Aaron Rodgers QB GB (4) 2 days ago
Rodgers said Friday that he's dealing with a slight illness, NFL.com reports, but despite that admission, he does not have an injury designation ahead of Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Falcons.
Rodgers being sick follows kicker Mason Crosby missing Wednesday's practice due to illness and wideout Jordy Nelson (ribs) being told to stay home while sick Friday. Nonetheless, that bug isn't considered cause for concern, as Rodgers projected both rest and fluids would help his system be fine in time for Sunday's kickoff. That sentiment is supported by Rodgers being absent from Green Bay's injury report, but the Packers will still certainly hope he returns to health as soon as possible.
QSammy Watkins WR BUF (10) 2 days ago
Watkins underwent a second surgery on his left foot late last week.
While the Bills did not offer a precise timetable for Watkins' recovery, the procedure reportedly went well and it's expected that the team's top wideout will be ready to participate in training camp this coming July. The bigger question mark at this time is who will be throwing Watkins passes in 2017, with QB Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo uncertain.
Darren Waller TE BAL (8) 2 days ago
Waller finished the season with 10 receptions on 17 targets for 85 yards and two touchdowns.
The Ravens had a logjam at tight end for much of the season, with Dennis Pitta serving as the only reliable contributor at the position on a weekly basis. Waller didn't make his season debut until Week 5 and didn't see his first targets until his fourth appearance. That said, Waller began to capitalize on his limited opportunities as the season wore on, snaring just under 60 percent of his targets and converting two of them for touchdowns. Although his target volume and overall production don't jump off the page, it's worth noting that seven of his 17 targets (41 percent) came in the red zone. While that isn't much of a sample size, it's worth comparing that to Pitta's red zone target rate of 10.7 percent. Waller has the size (6-6, 245) and testing numbers, which include a 4.46 40-yard dash and 37-in vertical jump, to make him a red zone threat in the Ravens' passing attack. Given that quarterback Joe Flacco will not have major targets Steve Smith and possibly Kamar Aiken at his disposal, Waller could have some deep sleeper potential in 2017.
QMalcolm Mitchell WR NE (9) 2 days ago
Mitchell (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Steelers.
Mitchell, who last suited up Dec. 24, is "trending in the right direction this week," according to ESPN's Mike Reiss, but the rookie wideout remains a speculative fantasy play after missing time, while competing for targets (behind top wideout Julian Edelman) with Danny Amendola, Michael Floyd and Chris Hogan, who is battling a thigh issue.
QGeronimo Allison WR GB (4) 2 days ago
Allison (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship against the Falcons.
Allison didn't practice all week, but that didn't come as a surprise after coach Mike McCarthy outlined such a plan during his opening press conference this week. Despite that inactivity, the rookie is anticipated to be able to play through his hamstring ailment Sunday. With both Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Davonte Adams (ankle) also injured, the Packers enter Sunday's championship clash with more than one wide-receiving worry, but, barring a setback, most indications suggest Allison and Adams should be available.
QChris Hogan WR NE (9) 2 days ago
Hogan (thigh) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Steelers.
Hogan has downplayed the thigh issue that he suffered this past Saturday against the Texans and we'd be surprised if he wasn't available Sunday. When healthy, Hogan and Julian Edelman normally garner the most playing time among the Patriots' wideouts, though Hogan's production has been sporadic of late.
QBrandon Bolden RB NE (9) 2 days ago
Bolden (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Steelers.
Though Bolden is a core special-teamer for the Patriots, his fantasy value is minimal given that he is behind fellow RBs LeGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis and James White in the team's backfield pecking order.
QMartellus Bennett TE NE (9) 2 days ago
Bennett (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Steelers.
Bennett, who tweaked his knee last weekend against the Texans, has worked through his share of aches and pains this year and that's not likely to change Sunday. With fellow TE Rob Gronkowski (back) out for the season, Bennett is in line to log a heavy workload this weekend, but he's been a hit-or-miss fantasy option of late. Three TDs over his last five outings, however, do point to Bennett's potential to make plays in the red zone for the Patriots.
QDavante Adams WR GB (4) 2 days ago
Adams (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship against the Falcons.
Adams' sprained ankle kept him sidelined since last Sunday's win over the Cowboys, which was the expectation set forth during coach Mike McCarthy's opening press conference of this week. With fellow wideouts Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) both banged up, the Packers couldn't afford to risk Adams' health by having him practice. According to the receiver, his current ankle problem isn't as bad as the one he carried last season, and despite his questionable tag, Adams is anticipated to suit up Sunday. Although his status will need to be confirmed, it'd be a surprise if Adams isn't available against Atlanta, particularly given what's at stake.
QDont'a Hightower LB NE (9) 2 days ago
Hightower (shoulder) is questionable to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.
The details surrounding Hightower's shoulder injury haven't been specified, but considering he participated in every practice the Patriots held this week, it doesn't appear overly concerning. Barring some sort of setback between now and kickoff, he should be good to go.