Mon Nov 4 9:29am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Wilson continued MVP season
It was a decent week of scoring in fantasy land. It wasn’t super high scoring but not low scoring, either. You could call it a middle of the road week. The receiver spot seemed to enjoy the most success. There were some really big scoring performances from fantasy receivers. Four receivers had double-digit receptions and 10 other receivers hit the 100-yard mark.
The quarterback spot saw much success once again in the pass-first NFL. Many quarterbacks racked up the touchdowns. We even had a five-touchdown performance (Russell Wilson). There were six quarterbacks that had three or more passing touchdowns. Passing yardage was a little down, though, compared to past weeks. We had six 300-yard passers in all.
Running games were decent with eight running backs hitting the 100-yard mark. That is a decent week, especially if you compare that to past weeks. There also were five backs that had multiple rushing touchdowns, making for some good fantasy games.
Here is to hoping you landed on the right side of things in Week 9!
49ers 28, Cardinals 25
Fantasy Stud: Kenyan Drake. Drake made quite the splash in his debut with the Cardinals. He not only got about all the work at running back but excelled in a starting role. He ran 15 times for 110 yards and a touchdown. He also caught four passes for 52 yards, giving him 162 total yards and a score. Drake has value as long as he is starting for the Cardinals going forward. He finally got a chance to start for a good offensive team and showed what he could do in that role. It was quite an impressive showing for Drake.
Fantasy Dud: Tevin Coleman. Coleman laid an egg after his huge Week 8 game. He got the work but ran 12 times for just 23 yards. He also caught just two passes for 13 yards. You just didn’t see this game coming, especially in a favorable matchup with the Cardinals. Coleman can rebound, though, as long as he keeps getting double-digit carries in the 49ers high-powered offensive attack.
Game Notes: Jimmy Garoppolo had his best game of the season, going 28-of-37 for 317 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. This was his second three-touchdown game of the season, but first 300-yard showing.
Emmanuel Sanders led the way at receiver for the 49ers in his second game with the team. He had seven receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown. It was Sanders second 100-yard game of the year and fourth time he hit 85-plus yards.
Texans 26, Jaguars 3
Fantasy Stud: DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins didn’t have a huge yardage game but racked up the catches and scored a touchdown. He had eight receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown, making for a very good fantasy showing. He finished just shy of 20 fantasy points, breaking a streak of two straight games with 20-plus fantasy points. Hopkins isn’t having a huge year but has been solid. He has touchdowns two of three and at least five receptions every game.
Fantasy Dud: D.J. Chark. Chark had a great matchup against a banged up defense but couldn’t take advantage. He had four receptions for 32 yards. Chark has really cooled since a great start to the season. He has fewer than 55 yards three of four games. Chark is still having a great rookie year but been more inconsistent since early in the season.
Game Notes: Carlos Hyde had his second 100-yard game of the year, having 19 carries for 160 yards. He also lost a fumble as he was going in for a score, which put a dent in his fantasy performance. Hyde has 80-plus rushing yards five of nine games.
Duke Johnson had a big game despite getting shutdown on the ground. He ran seven times for 13 yards and a touchdown. Johnson had five receptions for a team-high 68-receiving yards.
Bills 24, Redskins 9
Fantasy Stud: Devin Singletary. Singletary had a big day, leading the way at running back for the Bills. He had nine more carries than Frank Gore, having 20 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 45 yards, giving him 140 total yard sin the game. Both totals were a career high for Singletary. He has touchdowns two straight and could be emerging as the go-to back in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Terry McLaurin. McLaurin had another down game, which has been a trend of late. He had four receptions for 39 yards. McLaurin has fewer than 40 yards three straight games. He has really played some good defenses in recent weeks, though, so don’t give up all hope on the rookie. He can get going again.
Game Notes: Adrian Peterson had his second 100-yard game. He had 18 carries for 108 yards. He has 75-plus rushing yards four straight games.
Dwayne Haskins struggled in a starting role once again. He failed to score a touchdown, going 15-of-22 for 144 yards without a touchdown or an interception.
Eagles 22, Bears 14
Fantasy Stud: Zach Ertz. Ertz finally had one of his big games. He had nine receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. This was his first 100-yard game of the year and highest reception total of the season. Maybe this is the game that gets Ertz going. He had just one score doing into the game.
Fantasy Dud: Allen Robinson. Robinson had a great matchup and been playing great football, so this was expected to be a big showing for him. Well, that didn’t happen. He had just a catch for six yards. Both were season lows for Robinson. He had at least five receptions five straight games before this dud. With the Bears struggling offensively, Robinson might be a little more erratic going forward.
Game Notes: Mitchell Trubisky had more struggles, going 10-of-21 for 125 yards without a touchdown or interception against a bad Eagles secondary. He has failed to score a touchdown two straight and five of seven games he has played.
David Montgomery got most of the work at running back again and played well, rushing 14 times for 40 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 36 yards, finishing with 76 total yards and two scores.
Chiefs 26, Vikings 23
Fantasy Stud: Tyreek Hill. Hill had six receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown. He made several big plays throughout the game. This was his first 100-yard game of the season. He has at least 74 yards four straight games since returning from his knee injury. Hill has been super consistent as the No. 1 target in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Stefon Diggs. The Vikings had three passing touchdowns and 221-passing yards, but Diggs wasn’t apart of nearly all of the passing attack. He had just a catch for four yards, which was a big surprise, considering his recent play. Diggs had three straight 100-yard games before this performance.
Game Notes: Adam Thielen didn't last long in this game, re-aggravating his hamstring injury. He did not have a catch in the game and left very early. He could miss more time with this one.
Kirk Cousins didn’t have a ton of yardage, but continued his hot play. He had three touchdown passes without a turnover. Cousins has three-touchdown games three of four.
Steelers 26, Colts 24
Fantasy Stud: Jaylen Samuels. Samuels didn’t lead the Steelers in rushing but had a huge game in the passing attack. He had eight carries for just 10 yards, but 13 receptions for 73 yards. He is a huge asset in the passing game when in the starting lineup, giving him a lot of fantasy potential. James Conner remains the starter when healthy, but if he misses more time, Samuels has good fantasy value.
Fantasy Dud: JuJu Smith-Schuster. Smith-Schuster had just three receptions for 16 yards. This gives him fewer than five fantasy points three of five games. Smith-Schuster really needs Ben Roethlisberger back in the starting lineup. His production has really suffered this year.
Game Notes: Jacoby Brissett suffered a leg injury early in the game and was unable to return. He was 4-of-5 for 59 yards before leaving. Brian Hoyer played well in his place. He was 17-of-26 for 168 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.
Trey Edmunds was the surprise leading rusher for the Steelers. He had 12 carries for 73 yards. He won’t have much of a role when Conner is back, but could keep getting carries while he is out.
Dolphins 26, Jets 18
Fantasy Stud: Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick has re-gained his Fitz-magic. He was 24-of-36 for 288 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. Fitzpatrick has multiple touchdowns three straight and seems to have a strong grip on the starter’s job in the Dolphins pass-heavy offense. He might be worth a streaming look in the right matchup.
Fantasy Dud: Mark Walton. Walton seemed setup for a good showing, starting against a bad defense with Kenyan Drake not in the mix anymore. Walton got his work but did about nothing with it. He had 12 carries for just 29 yards. He also caught three passes for just 12 yards. Walton is going to be a hard player to trust in this offense going forward - even in a starting role.
Game Notes: Preston Williams had five receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Williams has at least four receptions all but two games this year. He is making a name for himself in this offense.
Jamison Crowder led the Jets in receiving, catching eight passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. This was his first touchdown of the season, but Crowder has at least four receptions five of eight games.
Panthers 30, Titans 20
Fantasy Stud: Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey had another one of his game-changing performances. He ran 24 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 20 yards and a score, giving him 166 total yards and three touchdowns. McCaffrey has touchdown all but a game this year and is making a big-time run at No. 1 overall fantasy back. He is some kind of back.
Fantasy Dud: Jonnu Smith. Smith got another start at tight end with Delanie Walker out, but did little after a couple solid performances. He had three receptions for 18 yards. Smith had 60-plus yards two straight before this game. He still has potential in a starting role in this offense, but isn’t a sure thing by any means.
Game Notes: Ryan Tannehill had his second 300-yard game of the season. He was 27-of-39 for 331 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He also ran in a score, giving him multiple touchdowns three straight games in a starting role.
D.J. Moore had his first 100-yard game of the season. He had seven receptions for 101 yards on 10 targets. He has 70-plus yards five of eight games.
Raiders 31, Lions 24
Fantasy Stud: Matthew Stafford. Stafford continued his red hot play, picking apart the Raiders secondary. He was 26-of-41 for 406 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Stafford has three straight games with 300-plus yards and three-plus touchdowns. He has five three-touchdown games this season. He is having a huge season and performing as well as any fantasy quarterback in the game.
Fantasy Dud: Ty Johnson. Johnson did lead the way at running back for the Lions this week, but still didn’t produce with his chances. He ran nine times for 29 yards and caught three passes for seven yards. So he had 12 touches for 36 yards. Johnson might be the lead back for the Lions but that doesn’t mean you should play him. He is doing very little with this chances. The Lions are suddenly a pass-first team.
Game Notes: Josh Jacobs topped 120 yards for the third time in four games. He ran 28 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns. The only negative for Jacobs in the game was he didn’t have a catch.
Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones both hit the 100-yard mark. Golladay had four receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown. Jones caught eight passes for 126 yards and a touchdown.
Seahawks 40, Bucs 34
Fantasy Stud: Tyler Lockett. There were several big showings in this game, but Lockett gets the nod for “stud” honors. He had 13 receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns. This is the third time he had double-digit receptions in a game. He also has three 100-yard games and six touchdowns. Lockett is quickly becoming an elite fantasy receiver.
Fantasy Dud: Cameron Brate. Brate got the start with O.J. Howard out once again, but failed to do anything in this game. He didn’t even catch a pass, getting shutout for the first time this year. It was a bad time for Brate to lay an egg in a game that saw the Bucs throw for 300-plus yards and score 34 points. There is not a tight end on the Bucs roster that you can trust.
Game Notes: Russell Wilson continued his MVP season. He was 29-of-43 for 378 yards and five touchdowns without an interception. Wilson has 25 total touchdowns to one interception this season.
Mike Evans had his second straight game with double-digit touchdowns and 100-plus yards. He had 12 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown. He has 23 receptions for 378 yards and three touchdowns his last two games.
Broncos 24, Browns 19
Fantasy Stud: Noah Fant. Fant had three receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. It was his first 100-yard game as a pro. He did not have more than 40 yards in a game until this big showing. It was an encouraging performance for the rookie tight end. Maybe the quarterback change will be just the thing to get Fant going for the rest of the year.
Fantasy Dud: Royce Freeman. Freeman had his worst game of the season. He ran five times for just 15 yards and caught a pass for a negative game. He had touchdowns two straight and 60-plus total yards three of four games, so this game was a surprise for his fantasy owners. He had been posting pretty consistent numbers. It is not a surprise to see him posting poor numbers, though, since he splits carries with Phillip Lindsay at running back. This could happen more often going forward.
Game Notes: Phillip Lindsay had just nine carries but still had 92-rushing yards and a touchdown. He averaged 10.2 yards per carry. Lindsay has touchdowns three of five games.
Baker Mayfield played one of his better games of the season. He was 27-of-42 for 273 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He still has not thrown for multiple touchdowns in a game this year, though.
Chargers 26, Packers 11
Fantasy Stud: Melvin Gordon. Gordon finally had a big overall game. He ran 20 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 29 yard, giving him 109 total yards and two scores. This was the first time all season he had more than 50 total yards in a game. He has scores three straight, though, and seems to be hitting his stride at the right time for fantasy owners.
Fantasy Dud: Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers had been red hot but was a bust this week. He didn’t even hit 200 yards. He was 23-of-35 for 161 yards and a touchdown without an interception. It was the first time all year he didn’t top 200 yards. You didn’t see this game coming after watching Rodgers scores 10 touchdowns his last three games.
Game Notes: Davante Adams returned from injury and led the Packers in receptions, catching seven passes for 41 yards. Adams has seven or more receptions three of five games this season.
Mike Williams had his first 100-yard game for the season. He had three receptions for 111 yards. He is starting to produce better, having 69-plus yards four of five games.
Ravens 37, Patriots 20
Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. The best defense in football couldn’t slow Jackson. He scored three touchdowns in the game, leading his team to 37 points. He was 17-of-23 for 163 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He also ran 16 times for 61 yards and two touchdowns. Jackson has at least 23 fantasy points all but one game this year. He is having a breakout fantasy season, making a run at top fantasy quarterback in the game.
Fantasy Dud: Sony Michel. Michel was not a big part of the offense for really the first time this year. He had four carries for just 18 yards and one catch for 12 yards. This was his first game not getting at least nine carries in a game. It also was his first game all season with fewer than five fantasy points. It was a disappointing showing for the Patriots starting back.
Game Notes: Mohamed Sanu had a great second game with the Patriots. He had 10 receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. His stock is going up on a weekly basis in this offense.
Mark Ingram hit the 100-yard mark for the first time since Week 3. He ran 15 times for 116 yards and caught two passes for 29 yards. Ingram broke a streak of three straight games failing to top 55-rushing yards in a game.
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Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said that the team will be careful with rookie running back A.J. Dillon (undisclosed), but he is hopeful that Dillon can play on Sunday against the Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game. Dillon left the fourth quarter of the win over the Rams in the Divisional Round on Saturday with an undisclosed injury. The 22-year-old ran the ball six times for 27 yards in the win over the Rams. Keep a close eye on his practice status throughout the week. If he's inactive against Tampa Bay, Jamaal Williams would be a much more attractive DFS sleeper behind Aaron Jones. Dillon dealt with injury and was on the COVID-19 list in his rookie season, but he could have a substantial role in Green Bay's backfield in 2021 if Jones leaves in free agency.
Former Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney is meeting with members of the Washington Football Team brass on Monday, including head coach Ron Rivera, according to sources. Hurney has become the top candidate to be Washington's next general manager, a hire that could become official this week. Hurney spent several years working with Rivera in Carolina, so they have plenty of familiarity. The 65-year-old was the Panthers general manager from 2002 to 2012 and again from 2017 to 2020. Rivera was the head coach of Carolina from 2011 to 2019. Martin Mayhew and Ryan Cowden have also been linked to the GM opening in Washington.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said that quarterback Jared Goff is "the quarterback right now" after their Divisional Round loss to the Packers on Saturday, but he didn't sound as convincing when asked about it the following day. "The people I've spoken to said basically at this moment the relationship with Goff and McVay: not great. They need marriage counseling is what one person said to me," NFL.com's Steve Wyche said. Goff battled through a surgically repaired broken thumb in the postseason and posted 3,952 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, 13 interceptions a 67 completion percentage and a 90 passer rating, but he was way too inconsistent on a regular basis. McVay plans to meet with Goff to get on the same page moving into the 2021 season, but don't be surprised if LA brings in another veteran QB to push Goff moving forward. He'll be a midrange QB2 if he has the starting gig next season.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that quarterback Patrick Mahomes (concussion) remains in the league's concussion protocol after leaving the Divisional Round win over the Browns on Sunday in the third quarter. "He's in the protocol, and we'll just follow that and see how he does here in the next couple days," Reid said. Mahomes must clear the NFL's protocol before he's eligible to play in the AFC Championship against the Bills this Sunday. More will be known on Mahomes' status throughout the week, so keep a close eye on his progress. He was also bothered by a toe injury on Sunday, but Reid thinks he'll "be alright." If Mahomes doesn't get cleared from the league's protocol in time to play against Buffalo, veteran Chad Henne would get the nod. It would be a big downgrade for the rest of KC's offensive skill position players in fantasy against a strong defense.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are designating defensive tackle Vita Vea (ankle) for return from Injured Reserve on Monday. He will begin practicing with the team on Wednesday and could be activated in time for the NFC Championship on Sunday against the Packers. Vea fractured his ankle against the Bears in Week 5 back in October. Tampa has a 21-day window to return Vea to their active roster, but he could be available this weekend if he shows enough in practice this week. If the Bucs decide that the 25-year-old is not ready to return this weekend, Rakeem Nunez-Roches will continue to handle nose-tackle duties for the Buccaneers Defense. Vea's return, though, would make Tampa even more dangerous at Lambeau Field against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is not happy with the team after they did not include him in the search for new general manager Nick Caserio. As a result, teams have started calling the Texans to find out if Watson is available in a trade. Owner Cal McNair and the front office haven't said that they are looking to trade Watson, and Watson himself has not asked for a trade. There is plenty of speculation out there as to where Watson might land if he is traded, with the Jaguars, Jets and Dolphins as potential landing spots. The Panthers could also be another team in the mix if Watson actually becomes available. Right now it's all speculation, but it's interesting to imagine the 25-year-old dual-threat QB playing elsewhere. If Watson really wants to leave, he also has a no-trade clause, so he could dictate where he goes next. A trade could increase Watson's outlook heading into the 2021 season, but he'll likely remain a top-five fantasy QB regardless.
The San Francisco 49ers are officially promoting run-game coordinator Mike McDaniel to offensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach DeMeco Ryans to defensive coordinator, according to a source. McDaniel will replace Mike LaFleur, while Ryans will be replacing Robert Saleh, who has become the New York Jets head coach. Saleh took LaFleur and offensive line coach John Benton with him to New York. The 37-year-old McDaniel has been part of head coach Kyle Shanahan's staff at every stop since he joined Washington in 2011. Ryans was a former NFL linebacker and has risen through the ranks since joining Shanahan's staff in 2017 as a quality control coach. Chris Foerster will replace Benton as offensive line coach, while former Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello will return as quarterbacks coach.
The Los Angeles Chargers hired Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley as their next head coach on Sunday, according to sources. The 38-year-old spent just one year with the Rams after leading the league's No. 1 defense in scoring, total defense and pass defense in the 2020 regular season. Rams defenders had career-best seasons in sacks under Staley, including Leonard Floyd (10.5), Morgan Cox (six) and Troy Reeder (three), with Michael Brockers recording the second-most sacks in his career. Staley spent three seasons as the linebackers coach in Denver and Chicago before joining the Rams as their defensive coordinator. Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell could follow Staley to the Bolts in the same role, but Rams head coach Sean McVay would have to let O'Connell out of his contract.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) is undergoing an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of a knee injury he suffered during Sunday's playoff victory. Brown suffered the ailment sometime in the first half and was seen on the sidelines, though he was never officially ruled out of the game. Provided there is no structural damage to the knee, Brown's activity levels in this week's practice will be worth watching ahead of an NFC Championship clash with the Packers. If he's unable to play, fellow wideouts Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller would be in line to see more work in the passing game.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense put together a strong performance in a 30-20 playoff win over the New Orleans Saints. Tampa Bay allowed 20 points and failed to register a sack, though they generated four turnovers. The secondary delivered a strong performance on tape, surrendering just 190 passing yards and picking off Drew Brees three times. Linebacker Devin White, a rising star, was arguably the player of the game, as he was all over the field with 11 tackles and an interception, which he returned for 28 yards. Tampa Bay will travel to Lambeau Field to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the NFC title game. They hammered Rodgers and the Green Bay offense for four sacks and two interceptions in a 38-10 regular season drubbing.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski caught one of five targets for 14 receiving yards in a 30-20 win over New Orleans. Gronkowski had yet another quiet outing as a pass-catcher, though he was far more involved in the gameplan this time. Tom Brady looked his way in the red zone, so the usage was pretty promising for fantasy purposes. The problem is, Gronkowski has been out-produced by fellow tight end Cameron Brate, who has 130 yards over the last two games. Still, Gronkowski should remain a part of the offense next week against the Packers, who surrendered a 5-78-1 line to him in their regular-season meeting.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate led the team in receiving yards in a playoff win over the Saints. Brate hauled in four of five targets for 50 receiving yards, as he once again showed some good chemistry with Tom Brady down the field. The veteran tight end has produced eight catches for 130 yards in two playoff games, while fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski has just one reception. Clearly, Brady will continue to look Gronkowski's way in the red zone, though Brate has carved out a role for himself as a pass-catcher between the 20s. He'll get ready to take on the Packers at Lambeau Field next week with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown caught just one pass for 10 receiving yards in Sunday's 30-20 divisional-round win over New Orleans. Brown was held in check for much of the game, though it should be noted that he was tending to a knee issue. It occurred sometime in the first half, with Brown requiring some attention from the team trainer- though the team didn't offer much more information on his status. This game snapped a streak of four straight contests with a touchdown reception for Brown, whose practice reps will be worth monitoring ahead of a huge title game clash with Green Bay.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin hauled in four of seven targets for 34 receiving yards in Sunday's victory over New Orleans. Godwin did lead the team in targets, though it could have been a far more productive day had he hauled in a long pass from Tom Brady in the end zone. The drops have certainly been an issue for the fourth-year pro- he has six in two playoff games- though he remains one of Brady's favorite pass-catchers on the roster. Godwin has seen at least six targets in 12 of 14 games, a role that makes him enticing to turn to for fantasy purposes. He'll look to be more productive with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line next week against Green Bay.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans caught one of three targets for a three-yard touchdown in a 30-20 win over the Saints. Evans was held in check for most of the day by Saints' corner Marshon Lattimore- though he was able to beat him in the end zone for a score. That's his 14th touchdown of the year, including the regular season and playoffs, as he continues to be one of Tom Brady's favorite red-zone targets. Evans will look to be more of a factor between the 20s in an NFC Championship game matchup against the Packers.
New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook finished with five receptions for 28 yards on seven targets in Sunday's loss to Tampa. The tight end also lost a crucial fumble which swayed the outcome of the game. Cook finishes 2020 with 37 receptions for 504 yards and seven touchdowns. The tight end will be a free agent this offseason and will turn 34 in a few months. His fantasy value remains low heading into 2021 considering his age and the uncertainty about the size of his role on a potentially new team next season.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith grabbed three receptions for 85 yards and two scores on three targets in Sunday's divisional-round loss to Tampa. Smith paced the team in yards and had a fantastic showing in the team's last game of the season. The WR finished 2020 with 34 receptions for 448 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games. Because of his inconsistency and smaller role on this offense, Smith should be considered a deeper-league flex at best heading into 2021.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II carried the ball 13 times for 62 rushing yards in a playoff victory over New Orleans. Jones averaged 4.8 yards per carry and showed some good burst in his first game back from a quad injury. He ripped off a long run that was called back due to a holding penalty and appeared to grimace after the play, though he was never taken out. Jones was out-touched by Fournette 22-13, though he may eat into those carries a bit if he can put in a full practice ahead of next week's NFC title game against Green Bay.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas finished with zero yards on four targets in Sunday's divisional-round loss to the Buccaneers. After a terrific wild-card showing last week with five receptions for 73 yards and a score on seven targets, Thomas fell flat this week. Despite an injury-ridden season, the WR is clearly the top receiving option on the team heading into 2021 and remains a WR1 despite the potential change at QB.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette was the engine of his team's offense in a 30-20 divisional-round win over the Saints. Fournette turned 22 touches into 107 scrimmage yards, adding a touchdown to yet another solid outing. With Tom Brady struggling a bit, the 25-year-old came up with some timely runs and receptions, none bigger than a six-yard touchdown catch that tied the game late in the third quarter. Fournette has topped 20 touches and 100 yards in each of his last two games- he should remain a focal point of the offense when the Buccaneers travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers next week.