Three and out: All appears well with ‘Megatron’

Johnson back at practice: As we surmised on Wednesday, Lions WR Calvin Johnson’s (Achilles) absence from practice was a day of rest and nothing out of the ordinary. He returned to practice Thursday. It’s difficult to imagine Johnson will repeat his career-high 244 receiving yards from last week against the Saints, who did allow the ninth-most fantasy points to receivers during the regular season. But Saturday’s wild-card game has the potential to be a shootout, so you’d be foolish to sit Johnson in your Playoff Challenge lineup.

Dalton returns to practice: Bengals QB Andy Dalton was set to join his teammates at practice Thursday after sitting out with the flu. While the rookie has had an outstanding season, he’s probably not the best option for your lineup this week. In Week 14, the Texans limited the Red Rocket to just 189 yards, one touchdown and 9.76 fantasy points. Likewise, downgrade WR A.J. Green and TE Jermaine Gresham this week against a defense that is more than capable of making Cincy a one-and-done squad this postseason.

Gabbert still the man in Jacksonville: There may be a new owner in Jacksonville, but there won’t be a change at quarterback. Shahid Khan told reporters that Blaine Gabbert is still their QB of the future after struggling during his rookie season. Right now, there’s no reason to recommend drafting Gabbert (save for the late rounds in deep leagues), but keep an eye on Jacksonville during the offseason. With the right moves — such as help at receiver — Gabbert could have some deep sleeper appeal.

– Marcas Grant

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