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"I'm a Kenneth Dixon fan," HC Jim Harbaugh said from the Combine on Wednesday. "He can break tackles." Fact. Dixon led all 71 RBs with 40+ carries last year in missed tackles forced per attempt, according to Pro Football Focus. He also ranked 12th in yards after contact per attempt. Dixon finished with a solid 4.3 yards per carry and also caught 30 balls as a rookie. There's breakout potential here in 2017 if Baltimore installs him as the clear lead back.

Packers HC Mike McCarthy said this week that Ty Montgomery will stay at RB moving forward, even getting a RB jersey number for the 2017 season, according to the team website. “Talking with Ty in his exit interview, he’s a running back,” McCarthy said. “He wants to change his number and that’s the way we’re going. He’ll spend the whole offseason clearly working at the running back position.” Montgomery averaged a terrific 5.9 yards per rush after making the position switch during the year. An offseason of prep there should help his consistency, in both production and workload. The latter, though, might depend significantly on whether Green Bay re-signs RB Eddie Lacy, who is headed for unrestricted free agency.

The Ravens have added Greg Roman to their coaching staff, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. No word yet on Roman's official title, but he'll certainly have a say in the offense. He's spent the past 6 seasons as an OC -- the first 4 in San Francisco and the last 2 in Buffalo. All 6 of those offenses finished among the top 9 in rushing attempts and top 8 in rushing yards. Roman's arrival is good news for RBs Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West.

Browns QB Robert Griffin (concussion) will start Sunday’s finale against the Steelers. He’s still looking for his 1st passing TD of the season and could get it against a Pittsburgh team with nothing to play for. RG3 remains just a QB2 flier.

Browns QB Robert Griffin has passed through the concussion protocol and will practice on Thursday, according to ESPN's Tony Grossi. HC Hue Jackson suggested earlier this week that he still believes RG3 might be the team's answer at QB, so we'd expect him to get the nod in Sunday's finale against the Steelers.

Browns QB Robert Griffin suffered a concussion in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Chargers. Before exiting, he completed 17 of 25 passes for 164 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs. He added another 42 yards on the ground -- but also took 7 sacks. QB Cody Kessler has replaced RG3.

Browns HC Hue Jackson announced Monday that QB Robert Griffin will start Saturday's game against the Chargers. Jackson said Griffin improved from his Week 14 performance to yesterday's. His completion rate jumped from 42.9% to 60.7%, and he didn't throw an INT. But RG3 still totaled just 196 yards with no TDs. He added 48 yards and a score on the ground and is actually sitting 9th among QBs in fantasy points with the Monday night game left to be played. But Griffin can't be trusted as more than a QB2 in Week 16 lineups.

Packers RB/WR/Swiss Army knife Ty Montgomery ran for a league-high (for the week) 162 yards and 2 TDs on 16 carries against the Bears on Sunday. HC Mike McCarthy said during the week that Montgomery could handle 20 carries, but this marked the 1st time the 2nd-year player has reached double digits. Green Bay handed the ball to RBs 20 total times vs. 31 Aaron Rodgers pass attempts and benefited from facing a Bears D missing DT Eddie Goldman. The rushing volume makes Montgomery an intriguing option for Week 16 against Minnesota. The Vikings just finished allowing Frank Gore to surpass 100 yards and Robert Turbin to punch in 2 rushing TDs in a blowout home loss to the Colts.

Less than a week after Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon seemed to break through in a loss to New England, Baltimore reminded us that its backfield remains devoid of clarity. RB Terrance West led the team in carries (13) and rushing yards (77), and the team in receptions (4, for 45 yards, on 4 targets). Dixon, meanwhile, carried just 9 times (for 36 yards) and failed to catch his lone pass target. Both players remain in play for a Week 16 trip to Pittsburgh, but the workload muddle keeps either from being a clear fantasy favorite.

With Michael Thomas out, WR Willie Snead led the Saints in catches (6) and yards (85). He added 8 targets — his most since Week 8 — in a favorable individual matchup out of the slot. With Patrick Peterson likely to see Thomas and Brandin Cooks next week, Snead could handle another 7-8+ targets. He’s on the WR3 radar vs. Arizona.

Saints RB Mark Ingram played through toe and knee injuries against the Bucs and saw just 8 touches (7 carries, 1 catch). Tim Hightower, meanwhile, matched him in targets (2) and saw just 1 fewer rush (6). Ingram managed just 14 yards on the ground and 9 more through the air. In such a messy backfield — and with the Saints offense in a funk — Ingram will be tough to sell as even an RB2 vs. Arizona.

Packers WR/RB Ty Montgomery split carries with RB Christine Michael -- 9 to Michael's 10 -- in Sunday's win over the Seahawks. But it was Montgomery who registered the 1-yard TD run in the 2nd quarter. He added 3 catches for 45 yards among 4 targets, but the goal-line work is what puts him at least into consideration in a backfield that has apparently given up on RB James Starks. Montgomery's not a safe fantasy option anywhere, though.

3:04pm EST 12/11/16

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) is active for today’s game against the Bucs. He only put in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said this morning that Ingram “should be moving better.” Consider him a risk/reward RB2.

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) will play against the Bucs today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Should be moving better," Rapoport adds. Ingram is fine to get into Week 14 fantasy lineups.

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) is officially questionable for this weekend's game against the Bucs. He put in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday, sitting out in between. We’ve seen nothing to suggest that Ingram won’t play on Sunday, but he clearly won’t be at 100%. That leaves him as a risky RB2.

It's official. The Browns announced Thursday that QB Robert Griffin III will start Sunday's rematch with the Bengals. It'll be Griffin's 1st game action since he suffered a fracture in his left shoulder in the season opener -- a game in which he and the Browns offense on whole struggled. It's impossible to project Griffin's impact on the rest of the offensive skill players. His mobility adds something for the Bengals' D to worry about, but Griffin has also been disturbingly susceptible to sacks and oft-erratic with his passing when we've had the chance to see him play over the past couple of years. We certainly can't count him as an upgrade over QB Cody Kessler, or a downgrade for Cincinnati's team D value in fantasy football this week.

There's a "real chance" Browns QB Robert Griffin starts Sunday's game against the Bengals, "depending on how practice goes this week," ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. RG3 threw for just 190 yards with 0 TDs and 1 INT back in Week 1, although he added another 37 yards on the ground. He won't be more than a lower-end QB2 if he gets the nod vs. Cincinnati. He'd also make WR Terrelle Pryor a riskier fantasy start.

Seahawks S Earl Thomas left Sunday night's game against the Panthers in the 2nd quarter after breaking a bone in his left leg, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That would certainly cost Thomas the rest of this season -- a bigger blow to the Seattle team D than to IDP owners. Shortly after leaving the game, Thomas tweeted that a lot of things were going through his mind, "including retirement." We'll see what comes of this situation. S Steven Terrell started in Thomas' place against the Bucs last Sunday and played the full game, as Thomas dealt with a hamstring injury. That marked the 1st missed game of Thomas' 7-year career.

11:41am EST 12/4/16

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is active for today’s game against the Lions. He only practiced on Friday this week and won’t be at 100%. But we haven’t heard that Ingram’s workload will be scaled back. He remains a solid fantasy starter with plenty of upside.

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) will play against the Lions today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ingram only practiced on Friday and admitted that the toe was sore, so there's a bit more risk here than usual. But Ingram is still a nice fantasy starter in what should be another shootout in the Superdome. Tim Hightower will also remain involved and is a borderline RB2.

 
 
 

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