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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.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN1/3/2015 4:10:00 PM
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green (concussion) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's contest versus Indianapolis.
Insight: Look for the Bengals to rely heavily on Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard, and Mohamed Sanu with Green sidelined.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR1/3/2015 4:08:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (hand) is officially active for Saturday's game against Carolina.
Insight: He is expected to backup Jonathan Stewart, making him a pretty irrelevant option.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN1/2/2015 4:12:00 PM
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green (concussion) has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game with the Colts.
Insight: He would be a WR1 for Sunday's matchup versus Indianapolis, but now he's more likely to sit than play makinh Mohamed Sanu a better option.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT1/2/2015 3:42:00 PM
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) will not play against Baltimore on Wild Card weekend.
Insight: Josh Harris will most likely be the primary ball carrier, with Dri Archer and Ben Tate being mixed in as well.
Josh Harris, RB, PIT1/2/2015 3:41:00 PM
Description: With Le'Veon Bell being declared out for the game against Balitmore, running back Josh Harris could end up being the primary runner.
Insight: He won't be the pass receiver, however, that would likely go to Dri Archer, so his upside is limited.
Dwayne Allen, TE, IND1/1/2015 7:50:00 PM
Description: Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (knee) returned to practice on Wednesday.
Insight: After missing Week 17, Allen practiced in full on Wednesday. He is a touchdown-dependent option for this week's contest against the Bengals.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT1/1/2015 5:32:00 PM
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) did not practice on Thursday.
Insight: Look for Bell to be a game-time decision, but even if he is active, there is a chance he will be very limited. Josh Harris will most likely be the primary ball carrier, with Dri Archer and Ben Tate being mixed in as well.
Ryan Lindley, QB, ARI1/1/2015 3:17:00 PM
Description: Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley will start Saturday's Wild Card Game against the Panthers.
Insight: Lindley is not a recommended option for owners in playoff leagues. Logan Thomas will be the backup.
Drew Stanton, QB, ARI1/1/2015 3:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's contest versus Carolina.
Insight: No surprise here. Ryan Lindley will start and be backed up by Logan Thomas.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN1/1/2015 2:20:00 PM
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green (concussion) participated in warmups and the inital part of Thursday's practice.
Insight: This is great news, and now puts Green on track to play this weekend. He will be a WR1 for Sunday's matchup versus Indianapolis.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT12/31/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell said his hyperextended knee feels "great" but did not answer whether he would play on Saturday in the Wild Card game against the Ravens according to NFL.com.
Insight: This is obviously good news, but just a day ago CBS Sport's Jason La Confora reported it is unlikely Bell plays, and despite this news, it still seems like there is more of a chance Bell doesn't play than plays. Pittsburgh is probably calling Bell a game-time decision so Baltimore has to prepare for him in their game plan. If Bell indeed can't go, Josh Harris will start and Dri Archer will see some time along with newly signed veteran Ben Tate.
Ndamukong Suh, DT, DET12/30/2014 5:45:00 PM
Description: Lions Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh won his apeal and will play Sunday against the Cowboys.
Insight: This is amazing news for the Lions' defense. Suh will pay a $70,000 fine instead of being suspended.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT12/30/2014 3:00:00 PM
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) will lilkely miss Saturday's game against Baltimore.
Insight: This is accoring to CBS Sport's Jason La Confora. The team signed Ben Tate as insurance, but rookie Josh Harris would likely start, with Dri Archer being mixed in.
Ben Tate, RB, PIT12/30/2014 2:45:00 PM
Description: The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed running back Ben Tate.
Insight: This gives a stronger indication that Le'Veon Bell will not be able to play on Saturday. Tate will act as a backup to Josh Harris and Dri Archer.
Ndamukong Suh, DT, DET12/29/2014 3:32:00 PM
Description: Lions Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been suspended one game for stepping on Aaron Rodgers' injured leg Sunday.
Insight: Suh will miss the Wild Card weekend game against Dallas. He has 8.5 sacks this season and 51 tackles, but requires extra attention from an offensive line. Tony Romo has to be smiling.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT12/29/2014 2:00:00 PM
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was seen badly limping into the locker room Monday morning.
Insight: Dale Lolley, Steelers beat reporter, said he "could barely walk." Coach Mike Tomlin called it a hyperextension, but "not anything major." That doesn't mean he can be ready to play by Saturday. Josh Harris would likely get the running workload and Dri Archer the receiving targets if Bell can't go.
Kyle Orton, QB, BUF12/29/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Bills quarterback Kyle Orton said he is going to retire.
Insight: We have heard that before. He played 12 games this season, throwing for 3,018 yards and 18 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. That leaves E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel at quarterback.
Drew Stanton, QB, ARI12/29/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Arizona GM Steve Keim saaid on the Doug and Wolf Show quarterback Drew Stanton "is day-to-day adding we are hopeful" he can play Saturday.
Insight: It would be awfully tough to beat Carolina with Ryan Lindley or rookie Logan Thomas under center. We await further word.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL12/29/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones was active for Week 17, but not productive.
Insight: Jones caught four balls for 58 yards. Fantasy owners expect triple digits every time out from this uber-talented receiver. He finished the season with 104 receptions for 1,593 yards and six touchdowns.
Roddy White, WR, ATL12/29/2014 11:26:00 AM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White caught eight of 12 targets for 104 yards.
Insight: A lot of them were after the game was already decided, but fantasy owners don't care. It was a better season than 2013 for White, but below average by his normal standards.
Matt Ryan, QB, ATLCold12/29/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw up a clunker just when his team and fantasy owners needed him.
Insight: ryan was 29-of-47 for 260 yards, no touchdowns and a pair of interception. it was the interceptions that was the killer, as both were returned for touchdowns.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CARCold12/29/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin had just one receptions for nine yards.
Insight: It's what rookies do. They have big games and bad games. The one catch, however, was enough to give him 1,008 for the season along with nine touchdowns.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR12/29/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart posted a clunker in Week 17, rushing for 49 yards amd catching two balls for 20 yards.
Insight: Stewart had averaged 109 ypg over the past four games, including 122 in Week 16, but in this one he shared carries with Cam Newton, Fozzy Whitaker and Mike Tolbert.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR12/29/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton didn't put together big numbers, but did enough to build a 24-3 halftime lead and then cruise to the win and a playoff berth.
Insight: Newton passed for just 114 yards and rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown, most of it before halftime.. Then he let the defense do the rest.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN12/29/2014 11:17:00 AM
Description: Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught six of nine targets for 73 yards.
Insight: Not a great day, but a breakout season for Sanders who racked up 101 receptions for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns - all career highs. It must be fun to play for a quarterback like Peyton Manning.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, DENHot12/29/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas caught just eight of 17 targets, but racked up 115 yards.
Insight: Ho hum. Another 100-yard receiving day for Demaryius Thomas. That's 10 of them in the last 13 games. he'll finish the regular season with a career-high 111 receptions for 1,619 yards. He scored 11 times, down from 14 last season.
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN12/29/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 273 yards and no touchdowns.
Insight: Manning has become a mediocre fantasy quarterback over the past month and we blame the solid running of C.J. Anderson and an offensive line that has problems pass protecting. Mannings TD pass total went from 55 to 39 this season.
C.J. Anderson, RB, DENHot12/29/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson put together another big game for fantasy owners, this one with a combined 107 yards from scrimmage and three touchdown runs.
Insight: Anderson has seven touchdown runs in the past four games. It's one of the reasons Peyton Manning's touchdown total has taken a significant hit in 2014.
Derek Carr, QB, OAK12/29/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr struggled in Week 17, completing 18 of 36 passes for just 158 yards.
Insight: Carr is not fantasy worthy at this time, but we see possibilities down the road if the team can build an offensive line in front of him.
Latavius Murray, RB, OAK12/29/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Raiders running back Latavius Murray couldnt get anything going on the ground (10-37-0), but caught four balls for 60 yards.
Insight: Murray has the tools to be a nice pass-receiving back in the Matt Forte/Le'Veon Bell mold. I'd like to see him with a better offense around him like the other two have.
Randall Cobb, WR, GBPHot12/29/2014 11:03:00 AM
Description: Packers wideout Randall Cobb came up big in the final two weeks for fantasy owners.
Insight: Cobb caught two touchdown passes in Week 17 after 11 catches for 131 yards in Week 16. He posted 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns - all career highs.
Jordy Nelson, WR, GBP12/29/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson caught six of eight targets for 86 yards.
Insight: We have come to expect a lot more from Nelson. Nelson finishjes the season with a career-high 98 receptions for 1,519 yards. He also scored 13 touchdowns.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GBPHot12/29/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy rushed for 100 yards on 26 carries in Week 17.
Insight: Lacy's numbers were slightly better than last season and he's a solid RB1. He combined for 1,566 yards and 13 touchdowns, up from 1,435 and 11 TDs in his rookie season. We love the trend.
Reggie Bush, RB, DETCold12/29/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush rushed five times for 19 yards and caught three passes for 22 yards.
Insight: Bush is caught in a three-way backfield where Joique Bell gets the majority of the rushing workload and he shares receiving work with Theo Riddick. That makes it nearly impossible to be fantasy worthy.
Theo Riddick, RB, DET12/29/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Lions running back Theo Riddick saw seven targets and caught five for 34 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Riddick saw more targets than Reggie Bush, but his workload has been too inconsistent, as well as his health.
Golden Tate, WR, DET12/29/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate caught just three passes for 45 yards.
Insight: Tate was only targeted five times. He finished with a career-high 99 receptions for 1,331 yards.
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET12/29/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was targeted 11 times, a reasonable number, but managed to catch just four of them for 39 yards.
Insight: There is a silver lining, two of the four catches went for touchdowns. He's still a superstar receiver, but his numbers are down significantly from last season. He finished with 1,077 yards, his lowest total since 2009.
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET12/29/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford three three touchdown passes, but managed just 217 yards on 41 passing attempts.
Insight: It's been three weeks since he managed to throw for 300 yards or more. Pretty disappointing for a QB1 with quality recievers like Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.
Joique Bell, RB, DET12/29/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell is dealing with an Achilles issue, but carried the running game against Green Bay with 13 rushes for 60 yards.
Insight: Unfortunately, Bell used to be included in the passing game, but that work now goes to Theo Riddick and Reggie Bush limiting Bell's fantasy vlaue.
Vernon Davis, TE, SFXCold12/29/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Remember when 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was one of the best fantasy tight ends in the league?
Insight: You should, it was just last season when he posted a 52-850-13 line. In 2014 he couldn't even catch the flu and finished with 26 receptions for 245 yards and just two touchdowns (both on opening day).
Michael Crabtree, WR, SFXCold12/29/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree caught four passes for 41 yards.
Insight: It's the sad state of his game that it was his best performace in three weeks. He finished the season with 68 catches for 698 yards and four touchdowns.
Anquan Boldin, WR, SFX12/29/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: 49ers wideout Anquan Boldin caught just two of nine targets, but one went for 76 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Boldin reached 1,000 yards for the second straight season (83-1,062, 5) and was the most consistent 49ers receiver in 2014.
Frank Gore, RB, SFX12/29/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore rushed for 144 yards on 25 carries.
Insight: That's 302 yards over the past two weekends. Too bad the season just ended, Gore was just getting started. it was his first 100-yard effort since Week 5.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI12/29/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught two of four targets for 29 yards.
Insight: Fitzgerald has been a non-factor since returning from his MCL sprain and was mainly a decoy in this one while Michael Floyd did the heavy lifting.


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