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Injury Status: Championship Weekend

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By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Well, this is the smallest injury list of the season. There are just a handful of players on the list, which is good news for all teams involved. None of the four teams left are dealing with any significant injuries for this week. Sure, some top players were hurt earlier in the year, but as for this week, things are looking good for all teams involved. Let's hope this translates to some great games this weekend.

Todd Gurley, RB, Rams. Gurley is practicing on a limited basis this week, but the move is just a precaution. He will be fine to play this week. The Rams don't want to push their star back, who just returned last week from a knee injury. He should start and get a good workload in the game.

Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs. Ware continues to be limited in practice because of a hamstring injury. He has not played in several weeks, but has a shot to return this week. If he returns, though, he should return to a backup role with Damien Williams starting for the Chiefs. Ware has little value if he is active for the game.

Eric Berry, DB, Chiefs. Berry has been out of action because of a heel injury. He is practicing in full this week, though, and has a good chance to play. Unless he has a setback late in the week, expect Berry in the starting lineup. This would be a big boost to the Chiefs secondary.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Ezekiel Ansah Apr 25 12:40am ET

Free-agent defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) had positive reviews from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Monday, and he could be cleared by mid-August. Ansah's shoulder is structurally sound, but he still needs to gain strength in it heading into the 2019 season. The pass rusher visited with the Ravens on Wednesday and will surely be added by a team despite his history with injuries. Ansah played in only seven games with Detroit last year and hasn't played in a full season since 2015. He still has upside, though, with double-digit sack totals in 2015 and 2017, and he can help some team if he can stay on the field. Ansah will need to prove it before IDP owners will take a chance on him again.

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Andy Dalton Apr 25 12:30am ET

The feeling around the league is that the Cincinnati Bengals aren't in the quarterback market for the first round of the draft on Thursday, especially not with the 11th overall pick. Andy Dalton had a disappointing year due to injury in 2018, but he could be on the hot seat in Cincy if he falters again in 2019. The Bengals are probably better off filling more pressing needs early in this draft, but you shouldn't rule them out from drafting a signal-caller at some point for extra depth at the position.

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Tyreek Hill Apr 25 12:20am ET

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill won't face charges, but Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said he thinks a crime was committed against Hill's 3-year-old son. Investigators couldn't determine who committed the crime in which the boy suffered a broken arm. Hill and his fiance could ultimately lose custody of the child, and the NFL could hand down a lengthy suspension to Hill even though he wasn't formally charged with a crime. Hill has become one of the best receivers in the NFL, but his status as a WR1 with a high ceiling will come under question now as he faces a potential suspension. Stay tuned for more details.

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Case Keenum Apr 25 12:20am ET

Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum isn't necessarily viewed as the starter inside the team's building. Colt McCoy, despite undergoing another leg procedure recently, is still a possibility to become the starter heading into the season. It means that the Redskins are very much in the mix to draft a quarterback, possibly even in the first round, in this week's draft. Both Keenum and McCoy are game-manager types that would be very mediocre QB2 options for fantasy owners in a starting role in D.C.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick Apr 24 3:20pm ET

The Miami Dolphins have interest in selecting a quarterback with the No. 13 overall pick in Thursday's first round, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The team had private workouts with Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, Duke's Daniel Jones and Missouri's Drew Lock. Ryan Fitzpatrick is currently Miami's starter in a rebuilding phase, but the Dolphins are surely on the lookout for a franchise signal-caller in either this year's or next year's draft. If they select one this year, he won't be guaranteed to start right away, which would obviously be bad news for his fantasy value in single-year formats.

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Case Keenum Apr 24 3:10pm ET

The Washington Redskins could be looking to trade up into the top-five picks from No. 15 on the first day of the draft on Thursday, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Washington really likes Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins and may be exploring the possibility of moving up to select him. The Redskins own nine total draft selections, including two third-rounders. Case Keenum and Colt McCoy are at the top of the depth chart, while Alex Smith's (leg) future remains in doubt. It would take a massive haul to move from No. 15 into the top five. Haskins could sit behind Keenum and learn for a year if the Redskins don't think he's exactly ready in 2019.

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Nelson Agholor Apr 24 2:30pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor could be available in a trade. He is due $9.4 million fully guaranteed and could be expendable if the Eagles select a receiver in this week's draft. The 25-year-old is No. 3 on the depth chart behind Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson now. He had a career-high 64 catches but just 736 yards (11.5 average) with four touchdowns over a full season in 2018. If he remains in Philly, fantasy owners won't be rushing to select him in fall drafts.

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Josh Rosen Apr 24 2:00pm ET

Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury continues to praise quarterback Josh Rosen with the draft starting on Thursday and with last year's first-round pick's future up in the air. Rosen reported for the team's three-day minicamp this week. "Ive said it all along, I couldnt be more impressed with his approach. Hes a great player. I mean, he was a top-10 pick for a reason. You see it out there how cerebral he is, how quickly hes picked up our system. I was really impressed with his execution today," Kingsbury said of Rosen. The UCLA product had a tough time in his rookie year without many weapons around him behind a bad offensive line, but he's still young and could develop into a decent NFL starter, but it might not be with Arizona. The Cardinals are expected to take Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray first overall on Thursday, which would likely prompt the Cardinals to trade Rosen. It's looking like Rosen won't be much of a redraft option in 2019 despite his potential.

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Case Keenum Apr 24 1:50pm ET

The Washington Redskins are targeting Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins in the first round of the draft on Thursday as they search for a franchise signal-caller, according to sources. Washington picks at No. 15, so they'd likely have to trade up inside the top 10 to land Haskins, who some teams haven't even given a first-round grade to. It'd be a risky move, but the Redskins are in need of a quarterback with Alex Smith's (leg) career in jeopardy. The team traded for Case Keenum as a short-term fix this offseason. Haskins would have very little redraft value if he landed in D.C.

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Frank Clark Apr 24 1:30pm ET

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed underwent sports hernia surgery on Tuesday, according to a source. His recovery timeline is expected to be four to six weeks, so he should be ready in plenty of time for training camp this summer. Heading into the final year of his deal, the Seahawks want to extend Reed, especially after trading defensive end Frank Clark to the Chiefs on Tuesday. The 26-year-old set career highs in tackles (50) and sacks (10.5) in his first full season in Seattle last year. The team will need his production even more now that Clark is gone.

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Patrick Peterson Apr 24 1:20pm ET

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is not attending the team's voluntary workouts this week, but head coach Kliff Kingsbury said the Pro Bowler wants to be here and isn't going anywhere despite a trade rumor Tuesday morning. Peterson might not be happy with the front office right now, but he isn't expect to go anywhere. The 28-year-old remains one of the better lockdown corners in the NFL and had 54 tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and five passes defensed in 2018.

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Josh Gordon Apr 24 1:20pm ET

New England Patriots restricted free-agent wide receiver Josh Gordon signed his $2.025 million tender on Tuesday. Gordon is on an indefinite suspension for his latest violation of the league's substance-abuse policy, but he'll be back with New England if he is reinstated at some point. The star-crossed 28-year-old played in just 11 games for the Pats last year, catching 40 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns. New England could surely use the receiver help if Gordon is somehow reinstated before the start of the season. He'll be worth a late-round flier in most leagues this fall for his upside.

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Marcus Davenport Apr 24 1:10pm ET

New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport's development was stunted by a groin and toe injury in his rookie season, but the Saints are still expecting big things from the first-round pick. The team moved up 13 slots last year to take him with the No. 14 pick, sending their first-round pick in 2018 and 2019 first-round pick to the Packers. Davenport had 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble and two deflected passes in his 13 games in 2018. He had surgery in the offseason but should be ready for Week 1. He'll be one to watch in IDP leagues if he can stay healthy in 2019.

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Lamar Jackson Apr 24 1:00pm ET

The Baltimore Ravens exercised the fifth-year option on left tackle Ronnie Stanley on Tuesday. The fifth-year option will pay him around $13 million in 2020, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. Stanley was the sixth overall pick in 2016 and has been a starter ever since, becoming one of the most reliable left tackles in the league. He was a Pro Bowl alternate last season and graded 16th among all NFL offensive tackles in 2018, per Pro Football Focus. The 25-year-old will be a big help as quarterback Lamar Jackson looks to improve in Year 2.

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Colt McCoy Apr 24 12:50pm ET

Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (leg) is missing offseason workouts with the team while recovering from another procedure on his leg, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. McCoy broke his fibula last season in December, and head coach Jay Gruden explained that the team rushed McCoy back for a potential late-season playoff push. The quarterback has now had three procedures on his leg since last December, although he could return as soon as next week. He'll compete for the starting job with Case Keenum in training camp, but the 'Skins could add another QB early in the draft this week. Even if McCoy somehow wins the starting job this year, he won't be an attractive QB2 in fantasy leagues.

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Jared Goff Apr 24 12:40pm ET

The Los Angeles Rams picked up quarterback Jared Goff's fifth-year option on Tuesday in a no-brainer move. Goff has thrown for 9,581 yards with 65 touchdowns while completing 62.1 percent of his passes. He's gone 24-7 with a 100.8 passer rating while leading the Rams to two straight NFC West titles in the last two seasons. He hasn't been as consistent as hoped from his fantasy owners, but Goff still has plenty of upside and should benefit from the healthy return of wide receiver Cooper Kupp in 2019.

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Robbie Gould Apr 24 12:40pm ET

San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould, who received the franchise tag, said he has pulled the contract proposals he sent to the team and told the club he will not negotiate or sign a long-term deal and wants to be traded. If he reports at all, it will not be before the team's regular season opener. The 36-year-old wants to be closer to his family in Chicago after spending 11 seasons with the Bears. The Niners, however, want and expect Gould to be with them in 2019. The veteran kicker made 33 of his 34 field goals (97.1 percent), including nine of 10 from 40-plus yards, in 2018. Despite his age, he remains a solid fantasy kicker, but it remains to be seen if he'll be kicking in the bay area this year.

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Chris Harris Apr 24 12:30pm ET

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr., who has been absent from the team's voluntary minicamp, has requested either a new deal or a trade, according to NFL Network's James Palmer. The cornerback wants at least $15 million a year on a new contract, which would make Harris the highest paid player in average annual value. The 29-year-old is in the final year of his current deal and is scheduled to earn $7.8 million in base salary. Harris is coming off his fourth Pro Bowl season and has become the heart and soul of Denver's secondary.

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Justin Tucker Apr 24 12:30pm ET

The Baltimore Ravens signed kicker Justin Tucker to a four-year extension worth $23.05 million on Wednesday, the team announced. It'll come with around $12 million guaranteed, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported. The contract is the most money ever handed out to a kicker. Tucker has his third All-Pro first-team nod in 2018 after he made 35 of his 39 field-goal attempts, and he's made 90.1 percent of his kicks in seven seasons, which is the highest rate in league history. His lone miss in 242 extra-point tries came last season.

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Ben Roethlisberger Apr 24 12:20pm ET

The Pittsburgh Steelers finalized a two-year contract extension for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Wednesday, the team announced. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. He was entering the final year of a four-year, $87.6 million extension that he signed in 2015. The 37-year-old will remain a Steeler up to his 40th birthday. While Big Ben was a high-end QB1 in 2018, he could disappoint this year with both Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown leaving.

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