Studs and Duds: Week 14

Mon Dec 9 9:27am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Brees dismantles 49ers defense


This week was another uneven one for fantasy owners. We had some monster games, but some of the top players from the current season were duds, leading to some disappointing fantasy owners. Hopefully, the dud games didn’t impact your team too much and you were still able to pull out a victory in these crucial Week 14 games.

We had eight 300-yard passers in Week 14, including one 400-yard passer. There were eight quarterbacks that had three or more passing touchdowns. So there were plenty of big fantasy performances from the quarterback spot. 

The running back spot was pretty quiet, having just five running backs hit the 100-yard mark despite no teams having a bye. And just two running backs had multiple rushing touchdowns. It was not a good week from the running back position. If you had one of the backs that actually produced, you likely had a solid fantasy week.

Receivers had more success than running backs but the position was still down a little compared to past weeks. We had seven receivers that hit the 100-yard mark. And just three receivers had multiple touchdowns. And many of the receivers that produced big were players not used in fantasy lineups, including Emmanuel Sanders, A.J. Brown and Marcus Johnson. 

The tight end position had some good showings but many of those were from players that likely weren’t used in lineups. Two players hit the 100-yard mark (Noah Fant and Tyler Higbee), but neither were in many fantasy lineups. There was a two-touchdown performance from a tight end, which was a plus, but most of the fantasy performances from the tight end were pretty mediocre. 

Bears 31, Cowboys 24

Fantasy Stud: Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky continued his late season resurgence, scoring four touchdowns in this game. He was 23-of-31 for 244 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He also had his best game of the season rushing the ball, running 10 times for 63 yards and a touchdown. If he keeps using his legs like this, his fantasy value will rise even more. This was an impressive performance from Trubisky. 

Fantasy Dud: Dak Prescott. Prescott had a pretty quiet game for his standards. He scored just a touchdown and scored just over 20 fantasy points, which was his third lowest total of the season. He was terrible but you just expect better from Prescott based on his production all season. He finishing the game 27-of-49 for 334 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. 

Game Notes: Allen Robinson had his second two-touchdown game of the season. He had five receptions for 48 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson has scores three straight games.

Ezekiel Elliott had his first two-touchdown rushing game of the season. He ran 19 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns. He has 20-plus fantasy points three of four games. 

Packers 20, Redskins 15

Fantasy Stud: Aaron Jones. Jones carried the Packers offense in this game. He had a monster game, rushing 16 times for 134 yards and a touchdown. He also had six receptions for 58 yards, giving him 192 total yards and a score. This was his third 100-yard game of the year. He is up to 15 total touchdowns. Jones has been a real difference maker for fantasy teams all season.

Fantasy Dud: Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers seemed setup for a big game in this one, but was a huge disappointment. He failed to even throw for 200 yards. He was 18-of-28 for 195 yards and a touchdown with a lost fumble. Rodgers has really stumbled down the stretch for his fantasy owners, having one or no scores four of his last five games.

Game Notes: Derrius Guice left the game with a knee injury. The injury didn’t appear serious, but he was unable to return to the game. He ran five times for 42 yards before leaving. Adrian Peterson got most of the work at running back, rushing, 20 times for 76 yards and a touchdown.

 Terry McLaurin scored his sixth touchdowns of the season and first since Week 6. He had four receptions for 57 yards and a score on seven targets. 

Jets 22, Dolphins 21

Fantasy Stud: Jason Sanders. Kickers rarely get the “stud” honors, but Sanders really deserves it for this performance. He made seven field goals, accounting for all 21 points for the Dolphins. He even had a 53 and 47-yard kick in the game. He was a huge plus for any fantasy team that used him in Week 14.

Fantasy Dud: Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick finally cooled off in this game. He stalled in the red zone throughout the game. He was 21-of-37 for 245 yards with an interception. Fitzpatrick had six touchdowns his last two games, so big things were expected of him in this favorable matchup with a banged up Jets secondary. 

Game Notes: DeVante Parker suffered a concussion and left the game early. He had two receptions for 28 yards before exiting. Isaiah Ford was the leading receiver with Parker out, catching six passes for 92 yards. 

Robby Anderson hit the 100-yard mark for the second straight game. He had seven receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown. He has scores three of four games.

Falcons 40, Panthers 20

Fantasy Stud: Devonta Freeman. Freeman had a solid game, rushing 17 times for 84 yards and a touchdown. He also had four receptions for 10 yards. He had just over 19 fantasy points, which was his second highest total of the season. Freeman is not having a great season but shown pretty well at times. He does have double-digit fantasy points seven games. 

Fantasy Dud: Austin Hooper. Hooper returned from injury this week but was pretty much a non-factor. He had two receptions for 32 yards. You expected better from the star tight end, especially in a game that Falcons topped 300-passing yards and scored 40 points. His time off might have been an issue in this performance. 

Game Notes: Christian McCaffrey was held in check much of the game but still had a huge fantasy game, getting a ton of receptions late. He had 11 carries for 53 yards, and 11 receptions for 82 yards. This was his fourth game with double-digit receptions. 

Julio Jones returned from his shoulder injury and had five receptions for 66 yards on eight targets. He looked pretty healthy in the game and should get better going forward. 

Ravens 24, Bills 17

Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. Jackson had his usual huge game despite another tough matchup. He was 16-of-25 for 145 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He also ran 11 times for 40 yards. Jackson has three or more scores four of five games. He has 35 total touchdowns on the season, having a monster year. He also went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark in this game.

Fantasy Dud: John Brown. Brown had a rare down game for his standard, catching three passes for just 26 yards. His fantasy point total was a season low. He had double-digit fantasy points all but a game before this showing. This was a tough matchup but still disappointing to see Brown stumble in a crucial week for fantasy teams. 

Game Notes: Devin Singletary ran 18 times for 89 yards and caught six passes for 29 yards, giving him 118 total yards. He has topped 100 total yards three straight games.

Cole Beasley scored a touchdown for the third straight game. He had four receptions for 29 yards and a score. He also converted a two-point try. He has touchdowns six of eight games.

Browns 27, Bengals 19

Fantasy Stud: Joe Mixon. Mixon continued his big late-season surge. He ran 23 times for 146 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 40 yards, giving him 186 total yards. Mixon has touchdowns two straight and three of four. He has 17-plus fantasy points five of six games. His great play down the stretch has been a welcome sight for all his fantasy owners. He really started the season slowly. 

Fantasy Dud: Odell Beckham. Beckham had two receptions for just 39 yards.  Beckham continued his disappointing season. He has fewer than six fantasy points two straight games. He has just two touchdowns all year and is apparently playing with a painful hernia injury, which seems to be impacting his play. 

Game Notes: Nick Chubb hit the 100-yard rushing mark, running 15 times for 106 yards. He has six 100-yard games this year. He is over 1,200-rushing yards for the season with three games to play.

David Njoku returned from his broken wrist and caught a pass for four yards on two targets. It was his first game since Week 2. 

Vikings 20, Lions 7

Fantasy Stud: Kenny Golladay. Golladay got his points again despite some bad quarterback play much of the game. He had six receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown. Golladay has been a touchdown machine, scoring 10 times this year. He has scores five of seven games. He continues to be a top play despite having an inexperienced rookie throwing him passes.

Fantasy Dud: Kirk Cousins. Cousins did not have much of a fantasy showing despite a really good matchup. He was 24-of-30 for 242 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He had really mediocre numbers, especially if you consider his play lately. Cousins had multiple touchdowns four straight and six of seven before this game. You just expected better numbers from Cousins. 

Game Notes: Dalvin Cook was able to play with his chest injury and looked pretty good. He ran 18 times for 62 yards and a touchdown. He has scores four straight games and all but two games this year. 

Stefon Diggs led the Vikings in receiving, catching six passes for 92 yards. Diggs has four or more receptions three straight games.

49ers 48, Saints 46

Fantasy Stud: Drew Brees. Brees had a monster game in a very tough matchup, showing he still has plenty left in the tank. He was 29-of-40 for 349 yards and five touchdowns without a turnover. Brees has three or more scores three of five games. Brees has 18 total touchdowns in eight games this season. 

Fantasy Dud: Alvin Kamara. There were all sorts of fantasy points in this game, but Kamara was not part of the fun. He ran 13 times for just 25 yards and caught four passes for 18 yards. His numbers have really been down this year. He has just two touchdowns and hasn't scored since Week 3. He is yet to have a 100-yard rushing game this year. 

Game Notes: Michael Thomas continued his red hot play, catching 11 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. Thomas has seven games with double-digit receptions. He has an amazing 121 receptions with three games to play. 

Jared Cook was on his way to a big game but suffered a concussion, forcing him to leave. He had two receptions for 64 yards and two touchdowns before getting injured. 

Bucs 38, Colts 35

Fantasy Stud: Jameis Winston. Winston had his turnover issues once again, but that didn’t stop him from having another huge fantasy performance. He was 33-of-45 for 456 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions. He also ran in a score, giving him five total touchdowns. He had more than 42 fantasy points, which was a season high for Winston. He has 300-plus yards nine games. He also has multiple touchdowns eight games. 

Fantasy Dud: Jack Doyle. Doyle had two receptions for 27 yards. There were some high expectations for Doyle in this game because of a favorable matchup and Eric Ebron out of the lineup. Doyle disappointed, though. He had been up and down much of the year, so this performance shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to fantasy teams.

Game Notes: Mike Evans had a catch for a 61-yard touchdown but that was his only reception. He injured his hamstring and had to leave the game. This is an injury to watch. He could miss some time.

Zach Pascal had five receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. Pascal has 12 receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown his last two games.

Broncos 38, Texans 24

Fantasy Stud: Drew Lock. Lock had quite the second start of his career, showing the Broncos they might have finally found their franchise quarterback. Lock was 22-of-27 for 309 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He also ran three times for 15 yards. Lock remains a scary fantasy proposition for this season but could have a future. He looked really good in this one.

Fantasy Dud: Courtland Sutton. Sutton was a bit of a surprise in this one because the Broncos had a lot of success throwing the ball. Sutton was not much of a factor, though, catching five passes for 34 yards. This was just the third time all season he didn’t have double-digit fantasy points. The good news is the Broncos had success throwing the ball, which bodes well for Sutton the rest of the way. 

Game Notes: Noah Fant had his second 100-yard game of the season. He caught four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. He has 60 or more yards three of five games. Fant did hurt his foot in the game, though, and was forced to leave. Keep an eye on the notes for the latest on this injury. 

Deshaun Watson did most of his damage late with his team down big, but produced great numbers in the end for his fantasy owners. He was 28-of-50 for 292 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He ran in two scores, though, giving him three total touchdowns. He topped 30 fantasy points for the second straight game.

Chargers 45, Jaguars 10

Fantasy Stud: Austin Ekeler. Ekeler did the rare feat of topping 100-yards both rushing and receiving. He ran eight times for 101 yards, and caught four passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. He had 213 total yards. Ekeler is having a huge fantasy season - even with Melvin Gordon back in the mix. He has 16 or more fantasy points three straight games and double-digit fantasy points all but a game. He has more than 1,200 total yards and 11 touchdowns. 

Fantasy Dud: Leonard Fournette. Fournette was pretty quiet int his game, rushing 15 times for 50 yards. He also caught three passes for 13 yards. He failed to top double-digit fantasy points for the first time all year. It was a rare down showing for Fournette, who isn’t having a big season but consistent. The Jaguars got down big, though, which was bad news for Fournette, especially late in the game.

Game Notes: Philip Rivers put the doubters behind him in this game, going 16-of-22 for 314 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. Rivers has multiple touchdowns three of four and topped 20 fantasy points two straight. 

Gardner Minshew didn’t have much of a game in his return to the starting lineup. He was 24-of-37 for 162 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He should continue to start for the Jaguars, though, with the team out of playoff contention.

Titans 42, Raiders 21

Fantasy Stud: A.J. Brown. Brown made big plays at receiver once again, including a 91-yard touchdown reception. He had five receptions for 153 yards and two scores. Brown has 100-yard games two of three. He also has touchdowns three of six games. He is having a solid rookie season and seems to be gaining a nice rapport with new starter Ryan Tannehill. 

Fantasy Dud: Tyrell Williams. Williams had just three receptions for 35 yards. His late season swoon continued. Williams has fewer than 40 yards three straight and four of five games. He also hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 8. He is a very hard fantasy player to trust right now, getting few chances in the Raiders passing game.

Game Notes: DeAndre Washington started with Josh Jacobs out and played well in a starting role. He ran 14 times for 53 yards and a touchdown. He also caught six passes for 43 yards, giving him 96 total yards. 

Derrick Henry reached the 100-yard mark for the fourth straight game. He ran 18 times for 103 yards and two touchdowns. He also has touchdowns five straight games. He is as hot as any back in the game.

Chiefs 23, Patriots 16

Fantasy Stud: Julian Edelman. There were not many fantasy stars in this defensive battle. Edelman was one of the few bright spots, catching eight passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. He continues to be the main target in the passing game. Edelman has 15-plus fantasy points six straight games. He has been super consistent, getting a ton of weekly volume for all his fantasy owners. 

Fantasy Dud: Tom Brady. Brady had his struggles again, finishing 19-of-36 for 169 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Brady had fewer than 15 fantasy points for the third time in four games. He failed to hit 200-passing yards for the third time this year. He just isn’t a very good fantasy play right now. He does not have a very high ceiling. 

Game Notes: LeSean McCoy led the Chiefs in carries, rushing 11 times for 39 yards. Newly signed Spencer Ware also was in the mix, rushing five times for 11 yards. 

Travis Kelce had seven receptions for 66 yards. He also found the end zone, scoring on a four-yard rush attempt. Kelce has touchdowns three of four games. He also has seven receptions four of five games. 

Steelers 23, Cardinals 17

Fantasy Stud: Diontae Johnson. Johnson scored both the Steelers touchdowns. He had one receiving and another on a punt return. He had six receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown. His punt return touchdown was on a 85-yard return. Johnson isn’t having a huge rookie season but showing some flashes of his ability. He should continue to get better with more seasoning, especially when Ben Roethilsberger returns to the lineup.

Fantasy Dud: Vance McDonald. There were big hopes for McDonald this week, getting the Cardinals. Arizona was dead last against the tight end this year, getting torched on a weekly basis by the position. McDonald did not take advantage of the matchup, though, having just a catch for three yards. He also left the game early because of a concussion, so his status going forward is up in the air. This was the time to finally use him with confidence and he failed. You probably just want to leave McDonald on your bench going forward. 

Game Notes: Kyler Murray had his first three-interception game as a pro. He was 20-of-30 for 194 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions. The good news is Murray has multiple touchdowns four of five games.

Christian Kirk led the Cardinals in receiving, catching eight passes for 85 yards. He has at least six receptions three of four games. He is becoming the go-to target for the Cardinals passing game.

Rams 28, Seahawks 12

Fantasy Stud: Todd Gurley. Gurley is finally producing more like the Gurley from the past few years, getting a lot more touches in the offense. He had 23 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown. He also had four receptions for 34 yards, giving him 113 total yards. Gurley has topped 100 total yards three of four games. He is finishing his season on a high note.

Fantasy Dud: Russell Wilson. Wilson was a big disappointment, failing to score a touchdown. He was 22-of-36 for 245 yards with an interception. This was his first game all season without a touchdown. He picked a bad time to have a stinker of a game for all his fantasy owners. Hopefully, this game didn’t do in all his owners.

Game Notes: Rashaad Penny had an early exit from the game, hurting his knee on a 16-yard reception. This was his only touch in the game. We should know more on his status in the next day or two.

Tyler Higbee had his second straight 100-yard game. He had seven receptions for 116 yards on 11 targets. He has emerged as a big-time target in this offense since taking over as the starter.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Green Bay Packers Jan 17 5:20pm ET

The Green Bay Packers Defense faces a tough task this weekend in the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. In their regular-season meeting, the Packers gave up 37 points and only dropped Jimmy Garoppolo only three times. They also failed to generate any turnovers. Green Bay's defense may need to lend their offense a helping hand by creating a turnover or two to swing the field position game. If Za-Darius and Preston Smith can ramp up the pressure, the Packers will have a good chance of generating a turnover or two and winning the game. It certainly won't be easy, considering how formidable the 49ers offense has been this season.

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Jimmy Graham Jan 17 3:50pm ET

Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham gets a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game. Graham has back-to-back 49-year receiving performances, but those games came against teams that struggle to defend the tight end position. The 49ers are not one of those teams. They allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends all season and were the league's stingiest pass defense. Maybe Graham makes a play in the red zone. Still, he's a cheaper DFS play but by no means a comfortable one.

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Geronimo Allison Jan 17 2:40pm ET

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison (illness) is trending in the right direction to play in the NFC Championship game this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers. Even if available, Allison isn't an option in any fantasy format. The 25-year-old hasn't caught more than four passes in a game this season. It sure doesn't seem like he'll eclipse that mark against the league's best defense with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

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Allen Lazard Jan 17 2:30pm ET

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (ankle) is currently questionable for the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. There's certainly a risk for injury, considering he re-aggravated the ankle in last week's playoff game. Still, it's hard to ignore the two-game stretch Lazard had to end the season, where he saw 17 targets. That alone makes him worth a gamble, particularly in a must-win game for a Packers team in desperate need of another threat at receiver. Just beware, the matchup isn't ideal. The 49ers allowed only 172 passing yards to the Vikings last week.

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Davante Adams Jan 17 1:40pm ET

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams gets a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game this weekend. Adams produced only 43 receiving yards and a score against San Francisco in the regular season but still had 12 targets. The star receiver has seen double-digit targets in nine of 13 games played this year. There's not many receivers that you can virtually pencil in for double-digit targets- but Adams is one of them. If fellow receivers Geronimo Allison (illness) and Allen Lazard (ankle) suit up, they may be limited. Adams could be looking at more work than usual, even in a matchup this difficult.

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San Francisco 49ers Jan 17 1:30pm ET

The San Francisco 49ers Defense enter Championship weekend as the highest-priced fantasy defense. The Niners face the Green Bay Packers, who they demolished 37-8 in Week 12. In that previous contest, the Niners relentlessly harassed future Hall of Famer quarterback Aaron Rodgers, dropping him five times and forcing a fumble. The Packers were a meager one for 15 on third down conversions. The 49ers will need to follow that blueprint again in the critical NFC Championship to emerge victorious. With a higher-intensity contest expected, it could be difficult to splurge on a defense in fantasy compared to other addressable positions.

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Deebo Samuel Jan 17 1:00pm ET

San Francisco 49ers wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Emmanuel Sanders both offer solid fantasy value in the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. Both players were limited to under 45 yards apiece in last weekends Divisional Round blowout but were featured early on when the game was still in question. The rookie Samuel has emerged as a consistent dual threat in the latter half of 2019 and is likelier the safer floor. Sanders, the savvy vet has proven himself as a reliable chain-mover with big-play potential. Against the Packers 10th-best pass defense by DVOA, either option seem primed to pop in Sundays winner-take-all battle.

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Jamaal Williams Jan 17 1:00pm ET

Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams will face off with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game this weekend. Williams has been playing second fiddle to Aaron Jones quite a lot recently, as he hasn't seen double-digit carries since Week 13 against the Giants. It's worth noting that Williams played a large role in the regular-season game against the 49ers, which saw him rack up 18 touches. Green Bay very well could utilize Williams in spurts to keep San Francisco guessing, though his recent downtrend in usage makes him hard to trust.

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Jimmy Garoppolo Jan 17 12:50pm ET

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is a reasonable DFS bet for Sundays NFC Championship matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Priced as the third-best quarterback, Jimmy G squares off against a strong Packers defensive line that ranked 12th-best in adjusted sack rate during the regular season. Garoppolo was not pressed into service in the Divisional Round blowout win, but will likely be tasked with a tougher test on Sunday. While the Niners have mostly ridden its dominant running game throughout the year, Garoppolo has answered the bell in multiple occasions with three four-touchdown games. With dangerous weapons surrounding him, Garoppolo shouldnt be ruled out in the biggest game of his career to-date.

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Aaron Jones Jan 17 12:30pm ET

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones will take on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game this weekend. The 49ers Defense held Jones to just 38 rushing yards in their regular-season meeting. However, the star back has been playing some seriously good football in his last five games, with 501 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. He's also had 20-plus carries in three straight contests. Expect Green Bay to utilize Jones early and often in screens and runs to combat the 49ers mighty pass rush. Even if Jones doesn't pile up over 100 yards, his propensity to find the end zone and role in the passing game make him a safer play this weekend.

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Aaron Rodgers Jan 17 12:10pm ET

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will take on the San Francisco 49ers this weekend with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. The 49ers Defense held Rodgers to just 104 passing yards and one touchdown in their regular-season meeting. However, there are a couple things that are different ahead of this matchup. First, tackle Bryan Bulaga will play in this game after being injured in the first quarter against the 49ers previously. Rodgers should have better protection than he had when these teams met. Secondly, Rodgers himself is playing better football than he was during the regular season before this matchup. He has 566 passing yards and four touchdowns in his last two contests. There is also the added motivation of denying a Super Bowl berth to the team that could have drafted him. Play Rodgers on Sunday, despite the tough matchup.

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Kendrick Bourne Jan 17 12:00pm ET

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne is worth a gamble for Sundays NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. Bourne scored the only receiving touchdown for the Niners in the Divisional Round, adding to his 2019 resume as a legitimate red-zone threat. The third-year pro has just 33 catches this year, including the playoffs, but collected six scores. Despite his risks as a zero-floor fantasy option, Bourne has emerged as a trustworthy target in clutch situations.

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Raheem Mostert Jan 17 11:40am ET

San Francisco 49ers running backs Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert are both bankable DFS options in Sundays NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. The two backs combined for 163 rushing yards in the Divisional Round, with Coleman riding a hot hand to two touchdowns. Considered a backup for the latter half of the regular season, Coleman played 46 percent of snaps last Sunday compared to Mosterts 34 percent. While the touch forecast for either back is cloudy, the Niners draw one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. The Packers ranked 23rd in rushing DVOA during the regular season with the second-worst defensive line in the league, yielding 4.96 adjusted yards per carry. With a likely floor of 10 touches for each Coleman and Mostert, both runners have great opportunities to make a splash.

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George Kittle Jan 17 11:30am ET

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (ankle) was a full participant in Thursdays practice and should be fine for Sundays NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. Kittle scared Niner Nation with soreness on the left ankle he chipped earlier this year, but confirms he feels fabulous. Kittle factored more as a blocker in last Sundays Divisional Round blowout but the Niners passed just 19 times. The All-Pro is an integral piece in all facets of the offense so is worth his premium TE1 price in DFS on Sunday.

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Danny Amendola Jan 17 1:13am ET

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Antonio Callaway Jan 16 6:33pm ET

Free-agent WR Antonio Callaway (Browns) signed with the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL Thursday, Jan. 16.

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LeSean McCoy Jan 16 5:43pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy (illness) remained out of practice Thursday, Jan. 16.

Fantasy Spin: McCoy played just one offensive snap in last week's Divisional Round game against the Houston Texans. He's clearly behind RB Damien Williams and is no longer worth starting.

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Morris Claiborne Jan 16 5:43pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Moore (illness) and DT Chris Jones (calf) didn't participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 16. DT Khalen Saunders (knee), CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder), CB Kendall Fuller (knee), DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (neck), C Austin Reiter (wrist) and G Andrew Wylie (ankle) practiced in full.

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Marcedes Lewis Jan 16 5:33pm ET

Green Bay Packers DL Kenny Clark (back), TE Marcedes Lewis (non-injury), LB Preston Smith (ankle), FB Danny Vitale (knee) and CB Tramon Williams (non-injury) were limited participants in practice Thursday, Jan. 16. S Adrian Amos (chest), OT Bryan Bulaga (non-injury), WR Ryan Grant (non-injury), LB Blake Martinez (hand) and OL Billy Turner (ankle) practiced in full.

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Travis Kelce Jan 16 5:33pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday, Jan. 16.

Fantasy Spin: Kelce earned a light practice week while catching 10 of 12 targets for 134 yards and three touchdowns against the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round. He's the week's top tight end option once against this week so long as he takes the field.

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