Mon Jan 13 9:27am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
The Texans couldn't stop Kelce
The games weren’t nearly as exciting this week. All the games were decided by double-digit points except for one. We didn’t get the overtime games like the previous weeks or the exciting finishes. We did get some good fantasy performances, though, with two teams topping 30 points and two others scoring 28 points. The fantasy numbers were a little up this week compared to the playoff openers. This lead to some high-scoring fantasy teams. Hopefully, you were on the receiving end of some of these good performances.
49ers 27, Vikings 10
Fantasy Stud: Tevin Coleman. The 49ers rode the hot hand at running back and Coleman was the clear hot back in this one. He had 22 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns. This was an unexpected showing from Coleman, considering he had 40 or fewer rushing yards nine straight games. This was just the second time all season he has topped 100-rushing yards. Coleman is never a sure thing forward going in this offense, but this showing was encouraging.
Fantasy Dud: Dalvin Cook. The 49ers did a great job of holding Cook in check, which is something that has been rarely done this season. Cook ran nine times for just 18 yards. He also caught six passes for eight yards. This was his worst game of the season. Cook still had a breakout year and is clearly and elite fantasy back as long as he can stay healthy.
Game Notes: Raheem Mostert did start but had 10 fewer carries than Coleman. He ran 12 times for 58 yards. The good news is Mostert averaged the same yards per carry as Coleman, averaging 4.8 yards per carry.
Adam Thielen was able to play with his ankle injury and caught five passes for 50 yards. He probably wasn’t 100 percent for the game, but played pretty well considering his status.
Titans 28, Ravens 12
Fantasy Stud: Derrick Henry. Henry continued his late-season assault on NFL defenses. He ran 30 times for 195 yards. He also threw a touchdown pass, giving him his only score in the game. Henry has three straight games with 180-plus rushing yards. He is carrying the Titans offense right now and seems to be getting stronger every week.
Fantasy Dud: Mark Ingram. Ingram was healthy enough to play and led the team in carries, but ran six times for just 22 yards. He had only one reception for nine yards, giving him 31 total yards. Ingram was battling a calf injury but didn’t seem to slowed by the injury. The game flow impacted Ingram’s numbers with the Ravens throwing a lot more than usual.
Game Notes: His team lost but Lamar Jackson piled up the stats in this one. He was 31-of-59 for 365 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He also hit the 100-yard mark rushing, running 20 times for 143 yards. This was his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season.
Marquise Brown hit the 100-yard mark receiving. He caught seven passes for 126 yards. This was his first 100-yard game of the season since the opener. HIs 11 targets were the second most of the season for Brown.
Chiefs 31, Texans 31
Fantasy Stud: Travis Kelce. Kelce came into the game with a sore knee and also injured his hamstring during the game. That didn’t slow him one bit. Kelce was nearly unstoppable the entire game, catching 10 passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns. It was one of the greatest performances ever for a tight end in the playoffs. Kelce put on a show, displaying his huge fantasy value. He has double-digit receptions two of four games.
Fantasy Dud: Tyreek Hill. There were a ton of fantasy points in this high scoring game, but Hill was held in check by the Chiefs. He had three receptions for 41 yards. Houston double-teamed him much of the game, giving Kelce more freedom to get open. Hill is always capable of the huge game, so don’t get too down on him over this game. He’ll rebound.
Game Notes: Patrick Mahomes had a huge showing, picking apart the defense after a slow start. He was 23-of-35 for 321 yards and five touchdowns without an interception. He also led the team in rushing, running seven times for 53 yards.
Will Fuller returned from his groin injury and showed well, catching five passes for 89 yards. He did not look very slowed by the injury and produced his third highest yardage game of the season.
Packers 28, Seahawks 23
Fantasy Stud: Davante Adams. Adams had another big game, catching eight passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Adams has 100-yard games three of four and at least 93 yards all three of those games. He has been red hot since returning from injury in Week 9. He has at least seven receptions seven of nine games. As long as Aaron Rodgers is his quarterback, expect big things from Adams.
Fantasy Dud: Jamaal Williams. Williams was active after missing the last game of the season as precaution, but got next to no work in this game. He had just two touches. Williams ran once for three yards and caught a pass for nine yards. Williams has minimal value for fantasy teams right now with the Packers riding Aaron Jones as their lead back down the stretch.
Game Notes: Marshawn Lynch found the end zone two more times, giving him touchdowns in all the games he played with the Seahawks this year. He ran 12 times for just 26 yards, though.
Tyler Lockett hit the 100-yard receiving mark. He had nine receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown. This was his fifth 100-yard game of the season. He had a breakout year as the No. 1 receiver for the Seahawks.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
August 5th: ADP Value
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins was selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft and has a high ceiling without a doubt, especially since he will be catching passes from No. 1 overall selection Joe Burrow. Both rookies have built a rapport already as the duo conducted workouts together during the offseason. Higgins finished his final season at Clemson with 59 catches and 13 touchdowns off of 1,167 yards. While he is a risky selection in redraft leagues this season due to his potential limited playing time, he is surely worth a first-round pick in dynasty formats as he will likely rack up plenty of receptions from Burrow for years to come.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd has begun catching passes from rookie signal-caller Joe Burrow as the team kicks off training camp. The 25-year-old has plenty of hype heading into the 2020 season after racking up over 1,000 yards in his previous two seasons. With A.J. Green seemingly healthy along with the addition of Clemson wideout Tee Higgins, Boyd could see things open up more on the offensive end, while also remaining the team's top pass-catcher.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green went through his first walkthrough under second-year head coach Zac Taylor on Tuesday. The veteran, who recently signed a one-year tender a few weeks ago, missed all of 2019 after injuring his ankle during training camp. While consistent ailments have been the theme for the 32-year-old over the past seasons, there is no denying his ability when healthy. He is no longer considered an elite wideout, however, he is worth a mid-round pick for those looking for an option with an enormous upside.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon is still without a new deal as the team heads toward the 2020 season. However, according to director of player personnel, Duke Tobin, the organization views the 24-year-old as a "cornerstone piece of the franchise." Mixon is looking for a contract that would pay him north of $8 million per year, a significant increase from the $1.2 million that he is expected to earn in the final year of his rookie deal. The former Sooner is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and is projected by many to be a fantasy breakout by year's end.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was quick to respond to Ed Werder's Twitter post regarding a potentially reduced role for the former rushing champ, quipping "we all gonna eat." Though Elliott is a shoo-in, first-round pick in fantasy drafts for the 2020 campaign, many still wonder how he will co-exist on an offense that has plenty of mouths to feed, notably Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and 17th overall pick, CeeDee Lamb. Elliott finished 2019 as a top-five back in the majority of formats. Under new head coach Mike McCarthy, who has overseen some productive runners throughout his career, the 25-year-old could be in store for another productive year.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas broke the single-season receptions record last year by racking up 149 catches, surpassing Marvin Harrison's 2002 mark of 143. While that accomplishment would be good enough for most throughout the league, the 27-year-old is aiming to exceed his 2019 total heading into the 2020 campaign. Thomas convincingly dominated the fantasy picture last season, and in addition to his catch total, he also accumulated over 1,700 yards while finishing fifth in yards after the catch. He is expected to finish as the top fantasy wideout this season, and will likely get snagged off the draft board within the top three picks, especially in PPR formats.
Updating a previous story, San Francisco 49ers WR Travis Benjamin was officially placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Updating a previous story, Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson was officially placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Miami Dolphins DT Davon Godchaux was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Atlanta Falcons DT Tyeler Davison was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aug. 5. LB Ahmad Thomas was released.
Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper lived part of the summer with QB Baker Mayfield while the two worked out together.
Fantasy Spin: It certainly could help Hooper to at least be somewhat familiar with his new QB despite all the lost reps from canceled offseason programs following his signing as a free agent. Hooper is expected to be the No. 1 tight end over David Njoku and should be drafted as a top-tier option at his thin position.
Tennessee Titans LB Jayon Brown (undisclosed) passed his physical Wednesday, Aug. 5, and was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Buffalo Bills WR Stefon Diggs restructured his contract Tuesday, Aug. 4, according to a source. He'll receive an extra $3.3 million in 2020, an extra $7.7 million in guaranteed money but a decrease of $300,000 cash in 2021 and a drop from $25.55 million to $22.67 million in 2022-23 cash.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeSean McCoy probably will have a role in the passing game this season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Fantasy Spin: It appears like McCoy may be in line for the third down back job, but fantasy players should keep an eye on the situation. McCoy probably would see a handful of touches each games if he makes the roster but may only be a depth option in fantasy leagues.
Free-agent S Kentrell Brice (Bears) signed with the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday, Aug. 5. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
New York Jets LB Avery Williamson (knee) said he expects to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Las Vegas Raiders RB Jeremy Hill was released Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II was called "the main guy" in the running back room by his coach Bruce Arians. Arians said he is confident in Jones II and that the other guys are fighting for roles. The other guys include third-round draft pick Ke'Shawn Vaughn, who will lose valuable practice time after he hit the COVID-19 list, and veteran running back LeSean McCoy, who won't challenge for a lead back role at this point in his career. Jones II looks the part after an offseason spent bulking up and catching hundreds of passes to address a weakness in his game. The 23-year-old has RB2 upside in the 7th round but it's likely that Vaughn and McCoy cut into his ceiling in 2020, despite what Arians said.
Free-agent S Kentrell Brice (Bears) is expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals as long as he passes a physical and tests negative for COVID-19, according to a source.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones will be the main ball carrier for the Buccaneers this season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Fantasy Spin: Jones rushed for 724 yards and six touchdowns last season and should improve those stats with more playing time and touches. He will be a part of one of the better offenses in the NFL and can be considered a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.