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Josh McCown, QB, TAM2/27/2015 8:20:00 PM
Description: The Browns have signed quarterback Josh McCown to a three-year contract.
Insight: This will likely end Brian Hoyer's tenure in Cleveland. McCown will fight for the starting job with Johnny Manziel, but really does not excite you from a fantasy perspective, even if he wins the job.
Steven Jackson, RB, ATL2/26/2015 7:54:00 PM
Description: The Falcons released running back Steven Jackson.
Insight: Jackson will have trouble finding work, but could have a chance to earn a roster spot as a backup. He likely will not be relevant in 2015 no matter what. For now, Devonta Freeman is atop the depth chart in Atlanta.
Reggie Bush, RB, DET2/25/2015 5:56:00 PM
Description: The Lions have released running back Reggie Bush.
Insight: It will be interesting to see where Bush winds up. His day as a lead back are over, but he definitely still holds value. Joique Bell will be a borderline RB1 for 2015.
Ndamukong Suh, DT, DET2/25/2015 3:18:00 PM
Description: CBS Sports reports the Jaguars will make a strong push for defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Insight: The Jaguars have a lot of cash with big-spending owner Shad Khan, so Jacksonville has been linked to several big free agent stars, including Randall Cobb and Julius Thomas. Suh would be a perfect fit for Gus Bradley's defense. Suh will make a lot of money wherever he goes.
Jameis Winston, QB2/25/2015 2:47:00 PM
Description: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston admitted to Sports Illustrated that his dream is to play in both the NFL and MLB.
Insight: Winston played both baseball and football in college, and the Texas Rangers drafted him in the 15th round in 2012. Winston said he is concentrating on playing just football right now, but Bleacher Report has reported Winston will likely play baseball at some point. As if the Buccaneers didn't have enough to think about, here is one more thing.
Peyton Hillis, RB, NYG2/25/2015 2:44:00 PM
Description: The Giants released running back Peyton Hillis.
Insight: Hillis is the definition of a one-hit wonder, rushing for 1,177 yards in 2010 with the Browns and just 1,258 in the four years since then. Hillis has also seen his last two seasons end with concussions.
Jacoby Jones, WR, BAL2/25/2015 2:40:00 PM
Description: The Ravens released receiver/return specialist Jacoby Jones.
Insight: Baltimore will save $750,000 against the cap with this move unless they designate him as a post-June 1 cut. In that case, the Ravens would save $2.5 million against the cap for 2015. With just being a return man, Jones wasn't worth the new contract he signed last March which was four-years, $12 million.
Julius Thomas, TE, DEN2/24/2015 9:55:00 AM
Description: A report in the Denver Post has Broncos tight end Julius Thomas as not likely to re-sign with the team.
Insight: Denver has 12 unrestricted free agents in all and Demaryius Thomas tops the list as a must sign. Julius Thomas appears to be headed elsewhere as the team won't be able to meet his high salary request. Jacksonville or Atlanta could be his landing spot.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR2/23/2015 3:59:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has been released, according to Molly Grantham of WBTV.
Insight: Williams rushed for just 219 yards this season. That's a far cry from the 1,515 yards and league-leading 18 touchdowns in 2008. He played just six games due to injury. This move should help Jonathan Stewart for next season.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU2/23/2015 9:38:00 AM
Description: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins admitted to having wrist surgery after the season, reports Josh Alper of Profootballtalk.
Insight: Hopkins had a rod and pin put in the wrist and recently had them removed. He was a breakout receiver in 2014, catching 76 balls for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns despite the team's obvious quarterback issues. He should be ready for training camp.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI2/18/2015 11:30:00 AM
Description: Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald has indeed signed a new contract with Arizona.
Insight: The deal clears about $13 million in cap space, and will likely keep Fotzgerald in Arizona for the rest of his career.
Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN2/18/2015 10:24:00 AM
Description: Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said he expects Adrian Peterson to be on the team next season.
Insight: Essentially the entire Vikings' front office has voiced support for Peterson, making it look likely that he will be back with Minnesota. The team may want to trim his $15.4 million against the cap for 2015.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI2/18/2015 9:30:00 AM
Description: Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald is close to a new deal with Arizona, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: It would be a new multi-year contract, and would keep Fitzgerald in Arizona for the rest of his career. While it will be nice to see him finish his career with the Cardinals, Fitzgerald is more of a WR3 these days.
A.J. Jenkins, WR, KAN2/17/2015 3:32:00 PM
Description: Kansas City waived wide receiver A.J. Jenkins.
Insight: Jenkins was the 30th pick of the first round by the 49ers, but could never make it onto the field either in San Francisco or wideout-starved Kansas City. He might not get another chance.
Ryan Mallett, QB, HOU2/17/2015 8:35:00 AM
Description: Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official website believes quarterback Ryan Mallett (pectoral injury, free agent) will be the team's Opening Day starter.
Insight: It's February so a lot can happen between now an September, including a draft and a free agent signing period, but the Texans QB position comes with a couple of solid receivers and a great running back.
Frank Gore, RB, SFX2/16/2015 1:46:00 PM
Description: 49ers free agent tunning back Frank Gore apparently isn't on the same page as management when it comes to signing a contract, according to his own Instagram page.
Insight: "I know the fans love me, but I need to know if the management does," said Gore, who has rushed for more than 1,100 yards the past foru seasons. If the rift continues, Gore's backup Carlos Hyde could be a keeper.
Josh McCown, QB, TAM2/16/2015 1:43:00 PM
Description: Former Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown left his Buffalo visit without a contract offer.
Insight: McCown lasted just one season in Tampa Bay, after playing well in a substitute role in Chicago. He isn't likely to land a starting job, though his best hope is probably in Buffalo where he would have to beat out E.J. Manuel.
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN2/13/2015 5:32:00 PM
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is expected to make a decision on his future next week, according to Pro Football Talk.
Insight: It would be a surprise is he doesn't suit up for another season. Manning will be a 39 next month, but will be a QB1 for 2015 if he returns.
Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE2/12/2015 10:27:00 AM
Description: Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was given verbal support by his owner, Jimmy Haslam, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Manziel's rookie season was a nightmare for both the Browns and any fantasy owners who took the gamble on him, but it appears he may still get one more chance in Cleveland. That said, fantasy owners probably should run far away.
David Wilson, RB, NYG2/12/2015 10:17:00 AM
Description: Giants running back David Wilson had retired from football in August due to a neck injury, but New York officially waived him Wednesday as part of a cap space procedure move.
Insight: Wilson was a first-round of the Giants in 2012. he showed exciting talent as both a kicker returner and a runner, but the 23-year-old will finish with just 115 career carries (504 yards rushing) in two seasons.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT2/12/2015 9:59:00 AM
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is expected to receive a two-game suspension for his DUI arrest in August 2014, according to John Clayton.
Insight: Bell rushed for 1,361 yards and caught 83 balls for another 854 yards last season making him one of the best players in all of fantasy, so missing a couple of games will hurt. That's 15 percent of a typical fantasy regular season.
Josh McCown, QB, TAM2/11/2015 6:01:00 PM
Description: The Buccaneers released quarterback Josh McCown.
Insight: McCown lasted just one season in Tampa Bay, and with the team likely to take a quarterback first overall, he became expendable. McCown should fine work as a backup, but may opt to retire.
Percy Harvin, WR, NYJ2/11/2015 10:18:00 AM
Description: Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin will likely be released before March 19 according to ESPN New York.
Insight: If he is released before March 19, then the Jets will send the Seahawks a sixth-round draft pick, but if Harvin stays on the roster after that date, then New York will be giving Seattle a fourth-round selection. New York will also be responsible for Harvin's $10.5 million salary if he stays on the roster.
Vince Wilfork, DT, NEP2/6/2015 9:24:00 AM
Description: Patriots DT Vince Wilfork told WEEI radio that he was coming back for another season.
Insight: The 33-year-old Wilfork has been one of the top interior linemen in the NFL during his career and his return for another season will make life rough for AFC East running backs.
Michael Oher, OT, TEN2/6/2015 9:18:00 AM
Description: Tennessee offensive tackle Michael Oher has been waived.
Insight: Oher, he of movie fame, had signed a four-year deal last March, but put together another less-than-mediocre season and the team released him.
Luke McCown, QB, NOS2/5/2015 3:00:00 PM
Description: Quarterback Luke McCown re-signed with the New Orleans Saints to play backup to Drew Brees.
Insight: Fantasy owners hope he continues his streak of not having thrown a pass in 17 straight games and one pass since 2011.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SFX2/3/2015 2:57:00 PM
Description: The 49ers offense could see major changes in 2015 according to the Sacramento Bee.
Insight: San Francisco is expected to return to the read-option. Colin Kaepernick had a career-high 639 rushing yards last season, but most of that came when Kaepernick was running for his life. This is good news for Kaepernick's fantasy value as he pretty much proved he can't be a conventional pocket passer. He threw for 3,369 yards, 19 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and took 52 sacks.
Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE2/2/2015 3:36:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel checked himself into a treatment facility, according to Mary Kay Cabot Browns beatwriter for Plain Dealer.
Insight: We don't know the reason for the treatment, but anything that can help him be a better person and football player is welcomed. His rookie season was a nightmare for both the Browns and any fantasy owners who took the gamble on him.
Jeremy Lane, CB, SEA2/2/2015 3:34:00 PM
Description: Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane's wrist injury turns out for be a compound fracture.
Insight: Lane intercepted Tom Brady's pass into the end zone on New England's second drive of the game, but Lane hurt his wrist when Julian Edelman tackled him. The Seahawks secondary sorely missed him down the stretch. He should be fine for next season.
Richard Sherman, CB, SEA2/2/2015 3:30:00 PM
Description: Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will undergo Tommy John surgery, according to coach Pete Carroll.
Insight: Sherman injured his left ulnar collateral ligament in the NFC Championship Game, but played in the Super Bowl. He's likely to miss most offseason work, but should be ready to go for Week 1.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NEP2/1/2015 10:52:00 PM
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown to help the Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX, 28-24.
Insight: Seattle held Gronkowski in check for much of the first half, and then the tight end caught a 22-yard touchdown pass with 31 seconds left in the second quarter. This was Gronkowski's first Super Bowl win.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, SEA2/1/2015 10:50:00 PM
Description: Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse channeled his inner David Tyree, making one of the most improbable catches in Super Bowl history.
Insight: On the final drive with about a minute remaining, the Patriots defender knocked Kearse to the ground, but the ball knocked around several different body parts, never touching the ground, and Kearse reeling in the ball. It set up Seattle with first-and-goal, but rookie Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson to seal the, 28-24, victory.
Shane Vereen, RB, NEP2/1/2015 10:47:00 PM
Description: Patriots running back Shane Vereen had 81 yards from scrimmage in Super Bowl XLIX.
Insight: Vereen had 11 receptions for 64 yards. Seattle's defense played pretty well, intercepting two passes, but they really didn't find a way to stop Vereen and Julian Edelman. It cost them in the end.
Julian Edelman, WR, NEP2/1/2015 10:40:00 PM
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman could have easily won Super Bowl MVP.
Insight: No one will argue Tom Brady didn't deserve MVP, but Edelman had a tremendous performance, catching nine passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. Seattle really had no answer for New England's short passing game.
Chris Matthews, WR, SEA2/1/2015 10:40:00 PM
Description: Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews released his inner Mario Manningham, having a tremendous performance in Super Bowl XLIX.
Insight: Matthews had never caught a pass in the NFL before and caught four passes for 109 yards with a touchdown. It was clear that his size was going to be an advantage especially in the red zone. Matthews performance will likely be forgotten due to the final result of the game, but fantasy owners should keep an eye on him because the rest of the Seattle receiving core is very average.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA2/1/2015 10:38:00 PM
Description: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had 24 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown versus the Patriots, but he is likely upset he didn't get one more yard.
Insight: Seattle was on the Patriots 1-yard line on second down with about 25 seconds to go, and the Seahawks elected to put the ball in the air rather than pound the rock with Lynch one more time. Lynch was unstoppable in the second half. Russell Wilson threw a game-ending interception. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and coach Pete Carroll will have to live with that decision for the rest of their lives.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, NEP2/1/2015 10:32:00 PM
Description: Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount averaged just 2.9 yards per attempt versus the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
Insight: Blount had 40 yards on 14 carries, which was a bit surprising based on the success the Panthers and Packers had running the ball versus the Seahawks in the playoffs. However, Tom Brady did enough through the air to win the game.
Russell Wilson, QB, SEA2/1/2015 10:31:00 PM
Description: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a very, very costly interception in the final minute of Super Bowl XLIX.
Insight: Wilson was just 12-of-21 with 247 yards, but he continued to make big plays to keep Seattle in the game. They were able to built a 10-point lead in the third quarter but failed to put away the Patriots. On the final drive with about 25 seconds left in the game, the Seahawks elected to pass from the Patriots 1-yard line instead of run it again with Marshawn Lynch. Wilson threw an interception to clinch the Patriots fourth Super Bowl victory in 14 years.
Tom Brady, QB, NEP2/1/2015 10:27:00 PM
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won his fourth Super Bowl and third Super Bowl MVP.
Insight: Brady was 37-of-50 for 328 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. He rallied New England from 10 points down in the fourth quarter, leading two fourth quarter touchdown drives. Brady is now tied with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for most Super Bowls by a starting quarterback. He is also tied with Montana for the most Super Bowl MVP awards.
Jeremy Lane, CB, SEA2/1/2015 7:05:00 PM
Description: Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane left the Super Bowl with a wrist injury.
Insight: Lane intercepted Tom Brady's pass into the end zone on New England's second drive of the game, but Lane hurt his wrist when Julian Edelman tackled him. Lane is doubtful to return.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYGHot2/1/2015 5:02:00 PM
Description: Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. won the 2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
Insight: No surprise here. In 12 games, Beckham gained 1,305 yards with 91 catches. He was about the surest thing in daily leagues as he finished the year with nine straight games of at least 90 receiving yards, which tied the NFL record. Beckham will be one of the first 10 receivers taken in fantasy drafts then season barring any injuries. He may even go top five.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP2/1/2015 4:59:00 PM
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won the 2014 NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
Insight: This is the second time in four years Rodgers won the league MVP award. Rodgers was incredible this season, throwing for 4,381 yards, 38 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Rodgers hasn't throw an interception at home in over two seasons. He is the obvious choice to be the No. 1 quarterback taken in fantasy drafts next season.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI1/31/2015 4:42:00 PM
Description: Cardinals coach Bruce Arians "desperately" wants receiver Larry Fitzgerald back in Arizona according to azcardinals.com.
Insight: Fitzgerald likely wants to stay in Arizona too, but his decision of whether or not to move on is going to come down to whether he is willing to take a pay cut. He is set to count $23.6 million towards the cap figure in 2015. Arizona will have to cut him in March to avoid paying his $8 million roster bonus. This news is actually good because three weeks ago, everyone was saying Fitzgerald would definitely not be in Arizona. Although it's possible he stays in the desert, it still seems more likely the two sides part ways.
Dez Bryant, WR, DAL1/31/2015 4:38:00 PM
Description: Dallas owner Jerry Jones seems "destined" to franchise tag wide receiver Dez Bryant according to ESPN Dallas.
Insight: The price to tag Bryant would be about $13 million. Dallas wants to lock up Bryant long term, but ESPN Dallas doubts the team and Bryant will be able to reach a deal prior to free agency starting on March 10.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT1/29/2015 11:26:00 AM
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell's hyperextended knee, that cost him a chance to help his team against Baltimore in a playoff loss is rounding back into shape.
Insight: Bell also missed the Pro Bowl, but claims he's 85-90 percent at this point. As long as the budding superstar is ready for training camp his fantasy owners will be happy. Bell rushed for 1,361 yards and caught 83 balls for another 854 yards last season.
Julian Edelman, WR, NEP1/29/2015 11:20:00 AM
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman isn't on the injured list this week, although he did miss some time in the last AFC Championship Game due to a hip injury.
Insight: Edelman,Tom Brady's top receiver target, caught nine passes for 98 yards in the win over the Colts. He had 92 receptions this season for 972 yards a nd four scores in 14 games.
Tom Brady, QB, NEP1/29/2015 11:09:00 AM
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is listed as probable for Super Bowl XLIX Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: That's a good joke, Bill. Although he did have a cold, he didn't miss any practice this week.
Earl Thomas, S, SEA1/29/2015 10:28:00 AM
Description: Seahawks FS Earl Thomas is dealing with a shoulder injury, but it won't keep him out of the Super Bowl, says Seattle coach Pete Carroll.
Insight: Thomas and corner Richard Sherman will both likely be less than 100 percent, but they will still give Patriots quarterback Tom Brady all he can handle.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA1/29/2015 10:22:00 AM
Description: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is listed as probable for Sunday's Super Bowl, but that's just for official purposes - he's going to play.
Insight: In nine playoff games, Lynch is averaging 90.6 ypg on the ground and almost a touchdown per game (8). In fact, checking the prop bets, Lynch is -140 to score a touchdown on Sunday.
Richard Sherman, CB, SEA1/29/2015 10:12:00 AM
Description: Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman isn't just dealing with a sprained left elbow, he's also on a baby watch.
Insight: Sherman's girlfriend is do this week, so she along with her doctor are in Arizona just in case so the cornerback won't have to fly back home to Seattle if his son is born. Now if his son will just give him about a four-hour window late Sunday afternoon it will work out for everyone involved.
Tom Brady, QB, NEP1/26/2015 2:13:00 PM
Description: The Boston Herald is reporting that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been dealing with a cold the past few days.
Insight: Brady hasn't missed practice and isn't going to miss the Super Bowl, but now he has to deal with illness, correctly pressurized footballs and the Seahawks tough defense.
Vontaze Burfict, LB, CIN1/26/2015 10:46:00 AM
Description: Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict (left knee) had microfracture surgery, according to Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Burfict is a difference maker on the field, but this is usually one of the last steps taken to save a knee and a career.
Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC1/25/2015 6:16:00 PM
Description: Wide receiver Justin Blackmon will return to the Jaguars in 2015 according to FOX Sports' Alex Marvez.
Insight: Just as Josh Gordon fails another drug test, it is announced that Blackmon will likely return. General manager Dave Caldwell said in December he heard good things about Blackmon's substance abuse recovery, but there is still no specific date for reinstatement. If he does return, Blackmon will be a big boost for quarterback Blake Bortles.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE1/25/2015 5:04:00 PM
Description: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon failed a test for alcohol and will be facing a year-long suspension according to Profootballtalk's Mike Florio.
Insight: To the common fan, alcohol doesn't seem like as big of a deal as marijuana, but Gordon was prohibited from alcohol consumption as part of his DUI treatment plan from July. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the NFL substance abuse policy is "extremely strict" and clear, so Gordon will wait until 2016 to be back on the field. He will be 25 by then. Gordon led the league in receiving at 22.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, TAM1/22/2015 2:06:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins should be on the sleeper watch for next season.
Insight: New Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter praised the talent he has to work with on offense in Tampa Bay and included Seferian-Jenkins. Koetter worked with Tony Gonzalez in Atlanta for two years, so he definitely knows how to incorporate a big, pass-catching tight end. Seferian-Jenkins is 6-foot-5 and 262 pounds with blazing speed. For owners who love to take flier tight ends late in drafts, this might be the best guy to take next season.
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN1/21/2015 2:45:00 PM
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning plans to return for another season according to Denver Post's Woody Paige.
Insight: Paige is a well-respected Denver sports journalist and cites "three trustworthy sources" in his report. Paige says as long as Manning passes his annual spring physical, he will be back with the team in 2015 under new coordinator Gary Kubiak. That should make all fantasy owners happy.
Latavius Murray, RB, OAK1/19/2015 9:15:00 PM
Description: Oakland hired Bill Musgrave to be their offensive coordinator.
Insight: Musgrave was the Eagles quarterback coach in 2014 and was the Vikings offensive coordinator under coach Leslie Frazier. Quarterback Nick Foles took major steps back with Musgrave after his breakout season with former quarterback coach Bill Lazor, who became the Dolphins offensive coordinator this season. One good news for fantasy owners, Musgrave used Adrian Peterson a lot in Minnesota, so that could be great for Latavius Murray owners.
Richard Sherman, CB, SEA1/19/2015 8:24:00 PM
Description: Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's MRI indicated he has a sprained left elbow according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.
Insight: As expected, Sherman suffered an injury in his left arm. He could move the arm during the second part of the second half, but he played through the injury and plans to do the same versus the Patriots. It will be interesting to see how much Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tests the potentially one-armed Sherman.
Coby Fleener, TE, IND1/18/2015 10:12:00 PM
Description: Colts tight end Coby Fleener had three recpetions during Sunday's loss to the Pariots.
Insight: Fleener recorded 30 yards, just as Dwayne Allen did on four catches. Both tight ends will limit the value of the other in 2015.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND1/18/2015 10:10:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton led the team in receiving on Sunday, but it was not much of an accomplishment.
Insight: He had one catch for 36 yards. All of the Colts' pass-catchers were bottled up by New England's secondary, as nobody had a good fantasy day.
Dan Herron, RB, IND1/18/2015 10:08:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Dan Herron had just 10 carries for 51 yards on Sunday.
Insight: He also had two receptions for 11 yards, but Herron was not able to break loose. Zurlon Tipton vultured the Colts' lone touchdown from him as well.
Andrew Luck, QB, IND1/18/2015 10:06:00 PM
Description: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had a game to forget Sunday versus New England.
Insight: He went 12-of-33 for 126 yards and two interceptions. Luck also had four rushes for 18 yards, but just a 23.0 passer rating. He will be one of the top signal-callers next season.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NEP1/18/2015 10:05:00 PM
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught a touchdown on Sunday night.
Insight: He had just three catches for 28 yards on eight targets, so the score salvaged his day. Gronkowski is currently the best tight end in football.
Julian Edelman, WR, NEP1/18/2015 10:04:00 PM
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman recorded a team-high nine receptions for 98 yards on Sunday.
Insight: He also had 11 targets, and came up big for New England on a bunch of third downs. Edelman is Tom Brady's top receiver.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, NEP1/18/2015 10:03:00 PM
Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount was a monster Sunday against the Colts.
Insight: He had 30 carries for 148 yards and three scores. Blount now has seven touchdowns over his last two playoff games against Indianapolis.
Tom Brady, QB, NEP1/18/2015 10:02:00 PM
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led New England to a victory Sunday versus Indianapolis.
Insight: Brady was on target, going 23-of-35 for 226 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. He also had three carries for 13 yards. Brady will look to win his fourth Super Bowl during his sixth appearance.
Julian Edelman, WR, NEP1/18/2015 8:05:00 PM
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman returned to action.
Insight: He briefly left in the second quarter, but the hip injury apparently is not serious.
Julian Edelman, WR, NEP1/18/2015 7:52:00 PM
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman left Sunday's game with a hip injury.
Insight: He was able to jog off on his own, but had to go to the locker room. He is questionable to return. Edelman had four catches for 27 yards before departing.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, SEA1/18/2015 6:44:00 PM
Description: Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse made his only reception count on Sunday afternoon.
Insight: The catch was the game-winning 35-yard touchdown in overtime. Kearse is not a great fantasy option, but the play was impressive nevertheless.
Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA1/18/2015 6:43:00 PM
Description: Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin came up big on Sunday.
Insight: He was Russell Wilson's top target, with nine of them. Baldwin caught six passes for 106 yards, including a 35-yarder in overtime, to set up the game-winning score.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA1/18/2015 6:42:00 PM
Description: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 157 yards and a toucdown Sunday against the Packers.
Insight: He did so on 25 carries, and caught one pass for 26 more yards. Lynch really got it going in the fourth quarter, and became the unstoppable force we all know him to be.
Russell Wilson, QB, SEA1/18/2015 6:40:00 PM
Description: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson somehow overcame four interceptions, and lead a furious comeback Sunday versus Green Bay.
Insight: He threw for 209 yards and rushed for 25 more. Wilson came alive in fourth quarter and overtime, where he rushed for a score, and ended the game on a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse.
Randall Cobb, WR, GBP1/18/2015 6:38:00 PM
Description: Packers wideout Randall Cobb caught a team-high seven passes during Sunday's loss.
Insight: He had 62 receiving yards and a score on 10 targets. Cobb will be a free agent, and will likely cash in whether it is with Green Bay or another team.
Jordy Nelson, WR, GBP1/18/2015 6:37:00 PM
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson totaled a team-high 71 receiving yards on Sunday.
Insight: Nelson had five receptions on eight targets, and was shadowed by Richard Sherman all day. He will be a top-five wideout in 2015.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GBP1/18/2015 6:36:00 PM
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy rushed for 73 yards Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: He did so on 73 carries, but was unable to find much room in the second half. Lacy should be a top 10 pick heading into next season.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP1/18/2015 6:34:00 PM
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could not get in done on Sunday.
Insight: He went 19-of-34 for 178 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. It was a heartbreaker for Rodgers and the Packers. He should be the first quarterback taken off the board in 2015.
Carson Palmer, QB, ARI1/18/2015 2:27:00 PM
Description: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (torn left ACL) is apparently ahead of schedule on his rehab, according to azcentral sports columnist Dan Bickley.
Insight: Palmer was missed by both the Cardinals and fantasy owners and his return in time for training camp would greatly increase the value of Arizona receivers and the offense in general.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GBP1/18/2015 2:07:00 PM
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy was limited in practice by a sore knee, but as expected is active for Sunday's NFC Championship game.
Insight: Lacy had 19 carries for 101 yards last weekend and coach Mike McCarthy was just being very conservative during the week.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP1/18/2015 2:04:00 PM
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is active for Sunday's NFC Championship game against Seattle.
Insight: You were expecting some thing else? Rodgers played just fine with his strained calf last Sunday going 24-for-35 for 217 yards and three touchdowns versus the Cowboys. He'll be put to a much tougher test today against Seattle and some ugly weather.
Justin Britt, OT, SEA1/18/2015 2:03:00 PM
Description: Seahawks right tackle Justin Britt is inactive for the NFC Championship game against Green Bay.
Insight: Britt has an injured knee. He played every game this season, but graded out as just average. Alvin Bailey is expected to get the start.
Trent Richardson, RB, IND1/18/2015 9:58:00 AM
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson missed Saturday's walkthrough and didn't go with the team to New England.
Insight: Richardson has fallen down the third on the depth chart behind Zurlon Tipton and doesn't play on special teams so his absence won't effect any fantasy owners.
Tony McDaniel, DT, SEA1/15/2015 3:51:00 PM
Description: Seahawks defensive lineman Tony McDaniel hasn't practiced this week due to a shoulder injury and should be considered questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship against Green Bay.
Insight: McDaniel started 14 of 16 games this season. Seattle rotates six or seven guys along the front during a game so they will still be strong even if he isn't active.
Bryan Stork, C, NEP1/15/2015 3:44:00 PM
Description: Patriots starting center Bryan Stork missed Thursday's practice and should be considered questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship against Indianapolis.
Insight: Stork didn't have a great season, but it's always disconcerting to play a big game with a backup center. Veteran Ryan Wendell would likely get the nod if Stork can't play.
Vontae Davis, DB, IND1/15/2015 3:41:00 PM
Description: Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (knee) missed Wednesday's practice, but returned to the field for Thursday's session.
Insight: He'll be classified as limited. Davis is one of the best cornerbacks in the league and his services will be desperately needed against Tom Brady and the Pats.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP1/15/2015 3:38:00 PM
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was limited in practice Thursday.
Insight: Rodgers played just fine with his strained calf last Sunday going 24-for-35 for 217 yards and three touchdowns versus the Cowboys. He has a much tougher assignment this week against the best defense in football - Seattle.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GBP1/15/2015 3:35:00 PM
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy was only a partial participant in Thursday's practice due to a sore knee.
Insight: Lacy had 19 carries for 101 yards last weekend and this was just coach Mike McCarthy being very conservative. plan to play him as always.
Griff Whalen, WR, IND1/15/2015 1:52:00 PM
Description: The Colts have added Griff Whalen to the roster for Sunday's game in New England.
Insight: He'll take the spot of Josh McNary who was placed on the exempt/commissioner permission list. He's likely to see special team work only and has no fantasy value.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL1/13/2015 10:07:00 AM
Description: For those keeper league owners assuming that Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is a top keeper option - beware.
Insight: Murray is a free agent so may not be running behind the strong Dallas offensive line next season. This season he was a workhorse, rushing the ball a total of 436 times including the playoffs and catching 61 balls. That's 497 touches! He could be overworked too.
Kevin Norwood, WR, SEA1/12/2015 3:55:00 PM
Description: Rookie wide receiver Kevin Norwood could see additional snaps with Paul Richardson done for the season due to a torn ACL.
Insight: Norwood didn't see much action this season, catching just nine balls for 102 yards and zero touchdowns, but could be the No. 3 option behind Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. Or the Seahawks could go more double tight end formations.
Paul Richardson, WR, SEA1/12/2015 3:54:00 PM
Description: Seahawks speedster Paul Richardson's injured a knee has been diagnosed as a torn ACL and he's done for the playoffs.
Insight: He hasn't done much for fantasy owners this season (29-271-1) therefore his unavailablilty for the NFC chamampionship game shouldn't change many lineups.
Byron Maxwell, CB, SEA1/12/2015 3:00:00 PM
Description: Seattle cornerback Byron Maxwell (illness) missed a lot of snaps Saturday and is questionable for Sunday versus Green Bay.
Insight: The Seahawks would prefer to have him start over Tharold Simon, particular with the quality receiving corps of the Packers coming to town.
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN1/12/2015 2:57:00 PM
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning played with a torn right quad over the last month, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: This would explain his significant drop in production. There could be a lot of movement in the front office with Denver, but assuming Manning returns the offense should be potent once again next season.
Julius Thomas, TE, DENCold1/11/2015 8:11:00 PM
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas looked poised to have another big day versus the Colts after the first drive, but had just an average fantasy day overall.
Insight: Thomas made a 32-yard catch on the opening offensive drive for Denver that brought the Broncos down to the two-yard line. On the next play, Peyton Manning targeted Thomas again in the end zone, and defensive holding was called on the incomplete pass. Remember, Thomas destroyed the Colts in the red zone during the Week 1 contest with three touchdown catches. That drive, however, ended with a Demaryius Thomas touchdown catch, and it was the only one of the day for Denver. J. Thomas finished with six catches and 53 yards.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND1/11/2015 8:08:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver Hakeem Nicks had two receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown versus the Broncos in the AFC Division playoff game.
Insight: The touchdown saved Nicks from having another irrelevant fantasy day. Nicks caught a touchdown in both games against Denver this season, so this appears to be a matchup he liked in 2014.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN1/11/2015 8:06:00 PM
Description: Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas had a decent fantasy day with five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Thomas caught the touchdown on the first offensive possession of the game, so he did little after that. Thomas also had two drops on screen passes in the second quarter, which owners say too often from him this season. There are a lot of question marks heading into the 2015 fantasy season for Thomas: will he be back in Denver and will Peyton Manning be the team's signal caller?
Dwayne Allen, TE, IND1/11/2015 8:04:00 PM
Description: Colts tight end Dwayne Allen had four catches for 30 yards and a touchdown in the AFC Division round versus the Broncos.
Insight: Allen caught all four of his targets from Andrew Luck and scored a touchdown halfway through the second quarter to give Indianapolis the lead for good. With his size, Allen is a great target for Luck in the red zone.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN1/11/2015 8:02:00 PM
Description: Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders had seven catches to lead all Denver receivers.
Insight: Peyton Manning was really trying to get Sanders the ball on a deep pattern in the second quarter, but nothing was working. Sanders led the team with 15 targets but caught fewer than half of them for 46 yards. It was a disappointing end to an otherwise great first season in the Mile High City.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND1/11/2015 8:00:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton led the team in receiving on Sunday.
Insight: Broncos top cornerback Aqib Talib could not cover Hilton, and Denver had to switch its coverages to stop Hilton. It will be interesting to see how Hilton does on Revis Island next week. Hilton finished with four catches and 72 yards versus Denver.
C.J. Anderson, RB, DENHot1/11/2015 7:58:00 PM
Description: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson carried the Denver offense at times on Sunday, but it wasn't enough.
Insight: Anderson gained 91 yards on 19 carries and had 29 more yards in the passing game. Anderson displayed great individual effort when he picked up a huge first down on the last play of the third quarter. On the play, the Colts had Anderson wrapped up for a five-yard loss, but Anderson wiggled out of the tackle and was able to pick up more than a yard. Just prior to that, Anderson helped the Broncos avoid a 15-yard penalty when he pushed offensive lineman Orlando Franklin away from the Colts defenders. Despite Anderson's intangibles, the Broncos lost, 24-13.
Dan Herron, RB, IND1/11/2015 7:53:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Dan Herron had 23 carries and gained 63 yards versus the Broncos.
Insight: Herron had a terrible rushing average, but he gave the Colts just enough balance for Andrew Luck to have a lot of success in the passing game. Indianapolis didn't even dress Trent Richardson, so Herron is clearly the best fantasy option in the Colts backfield.
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN1/11/2015 7:51:00 PM
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning did not look like himself, throwing for just 187 yards and a touchdown versus the Colts.
Insight: Credit the Colts defense for an excellent game plan. They tackled so well that the Broncos wide receiver screen game gained very few yards, and the down the field passing game for Denver was nonexistant. This could have very well been Manning's final game. Not the way fantasy owners or Broncos fans would like him to go out, but if it is his final game, there are a lot of regular season memories for fantasy owners. Unfortunately for Manning, not enough postseason memories.
Andrew Luck, QB, IND1/11/2015 7:49:00 PM
Description: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had a big day against the Broncos in the AFC Division round.
Insight: Luck did throw two interceptions, but he was 27-of-43 with 265 yards and two scores. Luck will play in his first AFC Championship Game next week.
Terrance Williams, WR, DAL1/11/2015 4:35:00 PM
Description: Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams had another big January moment at Lambeau Field, catching a 38-yard touchdown pass in the first half.
Insight: That was, however, Williams' only catch of the game. He only had two targets.
Jason Witten, TE, DAL1/11/2015 4:32:00 PM
Description: Cowboys tight end Jason Witten led the team with six catches and 71 yards in the NFC Division round versus the Packers.
Insight: Witten looked upset after the loss being that he is closing in on the end of his great career, and he still has not played in the Super Bowl. There are a lot of question marks going into next season for Dallas, but Witten should still be there for them.
Davante Adams, WR, GBP1/11/2015 4:30:00 PM
Description: Packers rookie receiver Davante Adams had a career day versus the Cowboys.
Insight: Adams really only had one good game this season when he had six catches for 121 yards versus the Patriots in Week 13. Adams displayed great route running and the ability to make people miss in space. He could be the key next week against the Seahawks secondary that will likely take away Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson.
Dez Bryant, WR, DAL1/11/2015 4:27:00 PM
Description: Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had a near career defining catch against the Packers in the NFC Division round.
Insight: On fourth-and-two at the Packers 32-yard line, Tony Romo threw deep to his favorite receiver and Bryant jumped over Sam Shields to make a magnificent catch. Upon further review, the officials reviewed the call and rule Bryant did not maintain control of the ball all the way to the ground. It appeared to be the correct call, but in our opinion, it's a dumb rule. Therefore, Bryant finished with just three catches for 38 yards.
Randall Cobb, WR, GBPHot1/11/2015 4:23:00 PM
Description: Packers wideout Randall Cobb had eight catches for 116 yards against the Cowboys on Sunday.
Insight: Cobb led the Packers in catches and was a yard behind Davante Adams for the team lead in receiving yards. He also caught the game-sealing first down. Cobb and the Packers have a tough matchup against the best secondary in the league next week.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL1/11/2015 4:21:00 PM
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray had 25 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown in the NFC Division Round.
Insight: Murray also had a costly fumble at the beginning of the second half that led to Packers points. Murray had an excellent season, and it will be interesting to see if he can stay healthy for a second straight season.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GBPHot1/11/2015 4:19:00 PM
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy ran very well in the NFC Division Round versus the Cowboys.
Insight: Lacy had 19 carries for 101 yards. Green Bay stuck to their strategy of running Lacy early on the first drive and then save him for the second half. He has a tough matchup next week, but a Packers Super Bowl appearance may depend on how successful Lacy is in Seattle next week.
Tony Romo, QB, DAL1/11/2015 4:17:00 PM
Description: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo attempted just 19 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns versus the Packers.
Insight: It was a slow start for the Dallas running game, but the Cowboys did have 28 rushing attempts for 145 yards. Romo threw when needed and much like in the regular season, he had two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP1/11/2015 4:14:00 PM
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers played just fine with his strained calf on Sunday.
Insight: Rodgers went 24-for-35 for 217 yards and three touchdowns versus the Cowboys. He also led the Packers to a comeback victory to reach the NFC Championship for the first time since 2010. That game, however, will not be at the friendly confides of Lambeau Field and it will be against the top defense in the league.
Trent Richardson, RB, IND1/11/2015 3:15:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson is inactive for the Division Weekend game against Denver.
Insight: Richardson has fallen down the third on the depth chart behind Zurlon Tipton. That's a long fall for the third overall pick in 2012.
Rolando McClain, LB, DAL1/11/2015 2:12:00 PM
Description: Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain (illness) left Sunday's game with a possible concussion and is questionable to return.
Insight: This is a major loss for Dallas, as McClain is one of the team's most reliable defenders.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP1/11/2015 12:04:00 PM
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (calf) is active as expected and should be started as always.
Insight: It should be noted, however, that the Packers also activated both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien just in case. Rodgers has played like a fantasy MVP, particularly at home where he will be today.
Doug Free, OT, DAL1/11/2015 12:04:00 PM
Description: Dallas right tackle Doug Free (ankle) will miss Sunday's NFC Divisional Playoff against Green Bay.
Insight: The Cowboys offensive line would be a lot stronger if Free was available, but they have gotten by without him the past few games.
Paul Richardson, WR, SEA1/11/2015 9:38:00 AM
Description: Seahawks speedster Paul Richardson injured a knee in the third quarter of the Division playoff game against Carolina.
Insight: It's being called a sprained knee, but we await word of how severe. He hasn't done much for fantasy owners this season (29-271-1) therefore his availablilty for the NFC chamampionship game shouldn't change many lineups.
Greg Olsen, TE, CAR1/10/2015 11:40:00 PM
Description: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen had four receptions for 58 yards on Saturday versus the Seahawks.
Insight: Seattle pretty much bottled up Olsen although he was able to make some impressive catches. Olsen clearly had his best season in 2014 and will be a top-five option for the tight end position in 2015 barring any injury setbacks or big changes on offense.
Luke Willson, TE, SEA1/10/2015 11:38:00 PM
Description: Seahawks tight end Luke Willson is becoming quarterback Russell Wilson's favorite target.
Insight: During the Seahawks seven-game winning streak, the Wilson-Willson connection has become a lot more prevalent. Willson led the team with four catches and had 68 yards and a touchdown. The score came on a key third down conversion at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Willson was able to break a few tackles and find the end zone.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR1/10/2015 11:35:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams had two carries for 14 yards in the NFC Division Round versus the Seahawks.
Insight: Williams had two good runs, but Carolina could not keep running the ball when they fell behind in the fourth quarter.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR1/10/2015 11:33:00 PM
Description: Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin scored two touchdowns versus the Seahawks in the NFC Division Round.
Insight: Benjamin had a lot of success backup cornerback Tharold Simon covering him for parts of the game. Benjamin had seven catches on 10 targets with 75 yards in addition to the two scores. It's too bad the Panthers couldn't take advantage of this matchup any further.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, SEA1/10/2015 11:31:00 PM
Description: Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse had three catches for 129 yards and a touchdown in the NFC Division Round against the Panthers.
Insight: Kearse made a one-handed catch in the middle of the second quarter that he took all the way for a 63-yard touchdown. It was one of many explosive plays for Seattle. Kearse caught all three of his targets.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR1/10/2015 11:29:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart had another big game to finish off the 2014 season against the Seahawks.
Insight: Stewart ran well the last five games but not against any defense at the level of Seattle, so his 5.4 yards per carry average was somewhat surprising. He had 13 carries for 70 yards, but Carolina could not stick with the run after falling behind in the fourth quarter.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA1/10/2015 11:27:00 PM
Description: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch didn't have a great game statistically but was key to Seattle's victory over Carolina.
Insight: Lynch had 14 carries for 59 yards as the Panthers kept him pretty much bottled up much of the game. Lynch did have one bruising run for 25 yards in the third quarter.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR1/10/2015 11:26:00 PM
Description: Much like the whole season, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was really good at times and at other times, he made some really bad decisions against the Seahawks.
Insight: Newton was 23-of-36 with two touchdowns and kept the Panthers in it for much of the game, but Newton also threw two costly picks. One of the interceptions was returned for a touchdown. Newton nearly threw a couple more picks in the game as well. Hopefully he gets healthy for next season and can be more consistent in 2015.
Russell Wilson, QB, SEA1/10/2015 11:23:00 PM
Description: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had another tremendous playoff outing.
Insight: Wilson was 15-of-22 with 268 passing yards and three touchdowns. He also added 23 carries on the ground. Wilson and the Seahawks are the first defending champion to win a playoff game since the Patriots in 2005.
Owen Daniels, TE, BAL1/10/2015 8:37:00 PM
Description: Ravens tight end Owen Daniels caught four passes for 41 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots on Saturday.
Insight: Joe Flacco hit 10 different receivers versus the Patriots, but he targeted Daniels 11 times, which was more than any other receiver. Particularly on the last drive, Flacco was really trying to force the ball to his tight end.
Julian Edelman, WR, NEP1/10/2015 8:33:00 PM
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman led the team with eight catches and threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola against the Ravens on Saturday.
Insight: Edelman's first pass attempt in the NFL went for a 51-yard score to Amendola to tie the game at 28 with four and a half minutes left in the third quarter. It was a perfectly designed play as Edelman took Tom Brady's backwards pass to the left and then threw the ball down the sideline to a wide open Amendola. Edelman also had 74 receiving yards.
Steve Smith Sr, WR, BAL1/10/2015 8:30:00 PM
Description: Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. caught three passes for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Joe Flacco did not concentrate on any one receiver, so no pass catcher for the Ravens stood out statistically. Smith caught the second touchdown of the game, so his owners were still pleased with the performance since he found the end zone.
Danny Amendola, WR, NEP1/10/2015 8:28:00 PM
Description: Patriots receiver Danny Amendola picked a great time to have his best game in New England.
Insight: Amendola caught five passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns against the Ravens in the AFC Division Round. The second touchdown pass came from Julian Edelman on a trick play in the third quarter. This kind of performance is exactly what the Patriots were hoping to get from Amendola when they signed him to replace Wes Welker.
Torrey Smith, WR, BAL1/10/2015 8:25:00 PM
Description: Ravens wideout Torrey Smith led the team with 62 receiving yards versus the Patriots.
Insight: Joe Flacco spread the ball around to 10 different receivers, so no one stood out on the stat sheet, and unfortunately for T. Smith owners, he did not catch any of Flacco's four touchdowns.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NEP1/10/2015 8:22:00 PM
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught seven passes for 108 yards and a touchdown to help lift the Patriots over the Ravens, 35-31, on Saturday.
Insight: Like most weeks, the defense had no one to stop Gronkowski, so Tom Brady threw it his way a lot in the second half. Gronkowski caught his touchdown halfway through the third quarter with New England trailing by 14 points at the time. The Patriots scored the 21 of the final 24 points to erase a 14-point deficit.
Justin Forsett, RB, BAL1/10/2015 8:19:00 PM
Description: Ravens running back Justin Forsett had 24 carries for 129 yards against the Patriots.
Insight: Forsett averaged 5.4 yards per attempt, which is exactly what he averaged during the regular season. Forsett gave the Ravens balance, but the defense could not stop the Patriots passing game in the second half.
Joe Flacco, QB, BAL1/10/2015 8:15:00 PM
Description: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw four touchdowns against the Patriots in the AFC Division Playoffs, but his two interceptions doom him and the Ravens.
Insight: Flacco was 28-of-45 for 292 yards in addition to the four scores and two interceptions. Flacco ended his incredible streak of five straight postseason games with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Tom Brady, QB, NEP1/10/2015 8:12:00 PM
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady put his team on his back and carried them to a victory in the AFC Division Round against the Ravens.
Insight: Brady threw 50 pass attempts, completing 30 of them for 367 yards and three touchdowns. He did have one costly interception at the end of the first half, which led to a Ravens touchdown, but that was the only blemish of Brady's night. The winning touchdown throw put Brady ahead of Joe Montana for the most touchdown passes in the postseason.
Jonas Gray, RB, NEP1/10/2015 3:25:00 PM
Description: Patriots running back Jonas Gray (ankle) is inactive for Saturday's contest versus Baltimore.
Insight: He was limited all week, but this more of a healthy scratch. LeGarrette Blount will handle most of the carries, with Shane Vereen playing on passing downs.
Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ1/10/2015 1:45:00 PM
Description: Jets running back Chris Johnson was arrested Friday night for carrying a weapon in Orange County, Florida.
Insight: It is a second-degree misdemeanor, so Johnson's status should be be affected next season. However, this could give the Jets an excuse to release him. They would save $3.75 million against the cap, if they decide to do so.
Vernon Davis, TE, SFX1/9/2015 4:40:00 PM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis could be cut this offseason, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.
Insight: After posting just 26 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns, Davis does not warrant the $5 million he is owed next season. At 31-years-old, his best days are clearly behind him, but he still could help another team out.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP1/9/2015 4:38:00 PM
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (calf) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
Insight: Rodgers was always going to play, but his mobility continues to be the biggest question. We will not know how much he will be able to move around until Sunday afternoon.
Julian Edelman, WR, NEP1/9/2015 4:36:00 PM
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman (concussion) is being listed as probable for Saturday's contest versus Baltimore.
Insight: He has been limited all week, but there was not much doubt Edelman would play. He will be a fine option this week against the Ravens.
Julius Thomas, TE, DENCold1/9/2015 3:43:00 PM
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas has practiced all week, but there are conflicting reports as to the health of his ankle.
Insight: Some say it's less than 100 percent even with the week off. It should be noted that he torched the Colts in Week 1 for 104 yards and three touchdowns and Indianapolis gave up the fourth-most points to opposing tight ends this season.
Julian Edelman, WR, NEP1/9/2015 12:59:00 PM
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman (concussion) was limited in practice Thursday.
Insight: We're still waiting for him to complete a full practice before we are confident he'll be ready to go. Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LeFell would pick up the slack.
Brandon LaFell, WR, NEP1/9/2015 12:14:00 PM
Description: Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell is dealing with toe and shoulder issues, but said he would be ready to go Satruday against Baltimore.
Insight: LaFell finished the season with 74 catches, 957 yards and seven touchdowns and is the third option after Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.
C.J. Anderson, RB, DENHot1/9/2015 12:13:00 PM
Description: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson has played through an ankle issue and he will be ready to go in the playoffs.
Insight: Anderson has put together a great resume over the last six games rushing for 648 yards and eight touchdowns. he's also caught 33 passes over the last nine games including two more scores. He appears to fit the Manning offense perfectly.
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN1/9/2015 12:09:00 PM
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (thigh) has been practicing in full this week.
Insight: Manning's participation in Sunday's game was never in question, but he's better when he gets in his practices. He was very average down the stretch as the team featured the run game because of some blocking issues in front of Manning.
Eugene Monroe, OT, BAL1/9/2015 12:06:00 PM
Description: Ravens tackle Eugene Monroe was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Insight: His return would be a boost to the offensive line and quarterback Joe Flacco and James Hurst has struggled the past two games. Stay tuned.
Doug Free, OT, DAL1/9/2015 12:02:00 PM
Description: Dallas right tackle Doug Free (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's NFC Divisional Playoff against Green Bay.
Insight: The Cowboys offensive line would be a lot stronger if Free was available, but they have gotten by without him the past few games.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL1/9/2015 11:58:00 AM
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray hasn't shown any limits from the hand issue over the past few weeks.
Insight: Murray has even caught six balls over the past two games. He has a decent matchup in Green Bay as the Packers have given up 119.9 ypg on the ground this season.
Philly Brown, WR, CAR1/9/2015 11:55:00 AM
Description: Panthers wideout Philly Brown (shoulder injury) got in a limited practice, but didn't take any hits to the shoulder.
Insight: Brown hasn't caught more than 66 yards worth of passes in any game this season and has very little fantasy value facing the best defense in football.
Max Unger, C, SEA1/9/2015 11:43:00 AM
Description: Seahawks starting center Max Unger is expected to return to the lineup for the first time since Week 12.
Insight: Unger's return would be a big boost to the Seahawks offensive line and just another reason to like Seattle's chances of moving on.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, SEA1/9/2015 11:41:00 AM
Description: Seattle wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (hamstring) has benefitted from the bye and has gotten in a full week of practice.
Insight: Kearse has 38 receptions for 537 yards and one touchdown in 15 games which isn't great and not very exciting for fantasy owners.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA1/9/2015 11:38:00 AM
Description: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has gotten in a full week of practice so his back injury should not be part of the equation for the Seahawks playoff game against Carolina.
Insight: Lynch finished the regular season with his second-best rushing total - 1,306 yards and a career-best 13 rushing touchdowns, plus four receiving scores. He should see a huge workload against the Panthers.
Tony Moeaki, TE, SEA1/9/2015 11:35:00 AM
Description: Seahawks backup tight end, Tony Moeaki, is questionable for Saturday's NFC Divisional Playoff against Carolina.
Insight: Moeaki is third on the depth chart so this game-time decision shouldn't change anything for fantasy owners. Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet should see most of the snaps.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP1/8/2015 3:55:00 PM
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a slight tear in the calf muscle in addidtion to the strain, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: That won't stop him from playing against the Cowboys and shouldn't stop you from starting the 2014 fantasy MVP candidate. Just don't expect a lot of scrambling.
Star Lotulelei, DT, CAR1/7/2015 1:11:00 PM
Description: Panther defensive end Star Lotulelei broke his foot in the Wild Card victory over the Cardinals on Saturday and will miss the rest of the season according to NFL Network.
Insight: This is a big loss for the Panthers defense that has been playing very well the last five weeks. Expect the Seahawks to take advantage and attack Marshawn Lynch at the void Lotulelei leaves behind.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SFX1/6/2015 9:51:00 PM
Description: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will work out with Kurt Warner in Phoenix this offseason according to The Sacramento Bee.
Insight: This is a smart move for Kaepernick, who is coming off his worse season as a pro. He threw for a career-high 3,369 yards but his touchdowns went down to 19 and his interceptions went up to 10. His yards per attempt also plummeted down to 7.0 and his sacks skyrocketed to 52. Kaepernick was also awful in the second half of games in 2014 as his passer rating was nearly 30 points lower in the third and fourth quarter of games. This should definitely help Kaepernick improve although the possibility of losing Michael Crabtree this offseason would be a setback.
Julius Thomas, TE, DENCold1/6/2015 3:09:00 PM
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas said the bye week did his ankle a lot of good, according to Larry Hartstein of cbssports.
Insight: Considering Thomas was a non-factor for the final over the final six games of the season (five receptions, 66 yards, zero touchdowns), it could signal his return to a first half production level.
Dez Bryant, WR, DAL1/4/2015 7:58:00 PM
Description: Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was bottled up Sunday versus Detroit.
Insight: He had only three receptions for 48 yards on three targets. Bryant will look to rebound next week in Green Bay.
Jason Witten, TE, DAL1/4/2015 7:57:00 PM
Description: Cowboys tight end Jason Witten played the role of Tony Romo's security blanket on Sunday.
Insight: What else is new? Witten came up big, and none bigger on a fourth-down play during the game-winning drive. He finished with five catches for 63 yards on seven targets.
Terrance Williams, WR, DAL1/4/2015 7:56:00 PM
Description: Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams was the hero during Sunday's win against Detroit.
Insight: He caught two touchdown passes, including the game-winner with 2:32 left in the game. Williams finished the day with three receptions for 92 yards.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL1/4/2015 7:55:00 PM
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray had just an ordinary day for his standards on Sunday.
Insight: Murray rushed 19 times for 75 yards and a score, along with catching three passes for 22 more yards.
Tony Romo, QB, DAL1/4/2015 7:53:00 PM
Description: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo came up big during Sunday's victory over the Lions.
Insight: He threw for 293 yards, two touchdowns, and did not turn the ball over. Romo led the game-winning drive with a touchdown pass to Terrance Williams with 2:32 left in the game. He will head to Green Bay next week.
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET1/4/2015 7:52:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson caught five passes for 85 yards on Sunday.
Insight: Much more was expected out of Johnson. He will be a top-three wideout heading into next season.
Golden Tate, WR, DET1/4/2015 7:51:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate had a nice game during Sunday's loss to Dallas.
Insight: He opened up the scoring with a 51-yard touchdown catch, and finished the day with six receptions for 89 yards on nine targets.
Joique Bell, RB, DET1/4/2015 7:50:00 PM
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell rushed for a team-high 43 yards on Sunday.
Insight: He did so on 12 carries and also had four catches for 42 yards. Reggie Bush rushed eight times for 37 yards and score, along with catching three passes for 10 more yards.
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET1/4/2015 7:48:00 PM
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford could not come through for Detroit on Sunday versus Dallas.
Insight: He had a chance to lead a game-winning drive, but lost two fumbles on that drive. Stafford threw for 323 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
Rolando McClain, LB, DAL1/4/2015 6:48:00 PM
Description: Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain (illness) left Sunday's game and will not return.
Insight: This is a major loss for Dallas, as McClain is one of the team's most reliable defenders. He has been battling an illness for a few weeks.
Coby Fleener, TE, IND1/4/2015 4:26:00 PM
Description: Colts tight end Coby Fleener did not do much Sunday against the Bengals.
Insight: He had one catch for 18 yards, and will not be a great option as long as Dwayne Allen is healthy. Allen had three receptions for 30 yards.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND1/4/2015 4:25:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton brushed off his three dropped passes during the first half of play.
Insight: He finished with six catches for 103 yards on 14 targets. He clearly could have had more, including a touchdown, but it was still a solid day for Hilton, nevertheless.
Dan Herron, RB, IND1/4/2015 4:22:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Dan Herron is clearly the team's lead back.
Insight: He rushed 12 times for 56 yards and a score, and also had 10 receptions for 85 more yards. Trent Richardson did not see a touch, making Herron a legitmate dual-threat.
Andrew Luck, QB, IND1/4/2015 4:21:00 PM
Description: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck came up big Sunday versus Cincinnati.
Insight: He went 31-of-44 for 376 yards and one score, and did not turn the ball over. Luck also rushed for 18 more yards. For owners in playoff leagues, Luck will be a fine option next week in Denver.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN1/4/2015 4:18:00 PM
Description: Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu could not capitalize during the absence of A.J. Green.
Insight: He caught just three balls for 31 yards on seven targets. Unless Cincinnati makes a move to bolster their receiving corp, Sanu will return as the number-two guy next season.
Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN1/4/2015 4:17:00 PM
Description: Bengals running back Giovani Bernard led the team in receiving during Sunday's wild-card loss to the Colts.
Insight: He had eight receptions for 46 yards on nine targets, along with three carries for six yards. Bernard is clearly on the team to catch balls out of the backfield.
Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN1/4/2015 4:15:00 PM
Description: Bengals running back Jeremy Hill found the end zone during Sunday's loss against the Colts.
Insight: The touchdown saved owners who are competing in playoff leagues, as Hill had only 47 yards on 13 carries. He will likely handle to majority of carries during the 2015 season.
Andy Dalton, QB, CIN1/4/2015 4:13:00 PM
Description: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton still could not earn his first playoff win.
Insight: Dalton went 18-of-35 for 155 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions, and a fumble lost. He also rushed for 34 yards. Dalton will enter next season as more of a QB2 after accumulating 19 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2014.
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, CIN1/4/2015 3:02:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick injured his right ankle and is questionable to return.
Insight: As much as Andrew Luck likes to throw the football, it's never a good thing to lose a defensive back.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND1/4/2015 2:07:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton has dropped at least three passes in the first half against Cincinnati.
Insight: He may be thinking about his hamstring and not looking the ball into his hands. Luck will continue to throw his way because he's his best receiver and he's getting open.
Marquis Flowers, LB, CIN1/4/2015 2:02:00 PM
Description: Backup linebacker Marquis Flowers was injured covering a punt.
Insight: By itself it doesn't mean much, but with Rey Maualuga carted to the dressing room the Bengals are short at the position.
Rey Maualuga, LB, CIN1/4/2015 1:56:00 PM
Description: Bengals MLB Rey Maualuga left the playoff game against Indianapolis with a hamstring injury and is in a cart heading to the locker room.
Insight: Maualuga is a solid linebacker with 59 tackles and one interception this season as a replacement for Vontaze Burfict (IR).
Rey Maualuga, LB, CIN1/4/2015 1:53:00 PM
Description: Bengals MLB Rey Maualuga left the playoff game against Indianapolis with a leg injury and is in a cart heading to the locker room.
Insight: Maualuga is a solid linebacker with 59 tackles and one interception this season as a replacement for Vontaze Burfict (IR).
Jaron Brown, WR, ARI1/4/2015 11:59:00 AM
Description: Cardinals backup wide receiver Jaron Brown suffered a broken scapula and will miss 4-6 months.
Insight: It could be an interesting situation in Arizona if Larry Fitzgerald doesn't come back, but even then, Jaron Brown would likely be behind Michael Floyd and John Brown.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN1/4/2015 11:28:00 AM
Description: Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham will miss Sunday's playoff game, according to Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network.
Insight: Gresham had scored in each of the last three games and was more valuable with A.J. green on the sidelines. Now he'll join him making Kevin Brock the starter and Mohamed Sanu even more valuable.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN1/4/2015 9:44:00 AM
Description: Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu must be upgraded with A.J. Green sidelined for Sunday's playoff game.
Insight: When A.J. Green was out earlier this season for a three-game stretch between Weeks 6-8, Sanu posted his only two 100-yard games of the season.
Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT1/4/2015 9:40:00 AM
Description: Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton caught five passes for 66 yards against Baltimore on Saturday.
Insight: Although Wheaton is the starter opposite Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant has more fantasy value because he's a touchdown maker.
Heath Miller, TE, PIT1/4/2015 9:37:00 AM
Description: As expected, Steelers tight end Heath Miller picked up some of the slack with Le'Veon Bell out of the lineup.
Insight: Miller saw nine targets, catching six balls for 76 yards, but lost a costly fumble in the second half. He's always a low-end fantasy option who has a couple of big days every season, but is never an elite choice.
Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT1/4/2015 9:34:00 AM
Description: Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant caught five of nine targets for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Bryant's 6-foot-5 frame came in handy as he outjumped the defender for his 6-yard touchdown pass. This could become a staple of his offense next season. We like where his career is headed.
Antonio Brown, WR, PITHot1/4/2015 9:31:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh wideout Antonio Brown finished his season like he started it, on fire.
Insight: Brown, who caught nine balls for 117 yards, was one of the most consistent players in all of fantasy football. It could have been much better too, if his knee didn't land at the 1-yard line on a 44-yard reception. The Steelers star led all receivers in the regular season with 129 receptions for 1,698 yards and scored 14 times.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT1/4/2015 9:28:00 AM
Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 334 yards and one touchdown, but also was picked off twice.
Insight: Turnovers kill playoff hopes. Big Ben's fantasy total isn't horrible, but his effort wasn't enough for the Steelers to overcome Baltimore.
Josh Harris, RB, PITCold1/4/2015 9:24:00 AM
Description: With Le'Veon Bell declared out for the game against Balitmore, running back Josh Harris had a chance to show what he could do, but it wasn't much.
Insight: Ben Tate actually started the game, but Harris led the team in rushing attempts (9) and yards gained (25). He also caught two balls for six yards, but those numbers are obviously not "Bell-like."
Torrey Smith, WR, BAL1/4/2015 9:19:00 AM
Description: Ravens wideout Torrey Smith wasn't very active in the first round of the playoffs, but saved the day by catching an 11-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
Insight: The rise of Steve Smith over the past two weekends has taken a toll on Torrey's yardage total, but he's caught a touchdown pass in three straight games.
Steve Smith Sr, WR, BAL1/4/2015 9:17:00 AM
Description: Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. posted his first 100-yard game since Week 6 in the first round of the playoffs against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Smith caught five of his seven targets for 101 yards. After about a two-month lull, Smith has become a force again starting last week with eight catches for 90 yards and now this effort. It will be key to next week's fantasy value to figure out whether Darrelle Revis will be assigned to Torrey Smith or Steve Smith.
Joe Flacco, QB, BAL1/4/2015 9:11:00 AM
Description: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is proving to be a very good playoff quarterback, particularly in the first round where he improved to 6-0 Saturday.
Insight: Flacco wasn't great, but mistake-free football and a couple of touchdown passes is always a solid fantasy effort. He threw for 259 yards and has rediscovered Steve Smith Sr. to go along with Torrey Smith and TE Owen Daniels.
Justin Forsett, RB, BAL1/4/2015 9:07:00 AM
Description: Ravens running back Justin Forsett put up disappointing numbers on Wild Card Weekend, rushing 16 times for 36 yards and catching one pass for seven yards.
Insight: Forsett even had a touchdown vultured by Bernard Pierce. He'll get a chance to redeem himself next weekend in New England.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI1/3/2015 7:57:00 PM
Description: Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald recorded a team-high 31 receiving yards during Saturday's loss to the Panthers.
Insight: Fitzgerald had three receptions on seven targets, and this game may have been his last as a Cardinal. If so, he finshes his Arizona career with 909 catches for 12,151 yards and 89 touchdowns.
Kerwynn Williams, RB, ARI1/3/2015 7:55:00 PM
Description: Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams led the team in rushing yards on Saturday.
Insight: It was for an unimpressive 23 yards on 10 carries. Williams will likely return in backup role next season.
Ryan Lindley, QB, ARI1/3/2015 7:54:00 PM
Description: Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley was awful during Saturday's loss to Carolina.
Insight: He threw for only 81 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Lindley may not even be good enough to be a third-stringer in the NFL.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR1/3/2015 7:53:00 PM
Description: Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin did not do much during Saturday's victory over Arizona.
Insight: He had four catches for 33 yards on seven targets. Benjamin was involved early, but after Carolina took a healthy lead, the team did not pass as much. He had 1,008 yards and nine scores during his rookie season.
Greg Olsen, TE, CAR1/3/2015 7:52:00 PM
Description: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen had three receptions for 37 yards on Saturday.
Insight: That was good for second on the team in receiving yards. Fozzy Whittaker lead the Panthers with 39 receiving yards on one play, which resulted in a touchdown.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR1/3/2015 7:51:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart had a big game Saturday against the Cardinals.
Insight: He had 24 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown. Stewart is clearly the lead dog in Carolina's backfield.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR1/3/2015 7:50:00 PM
Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton led the team to a playoff win Saturday versus Arizona.
Insight: He went 18-of-32 for 198 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Newton also rushed for 35 yards and lost a fumble. He will face either Seattle or Green Bay on the road next week.
Philly Brown, WR, CAR1/3/2015 6:40:00 PM
Description: Panthers wideout Philly Brown left Saturday's game with a shoulder injury.
Insight: He is done for the rest of the day. Brown had three receptions for 37 yards before departing.


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