Studs and Duds: Divisional Round

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 DudMark 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 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

Detroit Lions WR Danny Amendola is set to become an unrestricted free agent, but he's a 'prime candidate' to be re-signed, in the opinion of The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett.

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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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