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1:01pm EST 1/12/20

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) is active for today's game against the Texans. He was limited in practice all week, but the knee issue doesn't sound like something that will be a big factor today.

1:01pm EST 1/12/20

Texans TE Darren Fells (hip) is active for today's game against the Chiefs. TE Jordan Akins' absence adds upside to Fells -- although it's unclear how big an issue that hip injury will be.

1:01pm EST 1/12/20

Texans WR Will Fuller (groin) is active for today's game against the Chiefs. He was limited in practice all week, and the Houston Chronicle reported that Fuller won't be back to 100% until he has time to recover this offseason. He's a risk/reward fantasy play today.

The Browns are set to hire Kevin Stefanski as their new HC. Stefanski has spent the past 14 seasons in Minnesota under multiple coaching staffs. He took over as interim OC late in the 2018 campaign and was named OC for 2019. The Vikings ranked 16th in total yards, 10th in yards per play and 8th in points this past year. They were the league's 3rd run-heaviest offense -- although assistant coach Gary Kubiak seemingly had a lot to do with that. We'll keep an eye on Stefanski's plans for a Browns offense loaded with talent.

49ers RB Raheem Mostert said he battled calf cramps in Saturday's Divisional Round game after being sick during the week. That might explain Tevin Coleman operating as San Francisco's lead back in the win over the Vikings -- although it seemed like Coleman was a big part of the game plan right from the get-go. He'll be the best fantasy bet in this backfield in the NFC Championship.

NFL Network's James Palmer reports that Texans WR Will Fuller (groin), WR Kenny Stills (knee) and TE Darren Fells (hip) will all be active for today's game against the Chiefs. Fuller will remain risky in his return from a multi-game injury. QB Deshaun Watson, however, will have his near-full group of weapons. TE Jordan Akins (hamstring) looks like the only regular piece missing. His absence helps Fells, who saw a season-high 7 targets in the Week 6 meeting with Kansas City.

Ravens TE Mark Andrews (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Titans. He was limited in practice all week, and ESPN's Jamison Hensley notes that Andrews "won't be at full strength" tonight. So there's added risk here -- but Andrews still boasts plenty of upside vs. Tennessee's 27th-ranked TE defense.

6:01pm EST 1/11/20

Ravens RB Mark Ingram (calf) is active for tonight's game against the Titans. He only got in 1 limited practice this week after experiencing tightness in that calf. He's a risk/reward fantasy play in this one. Ingram's status adds upside to RB Gus Edwards.

Texans TE Jordan Akins (hamstring) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs. TE Darren Fells remains questionable with his hip injury. If he can't go, Houston would be down to TE Jordan Thomas.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (ankle) is active for today's Divisional Round game against the 49ers. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said on Friday that the team wasn't sure how the stitches in Thielen's ankle will hold up. He obviously comes with elevated risk in fantasy lineups.

Chiefs DT Chris Jones is questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans. Jones sustained a calf injury in Thursday's practice and then missed Friday's workout. Jones missed 3 games earlier this season, a span that included losses to Houston and Green Bay. Jones' absence would hurt both the run defense and the pass rush. We'll see about his availability Sunday afternoon.

NFL Network's James Palmer hears that Texans WR Will Fuller (groin) is expected to play against the Chiefs on Sunday "unless anything crazy happens between now and game time." Fuller was limited in practice all week, and the Houston Chronicle notes that he's "not expected to be 100% until he has time to rest and recover this offseason." He's a risk/reward fantasy play that we'd only use in DFS tournaments.

Seahawks WRs Jaron Brown (knee) and Malik Turner (concussion) are not listed on the final injury report and will be available for Sunday's game against the Packers. Neither is a fantasy option, but their returns make WR David Moore a shakier play.

The 49ers on Friday activated LB Kwon Alexander (pectoral) from IR. He is expected to play today against the Vikings. NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Alexander's fill-in, rookie Dre Greenlaw, will continue to play a key role. It's not yet clear which guy will start and how much each will play. Fred Warner looks like the only San Francisco ILB who should be in your IDP lineups if you're setting those today. With Alexander back and DE Dee Ford potentially back (he's questionable after missing basically the past 6 games), the Niners' defense on whole could be at its strongest in weeks.

Texans TEs Darren Fells (hip) and Jordan Akins (hamstring) are both listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Akins was limited in practice all week with the hamstring injury that kept him out of last Saturday's win over the Bills. Fells was added to the injury report and limited in practice on Friday. We'll look for updates on both guys and will get their official statuses around 1:30 pm ET on Sunday.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans after a limited week of practice. HC Andy Reid said Friday that Kelce's injury is "more of a bruise than anything." Unless we hear otherwise, we're expecting him to be available for his usual role on Sunday.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien labeled WR Will Fuller (groin) a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Chiefs. "I think it's kind of like a daily process with him to see where he's at," O'Brien added. "He passes test after test and he communicates with us how he's feeling. I think so far, so good but I think it's going to be a game-time decision." We'll get Fuller's official status around 1:30 pm ET on Sunday.

Ravens RB Mark Ingram (calf) is expected to play against the Titans on Saturday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ingram got in just 1 limited practice this week but "did not appear to favor his injured calf" in the portion of Thursday's workout open to the media, per ESPN's Jamison Hensley. Still at risk of being limited and/or aggravating that injury, Ingram is a risky fantasy play this weekend.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (ankle) "should play" against the 49ers on Saturday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "What we don't know is how his cut, how these stitches he had in his foot are gonna end up holding up during the game," Rapoport adds.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the 49ers. He suffered a cut on his ankle that required stitches on Wednesday and then didn't practice on Thursday. There's been optimism about his availability for this playoff game, but Thielen will obviously come with elevated risk in fantasy lineups if active. We'll get his official status around 3 pm ET on Saturday.

 
 
 

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