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Sara Scalia and Mackenzie Holmes lead No. 14 Indiana to a commanding 86-69 win over Caitlin Clark and No. 4 Iowa at Assembly Hall.
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  • LAC Quarterback #10
    In other words, Roman and head coach Jim Harbaugh won’t be changing a thing with their approach and will lean on the run far more than the past few Chargers coaches. “We want to be a balanced offense,” Roman began. “We want to be able to run it when we want to run it and throw it when we want to throw it. If they present looks that are favorable to run it, then we want to be able to run it at a high level. Every place I’ve been, that’s kind of been the goal, to try to have that complete attack. ... But I think in this league, you can really help dictate to defenses if you have a strong running attack.” When asked how that squares with Justin Herbert’s strengths, Roman responded “that’s where you have to come back to what your ultimate concern is, and for us, it’s winning,” The question isn’t whether Herbert’s pass attempts will decline, but by how much. Although it could very much be a good thing in real life, it’s going to make things complicated in fantasy. Herbert will need to become more efficient in the mold of Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers’ primes.
  • IND Wide Receiver #11
    “I don’t want to use it, but it’s a tool,” Ballard said. “If we have to use it, we will.” The Colts have a strange aversion to tagging players, last doing so in 2013 with ... then-punter Pat McAfee. It’s the second longest tag-less streak in the NFL, albeit one that is certain to be broken with Pittman absent a long-term agreement. For his part, Pittman sounded surprisingly open to the possibility last month. “With the franchise tag, I don’t think anyone would be displeased with $23 million,” Pittman said. “The franchise tag is almost like a tag of respect, to get paid in the top five at your position, but do I necessarily want to play on one? I wouldn’t say, necessarily, no, I do not want to play on the tag, but you can use that to work toward a long-term deal.” Pittman’s agent probably didn’t love that, but it’s clear Pittman will remain a Colt for 2024.
  • SEA Quarterback #7
    The Seahawks let Smith’s $12.7 million base salary guarantee itself last week, though they’ve now converted his $9.6 million roster bonus into a pro-rated “signing bonus” that will spread out over the remainder of his deal through 2025. The move creates $4.8 million in cap space. Smith predictably regressed off his 2022 career year in 2023, but he remained at least a league-average starter. Considering the receiver weapons at his disposal, he will remain a viable streamer this year even if the Seahawks go majorly run heavy under new coach Mike Macdonald.
  • CHI Quarterback #1
    Fields spoke to Equanimeous St. Brown and Amon-Ra St. Brown on their podcast about his desires for the 2024 season. He said, “I ain’t got no control over it, so whatever happens happens”, adding “I just want it to be over.” The Bears hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, leading to much speculation on the team’s future at quarterback. Fields looks to be in a wait-and-see period, expressing his desire to stay with the Bears, but recognizing the business of the league and that he may not be in Chicago next season. The NFL Combine is coming up at the end of February, which may fuel more speculation on whether Caleb Williams is looking like a Bear or not. Regardless, Fields will have to wait to see what his future looks like.
  • ATL Tight End #8
    “We’re not oblivious to the fact of his skill sets, what he does bring to the team from a receiving standpoint, so there are a lot of things that you can do to be creative and use his skill set in the pass game,” Koger told the team’s website. “But with him and the way we’re going to run the ball and the athleticism he does have, there are a lot of things he can do in the run game to help us out to win football games. ... You’ll see him all over the field, not just out wide but also in the box.” Koger’s comments come a week after new Falcons offensive coordinator Zac Robinson said Pitts has “formational versatility” and would be used across the formation in 2024. It’s not exactly what fantasy managers want to hear about the hyper-athletic Pitts, who was relegated to a bit role in Arthur Smith’s offense over the past three seasons. Pro Football Focus graded Pitts’ run blocking 109th out of 110 qualifying tight ends in 2023. One-third of his snaps last season were spent run blocking. It would be a surprise if Atlanta’s new coaching staff did not deploy Pitts in a more fantasy friendly way.
  • CHI Coaching Staff
    King spent the last three seasons as the Commanders’ assistant running backs coach, making her mark as the first black woman to be a full-time NFL coach in 2021. She has worked with running backs like Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson and now gets a new opportunity with the Bears. King will be an offensive assistant working with running backs, set to work with backs like Khalil Herbert and Roschon Johnson.
  • FA Safety #21
    Walker has spent his entire career with the Lions after being drafted in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The 29-year-old has three career interceptions, playing in all 17 games during the 2023 season after suffering an Achilles tear to end his 2022 season. The move creates $5.5 million in cap space for the Lions while making Walker a free agent heading into the offseason.
  • SEA Running Back #9
    Macdonald, who hired former Washington Huskies offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb as Seattle’s OC, said the team would stress controlling the ball and maximizing time of possession in 2024. “We’re going to be a physical unit, we’re gonna run the football, and we want to have answers for the quarterback and we want to keep it consistent for him so he can play fast and play decisive and get the ball to our playmakers,” Macdonald said. “I know that’s kind of coach speak. But it needs to be an efficient unit, we want to be able to possess the ball, we want to be able to obviously be explosive and not turn the ball over. And I think that’s going to come through run and play action on early downs.” It’s a decidedly old-school approach that may or may not come to fruition, and it’s no surprise Macdonald preaches the run game considering his defensive background. Ken Walker would presumably be the primary beneficiary of a run-first Seattle offense, though he could split the workload with second-year back Zach Charbonnet.
  • PHI Center #62
    With little left to accomplish in his professional career, Kelce is still leaving the door open for a return in 2024. Kelce turned 36 in November and reportedly told teammates after the NFC Wild Card loss to the Buccaneers that he was retiring. This report has since been disputed, but the 13-year pro is clearly nearing the end of his playing career. The wear-and-tear of an NFL season on Kelce was highly documented in the Amazon Kelce Documentary last year, but despite a multitude of aches and pains, the veteran hasn’t missed a regular season game since 2014. Kelce is a six-time All-Pro who won the Super Bowl in 2017 with the Eagles. He’s a near lock to be a first ballot Hall of Famer whenever he does decide to hang it up, but the lure of one more run at a Super Bowl could be enough for him to return next season. As far as a timetable goes, Kelce said he thinks he’ll “have an answer in the next couple of weeks.”
  • CLE Quarterback #4
    Watson was hampered by a shoulder injury throughout much of the 2023 campaign. A brief return to the field saw him throw for 432-3-1 in his final two games before he and the team opted for season-ending shoulder surgery in mid-November. By all accounts, Watson’s surgery was “deemed successful,” and the team has already said he’ll be their starter for 2024. The first two seasons in Cleveland have been a struggle for Watson, who has thrown for 2,217-14-9 in 12 starts while going 8-4. Despite the winning record, Watson ranks 36th amongst 46 qualified QBs in EPA per play over the last two seasons. Both he and the Browns will hope he rediscovers his old form in 2024.

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WBB Highlights: Indiana powers to big win vs. Iowa
Sara Scalia and Mackenzie Holmes lead No. 14 Indiana to a commanding 86-69 win over Caitlin Clark and No. 4 Iowa at Assembly Hall.

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