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.
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.
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, QB
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.