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AJ Dillon (quad) will play in Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Bucs. (Source: Green Bay Packers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dillon was a limited participant in practice throughout the week but doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Sunday. He'll continue serving in a change-of-pace role behind Aaron Jones and alongside Jamaal Williams.

Category: Injury Updates

Bucs RB Ronald Jones II (quad) was a full participant in Friday's practice. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: This is an upgrade for Jones after he was limited on both Wednesday and Thursday. Leonard Fournette has been running hot, however, and might still get the start on Sunday afternoon. This makes Jones a better tournament play for DFS purposes.

Category: Injury Updates

Sammy Watkins (calf) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship matchup against the Bills. (Source: Kansas City Chiefs on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Watkins is expected to play after getting in a week of limited practices. Expect him to serve as the team's No. 2 wideout, though Mecole Hardman should still see a handful of touches and targets as well.

Category: Injury Updates

Chiefs RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) has been listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship against the Bills. (Source: Kansas City Chiefs on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bell is going to have an uphill battle to play after sitting out practice on both Thursday and Friday. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip) is tentatively expected to return and will likely split work with Darrel Williams.

Category: Injury Updates

Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip) is questionable for the Chiefs' AFC Championship game against the Bills. (Source: Kansas City Chiefs on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: CEH is expected to play after getting in a week of limited practices. The rookie has been out since Week 15 but should still see the majority of touches from this backfield. As usual, Darrel Williams should mix in as well. Le'Veon Bell (knee) is also questionable but has mostly been a non-factor lately.

Category: Injury Updates

Bills WR Cole Beasley (knee) was once again removed from the injury report and will play against the Chiefs in Sunday's AFC Championship. (Source: Buffalo Bills PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Beasley popped up on the injury report on Thursday, getting in a limited session. This was likely just a maintenance day, however. Beasley hasn't been 100 percent this postseason but continues to suit up for a Buffalo team with championship aspirations.

Category: Injury Updates

Bills WR Gabriel Davis (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship against the Chiefs. (Source: Buffalo Bills PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The rookie returned to practice on Friday after sitting out both Wednesday and Thursday. His status for Sunday is truly up in the air. We should find out which way things are leaning at some point over the weekend, though. If active, Davis will resume his regular role in four-wide sets.

Category: Injury Updates

The Bucs activated DL Vita Vea (ankle) from injured reserve. (Source: Peter Schrager on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was a big unknown as to whether or not Vea would return this season. The run-stuffing lineman fractured his ankle back in October but is now cleared to play in the NFC Championship against Green Bay. Even a limited Vea will give Tampa's defense a boost this Sunday.

Category: Injury Updates

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes told reporters on Friday that he has cleared the concussion protocol and is good to go on Sunday vs. the Bills. (Source: Adam Teicher on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After being limited earlier in the week, Mahomes has now officially passed through the league’s concussion protocol. He’s still dealing with a minor toe injury, but in no way is that expected to prevent him from playing in the AFC Championship game on Sunday.

Category: Injury Updates

WR Antonio Brown (knee) will not play in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Packers, per Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Brown was unable to practice this week and ultimately ruled out for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Packers. He originally suffered the knee injury in the NFC Divisional Round win over the Saints. AB is currently day-to-day and will look to return for the Super Bowl if Tampa Bay is able to advance. Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller are expected to see additional targets while Brown is sidelined.

Category: Injury Updates

Steelers TE Vance McDonald has retired from the NFL after eight seasons. (Source: Pittsburgh Steelers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McDonald was a second-round pick of the 49ers back in 2013. He has spent the past four seasons in Pittsburgh. His best season was 2018 where he caught 50 passes for 610 yards and four TDs. McDonald's retirement saves the Steelers $5.2 million in cap space.

Category: Transactions

New Lions head coach Dan Campbell says he wants to utilize D'Andre Swift as a slot receiver next season, in addition to his usual running back duties. (Source: Chris Burke on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Campbell mentioned wanting to find an OC who will let Swift go 1-on-1 against linebackers. This is great news for fantasy managers bullish on Swift, but we'll have to see who Campbell hires to lead the offense before we jump to conclusions. The 22-year-old Swift has a sky-high fantasy ceiling if Detroit begins using him as an every-down back.

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed QB Dwayne Haskins to a one-year contract. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The contract came together after Haskins visited the team on Thursday. The 23-year-old was waived by the Washington Football Team earlier this season after violating the league's COVID-19 protocols. Haskins has posted a 12:14 TD:INT ratio through two years in the NFL.

Category: Transactions

The Eagles have hired former Colts OC Nick Sirianni as their next head coach. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 39-year-old is yet another young coordinator to be poached as a head coach. He has been with Indianapolis since 2018 and has helped oversee the team's offense following the stunning retirement of Andrew Luck. It's worth noting that he has never called plays at the NFL level.

Category: Transactions

Ravens OT Ronnie Stanley (ankle) "should be ready" to return for the Ravens' training camp after suffering a season-ending ankle injury back in Week 8, as reported by Jamison Hensley. (Source: Jamison Hensley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stanley was not available down the stretch for the Ravens which made a significant difference, particularly against the Buffalo Bills in the Divisional Round. Lamar Jackson was held to 34 rushing yards while getting sacked three times and failing to score in any capacity due to defenders continuously disrupting the pocket from his blind-side. The fifth-year tackle suffered a fractured and dislocated ankle mid-season but is expected to fully recover and return by training camp, which bodes well for Lamar Jackson and the rest of the Baltimore offense heading into the 2021 season.

Category: Injury Updates

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is "totally certain" that the team's star quarterback, Lamar Jackson, will eventually receive a long-term contract extension from the organization. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 2019 MVP totaled 33 touchdowns and nine interceptions during the 2020 season and secured his first postseason win against the Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card round. With his electric play-making ability, speed and development as a passer, Jackson will remain among the best quarterbacks in the league, especially if he signs a long-term contract extension to keep him in Baltimore to build on continuity with the players and coaching schemes. Fantasy managers in redraft leagues may want to exercise caution in 2021 fantasy drafts, as many who opted to draft Jackson in the first few rounds came to regret it due to the quarterback's regression in rushing touchdowns and passing efficiency.

Category: Rumors

Colts QB Philip Rivers has decided to officially retire after 17 seasons in the NFL. (Source: Kevin Acee on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rivers’ retirement comes after one year as the Colts’ quarterback, leading them to an 11-5 record with a playoff berth. The former 2004 4th-overall draft pick out of North Carolina State spent his first 16 seasons in San Diego/Los Angeles as a member of the Chargers organization. He finishes his career throwing for 63,440 yards, 421 touchdowns, and 209 interceptions. As of this time, Jacob Eason remains the only quarterback on the Colts’ roster under contract heading into the 2021 season. Indianapolis could also decide to bring in a quarterback via free agency or trade. Both Matthew Stafford and Carson Wentz have been two names thrown around due to a variety of reasons.

Category: Transactions

Titans star WR A.J. Brown said that he had surgery on both of his knees Tuesday. (Source: Terry McCormick on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Brown also said he should have been out for the season after Week 2, but made the Pro Bowl. The 23-year-old WR battled through knee injuries and still produced for fantasy managers in 2020. He hauled in 70 catches on 106 targets for 1,075 yards and 11 touchdowns across 14 games. Brown is expected to be ready for the 2021 season and currently sixth among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.

Category: Injury Updates

Bills RB Zack Moss (ankle) underwent a minor surgical "tight rope" procedure on Tuesday and is expected to make a full recovery in time for off-season workouts and training camp, as reported by Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bills leaned on Moss heavily throughout his rookie season, particularly in goal-line situations which elevates his fantasy draft stock going into the 2021 season. Suffering the season-ending ankle injury during the Bills' Wild Card win against the Colts, Moss is expected to make a full recovery and return to offseason workouts in the spring and summer. The rookie finished his season with 576 total yards and five touchdowns and will likely be featured in a 50/50 timeshare with RB Devin Singletary in the upcoming 2021 season.

Category: Injury Updates

Saints star WR Michael Thomas will likely undergo surgery on his ankle this offseason. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Thomas is likely to have surgeries on both the torn deltoid and other injured ligaments in his high ankle this offseason. “Michael Thomas often wouldn’t practice all week, yet would still play in games, at much less than 100%, and with pain medication,” per Schefter. “The coaches told him even as injured as he was, they were much better off with him than without him. But now will need surgery.” Thomas was limited to seven games in 2020 due to a high-ankle sprain. The 27-year-old WR hauled in 40 receptions for 438 yards and zero touchdowns. Thomas is expected to be ready by training camp and currently eighth among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.

Category: Injury Updates