Marcus Mariota
Titans' Marcus Mariota: Recovery going well
Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN
11:40 AM
News: Mariota's (lower leg) recovery from surgery on his broken right fibula is going well, and he should be able to participate in organized team activities in mid-May or early June, Jason Wolf of The Tennessean reports.

Mariota underwent surgery three weeks ago to repair the leg fracture he suffered during Week 16 against the Jaguars. Although that procedure saw a metal plate inserted into his right leg and requires Mariota to keep weight off the leg for eight weeks, he's now edging closer to the next phase of his recovery. In anticipation of that, Mariota had a checkup Wednesday that produced positive feedback, which bodes well for him returning to the field in the late spring or early summer.

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Andrew Luck
Colts' Andrew Luck: Eyes full recovery by training camp
Andrew Luck, QB, IND
1/19/2017
News: Luck's surgery to address a lingering right shoulder issue is in line to prevent the QB from throwing for three months, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

The NFL.com report adds that a full recovery entails a period of approximately six months, a scenario that would enable Luck to be at full strength at or around the opening of training camp this coming July. Such an outcome precludes any setbacks, but a continuing theme with regard to Luck's status is that the QB is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 campaign. Though a regular on the Colts' injury report this past season, Luck started all but one of the team's games in 2016, en route to recording 4,240 passing yards and a 31:13 TD:INT ratio. With a complete recovery assumed, Luck should remain a quality fantasy option in 2017, though back-to-back 8-8 results in which the Colts did not qualify for the playoffs figure to lead to some re-tooling of the QB's supporting cast this offseason.

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Jameill Showers
Cowboys' Jameill Showers: Signs with Cowboys
Jameill Showers, QB, DAL
1/18/2017
News: Showers signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Monday.

Showers signed with Dallas' practice squad as a quarterback in early September but was then converted to safety. With a full offseason working in the secondary he may be able to secure a role as a depth safety and special teams player in 2017.

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Matt Ryan
Falcons' Matt Ryan: Leads team to divisional round win
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
1/17/2017
News: Ryan completed 26 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's divisional round win over the Seahawks.

Ryan shredded the Seahawks all day, finishing with a passer rating of 125.7. He's in line for another huge game on Sunday when the Falcons host Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the final game at the Georgia dome. The points are expected to pile up quickly in this one, and Matt Ryan is expected to spearhead the charge.

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Teddy Bridgewater
Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater: No timetable on return
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN
1/16/2017
News: According to coach Mike Zimmer, Bridgewater (knee) does not have a timetable on his return, The Sports Xchange reports.

Bridgewater missed all of this season due to a serious knee injury suffered in late August. After undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and dislocation of his left knee, Bridgewater was able to walk without crutches nearly two months later. Nonetheless, the 24-year-old still has a long way to go in his recovery, which could extend into next season. Although Zimmer couldn't pin down a targeted return for Bridgewater, he said earlier that Sam Bradford, whom the Vikings acquired following Bridgewater's injury, "has earned the right to be the starting quarterback." That situation adds another layer of uncertainty to Bridgewater's fantasy stock, which obviously is reliant on him first returning to full health.

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Jacoby Brissett
Patriots' Jacoby Brissett: Sees more game action than expected as a rookie
Jacoby Brissett, QB, NE
1/16/2017
News: Brissett finished up the 2016 regular season with 34 completions on 55 attempts for 400 yards to go along with 16 carries for 83 yards and TD over the course of three appearances (including two starts) for the Patriots.

Brissett did not throw any TD passes or picks during that span, but the 2016 third-rounder did gain some valuable experience when thrust into action when fellow signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo (who had been filling in for the suspended Tom Brady) suffered a shoulder injury in Week 2. Brissett subsequently missed time after undergoing surgery on his right thumb in October, but was eventually activated off IR by the Patriots in December in order to reprise his depth QB duties.

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Jimmy Garoppolo
Patriots' Jimmy Garoppolo: Throws for 502 yards in 2016
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, NE
1/16/2017
News: Garoppolo finished up the 2016 regular season with 43 completions on 63 attempts for 502 yards to go along with four TDs and zero picks over the course of six appearances for the Patriots.

The 2014 second-rounder had an early-season opportunity to fill in for the suspended Tom Brady cut short due to a shoulder injury, but Garoppolo was nonetheless able to do enough in the time that he was healthy to potentially draw offseason trade interest. Garoppolo is under contract with New England in 2017, but with Brady still entrenched as the team's starter, the Patriots could be tempted to deal Garoppolo if the right offer comes along. Alternatively, they could hold on to him as a valuable insurance policy for Brady, who is set to turn 40 this coming August.

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Garrett Grayson
Saints' Garrett Grayson: Signs reserve/future contract with Saints
Garrett Grayson, QB, NO
1/16/2017
News: Grayson signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Grayson was the Saints' third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but he spent the past season on the team's practice squad after failing to crack the final 53-man roster out of training camp. The 6-2, 220-pound quarterback out of Colorado State has not developed as quickly as the Saints have hoped, and he will presumably be given one last chance to earn a roster spot as Drew Brees' backup next season.

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Ben Roethlisberger
Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger: Throws for 224 yards in divisional-round victory
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
1/16/2017
News: Roethlisberger completed 20 of 31 passes for 224 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 18-16 divisional-round victory over the Chiefs. He also gained a yard on four rushes.

Big Ben primarily got out of the way and let Le'Veon Bell and his defense handle most of the heavy lifting. That's not to say he didn't have an impact in the victory, however, as Roethlisberger made several impressive throws, including a 52-yard bomb to Antonio Brown and a 26-yard strike to Jesse James down to the Chiefs' five-yard line. His one mistake came when he got a tad greedy on the play following the latter completion, as he reportedly audibled out of a run and subsequently had his pass batted by Frank Zombo at the line and intercepted by Eric Berry. Roethlisberger was mistake-free otherwise, and will likely need a similarly pristine performance in next week's conference championship for the Steelers to have a realistic chance of upending the Patriots on the road. Roethlisberger has now completed 33 of 49 passes for 421 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions over two postseason games.

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Alex Smith
Chiefs' Alex Smith: Fails to rally past Steelers
Alex Smith, QB, KC
1/16/2017
News: Smith completed 20 of 34 passes for 172 yards with one touchdown and one interception during the Chiefs' divisional-round playoff loss to the Steelers on Sunday. He added nine rushing yards on two carries.

Another day, the same old Alex Smith. The Chiefs quarterback was his usual unspectacular self Sunday and unfortunately had a few strokes of bad luck as well that ultimately assured Kansas City's demise. His interception came off a tipped pass that fell in the hands of Steelers LB Ryan Shazier and a holding penalty by tackle Eric Fisher negated a successful two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game at 18-18 with just minutes to go in the game. Key drops by Spencer Ware, Travis Kelce and Albert Wilson only made things worse. Despite returning a stellar receiving corps that includes the likes of Kelce, Jeremy Maclin and Tyreek Hill in 2017, Smith simply doesn't appear to possess the upside to join the upper echelon of fantasy quarterbacks.

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