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Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Carson Wentz (back) is expected be a full participant in the Eagles’ off-season program beginning in April. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Wentz missed the final five games of the season with a stress fracture but has been participating in a strengthening program. Nick Foles once again shined during Wentz’s absence but Philadelphia announced this week Wentz would be their starter moving forward. Foles will be on the trade block once the new league year begins.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports there is a strong possibility Rob Gronkowski retires this off-season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Gronk hasn’t looked at all like himself this year and Rapoport adds he could retire to pursue acting. The 29-year-old has simply suffered too many injuries over the years to remain an elite playmaker. Whenever it’s all said and done Gronk could be considered the greatest tight end to ever play.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Patrick Mahomes could be in line to sign the NFL’s first $200 million contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Chiefs are expected to give Mahomes an extension after next year, which is the earliest they can do so. It obviously makes sense for Kansas City to try and lock up the 23-year-old superstar. Mahomes threw for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns this year. He faces the Patriots in the AFC Championship tonight.

Ian Rapoport of writes Kareem Hunt's suspension is likely to be handed down before the start of free agency. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: This would mean interested teams would at least know how many games Hunt will be suspended for before signing him. The NFL is still conducting their investigation and has yet to speak to Hunt. Rapoport adds that several teams are keeping tabs on the 23-year-old, including the Bears. It sounds as if Hunt will get a chance to play in the NFL again, but nothing is certain yet.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Chiefs will try and sign Tyreek Hill to a long term extension this off-season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: At just 24 years old Hill had a transformative season in 2018, hauling in 87 receptions for nearly 1,500 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns. Hill will likely look to match Odell Beckham's record breaking five-year, $95 million deal he signed last summer.

Chargers GM Tom Telesco says the team is open to bringing back franchise icon Antonio Gates in 2019. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: The Chargers weren't planning on having Gates this past season but they re-signed him once Hunter Henry tore his ACL. Henry should be all systems go for 2019 so Gates would merely be his backup if he returns to Los Angeles. The 38-year-old hauled in 28 receptions and two touchdowns this year.

Spencer Ware (hamstring) has been removed from the Chiefs' final injury report ahead of the AFC Championship. (Source: BJ Kissel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ware hasn't played since December 9th but looks good to go for Sunday night's premier matchup. We expect him to have a change of pace role behind Damien Williams.

ESPN's Katherine Terrell is reporting Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) has been ruled out of the NFC Championship game. (Source: Katherine Terrell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Watson is reportedly battling appendicitis, which explains why he is already deemed inactive for Sunday's win or go home matchup against the Rams. However, since he's already missed two practices and has been able to avoid surgery up to this point, the Saints aren't taking any chances. Should the Saints advance to the Super Bowl, Watson will have a chance to return and play. Otherwise, Watson may have already played in the final game of his career. The longtime NFL tight end is likely to retire at the end of the Saints' 2018-2019 campaign.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports J.J. Watt underwent a minor knee surgery following the season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rapoport adds that this was just some maintenance on an injury that bothered him throughout the year. Watt was able to play in all 16 games this year.

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says Leonard Fournette is "in a really good place" right now. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Fournette met with the Jags brass last week to clear the air after a frustrating 2018 season. There were multiple low points including injuries, a fight with the Bills, and a conflict with Tom Coughlin. It sounds as if both Fournette and Jacksonville are willing to put the past behind them. The 23-year-old running back in a special talent and will likely be able to be had a discount in 2019 fantasy drafts.

New Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury has never had a running back total more than 41 receptions in a season. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: It's important to note that Kingsbury comes from college where there are fewer games. Kingsbury has also never had a running back as special as David Johnson. Kingsbury has said he wants to use DJ as a receiver, but it'll be tough for Johnson to match the 80 receptions he compiled in 2016. Another worry for Johnson's 2019 fantasy value is his weak supporting cast led by Josh Rosen. How Kingsbury uses DJ in the passing game could be crucial to his fantasy stock.

New Browns head coach Freddie Kitch confirmed he will still call the offensive plays in 2019. (Source: Nate Ulrich on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kitchens did a phenomenal job as interim offensive coordinator last season, and he will keep play calling duties as head coach this year. The Browns also just hired former Bucs OC Todd Monken who will be an excellent resource for Kitchens. Monken has a background in the air raid offense, which will be good for Baker Mayfield's fantasy output.

According to Jerry Rice in a radio interview Antonio Brown "really badly" wants to play for the 49ers next season. (Source: NBC Sports Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: So far the Broncos, 49ers, Jets, and Colts have been linked to the all-world wideout. San Francisco would be a great landing spot for his fantasy value, but the 30-year-old will be a WR1 wherever he plays next season.

Colts GM Chris Ballad said Monday that he believes Adam Vinatieri can still be an effective kicker in the league, but added "we'll see" when asked if he would kick for the Colts next year. (Source: George Bremer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vinatieri left a bitter taste in everyone's mouth after missing two kicks in Saturday's divisional round loss to the Colts. Still, the 46-year-old converted 85% of his field goals in 2018. He'll be a fantasy option next year if he stays with the Colts.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Larry Fitzgerald has not yet made a decision on whether or not he'll return in 2019. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fitzgerald has said numerous times he will only play for the Cardinals if he doesn't hang up his cleats. The 35-year-old didn't make his decision until mid-February last year, so there's still time for him to figure things out. The Cardinals aren't close to contending so it wouldn't be a surprise to see Fitz walk away.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is expected to play in Sunday's Divisional Round tilt at the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Henry has missed the entire 2018 season with a torn ACL suffered in May, but the Chargers are "optimistic" that he plays on Sunday. While he could be rusty and on a pitch count, the Patriots struggle to defend the tight end and are a terrific matchup for Henry to make an impact given the situation. He's a dirt cheap DFS option on FanDuel who is worth plugging into lineups, especially GPPs.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (ankle) is expected to play at Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Similar to TE Blake Jarwin, Beasley is expected to be active for Saturday night's win or go home bout at the Rams. However, since Schefter is suggesting Beasley will be on a pitch count if he sees the field at all -- "Jarwin has a better chance to play than Beasley, but [the] plan is for both to work out pregame and both be active," Schefter said via his personal Twitter -- he will be difficult to trust in DFS. As a result, Tavon Austin, who is banged up but expected to be a go, could be in line for an increased role in a proverbial revenge game against his former club. While the Rams defense only allowed two wide receivers in their past five games to finish with double-digit fantasy points in standard scoring formats, their opponents weren't exactly wielding the Air Coryell passing attack against them -- DET, CHI, PHI, ARI, SF. At a cheap price point in DFS, Austin is worth a look in GPPs after showing his explosiveness on special teams in last weeks win over Seattle.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin (ankle) is expected to play at Rams. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jarwin hasn't practiced all week due to an ankle injury but is fully expected to receive an active designation for Saturday night's prime time encounter against the Rams. However, Schefter is suggesting that Jarwin "has a better chance" of seeing the field than WR Cole Beasley, who also hasn't practiced this week with an ankle injury of his own. Though both are on track to officially active, it sounds like Beasley could be on a pitch count whereas Jarwin could be in line for his usual snaps with Dalton Shultz and the curious case of Rico Gathers getting in the mix as well in a more situational role. With no reported limitations, Jarwin is worth a look in DFS GPPs as his price point isn't bad for a player that received at least seven targets in three of his past five games (7,7,3,8,3).

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is expected to play against Indianapolis. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Watkins hasn't played since Week 11 but is trending toward an active designation for the Divisional Weekend Saturday matinee against the Colts. However, despite his anticipated return, the expectation is for the oft-injured wideout to be on a snap count, which hinders his already lackluster fantasy value. He'll get a Colts defense that finished the regular season surrendering 46.6 percent fewer fantasy points to wide receivers below the 20.7-point league average in the final three games.

New Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury called Josh Rosen an extremely talented thrower. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kingsbury is publicly backing the 21-year-old rookie quarterback. Rosen struggled mightily at times this year, but the Cardinals might be hesitant to move on after using the 10th pick on him a season ago. Arizona holds the first pick in the 2019 draft and might be looking to trade down if they believe in Rosen and don't want to take a QB.