Studs and Duds: Championship Round

Mon Jan 20 11:38am ET
Sr Fantasy Writer

Mostert scores four touchdowns

The games weren’t too exciting this weekend unless you were a Chiefs or 49ers fan. The Chiefs made a nice comeback once again but then took control on the second half, pulling away to a big victory. The 49ers put a hurt on the Packers, displaying their power on both sides of the ball. It was a very impressive showing for both the Chiefs and 49ers. And for fantasy purposes, there were some huge games from players in both these games. There were a couple huge difference makers, making for some big fantasy totals. Hopefully, you were on the right sides of things this week. 

Chiefs 35, Titans 24

Fantasy Stud: Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes had a huge game, scoring four touchdowns. He was 23-of-35 for 294 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. He also led the team in rushing, running eight times for 53 yards and a touchdown. He has run the ball more during the playoffs, having 53-rushing yards each of two playoffs games. Mahomes has nine total touchdowns in the playoffs.   

Fantasy Dud: Travis Kelce. The Chiefs rolled up some yards and scored some points, but Kelce was not a part of much of the action. He had three receptions for 30 yards. It was an unexpected showing after his huge game last week and great play down the stretch. Plus, the Titans struggled to stop the tight end this year. The Chiefs took what the Titans defense gave them, though, and made the right decisions much of the game with Kelce getting few looks.

Game Notes: Sammy Watkins had a surprising game, leading the way at receiver for the Chiefs. He had seven receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown. It was his first 100-yard game since Week 1 and the first time he found the end zone since that first game.

Tyreek Hill had his third multiple touchdown game of the season. He had five receptions for 67 yards and two scores. Hill has fewer than 70-receiving yards three straight games, though, and less than 70 yards six of seven. 

Derrick Henry found the end zone once again, giving him scores three of four games and eight of 10. He ran 19 times for 69 yards and a touchdown. He also had two receptions in the game. 

49ers 37, Packers 20

Fantasy Stud: Raheem Mostert. Mostert picked a good time to have a career game, breaking some playoff records along the way. He ran 29 times for 220 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught two passes for six yards. Mostert got most of the work at running back this week with Tevin Coleman going down with a shoulder injury early in the game. Mostert has been the best back for the 49ers down the stretch, having touchdowns seven of his last eight games. He also has double-digit carries all eight of those games.

Fantasy Dud: Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo was not called on to do much with the 49ers having huge success running the ball. He attempted just eight passes, going 6-of-8 for 77 yards without a touchdown or an interception. You thought he might produce a little better even if the 49ers went run heavy in the game. His yardage total was a season low. He has been quiet in the playoffs, though, going 17-of-27 for 208 yards and a touchdown in two games. 

Game Notes: Aaron Jones found the end zone two more times. He ran 12 times for 56 yards and a touchdown. He also caught five passes for 27 yards and a core, giving him 83 total yards and two touchdowns.

Davante Adams had nine receptions for 138 yards. Adams has two straight 100-yard games and hit that mark four of his last five games.

Aaron Rodgers had his third straight multiple touchdown game. He was 31-of-39 for 326 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. He had 300-yard games two of his last three to end the season.

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Player Notes
DeSean Jackson Jul 7 2:50pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson got himself into trouble with several anti-Semitic messages on his Instagram and could see himself released from his contract because of it. Jackson claims he feels no hatred toward the Jewish community, but he posted a quote attributed to Adolf Hitler and tried to say it was taken "the wrong way." The official statement by the Eagles said, "We are continuing to evaluate the circumstances and will take appropriate action." ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Jackson has already received a $2 million player option this year and has $4.8 million guaranteed. His release could come down to whether or not the Eagles are able to get their money back. If Jackson does end up released, Alshon Jeffery and Marquise Goodwin would benefit the most.

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Myles Garrett Jul 7 2:10pm ET

After restructuring Olivier Vernon's contract on Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns are now unlikely to sign free-agent Jadeveon Clowney. Cleveland had been one of the teams often brought up as potential suitors for Clowney's services but the new contract for Vernon fully guarantees $11 million, money that likely would have gone into a deal with Clowney. Of course there were reports earlier in the offseason that Clowney didn't want to play for the Browns. Vernon will book-end star pass rusher Myles Garrett on the Cleveland defense for at least another season.

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Rex Burkhead Jul 7 12:20pm ET

New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead has agreed to restructure his deal for the upcoming 2020 NFL season. His base salary will drop from $2.5 million to $1.05 million and includes a $550,000 signing bonus in 2020. The 30-year-old running back is entering his final year of his deal with the Pats. Sony Michel, James White, and possibly Damien Harris will all be above Burkhead on the depth chart. He won't carry much value in most fantasy formats, but a couple of injuries could open up an opportunity for Burkhead. However, until that happens, Burkhead will be stuck towards the bottom of the depth chart.

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Olivier Vernon Jul 7 10:43am ET

Cleveland Browns LB Olivier Vernon restructured his contract Tuesday, July 7. Vernon, who was previously due $15.25 million non-guaranteed, receives $11 million guaranteed through a $7 million signing bonus, a $3.75 million base salary and a $250,000 workout bonus. He can earn $2 million more from incentives.

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Rex Burkhead Jul 7 10:43am ET

New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead restructured his contract Tuesday, July 7. He received a $550,000 signing bonus and lowered his base salary from $2.5 million to $1.05 million. He can earn $400,000 in roster bonuses, which was reduced from $500,000. The move created $981,250 in salary cap space.

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Myles Garrett Jul 7 10:00am ET

The Cleveland Browns and edge rusher Olivier Vernon have agreed to a restructured deal for the 2020 season. Vernon was originally owed $15.25 million non-guaranteed and will now bring home $11 million guaranteed for this upcoming season, with a $3.75 base salary and a $7 million signing bonus. The team and the pass-rusher were originally expected to part ways earlier in the offseason but he will stick around to bookend star defender Myles Garrett at least for another year.

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Melvin Gordon Jul 6 11:50pm ET

Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III thinks Denver's backfield in 2020 will be explosive with himself and Phillip Lindsay. Gordon realizes that both he and Lindsay will be fighting to be the No. 1 back, regardless of the balance in the play-calling. "I hope it's electric, man, just cause it's crazy that his numbers [are what they are]; I just had a season with Austin Ekeler phenomenal player. Their game is about the same. And I think Lindsay is a great, phenomenal back," Gordon said. The former Bolts back acknowledged that the two will be competing for top-dog duties, but the Broncos didn't sign Gordon in free agency for him to be the No. 2. The two-time Pro Bowler should see plenty of work and is an RB2 with upside in an offense more suited to his strengths.

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Lamar Jackson Jul 6 11:20pm ET

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson ended last year as one of the league's most dominant players. He finished with 3,127 passing yards and 36 touchdowns (six interceptions) while maintaining an exceptional 66.1 completion percentage. He also added 1,206 yards and seven additional scores on the ground and finished second with 867 rushing yards before contact. Though it is reasonable to think that the 23-year-old will regress this season, analyst Marcellus Wiley believes the opposite. While conversing on Fox Sports "Speak for Yourself," the former defensive end stated that he feels the young signal-caller will be "greater than great" in 2020, which is a scary declaration considering his statistical output through 15 games last season. He also indicated that a second consecutive MVP award is on the horizon. Whether fantasy managers agree or not, they should expect Jackson to be the first or second quarterback off the draft boards for the upcoming campaign.

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Equanimeous St. Brown Jul 6 7:33pm ET

Green Bay Packers WR Equanimeous St. Brown is considered the leading candidate for the No. 6 receiver job entering training camp.

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Teez Tabor Jul 6 6:33pm ET

Free-agent CB Teez Tabor (foot) recently underwent surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his foot, according to a source. He is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

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Jadeveon Clowney Jul 6 5:13pm ET

Free-agent DE Jadeveon Clowney (Seahawks) has received a contract offer from the Las Vegas Raiders, but the Raiders' offer is not as good as other offers he has received, according to sources.

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Jamar Taylor Jul 6 4:30pm ET

The San Francisco 49ers have signed journeyman cornerback Jamar Taylor and waived cornerback Teez Tabor in a deep roster move on Monday. Taylor has bounced around the league for seven years, and he's likely to serve as nothing more than some depth at DB on the off chance that the team needs it. With COVID-19 cutting a swath through rosters this season though, depth players may find themselves in starring roles if push comes to shove. Hopefully, Taylor won't have to be leaned on very hard.

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Patrick Mahomes Jul 6 4:20pm ET

The Kansas City Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes agreed to a 10-year contract extension on Monday, according to a league source. The deal that ties Mahomes to Kansas City through the 2031 season will be the richest contract in NFL history. Last year's Super Bowl MVP had two years remaining on his contract, so it's essentially a 12-year contract in total. Mahomes' extension is worth over $400 million in total, and sources think it will be tied to a percentage of the salary cap for each season. Cha ching. Mahomes cashes in after winning MVP in 2018 with 50 regular season touchdowns and leading the Chiefs to a Super Bowl title last season. His dual-threat ability makes him extremely dangerous on the football field in KC's explosive offense. Mahomes and Lamar Jackson are the top two fantasy signal-callers in 2020.

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Kenny Golladay Jul 6 4:03pm ET

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay recorded 17 receptions of at least 25 yards during the 2019 season.

Fantasy Spin: Golladay was successful last season even though he had to play with several quarterbacks. He has a chance to improve on his stats with a full season with Matthew Stafford. He should be at least a No. 2 receiver in all fantasy leagues and will be a weekly starting option.

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Patrick Mahomes Jul 6 3:23pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes agreed to terms on a 10-year contract extension with the Chiefs Monday, July 6, that will run through the 2031 season, according to sources. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the contract with be the richest contract in NFL history.

Fantasy Spin: Mahomes is coming off his first championship and is only 24 years old, so the Chiefs locked him up for most of the rest of his career. He is one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL and is a must-start in all fantasy leagues.

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Teez Tabor Jul 6 3:13pm ET

San Francisco 49ers CB Teez Tabor (undisclosed) was waived Monday, July 6, with a Non-Football Injury designation.

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Jamar Taylor Jul 6 3:13pm ET

Free-agent CB Jamar Taylor (Falcons) signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers Monday, July 6. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Patrick Mahomes Jul 6 3:02pm ET

Adam Schefter is reporting the Chiefs and QB Patrick Mahomes have reached an agreement on a 10-year contract extension that ties him to Kansas City through the 2031 season.

Ashtyn Davis Jul 6 2:40pm ET

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase was looking to trade safety Marcus Maye prior to the start of last season, and general manager Joe Douglas has been fielding offers for him for almost a year. Maye is in the final year of his rookie deal and isn't believed to be in the team's long-term plans, especially since the Jets would prefer to extend All-Pro safety Jamal Adams instead. New York also selected safety Ashtyn Davis in the third round this year. The 27-year-old had 65 combined tackles and an interception over a full season in 2019, but he has only four interceptions and half a sack in his three seasons in the NFL. You can ignore Maye in IDP leagues.

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David Njoku Jul 6 2:10pm ET

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku demanded a trade from the team several days ago but the team may not be so quick to accommodate him. ESPN's Josina Anderson tweeted on Monday that she believes that Njoku is still a big part of the Browns' plans going forward. Anderson went on to state that the Chicago Bears have been monitoring the situation, signaling that they may be a potential trade partner if Njoku is moved. The Browns signed Austin Hooper earlier in the offseason, prompting Njoku to want out of town.

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