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The Lions signed K Randy Bullock. The 9-year veteran was in Cincinnati last year, where he converted 21 of 26 FG attempts and 24 of 25 XPs. He sports a career 83.2% FG conversion rate. Detroit looks like 1 of the weaker offenses in the league heading into 2021, so Bullock isn't an attractive fantasy pick.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that LB Jayon Brown is re-signing with the Titans on a 1-year, $5.25 million deal. Those terms scream "prove it" contract, with Brown coming off a dislocated and fractured elbow that ended his 2020 season prematurely. We're a little surprised the productive young LB couldn't get more in this market, but perhaps teams want to see him start a full 16 games before committing beyond that level. Brown lost 8 games to injuries over the past 2 years (6 of those in 2020) after taking over a starting spot about midway through 2018. He has rated among the top LBs in coverage since then and delivered starter-level fantasy production. Barring a setback with his elbow this offseason, expect to find Brown back among the top 24 LBs in our 2021 IDP rankings.

The Titans have agreed to a 1-year deal with TE Anthony Firkser, Paul Kuharsky reports. It was an expected move and keeps the 26-year-old atop the current depth chart in a Titans offense that just let TE Jonnu Smith walk. We'll see what else Tennessee adds at the position. Firkser is OK at the TE3 level in current best-ball drafting -- with upside into TE2 range if he emerges as the starter.

The Titans are stealing a versatile D-lineman from a division rival. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Denico Autry will be heading to Tennessee on a 3-year, $21.5 million contract with $9 million guaranteed. Autry posted 7.5 sacks last season -- 2 years after notching a career-high 9 -- and tallied 10+ QB hits each of the past 3 seasons. He's capable of playing inside or on the edge but figures to not get outside the OT so much in Tennessee's scheme. Autry was a useful IDP option in Indy but will have less talent around him with the Titans. We'll see about his production -- in his age-31 season -- in the new place. We likely won't be chasing him on fantasy-draft day, though.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Titans and OLB Bud Dupree have agreed to a multi-year deal that will average $16.5 million per season. It's a bold move for a Tennessee defense in desperate need of pass-rush help. The Titans ranked last in the league in sack rate last season and 2nd-worst in pressure rate. After a slow start to his career, Dupree picked up his sack production over the past 2 seasons. He tallied 11.5 in a breakout 2019 campaign and then had 8 through 11 games before tearing his right ACL on Dec. 2 against Baltimore. That injury makes this contract particularly bold. We'll keep track of Dupree's progress this offseason. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, appears ready to let 2020 rookie Alex Highsmith try to take over Dupree's starting gig -- which Highsmith did for last year's final 5 games.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Titans LB Jayon Brown got full, "unrestricted" medical clearance Friday to return from the elbow injury that ended his 2020 season. Brown fractured and dislocated his left elbow in November, but he should be fully ready for the coming season. The timing looks especially positive for Brown, as he's set to hit unrestricted free agency later this month. We'll see if the 26-year-old stays in Tennessee. Brown has spent the past 2 years as a strong IDP contributor.

The Titans have promoted Todd Downing to OC. He replaces Arthur Smith, who took the HC job in Atlanta. Downing spent the past 2 seasons as Tennessee's TEs coach. His only NFL OC experience came back in 2017 with the Raiders, who finished that year 17th in total yards and 23rd in points. The more of Smith's offense Downing can keep in place, the better.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Bucs. He ends up missing 5 of the season’s final 6 games. Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage will again operate as Atlanta’s top 2 WRs this weekend.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage will continue to operate as Atlanta’s top 2 WRs. Jones’ absence makes Matt Ryan a shaky QB1 play.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. Interim HC Raheem Morris said Jones is "a bit closer" to returning but wouldn't commit to him playing vs. the Chiefs this weekend. We'll continue to track his progress, but fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on Jones in Week 16 lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Falcons WR Julio Jones is still hoping to play again this season, despite a lingering hamstring injury and his team being out of playoff contention. Jones recently received a platelet-rich plasma injection in that bum hamstring in hopes of speeding up the healing process. We'll see if he can make it back for next weekend's game vs. the Chiefs.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. WR Calvin Ridley will continue to serve as Atlanta’s alpha, with Russell Gage as the #2 WR. QB Matt Ryan has been unusable in fantasy without Julio this season.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. “We’ll take Julio as far as we can take him each week to see if we can get him to play and be productive,” interim HC Raheem Morris said. “If we can’t, we’ll just have to move on for that week and give him another opportunity the following week. We’ll see where he is this week.” We'll continue to keep an eye on Jones, but fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on him in Week 15 lineups.

The Bengals have benched K Randy Bullock and will go with K Austin Seibert against the Cowboys today. Hopefully you're not messing with this situation in fantasy lineups.

The Titans have ruled CB Breon Borders (hip) out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. CB Adoree' Jackson (knee) is also out, leaving Tennessee without 2 of its top 4 corners.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is out for Sunday's game against the Chargers. It looks like he suffered a setback with that hammy this week. Atlanta's passing game has struggled without Jones this season, so downgrade QB Matt Ryan. WR Calvin Ridley, WR Russell Gage and TE Hayden Hurst should get target boosts with Jones out.

Titans DT Jeffery Simmons (knee) is active for today's game against the Browns. He should see plenty of tackle opportunities against the run-heavy offense and makes for a solid IDP start.

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Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is active for today’s game vs. the Saints. He only got in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday, so don’t expect him to be at 100% for this one. That leaves Julio as a risk/reward WR2 in fantasy lineups.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is expected to play against the Saints today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Jones got in just 2 limited practices this week, so don't expect him to be at 100% today. It makes Jones more of a risk/reward WR2 than his usual WR1 status. His return is good news for QB Matt Ryan.

Titans DT Jeffery Simmons (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns. We'll check his status Sunday morning.

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