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Browns have Conklin, Chiefs without Edwards-Helaire

Sun Jan 17 1:57pm ET
By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer

Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) looks to make a block during an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders in Cleveland, in this Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, file photo. Conklin was selected Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, to The Associated Press All-Pro Team. (AP Photo/Kirk Irwin, File)


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is inactive for the Kansas City Chiefs for their divisional playoff game against the Cleveland Browns, taking one dynamic playmaker away from Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champions.

Edwards-Helaire returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a high-ankle sprain in Week 15 against New Orleans. But the dynamic first-round pick, who piled up 1,100 yards from scrimmage in just 13 games this season, did not work out on Thursday or Friday and was listed as questionable on the final injury report.

That means Le'Veon Bell will start with Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson backing him up.

Meanwhile, All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin is active for Cleveland on Sunday after sustaining a hamstring injury in last week's wild-card win over Pittsburgh. Conklin didn't practice for two days before returning in a limited capacity Friday.

Chiefs right tackle Mike Remmers is active after he was added to the injury report with an illness just 2 hours before kickoff. Remmers already is filling in for Mitchell Schwartz, who remains on injured reserve.

Also inactive for the Chiefs are wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) and linebacker Willie Gay Jr. (ankle), both of whom had been listed as out. Defensive back Rashad Fenton was questionable with an ankle injury but will not play Sunday, which means rookie L'Jarius Sneed will slide into the lineup when the Chiefs go to nickel and dime sets.

Backup offensive lineman Martinas Rankin and defensive linemen Tim Ward and Khalen Saunders are also inactive.

Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio is back for the Browns after missing last week's game with COVID-19, along with cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson. As expected, linebacker B.J. Goodson is active despite a shoulder injury that limited him in practice, and tight ends Stephen Carlson (groin) and David Njoku (hamstring) are both available.

The Browns left inactive wide receivers Marvin Hall and Alexander Hollins, cornerback Brian Allen, offensive lineman Alex Taylor, safety Jovante Moffatt, defensive end Joe Jackson and tight end Kyle Markway for their first divisional game since January 1995.

Player Notes
Raheem Morris Jan 17 2:30pm ET

The Jacksonville Jaguars brought in recent Falcons interim head coach Raheem Morris for a head-coaching interview earlier this off-season before deciding to hire long-time college coach Urban Meyer to fill that role. Now? Meyer has reached out to Morris to potentially become his defensive coordinator, a role that he had filled for Atlanta prior to being elevated. Morris has had extensive NFL experience, albeit primarily as a defensive backs coach. Should he take the role overseeing the Jaguars Defense, he'd face an uphill task to correct a group that allowed the second-most points (30.8) and total yards (417.7) per game during the 2020 regular season. Morris is set to head to Florida in the coming days, so check back for the latest updates as they become available.

From RotoBaller

Sam Darnold Jan 17 2:20pm ET

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has faced turmoil from all sides as it comes to his role as the team's starting QB in the past 12 months, and that shows no signs of slowing as 2021 kicks off. But it appears that new head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur see their signal caller as having "untapped potential," after watching extensive tape. Darnold has primarily had to battle the possibility of New York drafting a quarterback with the No. 2 overall selection in the upcoming NFL Draft, but with Texans QB Deshaun Watson now reportedly available in a deal, Darnold may have a new wrinkle in his path to remaining the starter for the Jets. It's well within the realm that New York tabs Darnold under center in less than eight months time when the new year begins, as a full off-season with LaFleur may be just the ticket his future needs.

From RotoBaller

David Njoku Jan 17 2:10pm ET

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (hamstring), middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (shoulder), and right tackle Jack Conklin (knee/hamstring) have all been given the thumbs up to take the field Sunday versus Kansas City with a shot at the AFC Championship on the line. The trio had all picked up questionable tags earlier in the week but will get their opportunity to suit up. Goodson made a season-high 10 tackles last week versus the Steelers despite playing fewer than 50 percent of the team's defensive snaps for the first time all year. Njoku made just one catch (and received one target) during his time on the field, making him a non-entity in DFS contests for the Divisional Round.

From RotoBaller

Dawson Knox Jan 17 2:00pm ET

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox did his job, but didn't have a huge impact during Saturday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. He hauled in both of his targets for 18 yards in the win. Knox has played well in the second half of the season, but the Bills are just too stacked on offense. The rookie tight end is basically the No. 4 or No. 5 option on this offense. It's unlikely that he has much value heading into the next round.

From RotoBaller

Matthew Stafford Jan 17 2:00pm ET

The Detroit Lions are set to usher in their next head coach, Dan Campbell, following the New Orleans Saints' elimination from the 2020 postseason. Campbell currently serves as the Saints' assistant head coach and tight ends coach, a gig that he has reprised since 2016. A former member of the Lions, who was on the infamous 0-16 team in 2008, Campbell has head coaching experience from a '15 stint with the Dolphins where he went 5-7 as the interim HC. Arguably the biggest decision on Campbell and his staff's slate will be whether or not quarterback Matthew Stafford is back under center in '21. Having drawn rave reviews from media prognosticators for the staff that he could assemble, check back once Campbell begins to fill out coordinator gigs.

From RotoBaller

Gabriel Davis Jan 17 1:50pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis (leg) didn't make much of an impact during Saturday's win over the Baltimore Ravens. He failed to haul in any of his four targets during this contest. To be fair, Davis landed awkwardly on his leg and it seemed to bother him the rest of the game. It's worth keeping an eye on his status going forward. However, he should bounce back next week, assuming he's healthy.

From RotoBaller

Carson Wentz Jan 17 1:30pm ET

The Philadelphia Eagles have added two new candidates to their list for potential head coach, as Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was brought in for an interview Sunday, while a request has been made to speak with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. McDaniels has been through the rigor of interviewing for multiple franchises' head coach gigs since returning as New England's OC back in 2012. With Bieniemy also on the Eagles' list, it would appear that a move of officially having a new HC is at least a few days off. One of the biggest factors is likely how prospective coaches would handle the Carson Wentz/Jalen Hurts situation at QB, as the Philadelphia brass appears to be leaning toward keeping Wentz in the mix come '21.

From RotoBaller

Cole Beasley Jan 17 1:30pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (knee) was surprisingly unable to make an impact against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. Beasley failed to haul in either of his two targets in the win over Baltimore. To be fair, Beasley was matched up with elite defensive back Marlon Humphrey for a majority of the game. Possibly, Beasley wasn't at 100 percent because of his nagging knee issue. Expect Beasley to bounce back during the next round of the playoffs.

From RotoBaller

Rob Gronkowski Jan 17 1:30pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski returned from retirement to join long-time teammate Tom Brady for the 2020 year. With Brady not planning on hanging up his cleats anytime soon, it appears that Gronkowski wants to continue his career as well, saying that he could see himself in the mix again next season, helping to push the team toward success. During the regular season, Gronkowski compiled 623 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, having made himself into a consistent TE fantasy commodity. Considering his All-Pro pedigree and the fact that would play the '21 season as a 32-year-old, Gronkowski can be relied upon to be in the mix in season-long formats of all sizes next year.

From RotoBaller

Deshaun Watson Jan 17 1:20pm ET

The Houston Texans are meeting with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier on Sunday as the team continues it's search for its next head coach. Frazier advanced to the AFC Championship Game on Saturday, with his defense holding Lamar Jackson and the Ravens without a touchdown. Frazier's only prior head coaching gig came with the Vikings from 2010-13, where he led the team to one playoff appearance and a combined 21-32-1 regular-season record. The decision to hire a defensive-minded coach would be a pivot from where many have expected Houston to focus with quarterback Deshaun Watson apparently being consulted in the decision-making process. Stay tuned for updates on the organization's decision in the coming days.

From RotoBaller

Stefon Diggs Jan 17 1:10pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been basically impossible to stop over the second half of the season. He seemingly had no issues versus the Baltimore Ravens during their playoff matchup on Saturday. Diggs hauled in eight of his 11 targets for 106 yards and one touchdown in the win. It doesn't seem that any defense has an answer for Diggs right now. He'll continue to be a must-have DFS option throughout the playoffs.

From RotoBaller

John Brown Jan 17 1:10pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown was held catchless during the playoff matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. However, Brown was on a mission to prove that it was a fluke performance. On Saturday, Brown hauled in eight of his 11 targets for 62 yards in the victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Brown has played well when healthy this season, but getting him healthy and on the field has been an issue. He'll be a decent DFS option heading into the next round.

From RotoBaller

Josh Allen Jan 17 12:50pm ET

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was able to get the job done during Saturday's playoff victory over the Baltimore Ravens. He completed 23 of 37 passing attempts for 206 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions in the win. Allen also rushed seven times for three yards on the ground. Baltimore did a solid job of stopping the deep ball, but Allen still found a way to get the job done. The MVP candidate will remain a top tier DFS choice for the next round of the playoffs.

From RotoBaller

Devin Singletary Jan 17 12:50pm ET

Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary had trouble finding any room to run against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. He rushed seven times for 25 yards in the win over Baltimore. The Bills basically abandoned the running game until late in the fourth quarter. Zack Moss (leg) is expected to be sidelined for their next matchup, but it won't make much of a difference. Singletary will be a low-end streaming option going forward.

From RotoBaller

Ronald Jones II Jan 17 12:40pm ET

After not playing last week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (quad/finger) went through a walk-through on Saturday and as a good chance to play in Sunday's NFC Divisional Round contest against the New Orleans Saints. Jones would split carries with Leonard Fournette, limiting the fantasy upside for both backs in a game where the Bucs are already facing a tough defensive matchup. Both players would still be playable in DFS, but would see their ceilings drop.

From RotoBaller

Taysom Hill Jan 17 12:40pm ET

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (knee) and running back Latavius Murray (quad) are both unlikely to play Sunday night against Tampa Bay. That's good news for Saints running back Alvin Kamara, as Hill is always a threat to vulture a rushing touchdown, and Murray's replacement -- either Dwayne Washington or Ty Montgomery -- won't siphon off as much work from Kamara. This is still a tough matchup, but Kamara is worth his DFS salary.

From RotoBaller

Clyde Edwards-Helaire Jan 17 12:30pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) won't play on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns in the AFC Divisional Round, though he's expected to be available next week for the AFC Championship Game. Expect to see heavy doses of Le'Veon Bell, with some Darrel Williams or perhaps Darwin Thompson sprinkled in. The latter two are interesting DFS punt plays, but Bell's the real guy to target here, as he's being priced on DFS sites like a No. 2 back.

From RotoBaller

Lamar Jackson Jan 17 9:13am ET

Confirming previous reports, Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (concussion) did suffer a concussion near the end of the third quarter of the AFC Divisional Round game against the Buffalo Bills, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

Fantasy Spin: Jackson will have plenty of time to recover from the concussion during the offseason and should be at full strength when the team's offseason program gets underway. He remains one of the league's top quarterback options because of his rushing ability and should be a starting option in fantasy leagues next season.

From TheHuddle

Ronald Jones II Jan 17 8:53am ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (quadriceps, finger) appears to have a good chance to play in the NFC Divisional Round game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Jan. 17, after participating in the walkthrough Saturday, Jan. 16. A final decision about his status will be made when the team arrives at the stadium.

Fantasy Spin: Jones had been listed as questionable on the injury report after participating in two of the team's three practice sessions during the week on a limited basis. However, he should be viewed as a somewhat risky fantasy play this weekend, since RB Leonard Fournette has already been declared the starter versus the Saints.

From TheHuddle

Aaron Donald Jan 17 8:53am ET

Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald (ribs) was not at full strength during the team's loss in the NFC Divisional Round game versus the Green Bay Packers, according to head coach Sean McVay. He played only 39 out of 72 defensive snaps while dealing with torn rib cartilage, including just 12 plays in the second half.

From TheHuddle