Studs and Duds: Wild Card Weekend

2018-01-08 09:01:59
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports

Henry comes up big for Titans

The games this weekend weren't off the charts great but decent, which was good news for all those that watched them. As for fantasy, there weren't many huge games but a few players produced some big fantasy performances. Games were a little more low scoring than expected, especially seeing the high-flying Rams get grounded. Hopefully, things turned out on the positive side of things for you these first week of the playoffs.

Titans 22, Chiefs 21

Fantasy Stud: Derrick Henry. Henry led the way offensively for the Titans, picking a good time to have his best game of the season. He ran 23 times for 156 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 35 yards, giving him 191 total yards. Henry showed his big-time potential as the starter for the Titans, a role he could serve from day one next season.

Fantasy Dud: Rishard Matthews. Matthews had another really quiet game, continuing his late-season slide. He caught just a pass for 15 yards. Matthews has just two catches for 22 yards his last two games. He has fewer than 50 yards all but one of his last six games.

Game Notes: Travis Kelce had to leave the game early because of a concussion. He took a nasty hit and had a hard time getting up after the hit. Kelce was having a big game before getting hurt, catching four passes for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Kareem Hunt didn't get as much work as expected, rushing 11 times for 42 yards. He also caught three passes for five yards. Hunt was very quiet in the second half, which was a surprise considering his great play down the stretch.

Falcons 26, Rams 13

Fantasy Stud: Julio Jones. Jones showed up big in the Falcon playoff opener, topping 100 total yards. He caught nine passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. He also ran once for 13 yards, giving him 107 total yards. Jones had just three touchdowns all regular season, so it was a good sign seeing Jones score in this game.

Fantasy Dud: Jared Goff. Goff wasn't bad in his first NFL playoff game, but he didn't play near his level of the regular season. He struggled, going 24-of-45 for 259 yards and a touchdown. Goff had a great regular season and will get better in the big games, but he has some work to do to be an elite quarterback in this league.

Game Notes: Todd Gurley hit the 100-yard mark, rushing 14 times for 101 yards. It was his third straight game hitting the 100-yard mark and seventh total for the season.

Robert Woods had nine receptions for 142 yards. This was his third 100-yard game of the season. Woods had a breakout year for the Rams and should be a top target in this offense for years to come.

Jaguars 10, Bills 3

Fantasy Stud: Blake Bortles. Bortles didn't have a great game throwing the ball by any means but led the team in rushing and also had a touchdown without a turnover. Bortles was 12-of-23 for 87 yards and a touchdown without an interception. He made a lot of noise rushing the ball, running 10 times for 88 yards. His rushing yards were a season high.

Fantasy Dud: Keelan Cole. Cole was one of the best receivers in the game the second half of the year, but did nothing in this game. He didn't even catch a pass, which was a huge disappointment for all the fantasy owners that took a chance on him in the playoffs. Cole was targeted just once in the game after having at least eight targets three straight games. The return of Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns cut into some of the chances for Cole.

Game Notes: LeSean McCoy was a game-time decision because of an ankle injury but ran well in the game. He looked just fine, leading the way offensively for the Bills. McCoy ran 19 times for 75 yards and caught six passes for 44 yards, giving him 119 total yards.

Tyrod Taylor had to leave the game very late because of a big hit, suffering a possible concussion. Taylor was 17-of-34 for 134 yards with an interception. Nathan Peterman attempted the last three passes of the game and finished 1-of-3 for 14 yards with an interception.

Saints 31, Panthers 26

Fantasy Stud: Greg Olsen. Olsen was back to leading the way in the passing game for the Panthers. He caught eight passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. This was his second 100-yard game of the season. Olsen had an injury-plagued season, but had a few big games when on the field. He remains a huge part of the Panthers passing game.

Fantasy Dud: Mark Ingram. Ingram had a rare down game with the Panthers really focusing on shutting down the run. Ingram ran nine times for just 22 yards, averaging just 2.4 yards per carry. He also caught just a pass for 13 yards. You really expected much better from Ingram, who has produced huge numbers throughout the season.

Game Notes: Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn both had 100-yard games. Thomas caught eight passes for 131 yards. Finn had four recipients for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Christian McCaffrey rushed six times for just 16 yards but hit the 100-yard mark receiving. He caught six passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. This was his second 100-yard receiving game of the season.

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