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Deebo Samuel will play in Conference Championship game

Fantasy Football, NFL News
January 26, 2024

Injury Off the injury report

Kyle Shanahan said 49ers’ WR Deebo Samuel is off the injury report and will play Sunday’s NFC Championship Game vs the 49ers. (Adam Schefter on X)

Nerdy Football Analysis: It’s hard to imagine that Deebo won’t be bothered by his shoulder injury but at this point we can’t project otherwise. He got in a full practice on Friday. The last time Deebo cracked 50 yards receiving was Week 14 against the Seahawks (149 yards). His return to the offense benefits the fantasy outlook of Brock Purdy and the offense as a whole.

Mark Andrews activated off Injured Reserve

Fantasy Football, NFL News
January 26, 2024

Injury Expected to play in Conference Championship game

Ravens have activated TE Mark Andrews off injured reserve, two days before the AFC Championship Game.

He’s been sidelined since injuring his left ankle on Nov. 16. (Jamison Hensley on X)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Andrews has been practicing the last two weeks and should be on the field this week against the Chiefs. How much he plays remains to be seen. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him on a pitch count, perhaps being used on third downs and redzone situations.

Christian McCaffrey feeling fine

Fantasy Football, NFL News
January 23, 2024

Injury HC shoots down talk of RB being bothered by quad issue

For the 49ers, the good news is that running back Christian McCaffrey had another great game in the divisional round against the Packers, with 98 rushing yards on 17 carries, 30 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The better news is that he’s healthy, even though some thought he might not be. On Monday, coach Kyle Shanahan was asked about TV images showing McCaffrey getting his quad worked on. Is there an issue with it?

“No, I heard about that on the TV [broadcast] because some of my family members asked me about it,” Shanahan said. “But that’s just what Christian to me always does. He’s always working on his body and stuff. I was told nothing about his quad.” (Pro Football Talk – Mike Florio)

Nerdy Football Analysis: The broadcast showed up after getting quad worked on early in the game. One would have to think the 49ers would have made getting Elijah Mitchell more work if CMC’s health against Green Bay was much of an issue. McCaffrey’s biggest obstacle this week figures to be Detroit’s run defense, although he should be able to make up for it with his work in the passing game. McCaffrey is always a big part of the offense, but his presence could be even more important this week if Deebo Samuel (shoulder) cannot play.

Nick Chubb likely staying put in 2024

Fantasy Football, NFL News
January 22, 2024

Injury RB due $15+ M for 2024 and rehabbing serious knee injury

GM Andrew Berry said the intention is to bring RB Nick Chubb back for the 2024 season, despite the knee injury, contract situation. (ESPN.com – Jake Trotter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: It is surprising Cleveland would consider a world without Chubb if his knee checks out next summer. With that said, he is due to make more than $15 million in 2024, so the case to move on has some merit. The most likely scenario, which assumes Chubb is physically able, is that the Browns and the soon-to-be 28-year-old agree to a restructured contract. For what it is worth, Chubb is reportedly doing well in his recovery.

Lions add veteran TE Zach Ertz

Fantasy Football, NFL News
January 22, 2024

Brock Wright suffers forearm injury

Three-time Pro Bowl TE Zach Ertz is signing with the #Lions, per sources.

Ertz will start out on the practice squad, with plans to potentially elevate him for the NFC Championship Game. A boost for the final stretch. (Tom Pelissero on X)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Backup tight end Brock Wright suffered a forearm injury against the Bucs and starting tight end Sam LaPorta is playing through a knee injury. Ertz will likely be elevated from the practice squad in order to play for the Conference Championship game but won’t be a fantasy factor unless LaPorta suffers an injury.