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Jets' Brandon Marshall is not open to a pay cut

New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall said he's not open to taking a pay cut.

What It Means:

Marshall is due $7.5 million coming off one of his worst seasons, but was saddled with horrid talent under center. With none of his salary guaranteed, the Jets will either keep Marshall or move on from him.

Among the 41 receivers with at least 100 targets in 2016, Marshall's Reception Net Expected Points per target of 0.58 ranked sixth-worst. He also struggled to find the end zone, scoring just three times after turning in 45 combined touchdowns over the previous four season.


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Packers' Jordy Nelson (ribs) gets limited practice in Wednesday

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (ribs) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

What It Means:

It's a step in the right direction after Nelson worked with the rehab group all last week. Nelson is still looking on the doubtful side for the NFC Championship.

If Nelson's at full strength and plays, we project him as the sixth-best wide receiver option for fantasy this week. Our models project him for 42 receiving yards and 0.32 touchdowns on three catches.


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Nathaniel Hackett hired as Jaguars' offensive coordinator

The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator.

What It Means:

Jacksonville showed little improvement with Hackett after he was promoted to interim offensive coordinator, but he'll remain in the job after finishing out the final nine games.

When Hackett ran the Buffalo Bills' offense from 2013 to 2014, they finished ninth-lowest and seventh-lowest in opponent-adjusted Offensive Net Expected Points per play. It's uncertain what the offense will look like, though; in 2013 his Bills were third-most run-heavy team, but surged to the 11th-most pass-happy squad the following year.


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Geronimo Allison (hamstring) does not practice Wednesday for Packers

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday.

What It Means:

The Packers have injuries to three of their top four receivers going into the NFC Championship. Allison's status will be updated Thursday.

Allison isn't a DFS option this week outside of a major longshot, as he comes in 16th among wide receiver options. We project him for 16 receiving yards and 0.21 touchdowns on 1 catch.


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Taylor Gabriel (foot) limited at Falcons' practice Wednesday

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (foot) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

What It Means:

Gabriel returned for the Divisional Round after sitting out the regular season finale, catching 4 of his 6 targets for 71 yards. The Falcons are just limiting his reps ahead of Sunday's NFC Championship. Per ESPN's Mike Clay, the Packers have allowed the most fantasy points per game to receivers on the right side of the field, where Gabriel lines up for about half of his snaps.

Gabriel comes in at ninth among fantasy wideouts this week, with a projection of 33 receiving yards and 0.20 touchdowns on 2 catches.


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Patriots' Martellus Bennett (knee) and Danny Amendola (ankle) limited at Wednesday practice

New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (knee) and wide receiver Danny Amendola (ankle) were limited in Wednesday's practice.

What It Means:

Bennett went down late in the Patriots' Divisional Round win but was able to return. He likely won't get in much practice this week. Bennett has already said he'll be for Sunday's game. The Patriots are managing his reps coming off his first game back. Amendola should continue to play in four-wide sets in Sunday's AFC Championship.

Bennett is our second-best tight end for fantasy purposes this week, with a projection of 37 receiving yards and 0.43 touchdowns on 3 catches. Amendola is our 11th-best fantasy wideout, with a projection of 27 receiving yards and 0.23 touchdowns on 2 catches.


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Eagles could release Ryan Mathews if he doesn't take pay cut

Philadelphia Eagles running back Ryan Mathews a candidate to be released or asked to take a pay cut, Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski believes.

What It Means:

Mathews is entering the final year of his contract, and his $4 million base salary is currently ninth-highest among all running backs. In no way is Mathews a top-10 back in this league, and he's coming off a serious neck injury suffered in Week 16.

Mathews was actually very effective this year, ranking 17th out of 42 running backs in Rushing Net Expected Points (NEP) per carry with at least 100 rushing attempts.


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Chris Hogan (thigh) and Malcolm Mitchell (knee) practice for Patriots on Wednesday

New England Patriots wide receivers Chris Hogan (thigh) and Malcolm Mitchell (knee) are practicing on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Hogan departed the Divisional Round win over the Houston Texans early but said earlier this week that he is "feeling good" heading into championship week. Mitchell practiced on a limited basis last week before being inactive. There's a chance Mitchell could play over Michael Floyd this week, but there's just as good a chance he doesn't play.

Hogan is our eighth-best fantasy option at wide receiver for the Championship Round, with a projected 29 receiving yards and 0.27 touchdowns on 2 catches. Mitchell comes in 13th among wideouts, with 2 catches for 26 receiving yards and 0.17 touchdowns.


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Ravens high on nose tackle Michael Pierce

The Baltimore Ravens value second-year nose tackle Michael Pierce highly, ESPN reporter Jamison Hensley suggested.

What It Means:

Pierce played 375 snaps as an undrafted rookie out of Samford and dominated in run support, grading out as Pro Football Focus' thirteenth-best defensive tackle against the run despite playing fewer snaps than every other player ahead of him. Pierce's strong rookie year might make it easier if Baltimore can't re-sign nose tackle Brandon Williams -- who should get paid very highly -- in free agency.

With -0.11 opponent-adjusted Defensive Rushing Net Expected Points per play, the Ravens were the best run defense in the league for 2016.


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Steelers' Ladarius Green (concussion) upgraded to limited

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green (concussion) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

What It Means:

Green hasn't played since Week 15 and remains in the concussion protocol. The limited session is an upgrade after he missed all of last week, but we still wouldn't consider Green any better than questionable for Sunday's semi-final showdown with the New England Patriots.

Our models currently project Green to catch 2 passes for 24 yards and 0.25 touchdowns in the AFC Championship Game.


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