Marlins, but no signing is imminent. Jansen is also in discussions with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals. The hard-throwing right-hander is an elite fantasy closer regardless of where he lands. Jansen racked up 47 saves and 104 strikeouts in just 68 2/3 innings in 2016. He'll once again be one of the first closers off the board in fantasy drafts next spring.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com - Joe Frisaro
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3 years agoUnder normal circumstances, Seattle is one of the worst matchups for tight ends in the league. Their great safeties and their linebackers are excellent in coverage and have shut down TEs for years. But the injury to Earl Thomas has changed all of that. If Seattle wants to maintain their defensive identity and stick with the Cover 3, they will be heavily relying on fourth-year pro and undrafted free agent Steven Terrell. An obvious way the Packers may look to put pressure on Terrell would be to run a lot of inside seam routes with Jared Cook. This could translate into a lot of targets for Cook, who has many weaknesses but has always run a nice seam route. There are a lot of variables that could limit Cook’s production, but if you need a monster game from an unexpected spot to win your playoff game, Cook may be the right guy to gamble on.--Tyger McGuigganSource: Danny Kelly
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3 years agoThe running back situation in Green Bay has devolved into a complete mess. When Green Bay takes on the Seahawks in Week 14, the Packers are likely to give an equal share of the carries to three equally flawed running backs. Christine Michael has shown that he can be an effective every-down back, but Mike McCarthy still doesn’t fully trust his knowledge of the offense. Ty Montgomery has looked like a dynamic runner, but Green Bay seems concerned that he won’t hold up if he gets more than seven carries. James Starks knows the offense and can physically hold up, but has been slow and ineffective carrying the ball. None of these players are going to get enough looks to be worth starting, even as a flex.--Tyger McGuigganSource: Rob Demovsky
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3 years agoUnder normal circumstances, you could expect that Aaron Rodgers would have an unimpressive and mediocre outing whenever he takes on the Seattle Seahawks. Something along the lines of last year when the Seahawks came to Green Bay and Rodgers threw for 249 yards with two touchdowns. But the injury to Earl Thomas throws that modest projection into doubt. Thomas was the linchpin of the Seahawks’ patented single-high safety defense. Without him a lot of holes start to appear. Rodgers has been performing well all year, and you should expect that he will be able to exploit some of Seattle’s vulnerabilities. This likely isn’t going to be his best game of the year, but he will still produce like an above-average QB1 and should be started under most circumstances.--Tyger McGuigganSource: FantasyData
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3 years agoThe St. Louis Cardinals apparently wowed Dexter Fowler with an "over-the-top" offer, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, and they've managed to steal the All-Star center fielder away from their longtime rivals. Financial terms of the deal haven't been disclosed yet, but it's expected to be a five-year deal in the neighborhood of $16 million per year. Fowler is an excellent on-base man, as he posted the highest OBP of his career last season at .393, which was good for sixth best in the N.L. Overall, his career line is .268/.366/.422, and as the Cardinals' expected everyday leadoff man, he will go into 2017 as one of the best run-scoring options in fantasy baseball.--Kelly Terbest - RotoBallerSource: Jon Heyman
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3 years agoGary Barnidge has struggled through a disappointing fantasy season. A year after making the All-Pro team, Barnidge has just 40 catches for 468 yards and one touchdown in 2016. The Bengals represent a plus matchup for tight ends, but Barnidge will still be hard to trust as he just hasn't been a main part of the Cleveland passing game this season. The return of Robert Griffin likely won't help the veteran tight end as Griffin only targeted Barnidge twice in Week 1, the only game these two played together. Barnidge is best left out of fantasy lineups this weekend.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
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3 years agoCleveland rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman will be looking to get into the end zone for his second consecutive game when he takes on the Bengals this weekend. Coleman has mostly struggled since returning from a broken hand in Week 9, catching just 13 passes in four games. There is room for optimism, however, as Coleman has been heavily targeted, seeing 31 passes come his way in that span. The return of Robert Griffin should also help open up the deep passing game, an aspect that was missing from the Browns' playbook when Cody Kessler was under center. Coleman shapes up as a boom/bust flex option for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
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3 years agoTerrelle Pryor has been the Browns' top wide receiver this season and has been a rock-solid WR2 in fantasy for most of the season. He is set to take on the division rival Bengals this Sunday in a rematch from Week 7. Week 7 was actually Pryor's worst game of the season, as he caught just two balls for 18 yards. Don't let that concern you too much as Pryor went into that game with a hamstring injury and operated as more of a decoy. The Bengals have been tough on opposing wide receivers, but Pryor has shown he can thrive in tough matchups this season. The return of Robert Griffin also puts the deep ball back in play as Cody Kessler's arm limitations previously removed that option from the Browns' playbook. Start Pryor as a solid WR2 this weekend.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
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3 years agoDuke Johnson continues to be used very sparingly by the Browns, as he hasn't seen double-digit touches in a game since Week 8 against the Jets when he got the ball exactly 10 times. Part of the problem appears to be Isaiah Crowell's emergence as an option in the passing game, which has cut into Johnson's production. Crowell has 20 receptions over the past five games, three more than Johnson does. Johnson will be hard to trust in fantasy lineups, even as a flex play this weekend.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
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3 years agoIsaiah Crowell has been struggling on the ground over the past five games, but he has been used more in the passing game as of late, which has helped buoy his fantasy value. Crowell has 20 receptions over his past five games, proving that he can be a weapon catching the ball out of the backfield. Crowell's last good game on the ground came back in Week 7 against the Bengals, the same team he is facing this weekend. The Crow carried the ball 12 times for 63 yards and a touchdown back in that game. Crowell can be used as a low-end RB2 in fantasy leagues this weekend.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
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3 years agoCleveland head coach Hue Jackson announced on Thursday that Robert Griffin III will be reinstalled as the Browns' starting quarterback. Griffin has been out since Week 1, when he broke his collarbone at the end of the Browns' loss to the Eagles. Griffin's return gives the team's offense some hope, but he's still hard to trust from a fantasy standpoint. Cleveland's offensive line has allowed the most sacks in the NFL this season and there's a good chance Griffin will be rusty after such a long layoff. He can be used if you're desperate in two-quarterback leagues but otherwise he's best left out of fantasy starting lineups.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: cleveland.com
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3 years agoA.J. Green has missed both of the Bengals' practices this week and is not likely to suit up for Week 14's clash with the Browns. Green has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since Week 11. There had been some reports last week that Green had an outside chance to be back for this game, but those have proven to be inaccurate. It still appears that Green wants to return before the season is over, although it may be too late for those fantasy owners with him on their team. Look for Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd to both be prominently involved in Cincinnati's passing game this weekend.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter
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3 years agoAfter an underwhelming Week 13 performance, Kansas City rookie sensation Tyreek Hill returned to form against the Raiders Thursday night. The wideout caught six passes for 66 yards and a touchdown, while once again returning a punt for a touchdown, his second in three weeks. His two scores spearheaded Kansas City’s 21-13 home victory over the Oakland Raiders, moving them to first place in the AFC West. As we previously discussed, Hill remained a formidable member of the Chiefs offense, despite Jeremy Maclin’s return. His ability to record productive games to end this season shouldn’t be questioned again.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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3 years agoAfter scoring two touchdowns in Week 13’s victory over the Atlanta Falcons, Spencer Ware appeared to be on the rebound with the lowly Raiders rush defense awaiting for Week 14. Unfortunately for Ware and his owners, the 24-year-old failed to make a splash tonight, despite his team’s pivotal victory. Ware caught one pass for seven yards, while rushing for 56 yards on 20 carries. He was never able to get on a prolonged roll during the game, with Charcandrick West scoring the only Kansas City rushing touchdown of the night.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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3 years agoAlex Smith once again failed to provide any explosive production in Week 14’s victory over the Oakland Raiders, instead turning in a very familiar performance. The veteran completed 17 of 26 passes for 264 yards, while rushing four times for three yards. While he did toss a touchdown, he was picked off and lost a fumble, diminishing his already stale fantasy performance. With the Titans and Chargers remaining in his schedule, however, it still may not be time to quit on the 32-year-old.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBallerSource: San Francisco Chronicle
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3 years agoTravis Kelce continues to make a case for best tight end in the game right now, in the aftermath of Rob Gronkowski’s season-ending injury. With 101 receiving yards on five catches, the Pro Bowler tied Tony Gonzalez for most consecutive 100-yard receiving games in franchise history at four. Again kept out of the end zone, Kelce’s performance made it a non-issue as he once again produced excellent results for those counting on him in fantasy matchups. At this point, there shouldn’t be any questions over starting Kelce, who could very well continue to produce at this rate through the final three season games.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBallerSource: Washington Times
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3 years agoEven with Kansas City’s pivotal division victory over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night, not all news was positive at Arrowhead Stadium. Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson ruptured his Achilles tendon in the second quarter of the game, having to be helped off the field. Head coach Andy Reid called the injury a “sad deal” as it appears Johnson will be out for an extensive period of time, perhaps beyond this season and into next. With this being his second Achilles tear in three years, it could very well be time to wonder if Johnson will call it quits at 34 years of age. As for the Chiefs defense, losing a player of his magnitude certainly hurts, but the unit should remain strong through the final three weeks of the season.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBallerSource: NFL.com
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3 years agoTodd Gurley will have another chance to turn his disappointing season around against the Falcons' poor run defense. Atlanta has given up the third most fantasy points to running backs this season. However, they rank around the league average in yards against, at just over 100 per game. They surrender over 4.3 YPC, so the opportunity is there for Gurley to post a massive game if the volume is there. However, the Rams' offensive line hasn't been able to create space for Gurley all season, regardless of how easy the matchup has been. He should be able to improve on his 3.2 YPC average, but will still be an RB2 with a limited ceiling this week.--Jonathan Chan - RotoballerSource: Yahoo! Sports
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3 years agoJared Goff returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's session with an illness. He was a full participant and will play in Sunday's game against the Falcons. The start to Goff's NFL career has been rocky thus far, as he's thrown for fewer than 200 yards in two of his three starts. He does not look ready for the NFL and is not a fantasy option in any league. Even against a Falcons defense ranked last against quarterbacks, Goff won't produce enough to risk starting, even in two QB leagues.--Jonathan Chan - RotoballerSource: theScore
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3 years agoTavon Austin participated in full practice Wednesday and will likely be active for Week 14, after missing last week with a chest injury. The Rams will take on the Falcons' lackluster defense this week, which presents a prime opportunity for Austin to get his season back on track. Inconsistent targets and a horrible offense have led to a precipitous drop in Austin's fantasy production. If Austin can find more consistency, he would bring himself back into the WR3 conversation. It doesn't look likely to happen this season, with Jared Goff struggling to adapt to the NFL. The matchup is nice, but Austin should not be trusted to produce until Goff improves. He's not worth starting this week.--Jonathan Chan - RotoballerSource: theScore
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3 years agoWith Shaun Livingston out, this is an ideal time to stream the rest of Golden State's bench. Ian Clark will likely see the most increase in minutes as a surprisingly consistent replacement. He has managed to score in all the games he has played in, and assuming this will be a blowout, I am taking Clark with confidence. It doesn't hurt that his price is way too good to pass up. Livingston should not miss extended time, but he should still be picked up in standard leagues.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: Anthony Slater
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3 years agoWith Gordon Hayward out, Joe Johnson will get the start and be one of the main sources of offense for the Jazz. Without Hayward, Dante Exum will be pulled up from the bench as a more versatile guard while Boris Diaw fills in defensively. Only Joe Johnson and Boris Diaw bring value tonight due to Exum's inconsistency. As for standard leagues, these players need to be monitored to see if tonight leads them on an upward trend for the foreseeable future.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: Tony Jones
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3 years agoThis is huge. Without Gordon Hayward, the Jazz will need scoring from SOMEWHERE. Joe Johnson will likely get the start with Trey Lyles and Boris Diaw seeing an increase in minutes. This is a great place to find value because the Jazz bench will likely see plenty of minutes. Hayward should not be out for extended time so don't resort to picking up the Utah bench - they offer minimal fantasy value outside of DFS.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: Andy Blarsen
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3 years agoAccording to Trail Blazers Insider Jason Quick, Maurice Harkless was going through warmups 'gingerly' and should be avoided tonight out of precaution. Usually when a player's ankle is visibly swollen, it's not a good idea for them to play and even worse idea for fantasy players to play them. Evan Turner is the top guy off the bench for Portland and he should see even more usage to go on top of his already consistent minutes.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: Jason Quick
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3 years agoWith two backcourt players out, look for Tim Frazier to emerge as the workhorse tonight. In tandem with Anthony Davis, the proven duo should be able produce against Philadelphia. Along with Langston Galloway, the New Orleans guards will need to help Anthony Davis get the team out of a three-game, possibly four-game losing streak. If you need value, look no further than New Orleans.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: Scott Kushner
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3 years agoDarrell Arthur is going to be a huge value play tonight for DFS. When he is given the minutes and the right matchup, he will outperform expectations. He will not face a tough backcourt and should be able to grab plenty of rebounds while having his fair share of shots. He has been shooting above 40% from the field recently and this can free up some serious space for superstars tonight. Standard leagues can avoid Arthur unless his minutes see a more consistent upward trend.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: Chris Dempsey
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3 years agoEmmanuel Mudiay is out against the Wizards after tweaking his ankle Wednesday. Jameer Nelson will get the start in his place. Nelson has thrived in starting spots and Washington has been giving up more points than usual recently. Unfortunately, being guarded by John Wall drives his value down for DFS, but Nelson should be owned in standard formats.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: Chris Dempsey
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3 years agoMatt Bryant is 27 of 29 on field goals this season. The 41-year-old is atop the leaderboard among fantasy points scored by kickers, per NFL.com. Bryant is coming off a game where he kicked the longest field goal of his career, a 59-yard bomb. Bryant is a must-start among kickers in fantasy, and that status will not change the remainder of the fantasy playoffs.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Atlanta Falcons
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3 years agoJustin Tucker is a perfect 27-for-27 on field goal attempts this season. He has hit field goals from 40 yards or more 19 times, most in the league. He also has made all 20 of his extra point attempts. It's sounding like a broken record, but Tucker has been the Ravens' most lethal offensive threat. He is a must-start in fantasy throughout the rest of the playoffs.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Baltimore Ravens
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3 years agoMike Wallace on the season has 57 receptions for 851 yards and four touchdowns for the Ravens. He hasn't caught a touchdown in his past five games, but last week's game made it eight 50-yard receiving games in a row. Wallace is on pace for his first 1,000-receiving season since 2011 and is the No. 1 receiver in a Ravens offense that has made progress the past few weeks. He will go up against a Patriots secondary that has allowed six touchdowns to opposing receivers in the last four games. Wallace is a strong bet to score Monday night.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Baltimore Ravens

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