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Sunday, January 15
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler (ankle, personal) will be inactive for Sunday's playoff game against the New York Giants. The 24-year-old has played just two games since Week 9 and was absent from practice this past week due to a personal matter. Through 10 total contests, Dantzler logged 50 tackles, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. Chandon Sullivan and Kris Boyd should see more snaps in his absence.
Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (knee) and running back/kick returner Kene Nwangwu (illness) are both active for Sunday's playoff game against the New York Giants. Smith, 33, played in 13 games this regular season, logging 84 tackles, one forced fumble, and five interceptions. Meanwhile, Nwangwu registered a league-leading 35 kick returns for 920 yards (and one touchdown). Both players will look to make an impact in this pivotal win-or-go-home game for Minnesota.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (shoulder) returned to Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills. He exited during the first quarter and was initially listed as questionable to return. Now, the second-year wideout has checked back into the contest and will look to bounce back from a frustrating start in which he was unable to haul in either of his two targets.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (shoulder) is questionable to return against the Buffalo Bills. Waddle exited during the first quarter of Sunday's Wild Card game after failing to catch a pass on the right sideline. Prior to departing, the second-year wideout had zero receptions on two targets. Trent Sherfield should step into the No. 2 receiver role (alongside Tyreek Hill) until Waddle can return.
Quarterback Nathan Rourke is signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to Adam Schefter of Rourke had a phenomenal season with the CFL's B.C. Lions and earned 12 NFL visits before ultimately inking a deal with the Jaguars. Through 10 CFL games in 2022, Rourke completed 255 of 324 (78.7 percent) of passes for 3,349 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He also added 304 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Rourke is expected to compete with C.J. Beathard for the backup quarterback role behind Trevor Lawrence.
Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Terron Armstead (hip, knee, pectoral, toe) is officially active for the wild-card game against the division-rival Buffalo Bills on Sunday after coming into the game with a questionable tag. The 31-year-old only put in one limited practice on Friday, but he'll be on the field for the third meeting against Buffalo this year. Armstead didn't play in the Week 18 regular season finale and was uncertain if he'd be able to play in the postseason, but his return will be huge for Miami's offensive line against a tough Bills pass rush. Armstead is expected to return to left tackle to help protect rookie quarterback Skylar Thompson's blind side. The Dolphins will be missing offensive linemen Brandon Shell (knee), Kendall Lamm (ankle) and Liam Eichenberg (hand).
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) is expected to be the team's starting quarterback next season, according to league sources. And if the Dolphins pull off a huge upset and beat the division-rival Buffalo Bills in the wild-card round on Sunday, there's a chance that Tagovailoa could be cleared from the concussion protocol to play in the Divisional Round. But regardless of what happens against the Bills, the Dolphins have been pleased with Tagovailoa's development under first-year head coach Mike McDaniel, according to sources. Medical professionals are also confident that he should be able to resume his NFL career next year after he suffered two concussions. The 24-year-old has been in the concussion protocol since the day after Christmas, but his long-term prognosis looks promising.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (hamstring), who was listed as questionable for Sunday's game, is officially inactive for the wild-card contest against the Miami Dolphins after he missed practice on Thursday and Friday. Fantasy managers need to make sure to remove the 27-year-old from any DFS playoff lineups before the early game kicks off. With McKenzie sidelined, it will open up more playing time for rookie Khalil Shakir and veteran Cole Beasley out of the slot in a plus matchup against a Miami secondary that quarterback Josh Allen has already torched twice this year. However, Shakir and Beasley should still be considered low-cost DFS sleepers with limited upside behind pass-catchers Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis in a game where the Bills aren't expected to need to throw the ball all day to pull out a win.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (finger, knee) is active for the wild-card game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, but he will serve in a backup role to rookie Skylar Thompson with Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) ruled out. Bridgewater was limited in practice this week after dislocating the pinkie finger on his throwing hand in Week 17. He hasn't played since, although he'll be available in case of emergency on wild-card weekend in a very tough matchup against the Bills defense on the road in a hostile environment. Thompson will likely have a rough go of it in just his third career start, so we would recommend that fantasy managers stay away from him. Wideouts Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle will see their targets, but they have a considerably lower ceiling and floor.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver DeAndre Carter (ankle) is questionable to return against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He injured himself in the second quarter of Saturday's Wild Card game after racking up two catches for 17 yards. With Carter sidelined and Mike Williams (back) ruled out, Los Angeles will move forward with Keenan Allen, Joshua Palmer, and Michael Bandy leading its wide receiver position.