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Out after tearing his Achilles during the Eagles game. Rankins has been an important part of this elite New Orleans rush defense, but even when he has been off the field their ability to stop the run has remained. Without Rankins run success rates only increase marginally from 42.9 percent to 45.5 percent and yard per carry allowed is only minimally affected rising from 3.42 to 3.76.
After suffering a broken hand in week 17, Peat underwent surgery during wild-card bye. While his effectiveness is sure to be hindered somewhat Peat is in line to play after no reported setbacks after playing 100 percent of the snaps versus the Eagles.
Ruled out with appendicitis.
Ruled out with a calf injury
After practicing only on a limited basis in preparation to face the Cowboys last week, Gurley has been removed from the injury report ahead of this week’s showdown in the dome.
Brees carved up the Rams pass defense during their last meeting to the tune of 346 passing yards, four touchdowns and 34.4 DK points (his third-highest DK point total of the season). Home in the dome Brees has been an entirely different quarterback, averaging 321.6 passing yards (vs. 217.6 on the road) with 21 of his 32 passing touchdowns on the season and 9.54 yards per attempt (vs. 6.88 on the road). Brees has thrown for two or more touchdowns in five of six career home playoff games as well as surpassing 300 passing yards in each of his last three. Brees is the only quarterback on the slate that can go toe to toe with Mahomes regarding ceiling this week.