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DFS NFL Optimal Lineups: Conference Championship
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Andrew Luck Headshot

Colts Genenal manager Ryan Grigson has been fired.

Grigson has been fired after 5 years with the Indianapolis Colts. The defense has been a point of weakness for the Colts during Grigson's time and the team failed to address the need in a big way by constantly spending most of their salary cap on offensive talent to piece with Andrew Luck. The Colts failed to make the postseason for the 2nd straight year so it was clear a change needed to be made.
1 hour ago
Taylor Gabriel Headshot

Taylor Gabriel (foot) who fully participated in practice Friday, is not on the injury report for the NFC Championship game.

The Falcons enter the NFC Championship game significantly healthier than the Packers who have an abundance of injuries especially at the WR position. Gabriel will likely be a key target for Matt Ryan on Sunday as Green Bay has one of the worst secondaries in the league and they'll likely try to key in on Julio Jones.
2 hours ago
Isaiah Crowell Headshot

Browns were in heavy talks on a deal for Isaiah Crowell this season, but they are in a stalemate now.

Crowell finished 48 yards short of 1,000 rushing yards but he was a very reliable and trustworthy option for the Cleveland Browns. He never saw more than 20 touches on the ground in any game, but the Browns felt more comfortable using him in the passing game as the season went on. He's still an under-the-radar type of player and he will likely be a decent RB2 option no matter where he ends up next season.
2 hours ago
J.C. Tretter Headshot

J.C. Tretter (knee) had surgery Tuesday.

Tretter originally injured his knee in Week 8 against Atlanta, but aggravated the injury during his recovery. The Packers have not yet decided to place him on IR, in which case they might activate a WR off the practice squad with Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams injured as well. Tretter really doesn't have any chance of playing on Sunday, but news on him is worth following in the event that they do put him on IR.
2 hours ago
Christine Michael Headshot

Packers have added RB Christine Michael (back) to the injury report and he is questionable for Sunday’s game..

This is a new development, as he had avoided the injury report earlier in the week. If he cannot play on Sunday, then the Packers will rely on Ty Montgomery and Aaron Ripkowski to lead the rushing attack against the Falcons. If Michael can play, it could result in Montgomery being shifted forward to the line, as the Green Bay receiving corps are beat up going into the NFC Conference Championship game.
3 hours ago
Sean Smith Headshot

Sean Smith underwent surgery on his injured shoulder.

The Raiders starting right cornerback played through the shoulder issue at the end of the season, but it was determined that he would not recover without surgery. He is not expected to miss any offseason activities with the team, and should be ready to go full tilt when the season opens.
4 hours ago
Shaq Lawson Headshot

Shaq Lawson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery following the season, he should be cleared to participate in all offseason activities.

It was just minor surgery, and not at all related to the shoulder issue that kept him out of the first six games of his rookie season in 2016. The fact that he does not expect to miss any offseason activities bolsters the idea that the surgery was nothing to worry about tremendously. If healthy, look for him to build on his 13 total tackle, two sack effort over 10 games last season.
4 hours ago
Ryan Kerrigan Headshot

Ryan Kerrigan underwent minor surgery to clean up some loose bodies in his left elbow.

That puts an end to his ability to play in the Pro Bowl, an honor he earned by playing in all 16 games this season and collecting 33 total tackles and 11 sacks. He will be sidelined for six to eight weeks, but assuming he heals without any setbacks, he should be ready to participate in the Washington off-season activities.
4 hours ago
Jack Doyle Headshot

GM Ryan Grigson has said he wants to re-sign Jack Doyle to an extension.

Doyle is a free agent and Grigson wants to resign him. Doyle had a great season with 59 catches for 584 yards and five touchdowns. Proving to be a reliable red zone option for Andrew Luck. It will be interesting to see what they sign him for since they just signed Dwayne Allen a season go.
6 hours ago
Robert Kelley Headshot

Rob Kelley has undergone a minor knee procedure dealing with his meniscus.

Kelley suffered the injury in Week 16 and once the Redskins lost to the Giants in the season finale, Kelley underwent a minor procedure. The procedure dealt with the meniscus and might explain Kelley's 3.3 yards per carry average over the last six games of the season. Kelley should be the lead back next season.
6 hours ago
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