The Lakers have lost nine games in a row and have fallen to 11-27 on the season.

OK, that’s still not Marshall Faulk in 2000 when he won MVP, but in this era of committees for these Rams, it’s just as impressive. Gurley might get the consolation of comeback player of the year, but with two more games close to what he did in Week 16, he could see his odds improve even more significantly before the end of the regular season. Gurley has the best chance to upset Brady now, by far.

And now LaVar Ball is talking again. He’s targeting Luke Walton as the issue once again, saying the Lakers’ young coach has lost his locker room, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

You can see they’re not playing for Luke no more. Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more. They don’t want to play for him, LaVar Ball said.

That’s a good team. Nobody wants to play for him. I can see it. No high-fives when they come out of the game. People don’t know why they’re in the game. He’s too young. He’s too young. … He ain’t connecting with them anymore. You can look at every player, he’s not connecting with not one player, he continued.

This isn’t the first time LaVar Ball has tried to put a spotlight on Walton’s back. He complained that Walton didn’t know how to coach Lonzo Ball earlier in the season.

One would think this week’s clash between the top two teams in the AFC already was the conference championship game. New England (10-3) suffered a tough loss to the Dolphins last week, and the Steelers (11-2) are riding high after beating the surging Ravens.

The Steelers may be confident right now, but the Pats have won 11 of the two teams’ last 14 matchups. New England also has won four in a row against Pittsburgh, a franchise record.

Pittsburgh’s weapons, led by Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, are in top form right now. The Patriots’ stars aren’t there yet. This game should live up to the hype, but there could be fewer points than expected.

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The Rams cannot get a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.

Because of that, Rams coach Sean McVay will hold out some starters for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the 49ers. After saying Tuesday he was pondering whether or not to rest quarterback Jared Goff and Todd Gurley, among others, McVay said Wednesday Goff and Gurley would not play on Sunday.

McVay’s decision centers around left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who NBA Basketball Jerseys has been dealing with a knee injury. But right tackle Rob Havenstein had a minor MCL injury earlier this month and starting center John Sullivan has missed practices this month with an illness. Whitworth and Sullivan, as well as defensive tackle Aaron Donald, will also be held out on Sunday.

That’s something that we definitely discussed, McVay said Tuesday. The thing that is unique about it though, different than the preseason — you still have 53 guys on your active roster — how do you get to those 46? Now, fortunately for us we are fairly healthy, but how we determine as far as getting to that 46 and then if you do go with a Whitworth and a Sullivan, then how does that affect Jared or Todd? Those things are all definitely connected and those will be things that we’re going to continue to discuss as the week progresses.

Centering the Canucks’ hottest line at present with wingers Brock Boeser and Thomas Vanek, Gagner has three goals and four assists in seven recent contests. Remember how surprising Gagner’s eruption for 50 points was with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season? That included an utterly arid February. Fantasy managers in deeper leagues might consider employing the center’s services as an injury substitute as long as he’s producing.

Ryan Spooner, C, Boston Bruins (3.6 percent)

The pending restricted free agent-to-be is on a roll with 10 points in 11 games, including two goals against the Ottawa Senators this past Saturday. Skating on a second scoring line and power play with David Krejci and rookie Jake DeBrusk, Spooner qualifies as a deeper-league asset as long as this productive streak endures.

Devante Smith-Pelly, RW, Washington Capitals (0.4 percent)

As long as he remains on a Capitals top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, Smith-Pelly can’t be ignored as an intriguing outside-the-box fantasy asset. Filling that role, the 25-year-old notched an assist (plus-one) on four shots while seeing 16:25 of ice time in Saturday’s Wholesale Jerseys All win over the New Jersey Devils.